The Treasure Chest Wine Show has been a resounding success in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria and continues to inspire the people of South Africa. And now, the Treasure Chest, a Proudly South African endorsed wine collective will introduce the crème of South Africa’s most exciting black owned wine brands to The South Coast Bike Festival which takes place from April 27 – 30 in Margate on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This group of self-made winepreneurs, collectively possess over 125 years’ experience, 12 of whom are powerful and visionary women on the rise. Pathfinders to transformation in this 360-year-old wine agricultural sector, where less than 2% of the industry is black-owned, the Treasure Chest collective is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Their perseverance, determination and strong desire to work collectively to penetrate the untransformed wine industry and be more active in the retail mainstream of the South African economy is a prime example, for entrepreneurs who are struggling to enter other industries in South Africa. Treasure Chest Wines are world-class by any means, having been the first South African Wine on American Airways, on the shelves of leading retailers, winners of numerous international awards and now exporting collectively to over 25 countries, the future looks bright for the pioneering wine brands. A TRUE TREASURE OF PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WINES Aptly called “Treasure Chest”, the brand speaks to the inherent value of the unique array of flavours, aromas and blends, including over a hundred varietals that are some of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Each wine carries a unique South African essence and story, personal to its creator, developer and owner. Treasure Chest wines includes award winning and internationally sought after varietals and vintages from more than 11 different wine regions in the Western Cape, each with its unique nose and taste characteristics. The brand collectively encapsulates a perfect . . .
South Africa's oldest ocean sailing race - the Vasco Da Gama will see the third and last (for now) running of the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth start on Thursday 27 April in Durban at midday. The straight line distance for this 46th edition of the race is 400 nautical miles (740 kilometres), which can increase somewhat if the wind is against the yachts sailing down the coast. The course for 2018 has yet to be announced. After a large fleet in 2016 it appears that the Cape to Rio race, the Mauritius to Durban race, the economy and the drought has played havoc with the entries this year with 11 entries received and only 7 boats competing after others withdrew for a variety of reasons. The Durban to PE course for the Vasco represents a tough race along the Wild Coast which continues to test the yachts, crews, navigators and skippers all the way to the finish. The larger yachts will go far offshore looking for the extra 4 or 5 knots advantage from the Agulhas Current which sweeps down Africa's east coast. The smaller yachts with smaller crew - like ABYC's lone entry, Wallbanger with four onboard - will zigzag down the coast hoping that the shorter distance and slower flowing current will be just the ticket to beat the other entrants. Flying the Algoa Bay Yacht Club flag on Wallbanger - a Simonis 35 foot Design - will be skipper John Tudehope with crew Alan Straton, Morgan Griffiths and Mark Dawson. For Tudehope and Straton this will be their third Vasco da Gama Race on Wallbanger and they will be aiming to emulate the 2015 race when they won the Dave Cox Memorial Trophy for 1st PHRF over the line. As the only representative of ABYC, Wallbanger are quite confident of receiving the trophy for the 1st ABYC boat on handicap. Point Yacht Club organiser of the Vasco da Gama race, Richard Crockett refers to the race as; "A navigator's race giving many choices of courses coupled with the wind direction and fast flowing Agulhas current presenting unknowns . . .
The winner of the women’s race at the 2016 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge, Jeannie Dreyer, said after the event that she “did not think much more can be done to improve the route.” She was wrong. The race organisers have managed to tweak and develop the course for the showcase 60km race this year and have made it even better than last year according to course designer Bruce Smith. The 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-Treme on April 30 will attract the cream of KZN mountain biking and by all accounts the riders in the area are in for a treat with Smith saying the race has to “keep upgrading and changing the trails to remain competitive.” Smith, the father of last year’s race winner Derrin Smith, is a farmer in the Mid Illovo area and leads the team of local farmers who design and build the 60km course. He said they have introduced more free-flowing single track which is not as technical as in 2016. “The route for the first 30km is similar to last year with lots of single track going through iNsingizi game farm. These are technical but worth it. “After 30km last year the race went on a lot of dirt road,” added Smith. “As we’re getting more competitive as a race we want to keep the riders coming back so we’ve got to keep upgrading and changing the trails, so we’ve introduced more free-flowing single track in this section. “The final 12km remains very similar to last year, except we have cut out some of the climbs which proved a bit tough for a lot of riders last year.” But the day is not just about the racing snakes who are looking to test their legs over 60km of challenging mountain biking. This is the 10th anniversary Husqvarna Classic and over the past decade the race has developed into one of the must-do events on the calendar because it offers something for everybody. For those mountain bikers who feel 60km is too much of a challenge, there is a standard 45km Safire MTB race and a relatively gentle 18km Gwahumbe Family Ride. And the younger set are . . .
The fourth installation of Durban’s most iconic 5km ocean swim – the Four Elements Ocean Challenge – will set off from Point Yacht Club on Saturday, 13 May. “We are really looking to boost the number of competitors participating in this year’s event which is set to be another exciting and challenging swim,” said Olivia Taylor, founder of Four Elements Conservation NPC. “The aggregate swimming distance of the previous three events swum by 229 participants, is 1 192km, and we are hoping to exceed 1 800km for all four swims with this year’s event.” Taylor established Four Elements Conservation NPC – a non-profit environmental preservation organisation – five years ago, at the age of 14. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is one of the NPC projects that raises funds for, and awareness about, ocean conservation. The event is held as a celebration of World Oceans Day (8 June) calling for international collaboration in the preservation of oceans. This year’s World Oceans Day is themed ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ with a focus on plastic pollution prevention and the cleaning of all marine litter. “The funds raised from this year’s swim will go towards the launch of our exciting new initiative, an online education programme focusing on environmental entrepreneurship for youth,” explained Taylor. “Conservation cannot be a side-line project practised by a select few. We are beyond that now. It needs to become a part of everyone’s consciousness, propelling all decisions going forwards.” The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is a point-to-point swim setting off from Point Yacht Club travelling about 5 kilometres to Country Club Beach (Bike and Bean) with the prize-giving following the race completion. Participants are afforded spectacular city views as well as occasional dolphin sightings while competing in the longest ocean swim event on the east coast of Africa. The entry donation of R375 per swimmer includes a cap and T-shirt in the male or female open, 30 to 49 years, . . .
Sales for highly sought-after units in Phase 3 of the Renishaw Hills’ mature lifestyle development will open later this year with only four units still available in the Phase 2 development. Renishaw Hills forms the first part of a series of interconnected commercial and residential villages being constructed in the stunning Mpambanyoni Conservation Development just outside Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Demand for these contemporary residential units has exceeded expectations with elements such as the quality architectural style, immersive natural lifestyle, security, care facilities and general location all working together to create the ideal coastal development. “The drive behind every decision throughout the planning and construction phases of this development has been to create an enjoyable lifestyle for the residents in every aspect,” said Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments, a subsidiary of the Crookes Brothers group. “The setting on the warm South Coast with its overwhelming natural splendour makes for an ideal outdoors lifestyle. We know residents will want to take full advantage of this, which has prompted a nature-focused design as well as high-level, non-invasive, security measures.” The first phase of the development, which is nearing completion, includes 27 freestanding homes made up of 2 and 3-bedroom units, all of which have been sold. Occupation is planned for between August and December of this year with occupation of the 31 Phase 2 units planned for the first half of 2018. These include 19 freestanding homes and 12 maisonettes, with only four of the maisonettes still available for purchase. The sales register for Phase 3 will open later this year, offering buyers a mixture of 3-bedroom freestanding homes and 2-bedroom maisonettes. Renowned architectural organisation, ZAARC, is behind the attractive contemporary designs for each unit, all of which will be constructed to maximise on natural . . .
Durban mountain biking pro Andrew Hill is looking forward to a fresh challenge when he competes for the first time in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next weekend. Riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, the experienced rider from Hillcrest will team up for the first time with Marco Joubert in the three-stage event in the Cape Winelands, which starts in Stellenbosch on April 21. Hill, who won the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek in Addo last year, said he had heard good reports about the Winelands Encounter, and he was at the stage of his career when he wanted to experience different events. "Although this will be my first Winelands Encounter, I have ridden a lot in the Western Cape so I'm pretty familiar with the type of terrain," the 35-year-old said. "We know there will be a mixture of the known and the unknown, but are ready for that. "In the Cape there are always steep climbs and sharp descents, plus plenty of single-track." Hill said he felt his partnership with Joubert would be a good one and that they were definitely aiming for a spot on the podium. "Marco, who is based in Cape Town, spent a few months in Natal and we decided to get together for some races," he said. "We will also be competing in the Great Zuurberg Trek next month. "Although we will be racing together for the first time, I don't think that will be an issue. "We are both professional and know the job we have to do so it's all about getting out there and producing the goods. I know how Marco rides and performs under pressure and am confident we can gel quite easily." Hill said Joubert was particularly skilful in technical areas and that they would be aiming to capitalise on that to put pressure on their rivals. He acknowledged, however, that the competition would be strong and they were expecting "a good dice". Chris Wolhuter, who won last year with Craig Boyes, will be back do defend his title, this time with Dylan Rebello, while Hill said . . .
To mark World Book Day on 23 April, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is giving away books to the value of R250 000. A specially curated list of titles of different South African authors and languages, these books will be gifted to the campaign’s literacy development partners, reaching 20 000 children across South Africa. Nal’ibali is calling on the support of the public to help increase the number of books per child by donating new or gently used books, at special readings taking place on Friday, 21 April. Nal’ibali has been supporting a growing movement of South African children and caregivers who enjoy reading and sharing stories, since 2012. This is done by providing free access to good quality stories in English and home languages through its web- and mobisites; through its bilingual reading-for-enjoyment supplement, and on more than 11 different radio stations each week. The donation aims to celebrate the work of its partners by helping to create a print rich environment, and recognising the joy and value of reading storybooks. Handling and paging through printed storybooks, especially for children, feeds into their emotions and intellectual wellbeing. From an early age, children can fall in love with books and enjoy the sensory experience of handling them. Evidence shows that children who regularly read and hear engaging stories, in languages they understand, are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. “The most inspiring part of promoting a reading culture in South Africa is that many parents, caregivers and community-based organisations are already reading and telling stories to their children! Now, through this generous donation by the DG Murray Trust – an initiating and funding partner of the Nal’ibali campaign, we are able to gift the children supported by our partners with hard copies of books,” said Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director. Special handover events with more than 100 partners will be . . .
Adrian Stander and co. are renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. Wedding Photographer Pretoria is an All-In-One photography studio based in Pretoria, that primarily offers wedding photography services to the surrounding areas in Gauteng and beyond. The team, consisting of Adrian Stander and co. is renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. According to the lead photographer of the team, “As all-in-one photo studio we use professional photographers and retouchers that work together to provide magazine-quality designer wedding albums, that are fashionable and intimate.” Adrian further adds, “From high end to low-key, we work to your budget and give each of our clients the very best.” In the words of satisfied customers, the wedding photography service based in Pretoria offers glamour, sophistication, as well as affordably priced wedding photography. What's more, Wedding Photographer Pretoria also offers a range of other services including family portraits as well as maternity and baby shoots. The photo studio covers Pretoria North East, Montana, Central West, North West, Pretoria East, Hillcrest, Lynnwood, Pretoria South, and Centurion along with all surrounding regions of Gauteng. On occasion, Adrian is also known to travel further and offer destination photography services around South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, 10 APRIL 2017 – Jeep Team’s eight-time World Canoe Marathon Champion, multiple SA Flat Water Marathon Champion, multiple SA River Marathon Champion, and multiple SA Surfski Champion, Hank McGregor, has been nominated for the Sport Industry Personality of the Year Award at the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards. An exciting feature of the award is that the winner will be selected by members of the public via an online voting system. The newly-launched Sport Personality of the Year Award has been established to recognise and honour individuals who have made a significant impact to the sport industry and excelled both on and off the field. Nominated alongside McGregor for the 2017 Sport Personality of the Year is Douglas Ryder (Ryder Cycling, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka), John Comitis (Cape Town City Football Club), and Mimi Mthethwa-Zulu (Netball South Africa). To be nominated for the Sport Industry Personality of the Year, sporting personalities should have had a distinguished year in the sport industry, demonstrated how they improved their immediate environments, and be someone who has used PR, marketing, social media, sport marketing and CSI to innovatively and creatively raise their sport’s profile and that of the sports industry. Says McGregor, “I am honoured to be nominated for Sport Industry Personality of the Year at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards. A big congrats to all nominees.” Discovery Sport Industry Awards is on the 18 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. Voting for Hank here - http://www.sportindustry.co.za/news/hank-mcgregor-%E2%80%93-world-paddling-champion CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Yesterday's surfing tournament finals - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - was an exciting day on the beach with great surfing conditions, awesome weather and a good turn-out of surfers and spectators. Congrats to the winners - Crystal Hulett, Mikey February, Kayla Nogueira and Jake Elkington. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong was supported by Volkswagen, Corona, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport. The second event on the 2017 WSL Africa calendar, the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London, runs from Saturday to Monday, 15-17 April, and features QS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and JQS1,000 rated events for Junior Men & Women. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - Some Final Day Wrap Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Billabong/ . . .