Port Elizabeth, November, 22, 2017 - Mandela Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to volunteer your time throughout the year. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, Volunteering is Good For Your Health. Results have shown that those who had volunteered a minimum of 200 hours within one year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t, possibly because volunteering increased physical activity. So if you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis, but don’t know where to start looking or what’s out there, here is a list of organisations in and around Port Elizabeth, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za. Lake Farm Centre Lake Farm Centre is a care home for 90 mentally impaired adults. The centre was founded in 1959, and the residents contribute to the upkeep and general running of the facility. This permanent home is situated just outside PE in the nature-filled area of Kragga Kamma. The centre welcomes volunteers to help with a number of activities from fundraising, to help in the onsite coffee shop, to occupational workshops, and helping organise events such as the Christmas Fair. Animal Welfare Society PE The Animal Welfare Society of PE is a shelter for lost, unwanted or abandoned animals, from cats, dogs and horses, to donkeys, cattle and birds. The facility rehabilitates the animals and, once ready, puts them up for adoption. The facility also provides 24-hour veterinary services. Located in Walmer, the facility is always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and provide love and attention to the cats in their cattery. Volunteers can also raise money by participating in a sports event like a cycle or running race. Love Story This organisation focuses on providing much needed empowerment projects, educational programmes and food schemes to the underprivileged within PE. Founded in 2012, Love Story provides a number of ways to uplift the communities in PE that do . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – In a welcome year-end boost for the lagging Nelson Mandela Bay construction industry, ground is set to break in December on the R1-billion Phase One development of the government-backed Florida Heights integrated housing development. According to the developer behind the project, Sakhisizwe, more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the five-year roll-out of the first “integrated development” housing scheme for the Eastern Cape, on a hill overlooking Despatch, along the R367 across the Swartkops River. The scheme – one of the “catalytic projects” identified by the national Department of Human Settlements throughout South Africa – is also set to be an economic injection for Despatch and neighbouring Uitenhage. Attracting low to middle income residents, Phase One will see 1,020 housing units developed alongside community and mixed-use facilities, with Phase Two – which is in the planning stages and is set to be completed in about 15 years’ time – to include a further 12,030 residential opportunities. The entire project is set to accommodate approximately 45,000 residents. Florida Heights will be profiled at the provincial housing indaba next month. “This is a critical and much-needed project for the Bay, and one we are excited to break ground on,” said Sakhisizwe chief executive William Charles, whose company was also involved in the development of the Port of Ngqura. “As founders and proponents of Sakhisizwe Trust, Sylvia Charles and I have spent many years thoroughly researching integrated developments abroad – especially those in Germany and the Netherlands – and tailoring this project to fit the needs of local low to middle income residents,” said Charles. The Bay has a total housing backlog of over 80,000 units, according to the national Housing Development Agency’s technical assessment framework report for the Florida Heights scheme. Of the development, the agency’s report also outlines intended . . .
Eastern Cape, 15 November 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 at approximately 12 noon. The blast will take place at the Qunu Quarry. The Quarry is situated approximately 1km from the N2 on the Elliotdale Road. The Elliotdale turnoff is 46.6km from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. “The road will not be closed during the blast, but motorist are asked to use caution when making use of the road,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
Fans of multiple award-winning musician, Zakes Bantwini, enjoyed an evening of music and dance as the star entertained the crowd at East London’s number one entertainment destination, Hemingways Casino. The non-stop four hour show was the official launch of Bantwini’s brand new album, Love, Light and Music 2. “His singing was paired with his popular dance moves and it also included a four-piece band which had our guests off their seats for the entire show. It sure was a night to remember,” says Hemingways Casino Marketing Manager, Neville Austin. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.tsogosun.com/hemingways-casino. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Eastern Cape, 27 October 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that the spraying of road lines on the N2 between the R63/N2 (Komga) Intersection and Kei River Bridge will take place between 4 November and 15 November, weather permitting. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
R61 Road upgrade valued at R550 million completed Eastern Cape, 25 October 2017: A major work activity stream of the R61 mega road infrastructure project in the Eastern Cape, has been completed, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The R550-million Mthatha Sprigg Street to Ngqeleni road infrastructure development and safety programme is also part of a master plan for tourism and other long-term mega projects in the Eastern Cape. The project commenced on 16 September 2013 and was completed on 8 September 2017. The project consisted of the construction of a new 7.3 km dual carriageway between Mthatha and the turn off to Ngqeleni. The east bound carriageway was newly constructed, while the west bound carriageway entailed an upgrade of existing road infrastructure. As a result of the new carriageway six new bridges, one each over the Mthatha River, the Corana River, Sidwadweni River on Bernard Schultz Drive, an agricultural overpass bridge at Ngqeleni Turn-off, and two new interchange bridges at the Ngqeleni Turn-off. Two large agricultural underpass culverts were also constructed. “The R61 Mthatha Sprigg Street to Ngqeleni Turn-off project is one of several projects, each with different starting and completion dates in a mega road infrastructure development and safety programme for the R61 which commenced in 2011, and which will be completed by 2020,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region manager. The plan is to improve the safety of the road users and pedestrians through the closing of unsafe intersections, a new interchange at Ngqeleni turn-off and the construction of formalised and channelised intersections. This is also an integrated road safety programme which aims to decrease the road hazards which may lead to accidents and motor vehicle accident (MVA) related deaths. Many accidents on the R61 between Mthatha and Ngqeleni involve motorists hitting stray animals. Between December 2014 and January . . .
Port Elizabeth, 17 October 2017 – The R49 million periodic road maintenance project on the R63 between Adelaide and Fort Beaufort in the Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape has been completed, the South African National Roads Authority (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. Prior to the upgrade the existing surface was showing signs of chip loss as well as localised surface and base failures. “We are pleased to announce a durable, waterproof, skid resistant and all-weather road surface for motorists and safer conditions for pedestrians,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. Major works on this project included base, rut and surface repairs, sealing of cracks, sealing the surface with a new bituminous double seal along the rural section and an asphalt overlay through the Adelaide Town portion, replacing damaged fencing, and new road marking and studs. As part of the community development part of the project, which reserved work packages for SMMEs on lower CIDB gradings, SANRAL also repaired kerbs and sidewalks, and constructed pedestrian walkways in Adelaide while the road agency constructed safe layby areas near the entrance of Fort Beaufort for vendors operating in the informal economy. “Until the upgrade of this section of the R63, pedestrians were forced to make use of the surface road shoulder. Now, they have been provided with walkways which separates vulnerable roads users from the motorised traffic. “A lack of proper periodic resurfacing would have resulted in the asset requiring expensive and premature rehabilitation. Our resurfacing programme will prohibit the ingress of moisture into pavement layers and as a result the life of this asset will be preserved,” Peterson said. During the project, SANRAL empowered and developed individuals from local communities through 12 training and skills development workshops with a combined value of R256 441,68. The workshops included construction skills such as brick paving, . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .
Eastern Cape, 05 October 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place on the R72, section 3 to section 4, from Monday, 9 October 2017 until Wednesday, 11 October 2017, between Birah River and Openshaw Village, weather permitting. The blast will occur at various positions along the R72 between KM 49.24 (road marker) and KM 16.0 (road marker). Blasting will take place from Monday, between 2pm and 4pm and the road will be closed between Hamburg turn off and Gcinisa Village. On Tuesday and Wednesday blasting will take place between 1pm and 3:30pm on both days. The road will be closed between Hamburg turn off and the Peddie turn off on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Travellers are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .