Free and interactive fan park at Camps Bay High School 19 – 20 March Cape Town will experience the Barclays Premier League like never before when the official fan park, Barclays Premier League Live comes to the Mother City. Soccer fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League Trophy, meet former players, visit team tents and watch matches live on a giant 118-square-metre screen. BPL Live will take place at Camps Bay High School on the 19th and 20th March 2016. It will be free, interactive experience designed for the entire family to enjoy. The park will be open from 12h00 each day and will close shortly after the matches finish. Fans interested in attending should register at http://www.bpllive.com/ or by dialling *134*275#. Entry will be granted on a first come, first served basis, but all fans must register before entering. To help get fans to the free event, a free park and ride facility will run from the Grand Parade, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on a loop system to Camps Bay High School. South African fans can keep up with the latest developments about Barclays Premier League Live at the website www.bpllive.com and from Twitter updates via @premierleague and #BPLlive. Two of South Africa’s greatest Premier League players, Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe, will join other Barclays Premier League legends like Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater in giving fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of their heroes. All of the action will be overseen by John Dykes, the lead presenter for Super Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, who will be on stage, providing insight into all of the weekend’s exciting match-ups including Everton v Arsenal on Saturday 14:45 and Sunday’s grand finale, the Manchester derby at 18:00. Premier League presenter, John Dykes, said: “BPL Live is all about bringing the electrifying atmosphere of a Premier League match to our international fans. The first . . .
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Immediate Blasting between Middelburg and Carlton Heights in the Eastern Cape FEBRUARY 15, 2016: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that blasting is scheduled to take place on the N9 Section 7 between Middelburg and Carlton Heights, on Thursday, 18 February at 2pm. At 15km from Middelburg on the Carlton Heights side, the road will be closed for approximately 15 minutes when the blast takes place. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly, and to use caution when making use of the road. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
WebScripto, a Pretoria based Website Design Company has recently announced the launch of its Social Responsibility Project aimed at creating 2 free websites per month to qualifying duly registered NPO’s. The aim of this website design project is to enable NPO’s to get a professional website, designed in order to give them online exposure and to reach more people with a view to create public awareness. “Greater public awareness will lead to possible better funding and a better understanding of challenges people and NPO’s alike, face in South Africa”, says Eitel Bock, CEO of WebScripto. “Designing and building a website for an NPO on a pro bono basis is but one small drop in an always empty bucket. The more companies work together to cement Social Responsibility in South Africa, the more sustainable NPO’s projects will become”, says Eitel Bock. WebScripto has since the launch of the project during January 2016, received numerous requests for website designs and development from various NPO’s and NGO’ says Eitel Bock. We evaluate every request based on the actual needs of the NPO and the need of the people who stand to benefit from its services. Assisting NPO’s does not only include the actual website design, but also the building and development thereof. “During the development of the website we focus on the target audience as well as the specific functionality that is required to make the website successful” says Eitel Bock, CEO of Webscripto. Registered NPO’s who would want to benefit from this initiative and would like to request assistance with a website, designed and developed can contact WebScripto on its website at www.webscripto.co.za. YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/WScripto/?pnref=lhc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Young NMMU-Madibaz rugby star Jeremy Ward goes into every match as if it were his last. “Someone once told me to leave everything between the four lines and that is what I try to do every time,” the 20-year-old BCom Accounting student said after the opening round of the FNB Varsity Cup. He was one of the players who had put his body on the line in a bruising encounter against UJ. “Every individual gave their very best and really bought into how we want to play as a team. “We can take a lot out of the performance and build towards our next challenge.” The outside centre said his main focus was now to cement his place in the Varsity Cup team and, with time, he would like to play a leading role. “Being young, I feel I can bring a new dimension to the way we play. I would like to set an example that the rest of the team can be proud of.” Further down the line, Ward has his sights set on the Eastern Province Currie Cup team and, beyond that, he would like to play for his country. The former Grey High pupil showed his leadership skills when he led the EP Kings to the U19 Currie Cup title last year. “It was an experience that I will never forget. I feel like being part of that has certainly given me an opportunity to take my rugby career to the next level, starting with the Varsity Cup.” His high-intensity training regime reflects his attitude in the pursuit of his goals. “I’m always looking for areas of my game that I can improve on. If you want to get somewhere, you should not shy away from putting in the extra hours. “Inspiration is about your mindset and with the right mindset anything is possible.” Madibaz head coach David Maidza said Ward showed a maturity and understanding of the game beyond his years. “He is a born leader both by action and by his motivating speeches. “It is clear that he is hungry for success. He has a lot to offer this region and I believe he will go far.” Ward, who said he drew inspiration from the . . .
The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced to the project’s awards breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel last week [12 February]. The function honoured the thousands of volunteers and participants who assist in raising donations for the disability sector. The highlight of the day was a performance by the Filia School Brass Band. Music is an important part of the curriculum, according to Deputy Headmaster Anthony Meyer. In addition, the school raised R131 885 for Casual Day through their supporters. Local Cape Town motivational speaker Shoni Khangala regaled the audience with personal stories of how his life has been enriched by his interaction with persons with disabilities. He said: “Filia School is a school for learners with disabilities in Goodwood and they were the only school to be invited to attend Parliament on Casual Day last year. The children cannot read music, but the school curriculum has been changed to enable them to learn by sound. Each learner starts off by learning the drums, and then progresses to playing the trumpet and finally, the trombone.” A portion of the money raised will go toward purchasing more instruments and assisting the band to get gigs. The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, raising R183 525. The runners up are Paarl School in Brackenfell with R148 080, Cheré Botha Special School in Durbanville with R141 740. Ligstraal School (R115 071), Sunfield Home Wellington (R106 510), Jan Kriel School (R97 060), Lentegeur School (R90 003), Dorothea School (R87 250) and Robinhill Special School (R71 861). The generous public added R27 million nationally to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million. Sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for . . .
The work of young amateur South African filmmakers will be publicly celebrated at the fifth annual LivingIt Ubuntu Youth Film Festival, taking place at the US Woordfees at Oude Libertas Arts and Culture Centre in Stellenbosch, on Sunday afternoon 13 March 2016 from 3pm to 9pm. The festival, which was made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), will screen a series of short five-minute films produced by amateur youth. Besides its mission of ‘ubuntu’ – bringing people together – the festival has a legacy of fostering talent, with works on YouTube, and seen on local television and screens as far afield as Boston, Toronto, Edinburgh and London. Some of its winners, such as Kobus Potgieter, have gone on to become filmmakers. Selected works have also been screened at the Cape Winelands Film Festival and regularly on Cape Town TV, posted on the JIP Die Burger, Volksblad and Beeld website, loaded onto YouTube and Facebook and have been sent around the globe by the Global Oneness Project. LivingIt is a non-profit organisation with an impressive track record of success in giving voice to the hopes and dreams of young people in South Africa. Programme activities challenge, inspire, support and train young South Africans to produce short films of under five minutes. This year’s Festival theme is Ubuntu (stay/happy/bly/hlala/onwabile). With the assistance of skilled professionals, these films are generated entirely by the young people, from script writing, acting and shooting the film, to final editing. In this way the participants are provided with a wide range of skills and opportunities while using film as a vehicle to voice the hopes and dreams of youngsters, for a united world. The top five competition entries will be announced at the Festival and each of these will receive R6 000, part sponsored by the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging). Further prizes will be awarded at an Artscape screening in August. While the films are . . .
FNB NMMU-Madibaz head coach David Maidza is playing his cards close to his chest in the lead-up to their second-round FNB Varsity Cup clash against Maties on Monday night. The team suffered an agonising opening round defeat to UJ in a rain-marred match that could have gone either way until the dying moments. "I felt that the conditions on the day did not really allow us to play our game fully," said Maidza. "We analysed the match on video and identified certain areas that needed work and there was good response from the boys this week. "I was happy after the review to see them realising the areas that we could have taken advantage of and knowing that we did create opportunities for ourselves." Maidza said this was a positive to take forward in the competition and especially on Monday. "We need to work for our first win - especially in front of our fans. "We owe it to them and ourselves to improve on the areas that were lacking last week and everyone is really excited going into the Maties game." The visitors were 26-16 winners a year ago. Maidza said Maties had appointed a new, astute coach in Hawies Fourie and that their systems and style of play would have changed under his leadership. "So we will do our homework and find the game plan best suited for Monday." Team discussions centred on the fact that there were six games remaining and they wanted to make each one count, said Maidza. "Starting with Maties, we want to put on a good show. We need to maximise home advantage so that we can come away with a win." He refrained from commenting on any strategic changes to the team and their match plan. The fact that the match would be televised did not play a factor in the team's approach, he said. "We do not take into account whether we are on TV or not. Our focus is on us and how we improve with every match. "That is what we want to analyse at the end of each match and ultimately at the end of the competition." Team: 15 . . .
February 12, 2016: The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that blasting will be taking place on the R61 between All Saints and Baziya on 16, 17 and 18 February. On each of the three consecutive days blasting will take place at 3pm, requiring the closure of the road for 15 minutes on each occasion. This means passage along the route will be blocked between 3pm and 3.15pm on Tuesday February 16, Wednesday February 17 and Thursday February 18. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Sanral Southern Region’s Regional Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
February 12, 2016: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify motorists of travel delays on the R72 between Port Alfred and Fish River due to blasting taking place at the Shaw Park quarry. The blasting will take place on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 at 3pm. The Shaw Park quarry is situated next to the R72, near the intersection of the R72 with a gravel road leading to Shaw Park. The road will be temporarily closed and motorists can expect a delay of approximately 30 minutes. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly, to be cautious when making use of the road and to comply with the directions of safety personnel. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The physiological effects of being in love explained: There is more to love than a warm and fuzzy feeling. As various hormones are released at different stages of attraction and love, this is accompanied a range of feel-good physiological effects that can have numerous benefits for your health. “When we feel attraction and love towards someone, there really is ‘chemistry’ at work; brain chemistry that is,” pharmacologist and director of product development at Agility Global Health Systems [Africa], administrators to Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health), Dr Jacques Snyman says. The stages of love “The hormones that are released at various stages of courtship and love act as a system of positive reinforcement; rewarding us for finding a potential mate. This makes sense in terms of evolution, because it encourages procreation of the human species. Experts from various disciplines have tried to understand quite how this process works.” “Biological anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University in the United States, for example, has written about the neurotransmitters associated with the three phases she identified in the formation of romantic attachment,” Dr Snyman notes. ‘Love’ at first sight The initial phase of ardour is accompanied by a rush a of testosterone and oestrogen hormones; which are present in both men and women1. This often has the result of boosting the libido, and is sometimes accompanied by weight loss. “This suggests that there could be some biological basis for the old expression that someone is ‘pining’ or ‘love sick’,” he explains. Love struck This stage of courtship is a time when attraction to a special someone has firmly taken root and our brains tend to ascribe “special meaning” to the object of our desire2. “This phase is often accompanied by feelings of euphoria and exhilaration, as well as making us feel more energetic as we seek to compete for the attention of the person we are attracted . . .