PIETERMARITZBURG, 10 MARCH 2016 – Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor was in top form on Friday, 4 March 2016, winning Race 9 of the FNB Varsity College Marine Surfski Series in Durban, and reviving his bid for the series title after he missed the first 3 races of the 10-race series. His first victory in the 2016 series was in Race 5 at the beginning of February, and since then he has fought hard to catch up with series leader and long-time surfski rival, Matthew Bouman. McGregor claimed Friday’s win in 36m21s, just seconds ahead of second-placed Bouman (36m34s), with Grant van der Walt finishing 3rd in 38m05s. Heading into Race 10 on Friday, 11 March, which is the final race of the series, defending champion McGregor and Bouman will square off for the 2016 Men’s FNB Varsity College Marine Surfski Series title. A race win earns a paddler 100 points, second place earns 99 points and third place 98 points, with competitors’ best six results contributing towards their series point’s total. McGregor, who has competed in 5 of 9 races so far, now has 499 points while Bouman has an aggregate of 598 points having already achieved the minimum six race scores. A win for McGregor on Friday would see him finish on 599 points, while if Bouman claimed victory and McGregor finished second, Bouman would claim the title with a final tally of 599 points with McGregor finishing with a 598 aggregate. Said McGregor, “The FNB Varsity College Marine Series is definitely one of my favourite series’ because the competition is always so intense and when you have a guy like Matt [Bouman] on top of his game, it means that every Friday you are coming up against some formidable paddlers. Coming into the series half way has been a challenge and I’m really happy that I’ve done so well these last few weeks, managing to climb back onto the leaderboard. Friday’s final is going to be an exhilarating showdown - I can’t wait!” Other Jeep Team news… Surfski On Saturday, Jeep Team’s . . .
Whether you're looking to whisk the family away or take advantage of the holiday weekend with friends, Groupon have you covered with great deals. From bush to coastal getaways or if you are looking to travel on a budget take a look at some of these fantastic deals! • Durban: KwaZulu-Natal: Two Night Weekend or Weekday Self-Catering Stay for Up to Six in a Chalet at Banana Beach Holiday Resort for R770 Families head out to the ever warm Port Shepstone for a two-night weekday or weekend self-catering stay for up to six. Located on the Hibiscus Coast, Banana Beach Holiday resort is just 50m from the beach, awesome sea views are a guarantee. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-banana-beach-holiday-resort-2 Drakensberg: One to Three-Night Weekend or Weekday Stay for Two Including Meals at Antbear Drakensberg Lodge for R1549 Enjoy some time away while overlooking the Bushman’s River and Giants Castle at Antbear Drakensberg Lodge. With leisurely breakfasts of freshly baked bread and scones, and decadent candlelight dinners and picnic baskets on request what’s not to love. Guests can enjoy the rock art paintings that the San people created over a period of 4 000 years. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-antbear-drakensberg-lodge-1 KwaZulu Natal: Two-Night Weekday Stay for Two at Beacon Vlei Luxury Guest Farm Enjoy a Two-Night KwaZulu Natal Stay for Two in an Otter Cottage or Boathouse, a natural environment at Beacon Vlei Luxury Guest Farm with surrounding wetlands where various flocks of bird species can be found. Beacon Vlei Guest Farm offers luxurious B&B and self-catering accommodation decked out with hand-made décor and unique furnishings. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-beacon-vlei-luxury-guest-farm-3 Be sure to visit the Groupon SA Website and check out the Getaway section for more exciting deals. Follow Groupon on Twitter @Groupon_ZA or like . . .
The Spur Soccer Masidlale Programme, a tool for instilling essential life skills into young lives, has already reached more than 30 000 children within historically disadvantaged areas since its inception in 2005. What started out as 12 one-day soccer clinics involving 10-12 year olds, has grown into a fully-fledged annual soccer league in the main metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. One of Spur’s corporate social investment aims is to use sport to uplift communities. The central venues are selected in historically disadvantaged areas where school sport participation is low. The Masidlale Programme fills this gap. Each one of the cities has 200 players (100 girls and 100 boys) taking part who come from 10 local schools. The teams are given Spur-branded soccer kits which they can keep. According to Khakhi Diala, marketing manager of the Spur Group, sport teaches us more than just physical skills; sport is a metaphor for life. That is why Spur has included a life skills programme to run alongside the soccer league. Fifty mentors per league meet with their groups every two weeks to explore essential skills needed to excel in life. The mentors teach self-esteem, positive behaviour changes and wise decision making. They equip the children beyond the sports field into home and school life. 20 girls and 20 boys are then chosen for further mentoring. To ensure the lessons go further into the schools, Spur has a Masidlale Coaching Programme for the school coaches. These are run by accredited coaching facilitators who train 30 coaches from four provinces. Interactive Sport is involved with the mentoring programme which extends to the coaches and one teacher per school. Masidlale means “let’s play” in Xhosa. So the programme’s aim is to change lives through play. The 2016 programme will be launched on Wednesday, 2 March in Durban, Wednesday, 9 March in Cape Town, Wednesday, 16 March in Johannesburg and PE to be . . .
Are you completely broke? No job at all? Blacklisted with no prospects of landing a job any time soon? Can't afford to buy bread let alone Investment property? EXCELLENT, WE WANT YOU NOW. People have this bizarre belief that if you are broke and unemployed, then you can not get out of this never ending cycle of poverty but our speaker at our 30 April 2016 event titled "The Property Investment Masterclass", Dr Hannes Dreyer who has these Milestones as a property investor First residential property in 1982; First commercial (Retail & Offices) in 1987; First block of flats in 1991; First township development in 1994; First Commercial property development in 1995; Developed Property Pro in 2000; Certified Estate Agent in 2002 (Not practicing); Developed Property Pro workshop in 2002 to teach others my methods; Started www.propertyschool.co.za in 2002; Certified Business Broker Realtor in 2002 (Not practicing); Developed Property Pro Basic course in 2004; Bought 48 properties for free in 94 days (To prove a point-Because students said I could not do it); Increased passive property portfolio by more than R100 000 in less than 100 days. Did a masters thesis on Residential Property as an investment Instrument”; Developed the Advanced Property Investors Course 2005 believes all of us can invest in property no matter what we have in our bank accounts, or even if we have such an account. You see property is the only investment class where you can use other peoples' money; credit and or experience to buy and make a profit for yourself with only a little sweat involved. This event will be hosted at the Wild Coast Sun Casino in Port Edward in South Kzn and all those who want to know how to start building wealth using property, broke and poor as they are and make their first million by the end of this year guaranteed are welcome. You do have to apply all the knowledge as taught and invest in more education as you make more money so you always grow and develop . . .
motle, an online fashion, lifestyle and beauty magazine that helps you accessorize your style with our hand-made jewellery that celebrates the beauty and trendiness of African fashion is now on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding. Motle, announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on FundFind Crowd funding. This is being done in a bid to finish the development of their hand made jewellery that showcases and highlights African fashion, that they will sell on their online store as well as to keep their online fashion, lifestyle and beauty magazine online. The company has set out to raise R40 000 on StartMe Crowdfunding so as to produce the first batch of their hand made afro infused jewellery, that celebrates the African fashion story. Motle was founded by the brother and sister duo, Stembile and Boris Brian Mukwambo through their love of afro infused fashion. They saw how people would mix Ankara style of dressing with the pantsula township style of dressing to produce quite a unique and colourful look that was not represented in westernized magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle. This fashion revolution that they saw in the streets of Africa’s major cities such as Durban, Capetown, Johannesburg, Lagos and Harare to name a few, prompted them to want to showcase, highlight , feature and as well as being at the forefront of the afro-euro infused fashion revolution through their online fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine. The duo, are budding artists themselves who know the difficulties most designers face in marketing and trying to sell their products. They have seen how many designers in the townships end up selling their products in shack boutiques, and not being able to reach their target market or their target revenue and thus having to close down. This has resulted in a vicious cycle of unemployment in the industry. To remedy this, motle offers an online store, which designers can use as a platform to sell their products . . .
HanesBrands Inc, the $6 billion global leader in the manufacture and marketing of underwear, has acquired Durban based DB Apparel for an undisclosed amount. Managing director of DB Apparel, Andre van Vuuren, said the company’s name change to Hanes South Africa would be in effect from this month (February 2016). He confirmed that the change of ownership and the name change would have no impact on the former DB Apparel’s operations. “We will continue manufacturing and selling high-quality underwear that has built our reputation.” Becoming part of a massive international group which employs more than 53 000 people across the world and owns 23 top international brands including Playtex, Wonderbra, Barely There, FILA, Champion and Hanes, offered considerable advantages for a proudly South African manufacturer, he explained. Created in 1970, DB Apparel is the only full assortment underwear manufacturer * in South Africa that supplies to both the male and female underwear markets. The company, which has its head office in Durban, produces around five million units per annum under five well-known global brands – Playtex, Wonderbra, Shock Absorber, BEAR and She Bear. Despite being rocked by the many challenges facing the South African clothing and textile industry over the past two decades, DB Apparel has continued to grow over the years, adding brands to its portfolio along the way. Van Vuuren said that the company had experienced an upswing in 2015. Despite challenges such as electricity shortages and the general economic downturn in the country, it is now at a significant advantage as a local manufacturer in light of the depreciation of the rand. The plan is to double the size of the business by 2020. 99 percent of all garments produced by DB Apparel are made locally. The company’s exposure to risks associated with currency fluctuations is less than that of its competitors’ as only the raw materials needed to manufacture underwear are imported. Most . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has introduced a state-of-the-art port security system valued at R843 million (over 53 million US dollars) to safeguard customer cargo, port users, as well as Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors. Richard Vallihu, Chief Executive at TNPA, said: “The National Ports Act 12 of 2005 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of 2004 dictate that we as a port authority implement measures to assist in detecting security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents that may affect ships or port facilities used in international trade.” Phumuzi Sigasa, head of TNPA’s Port Security Portfolio added: “In conformance with regulations and our own Integrated Security Management Systems - Security Strategy Plan, we are rolling out an upgraded security system across our eight South African commercial ports and our head office in Johannesburg. CCTV is but one aspect of our broader integrated technological security system which encompasses technology, skills, systems and procedures.” The CCTV system will be integrated between all port sites and the head office to give a bird’s eye view of the port security environment. It comprises 2100 high definition cameras across the various sites – more than double the previous 864 – as well as long range cameras to monitor all port channel entrances and outer anchorages. The newly renovated control room located at the Port of Durban was the first to go live on 12 February 2016. It boasts state-of-the-art video walls for added visibility across the port. Vehicle security within the port perimeters will also be enhanced through license plate recognition. The system will also facilitate increased night visibility through thermal imaging that can detect heat emitted by objects or bodies, especially in low visibility areas and through smoke, fog and haze. Some of the most common security incidents in South African ports can include . . .
Study reveals pleasing drop of 15.2% in hospitalisations for chronic illness: A personalised disease management intervention, based on clinical and statistical insights, has reduced the number of hospitalisation episodes for patients living with high risk chronic illnesses by 15.2%, a recent study by Agility Global Health Solutions [Africa] (Agility Africa) has revealed. “We found that, overall, hospital events decreased 15.2% for chronic patients following the implementation of our disease management initiative, Patient Driven Care™(PDC™). The reduction in costs that this represents is a welcome development for these patients, their employers, and medical schemes,” says director of product development at Agility Africa, Dr Jacques Snyman. The managed healthcare arm of Agility Africa implemented the intervention in February 2014 for patients living with chronic illnesses. Their progress following the disease management intervention was measured between February and June 2014, and juxtaposed with seasonally comparable baseline data for the same individuals. “This intervention was aimed at improving the wellbeing of medical scheme members with chronic illnesses. As the evaluation research revealed, it also had the effect of yielding pleasing financial savings for medical schemes under the administration and managed care of Agility Africa.” “In the case of patients suffering hypertension, for example, the study reveals that medical schemes saved 26.3% overall, relative to the period prior to the implementation of PDC™,” Dr Snyman explains. “These savings include a 13.5% reduction on general practitioner expenditure, a 2.2% saving on pharmacy costs and an exceptional 14.3% saving on hospital costs for hypertension patients. This should be seen against the background of higher adherence to prescribed medicines, which increases chronic medicine expenditure. Well controlled patients receive fewer addition medicines.” Recently appointed chief executive . . .
Protechnology earns distinction through commitment to academic customers. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - February 12, 2016. Protechnology today announced it has become a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner (AEP), demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft academic customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft AEP authorization, partners must complete a test to prove their level of academic licensing and market expertise. The AEP program is designed to train participating resellers on Microsoft’s Academic licensing, authorize them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses, and demonstrate to potential customers that they are approved and knowledgeable academic partners. Protechnology has been involved in the education space since its inception. “This Microsoft AEP authorization shows our commitment and specialism in the academic IT marketplace and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its academic products,” said Bruce George (Marketing Director). “We hope to accelerate our academic customers’ successes by serving as technology advisors for their IT requirements.” “By becoming AEPs, partners show themselves to be committed and trained in providing discounted Microsoft academic products to the education market,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector. “This authorization, along with our other education partner initiatives, gives our partners recognition of their areas of expertise and our academic customers the confidence that they are buying from academic IT specialists.” The Microsoft AEP Program is designed to authorize and equip organizations that deliver academic products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers with superior experiences and outcomes. Protechnology offers a wide range of technology solutions and products to meet our client’s needs. We pride . . .
Former Protea cricketer and world-renown commentator, Pat Symcox has recently renewed his franchise agreement with one of the largest real estate brands in Southern Africa. Former Protea cricketer and world-renowned commentator, Pat Symcox has recently renewed his franchise agreement with one of the largest real estate brands in Southern Africa. Opening his first real estate brokerage in 2010 the vivid red, white and blue signage of the RE/MAX Coast and Country offices has become a familiar sight for passers-by in Hibberdene and Port Shepstone. “As a cricketer I strived to be on top of my game throughout my career, that willingness to be the best has translated into my business endeavours. In order to become a top player in our local real estate market, I knew that I needed to align myself with one of the top brands, which is why I choose RE/MAX. Over the last five years the RE/MAX brand has made an incredible impact on the local property market along KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. We have built a good relationship with the buyers and sellers in the South Coast market and established ourselves as the go-to real estate brand in the area,” says Symcox. “We understand our customer needs and are prepared to offer something different to what buyers and sellers have traditionally become accustomed to. Our team of agents are real estate professionals who specialise in the areas in which they operate.” Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that the brand looks forward to growing its market share in the South Coast region with Pat Symcox at the helm of the brand’s growth in that area. Symcox says that the South Coast has always been famous for its laid back coastal ‘holiday’ feel and as such, it makes a great investment for holiday rentals and future-focused retirement investments. Speaking about buying activity in the area, he notes that a large majority of buyers in the area are middle-aged and mature consumers who . . .