Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay will be filled with colour and action over the next week as the Algoa Bay Yacht Club completes the year’s sailing calendar with ABYC Week which incorporates the 505 dinghy National Championships. Weather forecasts predict that Sunday will be a “perfect” day for sailors and spectators alike, according to event spokesperson Alan Straton. “Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Week will see 39 boats on the bay battling it out for honours in three fleets – 505 Dinghy, Fleet 1 (day and sport boats) and Fleet 2 (cruisers),” he says. Good news for spectators is that the course has been designed to ensure that the action happens close to Hobie Beach. Ideal vantage points for the sailing will be off Hobie Beach and Shark Rock Pier, according to race officer Brian Reynolds The 505 and Fleet 1 will both sail around “tight” Olympic courses that bring the boats close inshore of Hobie Beach. The bigger boats in Fleet 2 will sail longer courses and around Bell Buoy. ABYC Week runs from April 27 to May 1. Algoa Bay will be home to the annual 505 National Championships until 2015, when the 505 World Championships will be sailed in Algoa Bay when organisers expect close to 100 boats and an influx of a minimum of 300 overseas visitors to Port Elizabeth for at least 10 days. URL: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ed Richardson from Siyathetha. 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: 505 Dinghy Sailing in Algoa Bay Photographer: Alan Straton [/l2g] . . .
African Directory Services (ADS) has recently launched a brand new product to add to their budding repertoire. The Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 software will be officially launched this April and looks promising. The Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 is a directory software that has 1.5 million business listings from over 10 countries and runs effortlessly from your desktop. The software CD also features an advanced search functionality, with contact numbers, emails, web addresses, business advertisement’s and can accommodate up to 100 users per software CD. Shane Hiralall, a Director of African Directory Services said, “ADS has gained a respectful amount of years in the publishing and advertising industry, along with that comes a great deal of insight, so it’s no surprise that we've created this software solution for businesses locally and abroad.” The advantages of this innovative software is that the Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 is self-efficient and does not require the internet to operate. It has a simple loading process and user-friendly interface that enables easy use and understanding of the product. Director Ruben Ackerman, stated that African Directory Services strives to innovate products with their customers in mind and will continue to be a customer-centric organisation. URL: http://corporate.adslive.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/myadslive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myadslive YouTube: Author: Kirsten Abboy from African Directory Services . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 Software Photographer: African Directory Services Screenshot of the Business Pages (Pro Edition) V3.0 Software [/l2g] . . .
The Spur High School Mountain Bike League has shown exceptional growth over the past four years and judging by the number of entries in the early races of the 2013 series, the league is set for yet another record breaking season. The league was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Spur Steak Ranches and league facilitator Amarider to create a national platform for school kids to have fun by participating in dedicated mountain biking events, while increasing the footprint of the sport in South Africa. According to Andrew Cronje of the Spur Steak Ranches, the company is proud to be a part of grassroots mountain biking development at school level. “We are delighted with the way the league has developed both in terms of numbers and transformation. Since the inaugural season in 2009, which saw around 900 riders participating in 20 events in key centres around the country, the league has grown to attract over 5300 entries in 2012,” said Cronje. The Spur High School Mountain Bike League is expected to reach 6500 entries this year with 48 events to be hosted in nine provinces across the country as well as in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho. The league is run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. League facilitator Meurant Botha of Amarider applauds the regional co-ordinators for growing their respective regions and driving a number of exciting local development initiatives, which according to him is paramount to the sustainability of the Spur High School Mountain Bike League. “By promoting existing events and facilitating new events in as many locations as possible, we are making participation easy and accessible. I believe however that the most progressive developments will be in smaller cities and am looking at the feasibility of a mobile event unit that takes racing to the kids - complete with bikes, helmets . . .
Wild Clover’s debut Hops Harvest Festival offers finest craft beers in May In celebration of the close of another successful harvest at the South African hops farms near George, Wild Clover will host the Hops Harvest Festival from 10-12 May on their farm in Stellenbosch. This weekend-long celebration is for the whole family, with a focus on beer tasting from a variety of suppliers of hand-crafted beers including Wild Clover’s own specialty brews. There will be entertainment for the children, live music and delicious warm food to complement the beer, such as Wild Boar on the spit and a few German delights too. Under the watchful eye of owner-brewer Ampie Kruger, Wild Clover currently produces four natural beers; an English Ale; an Irish Porter; a German Pils and a fruity Belgian Wit. Ampie is always happy to talk beer with aficionados and beer-lovers and is passionate about the art of brewing.The Hops Harvest Festival will bring together many of the country’s finest craft breweries, offering the chance to sample a selection of fine locally brewed beers in one place. R100 entry for adults, all beer tastings included, and children under 18 are free. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, mom’s entrance ticket is complimentary. Kindly book online at http://www.quicket.co.za/events/1867-hops-harvest-festival/. There is plenty of secure parking on the farm, as well as chauffeur operators and shuttle services available to get you home safely. To enquire about all this and more, contact email@example.com or call 021 865 2248. What: Hops Harvest Festival Where: Wild Clover (R304, Stellenbosch) When: 10-12 May 2013 Times: Friday 10 May 4pm – 10pm Saturday 11 May 10am – 10pm Sunday 12 May 10am – 5pm Website: www.wildclover.co.za Only half an hour from Cape Town and 20 minutes from the northern suburbs, Wild Clover has the air of the country combined with the hospitality and warmth of a family-owned estate. A sense of space, ease and comfort embraces you as . . .
2013 is a milestone year for Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society as they celebrate their Centenary. Learn the story of the Garden in the monthly Centennial Walks led by Botanical Society Volunteer guides. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month booking is essential. In addition to this a series of themed walks offer the visitor many more reasons to visit the garden. From fynbos to proteas, ericas to medicinal plants, trees to the glories of the Cape Floral region and much more, the experienced guides allow you to discover so much more on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Call 021 799 87 83 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice. There have been some additional artists that have been added to the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony. James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit, Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for choir. Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in acknowledgment of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. Shewill exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases. In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice. Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media . . .
Mining experts will discuss the latest safety and health procedures at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining to be held on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the recent Sago Mine disaster in the USA, the Xiaojiawan mine blasts in China, and other incidents in Chile and New Zealand, the issue of maintaining the health and safety in the mining industry has gained a lot of importance. It has been a continuous effort for the top global mining companies to make mining safe and sustainable, and avoid compromising on the health and safety of its miners. Despite economic difficulties, efforts are being made at a global level to make the mining industry a safer and injury-free sector. Mining companies have recognised the need to address their employees' health & safety imperitives. Given the hazardous nature of their work, companies need to take significant steps towards providing safer & healthier work conditions for its miners. Known for the deepest mines in the world, the South African mining industry has recognized the need to provide regulated mines to miners. Keeping this growing need of the industry in mind, Fleming Gulf Conferences is organising the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two successful editions, the forum this year is themed on achieving sustainable and continuous development in health and safety for the mining industry. Expert speakers and panelists from top global mining companies will emphasize on the importance of doing business ethically in the cost conscious economy. Promoting the culture of owning safety, the drivers for safe behaviour, the strategic approach to health, and gauging the burden of diseases from work related dust & fatigue are some of the key topics which will be discussed at the event. The forum will also feature interactive panel discussions on the most topical health and safety concerns faced by the . . .
2012 was a breakthrough year for this innovative and inspirational community co-operative. Based in Mzimela, the Ubunye Co-Operative has been proudly involved in a number of cultural art projects since its inception. Headed up by Chairperson, Patricia Zungu, the Co-Operative has created dramatic and striking works for an exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, entitled “Intellectual Property”. The group then went on to collaborate with a range of local craft and design teams to create “Yenza” and “Nkanyezi”, two rhinos whose presence as public artworks raise awareness of the importance of rhino conservation. These projects were supported by the Ethekwini Community Foundation and co-ordinated by Umcebo Design. During the latter half of 2012, the Co-Operative worked with info4africa and Umcebo Design to create a range of “Ubunye Hot Pots”. Each Hot Pot is a unique and elegantly hand- crafted beaded plant, making them a true treat for collectors! The beaded hot pots are now available in tin mugs and traditional african pots of various sizes. The Co-Operative has expanded their range of Hot Pots, to include larger clay pots. Looking forward to the rest of 2013, and inspired by their experiences at Design Indaba, the team has once again teamed up with info4africa and Umcebo Design to create “Wild Things”. “Wild Things” are a range of hand crafted animals and insects, decorated with bright beads and eye-catching fabric. These Wild Things are a must for every home, as they bring a particular sense of stylish fun to any room or surface. To find out more about this zany and exciting range of creations, get in touch with the Co-Operative. Website: www.theubunyecoop.wordpress.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 031 260 3052/082 909 7886 Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubunye URL: http://www.theubunyecoop.wordpress.com Twitter: https:///www.twitter.com/info4africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubunye YouTube: Author: Cath . . .
Former winner and last year’s runner-up Neil MacDonald will once again have victory in his sights when he and FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart line up for the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday. The former roadie is currently in good stage-racing form, both on and off-road, following strong performances at the recent Mzansi Tour and Absa Cape Epic. MacDonald finished seventh overall in the five-day road tour and took third place with Stewart in the African jersey competition at the latter event. “As with all forms of stage racing, it’s about getting the miles into your legs and increasing your endurance,” he said. “You have to get your condition from racing rather than training. That’s where you can really push your body past the point you’re used to and it gives you the edge.” With just four days for recovery between the Mzansi Tour and the start of South Africa’s longest paired stage race, MacDonald said the road race had been excellent final preparation and that he was in good condition. “It’s not as taxing on your body when you’re riding on the road and there are sections where you do get to recover if you’re in the bunch. “When you’re spinning your legs like that you also get good speed in them, so I think the road and mountain bike stage races complement each other.” The 36-year-old said the 910km Old Mutual joBerg2c, which he won with Waylon Woolcock as Team RE-CM two years ago, occupied a special place on his personal racing calendar. “It was my first race with Waylon and we achieved some excellent results there.” The duo won six of the nine stages en route to overall victory and followed it up with two stage wins and second place last year. MacDonald said he and Stewart had ridden well together this year and that his new partner had made his intentions quite clear. “Our main goal is to win the overall as that’s where the glory lies. But it’s always good to win stages because it gets your . . .
An electricity tariff rise of only 1% has a devastating impact on the mining industry as it amounts to an increased expenditure of R100 million per year according to the South African Chamber of Mines. It therefore really hurts that since 1 April this year, large power consumers have had to fork out an average monthly 9,6% tariff increase. Energy challenges facing big business is high on the agenda at this year’s African Utility Week which takes place in Cape Town from 14 to 15 May. African Utility Week According to Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl, programme manager of the Large Power User programme at African Utility Week: “the proverbial axe is falling on ‘business as usual` as every industry in South Africa, from mining to manufacturing to retail, is cringing at the thought of rising energy tariffs and commencement of a carbon tax on 1 January 2015. On the receiving end of tariff hikes, industry is dealing with three significant elements, namely the cost of electricity, uncertainty around sufficient electricity supply and carbon emission management.” More optimistic about jobs Although some industry insiders have warned that the tariff increase could lead to 250 000 job losses, Dick Kruger, techno-economic adviser to the South African Chamber of Mines, is more optimistic. “Eskom previously indicated a 35% increase. Although 9,6% is high, we are nonetheless thankful that it is less than the 16% that Eskom eventually applied for. This increase will definitely not go unnoticed in an industry which has seen prices doubling over the last three years. However, at this stage we do not foresee any job losses or mine closures directly as a result of the increase. We have known since August 2012 that increases were on the way and mines could figure this into their short and medium plans.” This means that mining companies had to seriously look at their operations and make adjustments such as the introduction of variable speed drive motors that have been known to cut . . .