Second-year law student Willie Smit swept to a convincing victory in the three-day Bestmed USSA national cycling championships in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Smit, who races for the University of Pretoria and the Bonitas pro team, won four of the five stages and finished third in the final criterium. The 20-year-old took the yellow jersey on day one and did not relinquish it again. Stellenbosch University's Hans-Werner Heuer put in a strong showing to finish second overall, with Marinus Prinsloo rounding out the podium for host institution Shukuma-NMMU. In the women's race, former pro Sarah Chemaly and team-mate Kelley Hess made it a one-two for the University of Cape Town. Ashleigh Blackwell, who rides professionally for the Bestmed ASG outfit, claimed third for Stellenbosch University. "I'm so privileged and happy right now," said a delighted Smit. "My team rode so well. It wouldn't have been possible without them." Their combined performance also helped Tuks to secure the overall victory in the team classification. Shukuma-NMMU took the runner-up spot, with the Maties squad in third. Smit was full of praise for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's organising committee. "The best thing about this tour was how well it was organised. Everything was perfect – the roads were nice and their route choices were brilliant." The newly crowned champion now turns his attention to his pro racing commitments as he prepares to compete in the Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday. "This time I'll be working for somebody else but that's the nature of cycling." Earlier in the week, Cape Peninsula University of Technology student Timo Cooper won the mountain biking event on a technical cross-country circuit at Hopewell Trails just outside the city. The women's race was won by Emily Clarke of UCT. Visit www.nmmu.ac.za Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 082 575 7991 041 368 . . .
The University of Pretoria's Willie Smit completed a hat-trick of stage wins to retain the yellow jersey on day two of the Bestmed USSA cycle tour in in a cold and rainy Port Elizabeth on Thursday. Smit added the 120km queen stage – and the day's sprint prime – to his tally after claiming the 83km opening road stage and 15km individual time-trial at the national student championships on Wednesday. The Team Bonitas pro went clear of a four-man lead group in the closing kilometres to take a convincing win in 3:17:51 for an overall time of 5:46:53. Hans-Werner Heuer of Stellenbosch University claimed the runner-up spot in 3:19:32. He was chased to the line by Shukuma-NMMU's Marinus Prinsloo, who finished five seconds back. Heuer and Prinsloo occupy the same positions in the general classification with aggregate times of 5:50:54 and 5:51:11 respectively. Prinsloo also put on a powerhouse climbing display to take both King of the Mountain hotspots. The host institution, which last won the event in 2008, now leads the team classification. "As a team, we're very happy today," said Prinsloo. "Our main goal for the tour is to get a podium in the team classification. The individual positions are a bonus for us." Overnight leader Smit started conservatively in the wet conditions as his team paced hard upfront. "I didn't do a lot of work seeing as I have the yellow jersey – all I had to do was defend it. My team did a brilliant job." Then, 40km into the race, the first of two demanding laps started. "I told them to make it as hard as possible on the second lap when we hit the big 5K Hill climb and there was a small break that went on the climb. I think it was about 70km into the race." This effectively split the race into the lead group of four riders, which also included Adriaan Louw of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a chasing bunch of 12. As the freezing conditions and fatigue began to take their toll on the leaders, . . .
The BedKing Bed MD Mr Mervyn Ewertse has announced a service upgrade for their national South African delivery system. Cape Town, June 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Mattress Company MD, Mr Mervyn Ewertse, has announced an upgrade to their South African Delivery Service System that will see all of South Africa now having access to their bed and mattress delivery service. Known in the Western Cape and Gauteng for their prompt and dependable bed and mattress delivery service, BedKing has now expanded its reach into areas that previously did not have access to BedKing stores and prices. This now means that all South Africans who have access to a phone or the internet can place and order, pay for and receive delivery of their bed or mattress no matter where in the country they are. At the announcement of the delivery service upgrade at the BedKing head offices in Cape Town, Mr Ewertse had this to say: “We have provided our customers in Cape Town and Johannesburg with the best possible bed and mattress delivery services in the country, but now it is time for the rest of South Africa to enjoy what we have to offer…” He also went on to say that “Service levels in South Africa need to improve and we here at BedKing are prepared to be the first to move in that direction. Come and join us and try out our delivery services for yourself, you’ll soon see why we are the first choice in online and telephonic bed delivery for many people in the Western Cape and Gauteng”. For more about The BedKing bed and mattress deliveries please go to the South African bed and mattress deliveries page (http://www.bedking.co.za/services.php) on the BedKing website. The BedKing bed and mattress company has stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape in South Africa. Online and telephonic bed and mattress orders can be placed via their website or telesales office on 0860 25 35 45. END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI Web Marketing, Cape Town on . . .
The 5th of July will see Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show at the Wave House from 7:15pm. The fashion show will feature over 20 of South Africa’s top fashion designers including; Terrence Bray, Gideon, Andre Martin, Zama Mathe, Kathrin Kidger and Colleen Eitzen, to name a few. POSH Style tips – how to dress for race day this year • Remember that the whole point of the Vodacom Durban July is to stand out – go all out. You can’t be overdressed at this event. • Make sure you can stay up in your shoes. We all know that high heels and stilettos tend to sink into the grass. When it comes to shoes the aim is to be comfortable in them, all day. • Don’t leave your outfit for the last minute and panic two days before the event – you’ll end up throwing things together. Planning is essential. Select a colour – think lilac, champagne and dusty pink to suit the theme. Choose your shoes carefully – even if you’re a fashionista, you’ll be much happier if comfort is also a priority. Get the right accessories – a fascinator or hat and feminine jewelry can add so much to an outfit. • For the men you can never go wrong in a well cut suit. Make sure you try it on beforehand – untailored suits can ruin the entire look. The full designer list • VDJ fashion challenge • Gideon • Stuttafords by Gideon • Top Shop Woman • Kathrin Kidger • Andre Martin • Colleen Eitzen • Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs • Top Shop Man • Zama Mathe • Amanda Laird Cherry • VDJ men and Terrence Bray • Francois Vedemme • Haroun Hansrot • Hanrie Lues • Bianca Warren • Ruff Tung by Jean Paul Botha • Rubicon by Hangwani Nengovhela • Casey Jeanne • Jane Wolff & Dale McCarthy • Minette De Swardt • Larisa Terblanche • Merissa Snyman • Amarah Wynbaard • Jacqueline Munsami • Meghan Henry • Daniel Paton • Natasha Jaume URL: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sane Ndlovu from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Originally distributed by . . .
African Directory Services (ADS) has sponsored the Durban Beach Shelter with a free website. ADS designed a brand new website and logo for the non-profit organization. The Durban Beach Shelter was established in 1998 by Mr. Deen Mohamed. The primary focus of the shelter is to enhance the lives of the underprivileged and destitute through a variety of programs therefore assisting them in becoming independent and sustainable as well as giving them access to education and social welfare. The question that ADS was faced with is, what do you give an organization that’s in dire need of funding? A website of course! Shane Hiralall a Director at African Directory Services said, “We’re living in a 'tech-era' where everything is online, instant and millions of people turn to the internet as the first source for information. The only way that people know an organization exists is if they are listed online. If it's not found on the net, chances are that many people are not knowledgeable about it and as a result of that, are not likely to donate to your cause.” As the costs of basic necessities continue to rise, the expense of developing and maintaining a website is a luxury for Charity Organizations. This is why African Directory Services took the decision to develop and host a brand new website for the Durban Beach Shelter. ADS has exceptional web design and hosting services and as a company we are thrilled that we could assist the Durban Beach Shelter. We encourage you to donate to their worthy cause. Take a look at the Durban Beach Shelter website and let us know what you think! http://www.dbnbeachshelter.com/ URL: http://corporate.adslive.com/index.php/blog 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: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
The BedKing Bed and Mattress Company have again increased their product range to include some of South Africa’s top bedroom brands. Cape Town, June 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Mattress Company has announced a further increase in their product range to include iconic South African bedroom brands such as Comfort Solutions, Majestic, Serta and Simmons. Most of these brand names were already familiar to customers in The BedKing Stores, but now thanks to the growth in bed and mattress sales in Cape Town and Johannesburg, BedKing has been able to secure even better prices to ensure that they stay the cheapest bed and mattress retail option in South Africa. Mr Mervyn Ewertse, founder and current MD of BedKing South Africa had this to say about the latest bed brand and pricing deals available in BedKing stores: “When I opened the first BedKing store doors more than a decade ago it was with the idea that I would always provide my customers with the best quality beds and mattresses at the best prices. We as a company have not only managed to do this time and time again, but have made the best priced guarantee pledge a part of our everyday company culture. I invite you all to come and see for yourself why BedKing offers the best everyday prices for beds in South Africa, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.” For more about the best bed and mattress prices in BedKing stores, or to find out more about the current BedKing bed and mattress specials, please go to the Specials page (http://www.bedking.co.za/specials.php) on the BedKing website. The BedKing bed and mattress company has stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape in South Africa. They are currently one of the biggest sellers of bed, mattress and bedroom products in the country and have distribution warehouses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Online bed and mattress orders can be placed via their website or telesales office on 0860 25 35 45. END Press release submitted . . .
An integrated African rail network interconnected with the continent's ports, roads and waterways is essential for Africa's development. The ‘Dream of African Railway Renaissance‘ includes regional integration, improvement of logistics, an investment plan to recover decades of underinvestment, a corridor approach and a cross-border management. Africa needs a fair competition of transport modes, based on a level play-field. A survey conducted by The Economist stated, South Africa ranked 34 out of 192 countries for infrastructure and 12th for its rail network. Keeping up with the current growth in Africa, the 2nd Annual African Railway Summit this year will focus on micro managing infrastructure planning and financing, railway concessioning and operation, energy efficiency, multi-modality, freight and passenger transport, urban transport, as well as safety and security. The summit will be held on 5 - 6 November at Johannesburg. Last year the summit supported by Transnet was characterized by high level presentations and panel discussions with key experts from Africa and other continents, it provided a holistic purview on the rail developments in the regions . In terms of longest rail networks South Africa ranked 11th in 2012/13. The railway network from Tema to Paga in Ghana which is 1500km in length and is being reconstructed and the Tangier-Casablanca High-Speed Rail Line in Morocco, the first high-speed rail line in Africa that is scheduled to be completed in 2015 will be a part of the ongoing regional projects to be discussed in the summit. International perspective on railways will enhance the attendees knowledge on the converging trends and challenges in the urban transport and mobility in Africa. Sustainability for African network rail will be taken up in a panel discussion where the participants can learn about the social, economic & environmental aspects from the railway industry experts. The forum is opened to all policy makers & government . . .
27 JUNE 2013 The third installment of the annual health and women focused event, She Walks - Charity Walk, roars into life in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on 29 June 2013 much larger and healthier. She walks is education drive about our health social issues. Encouraging active healthy lifestyle, standing against abuse of alcohol during pregnancy and encouraging the youth to stay active and refrain from drugs. Participants will take part in a 6km walk starting at the Central Sport Ground in Mamelodi West on Kubone Drive, to finish at Rethabile Sport Grounds in Mamelodi East (Tsomo Street). Organized and managed by Blossom Beauty Foundation (BBF), a Johannesburg non-profit organization, the national initiative has grown rapidly in popularity in just under a year of its existence. A not-to-miss for action minded and health conscious personalities, this year’s edition rides on the success of two well attended previous events - the inaugural edition and the second event, both held last year. Says Tam de Vries, Blossom Beauty Foundation founder: “This is our national walk, No one should miss it. We are bringing it to Mamelodi for the first time starting from 10am to 2pm the same day.” We encourage every walkers give minimum donation of R20 – which goes towards giving health to the younger generation. De Vries explained that the Pretoria event will give back to one high school in Mamelodi West - any sport kit of their choice and the hospice in Mamelodi East. Though She Walks is themed and styled for women, participation is open to everyone in support of women and the youth. Walking for She Walks – it’s for a good cause and invited are groups such as schools, youth organizations, athletics clubs, cultural and sporting bodies, development NGOs, private companies, media and other organizations. Readiness: Walkers will find ready a clear and well marked route. A hydration plan powered by Coca Cola for participants includes drinks and water provided at starting . . .
Team Bonitas professional Willie Smit put in a dominating performance to claim the first two stages and the yellow jersey on day one of the Bestmed USSA student road cycling championships in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Smit, from the University of Pretoria, opened his account with a split-second victory in the 83km road stage (2:07:25) in the morning and went on to notch up another credit in the 15km individual time-trial (21:49.46) later in the day. "My main goal was the time-trial," said the 20-year-old. "Winning the road race was just a bonus. The team did a great job and it wouldn't have been possible without them." The first stage culminated in a dramatic bunch sprint to the finish at Altona Primary in the Greenbushes area, with Smit just nosing ahead of runner-up Waldo Gronum (Shukuma-NMMU) and third-placed Martin Scheppel (University of Johannesburg). In the afternoon, Smit judged the windy conditions along Marine Drive well to put almost a minute into team-mate Kevin Patten, who took second in 22:55.28. Local rider Gronum rounded out the day's podium in 23:18.54. "There was a headwind going out, so I was planning to ride out as hard as possible to make up more time," said Smit, who logged the fastest-ever time-trial at the Tour of Mauritius last year. "I think a lot of people thought they should save their energy on the way out and then go back faster but the pace on the return leg was just too high." The second-year law student, who finished third overall last year, said he was feeling confident that Tuks could take the team competition for a second year in a row. "It's up to the other guys to race us. We'll just control the race and see what happens." In the women's tour, the University of Cape Town's Kelley Hess soloed to victory on stage one and finished second on stage two to take a convincing overall lead. The American post-doctoral fellow in astronomy put in an attack on the first lap of the 62km road race for an . . .
The Unlimited Child has partnered with Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), to roll out their CSI (corporate social investment) in Kwa-Zulu Natal. ABI will invest over R1 million with The Unlimited Child, a Hillcrest based Non-profit Organisation, over the next two years which will directly impact the lives of over 1 000 children in more than 20 crèches. Tshidi Ramogase, ABI’s Corporate Affairs Director, said that it is part of the company’s philosophy that ABI gives back to the communities within which it operates. “Early Childhood Development is one of the main areas for the ABI CSI Programme, and we have decided to start this roll out in Umlazi, Inanda and Ntuzuma/KwaMashu. We approached The Unlimited Child to roll out this project as this organisation offers a sustainable approach to ECD.” said Tshidi. ABI, the soft drink division of South African Breweries and the biggest of The Coca-Cola Company bottler in Africa, identified The Unlimited Child as the best Early Childhood Development model as their deliverables provide immediate impact on the lives of young children. The Unlimited Child achieves this by supplying the crèches with educational toys specifically designed to develop cognitive and fine motor skills in pre-school children. At the same time, crèche caregivers are trained to ensure they know how to maximise the use of the toys and create stimulating learning environments. What sets The Unlimited Child apart is that the organisation performs regular, on-going evaluation and monitoring of the crèches and caregivers to ensure that the equipment is used properly. Thus, the initial scope of the project has expanded to emphasise long term sustainability, empowerment and life-long learning. “It is very important to us that the caregivers remain trained and the toy kits remain with the crèches. So even when the 2 year contract is over, and the 1 050 children have run through the facilities every year, the following year more kids will be able to . . .