Festival to celebrate all that is related to our oceans With the Volvo Ocean Race set to arrive in Cape Town in the coming weeks, the V&A Waterfront today announced a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa’s ocean assets: the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival, in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Intended to become an annual event, the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will see a carefully curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November and Friday, 8 December. The intention behind each of the Festival’s events will be to engage and delight visitors’ interest in ocean life, ocean sustainability, and the potential of maritime assets such as South Africa’s vast oceans. “The V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will be held on the property every year as one of the ways in which we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the ocean,” said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront. “Volvo Ocean Race itself has been a catalyst for the evolution of the thinking around the potential of what the oceans economy can look like for the Western Cape, and South Africa. Supporting and developing South Africa’s oceans economy is a significant focus area for the V&A Waterfront, and the annual Oceans Life Festival will be but one of the ways we look to do this.” This year, the Festival will have a strong sustainability message, with many activities focusing on the harm that plastics and other foreign materials do to the world’s maritime assets. The educational programmes that form part of the Festival will highlight the deteriorating state of the world’s oceans, and explore innovative solutions to protect the future of our waters. The Volvo Ocean Race itself is the Everest of Sailing. It is the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world and sailing’s toughest team challenge, . . .
Cape Town, 8 November 2017: Tucked away on the foothills of Table Mountain next to the iconic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town. Since opening its doors, it has been known as a sophisticated haven reflecting the local chic and cutting-edge attitude that gives the suburb of Tamboerskloof its charm. In line with staying ahead of the trend, the hotel is getting a fresh look in all its bedrooms that’s bound to appeal to visitors from around the world. It’s an affordable home base for exploring the vibrant city centre, being close to the V&A Waterfront, the unparalleled natural surroundings of Table Mountain and the bustling restaurants and shops of Bree, Kloof and Long Streets; the heart of night life in the city centre. It’s ideal for leisure travellers seeking a central spot to tackle their exploration adventures and the business traveller for whom convenience is a must. The hotel’s signature restaurant is known for its range of quality dishes reflecting the best food of the world, and there’s a comprehensive fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool and relaxation area offering spectacular mountain views. Besides these, all rooms come with modern must-haves such as complimentary Wi-Fi and plush, luxury bedding. Says Danny Bryer, the Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for Protea Hotels by Marriott, “Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! Cape Town has consistently wowed visitors with its cool, yet practical, interior, from comfortable suites to the striking bar and foyer. Now the rooms will boast an even closer reflection of Cape Town’s vibrant city centre lifestyle and its charming Bo-Kaap heritage, with their splashes of colour and images of the neighbouring Bo-Kaap area that feature in the rooms. The Bo-Kaap is a colourful, spicy neighbourhood that’s deeply linked to the city’s heritage and culture, with friendly locals who are marvelous storytellers; curators of Cape Town’s history. The hotel has long . . .
07 November 2017: South African Student Wins Top International Award in Berlin, Germany • 25 Green Talents 2017 awarded in Berlin • South African winner among this year’s “Green Talents” • 260 attendants at biggest Green Talents Alumni meeting to date • Alumni Survey demonstrates that the award positively influences the career of scientists awarded as “Green Talents” Johannesburg, “International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive award ceremony. Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg, General Director “Policy Issues; Strategy; Digital Transformation” at the BMBF, honoured 25 young scientists from 21 countries. This year’s competition attracted 602 applicants from over 95 countries. For the first time Egypt, Fiji, Iraq, Slovakia, Sweden and Uganda are among the Green Talents winner countries. A high ranking-ranking jury of experts selected the most outstanding ‘green’ visionaries, who come from an impressively wide range of academic research areas with diverse achievements. Conferred under the patronage of the German Research Minister, Professor Johanna Wanka, for the ninth time. The award provides young researchers with a platform for sharing their views on green concepts to make our world a better place. Megan Lukas, 34 from Cape Town conducted her PhD in Environmental Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town where her research focused in Human Connection to the Environment in an under-resourced township setting regarding pro-environmental behaviour, sustainable living and place attachment. This year’s focus is on “Sustainable Production and Consumption”. The two-week science tour provided the Green Talents with insights into the German research landscape and with the opportunity to meet leading experts and visit some of the most renowned research institutions in the focus area, including the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Institute for . . .
Greyling fastest South African to date EASTERN CAPE, GARDEN ROUTE - On Saturday, 28 October 2017, Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape was buzzing with the country’s finest trail runners, and a few international stars, gathering to do battle on the world-renowned Otter African Trail, a gruelling 44km race considered the benchmark of technical marathon-distance trail running. Two of these athletes were Capetonians, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep/ Salomon/ Garmin), and Robyn Owen (Jeep/ Best 4 Sports/ Salomon). They were among 232 athletes all eager to stake their claim on the “The Grail of Trail.” In both the men’s and women’s race, the terrain of the first section of the race favoured the technical runner requiring immense skill, speed and agility. Kane Reilly, top-5 Marathon de Mont Blanc finisher, took the lead ahead of Greyling by the first checkpoint, 20km into the race. Despite the ensuing challenge from Reilly and Robert Rorich, whose speed had put them only minutes behind Greyling at the Bloukrans river crossing, Greyling held true to his current form and race plan, and took the lead with just 7km to go to take home his biggest win this year. He crossed the line in a total time of 04h13m15s, just under 12 minutes ahead of Reilly in second and Rorich in third, and breaking the South African record. “I am blessed to celebrate winning the Otter African Trail Run in the fastest SA time ever - 4:13:15! I ran a race of no regret and gave my everything! Two years of Otter podium finishes and 4 years of working towards my personal goals. This race taught me so much in life about goal setting, patience, discipline, hard work and faith. The Otter is a world-class event and a special trail to me. It was a privilege to run with my Salomon teammates Robyn, Kane, Meg and Thabang,” says Greyling. In the women’s race, Owen’s rock-running skill gave her a slight advantage holding the lead against her challenger, Meg Mackenzie. But the . . .
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The South African plastics and packaging industries managed to raise an incredible R45 000 during last week’s Propak Cape Exhibition by inviting companies and individuals to pledge funds for a much needed seabird hospital at SANCCOB’s Cape Town centre. According to Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA, leaders in the packaging industry and individuals did not hesitate to dig deep into their pockets for the #Ipledgesustainability campaign when they visited the Packaging SA / Sustainability pavilion where the fundraising took place. “Our sincere thanks to Nampak, Pailpac, Polyoak Packaging, Extrupet, Tetrapak, Polyco, Bené Water, SANBWA, PETCO and Gundle Plastics for pledging towards the SANCCOB Saves Seabirds Project. We are very proud of the funds that we managed to raise in only three days,” Steyn said. By purchasing a R50 raffle ticket on the stand, individuals could win one of two picnic tables made from recycled plastic, courtesy of Tufflex Plastic Products. Francois Louw, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for SANCCOB, confirmed that the funds raised will help them take a big step towards reaching their target of R5 million needed for the new facility. “Our seabird centre in Table View has been in operation for 33 years and has served the needs of more than 95 000 seabirds. However, the elderly buildings and facilities are now in desperate need of renovation. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the plastics and packaging industries this past week which will help us build a new and better seabird hospital”. Apart from increasing SANCCOB’s capacity (they currently admit around 2000 seabird patients every year), the upgrade will also include a surgery, an Intensive Care Unit, a new X-ray room, laboratory, three new pools, an aviary, as well as several new pens and preparation areas when construction is completed at the end of 2017. “Seabirds and penguins are often the first casualties when disasters such as oil- or pollution . . .
https://youtu.be/nYOBhhHl6OY A foretaste of what you can expect at the Nelson Mandela Bay Jazz Legacy event as Andile Yenana on Keyboards, Lex Futshane on Double Bass and Temba Ncetani on Flute, debut Zim's Tune - one of the tunes they will play at the Port Elizabeth Opera House on 24 and 25 November 2017. From: Alan Straton More Info here: http://mype.co.za CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
BYLINE: There is a stigma attached to what it means to make it as a young professional. Children feel they have to have incredible marks to be successful. They have the wrong idea. Cape Town has become an international centre for design and creativity, yet a gap still exists between design and education. Now imagine a programme that allows children to redesign their futures through a mentorship in design thinking. Sk8 for Gr8 is an initiative that launched on the 27th of March 2015 in The Woodstock Exchange. Alison Harris, a Cape Town based Art Director, is the founder of the initiative. Her desire for Sk8 for Gr8 is simple in its essence: to encourage design thinking in South Africa’s education philosophy. ‘What I love about the idea is that it allows kids who simply didn’t have the opportunity before to dream a little bigger,’ explains Harris. ‘So the magic in Sk8 for Gr8 is that it started with not much to its name… only a big dream. But it’s now becoming something solid and tangible. It’s walked the same path as I hope these kids will.’ Harris believes that children who grow up without an abundance of opportunity also grow up with a stigma attached to what being successful means. ‘Kids feel that if they struggle at school, there is no hope for them,’ says Parker. ‘In a nutshell, they have the wrong idea. Cape Town has far more to offer, and with the growing skate culture paired up with our incredible design talent found so easily within the city… I came up with Sk8 for Gr8.’ Sk8 for Gr8 is an initiative that pairs up extremely talented designers with children, to mentor them in design and expose their young minds to important skills and exceptional opportunities. The designers work together with the children in a series of four workshops to create beautifully designed skateboard decks, each design inspired by each child. Once these boards are produced, the originals get auctioned off at the initiative’s launch event and now they have gone a . . .
One of the world’s biggest and most popular social sport and entertainment festivals, the Zando Cape Town 10s, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in February 2018! With the event already generating strong pre-sales, tickets are expected to sell out in record time. The 10th annual event will return to Hamilton Rugby Club from 2 to 3 February 2018, featuring a winning blend of the tried and tested sporting disciplines plus four exciting new sporting codes. All will be in the presence of the world’s biggest sporting legends, with the backdrop of an iconic host city. This celebratory year is set to attract old and new fans to the event that has captured the hearts and spirit of our sports-mad nation since 2009. The internationally acclaimed event and winner of the Discovery Sports Industry Award for Best Live Experience in 2016 will feature a staggering 8 different sporting codes including rugby, netball, dodgeball, beach volleyball as well as the newly introduced sports of 5 aside soccer and hockey, the ‘Run the 10s’ fun run and a unique fitness event. Over the years, 10s has featured a number of memorable moments, including guest appearances by the world’s greatest sporting legends: the late, great Jonah Lomu, Tana Umaga, Christian Cullen, Bryan Habana and former Protea skipper Graeme Smith. It’s going to be interesting to see the 2018 line-up, which is set to be announced in the coming months. For those that aren’t too fussed with the sporting aspect, there is the entertainment, which further cements the event as one that appeals to everyone. Guests can expect a world class entertainment line-up featuring top local and an international music act in 2018. Fokofpolisiekar, GoodLuck, Sketchy Bongo, DJ Sox, Majozi, the Light Years and many more will all take to the stage inside Africa biggest beer tent! Co- founder of Zando Cape Town 10s, Bob Skinstad comments “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the 10s brand and would like to thank . . .
Northern Cross Wealth Management qualifies for FAIS Compliant Seal On 25 August 2017, Northern Cross Wealth Management, a Cape Town-based financial services provider and offshore wealth management firm, was awarded the 2017 FAIS Compliant Seal from Masthead, in recognition of excellent compliance standards. Masthead is a national supplier of risk management services to independent financial advisors and other licensed financial service providers (FSPs). They monitor, assess and verify that FSPs consistently maintain a high level of compliance with the procedures as prescribed in the FAIS Act (37) of 2002. Northern Cross Wealth Management underwent three compliance audits and achieved more than the minimum score requirement of 85% for each audit. During these visits, the company’s policies and procedures were measured against the requirements set out in the FAIS Act (37) of 2002 and subordinate legislation as prescribed by the Financial Services Board. This verification is subject to annual review and Masthead has the right to withdraw the usage thereof at any time. Commenting on the qualification, Managing Director of Northern Cross Wealth Management Michael Yuille said, “We are very happy to have achieved an excellent standard of compliance and this will provide our clients with added peace of mind, knowing we have been successfully evaluated on the regulatory requirements as set out by the Financial Services Board.” Northern Cross Wealth Management is an authorized financial service provider. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .