It’s Now or Never for South Africa’s Rhino For the past number of years, First Car Rental has invested in Rhino initiatives around the country, fighting the probability that future generations may never enjoy Rhino in their natural habitat unless we act now. Rhino have been around for 50 million years. Two species survived the most recent period of glaciation and inhabited Europe as recently as 10,000 years ago – these are the woolly rhinoceros and Elasmotherium. The woolly rhinoceros appeared in China around 1 million years ago and first arrived in Europe around 600,000 years ago. The zoo population is also declining, as Northern White Rhino have rarely reproduced in captivity. There are now only three Northern White Rhino left. They all belong to the Dv?r Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, but were transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. In the conservancy, there are 112 black Rhino and the last three Northern White Rhino, of which one is ‘Sudan’, a 100-year-old male Northern White Rhino – the last of his species. The Black Rhino has not fared so well either. As recently as 1970, an estimated 65,000 Black Rhino could be found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but in eastern Africa over 90% were killed in the 70s. Now there are fewer than 2,500 left in small pockets in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania. IT'S NOW OR NEVER, AND YOU ARE THE SOLUTION. First Car Rental launched its 2017 Rhino Campaign called First4Rhino – It’s Now or Never, in support of the Now or Never African Wildlife Trust (NNAWT), an organisation entrusted with helping to save all Rhino. The NNAWT has one mission – Save them all. They endeavour to save all the elephants, rhino and their calves who survive a poaching attack. They will find them with helicopters, care for them in orphanages and release them back into the wild. Among the founding members of NNAWT are the following organisations and experts: The Rhino Orphanage – the world’s . . .
SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG - JSE-and Mauritius-listed company, GRIT Real Estate Income Group, will be attending the noteworthy platform for real estate investment in Africa this week at the Sandton Convention Centre to discuss current trends, share industry experiences, and hopefully emerge having made positive connections in the various African countries. As a top tier Gold Sponsor to the Africa Property Investment Summit & Expo (API), GRIT will be connecting with the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, in the promise to seek meaningful and profitable investment into a range of real estate, infrastructure projects and developments across the continent. The API Summit gathers the region’s most senior investors, developers, operators and professionals providing the right platform to do deals across the region. It is in this precise vein that Grit is Gold. It pioneered the concept of providing investors direct access to real estate ownership in Africa’s high-growth markets (excluding South Africa). This is a dynamic, high-growth company that has established a strong portfolio of retail, corporate residential, hospitality, warehousing and commercial office assets in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius and Zambia, with a view to expand into more markets, especially where REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) legislation has been promulgated. Grit distributes its income to shareholders in US dollars, making it a currency hedge in addition to participating in superior distribution growth. The Company recently distributed its sixth consecutive distribution to shareholders and targets a dividend yield of over 7% in US dollars. Grit CEO, Bronwyn Corbett has two days of bespoke networking opportunities, focussing on Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, discussing the impact that structured real estate investments can have on development of the continent. Given the strong correlation between the investment . . .
What would a PE Waterfront be without a Yacht Club? * Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 'arrear rental' * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying a sporting body rental of R150.00 per month prior to 2000, ever increasing rental demands - some increases as high as 61% - have led to the TNPA instituting legal action against the well known yacht club. With humble beginnings from a 'garage' the club has grown to it's present size after reclaiming 66% of what was then broken land, building a hard and slipway and then re-building a clubhouse after the devastating fire in 2006. ABYC's sole reason for existence is 'Foster an interest in Sailing'. To that end the yacht club hosts regattas and services dinghy and yacht owners. A number of high profile and world championships have been hosted by the ABYC - Lipton Cup, Algoa Bay Week, J22 World Championships, Hobie 16 World Championships, Mirror World Championships, Annual Vasco da Gama Ocean Race and the 5O5 World Championships. These serve to showcase and support Nelson Mandela Bay's claim as the Watersport Capital of South Africa. A succesful partnership with LoveLife between 2003 and 2006 saw over 600 pupils introduced to the sport with five being chosen to continue on a higher performance level. In 2006 the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) signed a lease for a three year period to 31 May 2009 with the Transnet National Ports Authority. With escalations the rent payable was R23 010.90 per month at the end of the period. The lease allowed for the 2009 renewal of the 3 083 square meters occupied by the club. In 2009 TNPA, in reponse to an enquiry by ABYC, renewed . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 23 August 2017 – Servest recently donated R 10,500.00 to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in support of the phenomenal work being done by the hospital. Servest staff and management selected the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of the donation and on the 27th of July 2017 visited the hospital for a tour and to hand over the donation. Xolani Zuma, MD Servest Integrated Solutions commented " As a proudly South African company with a strong commitment to the communities we operate in we are delighted to grow our relationship with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital and will continue to support the great work being done by the team." In July 2017 Servest released the 2017 South African Facilities Management Research Report that looks at trends, forecasts and predictions in the facilities management (FM) sector. Servest made the research available free of charge to all role players in the industry and as part of the Servest Group’s Mandela Day fundraising initiative the company pledged R 50.00 for every person who registered and downloaded the research. The 24 page report zones in on the latest FM outsourcing trends, the challenges and expectations between buyers and providers, progressive local and global innovations for facilities service delivery and the major game changers and outlook for FM services in South Africa over the next five years. Servest was appointed an integrated facilities management services contract in late 2016 and was managing all facilities management services on site at NMCH until the opening of the hospital on the 21st June 2017. Since going live in June 2017, Servest are appointed as the provider managing all technical services at the Hospital. "There are a number of ways that you can remember Mr Mandela, he was a statesman but at his core, he loved children and we are proud to be associated with Mandela’s legacy” commented Steve Wallbanks, Servest CEO CLICK HERE to . . .
In an epic weekend of paddling, eight-times World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) and S2 partner, Lee Furby claimed a double victory, winning the KZN north coast’s 2017 Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and claiming the South African Doubles Surfski title. It was a busy weekend for McGregor, who also won Race 3 of the Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on the Friday night. Despite freezing weather conditions, the event attracted 179 paddlers of all abilities. The race broke records in terms of development paddlers – over 70 young paddlers from various academies in KZN attended the race. Following his victory on the Friday, McGregor set off to the KZN north coast to defend his title at the two-day Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge with S2 partner, Lee Furby. The two-day stage race saw paddlers take on a 32km out-and-back route from the Durban Underwater Club on Saturday, and a 32km paddle from Zinkwazi to Salt Rock on the Sunday. McGregor and Furby dominated from the start, winning the first stage with a 20-second lead. Seasoned paddlers, McGregor and Furby finished the first stage in 02:03:44.47, with Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet second in 02:04:04.05, and in third were Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in 02:04:18.78. Going into Stage 2 with a solid advantage, McGregor and Furby needed to maintain their strong paddling prowess but Woods and Nisbet still forced a sprint for the finish, with McGregor and Furby beating Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet to the line, claiming consecutive stage wins. The winning duo finished the second stage in 02:14:44.03, just ahead of Woods and Nisbet, who finished in 02:15:06.43. Third place again went to Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in a time of 02:15:57.70 “I am really stoked to take the win at the Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and the SA Double Surfski Champs with my partner Lee Furby – it was his first national title win. We had to dig deep on Sunday to get to . . .
Webtours, Durban, South Africa Webtours, which assists South African travellers book affordable travel packages across the globe, have recently revamped its www.justski.co.za website to better represent special packages from the top ski operators around South Africa. Webtours, an online travel agency, has been in operation since 2007 with a group of niche travel websites serving the different international destinations and packages which are favoured by South African overseas holiday and honeymoon options. Justski was launched today (17th of August 2017) and now offers a more diverse range of ski holidays featuring France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, China and even Dubai. The Webtours Group and Justski have partnered with the leading South African ski operators and the old website was no longer a clear representation of all the packages and holidays that they had on offer. The new website offers a more uncluttered design with better functionality which enables visitors to find the best ski package suited to their needs and make more informed decisions. The old website was also outdated and was difficult to keep up-to-date. The new Justski website will allow us to make quick edits. Currently we are experimenting with an API integration which some of our other websites enjoy and hope to add this to Justski in the upcoming months We are very excited to revamp our Justski website as we achieved top growth for Club Med ski holidays last season and with the new website we can now expand our services offerings across the board and continue the growth of the business. - Edwina Fletcher About Webtours Webtours is not simply a group of travel-passionate individuals, but a dedicated, dynamic team of Destination Specialists committed to providing the very best experience for both current and future clients. With a never-ending focus on attention to detail, personalised service and an insatiable taste for adventure, Webtours is, and will continue to strive to . . .
A K2 Gold and a K1 Silver medal is how the world’s most successful paddler ended his South African Marathon Team selection campaign at the South African Flatwater Marathon Canoeing Championships at Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg this past weekend. Hank McGregor (Jeep Team, Euro Steel) knew there were just two spots on the national team in each age division and with the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships just under a month away, only the best of South Africa’s paddling crop would make it through K1 and K2 selection. The paddling giant, McGregor, made no mistakes. In Saturday’s K1 title race, reigning World Marathon Champion, McGregor, battled it out against seven-time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner, Andy Birkett and Czech national team paddler, Jakub Adam. The final lap of the sought-after K1 title race ended in a sprint for finish with Birkett pipping McGregor to the line by just two seconds in 02:12:16 with McGregor in 02:12 18, and Adam in 02:12:20. The K1 result ensures Birkett and McGregor will represent South Africa at the highly anticipated, ICF World Marathon Champs to be held in South Africa at Pietermaritzburg’s Camps Drift from 8 to 10 September. Said a happy Hank McGregor, “Job done - selection for the South African Marathon Team. It was some awesome racing in PMB. I really enjoyed my race and am stoked to be racing marathons again. I’m really looking forward to World Champs with my fellow team mate, Andy Birkett!” The men's K2 race was just as fast and furious after whittling down to just four boats turning for the final 800m dash to the finish of the eight-lap, 30km race with Hank McGregor/Jasper Mocké, Andy Birkett/Jean Van der Westhuyzen, Stuart Maclaren/ Kenneth Rice, and Brandon van der Walt/Clint Cook all firing for the line. McGregor and Mocké reigned victorious beating Birkett and van der Westhuyzen by just two seconds in 02:03:13. Birkett and van der Westhuyzen (02:03:15) fought to the line to beat third placed Maclaren and Rice . . .
Top South African triathlete, Michael Lord (Jeep Team) showed his class at the 2017 Banhoek Duo Challenge, successfully defending his title to claim his fourth consecutive title win. The Banhoek Conservancy was established in 2013 by a group of farmers in an attempt to protect the environment and to uplift the community. The conservancy generates an income by providing well-designed, permanently marked, off-road tracks for trail running and MTB. Lord won the 37.5km Duo Challenge, a 2.5km trail run, 25km MTB and a final 10km trail run, through the scenic Banhoek Conservancy, just outside of Stellenbosch, in 02:06:00, five minutes ahead of second-placed Matthew Richard Daneel. Coming home in third was Gary Thomas in a time of 02:15:20. In the women’s race, Delmence Niland finished first in a time of 02:17:06; Marguerite van Niekerk finished second in 02:42:4, and rounding off the podium was Marleen Lourens in 02:45:35. Results – Duo Challenge Long Men 1. Michael Lord 02:06:00 2. Matthew Richard Daneel 02:11:05 3. Gary Thomas 02:15:20 Women 1. Delmence Niland 02:17:06 2. Marguerite van Niekerk 02:42:43 3. Marleen Lourens 02:45:35 OTHER JEEP TEAM NEWS MTB – Trans Baviaans MTB Race This past weekend saw mountain biker Pierre Smith (Jeep Team) and mixed partner, Mariske Mclean, race the one of the toughest MTB races of the year, the epic 24-hour, 230km Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon. The 24hr, single-stage race from Willowmore in the Eastern Cape Karoo to Jeffreys Bay covers some 230km through the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Labelled as the ‘longest and toughest single-stage team MTB event’ in the world, the route, through spectacular scenery and rugged mountain ranges, was unmarked, and with a late start, the over 1000 riders entered, are forced to endure night-time riding – a true test of orientation skills, character and endurance. Says Smith following the race, “The . . .
Last weekend saw Robyn Owen (Jeep Team/Best4Sports) competing in the infamous Hout Bay Trail Challenge, one of the toughest trail runs in the Western Cape. Starting and finishing at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, the 41km race, with a total massive climb of 2622m, circumnavigates the mountains surrounding Hout Bay, taking runners through pristine forests and rocky mountain trails. The marked route is broken into 3 legs with check points at Suikerbossie Restaurant and Constantia Nek. Leg 1, from Hout Bay Harbour to Suikerbossie, covered around 15km and includes a climb up Karbonkelberg. Leg 2 travelled 15km with a total elevation gain of 1066m, traversing the back of Table Mountain from Suikerbossie to Constantia Nek. Leg 3, from Constantia Nek to the finish at Hout Bay Harbour, is considered the easiest leg covering 11km with an elevation gain of 540m. Owen finished 2nd in a time of 05:22:08, behind the winner, South African Long-Distance Trail Champ, Meg Mackenzie in a time of 04:43:22, and 3rd place went to Julie Huckle in 06:00:10. Results – 40km Hout Bay Trail Challenge Men Kane Reilly 03:59:34 Kevin Spratley 04:50:53 Lucas Adams 05:05:54 Women Meg Mackenzie 04:43:22 Robyn Owen 05:22:08 Julie Huckle 06:00:10 Last weekend, Jeep Team mountain biker Pierre Smith won the Spectrum Vaal River MTB Race in the south of Gauteng. Smith finished the flat and fast 65km marathon race in 02:21:48, claiming top spot on the podium. Second place went to Johan de Villiers, who finished 3 minutes behind Smith; and rounding off the podium was Louis Harmse in 02:27:49. Starting and finishing at Stonehaven on Vaal, the route offered 75% single track with a mixture of jeep track and dirt road. Says Smith following the race, “I had a lot of fun racing my bike in my hometown race today. It’s always special to race so close to home, and to top it off with an overall win is even better. It is also nice to see the young talent growing . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .