28 March 2017 – Sipelele Msindwana (37), a small business owner of a construction company in Lusikisiki, plans to grow his career and take his business to new heights through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). To develop, upskill and empower youth and women-owned SMME’s and start-ups in construction industries in Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, Mbizana Local Municipality and Port St. Johns Local Municipality and simultaneously provide safer roads, SANRAL is rolling out an integrated community development programme valued R120 million. This initiative comprises Learner SMME’s, programme will therefore be provided with National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3, 4 and 5 training, leading to a full learnership which is accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Msindwana is one of 30 business owners who have received a full scholarship from SANRAL. Upon completion of theoretical training in 2017, each SMME will have an opportunity to tender for work packages on the community access roads and learn how to apply their theoretical training into practical application. Community access road upgrades are strategic projects linked to the N2WCTR with the aim to improve road safety. Msindwana is a co-founder and co-partner of Nkungu Investments CC. He and business partner Khayakazi Nkungu started the company in 2004. Msindwana says he wants to grow the business in the construction industry, expand to plant hire company and business rental properties. He has 13 years’ experience working in the construction industry, which include eight years managing construction sites. SANRAL’s community development and skills training programme will give him an additional boost to be successful. “Since starting our company we have on average provided work for 25-45 people. But working in the construction industry is not easy,” he says. “It is difficult to find work in the construction industry especially if your company is a CIDB level 1, so we have to . . .
Port Elizabeth, March, 27, 2017 - Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a laid-back but vibrant location with entertainment for the whole family, Port Elizabeth is the perfect destination. It’s not only rich in award-winning wildlife destinations and some interesting museums, but also home to spectacular beaches. And it’s not known as the 'Friendly City' for nothing, as visitors will agree that people in PE are very warm, and always make you feel at home. With public holidays and the Easter weekend approaching, PE is an ideal long weekend road trip destination. Apart from the hours of sunshine visitors can expect to enjoy, here are some of the top 10 attractions in the Friendly City. 1. Addo Elephant National Park Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and is home to all of Africa’s ‘Big 7’, namely elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and the great white shark. Whether for day trips, picnics, or staying over in the caravan park, this location offers visitors a memorable wildlife experience. 2. Maitland Sand Dunes If you are looking for hours of fun and a dash of adrenaline, then you’re sure to enjoy sand boarding at the Maitland Sand Dunes. The dunes are easily accessible and, while it may be a challenging trek up to the top, it’s worthwhile for the spectacular views and scenery, and the best part - sliding down. 3. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World With a variety of entertainment, shopping, family fun, and dining, Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World offers every member of the family something exciting and fun to see and experience. 4. Beaches With more than 40 kilometers of golden sand along the Algoa Bay coast, Port Elizabeth is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in South Africa. King’s Beach is one of three beaches in the Friendly City to have been awarded Blue Flag Status, meaning that, in addition to its scenery and attractions, it is . . .
Eastern Cape, 24 March 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify road users of controlled blasting at Shaw Park quarry, between Port Alfred and Fish River, which will commence at 3pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The R72 road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes. The Shaw Park quarry is situated next to the R72, near the intersection of the R72 with the gravel road leading to Shaw Park. The quarry extends from the SANRAL kilometre markers 20,800 to 21,200. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road, and to comply with the directions of safety personnel. #SANRAL #R72 #ShawParkquarry #controlledblasting #PortAlfred #FishRiver #EasternCape CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Galway, Ireland – 23 March 2017: South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “South Africa has been quick to take up online learning. The feedback we’re getting from learners here suggests that they value the flexibility and breadth of subjects we can offer. It’s not a surprise to us that the majority of our South African learners are women; this reflects a pattern we have seen in other parts of the world.” According to newly released figures for 2016, the most popular courses including Touch Typing Training, Diploma in Project Management, Human Resources and Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Other top courses South African learners took included Web Design, Workplace Health and Safety, Psychology and Customer Service. Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing learners turn to us for skills that are vital to the workplace but don’t tend to receive much focus in schools – South Africa is no different. The range of free courses we’re offering is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months, and we expect to grow our learner-base in South Africa in tandem with this. “We would encourage students, jobseekers and workers who want to upskill to consider how a course might help them achieve their goals.” Alison will celebrate its 10th birthday next month. The site currently boasts almost 10 million individual learners studying hundreds of courses. WHAT THEY SAY What our South African learners say about Alison: “There are so many great options that I am excited about. I’ve just completed the Microsoft . . .
(East London) – More than 500 of East London’s poorest pupils in Duncan Village have received a boost in the form of new school shoes. The campaign is the culmination of a R200,000 national rollout by major malls in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape owned by South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, Rebosis Property Fund. Earlier in March, the Rebosis-owned Hemingways Mall, in partnership with celebrated local NGO, Sakhisizwe, handed out 532 pairs of new school shoes to five schools in the Duncan Village area. These were Nontutuzelo, Makinana, Nompumelelo, Lujiza and Masakhe primary schools. “We are honoured to be making a difference to our underprivileged pupils by gifting them with a sense of self-confidence and belonging as they walk the road to an education. The young pupils of East London are our city’s future,” said Hemingways Mall general manager Reinette van Tonder. Instilling pride among pupils would help them to succeed in often-difficult circumstances, she added. According to Rebosis group marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes was a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many of whom cannot afford public transport and are forced to walk long distances each day. “As part of our social and ethical mandate, Rebosis Property Fund has recognised an overwhelming need to contribute positively to communities surrounding its shopping centres,” said Bailey. She said each of Rebosis’s four major malls – Forest Hill City in Centurion, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and Hemingways Mall and Mdantsane City in East London – had carefully selected their beneficiary schools according to need within their respective communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
An opinion piece by Nelisa Bhumazela from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: Many believe that after graduation, it is go-time! You get employed, you buy your car, you buy a house, and it is just magically a jolly period! Well, not in this country, that is just a dream, a fantasy, especially for black kids, it is not that easy. South African unemployment rate is so high in a such a way that graduates are involved in some crime businesses to survive, and unfortunately those who are looking up to these graduates have lost hope in life. I somehow get it! Why would you stress yourself, experience headaches and sleepless night just to stand by the corner of that old spaza shop in the township or sit home and watch chicken hatch in the rural areas. But! What if there was a way beyond that? What if there was a way where you can avoid such stressful situations? There is a high number of unemployment graduates in the country, let alone the general number of everyone including those who are not graduates. I personally do not see why someone with a Degree or a Diploma would just sit home and wait for opportunities to come by. If opportunities do not come by, then that is a wake-up call for you to actually chase these opportunities. Nothing beats the sense of being a go-getter. As an unemployed graduate, you can always do something of your own like self-employment. Sure, it will not be your good and basic salary but it will serve your purpose, right? For each and every cent you get, learn to save it, save money like that young kid you were when growing up. You never know how much money you can possess in two or three months. After you have saved yourself some few cents start doing something, buy something, and sell something. You can even sell sweets or snacks to school kids, just be out there and look for opportunities and there is an even bigger opportunity for you if you are situated or in the rural areas. There are no McDonalds, Nandos, KFC and Zebros in the . . .
Madibaz sevens rugby star Eloise Webb will get another opportunity to display her skills at the highest level when she jets off to the Vancouver Rugby Festival this week. The third-year education student at NMMU in Port Elizabeth will make her second appearance for South Africa in the Canadian tournament, which takes place from March 9 to 10. The East London born player made her debut against Australia in the Dubai leg of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in December. Although the South Africans suffered a 38-5 loss, the young flyhalf said the experience boosted her confidence. "My mentality as a player changed because I realised that we are capable of playing against teams that we normally only see on television," she said. "We finished eighth after losing to New Zealand in the quarterfinals, but for a team that was only there by invitation and not one of the core teams, we felt it was an excellent result." Webb explained that eleven regular teams and one qualifier compete in each leg of the world series to make up the full complement of 12. In April, the team will head to Hong Kong for the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series qualifier, where the winners will qualify as one of the core teams for the 2017/2018 series and also earn an entry into the final event in France this June. Webb said the team had been training hard to improve their fitness and overall skills. "We train three times a day and each day consists of two field sessions and gym. Our focus is not only on individual skills, but on the team as a whole." Despite only getting the better of the United States in their six matches in Dubai, Webb believed their progress would be evident in the coming weeks. "I feel that we have worked hard and if we carry this forward we should do well." She said their 26-7 victory over the US was something positive to focus on in future matches. "It shows that we are capable of competing against top teams on the world circuit - we . . .
Riders in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race will again enjoy superior connectivity, thanks to a significant partnership with Port Elizabeth-based company Igen. While the remoteness of the Zuurberg region - adjacent to the Addo Elephant National Park - contributes to the uniqueness of the event, it also affects internet connectivity. "The downside is that coverage can be limited," said race director Brad Jackson of Mountain Events. "As a boutique event, we realise that it is an important part of our offering to help our participants stay in touch with the outside world." Apart from the needs of the riders, he said it was also an important consideration for the organisers as the three-day event interacted with the public through its digital and social platforms throughout. Jackson said an effective internet infrastructure was also imperative to be able to communicate with the media and to offer services like live timing. He said Igen, short for Internet Generation, made use of long range, high speed wireless links to provide internet services in the most remote locations. "Their complimentary wireless hotspots scattered throughout the race village will allow participants to get online during the event." Igen sales representative Linda van Huyssteen said they would provide the same services as they did in the first year of the sponsorship, which had "worked very well". "The speeds we gave them last year included a 20MB uncapped line for the organisers and media," she said. "The cyclists also received uncapped data, but at a lower bandwidth to ensure the best possible experience for all." Van Huyssteen said they had assisted riders with setting up their phones last year and had received positive feedback from both the participants and race organisers. "The internet was working, they were enjoying themselves and everything went according to plan," she said. "We will be offering the same package this year, although we do . . .
Riders in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek can look forward to a premium experience on and off the bike when the event is held from May 26 to 28. Photo: Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha Photography Organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are doggedly focused on providing a premium experience to live up to the mountain bike event's tagline of "Great Outdoors. Great Indoors. Great Impact". The three-stage race, which takes place from the Zuurberg Mountain Village near Port Elizabeth from May 26 to 28, not only provides the riders with spectacular scenery, but they will be able to revel in a luxury lifestyle once the day's challenge is over. Race founder Trevor Hayter, who initiated the event with his brother Rob alongside Mountain Events, said their objectives were to provide a memorable three days for the entrants, both on and off the bike. "I think if you look at the tagline, we really do have three very diverse days of riding, making it a great outdoors experience," he said. Some remote sections of the Addo Elephant National Park serve as the backdrop on the opening day when riders descend into a gorge previously only accessed by cattle and horses. The second stage takes them along the northern ridge of the Zuurberg mountains, while the final day provides some classic single-track riding in the area around Hayterdale Trails before the field summit the mountain to the finish at the hotel. Hayter said their objective was to complement the riding with a number of quality accommodation options. While there are several possibilities, he said they had no doubt their newly-introduced silver package of R4 900 per rider offered the best value. Hayter pointed out that the bronze option - aimed at participants who live nearby - came in at R3 900 without accommodation, while an upgrade to the silver package provided you with many more amenities. "These include three nights' accommodation and two dinners at the Addo Elephant National Park, as well as a shuttle service by our . . .
Pearson High School swimming star Ian Venter has shown outstanding form this season, but he knows he will need all his wits about him when he challenges for the SPAR River Mile title on Sunday. The 17-year-old matric pupil, runner-up to Daniel Jones last year, is looming as one of the favourites for the men's feature event when the two-day SPAR Summer Festival reaches a climax in the resort town of Cannonville just outside Port Elizabeth this weekend. The festival will end with the women's and men's races taking place at 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Sundays River respectively. Given the legacy of the River Mile, Africa's oldest open water swimming event which started in 1924, Venter said he was keen to deliver a good performance. But he does not want to put any pressure on himself or reveal any particular strategy for the race. "My goal for the River Mile includes just swimming my own race and fixing a few mistakes I've made in the race in the past," he said. "I just want to race it as well as I can after the Stellenbosch leg of the Grand Prix circuit the day before where I will be competing in the 50m and 200m backstroke." Venter, who has grown up in Port Elizabeth, said tactics played a critical role in open water swimming, compared to the pool. The lines you swim and the current had to be taken into account, he said. "The River Mile always tends to be a tough race and things always get interesting with the run out of the water. "This often determines the difference between first and second." Venter, who attended Summerwood Primary before moving to Pearson, said he was pleased with his form as he focused on the national championships in early April. "But there is definitely still work to be done and some small things to get right in the last few weeks." He said his biggest achievements this season had been winning the open provincial titles in the 200m backstroke and the 400m, 3 000m and 5 000m freestyle. "Other achievements . . .