Despite the cold front which descended upon the KwaZulu-Natal coast, a record 143 swimmers braved the Indian Ocean on the morning of 13 May to compete in the fourth annual Four Elements Ocean Challenge. This year saw Julian Taylor taking the top spot in the Open Category for an impressive third year, while Sanele Nxumalo clinched the second spot again this year. Nxumalo did, however, take first place in the newly-introduced Lifeguard Category while Sasha-Lee Nordengen-Corris – the 2015 Open Category winner, international open water swimmer and South African lifesaver – placed third overall, first in the women’s division. Taylor, who is also a former national surf-lifesaving captain, said this has been one of the most challenging open water swims on the calendar in South Africa. “Extremely powerful southerly winds whipped up the ocean, forcing a course change giving the organisers a bit of a nightmare,” said Taylor. “The changed route was tough going with and then against the current so kudos to all competitors who finished the race. It was a monumental effort by everyone.” Nxumalo, who is three-time Lifeguard Endurance Champion, winner of 2016 Miway Surf Swim competition and Lifesaving Ironman as well as a silver medallist winner in the senior men’s surf swim category at the SA Stillwater Nationals, was thrilled to have placed in the top three. “All I can say is that the swim was a lot faster than anticipated, but I’m happy with how I swam and how my fellow Durban Lifeguard team members did as well,” said Nxumalo. CEO of Four Elements, Olivia Taylor, established Four Elements Conservation NPC – a non-profit environmental preservation organisation – five years ago at the age of 14. Commenting on this year’s race, Taylor said: “We’re quite accustomed to poor conditions for the challenge but this year was particularly tough because of the rain. Swimmers said the race felt a lot longer than 4.5km because of the strong current but most managed to . . .
Current rugby professionals, coaches and experts are adding their voices to the promotion of seven-a-side rugby at school-level as a mainstream sport. This, they believe, will benefit young players in solidifying their basic skill-set needed in order to be selected at provincial and national levels. By incorporating seven-a-side training into school rugby, experts also believe, will be of tremendous value for players in the development of the fundamental skills needed for both seven-a-side and15-a-side rugby at school level. Former Eastern Province player and current GM of the Investec International Rugby Academy, Greg Miller, believes seven-a-side rugby is particularly beneficial for developing the skills of smaller rugby players. “Seven-a-side rugby is still in its infancy at school level but has taken off well at inland schools. 15-a-side rugby tends to favour size whereas, seven-a-side rugby places emphasis on speed and skills. Players who play both forms of the game will have a better skill-set,” says Miller. International Sevens Coach Neil Powell, is passionate about the benefits the seven’s game can have on all young rugby players. “It’s a great game to develop young players’ individual skills. To play seven-a-side rugby successfully, you need to be good in attack, defense and contact skills,” says Powell. Former Blue Bulls coach and current Sevens Team manager, Ashley Evert agrees, saying “seven-a-side training programmes can make players much more well-rounded than those who have only played 15-a-side rugby”. “No amount of 15-a-side coaching or playing can hone these skills like the training protocols of seven-a-side rugby. When players return to 15-a-side rugby, they are more valuable because they have the skill-set necessary to play seven-a-side rugby which, when applied correctly, can be an incredible tool,” says Evert. Powell encourages school coaches to start incorporating seven-a-side rugby from the early stages of rugby . . .
Project Dignity’s aim to distribute reusable sanitary pads to young women across the country received a major boost when renowned pharmacy, health and beauty store, Clicks, decided to partner with the organisation for its Girls on the Go campaign. Run by the Clicks Helping Hand Trust, the Girls on the Go campaign will assist with sponsorship of thousands of reusable sanitary packs being donated to disadvantaged communities across the country every two months. “We’ve partnered with Project Dignity from 2015, and for the 2017 financial year, we aim to distribute 10 000 packs of sanitary wear to needy recipients,” explained Germinah Nyikana, Helping Hand Trust Manager. “The decision to partner with Project Dignity was prompted by the organisation’s success in reducing school absenteeism rates. With access to proper sanitary wear, young women don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycle, as has been happening previously.” Project Dignity forms the non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads, an organisation founded by Sue Barnes which seeks to vastly improve the lives of school-going girls by donating sponsored packs of reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and accompanying panties. The organisation was established after Barnes learned about the negative educational impact a lack of sanitary products is having on thousands of school children. Developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes, the Subz pads are made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric which makes them extremely absorbent to prevent leakage. Together with the 100% cotton panties, they are patented and have an SABS absorbency approval. “It is so rewarding, having the privilege of meeting with young women and donating something that makes life that much easier, but we cannot meet the need without the help of organisations like Clicks,” said Barnes. “They are truly committed to improving the lives of young South Africans and restoring dignity along the way through initiatives such as . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 10 MAY 2017 – On Saturday, 6th of May 2017, hundreds of athletes descended upon The Wedge 4x4 Trail in Muldersdrift to participate in Race 10 of The Beast Challenge obstacle-course race (OCR). South Africa’s 2016 OCR Men’s Champion, Thomas ‘BeastMode’ van Tonder (Jeep Team) raced in the gruelling 15km/55 obstacle Savage Beast event, pushing him beyond his physical and mental limits, but true to Van Tonder’s grit, he defended his title as King of The Beast and claimed his unbeaten tenth Savage Beast title, adding it to his ever-increasing list of OCR titles. Van Tonder crossed the line in 01:10:12, over a minute ahead of second-placed, Michael Joubert, who finished in 01:11:27. Rounding off the top three men was Bradley Claase, who crossed the line in 01:12:58. The Beast has 3 events with the first and easiest of these is referred to as the “tame beast”, an occasionally challenging yet doable 5km course with around 15 obstacles for anyone over the age of eight who is not necessarily fit, but looking to have a good time. The “wild beast” challenge falls into the second category of races and consists of a 10km course for the fitter, more competitive types with around 30 obstacles designed to test both mental and physical strength. The final and most difficult category is ominously referred to as the “savage beast”, a name that already gives an indication of what awaits anyone willing and able to attempt it. With over 50 obstacles stretching over 15km, this event is designed to push competitors to their limits, with those who successfully finish being regarded as beasts in their own right. Says van Tonder, “What a race. I’m super stoked to add Beast #10 to my winning streak. Well done to everyone who took part, it was a gruelling day out.” Results – Beast #10 Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 01:10:12 2. Michael Joubert 01:11:27 3. Bradley Claase 01:12:58 Women 1. Mandie Landsberg 01:44:09 2. Sam Gilchrist 01:57:47 3. Cindy Wills . . .
Surfing: The weekend of the 21st and 22nd May will see a welcome return of junior surfing to Kommetjie in Cape Town. The BOS Cape crown presented by Billabong will see the best junior surfers from across the country competing for the spoils at Long Beach. The South African Surf Tour divisions are Boy’s U12/U14/U16 while the Girls have U14/ 1U16, and the WSL Pro Junior division is U18. The likes of CJ Posthumous from Nelson Mandela Bay will be leading the charge in the U12 Boys, but it is in the premier Pro Junior division where the surfers from the Eastern Cape carry the most weight. Kirsty McGillivray from JBay is one of the biggest threats in the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division, and her stylish surfing and clean moves could easily see her bank a solid result at the Kommetjie event. She is accompanied by Zoe Smith, the young goofy-footer also from JBay, who is an underlying talent in this division. In the U18 Pro Junior Men’s division the two Faulkner brothers Angelo and Joshe are a formidable combination. Joshe the goofy footer will relish in the left-handers of Long Beach, while natural-footed Angelo has a strong and powerful backhand. There are good right-handers as well, and Angelo will be hunting them down. Ryan Lightfoot is also from JBay stock and is an emerging talent in this division. Groomed on the long walls of Supertubes, he will need to adapt to the shorter, punchy waves of Cape Town, as well as possibly icy water. Lightfoot has the talent and skill to do well in this event. BOS Iced Tea has long been a supporter of junior surfing in South Africa and partnered with Billabong South Africa for any years with their Billabong Junior Series. The BOS Cape Crown is an amazing initiative to keep the junior surfers of our country engaged in competition and continuing to better their performances and competitive skills. Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager, is also firmly behind Junior Surfing in our country. “Billabong has . . .
Sabelo Kheswa stage name THE DUSHMAN was born and bred in the township of kwamashu Durban on the 18 July 1987. The Dushman studied Business Management in Durban University of Technology and completed in 2011. The Dushman is currently planning to study Sound engineering in order to further his career in music. The Dushman is a hip hop artist and a songwriter. The Dushman is currently working on a 5 track E.P. called ‘LOVE PORTION’ to be released on 14 February 2018. Currently The Dushman is realising a single on the 7th of April 2017on all digital stores, the name of the song is called Candy. The song features two talented individuals Prime Zulu and Senzo Armour. Candy is a hip hop song with a feel of the 90s r n b music. The Dushman started his music career in 2007 inspired by the talented artist and music producer’s Zakes Bantwini and Polow the don. He started performing around the taverns and events around Durban, he has shared a stage with the likes of Zakwe, Mr Chaklas, Prime Zulu, Dj Bongz just to mention a few. Performing in an event in 2012 he was approached by the legendary musician Mr Chaklas after he saw him perform at the event, offered him a mentorship. Since his started being mentored by Mr Chaklas, The Dushman has appeared in two tv shows which include Late night with Nimrod and Take me out south Africa, has released a single track in 2015 on iTunes called ‘I am a Chaklas’ which saw the song reach 2800 downloads in its first week of release and currently working on a 5 track EP. The Dushman is a talented hip hop artist and song writer from the township of kwamashu who is mentored by the legendary musician Mr Chaklas. With a vision of studying sound engineering and becoming a global icon, this talent is sure the one to lookout for in the future. The Dushman is currently signed to an independent label TDM MUSIC GROUP. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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, . . .
Safety is in the DNA of every Volvo Truck that is produced and this is not just lip-service. “Volvo Trucks prides itself with regard to safety and this has always been one of our core values,” says Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. Proof of this is the fact that in every vehicle on the road a part of Volvo safety remains – the three point safety belt. Emphasizing its continued commitment to safety, Volvo Trucks South Africa has made an investment of R6.5 million into its Durban SKD Manufacturing plant which will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected unique features that were previously not available to the market. “We believe that all original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions to their customers – as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users,” adds Torbjörn. The impact that a truck has when involved in a collision is often very serious and to this end Volvo Trucks is constantly increasing the safety of its vehicles in a bid to decrease the overall impact to all road users in the event of a collision. This includes pedestrians and to this end, we hope that our holistic approach to safety through not only our products but also our “Stop, look, wave” campaign which is a programme designed by Volvo Trucks to teach children around the world about the dangers they face in traffic everyday, for more information about ‘Stop, Look, Wave,” visit http://www.volvotrucks.co.za/en-za/about/safety/stop-look-wave.html . The aim of this programme is to change and shape behaviours in road users from a young age. The features that form part of The Volvo Active Safety Package which has recently become available to the local market will be available as optional extras on most* Volvo Truck range models fitted with Electronic Brake System (EBS)*, Electronic Stability Control and Disc Brakes. The Volvo Active Safety package consists of: Adaptive . . .
JBay – The waiting period for the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy is coming up fast, so without any further ado here are the next four invited surfers into this prominent event. Local surfer Steve Sawyer won the event last year, and has had numerous good results in JBay over the years. The young goofy-footer also won the recent Buffalo City Surf Pro in East London, proving his versatility. Coming into the JBU Supertrial event as a defending champion, he will be determined for another big result this year. Matt Bromley from Cape Town is another surfer who will no doubt be out to impress. A gifted big wave surfer and all-round charger, Matt is a likeable guy but has a strong Big Match Temperament. Matt is a tenacious competitor and can often be found up in the JBay area practicing his barrel riding at Supertubes. Another goofy-footed surfer in the mix is young local surfer Joshe Faulkner. Growing up surfing Supertubes makes Joshe a shoo-in as an invitee, and he has a solid and exciting backhand approach to surfing Supertubes. Joshe is also strong in the tube and could easily cause an upset at this event. Davey Van Zyl is a powerful natural-footer who excels in the beach break barrels of Durban, but translates that skill set to virtuoso performances out at Supertubes as well. Van Zyl is also confident when the surf starts getting a little bit bigger, and when other surfers might be feeling a little uncomfortable in the big stuff he revels in it. Should we get a solid swell for the event he could come out on top. These four surfers join Mikey February, Matt McGillivray, Beyrick De Vries and Dylan Lightfoot who have already been invited to compete in the event. There will be an announcement shortly regarding the rest of the invited surfers. The JBU Supertrial presented by Monster Energy is an exclusive invite-only tournament, with first prize being the coveted Wild Card entry into the World Surf League Championship Tour . . .
South Africa’s leading toy and baby products retailer is set to open doors to its newly refurbished Pavilion store with a weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Families are invited to join in the fun from 5 to 8 May as the store becomes a hive of activity with live entertainment, exciting giveaways, opening specials, character appearances and games. A live broadcast by Durban radio station, East Coast Radio on Saturday, May, 6 will add to the excitement as popular DJs are set to delight shoppers with music and in-store give-aways. Lucky shoppers stand a chance to walk away with exciting prizes including Nerf guns and Lego Friends packs. “Toys R Us is thrilled to open our new look store and we want our valued customers to share in the excitement. The weekend offers something for the whole family especially our young customers,” says Nicole Annells, Marketing Manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa. Iconic characters including Paw Patrol’s Chase & Skye, Shopkins, The Sylvanian Families and Toys R Us much-loved mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe will make special in-store appearances, treating their fans to dance and games. Children will have the opportunity to capture the moment with their favourite toy characters and even receive their autographs. Youngsters can also enjoy the store’s play areas and toy demonstrations by popular brands. The refurbishment breathed new energy into the playful store design for which the brand is renowned while offering customers convenience through prominent signage and ease of accessibility. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .