Critical reflections on Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Monday, December 18, 2017 : The end of November marked almost a year after the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (NMB Stadium) moved under the aegis of the city and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA). By any measure, it has been an interesting 12 months. During this period, stadium management were able to forge a new vision largest real estate asset into a working investment on behalf ratepayers and residents of the metro. We have had to come up with an entirely new and different business model too. The stadium was always intended as a multi-purpose venue. Traditionally this refers to multi –purpose in sporting codes but, the NMB Stadium through innovation and forward planning see this as a new way to change its business strategy, focus on a wider basket of events – rather than exclusively on soccer and rugby in particular. Several new sport, recreational and arts & culture events were added to the stadium’s calendar for the first time. The transition period has been challenging. We are pleased to announce that several new policies and procedures are now in place. To be sure: we’ve had to re-align the direction of ship an entity operated in the private sector to an asset under jurisdictions of various policies of the metro. This has also required retraining our staff in the way they think, operate, and deliver work. A key focus of development in the future will be the stadium precinct. Pending the outcomes of future feasibility and environmental impact assessment studies, the development will be envisaged as an office and retail complex and boutique hotel on the lake front, as well as a high-performance center and sports team headquarters next to the precinct B and C fields. This is the first step of many which could change the face of the North End area. It will also include the North End Lake front complex, new sports academy with gym and fields, rugby and football headquarters and . . .
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(Port Elizabeth) – It appears to be a case of “jingle tills” as retailers brace for a record-breaking Festive Season from this weekend, as factories close, bonuses are paid and the bulk of South Africa embarks on their December holidays. Malls throughout the Eastern Cape are already reporting a surge in foot traffic compared to previous years and, as businesses embark on their annual shutdown, retailers are predicting a spending spree of unprecedented proportions. At the province’s largest mall, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, the shopping spree is being accommodated with 12-hour trading, from 9am, seven days a week, until December 23. “We are definitely expecting a bumper festive season,” said Baywest Mall marketing manager Lindsay Steele, adding that the mall was on track to achieve 10.9% year-on-year growth in visitor numbers for December. To accommodate the rush of festive shoppers, Steele said Checkers at Baywest would be trading until midnight on December 15 and 16. “We also have some great holiday highlights, like the national DinosAlive exhibition, which is certainly bringing more visitors to the mall, as is our photo area with Santa,” said Steele. “Because this is the season of giving, we are also offering a gift-wrapping service in aid of the Red Band Barista Academy, which trains unemployed youth to master the art of coffee making. And we will have the Rotary Gift of Joy in our central court, where shoppers can make the wish of an underprivileged child come true.” Said Zanele Ngwenya, assistant marketing manager at Hemingways Mall in East London: “We have already experienced a higher than average volume of shoppers through our doors, with growth exceeding 5% year-on-year so far – which is expected to increase with the influx this weekend. It seems that this year, more than ever, shoppers prefer to do all their shopping at one venue, while at the same time taking advantage of the crazy specials on offer at various stores.” “To . . .
Ke Dezemba entertainment campaign launches in Centurion (Centurion) – Residents who are home for the holidays can look forward to three days of boredom-busting entertainment at Forest Hill City this weekend – where they can skate, bowl or surf for just a rand a day. The shopping centre has launched its Ke Dezemba campaign, which will allow residents to experience various elements of its entertainment offering throughout the weekend, at a cost of R1 per activity – accompanied by a till slip as proof of purchase of any rand value item from the mall, required upon entry. The cut-price, all-day entertainment kicks off on Friday (December 15) at the Forest Hill City ice rink. On Saturday (December 16), residents can beat the heat at the Wave Pool, and then wrap up their weekend with tenpin bowling at the Super Games Arcade on Sunday (December 17). The mall’s acting marketing manager Estee Roos said the idea behind the campaign was to bring the fun to residents who had not joined the annual migration to the coast in search of sun, sea and sand. “We want to introduce an element of fun to the holidays, offering a wide range of affordable entertainment options to families not going away for Christmas,” said Roos. “At this time of year people are caught up in the mad rush of gift and food shopping. We want them to take time out for a bit of relaxation and quality time together.” She said the summer holidays presented the perfect opportunity for residents to explore their own city’s tourism offering. “We may be landlocked here in Pretoria, but there are ways to beat the heat and have fun. We just made it much more affordable.” SCHEDULE: • Friday, December 15 – Ice skating at the Forest Hill City Ice Rink; R1 entry accompanied by till slip of any rand value item from the mall; 9am to 10pm • Saturday, December 16 – Enjoy unlimited access to the Forest Hill City Wave Pool; R1 entry accompanied by till slip of any rand value item from the mall; 9am to . . .
The star studded event saw a host of celebs and sporting legends in attendance including Cape Town 10s co-founder Rob Fleck, comedian’s Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Yaaseen Barnes, DevDonDidIt and Angel Campey, as well as radio personalities Irma G, Kia Johnson, Twala, Moyin and Sibongile Mafu - who celebrated her birthday on the night. Other notable guests included Instagram sensation Nadia Jafhta and Jade Hubner who did an acoustic set and was later joined on stage for a surprise performance with Voice SA season 1 winner, Richard Stirton. The 10th annual event will return to Hamilton Rugby Club from 2 to 3 February 2018, featuring a winning blend of the tried and tested sporting disciplines plus four exciting new sporting codes.The internationally acclaimed event and winner of the Discovery Sports Industry Award for Best Live Experience in 2016 will feature a staggering 8 different sporting codes including rugby, netball, dodgeball, beach volleyball as well as the newly introduced sports of 5 aside soccer and hockey, the ‘Run the 10s’ fun run and a unique fitness event. Celebrating 10 years of 10s! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa’s urban culture landscape has experienced an explosion over the years with creative visionaries leading narratives in the bubbling hip hop scene using the elements of music, fashion, photography and art. Hip hop has transcended from being just a music genre, it is a lifestyle that many cultural curators are using as a medium to tell authentic stories that are resonating with the masses. One of South Africa’s most recognizable burger brands, Steers has taken note and recently veered into uncharted territory to launch to their new Rib King promotion. The brand plugged into urban culture through a unique collaboration with South Africa’s leading online magazine The Plug and a collective of emerging rappers who speak to various elements of urban culture. The Respek Nation is a collective of some of country’s hottest rappers including Shane Eagle, J Molley and TTGO. These artists were specifically chosen as they are driving the culture forward through their incredible music and leading movements that are resonating with legions of their followers. Movements create conversation that bring a sense of belonging and when executed with an actual identity, they become effortless and appealing to the youth. Shane Eagle is the Respek Nation Series Leader of the New School having released his debut Yellow album to critical acclaim earlier on this year which is being hailed by many as one of the best rap offerings this year. In it he explores his artistry tapping into topics including political and social commentary. Internet Boy J Molley recently released his debut album Dreams Money Can Buy and features in the series New Wave feature which explores his musical influences and how he is leading the local trap music scene. The series culminates in a feature with upcoming rapper Pretoria rapper TTGO of the Hustle fame who is leading the Pitori Invasion. The campaign was launched at Rosebank’s popular First Thursday’s and trailblazers in hip hop descended on . . .
Johannesburg –12 December 2017: Servest joined the sixth annual, Steyn City ‘Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot’ campaign, to bring some festive cheer to school learners in Diepsloot. The annual CSI project continues to bring cheer and joy ahead of the Christmas season to 12 000 primary school children in Diepsloot. “People are at the heart of our business at Servest, and we believe in relationships and human partnerships to create mutual success.” says Kumaran Pillay, Marketing and Sales Director for the Office Services division of Servest. Servest invests in local communities through the Lesipho Trust, a non-profit organisation, that provides bursary and business opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we operate in. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation, by investing in the education and happiness of our children” says Kumaran, on Servest’s involvement with the annual project. Servest joined forces with Steyn City Properties and other sponsors to donate food, beverages and stationery to fill the school bags with treats for each learner. These gifted school bags will provide learners with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year. Celebrity appearances added an extra touch of energy to the proceedings. This year, TboTouch, along with soccer legends Shaun Bartlett, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane, cricketer Heino Kuhn, Man Cave presenter Janez Vermeiren, and DJs from Touch HD, including Sammy Sosa, Kyle Worde, and popular TV Chef Benny Masekwameng all attended. “We look forward to taking part again next year and creating more awareness around the initiative.” says Kumaran. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest joined hands with Steyn City Properties, Sponsors, South African Personalities, and the Community to Deliver Happiness to Diepsloot Learners. here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
Renowned for its gorgeous coastal towns, warm community and laidback lifestyle, the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast is a prime holiday destination. And this year, Sapphire Coast Tourism is looking forward to a bumper season with plenty fun in the sun in store for residents and holidaymakers…it’s going to be a Sapphire Sizzling Summer 2017! “December is always a really busy month for the jewel of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Romy Wenzel, chairman of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “Our incredible beaches, world-class dive sites, cultural spots, nature reserves and quality food and drink venues keep the tourists coming year after year. And, in preparation for the busy holiday season, Sapphire Coast Tourism has been turning the Sapphire Coast blue by cleaning and painting bridges. We want all visitors to really enjoy their stay which is why Sapphire Coast Tourism also supports a really well-planned holiday programme with a host of fun, family-friendly activities throughout December.” Amanzimtoti Park Run One of the community initiatives supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism is the weekly 5km Amanzimtoti Park Run which sets off every Saturday at 8am from Beach Road, Amanzimtoti. This run is unique in that it incorporates the beach, testing runners’ endurance in a beautiful setting. Amanzimtoti River Clean-up To improve the environmental conditions of the area, there will be an Amanzimtoti River Clean-up on Saturday, 9 December setting off from the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre. CPR Lessons Partake in some potentially lifesaving lessons at Toti Main Beach on 18, 20 and 22 December. All lessons are arranged by PDA Health Pty Ltd. Nature Walks There will be two nature walks taking place at Burchells Coucal Eco Trail, 1 Deeptank Road, Illovo. On Wednesday, 20 December there will be the Kiddies Nature Walk with Blessing Majoka from 8am to 10am at a cost of R30 per child which includes a snack pack from Cafe Familia. On Saturday 23 December there will be Birding and Nature Walk . . .
Rock guitarist Tom Hess has revealed secrets about his guitar technique in an online resource about eliminating mistakes that lead to sloppy playing. Hess begins by discussing an experience that all guitar players go through: “Have you ever had days where you just can’t stop making mistakes and practicing guitar feels frustrating?”, he asks. “Everyone goes through this... Good news is, there is a way to eliminate mistakes from your playing so that you play at your best every time you pick up your instrument and never have to worry about having bad playing days.” In his resource, Hess gives away free guitar practice tips that he has used over the years to solidify his playing skills and make his technique clean. He starts off with the following tip: “How to make your guitar technique very efficient to make your playing as accurate and consistent as possible” He continues: “Most guitar players have various inefficiencies in their playing that keep them from playing guitar at the level they want to play at. For example: they don't fret with the tips of their fingers, they use inefficient picking motion while playing scale runs, they move their hands to far away from the frets after playing a note, and many more. Fixing these inefficiencies results in a massive positive change for your guitar playing that cuts down on the mistakes you make and makes the process of practicing/playing feel much more enjoyable and effortless.” Here is another tip from his resource: “Develop better technique than you think you need.” This bit of advice explains that you should develop your playing several levels above your initial goal. For instance, learning a guitar lick at 175 beats per minute when your goal is to learn it at 150. By doing this, he claims that you make less mistakes since playing at your goal doesn’t put you at the outer limits of your technical playing ability. Tom Hess’s free online resource about how to make less mistakes on guitar can be . . .
Pop artist Matthew Mole and Afro-soul superstar Zahara will headline the SPAR Delight in Summer festival that takes place at various venues in and around Port Elizabeth from December 16 to 31. Mole is a singer-songwriter from Cape Town who made history when he became the first local artist to top the iTunes album chart with his debut collection, The Home We Built. He will be on stage at the Movie and Carols by Candlelight evening at Happy Valley on December 22, supported by Port Elizabeth-born musician Claire Venn and Afro-soul singer Pam Jikwa. Zahara will enjoy top billing at the popular Sizzling Sessions evening at the Tramways Building on December 27. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bongani Thulwana, pop singer Stuart Reece as well as other guest artists. Alan Stapleton, SPAR Eastern Cape's sponsorship and events manager, said one reason for being involved for the second year running was to link the festival with the "season of sharing and caring". He said they also wanted to use the festival as a way of thanking the city and its surrounding communities for their support. "We would like locals and visitors to enjoy this little secret pearl of beauty that we have in Port Elizabeth in the spirit of family and fun." SPAR EC are working alongside Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism to make this year's festival one to remember. "As a leading supermarket chain, it is important that we walk together in sharing what PE has to offer," said Stapleton. The popular Opening of the Season event, which takes place at Hobie Beach on December 16, will kick-start the Delight in Summer festival. Singer Garth Jooste will be first on stage and the line-up also includes dance crew PE's Finest and gumboot dancers Isingqi Se-Afrika. This will be followed by the traditional fireworks display, which will officially declare the season open. Holidaymakers can also look forward to the Uitenhage Picnic at Willow Dam on December 23. The . . .