This statement is issued on behalf of Agri Eastern Cape by the portfolio committee member for rural safety, Alfonso van Niekerk: Agri Eastern Cape condemns the attack on the Ngcobo police station, and subsequent murders of five SAPS officers and one soldier, in the strongest possible terms. As an organisation, Agri Eastern Cape has a close working relationship with rural police stations throughout the province and we are deeply saddened by the senseless killing of these officers. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and loved ones. This cold-blooded and cowardly crime is not merely an isolated incident. Its effect on rural policing in the Eastern Cape has far-reaching consequences and puts the safety of SAPS personnel, the entire rural community and farming families at risk. We would urge the Honorable Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to appoint task teams to investigate the murders. The culprits must be apprehended and charged, and the judiciary must impose maximum sentences to send a clear message that attacks on those who would protect their fellow South Africans will not be tolerated. Agri Eastern Cape and its members will assist the SAPS in any way possible with their investigations and we call on members of the public who may have any information pertaining to the case to contact the relevant authorities or phone SAPS Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(HOWICK) – DESPITE a lagging economy, swimmers at South Africa’s premier open water championship, the aQuellé Midmar Mile, have smashed an ambitious target of raising R3-million for charities nationwide, fundraisers announced on Monday [12 February]. Drawing amateur and serious athletes of all ages, this past weekend’s event saw many swimmers raise funds for causes ranging from cancer to water awareness as Day Zero draws closer in the Western Cape. As of Monday morning, charity organisers announced that more than R3.1m had been raised – a staggering 55% increase on the R2m raised in 2017. And more is expected to flow in in the coming weeks, they say. “Not all EFT’s made over the weekend have come in yet. We’ll also keep fundraising open for a few more weeks to give people a chance to hit their targets. But it’s an impressive number regardless,” said Stan Kozlowski, chairman of the main fundraising initiative, the 8 Mile Club. “I’d imagine by the end of this week the 8 Mile Club alone will have surpassed the R3-million mark. We're currently sitting on R2.98m raised, with the 16 Mile Club having raised R113,000”. Over 13,000 swimmers from across the country descended on Midmar Dam near Pietermaritzburg for the 45th edition of South Africa’s premier open water race. Among them were the 200-plus members of the 8 Mile and 16 Mile clubs. Suzelle Stegen, marketing manager for aQuellé, said the water brand was proud to support such great initiatives. “Helping the community is a key element of our brand. We love the fact that families, clubs and corporate teams can come together and take part in a healthy, water-based activity that spreads the joy and does so much good for many worthy causes,” said Stegen. The 8-Milers – so called for the distance each member swims for charity – each swam the eight-mile-long events on Saturday and Sunday to collect as much money as possible for their seven chosen charities. These included breast cancer charity Pink . . .
(HOWICK) – Participants in this year’s aQuellé Midmar Mile will have their sights set on a fundraising target of R3 million for charity when they hit the water for the world’s largest open water swim this weekend. Over 13,000 swimmers from across the country are expected to descend on Midmar Dam near Pietermaritzburg for the 45th edition of South Africa’s premier open water race. Among them will be the 200-plus members of the 8 Mile and 16 Mile Clubs, who have already surpassed last year’s R2-million benchmark for worthy causes in the lead-up to race day. The 8-Milers – so called for the distance each member swims for charity – will swim each of the eight mile-long events on Saturday and Sunday to collect as much money as possible for their seven chosen charities. These are breast cancer charity Pink Drive, Singakwenza Education and Health, Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, KZN Wildlife for Save the Rhino, Wildlands Conservation Trust and the Cancer Association of South Africa. Former East Coast Radio DJ Brad Ray, 40, now living in Johannesburg, will be completing his fifth 8-Mile challenge. He and his sister, Abigail Ray, will be swimming on behalf of Singakwenza, a non-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through early childhood education programmes. “I knew the bigger charities would have support already, and the smaller charities probably need the money more. I am a huge believer in education having the power to change people’s lives for the better, and what Singakwenza does for young children is amazing,” said Ray. Joining the 8-Milers is former Paralympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, who is on a 902km cycle-swim-run journey to raise funds for the Deaf Children’s Learn to Swim and Water Safety Programme. Their 16 Mile Club counterparts will also complete all the events, swimming back to the start after each one to double the distance. All monies raised by . . .
(PATENSIE) – Residents in the Gamtoos River Valley are bracing for a health crisis of unprecedented proportions as – for the first time in its history – the region’s biggest supply dam is set to run dry by the end of April. Should no decent rains fall in the catchment area in the coming weeks, the towns of Hankey and Patensie will be plunged into a health disaster, as most of their water is sourced from the Kouga Dam which dipped to an all-time low of 7.15% last week. Rain over the weekend has seen the dam level rise to 9.3%, with further inflows expected to bring it up to 10%. This puts the area, which falls under the Kouga Municipality, at similar risk to water-strapped Cape Town, where major dams are set to run dry – a circumstance termed “Day Zero” – in mid-April. “When the dam dries up, there will be no water for drinking, no water for personal hygiene and no water to flush toilets. We are sitting with the reality of an epic health crisis,” said Gamtoos Irrigation Board chairman Tertius Meyer, who added that while recent rains had taken the dam level up to almost 8%, the situation remained extremely serious. Meyer said that at this critical stage even boreholes were not a viable solution to the crisis. “Those who do have boreholes must use what water they have wisely to make it stretch as far as possible,” he said. “Kouga Municipality also needs to manage what little water it has as conservatively as possible, although this has not been the case in the past. “Nothing can save these communities – only substantial rain.” While more affluent households may be able to keep the crisis somewhat at bay by purchasing drinking water shipped in from other areas, poorer communities in the two towns – which share an estimated population of 300 000 – cannot afford to buy bottled water. “The only thing the municipality can do is to bring in water in tankers, but this is prohibitively expensive, costing an estimated R1-million a month,” said . . .
(CAPE TOWN) – Major South African bottled water brand aQuellé is lending a hand to the drought-stricken Western Cape ahead of Day Zero, with its managing director joining a convoy of trucks from the company’s KwaZulu-Natal headquarters to deliver an initial donation of approximately 30,000 litres of bottled water to the needy in Cape Town. aQuellé MD Arno Stegen said he felt compelled to do something after the latest news hit that Day Zero in Cape Town was pegged for mid-April. The company is also working with its retail partners and NGOs to assess where and how they can help further. “The drought in the Western Cape is of great concern to us,” said Stegen on Monday while en route after leaving the Kranskop plant on Sunday. “As a brand that is committed to being 100% for people, this is a crisis which we could not simply watch unfold from the sidelines.” On Tuesday (30 January) the company will deliver the donation to NGO, Water Shortage South Africa, which in turn will distribute the water to registered institutions in the Mother City. This is to aid the elderly and those who will not be able to stand in queues for their daily water quota. “Together with the SA National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) and other NGOs, we are identifying areas of vulnerability and will be assisting wherever possible,” said Stegen. SUSTAINABILITY aQuellé products consist of natural spring water, sourced from renewable groundwater which is replenished on an ongoing basis. As a member of SANBWA, aQuellé adheres to the stringent environmental and quality measures to ensure sustainability. There are two sources for the water: the main plant situated in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal, and a smaller secondary plant in Franschhoek which services the Western Cape and was set up to reduce the carbon footprint in transporting the product from the main plant. The sources are monitored on an ongoing basis and together with experts in the hydrogeological field, a sustainable . . .
(Cape Town) – Appreciating and celebrating water amid the crippling drought conditions in the Western Cape is something leading bottled water brand aQuellé aimed to achieve, as it wrapped up its national summer tour in Cape Town this weekend. The #SpreadTheJoySA tour saw aQuellé characters Granadilla, Watermelon and Apple taking to the city’s streets and beaches to share the brand’s new Limited Edition Collection of flavoured drinks with the public. On Saturday, they visited the Palms Market in Woodstock and put Apple’s nerves to the test on the Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront. On Sunday, they provided refreshment to thirsty sunbathers on Camps Bay beach before ending their tour with a red bus sightseeing trip around the city. The four-leg #SpreadTheJoySA tour previously visited Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth over the holiday season. aQuellé marketing manager Suzelle Stegen said the aim of the tour was to bring the flavours, quite literally, to life and that the public would be able to vote for their favourite flavour, which would join the existing aQuellé variants. “We wanted to create a campaign that allowed us to really live our brand message. #SpreadTheJoySA is fun and exciting. It’s a great way to spread joy to all South Africans,” she said. The campaign kicked off in Durban in December, where Granadilla became the first giant fruit to take the leap with the Big Rush Big Swing from the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. On a green note, Watermelon visited uShaka Marine World to promote recycling and hand out over 2,000 bottles of water, while Apple helped the Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise funds by wrapping gifts at La Lucia Mall. The second stop on their roadtrip was Johannesburg, where the characters quenched the thirst of the firefighters of Station 15, who face blazing heat and put their lives on the line daily. They then took a walk on the wild side, giving water to staff and visitors at the Johannesburg Zoo, before . . .
PORT ELIZABETH – US maritime business students visited Nelson Mandela Bay this week as part of a South African tour to explore the cultural complexity of the global maritime industry. Hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), which is headquartered in the Bay, the 19 top-performing students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy enjoyed a welcome lecture at Nelson Mandela University by local marine tourism expert Peter Myles and a tour of the deepwater Port of Ngqura. Also on their itinerary was a visit to Siyaloba Training Academy to experience the role of a social enterprise in skills training for the maritime sector – teaching sea survival skills to local fishermen. In addition, the group got a first-hand view of the Eastern Cape’s key fishing industry – squid fishing and processing – before moving on to Cape Town, where they will spend a further two weeks visiting major maritime industry businesses and education and training providers. The academy’s South African-born international maritime business lecturer, Dr Portia Ndlovu, said part of the reason for the students’ visit to South Africa was the need to be part of the “global respect train”. While the sector and its education and training facilities were adapting to rapid technological advances spawned by the fourth industrial revolution, Ndlovu said students also needed to acquire the interpersonal communication skills required to work in the global shipping industry. “As such, students at the academy are not only exposed to experiential training, but also to the different cultures they are likely to encounter along their career path,” she said. “The global maritime family is expanding all the time, and it is vitally important to understand the different cultures that they may encounter.” SAIMI spokesperson Samantha Venter said effective cultural exchange was crucial in facilitating the transfer of global best practices and in finding solutions that work for . . .
(Cape Town) – Appreciating and celebrating water amid the crippling drought conditions in the Western Cape is something leading bottled water brand aQuellé is aiming to achieve, as it wraps up its national summer tour in Cape Town this weekend. The #SpreadTheJoySA tour will see aQuellé characters Granadilla, Watermelon and Apple taking to the streets and beaches to share the brand’s new Limited Edition Collection of flavoured drinks with the public. On Saturday, they will be at the Palms Market in Woodstock and on Camps Bay beach before testing their nerve on the Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront. The characters will end their tour with a red bus sightseeing trip around the city on Sunday. The four-leg #SpreadTheJoySA tour previously visited Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth over the holiday season. aQuellé marketing manager Suzelle Stegen said the aim of the tour was to bring the flavours, quite literally, to life and that the public would be able to vote for their favourite flavour, which would join the existing aQuellé variants. “We wanted to create a campaign that allowed us to really live our brand message. #SpreadTheJoySA is fun and exciting. It’s a great way to spread joy to all South Africans,” she said. The campaign kicked off in Durban in December, where Granadilla became the first giant fruit to take the leap with the Big Rush Big Swing from the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. On a green note, Watermelon visited uShaka Marine World to promote recycling and hand out over 2,000 bottles of water, while Apple helped the Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise funds by wrapping gifts at La Lucia Mall. The second stop on their roadtrip was Johannesburg, where the characters quenched the thirst of the firefighters of Station 15, who face blazing heat and put their lives on the line daily. They then took a walk on the wild side, giving water to staff and visitors at the Johannesburg Zoo, before bouncing off to end their day at Rush . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – SVA International teamed up with Nelson Mandela University’s construction management department and the Port Elizabeth chapter of the South African Property Owners Association to host a professional networking platform at the annual Sapoa PE Golf Day on July 20. More than 40 professionals in the commercial and industrial property sector – including brokers, estate agents and developers – came together to enjoy a round of golf, and the hospitality on offer at the halfway house, which was sponsored by SVA International. The amateur golfers received branded cooler bags packed with snacks and refreshments, and used the opportunity to build relationships within the sector. The halfway house also gave construction management students, who specialise in various aspects of the built environment, the chance to meet industry professionals and find out more about career paths open to them. SVA International executive Bryan Wintermeyer said the golf day had presented the ideal space to showcase and strengthen the architectural firm’s profile within the local commercial property sector. “For us, it also entrenches an important and ongoing collaboration with the university. By identifying and supporting future property professionals, we are creating a sustainable and productive sector that benefits everyone.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Centurion) – With most universities starting to finalise their intake for 2018, school leavers undecided about their future can explore a world of study alternatives when the High School Career Expo comes to Pretoria on July 28 and 29. Almost 30 exhibitors are set to showcase their technical and vocational education and training opportunities during the two-day expo at Centurion’s Forest Hill City mall, exposing pupils to such diverse possibilities as beauty and flying schools, engineering and technical colleges, and even scuba diving and dance academies. “Many learners, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, aren’t aware of all these fields of study and the career paths that are open to them. For example, they don’t know that studying beauty therapy is not just about working in a salon but also presents opportunities to work on cruise ships and travel the world,” said Forest Hill City marketing manager Annah Moremela. Last year’s expo had attracted more than a thousand pupils from high schools in and around Centurion and that even more were expected to attend this year, she said, adding that hosting the expo allowed the mall to continue its support for educational initiatives by giving pupils the complete picture in terms of further study options, in addition to those offered by universities. “Prospective students and their parents will find the necessary tools for identifying and getting a tertiary education that meets their needs and helps them to succeed in a working career. “For those pupils who are still unsure about their choices, they will also be able to book a psychometric assessment, which will help to establish where their strengths and interests lie.” Moremela said all exhibitors would be included in the line-up of speakers and present short motivational talks on their particular field of expertise. She said these would include experts from the more traditional fields such as the legal profession and the information . . .