Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall. Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency. K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy. Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket - and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books. The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?", taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts. Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter . . .
Former champion Neil MacDonald, riding with new partner Brandon Stewart, notched up his second overall victory in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race at Scottburgh on Saturday. The FedGroup-Itec riders completed the 910km journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in 34:11:05, taking four stage wins in the process. They finished 11 minutes clear of MacDonald’s former team-mate Waylon Woolcock, with whom he won the 2011 event, and Lourens Luus of RE:CM (34:22:21). Woolcock and Luus, who had been trailing by four-and-a-half minutes at the start of the 86km final stage, suffered mechanical problems that put paid to their title chances. Bridge duo Timo Cooper and Nico Pfitzenmaier, who completed the final stage sixth in 3:12:29, rounded out the podium with an aggregate time of 35:02:57. First on the final day was the Contego pairing of Louis-Bresler Knipe and Belgian team-mate Kevin van Hoovels, who powered their way along the edge of the Indian Ocean to claim their third stage win in 3:02:09. They finished a respectable seventh overall in 36:33:50 after dropping out of contention in the earlier stages due to illness. MacDonald and Stewart finished the ninth stage second in 3:02:44, with Woolcock and Luus following them home in 3:09:37. The leaders, driven by Van Hoovels, had set a blistering pace throughout the stage that descended through the sugarcane fields towards the beach. Despite this, the top contenders were all together at the first waterpoint around 39km after the start at Jolivet in the Highflats region. Then, 6km further on, Woolcock suffered a chain break, which forced RE:CM to chase hard as Contego, FedGroup-Itec and Bridge forged ahead. On the steep Work to be Done climb in the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, Contego and FedGroup-Itec pulled clear and stayed away to the finish. MacDonald, who was also runner-up last year alongside Woolcock, said the race held a very special place . . .
Lady Luck smiled on race leaders Neil MacDonald and Brandon Stewart as mechanical problems beset their nearest challengers on the penultimate stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday. After a rocky start at MacKenzie Club near Ixopo, the FedGroup-Itec riders overcame a number of obstacles on the 102km stage, which included a much-anticipated technical descent into the Umkomaas River Valley. They cruised alone into the finish at Jolivet Farm in the Highflats region in 4:06:51 (31:08:21) to claim their fourth stage win and consolidate their overnight lead. They were just under a minute ahead of the luckless RE:CM pairing of Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus, who had punctured a front wheel and destroyed a rear en route. The latter recovered well from these setbacks to finish in 4:07:46 (31:12:44) to hold onto the runner-up spot on the day and the overall standings. They finished seven minutes clear of Contego’s Kevin van Hoovels and Louis-Bresler Knipe, who limped home with a seized cassette in 4:14:58. The Bridge duo of Nico Pfitzenmaier and Timo Cooper finished fourth on the day, clocking 4:21:22, and remain third overall (31:50:28). According to MacDonald, it had been a tough start to the day but they had recovered quickly and came back fighting. “There were a couple of drags near the beginning and Brandon almost lost his jockey there. Then, on the descent into the valley, the guys were putting pressure on us to go down fast and I crashed twice.” Knipe, Van Hoovels and Luus were leading the charge towards the valley floor when MacDonald and Pfitzenmaier went down in a crash behind them. Woolcock, who had been with the fallen riders, seized the opportunity to try and catch the leaders. “I put the hammer down there and maybe overcooked it as I punctured my front wheel.” After losing valuable time plugging it, Woolcock had to chase to catch his partner, who was unaware of his troubles, and the FedGroup-Itec . . .
Day seven proved to be the lucky number for Louis-Bresler Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels when they took their second stage win in the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday. The Contego riders, who are both cross-country specialists, came to the fore on a fast and technical 78km stage from Hazeldene farm near Underberg to MacKenzie Club in the vicinity of Ixopo. They outsprinted race leaders Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald of FedGroup-Itec to take a four-second victory in 2:59:15, with RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus a further second off the pace. The overall podium remains unchanged, with Stewart and MacDonald (27:01:30) still three-and-a-half minutes ahead of second-placed Woolcock and Luus (27:04:58), with Bridge riders Nico Pfitzenmaier and Timo Cooper in third (27:29:06) Their stage win sees Contego move up five places to 13th in the general classification (29:16:43). Belgian Van Hoovels, who had been battling illness since their win on day four, recovered well to drive the racing upfront from the start on an undulating stretch of district road. “I kept the pace high because I don’t like the fast-slow-fast riding; it hurts my legs,” said Van Hoovels. “I’m not 100% yet but good enough for the win today.” Knipe said his team-mate, who finished in the top 20 at the Olympic Games last year, had made it hard for everyone including himself. “Kevin was definitely the strongest rider again today. He’d be off the back fiddling with something, then he’d come from the back, pass the bunch, go sit up front and still pace.” Coming out of the Oak Dual Track section 12km into the stage, the three lead teams hit the first big ascent of the day. “It was a long drag of a climb and the pace was extremely high – it was maximum effort,” said Knipe. “Kevin was just sitting up front and making the pace hard. Lourens was having a hard time and so was Brandon. “They both dropped off a bit on that climb and then I . . .
SureSlim South Africa has launched an updated health products page on their website that includes a detailed list of all of their health and wellness products. Cape Town, May 2013: SureSlim South Africa (http://www.sure-slim.co.za/) has announced the launch of its new SureSlim Health and Wellness Products Page on its website. This new highly detailed product addition has been created to help clients make the correct informed decision when deciding which supplements and cooking condiments to use while on their personalised SureSlim eating plan. Mandy O’Conner, the social media spokesperson for the SureSlim Group, had this to say about the launch of the page: “Here at SureSlim we have always been proud the quality of our health and wellness products. This is why we have opted to include a detailed list of not only what we can provide our clients with, but also what each individual products benefits are. Everything from our SureSlim Marine Calcium to our Menopause Plus and cooking condiments has been covered in detail to assist our clients in making the right health choices for. To add to this product transparency we are continuously adding individual product pages that have all of the latest information as it is approved by our resident doctor, Dr Ali Kamffer.” To find out more about Approved SureSlim Products (http://www.sure-slim.co.za/approved-products.aspx) or to contact SureSlim South Africa regarding their eating plan please contact them via their website or on 0861 000 100. END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI, Cape Town on behalf of SureSlim Africa. For more PR information, please call WSI Web Marketing Cape Town on 021-913 4382. URL: http://www.sure-slim.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SureSlim_Africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SureSlim-Africa/167469996633414 YouTube: Author: Justin Atkins from SureSlim South Africa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Tekkie Tax is a new fundraising project for a vast selection of NGO’s in the country. For the first time ever you can pay “tax” for a good cause. Tekkie Tax invites corporates to take hands with the project by getting their company and employees onboard. Mechelle de Jager, Company Liaison stated that “we urgently need the support of companies around South Africa to ensure the success of the 2013 project, we firmly believe that as a group of motivated individuals and organisations, we can achieve greater things for each of us than the sum of our individual efforts combined” For the first time ever, South Africa will have an annual fundraising event where you can choose which welfare sector you want to benefit as a result of your donation. Animals Basic Community Welfare Children Disability Education The first Tekkie Tax campaign will take place on 31 May 2013. Members of the public are asked to get a Tekkie Tax sticker for a R10 donation from any of the participating outlets or participating welfare organisations. You could also order what you need directly from their website. There will be 5 different kinds of stickers, each representing a beneficiary sector. People will be able to choose which of the 5 sectors they would like to support (Animals, Basic community welfare, Children, Disability or Education) by buying one of those sector's stickers. It's as easy as… Get permission from your office to participate in the Tekkie Tax campaign on Friday 31 May 2013. Promote the campaign with our free publicity material: posters and brochures to ensure that each person in the office will know about the campaign and gladly participate Choose the beneficiary sector/s you and your colleagues would like to support and get the appropriate stickers: Animals, Basic community welfare, Children, Disability or Education. Ensure that each of your colleagues have one. Wear your tekkies! Now that you each have a sticker, show the world where your heart lies by wearing your . . .
African Directory Services (ADS) warns customers to be cautious of fly by night companies that are trying to scam them. Director Ruben Ackerman said, “ADS has been trading for 7 years to date and has built up a significant client base that we are one hundred percent loyal to, delivering advertising excellence. However there are imitators and ‘me-too companies’ in the industry and customers need to stay guarded.” As defined by The American Heritage® Dictionary of Business Terms a me-too product is “A product that is very similar to products manufactured by other companies and already on the market.” The desired effect of this strategy is to rapidly gain market share or make quick profits by confusing customers with a trusted product/service, and their new, insubstantial and more likely to be and fraudulent products/services. Fundamentally, this leads to various negative implications for a company’s reputation and brand. African Directory Services prides itself in delivering quality products and services to their customers and will never try to con clients out of their money, or make a promise that they cannot deliver on. ADS cautions clients to be vigilant of fly by night companies. If you are not sure if a company is valid please pay attention to the following: The African Directory Services has an exceptionally designed website that contains a list of all our products and services as well as a blog and features social media pages that are updated regularly. Fraudulent companies generally have a poor website design with limited information and no relevant social media pages or dedicated blogs. African Directory Services registered with Proudly SA and the Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town Chamber of commerce. Fraudulent companies do not meet the criteria to be affiliated with these associations. To familiarize yourself with African Directory Services legitimate product and service listings as well as our supplementary online directories, please visit . . .
In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development; and is often the sponsor of pilot projects according to Dr Emelly Mutambatsere, Principal Regional Economist, African Development Bank. As co-author of a comprehensive study for the AdB on the Development of Wind Energy in Africa, Dr Mutambatsere is a speaker on the topic at the upcoming Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 14-15 May. Clean Power Africa is Africa's leading event where major stakeholders from the renewable energy sector get together and explore clean generation as a feasible solution to fulfil Africa’s electricity needs. The event is co-located with the 13th annual African Utility Week which is attended by some 5 000 power & water professionals from all over the continent and Eskom CE Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address. 60 ongoing and planned wind projects Dr Mutambatsere says in the initial stages of the wind market development, donor financing is very visible and as the market matures, both sponsors and financiers enter the market, from public entities and grant financing, to public-private/private entities and non-concessional financing. “However,”, she says, “the market has not yet developed to the point where it can be fully funded by the private sector, therefore development finance institutions remain major players.” By the end of 2011 the developed potential on the continent saw a strong concentration of wind energy capacity in three North African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Says Dr Mutambatsere: “Egypt held half of the continent’s total installed capacity, followed by Morocco with 40% and Tunisia with 5%. Outside of North Africa, there is commercial capacity in Cape Verde, and limited capacity in South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Eritrea and Mozambique.” She continues: “the market’s outlook is also noteworthy. Our survey produced a comprehensive . . .
Boundaries of both audiences and performers are extended with the Performance Art offering from the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. In a performance cycle entitled Anthea Moys vs. The City of Grahamstown, the (first ever) Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art, Anthea Moys, will compete against the people of Grahamstown in a tournament of skill, strength, and artistry. Over a series of seven contests over seven days, outnumbered and outclassed, Moys will single-handedly do battle against Grahamstown’s best teams: its athletes, its artists and its intellects... Moys has spent three months prior to the Festival learning the skills she will need, from the teams and cultural groups against which she will be competing, and these contests will be documented in a living exhibition that will grow and evolve over the course of the Festival, as the documentation for each of the performances is installed in the Monument Gallery. Swiss artist/performer Yann Marussich is a unique character of the contemporary dance genre, and delivers performances which have a striking impact on the audience. Disturbing, provocative and authentic, his performances and choreography have been staged across Europe and other parts of the world since 1989. In Bleu Remix, Marussich, returns to the theme he explored in 2001 in the Bleu Provisoire creation, when he let a mysterious blue liquid ooze as blood would, through the layers of his skin, as though it was a final effect or a by¬product of his body’s inner processes. Each time Bleu Remix has been performed, a different musician has accompanied Marussich. The spontaneous meeting of two artists brings further elements of risk and uniqueness to the event, as the music explores the creation over and over again and depicts new ways of perception. In Bain Brisé, Marussich is covered under a mountain of glass shards in a bathtub from which he slowly emerges over the course of 90 minutes. The initial sense of danger is interfered by the . . .
Mental and physical agility is the winning combination for University of Johannesburg student and squash star Cheyna Tucker, who won two national titles this month. Tucker, who is currently studying sports psychology at UJ, participated in the Tswalu South African national doubles championships at the Johannesburg Country Club and became one of just a few women to triumph in two categories. It is however no surprise that she has become a successful player as she literally grew up on the squash court. “My mom played squash at provincial level and I spent most of my youth at the courts; watching and learning,” said Tucker. “I represented Gauteng for the first time when I was nine years old.” The 22-year-old said that winning the ladies and mixed categories was the result of all the hard work she had put into the sport. “My ladies partner was Claire Nitch who has won the national champs 10 times. She has coached me in the past and has had a great influence on my career. “In the mixed, I played with Paul Atkinson. He is a very experienced doubles player and has won the title numerous times. “We gelled extremely well and made a great partnership.” She said squash was a physically demanding sport which placed one’s body under tremendous strain. “You need to have a very strong core and total body strength to prevent injury and meet the demands of the sport. You need speed, endurance and agility. “Squash is very fast and intense and you need to be able to handle the fast pace for an extended period of time. But skill is the most important part of the game. “The ability to strike the ball crisply and control the ball to the different targets to put your opponent under pressure is vital.” The former Dainfern College pupil has a demanding training regime and takes to the court twice a day. “I run, cycle and do sprints for endurance and speed. I also do on-court fitness drills for endurance and agility, plyometrics as well as strength . . .