Roadworks on the N2 between Toleni and Ibika Eastern Cape, 14 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd would like to advise motorists that construction work on the N2 between Toleni (km 15,5) and Ibika (km 44) is currently taking place from Mondays to Saturdays and will conclude March 2019. Work will take place within Stop-and-Go closures and motorists can expect waiting periods of up to 20 minutes per closure. All works on the N2 through the town of Butterworth will be done at night between 7pm and 6am. The rest of the road will be open to two-way traffic between sunset and sunrise daily. “We request that all motorists plan their trips and to observe all traffic rules and regulations,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Regional Manager of SANRAL’s Southern Region. Motorists are urged to travel with caution and plan their trips in advance. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Controlled blasting on the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha Eastern Cape, 17 May 2018: 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 Thursday, 17 May 2018 at approximately 1pm. The blast will take place at approximately 40 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists 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. . . .
Upgrading of N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass Eastern Cape, 11 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting for drainage is scheduled to continue to take place on N2, Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, every Thursday, from Thursday 17 May 2018 until Thursday 21 June 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place, between 2pm and 4:30pm, approximately 25 to 35 km east of Grahamstown, along the N2 between KM 80 and KM 91 route marker. The road will be closed for approximately 45 minutes during this time. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Clarendon High are up for the fight when they defend their title in the SPAR Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in East London on Sunday - despite having lost a majority of their title-winning squad from last year. After winning the East London Coastal tournament a year ago, the team went on to capture the overall title in the provincial finals at Woodridge, near Port Elizabeth, in August. Coach Cheryl Pope knows they will be a marked side going into Sunday's action at Stirling, but said they were excited about the tournament. "Obviously there is a bit of pressure as is always the case when you are out to retain a title," she said. "We have seven new players in our squad this year, but the girls are always up for a challenge and they will definitely embrace the competition with a 100% effort and focus." She said she thought the format of the Schoolgirls Challenge was a wonderful chance to see how the players of all schools could perform under pressure. "Playing these shorter games (over 25 minutes) with no halftime is always adrenaline-fuelled and unpredictable," said Pope. "This brings a ‘sudden-death' mentality and a high level of intensity to the competition." She said their approach would be to try to remain as composed as possible, while aiming to dominate from the start. "An early goal is always first prize and decision-making, therefore, takes a central role." In addition to the unpredictable nature of the format, Pope said there was healthy competition among the participating teams which made for an exciting event. "At Clarendon, we love taking part in this tournament and are looking forward to a thrilling day of hockey. "Schools like Hudson Park and Stirling have very talented teams, but the way the format is structured means all teams have a chance of winning. "I can only encourage hockey players and supporters of the game to come and watch the girls in action. "The tournament provides a wonderful platform for . . .
A breakthrough energy project, a minigrid generating 75 kilowatts of energy, driven by the Eastern Cape government and its German Lower Saxony government counterpart, is set to bring development opportunities to a remote village of Upper Blinkwater forward by a decade. At the celebration yesterday, Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masaulle and Germany Lower Saxony State prime minister Stephan Weil explain the project is a first of its kind in terms of the technical and institutional model for rural electrification in South Africa. “With this mini-grid project we want to improve the living conditions and opportunities of development of the people in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. Hence, we want to give the rural population a better future - economically and socially” says Weil. Masaulle points out that the project is remarkable because this village is to be electrified 10 years earlier than expected. “This means a whole generation will now benefit from life-improving opportunities,” says Masaulle. MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) Sakhumzi Somyo whose team, together with German partners, was instrumental in driving the project, explains: “That’s why this project is so important to the province because it microcosm of how enabling energy is to our province and testament to the province’s vision to pursue an environment that promotes sustainable energy and livelihood development.” Meanwhile prime minister Weil says “The province of Eastern Cape and the state of Lower Saxony look back on 23 years of solid cooperation. The pilot project “Mini-Grid” in Upper Blinkwater is an excellent example for our agreements being filled with life.” The flagship project of the twinning arrangement between the two governments which is expected to bring about numerous socio-economic benefits to a 100 or more strong community, is underway and will become operational towards the end of the year. Somyo is upbeat about what the . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .
Eastern Cape, 07 May 2018: Positive socio-economic effects anticipated from the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd’s (SANRAL) N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) are beginning to materialise. This is especially the case for black-owned construction company, Masakhane Project Managers (Masakhane), who have recently been appointed as one of the suppliers for a major project in the second phase of the greenfields portion of the N2WCR project. After effectively winning a tough competition between four potential sources, Masakhane has been appointed as the supplier of aggregate for the Mtentu Bridge construction, a contract estimated at R54 million. They will be responsible for mining and processing rock from their dolorite quarry at Dudumeni Village in Ward 8 of Mbizana Local Municipality under Ntlenzi A/A, which is between Bizana and Flagstaff. All the aggregate for the Mtentu bridge piers and deck will be sourced from this single quarry to ensure a consistent quality and appearance of the concrete. Situated in a remote location across a deep gorge of Mtentu river which is a boundary between the rural Municipalities of Mbizana and Inqguza Hill, the Mtentu Bridge forms an essential component of the greenfields section of the N2WC route that is set to provide road users with an 85 km shorter route and will deliver travel time savings of up to three hours compared to the current N2 route. Once completed the 1,1km long and 223m high Mtentu Bridge will be the highest bridge in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. Masakhane has been subcontracted by main contractors of the bridge, Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (JV), comprised of partners Aveng Grinaker-LTA, a major South African-based construction company and Strabag, a leading construction company in Europe with extensive experience in major balanced cantilever methodology bridge construction. Managing Director and Founder of Masakhane, Mr Ayanda Notshweleka, was born and raised in Flagstaff. His experience in . . .
Controlled blasting on the R72 between Birah River and Openshaw Village Eastern Cape, 4 May 2018: 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 between Birah River an Openshaw Village, from Monday, 7 May until Wednesday, 9 May, from 1pm until 3pm. On Monday the road will be closed between Hamburg turn off and Gcinisa. On Tuesday the road will closed between Wesley and Birah. On Wednesday the road will be closed between Gcinisa and Hamburg turn off. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly 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. . . .
(Mthatha) – SOUTH African property developer and entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana has been recognised for his contribution to society and the national business landscape with an honorary doctoral degree in commerce, which was bestowed on him by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) at a graduation ceremony in his hometown of Mthatha (May 2). He is the only figure to be honoured in this way by WSU during its 2018 graduation season this May. Ngebulana, the founder and executive chairman of Billion Group – the first major black-owned property company in South Africa, also founded Rebosis Property Fund which, in 2011, became the first black-controlled property fund to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He has returned to Rebosis as caretaker CEO following the recent resignation of Andile Mazwai, and will also continue in his strategic role as deputy executive chairman. Ngebulana said the award resonated deeply on a personal level because of his strong family connection with Mthatha – the town where he spent his formative years. “I grew up with my grandparents in Corhana [a village outside Mthatha] and graduated from the University of Fort Hare – which makes this recognition very special and meaningful,” he told graduates at the ceremony. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandparents’ business. They owned a general dealer store where I had my first taste of business. They also had a brick field business. This is where I developed a passion for real estate.” Challenges in life – and in business – should be met as opportunities to learn and grow, he said. “Use challenges as opportunities to innovate or create solutions that didn’t exist before. Being exposed to challenging circumstances teaches you new skills.” Following the ceremony, Ngebulana thanked the university and people who had helped and mentored him in his formative years. “Receiving this doctorate from Walter Sisulu University is a huge honour. I was able to become what I am today . . .
Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .