On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane welcomed the release of the long-awaited draft of the national reviewed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) earlier this week. “The policy is a game changer for the province and will help it to spearhead substantial job creation and investment. The effect is that it could ensure the province comes good on its aspiration to maximise its already-significant position in the renewable energy and gas sector,” he explains. The national policy, which provides clear and succinct certainty on how South Africa will generate the additional capacity it requires over the next decade, points to the influential role for renewable energy and gas which for the province would mean liquid natural gas (LNG). “What’s exciting about this new way forward is that this policy could open the floodgates for even greater growth for the province. We are open for business and ready – technically, institutionally and in terms of location processes,” he explains. Close on 75% of the additional capacity that is being planned will come from solar, wind and gas with the remaining going to hydro and coal, much like the trend globally where more renewable power capacity has been added than coal, nuclear and gas power over the past few years. Mabuyane explains that the proposed additional energy generation mix affirms Eastern Cape’s current energy footprint and the province’s sustainable energy strategy. “In the case of renewable energy, just over 50% of the additional capacity will come from wind and solar. In this respect, the Eastern Cape has significant resources as well as an impressive existing footprint with over 16 wind farms and one solar farm. In the case of gas energy – which is to contribute almost 23% of this new energy - the IRP points to the likelihood of a 1,000 MW gas-to-power project at Coega whose state of the readiness is well-known. “The province has been preparing for this . . .
Join Gamtoos Tourism at The inaugural Kouga Humansdorp Lentefees is set to attract top rugby schools and will entertain the entire community with sport, agricultural and cultural activities for all ages. The Lentefees will host the First Choice 7’s rugby elite tournament at the Nico Malan High School. Some of South Africa’s top high schools such as Paarl Boys High, Monument High School (Krugersdorp), Grey College (PE) and Outeniqua High School (George) are part of the 16 high schools that have already confirmed their participation in the Sevens tournament. The SA Sevens Academy have also confirmed that they will be attending the event. “In true Sevens spirit the Lentefees will be centered around a cartoon theme,” said Kerry Bell-Cross from Nico Malan High School. “The festival, which is scheduled for 31 August to 1 September 2018, is highly dependent on stallholders, local businesses and sponsors to be successful and to develop into an annual event. Bok van Blerk and Centerstage comedian, Gino Fabbri, will make up entertainment headlines, whilst local artists, including the Kouga Community Choir, will fill in the daytime slots. Additional activities such as a kiddies zone, Arkfit CrossFit challenge and a colour run are being planned, so bring the whole family for a fun filled event. Kouga Municipality has given full support for the festival. ‘I am that this festival will be a great opportunity for local businesses to take hands, network and most importantly attract people outside our community to the Humansdorp area, especially during the quieter months of the year,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .