Thirsty visitors will be able to warm up with a glass or two of their favourite beverage when the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show transforms the Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth, into a winter WINEderland next weekend. Festive evenings of wine-tasting, wine-speak and enjoyable moments of friendship have again been made possible by the local liquor store. "A national decision was taken three years ago to continue branding TOPS at SPAR to the communities after the previous events were cancelled," said SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton. This is the fourth year that TOPS at SPAR has the naming rights to the event, which is organised by The Wine Show. The sponsorship will continue until 2020. "To be associated with the biggest wine shows in the country is something we're immensely proud of. It's a wonderful way to share the love and have lots of fabulous fun with our customers," Stapleton said. A feature of the show will be the award-winning Olive Brook Range from the SPAR private collection portfolio. There will be three theatre presentations over the three days to introduce visitors to it. In addition to this there will be at least 42 different wine estates represented. Stapleton felt it was a great opportunity for winemakers to see what the public's needs were and how best to make wines to suit various palates. "We encourage people to come and have fun with TOPS at SPAR and experience some of the best wines that the country has to offer. To date, PE has always been the country's biggest event. "Where else can you get tremendous value for money while sharing fun and friendship with your besties?" Andrew Douglas, owner and producer of the show, endorsed Stapleton's statements, saying it was a wonderful platform that connected some of the country's finest producers to a domestic audience. "The event is staged in a fun, themed and entertaining environment that is conducive to learning - whether you're a beginner or a . . .
South Africa’s noodle bars, burger joints, tapas restaurants and cafés are once again gearing up to battle for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. The winners will be determined by star ratings on the new Eat Out app and the Eat Out website. Now in its fourth year, this search for the best casual restaurants in the country shines the spotlight on where South African foodies love to eat regularly. The list of winners is determined by combining star ratings by the public on the Eat Out app and eatout.co.za with ratings by the Eat Out panel of professional critics. Ratings for the full year from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2018 are tallied to determine a shortlist for each of the categories per province. The categories for the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries are: Best Asian Eatery, Best Bistro, Best Burger Eatery, Best Coffee Shop, Best Country-Style Eatery, Best Indian Eatery, Best Italian Eatery, Best Seafood Eatery, Best Steakhouse, Best Food Truck, Best Tapas Eatery and Best Mexican Eatery. To vote for their favourites, restaurant goers can download the Eat Out app or visit eatout.co.za to rate and review the eateries they have visited in the last year. Users can post as many reviews as they like, but only one per person per restaurant will be counted. The closing date for reviews by the public for this year’s accolades is 31 August 2018. For each review posted, Eat Out will also pledge a meal for a hungry child through Rise Against Hunger SA. The ultimate winners will be announced at events on 9 October in Cape Town, and on 16 October in Johannesburg. “It’s always exhilarating to see the community coming together – the restaurants encouraging their happy patrons to review, and the passionate fans taking the time to tell us about their food heroes. Rating and reviewing is quicker and easier on our new app, so we’re looking forward to hearing from even more food lovers across SA,” says Eat Out deputy editor Linda . . .
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, according to respected statesman, Nelson Mandela. In the spirit of a man who took humanitarianism and transformation to a whole new level globally and in celebration of Mandela Day today (July 18th), Pine Walk Centre adopted the SOS Education Campaign – which stands for Support our Schools - in an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country, with their main focus being specifically on their community. In doing so, they aim to provide hope to future generations. Pine Walk Centre and its full staff complement implemented the SOS initiative by partnering with Vezamafa Primary School in KwaDabeka, where they refurbished one of the schools Grade 1 classrooms. The class which accommodates 33 students, saw a complete overhaul. The Pine Walk team stripped the damaged ceiling and installed a brand new one featuring cavity bat insulation, new LED lights, varnished all the brick walls, painted and provided a fresh look chalkboard as well as repaired the door with locks and thus providing a safe learning environment for the Grade 1 students at Vezamafa Primary. Note to reader - SA Corporate Real Estate launches SOS Education Campaign on Mandela Day Pine Walk Centre is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within South Africa’s property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Support Our Schools – which is an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. It is also a tribute to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela who would have been 100 on July 18. SA Corporate Real Estate Limited owns 21 shopping centres across the country. Each of these centres has identified and adopted a school within the community in which it is situated and will work with this school for the next three years. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
This year marks the 100th centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth date. To celebrate the legacy of this great man was the annual Mandela Day to pay it forward and try change the world, no matter how small, making it a better place. Musgrave Centre, along with 21 other SA Corp shopping Centre’s in South Africa, has embraced education as its long term, ongoing, community outreach program, which they have called the SOS (Support Our Schools) initiative. Ultimately, education will allow our children to have better futures. For Mandela Day, July 18th, Musgrave Centre called for the public to support the children of Berea Primary School by donating books and stationery to these young primary school learners, Along with the stationery donated by the public, Musgrave Centre also donated R5000 worth of stationery. These basic educational items are taken for granted by many of us, yet there are still thousands of children that don’t have access to these basic classroom necessities. On the day, members of the public were also invited to join the staff members of Musgrave Centre and the team at Alexander Caruth, who donated their time and R10 000 worth of paint, for one of the Berea Primary aftercare classrooms, as well as one of their school passages, to help brighten up the area. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Wednesday, Mandela Day, July 18th, Davenport Square in the heart of Berea, tended to the need of their community by donating 10 concrete benches to Open Air School which will be a valuable addition to the Primary School learners' lunch area for years' to come. The donation was part of the SOS Campaign (Support Our Schools), which aims to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. Open Air School caters for approximately 260 learners, from pre-primary to grade 12, providing education to children with Special Educational Needs. Apart from the bench donation, Davenport Square also spent more than 67 minutes of their time treating the children to boerewors rolls, cake and cool drink provided by tenants including Dirks, Thompsons Security, African Bank, and Checkers. To add to the cheer of the day, renowned Durban graffiti artist, Ewok, created colourful murals on two of the benches to mark the celebration of Madiba's 100th birthday. Note to reader: Davenport Square is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within the South African property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Support Our Schools – is an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country and provide hope to future generations. It is also a tribute to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela who would have been 100 on July 18. SA Corporate Real Estate Limited owns 21 shopping centres across the country. Each of these centres has identified and adopted a school within the community in which it is situated and will work with this school for the next three years. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, according to respected statesman, Nelson Mandela. In the spirit of a man who took humanitarianism and transformation to a whole new level globally and in celebration of Mandela Day today (July 18th), Umlazi Mega City adopted the SOS Education Campaign – which stands for Support our Schools - in an attempt to help improve the quality of education in the country, with their main focus being specifically on their community. In doing so, they aim to provide hope to future generations. Umlazi Mega City and its full staff complement implemented the SOS initiative by partnering with its local community hospital, Prince Mshiyeni. They took to renovating and redecorating the children’s playroom in the pediatric ward. This particular ward heals children suffering from malnutrition and who are generally hospitalised for long periods of time without any mental or educational stimulus. The room was decorated with colourful murals and loads of colouring notepads, reading and educational books as well as toys for the children to enjoy. Umlazi Mega City has been instrumental this year in a number of community projects, from that of the Rise Against Hunger feeding programme, where they hosted a food packaging event. This provided meals for Tholulwazi Creche in Umlazi and iKwezi crèche in Lamontville. Apart from today’s pediatric hospital visit, Umlazi Mega City are also running an ongoing charity driver where they will be collecting books and toys for the rest of the children’s ward at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital , with the support of local entrepreneurs, tenants and celebrities. Note to reader: - SA Corporate Real Estate launches SOS Education Campaign on Mandela Day: Umlazi Mega City is owned by SA Corporate Real Estate Limited, one of the oldest and most established companies within the South Africa’s property sector. The company created the SOS Campaign – which stands for Save Our . . .
A collaboration between SPAR Eastern Cape, Love Story and the Mayor's Office saw 200 homeless people celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in fine style in Port Elizabeth today. Held on Mandela Day in a banqueting room in City Hall, the occasion allowed those in need to enjoy a sit-down meal of chicken stew and vegetables in comfortable surroundings, followed by cupcakes for dessert. In addition, the Mayor's Office had a boerewors braai on the patio surrounding City Hall to supplement the meal. This partnership formed part of the annual City Feed campaign, which has been a joint-effort by SPAR EC and Nelson Mandela Bay charity organisation Love Story over the past two years. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said they had been preparing for their annual City Feed on Mandela Day when they traditionally fed up to 300 homeless people in the city centre to commemorate the special occasion. "This year, the Mayor's Office were pursuing a similar project and a discussion with SPAR Eastern Cape resulted in a partnership between all three parties," she said. "The difference this time is that the Mayor's Office have provided facilities in City Hall for a sit-down meal for 200 people. "Initially the idea was to generate meals for 100 people to coincide with the centenary of Madiba's birth, but such is the demand that we eventually settled on 200 people." Love Story regularly feed up to 300 homeless people five times a week, just one of the initiatives the organisation have set up in the city since being formed in 2012 to help the needy. Speaking ahead of the event, Watson said Love Story would be preparing the meal at their headquarters, with ingredients provided by SPAR EC. "We usually have about 200 at our daily feeding schemes in the evening, but when we hold special occasions such as this you can expect to cater for up to 300 people," she added. "As there is only seating space for 200 people in City Hall, we will also be . . .
By Sandile Mbulawa (Head: Resource Finance) The positive outlook for the copper sector bodes well for Zambia and its copper mines with copper comprising around 60% of the country’s total exports, while the country is expected to produce more than 1 million tonnes of the metal this year. Mining companies such as Canadian-based First Quantum Minerals (FQM) are expanding their copper mines to cater for expected growing demand particularly from the Chinese market, a major driver of consumption. The outlook for copper has not always been so positive with the sector experiencing prices as low as US$2/lb in 2016, compared to a peak spot price of $3.30/lb in 2018 so far. The copper price rose by 30% in 2017, however, the price has softened somewhat of late alongside a strengthening US dollar. The longer-term outlook is buoyed by lower mining costs, and global undersupply caused to a large extent by demand from China’s power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle production globally. The engine used in conventional cars usually contains about 20kg of copper while engines in an electric car contain copper weighing about 80kg. Some forecasts expect refined copper to register a deficit of 251 000 tonnes in 2018 and remain undersupplied until 2023. Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) identified an opportunity to offer FQM debt funding by co-arranging a $400m term facility for its subsidiary Kalumbila Minerals. RMB participated for $100m in the facility which is repayable over three years, with the option to extend for another two years. The facility, finalised at the beginning of this year, was structured to fit within the group’s corporate capital structure which includes $6.0bn of bonds with various maturities and was tailored to dovetail with the FQM corporate facility provided in 2017. The facility provides the group with additional cash as it grows its business further, taking into consideration the positive long-term growth outlook for the . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, BLYTHEDALE COASTAL ESTATE – Due to its immense popularity, the South African Obstacle Course Racing industry has, over the past few years, ensured that this past weekend’s inaugural South African Obstacle Course Racing Championship was a world-class event according to the two 2018 South African OCR Champions, Thomas van Tonder and Trish Bahlmann. Responsible for bringing the OCR Championships to South Africa is Fritz Pienaar, CEO of Advendurance and the Warrior Company, powered by Reebok, and SAOCR, which was endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC). The first South African OCR Championships was held in conjunction with at Toyota Warrior Race #5 at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the 14th and 15th July 2018. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, unspoiled forest, rivers and estuaries, the Blythedale Coastal Estate was the perfect setting for the South African OCR Championships. The OCR World Championships structure is Age Group and Pro Championships, and by building upon the 10Km Commando Elite and 15Km Black Ops Elite divisions respectively, each event featured distinct championship obstacles, with exclusive podium medals and a prize purse exceeding R200 000. Featuring a full compliment of South Africa’s top OCR athletes, the Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Championship race was a gruelling 19km trail course with 35 Warrior series finale obstacles that included four brand-new obstacles. The top three male and female athletes would receive cash prizes and free entry into the Pro Division World OCR Championships to be held on 19 - 21 October 2018 in London, England. The men’s Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Champs race was hotly contested between South Africa’s top 2 OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador) and Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama). It was neck-and-neck, changing the lead throughout the race, but it was Van Tonder who proved strongest on the day, crossing the Championship line in 01h44m19s, just six minutes . . .