Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo together with the Hollard JURA & JUMA team have put in some serious work to ensure the Braamfontein Spruit is nice and clean before the race. Taking all the feedback from previous years the Hollard JURA & Hollard JUMA team, together with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, have taken steps to improve the sections of the route that were a little less than fragrant. “Our aim is to maximize the participants experience and together with Johannesburg City Parks we came up with using Effective Microbes (EM) as a water cleaning and odour busting solution to the problem. Now riders and riders can enjoy everything the route has to offer and have fresh, clean fun along the way,” explains Event Organiser Mark Castel. Ben Masalesa, Senior Training Facilitator, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, hails the Bokashi balls as an excellent water cleaning solution. “The balls are created from a mixture that includes bran, wheat bran, molasses and a combination of various bacteria endemic to South Africa. The balls sink to the riverbed, where they slowly release effective microbes (EM) for up to a month, improving water quality as the ‘good bacteria’ eats away the ‘bad bacteria’.” Over 1 000 EM Bokashi Balls were released into waterways along Killarney Golf Course, Wynberg, Emmarentia, Alberts Farm and Innesfree Park. Each Bokashi Ball can clean approximately 1000 cubic metres of water over its lifespan. The naturally beneficial microbes in EM act to biologically consume odour-causing toxins and break down waste and they are 100% eco-friendly. Louis Gordon, General Manager: New Business Development for Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo comments: “The Johannesburg City Parks team of Region E and Region B assisted in cleaning some of the areas that the race runs through, collecting over 150 bags of litter along the way. The team were also tasked with releasing the Effective Microbe (EM) based Bokashi Balls as part of their entry fee, . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .
Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town - Small but perfect conditions greeted the contestants in the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on the opening day at Long Beach. Clean and consistent two to three-foot waves peeled both left and right at the deep south beach break, and the contest organisers wasted little time before getting the event started. Although being small, the waves were highly contestable and before long there were some excellent scoring rides being recorded, and surfers started picking up their respective games in this important surf event. Kirsty McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay had a great start to her campaign in the Pro Junior Women's division, winning her first heat comfortably and advancing through to the next round with ease. "The waves were pretty small out there and I had quite a slow start to my heat," said McGillivray. "I was waiting for so long and I knew that I had to get started. Luckily I caught a nice right-hander to open my account, and then I had to wait again for my next wave." Being patient worked for the Eastern Cape natural-footed (left foot forward) surfer. "My next wave was a good one, so the waiting paid off. I guess it was all about wave selection out there, because with not that many sets coming through you really need to be on the good ones." With conditions improving as the tide pushed, the contest organisers forged on, making for a long but enthralling day on the beach for all involved. Joshe Faulkner from JBay was another surfer who performed well at Long Beach, sticking to the right-handers running across the beach. Joshe is a goofy-footed surfer (right-foot forward) so he was surfing with his back to the wave with great effect. Joshe grew up surfing the perfect right-hand walls of Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, so is very at ease and accustomed to surfing with his back to the wave, and put this experience to work on the opening day of this event. Joshe recently received the news that he is an invitee to the . . .
Cape Town surfers showed their form on the opening day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong, using their local knowledge at Long Beach in Kommetjie to outpoint their rivals and advance to the semi-finals of the junior men’s and women’s events The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events got started under cloudless skies with a light offshore wind grooming the small 1 to 2-foot waves that improved as the tide dropped. Kommetjie based competitors Ford van Jaarsveld, Ethan Fletcher and Eli Beukes and Durban’s Tide-Lee Ireland won the four Round 1 heats to advance to the quarterfinals along with their respective heat runners-up. A similar pattern emerged from the quarterfinals of the JQS1,000 women’s event where Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg) upset top seed and reigning WSL Africa champion Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) to win the first heat and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) won the next as she and Tayla de Coning (East London) eliminated fourth seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). Third seed Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Sarah Ingram (Cape Town) advanced from Heat 3 and rankings leader Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) and Danica Stockigt (East London) joined them in Sunday’s semifinals from heat 4. The junior men’s quarterfinals produced fireworks as top seed Adin Masencamp (Strand) posted the highest single ride of the day, an excellent 8.0 out of 10, to wrap up the heat win and advance to Sunday’s semis along with Van Jaarsveld, who ended runner-up. They will be joined by fellow heat winners Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Beukes, along with the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – from Kommetjie, and Saxton Randall (Durban) Similar conditions and a slight increase in swell are expected for Sunday’s finals showdown and the action will be red hot with a total prize purse of R30,000 on offer> Rankings points from the event count towards the 2017 WSL Africa titles, the selection of the WSL . . .
Surfing: BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Elkington and Nogueira Head Rankings Kommetjie the Venue for Fourth Stop in 2017 WSL Africa Junior Series Kommetjie local Jake Elkington and Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga head the rankings for the second annual BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong that will be run at Long Beach in Kommetjie this weekend (20 & 21 May). The fourth World Surf League (WLS) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event of 2017, the BOS Cape Crown comprises JQS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and has attracted the cream of the country’s 18-and-under competitors who will competing for the prestigious titles and a total of R30,000 in prize money. The rankings points earned at the event will count towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and also the selection of the top four men and top two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018. Elkington, who has reached the final of all three junior men’s events this year (winning in Port Elizabeth and finishing third in East London and Durban), holds a slender 70 point rankings lead over reigning WSL Africa junior men’s champion Adin Masencamp of the Stand, who clinched the event title in Durban last month. They will be hard pressed to maintain their current standings on the leaderboard by East London event champ, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Elkington’s younger brother Max, who has contested two finals this year. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) fill the balance of the spots in the top eight and will be going all-out to move up the rankings with a good result on the weekend. Nogueira has been the form surfer in this year’s junior women’s events, clinching two event victories and building up a solid rankings lead over Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London). But Bell . . .
Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong Long Beach in Kommetjie will see the return of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on Saturday and Sunday. The event has grown in importance and is now a selection event for the South African junior team to compete in the ISA world junior championships in Japan in September. Turning up the heat, it is also an event on the World Surf League (WSL) pro junior calendar and offers sought-after qualification points for the prestigious WSL u.18 world junior championships in Australia at the end of the season. It is also the second leg of the long-running Billabong junior series, which is celebrating 20 years of junior competition. A number of local surfers will be vying for the Cape Crown division titles and aim to secure their team spots to represent South Africa at the junior world championships. After WSL qualification events in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban, Jake Elkington from Kommetjie leads the field among the WSL U18 boys. He is narrowly ahead of Adin Masencamp from the Strand, Koby Oberholzer from Durban and Jake’s younger brother Max. Natasha van Greunen and Sarah Ingram, both from Muizenberg, will be trying to move into the qualifying positions in the WSL U18 girls’ ranking which are currently held by Durban surfers Kayla Nogueira and Sophie Bell. Three local surfers, Max Elkington from Kommetjie, Luke Slijpen from Llandudno and Eli Beukes from Kommetjie, are currently in the top positions for selection for the u.16 boys’ South African team. Summer Sutton from Kommetjie and Julia Plougmann from Scarborough are sitting just outside the qualifying positions for the u.16 girls’ team. Other local surfers to watch out for are the Van Jaarsveldt brothers – Ford and York – and Ethan Fletcher from Kommetjie who will be keen to post solid results. The event organisers are hoping for the good conditions which helped make last year’s event such a success, but as the saying goes “a good . . .