The Mecer Madibaz men's team put on a solid display of attacking hockey to finish second overall at the University Sport South Africa tournament in Pretoria last week. The team from NMMU dropped just one of their three pool games – against favourites UKZN – en route to the final, where they went down 1-3 to defending champions the University of Johannesburg. UJ were unbeaten throughout the five-day Ussa tournament and fielded an experienced team of seasoned campaigners that included Protea players Brendon and Clinton Panther and Taylor Dart. According to Madibaz hockey coach Cheslyn Gie, his men had been determined to reach the playoff rounds after narrowly losing to UJ in the 2012 final and finishing seventh overall last year. "After the Varsity Hockey competition in May, we knew we had the ability to make a semi-final and that was our objective. So we achieved our goal and making the final was a bonus." The Port Elizabeth-based side romped to a 4-0 win over Maties in their opening match before going on to trounce Wits 4-1. Having already qualified on points for the semis, their 1-4 loss to UKZN was merely an unfortunate blot on their record. "In the semi-final, we put Kovsies under pressure with our press and scored early on. After relaxing our grip and allowing them back into the match, we played a more controlled second half to run out 2-0 winners." In the final clash, Gie said the Madibaz had started out strongly and pressed UJ into some unforced errors to take a 1-0 lead. "Unfortunately we made two bad defensive errors that led to bad tackles and UJ was awarded penalty strokes, scoring from both. This put us on the back foot and we had to chase the game." Disaster struck when centre back Devon Clarke retired injured after running down the flick during a penalty corner and fracturing his right thumb in four places. His ability to make tackles and set the tempo for the Madibaz's attacking play was sorely missed. "In the second half . . .
A spirited Bestmed-Shukuma Madibaz cycling team had their rival universities in a spin as they took a convincing win in the team classification at the national student championships at the University of Pretoria on Friday. With the stage times of the top three finishers from each institution added together, the team from Port Elizabeth showed incredible consistency to podium in all five stages. Their combined time of 20:24:17 was more than eight minutes faster than that of defending champions Tuks (20:32:23), with NWU-Pukke placing third in 20:35:51. Madibaz captain Gerrit Nel said he was overwhelmed by his team's success after finishing second at last year's University Sport South Africa (Ussa) event. "We went into the tour with the sole objective to win or, as the team said during preparation, 'bring back the flowers to PE'. We did just that. "It is a team event and our aim was to prove ourselves as the best cycling university out there." The Madibaz also dominated the individual podium, with all-rounder Marinus Prinsloo and sprinter Waldo Gronum claiming second and third respectively. Their teammate Henno Cronjé finished just off the podium in fourth. Nel said Prinsloo, who was third overall last year, had been their strongest contender and that Gronum had also impressed and improved with every stage. The yellow jersey however went to the host institution's Kevin Patten, who rides professionally for Westvaal-BMC. "Kevin is an outstanding sportsman with great sportsmanship and deserved the yellow jersey," said Nel. "He had a strong team to support him through the longer stages. He also delivered superb rides to win the time-trial, hill climb and criterium." Although Tuks had pre-existing route knowledge, a number of pro riders and the largest team in the tour, they could not capitalise on their competitive advantage. On the opening day, the Madibaz went out all guns blazing in the first stage over 76km. Nel and Sean Bos put in . . .
Developing smart flexible leadership networks to cope with the growing complexity of the work environment. ‘When it comes to decisions, they'll be made on predictive analytics and data. When it comes to creating value, the social network will be a production line. And when it comes to delivering value, it will be the individual; it will not be a segment. Actually, the challenge is not technology. As always, the challenge is culture. But remember, this is at the end-all about competitive advantage, be this a company, a country or a government entity. And in the end, I actually think something far more valuable will happen, because the greatest contribution of this shift will force every entity -- private, public, government -- to actually become an authentic organization.’ IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty The traditional process of developing individual leadership has become outdated. More organisations are embracing the process of developing smart flexible leadership networks. Research has established that the number one concern for global businesses is that their work environments are growing in complexity and their organisations are not equipped to deal with these complexities. This is according to a research report entitled ‘Future Trends in Leadership Development’ published recently by the Centre for Creative leadership. Globally there is a shift from the old style leadership development which involved developing individual leaders. We recognise that there are a number of challenges facing organisations today that cannot be dealt with by individual leaders anymore and these include: o The availability of unprecedented amounts of data and information which can lead to individual leaders becoming paralysed with information overload o The availability of new technologies and shifts from traditional work practises o Increased globalisation requiring managers to work across geographies and cultures o The dissolution of traditional . . .
Charl Blignaut, Arts Editor of City Press newspaper, has been named South Africa’s Arts Journalist of the Year for the second consecutive year. The prize, together with that of six Gold and five Silver Merit Award winners, was included in the announcement of the recipients of the 2014 National Arts Festival Arts Journalist of the Year Awards, presented by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) in Grahamstown this morning. At the announcement, Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival, congratulated the winners but raised a note of concern around the ever-decreasing amount of coverage afforded the arts. “We need our country’s editors and senior management in the media sector to recognise the importance of the arts to a developing society such as ours,” Lankester said. “By whittling away at the amount of coverage the arts gets, and the resources allocated to covering the sector, the media are contributing to the erosion of the public’s understanding of the arts and appreciation of the work of our artists,” he said. Referring to the awards as a moment for introspection, Lankester announced that the convenors would embark on a wide-scale consultation process to re-assess how entries are solicited and categorized. “We want to consider whether an ‘observed’ award is more appropriate than an ‘entered’ award, and we want to look at how we acknowledge those media which promote great arts journalism,” he said. Lankester also challenged media owners to address transformation in the sector, noting that the pool of entries didn’t represent diversity and a range of voices. Michelle Constant, CEO of BASA, which presents the awards, spoke passionately about lobbying publishers and editors saying that public/private sector engagement was critical for the industry. Constant said “Arts is a must have in society and in the current economic climate we must find equitable partnerships.” Professor Chris Thurman who convened the judging panel thanked and praised those . . .
Billabong Madibaz's Jean du Plessis was on the crest of the wave after winning the men's title at the University Sport South Africa surfing competition at Victoria Bay near George recently. The 21-year-old quantity surveying student's performance also helped the Port Elizabeth-based campus to the overall men's crown in the three-day Surfing South Africa sanctioned event, which culminated on June 27. The University of Cape Town's Daniel Wilson and Varsity College's Wade Simkiss made up the rest of the podium. Du Plessis, who grew up in East London and surfed his way to third place at the national championships as an under-16, said he was stoked with the victory. "We enjoyed some big waves, between four and six feet, and, although the competition was quite tight, it all came together for me in the final." Defending women's champion Roxy Giles, from NMMU's George campus, bested Varsity College's Nicole Pallet in the final while UCT's Jessica Lee took third. The Madibaz's success was made even sweeter when Du Plessis, teammate Dane van Greunen and Giles were selected for the Ussa national team that will participate in various international university surfing competitions. NMMU George sport manager Hugo Loubser said he was very proud of the team, especially the men who had reached all of their objectives. "Our PE campus did really well, especially after losing Josh Saunders (the team's number one) very early on. The George men's team have less experience and exceeded our expectations by beating Stellenbosch for fifth." Overall victory across the men's and women's categories went to defending champions UCT with NMMU PE second and Varsity College third. For more information, visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za or find Madibaz4U on Facebook and Twitter. Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info link: http://sport.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Full . . .
Since the beginning of 2013 we have seen the property market transition from a strong buyer’s market into a slightly more balanced market that is slowly starting to tip in the seller’s favour, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Currently the market conditions that we are experiencing point to the fact that we are in the middle of a transition to a seller’s market,” says Goslett. “Although it has been slow, a housing market recovery is taking place in South Africa. Overall, consumer sentiment has seen marginal improvement, which plays a major role in the spending and investment patterns of the average South African. Were it not for the fear of implied policy or legislative changes, many of which could affect the real estate sector, I believe the South African housing market would be further along in its state of recovery with a steeper upward trend, much like is being experienced in the US right now. We are also still facing some remaining effects of the recession as there is still an oversupply of bank-owned properties that keep prices within certain areas regulated.” According to Goslett, while conditions are still favourable for buyers, most RE/MAX of Southern Africa estate agents working in the more densely populated metropolitan areas are reporting a dwindling number of homes available for sale. This means that properties being listed in today’s market - particularly those in the sought-after areas - are selling faster than they can be listed. “The most sought-after properties in the current market are those that offer security and lifestyles benefits. These homes are typically housed within security estates, are lock-up-and-go, traditional three-bedroom, two bathroom style homes,” he says. He adds that the strongest demand for property within metropolitan areas is in the R900 000 to R1.6 million price band. “At the moment homes within this price range are moving faster than any other property on the market. Homes that are . . .
If you are wondering what you can do for your 67 minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Friday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Bush Radio and Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, help sew the squares together, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualised and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square (just cast on 30 stitches) or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yoghurts and chocolate mousse and the Hotel providing coffee, where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And to add to that you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast basis at this wonderful central city hotel. You could also win some fabulous Fair Cape Dairies hampers. All you need to do is to make sure that your contact details are attached to the donation. Listen to Bush Radio 89.5fm for Fair Cape . . .
Fibrasol Lda confirmed as Gold Sponsor for the 4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom conference 2014 Fexton Conference is delighted to announce ‘Fibrasol Lda’, Angola’s largest telecom solution provider as a Gold Sponsor of ‘4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom 2014’ scheduled on 4th-5th of August 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa Fibrasol appears in the Angolan market to cope with the demands of the market of information and communication technologies. It’s main focus is the Development of Solutions in all the Telecom and Energy areas, with special dedication to Radio, Data Centers and Fiber Optical solutions. With a wide range of Solutions and special passion for the “Taylor Made” approach, where the Customer chooses what is really necessary, efficiently and functional, this Company´s Human Capital has a vast knowledge on the technological requirements for the solutions, which it is able to provide. Fibrasol, Lda has been developing a large number of projects and solutions in Angola, and is now ready to expand its boundaries to other African Countries. The ‘4th Enhancing Customer Experience ,Loyalty & Retention in Telecom 2014’ conference program will cover the different approaches to enhance customer retention and Customer Experience including CRM, Customer service, customer experience management, products and services, quality of services, strategic marketing, customer intelligence, profiling and segmentation etc. The conference would be a great opportunity for exchange of ideas, networking and professional development, as major telecom companies and technology giants from four continents would participate at the event Mr. Heryvelto Gambôa, Fiber Optic Project Manager at Fibrasol will be delivering a keynote session at the summit highlighting their services and some creative solutions provided by them. Delegates would also have an exclusive opportunity to interact with . . .
Entries are streaming in for Gauteng's oldest – and coldest – off-road race, the Bestmed Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic on July 13. Now in its 17th year, the race promises riders an authentic mountain biking experience that harks back to the early years of the sport, says route director Darren Herbst. "The great thing about this event is that it's almost a 'back to your roots' type of race," says Herbst. "A lot of the routes are old walking paths and cattle trails which we clean up and mould and alter a bit, so it's got that real old-school type of feel to it. "It's all about real mountain biking, not these manicured highways that many other races are creating." He says both the 30km and 60km racing options offer their own authentic challenges, such as negotiating natural bumps, divots and grassy portions. "So there are loose rocks and technical sections to deal with but it's not so technical that the average social rider can't compete." Herbst believes another reason for the race's enduring success is the healthy dose of insanity that participants exhibit. "You've got to be a bit crazy to brave the cold here at this time of year but, on the other hand, you're rewarded with riding some awesome trails across private lands that aren't open to the public at any other time." This year's route crosses more than 15 farms, with some route changes necessitated by ongoing residential development in the area, he says. "A new main road is also being built near the start/finish venue at the Walkerville Showgrounds, so we're currently cutting about 10km of all-new single-track to take riders away from that section." Herbst says riders can look forward to traversing the Eye of Africa, the area's biggest and most exclusive golf and residential estate, as well as spotting wildlife on the Stirrup Club game farm. "I think this event has a bit of everything. Obviously the climbs make it a notch or two more difficult, but it's not too crazy, just . . .
Paying stylish homage to the city’s award as the Design Capital of the World 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival vogueishly delivered Africa’s first-of-a-kind fashion film extravaganza. Cape Town Fashion Council CEO, Bryan Ramkilawan commented, “Our mandate, with the support of the national government, is to facilitate the growth of the local fashion industry through focused intervention programs, promoting designer brands and stimulating job creation, so we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Adrian Lazarus, founder and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival. The collaboration between fashion and film is an internationally proven one offering a unique platform that allows designers to immediately showcase their world-class collections on an international stage.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa, 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 comments in agreement, “This inaugural festival has provided an excellent platform that will continue to grow and bring the world of fashion film and fashion design ever closer." Headquartered in Harrington Street – known as “the spine of The Fringe” – Cape Town’s new innovation district, the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) is the first industry association of its kind in the country. Representing over 400 members including local fashion brands as well as clothing and textile stakeholders, its core objective is to develop, support and grow the bustling national fashion sector. Ramkilawan continues, “Fashion weeks definitely have their place, but the Cape Town Fashion Council believes that the online viral reach of fashion films offer a broader and more inclusive audience, especially in alliance with FashionOne.com delivering content to over 100 million viewers . . .