This weekend 23 and 24 February will see the Annual 24 Hour Sailing Challenge take place on the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth. This regatta is unique in that it takes place on an inner city lake in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and is the last remaining 24 hour sailing regatta in South Africa. Teams consist of a maximum of 10 sailors - five two man teams, who sail in shifts on a designated course on North End Lake. It was in the first part of the last century that Bayonians (PE People) first started sailing on this stretch of water. The first record of boating on the lake was in January 1907 when a W. Chant was given permission to hire out boats. Once also named the Linden or Linton Reservoir, the North End Lake is an oasis in the centre of North End and a suitable backdrop for the Nelson mandela Bay Stadium. An average depth of three metres makes for safe participation in activities such as sailing, boating, fishing and water-skiing. At a stage the North End Lake was called the Prince Alfred's Park Lake - formed from run-off rainwater from the surrounding hills. The first record of competitive sailing on the North End Lake was in the Herald of 1908 which recorded the holiday programme of the Port Elizabeth Yachting and Rowing Club (PEYRC). The preogramme included sailing, rowing and flat races, decorated illuminated boat procession and a fireworks display. Sailing teams in two person dinghies from Knysna Yacht Club, Redhouse Yacht Club, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and East London Yacht Club will gather this weekend to see which team can sail the furthest distance around a designated course in 24 hours. Presented by RYC and hosted by the EP Powerboat Club the weekend is always a fun challenge and interested persons are welcome to pop in for a chat and frothy libation of their choice. YouTube: https://youtu.be/UXLrD6Bwhqs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Going Back to . . .
SA cricket legends Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Meyrick Pringle will attend coaching clinics for new and developing talent at next week’s Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes. The event, now in its fourth year, introduced its social responsibility initiative, Hit Poverty For A Six, in 2016. “The initial aim was to bring previously disadvantaged young players to the festival for coaching and net sessions and provide transport, food and beverages. In addition, an allocation was made for two development teams in every league to be sponsored so they could join the competition. The winners of last year’s social league, The Breva Team, hailing mostly from Khayelitsha, have now been promoted to the main Castle Lager League this year, and are expected to be one of the favourites,” explains Ryan Christian, the organisation’s founder. “Every year the talent of the township players has been inspirational. These kids just need to be given opportunities that we are providing to reveal their potential and experience the thrill of succeeding on a larger stage,” he adds. Explains Donald, “The first thing that struck me was how this event got the kids and community involved. The interaction was amazing. We noticed one kid for example last year, Lucky, from Masiphumelele, who had a beautiful and seemingly natural away swinger - we hope he will continue to develop and be given the right support and coaching. He and others had a similar look to the likes of Lundi Ngini or Rabada - the potential in the Western Cape overflows - these kids just need the facilities and opportunities.” Donald continues, “I always say, you never know how good you are until you discover what your talent is. For youngsters out there, the message I have for you is that, ‘It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be’.” Held over three days, from 22nd to 24th February at the Greenpoint Cricket Club, the Sasfin Cricket Sixes is Africa’s largest amateur cricket festival and will . . .
Cyclists who are targeting the Takealot Berge & Dale title next week will need to make sure they are well prepared for a challenging finish to the popular road classic. The feature race of 108km in the 20th edition of one of South Africa's longest-running events will see the leading bunch having to tackle the Sterkfontein climb in the closing stages. A huge entry is again expected for the February 23 race, which also includes an alternative distance of 60km. Entries close at midnight tonight. The Berge & Dale is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and ideal preparation for the Western Cape race on March 10. Erick Oosthuizen, chief executive of race organisers ASG Events, said safety issues had played a prominent role in them deciding to reverse the route for the race in Krugersdorp on the West Rand. "The decision to ride counter-clockwise to the previous route was taken in consultation with the traffic department," he said. "This will allow us to get everyone off the N14 highway early in the race and we will now also end the race on the top of the Krugersdorp hill. "This will alleviate the anxiety of the entrance into a venue and will give the guys a nice run down into the race village at the Silverstar Casino once they are done." The changes, Oosthuizen added, would not detract at all from the challenge facing the riders. "It will definitely test them because the finish will be just as hard, as you now have to contend with the infamous Sterkfontein climb in the closing kilometres. He described the feature race as one which would test the riders' mental fortitude as well as their conditioning. "The first couple of kilometres will allow them to ease into the race, but the legs will be tested in the cradle [Cradle of Humankind], so they must be careful not to burn all the matches. "I believe the last couple of kilometres into Krugerdorp is where the guys will hurt the most." Oosthuizen added, though, that . . .
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The Western Cape’s top Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) matriculant, Maajidah Arendse hopes to become a successful civil engineer and a proud representative of women in Engineering. “I want to be a part of projects that improve both the built and natural environment by making new discoveries and making the lives of my fellow South Africans better,” says Arendse, who achieved six distinctions, including 85% for science and 89% for English in the 2018 matric exams. These results ensured that she secured a place to study a BSc degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town in 2019. Arendse, who attended The Oracle Academy High School in Ottery, grew up in Zeekoevlei in Cape Town. She spent every Saturday morning from grades 10-12 attending Engen’s supplementary classes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), which helped to boost her marks. She credits these extra lessons for her outstanding results. “Waking up early every Saturday morning to attend EMSS classes taught me discipline and showed me the benefits of sacrificing weekend time in order to improve and be consistent in my academics. “The EMSS classes put me at an advantage even at my own school and I knew the sacrifices would be worth it. “The teachers at the EMSS classes always created a positive environment in class and offered useful advice for the preparations of the final matric exams,” she adds. Her advice for the 2019 Matric class is to realise that you are competing with yourself and not others. “Set goals for yourself because at the end of the day you write your final exam alone and it is your effort and hard work that produces results.” Arendse does however caution against over work. “It is important to take breaks whether it’s being outdoors, watching your favourite movie or even having lunch with your family.” Continuous encouragement and support from her parents and elder sister also played their part in her excellent marks. “Grade 12 is not . . .
Cape Town-based CloudOne Technologies Pty Ltd, trading as CloudOne.mobi, has announced that it closed two funding rounds totalling R34m at the end of 2018. The investors include Investec Private Capital, through its Emerging Companies mandate. The investment will be used to help scale out and grow the business more aggressively. CloudOne.mobi was founded in October 2014 with the mission of re-inventing the Point Of Sale (POS) experience Founder and CEO Dana Buys has successfully started and sold a number of software businesses since launching his first business while studying at the University of Cape Town in the early 1980s. Subsequently a hospitality business owner, among other interests, he became frustrated with poor levels of technology, particularly related to POS. Buys is passionate about customer service and wanted a solution that would improve the speed and accuracy of serving customers. "Speed and accuracy deliver a win-win for both business and its customers,” he says. “Happy customers spend more and spread the good news via word of mouth. Accurate orders reduce costly mistakes and improve profitability. It’s hard to beat if you can make the solution easy-to-use and affordable to own!” He continues, “There is massive opportunity to deploy affordable Cloud and mobile technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Cloud solutions model allows us to eliminate many of the headaches experienced by SME businesses which often lack strong IT skills. We develop the solution, keep the systems up to date, manage the databases and integration to external solutions, perform regular backups, and enforce security.” CloudOne.mobi has developed an advanced cloud-based Point of Sale solution called TallOrder for SME businesses across the hospitality, retail and service segments. TallOrder delivers Cloud benefits, along with robust offline capacity to deal with the relatively slow, less reliable and costlier Internet prevalent throughout emerging markets. Buys explains . . .
Billed as a high-quality but affordable event, race organisers ASG Events are geared up for a flood of interest in the Liberty Winelands Encounter, which takes place in mid-April. This is the second leg of the annual Liberty Encounter Series, which includes the TransCape MTB Encounter, currently in progress, and the Waterberg Encounter in June. Starting in Boschendal, the race will expose mountain-bikers to the scenic trails of the Cape Winelands around Franschhoek and Paarl. ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said an indication of the April 12-14 race's popularity was that it was sold out last year. They are again limiting the field to 200 teams, which incorporates a wide range of riders, from the weekend warriors to corporate teams, with a mix of professional cyclists. "Entries have been very steady but we believe the bulk of the riders are only getting interested from now onwards, so we are sure that will build up nicely," said Oosthuizen. "The previous four years were no different." He said their focus for the three-day race was to provide an event with the emphasis on quality, while ensuring it remained within an affordable bracket. "There are two options and both offer something of value. "The most popular category, proven by the number of entries received so far, is the option at LeFranschhoek Hotel and Spa, which can accommodate 80 teams. "The other option is an entry with lunch and dinner included at 60% of the full accommodation category, which makes it excellent value for money." Besides the weekend warriors drawn by the iconic trails of the Cape Winelands, Oosthuizen said it was the perfect getaway for corporates. "I think it's quickly becoming a must-do event, because not everyone can take the leave needed for a long race. "But an event from Friday to Sunday is the perfect length for many mountain-bikers and we feel we have a unique offering. "It affords our participants with a passion for the sport the . . .
World renowned whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, has moved the dynamic and decadent pop-up bar experience to Cape Town. The Johnnie Walker Code Black (#JWCodeBlack) bar opened from 31 January 2019 and will be in running until 22 February 2019 at the Cartel Roof Top. The sophisticated and festive social offering was first introduced in June 2018 at the Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, followed by the next installation in Melrose Arch in November. The notion is dedicated to sharing the many ways in which the pleasures of Johnnie Walker Black could be experienced. Whether neat, with a mixer, or as a cocktail, the distinct notes of Johnnie Walker black label always emerge as: “delectable”. Combined with an elegant setting and wrapped in the vibrant tunes of specially selected entertainment, the lifestyle experience struck all the right chords with revelers. Resulting in a rapidly sold out series which had to be extended. This February, Code Black has prepared an exciting 3- week tenure, which stretches through 10 nights of good cheer. • Address: 85 Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 • Times: 16:00- 23:00 This series is colored by an upbeat entertainment line-up which includes DJ Loyd, Leighton Moody, Sir Vincent, Fort Noks and Kyeezi for opening night and many more. This season, Code Black has introduced a special offering. The introduction of the “JW personalised printed bottles”. This enable guests to personalise their bottle of Johnnie Walker either for themselves or the perfect gift. Room 12 the private tasting room is also back again where guests enjoy the many delights of Johnnie Walker Black Label in a plush, padded sanctum. These can be booked by guests at the bar reception on a first come, first serve basis only. So “Keep Walking” by registering early for this popular, one-of-a-kind pop-up experience. It is not to be missed. Space is limited. Registrations are open through the Johnnie Walker booking portal: . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 5th February 2019 - South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions provider Cortex Logic secures growth investment to expand it’s reach to new clients in Europe & USA. Cortex Logic is an African Artificial Intelligence (AI) software and solutions company that helps businesses solve complex business problems using the power of AI. Cortex Logic leverage their unique AI Engine for Business that solves strategic and operationally relevant problems by mobilising Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data & Analytics. Cortex Logic Founder and CEO Dr Jacques Ludik said, “The investment is a great endorsement not only of our team, products and growth strategy but also a acknowledgment the reality that enterprises around the world are now deploying artificial intelligence powered solutions to secure a competitive advantage - this cannot the ignored. Operationalisation of real-world Artificial Intelligence / IR4.0 technologies are now firmly on every executive scorecard either at the piloting phase or in production and deployment.” Ludik stated, “We have already established Cortex Logic here in South Africa and our expansion plans not only encompass Africa but also UK and USA. We have a range of artificial intelligence based business technologies, platforms and services. We are consulting with and supporting some of the most prominent brands in SA of which a number are JSE listed and global businesses in a range of sectors, from mining to banking, health to insurance and communications to retail. Every sector of commerce will be impacted by AI and we are now attracting interest from Europe and USA, so this is just a natural step in our growth plan.” Ludik concluded, “The investment allows us to on-board more staff and grow our operation. We are currently recruiting for data scientists, developers and analysts with experience in machine learning, deep learning and complex solution development. Housing . . .
Getting rid of rodents is not always easy which is why you need the right team to help you get rid of the problem once and for all. Cape Town, February 5, 2019 – Rodent infestation goes way back and despite man’s best efforts these tiny animals have been known to cause havoc. The Pest Managers Cape Town owner, Mr. Adriaan Jordaan, notes that their damage can be enormous and that the key to their destruction is early identification and elimination. His company which based in South Africa will help you get rid of these rodents and other pests in your home “With constant changes in weather, you are likely to find unwanted guests at your place of residence” notes Mr. Jordaan, “this can include insects, small animals and even the disease laden rodents. “We all do our best to keep them out of our homes and workplaces, but despite our very best efforts they may still find their way in.” Here are 6 ways you can tell that you have unwanted guests in your home according to the owner of Pest managers Cape Town: 1. You will hear sounds and noises mostly in the dark Rodents are pesky little things dashing in and out of places while scavenging for food. They are quite smart too as they prefer the cover of darkness when roaming. However, they don’t always move silently as you will hear noises in empty rooms and if they are close enough, you may hear them chewing through walls and other things. 2. Chew marks Rodents are known to chew into anything from metal, wood, plastic, fabric and other materials. If you find chewed into clothes or wires, one or more rodents may be in your home. 3. You may see one With time, rats and other rodents get so bold that they start running around the house in bold daylight. When you make a sighting of them in your home, then you can be sure that they aren’t living too far away. 4. You will see their dropping in the house If rodents are living in your premise, you are likely to find their dropping in cabinets, drawers and even the . . .