HB Kruger and Matt Beers timed their attack to perfection to snatch the stage win on the second day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain-bike race in Franschhoek today. The ASG-NAD pair outsprinted stage one winners and overnight leaders Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit at the end of a 48km loop from the Le Franschhoek Hotel and back. Kruger, from Paarl, and Beers, from Kenilworth in Cape Town, crossed the line in 1:42:09 with the DSV Pro Cycling duo three seconds adrift. Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert of Imbuko-Momsen completed the podium. Heyns and Du Toit’s combined time of 3:34:28 puts them just under two minutes ahead of Kruger and Beers in the general classification with one day to go. Rebello and Joubert are in third. Kruger, who won the title alongside the now retired Waylon Woolcock last year, said it was a quick and aggressive stage, “with a lot less climbing than we thought”. “There was a 10km neutral zone on the tar until we turned up Matoppie Hill, which is a steepish, rocky climb,” he said. “We had a good tempo and Matt and myself, along with Gert and Arno, managed to get away as we went up that section. “I did drop off slightly at one stage, but we managed to get back to Gert and Arno at the top and we rode together for the rest of the way.” Describing it as a “flattish, rough course”, Kruger, who won the seven-day Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter with Stuart Marais in February, said it was difficult to make a move to create a gap. “We raced together, not pushing too hard, but making sure we were checking each other out. “Coming into the finish we saw an opportunity to go for a stage win and we came sprinting out of the last single-track. “This was in the last kilometre and Arno came around us but Matt and I knew we just had to stay ahead of Gert and we were able to do that.” Kruger said although time was running out, they were still focused on making up time on the final stage. “The stages are relatively . . .
Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit overcame an early mechanical to take the honours on the opening stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Cape Winelands today. Presented by STANLIB, the first day of the three-stage race saw the field tackle a 49km stretch from Zorgvliet Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch to Le Franschhoek Hotel in Franschhoek. After an exciting day's racing in which the lead changed hands at least once, Heyns and Du Toit crossed the line in 1:52:16, just under two minutes ahead of ASG-NAD's HB Kruger and Matt Beers. Imbuko-Momsen's Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert raced to a close-fought third place, three seconds behind Kruger and Beers. It was however not all plain sailing for the DSV Pro Cycling pair as Du Toit, a Capetonian, hit the wall in the closing kilometres and had to be nursed home by his teammate. An early attack by Beers animated the stage but the eventual winners were able to stick with them until Du Toit, who won the marathon title at the African Continental MTB Champs in Mauritius last year, had trouble with his rear derailleur. "We had to stop to adjust the tension screws and most of the field came past us again as we lost about a minute. It was just a matter of staying calm and riding back into it." Meanwhile, as they were chasing back, Kruger took a wrong turn up front, which levelled the playing field at the sharp end of the field. Heyns, a Stellenbosch local who impressed with a fourth-place finish in the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge amid a strong international field in March, and Du Toit wiped out the deficit without too much trouble. Once they hit the front there were no further challenges from their opponents. "We are both quite good technical riders so we kept riding smoothly and tried to go hard on the single-track," said Du Toit, who found the route relatively smooth. He said Heyns's knowledge of the conditions played an important role. "Gert knew some of the sections so he . . .
Drive and Save to offer affordable vehicle theft insurance for South Africans Affordable vehicle theft insurance through Cartrack for South Africans Through its subsidiary, Drive and Save (Pty) Ltd., global fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics provider, Cartrack, has launched an affordable insurance product strictly for vehicle theft that will only cost R9.99 for potential Cartrack customers. To take advantage of this offer, customers have to first subscribe to a Cartrack vehicle tracking system with a monthly subscription of between R99 and R179. The R9.99 insurance premium remains the same regardless of the value of the vehicle being insured. The vehicle theft insurance cover, which is underwritten by King Price Insurance, becomes valid only once a Cartrack tracking device is installed in the vehicle. The insurance offering pays up to R150, 000 in the event of theft. Cartrack South Africa CEO, Andre Ittmann, notes that this new product will provide a much-needed lifeline to thousands of South African motorists. "The theft of a vehicle, with no means to fund a replacement, is a real threat for many vehicle owners, especially lower-income families facing financial pressures. As such, affordable insurance is vitally important as a means to protect against the risk of vehicle theft, which is an asset that often ensures livelihoods. "We are therefore delighted that through offering this insurance product, we can provide a value-for-money service to the uninsured, thereby ensuring that the financial risks for numerous South African motorists is considerably reduced." Ittmann adds that many South African motorists are uninsured, not due to apathy but owing to the unaffordability of many vehicle insurance offerings. He further maintains, therefore, that numerous drivers will be eager to purchase this new product. Cartrack has a 93% audited stolen vehicle recovery rate and provides fleet, mobile asset and workforce management . . .
Only a few weeks left to apply for an all-inclusive Sasol bursary for 2019 academic year Johannesburg, South Africa – The deadline for applications for an all-inclusive bursary from Sasol to study Engineering, Science and Accounting in 2019 is fast approaching. Top Mathematics and Science learners in Grade 12 - as well as post-graduate Engineering and Science students - have until 30 April to file their applications. Sasol, regarded as the employer of choice in Africa’s chemical & pharmaceuticals sector, is looking for learners who want to study towards a B Eng or BSc Eng in various engineering disciplines, BSc in Chemistry and Accounting (CA route), or learners interested in studying Instrumentation, Mining Survey and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering at a University of Technology. Applicants need to obtain 70% for Maths, 70% for Science and 60% for English to be considered. Known to be one of the most comprehensive bursaries in South Africa, the bursary for undergrads includes: - 100% of university tuition fees, registration fees and exam fees - Accommodation subsidy - Food money - R12 000 for books and pocket money Postgraduate students receive a monthly allowance of R10 000 for up to 24 months while they complete a Master’s Degree and up to 36 months for a PhD. Sasol bursary recipients have the opportunity to do paid vacation work during the holidays and to be part of the company’s Graduate Development Programme once they complete their studies. “Our bursary programme is our investment in South Africa’s future, with an emphasis on helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access tertiary education and on building the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills we need to grow our country’s economy,” said Monica Luwes, Manager of Graduate Centre at Sasol Corporate Bursary Services. “Our bursars are not only given access to tertiary education but also the opportunity to start and succeed in their careers.” To . . .
Consol Glass is proud to announce that their television commercial (TVC), 'The Best Things Come in Glass' has been given new honour at second place on the most liked ad list by Kantar Millward Brown this March. Even though the award was for second place, it was overall the best loved South African produced advert. Last year saw success for the firms as the ad was placed number one for Q1 in 2017. The advert shows a young girl enjoying a visit to her local park. She purposefully empties her Consol preserve jar of its wholesome treats. Whilst playing in the park, she holds up the empty glass jar to fill it with the different sounds and memories of the park. At the end of the day, she takes her jar filled with the special memories from the day home to her gogo (granny) who is blind - enabling gogo to experience the park for herself just like she experienced it earlier, showing in a magical way that the best things in life are felt and shared, not necessarily seen. "We are thrilled to be a big part of creating emotive advertising work in the country," said Fran Luckin, Chief Creative Officer at Grey Advertising. "We are looking forward to creating more work which resonates with our unique SA audience as well as bringing home more Cannes in the years to come," she said. The ad can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hDMLMcpn400 Kantar Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specialising in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research. Consol Glass, is passionate about glass, with the little clink you hear when two glasses meet, and with how its versatility never fails to surprise us. And after more than 70 years of making glass in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, there's no sign of that ever changing. After all, the best things come in glass. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 12th April 2018: Protea Hotels by Marriott today announced the signing of a new hotel, located within Loftus Park, a comprehensive exclusive mixed-use corporate, retail and lifestyle precinct in Pretoria, co-developed by Abland and Redefine Properties. Protea Hotel by Marriott Loftus Park is co-owned by Bluecor, a South Africa based Real Estate Development Company and longstanding partner of Marriott International, together with Redefine Properties and Abland. “Protea Hotels by Marriott has enjoyed a great relationship with Bluecor since 2010, currently partnering on two other Pretoria hotels,” said Volker Heiden, Vice President Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. “With our shared passion for hospitality, we are confident this new venture will cement our relationship with our partners and we look forward to a successful and strengthened partnership.” “We are delighted to partner with Marriott International once again for Protea Hotel by Marriott Loftus Park. This signing is a testament to our fruitful relationship and we are confident that together we will be able to provide best in class facilities and services to our guests,” said Andre and Tony from Bluecor. “We are excited to partner with Protea Hotels by Marriott. We have no doubt that with the strong regional brand equity and awareness coupled with the global distribution of Marriott International, Protea Hotel by Marriott Loftus Park, will emerge as a preferred choice for business and leisure travellers to Pretoria” said Jurgens Prinsloo, Managing Director of Abland Expected to open later this year, the hotel will offer 152 modern rooms as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms catering for up to 180 delegates. Food and beverage facilities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, a rooftop swimming pool and bar and lounge, offering panoramic views of the city. Located in the rapidly transforming suburb of Arcadia in Pretoria, Loftus Park, . . .
RS Components showcases a range of products and the latest technologies at the Mining and Technical Exhibitions in Botswana Global distributor for engineers launches Africa website, giving markets access to over 500 000 products across 2500 global brands Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 April, 2018 - RS Components the global distributor for engineers, buyers and maintenance professionals will be at the Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE) in Botswana from the 16-20 April 2018, exhibiting a range of industrial products and the latest technologies for mining. RS Components recently launched its Africa website www.rs-online.africa geared to meet the requirements of a growing continent with demand from various industries such as manufacturing, mining, automotive, utilities, electronics and industrial IOT. “Customers in Africa had access to our products prior to the website, however there were long lead times and higher freight costs depending on the customer’s location. With the new website customers receive their products much quicker and can pay online via credit card. This opens the door for more markets in Sub Saharan Africa to easily access products through our e-commerce platform. So much is happening in Africa and we want to make sure that our engineers, makers and maintenance professionals have access to the widest range of quality products and the latest technologies in order to achieve their goals and to develop the products and solutions of the future. The rest of the world has easy access to these goods, now so do we,” Brian Andrew MD of RS South Africa. Download RS product catalogues here: http://bit.ly/RSGuides. Botswana is home to the Letlhakane diamond mine, Morupule Colliery coal mine in Palapye and the Jwaneng diamond mine. Letlhakane is the oldest of four diamond mines owned and operated by Debswana, a partnership between De Beers company and the government of Botswana. Jwaneng, the richest diamond mine in the world is also owned . . .
There are moments in the day when you are stuck in no-mans-land between set meals and about to reach the highest state of HANGRY. However, fear not, because TUC, everyone’s favourite snack, is ready to satisfy those craving moments in-between meals and prove it is the perfect snack to FILL THE GAP. “There’re moments in the day when all you need is an on-the-go convenient snack. TUC is THE “Waiting-for-all-of-these-ads-to-finish-so-I-can-watch-my-soapie” BISCUIT and THE “I’m-legitimately-trying-to-build-a-time-machine-just-to-get-to-dinner-quicker- BISCUIT”. It’s there for you when you need it the most and will keep your hunger at bay when you are feeling peckish, says Thandi Ntuli, Category Lead for Biscuits at Mondelez South Africa. And because TUC is about all the hours in-between meals, they will also be running an in-store competition, where consumers stand a chance to win R250 EVERY HOUR between 8am and 8pm every day, just by purchasing two packets of TUC, dialling *120*8826# and following the prompts. This instore competition will run from the 09 April 2018 – 06 May 2018. If you are the type that likes to Fill The Gap in your day with some adrenaline, TUC fans will also stand a chance to win 1 of 4 fun experiences to enjoy with a friend. From sandboarding and quad biking, to sunrise yoga and rugby tickets - TUC fans need to keep an eye on the TUC South Africa Facebook page in the coming weeks as the first person to comment on the competition post wins the prize. So, ask yourself - what Gap can TUC fill for you? Whether TUC Original, TUC Cheese or TUC Sour Cream & Onion, no toppings are required so enjoy snacking on TUC’s moreish flavours while you wait for your next meal. TUC is available nationwide at a recommended retail selling price (RRSP) of R16.99. Share your #FillTheGap moments with us – head to the TUC South Africa Facebook page and tell us more! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If music, food and fun with friends and family is how you love to spend your Sundays, then grab your tickets now for Music at Makaranga which takes place on May 6th! Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy an afternoon filled with great views and the folky sounds of headliner, South African favourite, Matthew Mole as well as other popular local musicians from 12 noon. Matthew Mole is a born and bred Capetonian, but regularly plays his charismatic sets for Durban audiences. Known for his songs, “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine; “Autumn”; “Holding on”; “Run”; “Inside Out” and more, Mole has taken the South African music industry by storm and has hoards of fans singing along. This family-friendly event costs only R140 per person and tickets are available at Webtickets. Children under the age of 8 years old are free. For those who need refreshment whilst enjoying the melodies, there will be fully stocked bars with all your favourite drinks, a wide range of some of SA's best wines, beers, a Gin & Tonic Garden as well food which is made available from the restaurant onsite Makaranga Garden Lodge. Due to the nature of the event, all concert goers must note that no food or beverages, camping chairs or umbrellas are permitted, however picnic blankets and cushions are more than welcome! Picnic baskets may also be pre-booked through the Makaranga Deli by ordering with them directly. A park and ride service is also available for concert goers on a first come, first served basis. Gates open from 12:00 until 17:00. T’s & C’s apply. For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 512 5000 or follow the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/911944602311666/ Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly. Picnic baskets orders to be directed to https://www.makaranga.com/thedeli/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Uitenhage) – SOUTH Africa’s organised agriculture has reiterated its stance against land expropriation without compensation, instead highlighting an alternative, progressive approach to land reform. This during a roadshow led by a high-profile delegation of representatives from farmers’ organisation Agri South Africa in the Eastern Cape this week. Land reform and other burning issues such as increasing incidents of farm attacks were discussed during the three-day roadshow, hosted by Agri EC, which culminated in Uitenhage on Thursday (April 12), after stops in Komani (Queenstown) and Graaff-Reinet. Rural safety was one of the most important and emotional issues for farmers – and also posed an economic risk to the sector – according to Agri SA director of corporate liaison and marketing, Kobus Visser. “It’s not just our farmers and their families who are affected, our farm workers are also traumatised by rural crime,” said Visser, who advised farming organisations to strengthen their working relationships with the local police, establish farmwatch systems and become more involved in the police reservist system. Visser said there had been a 22% increase in farm-related crimes and a 27% increase in farm murders in 2016/17. But, he said, this was a reflection of what was happening in the wider South African landscape and was not just limited to the rural areas. Agri SA president Dan Kriek said he had noted “a progressive attitude” among the almost 500 farmers who attended the roadshow. “Agri SA confirms our stance against [land expropriation without compensation]. We will defend the Constitution as we believe there are many better alternatives – such as black economic empowerment and functional public-private partnerships,” said Kriek. Agri SA head of land affairs, Annelize Crosby, said Section 25 of the Constitution was not the impediment to land reform, citing other issues such as an insufficient budget, wasteful expenditure and the slow pace . . .