Brandon Stewart turned on the afterburners to claim his maiden victory in the Kia Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic, presented by ASG, in sub-zero conditions in Johannesburg on Sunday. The FedGroup-Itec Connect pro, from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal, made an early break in the 60km main event and was later joined by RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock. They matched each other all the way to the Walkerville Showgrounds, where the 15th edition of Gauteng’s largest and coldest winter race finished on the slippery speedway circuit. Stewart duly outdragged his breakaway companion to take line honours in a fast 1:55:55. Woolcock, a former Old Mutual joBerg2c champion, finished three seconds back. The latter’s team-mate, Neil MacDonald, completed the podium in 2:02:02. Stewart said the shale surface, which is designed for motorbikes to slide on, had made the final stretch particularly challenging and exciting. “It was almost like a mini Paris-Roubaix finish.” The win rounded off a successful weekend for the 31-year-old, who also took third in the Nissan TrailSeeker Series race in Cullinan on Saturday. “It’s always fantastic to win, especially when the event is backed by one of our team sponsors,” said Stewart. “Obviously, Walkerville was my big focus but I think it was good for me to do the Cullinan race because it loosened me up a bit.” He said he felt his form was good enough to make an early break on the big Platberg climb, which came after just 10km of pedalling. “Neil and Waylon were always going to be my strongest competition, so I thought I’d give it a go while everyone’s legs were still feeling a bit cold.” The gamble paid off and Stewart opened a gap on the chasing group. “Then I was on my own and I just carried on making the race really hard.” However, some confusion over route markings saw him lose valuable time and Woolcock managed to close the gap just before the halfway mark. MacDonald, riding alone in extremely windy conditions, was . . .
Gartner Symposium to focus on meeting the challenges of extreme information management The 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 28-30, will once again bring together top IT leaders to deepen their understanding and sharpen their skills. “The theme this year is Focus, Connect, Lead,” says Tom Scholtz of Gartner. “Extreme information management presents CIOs with a whole new set of challenges – and also the opportunity to deepen their leadership. The agenda at this year’s Symposium will help IT leaders look at the real issues, what opportunities there are to connect applications with business and stakeholders, and how they can take a lead in transforming IT in business.” Tina Nunno, Gartner Vice President and Research Director in the US-based CIO Research Group, will give a series of presentations on how CIOs can navigate complex decisions and sensitive organisational politics, as well as on management issues like working with the board of directors, executive communication strategies, change leadership and governance strategies. BRICS expert Partha Iyengar will discuss how local CIOs can help their organisations exploit the opportunities that come with South Africa’s entry into the community, Daryl Plummer will reveal trends in cloud computing and Andy Kyte will discuss application management and overhaul. The special guest speaker is Dr Jasper Horrell, the manager of Science Computing and Innovation for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. “This year there are five tracks and over 50 presentations from 18 acknowledged global thought leaders,” says Gartner Africa MD Rene Jacobs. “It’s a once-a-year opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking, network, share ideas and gain new insights. It’s the one event of the year that no IT leader can afford to miss.” For more information and a full agenda, please visit http://www.gartner.co.za. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: . . .
‘All about ability’ is the theme for the eighteenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, Africa’s biggest kite festival, which is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM, and will take place in Muizenberg on 3 & 4 November 2012. The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts talented kite-makers and kite fliers from around the world. Festival-goers will see giant cartoon characters and other amazing kite creations take to the skies, as well as exciting stunt kiting and Rokakkau kite battles. Local kite-makers are invited to enter the Heritage Kite Award and school children can participate in the Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition. With kite-making workshops, non-stop kite-flying, craft and food stalls as well as kiddies’ rides and a full programme of entertainment on the Coke Gig Rig, the festival offers fantastic outdoor family fun. The event is held in aid of a very good cause; all profits go towards providing much-needed mental health services to adults and children in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. “This year the kite festival will celebrate our organisation’s new slogan ‘all about ability,’ which reflects our belief in the ability of children and adults with mental disability to acquire skills, develop their potential, and live full and contributing lives. It’s up to us to help create opportunities and provide the necessary care and support,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health. The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R20 for adults and R10 per child. Buy your Kite Festival tickets online on www.capementalhealth.co.za (from 1 September) and stand a chance to win the prize of a lifetime! For regular news and updates like our . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber will team up with its members this Mandela Day, making it their business to make a difference. 18 July this year will see business owners in the city take part in various volunteer opportunities around the city, assisted by Mandela Bay Cares, a volunteer organization aimed at providing volunteer opportunities to companies. Auditing services for the projects will be supplied by Grant Thornton, as members may qualify for tax deductions, or to claim Socio-Economic development points. Just under a hundred Business Chamber members – including representatives of the Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 young business achievers - will join Business Chamber staff at the Siyahluma and Khanya Child Care Centres in Kwanobule through Community Chest, rolling up their sleeves to tackle tasks such as painting, gardening, and fencing. Others will also congregate at the Save-A-Pet pet charity, to wash and clean kennels, paint, level the ground and spend time with the animals. Food supplies and other items have been donated by business, and generous cash donations have also been made towards the projects. The Chamber invites all businesses in the city, whether taking part in the Chamber’s projects or not, to post photographs of their teams in action as they give their 67 minutes to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, tagging photographs with #Chamber 67, #Business67 and the Mandela Day hashtag, #MandelaDay. ENDS. ISSUED BY: Nicole Klokow Communication Specialist email@example.com 041 373 1122 More Info: Author: Nicole Klokow from Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Young Revolution has announced its latest confirmed speakers for their inaugural conference in Pretoria this August with names that include top internationally recognized learning thought leaders. Pretoria, July 16, 2012 – Dr. Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Commission, will be delivering the keynote presentation at the official TNEW Gala Night focusing on economic development through entrepreneurship initiatives. Dr. Manuel will take questions from the floor, giving delegates a unique opportunity to address one of the industry’s leading figures. Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, will deliver the welcome address on the same night. Other confirmed speakers include Jayshree Naidoo, chairperson of the Southern African Innovation Network (SAINe), Nosipho Khonkwane, Provincial Manager- Gauteng of Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Siya Mapoko, serial entrepreneur and author of ‘The Best Advice I Ever Got’, Robert Botha, CEO of James 127 and Magdalene Moonsamy, COO of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). "“I’m delighted to announce that we now have over 40 top industry professionals speaking at this conference," said Lawrence Umukoro, Event Director, Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week. "TNEW is the premier event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services available to help your business exceed your goals." The conference will take place from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. To book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tnew.co.za Discounted early bird tickets are also available - offer ends 31 July 2012. More Info: http://www.tnew.co.za Author: Lawrence Umukoro from Young Revolution. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Pretoria, July 16, 2012 - Young Revolution (YR), today announced it will host the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. The conference is dedicated to celebrating and supporting businesses in Gauteng and around South Africa. YR has partnered with various private and governmental organizations to deliver a full conference program that will focus on the role and relationship of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise in building an eco-system to promote and enhance economic development for a better South Africa. The lineup for TNEW has also been announced, and features one of the best lineups in conference history! The keynote speakers include Dr Trevor Manuel, Douglas Kruger, Jayshree Naidoo, Siya Mapoko, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Abey Mokgwatsane, Khaya Dlanga, Prof. Jurie Van Vuuren and Tony Cross. In addition to the keynote speakers, over 40 entrepreneurs and industry experts will be giving talks on 48 topics including: Getting Investors Excited About Your Project Safe Investing Options For Young Professionals Can We Learn Entrepreneurship? How To Connect With Millionaires Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes Social Media and The Next Generation Entrepreneurship In The Digital Age How To Turn Your Passion Into Profits Building & Maintaining Your Online Credibility The Secret Sauce of The Serial Entrepreneur TNEW gives more than 1000 entrepreneurs, business professionals, innovators, business owners and investors the rare opportunity of idea sharing, networking and engagement in rich dialogue. The event will provide the avenue for delegates to tap into the resourcefulness and dynamism of venture capitalists, industry executives, thought leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in attendance. TNEW is THE PREMIER event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services . . .
For the second year in a row, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Kevin Hustler, has walked away with a singular honour from PMR. africa at a Leaders and Achievers Awards Breakfast held this morning (13 July 2012) at the Summerstrand Hotel. Hustler received a rating of ‘Excellent’, and was rated first overall as the recipient of a Golden Arrow Award for outstanding service and contribution to the economic growth and development of the Eastern Cape Province by business persons. Hustler was the only individual named among companies receiving awards at this morning’s event, which honours business leaders and achievers in the provinces, and rates them on their contribution t o the economic growth and development of the Eastern Cape. His achievement this morning is as a result of a survey to 155 MDs, CEOs, business owners, company directors, senior employees and senior local and provincial government officials. 2011 saw Hustler honoured as an individual with a Diamond Arrow award, the highest award of the annual event. “I am honoured and humbled to be recognized once again,” says Hustler, who believes this second award further cements the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s standing as a credible and effective business organization. “The Chamber team work tirelessly to deliver to the organizational vision, mission and values. The strategic leadership of our board, the strength of our management team, and the solid competence of our staff, mean the Business Chamber is well- equipped to meet the demands of our mandate to serve the needs of business in Nelson Mandela Bay and to act as a catalyst for change, development and economic growth in the whole of the Eastern Cape province.” He continues: “My team and I are guided in everything we do by the Business Chamber’s maxim: Connecting Business, Stimulating Progress. We take ownership of this credo, and strive to facilitate economic growth and development and represent the interests of business in . . .
Deur elke aspek van korttermynversekering goed te bekyk, kan 'n mens teleurstelling voorkom, skryf die finansiële beplanner Pieter Willem Moolman. 'n Leser vra onlangs per e-pos raad oor korttermynversekering. Hy is 26 jaar oud, aan die begin van sy loopbaan en wil deeglik seker maak hy het voldoende dekking. Dit is byna onmoontlik om in een artikel 'n diepte-oorsig van korttermynversekering te verskaf, maar ek sal 'n paar van die belangrikste aspekte uitlig wat op almal van toepassing is. Baie mense beweeg tussen versekeraars rond in 'n poging om 'n laer premie te betaal. Hulle kan gerus dié waarskuwing ter harte neem: goedkoper premies beteken dikwels nié jy geniet die beste dekking nie. 'n Voornemende kliënt moet eers seker maak die versekeraar het die vermoë om sy of haar eise uit te betaal en kan 'n diens van goeie gehalte lewer, wat spoedige betalings van eise insluit. Nog 'n belangrike aspek is die dekking wat jy ontvang. Versekeraars se polisbewoording is gewoonlik taamlik standaard, maar daar kan beduidende verskille ten opsigte van uitbreidings en bybetalings wees. Jou verhouding met die versekeraar is ook belangrik. Uitbetaling van twyfelagtige of “grys” eise is baie waarskynliker in gevalle waar daar 'n sterk sakeverhouding is. Maak seker jy het 'n diensvlak-ooreenkoms met jou makelaar sodat julle weet wat elke party se pligte en verantwoordelikhede is. Teen die agtergrond van die huidige wette word 'n geskrewe ooreenkoms aanbeveel. In so 'n ooreenkoms kan onder meer die diensvlak-ooreenkoms, vergoeding en kommissie-struktuur asook jaarlikse hersiening uitgestippel word. Dit is vanselfsprekend dat jou makelaar gekwalifiseer én gelisensieer moet wees. Vra gerus sy persoonlike besonderhede en maak seker van sy ervaring op dié gebied. Nog 'n belangrike vraag is of jou makelaar deur genoeg versekeringsmaatskappye geakkrediteer is sodat hy die beste produk vir jou behoeftes kan bekom. 'n Ervare makelaar sal 'n belangrike rol speel om seker te . . .
South Africa’s top mountain bikers will launch the second half of their season at the 15th annual Kia Walkerville Classic, presented by ASG, on Sunday. In the absence of last year’s winner Max Knox and runner-up Philip Buys, whose respective European and Olympics commitments will see them on the sidelines, Gauteng’s biggest race is set to crown a new champion. Brandon Stewart of FedGroup-Itec Connect, third in his maiden outing last year, is set to spearhead the list of favourites, which also includes former Old Mutual joBerg2c champions Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM. “It’s definitely an important race for us,” said former national cross-country champion Stewart. “Organisers are expecting 1 500 riders, which is a fantastic turnout for a winter event.” He said the title sponsor was also his team transport partner and therefore a win was key for the team. “Last year, I was recovering from illness and it was the first time I’d done it. Now that I know the course, I should fare better.” Stewart said the 60km route, which is punctuated by three climbs, was relatively fast and flat, with good single-track sections, and he expected “tight and close” racing. He said the lead bunch would probably separate from the field on the initial 3km climb up Platberg, which is just seven kilometres into the race. “You’ve just got to give it all you’ve got on that first climb.” He did not foresee any of the favourites attempting to get away there. “With another 40-odd kilometres to go, it is extremely unlikely.” The 31-year-old from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal said the chances of a breakaway on the gradual Wattle Alley ascent, midway through the race, were also slim. “If you’re out on your own, it’s easy for the bunch to haul you back.” Stewart said the main contenders would, in all likelihood, leave their main assault for the final 1.5km uphill drag to the finish at the Walkerville Showgrounds. “If you’re still strong there you can make it really . . .
After its great success last year, The Herald Urban Run will return this Tourism Month – once again drawing runners and adventurers from all around to participate in the ‘urbanathlon’ – taking them on a journey through some of the city’s urban sights and attractions while raising money for charity. “Events like the urban race are what our city thrives on. The race shows off several of our inner-city attractions – exposing tourists to a part of our city that abounds with history, art and heritage,” said Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile. The event, which had its first ‘run’ last year, expects to see hundreds of athletes from around the Eastern Cape descend on Nelson Mandela Bay again this year. The city footrace starts and finishes at the iconic Donkin Reserve, also known as the ‘beacon of the bay’ takes place September 16th. It takes competitors through the Central Business District (CBD) of the city along with part of the heritage trail Route 67 and includes iconic sights such as Fort Frederick. Nelson Mandela Bay’s CBD has become one of the front runners in respect of urban renewal, this race calls for tourists and locals to bear witness to the urban transformation for themselves. “The 10.5km urban obstacle race is for social fun runners who are looking for something a little different,” said event organizer, Michael Zoetmulder. “By its very nature, an Urban Run is a multi-disciplinary, city foot race with the emphasis squarely on having fun. Urban obstacles are designed in such a way as to get the social runner sweating and smiling while taking in the city’s surrounds” The race, established last year by local sports events company, Zports, raised R40 000 last year and is hoping to increase that to R100 000 this year. Businesses along the route are encouraged to become involved and lend their support to the event. Organisers say Port Elizabeth has set the benchmark for urban runs in South Africa and September’s event . . .