Passionate paracyclist and Business Liaison Officer for Casual Day, Brunhild Strauss, qualified for a medal by finishing the gruelling Cape Argus 2013. After recovering from the race, he wrote this blow-by-blow account of the race. More than 35 000 cyclists participated in the 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the largest individually timed cycling event in the world. This was my fourth Cape Argus as a person with disabilities riding a handcycle. I am a paraplegic person which means I only have the use of the top half of my body. The race covers 109km and an amazing experience, not only because of the participants but also the people who line the route to give encouragement. This creates such a wonderful atmosphere and the moral support ensures that the participants don’t give up. This year I flew the Casual Day flag. Casual Day, a project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA), made it possible for me to participate this year. The starting line for the 2013 Argus was in Hertzog Boulevard at the Cape Town Civic Centre, the onto the N2, down the M3 along the False Bay Coast past the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope, along the Atlantic coast, over Suikerbossie Hill and on to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. In the early morning the paracyclists along with thousands able-bodied cyclists set off, 5 000 at a time. During the chaos we handcyclists are lying close to the ground. We increase our speed over the first few kilometres, realising that the only way to survive is to get into a routine and maintain a certain speed. The Wynberg stretch goes well. Sometimes I keep up, especially on the downhill. That’s when I shout “Keep your line, check left, right”. It’s a nice feeling when I get to pass for a change and other cyclists have to make way for me. Uphill it’s a battle again. The Muizenburg and Kalk Bay stretch has such beautiful views that I forget about the pain in my arms. I enjoy the welcoming sea . . .
Longridge Wine Estate and Restaurant will offer visitors a special Easter feast in the heart of the Cape winelands this week. In addition to a special Easter Saturday high tea, the restaurant will also be serving an authentic traditional Jewish menu until Easter Monday. The traditional Easter meal will be served daily for lunch and dinner and is an ideal feast for families. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Longridge Brut on arrival with cured salmon on rosti and chilled tomato gazpacho with gruyere toasties. A starter fest of assorted tapas includes marinated olives, roasted peppers, hummus bi tagine, roasted aubergine puree with garlic and parsley, baked pita breads, spicy chicken wings and pan-fried duck livers with red wine and cream. A refreshing rose geranium sorbet is served to clear the palate before the main course platter is served. The platter feature a delectably slow-cooked, oven-roasted shoulder of lamb flavoured with rosemary and garlic, served with chunky potato wedges, grilled vegetables, garden salad with Albanian feta and roasted pine nuts, grilled baby beets and home-made full cream yoghurt. The dessert platter includes halva, baklava and cinnamon balls. Longridge Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc will be served during the meal with coffee afterwards. This fabulous Easter feast costs R450 per person. Bookings are essential. Don’t miss the exquisite Longridge High Tea, which will be served on Saturday, 30 March 2013, from 12h00. The popular high tea is a true celebration of the skills of the pâtissier. Guests will be able to enjoy beautifully crafted cakes and pastries including baked cheesecake, mini red velvet cupcakes, lemon and orange madeleines and hazelnut biscotti. An assortment of gourmet finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with homemade shiraz grape jam, vanilla cream and mature gouda as well as smoked salmon served with crème fraiche and rocket on white sour dough blinis will further tantalise the taste buds. A . . .
Finishers of the Emperors Palace Classic in Johannesburg will once again be treated to shoulder-to-shoulder racing when the Circuit Spectacular kermesse takes place after the road race on Sunday, April 14. According to organiser Wynand de Villiers, from ASG, many national Classics presented post-race kermesses as part of the entertainment in the past, but the focus on mass participation has seen this invitation-only event dwindle. “For us it’s a no-brainer. It is such an exciting event and the venue lends itself perfectly to this type of racing.” He said the top finishers in the 104km feature race would be invited to take part in the circuit race that took place within the confines of the resort. The kermesse typically lasts 45 minutes plus one lap and offered a handsome prize purse of R10 000, said De Villiers. In addition, riders could help themselves to cash prizes ranging between R500 and R1 000 at each of the three hotspots. “It is a great value-add for our participants and spectators,” said de Villiers. The sixth edition of the Emperors Palace Classic has been moved from its traditional slot in February to autumn to present riders with an opportunity to participate in a Classic at a less congested part of the season. “February has just become too crowded,” he said. De Villiers said the new date was designed to attract riders who had trained for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and still had some residual fitness in their legs. “It’s perfectly positioned for those who want to keep the legs moving.” He described the route as “fast and flat” and it offered sprinters something to sink their teeth into. A single climb made its appearance at the halfway mark, but he said the incline won’t do much to slow the pace. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg, who is currently racing for Argos-Shimano in Europe, took the win last year and De Villiers speculated that a rider like Herman Fouche would be hard to beat in 2013. “He definitely has . . .
Infecting The City is proud to announce an extension of the Festival for 2013. Rained out from its scheduled time, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory will now take place at Hiddingh Hall on Tuesday 26 March at 8.30 pm. The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is an afro-techno audio-visual symphony, a mash-up of musical genres and artistic disciplines thrown into the bountiful void of outer space, the place of our future paradise regained, remixed, re-dreamed and relaunched. Featuring an eclectic group of artists and musicians brought together by director and producer, Catherine Henegan, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory is performed by Jimmy Rage, Mr Sakitumi & the Grrrl, Masello Motana, Bliksemstraal, Lee Thomson, Ross McDonald, Bongani Magatyana and The Mafrica Mbube Singers. Set in world somewhere in the future, they celebrate the revolution’s evolution beyond the prescripts of racism, war, violence and other earthly limitations. Lest they should forget, they also remember darker days back on earth where these things still existed and prevailed. The Infecting the City Public Arts Festival is presented by the Africa Centre. The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is presented in partnership with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), and supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL. This event will take place at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, at 8.30pm on Tuesday 26 March. Entrance is free and no booking is required. For more information, please contact 021 418 3336 or 021 480 7156. URL: http://www.gipca.uct.ac.za/project/the-afro-galactic-dream-factory/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Masello Motana in The Afro Galactic Dream Factory[/l2g] . . .
Ideaaccelerator.co.za founder Chesney Bradshaw has just published "How You Can Make Money From Blogging", a guide for university students on making income online through blogs. Written by Chesney Bradshaw, who has 10 years’ experience as a corporate Webmaster and four years blogging on innovation site ideaaccelerator.co.za, the book is designed to give university students practical advice and proven strategies to help them start blogs that can be turned into viable businesses. Bradshaw says more university students are looking for ways to make money online because of the high cost of tuition and the difficulty in finding jobs after graduation. "Young people face high levels of graduate unemployment for both college and university students," said Bradshaw. "Although online blogging will appeal to a relatively small number of students, it can provide opportunities for those who have a passion for entrepreneurship, marketing and selling." The book was launched at the University of the Free State where Bradshaw gave a presentation to students learning New and Social Network Technologies in the department of Communication Science. Material covered in the book includes: • Getting started by finding an audience large enough to support a successful blog and how to create appealing content compelling content. • Achieve Advice on how to avoid creating blogs that appeal to advertisers and search engines but do not follow the critical passion of the blogger who needs to engage readers. • Techniques for building readers through online marketing including social bookmarking, social bookmarking, social media, original article marketing, forum promotion and video marketing and online publicity. • Case studies of successful bloggers and how they went about commercialising their blogs. "How You Can Make Money From Blogging" clearly explains the sheer hard work, marketing savvy and drive that is required as the time period for successful blogs has . . .
Competition and Workshop for Local Entrepreneurs in Secunda and Sasolburg Free Entrepreneurial Training: Register NOW for this opportunity Are you a hopeful entrepreneur? Do you have an innovative idea you would like to see flourish into a business or do you have a new business that needs guidance to grow to the next level? Do you need help pitching your business to potential investors or bank managers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Pitch & Polish is the solution for you. Just as you are part of the solution to job creation in South Africa. Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive and shape innovation and contribute to productivity. Pitch & Polish is a free workshop and competition which will be held in Secunda on Saturday 6 April 2013 and Sasolburg on Saturday 20 April 2013. Winners from each city receive cash prizes and go through to the final, held in Johannesburg. These Pitch & Polish events intend to unearth the entrepreneurial talent and innovation that is believed to be in abundance in these two communities. The Pitch & Polish programme is designed to give you the skills you will need to pitch your business or idea effectively to potential investors, while learning valuable business lessons. Steps to be part of the free Pitch & Polish programme: 1. Decide whether you would like to register as a delegate or contestant (delegates and contestants participate in the workshop throughout the day but only contestants compete by pitching their business to the delegates who are encouraged to role-play as investors and bank managers) 2. Choose the city closest to you: Secunda 6 April or Sasolburg 20 April 3. Register online at www.pitchandpolish.com or sms PITCH and your NAME and CITY to 45982 (charged at R1.50 an sms) or email email@example.com or call on 011-566-2000 4. Arrive on the day at 8 am to sign in and enjoy a full, fun day of learning 5. Refreshments will be provided This unique experience-based form of . . .
Oxford Professor Peter D. McDonald will explore ‘The Space Between’: Ways of Looking at the Art of Xu Bing at GIPCA’s first 2013 Great Texts public lecture on Tuesday 9 April. Xu Bing is one of China’s best known and most critically acclaimed artists. Central to his art is language - how it shapes and what it reveals of different cultures. In 1988 he published Book from the Sky - a text that at first glance appears to be written in Chinese characters, but on closer scrutiny reveals itself to be composed in nonsense characters invented by the artist. In 2012 Xu Bing published Book from the Ground, a novel written in a language of icons. His work, which uses a wide variety of media, disturbs the boundaries between writing and painting, book and artwork, installation and performance. It also challenges us to think about the cultures we inhabit in new ways. In this talk, McDonald will reflect on these aspects of Xu Bing’s work and on the vertiginous experience of viewing it. Peter D. McDonald is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on writing systems, literature as a specific mode of thinking, ideas of the intercultural, and literary institutions and the law since 1800. McDonald’s most recent book, The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences, appeared in 2009. Great Texts lectures take place on Tuesdays for the month of April. This first lecture in the series will take place on Tuesday 9 April 2013at 17:30 at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town, and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00; no Booking is necessary. For more information on the Great Texts series, please contact 021 480 7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: http://www.gipca.uct.ac.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain . . .
In the recent Boardwalk Hobie 16 Sailing championships held from 21 to 24 March 2013 in Port Elizabeth, a total of 8 races were sailed over three days (Saturday was blown out). Conditions were mostly below 12 knots with flat seas and the wind from the East, South and West to make for an interesting and complete regatta under the hand of bridge officer, Doug Allison. On the first day of sailing sailors were greeted with a perfectly sunny and calm day and were eventually called out in the early afternoon by Race Officer Doug Allison who, in the light South-Easterly of 6 to 8 knots, set a Windward Leeward (Sausage shape) course with the start in line with Shark Rock Pier, the top mark in line with Admiralty Way and the bottom marks in line with Humewood beach - a perfect spectators course which presented the Hobies with the choice of staying inshore and sailing close to Bird Rock on their way up to the first rounding mark. First around the top mark was the Plettenberg Bay duo of Blaine and Roxanne Dodds, eager to stamp their authority on the regatta and avenge their 2nd place of 2012, they were followed by local husband and wife sailors Andrew and Angela Ward who have been training and dieting up a storm in preparation for these nationals. From the top mark a downwind leg saw many of the boats opt to hug the shoreline looking for a land breeze before taking the outermost gate buoy on the bottom gate mark before the long march back up the beat for the top mark. Most Hobies opted to hug the shore line and dodge Bird Rock on the return back up to the top. An increasing wind velocity and wind shift greeted the back markers as the predicted increase in wind velocity and shift made it's appearance. Most of the back markers completed the last leg to the finish on a reach. With the wind increasing to 28 knots some Hobies were seen to capsize and the rescue boats stood by. After one race on Day one the top three finishers were: 1. Blaine and Roxanne Dodds 2. . . .
Northgate Shopping Centre, in conjunction with Ster Kinekor, will entertain all the kids these school holidays with some great activities as well as character meet & greets for the cool upcoming kids movies. The Easter fun programme will be running from 26 March to 1 April at Northgate Shopping Centre, Centre Point Court. This Ster Kinekor sponsored activities are free and all kids are welcome. Each day is based on current and future releases and will include Ster Kinekor (SK) club activations. Disney’s OZ the Great and Powerful photo wall will be on 26 March. There will be meet and greets with Jack the Giant Slayer with fun prizes to be won and an opportunity to climb the wall on the 27th of March. The 28th of March is superhero face painting from G.I.Joe 3D retaliation. On 29 March, tables and chairs will be set up for the kiddies to colour their Croods masks from the characters of DreamWorks animated movie, The Croods. There will be meet and greets with the Alien from Escape from planet Earth as well as balloon sculpting and lucky Alien goo give-aways on 30 March. The program will conclude on the 1st of April with Easter eggs hand-out, Croods activity sheets, colouring in as well as an Easter branding wall. Northgate Trading Hours: Monday- Thursday: 6am -6pm Friday: selected stores will be open Saturday: 9am -5pm Sunday: 9am -2pm Monday: 9am -4pm Northgate Shopping Centre is Easter fun for the family. For more information visit www.northgate.co.za or contact Michelle Papastefanou on (011) 794-1687. Visit Northgate Shopping Centre (Facebook fan page) or follow Northgate on Twitter @NorthgateJHB for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: maya setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fresh from his Royal Albert Hall, London performance of A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY, that icon of South African music, Johnny Clegg, brings the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch to a spectacular close on Sunday April 7. Johnny Clegg personifies all that is great on the SA music scene and as a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and passionate human being has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. Having campaigned over 30 years against the injustice of apartheid South Africa he has been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map and is hailed as a cultural ambassador. Under an African sky Johnny Clegg will once again thrill an audience of all ages offering the uniqueness of his music and a crackling energy into the garden. Expect to be on your feet for most of the evening! Always one of the most popular acts at this magnificent outdoor venue this concert will be a fitting end to a concert series that has sizzled with the best that SA has to offer. Tickets cost: Adults R110; youth 6 to 21 years R80; Botanical Society members R100 The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00 For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .