There’s a strong European challenge mounted for the 2016 edition of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, which starts in Mossel Bay on South Africa’s Western Cape coast on Sunday. The seven-day event, which carries International Cycling Union (UCI) status, has seen the overall titles in the men’s race swing back and forth between local and European riders over the past few years. Last year’s edition was won by South Africans Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns of SCOTT LCB Factory Racing. Beukes is currently out of action, recovering from a serious fall, increasing the chances of a new winning combination to top the final podium. The most likely title contenders are last year’s podium finishers – runners-up Roberto Crisi and Emanuele Crisi (Italy) and third place finishers, Bram Rood and Gerben Mos (Netherlands). However the team that could well upstage them is the Estonian pair of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvus. The Rietumu–Delfin pair will be competing in South Africa for the first time, whereas most of their rivals will be familiar with the conditions, which can range from extremely hot and dry to torrential rain across varying terrain. Pruus is the current European marathon champion and he finished second to Tarvus at the 2016 Estonian marathon championships, which confirms the strength of both riders Pruus is hoping for a successful Cape Pioneer Trek in order to further show his ability on a mountain bike. “European Championships was my only real international race on a mountain bike. I didn’t expect to win and was aiming for a medal. But I had a really good day. I would like to do more mountain bike racing and I hope to show my ability, along with my friend Peeter, at the Cape Pioneer Trek,” said Pruus. “I am racing mostly on the road for my team, Rietumu Bank Continental team and don’t get much chance to race big mountain bike events. I did start out as a mountain biker though and I do really enjoy it,” said Pruus, . . .
South African marathon champions, Max Knox and Robyn de Groot are fired up ahead of Saturday’s seventh and final round of the 2016 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series at Rooiberg in the Limpopo province. With four wins in the last four rounds, Knox (Lowveld Tractors) has essentially tied up the overall series win in the Elite men’s category, but the Sabie resident has never won at Rooiberg and says that it’s one race he’s eager to add to his growing list of victories. “I really like the Rooiberg course, but I’ve never been able to win there. I’m hoping that will change this weekend. I’ve haven’t raced hard in the past few weeks and I’m feeling strong and confident. It will be good to end the series off with a win, but nothing is certain in mountain biking and I need to ride a smart race,” said Knox. Knox will be up against strong contenders in the Team NAD duo of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck, who recently won the Three Towers Stage Race in Mpumalanga. Bell and Combrinck are lying second and third respectively behind Knox in the Ashburton Investments Series standings. Combrinck, winner at Rooiberg last year, was runner-up to Knox at Round 6, with Bell runner-up at Rounds 4 and 5. Both will be eager to finish the prestigious series with a victory. Also confirmed on the start list is the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing pair of Philip Buys and Arno du Toit. The technical route on the ultra-marathon should suit them and they’ll certainly be podium contenders, as will Lourens Luus (PSG Wealth), who was fourth at Rounds 4 and 5. Konny Looser (BIXS) will also be on the start line. The Swiss racer had mechanical problems at Rooiberg last year, which pretty much cost him the National Series overall title. He’ll be eager for some redemption on Saturday. He is also on the road to recovery from illness earlier this year. “I’m finally back in South Africa and also recovered from surgery to the main artery in my right leg. I’m more excited than ever to . . .
Philip Buys and Theresa Ralph secured their first victories of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series when they triumphed in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 4, the Bundu Bash, held at Buffelsdrift MTB Park near Pretoria at the weekend. Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), a multiple Cape Epic stage winner, won the men’s race in a time of 02 hour 25 minutes 18 seconds. He was less than a minute ahead of runner-up, Jan Withaar (Redhub), with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the top three places another minute-and-a-half later. The 69km marathon route was a race of two halves with fairly wide open gravel roads and jeep track in the first half and then a high volume of twisty singletrack in the second half. This helped spread out the field of almost 700 riders who were faced with hot, dusty conditions. It was evident from early on that the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team was intent on splitting up the field with Du Toit riding aggressively and taking some ambitious early starters with him off the front. Buys was able to sit in and let his rivals chase Du Toit down. But the pace proved too fast and only Withaar and Buys were able to catch and match Du Toit, the trio taking the lead within the first 20km. The early pace saw Du Toit fade slightly later on and Buys managed to shake off Withaar on the singletrack sections that he knows so well to secure his first TrailSeeker Series win of the year. “It was a lot of fun and super fast. The first half I did yesterday as part of a training ride. But that training ride ended up being 90km so my legs were hurting today,” said a content Buys afterwards. “I had to ride a smart race. I know the trails here as I ride at Buffelsdrift a lot. Local knowledge was an advantage because I knew what was coming and made my move into the lead at the right time. “Arno sacrificed himself a bit for me in the beginning. I suppose that’s what teams are for. It worked out well that we got . . .
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Heine Engelbrecht and Theresa Ralph will go into Saturday’s fourth round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series as respective leaders of the men and women’s marathon rankings. Neither Engelbrecht nor Ralph (Galileo Risk) has won any of the first three rounds, but their consistently high placings sees them topping the points standings, making Saturday’s fourth leg at Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park north of Pretoria a crucial one for those with Series-winning ambitions. Both will be gunning for high finishes again but they’re in for a tough battle considering the riders on the pre-entry list. Maricel Bekker, currently second in the series rankings and Adrienne Moolman, runner-up at the 2015 round at Buffelsdrift, are also likely to be in the hunt for podium positions in the women’s division. For Engelbrecht, his primary rivals are likely to be Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), HB Kruger (Team Telkom), Henry Uys (Complete Cyclist), Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) and Thinus Redelinghuys. The marathon will be run over 69km with 890 metres of ascent. Only 25km of the route will incorporate regular Buffelsdrift MTB Park trails, with the rest of the route on new sections built specifically for the event and by access to neighbouring land. The drought has made it possible to build new singletrack segments along the Pienaar’s River, which are sure to be a hit with the participants. The Half marathon over 40km has 450 metres of climbing. More than 80% of the route will be different to the one used last year, while the Fun Race (20km) and Fun Ride (10km) also offer stimulating new sections, making the most of the bushveld venue, which is less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Nissan TrailSeeker Bundu Bash 2016, schedule of events: Venue: Buffelsdrift MTB Park Registration: Friday 30 September: 10h00–16h00: Cycle Lab, Fourways; 10h00–16h00: Torq Zone Cycles, Doringkloof; 10h00–16h00: Bruce Reyneke Cycles, Lynwood Ext . . .
“East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global hospitality and tourism consultancy, HTI Consulting, who have recently undertaken extensive market and feasibility studies, due diligence, finance raising and hotel operator selection assignments in several EAC countries. Greater integration, reduction of trade barriers and improved infrastructural links are expected to be the region’s key economic drivers, with the introduction of an EAC passport (proposed for January 2017) expected to facilitate trade, growth and freer movement of people. EAC countries have also implemented key projects to raise annual tourism earnings to $16 billion from $7 billion by 2020. “This indicates a positive outlook for the hospitality and tourism sector in the region, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years,” explains Troughton. “If international companies are successful in exploiting the region’s wealth of natural resources, including oil in Kenya and Uganda and gas in Tanzania, it will also serve as a significant economic boost to these countries,” he continues. “Such resource development will compliment the diverse economic base of EAC members and will not place reliance on single commodities. This will have a significant role to play in reducing investment risk and boosting East African tourism and hotel industries,” says Troughton. Dar es Salaam In Dar es Salaam, room supply has increased consistently over the past 15 years and is currently sitting at around 2 400 rooms. Peaks occurred in 2009 when the Holiday Inn and Hilton Double Tree entered the market, as well as in 2015 when supply grew by 26%. Comments Troughton, “Brand penetration is strong with Hyatt, Best Western, Protea by Marriot, Southern Sun, Serena, Ramada and Golden Tulip also represented in the market. New hotel . . .
In comparison to mature solar energy markets such as Spain, Australia and Germany, the solar energy market in South Africa is a young one. The barriers to entry to the Solar Energy market are well known: High upfront cost Uncertainty around maintenance Concern around maximising production Scepticism about real savings In many instances Solar PV installations are sold as 'the right thing to do', as a contribution to 'saving the planet' and lastly as a means to save energy costs. South Africans are an innovative bunch who, presented with a problem or barriers to market entry, will in most instances come up with a viable solution. And this Solar PV solution is one that cuts the costs of those businesses that make a hefty contribution to the job market. Durban based, Energy Capital, through the use of Solar PV offer a unique solution to businesses seeking to reduce their energy costs without capital outlay. Energy Capital was established to facilitate the long term funding of renewable energy equipment for end users. Under section 12J of the Income Tax Act individuals, companies and trusts can get a tax deduction if they invest in a venture capital company (VCC) that in turn invests in a qualifying small business for at least five years. Using this venture capital tax incentive, Energy Capital, was earlier this year able to tap R2.6m from Broadreach Capital’s Harbour Energy 1 fund to bankroll the installation of a rooftop photovoltaic system for a business park in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal. Energy Capital chief executive Doug Brazier says the funding created eight jobs, mainly of installers on site. Investors generate a return by the company selling the power generated from each unit to clients. Funding for another 120 similar projects is planned. In essence Energy Capital, through it's national network of partners, will: Advise on Energy Efficiency measures at no cost Install a Solar PV system at no cost Enter into a . . .
The Social Life of Waste Art (SLOWart) presents a pop-up exhibition that celebrate waste art, on 1st and 4th September 2016 at Museum of African Design, Maboneng and on the 4 September, Green Office, Drill Hall Precinct, Johannesburg. In an effort to educate and motivate the public to take personal action in local and global conservation efforts, the Social Life of Waste-Art (SLOWart) has been producing a series of art exhibitions to highlight regional environmental issues through the universal language of art. On 1st September 2016, first Thursday of Art Week Joburg opening, SLOWart will present a pop-up exhibition featuring Zimbabwean waste artist Johnson Zuze and video art by Myer Taub and Francois at Museum of African Design, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa starting at 18H 00. ART WEEK JOBURG is a week-long festival that brings together Joburg art lovers to see the city’s art spaces – galleries, project spaces, arts organisations, museums and training institutions. SLOWart will be hosting a number of activities such as gallery exhibition with recycled material and interaction with artists, waste food cooking performance, pinhole workshop and the making of musical instruments out of recycled material on Sunday, 4th September at 14h00 at the Green Office Drill Hall, Precinct in Johannesburg. The “Not Wasting Point Blank” exhibition will open at 14H00 at the Point Blank Gallery in the Drill Hall Precinct on Sunday 4th and will feature works from artists across Southern Africa. This exhibition curated by Keneilwe Mokoena, invites the general public to see an art collection that focuses exclusively on art and design made from recycled waste materials. This collection of works was recently on exhibition at the Fortaleza in Maputo. On this day, the Trackside’s After School Project will also provide children with the opportunity of playing and making toys and musical instruments with waste or discarded objects. What's more? Pretoria Street Photography . . .
Fifteen solid years of commercialising mobile marketing solutions that tap into the vast business potential of 600 million cellular users has seen InTarget Mobile Advertising join an exclusive club of the Top 25 African & Middle Eastern Mobile Ad Networks. Thalamus, the administrator of the world's biggest ad vendor database, has included South Africa-headquartered InTarget in its most recent list of the twenty five mobile marketing firms that matter in Africa and the Middle East. Led by Group CEO Lazarus Muchenje; a continent-wide mobile pioneer, financier and businessman; InTarget is today a trusted provider of mobile marketing and advertising solutions with a 33-country African and Middle East footprint. "Every leader at InTarget has a career history of never compromising on providing the best available mobile services to African and Middle Eastern consumers. We all share the thinking that these two historically neglected continents deserve the best the mobile world has to offer. We've joined the Top 25 list by consistently delivering on our commitment to quality," said Mr Muchenje. The company is clearly onto a good thing after spending the last decade and a half focusing on two challenging, yet profitable, continents. According to research firm eMarketer, the mobile advertising market in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) will grow to $3B in 2016 With over 50 000 ad partners and counting, Thalamus houses the most comprehensive dataset of ad partner capabilities, contacts, marketing collateral, ad specs, network data, and marketer reviews for vendors across the globe. Media buying teams representing 90% of the AdAge top digital agencies list, as well as global brands, use Thalamus to source, evaluate and connect with participating ad partners to meet their digital advertising goals. InTarget is a mobile advertising firm able to offer clients unparalleled flexibility thanks largely to its in-house WASP (wireless application service provider) . . .
Financika is a Vanuatu based finance company offering online Forex trading services and comprehensive training programs in South Africa. Vanuatu, August 12,2016/MyPR.co.za / - Financika – The Vanuatu based company offers financial services for traders with qualified full-time support from expert brokers. Forex trading is known to require a level of knowledge in order to bring profit to the trader. Besides the basic understanding of how the foreign exchange markets work, using the right technology to conclude trading operations, and taking advantage of market insights, are just few additional ways for aspirants to succeed in FX trading. Financika aims at making its traders successful – thus allowing access to a trading academy with all the specialized knowledge readily available, in addition to the software that makes monitoring and executing trades easy and fast. Moreover, another feature seems to catch the attention of aspiring traders – the support provided by the dedicated account managers who follow the market trends and advise on strategies most likely to bring success. “FX is second to none for traders interested in buying, selling and investing in different markets online. Traders from all around the world are pouring to this platform to either make full-time income with part time work, or just to bring some additional profit. From aspirants to seasoned pros – everyone tries to outsmart the derivatives market to earn their share. Major factor to success is knowledge. Thus, as a broker aiming to attract traders with higher chances of success, Financika has made all the needed knowledge available to aspiring traders and expert pros alike. Market value analysis and conditions are essential before commencing any trade. Experts need to be hired by traders to achieve success in the platform quickly – but with Financika you get this support once you become a client of ours.” – says Director of Financika while addressing a press conference on the importance of . . .