The magnificent Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho, located 3050m above sea-level in the Maluti Mountains, has launched a brand new 3-night mountain biking festival weekend from the 27th to 30th October called the CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival. This will be the most rad mountain bike festival of its kind on the African continent, revolutionising the way riders interact with the latest bikes, gear and equipment in the mountain bike industry by bringing together the biggest brand names in mountain biking, allowing participants to test and rate bikes in the field they usually compete in. Over the 3 day festival, there will be a variety of events, including five downhill lines, an enduro, marathon, slope-style riding, cross-country, downhill eliminator, plus outrides for the more social riders, all possible across the resorts’ extensive trail network. Riders will also be able to hook up to the T-Bar Lift for a 200m vertical climb, and at the top, choose from a myriad of bike tracks to get down the mountain, testing bikes and equipment to their fullest, ripping terrain like pros. DHI World Champion, Greg Minnaar, will be there, and says, “CrankChaos is what South African mountain bikers have been missing. Similar festivals happen in only a few countries around the world, and this festival will be in that league. It’s a spectacular location, serious fun with family and friends that cannot be duplicated anywhere else, and in a format I love and endorse. It’s the best way to test brands you have always dreamed about, and ride the Maluti Mountains with spectacular views, whilst having the most fun ever, guaranteed.” The weekend also offers live entertainment, all meals, great accommodation, and the traditional world-class Afriski hospitality. Unmissable! Only 200 guaranteed spots are available so this festival is a must. For more information and booking info, go to . . .
Tshwane 10s sponsored by Stor-Age set to take the Capital by Storm! (South Africa, August 2016) Off the back of eight highly successful events, South Africa’s biggest sport and lifestyle festival, Cape Town 10s will be launching the Tshwane 10s in October! Proudly sponsored by Stor-Age, South Africa's leading self-storage brand, the Tshwane 10s will be hosted at Harlequins Rugby Club in Groenkloof, Pretoria from 28 to 29 October 2016. With over 10 000 people expected to stream through the gates, the event aims to bring the unique atmosphere of the 10s sporting festivals to Tshwane and cement itself as a mainstay in the sporting calendar. According to Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of the Old School Group & Festival Director of the Cape Town 10s, “After months of careful planning and hard work, we are extremely proud to announce our plans to expand the Cape Town 10s offering with the launch of the Tshwane 10s. Last year we set an unprecedented benchmark with the introduction of beach volleyball as a new sport and we strived to maintain that momentum. With that came the bold move to take the Cape Town 10s formula to the capital, but also to expand the offering in Tshwane to 7 different sports on offer and a truly unique Social Olympics sports festival.” The Old School Group - the team behind the Cape Town 10s, has upped the ante and introduced a number of new elements to the event modelled on the Cape Town 10s by including three completely new sporting codes: dodgeball, lawn bowls and squash. Players and spectators will have loads to look forward to including sporting action from more than 100 x teams taking part across the various codes on offer, including rugby, netball, beach volleyball, dodgeball, lawn bowls, touch rugby and squash. Along with the action on the sports fields, the event will feature a sensational entertainment line-up and guest appearances from some of SA’s most iconic sporting legends and celebrities. Title sponsors of the event, Stor-Age, . . .
Following on the hugely successful Most Expensive Burger in Town event held in Stellenbosch last year, Community Keepers will be collaborating with other local businesses to host three fundraiser events this year. Stellenbosch welcomes its second Most Expensive Burger In Town event on the 28th of September at Overture Restaurant. Guests can look forward to a gourmet hamburger, prepared by celebrity chéf Bertus Basson, quality wines, locally brewed craft beer and artisan ice cream by Fanny Channel. The evening will be a wonderful opportunity to network with like-minded young working adults and to take part, or simply enjoy the energy as the night ends with a charitable auction of creative lots. The venue, food, wine, craft beer and auction items are all sponsored by the Community Keepers partners and sponsors. Community Keepers offers psychological and social services to improve social and emotional well-being of learners and to create supportive school communities where learning and development can prosper. By purchasing a ticket for this event, you are investing in a child’s future. Follow Community Keepers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Community-Keepers-179785585515234/ or Twitter: @communitykeeper for latest news and updates on events. When: 28 September 2016 Where: Overture Restaurant, Hidden Valley, Stellenbosch Time: 18:30 for 19:00 Ticket price: R 650, available on iTickets (See tickets sales links on website) Dress Code: Smart Casual CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KPMG NMMU Golf Club member Luke Jerling continued a memorable year at Humewood by winning the club's Silver Salver competition by three shots at the links course on Sunday. In conditions which saw the wind pick up in the afternoon, the 24-year-old Jerling shot rounds of 69 and 74 for an overall total of 143, finishing ahead of Gert Trytsman (76-70) and Naldo Claasen (73-73). Earlier this year, Jerling led the Madibaz to victory in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) golf tournament at Humewood. They captured the team strokeplay and matchplay titles, while the NMMU number one also claimed the individual strokeplay crown. It was the second triumph in the Silver Salver for Jerling, having first won the title in 2010 before he left for the United States on a golfing scholarship. Jerling said it "was nice to get the victory again" and added that the experience gained in his time in the US had helped him from a mental point of view. He added that doing well in the USSA tournament had also given him confidence to tackle the course. "In the past I have never really played that well at Humewood, but now I am starting to come to grips with it," he said. "I have worked out a game plan and that is definitely one of the things playing in America taught me. "With my golf getting a bit better it's nice when you can implement a game plan which works to your advantage. "I have been trying to focus on that because it is not always just a case of taking the driver off the tee and trying to attack all the pins. A lot of the pins were in tricky positions and that's where you can lose shots." Jerling said his opening round of 69 had set him up for the win because he knew there would not be many low scores in the afternoon. "The weather was pretty good in the morning and I was able to take advantage of it coming downwind on holes 15, 16 and 17. "Then it started to blow a bit in the afternoon and it was a bit tougher. The Madibaz student, who is . . .
The future bodes well for the South African accountancy profession as the top six learners achieved an average of more than 90% at the National Accounting Olympiad run by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA). Interestingly, the six came from four different provinces with the top pupil – who achieved 96.5% – coming from KwaZulu Natal. Muzaar Ahmed Malani from the Orient Islamic School in Durban, achieved the highest score, followed by Rhulani Ndlala from Merensky High School in Tzaneen, who earned 92% and Simonè Balt from Hoërskool Linden, in Johannesburg, reaching 91.5%. “As the South African Institute of Professional Accountants we are pleased with the results of the National Accounting Olympiad because they continue to show that there are pockets of excellence in our schools and that public schools continue to perform on par with private schools. This is an encouraging sign for the future of the Accountancy profession,” says Bongani Coka, the Chief Executive at SAIPA. The top three learners were followed by three learners who were tied on 91%, namely; Liam Roubach from De Kuilen High School in Cape Town. Husnaa Motala, a pupil at Westville Girls High School, in Westville. Raadiyyah Seedat from the Lenasia Muslim School in Lenasia. The annual Olympiad is open to all Grade 12 pupils in public and private schools studying Accountancy or Mathematics and aims to increase awareness among them of the importance of accounting to the South African economy, as well as the range of career opportunities available to them. The competition consists of two rounds, each consisting of a two-hour examination. The first round of 2016, written in May, saw 3510 pupils from 310 schools competing. A total of 980 learners, consisting of the top three learners in every region, qualified to enter the second round that took place on 27 July. “One of our key strategic objectives as the South African Institute of Professional . . .
In 2015, value retailer Ackermans partnered with the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign Nal’ibali, and Wordworks to start the Ackermans Ububele School to support early childhood development. In 2016, the 14 schools totalling 458 children in Grade R and 1,037 in Educare Centres. The participating schools are divided into two clusters, Belhar and Langa, each with a leading primary school and an Educare centre that feeds each primary school. “Our School and governing body was keen to support the programme for the community and the parents. It is preparing for the future and if we are preparing for the future we must start at the base.” said Fezile Mguqlwa, principal of Zimasa Primary School in Langa. “Developing literacy among young children is one of the first steps towards unlocking a child’s potential and building a brighter future for them through education,” says Tracey Jager, HR Director of Ackermans. “Recognising that parents and teachers in developing areas have greater challenges when it comes to providing for children’s educational needs, we partnered with Storyplay, Nal’ibali’s latest literacy approach. We have also donated stationery and assisted with much needed classroom upgrades.” These extra donations include 1,235 back packs and 2,315 story books. Ackermans Phadimas (as the staff are known) have also contributed by donating cushions, rugs, puppet theatres and sock puppets. “What this programme has done for the children is made them think broadly and has opened a lot of their thinking skills,”said Langa based, Monwabisi Pre-school principal Tutu Nontuthuzelo Sibenya. “Part of Bringing Value to Life means making a real difference in our communities and showing that we care about the future of our children,” says Hanifa Jassiem, CSI spokesperson at Ackermans. “The word Ububele means kindness and generosity and through this we would love to see our Ackermans Ububele Schools grow. We are in the second year of a three year plan and we . . .
Companies that have improved productivity and performed beyond expectations have received Regional Productivity Awards. The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA along with sponsor, The Limpopo Provincial Government Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), awarded the best performers at a ceremony held at the Cajori Hotel in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mothunye Mothiba, “The awards are intended at recognising organisations making significant contributions towards making South Africa a productive country. Through awarding these organisations, which are from the public, private and emerging sectors, Productivity SA aims to encourage other organisations to strive to be productive and globally competitive” Mothiba says “as the country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through the efforts of companies such as the finalists that the issue of unemployment can be tackled effectively.” Productivity SA is a government entity established in terms of section3 1(1) of the Employment Services Act, No.4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity government. The regional awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and, consequently, more wealth for all. The Deputy Director-General LEDET, Keleabetswe Clementine Tlouane says that it is critical to create jobs in order to address challenges of unemployment”. All South Africans (not only workers in the formal sector) are central to this process. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example how to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty. If South Africa is to reduce unemployment and poverty, and increase its economic growth, its emphasis . . .
South Africa’s small business sector is booming, with hundreds of new SMME's starting up every month as South Africans realize the potential they have within them to become self-employed. The driving force behind South Africa’s economic growth and development is the small business sector, which has been identified as one of the key employers nationally by the South African government as well as by the private sector. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to support the SMME business sector in order to ensure their sustainability and future growth. For more information on how to participate at this 16 November 2016 event and connect with these business owners please contact Jenny/Chanica on 021 6817000 or email email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Z'Fynest released his brand new single on Tuesday 29 August 2016. The song is available for fans to download for free. It has a mixture of Hip-Hop and Kwaito, and although he classifies it as Hip Hop, fans may be tempted to clarify the talented singer as a kwaito artist who brings back the originality of it's sound. We hope the song will be what Z'Fynest will need to finally break into the music industry. You can download the song on this link: datafilehost.com/d/XsSyjh1ksK Z’Fynest (Pronounced: Zee-Finest) is a vernacular rapper from Johannesburg. Born in Thembisa as Zwelibanzi Khumalo, He has always had a passion for poetry and rap music. Moving around the East and the West Rand of Johannesburg, he has placed his life experience into his music. His music is focused on encouraging those who are labeled with the words "you can’t" to live above negativity. Born in 1994, Z’Fynest is set to spread a musical message straight from the mouth of a truly ‘Born-Free’. “I want to create and break records through my music,” says Z’Fynest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
30 August 2016 - As a build up to the prestigious SATY Awards ceremony, 2014 host Hulisani Ravele and Maps Maponyane will once again take the lead to host the SATY Awards TV show ‘SATY’, to premiere on ANN7 channel 405 DStv on 12 Sep. 2016. The half an hour daily show, titled after the awards ceremony that will take place on 25 Nov. 2016; will feature over 60 episodes profiling South Africa’s leading music artists, TV and radio personalities, sportspersons, business leaders, conservationist and youth leaders. Former child star Hulisani Ravele, 28, is a TV/Radio presenter and Voiceover artist. A seasoned television host, her television career spans over 19 years. She started at the tender age of 9 on SABC 1 kiddies programme Pula and Friends and is well-known for her role as a former YOTV presenter, which she presented for 8 years. Maps Maponyane, 26, is one of South Africa’s favourite personalities. He is considered as one of SA’s most stylish and sexiest men and is a greatly admired media personality. Multi-talented as a tv presenter, model, actor, style icon, designer, businessman, and philanthropist, he makes waves both locally and internationally. Maps is loved and followed by his fans on social media platforms because of his down to earth, professional yet warm personality. He is known for his talent, fashion sense, charm, innovation, versatility and good looks and was awarded as You Magazine’s sexiest Man for 2016 for that exact reason. “I am excited to host this year’s SATY show with Hulisani. I think it is a great way to celebrate the year’s most innovative, inspiring and entertaining work by South Africans.,” said Maps. “Maps and I are excited that ANN7 has brought us back to host a show that promotes a narrative of positivity about South Africa. I had a great time in 2014 and I can’t wait for the viewers to see what we have in store for them this year”. SATY TV show is about showcasing extraordinary citizens making a difference in the . . .