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 . . .
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The SPAR South African singles snooker championship will see the cream of South Africa's players gathering at the Hellenic Hall in Port Elizabeth for the annual event, starting on Sunday. The singles championship, which will see 64 snooker participants vying for the national title, will end on Saturday, culminating in a prize-giving function in the evening. It will be followed by the 6 Reds championship from June 24 to 27. Whereas snooker is played with 15 red balls, the 6 Reds format is played with six red balls and six colour balls. It will have a field of 34 players competing over the four days. South Africa Cue Sports marketing director Cyril Dupouy said the prestigious championships were brought to Nelson Mandela Bay to honour the centenary of the late president's birth. "The Nelson Mandela Bay Snooker and Billiards Association are organising the event and we are looking forward to a week of high-quality snooker," he said. "The tournament will conclude with the semifinals played on Friday and finals being played next Saturday." Dupouy, who is based in Port Elizabeth, said Nelson Mandela Bay star Charl Jonck would have a chance to make a name for himself. "Charl has been making 147 breaks and he is playing like a demon," he said. "Because he is playing in his first national singles championship after a long break he is not seeded. But if anyone can make an impact from PE it will be Charl." The top 64 players in the country were invited to compete in the championship, with substitutes filling in if any of those were unable to play, said Dupouy. "Players like Faris Kahn, Kiashen Moodley, Ricky Tregoning, Pierre Jordan and Mutalieb Allie, who was the African Masters runner-up this year, will be competing for this prestigious title." Nelson Mandela Bay Snooker Association chairman Mark Seymour said they were delighted to be hosting the championships. "We are really grateful to SPAR for stepping in at the last minute to sponsor . . .
The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, is set to #LiveTheLegacy this year with some of the best South African musical acts performing at The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM, and Crush Nightclub After Dark Parties. The 50th edition of this popular holiday festival, supported by KwaDukuza Municipality, will take place at KwaDukuza from 21 June to 1 July. Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM The best musical entertainment will rock Salt Rock Beach on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 June at the Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM. On Thursday, 28 June, 5FM’s own Kid Fonque and Kyle Cassim will generate their influential sounds alongside one of the country’s best rappers, Okmalumkoolkat. The uMlazi-born superstar is a renowned trendsetter in the musical industry, creating ‘new age’ kwaito with plans for more gqom sounds in his music. Hip hop’s foremost female DJ – and now music producer - MS Cosmo, will also take to the stage to perform some of her hottest tracks, ‘Connect’ and ‘Ay Baby’. This Soweto-born DJ will not disappoint. The programme just gets hotter with the announcement of the Thursday concert’s headline act, internationally-respected dance duo, Black Motion. Tshwane’s own Robert Mahosana (DJ Murda) and Thabo 'Smol' Mabogwane are the men behind Black Motion, and they’re excited to bring their trademark mix of live percussion, kwaito and house to the Ballito stage. The best beats continue on Friday, 29 June, as South African indie rock band, December Streets, wow the Ballito audiences with some of their hits, including ‘My Name’, ‘Got that Feeling’ and ‘Thief’. The unique, energised sound of acoustic duo, The Kickstands, will captivate the audience as Rudi Greyvenstein and Gary Nixon display some truly raw talent, performing hits such as ‘Hold On’ and ‘Back to Paradise’. The sounds of the influential record producer and performer, Sketchy Bongo, will add to this musical feast with Gauteng’s electronic/dance . . .
In a bid to elevate careers in the event industry, promote excellence and professionalism, the Council of Event Professionals Africa (CEPA) has been created. The brain child of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Africa, and the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa, CEPA aims to fulfil the need to create recognised standards of competency and experience within the industry. Magnetic Storm CEO, Glenn van Eck has been appointed as the Chairman of CEPA and says: "There is a wealth of experience in the event industry, but a skills gap will soon exist. Young professionals are entering the industry with predominantly academic and theoretical knowledge, and the elders of the industry with decades of experience will soon be stepping out and retiring. Our aim is to give young professionals a solid career path and to upgrade industry certifications." In addition to plugging the potential skills gap, CEPA aims to fulfil the need to create recognised standards of competency and experience within the industry. According to van Eck, the events industry needs to introduce a standard for certification and competency. "In an industry that includes many inexperienced suppliers it is vital that we give customers a frame of reference that they can use to qualify potential suppliers of event services." "Clients need the peace of mind that they're partnering with an individual or business that is credible and can deliver a high quality service and operates professionally. Our CEPA certified practitioners will operate within our code of conduct, and always act with the clients' best interest at heart." To find out more about CEPA and its offering, visit www.cepa.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In celebration of the Youth Month, Maxum Digital will be hosting the first ever township based Gaming & Esports Day, powered by Ekasi Gaming.The two events will be hosted in Soweto & Ga-Rankuwa townships respectively. The objective of this Gaming & Esports day is to raise awareness on the career and entrepreneurial, opportunities by exposing the youth from the townships and rural areas to the world of gaming & Esports. The events will also provide market exposure for local game developers, studios and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies by showcasing their innovations. The first event will take place on the 22 June at EkasiLab, Soweto and 29 June, Ga-Rankuwa (YMCA Hall). The fun filled days, will also have a workshops, Esports competitions, Virtual Reality Experience and many more activities. At Maxum Digital we are committed on raising awareness on the Maxum Digital programme and opportunities that are available for learners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders, most importantly to grow the initiative to also incorporate other townships over a period of time and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in townships and historically disadvantaged areas, says. Mr. Tashveer Bodhi - Programme Manager at Maxum Digital. At Ekasi Gaming we aim to harness a competitive and professional gaming ecosystem in South Africa, by being at the forefront of driving skill development and supporting an inclusive South African Esports Ecosystem and this partnership with Maxum Digital will ensure that will get closer in building and strengthening a broad Esports & gaming community. Says. Mr. Gabriel Ramokotjo - CEO at Ekasi Gaming CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“Opportunities for Kaizen in Africa – Now and in Future” The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with Productivity SA under the auspices of the Pan-Africa Productivity Association (PAPA), will be hosting the captioned 3 days Conference from 2nd to 4th of July. More than 100 of practitioners of Kaizen will be gathering from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Conference will also integrate site visits to various companies including TOYOTA, “the mother of KAIZEN”. *The Kaizen Initiative, launched in August 2017, is a joint outcome of the 35th NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), held in July 2016 in Rwanda, and the Japanese Government’s Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in August 2016 in Kenya. INVITATION TO PLENARY SESSION AND PRESS CONFERENCE: Date: 2 July 2018 Time: 8:45 – 10:15 Plenary Session 10:15 – 10:45 Press Conference Speakers: Representative from the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal Representative from Ministry of Labor Representative of NEPAD Ambassador of Japan Vice President of JICA Venue: Aha Gateway Hotel – Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal RSVP NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS DAY Invitation to Key note presentation by TOYOTA and Factory visits: Date & Time: 3 July 2018 Time: 9:00 – 10:30 Key note Presentation by Mr. Kyogo Onoue, General Manager, Operations Management Department, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan 11:00 – 15:00 Factory visits including Toyota South Africa Motors RSVP BY: 20 JUNE 2018, 15:00 (ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE) For reservation and queries, please contact the JICA South Africa Office at 012-3464493, specifically: 1. Ms Brigette Kgaphola, Communications Officer, BrigetteKgaphola-SO@jica.go.jp; or 2. Mr Mpho Pekane, Programme Officer, MphoPekane.SO@jica.go.jp. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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The government could hold a critical part of the puzzle to unlocking the residential property sector for black entrepreneurs says Xoliswa Tini of Xoliswa Tini Properties. Tini, who has announced that she is to franchise her brand in June, says that the property sector is yet to become more inclusive in the way it does business and bring on board emerging black businesses, particularly in new developments. She is unashamedly forthright on transformation saying that the sector continues to favour historically-advantaged white male businesses at the expense of transformation to make the property sector more representative of today’s South Africa. Tini talks from experience who says that developers and banks have sidelined black-owned agencies for these types of developments. She says private developers, in particular, do not involve emerging businesses much if at all – whether as real estate agents, developers or in the construction of new developments. “From the outside looking in, they have no interest in redressing the inequalities of the past regime and are betraying transformation. After 22 years, not much has changed,” she says. The Estate Agents Affairs Board says only 88% of the country’s 50,000 registered estate agents are black, somewhat up on the 4% of 2007 but significantly down on the 2012 property sector transformation charter goal of 35%. “This has to change or improve,” she says. However, in the face of land expropriation, an issue unlikely to disappear for some time, the government could take a leadership role by using their land for new urban suburbs which will have a positive effect on the market for two reasons. Firstly, the government, using current preferential supply chain criteria, could allocate these opportunities to black-owned developers, construction firms and real estate agencies such as Xoliswa Tini Properties. It would create a demand, in the case of real estate agencies, for black-owned agencies who would . . .