The Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic will roll out a weekend festival of riding and family entertainment just outside Bela-Bela in the Limpopo Province at the end of June. Some 1 400 participants are expected to take part in the two-day line-up of races, making it the largest event of its kind in the Bushveld. According to route director and group operations manager Melgard Meyer, the event offered a premium mountain biking experience in the heart of the 4 700-hectare Sondela Nature Reserve. "We have long stretches of open single-track and our animals are very tame, so you'll really see a lot of game as you ride through the bush. "We're only 80km from Pretoria and 125km from Joburg. The reserve is right off the highway and very easily accessible for Gauteng-based riders." The fifth edition of the event, presented by ASG, starts with the 20km and 40km distances, followed by the kiddies' rides, on Saturday, June 28. "On the Saturday evening, we'll also have a 10km night ride for anyone over the age of 12. It starts at seven o'clock and riders might even see some nocturnal animals." On the Sunday, the 60km feature race rounds out the family-oriented festivities. "We introduced the two shorter distances for the first time last year, which proved to be very successful." Meyer said another secret to their success was that the 40km riders started and finished before the 20km event, thereby preventing bottlenecks on the route and at the finish. "By keeping the races separate, everyone has right of the way on the trails, which creates a quality experience for each and every rider." He said participants could even create their own stage race by taking part in a combination of individual events. "If parents want to ride a little bit further and faster, they can do the 40km and then come back and ride the 20km with the family. "Alternatively, they can take advantage of the special combo entry fee and do one of those plus the feature . . .
South African leaders in cooling towers and cooling solutions, IWC, announced today that is has acquired Tektower, a South African cooling tower manufacturer and related services provider. Tektower, formerly known as Suzler Cooling, has been providing innovative cooling solutions for 40 years completing projects in South Africa and on the sub-continent including Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Mozambique and Mauritius. Currently based in Spartan, Gauteng, Tektower will be relocating to the IWC company premises in Isando, retaining its brand name and operating as an IWC subsidiary. While existing management of Tektower will remain the same, joining the board of directors at Tektower is Mr. Pooven Reddy, current Financial Manager of IWC who will take over as Financial Director of the new IWC subsidiary, and Mr Roger Rusch, Managing Director of IWC, who will assume the role of CEO. Mr Rusch says, “The strength of the Tektower brand and their expertise in the South African market as well as their impressive track record in Africa offers an added advantage to IWC’s existing service and product offering.” Industrial Water Cooling (Pty) Ltd (IWC) are a specialist water cooling company, with specific strength and focus on evaporative cooling systems and cooling towers in particular. IWC was founded in 1986, specialises in evaporative water cooling for numerous applications. Some industries in which we are involved are: • Power Generation • Mining • Petrochemical • Sugar • Steel & Aluminium • Food & Beverages • Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and many other applications. For many years IWC has been a member of the CTI, Cooling Technology Institute, based in the USA. This association has as its member’s consultants, designers, constructors as well as end users of cooling towers. Due to IWC’s extensive experience in the refurbishment of cooling towers it has undertaken in excess of 80% of the Natural Draught refurbishment work conducted in . . .
Winter is here, but that doesn't mean you have to stay bundled up at home. South African winters, which are from June to August, typically comprise of crisp days and cold nights in the higher-lying areas. The coastal regions of South Africa along the Indian Ocean enjoy excellent weather during winter months. The Western Cape has most of its rain during this time but there are bright sunny days in between and these can be the most gorgeous days ever. When travelling in South Africa during winter always remember to pack warm clothes and keep an umbrella handy; and of course don’t forget to charge the batteries on your camera and your phone because the photo opportunities are unlimited! So put on those woollies and enjoy the season with our Top 10 things to do in Winter. 1. Go Whale Watching Without a shadow of a doubt whale watching is something you have to do during winter and one of the best and most renowned whale watching spots in South Africa is Hermanus. Hundreds of Southern Right whales make their way to Hermanus’ Walker Bay every winter to breed and watching these majestic creatures of the sea can be quite an amazing experience. Carry a pair of binoculars if you want to spot the whales from land or get adventurous and take a boat ride out to sea to get a closer look. 2. Watch the Sardine Run An extraordinary marine spectacle that takes place every year during the winter months is the sardine run. This is when large shoals of sardines, specifically the Southern African pilchard, move in a band up the coast to spawn in the cool waters on the continental shelf of the east coast. The shoreline is coloured silver as the tiny fish make their way to the shores of the beaches in KwaZulu-Natal. This is a phenomenon that is worth watching from land, sea or even underwater. Carry a cooler box with you because chances are you will be able to scoop up sardines from the sea and take them home to eat! Enjoy affordable car hire with First Car Rental and plan a . . .
Casual Day needs YOU! Casual Day Youth Ambassadors issued a challenge the youth of South Africa to volunteer to raise donations for Casual Day. Nicole Laxton, Khumo Moyane and Patrick Mashegwana have been volunteering for Casual Day and are already into their second campaign for the project that raises funds for persons with disabilities. “In honour of Youth Day and to commemorate 16 June, we encourage young people all over the country to volunteer for Casual Day by helping organisations to raise donations for stickers and get their schools involved,” says Casual Day ambassador Khumo Moyane. Khumo volunteered last year and this year he was offered a contract position with Casual Day. “Volunteering is a very good way to kick-start your career,” says Khumo. “It shows that you are willing to work hard and it is a way to prove your worth to future employers. I found the work really gratifying and found a home here with Casual Day. I have a position at the Casual Day office, but I will continue to volunteer in my community on my off days.” “Casual Day is an ideal and fun way for learners to do their community service,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. “Whenever we have had young people out in the field selling stickers, they have always had the best time. Casual Day also relies heavily on volunteers to sell stickers all over the country. We work with hundreds of organisations in the disability sector – which means there are opportunities for young people in every suburb. Our ambassadors are also all volunteers and they do spectacular work in their communities. This is a national project that happens at a community level, so we need to make sure that people are reached in their home towns. We also encourage parents to get their companies on board to raise donations for stickers. Young people should call us to get hooked up with NGOs in their area.” Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities . . .
“Interactive conference and expo to empower through technology and interaction” The annual SABC Education African EduWeek is expected to gather some 2000 teachers and education professionals from 10-11 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg for an interactive conference and expo that will empower them through expert talks, introductions to classroom technology and interaction with their peers. Says African EduWeek event director Tanya Jackman: “we’re very proud of our speaker line-up that offers inspirational messages, best practice sharing and success stories from South Africa, the continent and further abroad. The African EduWeek conference sessions focus on challenges and breakthroughs in Basic and Higher Education, Technology in the classroom and Inclusivity.” She adds: “teachers will also be able to attend free, practical and hands-on workshops which train and enhance their teaching skills in the classroom and enhancing the learning experience of their students. They will also focus on the issues which teachers face every day such as overcrowding, safety & security, teaching in a school with a multitude of languages and lack of infrastructure.” Integrating technology into teaching Many well-known suppliers to the education sector are supporting the event, particularly Intel who is the diamond sponsor. Says Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel: “There is a need to ensure teachers are able, skilled and confident to teach using technology. Integrating technology into teaching and learning has the potential to enable equal access to quality education resources. If we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.” Other sponsors are Pearson, Samsung, Dell and Compute. Some African EduWeek conference highlights: Opening session: Chairman: Graeme Bloch, Independent Education Specialist • . . .
The humble refuse bag has become the unlikely hero for approximately 100 previously unemployed women in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Thanks to the vision of Supa Mama founder Thina Maziya, hundreds of waste collectors now earn a weekly income that helps to feed their families. The competitively priced Supa Mama refuse bag uses recycled plastic to produce recyclable bin bags. Available to purchase in Spar, Shoprite/Checkers, OK Foods, Game and other Masscash stores, buying the Supa Mama refuse bag means shoppers are ensuring work for hundreds of women and saving 5 tonnes of waste from reaching landfill each week. Supa Mama refuse bags join the growing league of businesses in SA that have social and eco enterprise woven into their foundation, such as Tich Smith’s LIV Eggs and LIV Flowers. “Supa Mama is not offering a quick promotion, with temporary feel good eco and social benefits. The more Supa Mama refuse bags we sell, the more Mama’s we can provide work to and the more rubbish we can keep out of dumps,” said Maziya. Maziya’s innovative business model allows her to cut out the middleman and deal directly with the ‘Mamas’, ensuring she is able to pay them the best price for their recycling efforts. “We realised that the Mamas were walking far to collect their plastic, and could not carry the waste collected over long distances, so we set up collection points around the province to assist them in increasing their volume. We’ve also set up a safe SMS weekly payment system via Absa CashSend so our Mama’s don’t have to carry cash,” says Maziya. Supa Mama aims to provide work for over 500 Mamas, and will look to start a Mama-owned fleet of trucks to service the growing logistical needs of the firm. “We could set up a logistics team, but we want to give the Mamas the opportunity to grow with us,” said Maziya. Maziya’s business is helping the Mamas establish a sense of pride in what they do, all while promoting a sense of community amongst the women. This female solidarity . . .
The environmental impact of industrial water cooling towers is coming under increased regulatory scrutiny as government bodies across the world endeavour to clean up the planet’s air and water resources. Accordingly, ensuring cooling tower systems are operating at optimum efficiencies is the goal for all system owners/operators. Crucial to achieving this is to ensure cooling water in the recirculating flow rate is kept as clean as possible throughout the cycle. This is because cooling tower systems are most efficient when heat transfer surfaces within them and heat exchanger equipment, like plate heat exchangers, are clean and free from suspended solids, the presence of which leads to four main water treatment issues: corrosion, scaling, fouling and microbiological activity. A cost-effective method of preventing the build-up of solids and thus addressing these issues is through water filtration. IWC, specialists in evaporative water cooling systems, are the leading suppliers of water filtration systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. IWC offers fully integrated solutions, from cooling towers to glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) manufacturing and plate heat exchangers (PHE) supplied by SONDEX. The company’s range of products are packaged cooling towers, large field erected-and-mechanical draught cooling towers, natural draught cooling towers as well as the refurbishment thereof. Suspended solids: the bane of cooling towers The bane of industrial cooling tower system operators, in relation to efficient heat transfer and pathological risks to employees, is suspended solids within the water system. Suspended solids (or unclean water) in the cooling tower system reduce efficiency in the following ways: ? A higher flow of water is required to remove heat when heat transfer efficiency is reduced, leading to increased energy usage (and higher costs) for more pumping capacity. ? The nozzles in counter-flow cooling towers become clogged with organic or inorganic . . .
I Am Worthy charity benefits from Travelbags luncheon at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport On Friday, 30 May the South African travel club Travelbags hosted their monthly networking lunch at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. Founded in 1958 as a non-profit organisation to provide networking opportunities for women in the travel industry, Travelbags lunches provide an opportunity for hospitality industry service providers to market their products and services directly to members of the travel industry. Travelbags raise funds for charity organisations with every lunch they host and proceeds of this event will go to I Am Worthy in aid of initiatives to empower women and caring for widows and orphans. “I would like to thank Henk Bredenoord and the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo team for inviting us to spend the afternoon with them and everyone attending the Travelbags luncheon. It was an absolutely wonderful day. I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to speak about I Am Worthy and the cause we support and we want to express our sincere gratitude for the donation we have received to support abused women and children in need.” Said Samantha Bronkhorst, General Manager of I Am Worthy after the event. Premier Hotels and Resorts sponsored accommodation at any of their hotels across the country as prizes in the raffle which raised R8600 for the charity organisation. The hotel group also supported a professional conference organisers held at Turffontein Race Course last month where R15000 was raised for I Am Worthy. Says General Manager Henk Bredenoord: “It was our pleasure to host the luncheon this month and to give attendees the opportunity to sample our culinary philosophy, which is ‘fresh, fast and fun’.” End. Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo offers 275 rooms with en suite bathrooms, bar fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi, LED televisions with 24 channels, VOIP telephones, a complimentary bottle of mineral water and tea and . . .
In the real estate business there are few that can compete with Kobie Potgieter, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Independent Properties in Nelson Mandela Bay, who was recently nominated in the Annual Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Regional Achiever Awards in the Entrepreneur category. Port Elizabeth’s top 18 businesswomen will attend a gala dinner later this month to see who will take top honours in their respective categories. Only one woman in each of the six categories will walk away the award for their outstanding contribution and achievement in their various business sectors. The awards aim to applaud businesswomen who have made significant contributions to the economy and also to create role models for other women within the community to look up to and be empowered. While Potgieter initially never intended on becoming a real estate agent, starting her career as a Grade two teacher, she is now a top producing real estate professional who is renowned both on a national and international level, consistently placing among the top ranking residential agents in the world within the RE/MAX group, having won numerous international awards. As a proud ambassador of her hometown Port Elizabeth, she notes that the exposure gained on a national and international platform will elevate the region to levels that will attract potential investors as it is now seen as a property hot spot with ample opportunities and activity. Potgieter humbly attributes her achievements to her faith, hard work, committed agents and staff, and her wonderfully supportive family. When asked what attributes make her successful, Potgieter says:"I believe it is my passion for people and an honest desire to look after their best interests. I truly love the satisfaction of bringing a buyer to their dream home or playing a fundamental role in helping a seller move on to the next phase in their life,” she says. “Changing with the times and staying up-to-date with industry trends is also critically . . .
ERNST HEUSSER WALKS AWAY WITH US$5000 AT INAUGURAL MERCEDES-BENZ BOKEH SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A captivating fusion of fashion and film was celebrated this weekend in Cape Town at the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival. The festival, held at the stylish Crossley & Webb showroom provided a platform for both local and international up and coming talent to showcase their fashion films on the same stage as established international brands like Chanel, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Yves St Laurent and Givenchy who have all embraced the genre and have had tremendous success with their films going viral on the internet. These short fashion films were visually sumptuous affairs, luring the viewer in with gorgeous, quirky or downright mesmerizing imagery and challenging storylines. In addition to the movies, exclusive pop-up fashion shops at the event featured the very latest in South African design. Industry greats Craig Port, Reza Levy, Selfi, Jagadi, Spilt Milk, Lara Klawikowski, Hannah Collection, Milq and Honey, Shirt & Co, David Tlale, Jo Carlin, Gavin Rajah and Norwegian Rain were all represented. Each design house showcased unique collections while some also featured fashion forward installations. During the two-day style-infused extravaganza, hundreds of fashion films from South Africa and around the globe were screened and invited guests were treated to informative industry related presentations. Mercedes-Benz, headline sponsor of the event holds an established international alignment with the fashion industry as a central component of their lifestyle marketing activities, and Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars affirmed their commitment, “We are extremely pleased with the overwhelming response that the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International South African Fashion Film Festival has received. The festival has allowed South African filmmakers to compete . . .