The International 505 Dinghy Class Association has held a World Championships every year since 1956 and on only three occasions were they sailed in Africa - all three in Durban, South Africa in: 1979 when Americans Steve Taylor and David Penfield won; in 1994 when Australians Chris & Darren Nicholson won and in 2000 when Swedes Krister Bergstrom and Thomas Moss were crowned World Champions. The 2015 505 World Championships hosted by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club and the South African 505 Class Association will be sailed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 23 March to 3 April 2015. The Worlds Regatta will be preceded by a pre-worlds regatta comprising of six races over three days, with a minimum of three races to make a regatta. This will also serve as the 2015 South African National Championships. The 2015 505 World Championships will comprise nine scheduled races held over seven days. There will be no more than two races scheduled per day. Three races are required to constitute a championship series. Only one race will be sailed on the final day unless at the start of the final day's racing only one race has been completed. The racing program will allow for three days of racing followed by a rest day and then three further days of racing. Two races will be scheduled for the first day, and one race for the second race day. Further race days will alternate between two races and one race each alternate day. Based on previous World Championships organisers are expecting a minimum of 70 teams from all over the world. Previous world champions have come from these countries: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America. Will 2015 see an African Champion? Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Two More Info link: http://505worlds2015.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABYCpe Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: ABYC. You can also use the embed code . . .
The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, at Kenilworth on Saturday the 11th of January 2014, launches (quite aptly in the year of the horse) the calendar of glamourous and fashionable events on the international horse racing calendar. It is a perfect platform to showcase the best of horse racing from champion horses to elegance and tradition. Since taking over the sponsorship of the Queen’s Plate in 2005, L’Ormarins has grown the brand to a race day that epitomises the elegance and stylish fashion of a traditional race meeting while imbuing the race day with fun and excitement of the modern generation. While socialising and dressing up are a big part of it, horse racing is so much more than just another social event to tick off one’s must-attend calendars. The pure heart, athleticism and majesty of the Thoroughbred race horse stirs a primal passion in all of us and standing at the finish line feeling the thunder of hooves across the turf, one would have to be numb not to experience the pulse-quickening rush. Of course, the saying that great horses can turn big men into little boys was aimed at owners of race horses and if you have never experienced your own winner, you really should consider it. If you are simply attending a race meeting as a guest and spectator one can still be part of the racing excitement by “having a flutter” or placing a bet on your favourite in each race. While some people make an art of studying form, for the less regular race goers, it may seem rather complex. Imagine Racing suggests the following tips to get you up to speed: A race card is a good starting point as it lists each of the races and all the runners, with details and results from previous races so that one can make an informed comparison. For a final decider, it is always good to view the runners in the parade ring and watch them canter down to the start. Note the horses that catch your eye as they parade and in the canter past, one should be looking for fluid, easy . . .
The FNB Madibaz kicked off their Varsity Cup preparations in fine style with a convincing 68-0 win over Spring Rose Rugby Club at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday evening. The university team routed the local club side in the first of four pre-season fixtures aimed at getting the squad match-fit for the high-profile national competition. Over the next three weeks, they will face tough opposition from the SWD Eagles and Free State Cheetahs, as well as Community Cup champions Despatch. Despite the strong start, outgoing head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was cautiously optimistic about his team's early season form. "I think for a first time out, we got the result we wanted. We didn't concede any points but there's still a lot of work to do." Janse van Rensburg said it was positive to note that his team showed signs of improvement as the game wore on. "So early in the pre-season, all areas can be improved upon. The guys are trying the systems under pressure." He said they needed to be more accurate and less reckless with their defensive systems, while focusing on retaining possession on the attack. "In the line-outs and set pieces we need to work on the accuracy of our ball-winning so we can launch a bit better." After reaching the semi-finals in last year's Varsity Cup, Janse van Rensburg said his team would be aiming high once again. "It's a promotion-relegation year but we can't be thinking of that going into the competition. If we just focus week in and week out, play to our full potential and fight like hell, then I'm confident we won't finish in the bottom two teams." Janse van Rensburg said the warm-up matches provided the ideal opportunity to give all members of his 45-man squad game time on the field and find the right combinations of players. "Essentially, what we want to do is to put the things we're working on into practice in a pressure cooker environment and make sure that the combinations are working, so . . .
The Herald VW Cycle Tour has joined forces with the Pedal Power Association to promote "Safe Cycling" on the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Eastern Cape leg of the national awareness and lobbying campaign, which encourages motorists to keep a 1.5-metre distance from cyclists, was launched in Port Elizabeth this week. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, creating a safe cycling environment was critical for both cyclists and motorists alike. "Through this campaign, the Pedal Power Association is doing a phenomenal job in highlighting this worthy cause. "We are extremely proud to be able to partner with and support this worthwhile initiative." Peel said an eye-catching 10-metre billboard had been erected on the corner of Strandfontein Road and La Roche Drive in PE, as well as on the outgoing road towards Uitenhage. The core message of "cyclists stay alive at 1.5m" will be reiterated on lamp-pole advertising on major cycling routes throughout the city. PPA chairman Stephen Hayward said the recommended distance was in line with international best practice. "What we're trying to do is make motorists more aware of cyclists. It's a matter of tolerance; we're not trying to force it down anyone's throat." Hayward said the Western Cape became the first provincial government to sign it into law in November last year. "They've only given us one metre but that's the first step. That means that anyone who hits a cyclist in that province is now going to face the full wrath of the law." He said the Eastern Cape event, which takes place in Addo and PE on February 1 and 2, provided the ideal platform for launching their national lobbying campaign. "If we can get every province to do what the Western Cape has done, it will go a long way in saving lives. "Our plan is to take part in road races in every province and to hold a memorial ride ahead of each race in memory of those cyclists who have died." The "Safe . . .
The African Mine Security Summit taking place on 8-9 April 2014, in Johannesburg, will feature a keynote address by Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator at the Chamber of Mines, South Africa 9th January 2014, Johannesburg: Rampant Illegal mining and criminal activities in African Mines have posed major threats to safety of mine workers, infrastructure, equipment and product. Mining firms are tasked with up keeping overall security to increase resiliency and take a proactive approach in face of crisis. Organized by Fleming Gulf Conferences, the African Mine Security Summit aims to address the various security challenges plaguing the African mining Industry. Taking place in Johannesburg on 8-9 April 2014, the summit will feature presentations, case studies and panel discussions on important topics like employee security through effective risk management, intelligence-led security operations, security measures employed inside the perimeter preventing unauthorized movement of precious metals, proactive approach implemented towards theft prevention, managing armed robbery and hostage incidents, developments in emergency technology and much more. The keynote address will be presented by Neil Metzer, Security Co-ordinator at the Chamber of Mines, South Africa. Neil has a wide range of experience with a career in the military policing and security environment spanning more than 33 years. He has worked on Platinum, Chrome, Tin, Coal and Gold mines during this extended period. His presentation on crime based challenges facing the industry will throw light on the perspective where in some cases organised crime syndicates are better organised, funded, and better resourced than the SAPS and private security available to neutralise this threat. Neil Metzer will be joined by senior security officials from Sibanye Gold, ArcelorMittal, DeBeers Group, Rio Zim, Ambatovy, the Security Association of South Africa, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, First Quantum Minerals and Newmont. As . . .
Organisers of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have introduced a brand-new spectator hotspot for the feature race on February 2 and dubbed it the Dream Mile in recognition of beneficiary Reach for a Dream. Road race director Julie Briggs said the aim of the demarcated stretch along Lakeside Road on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth was to create a Tour de France-style atmosphere, with crowds of people lining the route. "We'd like to encourage the public to show their support and experience the great vibe of the event." Taking place for the 29th year, the 106-kilometre race is the second oldest on the national classic calendar. The Dream Mile comes shortly after the first portion of the Lake Farm ascent – one of four major climbs on the route – and is the perfect spot to grab a slice of the action, according to Briggs. "There are grass verges all along Lakeside Road, so bring your camping chairs and cooler boxes and enjoy a great day out in the country." She said Reach for a Dream would be selling breakfast rolls, muffins and coffee to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. "These kids face an uphill battle of a totally different kind, so we've named the spectator spot in their honour." Briggs said spectators would also be able to purchase Dream rubber bangles to support the cause. The non-profit organisation is the official beneficiary of the children's and family fun rides the previous day. Manager of the PE branch of Reach for a Dream, Michelle van Huyssteen, said she was delighted with the additional opportunity to raise funds and awareness. "We're very proud of our long-standing association with the event and this is a lovely extension of our relationship." With rolling road closures in effect, Briggs said the area would be an easily accessible vantage point. It can be reached via a gravel road, which will be signposted from Kragga Kamma Road. Parking will be available at the Lake Farm Centre on . . .
A reader who is contemplating purchasing a farm has approached the Property Poser panel. Wisely, he has done a little homework and requested a copy of the title deeds to determine whether they contain anything that might be prejudicial to him should he proceed with his intended purchase. The reader explains that a third party has a usufruct, registered against the title deed, over an undeveloped portion of the farm. Other than noting the existence of this usufruct and the identity of the holder, no further details are recorded. He would like to know what the rights of the holder of the usufruct are and, more specifically, whether the usufruct entitles the holder to build on the land. This would be an important consideration should the reader intend farming the land. A usufruct is what is known as a limited real right, says Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West, Cape Town. "It is limited in the sense that it does not comprise a complete bundle of rights as one would have, for example, with unencumbered ownership." Hill says a usufruct entitles the holder to the use and enjoyment of the burdened property as if he or she were the owner. "But the holder cannot alienate the affected property without the consent of the owner of the bare dominium, which is the part that remains once the rights of the holder are taken out." The usufruct attaches to the holder thereof and is inalienable, other than in an instance where the titleholder of the land and the holder of the usufruct act jointly in the sale of the land to a third party purchaser, says Hill. The holder should use the property falling under the usufruct for the purpose the rights were granted, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West. "If the holder of the usufruct won't part with the right, the reader should consider approaching him or her to lease the rights under the usufruct and in that way recover full access to the land . . .
African EduWeek 2014 returns to Johannesburg as matric results continue to raise questions “Our educators are the most central element in improving the education system, and they must have access to relevant training to develop and equip their learners with the tools required to succeed in professional and further education environments.” This is according to Tanya Jackman, event director of the annual African EduWeek. She states: “In the wake of the recently published matric results, the quality of education and indeed of teachers is coming under increased scrutiny as critics cite low pass requirements (30%) and simplified exams, not educational progression, as the key determinant in the results. As 78.2% of Matric students passed, questions remain as to whether the quality of education learners receive is high enough.” “This simply has to change” African EduWeek returns to Johannesburg from 10-11 July at the Sandton International Convention Centre and this year’s theme is “Empowering teachers to deliver quality education everywhere”. Says Tanya Jackman: “there could not have been a clearer illustration of the need for EduWeek than the matric results we have seen, and responses we are hearing from the education community. Learners are leaving school without the necessary tools to succeed, as we see with the high dropout rates from universities and youth unemployment, and this simply has to change.” Largest platform of its kind African EduWeek forms the largest meeting and trading platform of its kind on the continent for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. The conference will focus on topics such as empowering teachers, strengthening school leadership, using ICT skills to enhance teaching and learning, improving FET colleges and the role of technology in the classroom. The event also offers teachers free, practical courses to improve their classroom and technical skills. For 2014, African EduWeek has taken . . .
Abela Africa Medical announced the launch of the Signos RT hand-held ultrasound device for the Southern African market. Manufactured in Australia by Signostics, The Signos RT brings advanced imaging capabilities right to the patient or bedside. It can help clinicians to visually assess a patient efficiently and immediately for a rapid diagnosis that can improve health at an affordable price. “From humble beginnings, Signostics has already enjoyed tremendous success and is now on the verge of becoming a worldwide leader in fast and affordable point-of-care medical devices,The next-generation Signos RT has the potential to change the future of medicine and allow physicians to see more and do more anywhere at any time.” Signostics Chairman, Raymond Spencer. Since its launch, the Signos has been widely distributed among rural and respiratory physicians, physiotherapists, continence nurses and palliative care specialists, as well as companion animal veterinarians. The product is helping medical practitioners to visually assess a patient’s internal anatomy more efficiently than ever before, with the latest innovative technology enabling rapid production of high resolution images to assist clinicians diagnose patients and improve health at a much more affordable price. Signos RT is an easy-to-use personal ultrasound device that can be easily carried in a lab coat or worn like a stethoscope for real-time patient diagnosis at the point of care—in triage situations, outpatient/office, or on any hospital bed floor. Providing high image quality, this durable palm-sized device weights less than 14 ounces and offers B-mode, M-mode, Doppler, and simple to access presets. Ideal for a broad range of applications—including fetal/pregnancy assessments, and abdominal, lung and pelvic examinations—the device can be used as a stand-alone ultrasound system or plugged into a Windows-based PC, laptop or tablet for the flexibility of a larger display. All devices come standard . . .
January 6, 2014 Newgen South Africa is proud to help families and Business with financial security. NewGen, has been offering Life Insurance Products in South Africa since 1986, is proud to announce the launch of this next generation web site, welcomes visitors with a clean, uncluttered content design, optimized to use on mobile devices and tablets. The website is designed and created by Data2save South Africa www.NewGenOnline.co.za Our content focus on our mission to provide our clients, with the most accurate Insurance product Information in an “easy to understand”, format. NewGen markets the following Products: Life; disability and dread disease assurance Funeral plans Retirement plans; especially the DRO Income protection Wills We have contracts with: Discovery Life Discovery Invest Discovery Health Discovery Insure Vitality We serve customers through-out South Africa, and we specialize in serving customers in these towns in Johannesburg: Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Soweto, Alberton, Randburg For more details, we invite you to visit our new http://www.newgenonline.co.za website. For Website design and Hosting http://www.data2save.co.za Author: Erik Vanderlaan from Data2save South Africa. No of Images Uploaded: None More Info link: http://www.newgenonline.co.za/home.aspx Twitter: https://twitter.com/data2save Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/data2saveagility Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .