After an early season of working towards team goals, David Maree will be hoping to defend his title at the Emperors Palace Classic in Johannesburg on Sunday, April 13. The seventh edition of the late autumn event, presented by OR Tambo International Airport, promises top-flight racing as many of the country's pro teams will have completed the five-stage Mzansi Tour the previous day. "My legs will surely be sore after the tour, which isn't ideal," conceded Team Abantu's Maree, when asked about the possibility of back-to-back titles in the one-day classic. "But the tour also gives you a mental advantage, having raced the previous few days and having been in that frame of mind." The Bryanston-based all-rounder said he would definitely be targeting a second victory in the 102km feature race, which starts and finishes at the casino resort. "There are a few good hills on the route that play to my strengths and will give me the opportunity to gain some time over the bunch. "If the race is in our favour and I manage to stay away with a few strong riders, then there's a good chance for me to win." Should it come down to a bunch sprint, he said a fast man like teammate Nolan Hoffman – who has already won the green jersey in the Bestmed Tour de Boland and the Argus title this season – would be more likely to take it. "Apart from the sprinters, guys like HB Kruger (Bonitas) and Calvin Beneke (Europcar SA) might get away. Even someone like Tyler Day might try to slip into the move." Maree has been something of a dark horse this season, not appearing on the podium but helping his teammates to some high-profile results. Most notable was his powerhouse display over Suikerbossie that helped set up Hoffman's maiden victory in the Argus last month. "I had a very good ride at Argus and I'm very happy that we won the race," said the 24-year-old. "We've just come back from a training camp in Nelspruit and I'm feeling confident about my . . .
Cape Town, SA, April 7th 2014 – Stream Sweden entered the retail market in early February and has received an amazing response from consumers, retailers, celebrities, professional athletes, influential bloggers and prominent business people. The Nordic Region provides Stream with a strategic foothold and launch pad into the European market. There are high standards and strict regulations regarding labeling, recycling, ingredients and operating procedures to trade in Europe. The fact that Stream has passed these tests and successfully entered the Swedish market is a true testament to the need, quality and appeal of the brand. Stream’s innovative cap technology and range of functional beverages has retailers, distributors and consumers around the world very excited. The company is currently building alliances and partnerships in strategic regions in order to produce and distribute Stream on an international level. The Stream cap also allows for the elimination of a high carbon footprint, shipping and import costs on final products. “It’s an honor that Stream has been accepted into the Swedish market. Our partners have a wealth of business experience in the European market. Sweden, Norway and Denmark will be the first countries where Stream will be available in Europe. The partnership also establishes Stream as an international organization and is in line with the company’s vision of becoming a global brand”, said Dean Lynch, CEO & Chairman. Babak Faramarzian, CEO for Cure Group, is responsible for the launch of Stream in the Nordic Regions, brings immense experience and resources as an established business man in Sweden “Our team is happy to bring Stream to Sweden and is looking forward to introducing it to the European market. “The market needs a next generation vitamin drink as there are currently very limited options available that have fresh vitamins, are sugar free, Preservative free, very low in Calories and have a great taste! said . . .
The University of Johannesburg will face the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Potchefstroom on Monday afternoon in a must-win promotion-relegation match to stay in the FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International. FNB UJ will have everything to play for when they meet the Varsity Shield runners-up on neutral ground at North-West University. The game will act as the curtain raiser for the Varsity Cup final between FNB NWU-Pukke and FNB Ikeys. The Gauteng side, which finished seventh out of eight teams, has had a disappointing tournament after reaching the semi-finals last year. But, said new head coach Werner Janse van Rensburg, the outcome was not all doom and gloom. "Our campaign has been one with lots of positives but obviously also disappointments. "We knew from the start that the competition would be tough with a new and inexperienced team but we've already showed great progress and with a little good luck could have come close to the semi-finals." Janse van Rensburg said their final scorecard – one win, one draw and five losses – did not necessarily reflect their overall performance. "We certainly played our part in this competition if you take into account that we drew with defending champions Tuks and only lost in the 82nd minute to NMMU, who pushed Pukke all the way in the semis. "We were also on the wrong side of some bad decisions in the UCT game regarding the yellow cards, so our picture could have easily looked quite different." He said good collective performances had defined his team's game throughout. "We had solid contributions from our more experienced players like our fly-half Marais Schmidt, tighthead prop Van Zyl Botha and lock Shane Kirkwood." These stand-out performers were backed by youngsters like wing Michal Haznar and flanker Victor Sekekete who showed real promise, said Janse van Rensburg. He said their do-or-die match against the UKZN Impis would not be a walkover as both teams played to . . .
Following the February announcement by City Health of their funding of the SPCA to run a mass sterilisation programme in the next six months in Site B in Khayelitsha, the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust (SA.MAST) have moved their focus from Site B to Site C in order to complement the campaign and transform a large part of the Khayelitsha area. Says, Tamsin Nel, Founder and Director of SA.MAST: “We have been working in the Khayelitsha area, including Site B, for the last five years and are gratified that there is now a City funded project sustaining mass sterilisation in Site B. To date, we have sterilised over 7,000 cat and dog patients in Khayelitsha’s twenty-eight recognised areas and their fifty-three subsections, with 1,651 patients in 2013 alone. As we are donor funded, we are charged welfare rates for all of our veterinary needs so the cost for these patients came to R521,414.00 with a further R80,000.00 for medical treatments. The R527,999.00 from the City Health Directorate to the SPCA for one site will therefore make a long-term impact if animal welfare organisations work together to make a sustainable and complementary impact”. Site C is directly adjacent to Site B and has 11 sub-sections with several thousand people living in each section. There is large animal migration between the two sites and surviving kittens and puppies are constantly being rehomed in neighbouring areas before there is a chance to sterilise them. Historically it has been impossible to have these kittens and puppies stay at their birth place until they are twelve weeks old, an age that SA.MAST would be willing to have them undergo the sterilisation procedure. Instead, they end up being rehomed before they can be sterilised and often go on to produce at least one unwanted litter, continuing the breeding cycle and further contributing to the overpopulation epidemic. To reduce this “cross pollination”, SA.MAST have re-directed a substantial amount of their . . .
A top London estate agent is ploughing back his expertise gained abroad into his hometown of Port Elizabeth as Re/Max Independent's newest recruit. Born and raised in PE, Bernard Richter started his career in the property industry after a shoulder injury while playing rugby abroad forced him to find alternative employment. "I was chosen for the South African rugby college under-21 side and through this had an opportunity to play abroad." It was while playing in the United Kingdom that Richter broke his shoulder. "I had to get a job and felt I didn't want to be stuck behind a desk from nine to five. "I figured I enjoyed people, had an interest in property through my mom, who's an estate agent, and might find working as an agent to be just the right job for me," said Richter. The former Graeme College and Victoria Park High School pupil's business and marketing studies at Damelin College stood him in good stead as he started his career at the London-based Rolfe East estate agency and quickly moved through the ranks. Richter started out as a trainee sales negotiator, but progressed to senior sales negotiator within two years and was soon managing his own branch in west London. "When I started I was a real rookie but really wanted my particular office to do well. I replaced a man who had just resigned and I felt from the start that if I wanted this job, I needed to pull in some figures. "I got to work early and stayed late and my boss recognised this, started giving me incentives and praising my efforts." He said the recognition made him feel good and spurred him on to do more and more. "Over time I was given additional responsibility and responded well to pressure but always did what I said I was going to do for my clients and this seemed to be the key to my success. "If you just do what you say will, call when you say you will, keep things simple and be honest, I guess you have a winning formula and it's one I've stuck . . .
Five universities are set to battle it out for top honours in the USSA judo tournament that takes place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Missionvale Campus this week. Participants representing the universities of Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Stellenbosch arrived in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (April 3) for the official opening and weigh-ins. Judo, which has been a part of the championships since its inception in 1994, was last hosted by the Madibaz in 2010. They have entered 18 participants for the 2014 event. According to NMMU's martial arts manager Bernard Petersen the local side includes several members that could feature prominently in the senior section of the championship, which hits the mats on Friday and Saturday. They are Matthew Chase, Lwazi Mapitiza, Darren and Alex Neave, Daniel Pienaar and Sinethemba Mpati, who won the U/60kg title at Wits last year. In the women's section, Astrid Bluemel will be the Madibaz's best chance of a medal. Last year, she won gold medals in both the U/63kg and U/78kg categories. Peterson will be hoping that his side can improve on the 12 medals they amassed last year in the various weight divisions, which include U/56kg, U/60kg, U/66kg, U/73kg, U/81kg, U/90kg, U/100kg and over 100kg. Contact Petersen on 041 504 1244 or 076 402 7317 for more information. Alternatively, visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za or find Madibaz4U on Facebook and Twitter. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 082 575 7991 041 368 4992 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fullstop.co.za On behalf of: NMMU Sport Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://sport.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Full Stop Communications. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Headline sponsor, Columbia Sportswear, is excited to announce that some of South Africa’s greatest multisport athletes - including Eric Zondi, Lance Kime, John Ntuli and Brand du Plessis - will be competing in the Columbia Triple Challenge on Sunday, 6 April 2014. Now in its twelfth year, the Columbia Triple Challenge engages athletes across three sports disciplines - trail running, mountain biking and canoeing – and takes them on a gruelling off-road adventure through the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. The annual Columbia Triple Challenge is unique in the fact that most of the route, from Pietermaritzburg to Inanda Dam, takes athletes through privately-owned land, including 6 private game reserves. A top contender in the Elite Men’s category for this year’s featured event – the Individual Multisport Challenge - is Eric Zondi, back-to-back winner of both the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon (with partner Andrew Birkett) and the Non-stop Dusi Canoe Marathon (with partner Hank McGregor). The 93.6km Multisport Challenge includes a 20.6km Trail Run from Maritzburg to Camperdown, a 53km mountain bike race from Camperdown to Inanda Dam, and an 18km canoe paddle on the Inanda Dam with two portages of 130m and 1.7km respectively. Only the toughest will survive this. Zondi will be competing against 2013 Dusi Canoe Marathon Singles winner, Lance Kime, who will be taking part in his first Columbia Triple Challenge, as well as Nhlanhla Cele, who’s hungry for a third victory after winning both the 2011 and 2012 Multisport Triple Challenge. Add into the mix Comrades Marathon winner Nick Bester, who is back for more after winning the event in 2003, and the race to the podium, promises to be excruciating but exciting. Competing in the 80.6km (20.6kms Trail Run / 53km MTB /7km Trail Run) Multicross event is John Ntuli (the 2011 Multicross winner), Brand du Plessis (Multiple South African Duathlon champion), Daniel Carleton (Xterra age group World Champion), Justin Porteous . . .
Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival is determined to prove that life begins at 40 as it announces a programme that “reaches into our past and launches us into the future” for its 40th anniversary to be held from 3 to 13 July this year. The landmark edition will feature some of the Festival’s most accomplished alumni, as well as strong new artistic voices from across the country and, through various partnerships, from more than 20 other countries. “There are many demands and expectations made on us this year, given the significant histories of the Festival and of the country, but we are confident that we have pulled together a programme that will challenge and inspire audiences and participants alike,” says Festival Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed. The Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners remain a primary focus for the Festival, bolstered this year by the presence of many previous winners in recognition of the 30th anniversary of Standard Bank’s sponsorship of the Award. Theatre Award winner Greg Homann’s Oedipus @ Koö-Nú! is based on the tragedy Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, reworked as a playful allegory offering a subversive and satirical take on the past, present, and future of South Africa's complex political landscape. Performance Art Award winner Donna Kukama will present The Museum of Non-Permanence: a series of events, encounters, interactions, and public announcements taking place in various public sites; interrogating our relationships with our complex histories. Carving out a unique place between the disciplines of dance and theatre, Dance Award winner Nicola Elliott’s work focuses on the body’s ability to tell its story, confronting physical experience through a theatrical medium. In Bruising, she explores the dichotomy of tensions that exist between the inner and outer worlds in our individual notions of love. Music Award winner Njabulo Madlala will showcase his vocal talents in a varied programme that includes songs from the likes of . . .
The range of products and services that is offered via the mobile channel is continuously expanding as industry pioneers in this sector forge ahead with new innovations. Many of the experts who will address the sixth annual Mobile Money & Digital Payments Africa in Johannesburg from 21-22 May, agree that the ability to provide financial services to the previously unbanked remains a key priority. Financial inclusion a measurable objective According to Kim Dancey, Regulatory Head and Specialist Advisor: Digital and Alternative Banking at South Africa’s FNB: “there has been a very perceptible acceptance of financial inclusion as a measurable policy objective by regulators and acceptance as a business imperative by service providers.” She continues: “the challenge is to move mobile money from being a payment instrument to an offering that is used as a money management tool.” She is excited about the bank’s eWallet, “particularly in the African operations, which showed a 119% year-on-year increase in the last financial year.” The total number of eWallets on the continent reached 2.5 million, an 84% increase with Namibia and Botswana showing a very high customer acceptance and take-up. Microfinance + MMT = fantastic opportunity Also focusing on expanding the financial services in the mobile money sphere is the Musoni microfinance system that is integrated with leading East African MMT services. Last year, Musoni Kenya, the first 100% mobile microfinance organisation, reached the milestone of having processed 1-million M-PESA transactions through its system. Says Musoni Services CEO Cameron Goldie-Scott: “linking microfinance and mobile money provides a fantastic opportunity for both MFIs and mobile money providers. We now work with six MFIs across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and are looking to expand into new markets as well as continue adding new payment channels and MMT providers.” In spite of the potential says Goldie-Scott, many MFIs have been . . .
Good business was the order of the day as abused and abandoned children and animals benefited from the SPAR Eastern Cape trade show in Port Elizabeth last week. Some 104 suppliers and 95 retailers converged at The Boardwalk Hotel & Convention Centre for the twice-yearly event at which four new house brand product ranges – including premium pet food – were introduced. To celebrate the launch, the retail giant committed to donating R5 000 worth of SPAR WOOF dog food to the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in PE and the equivalent amount of money to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Mthatha. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager, Abri Swart, the trade show was not just about doing deals, launching new products and building relationships but also about doing something positive for the marginalised members of society. "As one of the largest companies in the province, we pride ourselves on being part of our community and implementing 'good' business practices in everything we do." At the close of the event, participating suppliers were also encouraged to donate their stock to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre. "We introduced this aspect three or four years ago," said Swart. "Stock which is not utilised at the trade show is given to the centre. It can be anything from food and toys to cleaning products and household items." Swart said the day was all about building relationships between service providers and retailers and also with the wider community. AWS fundraiser Kathy Zenios said the initiative would be a welcome boost for the non-profit organisation. "As an NGO, we really struggle to feed our animals. It's the one thing that there's a never-ending need for, so any programme that helps to support us and make their lives better is fantastic." The organisation also received a delivery of 1.5 tonnes of dog and puppy food from Newton Park SUPERSPAR earlier this month. For more information . . .