WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA - On Sunday, 19 November, some 204 athletes participated in the Torpedo SwimRun Cape Town Race 2, the only race of its kind in Africa. Starting at Sandy Bay, athletes ran various distances from beach-to-beach, then swam a distance in the ocean at each beach, eventually finishing at Clifton 4 Beach. The Swim totalled 3km made up of 8 segments (375m average segment), and the Running totalled 13km made up of 8 segments (1.6km average segment). The beaches were Sandy Bay, Llandudno, Oudekraal, Cosy Bay, Koeel Bay, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Glen Beach, Maidens Cove, and Clifton 4 Beach. Jeep Team triathlete, Michael Lord, paired up with top Namibian triathlete, JP Burger, and put on a stellar performance to win the event in a time of 02:00:18, over three minutes ahead of Calvin Amor and Shane Fourie in second, and Robert Tweddle and Robert Shaff in third. Lord and Burger also won the inaugural Torpedo SwimRun in January this year. Based on the overseas race format, SwimRun is a new team event that attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community to compete against each other and test their limits along the Cape coastline. With no transition zones, athletes must swim in their running shoes and run in their wetsuits. Says Lord, “I’m so chuffed to defend our Torpedo SwimRun title. It was another amazing event in perfect conditions. The Cape coastline is perfectly suited to these races, allowing you to explore areas you would never normally go. Thank you very much to the race organisers. Very well done and respect to my teammate, JP, who raced like a machine today, even after coming second in the Race2Stanford Half-Ironman on Saturday.” The event included 6 running and 6 swimming legs, totalling 13km of running and 3km of swimming, and in this order below. Both athletes in the team had to race together and finish together. Leg Name Start Finish Distance Run 1 Wreck’d Run Sandy Bay Ridge Sandy Bay Beach . . .
• 2017 FIA World Rallycross Drivers' Champion Johan Kristoffersson wins the All-Wheel Drive Category, ahead of Petter Solberg and Andreas Bakkerud. • Luke Woodham wins fourth consecutive Gymkhana GRiD Rear-Wheel Drive title, beating UK drivers Adam Elder and Danny Cross. The inaugural #AutoCIRCUS powered by AutoTrader hosted the tyre slaying, record breaking Gymkhana GRiD for the first time on African soil this past weekend. The two-day #AutoCIRCUS festival boasted competitive racing by twenty-three international drivers, thirty local drivers; a 40-strong exhibition that included action features like the XDL stunt bikes, drift trike rides, skake and BMX rodeos; remote controlled buggy racing as well as car displays from hot rods to stance cars. The incredible All-Wheel Drive podium featured 2017 FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, multiple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg and World RX star Andreas Bakkerud. In the Rear-Wheel drive class Luke Woodham shrugged off technical problems to become the series most successful rear-wheel drive pilot, with four consecutive wins to his name. Woodham was pushed all the way to the line by fellow racers travelling all the way from the UK, Adam Elder and Danny Cross. Local RWD drivers who were expected to finish well were Jason Webb, Otto Graven and Paolo Gouveia, while the South African hopes in the AWD category involve Wayne Hay, Carl van As and Rob Inglis. Otto Graven triumphed in the RWD category making it in to the semi finals before he sadly faced engine problems, and had to forfeit his place. Three million viewers globally locked in to the livestream to witness racing, tyre-smoke, flames and precision driving on an unprecedented scale. The smoking rubber on the blacktop of the #AutoCIRCUS festival powered by AutoTrader are now the lasting reminders of what went down over an intense three days of horsepower filled mayhem. This is what the winners had to say: Luke Woodham – 1st place . . .
The recently launched Smart Water Meter Challenge aims to install smart water meters at 270 schools in the drought-stricken Western Cape. Water savings at a single school during the trial period has been over a million litres per month. The initiative, a partnership between Shoprite Group, Bridgiot, Cape Talk and Pragma Asset Management has seen a rapid uptake in smart meter devices being sponsored by corporate citizens. Flickswitch has partnered with Bridgiot by providing their SIM management services at no charge. ” From the early stages of Bridgiot’s Smart Meter development, Flickswitch has been very excited about its potential to drive social impact” says Kees Snijders, MD of Flickswitch. “No one could predict the scale of the current drought in the Western Cape, but using technology to curb the impact is a quick-win solution. With the help of Flickswitch’s SIMcontrol service, the smart water meters can be monitored remotely and provide real-time data of how much water and money has been saved at each school. This allows learners to see the day-to-day effect of their water saving behaviour.” Bridgiot has a live online dashboard where all the data is displayed in real-time. Thinus Booysen, founder at Bridgiot notes that technology must be at the forefront of addressing social issues. “The youth are the ones that need to understand the value of fresh water. Using technology, they now have a way to see what impact they can have” he says. Every 100 Dropula Smart Water Meters can save enough water to cover 11 500 people’s daily water allowance. “We all need to do our part to make sure the city doesn’t reach Day Zero, and we are proud to play a small part in this”, concludes Snijders. The School Challenge is open for any schools across the Western Cape to sign up, and there is also an option for corporates to pledge for the installation of Smart Water Meters so that the roll out can extend to every school in the Western Cape. For more information, to . . .
The 5th edition of the Technical Manual compiled and published by SAPPMA (Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association) has just been released. Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of SAPPMA, states that this publication is a valuable tool aimed at assisting designers and the end-users of plastic pipes in producing pipelines that will last for a very long time. “It is now eleven years since SAPPMA started publishing an independent, technical manual on the manufacturing of plastic pipes and we believe the 2017-2018 edition is yet another big step forward – both in terms of accuracy and ease of use of this handbook. It offers information, guidance and best in class technical information on how to select the right material, produce accurate designs and choose the correct installation procedures,” Venter says. Although plastic pipe materials have widely been used for more than sixty years, SAPPMA is of the opinion that it is still somewhat of an unknown in certain circles. It is of particular concern to the association that engineering students do not seem to get adequate teaching about the ins and outs of selecting the right plastic material, completing an accurate design and ensuring the correct installation procedure is followed. “The purpose of publishing the SAPPMA Technical Manual is not to replace other publications and codes on the subject. Instead, our hope is that it will serve as a basic, user-friendly guide throughout the various steps of design,” Venter explains. He highlights that the information contained in the manual is objective and free of any commercial influence (SAPPMA is a registered non-profit organization). “The importance of plastic pipe systems in the infrastructure of a country cannot be over-emphasized. This is underlined by the fact that well over half of all the pipelines worldwide used for water, sewage and gas distribution are constructed with plastic pipe. Pipe designs must be carried out by properly qualified . . .
After successful careers playing for the Springboks and provincially, players like John Smit, Braam van Straaten, Dick Muir, Marius Hurter, Jacques Botes and Hentie Maartens have returned their attention to the rugby field to offer up the knowledge, that took them years to build, to school players at coaches. Together with their friends, teammates and contacts within the industry, they form The Investec International Rugby Academy, a high-performance training initiative that aims to grow the sport and to nurture young talent nationally. Conveniently taking place in the school holidays, from 9 to 13 December, players and coaches attending will spend a week at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, closely paired with rugby professionals within their position. “We hope to put our experience to good use by raising the standard of rugby form a grassroots perspective; helping coaches stay-up-to-date with the latest techniques and players to reach their rugby goals,” says former EP and Border player, as well as Investec International Rugby Academy General Manager, Greg Miller. The 5-Day Coaches Course runs alongside the 5-Day Players Course (boys aged 14 to 17) allowing coaches to gain practical insight into the drills, skills-work and exercises that the Academy’s coaches put players through. “We’ve had a number of guest coaches, including Murray Mexted, Peter de Villiers, Ian MacDonald, Ian McIntosh, Butch James and Paul Anthony, work with our players as they would with their provincial or national teams which provides players with a taste of what it takes to play professionally and coaches with an opportunity to discuss and implement these practical coaching tips into their practices,” says Miller. For more information about The Investec International Rugby Academy’s Courses, taking place from 9 to 13 December at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, visit www.investecacademy.com or contact Greg or Bernadine Miller on (031) 940 5565. CLICK HERE . . .
After earning the women's bronze medal at the University Sport South Africa week and capturing the Port Elizabeth men's league title, the Madibaz Water Polo Club can look back on a highly satisfactory year. The successes over the past 11 months have provided a boost for the club, with coach Delaine Christian saying they had set the bar for the years ahead. Christian, herself, was at the forefront of the recognition Nelson Mandela University water polo received as she was named coach of the year at the varsity's annual Achiever Awards function. She said one of the highlights this year was their third-place finish at the USSA tournament in Johannesburg, having approached the week without any major expectations. "At the beginning of the season we had a different view because then we were definitely aiming for a top three," said Christian. "Just before going to the tournament, however, two key players had to pull out because of various reasons. "This meant we went to the week with a very small and inexperienced team, only two of whom had previously attended the tournament. So we knew it would be difficult." She added they had not put any pressure on themselves and approached it with the idea of playing hard and to play as a team, while also making sure it was fun. "To come third (behind winners UCT and Stellenbosch) was way above what we had imagined, especially as we had ended fourth or fifth in the last three years. "It's an amazing result and we know now that we are capable of so much more." Christian said good management had been one of the keys to their success, as well as a team that worked well together. "This year was the first time we trained throughout and we had a really good structure in place." Madibaz water polo manager Melinda Goosen said it was equally satisfying to win the local men's league. "It was very well contested throughout and the men's league is highly competitive. For our team to pull off the win was a real . . .
South Africans must embrace the entrepreneurial culture because the old days of jobs waiting for them after graduation are long gone. The country’s economic future depends instead on the quality of its entrepreneurs, in whose hands most future jobs – and income generation – will lie. That was the warning sounded by Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, as the company prepares to host the 2017 finals of its acclaimed Pitch & Polish initiative. A passionate Njokweni-Magida said the programme, of which Engen has been the title sponsor for the past six years, has already helped approximately 10 000 South Africans realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. “Many of these people have been running small businesses for years, with no idea of how to grow them further. Others have great ideas but lack the confidence and the business savvy necessary to present them to the banks or possible investors and persuade someone to back them financially. “This is where Pitch & Polish steps in, running nine workshops across the country annually to teach them what they need to know,” she explains. Although Engen awards life-changing prizes to the entrepreneurs placed in the top three each year, thousands of other participants also benefit from the expert presentations. “It’s an amazing learning experience for everyone who attends, and their many success stories are proof they leave with a new mindset, a new vision for their businesses, and the advice necessary to help turn their plans into reality,” says Njokweni-Magida. While Engen Pitch & Polish is a B.E.E. initiative in the company’s Enterprise Development portfolio, she is adamant its involvement is no political marketing ploy, but Engen’s contribution to making a difference to the communities where it does its business. “Poverty and unemployment is rife in South Africa. With unemployment at 37%, the government and private sector cannot provide much . . .
Riding 614km over seven days with 10 200m of vertical ascent does not sit in everyone's legs, which is why the organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race in South Africa have come up with a plan. ASG Events, known for pushing the boundaries in races under their umbrella, have recently announced that they would allow e-bikes in the UCI-rated event "as long as they do not interfere with the racing" - essentially opening it up to commuters and the tourism market. Thanks to assistance from an onboard electrical motor - dubbed as "mechanical doping" in the industry - the organisers believe that e-bikes will give more socially inclined riders the opportunity to participate in one of the country's toughest races. What's more, with the TransCape crossing the Western Cape from the internationally renowned Garden Route to the Cape Winelands, riding the event on an e-bike will be the ultimate way for the adventurous to take in the sights and beauty of this tourist friendly region. E-bikes have been a hit worldwide and the upward trend in sales is set to continue. China, which has the greatest market share of these motorised bicycles, saw sales increase from 300 000 in 2000 to almost 33 million units last year. With 1.6 million sold in 2016, Europe has the second largest market share. In Italy, sales increased by a whopping 121 per cent from the previous year. Trevor Sampson from Pedego Electric Bikes in SA said there was a definite increase in demand locally, especially in the leisure segment, and he expected sales to continue to increase as more people started using them for commuting. According to him, there were two distinct markets. "They are suited for those wanting to take part in events, but who may not be fit enough or don't have the physical ability. Then there are those wanting to commute to work." He said e-bikes as a tool for commuting had two main advantages - they were economical and did not require licences. Tony Impey, owner of . . .
Port Elizabeth, November, 22, 2017 - Mandela Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to volunteer your time throughout the year. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, Volunteering is Good For Your Health. Results have shown that those who had volunteered a minimum of 200 hours within one year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t, possibly because volunteering increased physical activity. So if you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis, but don’t know where to start looking or what’s out there, here is a list of organisations in and around Port Elizabeth, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za. Lake Farm Centre Lake Farm Centre is a care home for 90 mentally impaired adults. The centre was founded in 1959, and the residents contribute to the upkeep and general running of the facility. This permanent home is situated just outside PE in the nature-filled area of Kragga Kamma. The centre welcomes volunteers to help with a number of activities from fundraising, to help in the onsite coffee shop, to occupational workshops, and helping organise events such as the Christmas Fair. Animal Welfare Society PE The Animal Welfare Society of PE is a shelter for lost, unwanted or abandoned animals, from cats, dogs and horses, to donkeys, cattle and birds. The facility rehabilitates the animals and, once ready, puts them up for adoption. The facility also provides 24-hour veterinary services. Located in Walmer, the facility is always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and provide love and attention to the cats in their cattery. Volunteers can also raise money by participating in a sports event like a cycle or running race. Love Story This organisation focuses on providing much needed empowerment projects, educational programmes and food schemes to the underprivileged within PE. Founded in 2012, Love Story provides a number of ways to uplift the communities in PE that do . . .
The University of Johannesburg will take a positive attitude into the Varsity Sevens rugby tournament as they strive to make an impact in Durban next month. Although the planning has not been that easy due to year-end academic commitments, UJ coach Patrick Ross-Allen said their preparations were on track for the event from December 1 to 3. UJ will join nine other varsities from around the country for the tournament, which Ross-Allen described as one of the toughest sevens competitions in the world. While acknowledging the difficulty of their build-up, the UJ coach said they were all looking forward to the challenge ahead. "The preparations have gone well and the guys have a very positive attitude towards the tournament," said Ross-Allen. "We had a training session against the North-West University and that was a very worthwhile exercise." Even though they are missing some players through injuries, he was confident the squad they had assembled would step up to the plate in Durban. "I definitely think we will be competitive. The talent we have is amazing and we have created a vibe and an environment that are good for the group. "Everyone is working towards the same goal. For example, we had one or two training sessions which several players could not attend, but they made sure they worked harder when they came back to training. "That is why I'm really thankful as coach to have such a good group of players working together to make this dream possible." Although not having won the event, UJ have ended in the top half of the table in recent years and Ross-Allen said they would have the overall title in their sights. However, given the nature of rugby's life in the fast lane, he said they would not be looking any further than their next match during the event. "We know we just have to take it game by game," he said. "If we can focus on the small things, the big things will take care of themselves. "Obviously our main aim is to win . . .