With over R400 000 in prizes and some major changes in store, organisers are aiming to attract cyclists from across the country when The Herald VW Cycle Tour takes place in Addo and Port Elizabeth from February 2 to 3. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the 2013 edition would see bigger incentives, better routes and a brand-new race village, as well as the addition of the Ultimate Quest super-category. “We strive to keep this event fresh and exciting for both loyal and first-time participants,” said Harwood. “That’s why we’ve revamped the routes in both the road and mountain bike events and added a new initiative to this weekend festival of cycling. “The Ultimate Quest offers riders both a serious physical challenge and a great incentive to race for.” She said the racing prize purse had been increased by R10 000 to accommodate the new category, which recognises the best overall male and female cyclists across the mountain bike and road feature races. “Significant reward for effort is always attractive, and certainly for an event that is rated as one of the top five in the country.” As the country’s second oldest national classic, Harwood said it was important to attract the top pro teams and maintain the event’s status on the national racing calendar. For those participants not in line for a podium finish, she said there would be plenty on offer, including the main lucky draw prize of a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Trendline valued at R170 000. “After giving away the Polo Vivo this year, our title sponsor felt that, since this is a premium event, it was appropriate to offer the Polo as an even bigger drawcard for entering the tour.” Harwood said participants also stand to win R50 000 worth of household goods from Tony’s Furniture, Appliances & Beds, two GT road and mountain bikes with a combined value of R40 000, a Silverback bike from Action Cycles, a weekend getaway at Kuzuko Lodge plus additional sponsored hampers. “The . . .
Pretoria, South Africa – November 2012 – In 2010 SportsRide was founded with the intention of brining an innovative ATV market to South Africa without compromising on quality and at the same time selling quads at well affordable prices. In 1964 PGO was founded and the company has been designing a wide selection of scooters which are used worldwide. They also have the rights to altering illustrations and specifications in order to constantly make improvements to stay in line with constantly changing market. The prime philosophy of PGO is having fun and since the very first PGO series was introduced, people around the world have been given that with their novel concepts and innovative ideas. From the initial Vespa scooters, the CVT transmission scooters right the latest most innovative buggy and quads, PGO will continue to deliver innovative fun ideas for many years to come. The SportsRide PGO Series is Just the Start of It SportsRide offers TOMCARs, scooters, PGO buggies and TGB quad bikes, and all their products are approved and tested by DOT/EPA, RDW, SABS, TUV and EC. In order for SportsRide to provide the very best service to their customers, their workshop comprises of the most advanced equipment. The company’s key to success is their maintenance and service provided to customers and their after sales parts availability. If you are uncertain then go in and see for yourself and while you are there you can take a test drive and see why SportsRide is the top choice. For instance, SportsRide has the Bug Racer 500i SPR, the first all-terrain 460cc Buggy ever built. The 500i showcases characteristics of a utility vehicle and racing car, showcases fantastic performance and has its own distinctive design, and in any which way is truly a unique model that is a true representation of PGO. This PGO series not only has top engine supremacy, but also efficiently reduces air pollution as well as petrol consumption. The series has been tried and tested . . .
Pretoria, South Africa – November 2012 – Off road vehicles like the SportsRide TOMCAR are unmatched and are known for endurance which was originally an off road military vehicle known to be tough and fast off road. TOMCAR has now been modified into a versatile, ultra functional durable quad that can be utilized in the most demanding conditions for both private and commercial use. As opposed to mass market UTVs and ATVs SportsRide quad bikes are built and designed to a high professional grade standard, using the highest grade quality components and materials. The TOMCAR in particular is designed to be extremely dependable, rugged and safe as the quad comes with a heavy duty 4 wheel independent suspension and a completely welded steel tube chassis which makes this quad immensely strong and durable. Getting To Know More About Off Road Vehicles Most off road vehicles are powered by diesel or gasoline engines which make them an efficient choice, bringing together an all terrain vehicle that provides core value. With the quads low vehicle weight, low centre of gravity, high ground clearance and long suspension travel, their performance off road is like no other as they are manoeuvrable and fast. SportsRide quad bikes are built to last and be driven anywhere as the new models are the product of three decades of professional expertise engineering. The TOMCAR was originally used as a military solution, due to the vehicle being small, safer and faster off road and as opposed to other ATVs, it is far more nimble and agile and is high enough to float over debris and rocks with ease as well as handle inclines easily. The TOMCAR is able to withstand all types of climates, no matter how harsh. When it comes to a “go anywhere” vehicle, SportsRide is up to the challenge as they offer a unique design with a low center of gravity, short wheel base, high ground clearance and long suspension travel to set their off-road vehicles from all the others. The TOMCAR is . . .
Artist/ Actress Olga du Toit, based in Cape town, is launching an innovative new art project at The Black Box/Worldart on Thursday, 13 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. Entitled 1000facesonpaper.com, this is the artist's first solo exhibition after being selected as a SASOL new signatures finalist in 2011 for her work called 'Daily Fix'. Inspired by graphic novels, comics and the works of French artist and printmaker Henri Matisse, Du Toit created and developed her own unique style of sketching a face. The project,1000facesonpaper.com illustrates different forms of human facial expressions, gestures and angles set in a series of 1000 prints. The first edition of twenty-five faces will be on exhibition. "The challenge I set myself was to render each face by using the simplest of lines to convey expression and personality", Du Toit explains. Du Toit's objective is to have each face speak directly to the mind of the viewer by means of creating just a few expressive lines of ink. She is excited by the scope, possibilities and uniqueness of this project to the idea that it can be interpreted and shared to a global audience online. "In the words of Matisse, 'I am training my drawing hand to serve me; every ink drawing I do, is a face waiting to be born on paper" , She says. Each ink drawing is printed into an edition using the intaglio printing process. The prints consist of an edition of 10 prints per face to a final total of 1000 prints. The print sizes are approximately 35x35 cm from a 20 x 20 cm size plate that is hand printed onto 250gsm Zerkall Butten Paper. Everything from the tearing of the paper to the printing is done by hand resulting in slight variations that render each print unique. Du Toit sees herself as a creative entrepreneur or creative adventurer. She likes to explore art in all its forms and merging conceptual ideas, music, design and photography. 1000facesonpaper.com is one of a kind art project and may just be the largest online series of ink . . .
An exciting new addition to the sports program aimed at boosting Nelson Mandela Bay as Africa's Water Sport capital is the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile, a 1.6km Ocean Swim on the 31st December. The event will see participants swimming from Humewood Beach down to Kings Beach on the last day of the year and is in response to numerous requests from holiday makers for more sports based activities during this period. "Whilst the city offers unprecedented water sports events throughout the year, in the past there's been nothing for our visitors to enjoy during this peak season. We are trying to establish the city as the Water Sport Capital so it's only fair that visitors get to compete with the locals in some iconic water sport events." said event organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. The city already hosts Africa's oldest open water swimming event in the annual SPAR River Mile with the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile offering the ocean equivalent which will take swimmers across the beachfront from Humewood to Kings Beach. The swim will be a one way swim with the natural flow of the ocean with swimmers reporting for entry at Kings Beach on the 31st and then walking along the promenade to Humewood for the 9am start. The event is expected to be a great spectacle with great viewing along the entire stretch of the beachfront. Online entry and further information is available on www.zports.co.za/NMBMile. Entry forms are available at News Cafe, The Boardwalk and late entries will be taken on the morning but additional fees will apply. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbMile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Port Elizabeth: Sunday 16 December 2012, sees the start of the 2012 About IT Triathlon Summer Series, a 3-part sprint distance triathlon Series, with round 1 being the popular Summies to Sards Triathlon. Starting at 8am at Pollok Beach, a mixture of social and competitive teams and individuals will kick off with a 750m which is then followed by a 20km cycle to Schoenmakerskop and ends with a 5km trail run along the Sacramento Trail taking runners from Schoenies through to Sardinia Bay and back again. "The Summer Series Series has been around for over a decade now and each year it grows, this year we are focusing on building the interest in the team category which offers non-triathletes the opportunity to take part in the sport whilst combining with their friends, family or collegues," said Series organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "The sprint distance consists of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run which is achievable for most novice sports enthusiasts." Already confirmed for Sunday's event is SA rugby legend Ollie le Roux who last year completed the Series with close friend and former World pole vault champion Okkert Britz who lives in PE. This fun triathlon, sanctioned by Eastern Province Triathlon, attracts hundreds of participants each year and is followed up with another on Sunday 23rd December before the Series concludes on Boxing Day (26th) at Port St Francis. About IT, new naming sponsors of the Series, is a national company offering tailor-made Information Technology solutions and have keenly invested in the promotion of water sport based events in Nelson Mandela Bay this season. With a local branch that is very active in the sporting scene, About IT are excited to be associated with the Triathlon Summer Series which offers elite and social participants the opportunity to get out there and have fun this December. The event is expected to attract over 150 participants for round 1 which will see the swimmers doing a 750m swim in the ocean . . .
Stronger than ever after 11 years in the game, Prime has delivered an album for the fans. Coming off the SAMA win for Best Rock Album at the 2011 SAMA awards and having toured with Seether and 3 Doors Down, with a return visit to Europe this year, Prime Circle are now gearing up to start their nationwide tour after the release of their fifth and long awaited album, EVIDENCE, which was released in November. The first single, Time Kills Us All, heralds a new chapter in the phenomenon that is Prime Circle. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Ticket Prices: Adults: R110, Youth (6 - 21 years): R80, Botanical Society members: R100. URL: http://www.oldmutual.co.za/music Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Prime Circle [/l2g] . . .
December 7, 2012 – www.Passed-On.com, a free web-based global initiative for those who want to leave a personal wish, thought or message to their Loved Ones in case something unexpected should happen, was recently launched in eight languages, and within the first week has drawn 65,000 members from 68 countries. Marc Oparq, founder and owner of PassedOn, explains the inspiration behind the site: “Every one of us has a certain idea of how he or she would like to be remembered. When our time has come, we all have important wishes and thoughts to leave for our loved ones. Whether it’s a personal message from the heart, or a crucial piece of information that needs to be delivered, at PassedOn users can create and save Emotional Wills for the ones they care about: lovers, family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and even business partners.” Although the ultimate service of the website may appear grim to some, Passed-On.com users greatly enjoy the tremendous chance to reflect on their lives, inner circles, and legacies. In itself, the act of creating meaningful memories for one’s beloved brings about stirring moments of reminiscence, affection, and creativity. “It prompts me to rethink and realize who the most important people to me are. That just makes me see my life more clearly and feel lucky,” says an early PassedOn member. The PassedOn initiative all started one day when a thought crossed the mind of the website’s founder, a young parent with two children. “I have so many things to tell my kids, but they are too young now. Something unexpected can happen any day. How can I make sure they will know about all my thoughts, feelings and wishes for them?” With that personal aspiration, he began to work with Dutch software expert and site co-owner, Marcel Lennartz, and a top graphic design team. Eventually, they brought PassedOn to life and automated it into a virtual platform that is both secure and simple to use for a wide target audience. Adapted in eight . . .
7 December 2012, Cape Town: The 9th issue of Plascon SPACES hits the shelves on 10 December 2012, but this time as an award-winner having recently won a Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa's 2012 PICA Award for Visual Production of the Year for the innovative fig-inspired piece in SPACES 7, A Sensual Season by Tina-Marie Malherbe and art director Christopher Evans. Just in time for Summer, the year-end issue of Plascon SPACES – a magazine dedicated to showcasing and translating the latest décor, design and colour trends using colour and paint - focuses on making the great outdoors even greater. Along with the selection of gorgeous interiors you’ve come to expect, the issue also celebrates the exterior space by featuring how to take paint and décor principles onto patios, verandas, poolsides and outdoor walls. To ensure that the magazine continues to provide its readers with the best décor and DIY information, quickly and whenever they need it, Plascon SPACES has made a few changes to its editorial layout. “For the first time, the magazine has been divided into two parts. The upfront Inspire section is full of colour trends and bright ideas, while the Create section is where readers will find practical case studies and hands-on advice on how to replicate the very latest looks,” says Plascon SPACES manager Anne Roselt. Super-stylist Tina-Marie Malherbe uses a gorgeous summer palette to play with on-trend ombre, dip-dyeing and paint-dipping techniques in Décor Inspiration, and if you’re looking to get more ‘hands on’, Paint Effects shows you step-by-step projects that use paint to help revitalise old objects and spaces. Treat yourself this summer by revamping your patio with One Room Four Looks and choose what best suits you, whether it is budget-friendly, eco-elegant, local and lovely, or ultra-glam, while exploring some Real space case studies with photographer Micky Hoyle’s African-inspired hotel, an abstract artist’s colour-blocked home . . .
Wine lovers who like to travel and enjoy the outdoors, will love the new easy-to-carry Unplugged62 wine in a pouch, which offers the ideal get up and go wine solution. The range offers a Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in a convenient 1.5 litre pouch, which is light to carry and has an 80% lower carbon footprint than two glass bottles. In addition, the special foil packaging will keep the wine fresh for up to a month after being opened. The Unplugged62 is the first product range launched by The Unplugged62 Wine Co - a collaborative effort between Joubert-Tradauw situated on the popular Route 62 and the well-established Boland Cellar. Joubert-Tradauw is a family-owned private cellar, situated just outside the picturesque village of Barrydale in the Klein Karoo along the famous route between Cape Town and Jeffrey's Bay. The family has followed an “unplugged” lifestyle concept for many years and have staged numerous Unplugged62 music concerts on the farm, which is also home to the much-loved R62 Deli with its speciality Klein Karoo tapas. Recently winemaker Meyer Joubert began to dream about releasing a wine that could reflect the spirit of their dream to a wider audience. He was however faced with the challenge of maintaining the uniqueness and brand positioning of their current classical Joubert-Tradauw wines. To meet the volume requirements, they also needed a bigger grape supply than their own as well as national distribution capacity. “We decided to take on a partner that had the grapes for the right style of wine as well as the necessary distribution channels. Boland fitted the bill perfectly and was also willing to support my vineyard selection and wine making decisions,” explains Joubert. Boland Cellar is located at the gateway to the R62 and was excited to become part of this ground-breaking initiative. “We felt that the presentation style of the brand should reflect something of the laid-back, unplugged lifestyle of country living and challenged . . .