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 . . .
The esteemed speaker line-up for this year’s FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (#LWS2019KZN) will include former Chairperson of the African Union Commission and South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She will form part of an extensive speaker panel, focusing on the summit’s 2019 theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’, taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “With the province of KwaZulu-Natal hosting the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit for the first time, it’s right that one if its most impactful daughters – the Hon. Minister and pan Africanist Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – should be part of this empowering event,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa and this year’s host. “Throughout her life, she has taken on so many roles that have served to extend the advantages of African women and she continues to do so today in her position as MP. As an anti-apartheid activist, government representative and chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Dlamini-Zuma has advanced the position of women in Africa, paving the way for others to achieve where they previously couldn’t. We are honoured to welcome her as a speaker on this year’s panel.” A life of public service After obtaining a BSc Degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Zululand in 1971, Dlamini-Zuma went on to receive her MB ChB from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1978, and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, 1986. She worked extensively throughout the medical field, both at home and abroad, during which time she founded the Health Refugee Trust (HEART) and the Health and Development Organisation, while also serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Aids Co-ordinating Committee of South Africa in 1992 - among many . . .
The fourth annual FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit – hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government - will focus on innovation and non-conformity with its latest theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’. A selection of the continent’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership will engage on this topic at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “This year we want to turn the spotlight on those forward-thinking female entrepreneurs who are making a significant impact in some of the more unconventional sectors,” explained Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “These women are pioneering within industries, as well as pioneering industries themselves, tapping into previously unknown sources of income and transforming the world as we know it. Guests will get a full day and evening to hear these stories and engage with these inspiring women.” Some of the emerging industries that will be explored by these ‘New Wealth Creators’ include, among others: · Virtual and Augmented Reality · Medical Marijuana · FinTech · Biotechnology · Content Marketing · Green Energy · Drones · Mobility Technology · Gaming Platforms · Security · Agritech · Mining · Recycling Waste The panel of speakers has been carefully selected to reflect the summit’s core values. Each woman has made a significant impact on their chosen sector by achieving financial success, creating jobs, developing sustainable initiatives, displaying sound management practices – all the while retaining integrity, vision and leadership. Since its inception in 2016, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit - hosted in association with ABSA and the IDC - has grown, with the 2019 edition set to be the biggest summit yet. There are a number of invited speakers who will be addressing an anticipated audience of some 500 leading women during keynote talks, panel . . .
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 . . .
Brides and grooms-to-be looking for wedding inspiration, venue options and the best suppliers in KZN will be spoilt for choice with the Brabys Future Bride Bridal & Beauty Show (formerly the NWJ Bridal & Beauty Experience) taking place from 1 to 3 March 2019 at brand new The Globe at Suncoast. Visitors can look forward to daily fashion shows, exciting competitions and over 100 wedding suppliers, beauticians, florists, photographers and event co-ordinators. For more information, to buy tickets or to book your stand, visit www.bridalandbeauty.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African underwater photographer Allen Walker (Warner Beach) took the number one spot for the shark photography category at the World ShootOut 2018 awards held at the boot Düsseldorf dive show in Germany recently. “I am thrilled about having won the shark photography category of the prestigious World ShootOut. It puts South Africa firmly on the world map of underwater photography and will promote tourism to South Africa in the diving industry, more specifically shark diving which has become a very popular activity for underwater divers and photographers from around the world. Aliwal Shoal on the KZN south coast boasts with some of the best shark diving in the world and is definitely a must-visit attraction. I really hope that this will also strengthen South Africa’s resolve to protect these animals for future generations and the tourism industry,” commented Walker. Hundreds of photographers from around 40 countries around the world take part in the World ShootOut competition year after year, submitting thousands of images and videos, ranging from those that capture the calm lakes of the Nordic countries and Canada, showcase the exotic secrets hidden in Alaska and introduce the great dramatic white shark in the Gulf of Mexico. To see more of Walker’s images visit: http://www.awphotosa.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, will form part of this year’s notable speaker line-up at the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. Nel-Peters survived a violent carjacking in 2017, emerging unharmed after using a self-defence technique she’d learnt on a course. Spurred by this experience, she launched her Unbreakable campaign which aims to educate and empower women to be prepared, both mentally and physically, in the event of an attack. She will be speaking at the fourth annual FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted in association with the IDC, taking place on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March – at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 7am to 4pm. She will be joined by the likes of international celebrity and philanthropist, Naomi Campbell, as well as leading businesswomen, Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank and Nozipho Sithole, CEO at Transnet Port Terminals, among many others. In addition to the daytime networking, attendees to the summit are invited to the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Awards’ gala dinner celebrating who have made a remarkable impact in the business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership categories. The gala dinner will take place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 6.30pm. For more information, visit www.leadingwomensummit.co.za or follow @LWSummit on various social media platforms (#LWS2019KZN). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On the 9th & 10th of March, #BoredomMustFall is back at uShaka Marine World and it’s going to be awesome, providing great savings! Entry into Sea World, Wet n Wild, uShaka Kids World and Dangerous Creatures will cost you just R99 per person. Experience the thrill of Wet n Wild’s exhilarating water slides, including Africa’s highest water slide. Take in the antics of uShaka’s favourite residents when you watch Sea World’s Dolphin, Seal and Penguin shows. Take a walk through uShaka’s breath-taking aquarium, the 7th largest in the world where you get to explore the underground viewing galleries, extending 500 metres through a series of four superbly designed old ship wrecks. We have also thrown in an entry to uShaka Kids World so that all the littlies can enjoy loads of kiddie fun in an area that is jam-packed with sand pits, treasure hunts, Africa’s highest kiddie jungle gym together with some water sprinkler fun for that added fun. And just to sweeten the deal; you can also enter the Dangerous Creatures exhibit situated within uShaka Village Walk that houses a range of potentially beautiful and dangerous animals, as well as some handsome amphibians and be sure to look out for Freddy our green Iguana, the exhibits popular ambassador. All of the above for just R99 on the weekend for either March 9th or 10th, 2019 - you not only save, but also get to enjoy a jam-packed day enjoying yourself by partaking in a variety of diverse attractions you may not have yet had the opportunity to experience and leaving you never feeling bored. So, take the leap and head for Durban’s favourite seaside playground. For more information, call 031-328 8000 or book your tickets through uShaka ticketing via www.tickets.ushakamarineworld.co.za . T’s and C’s apply. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Setting the benchmark in décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions, Decorex Durban – running at Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019 – will once again provide the trade industry with inspirational products and design offerings that speak to the local market - with a trade-focused day on Friday, 22 March 2019. “The exhibitors at Decorex Durban have really embraced this year’s theme, ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’ and will be demonstrating the immense impact the continent, and our local role players, are having on the décor and design industry,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “Visitors will be exposed to a really innovative range of products that are designed to work well within the local market, with a strong focus on local manufacture and locally-sourced materials.” Here are the top 5 reasons trade delegates should visit Decorex Durban: 1. Connect with industry leaders It’s anticipated that more than 21 000 visitors will walk through the doors of the Durban Convention Centre over the 4-day exhibition – approximately a quarter of whom are trade visitors with 37% of these attendees holding sole purchasing power. Among the attendees will be leading designers, entrepreneurs, retailers, industry innovators and key decision makers all ready to engage directly with trade professionals. This is a unique platform for productive networking that serves to create long-term business opportunities. 2. Source quality products Across 9 000sqm of gross exhibition space, Decorex Durban 2019 will welcome more than 200+ exhibitors showcasing an expansive new range of lifestyle products and services suited to the architecture, design, furniture, property and retail industries. Because Decorex Durban prioritises quality when it comes to its exhibitions, some 50% of the visitors are known to attend solely as a way to identify and source new products. 3. Take in key features As a leader in décor, design and . . .
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