Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill took one back from overnight leaders Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert as they sprinted to the stage win on day two of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Wolhuter and Hill, riding in the colours of TIB Insurance, finished in 3:43:01 to hold the Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage duo at bay by a single second and claim the 78km queen stage that took in remote portions of the Addo Elephant National Park. Cycle Lab's Andrew Mclean and Bruce Diesel finished a distant third in 4:03:00 on the tough stage that featured almost 2 000m of climbing. Evans and Seyffert retain their positions at the top of the leaderboard with an aggregate time of 6:23:29 and will take a 1:18 lead into the final day. The young Isostar team of Jurgens Uys and Jason Meaton finished fourth in 4:03:25 to remain third in the general classification in 6:52:24. The stage is now set for an interesting showdown on the fast-paced 50km final stage. While Wolhuter and Hill may have the technical advantage on the Hayterdale cross-country trails, the race could come down to the final climb up Zuurberg Pass, where Evans and Seyffert asserted their authority on the opening stage. "I think a minute's enough to win this race if you don't have any bad luck or mechanicals," said Evans. "Andrew and Chris were stronger today than yesterday, so our goal was just to ride with them, not lose time and defend our lead." The race started at a brisk pace as the riders descended into the valley from Camp Figtree towards Slagboom Dam, with the foursome going clear on the technical Monty's Python climb just before the first waterpoint. "Then we climbed up and out of the Addo Park grasslands, where I just sat at the front and rode a nice consistent pace," said defending champion Hill. On one of the recommended portage sections after the second waterpoint, the Isostar youngsters caught the leaders but the elastic snapped once more when . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 May, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced its latest and most innovative top loading washing machine yet to the South African market, the activ dualwash. Innovatively designed with a built-in sink with water jet and gentle scrubbing surface, this groundbreaking solution saves time, reduces effort and avoids mess by enabling consumers to presoak, hand scrub and auto wash the entire wash process in the washing machine instead of having to spread the process out over multiple locations. “This appliance has the potential to revolutionise the way laundry is performed,” says Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Appliances at Samsung SA. “Simply put, it cares for both clothes and moms by providing a practical, one-stop solution to the washing experience.” A closer look at the product’s features reveals many benefits: Sink and Water Jet The activ dualwash system includes a dedicated sink that provides a convenient space to soak and/or hand-wash delicate items and comfortably pre-treat heavily stained areas of clothes before starting a normal wash cycle. The water jet which starts and stops at the push of a button, provides access to water, thus allowing for easy soaking and scrubbing. Once finished, the laundry and water can easily be poured into the machine by simply lifting the sink. This drops the items into the tub below for a spotless wash that completes the effortless, all-in-one washing process. Magic Dispenser The Magic Dispenser eliminates the annoyance of residual detergent on fabric. It achieves this by creating a powerful water vortex that dissolves detergent and disperses it evenly before the wash cycle starts. Magic Filter The Magic Filter takes care of the details that make your clothes look fresh and clean. By gathering lint, fluff and particles, it keeps unwelcome specks off your whites and darks, so you can look good without having to inspect and tidy the little things. It is . . .
Downsizing from a large, freestanding property to a smaller, more manageable unit within a retirement estate can provide several lifestyle benefits for those who are planning to retire. This is according to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says that aside from the fact that a smaller home will be far easier to maintain, it also provides the owner with far more freedom to be able to lock-up-and-go any time of the year without worrying about maintenance or the upkeep of the property while they are away. “While a home with features such as a large garden or swimming pool is ideal for homeowners with growing children, these features cost money and take up a lot of time to maintain. Downsizing will give the retiree more time to pursue other interests and will have the added bonus of significantly reducing the monthly costs of rates and taxes, utility bills, insurance and security as well as maintenance and repair costs,” says Goslett. However, downsizing a property for retirement is not simply a matter of selling a large property and buying a smaller one. “Over the years it is natural to collect things and buy furniture and items that fit a larger home. Reducing the size of a home will also mean reducing amount of items that can be moved into the smaller space,” explains Goslett. “It is important to pare down on possessions where possible. While it may seem like a daunting exercise, any home would need to be decluttered regardless of whether a homeowner is looking to downsize or place their home on the market and move.” According to Goslett, there are a few steps that can help homeowners to downsize efficiently and prepare them for the move: Plan for the moving day: once a moving day has been scheduled, it is important to start planning the move, working up until the set date. “Ideally it is best to start approximately three months before moving day by tackling one room at a time. This will be a far less taxing . . .
Security is a major determining factor for most property buyers in South Africa, which is why homes within security estates or those that have state-of-the-art security systems generally sell for a higher premium. What about tenants? A large portion of the population prefers to rent rather than own a property due to financial and other reasons. Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that just because a person is renting, it doesn’t mean that their safety or the security aspects of a property should be any less important. “When deciding which rental property is the best option, a tenant should consider the security aspects and the possibility of any security issues that may occur,” advises Goslett. “Although rental properties could be more cost effective and less responsibility then owning a home, they can be difficult to keep secure. It is vital that the tenant finds out what security features have been installed in the property to make it a safer place to live before signing the lease agreement.” According to Goslett, the first question that a tenant should ask themselves is what their security needs are. It is important to remember that while sectional title complexes are regarded as a safer option, they are not untouched by criminal activity. He adds that security goes beyond the extent of the property itself. “In the case where the rental property is situated within a sectional title complex, the tenant should enquire about the security features of the complex as a whole, such as access control, security guards on site or patrols. Many complexes may also have surveillance of some kind, which will vastly increase the security of the development,” says Goslett, who adds that it is also advisable to ask whether access codes or door locks are changed once tenants move from the rental property. He notes that while landlords have a responsibility to ensure that the property is in a good condition and is well-maintained . . .
Three University of Johannesburg hockey stars will play a critical role in South Africa's bid to qualify for next year's Olympic Games at the World League semi-final tournament in Valencia, Spain, from June 10 to 21. Striker Lilian du Plessis, forward Bernadette Coston and defender Lisa Deetlefs, who are all regulars in the national women's squad, were once again on the team sheet released earlier this week. According to the criteria set by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, the team must finish in the top six at the tournament to stand a chance of competing in Rio. South Africa, who are currently ranked 11th in the world, will face a tough draw against some of the top hockey-playing nations, including Argentina, the United States of America, Germany and Great Britain. Their male counterparts are already out of Olympic contention. UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux said Du Plessis, Coston and Deetlefs were all invaluable members of the university's team and would play a key role in their country's ambitions. The youngest of the trio, Du Plessis, impressed as an impact player in the recent Varsity Hockey competition, which saw UJ win the title for the second year in a row. The first-year education student was named player of the match against Maties and Wits and also claimed the star striker award in the semi-final against Tuks. Le Roux said Du Plessis had returned from a stint with the Belgium-based KHC Dragons shortly before the Varsity Hockey competition. "We're certain her time with this European Hockey League team will also stand her in good stead for South Africa's campaign in Spain." She said the experienced Deetlefs and Coston were not eligible for Varsity Hockey, having exceeded the 25-year age limit, but would be part of the university's side for the annual University Sport South Africa championship, which follows the World League semi-finals at the end of the month. Le Roux said chiropractic masters . . .
Award-winning brand experience agency VWV has announced that the Phakama Class of 2015 has been selected. A final tally of 32 second and third year students were carefully chosen to participate in the innovative CSI programme now in its second year. Aimed at developing vital on-the-job skills to empower young women entering the marketing sector workplace, the students have been selected from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the AAA School of Advertising, and the Vega School of Brand Leadership. With seven more candidates than the inaugural 2014 group, VWV was so impressed by the applicants that it changed the parameters to accommodate the extra talent applying for a spot in the programme. According to Koo Govender, CEO of the VWV Group and founder of this industry-first initiative, the caliber of students this year has greatly surpassed that of the first group selected to participate in the empowerment programme. “Although the first students we mentored were inspired and confident, there is something truly special about this year’s young women and we are looking forward to working with them and mentoring them in the weeks ahead.” The qualifying students had to submit a written application and meet the transformation criteria VWV has determined for the academy and have marks that meet or exceed a 65% average. The short list of students were put through an interview screening with a VWV panel, which certified that only the most passionate are accepted into the academy. Phakama (which means ‘to rise’ in the Zulu, Xhosa and Nguni languages) is empowering through knowledge and the VWV leadership academy is helping fast-track much needed workplace skills for soon to be graduates in the marketing sector, principally among women. Although the Phakama Women’s Academy was initially launched as a pilot programme – its success and endorsement from the tertiary institutions and their students, has encouraged VWV to continue and even expand the programme in . . .
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Give More with Galaxy Gifts Samsung reveals its Galaxy S6 gift package JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 27 May, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has identified a bespoke selection of gifts to take the new Galaxy range to the next level: the Galaxy Gifts package for the S6 and S6 edge amplifies the consumer’s experience of these latest Samsung smartphones. By teaming up with key partners, Samsung now provides customers with a wealth of free, long-term subscriptions and superior services with the Galaxy S6 range. From offline GPS to Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) Premium, the free Galaxy Gift collection inherent to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge includes: Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) Premium We all know accidents happen and with ADH Premium, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge customers get additional cover, with a free screen and/or glass panel repair within the first 12 months of purchase. The premium provision offers Smart Swap – a benefit which includes a loan device while the smartphone is being repaired. In addition, Smart Pick-up is a door-to-door solution that makes provision for the original device to be collected and returned to the consumer anywhere in South Africa, making the repair process much smoother. Microsoft OneDrive The Galaxy S6 does not have an external SD memory card however customers benefit from a 100GB of cloud storage for two years and the internal 15GB – which comes with the device. The Microsoft OneDrive is pre-loaded on the Galaxy S6 range, meaning consumers can simply access the app on their smartphone and use the free storage whenever they are online. AlwaysOn™ With AlwaysOn, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge customers get 2 gigabytes (GB) of free Wi-Fi per month, for an entire year. This means that users save on data as they now have access to over 2,200 hotspots across South Africa. AlwaysOn delivers a fast, efficient and satisfying experience for consumers browsing the Net when out and . . .
Design4T.com is taking South Africa's online shopping experience to the next level, allowing customers to design almost anything individually — from apparel to cell phone covers. Design4T's print-on-demand technologies have made it possible for anyone to create and sell goods over the Internet with no up-front costs. The selection of available products that can be customized ranges from T-Shirts, Mugs to Cell phone covers. Managing Director Claus Lauter comments: "The Design4T website gives every South African the chance to be creative and to design their very own custom products with personalized images and designs. Our strength is the ease of use of our online product design tool. This makes personalised design available to everyone and allows our clients to make or customize products that can then be sold to the public or simply for themselves. With winter now upon us our cozy hoodies are everyones favorite. Of course our clients favorite features are that it's fast, easy and free. No Cost, No Inventory, No Risk!" Design4T's support team helps customers with free of charge design services to get the best result for their custom made product. Interested readers can now start by simply going to Design4T website and launching a new campaign. The weblinks is https://www.design4t.com/ Design4T is also perfect for any group, cause, event or community to create their own apparel or to raise funds or donations. Claus says "We are very proud of our increasing involvement with charities and NGO's fund raising efforts. We not only provide our design tool but also free design help and marketing assistance. We sit and consult with their teams and are are happy to meet with them to help plan their campaigns. About the Design4T Team Design4T was created in 2014 by a team of highly dedicated entrepreneurs and online marketing experts with the mission to make a successful business concept available for South Africans. Design4T has a top class customer . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa (27th May, 2015) - Exotic Exchange is the only online service in South Africa that provides a platform for buying and selling of previously owned and new luxury and exotic vehicles. It provides a sleek, responsible, web-based approach to the task of buying and selling of used exotic vehicles, providing both buyers and sellers with all the information they need to make informed decisions about their transactions. The website is fully compatible with mobile devices and applications for the various mobile platforms are in development. The Exotic Exchange website provides dealers and buyers with search features to narrow down their options by province, city, make of the vehicle, model of the vehicle, the price being looked for, the year of the original buying of the car, as well as the mileage. The site offers an account-based way to keep easy and secure track of one’s deals, whether it be from a buyer or seller. With a prominent navigation bar and an intuitive website design, new visitors are able to set up their account, or if they want to look for used exotic cars to buy, they are led directly to the search criteria page, which also happens to be the homepage. Private advertisements cost R400 per month, and advertisements can be in the ‘featured section’ for a week at a time for R200 extra. There are package for varying sizes of dealers to suit the number of cars that the dealer usually has available. Not sure of what you want? Then select the cars that interest you and then compare them. Comparing cars is one great option where you can compare the cars, their features and price tag so that you can determine what’s best for you. The website has been created with the attempt to provide a common platform for dealers and sellers of used exotic cars in South Africa to come together and carry out business. With a rapidly growing used exotic car market, ExoticExchange.co.za provides the tools necessary for quick and easy execution of . . .
Domino’s Pizza, one of the world’s best loved pizza brands, has arrived in Port Elizabeth and judging by the enthusiastic welcome received from local residents, this delicious hand-tossed pizza will soon become first choice among fast food connoisseurs. The recent opening of three new stores in Linton Grange, Walker Drive and Newton Park was greeted with much excitement, with queues of people waiting to savour their first bite of a Domino’s Pizza. The celebrations included the delivery of a stack of scrumptious pizzas to the hard-working police officers of Linton Grange Police Station and delighting the Grade 4 learners at Laerskool Verkenner with the opportunity to make their own pizzas at the Linton Grange store. "Domino’s Pizza hit the ground running in the South African market towards the end of last year with the opening of six stores and we enjoyed an excellent start to 2015 with the opening of several more across the country," says Lindy Taoushiani, Divisional Marketing Executive of Taste Holdings, which has the rights as an exclusive Master Franchisee to market the brand in nine southern African countries. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind experience to the people of Port Elizabeth. “We plan to open as many as 100 new stores throughout South Africa during the course of this year, adding to Domino’s Pizza’s 10 800 outlets in more than 70 countries. The beyond-expectation growth we’re experiencing proves that local pizza lovers prefer our delicious hand-tossed pizzas, which have made the brand famous all over the world.” The Domino's Pizza menu offers unique flavours with a choice of Epic, Famous or Traditional pizzas as well as Awesome Sidekicks like chicken strips, breadsticks, stuffed cheesy bread and parmesan bites. For the sweet tooth there are chocolate lava cakes and freshly baked Cinna Stix®. Domino’s Pizza dips have become legendary, with a choice of BBQ, Ranch, Garlic and Sweet Mango and Habanero sauces for dunking those . . .