While reports show that the level of poverty has improved in South Africa since 2006, there are still roughly 10.2 million people in this country who are living below the bread line. Essentially what that means is that these people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet. Although the ambitious target has been set to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, until then, many are still struggling. As the colder months set in, those living in need are likely to feel the winter bite during the months ahead. According to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa and the director of the RE/MAX Foundation, it for this reason that the Foundation will be focused on collecting both food and warm clothes from 5 May to 20 June 2014. Following on from last year’s success, the aptly named Coats and Cans winter drive aims to uplift the underprivileged in communities around the country and help them through the often harsh winter months. “The decision was made to extend the collection period by an extra month to ensure more people benefit from the initiative. The less fortunate already have a lot to deal with on a daily basis, however the colder winter months often add another concern making life just that much harder. A warm meal and winter coat is often taken for granted, but for many it is a luxury that they simply cannot afford. In an effort to assist those in need and make a difference in our local communities, RE/MAX offices throughout the country will serve as drop-off points for the public to donate their spare winter clothes and non-perishable food items. A coat that is worn only once or twice a year could become a coat worn everyday by someone who really needs it,” says Goslett. He adds that to ensure that the collected items benefit the local community in which the RE/MAX office is located; each office will be entitled to nominate a charity or organisation in their area that will receive the goods. “We want the donations that are received from . . .
South Africa’s most prestigious amateur golfing event - The Duke of Edinburgh Championship – supports The Rhino Orphanage’s Post Your Selfie & Win’ campaign. Golfers competing in the Duke of Edinburgh Championship at the Country Club Johannesburg on 19 May 2014, stand the chance of winning one of two holidays worth R20,000 each in the ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ campaign in support of The Rhino Orphanage - the world’s first non-profit organisation dedicated to rehabilitating baby rhino that have been affected by poaching. This fun campaign, being spearheaded by First Car Rental, in partnership with Nissan SA, Lafarge SA, New Holland (Agri), Legend Golf & Safari Resort and Graffiti Media, aims to raise awareness of The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo province. To be entered into the ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ competition at the Duke of Edinburgh Championship: • Find the Nissan Juke that looks like a mom rhino with a baby rhino by her side at the Country Club Johannesburg on 19 May. • Take a selfie with the Juke and post to your personal Facebook or Twitter account using #Rhinos1st. • Make sure to tag your selfie with #Rhinos1st to be entered into a competition to win one of two holidays worth R 20,000 each! SA celebrities and sports stars that have so far shown their support for the campaign by taking selfies with The Rhino Orphanage Nissan Juke include cricket legend, Mark Boucher; SABC superstar, Leanne Manas; singing sensation, Heinz Winckler; top women’s professional golfer, Lee-Ann Pace; and Mrs South Africa CEO, Joani Johnson to name a few. About the Duke of Edinburgh Championship The Duke of Edinburgh Championship is South Africa’s most prestigious amateur golfing event. Amateur golfers across the country are invited to compete in this esteemed tournament, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at the Duke of Edinburgh Golf Cup Championship in the United Kingdom and dine with Royalty at Windsor Castle. To book your . . .
HAZQUIP (Pty) Ltd publically declared its participation in the Responsible Care (RC) initiative during the Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) Process Safety Management Workshop in Johannesburg recently, by signing the RC Public Commitment. HAZQUIP (Pty) Ltd, situated in Welkom, formerly a division of Quality Oil Supplies cc was established in 2010 as an oil and chemical pollution control company. Since 2013 HAZQUIP (Pty) Ltd has been operating independently as a private registered company. HAZQUIP not only supplies absorbent materials to industry, but also offers spill response services, specialized equipment, machinery and vehicles to manage any type of emergency spill. “Responsible Care’s Guiding Principles are integrated into our company’s management systems. While we take pride in what we have accomplished, we remain committed to improving our performance and enhancing the vision of Responsible Care within the company”, said CEO, Jean Snyman. “We are pleased to see HAZQUIP step up and adopt this important industry initiative,” Louise Lindeque, Responsible Care Manager at CAIA, said. “It is supportive of HAZQUIP’s overall risk management philosophy and the high standards that they set for conducting their business in a manner that ensures the safety of their employees and the environment”. One hundred and sixty-three companies are signatories to the RC initiative in South Africa, which shows that the initiative is more than a set of principles and declarations. Through the sharing of information and a rigorous system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures, it enables the industry to demonstrate its improvements over the years and to develop policies for further improvement. Responsible Care helps the chemical industry gain the trust of the public and to operate safely and sustainably, with due care for safety, health and the environment. Contact Louise Lindeque on 011 482-1671 or at email@example.com for . . .
Fortune smiled on Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck as they rode safely into Scottburgh to claim their maiden win in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Saturday. The EAI Cycling duo sprinted across the floating bridge on the Scottburgh lagoon to complete their 880km journey from Heidelberg on the outskirts of Johannesburg to the sea in 33:36:41. They finished three minutes clear of overnight leaders Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill, who took the runner-up spot for Cannondale-Blend in 33:39:45. Max Knox and Kevin Evans of FedGroup-Itec outsprinted Rabie and Combrinck by a single second to win the final stage in 2:48:04, in the process securing third place in the overall standings in 34:45:27. Third on the stage belonged to Louis-Bresler Knipe and Craig Boyes of Contego, who came home in 2:55:48 to secure fourth overall in 35:26:47. South Africa's longest fully serviced stage race was largely characterised by a ding-dong battle between EAI Cycling and Cannondale-Blend, with the teams claiming three and four stage wins respectively. While both pairs were alternately plagued by mechanical issues, it was Woolcock and Lill whose title hopes deflated when they suffered a serious blow-out 20km from the finish on the 84km final stage. Forced to stop for repairs, the Cannondale-Blend riders saw their overall lead of more than six minutes ebb away. They fought back to finish sixth on the stage in 2:57:51 to fall one place in the general classification. "I think it's a bit unlucky for them but yesterday we had our bad luck again with two flats and a cracked rim," said Rabie, who made his joBerg2c debut. "That's the thing with mountain biking, it's never over till it's over - not even in the last 20km of a nine-day stage race." Woolcock, the 2012 champion, said he and Lill were extremely disappointed with the result. "We came here to win; not to finish second. The stage wins were nice but we . . .
A sea of blue swept down Marine Drive on Saturday morning as thousands of women, proudly wearing their official race T-shirts, braved the cool morning air to participate in the 21st SPAR Women's Challenge in Port Elizabeth. And, as has become tradition, several men also lined up on the starting line donning flamboyant outfits rounded off with glitzy accessories including brightly coloured wigs, feather boas and even stilettos. "Waking up to more than 14 000 beautiful women on a Saturday morning in Port Elizabeth is quite impressive," quipped Pasella presenter, race emcee and event eye candy Paul Rothmann. "But I'm going to need some therapy thanks to some of the guys I've seen this morning." South African sports heroes - including former Springbok captain Corne Krige and ex Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish - also dropped in to motivate the runners. Retired Proteas bowler Makhaya Ntini strutted his stuff in a purple dress and blonde wig in support. By the time the race got underway, the cool morning air had made way for sunny skies which suited the elite runners, including winner Diana-Lebo Phalula who set a personal best time of 32:27 over the scenic 10km course. "The race was so nice and the weather was great," said Phalula, who won the Cape Town leg of the six-event SPAR Grand Prix Series last month. Having won in PE in 2011, she said it held a special place in her heart. "I don't like PE, I love PE. I always run well here. The weather is great and so is the route." Eleven-time champion René Kalmer crossed the line a minute down in 33:27 with Mapaseka Makhanya completing the podium in 33:28. While the SPAR Women's Challenge attracts South Africa's elite athletes, the 10km and 5km events are synonymous with social runners of all shapes and sizes. Having taken part 12 times over the years, 76-year-old Rasheeda Abrahams is an avid supporter. "I walk for life, to keep fit and to have fun." For friends Melanie van Rensburg and . . .
The racing took a dramatic turn on day eight of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c as Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock surged into the overall lead on the 99km stage from Ixopo to Highflats in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday. The Umkomaas River Valley descent proved to be a watershed moment in the race, as leaders Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck saw their hopes of victory punctured on the penultimate stage. Cannondale-Blend's Woolcock and Lill took advantage of their rivals' mechanical setbacks to forge ahead and claim the stage win - and the overall lead - in 3:45:34 (30:41:54). The EAI Cycling duo, who had started the day with a comfortable five-and-a-half-minute margin, followed a distant second in 3:57:48 (30:48:36). Contego's Louis-Bresler Knipe and Craig Boyes finished third on the day in 4:01:32 (32:30:59) but it was not enough to knock fifth-placed Knox and Evans off the podium in 4:08:41 (31:57:23). The reversal of fortunes means that Rabie and Combrinck now trail Woolcock and Lill by 6 minutes 42 seconds going into the final showdown en route to Scottburgh. Shortly after the start at MacKenzie Club, FedGroup-Itec was the first team to hit bad luck when Max Knox dropped his chain within the first 5km. The main contenders continued to jostle for position, with Knipe and Boyes entering the single-track first for the descent into the valley. Lill said he and Woolcock had made the right move in positioning themselves behind the Contego pair. "Louis comes from a downhill background and his descending is excellent, so we just followed them down the descent." Rabie was on Lill's wheel, with Woolcock applying pressure from behind, when the EAI riders both hit a rock and punctured. Rabie also damaged his rim in the process, forcing them to stop for repairs. By the time the riders emerged at the first waterpoint on the valley floor, 38km into the race, Cannondale-Blend and Contego had put more than eight minutes into the EAI pair. "Coming . . .
While there has been a massive improvement in the economy over the last two years, with many more consumers entering the property market for the first time, the current financial environment is not without its challenges, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Financial distress is still very much a reality in the current market, and, with inflation pressure pushing up interest rates and other rising costs taking their toll on consumers, we are likely to see distressed property sales last for a while longer,” says Goslett. “Homeowners may find themselves in a situation where they are behind on their bond repayments and feel that they have no other choice but to lose their property. However, this is not the only option that they have.” While homeowners facing the thought of losing their home could feel isolated, they do not have to go it alone as there are trained professionals who can assist them in finding the best possible solution. “To avoid having their home repossessed by the bank that holds the bond, financially distressed homeowners can work with an agent who is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE). These agents will help the homeowner to take action, which is the best way to handle the situation. The worst thing that a homeowner could do is sit back and watch everything fall apart,” Goslett adds. According RE/MAX, approximately one in three South African homeowners could find themselves needing to sell their property to alleviate financial pressure. Considering that on average a property spends around 42 days on the market, financially distressed homeowners need to take decisive action as soon as possible to avoid the circumstances snowballing beyond their control. “Often homeowners in financial distress delay making any decisions in the hope that something will change or they feel too ashamed to ask for help. The fact is, this will be more detrimental to their financial well-being in the long run and they should rather . . .
Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock outsprinted race leaders Gawie Combrinck and Johann Rabie to level the scoring at three stage wins apiece on day seven of the Old Mutual joBerg2c on Thursday. The Cannondale-Blend duo powered into the finish at MacKenzie Club near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal in 2:54:48, six seconds clear of the EAI Cycling frontrunners. Third-placed Kevin Evans and Max Knox of FedGroup-Itec staged a fightback on the 81km route from Underberg. Their time of 2:55:21 saw them return to a podium position in the general classification. Although Woolcock and Lill clocked a record stage time, it was not enough to dent Combrinck and Rabie's overall lead, which now stands at a respectable five minutes and 32 seconds. EAI Cycling tops the general classification in 26:50:48, followed by Cannondale-Blend in 26:56:20 and FedGroup-Itec in 27:48:42. Evans and Knox signalled their intent when they went out all guns blazing on the speedy seventh stage of the nine-day mountain bike race. They pulled hard on the front, leading Cannondale-Blend and EAI Cycling into the Oak Lane dual single-track and across the PG Bison floating bridge at Mossbank Dam. "FedGroup-Itec set quite a hectic tempo from start to finish," said Woolcock, who won the event in 2012. "We were quite happy for them to do all the work today. They would never have won the stage with the way they paced all day." The top three teams stayed together through both waterpoints and the pine plantations that characterised most of the route. "I put my nose on the front once and Darren once, not because we wanted to, but because we just seemed to get a better line through the single-track," said Woolcock. With Evans and Knox faltering a little on Tiny's Climb, the final drag into MacKenzie Club, it was up to Woolcock and Lill to bring it home. "Both Darren and I seem to have a bit of a kick over the other guys in the sprints, so it suited us to take it to the line." He said . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic, Alice in Wonderland, will be brought to life by the award winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. The show will run from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 20 July in a specially constructed theatre in the Centre Court. With breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, gorgeous puppets and memorable songs, the production will showcase the talent of some of South Africa’s finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. Newcomer, Natasha Dryden (Hansel & Gretel, Long Street Nights) stars as Alice with top musical theatre actress, Candice van Litsenborgh (Evita, Chess, Sunset Boulevard, Assassins, Show Boat) in the role of the Queen of Hearts. Sven Ruygrok stars as the White Rabbit. Ruygrok recently enchanted Cape Town audiences with his physical prowess in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Maynardville and is also well known for his performances as Rambo in the SPUD films. Gordon van der Spuy and Kyle Jardine star as the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. The shows will run from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets will cost R80 and will be sold through Computicket. Canal Walk will donate R5.50 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of the programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk, in partnership with the Hyprop Foundation, will also support “Meals in Memory” by hosting pre-packing events on 4,5,11 and 12 July prior to Mandela Day on 18 July. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the . . .
“City has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision” The City of Cape Town has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision to plan for the expansion of the city and cope with subsequent growth, along with the need to drive carbon emission reduction, increase the use of clean energy, and maximise on water resources, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director of the upcoming African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition. The City of Cape Town is the official host city of this annual event, and will welcome more than 5000 power and water professionals to the CTICC from 13-14 May. “Compared to other large municipalities in the country, the City of Cape Town is one of the best”, says Pombo-van Zyl, “and the City now also holds the prestigious title of Global Earth Hour Capital for 2014. We are privileged to be aligned with our host city’s endeavours in reducing the energy consumption and managing water resources. It is through the sharing of knowledge, technology and interaction with industry professionals during the conference and on the exhibition floor that large industry and utilities can find stimulating solutions to energy and water challenges.“ Not only will some of Cape Town’s top water and electricity experts speak at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa, the City will also showcase its Fisantekraal Wastewater and Faure Water Treatment Plant during a technical site visit that includes a tour of Spier wine farm’s waste water treatment plant. Cape Town successful in managing water demand The City of Cape Town’s Director of Water and Sanitation, Peter Flower, who will be a panellist during the event’s much anticipated and high-level Water-Energy-Food nexus panel dialogue, says “the City’s Water Department has been able to very successfully manage its demand growth over the last 14 years, through the co-operation of the residents of Cape Town and the successful water demand management strategy that the City has . . .