Participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will have a chance to show their true mettle when they take on the new Ultimate Quest in Port Elizabeth and Addo from February 1 to 3. The Ultimate Quest is designed to reveal the supreme cyclist overall across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge on the Saturday and 106km Classic road race on the Sunday. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, the seed of the idea grew from organisers' vision to improve the offering and create a true weekend festival of cycling. "In addition, we believe it's a great opportunity that allows road and mountain bikers to compete on an even playing field." With new-look routes both on and off-road, Peel said it was the perfect moment to introduce the Ultimate Quest. "Particularly on the mountain bike side, there's been a complete overhaul of the routes. "On the road route the addition of the five-kilometre hill and Slanghoogte climb will ensure that race strategies will have to be adjusted from previous years." He said the male and female winners of the Ultimate Quest would receive R5 000 each in addition to any prize money in the individual events. Although many of the pro teams would probably compete for the new title, Peel said it was not created with them in mind. "The primary purpose is to allow the avid cyclist who enjoys an endurance challenge the opportunity to become part of a small field of exclusive riders." He said participants should be advanced riders with above-average fitness levels and technical skills on the mountain bike. "The double bill is not to be taken lightly, so we urge all who enter to be well prepared. "Get out and begin hill training and fine-tune your recovery programme to ensure that you can tackle the road race with fresh legs." Peel said organisers believed the new initiative would add fresh impetus to the country's second oldest national classic and help grow the event. "We'd like to . . .
With 25 finishes to his credit, former Port Elizabeth mayor Charles Garai leads the bunch when it comes to The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s exclusive green number club, which is reserved for participants who have done 10 or more editions of the 106km Classic. Veteran cyclist Garai has come a long way since his rather inelegant finish as part of the Saddle Bums social club in the inaugural event back in 1986. "I forgot to undo my toe straps and, upon stopping, keeled over in the middle of the road," he recalls. The 71-year-old now counts breaking the three-hour barrier, earning his first green number and winning his age category on several occasions as some of his standout memories. On the downside, he remembers being brought down by a fun rider in a fall within sight of the Hobie Beach finish and missing the 2:59 bunch time by three minutes. Having clocked a personal best of two hours 47 minutes, Garai says another sub-three-hour time is not impossible with enough training and effort but that these days his sole ambition is "to finish upright". "However, that is not the master plan for 2013. We’ve formed a large group under the banner of Atlas Security and will try to bring everyone home in under four hours in memory of Clem Morris, whose ambition it was to break that barrier." Morris was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle on Kragga Kamma Road in October. Garai, who has won championship medals in his age group at national, provincial and club level, is looking forward to the 28th edition of the national classic but has some mixed feelings about the new Slanghoogte climb. The Walmer resident and lawyer, who races under lucky number 13, says the permanent green numbers will from now on differ slightly in design to distinguish between those riders who have completed 10 and 20 races. "A minute’s deduction off your time for every Herald completed would also be nice . . ." He has only missed two outings, in 1997 and 2008, . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, December 2012 Heart 104.9FM, Cape Town’s beat, in conjunction with GAME and local non – profit organisation (NPO) Newkidz on the Block, is aiming to encourage the public to donate even more educational and recreational toys for the specific needs areas. Heart 104.9FM is aiming to encourage the station’s listeners to volunteer to help children in need by making donations towards the initiative at GAME Stores in the Western Province. The Toy Story campaign commenced 1st October and will continue until 17th December 2012, with Heart 104.9FM DJs and GAME stores supporting 40 orphanages in their areas. Heart 104.9FM and GAME have collected over 2, 273 toys already since 1 October! A new division of GAME, FoodCo, has launched their new range of “ready to eat” meals now available in all the GAME Foodco Western Cape stores too. Their NEW convenient meals for the whole family with delicious family favourites, are great value and taste great, and provide convenient meals in 3 minutes! Ideal for busy lifestyles – a delicious quick family supper or lunch at the office or an easy, tasty meal on the run. Newkidz on the Block, is an established registered NPO based in Cape Town concerned mainly with the plight of orphans in South Africa. Founded in 2007, the Child and Youth centre builds child-support networks in communities to help place orphans with foster families or in children’s homes. They promote foster care to the general public and offer guidance to foster families. The organisation aims to give people who want to give back and support those in need, but aren’t sure where to go and what to do about it, an opportunity to help. Heart 104.9FM DJs will personally appear, with some celebrities, on the following Saturdays at the respective GAME stores in support of the Toy Story campaign between 11h00 – 14h00 : • Game Tygervalley – Sam Roy with Sekoati Tsubane & Claire Phillips - 15 December. Heart 104.9FM’s Toy Story campaign . . .
Sundays round 2 of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series in Port Elizabeth is expected to draw a record entry and another exciting tussle between the undefeated ladies champion and the young up and coming challenger who have gone head to head over this sprint distance course for the past year. Top PE all-round athlete, Liza Bright, has made the Triathlon Summer Series here own since 2010, extending her lead to 7 wins last Sunday with a top 10 overall finish during round 1 to win the ladies category in a fast 1hr 14min. The 30 year old, who is also the reigning Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run Champion, is looking stronger than ever this season but is only too aware of the challenge behind her from the young professional show jumper Jade Hooke. Hooke at just 22 years old has been runner up for the past 4 Summer Series events having come into the Summer Series during round 3 in 2010 where she placed 3rd and has since been the sole challenger to Bright' Series domination. Similarly in the the Men's category, EP triathlon champion Dan Howitz started the defence of his Series title with another win on Sunday following on his two wins last season whilst Ryan Peter is searching for the form which saw him win Round 3 of the Series back in 2010. Since that victory in Port St Francis, Peter placed 2nd throughout the Series in 2011 and again last Sunday morning. Despite the strong challenges taking place on the leaderboard, the appeal of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series is it's fun atmosphere which attracts social and novice triathletes each year. Whether it's families or friends combining to form a team or a budding future Ironman, the Series offers the opportunity to challenge yourself with a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Online registration for Round 2 is possible on www.trisummerseries.co.za and closes on Friday with late entries being taken on Sunday morning at Pollok Beach from 7am. The triathlon starts at 8am and is followed by prize giving just after . . .
Tis the season for giving and what better opportunity than to bring some Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. At this time of the year many children and elderly folk have little to look forward to so as part of their social commitment Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa on St George's Mall are collecting gifts for Nazareth House Cape Town. This non-profit-organisation (NPO) with facilities in Vredehoek and Elsie's River is a well loved icon in the City and celebrated 130 years of service to the poor and needy of the Western Cape. The Hotel is inviting people to donate small gifts for each of the residents and to deliver them to the Atrium of the Hotel (on Wale St and St George's Mall) where the magnificent Christmas decorations and Ubuntu Tree brings seasonal joy into the heart of the City. The tree will be hung with tags detailing names and ages of the recipients of the gifts. All you have to do is bring a gift and select to whom you want it delivered. Take the tag from the tree and put it with your gift in the box provided. The Hotel will ensure that the gifts are delivered before Christmas. Nazareth House has provided a home environment for abused, abandoned, disabled and orphaned children for more than a century. This secure and loving home is also a final resting place for children with terminal conditions. Many are the victims of poverty and abusive homes. Nazareth House also cares for the elderly and provides residential care for frail aged men and women in desperate need. Enquiries: Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa 021 481 4000 Issued on behalf of Mandela Rhodes Place and Spa by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200 email@example.com URL: http://mandelarhodesplace.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None . . .
Official Media Release For Immediate Release 18 December 2012 (Johannesburg, South Africa): Inspired by Africa’s rich history, diverse kingdoms, and inspiring heritage, a new fragrance has entered the South African market. Menelik - Pour Homme is the debut men’s fragrance from local fragrance house, Menelik Fragrances and is uniquely produced, manufactured, and distributed solely in Africa. It is named after an ancient African king, who, legend has it, was the son of King Solomon and Queen Sheba of Ethiopia. “Menelik is a world-class fragrance with a rich combination of perfume notes to evoke the romance and mystique of Africa,” says Lionel Shaw, founder of the Menelik brand and the nose behind the fragrance. “We live on a continent that defines us, and that makes us proudly African. A place where we are happy to exude everything that makes us African. And, for the first time in history, we can do so through the fragrance we wear.” Shaw, who is deeply entrenched in the South African fashion industry, wanted to consolidate his experiences and therefore created a brand that would represent international masculine style in an African context. The fragrance house has set out to create a definitive African fragrance brand in the growing South African fragrance industry. To create their flagship scent, Menelik Fragrances collaborated with the world’s oldest perfume company - Charabot in Grasse, France - to source the best perfume oils produced by the masters of perfume craftsmanship. Blended together at a higher than normal concentration, the end result is a powerful, classic scent that entices the senses with fragrant floral and exotic aromas. Menelik’s vision of creating a truly African fragrance, steeped in African heritage, has incorporated a modern twist, as it is only available through Zando (www.zando.co.za) - South Africa’s biggest online fashion retailer. This places the fragrance in the company of some of the world’s most established brands, . . .
On Valentine’s Day next year, a special group of paddlers will be looking to share some love with the official race charities of The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon when they set off in the charity batch on 14 February 2013, to tackle the gruelling journey of Africa’s premier canoe marathon. Consisting of 60 boats, paddlers bid to secure a spot in the charity batch as it ensures they will get an early start on each day of the three-day event. This is a huge competitive advantage as it gives these paddlers an opportunity to get out on the water earlier thus beating the midday heat and humidity whilst also avoiding congestion. The Unlimited Dusi charity batch is driven by an online bidding system and the funds raised through this platform go to the race charities - The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Thanks to the remarkable fundraising by the charity batch paddlers in 2012, a whopping R380 000 was raised for the charities. Organisers are hoping to top this in 2013. One of the race charities, The Unlimited Child, addresses the urgent need for early childhood development by supplying educational toys and caregiver training to crèches in underprivileged areas. This ensures that children between the ages of 0 and 6 get the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Child used the money raised by the charity batch in 2012 to provide caregiver training and educational toys for an additional nine crèches which jointly look after over 400 children. The organisation now has 101 crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills that jointly care for 4 032 children. According to Nigel Barnes, who together with paddling partner Kevin Waterston placed the highest charity batch bid ever of R41 550, it was a great experience. “It was a definite advantage to get away in an early batch and it was great motivation to be part of the camaraderie of the rest of the batch. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was for a great . . .
Pretoria, South Africa - October, 2012 - All-terrain vehicle (ATV) distributor SportsRide has made available to the public the PGO series Bug Racers. These are manufactured by PGO, a Taiwan-based scooter, quad bike and bug racer manufacturer. Bug racers, similar to dune buggies, are recreational vehicles with characteristically large, wide wheels. These vehicles rely on an engine mounted on an open chassis – opposed to a closed body like the ones on normal cars – to increase the power-to-weight ratio. Bug Racer 500i & BR600 The SportsRide PGO series includes the very well-known Bug Racer 500i and now also the Bug Racer 600. Both of these units are fitted with a sporty aesthetic, and are perfectly suited for road use, as well as bundu-bashing in the vast and diverse South African terrain. The Bug Racer 500i boasts being the first 460cc all-terrain buggy in the world, with "the combined characteristics of Race car and utility vehicle, distinctive design and dazzling performance". The 500i has a maximum 15kW (6750 rpm) power, and a maximum torque of 36.5 Nm. Complete with four-wheel drive vehicle and 19.5 litre petrol tank, the vehicle can manage 20 kilometres per litre when travelling on a road, making it more fuel-efficient than most cars today, and also one of the most environment-friendly. The fortified structure ensures driver safety, while the simplified console makes it a breeze to use. Its bigger counterpart is the all-new BR600, and comes complete with an impressive parts manufacturer list including a Bosch injection system, NASA tech pistons and a Vortex cooling system. Fitted with a 558cc engine, it is capable of delivering maximum power of 14.9kW (6000rpm), and 37Nm (3000rpm) maximum torque. It also boasts a 30 litre petrol tank. The PGO BR600 also boasts a ceramic coated cylinder, negative curvature cam profile, high tumble ratio intake manifold, wet clutch and roller-type rock arm, to name only a few performance-enhancing . . .
Pretoria, South Africa - October, 2012, All-terrain vehicle distributor SportsRide has made available an exciting range of quad bikes through its website, www.sportsride.co.za. The ranges on offer have been selected carefully to cater for all skill levels and requirements - from cost-conscious budget models to the high-performance Target 550 IRS. According to information portal www.quad24.co.za, ATV uptake in South Africa is on the rise. What is an ATV? All-terrain vehicles (a category which includes quad bikes) are classified as 'quadricycles' by The National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996 as amended) - a four-wheeled motor vehicle designed to be operated by controls similar to those fitted to a motorcycle. ATVs vary according to purpose: entry-level, utility, sport utility, sport and high-performance. Ranges available from the company's website can be classified as sport utility all-terrain vehicles, suitable for recreational use, and for purposed use on farms, plots, etc. Built for Economy, Comfort & Performance The Blade 325SL ATV is designed and manufactured by Taiwan-based TGB. Among all available models, it is one of the most affordable, perfect for beginners, or individuals who do not have excessive power demands. This two-wheel drive sports a 287.2cc liquid cooled engine and can deliver a maximum of 15kw (6500 rpm) power, and 24.6 Nm (5000 rpm) torque. Perfect for everyday, non-intensive use, the Blade 325SL makes a perfect light-on-fuel, general purpose ATV. The TGB Blade 450SE is a step up from the 325SL, offering 403cc of four-wheel drive excitement. Unlike its smaller counterpart, the 450SE is big on comfort, and therefore a bit higher in price. The 14.9 kw (6500 rpm) / 26.6 Nm (4000 rpm) machine can carry 18 litres of fuel, and is perfect for individuals who need a bit more in terms of comfort and horsepower than the 325SL has to offer. Among the more performance-based ATVs, TGB's Target 460 R has already proven a favourite . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2012 Visitors experienced the beginning of the festive season at the Eastgate shopping centre that was filled with magic and entertainment against the backdrop of fantastical festive decorations. The Lights went on at 19:00 hours on the 7th December 2012 at the entrance 9B near Piazza. The event included featuring performances by Carols by Candle light and a live performance from SA’s Sama- Award winning instrumental supergroup – Sterling EQ. The uniquely designed festive decorations can be viewed throughout the centre, filling it with light, magic and fantasy. It offers a serene contrast to the normally bright themed decorations over the festive period. A fantastic centre display can be viewed in the central Piazza area and other main areas showcase dazzling designs that form a fantasy backdrop to your shopping experience. Children’s holiday activities include fun arts and crafts programmes as well as the launch of new games in the centre. New retail stores opening soon include Fabiani, Clarks, Diesel, Lovisa, Swatch, Samsung, Steve madden and Jag Club. Festive trading hours have been extended during the December period. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. Ends/216  Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 11 684 2933 (Johannesburg) or +27 21 419 2699 (Cape Town) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail email@example.com. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: simone jansen from dtmsa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .