The OMO Spar Schools Challenge is an ongoing initiative by FMCG giant Unilever and 197 Spar stores countrywide to help promote child development and proficiency in maths and science. To reinforce their commitment to youth development and education in disadvantaged communities, OMO and Spar have given away additional cash prizes to the value of R1.3 million in the Schools Challenge. The first, second and third schools in each region in South Africa with the most till slip collections over the period of the campaign each received cash prizes of R30 000, R20 000 and R10 000 respectively for use towards the upgrade of their school. Three schools north of Durban – Verulam Primary, Trenance Park Primary and Parkgate Primary secured first, second and third places respectively for collecting the highest number of till slips in the KZN region. The top 150 schools with the highest number of entries had each received mini portable science laboratories. At a prize-giving event recently, Verulam Primary School principal Poobalan Pather said: “The initiative was a wonderful experience for my school and the learners. “The Schools Challenge has taught learners to persevere and work hard for victory. I am grateful to OMO and encourage them to continue making a positive impact in schools and communities.” Participants in the Challenge, which included parents, were encouraged to purchase an OMO product at any of the participating Spar outlets nationally during June, July and August 2015; nominate a community primary school and submit their till slip into an entry box provided at the participating Spar store. The OMO Fast Kids Maths App which formed an integral part of the initiative, is an interactive online learning platform catering for various levels of educational experience and mathematical aptitude. The platform enables learners to practise their mathematical skills through various exercises including number bonds, time tables and general arithmetic in . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 15 MARCH 2016 – It was an epic weekend for the Jeep Team across all disciplines. Leading the pack with back-to-back victories was the unstoppable multiple world champion, Hank McGregor. McGregor was on fire at the 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series final on Friday evening, and then went on to claim victory at the treacherous 2016 Bridgestone Hella Hella to Josephine's Bridge 32km Canoe Marathon on Sunday. The 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series Race 10 finale was going to be a nail biter from the start. McGregor, the defending champion, had to win this final race to secure the series title by one point from leading man Matt Bouman. Said McGregor, “I decided that I wanted to deliver the hurt from the beginning of the race as I needed to get myself away. I had a great start and got a substantial lead quickly because I really didn't want to leave it to the final lap because you never know what can happen. When I got ahead I just tried to chase down the doubles and the paddlers in the schools race so I always had a marker to chase.” The unstoppable McGregor won in an impressive time of 32m41s, ahead of Matt Bouman in 2nd (34m04s) and Kenneth Rice in 3rd (34m43s). “It was a fantastic win for me and I am glad that I could get another series win! Being able to race against some of the best surfski paddlers in the world is such a privilege. Taking them on in my own back yard is something that I have always appreciated,” said McGregor. On Sunday, McGregor headed inland to take on the white-water rapids Bridgestone Hella Hella to Josephine's Bridge Canoe Marathon with paddling partner Lee Furby. The 32km race was held on a treacherous stretch of the Umkomaas River, notorious for boat-breaking white-water rapids. From the bridge at Hella Hella to St Josephine's Bridge, the Umkomaas is a roller-coaster ride of high-volume rapids, huge rocks and big wave chains. Summertime rafting on the Umkomaas is typically Grade 3, . . .
Wednesday 2 March 2016: It was a momentous event for learners and educators of Our Lady of Natal Convent Primary on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast when SA cricket icon, Dale Steyn, visited their school. The Convent is the second winning candidate in the OMO Ready for Life Schools Challenge to be awarded at a prize giving ceremony held today. The winner of the first prize in the Challenge receives a visit to the school from Dale plus R10 000 which the school may use towards a sports tour, equipment or an upgrade. In 2015, FMCG giant Unilever’s OMO brand team embarked on a countrywide initiative to emphasise the importance of education, goal setting and pushing the boundaries for success among scholars. Over 200 primary and high schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape registered to participate in the Challenge and were tasked with collecting OMO Auto liquid caps to qualify to win a host of prizes. Our Lady of Natal Convent Primarysecured the winning position in the primary category for having collected the most caps in the KwaZulu-Natal region. The Department of Basic Education recognises the value of school sport and physical education in providing the foundation necessary for the holistic development of learners in support of the academic curriculum. Renowned for his fast-bowling abilities and world-class performances, Steyn emerged as the obvious choice for the campaign’s brand ambassador. Through a series of visits by OMO brand ambassadors, the valuable lessons on goal setting and the necessary steps to be taken by learners to achieve them, were welcomed by various schools across SA. “When we found out that we won the Challenge, we were over the moon. Learners and educators put so much effort in the Challenge and it was all worth it. Our learners and educators are in awe of Dale and were overjoyed when he arrived,” said Fiona Coetzee, principal of Our Lady of Natal Convent Primary. “The Challenge brought so much unity; it got . . .
Port Elizabeth, 13 March 2016: No major road construction will take place along the eastern seaboard linking Cape Town with KwaZulu-Natal but work is in progress just north of Durban close to the King Shaka Airport. “The national and provincial road network is a safe environment and if drivers stick to the rules of the road and display tolerance and courtesy towards fellow road users, we should be able to cut down on the unacceptably high rate of fatal crashes,” says Vusi Mona, spokesperson for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL). The 550km stretch between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is expected to be in “a fair to good condition”. The road consists primarily of a single carriageway with climbing lanes. Drivers are urged to be aware of routine maintenance activities taking place on the sections between Somerset West and Mossel Bay, and further to the north towards Nature’s Valley. A new interchange – the Baywest Boulevard – was recently opened which should facilitate traffic flow on the section between Van Stadens River and Port Elizabeth. Construction traffic will be encountered in the Grahams’ Town area with the possibility of blasting activities taking place near the Fish River Pass. North of Durban construction on the upgrading of the N2/M41 Mount Edgecombe interchange in ongoing. There will be temporary traffic diversions in place and drivers are advised to be on the lookout for stop/go controls and other traffic signs. Between Empangeni and Pongola on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast construction is taking place at the Kwabhoboza interchange. The Easter holiday – from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March – is traditionally a period when there is a rapid spike in traffic on most major national and provincial highways. The school holidays of all nine provinces coincide this year and traffic flow is expected to increase towards the end of this period prior to the reopening of schools on 5 April. Mona calls on road users to obey . . .
Whether you’re looking for a spa day with the girls or to simply treat yourself to a new hairdo, the Groupon Beauty Sale has you covered with great deals. Enjoy an additional 20% off Local Beauty Deals when using the promotion code BEAUTY at checkout on the 16 & 17th March 2016. Check out some of the incredible deals that will be on offer: Durban Couples Chocolate Spa Packages from R326 at Ambrosia Wellness Spa Located in tranquil and scenic Westville North, Ambrosia Wellness Spa boasts the services of holistically trained massage and wellness therapists. Couples enjoy a healing space of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation with a selection of Couples Chocolate Spa Packages https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ambrosia-wellness-spa-15 Deep Cleansing Facial Including a Glacial Marine Mud Mask from R99 at Bliss Holistic Health Spa Bliss Holistic Health Spa is a holistic health and beauty Spa offering traditional Spa treatments, also offering Thai massage, yoga meditation, yoga and Tai Chi. https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/bliss-holistic-health-spa Nail Art and Stamping with Paint from R80 with Optional Manicure and Touch-up at Dalish's Nails & Beauty Dalish’s Nails & Beauty is staffed with acrylic nail and beauty therapists specialising in waxing and threading. https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/dalish-s-nails-beauty-1 Photo: Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
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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 . . .