It was just after 7:35am when the Cathedral Peak Challenge starting bell cut through the tranquillity of the crisp Drakensberg morning on Wednesday, 18 July 2018. The silence of the mountains was broken further by the rumble of the adrenalin pumped runners as they set off – restless but ready to tackle the mountain that dominated the landscape. The second in the Cathedral Peak series of five events, the Mandela Day bonus race was added to the schedule as a means to honour Madiba and in a small way, mirror and reflect the challenges he faced and overcame throughout his life. For many of the participants the race was just that and they had to dig deep to keep moving. Matthew Slabbert, a 20-year old mechanical engineering student at UJ, flew out the starting blocks quickly breaking away to establish a lead; a position he maintained for the duration of the race. With a two hour lead on the rest of the field, he finished the Mandela Day race in an impressive time of 03 hours 27 minutes, clinching the men’s title. Commenting on the race, this fairly new comer to the sport said that he had outrun the time his coach had forecast. “I am really surprised at my race time but very proud to have achieved this win. It was gruelling at every point of the route and I was conscious of the pain - particularly on the many uphill climbs. But the views are breath taking and it’s a truly worthwhile event,” says Slabbert. Second place in the men’s race went to Clint Austin who finished in 05 hours. Austin who is a regular road runner but new to the trails, said the event was one of the hardest things he had ever taken on, but declared it an epic experience. “I learnt some serious life lessons along the route. It was tough but I can’t thank the organisers enough for the opportunity to participate. On a day like today, a really remarkable day in South Africa’s history, we must appreciate where we have come from and where we’re headed. Like today’s race, instead of being discouraged . . .
The 60 Minutes Fight Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse NPC, a South Coast based non-profit company in partnership with the Cedars Recovery Centre will present the 7th annual 60 Minutes Fight Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse Tour, at six high schools. The Tour begins on the 30th July 2018 and ends on the 1st August 2018 with the team targeting two schools per day. The 60 Minutes Show is an educational tour aimed at secondary schools to educate pupils about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. It comprises of an educational play and entertainment. The play is exclusively prepared and performed by patients of The Cedars Recovery Centre. Before the actual tour takes to the road, there will be a final dress rehearsal open to the public. This final rehearsal will be held on Saturday the 28th July 2018 at the Umkomaas Primary School hall at 6pm – 7pm and a fee of R20 is payable at the entrance. Being a non-profit company, the company relies solely on sponsorships to make this tour a success. The Team would thus like to extend its gratitude to its sponsors for making this event a success once again this year. Special thanks goes especially to SAPPI SAICCOR who have been our major sponsor and have been sponsoring the event for 6 years running. Our other sponsors are The Rising Sun; Olivia Jones Communications; Delta-V Experts; R & M Construction; TruPrint; Water Dynamix; Jean Gaiser; Distil Consulting; Rongotai Trading; Roy Armor; Coffee Lounge; Atlanta Spur and Grand Rapid Spur. We are always open to more sponsorships as this will enable the team to carry out the message more efficiently and hopefully to a larger scale. For more information about the tour or sponsorships please contact Mr. Brighton Hlatshwayo, the Managing Director on 083 743 3435 or via email at email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
WITH THIS AGREEMENT I THEE WED (…AND PROTECT) Planning your ‘happily-ever-after’ is no easy feat. Between finding a venue, coming up with a world war-thwarting seating plan and orchestrating photography and flowers, couples find themselves managing a lot during the engagement period. Understandably then, the conclusion of the marriage agreement between two persons hardly receives the due consideration and attention it requires. For most brides and grooms, discussions and negotiations regarding the finances, assets and adverse future scenarios is a serious mood killer. “In the sort of environment we encounter today, an antenuptial agreement is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s an absolute necessity,” says family law attorney at Adams & Adams, Shani van Niekerk. Generally referred to as a ‘prenup’, the marriage arrangement is correctly called an antenuptial agreement (or ‘ANC’) in South African Law. Let’s face it, ‘antenuptials’ generally have a bad rap in society. The most common argument put forward against having an ANC is that it means that the parties must consider the possibility of the marriage breaking down. And that creates suspicion and doubt. “We find that when the couple ignores the ambient noise and negativity from friends and family and approach the negotiations with an objective and business-minded attitude, they quickly realise that the agreement also addresses economic risk and other factors,” adds van Niekerk. An antenuptial agreement can be especially important if either of the parties are involved in high risk business endeavours, have inherited or accrued large amounts of monies, have children from a previous relationship, or property registered in their names, and they wish to avoid the consequences of being married ‘in community of property’. Contrary to popular belief, an antenuptial agreement is not just for the rich and famous. It can, if properly formulated, serve to protect spouses from their partners’ existing debts, future . . .
The people behind the facilities management business - Thuli Masuku speaks her mind on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues, be it managers or entry level colleagues. Having herself learned the ropes from the likes of Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO, who she worked with at another organisation early in her career, of whom she says, had no dividing line in respect of hierarchy. She says the same of her current CEO, Steve Wallbanks, who saw her potential and entrusted this role to her. “It is your early mentors who set the tone for the rest of your career”, says Thuli. “It makes all the difference when you learn to follow in the footsteps of a great leader”, she says. Thuli’s portfolio includes the entire HR value chain, which is recruitment and selection, HR administration, training and development, industrial relations, performance and talent management, transformation, and industry standards (ISO). Despite the mammoth task, Thuli graciously dismisses the sole responsibility of the job, saying that every manager of people has an HR role to play. This she does, by going back to basics and following the 70-20-10 model of development - it is clear that Thuli places much emphasis on mentorship and on-the-job training. Training and Development is also a big deal within Servest, “the industry is highly competitive and we are more than just a-man- on- the- bakkie”, she says. She describes the Services SETA programmes as highly effective, in developing their colleagues into qualified Horticulturalists and Artisans. “Continuously re-inventing oneself through development programmes does not only empower you, but allows you to grow to your full potential in working towards better prospects”. To this effect, Servest therefore . . .
[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
A collaboration between SPAR Eastern Cape, Love Story and the Mayor's Office saw 200 homeless people celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in fine style in Port Elizabeth today. Held on Mandela Day in a banqueting room in City Hall, the occasion allowed those in need to enjoy a sit-down meal of chicken stew and vegetables in comfortable surroundings, followed by cupcakes for dessert. In addition, the Mayor's Office had a boerewors braai on the patio surrounding City Hall to supplement the meal. This partnership formed part of the annual City Feed campaign, which has been a joint-effort by SPAR EC and Nelson Mandela Bay charity organisation Love Story over the past two years. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said they had been preparing for their annual City Feed on Mandela Day when they traditionally fed up to 300 homeless people in the city centre to commemorate the special occasion. "This year, the Mayor's Office were pursuing a similar project and a discussion with SPAR Eastern Cape resulted in a partnership between all three parties," she said. "The difference this time is that the Mayor's Office have provided facilities in City Hall for a sit-down meal for 200 people. "Initially the idea was to generate meals for 100 people to coincide with the centenary of Madiba's birth, but such is the demand that we eventually settled on 200 people." Love Story regularly feed up to 300 homeless people five times a week, just one of the initiatives the organisation have set up in the city since being formed in 2012 to help the needy. Speaking ahead of the event, Watson said Love Story would be preparing the meal at their headquarters, with ingredients provided by SPAR EC. "We usually have about 200 at our daily feeding schemes in the evening, but when we hold special occasions such as this you can expect to cater for up to 300 people," she added. "As there is only seating space for 200 people in City Hall, we will also be . . .
This July 18 which we all know is Mandela Day, marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela - a special time and a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times as well as to translate his legacy into action. Throughout the year, uShaka Marine World is involved in many CSI initiatives and is constantly on the look out to do their bit to end poverty, social injustice, as well as bring joy to those less fortunate than themselves. Not only did uShaka partake in activities at the park on Mandela day but also beyond. Kick starting the day, uShaka Marine World staff, tenants and volunteers set out to make 5 000 sandwiches in Arena 5 between 9am – 2pm. On the Day, 100 children from the the St Vincent Children’s Home, Marianhill, were also invited to spend the day at uShaka where they were treated to breakfast by Village Walk tenant Wimpy, as well as received school shoes donated by Ntenga Foundation. Once staff and volunteers completed the sandwich making process, these sandwiches were then delivered to a number of local charities and schools within the greater Durban area that cater to those living in underprivileged households. Also during the morning, the uShaka team headed off to three local crèches in the Point area, that of The Nest, Little Heroes and Carmenello day care centre, to feed the little ones with a hot meal. If that wasn’t enough, just after lunch, uShaka Marine World staff directed up by Dr Stella Khumalo, uShaka Marine World's CEO, then headed off to Jabulani South Help Centre in Mariannhill which forms part of a critical outreach programme and where many of the poorest of the poor reside as well as many child headed households. A collection was started weeks prior where all uShaka Marine World staff donated clothing and food for those living there which was driven by the CEO, Khumalo, who has provided personal support over the past number of years. All items collected as well as school shoes, . . .
On Mandela Day, teams from different companies will join forces to paint eight shipping containers, which will become a much-needed crèche in the informal settlement, Woodlane Village – commonly referred to as Plastic View – in Moreleta Park, Pretoria. Big Box Containers, a South African company that specialises in container sales, rentals and conversions, is partnering with SA Cares for Life, GROOTfm and other sponsors to help build this Early Development Centre for pre-schoolers. The settlement began in 2007, when a group of people living in a nearby field came together to build on the land. Despite on-going legal battles over occupation of the land, the settlement continued to grow. By 2016, it included 3000 registered residents and 865 shacks – and today, it’s estimated that more than 7000 residents are living on the eight hectares of land. The community includes hundreds of children below the ages of six. Due to poverty and lack of formal infrastructure, many of these children lack proper nutrition, healthcare, schooling and even access to basic sanitation. Sanet Fagan, managing director of SA Cares for Life, says the activities on Mandela Day will mark the beginning of a school that will provide the children of Plastic View with education, food, safety, water and sanitation. Crime is a major concern for people living in the village and the surrounding communities, she says. “Studies have shown that children who don’t receive an education between three and four are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. By giving these children an education, we empower them to make better moral decisions.” With ongoing discussion about possible relocation of the village, using containers to build the school makes sense. If a final decision to move the people of Woodlane Village is made, the school can be moved too, says GROOTfm project manager, Lindie Strydom. Willie Mouton, a director of Big Box Containers, says the company got involved after he . . .
The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association will be joining the global movement for good on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018. The tourism association is calling on local businesses, organisations and communities to assist in their campaign. This year, the DLTA will be joining forces with the non-profit organisation Moms for Wellington. This group of about forty female volunteers look after approximately 160 kids between the ages of four and five on a daily basis. Become involved in this worthwhile cause by dropping donations off at the tourism visitors’ centres in Paarl or Wellington by Wednesday, 18 July, or physically assist with food preparation on Thursday, 19 July. Food donations can include instant mieliepap, sugar and long-life milk or meat, rice, gravy or stock, vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or green beans that will be used to serve nutritious meals to these kinds. Special treats for the volunteers are also welcome. According to Anneliese Stroebel, General Manager of the DLTA, the Drakenstein community has always had a close connection to Mandela Day. “Former president Mandela spent the last part of his incarceration at the Victor Verster prison (now the Drakenstein Correctional Facility) and started his now famed “Long Walk to Freedom” from the facility on his release in February 1990. Today, it is a point of interest to visitors as there is a statue of Madiba in front of the gates and his house was proclaimed a South African National Heritage Site,” explains Stroebel. “We would like to carry on Madiba’s legacy and would like to encourage our local community to join us in helping Moms of Wellington, an organisation that is doing stellar work with these kids,” concludes Stroebel. For further information on how to become involved, contact the DLTA on 021-8724842. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
July 2018, Johannesburg - In its third year, the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Fun Run will take place on Saturday, 21 July 2018 in Groutville, KwaZulu Natal to celebrate and honour the life and legacy of Chief Albert Luthuli. The route will commemorate Luthuli’s final walk to the railway bridge where he was allegedly hit by a train and died, also touching on key attractions in South African history such as Shaka’s Rock. Additionally, the route aims to promote tourism in Groutville and greater KwaDukuza area, which in turn aids in SMME development speaking to Luthuli’s legacy of a prosperous society. Having suffered from high blood pressure and having had a slight stroke, Luthuli became an advocate for healthy living as he walked around his community to wean himself off his medication. As a result, the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Fun Run aims to advocate the same message. Chief Albert Luthuli, born in 1898, was the first African to receive a Nobel Peace Prize and served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1952 until his untimely death 21 July 1967. Luthuli an icon, participated in the struggle to achieve freedom in South Africa and to build a non-racial, peaceful, prosperous and just society. Not only was Luthuli an Anti-Apartheid activist and politician, he was a teacher nurturing young minds and mentored struggle icons such as Nelson Mandela. Tickets for the Walk are R100 for adults and R50 for children and Fun Run tickets are R80. Further details and registration is on www.luthuliwalk.org.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .