Strong winds, rain and biting cold failed to deter thousands of runners from descending on the Port Elizabeth beachfront for the 20th instalment of the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge on Saturday. As the sun rose over the new race venue at Pollok beach in Summerstrand, a record 13 149 professional and amateur runners from around Nelson Mandela Bay and South Africa gathered at the starting line of the 10km and 5km races. In the latter, many men donned wigs, skirts and other female attire to run alongside their better halves. Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Nyahora, running for Nedbank AGN, took the 10km title in 33.09. She also won the Cape Town leg in March. Diana-Lebo Phalula from Maxed Elite CGA clocked 33:39 and Mapaseka Makhanya of Transnet ENG 34.06 to complete the podium. The top South African runners in the 10km SPAR Grand Prix series stand to win a total of R139 000 and a new car. The legs are in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban (June), Pretoria (August) and Johannesburg (October). “The weather didn’t affect my run much,” Nyahora said at the post-race media conference. “I was aiming to better my personal best of 32.55, but that didn’t happen because of the wind. “This was the best race for me in PE. I’m not 100% in shape, but I was determined to make the top three.” Race organiser Colleen Muller of Walmer Athletics Club said the race route had changed because of renovations at the former starting point at Kings Beach. She said the new course, which led runners up Admiralty Way and down La Roche Drive, was tougher. “I’m not sure if the course will stay the same, because more residents are impacted by it. We have had comments from runners saying they liked it, though.” Locals Gail Willimott and Jodie Bosch, who competed in the 10km for the third year in a row, said the wind and rain had not been a deterrent. “We ran 52.53, which is our best,” said Willimott. “We ran into the wind up Admiralty, but it pushed us down La Roche.” Olwethu . . .
African Utility Week to gather 5000 power and water professionals in Cape Town in May “Symbion Power and many other companies from the United States are ready to invest in Africa,” says Symbion Power CEO Paul Hinks. “These firms are ethical,” Paul adds, “they have integrity and they need partners in both the public and private sectors. The US government wants to support both the US and the African private sector as this is the route to development on the continent. President Obama’s strategy for Sub Saharan Africa was set out in June 2012 and I am sure that everyone will soon see that he is committed to it.” Symbion Power, a platinum sponsor at the upcoming African Utility Week, taking place from 14-15 May in Cape Town, recently acquired the South African power network contractor EJP, which Paul Hinks says was a vote of confidence in Africa: “we wanted a foothold in South Africa and we wanted to strengthen the management of our organization on the Africa continent. EJ Power has good, experienced management who live in Africa. We can’t manage day to day business with a whole day of time difference and between 9,000 and 13,000 kms of distance, depending which of our current operations you measure it against.” Other interests in Africa The company already has a good track record in Tanzania says Paul Hinks: “Tanzania is the first country in Africa that we have worked in. Until then we were heavily focused on Iraq and Afghanistan so it has been a pleasure to return to Africa. We now own three power plants in Tanzania generating 217 Megawatts and we have recently signed an agreement with the utility there, TANESCO, to jointly develop a 400MW power plant and a 650km transmission line in the south at Mtwara. This plant will have the potential to provide natural gas fired power to neighboring countries such as Mozambique and Malawi and eventually it can feed the Southern African Power Pool.” Symbion is also about to enter the Nigerian market since Transcorp . . .
Gamble Pharmacy made it a clean sweep of victories in the three-leg Investec Night Relay series which came to an exciting climax in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday. The local five-man team dominated the racing throughout the 2013 season, which took runners and walkers on a picturesque 21km course around Port Elizabeth’s North End Lake during the months of March April and May. With Uitenhage-born Olympic marathon runner Lusapho April setting the pace, the overall win was no gamble for the team that managed to break the course record twice during the series. Although April did not join his all-conquering team at the final race due to other commitments, his team-mates still made it to the finish line first in a time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 20 seconds to become the undefeated champions of the series. Gamble team manager Antonio Seconds said his team were ecstatic after the win. “The weather conditions were excellent and everything fell into place.” He said they had been participating in the series from the start three years ago and planned on returning to defend their title. In the category for walkers, the Rawston family also took their third win on the trot in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes. “It was wonderful to win. This was our first series, so we didn’t know what to expect. As we went along, the competition became hotter and hotter,” said Rose Rawstron. Her husband Phil and daughter Tammy made up the rest of the undefeated three-man team. She added that the competition was well organised and provided a great platform for networking. “It was great to go out on a high,” said Investec Specialist Bank regional manager Cumesh Moodliar. “Not only did we have our biggest field of the series, we also had lots of queries about next year’s races. “It’s great to see the PE business community out in such festive spirits – and even better that the benefits spill over to urban renewal.” Event organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports said he was very . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into their programme. The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festivaltakes place alongside a diverse programme that features Mainstream, Blues / Funk / World Music, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz and Youth. Mainstream performances are headlined by special guest from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, renowned trombonist and shells specialist Steve Turre. He adds zest to the Awesome Big Band, and his solo show is supported by a strong line-up compromising Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums). One of the sell-out trademarks of the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the Awesome Big Band – a unique selection of top international jazz musicians in a standard Big Band format. This year’s band is conducted by Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy, renowned for his quirky, powerful arrangements. Other Mainstream performances include those by Dutch performers Paulien van Schaik (voice) andHein Van de Geyn (double bass) – masters of their instruments in a context so subtle the audience is spellbound; AJ Brown - a young singer and saxophonist from Britain; a Vocal Celebration byJustin Binek (Head of Vocal Jazz Studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia) and Paulien van Schaik and a Frank Sinatra Tribute. African influence dominates the Blues / Funk / World Music category, with South African icon Vusi Mahlasela, commonly referred to as "The Voice" of South Africa in tribute to his passionately soaring performances. The Soweto String Quartet - fondly known as Nelson Mandela’s favourite group – makes its first appearance on the Grahamstown Jazz stages, as do established blues artistsRobin Auldand Albert Frost and young sensations MiCasa. Saxophonist Rus Nerwich’s project is simple, fun and musically rich, incorporating elements of the different styles he enjoys in a contemporary musical context with the intent and style of . . .
Budding performing artists are reminded that the deadline for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships for 2013 is fast approaching. These scholarships are awarded to enable ambitious youngsters keen to pursue a performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution. Through an annual country-wide competition; participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential; with the process culminating in a final showcase before an independent panel of judges. “It is an immense privilege to be able give the greatest gift of all; education to young people. With DALRO and Nedbank’s generous support, the Arts & Culture Trust has been able to award six scholarships through an investment of more than R900 000 to date. We are extremely grateful to have partners who share our commitment to the development of artistic talent,” says Chief Executive Officer of The Arts & Culture Trust, Pieter Jacobs. Sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the ACT Scholarships Programme is aimed at learners in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. Also eligible for participation are individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 25 but not considered to be professional or registered for an undergraduate course during 2013. In order to secure commitment from participants, a registration fee of R120 per entry is charged and proceeds are utilised for the implementation of the Scholarship Programme. For the auditions, participants are required to prepare a prescribed monologue, song and dance. In addition to the prescribed performances, contestants will also get an opportunity to perform their chosen monologue, song and dance. During the preliminary round, a panel of judges, comprising two ACT staff members and one DALRO representative will select six finalists after conducting auditions in six cities, as . . .
It's a fresh new look, with a contemporary layout, expanded art and lifestyle content and Augmented Reality (AR) enhancements for Mercedes-Benz Magazine, recently reshaped by its long-time publisher, New Media Publishing, under the guidance of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG. The first revamped issue is a more relevant and up-to-date reflection of today's Mercedes-Benz, which is a lifestyle choice, says Mercedes-Benz Magazine editor Dylan Culhane of New Media Publishing, and reflects the brand's appeal to a new generation of consumers. From the very first glance, Mercedes-Benz Magazine is completely 'new school', sporting a fire engine red cover with bold visual callouts that are windows to the diverse content within. Inside the 105-page '01-2013' issue are strong graphics, beautiful photography and style-oriented content, which ranges from culinary art to architecture to motoring. When it comes to motoring, Culhane says there's a whole new and more dramatic spin. Traditional motoring stories have given way to lifestyle-oriented pieces like a feature on the new A-Class, which showcases Johannesburg property developer Adam Levy, gaming guru and MTV-Base producer Pippa Tshabalala and other forward-thinking young South Africans who symbolise the new generation of Mercedes-Benz. "It's wonderful to work with a client who shares the same values, and is willing to push boundaries with new ideas that will ultimately reward the consumer with a superior product," says Culhane. "This new mix works brilliantly for Mercedes-Benz, a brand which has longstanding associations with fashion, design, music and technology. Shifting gears The new-look publication, which is distributed directly to Mercedes-Benz owners and dealers, is also debuting AR, a technology that channels an extra virtual dimension to readers with smart devices. Several stories contain image triggers that the reader can use to bring images – and as a result, stories - to life, by accessing . . .
A truly pan-African event Channel Africa has entered into an exclusive broadcasting partnership with African Utility Week, which is taking place in Cape Town from 14-15 May. The channel’s flagship daily actuality talk show, African Dialogue, will be broadcast live from 11h00-12h00 from the expo floor on both days of the exhibition, which is expected to be attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from all over the continent. “Channel Africa is the perfect broadcasting partner for us as we have very similar goals”, says Claire Volkwyn, programme director for African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa. “As the largest utility event of its kind, we have been bringing together African utilities and service providers for more than 13 years to assist in the growth of Africa’s power sector and the continent’s electrification.” Channel Africa is the SABC‘s international radio station and broadcasts across Africa on three platforms: shortwave, satellite, and internet. Its broadcasts are in Chinyanja, Silozi, Kiswahili, English, French and Portuguese. The shortwave broadcast covers the south, east, central and west Africa. The satellite broadcast covers the sub-Saharan region although it can be picked as far as London. The internet broadcast covers the entire world. Africa Month “Channel Africa’s presence at and coverage of African Utility Week dovetails neatly with ‘Africa Month’ celebrations during the month of May across the African continent”, says Mamolefe Segakweng, the station’s Head of Marketing and Communications. “Being part of this project enhances our vision of “To be the Voice of the African Renaissance”. We have the responsibility to inform, educate, entertain and empower our listeners. I believe that access to electricity for all Africans is a catalyst for economic development. We look forward to meeting experts in the power industry in South Africa and the rest of the continent and sharing with our listeners the progress that is . . .
registrations to attend the “Creative Currencies” Arts and Culture Conference taking place in Johannesburg on 6, 7 and 8 August 2013. The conference will focus on commercial and trade aspects of cultural and artistic endeavour in South Africa and further afield. A limited number of sponsored registrations are available to practitioners who devote their time and effort to contributing to the vibrancy of arts and culture. Individuals who are passionate about transferring skills, knowledge and who support the development, presentation and preservation of arts, culture and heritage will be considered. Sponsored registrations carry with them the expectation that recipients will make the most of their conference attendance in terms of gathering information, learning and interchanging with other delegates with the view of making a contribution to their organisation and/or the industry in general. Recipients will be required to complete an evaluation form after the conference. This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA). A partnership with the Cultural Development Trust will see the conference include an expo component for the first time. The organisers further wish to thank media partners SAfm, Mail & Guardian and Classicfeel magazine; and acknowledge the invaluable support of Santam, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the SAMRO Foundation and Distell Foundation. The closing date for sponsored registration submissions is Friday 31 May 2013. Successful applicants will be contacted on 20 June 2013. The Arts & Culture Trust's decision regarding selection of successful applicants is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. Registration form available . . .
The Tentickle Bedouin Tent Company has announced that it has appointed Maverick Marquees as their new stretch tent distribution partner in Ireland. Cape Town, May 2013: Tentickle Bedouin Tents International (http://www.tentickle.com/) is a South African based stretch tent manufacturer that provides Bedouin style function and special events tents to both the tent retail and rental markets in Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Tentickle has recently expanded into the special events tent market in Ireland and have appointed the well-known local Irish tent and events company Maverick Marquees as their distributor in Ireland. At the launch of the joint Irish/South Africa tent distribution initiative at the Tentickle head offices in Cape Town, the Tentickle Managing Director Mr. Marco Slunder had this to say about the expansion of Tentickle Bedouin Tents into a new overseas market: “It is with great pleasure that I announce yet another international partnership between Tentickle here in South Africa and our new Irish distributor, Maverick Marquees. Not only will this partnership allow us access into a new special events tent market, but it will also allow Ireland the chance to experience what is undoubtedly one of the safest, stylish and most sought after special events tents in the world.” He also went on to add that, “we are particularly happy to add Maverick Marquees to our international distribution family as they are well respected in the tent rental and retail market in Ireland. We look forward to a long and prosperous business partnership in the years to come.” To contact Tentickle Bedouin Tents in South Africa please email Mr. Marci Slunder on email@example.com. Alternatively you can contact them via email or fax on: Tel: +27 21 593 6918 Tel: +27 21 593 6906 Fax: +27 21 593 6916 To contact Maverick Marquees in Ireland please go to their website at http://maverickmarquees.com/ or contact them via email on . . .
Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall. Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency. K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy. Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket - and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books. The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?", taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts. Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter . . .