The Madibaz tennis team will return to the A section of the University Sport South Africa tournament next year after earning promotion at the recent week held in Bloemfontein. Nelson Mandela University were unable to play in last year's event because of student strikes and had to compete in the B section this year, despite an application to be included in the top division. Team coach Hennie de Klerk explained that the USSA regulations did not allow for a team to play in the A section if they had missed the previous tournament, adding that Wits "were in the same boat". Overcoming extremely cold early-morning conditions in the Free State capital, he said Madibaz achieved their objective of getting back into the A section. "Going into the week, the team expected to win promotion because we are traditionally one of the country's strong tennis universities," said De Klerk. "For example, we were fifth the last time we competed in the A section." This year, Madibaz faced tough opposition from teams such as Wits and the B sides from the Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Potchefstroom universities. De Klerk said the promotion was just reward for the work the players had put in. "We compete with some very strong varsities, who pour their resources into scooping up the top young talent in South Africa. "Free State won the event for the eleventh year in a row, giving you an idea of the emphasis they place on attracting top players, as well as coaching and conditioning experts. "However, our performance showed that we are competitive against the top sides. The whole team must be congratulated for their efforts. "They showed great character and grit to win some long three-set matches. There was good player support and pride in Mandela University," De Klerk said. The outcome was particularly noteworthy given the players' academic commitments. "A big challenge was that the tournament was held just after the mid-year exams. That can make preparations . . .
Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase offers wine treasure trove Cape Town: Thursday, 16 August 2018 / Johannesburg: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 Embark on a journey of discovery into rare, exceptionally crafted wines at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held in Cape Town on Thursday, 16 August and Johannesburg on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. This public tasting gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s top winemakers, while tasting unique collectors’ wines crafted exclusively in small volumes for the 2018 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, to be held on Saturday, 29 September. Spanning over 33 years of winemaking prowess, these auction wines are sought after for their creative edge and enduring quality. The Showcases allow wine lovers to experience these greatly diverse wines as well as other acclaimed flagship offerings by Guild members in an interactive, walk-around tasting hosted by the winemakers themselves. Showcase-goers will also have the opportunity to contribute towards the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust by bidding on rare, signed bottles from previous Guild auctions during the Silent Auction. Founded in 1999, the Development Trust seeks to sustain the health of the wine industry by educating, training and empowering young talent through initiatives such as the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, a highly acclaimed mentorship scheme for upcoming winemakers and viticulturists. Cape Town Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase Thursday, 16 August 2018 Cape Town International Convention Centre – Grand Ballroom (First Floor) 18:00 – 21:00 R350 per person, includes a tasting glass Tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za Johannesburg Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase Wednesday, 22 August 2018 The Atrium, Nedbank Sandton, 135 Rivonia Road 18:00 – 21:00 R350 per person, includes a tasting . . .
New Xcite Energy Cider with guarana lets your X-factor shine Go for gold and release the X-factor within you with new Xcite, the guarana energy cider with attitude. The new gold standard for ciders, Xcite Energy Cider is made with 100% locally grown and pressed golden delicious apples and guarana fruit extract for a crisp, refreshing taste and a sassy burst of energy. Strutting her stuff with two juicy flavours, Apple & Guarana and Berry & Guarana, new Xcite Energy Cider has that vivacious sparkle that stands out in a crowd. It gives you a fabulous energy boost to stay on-trend, whether you are out with your girls, on a date with your significant other or just having fun in the sun. As your passport to glamour, new Xcite is well balanced with an alcohol content of 5%. It comes in stylish shimmering 275ml glass bottles and 440ml cans; and will take you to the next level with vibrant, uplifting energy. Look out for new Xcite Energy Cider at chic city hang-outs, bars and restaurants. You can also find it at leading stores retailing at around R14.99 per bottle and R16.99 per can. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This July 18 which we all know is Mandela Day, marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela - a special time and a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times as well as to translate his legacy into action. Throughout the year, uShaka Marine World is involved in many CSI initiatives and is constantly on the look out to do their bit to end poverty, social injustice, as well as bring joy to those less fortunate than themselves. Not only did uShaka partake in activities at the park on Mandela day but also beyond. Kick starting the day, uShaka Marine World staff, tenants and volunteers set out to make 5 000 sandwiches in Arena 5 between 9am – 2pm. On the Day, 100 children from the the St Vincent Children’s Home, Marianhill, were also invited to spend the day at uShaka where they were treated to breakfast by Village Walk tenant Wimpy, as well as received school shoes donated by Ntenga Foundation. Once staff and volunteers completed the sandwich making process, these sandwiches were then delivered to a number of local charities and schools within the greater Durban area that cater to those living in underprivileged households. Also during the morning, the uShaka team headed off to three local crèches in the Point area, that of The Nest, Little Heroes and Carmenello day care centre, to feed the little ones with a hot meal. If that wasn’t enough, just after lunch, uShaka Marine World staff directed up by Dr Stella Khumalo, uShaka Marine World's CEO, then headed off to Jabulani South Help Centre in Mariannhill which forms part of a critical outreach programme and where many of the poorest of the poor reside as well as many child headed households. A collection was started weeks prior where all uShaka Marine World staff donated clothing and food for those living there which was driven by the CEO, Khumalo, who has provided personal support over the past number of years. All items collected as well as school shoes, . . .
Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .
The award-winning real estate group Tyson Properties recently teamed up with Ballers Soccer Club to give young boys and girls in Johannesburg the chance to take their football skills to the next level. The company co-sponsored a soccer clinic at the Pirates Club in Greenside for boys and girls in the under-6 to under-12 age groups. The five-day soccer camp provided an opportunity for young players to get expert coaching through a specialised programme using the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar as inspiration. Chris Tyson, managing director of Tyson Properties, said the company was keen to see youngsters given an opportunity to hone their skills and further their football talents. “Involving ourselves with communities in which we sell and rent properties, and investing in the well-being of the people in these areas is important to us,” Tyson said. He added that as Tyson Properties had recently broadened its horizons in Gauteng, it was a good time to extend to Johannesburg its ongoing successful Cape Town sponsorship to Soccer School. Achieving important “goals” of growth and expansion were priorities for the company: the Gauteng flagship office in the Design Quarter area of Fourways recently extended its reach to surrounding high-growth nodes. In addition, Tyson Properties has recently opened a Dunkeld branch and will have covered the north when its Westerly office opens early next year. The Cape-based Soccer School runs all year-round training for children in the Under-4 to Under-14 age-group categories. Owner and founder Liam Shirley, explained that “It’s designed to instil confidence in youngsters’ soccer ability. It is an all-inclusive programme for children of all abilities that focuses on helping them leave our sessions with increased confidence.” He thanked Tyson Properties for their support in making the Ballers Soccer School clinic more accessible to more children. For more information, visit www.tysonprop.co.za CLICK . . .
Owner of Okuhle Waste Management, Maxwell Ndlovu, is a savvy entrepreneur who has grown his recycling business from a tiny operation in a side-street in Johannesburg to the establishment of two well-equipped buy-back centres in Jeppe Street and Denver, which collect about 300 tonnes of recyclable material each month. Ndlovu is one of over 45 entrepreneurs to receive assistance from Mpact Recycling to start and grow their own buy-back centres. Equipment in form of scales, trolleys, bags, bins and cages was provided by Mpact Recycling to help increase the volumes at the centres it assists. Mpact Recycling communication manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says Mpact Recycling has helped establish 45 Mpact Recycling buy-back centres throughout Gauteng. “Of these, eight new centres were established in areas such as Soweto, Tembisa and Boksburg last year.” The programme brings in more than 104,000 tonnes of recyclables every year, significantly boosting the 630,000 tonnes of recyclable material collected by Mpact Recycling annually. The rest of the recyclable material is collected through Mpact’s own operations throughout the country as well as its 2,000 Ronnie Banks nationwide. It also buys material from more than 100 independent dealers countrywide. Noble says one of the greatest benefits of the programme is that it creates informal employment for thousands of people in local communities. “According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), recycling provides jobs for about 100,000 people in South Africa, many of whom are entrepreneurs and small business owners reliant on sustained volumes of recycled material to earn a living.” Mpact does not only collect paper and paper-based packaging. Other materials include plastic PET bottles, which provide the material for the company’s polymers operation. In addition, long-life milk and juice cartons – a relatively new grade – are now processed through a recently established liquid packaging plant at . . .
Designed to excite all the senses, Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon – has organised a tasteful mix of leading chefs and on-trend eateries set to feature in beautifully-styled settings. Taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August, this delicious #rhythmoflife exhibition is set to be a real foodie haven. The Gourmet Cooking Theatre Some of South Africa’s best chefs will demonstrate some unique meals using the latest kitchen appliances, in a gorgeous kitchen installation curated by Riverwoods, with surfaces by Stonehenge and appliances by Hisense. There will be hour-long demonstrations by a host of culinary masters taking place throughout the show. Chef Coo Pillay, Executive Chef of Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo and Vice-Chairman of the SA Chefs Gauteng Committee will get things going with easy-to-emulate meals that cater to taste and budget. Chef Coo has partnered with Tiger Brands and Unilever Food Solutions for four inspired demonstrations. “We will prepare a homemade burger served on a bread bun made from King Korn sorghum powder – all of which is uniquely South African,” said Chef Coo. “I see myself as a very ‘rustic-style’ chef and I love fusing different styles of cooking and flavours onto a plate.” Fans of the popular cooking contest, My Kitchen Rules SA, are in for a treat as Season 2 contestant, Donald Chipumha, will be putting his culinary skills on display. “I will discuss the best ways to handle ingredients while demonstrating practical cooking – quick, easy and tasty meals,” said Donald. “I’m a home-cook and I like to be practical and conscious about what I cook. I prefer simple, robust flavours without overcomplicating things. I will be preparing my signature dish – Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Charred Sweetcorn Salad.” Young cooking sensation, social media influencer and author of the blog ‘Cooking with Luyanda’, Luyanda Mafanya will impress audiences with her culinary expertise at her debut Decorex . . .
The Madibaz surfing team will be aiming to go all the way when they target the University Sport South Africa title at Victoria Bay near George, starting tomorrow. In last year's tournament, the Nelson Mandela Bay surfers came within a whisker of winning the overall title, ultimately losing to the University of Cape Town by just eight points. Madibaz Surfing manager Melinda Goosen said today that, following a weekend camp at Vic Bay last month, there was a sense of confidence in the squad. "The team selection started in April already, when the first trials were held. "The team was finalised after three sets of trials and the surfers spent a weekend in Vic Bay from June 15 to 17 for their final preparations." Good conditions were expected at the popular surfing spot on the Southern Cape coastline, but Goosen acknowledged that the Madibaz surfers would have to adapt to some challenges. "The conditions can also get tough and we will just concentrate on the competition day by day," she said. "The surf will obviously be the same for everyone and it is the surfer who comes out best on the day who will progress. "We have had good results at Vic Bay in previous years and we hope to build on that." Goosen added that they had a number of talented and experienced surfers in their squad. Some had competed in previous USSA tournaments and knew what to expect. "Gregory Cuthbert, our top male, who came second in the individual section last year, and Tristan Pringle, who made the 2017 semifinals, will be leading the way. "On the women's side, Britney Linder is our No 1 seed. She finished second last year. We also have a newcomer in Tahra Uren, but she is an experienced surfer and will add much value to the squad. "Over the years we have had good team dynamics, with all our surfers progressing to the second round, which is a great achievement in itself." Besides the individual performances, she said the team effort was as important, with an . . .
THE 14th iteration of the Wavescape Surf Film Festival will once again be heading down to uShaka Marine World. There will be 20 Wavescape movies to be showcased on the big screen from Monday, 23 to Friday 27, July in Arena 5 (adjacent to moyo) which are sure to take you on a worldwide surf adventure with epic visuals and amazing stories. Come and chill out at uShaka Marine World and enjoy a great line up of surfing movies. Entry is free, so bring your mates and some blankets and / or camp chairs. Food and beverages can be purchased from within the uShaka Village Walk on each of the evenings starting at 18h00. Daily Schedule Below: Monday 23 July @ 18h00pm • A million Waves – Emotional portrait of Kadiatu Kamara, 19, who is left to face the Ebola epidemic alone after her dad dies. She finds hope in the waves of ureh Beach in central Sierra Leone. • The edge of North – A group of top British surfers surf in northern Scotland, discovering new adventures and reconnecting with old friends. • Masa – Byron Bay-based Japanese shaper Masami Yaguchi explores why he moved to a foreign country with an alien culture. Soulful and cool! • Perilous Sea – A cold water odyssey that captures the raw spirit, landscapes and pure perfection that arises when conditions align. Inspired by the storytelling style of classic ocean-fairing novels, we traverse North Atlantic fringes, from Canada to Iceland. • Church of the open sky - A sea soaked celebration of surfing in the sacred playground beneath. Shot in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. Staring Dave Rastovich, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, Alex Knost, Devon Howards. Tuesday 24 July @ 18h00pm • Zions Gate – A story about friendship in the places where the proximity of death affirms the life within us, as two friends from different parts of the world tackle a scary day at Dungeons. • A week up West – Noosa long boarder Harrison Roach keeps falling asleep while surfing. So he goes with his shaper . . .