Mthatha, Eastern Cape -- SANRAL announced today that it has concluded a two-day briefing session and site visit for the Msikaba and Mtentu bridges to be constructed for the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project. According to Craig McLachlan, SANRAL Project Manager, the meeting took place with six pre-qualified consortia from the thirteen applications received following tender notices. "These tender briefings are typical for all major infrastructure projects and allow potential bidders to be briefed on the tender document, to visit the site first hand to familiarise themselves with conditions on the ground and most importantly to ask questions of clarity or for additional information," said Craig McLachlan, SANRAL Southern Region Project Manager. The first day consisted of the tender document briefing in the morning, and a visit to the Msikaba bridge site in the afternoon. Tenderers were then taken to visit the drilled rock cores for the foundations for both bridges, and then visited the Mtentu Bridge site, the following day. McLachlan said following the tender briefing and site visit, prequalified bidders will be required to prepare their tender proposal documents. Due to the size and complexity of the two bridges the prequalified bidders have been given an extension for their proposals. "The size and complexity of the two bridges are beyond anything built previously in Southern Africa. Accordingly, all of the prequalified bidders are consortiums of major South African and international contractors with relevant bridge building experience. However each tender will also have contractor participation goals to ensure meaningful participation by local labour and SMMEs” he said. In terms of international appetite on the project, McLachlan noted that "one [international contractor] is based out of Korea, and the others all from various European countries." The Msikaba River Bridge will be constructed on the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road and will consist of a . . .
Social ills can threaten business and farming communities, but help is at hand: Businesses and the communities they operate in are interdependent, as the economic health of an area has a profound impact on the people and social fabric of the region. Where the social fabric of a community is compromised, the associated social ills that arise tend to negatively impact back on the bottom line of businesses that draw their workforce from troubled communities. “The economy of an area and the community’s health directly influence each other. Financial strains cause high stress levels among members of the public, and the effects of this can manifest in a number of ways,” says Lizette Bester, Executive at Agility Corporate, an employee risk management company. “Poverty leads to hunger, and the prospect of hunger leads people to despair. Seeing your family faced with possible starvation, or being unable to afford household necessities, naturally makes people desperate. Poverty and deprivation are not easy to shake off, since seeking work comes with a number of expenses including transport costs, for example. “Feelings of hopelessness about their prospects is extremely stressful for anyone, and people react to this in different ways. Some may take their frustrations out on members of their families in the form of domestic abuse, others may find solace in alcohol or drug addiction which often leads to violence and other forms of criminality. “Furthermore, otherwise law-abiding individuals may resort to crime when they find themselves in dire straits in order to provide for their families. As social fabric erodes in a community, businesses are not immune from these troubles and may face a plethora of negative consequences,” Bester adds. The close-knit nature of many farming communities can provide some protection against social ills, as individuals tend to be more supportive of one another than in large urban centres. However, this social support can only . . .
13 JULY 2016, PIETERMARITZBURG - Aintree Lodge Pietermaritzburg is hosting a comeback of the sell-out concert; A Tribute To Elvis, on Friday 22 July at 7pm. Andrea Giglio, Elvis Impersonator (That’s The Way It Was), will be performing some great numbers such as Are you lonesome tonight, It’s now or never and The wonder of you plus other songs from music legends such as Neil Diamond, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and many more. Aintree Lodge is a wheelchair and differently abled friendly venue and offers secure parking on the premises. Tickets are R100 per person. There will be a cash bar available, you can order your own food platter before the night or bring your own platter. To book your seat/table or for more information please contact Sue or Hennie on (033)-386 7956 or (076)-158 9881, or email email@example.com or visit their website at www.aintreelodge.co.za. Venue: Aintree Lodge Bed & Breakfast Address: 31 Alice Grange Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 Event Date: 22 July 2016 Event Time: 19h00 (7pm) Contact Numbers: 033-386 7956, 076-158 9881 Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM2fmxxmO9U CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
An exciting initiative will benefit early entries in the Sanlam MTB Invitational with a state-of-the-art backpack from presenting sponsors Scicon up for grabs. The early bird incentive for the race, which will take place at Rhebokskloof near Paarl on November 19 and 20, will apply to those who enter before July 29. Race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said riders who beat the deadline would receive a Scicon Solargenome Hydracharge backpack. He said the ergonomic hydration pack was equipped with the latest generation solar panel and other winning features to recharge yourself and your devices. The backpack, he said, was constructed of lightweight materials and had a functional design that made it the ideal companion for any outdoor activities. Herbst said the early bird giveaway model had a seven-litre capacity and provided extra room for food and had integrated pockets for bike and outdoor essentials. Cyclists wanting to enter the Sanlam MTB Invitational, which is co-presented by the City of Drakenstein, can also benefit from Scicon's involvement in the event in terms of secure cycling transportation. A leading global brand, the Italian-based company promote and facilitate safe and stress-free travel by offering a range of exclusive offers to participants. Herbst said they were looking forward to another exciting test for the cyclists and were already in the process of planning the route. "I'm heading to the Western Cape next week and while we must still identify the exact way we are going to go, we are confident we will be able to provide something all the riders will enjoy." The event is open to all members of the public, while Herbst said there would again be an emphasis on making it a family-oriented weekend to promote Sanlam's family culture. "Riders can enter as father and son, mother and son, father and daughter or mother and daughter combinations," said Herbst. "But the event is open to all members of the public as . . .
Cape Town - The Spier Arts Academy, which offers employment-based training in professional mosaic, is accepting apprentices for 2017 . This one-of-a-kind programme is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experiences and industry connections to run their own creative enterprises after graduation. Specialist training by expert tutors Based in Cape Town’s creative hub, the three year, full-time apprenticeship offers a specialised mosaic art course. This specialist art form is taught by experts in the field: The mosaic studio is headed up by former Masters Graduates from the renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy. The course includes tuition in drawing, art history, applied theory and business skills. Invaluable experience Because training is employment-based, apprentices gain invaluable industry experience working on real-world projects - working against production deadlines, collaborating with high calibre artists and learning professional art practices by association. Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene, via excursions to art studios, galleries, museums and the art library. The ultimate excursion takes the form of a cultural tour of Europe - awarded to third year apprentices who perform consistently well. About Spier Arts Academy Under the direction of Yellowwoods Art, the Academy has produced architectural-scale mosaic artworks to critical acclaim; to date winning two BASA Awards and the BAMM Award in the UK. The Spier Arts Academy is also an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape continued their commitment of giving back to the community when they joined Love Story to celebrate Mandela Day by assisting the less fortunate on Monday. In a first for the company, the City Feed lunch initiative was launched in Fleming Street in the Port Elizabeth city centre when about 200 homeless people were provided with a hot meal. SPAR were introduced to the concept by Elaine Watson of Love Story, an organisation which has set up feeding schemes in the city centre each day of the week. "We were looking for an initiative whereby our SPAR ambassadors could get involved and assist in making a meaningful contribution to the community," said SPAR EC sponsorship controller Roseann Shadrach. "The City Feed made perfect sense as we could assist in the preparation of the meals, as well as serve the homeless people in our city centre. "We felt that by helping the homeless we could ensure that they not only received a hot meal, but also had some of their dignity restored." The ingredients for the food, which ranged from peanut butter sandwiches to chicken stew, as well as cupcakes for dessert, were all provided by SPAR EC, with the staff of Love Story preparing the meals. Staff members from both organisations assisted in serving the meals, which were much appreciated by the homeless. Gelvandale's Daryleen Adolf was overwhelmed at the opportunity to receive some sort of nourishment. "We have to say thank you to SPAR for giving this food. "Mandela Day is a very good day to give to people and to do great things for other people. So thank you." Liezel Filles, also from Gelvandale, was equally grateful. Shadrach said the concept was "a huge success" and was not just about fulfilling an initiative for Mandela Day. "We are always exploring new avenues to get involved within our community as we believe it is important to give back to those who support us. "It was both a humbling experience and a pleasure to be able to . . .
Port Elizabeth, 21 July 2016 – The Seda Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) has announced it is ready to team with various stakeholders in finding solutions to reduce cost of telecommunications and Internet access for people living in rural areas. Phumza Mfenyana, Executive Manager of SNII made the announcement during the third Forum for Universal Affordable Access to Communications in South Africa held at SNII in Newton Park earlier this month. The event was hosted by the Right to Know Campaign and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and included discussions on the creation of a coalition to work towards Universal Affordable Access to Communications in South Africa. The event held in Port Elizabeth, is the third one after similar meetings which were held in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Carlos Rey-Moreno, from UWC, who chaired the meeting at SNII said the forum was an exploratory exercise to see whether there is a willingness between institutions and businesses in the Eastern Cape to collaborate and engage in such a coalition. For instance there are examples in the province like Zenzeleni Networks Mankosi that is offering lower call rates are charged for people living in its communities. “The Zenzeleni Network is a good example to follow where communities can replicate the model to make communication more affordable.” Zenzeleni, or ‘do it for yourselves’ in isiXhosa, is the result of a partnership between UWC and the Mankosi community in rural Eastern Cape. The community, with help from researchers, created and owns its own telephone and internet company. The business model is designed so that local calls are free and calls to other networks cost half of what they would normally cost to other networks. Data costs have also been reduced and users pay a tenth of the market price. Mfenyana said SNII provides services to a wide range of companies within the ICT sector. “Our strategic direction as an institution is to do things that are . . .
Last week, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) continued their road trip around the country, auditioning performing arts scholars and students for their Scholarship Programme. The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has been supporting arts students through this Programme since 2009. The only difference, is that in 2016 there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second year university students than ever before. Supported by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre scholars and students with scholarships to the value of R800 000. This funding will be split; with R279 000 going towards the winning Grade 12 participants, and the balance being awarded to first and second year performing arts students. ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs and Programmes Coordinator, Rahiem Whisgary recently ran auditions in Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein and Kimberley and were bowled over by the talent they encountered. “The hunger for arts education of the young performers based in and around the North West, the Free State and the Northern Cape Provinces ensured that Pieter and I were treated to an array of performances, making the task of shortlisting potential finalists an extremely difficult one,” says Whisgary. The second leg of the Scholarships Programme tour started at the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus. “Though the group was small – three Grade 12s, two first years and one second year participant – we saw some great talent; singers and dancers, in particular,” reports Whisgary “At St Andrew’s School in Bloemfontein we had a very busy day, auditioning a long list of Grade 12 and first year participants,” he continues. “Overall, the quality of singers blew us away.” The Lady Grey Arts Academy, who have produced a number of Scholarships finalists, . . .
Good food for a good cause! The Cape Leopard Trust invites you to the 12th birthday celebration fundraiser and creative culinary feast in the company of chefs Justin Bonello and Pieter de Jager at Leopards Leap Family Vineyards, Franschhoek on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 12pm. The ticket price of of R1 250 per person guarantees entry to the event, which includes lunch with perfectly paired Leopard’s Leap wines, all entertainment and a donation. All proceeds from the event will contribute towards a new field vehicle. Tickets can be purchased from Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za. For more information, please visit www.capeleopard.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
20 July 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to advise motorists of roadworks taking place on the N2 between Keiskamma Bridge and Peddie. There will be a road closure 5,6km from the Keiskamma Bridge and motorists can expect an additional 20 minute travel time when driving between King Williams Town and Peddie. “Motorists are urged to be observant of all lane closures and warning signs, and exercise extreme caution when travelling through the construction work zones,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Regional Manager. SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .