Endurance racing’s greatest event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, takes place this weekend on Saturday 16 June and the stars of international motorsport are lining up with Motul to make this 86th edition a truly memorable one. This year’s French classic will take place on the streets of Le Mans which form part of the Circuit des 24 Heures, and millions of motorsport fans will be following it. The starting procedure will get underway at 2:30pm (SA time) on Saturday when Rafael Nadal will wave France’s Tricolore to start the race, just 6 days after winning his 11th French Open title. As Official Lubricant Partner to the FIA WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Motul will be in action throughout the event. As a sponsor of the vibrantly-coloured Rebellion Racing team in the top LMP1 category with an all-star driver line up including former WEC champions André Lotterer, Neel Jani and Bruno Senna, Motul hopes Rebellion Racing will take the fight to the Toyota factory team. Also in LMP1 category will be the Franco-American DragonSpeed team. LMP2 is numerically the strongest category and Motul is supporting no fewer than 8 of the 20 entries. In LMGTE Am, Singapore’s Clearwater Racing will be running a race-proven Ferrari 488 GTE – all 3 podium places filled by the marque last year. Every entrant in LMP2, and Motul’s partners in LMP1, will use engines supplied by Gibson, a company with a well-established, successful relationship with Motul. These engines will benefit from the years of endurance racing experience which Motul’s technicians have accumulated, with that expertise going into a special prototype oil in LMP1, and 300V engine oil in LMP2 and GTE, and finally in the 8100 lubricants used in production cars in everyday use. There can be no weak links in endurance racing, and Motul has traditionally used its involvement in the discipline as a key part of its technical development programmes with enormous success…17 victories to date. Will there be another this year? If you . . .
DROUGHT-hit farmers in the Gamtoos River Valley have had their already stringent water allocations from the Kouga Dam – the largest in the region – halved for the 2018/19 water year, it was announced late on Thursday. With Kouga Dam at only 7.7% capacity on Friday, this means that farmers will now be forced to operate on 20% of what would be their full irrigation quota for the new water year, which starts in July. This is set to have a significant impact on fruit and vegetable production in the valley, as farmers will not be planting “cash crops” and will be forced to leave older, less productive citrus orchards to die off. The little water they have will be dedicated to the preservation of younger, premium orchards, according to valley farmer and Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) chairman Tertius Meyer. This follows Thursday’s annual meeting between officials from the national and provincial departments of water and sanitation, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and GIB, which manages the dam. Meyer said the greater part of Kouga Dam’s water supply was given to sustaining agriculture in the valley, with the remainder forming a critical part of Nelson Mandela Bay’s water supply. There had been mixed reaction to the news from local farmers, whose allocation for the current water year had already been restricted to 40% of their normal consumption, Meyer said. Many, he said, had in fact been expecting more drastic measures to be introduced. GIB financial and human resources manager Rienette Colesky said the department had done its best to balance the needs of farmers with creating a sustainable supply to the surrounding towns and cities. “Curtailing water use is vital to prevent dam failure at this stage,” she said. Unlike many dams, Kouga is built in such a way that the outlet is low enough to prevent “dead storage” and can be used up to the 0% level, Colesky said. The last time the dam was at full capacity and overflowing was in December . . .
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Productivity SA, will take the national campaign to celebrate 20 years of productivity improvement and job creation in South Africa by the Workplace Challenge Programme(WPC) to KwaZulu-Natal. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed by Productivity SA. The aim of the Workplace Challenge Programme is to promote productivity and competitiveness within South African companies. The campaign observes various highlights in the programme‘s 20-year tenure such as the 143 429 jobs that have been sustained by the Workplace Challenge Programme since 2015. Members of the media are invited to attend the event at a recipient company to be addressed by the Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the dti, Mr Sipho Zikode and the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mr Mothunye Mothiba as follows: DATE : Friday 22 June 2018 TIME : 09h00 - 12h45 VENUE : Natpro Spicenet (Pty) Ltd, 17 Chelsea Avenue, Phillip Avenue The Workplace Challenge Programme is a two-year programme implemented amongst the South African companies operating in the manufacturing sector to improve their productivity and competitiveness with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of jobs. The theme of the celebrations is Ensuring Sustainability for South African Enterprises. ENDS. RSVPs and enquiries should be forwarded to Mr Maupi Monyemangene via telephone on 011 848 5397 or mobile 082 4473 232 or email: email@example.com, or Bongani Lukhele on 012 394 1643/079 5083 457 or BLukhele@thedti.gov.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Italian inspired franchise, Col’Cacchio, announced the opening of it’s brand new Somerset West restaurant which opened its doors on Saturday, 9 June. The beautiful new Somerset West store is located in the popular Imibali development in Bright Street and is expected to be a massive hit with locals in the area. Somerset West and the Helderberg Basin are already home to a grand mix of wine farms and top-notch restaurants and the decision to open a Col’Cacchio branch in Somerset West was a no brainer for the Col’Cacchio Group. Countrywide, Col’Cacchio is a local favourite, serving up an impressive range of gourmet thin-based wood-fired pizzas, hearty pasta and crisp fresh salads. The new restaurant will feature all the iconic Col’Cacchio favorites with exciting new additions to the menu. “We are extremely excited to be joining the Col’Cacchio family. We believe that we have secured a great location and look forward to welcoming all locals from Somerset West and outlying areas. It is my intention to deliver the most deliciously Italian inspired cuisine to each and every guest. I am passionate about food and endeavor to create a comfortable and casual ambience, offering great service”, explains Craig Paterson, Operating Partner, Col’Cacchio Somerset West. Founded in 1992, Col’Cacchio has a legacy of crafting artisanal meals out of the freshest sourced ingredients, with quality and innovation always at the heart of their dynamic offering. Col’Cacchio has been at the forefront of dietary trends, being one of the first in the market to introduce Banting friendly pizza and pasta, as well as gluten free and vegan alternatives. Where to find us: Location: 18 Bright Street, Somerset West Telephone Number: 021 851 2364 For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto their social media platforms: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ Twitter: @ColCacchio Instagram: @colcacchio Hashtag: #EverySliceTellsAStory Download the Col’Cacchio Rewards . . .
Plastics|SA used its participation in Sustainability Week (5-7 June 2018), World Environment Day (5 June 2018) and World Oceans Day (9 June) to raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastics pollution out of the environment. Plastics|SA is the umbrella organisation representing the South African Plastics Industry and was one of the first signatories of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, whereby 74 plastics associations from around the world have committed themselves to fight marine litter. “Being actively involved in this past week’s numerous environmental activities gave Plastics|SA the ideal opportunity to physically demonstrate our commitment to finding sustainable solutions that will reduce the amount of plastics litter that ends up in the environment. To achieve this, we have launched numerous projects in six key areas, namely education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment,” explains Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA. SUSTAINABILITY WEEK (CSIR) Africa’s premier green economy forum, Sustainability Week, took place last week (5-7 June 2018) at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane. One of the major themes at this year’s event was the sustainable development in Africa. Plastics|SA hosted a “Beat Plastic Pollution” Workshop on the opening day of the Week, which attracted much local and international attention. “The issue of tackling plastics polluting the environment is at the top of the global agenda of the packaging industry, governments and environmentalists around the world. There is a surging momentum in global efforts to address this issue, and Plastics|SA is adding its voice to the calls for the implementation of proper waste management systems and responsible human behaviour in order to see less plastics ending up in the environment and our oceans,” Steyn said. This sentiment was . . .
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An educational laparoscopic colorectal cancer workshop which involved live procedures to demonstrate the latest in surgical techniques, was held at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital recently. A total of 55 surgeons and interventional specialists from the private and public sectors in South Africa attended the workshop hosted by the hospital and highly experienced local laparoscopic surgeon, Dr Michael Heyns. The specialists were provided with the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion during two live procedures. According to Dr Heyns, who has participated in a number of advanced laparoscopic training courses in Europe and locally, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures are increasingly being used to excise and treat colorectal cancers, and new approaches and imaging technologies are continuously being introduced to assist in improving outcomes. He said the workshop, which was CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited, largely aimed to demonstrate how advanced new imaging and visualisation techniques and technologies assist in the diagnosis and guidance of laparoscopic colorectal procedures. It focused in particular on the clinical applications of indocyanine green (ICG) enhanced fluorescence in this type of surgery. Specialists had the opportunity to ask questions and share their knowledge and expertise during this interactive forum. “The ICG fluorescence imaging system is proving safe and adding significant value in diagnosing, planning and decision-making in colorectal laparoscopic procedures, and is increasingly being used in appropriate cases internationally. “As a result of the advantages it offers, including enhanced visualisation of blood supply, this approach may well become a standard for appropriate cases in the near future,” added Dr Heyns. Dr Heyns, who offers regular laparoscopic colorectal cancer workshops at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital for specialists across South Africa, said that such workshops . . .
It is well known that heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) occur in adults, but few are aware that it is a significant problem among many South African children as well. Children may be born with a heart disorder that causes electrical and functional problems in the heart and remain unaware into adulthood that they have a potentially dangerous health problem. “There needs to be much greater awareness of heart rhythm disorders and congenital heart disease, which is a common birth defect occurring in children and can cause problems with the efficient functioning of the heart,” says Dr Adele Greyling, a paediatric cardiologist who practises at Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth. She was speaking during World Heart Rhythm Week, which runs from 4 to 10 June 2018. Dr Greyling, who is the only paediatric cardiologist in the country to have been specifically trained in electrophysiology ? the study of electrical problems of the heart and heart rhythm disorders – says that many children with congenital heart defects go undiagnosed and take these conditions into adulthood. She says that untreated congenital heart defects and arrhythmias may be detrimental to health and in some cases even result in heart failure. “It has been estimated that about four out of every 1 000 babies are born with inherited heart defects, which provides some idea of the extent of the challenge posed by this condition within the Eastern Cape and nationally,” adds Dr Greyling. “World Heart Rhythm Week provides a good opportunity to improve knowledge of the problem among all sectors of the population including patients, parents and primary healthcare providers. We need to equip people with the necessary knowledge to be able to identify inherited heart problems and heart rhythm disorders, and to know when and where to obtain help.” The theme of World Heart Rhythm Week 2018 is ‘Take Fainting to Heart’, as fainting can be an indication that one is suffering from a heart rhythm . . .
The Nissan Winter Classic, which forms the third of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers, annually attracts international-level showjumping champions. At the 2018 edition, taking place at Shongweni Club from 12 to 17 June, spectators will get to watch incredible skills performed by a number of top riders from across the country. One competitor who will be making the long trek from Port Elizabeth is professional jockey-turned-showjumper, Charles Roberts. “After having a fall as a jockey in 2004, I was unable to continue horseracing and Diane Botes (showjumper, horse dealer and instructor) persuaded me to give showjumping a go,” said the 53-year-old rider. “After riding some thoroughbreds, Diane bought First For Horses Callaho For Ray and the two of us, having started our showjumping careers together, have formed a strong partnership.” Roberts will be riding his beloved First For Horses Callaho For Ray in the 1.20m classes and First For Horses Callaho Valencia in the 1m classes at this year’s Nissan Winter Classic – Roberts’ third time competing in the event. “Ray and I are very competitive,” continued Roberts. “We have ended up tops in the 1.20m combination in South Africa for the last two years. We have very good shows at Revil in Polokwane, as well as the Nissan Easter Festival and Nissan Winter Classic.” Commenting on the latter event, Roberts described it as ‘one of the best shows on the South African calendar’, adding: “It’s very far to travel from Port Elizabeth but I usually have a great show and hope 2018 is also successful. Not only is Shongweni a great venue, but the Nissan Winter Classic is a well-run, exciting show. We love watching the top riders in action as well as the fun events. Grant Langley runs a world class show!” The Nissan Winter Classic welcomes a number of upcoming development riders to the competitive field this year, including Eric Gaza and Jethro Bouwer. “This is my . . .