Liberty Promenade is proud to announce the upcoming Next Generation Musical Showcase which is set to wow the crowds on Saturday 18 August. The spotlight will fall on teams of learners from 15 local primary and high schools from Mitchells Plain, who will be performing their own musical piece on the concert stage in the Food Court. Liberty Promenade is sponsoring R 60 000 in prize money, equating to R 10 000 for each of the top six performing schools. The prize money can be used for upgrades of school facilities of their choice. The winning team and their accompanying teachers will also walk away with Liberty Promenade gift cards to the value of R 350 for learners and R 1 000 for teachers. “Guided by the theme ‘embracing diversity’, the teams of learners have already been hard at work practising their sets and polishing their five-minute performance for the big day,” says Brian Unsted, Liberty Two Degrees Asset Management Executive for Liberty Promenade Mall. “They can choose to perform a song or medley of songs, and may include a skit, poem, dance or any other artistic expression. This is the time for the youth to express their true voice on embracing diversity and building a fully inclusive future for South Africa.” For the past six years, Liberty Promenade has run the very successful Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show as their annual showcase event for the Mitchells Plain community. “This year we felt it was time for a change” explains Brenda Bibby, General Manager for Liberty Promenade. “After engaging with the local schools and community leaders to find out what they wanted, we then realised that there’s an unbelievable amount of young musical talent in Mitchells Plain that is hidden and never fully appreciated. We wanted to create an opportunity for the youth to showcase their exceptional talents while promoting greater tolerance of differences in culture, race, religion, and gender orientation. Entrance to the Next Generation Musical Showcase is . . .
The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, then, look no further! At 3river Trails, with over 200km of trails and more than 65km of singletrack you’ll have plenty of riding to choose from. Be prepared for some of the best trails in South Africa! With a great network of MTB trails already existing at J-Bay Bike Park, Sunnyvale/Bluegums/Crossways Farms and Woodridge – the idea was born to link all these existing trails in the Thornhill area to provide riders of every level with a variety of unlimited world-class trails, not only for mountain-biking, but also for trail-running and hiking. 3river Trails is one of the largest trail networks in the country, with purpose-built mountain biking and running trails, offering unique and stunning views, and of course some of the best riding in the Eastern Cape. The Patensie route takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Gamtoos Valley. The distance is 48.3km, with a Maximum ascent of 14, maximum descent of 16, total ascent of 187 and total descent of 174. Our Hankey route takes you through another stunning area of the Gamtoos Valley. The distance is 42.51km, with a maximum ascent of 21, maximum descent of 30, total ascent of 462 and total descent of 459. Tucked away among age-old hills between Humansdorp and Hankey you will find the picturesque and serene Zuurbron Bike Park. The bike park is the perfect escape with four different trails to explore. These trails guarantee a great workout. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Clicks store staff and management visited Amari School for the mentally handicapped in Welkom on 7 August and assisted them by donating medical supplies and toiletries. This forms part of Clicks 50th birthday and is one of 50 charitable causes identified by Clicks staff nationwide as their way of giving back to the community they serve. A total of 34 projects have been earmarked to receive support through donations of much needed toiletries, infrastructure and basic essentials. A further R1 million worth of reusable sanitary pads will be donated to 16 schools across South Africa to reduce absenteeism in schools. “Seeing the huge need at Amari School is very humbling, but also rewarding,” says Donna Davids, CSI Co-ordinator at Clicks. "We are happy to assist where we can and have enjoyed engaging with and helping the residents here.” Amari School is a school for disabled children based in Welkom, Free State. The school is not divided into grades, they have different phases in which the children are divided according to their abilities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Deaf girls to learn Apple’s coding language Swift – used in over 250,000 apps on the Apple App Store 8 August 2018 – SANDTON – iSchoolAfrica, an education initiative that reaches schools across South Africa in rural and township settings, is proud to announce that it is in partnership with Think Ahead and the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation, teaching 10 deaf high school girls to code. This is the first programme in the #DeafGirlsCode initiative, with the aim to roll the programme out to many more deaf girls across the country. Over the course of 6 weeks, the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal is hosting an iSchoolAfrica facilitator as they teach the girls how to code using Apple’s coding language, Swift. Swift is used in over 250,000 apps on the Apple App Store and by many of the top brands in the world. In each of the two-hour sessions – every Tuesday and Wednesday – the girls will be exposed to “Learn to Code 1” that explores the fundamentals of code by getting students to work through rich puzzles on the Swift Playgrounds app. Michelle Lissoos, Director at iSchoolAfrica, commented, “This is ground-breaking training in the technology sphere let alone our country. Through the universal language of computing we are excited for our DeafGirlsCode programme participants to fulfil the opportunities awaiting them.” She continues, “Technology and computational thinking skills can break down the barriers that have prevented deaf people in the past from succeeding in our economy. In order to fill this disparity, we believe that by incorporating coding into deaf education, we can take our programme participants to a new level of economic participation.” iSchool Africa aims to give all South African students access to an opportunity to acquire 21st century skills, and to find their passion to excel in today’s world. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nelson Mandela University student athlete Ischke Senekal continued to show she can perform at the highest level when she won the shot put gold medal at the African Athletics Championships on Sunday. The 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member completed a memorable meeting in Asaba, Nigeria, after opening the weekend on Friday with a bronze medal in the discus event. Senekal, who qualified for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year but was not included in the South African squad, said it was extremely satisfying to return with the gold medal. "I know what I can do and this was just another opportunity to prove that I can compete on the big stage," she said, reflecting on her heave of 17.24 metres which won the gold. Heading into the tournament, Senekal said she was definitely focused on earning spots on the podium. "I wasn't really sure what colours [of medals] I could achieve, but early on in the shot put I could see my chances of getting the gold were fairly good so I really worked hard on that one." Her performances in Nigeria resulted in Senekal being included in the African team which will compete in the Continental Cup in the Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. "Having finished in the top two at the African Championships earned me selection for the Continental Cup," she said. "I am really looking forward to competing on a bigger stage and there will definitely be some very tough competition at that meeting." The Continental Cup is the only athletics meeting where the teams compete as continents, rather than individual countries, meaning the standard is extremely high. Senekal is looking forward to the challenge after another outstanding year in which she achieved a personal best in the shot put event. This came at the University Sport South Africa meeting when she threw a distance of 17.56m at Sasolburg in Gauteng. "It started with the nationals where I won the shot put and discus titles for the third year in a . . .
Mohamed, or “Mo” as most people know him as, is adding his touch to the popular community centre, Park Boulevard, by opening his new butchery, catering specifically to the Halal community. This butchery is a great addition to the centre, as it provides only the best halal products, with a wide selection of meats. Conveniently located next to the Spar in Park Boulevard, it’s the perfect location for any on-the-go person, and Mo has made sure to cater for everyone’s needs, offering a wide spectrum of meats, from chicken skewers, to beef sausages, and everything in between. An absolute must-try is Mo’s speciality dish, his chicken tikka! It’s succulent and marinated to perfection, and goes excellently with naan bread or rice. This Marrakesh marinade is homemade, and well-loved by many. “It’s a little spicy, and really adds such a great flavour to any meat”, says Mo. Originally from Egypt, Mo has been living in South Africa for the last 22 years, and enjoys combining the flavours from the Middle East and South Africa, which creates the unique and tantalizing flavours that he’s so well known for. Check out Mo’s new spot, Mo’s Meats, in Park Boulevard, 11 Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park- there are great opening specials that you won’t want to miss! For more information, give him a call on 078 014 2497. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg August 2018: South African media has joined forces in the 7% Tribe, a new initiative to empower and advance South African women. South African women are a force to be reckoned with. Just look at how the 20 000 women who marched against pass laws on 9 August 1956 helped to change the course of history; or how Advocate Thuli Madonsela, as then Public Protector, took a stand against forces far greater than herself in her quest to uphold South Africa’s democracy. The sad fact, however, is that – in spite of their skills, talents, grit and determination – women do not receive the support they require in the workplace. Perhaps that’s why, when Steyn City first planned a Women’s Day Event to salute its female residents – many of whom are corporate executives, entrepreneurs and social activists – enthusiasm for the project propelled it forward until it became a movement; specifically, the 7% Tribe. Says Tammy Menton, Group Head of Marketing and Events at Steyn City, who co-founded the movement with Janez Vermeiren and Yusuf Stevens of Cheeky Media, “The response to the concept was overwhelming. We realised this was becoming something far bigger than we could have imagined. From being a celebratory event, it has become a movement with potential to effect real change.” Adds Giuseppe Plumari CEO of Steyn City Properties, “We are delighted to co-sponsor this women’s event and acknowledge that women have an enormous role to play in our society and workplace.” Why the 7% Tribe? Because, according to statistics from the latest Bain & Company Report on Gender Disparity, which cites the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s (BWASA) census on women in leadership, 22% of board directors are women, but only 7% are executive directors. This is in spite of the fact that they make up 50% of the working age population. Added to this, the growth in the percentage of female leaders has remained flat for several years. Several reasons are given for this, . . .
Red Wine Rendezvous at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 - Thursday, 30 August 2018 Join Steenberg’s winter grand finale and tuck into fabulous reds and hearty comfort food at the Red Wine Rendezvous at Bistro Sixteen82 on Thursday, 30 August 2018. This is the last in a serious of three Red Wine Rendezvous featuring a generous 3-course dinner accompanied by a selection of fine Steenberg wines. For starters, a creamy leek and corn soup sets the tone for a nurturing winter food and wine experience. The main course of slow braised pork belly with pumpkin and smoked onion risotto, glazed carrots and pan fried vegetables, is a slam dunk for a Steenberg red. Dessert is the ultimate winter indulgence – caramelised apple bread and butter pudding with honeycomb ice cream. The cost of the Red Wine Rendezvous is R395 per person and includes the 3-course dinner and the wines. A complimentary welcome drink will be served upon arrival at 18h30. To book, call on 021 713 2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit www.steenbergfarm.com/bistro1682 and follow @bistro1682 on Twitter, or Steenberg on Instagram and Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), which recently rebranded from Africommunications Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Managing Director, Nonye Mpho Omotola. Co-Founder Mimi Kalinda will transition from the Managing Director role to take on the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) function. Founded five years ago as the first African-owned pan-African and fully integrated communications and public relations firm, ACG began by offering strategic, culturally-attuned services to clients in the social impact space. The agency has since expanded to servicing major multi-nationals across the continent in addition to clients outside of Africa’s borders with an interest in reaching stakeholders on the continent. “The growth of ACG over the past five years both in our client portfolio and the services that we offer demands an experienced visionary with solid communications and public relations skills. This is a foundation which Nonye effortlessly brings to the firm. Her vision and passion for the development of Africa are also aligned to our core values as an agency. I am thrilled about her appointment, which I am confident will add tremendous value to ACG’s next phase of growth,” Kalinda said. Omotola is a Communications and Brand Specialist with more than 15 years’ strategic brand experience gained in the UK, South Africa and Nigeria, contributing to a number of African media titles. She started her career in London at Maynard Leigh Associates before joining TMP Worldwide, and has worked in several leading firms in Europe and in other parts of Africa including Jupiter Drawing Room, FCB Durban; and Insight Grey, Lagos, where she was Director of Strategic Planning and New Business Omotola was also the Group Head of Corporate Communications at Oceanic Bank Nigeria, where she was successful in the turnaround of the brand, leading to its acquisition by Ecobank. Until recently, she was the Business Director, Africa, at Vuma Reputation . . .
This August Afrika Tikkun is calling on all South Africans who enjoy a challenge - and enjoy cycling - to make a difference by joining the Tikkun Eagles for the 22nd edition of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg in November. If you're a cycling enthusiast and were already contemplating doing the race, no matter where you are in the country, you can join the Tikkun Eagles and make sure that your entry fee and race participation goes well beyond cycling on the day. Non-profit organisation, Afrika Tikkun works with partners in underprivileged areas of Joburg and Cape Town to develop youth holistically from 'cradle to career', including nutrition and family support programmes for the benefit of entire communities. To date, the lives of over 230,000 youth across the country have been positively affected by their efforts; and by cycling the 2018 Telkom 947 Challenge as a Tikkun Eagle you will be part of their good work. Afrika Tikkun Group Executive of Partnerships and Marketing, Onyi Nwaneri says, “We work across the areas of education, nutrition, health care and family support because they are all interlinked in the development of a little person. You can’t teach a hungry child. You can’t expect a child in crisis at home to do well at school. You can’t expect a child being abused – physically or mentally – to be able to focus. You can’t assume that a child with disabilities in any form will perform the same as a child without, and you need to equip the families of those children properly too. Taking care of a child’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will ensure that they become productive citizens, but they need support from benefactors and individuals like us in order to survive, to learn, to shine, to hope and to dream. Joining the Tikkun Eagles team is just one way in which you can get involved and make a difference. There is still so much to achieve, and we can all help!” Afrika Tikkun and its many partners believe that when we invest . . .