Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10. Besides providing a tranquil finish venue to one of South Africa's premier multiday races, marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said they would do everything possible to ensure the riders had a memorable experience off the bike. "These wines range from our red and white varieties to rosé and will be offered complimentary to the competitors," said Carinus, who will be at the TransCape to provide information on their brands. "Winning awards for various wines assists us with our marketing goals, allowing us to showcase them to the public, while providing an indication of the quality of our brand. "It also shows that we are able to compete with other wines in South Africa, which has a reputation for producing high-quality products." La Couronne's wines will add further value to the seven-day mountain bike race, which was granted UCI status in October. The organisers have also opened the race to e-bikes, the first event of its nature to do so in the country. "Our mission is to motivate as many people as possible to ride," said ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers. "This falls in with our philosophy to spread the message of wellness, fun and family time through the privilege of riding." Carinus said grapes had been cultivated on the mountain slopes surrounding Franschhoek for over 300 years and they were passionate about continuing the legacy. "The estate covers 40 hectares, of which half is under cultivation for wine production. Wine-maker Henk Swart uses only the best viticultural technique to produce top-quality wine from the grapes that are hand-picked on the farm." She invited the community to join them at the finish to welcome home the riders, who include former Springbok captain John Smit and Proteas . . .
Waterless carwash products distributor PearlSA has thrown down the gauntlet to corporate South Africa to persuade the country’s remaining water-based carwashes to make the switch to waterless polymer-based vehicle cleaning. By joining PearlSA’s ‘Be A Hero’ campaign, companies across the length and breadth of drought-stricken South Africa will be lending their support to PearlSA’s quest to create thousands of waterless mobile carwashes this summer. “Some dams are already down to single digits in terms of their water percentages. In a dry country like ours, no water should be used to clean a car, ever. Even recycled water could be put to much better use,” says Neels Van Greune, Chief Operations Officer of PearlSA. “Water is water, it’s valuable and doesn’t belong on a car.” He continues that PearlSA’s products are used the world over by leading car rental firms, government departments, industrial concerns, and others, and now also by small operators seeing the need for mobile carwashes able to travel to a client’s home or work location. “Our technology is space-age,” Van Greune says. Dirt particles are liquefied and encapsulated by special premium grade polymers and gently ‘lifted and suspended’ away from the vehicle surface. The encapsulated dirt is then trapped by the microscopic fibres of special PearlSA-supplied cloths that are used to complete the vehicle cleaning process. The company’s waterless formulation contains Nano and Carnauba waxes which seal the vehicle’s base metal while coating the paint surface at the same time for double protection. It also repels water, making the surface super slick, shiny and giving it anti-static protective qualities. This helps to prevent dust being attracted to the surface keeping the surfaces cleaner and shinier for much longer than old style traditional washing. Lending its support to PearlSA’s ‘Be A Hero’ campaign will see corporate SA enabling the distribution of thousands of waterless mobile carwash kits . . .
The recently passed festive season is a time of celebration and is quickly followed by the well-intentioned making of New Year resolutions. As usual, many South Africans will be vowing to quit smoking; it is then that the debate about whether to move from tobacco products to vaping will inevitably be reignited. Whether many smokers make the break from tobacco and move to e-cigarettes and vaping, will depend on the information they receive. They will then have to separate the often ‘emotion-laden’ argument from facts, says Kabir Kaleechurn, Director of the Vapour Products Association of South Africa, which represents the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in the rapidly expanding vaping sector. “Critics of the tobacco industry are quick to condemn any type of smoking. They rely on evidence that has been accumulated over several decades which is irrefutable. Critics tend to categorise vaping with tobacco smoking. Most often, because vaping is relatively new, they will point out that there is insufficient empirical research available to pronounce that vaping is a safer alternative.” However, says Kaleechurn, many within the anti-smoking lobby are ignoring the growing acceptance that vaping is playing an important role in helping people break the tobacco habit. In addition, the increasingly medically accepted international view that “harm reduction” is better than accepting the status quo regarding smoking, is also being disregarded in debates. “Authorities agree that nicotine is the least harmful substance in tobacco cigarettes. The health danger lies in burning the tobacco. This releases harmful smoke and carcinogens that are inhaled by the smoker. Unfortunately, those nearby who inhale the smoke are also placed at risk. Vaping and e-cigarettes contain nicotine only and the vaping process involves heating the vapour, rather than a burning process. Vapers are also able to choose nicotine levels in their vapour of choice, or none at all." “Confusion . . .
On Sunday 14 January 2018, Johannesburg based Leukaemia survivor – Ray Funnell will set off on an epic journey to the Andes Mountains in an attempt to summit Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. The extreme altitude of 6,962m (22,840ft) means the ascent will be gradual and will take about 2 weeks, but if all goes well, the team will summit on Ray’s birthday – 29 January. Now 10 years post-transplant, Ray was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia (AML) in 2006 after noticing a bruise on his arm wasn’t healing. Due to his prognosis, the best solution was to look for a stem cell donor. Fortunately for Ray, his only sibling was a perfect match and he received a stem cell transplant in the beginning of 2007. The journey since then has been very eventful, with a relapse, chemo sessions, blood transfusions and isolation wards inbetween. However, fuelled with a new lease on life, Ray lives by the motto: Never lose your dream. He has since summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus in Russia and Mt Vinson in Antarctica with his son Jayson. This will be his second attempt at summiting Aconcagua, which his son managed to bravely complete on their last attempt. “The symbolic gesture of taking The Sunflower Fund banner to the summit is my way of saying THANK YOU to all blood stem cell donors,” says Ray. “I hope that the publicity from this climb will encourage family, friends and everyone living in South Africa to help save lives by committing to becoming blood stem cell donors.” Ray continued. Ray has set himself the target of raising R22 840.00 for The Sunflower Fund - R100 for every 100ft climbed. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential blood stem cell donors and raises funds to pay the R2500.00 tissue-typing test cost per donor required in the recruitment process. To support Ray in his mission, visit his cause page on Given Gain to make a donation. For more information about The Sunflower Fund or to register as a stem cell donor call 0800 121082 . . .
You are welcome to turn over a new financial leaf – 2018 is here. One of the most important questions you have to ask yourself, is: “What am I going to do better or different in the new year regarding my finances?” What are your financial New Year’s resolutions? Are you ready to get your finances in order and wave a final goodbye to your debt woes? Zeeva’s team specifically aims at protecting your finances and helping you to get out of serious debt. Zeeva therefore shares five fundamental financial resolutions that you can incorporate this 2018 to get your finances on track again: 1. Take a thorough look at your bank statements You cannot determine where your monthly income is going if you don’t ‘inspect’ your leakages. Print out your bank statements of the last few months and see where those spending leaks are. Don’t delay – start doing something about it. 2. Start going DEBIT and boo CREDIT Rather use your debit card and avoid your credit card when paying for your purchases. Remember: when using your credit card, the first 55 days are usually interest-free BUT after that, you pay interest. Why don’t you tuck your credit card away and get into the habit of not using or needing it? 3. Use financial phone apps to your advantage Phone apps are still a thing these days and the following apps are rated as the best free money-saving apps (that you can use daily): • Spending Tracker • 22Seven • JamJar • Unsplurge • FillApp or Fuel Log3 • Money Mammals Save for a goal (ideal for kids) 4. Save for those emergencies It is important to save for emergencies (after you have allocated your budget amount for the month as well as other expenses that you need to cover. Set an emergency savings goal amount for each month, starting with a small amount at first and then increase it throughout the year. Note: your budget and goals need to be set according to your own personal, financial situation. 5. Before you get lost in debt – ask the . . .
Banks R &L Hiring is a renowned name in the industry that provides event equipment and décor accessories for hire. Banks R & L Hiring operate from modern premises located in Paarden Eiland in Cape Town. The company is well-equipped to provide strategic support and supply structures for events and functions across the wide spectrum of the equipment hiring industry. This has been achieved on account of the company’s complete dedication towards quality and customer satisfaction. The staff of the company are highly professional and some of them boast of having experiences of over 35 years. Categories of products and services offered by the Banks R & L Hiring The sales consultants of the company are proficient and experienced enough to advise and offer the best services to the clients. With their unique and elegant products, the blank canvas of any room can turn into a spectacular sight. Its exclusive collection of equipment incorporates thematic and modern pieces into events. The following product catalogue of the company highlights the extensive range of equipment that can be hired for other social events like wedding parties or corporate events. 1. Décor accessories which include the following: • Board and easel • 3 tier Candelabra black • Carpet runner • Carpet coir • Dance floor • Freestanding screen • Lectern • Industrial fan • Gazebo walls • Picket fence • String of lights 2. Glassware 3. Furniture 4. Cutlery and crockery 5. Gas and electrical 6. Serving gear 7. Marquees 8. Stainless steel 9. Wood and basket ware 10. Ovenware 11. Plinth and plinth bills 12. Bowl and platter service CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Today New Media Publishing announces exciting changes for Eat Out, SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, for 2018. The panel of judges for future Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards will be completely anonymous. This comes after Abigail Donnelly announces that she is stepping down as Eat Out editor and chief judge on 31 January 2018, after 12 years on the brand. Donnelly will remain at New Media Publishing as food editor of Woolworths TASTE, with a greater focus on her career in food styling and recipe development as she takes on a larger role with Woolworths as Foods Marketing Creative Manager. This move allows Eat Out the opportunity to follow international trends by appointing a judging panel that is completely anonymous. Members of the panel will be selected by the Eat Out team and will have experience and expertise as chefs, educators in the food or hospitality industry, expert patrons with international dining experience, food critics, hoteliers and/or winemakers. The judges’ identities will not be revealed while they remain on the panel, and the results will be adjudicated by Eat Out and verified by auditing firm A S Pocock to ensure consistency. Says Abigail Donnelly, “Eat Out means the world to me. I will miss the chefs and their brigades, and, of course, the Eat Out team, but I cannot wait to see the next chapter unfold and take this industry, which I am so passionate about, to new levels.” Says Anelde Greeff, editor-in-chief of Eat Out, “Our brand has always evolved to keep up with international trends and the demands of both consumers and the restaurant industry. This change will position us as a truly world-class brand within the food space.” Aileen Lamb, Managing Director of New Media Publishing concludes, “Abigail has played an integral role over the past 12 years in entrenching Eat Out’s position in the market, and we are going to miss having her input and guidance on the brand. We are delighted that she will be remaining in the New . . .
Leading South African 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl will be one of several experts imparting knowledge and advice at the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club coaching courses at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage from Wednesday to Friday. The series for coaches and athletes will consist of courses in three categories, to be held simultaneously. Those attending must choose one of the categories - the coaching clinic or either the ASA Level 1 or Level 2 coaches' course. Van Zyl, who is targeting a fourth appearance at the Commonwealth Games this year, will be joined by experienced Pretoria coach Hugo Badenhorst and former national middle-distance runner Ilze Wicksell at the course, where they will assist coaches and athletes. Badenhorst, who will be specialising in jumps, has been involved with athletics in Gauteng North for more than three decades and is chairman of the Athletics SA coaches' committee. Wicksell ran for South Africa from 1980 to 1983 and again at the African Championships in 1993. She holds the national record for the 1 000 metres. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were delighted to have the trio at the clinics. "It is really great to have high-profile athletes and coaches such as these to assist our coaches and athletes in the Eastern Cape," he said. The 32-year-old Van Zyl said he was relishing the chance to interact with coaches and athletes to possibly inspire the next generation. A Bestmed brand ambassador, the SA 400m hurdles record holder has been included in the preliminary SA team for the Commonwealth Games. He won a gold medal and two silvers at previous Games meetings. "I am fully into training and aiming for, at least, a spot on the podium," he said of the Games, which will take place in Australia in April. "For now, though, I am looking forward to this week's clinic and to help athletes and coaches." Van Zyl added that his main objective at courses such as these was to motivate young . . .
Join us for Food Truck Fridays, every first Friday of the month starting 2 February Enjoy an evening filled with a host of Food Trucks, crafted drinks, brand activations and live music Tickets are free and available now from Quicket Johannesburg has been blessed with beautiful sunny days and there is no better way to enjoy our city than in the scenic surroundings of our inner cities, parks and obscure locations. After a long hard week at the office, grab your friends on the first Friday of every month and head down to the culinary delights of Food Truck Fridays with the first of the 2018 lineup happening on 2 February, 2018. Come and experience the amazing culinary delights from some of the best food trucks in the business with special appearances from local craft beers, craft gin and much more, while enjoying the subtle sounds of live music from artists such as Jaryd Smith, Kyle September, Mash’d Potatoes and many more over the year. You can expect to see appearances from Snorting Boar Smoker, The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Co., Pizza Stroller, The Gatsby Station, Al’s Chuck Wagon, Coffee from Mobile Coffee Café and many more. To top if off, why not grab a draft from one of the featured craft breweries such as Darling Brew, 5 Skippas, Eish Tea, Growler Brewing Co., Copperlake, Leaky Tap Brewery, RIOT Beer, Dragon Brewing Co., Hazeldean Brewing Co., Brewhogs, Drifter Brewing Co., Soweto Gold, Red Rock Brewing Co., Garagista Beer Co., Erdinger, Salitos and a host of other beverages such as gin, rum and soft drinks for the kids. Tickets are free and online bookings are required to access the event. You can get your hands on these limited tickets now from Quicket.co.za. Event Info: Food Truck Fridays Date: Friday, 2 February (and then the first Friday every month thereafter) Venue: Venue info to be announced via the official Facebook page Gates Open 5pm Ticket Link: http://qkt.io/ULBdfx TICKET PRICES: GENERAL ADMISSION: . . .
OPINION PIECE - The silver bullet to improving the matric pass rate BY CINDY GLASS, EX-TEACHER & CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF STEP UP EDUCATION CENTRES Every year, teachers, principals, learners and parents focus on the preparation and writing of the final matric examinations and every year we are left feeling battered and disappointed at the less-than-desirable results! With a 75.1% national pass rate, this year was not much different to years past. Only three quarters of matriculants achieved success and this, despite, increased attempts to improve the outcome of the matric exams. Why is this? What sustainable solutions are there and how do we implement them? What are we missing in our efforts to fix this worrying trend? It is time to stop what we have been doing and look deeper. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result! It is time to look at making significant changes to the way we approach the matric exams, and indeed, education as a whole. Whilst there are many changes needed in our education system, there are four key factors that will go a long way in improving how our matriculants fair in years to come. They are: Emotional Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence skills are key to changing the way teachers and learners approach education! Studies have shown that prioritising the teaching of emotional intelligence skills improves our ability to take in and retain new information, study smarter, concentrate better and it improves relationships in the school environment! These skills include self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy and social skills. How can effective learning take place when a learner or teacher does not see the value of who they are and, worse, lacks the motivation that is needed to engage in learning? Emotional Intelligence skills improve self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Learners and teachers work with greater courage and . . .