Port Elizabeth: Sunday 16 December 2012, sees the start of the 2012 About IT Triathlon Summer Series, a 3-part sprint distance triathlon Series, with round 1 being the popular Summies to Sards Triathlon. Starting at 8am at Pollok Beach, a mixture of social and competitive teams and individuals will kick off with a 750m which is then followed by a 20km cycle to Schoenmakerskop and ends with a 5km trail run along the Sacramento Trail taking runners from Schoenies through to Sardinia Bay and back again. "The Summer Series Series has been around for over a decade now and each year it grows, this year we are focusing on building the interest in the team category which offers non-triathletes the opportunity to take part in the sport whilst combining with their friends, family or collegues," said Series organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "The sprint distance consists of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run which is achievable for most novice sports enthusiasts." Already confirmed for Sunday's event is SA rugby legend Ollie le Roux who last year completed the Series with close friend and former World pole vault champion Okkert Britz who lives in PE. This fun triathlon, sanctioned by Eastern Province Triathlon, attracts hundreds of participants each year and is followed up with another on Sunday 23rd December before the Series concludes on Boxing Day (26th) at Port St Francis. About IT, new naming sponsors of the Series, is a national company offering tailor-made Information Technology solutions and have keenly invested in the promotion of water sport based events in Nelson Mandela Bay this season. With a local branch that is very active in the sporting scene, About IT are excited to be associated with the Triathlon Summer Series which offers elite and social participants the opportunity to get out there and have fun this December. The event is expected to attract over 150 participants for round 1 which will see the swimmers doing a 750m swim in the ocean . . .
Stronger than ever after 11 years in the game, Prime has delivered an album for the fans. Coming off the SAMA win for Best Rock Album at the 2011 SAMA awards and having toured with Seether and 3 Doors Down, with a return visit to Europe this year, Prime Circle are now gearing up to start their nationwide tour after the release of their fifth and long awaited album, EVIDENCE, which was released in November. The first single, Time Kills Us All, heralds a new chapter in the phenomenon that is Prime Circle. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Ticket Prices: Adults: R110, Youth (6 - 21 years): R80, Botanical Society members: R100. URL: http://www.oldmutual.co.za/music Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Prime Circle [/l2g] . . .
December 7, 2012 – www.Passed-On.com, a free web-based global initiative for those who want to leave a personal wish, thought or message to their Loved Ones in case something unexpected should happen, was recently launched in eight languages, and within the first week has drawn 65,000 members from 68 countries. Marc Oparq, founder and owner of PassedOn, explains the inspiration behind the site: “Every one of us has a certain idea of how he or she would like to be remembered. When our time has come, we all have important wishes and thoughts to leave for our loved ones. Whether it’s a personal message from the heart, or a crucial piece of information that needs to be delivered, at PassedOn users can create and save Emotional Wills for the ones they care about: lovers, family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and even business partners.” Although the ultimate service of the website may appear grim to some, Passed-On.com users greatly enjoy the tremendous chance to reflect on their lives, inner circles, and legacies. In itself, the act of creating meaningful memories for one’s beloved brings about stirring moments of reminiscence, affection, and creativity. “It prompts me to rethink and realize who the most important people to me are. That just makes me see my life more clearly and feel lucky,” says an early PassedOn member. The PassedOn initiative all started one day when a thought crossed the mind of the website’s founder, a young parent with two children. “I have so many things to tell my kids, but they are too young now. Something unexpected can happen any day. How can I make sure they will know about all my thoughts, feelings and wishes for them?” With that personal aspiration, he began to work with Dutch software expert and site co-owner, Marcel Lennartz, and a top graphic design team. Eventually, they brought PassedOn to life and automated it into a virtual platform that is both secure and simple to use for a wide target audience. Adapted in eight . . .
7 December 2012, Cape Town: The 9th issue of Plascon SPACES hits the shelves on 10 December 2012, but this time as an award-winner having recently won a Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa's 2012 PICA Award for Visual Production of the Year for the innovative fig-inspired piece in SPACES 7, A Sensual Season by Tina-Marie Malherbe and art director Christopher Evans. Just in time for Summer, the year-end issue of Plascon SPACES – a magazine dedicated to showcasing and translating the latest décor, design and colour trends using colour and paint - focuses on making the great outdoors even greater. Along with the selection of gorgeous interiors you’ve come to expect, the issue also celebrates the exterior space by featuring how to take paint and décor principles onto patios, verandas, poolsides and outdoor walls. To ensure that the magazine continues to provide its readers with the best décor and DIY information, quickly and whenever they need it, Plascon SPACES has made a few changes to its editorial layout. “For the first time, the magazine has been divided into two parts. The upfront Inspire section is full of colour trends and bright ideas, while the Create section is where readers will find practical case studies and hands-on advice on how to replicate the very latest looks,” says Plascon SPACES manager Anne Roselt. Super-stylist Tina-Marie Malherbe uses a gorgeous summer palette to play with on-trend ombre, dip-dyeing and paint-dipping techniques in Décor Inspiration, and if you’re looking to get more ‘hands on’, Paint Effects shows you step-by-step projects that use paint to help revitalise old objects and spaces. Treat yourself this summer by revamping your patio with One Room Four Looks and choose what best suits you, whether it is budget-friendly, eco-elegant, local and lovely, or ultra-glam, while exploring some Real space case studies with photographer Micky Hoyle’s African-inspired hotel, an abstract artist’s colour-blocked home . . .
Wine lovers who like to travel and enjoy the outdoors, will love the new easy-to-carry Unplugged62 wine in a pouch, which offers the ideal get up and go wine solution. The range offers a Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in a convenient 1.5 litre pouch, which is light to carry and has an 80% lower carbon footprint than two glass bottles. In addition, the special foil packaging will keep the wine fresh for up to a month after being opened. The Unplugged62 is the first product range launched by The Unplugged62 Wine Co - a collaborative effort between Joubert-Tradauw situated on the popular Route 62 and the well-established Boland Cellar. Joubert-Tradauw is a family-owned private cellar, situated just outside the picturesque village of Barrydale in the Klein Karoo along the famous route between Cape Town and Jeffrey's Bay. The family has followed an “unplugged” lifestyle concept for many years and have staged numerous Unplugged62 music concerts on the farm, which is also home to the much-loved R62 Deli with its speciality Klein Karoo tapas. Recently winemaker Meyer Joubert began to dream about releasing a wine that could reflect the spirit of their dream to a wider audience. He was however faced with the challenge of maintaining the uniqueness and brand positioning of their current classical Joubert-Tradauw wines. To meet the volume requirements, they also needed a bigger grape supply than their own as well as national distribution capacity. “We decided to take on a partner that had the grapes for the right style of wine as well as the necessary distribution channels. Boland fitted the bill perfectly and was also willing to support my vineyard selection and wine making decisions,” explains Joubert. Boland Cellar is located at the gateway to the R62 and was excited to become part of this ground-breaking initiative. “We felt that the presentation style of the brand should reflect something of the laid-back, unplugged lifestyle of country living and challenged . . .
Early childhood development organisation The Unlimited Child recently took the opportunity to really spoil the caregivers from the crèches involved in their programme by hosting a festive Christmas party. The non-profit organisation provides equipment and training to boost early childhood development at over 310 crèches in the Valley of a 1000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. According to CEO Cassy Healey, the event, which was held at the City Hill Church in Waterfall was the perfect opportunity to show these hardworking women how much their efforts are appreciated. “These ladies put in an incredible amount of effort and make a huge emotional investment in these children to ensure that they will reach their full potential. They worked tirelessly throughout the year and we felt it was very important to acknowledge their contribution to the future of our country. One hundred top caregivers were nominated by their colleagues and fellow teachers for their exceptional performance, passion and commitment and were invited to join in our festive celebration,” mentions Healey. About 130 guests, including caregivers and generous project supporters joined the celebrations and award ceremony. Guests were greeted on the red carpet by CEO Healey, while local artists Nipho and Nomfundo Mthembu provided live entertainment. Each guest received a certificate recognising their involvement with the project and honouring their commitment to the cause of The Unlimited Child. Guests then sat down for a sumptuous lunch with performances by local musicians, while spot prizes and Nivea gift packs were handed out. “These caregivers are truly the heart of our organisation and are often from the poorest of our communities, so it was especially gratifying to be able to spoil them and show them our heart-felt appreciation. These amazing women are an inspiration to us on a daily basis and without them, many children would never reach their full potential,” says Healey. URL: . . .
Enter the exciting world of music production. Have you ever thought what rush you’d experience when seeing people move and dance to a beat you produced? Or what it must feel like to hear your musical creation on the radio? Imagine social media punting your name about the latest hot mix. Stop dreaming and take the first step to a career in music production and enrol now for the Complete Music Production Course (CMP100) at the Soul Candi Institute of Music in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The course starts the 4th of February and runs for 10 months. Class will consist of theory lectures and practical training. Through this academic and practical learning experience; integrating production and music theory, the CMP100 covers a variety of influential styles, relevant technologies and career opportunities open to today’s music professionals. The course is made up of three modules and includes: Music Theory; Synthesis; Routing; Dynamics Processing; Mixing and EQ; Arrangement; Effect Processing; Post-production; and Mastering. Since 2004 the SCIM has offered the most up to date training in music productions and DJ skills. SCIM’s mission is to educate, train and shape students to excel in music as a career, whilst optimising the opportunities, for the students and the industry alike, by integrating the platforms of the SCIM with those of Soul Candi the Record Label (Africa's biggest independent record label); hereby nurturing and developing talent to create long-term sustainability within the Southern African Music and Entertainment Industries. SCIM represents a growing network of industry professionals who use their openness, skill, and versatility to take music in new directions. Reflecting the interplay between music and technology, SCIM is an environment where aspiring music professionals learn how to integrate new ideas, adapt to changing musical genres, and showcase their skills in an evolving community. Visit http://www.scim.co.za/ for more info on . . .
Media Release Date: 5 December 2012 Subject: Kwazulu-Natal Coaching Symposium to be hosted by KZN Athletics this weekend To download high resolution image attached to this story, see bottom of this media release KZN Athletics has taken its first big step towards realizing their stated vision of producing quality Olympians for the 2016 games in Rio, with a coaching symposium to be held at Mr. Price Kings Park Rugby Stadium this coming Saturday (8 December). According to KZN Athletics President, Sello Mokoena, a big part of identifying young talent is to make athletics a mass participation sport in all regions of KZN, and once identified, afford talented athletes the opportunity to be trained by suitably competent coaches. “We believe that coaching plays a central role in any sporting development, and it is for this reason that KZN Athletics started with the symposium, which is not a training session, but a think tank between ourselves and a number of coaches we have in the province. The symposium will happen in conjunction with the ASA/SASCOC “train the trainer” programme, as well as South African Adapted IAAF Level 1 Coaching training which kicks off through ASA in January 2013” said Mokoena. It is hoped that the symposium will identify training needs, especially in district and local municipalities, where raw talent lies, and route candidates through the above coaching programmes by ASA. Amongst the prominent facilitators confirmed for the symposium are Michael Seme (who produced champions and Olympians such as Caster Semenya and Stephen Mokoka), Richard Mayer, (Author of the bestselling “The Three men called Mathews” book), as well as legends such as Xolile Yawa, Hedrick Mokganyetsi and Willie Mtolo. Other local facilitators include Victor Vaz, who produced champion track & field athletes over the past four decades as well as Vijay Balram, a trained coach now at the provincial DSR. Amongst the invited dignitaries to give input are the . . .
With the build up to the festive season the SA Post Office will be hosting a Kids Christmas Card Workshop at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 8 December 2012. Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to create their own Christmas cards and post Santa their Christmas wish lists which will be sent all the way to the North Pole. Children will be given the opportunity to make their cards using an assortment of creative tools, stickers, pens, and paper. They will then be taught how to address and post their letters, something many children of this generation have not experienced. “We are allowing children to use their imagination and express their creativity in letter writing,” said Martie Gilchrist, regional communication manager of the SA Post Office. This activation forms part of a broader initiative by the SA Post Office to promote letter writing and encourage children to put pen to paper. The festive season has always been a busy period at the Post Office with thousands of children still writing to Santa sending him their Christmas wish lists. “We are looking forward to getting insight into the most popular gifts on Children’s wish lists,” concluded Gilchrist. The workshop will run from 13:30 – 16:30 at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and participation in the workshop is free. For more information on the SA Post Office visit www.postoffice.co.za URL: http://www.postoffice.co.za Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice YouTube: Author: Alex de Kock from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
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