This weekend 23 and 24 February will see the Annual 24 Hour Sailing Challenge take place on the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth. This regatta is unique in that it takes place on an inner city lake in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and is the last remaining 24 hour sailing regatta in South Africa. Teams consist of a maximum of 10 sailors - five two man teams, who sail in shifts on a designated course on North End Lake. It was in the first part of the last century that Bayonians (PE People) first started sailing on this stretch of water. The first record of boating on the lake was in January 1907 when a W. Chant was given permission to hire out boats. Once also named the Linden or Linton Reservoir, the North End Lake is an oasis in the centre of North End and a suitable backdrop for the Nelson mandela Bay Stadium. An average depth of three metres makes for safe participation in activities such as sailing, boating, fishing and water-skiing. At a stage the North End Lake was called the Prince Alfred's Park Lake - formed from run-off rainwater from the surrounding hills. The first record of competitive sailing on the North End Lake was in the Herald of 1908 which recorded the holiday programme of the Port Elizabeth Yachting and Rowing Club (PEYRC). The preogramme included sailing, rowing and flat races, decorated illuminated boat procession and a fireworks display. Sailing teams in two person dinghies from Knysna Yacht Club, Redhouse Yacht Club, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and East London Yacht Club will gather this weekend to see which team can sail the furthest distance around a designated course in 24 hours. Presented by RYC and hosted by the EP Powerboat Club the weekend is always a fun challenge and interested persons are welcome to pop in for a chat and frothy libation of their choice. YouTube: https://youtu.be/UXLrD6Bwhqs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Going Back to . . .
Maintaining your car is a very important step that every car owner must follow to increase the life of their car and make it look brand new all the time. Always follow your maintenance schedule and never ignore or delay it so that your car is always up to speed with its best performance. Preventive maintenance is the best thing, which you can do for your car to increase its life and also save money on repairs. Never ignore your preventive maintenance as they may tell you when to change oil, check tire pressure, get inspection's, etc. The best guide you can get is from your owner's manual. However, we have provided some car maintenance tips to help you plan your schedule. Following a regular maintenance routine will help extend the life of your car as well as keep your cars performance at its peak. It will also save you a lot of money in repairs. Here are 10 basic car care and maintenance tips to follow. Drive with care Do not accelerate your engine during start-up as this quickly adds to the wear of the car engine. Accelerate slowly when you begin your drive. Shift to neutral at red lights to give the engine some time to rest. Be car considerate and you will be rewarded with longer time between repairs. Wash your car once a week Washing your car keeps it clean, shiny and free from corrosion. Remember to clean the car interior too. Dirt particles are abrasive while spilled liquids such as sodas and juices can be corrosive. Vacuum your car interior thoroughly and wipe the lenses on the dashboard with a soft damp cloth. Take your mats out and brush or hose them down. This will remove dirt that may otherwise create wear in your mats if they build up. Dry the mats thoroughly in the sun before placing them back in the car. Wax your car too Waxing your car regularly protects you cars paint job by slowing oxidation and by creating a barrier against bird droppings and pollution. It also makes the car look good by adding extra shine. Park in the . . .
The race organisers have added a fresh dimension to the Takealot Tour of Good Hope this year by opting to hold the time-trial midway through the five-day race next month instead of at the start. In recent years the time-trial has taken place on the second day, a Tuesday. However, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen confirmed this week that it would now be held on the Wednesday. South Africa's premier road cycle race takes place in the Drakenstein Municipality in the Cape Winelands from Monday March 4 to Friday March 8, covering 490km of clover-leaf racing. Starting and finishing each day at the Boland Landbou school just outside Paarl, the race organisers have introduced a number of changes which they believe will present a strong challenge for the riders. The only exception to the finish venue is on the 71km last stage when the riders will make the climb to end at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl. After two stages of 63.5km and 97.8km, Oosthuizen said the time-trial on Wednesday - it was originally scheduled for the opening day on Monday - would see the cyclists riding a distance of 26.5km. "We felt that by holding the time-trial on the Wednesday it would help to keep things interesting," he said. "If a strong rider or team rides a couple of minutes into the rest in the time-trial [on the first day], the race is virtually over. "We have a story to tell over five days of racing and this will be one chapter midway through that story." Looking at the rest of the route, Oosthuizen said the riders would experience a slightly flatter profile this year, but he was confident it would still provide a proper examination of the competitors' credentials. "It remains five days of intense rivalry, especially now that the event has UCI 2.2 status, and we still believe the challenge will be there." He outlined a number of changes they had been forced to make this year. "The N1 tunnel on Du Toitskloof Pass is undergoing a period of . . .
With little over 50 days left until the Morocco Desert Challenge, South Africa’s DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award champion Hennie de Klerk is in the final stages of preparing for this gruelling desert race, taking place from 13 – 20 April 2019. This year, the Morocco Desert Challenge span 8 days and cover just over 3,000 kilometres. It will cover a spectacular coast-to-coast route in which magnificent parts of the notorious desert will be represented. The 2019 route will have two and a half stages in Western Sahara (now Moroccan Sahara), and will offer fast tracks, technical parts, wide African plains, many dunes, salt lakes as well as legendary Paris-to-Dakar-stages. Hennie’s MDC rally car, his well-known Amarok, will undergo its last testing on Thursday 21 February. After that, the car, along with all its accessories and spare parts, will be shipped in a container to Spain, where Hennie and his team will collect it early April. From there, they will depart to Agadir in Morocco, approximately 1,200 kilometres from the port, where the official MDC scrutineering will take place to ensure that all vehicles meet the technical regulations. Hennie is mainly sponsored by TreasuryONE, a treasury company in Pretoria, while the tyres are sponsored by Cooper Tyres South Africa. Hennie commented, “We use the Cooper STT Pro tyres – the same tyres we used in the DAKAR. In 10,000 km we covered in DAKAR, of which 5,000 was dunes and dirt roads, we only lost 2 tyres. The STT Pro’s has 3 layers of metal in the sides, which makes it ideal for sand and dunes.” CIM Lubricants is the official oil sponsor, and Hennie explains, “In a 3,000 km race over very hot and tough terrain, engine and gearbox oils plays a crucial part in the performance of the car. CIM Lubricants provides us with specially formulated oils that we use in these races.” Roy Obery from Haval Edenvale and Lionel Lewis from LAS Sport, good friends of Hennie that also supported him at the Dakar, will be going for . . .
Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is buoyant after getting five points from their opening FNB Varsity Shield game in Port Elizabeth, but says they realise a tough challenge lies ahead for the team. The FNB Nelson Mandela University side defeated Cape Peninsula University of Technology 38-21 at the Madibaz Stadium on Monday, achieving their goal of collecting the full five points. Now they must turn their attention to a testing period when they travel to East London for tomorrow's clash against Walter Sisulu University at the Buffalo City Stadium (7pm). That will be followed by their second home game on Monday when they host Grahamstown rivals Rhodes. Happy with the start, Buys said the team knew they needed to stay focused. "We are obviously delighted to get the five points from the first game of the season," he said. "There are areas to work on, but the main thing is that we wanted to get the five points and we have ticked that off. "Now we must turn our focus to the next couple of games because this is going to be a tough week. "It will be a big one on Thursday because Walter Sisulu had a good win [36-22] over Fort Hare last night," said Buys. "The whole Eastern Cape derby on Thursday [Rhodes play Fort Hare in the early game], with televised games, is going to be something these guys have not experienced before. "There is going to be an awesome atmosphere and Walter Sisulu do a form of the haka. So there will be a lot of hype and we need to be prepared for that." He added that their priority would be to make sure they did not deviate from their game-plan. "Unfortunately when we conceded tries against CPUT it was because we were trying to play a different game, which allowed them in. "That is one of the main things we need to learn from Monday's game because most of our opponents will try to play a similar pattern, taking quick taps and the like. "We need to look after our discipline to stop conceding too many penalties, and . . .
The esteemed speaker line-up for this year’s FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (#LWS2019KZN) will include former Chairperson of the African Union Commission and South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She will form part of an extensive speaker panel, focusing on the summit’s 2019 theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’, taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “With the province of KwaZulu-Natal hosting the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit for the first time, it’s right that one if its most impactful daughters – the Hon. Minister and pan Africanist Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – should be part of this empowering event,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa and this year’s host. “Throughout her life, she has taken on so many roles that have served to extend the advantages of African women and she continues to do so today in her position as MP. As an anti-apartheid activist, government representative and chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Dlamini-Zuma has advanced the position of women in Africa, paving the way for others to achieve where they previously couldn’t. We are honoured to welcome her as a speaker on this year’s panel.” A life of public service After obtaining a BSc Degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Zululand in 1971, Dlamini-Zuma went on to receive her MB ChB from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1978, and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, 1986. She worked extensively throughout the medical field, both at home and abroad, during which time she founded the Health Refugee Trust (HEART) and the Health and Development Organisation, while also serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Aids Co-ordinating Committee of South Africa in 1992 - among many . . .
South Africa’s biggest biking festival, the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19), will be returning to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast shores from 26 to 28 April. The event - which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality; Ugu District, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal - is hosted by Margate, home of the country’s best-performing police station. Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally - at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November 2018. The station was awarded for – among other things - its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations. Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws. “We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest™ to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” explained Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.” Vicky Wentzel, event organiser for the South Coast Bike Fest™, commended Brigadier Slabbert and his team from Margate SAPS on this incredible award. “It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “said Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest™ is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.” UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival: “Tourism is a . . .
Few people are aware of the difficulties mealtimes may present for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and those caring for them in the home environment. Ensuring that the nutritional needs of elder people are met is an important aspect of caring for people with dementia and, with a little additional effort and understanding, meals can be an enjoyable part of life that also assist in supporting the individual’s wellbeing. “When caring for people living with dementia, it is important to also keep in mind that one is also responsible for supporting the healthy aging of the individual in a broader sense,” notes Ivan Oosthuizen, chief executive officer of the Livewell Villages in Bryanston and Somerset West. Particular attention should be paid to meal planning, which includes various considerations such as the nutritional requirements of older people according to their individual activity levels, the individual’s ability to safely chew and swallow solid foods, and the types of food that people with dentures can comfortably eat, as well as personal culinary preferences. “Residents with more advanced dementia sometimes have difficulties with mealtimes that few people can imagine. Some people gradually lose the ability to master cutlery, while others may not be able to clearly distinguish between their plate, the food and the table, for instance. Occupational therapists, carers and other members of the Livewell team work together to find ways of overcoming these challenges,” he explains. Mercy Tokoyo, cook and kitchen team leader at the Livewell Village dementia care facility in Bryanston, says seasoning is particularly important when catering for senior citizens because the taste buds and sense of smell of older people tend to be less sensitive than younger people. “For health reasons, we are careful to limit the amount of salt in the food we prepare. To ensure the meals we prepare are tasty and tempting, we use lots of fresh . . .
Kwikspace is the South African market leader in prefabricated and modular buildings. Following the realignment of the business over 8 months ago, Kwikspace has created a standardised product range to best reflect clients’ needs and to accommodate the financial needs of an economy in flux. South Africa is facing an uncertain economic and political future. From 2014 to 2017, South Africa experienced a decline in economic and political conditions. With the slowdown of the economy – particularly in the mining and construction sectors – and the uncertainty about foreign investment, there has been a decline in in-ground investments in construction and a growing interest in prefabricated and modular buildings. The lack of skilled labour in the construction sector, a lack of affordable housing, rising and unpredictable materials costs and the constant pressures to deliver on time and on budget means that prefabricated modular buildings are gaining traction. In line with this, Kwikspace streamlined its product offering to focus on standard products that are the most popular among clients. “This means that Kwikspace can produce even better quality products in less time”, says Kwikspace CEO Deon Fuhri. The company’s performance over the last few months after this realignment has demonstrated the determination and ethos of the management team and the quality of the product, proving that Kwikspace is indeed the market leader in prefabricated and modular buildings. With a workforce of 297 people nationally, the streamlined product offering has resulted in increased productivity. Cape Town’s new Branch Manager, Mico Botha, has spearheaded the branch’s turnover and increased the output to new record highs. In support of Government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP), Kwikspace has increased its supply of mobile units to the renewable energy industry, particularly in the Eastern and Northern Cape, helping projects to get up and running quicker. The . . .
Addressing the current landscape of water and energy projects all over the subcontinent, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, is proud to announce the confirmation of the South African Minister of Energy, Honourable Jeff Radebe, who will form part of the stellar line up at the opening Ministry address on 14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. The minister also opened this flagship industry gathering last year. The new co-location of POWERGEN Africa at the 19th edition of the event from 14-16 May will add an expanded focus on generation, including renewables, off grid, fossil fuels and nuclear, while still concentrating on transmission, distribution, metering, new technologies including storage, mini grids, micro grids, IOT and ICT systems, as well as water. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event boasts a five track strategic conference with over 300 expert speakers. An extensive Knowledge Hub programme that is CPD accredited and free to attend, offers hands-on presentations taking place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. These discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations. Other keynote speakers confirmed so far are: - Dr Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Programme in the School of Public Leadership; the Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute; and the Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. - Prof Anton Eberhard, who the directs Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform Regulation In Africa (MIRA) at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He is also chairing a team appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to advise on turning Eskom around and restructuring the power sector. Following the keynote session, conference . . .