Carina Bruwer successfully rounded Cape Point on 23 April 2013, finishing the 8km extreme swim equipped only with a standard swimming costume, cap and goggles, according to open water swimming rules. The “Swim for Hope” was in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a local charity that offers support to children with cancer and their families, which Carina and Sterling EQ actively support, and marked Carina’s return to open water swimming after a 6 year break during which she became a mother of two. The extreme swim through wild, cold and shark infested waters, started at Dias Beach on the western side of the point, and ended 8km east at Buffels Bay. Icy water temperatures between 11,5 and 14 degrees posed the biggest challenge to Carina, who, together with her supergroup Sterling EQ, just won a Ghoema Music Award for Best Instrumental Album of 2013. She was crushed by waves off Diaz beach and lost a pair of goggles in the process, got stung repeatedly by a school of jellyfish, and had to fight severe currents around the point. She completed the swim in 2h36mins – 16 minutes slower than the record she set for the swim in 2004. “It was extremely tough, but I’m very happy with the result. Even while at the prime of my marathon swimming career, I would not normally have swum in waters under 13 degrees. LFCT and the children with cancer it supports, were instrumental in this swim – they inspired me to stay strong and really fight the odds. I had to push through the extreme conditions for only two and a half hours, as opposed to the challenges and trauma they face on a daily basis”, Carina said at Buffels Bay after the swim. “I strongly ENCOURAGE anyone who is able to make a contribution – big or small – to the Bag of Hope project to please do so in my honour.” Mandie Erasmus from Little Fighters, who was part of the team on the Cape Long Distance Swimming support boat, said “Carina’s determination and strength during the swim matched that of the . . .
The pre-race favourites played their cards close to their chests on the 116km neutral opening stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Frankfort in the Free State on Friday. Last year’s runner-up and former winner Neil MacDonald, riding with FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart, finished safely inside the top 30 (4:56:47) in a bunch that also featured Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus of RE:CM and the Cannondale-Blend pairing of Charles Keey and Darren Lill. Two-time women’s category winner Ischen Stopforth and ad hoc partner Yolande de Villiers, who won the mixed category at the inaugural event four years ago, proved to be a powerhouse new ladies’ combination. Stopforth and De Villiers, riding in the sponsor’s colours, led the entire elite field into the Wilgerivier High School sports fields to take the 116km stage in 4:38:18. They crossed the line three seconds ahead of the first men’s team – British marathon racers Ben Thomas and Tim Dunford of Itec 4. Thomas and Dunford were followed home by Contego’s Louis Bresler-Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels in 4:44:35, with Itec 2’s Paul van Zweel and Peter Lee Jeffries a further two seconds off. “I wouldn’t say we were looking for a stage win but we got one,” said Stopforth. “We started steady and just kept that pace. We didn’t stop too much and just enjoyed the route.” Stopforth, who finished second alongside Hanlie Booyens in the women’s event at the Absa Cape Epic, said she and De Villiers were both feeling strong. “We’re obviously looking for the overall win but a stage race is a long thing. You have to stay healthy, you have to stay on your bike, so we’ll just keep it steady.” Father and daughter pairing Abbey and Robyn de Groot (Born and Bred) took the mixed category in 3:47:24. Day one of the 910km race also featured a unique dragon boat crossing of the Vaal Dam. Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain was in his element alongside . . .
South Africa now has its first compilation of 100 most extraordinary achievers, with the launch of City Press's inaugural '100 World Class South Africans' on Sunday 28 April. Created by New Media Publishing for City Press in association with mining company Xstrata, the special 44-page edition will be bundled with the Sunday newspaper to commemorate Freedom Day. The magazine will come decked with a high-tech Augmented Reality (AR) cover, which channels an extra virtual dimension to smart device users and is the first AR Sunday newspaper magazine cover in South Africa. The selection process was rigorous for the 100 living South Africans who have achieved world class status in the arts, sciences, business, design, civil society and sport. With the New Media Publishing editorial team’s luxe production values and two years of planning, research, as well consultations with experts in many of the fields covered, City Press Editor-in-Chief Ferial Haffajee says that the magazine is intended to be an annual supplement to which South Africans can turn for inspiration. A theme-based compilation rather than a ranked list, it’s also a conversation starter about who our greatest achievers and innovators are. According to Haffajee, the genesis of '100 World Class South Africans' was the need for journalism to celebrate South Africa's successes as well as its difficulties, and a reminder for us to stand tall and proud amongst other great nations. "One of the many adverse legacies of apartheid is an often debilitating inferiority complex – if a system tells you often enough that you are not good enough, you begin to believe it," said Haffajee. "I think that sometimes we in South Africa still suffer the affliction. Here is a collection of men and women who can guide us to a different path, people who have reached beyond themselves. We salute them all and learn from the many wonderful examples of persistence, talent and truth-telling we chronicle here." Haffajee says . . .
Some of South Africa’s favourite and most powerful female artists will be sharing the stage for the first time at The Boardwalk in May. From eight in the evening on Saturday, May 4, BlackByrd will be on stage with Nasreen Williams and the Syndicate Sisters in a one-of-its kind show. BlackByrd is one of the country’s top girl groups and consists of multi-talented singer/dancer/ musician Tarryn Lamb, Samantha Heldsinger and Tamsyn Maker. Local singer Nasreen Williams is one of the Bay’s favourite performers. Syndicate Sisters Bridget Alexander and Beverly Alexander have gone platinum. Taking their name from the classic Paul McCartney song “Blackbird,” the dynamic Cape Town-based performers first visited Port Elizabeth in February for the official opening of The Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre, and enjoyed the Friendly City so much that they have decided to come back. Easy-listening brand of adult pop with a tinge of country BlackByrd’s album “Strong” received four South African Music awards (SAMA) nominations. The Syndicate Sisters have performed with great musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Toya De Lazy, and Mean Mr. Mustard and has toured London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Israel and Egypt. Tickets for the show can be bought through Computicket or call Jason Gabriel on 082 643 6000 at R120.00 per person. Seats are limited so make sure you and your friends book your seats today to avoid disappointment. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Memories of District Six are a new series of conversations that will be held at the Homecoming Centre on Buitenkant Street once a month. Guests will be able to meet some of the people who were an integral part of the District Six landscape and enjoy their colourful memories. District Six was home to so many talented people and through the museum, artists, musicians, poets, writers and academics will share their memories over tea and Koeksuster. First in the series is on Saturday May 11 and features artist Sandra McGregor – known fondly as Onse artist of District Six. Details: “Memories of District Six Series - A conversation with Sandra McGregor: Onse Artist in District Six” Venue: The Homecoming Centre, 15 A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town (The old Sachs Futeran building) Date: Saturday 11 May 2013 Time: 2pm to 4pm Entrance fee – R50 including coffee/tea and koe’siester Programme: Sandra talks to Nancy Richards, Question time followed by tea Bookings: 021 466 7200 The book “Sandra McGregor- Onse Artist in District Six” published Print Matters (www.printmatters.co,za) will be on sale at the special price of R199 Issued on behalf of District Six Museum by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200/021 556 5597 082 490 6652 firstname.lastname@example.org URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay will be filled with colour and action over the next week as the Algoa Bay Yacht Club completes the year’s sailing calendar with ABYC Week which incorporates the 505 dinghy National Championships. Weather forecasts predict that Sunday will be a “perfect” day for sailors and spectators alike, according to event spokesperson Alan Straton. “Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Week will see 39 boats on the bay battling it out for honours in three fleets – 505 Dinghy, Fleet 1 (day and sport boats) and Fleet 2 (cruisers),” he says. Good news for spectators is that the course has been designed to ensure that the action happens close to Hobie Beach. Ideal vantage points for the sailing will be off Hobie Beach and Shark Rock Pier, according to race officer Brian Reynolds The 505 and Fleet 1 will both sail around “tight” Olympic courses that bring the boats close inshore of Hobie Beach. The bigger boats in Fleet 2 will sail longer courses and around Bell Buoy. ABYC Week runs from April 27 to May 1. Algoa Bay will be home to the annual 505 National Championships until 2015, when the 505 World Championships will be sailed in Algoa Bay when organisers expect close to 100 boats and an influx of a minimum of 300 overseas visitors to Port Elizabeth for at least 10 days. URL: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ed Richardson from Siyathetha. 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: 505 Dinghy Sailing in Algoa Bay Photographer: Alan Straton [/l2g] . . .
African Directory Services (ADS) has recently launched a brand new product to add to their budding repertoire. The Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 software will be officially launched this April and looks promising. The Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 is a directory software that has 1.5 million business listings from over 10 countries and runs effortlessly from your desktop. The software CD also features an advanced search functionality, with contact numbers, emails, web addresses, business advertisement’s and can accommodate up to 100 users per software CD. Shane Hiralall, a Director of African Directory Services said, “ADS has gained a respectful amount of years in the publishing and advertising industry, along with that comes a great deal of insight, so it’s no surprise that we've created this software solution for businesses locally and abroad.” The advantages of this innovative software is that the Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 is self-efficient and does not require the internet to operate. It has a simple loading process and user-friendly interface that enables easy use and understanding of the product. Director Ruben Ackerman, stated that African Directory Services strives to innovate products with their customers in mind and will continue to be a customer-centric organisation. URL: http://corporate.adslive.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/myadslive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myadslive YouTube: Author: Kirsten Abboy from African Directory Services . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 Software Photographer: African Directory Services Screenshot of the Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 Software [/l2g] . . .
The Spur High School Mountain Bike League has shown exceptional growth over the past four years and judging by the number of entries in the early races of the 2013 series, the league is set for yet another record breaking season. The league was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Spur Steak Ranches and league facilitator Amarider to create a national platform for school kids to have fun by participating in dedicated mountain biking events, while increasing the footprint of the sport in South Africa. According to Andrew Cronje of the Spur Steak Ranches, the company is proud to be a part of grassroots mountain biking development at school level. “We are delighted with the way the league has developed both in terms of numbers and transformation. Since the inaugural season in 2009, which saw around 900 riders participating in 20 events in key centres around the country, the league has grown to attract over 5300 entries in 2012,” said Cronje. The Spur High School Mountain Bike League is expected to reach 6500 entries this year with 48 events to be hosted in nine provinces across the country as well as in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho. The league is run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. League facilitator Meurant Botha of Amarider applauds the regional co-ordinators for growing their respective regions and driving a number of exciting local development initiatives, which according to him is paramount to the sustainability of the Spur High School Mountain Bike League. “By promoting existing events and facilitating new events in as many locations as possible, we are making participation easy and accessible. I believe however that the most progressive developments will be in smaller cities and am looking at the feasibility of a mobile event unit that takes racing to the kids - complete with bikes, helmets . . .
Wild Clover’s debut Hops Harvest Festival offers finest craft beers in May In celebration of the close of another successful harvest at the South African hops farms near George, Wild Clover will host the Hops Harvest Festival from 10-12 May on their farm in Stellenbosch. This weekend-long celebration is for the whole family, with a focus on beer tasting from a variety of suppliers of hand-crafted beers including Wild Clover’s own specialty brews. There will be entertainment for the children, live music and delicious warm food to complement the beer, such as Wild Boar on the spit and a few German delights too. Under the watchful eye of owner-brewer Ampie Kruger, Wild Clover currently produces four natural beers; an English Ale; an Irish Porter; a German Pils and a fruity Belgian Wit. Ampie is always happy to talk beer with aficionados and beer-lovers and is passionate about the art of brewing.The Hops Harvest Festival will bring together many of the country’s finest craft breweries, offering the chance to sample a selection of fine locally brewed beers in one place. R100 entry for adults, all beer tastings included, and children under 18 are free. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, mom’s entrance ticket is complimentary. Kindly book online at http://www.quicket.co.za/events/1867-hops-harvest-festival/. There is plenty of secure parking on the farm, as well as chauffeur operators and shuttle services available to get you home safely. To enquire about all this and more, contact email@example.com or call 021 865 2248. What: Hops Harvest Festival Where: Wild Clover (R304, Stellenbosch) When: 10-12 May 2013 Times: Friday 10 May 4pm – 10pm Saturday 11 May 10am – 10pm Sunday 12 May 10am – 5pm Website: www.wildclover.co.za Only half an hour from Cape Town and 20 minutes from the northern suburbs, Wild Clover has the air of the country combined with the hospitality and warmth of a family-owned estate. A sense of space, ease and comfort embraces you as . . .
2013 is a milestone year for Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society as they celebrate their Centenary. Learn the story of the Garden in the monthly Centennial Walks led by Botanical Society Volunteer guides. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month booking is essential. In addition to this a series of themed walks offer the visitor many more reasons to visit the garden. From fynbos to proteas, ericas to medicinal plants, trees to the glories of the Cape Floral region and much more, the experienced guides allow you to discover so much more on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Call 021 799 87 83 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .