The fifteen members of the team representing the Avela Foundation are finally back in South Africa after a challenging yet extremely rewarding trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). The 9 day day trekking route began at an elevation of around 2,840 metres at Lukla, Nepal on the 2nd of May 2018 and ended in triumph at 5,364 metres, at the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain in the world on the 9th of May. “All our hard work and preparation have paid off”, says Cami Palomo, founder of Avela Foundation that helps children with serious burn injuries on their emotional and physical road to recovery. “The efforts by this group of determined people prior and during our trek resulted in Avela raising nearly R1.85million on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The funds generated by the campaign will be used to kick-start our U-Matter program and help refurbish the Kimberley Hospital’s burn unit”, says Palomo. (U-Matter is a psychological support network for burn survivors and their families.) Writer Lanie van Reenen, one of the six Capetonians to join Avela to EBC, describes a remarkable, yet challenging climb: “A few days in we reached the ‘above the trees’ part of the mountains. It is then when every member of our team had to confront our bodies’ reaction to altitude. It affects people in varying degrees and you are unprepared for the first onset – a vice-grip headache, nausea, sluggishness, sleeplessness and a lack of appetite. We had to dig very deep to find that strength within ourselves in an effort to continue. Failure was not an option as were embarked on this journey not for ourselves, but for the thousands of South African children who are in such desperate need of burn care.” She describes the welcoming tea houses where their weary bodies could rest every day, the sense of wonder with the first glimpse of the highest mountain in the world and the team’s joy and pride upon reaching their goal. “We were on top of the . . .
Don’t let the winter blues get you down! The41 on Camps Bay is offering Jazz on the Bay once a month through winter, giving guest reason to celebrate in style whilst sipping on the finest wines, enjoying a beachfront cuisine second to none. Master cuisine extraordinaire, Chef Aristotle, and International hospitality tycoon, Gilles Blanc, together present a winter set menu of five delectable courses, paired perfectly with the yields of Cape Town’s finest grape cultivars. Live Jazz performances by local jazz artists will set the evening’s ambience. The first of this series of Jazzy dining gathering kicks off on Thursday, 12 June with a live performance by Dan Shout. Guests will enjoy a glass of Da Lucca Prosecco upon arrival. Guests will then be served Tuna Tartare, Lavash Bread with Herb Aioli paired with a glass of Free Run Sauvignon Blanc to welcome the palate, followed by the Butternut, Coriander and Coconut Soup started paired with the Two Roads Chardonnay followed by the Calamari, Pesto and Potato nest paired smashingly with the Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon blend and the Ostrich Ragou Thai Curry Cause served with Beetroot Chips accompanied by the Mud House Pinot Noir. Finally wrapping up the evening with a decadent indulgence of Aphrodisiac Crème Brulee served with the new Bees Knees Sauvignon Blanc. A fruitful amass of flavour celebrations for the discerning diner, this jazzy event on the Bay offers locals a reason to dress up and get out the house. Bookings in advance essential via http://qkt.io/jazzonthebay to reserve your space. Only the set menu will be available on Jazz on the Bay monthly event evenings. For more information go to the event Facebook page. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As a central defender with a penchant for attack, Samuel Connelly has emerged as an influential player for the Madibaz football team this season. Last week, with the competition not yet completed, Madibaz wrapped up the Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League title for the second straight year, giving them another chance to chase promotion to the ABC Motsepe league. It has been another well-orchestrated team effort in which 20-year-old Connelly's consistency as a player and his dedication in training have stood out. "In Samuel we have a modern-day centre back who consistently turns defence into attack and has a really bright future," said Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy of the second-year public administration student. The 20-year-old, himself, was over the moon with the team's success this season. "Wow! It's an incredible feeling," he said. "It's like when you're hungry, and you order four wings, but they give you six - that's the exhilaration I felt when we won the SAB league. "To do it two years in a row is definitely something to tick off on the bucket list, but we know that the hard work begins now." Connelly was referring to their bid for promotion to the ABC Motsepe League, the play-offs for which take place next month. He feels the experience from last year, when they missed out on promotion, will stand them in good stead. "We have a great bond in the team and we are hungry to learn more. For me, the team is full of role models. "Most of us experienced the play-offs last year and we know what to expect and how to conquer this challenge. I have full confidence that we will qualify for ABC Motsepe this year." Having grown up in Schauderville in Port Elizabeth's northern areas, Connelly attended Abraham Levy Primary before matriculating from Cillie High in 2016, where he was the head boy. He said he started playing soccer at the age of seven and joined Hotspurs when he was 11. "I still remember how I would train . . .
23 MAY 2018 – EMPEROR’S PALACE, JOHANNESBURG – The first ever seminar in Africa on Mind-Brain-Education (MBE) commences today, with Via Afrika as the silver sponsor, hosted by ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators. The two-day seminar, taking place 23 – 24 May 2018 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, is in the form of a hands-on workshop facilitated by the internationally acclaimed co-authors of “Neuroteach: Brain science and the future of education”, Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kelleher, and is targeted at teachers and lecturers from primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. The seminar will focus on how educators are brain changers and will aim to explore how an understanding of the brain – the organ of learning – is critical to a teacher’s readiness to work with students. Dr Lieb Liebenberg, CEO at ITSI commented, “Does using your brain still have a purpose in a technology-driven world? Lecturers, teachers and administrators want to know how the latest Brain-Science is changing the face of teaching. The practical nature of the event will ensure that they walk away with the necessary skills to effectively facilitate and implement Mind-Brain-Education. Post this workshop, educators will be able to implement MBE tools within their own teaching environments and will be able to truly enhance their learner’s ability to learn, understand and remember.” ITSI’s MBE Seminar is endorsed by SACE and teachers attending the event will receive 15 CPTD points. About ITSI ITSI is an EdTech company that puts education first. Our digital educational platform makes learning visible, removes fragmentation within the educational environment and bridge the gap between traditional and cutting-edge teaching and learning. We do this through a single integrated platform for both e-books and all other educational content to allow educators to efficiently use any . . .
Swiss mountain-biking star Ariane Luthi will be the firm favourite to capture the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek women's title when she teams up with South African ace Robyn de Groot for this weekend's mountain-bike race. The popular Eastern Cape boutique event, which starts and finishes at the Zuurberg Mountain Inn about 70km outside Port Elizabeth, gets under way on Friday and finishes on Sunday. Riders will cover a total distance of 209km over the three days, traversing a variety of trails, which include sections in the Addo Elephant National Park. A former Cape Epic champion (two women's titles and three mixed), Luthi, who has been competing in Europe since March, is back in South Africa for a short period and said she had jumped at the chance to partner five-time national marathon mountain bike champion De Groot at the event. "Although we have had lots of competition on the bike, we are very good friends and I'm delighted about this chance to ride with her," said the Stellenbosch-based Luthi. "It's something we have just never managed to get right before." Riding for Ascendis Health Spur, Luthi said she was looking forward to a race about which "I have heard only good things". With a wealth of experience in South African mountain bike races, including the popular Winelands Encounter, Luthi has had a taste of riding in the Eastern Cape previously. "I did experience the Addo area in my first year in South Africa in 2011 when I competed in the Herald Cycle Tour mountain-bike race," she said. "I do remember beautiful mountain-biking terrain and I am very excited to be part of this event." The Swiss ace recently competed in the European mountain-bike marathon championship in Italy, where she was happy to take third place in the face of strong opposition. She said she was feeling strong physically and was looking forward to a competitive outing. Among their chief rivals will be Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill, who linked up for the first . . .
The recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which surveyed over 320 000 respondents, concluded that South Africa’s reading score has remained unimproved since 2011 and was ranked last out of 50 countries globally. Mia Andrew (12) and Zara-Leigh Oliphant (12), from Rondebosch, Cape Town, troubled by these statistics were inspired to focus on improving literacy as part of their Social Entrepreneurial Project at Micklefield Primary School. The recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which surveyed over 320 000 respondents, concluded that South Africa’s reading score has remained unimproved since 2011 and was ranked last out of 50 countries globally.“Part of Micklefield's ethos is to develop a sense of giving back from a young age. With the Social Entrepreneurship Project our students are tasked with establishing a business to raise funds and create awareness around their selected cause. With this our Grade 6 students learn valuable lessons on persistence and offering support to others less fortunate than themselves. These are life skills which engender empathy within the larger community and develop their potential as valuable citizens of the future.” – says teacher, Keshma Patel. Through Mia’s mum, Sue Andrew’s involvement with GROW with Educare Centres, a micro franchise focused on empowering women and enhancing the quality of early childhood education in the low-income areas, avid readers Mia and Zara found a perfect fit. “When Mia and I got involved with GROW, we were excited to lend a hand because we are both passionate about education and helping children from disadvantaged areas.” – says Zara Mia adds, “We should all have an equal opportunity to education and this is what GROW stands for. As a young girl, it is important to read and do well in school so we can follow our dreams.” To raise awareness for their cause, Mia and Zara created a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, . . .
With over 150 000 charity organizations in South Africa, it is clear to see why we are known as a warm-hearted nation. With so many non-profits doing their part to elevate their various causes, it is the perfect time to dig deeper and investigate our unique stance on philanthropy. A new survey, put together by Non-profit Tech For Good is hoping to provide insight into our budding non-profit sector through the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey. A report which will be the first of its kind. The survey, available in five languages; Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, aims to crowdsource the largest global survey of individual donors ever, partnering with 21 Non-profit organizations to better understand generosity in the charity space. Representing South Africa in the study, which is already in circulation, is donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, a strong contender in social giving. The organization has raised an astounding R65 Million for charities and individuals alike. “The goal of the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey is to gain a better understanding of how donors worldwide engage with causes and charities that resonate with them. Partnering with BackaBuddy we hope to gauge an understanding of the ‘spirit of Ubuntu’ in the emerging market that is South Africa” – says Non-profit Technology Trainer, Heather Mansfield. We would like to encourage South Africans to join the conversation and lend their voice to the report. The results will allow our charities an opportunity to learn from each other and align themselves with latest the market trends to better serve our community. The survey is 100% anonymous and only takes 5 minutes to complete. Click here: https://givingreport.ngo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
York High will be seeking their third title in a row when the South Western Districts leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge takes place in George on Saturday. The defending champions will host the event at the Quarry astro and coach Erica Combrink said they were excited to again be part of the tournament. At this stage, four of the qualifying tournaments have been held to decide the provincial finalists who will meet at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, on August 11. In the mix so far are Kingswood (PE Inland winners), Alexander Road (PE Coastal), Hudson Park (East London Coastal) and Kingsridge (East London Inland). York have been the front-runners in the SWD tournament, edging Oakhill for the honours two years ago and Outeniqua in last year's final. Despite their success in previous years, Combrink knows that it will not be plain sailing when they get down to action on Saturday. "With the shortened 20-minute format of the competition it definitely makes the day very entertaining," said the York coach. "It puts pressure on all the teams and forces a situation where you have to try to create opportunities early in the game to try to get a lead." Combrink acknowledged that each team would have their own strategy going into the tournament, but said the emphasis would always be on scoring goals. A total of eight schools will compete in the Hockey Challenge at York. They are Langenhoven (Riversdal), Point High (Mossel Bay), Oudtshoorn High, Langenhoven Gymnasium (Oudtshoorn), Knysna High, Glenwood House (Knysna), Outeniqua (George) and York (George). While Saturday's tournament brings all the South Western Districts teams together, Combrink said she felt the final tournament to take place at Woodridge was a worthwhile concept. "I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the regional winners to compete against each other as you come up against teams you would not necessarily play in your regular . . .
IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott Ambler + Associates to enable local businesses to go beyond Agile for disciplined agile solution delivery that . . .
Cyclists participating in the Kremetart road cycle race will be able to win in more ways than one when the event takes place in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo on June 9. A ride that covers 175km for the elite men and a 140km distance for the elite women is sure to attract some of the country's top cyclists. Already the women's race is set to be well-contested, with Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Kim le Court, South African road champion Carla Oberholzer and Lynette Burger of the Demacon Ladies team competing. With HEAD Bikes SA as its equipment sponsor, the team has been in dominant form this year, winning multiple events on the South African calendar. Besides the prize giving after the race, one lucky cyclist is also in line to take home a highly prized Westfalia bike rack - valued at just under R6 000 - at the closing ceremony. The prize has been donated by South African company Positive Sports Solutions, who have negotiated a number of deals to make top-rated cycling equipment from Europe available to local consumers. Apart from the Westfalia bike racks, cyclists in South Africa are able to purchase HEAD bicycles through the company, while the Italian-produced Gipiemme wheels will be available in the second half of the year. Positive Sports Solutions salesman Jaco Smit said there had been a spike in the cycling fraternity's interest in the Westfalia rack option. "There's huge interest in a good-quality bike rack at an affordable price and that is exactly what we can offer," said Smit. "It's a German product and if you compare it to any other brands you will notice that it gives you excellent value, and it comes with a five-year warranty." Smit said the giveaway, valued at R5 999, would take the form of a lucky draw, with all competitors having a chance to put their numbers in a box after the race. "We will be present at the event and will do the draw, along with emcee Johnny Koen, at the potjiekos and prize-giving." He added that . . .