Visitors to this year’s Nissan Winter Classic can expect world-quality showjumping action and non-stop family entertainment at the beautiful Shongweni Club, running from 12 to 17 June. “We are very excited to be involved in this really fantastic festival which provides both the equestrian community and visitors with a chance to witness an elevated level of showjumping performance in a remarkable part of the country,” said Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan SA. “The Nissan Winter Classic continues to attract the best in the showjumping arena which has seen it grow into a really dominant equestrian event. This energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie fits perfectly with the Nissan brand and we are proud to be involved with such a well-organised show.” There will be 39 events taking place throughout the six-day competition including the 1.15 Filtec Pony Riders Championship and 1.50m Nissan Riders Grand Prix Tour; the popular Nissan 6-bar event (for juniors and adults); the 1.40m Nissan Championships and the main title class – the 1.5m Nissan FEI World Cup Qualifier. The incredible Zecks and Viceroy will perform alongside the Ingobamakhosi Zulu Dance Group in a high-energy show before the start of the 6-bar class. The Nissan Winter Classic forms the third of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers. It attracts international-level showjumping champions, among them Barry and Lorette Knowles-Taylor of Farnham Stables. The renowned showjumping duo from Gauteng have been participating in the Nissan Winter Classic since its inception and will be returning for another shot at the big win. Barry will be riding Counter Attack, owned by Quinten and Liesl Jansen, while Lorette will be riding Bryan Meyer’s Caspar – a new combination for this contest. Lorette has often found success at the Nissan Winter Classic. She and her now-retired horse, Nissan Nabab Forever, broke the South African 6-bar record in 2014 with a . . .
She attended four different school, matriculating from Ndyebo Senior Secondary School in Port Elizabeth,where she lived with various family members after the death of her mother when she was in primary school, and found it very hard to believe in herself. That was until her Grade 10 science teacher introduced Amanda Ngqoleka to the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme, and that changed everything. Speaking out to mark Youth Month in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of self-motivation, and to urge youngsters not to believe the world owes them a living, Ngqoleka is proof that adversity can indeed translate to success. “When I was at school, those EMSS classes helped me improve my own marks because I saw other children excelling, and that motivated me to do more,” she recalls. Today, Ngqoleka is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she achieved a BSc Chemistry and Chemical Technology degree and is part of Engen’s Graduate Development Programme, working in the Lubricants Supply Chain division in Durban. It changed her life, she says, transforming her from someone who found it difficult to believe in herself to a person always trying to be her best self. “I used to let other people define me, but not anymore. Now I want to be an example to other youngsters that you shouldn’t let your current situation determine your future.” Ngqoleka’s accomplishments after she matriculatd and won an Engen bursary to pursue her studies, is exactly the kind of result Engen wants to see from its interventions, says Nokulunga Mjwara, Engen Talent Supply Specialist. “Ms Ngqoleka epitomises the quality of the young people we work with in the EMSS and Graduate programmes around the country every year, and our ultimate reward is to help set them up to pursue stimulating careers that won’t only benefit them personally, but also the economy as a whole,” she adds. Ngqoleka credits the Engen Graduate Development Programme . . .
Sex Toy Service a First for 1.7 Million Disabled South Africans Désir, SA’s Leading Adult Toy Retailer, Launches First Dedicated Service for Disabled South Africans Wednesday, 13 June 2018 CAPE TOWN More than 1.7 million South Africans live with complex disabilities, from quadriplegia, to age or accident related disability and sight impairment. These people live with a range of difficulties resulting from misconceptions related to their sexual health, something, a leading online sex toy retailer, wants to change with their online concierge service. Contrary to popular belief, disabled South Africans can and do have healthy sex lives. According to The Disability and Sexuality Project, prevailing myths and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with physical disabilities in South Africa is extensive. The most common – that disabled people are asexual, or without any sort of sex drive, this of course, is untrue, and keeps many healthy adults from enjoying a rich sex life, Dr. Wilson, a medical practitioner with specialist interest in physical rehabilitation, and chairman of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association, says that it is imperative that those with physical disability explore their sexuality… because it doesn’t just “go away”. Physically disabled South Africans face many unconventional challenges because of these persistent stigmas. Finding a romantic partner can be difficult, as can engaging in sexual activity with an existing partner. Many couples are not experiencing the full potential the right sex toy could introduce into their lives. Masturbation is also individually challenging, and for some – may be their only source of sexual expression. Désir’s referral sexologist, Catriona Boffard, says, “Sex will be different from what it is for able-bodied people. Sensations are different, response is different, and even turn-ons might be different, but it doesn’t mean that self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner can’t happen. When . . .
South Africa has been re-elected to serve on the Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). The results were announced at the General Assembly held in conjunction with the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 28 May to 2 June. South Africa, represented by the Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) business unit of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), has been an elected council member since 1994. TNPA LNS Executive Manager, David Gordon, also served as IALA President from 2010 to 2014. Gordon said IALA is the only international body concerned with the provision of marine aids to navigation systems (AtoNs) sea and on inland waterways. “IALA’s recommendations and standards are accepted and implemented across the globe, including adoption by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) as their standards under the National Ports Act 12 of 2005,” he said. “It is a tremendous honour to once again take our place on the governing body of IALA, comprising 21 elected and three non-elected Councillors, to represent the interests of some 289 members from 80 countries,” he said. Following the first meeting of the newly elected council, Gordon was also elected to serve on the IALA Financial and Audit committee (FAC) for the period 2018-2022. The FAC assists the IALA secretariat and council with the financial administration of IALA. IALA membership is restricted to port authorities or companies that are legally responsible for the provision, maintenance and/or operation of marine aids to navigation within a country. TNPA, through its LNS business unit, is mandated by the National Ports Act 12 of 2005 to provide, operate and maintain lighthouses and AtoNs along the 2 954 kilometre coastline of South Africa. LNS is also responsible for the provision and maintenance of all other systems relating to Maritime Navigation for TNPA ports. The new list of 24 IALA . . .
The Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter offered more than just three days of racing in the bushveld - it provided a valuable lifestyle experience, said prominent Johannesburg businessman Tjaart Kruger. The mountain-bike event, presented by STANLIB, took place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo and ended at the Sondela Nature Reserve yesterday. Kruger, chief executive officer of Premier Foods, was just one of a number of corporate personalities who took the chance to test themselves in the weekend's challenge. "We are always looking for good mountain-bike stage races to do and we thought the Waterberg was the perfect fit," said Kruger, who participated in the event for the first time this year. "It was very nice and social. We were able to mingle with many people during the weekend, especially in the evenings after each stage. "Then there was some great riding. I am not trying to be a professional mountain-biker, but we enjoyed the technical rides through the mountains, as well as some endurance effort throughout. "It was something new to experience and I got to enjoy it all with my colleagues and friends." The race comprised a total 172km with 2 774 metres of ascent over the three days. The popular Sondela reserve, as well as the Elements Private Golf Estate, helped to revive riders' spirits after each stage. "It was a wonderful experience," Kruger said. "It was not too long, but it was technical and difficult enough to make it a rewarding race. "The organisation was excellent, the routes were very well marked and the water points were great. Before and after each stage we always knew what was going on." As a corporate based in Midrand, Johannesburg - the business hub of South Africa - Kruger said he would recommend the race as a liberating escape from the pressures of work. "It is only an hour-and-a-half away from Johannesburg, which makes it very convenient. "At Premier we try to drive a sense of culture by adopting a very healthy lifestyle, . . .
Eat Out, SA’s best guide to SA’s best food has just made the lives of restaurant-goers a whole lot easier with the launch of a brand new app. The free app, available now via the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store – will give users the ability to discover, book and review over 6 000 restaurants across South Africa. The new app has been developed to find restaurants nearby using geo-location technology. Users can also search by a different area, for a specific cuisine type to find the perfect spot, or by using the restaurant’s name. Extra features include the ability to bookmark favourite restaurants, view a vast number of restaurant menus, view specials in the area, and share reservation details with dining companions. Best of all, users can make bookings directly on the app to eat at signed-up restaurants. This enables users to receive reminder emails and notifications. After their meal, users can rate and review their experiences with the tap of a button. Alongside the app is a world-class booking system for restaurants – enabling eateries to take bookings in real time or on request. It also empowers restaurants to streamline reservations, set up sittings, configure tables and send notifications to staff. The app and bookings system are a collaboration between Naspers and New Media, a division of Media24, a Naspers subsidiary. It was developed by a team of senior software developers from Naspers, led by Product Specialist Evan Person. Evan describes how the app delivers a necessity in the SA dining scene: “The Eat Out app delivers the power of South Africa’s largest and most comprehensive restaurant directory to mobile. Apart from the incredible user experience, the app also offers diners the ability to book instantly. This is not only of value to consumers, but it’s also of great value to restaurants. It is also the first of several new features we will be bringing to the food space in South Africa over the coming months.” Aileen Lamb, . . .
Popular Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic now also sugar free Life is a bed roses with new sugar free Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic. Bringing you all the taste without the sugar, it is the perfect fit for a low kilojoule G&T when paired with a masterly crafted premium gin. Pretty in pink with whiffs of rose petals and fresh cucumber, new sugar free Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic is a delightful alternative without compromising on taste. Fitch & Leedes tonics pride themselves as the understudy to greatness, accentuating the botanical character and subtle notes of handcrafted gins. Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting premium gin, Fitch & Leedes tonics are delicately carbonated and finely balanced to ensure the best taste representation of what was intended by the master distiller. Let new sugar free Fitch & Leedes Pink Tonic take you back to an era when things were still made with the utmost care and craftsmanship. Inspired by the intrepid gentlemen merchantmen of London, Ralph Fitch and William Leedes, who set sail on De Tyger in 1583 in search of new, exotic tastes in India and the East, Fitch & Leedes speaks of the romance and integrity of a bygone age. Fitch & Leedes can be found at leading purveyors of fine beverages, boutique wine shops, selected deli’s, fine dining establishments and cocktail bars at around R40 for a 6-pack of 200ml cans or R36 per 4-pack of 200ml glass bottles. For more information about the Fitch & Leedes range, contact James Shaw at Tel: (+27) 021 886 8842, Fax: 021 887 1005 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African’s consume over 300 million kilograms of seafood per year. In a bid to get them interested in where this seafood comes from, and why it matters, Nissan SA, the WWF SA, South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) and explore4Knowledge sent two young South African chefs, Terror Lekopa and Freedom Khanyile, on a sustainability adventure of a lifetime. The Soweto2Sodwana expedition, envisioned by explore4knowledge founder and SASSI ambassador John Lucas, saw the millennial chefs travel from the streets of Soweto, to Sodwana Bay from the 3rd until the 8th of March. The expedition forms part of the WWF-SASSI’s broader strategy to have young chefs become ambassadors of the ocean, championing sustainable seafood and ocean conservation in Gauteng. John Lucas says, “We wanted the chefs to gain a greater understanding that what they serve directly influences what people want to eat – what better way to do this then by taking them on a journey, showing the process from bait-to-plate. By creating demand for sustainable seafood, they will be able to generate a ripple effect of change which ultimately reaches the fishing industry and pushes for a shift towards more sustainable fishing practices.” The expedition saw the chefs explore our oceans - from snorkelling along the coral reefs of Kosi Bay and chatting to local fishermen and ocean conservation researchers, to taking part in SASSI training at uShaka marine world, the chefs did it all. Moving to conversations they were a little more familiar with, the chefs also spent time with SASSI trailblazer chef winners: Jackie Cameron, Constantine Hahndiek and Graham Neilson. “With a newfound connection to our seas, and an understanding of the impact of unsustainable fishing, both Terror and Freedom noted they would begin implementing sustainable seafood practices in their own restaurants.” “This is a major step towards making a real difference in the perceptions and actions of our communities and . . .
In the wake of recent communication sent to the South African paint industry by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) regarding plans to ban the import of all leads, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is proud to confirm that all lead and chrome pigments have been eliminated from locally-manufactured PVC products. One of the key areas of SAVA’S Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC), has been the phasing out of potentially dangerous or hazardous heavy metals from the PVC production process. Other objectives of SAVA’S Product Stewardship Commitment include: 1. A commitment to the responsible and sustainable vinyl recycle programme that quantifies the opportunity for recycling in post-production and post-consumer waste and sets realistic and sustainable goals. 2. Ensuring open and effective communication with industry role players, the public and government in order to correct perceptions about the science, reality and local applicability of PVC. 3. Ensuring industry health through product, market and application opportunities, thereby improving human capital and overall growth, prosperity and sustainability of the vinyl industry. 4. Ensuring a fully functional industry initiative that adds value to both members and the industry by growing a sustainable membership base with an effective marketing plan. SAVA believes that raw material suppliers, product manufacturers, product distributors and consumers are joint stewards for the responsible and sustainable production, use and disposal of PVC products. By signing our PSC, our members voluntarily commit themselves to ensuring that all heavy metal additives are removed from their workplace environments, as well as to reaching the highest possible product quality standards and environmentally friendly production processes and materials. They are bound to an open disclosure commitment and are required to supply general data related to a specific commitment to an independent auditor. The . . .
The Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) will be hosting an interactive masterclass aimed at senior marketing executives - that will take place on the 26th June 2018 at the Institute of Directors in Sandton. During the masterclass, Johanna McDowell, CEO of IAS and Partner for Scopen Africa, will unpack the top 10 global trends in industry disciplines such as advertising, creative, media, digital, public relations, direct and indirect marketing services, present detailed and in-depth highlights, news and updates from meetings with 23 Global CEO’s, and an overview of the agencies visited. International case studies for brands such as McDonalds, John Lewis, Skittles, Marmite, Netflix, Harley Davison and many more will be showcased. The AdForum Summit took place in New York, between 23rd and 27th April 2018, providing Johanna McDowell, and more than 30 other global consultants with the opportunity to attend 26 agency meetings with more than 20 world-wide agency CEO’s. Marketers who would like to find out more about this session, time and costs are invited to contact Hlamazi Mabunda on email@example.com or Nikki Munsie on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 010 594 0281 to register. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .