Hudson Park emerged as the latest champions in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge when they defeated Alexander Road in the provincial finals at Woodridge, near Port Elizabeth, on Saturday. In a tense and well-contested encounter, the East London side overcame their Port Elizabeth rivals 1-0, with a goal by Tayla Jade Marais in the third minute of the game deciding the issue. Both sides had chances thereafter, but neither team were able to find the net and Hudson claimed their first title in the 30-minute final. It completed a successful year for the school, who also qualified for the inaugural provincial finals in 2016, ending as runners-up. In May, Hudson defeated 2017 provincial champions Clarendon to win the East London Coastal tournament and on Saturday they were unbeaten in the round-robin phase of the finals. They beat Alexander Road 1-0 in the round-robin and confirmed their status as the top side in the final. Hudson Park team manager Rosanne De'ath said it had been another wonderful tournament, to which they had been fully committed. "We have had a fantastic time and we are really grateful to SPAR for the exposure this tournament gives us," she said. "It gets our hockey to a good level early in the year and we have played against a number of teams during the tournament that we would not normally face." She said they had entered the provincial finals with a plan to take the title. "We wanted to make a good start and fortunately we managed to get on a roll [opening with a 5-0 win over York) and we finished off on a high. "We are lucky to have a very good coach in Jerry Snyman, who sets out a game-plan but is also able to change that if necessary. "The girls are well drilled and we are always prepared for any situation we face." For some players, such as Hudson captain Zimkhitha Weston, this was their final SPAR tournament as they are in matric. Weston paid tribute to the sponsors at the . . .
Annual Spring Dip revitalizes Port Elizabeth for 5th consecutive year Port Elizabeth, 10 August, 2018: It’s time to dig out your swimming costume! The annual Algoa FM Spring Dip is here! “Our annual Spring Dip is the pre-cursor to the Molo Festival of Triathlon at 9am at Kings Beach tomorrow ahead of the Championship Swim that commences at 9:30am. This will be followed by several Championship Swim Races, a 3km Beach Run, Kids 750m Beach Dash and a Surf Ski race comprising of 3 laps around a 1.9km swim course,” said Algoa FM Programming Manager, Baydu Adams. “This is ahead of the Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd of September. We are very excited about getting everyone excited ahead of one of the biggest sporting events to be hosted by the city,” says Adams. “Our 5th consecutive Spring Dip takes place tomorrow, as it continues to grow bigger and bigger year-on-year. This year, Siobhan Momberg will be hosting a hitmobile from the event and will be doing a live-crossing on air. “Nelson Mandela Bay’s early risers who have traditionally participated, are invited to start gathering at King’s Beach from around 8:30am and encourage others to join in on the fun experience,” concluded Adams. ‘Clean sweep’ and ‘Spring’ are some of the words that are bound to attract and exhilarate supporters of Algoa FM’s annual Spring Dip. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Don't miss this fantastically talented Afrikaans Duo! Herman Kleinhans & Maria Rademan form TWEE, a very talented Afrikaans fold duo not to be missed. They will be performing live at 13:00 on Sunday the 26th of August at Tolbos Country Shop and Restaurant in Patensie. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
East London, 1 August 2018: MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and the colourful, fruit-flavoured cooler Breezer, are heading to the coast to bring the much anticipated VJ search to East London. Auditions kick off on Saturday, 4 August 2018 at the East London Golf Club between 09:00 and 16:00. The crews will be looking for East London’s top two stars, with enough confidence, vibrancy and talent to make it into the top 10. The official after-party to celebrate the East London leg will be held at Buccaneers on Sunday, 5 August, featuring performances by DJ Tira, OkMalumKoolKat, Lerato Kganyago, DJ Anda and many more. As for Johannesburg fans, best you get your skills waxed and gear ready. The MTV Base and Breezer crews will be heading to Soweto’s Zone 6 on the 18th of August for the final round of auditions. Celebrity judges include Ridiculousness Africa host Thomas Gumede, You Got Got comedic star Tol A$$ Mo and music icon Kelly Khumalo, who will be putting the spotlight on SA’s talent who are bringing their most colourful and vibrant personalities to the fore, in the hopes of becoming the next MTV Base VJ. With seriously cool prizes up for grabs – a 12-month contract with MTV Base, a vibrant, all expenses paid trip for 2 to Thailand compliments of Breezer, a year supply of fruity Breezers to keep life colourful, and a brand new car – it’s no doubt SA’s talented youth is gearing up for the excitement. How To Survive The 2018 MTV VJ Search Auditions The Breezer Way Here’s a list of tips and tricks for contestants to experience the auditions the Breezer way - with a dash of good, crazy fun to make the MTV Base VJ Search even more light, cool and colourful! Breezer’s Survival Guide will help hopefuls kill it, while also enjoying the colourful moments through the day that will add fun to their lives forever. Breezer Survival Guide: 1. Don’t be late, it’s never a cute look. Audition queues are open from 9:00 but arrive early 2. Know your stuff, be informed . . .
Gamtoos Valley's Kouga Dam is at a low...6.9% We all need to be waterwise and save as much water as we can. What do you do to save water? Do you shower in a plastic 'bowl' and reuse the water to flush your toilet? Do you have a plastic container in your basin to harvest water when you wash your hands, to reuse the water on your potplants? Please be waterwise and save water! Water from the Kouga Dam in the Gamtoos Valley, is distributed to consumers by means of a system of canals and pipelines. The Kouga Dam and the main canal supply water for both irrigation and urban use; the branch canals are used mainly for irrigation and the Loerie Dam for urban water supply only. Water is supplied to the Port Elizabeth Municipality's purification works at the Loerie Dam site by means of an outlet control tower and tunnel. The main canal starts at the Kouga dam and ends at the Loerie Balancing Dam. The canal system consists of canals, siphons, balancing dams and pipelines. The total length of the main canal is 97 km (72 km canal, 17 km siphons and 8 km tunnels). The total length of the branch canals is 30 km and the total length of the pipelines is 91 km. In addition to the Loerie Balancing Dam, a further two balancing dams were constructed along the route of the main canal to prevent the wasting of water due to fluctuations of demand. The main canal has a carrying capacity of 8,5 m3/s at the Kouga Dam. The carrying capacity decreases at each of the balancing dams until the ultimate caring capacity at the point of discharge of the canal into the loerie Dam is 3,1 m3/s. The Loerie Dam with a capacity of 3,4 million m3 consists of an earth-fill embankment with a clay core and a side channel spillway on the left flank of the dam wall. The dam also has a crest spillway which was added in 1983 after the earth embankment had been overtopped on two occasions. From the Kouga Dam, irrigation water is supplied by means of the canal and pipeline system to more than 7400 ha of . . .
Former South African international swimmer Sarah Ferguson has linked her talent for swimming to a passion for the environment by joining SPAR Eastern Cape as an ambassador in their Stop Plastic campaign. The long-distance ace was a top pool competitor during the 2000s, swimming for South Africa in a number of World Cups, but is now putting her skills to work for another cause. This month she formed a partnership with SPAR EC in their campaign to educate the public about the dangers of plastic pollution, combining it with challenging swims around the world. She recently completed a 100km Elephant Coast swim, which took her from southern Mozambique to northern KwaZulu-Natal over a period of six days. The association with SPAR EC was sparked by a presentation Ferguson, who lives in Durban North, gave after a 2km swim in Hawaii, in which she became aware of the dangers of plastic to the environment. "I came to Port Elizabeth for a meeting and they liked what they saw," she said. "Equally I was keen to work with them to promote their Plastic campaign." In April this year, SPAR EC took the bold step of trying to limit the use of plastic in their stores by encouraging consumers to make use of alternative packaging options available at all outlets. In particular, they are focused on limiting single-use plastic, which includes items such as plastic bags. At that stage, managing director Conrad Isaac said it was time to take a stand and to set an example to others, even if the journey started with one small step. "Let us start by cleaning up our own backyard. If we are able to maintain the spaces in which we live and work by reducing the plastic content, that is a start. "And if it helps to clean up the world, well that would be just great." That initiative is now beginning to stretch beyond the borders of the Eastern Cape, with ambassadors such as Ferguson joining the fight against plastic pollution. "SPAR EC are supporting this trip, . . .
Nothing about South African décor 2018 says minimal, the style is bold, exciting, and daring at the same time. Those clean colours and smooth walls are now in the past; a wide variety of designs, textures, and colour combinations have now emerged with grey being the new black in décor. Johannesburg: The old trend of white walls and single monotones is now out and South Africans are embracing elegant and stylish colours that complement one another. People have realized that it is the delicate colours that are more beautiful when creating a living space. What is popular nowadays is what older generations would approve of. When it comes to furniture people are going for unfinished pieces, it’s not uncommon that you walk into a house and find a cut piece of tree trunk that has been customized to match other pieces in the house. In terms of shapes, rounder shapes are the preference of the day. Indoor plants have been in for a long time and they are still in this year. They bring freshness in the home and the great thing about them is that you can always choose the species that you love. Brass and concrete planters that have modern shapes and designs are now the preferred choices. This year, some of the aspects that most people check before making colour decisions, include the amount of natural light a room receives and the direction the light comes from. Grey, being a colour that is in between, has proved to be quite popular as it’s neither bright nor dull. Moreover, people have devised different ways of incorporating it in rooms from sofa colours, seat covers, pillows to even floor rugs. The preferred art and patterns for decoration and decor are big, abstract and inspired by nature; these can range from plants, trees to even hand patterns. Textures and textiles have also become diverse and there is so much to choose from this year. For instance, smooth interior walls are being replaced with bare stone wall on one, two or all sides. In addition, the new . . .
The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run (GZTRun) is excited to announce that Merrell is on board for a second year as a support sponsor. Adventure seekers taking part in the 2019 NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run will be able to do so in a pair of Merrell trail running shoes. Merrell is partnering with GZTRun and product-sponsoring its trail-running footwear to each participant. David Palmer from Medicus Shoes, the authorised distributor of Merrell brand footwear remarks on the partnership, saying, “We would like to offer participants the opportunity to hit the trail and live the real moments and experiences, in Merrell trail-running footwear. “We are true believers in the brand's product features and technical specifications, with its out-of-the-box comfort. Partnering with GZTRun provides the opportunity to express our passion for the brand by putting Merrell trail-running footwear onto participant's feet. This opens channels to explore, express, and do, what these enthusiasts adore in the outdoors, and allows us the opportunity to identify true brand influencers.” Siska van der Bijl, NFB GZTRun race director is excited for the second race saying: “The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run embraces trail running’s pioneering and adventurous spirit. So the partnership with Merrell sings to both brand values. “Our passion for the region drives us. Runners pass a cycad, estimated to be around a 1,000 years old, run through a beautiful alley of yellowwood trees, and navigate some technical trails. The route is diverse. And our races are unique. We believe our differentiators are our prestigious trails, high-end partners and discerning athletes. Plus our unashamedly luxurious twist.” About the NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run Taking place May 31st to June 2nd 2019, the NFB GZTRun is a boutique event taking participants through South Africa’s most majestic trails. The route includes exclusive tracks in the untamed wild of Addo, traverses the Zuurberg mountains, and crosses . . .
Gonjah Chalet, campsite and 4x4 route is set amongst lush indigenous forest just 9km north of Patensie in the delightful Gamtoos River Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof. With idyllic rural surroundings, Gonjah Chalet and Campsite offer the perfect setting for anyone looking to get ‘back to nature’. Gonjah is tranquilly set next to a gently flowing mountain stream, surrounded by towering Yellowwood trees – a real escape to the country. When you drive into the kloof you will go through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Gonjah offers stunning views of the valley and the scenery really is breathtaking Here you stand a good chance of spotting a variety of native wildlife including Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala), and the elusive Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles to name but a few. You may even spot a Gonjah after which the accommodation has been named – Gonjah is the indigenous word for grasshopper. Surrounded by colourful woodland, mountain streams, undulating hills and valleys and native wildlife, the rustic accommodation at Gonjah chalet and campsite will provide you with a real break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days away from it all. With no television to distract, you can experience the simple life and enjoy the stars, the braai fire, and fauna & flora galore! With over 53 indigenous trees identified as well as 61 bird species spotted, it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. This is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, Gonjah is home to two 4x4 routes that make for a great activity, one that the Gamtoos Baviaans region is famous for. The shorter 4x4 route at Gonjah is 12km long and takes around three hours to complete and the longer route is 20km, taking approximately five hours from start to finish. Both of Gonjah’s 4x4 routes take you through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Climbing to 570m at its highest point and offering stunning views of the valley and the Cockcomb mountain, the scenery really is breathtaking. Those enjoying the 4x4 routes also have a very good chance of spotting a wide variety of native wildlife including, Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala) and birds such as the famous Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles, so it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! Guarri Safari Offers A Guided Experience For The Gamtoos Valley, Baviaanskloof And The Karoo. On weekdays, enjoy a visit to an irrigation farm in the fertile Gamtoos Valley and to a stock farm in the Karoo north of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Day 1: Permits and a packed lunch, juice, coffee / tea, drinking water and fruit included. No alcohol, but clients are welcome to bring . . .