A series of unfortunate injuries to leading trail runners this year means that new champions will be crowned at the 22nd running of the 2018 K-Way SkyRun taking place in Lady Grey on Saturday 17 November. K-Way athlete and defending champion Lucky Miya, who will not be able to fight for his crown in the 100km race, due to injuries during the year, will be welcoming in the 2018 champion before heading out on the inaugural 38km night run at this year’s event. “We are sad not to have our defending champs back to try reclaim their crowns, but it means that we have an exciting race on our hands for who will take the title this year,” says race organiser Mike de Haast from Pure Adventures. Leading contenders in the men’s race this year include K-Way athlete AJ Calitz, who has yet to add a SkyRun win to his list of achievements, along with Stewart Chaperon, who was crowned South African Ultra Trail Running Champion after his recent win at the Addo Elephant Trail. Also in the mix are SkyRun stalwarts, Hylton Dunn and Mr. SkyRun himself, Bruce Arnett, who has taken the title 13 times. The bug has bitten Nepalese mountain runner, Sange Sherpa, who will be back for his second year to race SkyRun after coming 2nd to Lucky Miya in 2017. There is a joke amongst mountain and trail runners that SkyRun has been bewitched by a foreigner curse, in the last 21 years of running this race, despite some of the very top names coming out to do it, it has never been won by a male foreigner, with overall first place always going to a local South African runner. Can Sange break the curse this year? And will this be the year that the elite men are able to break the Sub12 time barrier? Ryan Sandes was the first to run a sub14 in 2012, and this time has since only been achieved by a select few number of athletes, with none having yet gone under the 12 hour mark! In the ladies field, SPOT athlete Naomi Brand, who has been making a solid name for herself on the trail running scene is a . . .
Engen Ikhwezi, which officially opened on 26 October, offers a wide range of convenience to customers and is more like a mini-food hall, offering the people of Mthatha, a variety of yummy goodness 24/7. Customers can enjoy a diverse range of fast food, including a Steers, Debonairs Pizza, Corner Bakery, and Fishaways, as well as the convenient groceries of a Quickshop. Engen Ikhwezi Convenience Centre, which is located on the corner of Spring and Tutor Ndamasa Streets, offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm, with ease of access and service for heavy-duty vehicles and trucks. The owner of Engen Ikhwezi Convenience Centre, Mava Mkukwana is extremely excited about his new site, which is officially the largest Engen 1Plus service station in the Engen stable. “The people of Mthata are thrilled by all the variety on offer. The location of the site is also ideal as it attracts locals as well as passing commuters,” says Mkukwana. “I’m very proud of my association with Engen, as the brand has a substantial footprint and is well known amongst our customers who have come to associate with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One. “This promise fits in with my promise to offer exceptional service and always put the customer first,” he adds. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo who attended the grand opening: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry.” Engen Managing Director and CEO Yusa' Hassan, who was also at the opening of Engen Ikhwezi Convenience Centre, says the company continues to focus on investing much effort into remaining an attractive destination for customers’ fuel and convenience needs. “It is therefore important for Engen to continually seek relevant and innovative spaces where we can interact with our customers meaningfully. Engen Ikhwezi is the perfect example of . . .
Posting your thoughts, pictures and video on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be gratifying. BUT, unless you are right there when it is posted it can be somewhat difficult to find a particular post, image or video a day or week later. Reason: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not have the best or most intuitive search facilities around and concentrate on the 'latest' postings rather than the 'best'. At the end of the day the best way to find anything is via a search engine such as Google and that is the reason why finding that elusive video on YouTube is a little easier. SEO Tip for YouTube Vloggers and content producers: Make sure that you make use of the description box under your video to describe your content and use words that people will use to search for your content. The normal way for people to get their content noticed after posting is: Share to all other social media networks Post on all sites under your control Use email to further the reach Pay for adverts Rinse and Repeat The holy grail for longevity and to make content easier to find is to ensure that it can also be found on the Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go and the like. One way is to submit video or live content to a site such as AlgoaLive. Of course getting that content to be found and linked to from authorative web sites is the Holy Grail of Search Engine Optimisation. Why? Search Engines ensure that any piece of content has longevity and can be found for years after being posted. Quality video costs money and the people paying want a return on investment. One of the ways to broaden your reach and get the search engines to notice you is by having your content featured on a web site that has Domain Authority with the search engines. Domain Authority is a combination of the following: Age of the Domain - the younger the less authority Links - The number of links . . .
Matatiele, Eastern Cape – Over the last six years the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), in partnership with the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation, has invested over R102 million towards uplifting and supporting 30 schools throughout South Africa. Yesterday, at Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School in Matatiele, Adopt-a-School Foundation will be launching Whole School Development projects in partnership with the IDC and Wipro Technologies and the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Schools in the Eastern Cape. The launch celebrates progress made in the five adopted schools in Eastern Cape, where the IDC has invested over R20 million in upgrading facilities at these schools including the construction of a library in honour of the Nelson Mandela 100-year centenary. AAS implements a unique, holistic approach when supporting schools, called the Whole School Development (WSD) model. This mechanism aims to improve and uplift the academic, infrastructural, social and security environments in adopted schools. WSD ensures that schools have the necessary management and community leadership to support an environment conducive to excellence in both teaching and learning. The five Eastern Cape schools supported by the partnership are Siwali Secondary School in Lusikisiki, Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School, Maraizell Secondary School and Tholang High School in Matatiele, and Nkonkwana Primary School in WillowVale. All five schools received significant infrastructural support and training. “The IDC’s main priority in CSI investment lies in education. Through our partnership with Adopt-a-School, we have been able to improve the quality of education in selected schools and today we celebrate the success of our investment” says Tebogo Molefe, Head of CSI at the IDC. “We are thrilled with the progress made at all the secondary schools we have invested in over the past five years,” added Molefe “The matric pass rate at the IDC schools we support has improved and that . . .
The international launch of landmark management software, developed by a team led by well-known businessman Niels Andersen, kicks off in East London yesterday. Together with fellow engineer Aubrey Bahula and enterprise architect Dave Sokolich, the product is fast-gaining traction in South Africa with plans underway to build global partners. The software, newly-developed for the web, has an impressive incubation track record with the product having already being implemented at 100-year old JSE-listed York Timber in Nelspruit, one of the country’s foremost timber companies in South Africa, as well as engineering firm Fabkomp in King William’s Town. Its latest site is at the Port Elizabeth-based Tier 2 automotive supplier, Formex Industries, whose ambitious expansion plans are already underway. Andersen says Activios is principally transformation solution software that enables management to manage across an organisation while at the same time measuring tiered company scorecards. “However,” he says, “it is so much more than that. It is an enabler of a high-performance leadership culture and style that is founded on values of respect, transparency, performance, integrity and accountability. “These values,” he explains, “also build a culture where employees are informed-engaged-empowered and, ultimately, a critical part of the engine that drives a business’s metamorphosis into a world-class organisation.” The transparent nature of the software allows for results in improved understanding for employees which, in turn, influences their behaviour to understand better and more effectively execute business strategy. The result is a winning culture which is more sustainable in the long-term and acts as a catalyst for innovation. He quotes the latest Gallup research which gives some perturbing insight into how companies are suffering because of their disconnected workforce. Gallup estimates that about 85% of employees are disengaged at work with . . .
SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
During the lead-up to the annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, the Eastern Cape Department of Health will host a free health screening at the Somerset Spar in Nojoli Street on Friday, October 5 from eleven in the morning till two in the afternoon. The screening forms part of a province-wide awareness campaign that includes free health screenings in various malls in the major centres in the run-up to the event. The health screenings include tests for hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer, blood pressure, glucose levels, tuberculosis, blood cancer and breast cancer. Information leaflets on health issues such as tuberculosis, family planning, cervical cancer and the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol will also be distributed at information kiosks. “During 2017, more than 900 people were screened throughout the province”, says Algoa FM marketing manager Toinette Koumpan. The walk will take place at the Boardwalk in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 27 October Entry forms are available from Brian Bands in Cape Road, the Total Sports store in Uitenhage and Algoa FM. An online entry portal is also available at algoafm.co.za, where the entry fee for the 5km walk is R65. Manual entries are charged at R 70. Funds raised for the 2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will go towards the purchase of a FotoFinder Mole analyser for the local branch of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). In 2017 the event raised R570 000. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .