Free and interactive fan park at Camps Bay High School 19 – 20 March Cape Town will experience the Barclays Premier League like never before when the official fan park, Barclays Premier League Live comes to the Mother City. Soccer fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League Trophy, meet former players, visit team tents and watch matches live on a giant 118-square-metre screen. BPL Live will take place at Camps Bay High School on the 19th and 20th March 2016. It will be free, interactive experience designed for the entire family to enjoy. The park will be open from 12h00 each day and will close shortly after the matches finish. Fans interested in attending should register at http://www.bpllive.com/ or by dialling *134*275#. Entry will be granted on a first come, first served basis, but all fans must register before entering. To help get fans to the free event, a free park and ride facility will run from the Grand Parade, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on a loop system to Camps Bay High School. South African fans can keep up with the latest developments about Barclays Premier League Live at the website www.bpllive.com and from Twitter updates via @premierleague and #BPLlive. Two of South Africa’s greatest Premier League players, Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe, will join other Barclays Premier League legends like Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater in giving fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of their heroes. All of the action will be overseen by John Dykes, the lead presenter for Super Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, who will be on stage, providing insight into all of the weekend’s exciting match-ups including Everton v Arsenal on Saturday 14:45 and Sunday’s grand finale, the Manchester derby at 18:00. Premier League presenter, John Dykes, said: “BPL Live is all about bringing the electrifying atmosphere of a Premier League match to our international fans. The first . . .
President Jacob Zuma’s remarks during last week’s SONA on the country’s nuclear future might seem contradictory, but this is not the case, says Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North West University’s School of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering. President Zuma said South Africa’s nuclear build programme would roll out at a pace the country can afford and that the plan was to introduce 9600MW of nuclear energy in the next decade. Dr Cilliers says “the government has been conducting a number of studies on the affordability of the new build nuclear programme. It is however important to assure this to the public. In the past year a perception has been left in the media that the nuclear programme will go ahead without any knowledge of the cost and responsibilities that come with it. I hope the President’s comments will help to change this perception.” He says South Africans should not be worried: “contrary to popular sentiment the process of 9600MW of nuclear procurement has been extremely open and transparent. The vendor parades were well documented within the confidentiality constraints of a competitive bidding process. Government has cancelled an unaffordable tender process in 2009 indicating the commitment to affordability. I want to emphasise what the President said. We remain committed to the 9600MW of Nuclear New Build, but we will do it at a scale and pace the country can afford - that is what we should so.” Nuclear power by far the safest option “Contrary to what people think and believe, nuclear power provides by far the safest option” states Professor Johan Slabber, professor in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He adds: “it also compares virtually on a one to one basis with coal when it comes to the costing. Although the capital cost is somewhat higher to start with, its running cost is much lower.” Prof Slabber says the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station has been running smoothly now for more than 30 years: “Its load factor is 90% plus, . . .
The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced to the project’s awards breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel last week [12 February]. The function honoured the thousands of volunteers and participants who assist in raising donations for the disability sector. The highlight of the day was a performance by the Filia School Brass Band. Music is an important part of the curriculum, according to Deputy Headmaster Anthony Meyer. In addition, the school raised R131 885 for Casual Day through their supporters. Local Cape Town motivational speaker Shoni Khangala regaled the audience with personal stories of how his life has been enriched by his interaction with persons with disabilities. He said: “Filia School is a school for learners with disabilities in Goodwood and they were the only school to be invited to attend Parliament on Casual Day last year. The children cannot read music, but the school curriculum has been changed to enable them to learn by sound. Each learner starts off by learning the drums, and then progresses to playing the trumpet and finally, the trombone.” A portion of the money raised will go toward purchasing more instruments and assisting the band to get gigs. The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, raising R183 525. The runners up are Paarl School in Brackenfell with R148 080, Cheré Botha Special School in Durbanville with R141 740. Ligstraal School (R115 071), Sunfield Home Wellington (R106 510), Jan Kriel School (R97 060), Lentegeur School (R90 003), Dorothea School (R87 250) and Robinhill Special School (R71 861). The generous public added R27 million nationally to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million. Sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for . . .
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site has named Samsonite ‘Favourite Luggage Brand’, as voted by their worldwide TripAdvisor community in the Travellers’ Choice Awards. The fifth annual Travellers’ Choice Awards highlight the top brands that travellers around the world prefer to use on their trips. For the fourth consecutive year, Samsonite took the worldwide title of favourite luggage, as voted for by over 32.000 discerning travellers across seven different countries*. Samsonite is thrilled to be honoured by the Travellers’ Choice Awards and proud to reflect the choices of real travellers across the globe. As the world’s largest luggage brand for over 100 years, Samsonite strives to meet the needs of today’s traveller, much as they did when the brand was created in 1910. Through constant innovation and research, the brand has evolved with travellers to remain at the forefront of the luggage industry. You can read the TripAdvisor blogpost announcing all winners here - http://blog.tripadvisor.com/uk/2016/02/11/announcing-the-2016-travellers-choice-favourites-awards For more information about Samsonite, visit www.samsonite.co.za and follow @Samsonite_SA *As voted for in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Canada CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
African Utility Week will gather some 6000 power and water professionals in 2016 in Cape Town. Photo: Spintelligent “All eyes are on reducing costs and increasing machine run time” Global energy giant Shell will return as a platinum sponsor to African Utility Week at Cape Town’s CTICC from 17-19 May. As the country goes through tough economic times and companies are facing growing price tags for their equipment maintenance, all eyes are on reducing costs and increasing machine run time. Shell Lubricants were designed with cost saving in mind to maximise equipment efficiency, prolong engine life and reduce downtime, resulting in companies spending less on the maintenance of engines and operating longer, earning more profit. Tendani Ndwamise, Direct Sector B2B Marketer at Shell South Africa says at this year’s event that Shell will focus on the promotion of its Commercial Lubricant products. “We will have a number of products on exhibit at our stand, which have all been fully approved by a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)” says Tendani. These include: Gas Engines Oils – Shell Mysella Transformer Oils – Shell Diala Diesel Engine Oils- Shell Argina XL Turbines- Shell Turbo S4 Renewable energy sources: “Great pressure has been placed on the country’s power utility to meet energy demands. The need for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) has become dire and the importance of the role of renewable energy sources has increased significantly,” adds Tendani. “To meet this demand, the number of gas engines using unconventional fuels such as landfill, bio or sewage gas has grown significantly. While renewable energy sources are friendlier on the environment and also more sustainable, they also run on big engines that require frequent maintenance and are costly to maintain. This has made it more important for Shell to develop the right kind of oils to improve engine maintenance and performance for these specialised applications” she . . .
A visit to the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is an absolute must for those who enjoy a relaxed Sunday shopping browse, in one of the most beautiful settings in Cape Town. The 25 year old Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market has a proud tradition. The outdoor setting is in the historic Stone Cottage grounds on the Kirstenbosch Estate, with the majestic Castle Rock as a backdrop. The stalls consist mainly of craft (with a few minor exceptions) made and sold by the stallholder. Enjoy choosing wares from artisans and craftspeople who display their unique products, including clothing, jewellery, pottery, and wood carvings. It is the perfect place to find gifts for friends or something special for your own home. Buy a delicious bite to eat at one of the many food stalls, while enjoying the music from the University of Cape Town’s finest musicians, and perhaps, take a food basket to the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanic gardens, across the road from the market, and enjoy a picnic to end a perfect day. Children are most welcome and well catered for. Date: 28 February 2016 Time: 9am-3pm Address: Stone Cottages, on the corner of Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The highly anticipated Col’Cacchio pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series ran from September until the end of November 2015. Three top South African sport stars teamed up with three of SA’s hottest young chefs to create their take on a signature pizza. Pizza lovers visited our stores nationally to sample their delectable signature creations and a remarkable R260 000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital Trust. The mouth-watering 2015 line up of celebrity pizzas were created by Butch James and Kamini Pather, JP Duminy and Wynand van Rooyen and Jabu Mahlangu and Ivor Jones. A total of 11 047 pizzas were sold throughout the campaign, with Jabu Mahlangu and Ivor Jones’ ‘The Aegean’ pizza proving to be the most popular. Funds raised will be utilised to upgrade and expand the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted that Col’Cacchio pizzeria once again selected the Children’s Hospital Trust as the beneficiary for this worthy campaign. They have a big heart for the Hospital, and their generous support has helped raise funds for numerous Trust priority projects over the years, with this donation going towards building a much needed bigger and better ICU at the Hospital.” says Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust. Col’Cacchio pizzeria Director, Kinga Baranowska, commented, “The Celebrity Chef Series is about contributing to a worthy cause and this would not be possible without the support of the public, our celebrity chefs, sportsmen and sponsors involved. We thank you for the role you’ve played in helping us raise this donation”. Visit www.colcacchio.co.za or follow Col'Cacchio pizzeria on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ColCacchio CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Thrive is the new website on the block, but they have been helping families for years! It began 9 years ago when Mia Blom and Jacqueline Baldwin were mamas with new-borns, desperate for a bit of guidance. Like all new mothers, they received a barrage of well-intentioned, but outdated information and opinions and had little access to fresh perspectives. They knew that there were innovative and eco-friendly baby products out there, but were clueless where to find them. "It was not that long ago, but it was before social media, and we were based in the Garden Route – so we really were in the dark!" quips Jacqueline. Proving that necessity really is the mother of invention, they sourced products and articles that ‘felt good’ to them -inspired them and helped us survive and decided to share them! So the Survival Guide for Families was born. They printed quarterly A5 guides for 8 years – with distribution channels in the Garden Route, Johannesburg and Cape Town. By the time the babies, who’d suckled while they burnt the midnight oil doing layouts, started ‘Big School’, they discovered that they weren’t the only things that had changed. Mia recalls, "The world was a very different place! It was time for us to change too!" They addressed three relevant questions and made important changes. Why print? Even eco paper did not feel light enough on the planet and totally unnecessary in a technologically changed world where sharing information, quickly and inexpensively is possible. They decided to drop print publications entirely in favour of a purely digital focus, with emphasis on using social media and an app in addition to a website to support families into the future. Why just survive? They also realised that while there was a time (which most new parents will know well) when surviving was the best they could wish for on the average day, they had made good choices and our families had thrived. It was his that motivated their rebrand from Family Survival Guide . . .
A new App made in South Africa combines the best of social media and crowd funding to make birthday wishes come true. The FLYBOY, the original self-balancing scooter in South Africa, was reported to be the world’s most popular Christmas gift for 2015. According to a social survey done by SABC 1 and reported on 'Geleza Nathi' Wednesday morning, the FLYBOY was by far the most in-demand product for 2016, from a shortlist of five. But not everyone has the roughly R9000 price tag in their budget, leaving many kids wanting. The local distributor for FLYBOYS in South Africa has come up with a solution: www.crowdfundme.club. This visionary new web application will ensure that if you did not get a FLYBOY at Christmas, you probably have to wait no longer than your very next birthday to make it yours. The software is based on the crowd funding concept. A remodelled version of the idea allows young Johnny to register online and then target and encourage selected friends and family to 'club together' for his next birthday... so he can get the FLYBOY he wants so badly. There are various incentives for sharing, referring others and for completing certain steps, bringing the goal closer with each step. These incentives and the contributions of friends and family all go towards the cost of his FLYBOY. A simple progress Barometer on his dashboard indicates in Rands how close he is to reaching the full purchase price. The software tracks all payments and contributions to Johnny's goal in real time, and when he reaches his goal, his FLYBOY will arrive on his doorstep on the big day. The tool is user friendly and encourages youngsters to 'save' towards an item of much bigger value. Payment is via the secure Payfast gateway using credit or debit cards, or by EFT. The application designed and developed in Cape Town by Flyboys. A short explanation video can be viewed below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc2DI-Cgk_Q CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .