After successful careers playing for the Springboks and provincially, players like John Smit, Braam van Straaten, Dick Muir, Marius Hurter, Jacques Botes and Hentie Maartens have returned their attention to the rugby field to offer up the knowledge, that took them years to build, to school players at coaches. Together with their friends, teammates and contacts within the industry, they form The Investec International Rugby Academy, a high-performance training initiative that aims to grow the sport and to nurture young talent nationally. Conveniently taking place in the school holidays, from 9 to 13 December, players and coaches attending will spend a week at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, closely paired with rugby professionals within their position. “We hope to put our experience to good use by raising the standard of rugby form a grassroots perspective; helping coaches stay-up-to-date with the latest techniques and players to reach their rugby goals,” says former EP and Border player, as well as Investec International Rugby Academy General Manager, Greg Miller. The 5-Day Coaches Course runs alongside the 5-Day Players Course (boys aged 14 to 17) allowing coaches to gain practical insight into the drills, skills-work and exercises that the Academy’s coaches put players through. “We’ve had a number of guest coaches, including Murray Mexted, Peter de Villiers, Ian MacDonald, Ian McIntosh, Butch James and Paul Anthony, work with our players as they would with their provincial or national teams which provides players with a taste of what it takes to play professionally and coaches with an opportunity to discuss and implement these practical coaching tips into their practices,” says Miller. For more information about The Investec International Rugby Academy’s Courses, taking place from 9 to 13 December at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, visit www.investecacademy.com or contact Greg or Bernadine Miller on (031) 940 5565. CLICK HERE . . .
Port Elizabeth, November, 22, 2017 - Mandela Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to volunteer your time throughout the year. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, Volunteering is Good For Your Health. Results have shown that those who had volunteered a minimum of 200 hours within one year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t, possibly because volunteering increased physical activity. So if you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis, but don’t know where to start looking or what’s out there, here is a list of organisations in and around Port Elizabeth, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za. Lake Farm Centre Lake Farm Centre is a care home for 90 mentally impaired adults. The centre was founded in 1959, and the residents contribute to the upkeep and general running of the facility. This permanent home is situated just outside PE in the nature-filled area of Kragga Kamma. The centre welcomes volunteers to help with a number of activities from fundraising, to help in the onsite coffee shop, to occupational workshops, and helping organise events such as the Christmas Fair. Animal Welfare Society PE The Animal Welfare Society of PE is a shelter for lost, unwanted or abandoned animals, from cats, dogs and horses, to donkeys, cattle and birds. The facility rehabilitates the animals and, once ready, puts them up for adoption. The facility also provides 24-hour veterinary services. Located in Walmer, the facility is always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and provide love and attention to the cats in their cattery. Volunteers can also raise money by participating in a sports event like a cycle or running race. Love Story This organisation focuses on providing much needed empowerment projects, educational programmes and food schemes to the underprivileged within PE. Founded in 2012, Love Story provides a number of ways to uplift the communities in PE that do . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
GAUTENG, MULDERDRIFT – Johannesburg local and South Africa’s top OCR competitor, Thomas van Tonder, takes a clean sweep of all twelve Beast Challenge Obstacle Course races in 2017, after taking the final gold medal at 12th Beast Elite OCR race over the weekend. The meet, which took place on Saturday, 11 November 2017, saw 140 athletes descended upon The Wedge 4x4 Trail in Muldersdrift for the final Beast Challenge obstacle course races (OCR) of the year. Along with 31 other competitors, Van Tonder took on the day’s toughest elite race - the 12km, 50-obstacle Savage Beast Race. Van Tonder once again showed why he is nicknamed ‘#BeastMode’, becoming the sole winner of all twelve 2017’s Savage Beast OCR races. Van Tonder finished his race in 01:13:00, just over 10 minutes ahead of the second-placed Bradley Classe in 01:23:51. Third place went to Vaughan Proctor in a time of 01:36:00. Says van Tonder following his clean sweep at The Beast, “What a blessing. Taking home 12 of 12 of The Beast series. Another amazing day at the OCR office.” This family-friendly event offers 3 distinct levels of entry; the Tame Beast, a fun short course suitable for beginners; the Wild Beast, an intermediate race for fitter, more competitive athletes; and the Savage Beast, an elite, gruelling test of physical fitness, strength and mental ability, suitable for serious athletes. In the women’s elite race, over the exact same course as the men’s elite, Sam Gilchrist took the win in 01:39:18, Cindy Wills claimed silver in a time of 01:40:32, while Sam Ryder rounded off the podium in 01:46:34. Says Max Cluer, owner of Jeep Team South Africa, “Thomas is a machine who is utterly motivated to be the best he can be. This humble man is loved by all that meet him, even his fiercest competitors. We are extremely proud of him and his national and international achievements this year.” Results Savage Beast - Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 01:13:00 2. Bradley Claase 01:23:51 3. . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
Growing up in Merebank outside Durban, close to Engen Refinery, Tevin Richard dreamt of becoming an engineer and being able to change his world for the better. Tevin attended Merebank Secondary School where he found that “maths and science just made sense” and discovered that these subjects - in which many struggle - were fun and exciting to him. Tevin’s father - a supervisor at Mondi Papers - and his stay-at-home mum encouraged Tevin to excel in his favourite subjects. “I managed to play soccer and cricket and volleyball, so it wasn’t all work,” Tevin acknowledges, “but often my mum would have to get me to stop studying and just chill.” It was this work ethic that lead him to attain an Engen Study Bursary, without which - he believes - his parents would not have been able to afford the high cost of his and his sister’s tertiary education. Tevin’s path to receiving the bursary was set over his last three years of secondary school, when he dedicated his Saturdays to attending the Engen’s Maths and Science School (EMSS) Programme hosted at Fairvale Secondary School in Wentworth. At EMSS Tevin discovered how maths and science can open up a whole new world, and in his final year, he was the top student on the EMMS Programme. On completing his matric, he applied for and received an Engen Bursary to study towards a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of the bursary programme, Tevin partook in vacation work at Engen which provided him with invaluable work experience and an income whilst completing his degree. Having graduated from university at the end of 2016, he joined Engen’s Graduate Development Programme, working at the Engen Refinery in the Process Technology Department. Tevin has since taken to working life seamlessly and has found working on new products and processes to be hugely exciting. “Putting the theory into practice has been very rewarding, as has looking for new ways to solve problems and working on . . .
Hillcrest – Social media sensation and comedian Natashia Portrag (better known as Bash with Tash) along with a number of Upper Highway businesses have stepped out with Hillcrest local, Brandon Young to encourage people of all ages from around the Durban area to join them in the MY (Mark Young) Donor Awareness Rally set to take place on the 25 November 2017. The event was brainchild of 22-year old Brandon Young, who says that they are raising funds for his father, Mark who has both heart disease and a disease called MPGN II, otherwise known as Dense Deposit Disease (DDD). “DDD is a rare kidney disease that stops the kidneys from functioning correctly and as a result he is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He also has an incredibly low immune system which leaves him prone to infection and as a result he has been in and out of hospital, often critical and in ICU. To try and curb the infections, we would like to hire a nurse to care for him at home. This of course is a massive expense,” Brandon explains. This charity fundraiser is being sponsored by personal and group training experts, LiveFit, Hillcrest hair salon, Hairven, celebrity lifestyle blogger, Ruan Scheepers and of course Bash with Tash. This group of philanthropists are calling on the community to join in for a day of, comedy, fitness, food and the opportunity to not only raise awareness but change one man’s life! “I truly believe that you must be the change that you want to see and that is why we have got involved,” says Elaine Prumdeen, Owner of Hairven Hair Salon. There will be three 20-minutes training session that will be a combination of fun cross fit and boot camp-type activities. Haven’t trained in a while? No sweat! “The session will cater for all ages and all levels of fitness, with the option to move at your own pace,” says Kyle Vahl, Owner of LiveFit. Not up to the fitness challenge? Comedian Tash promises to keep supporters entertained and the various stall owners are guaranteed to . . .
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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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. . . .