The FNB Madibaz clipped the wings of the SWD Eagles with a 25-15 win in a pre-season friendly rugby match at Outeniqua Park in George on Tuesday evening. The Port Elizabeth-based team ran in five tries to the provincial side's three in a fast-paced game that formed a key component of the squad's Varsity Cup preparations. New head coach David Maidza expressed his satisfaction with the result but said there were still a few tactical issues that needed to be addressed. "Overall it was a good exercise for us and I think the boys did well. The most pleasing thing that came out of the match was the energy and togetherness that was shown on the field." After leading 10-5 at the break, the visitors took control of the game in the second half. "The ball was being moved around quite a bit by both teams, there was good intensity and I thought we did pretty well when we had ball in hand," said Maidza. "But I think we still need a bit of work when it comes to our defensive play." The win is the second in as many weeks for the NMMU team, after trouncing local rugby club Spring Rose 68-0. Although the victory had boosted confidence levels, Maidza said the main objective had been to give all members of the 30-man squad game time. "As these are warm-up games we're treating them as such, making sure that we're getting our systems and structures right and that the players understand what we're looking for from a coaching perspective." He said his men would now turn their attentions to the crucial home game against the Free State Cheetahs next Tuesday evening. "Next week's Super Rugby set-up is exactly what we need to test our players under intense pressure." Maidza said the Cheetahs were well known for their brand of rugby, which combined a running game with sheer physicality. "Every warm-up game is critical because you have to look at every player in the squad and see if they will fit in come the competition." Of course, the better the . . .
Jawitz Properties and Coral Beach Estate announce plans to give a free home to one of the buyers of an Ocean Home at the Coral Beach Estate in East London. East London, South Africa, December 2013: Coral Beach Estate (http://coralbeachestate.co.za/) and Jawitz Properties have announced a new promotional initiative that will see one lucky property investor winning a free seaside home. With 89 Ocean Homes available to purchase in the first phase of development of the Coral Beach Estate, all homeowners will stand a 1 in 89 chance of winning their dream home free of charge. This will be done in conjunction with the developer NuDevco, who on transfer of the final home will have an onsite lucky draw and handover a free home to the winner. The prize will take the form of the equivalent cash value of the home purchased and can be used to pay off the entire individual property investment. The Ocean Homes encompass 2 bedroom homes with single garage starting from R1 250 000, 3 bedroom single garage homes from R1 350 000 and triple storey double garage homes from R1 595 000. For more information or to book a property viewing please contact Gary Claven on: Phone: +27 (0)71 683 4349 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Coral Beach Estate is situated in Winterstrand, just south of the city of East London in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The area itself is part of the Cove Rock Nature reserve and boasts pristine beaches, warm Indian Ocean water and a secure seaside estate lifestyle. __________________________________________________________________ This press release was submitted on behalf of Coral Beach and Jawitz Properties (http://www.jawitz.co.za/) by Gary Claven and Donovan Grey. Author: Justin Atkins from Coral Beach Estate. No of Images Uploaded: None More Info link: http://coralbeachestate.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CB_EastLondon Facebook: . . .
Coral Beach Estate is contributing to the ever improving growth in the East London property market thanks its pricing structure that offers homeowners 2014 homes at 2008 prices. East London, South Africa, January 2014: Coral Beach Estate (http://coralbeachestate.co.za/) and Jawitz Properties are two of the big contributors to the improving property market in East London according to Gary Claven, who helps head up the sales and promotions team at Coral Beach Estate. Gary had this to say about the current housing and property market situation in East London: “Between 2009 and 2011 East London homeowners saw the value of their homes drop to some of the lowest levels recorded in years. This was thanks to a worldwide recessionary period that played havoc on the emerging markets of South Africa and Africa in general. However, thanks to property developments such as Coral Beach the confidence in East London’s property market is returning and we are starting to see an annualised property value increase of around 15 percent.” He further went on to say that: “There is now a big demand for properties in East London in the R1 million to R1.5 million bracket, which thanks to Coral Beach Estates aggressive pricing structure enables buyers to enjoy high value 2014 homes at lower 2008 cost structures. This is not only helping to usher in a much faster than anticipated growth period in the East London property market, but it is also helping to benefit the local Winterstrand community. In fact, with record sales figures of R25 million for Coral Beach Estate in November 2013 alone, the numbers literally talk for themselves.” For more information on Coral Beach sales, or to book a personal estate or property viewing, please contact Gary Claven or Donovan Grey on: Call Gary Claven: +27 (0)71 683 4349 Email: email@example.com Call Donovan Grey: +27 (0)82 871 7161 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Coral Beach Estate is situated in Winterstrand, . . .
The FNB Madibaz kicked off their Varsity Cup preparations in fine style with a convincing 68-0 win over Spring Rose Rugby Club at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday evening. The university team routed the local club side in the first of four pre-season fixtures aimed at getting the squad match-fit for the high-profile national competition. Over the next three weeks, they will face tough opposition from the SWD Eagles and Free State Cheetahs, as well as Community Cup champions Despatch. Despite the strong start, outgoing head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was cautiously optimistic about his team's early season form. "I think for a first time out, we got the result we wanted. We didn't concede any points but there's still a lot of work to do." Janse van Rensburg said it was positive to note that his team showed signs of improvement as the game wore on. "So early in the pre-season, all areas can be improved upon. The guys are trying the systems under pressure." He said they needed to be more accurate and less reckless with their defensive systems, while focusing on retaining possession on the attack. "In the line-outs and set pieces we need to work on the accuracy of our ball-winning so we can launch a bit better." After reaching the semi-finals in last year's Varsity Cup, Janse van Rensburg said his team would be aiming high once again. "It's a promotion-relegation year but we can't be thinking of that going into the competition. If we just focus week in and week out, play to our full potential and fight like hell, then I'm confident we won't finish in the bottom two teams." Janse van Rensburg said the warm-up matches provided the ideal opportunity to give all members of his 45-man squad game time on the field and find the right combinations of players. "Essentially, what we want to do is to put the things we're working on into practice in a pressure cooker environment and make sure that the combinations are working, so . . .
The Herald VW Cycle Tour has joined forces with the Pedal Power Association to promote "Safe Cycling" on the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Eastern Cape leg of the national awareness and lobbying campaign, which encourages motorists to keep a 1.5-metre distance from cyclists, was launched in Port Elizabeth this week. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, creating a safe cycling environment was critical for both cyclists and motorists alike. "Through this campaign, the Pedal Power Association is doing a phenomenal job in highlighting this worthy cause. "We are extremely proud to be able to partner with and support this worthwhile initiative." Peel said an eye-catching 10-metre billboard had been erected on the corner of Strandfontein Road and La Roche Drive in PE, as well as on the outgoing road towards Uitenhage. The core message of "cyclists stay alive at 1.5m" will be reiterated on lamp-pole advertising on major cycling routes throughout the city. PPA chairman Stephen Hayward said the recommended distance was in line with international best practice. "What we're trying to do is make motorists more aware of cyclists. It's a matter of tolerance; we're not trying to force it down anyone's throat." Hayward said the Western Cape became the first provincial government to sign it into law in November last year. "They've only given us one metre but that's the first step. That means that anyone who hits a cyclist in that province is now going to face the full wrath of the law." He said the Eastern Cape event, which takes place in Addo and PE on February 1 and 2, provided the ideal platform for launching their national lobbying campaign. "If we can get every province to do what the Western Cape has done, it will go a long way in saving lives. "Our plan is to take part in road races in every province and to hold a memorial ride ahead of each race in memory of those cyclists who have died." The "Safe . . .
Organisers of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have introduced a brand-new spectator hotspot for the feature race on February 2 and dubbed it the Dream Mile in recognition of beneficiary Reach for a Dream. Road race director Julie Briggs said the aim of the demarcated stretch along Lakeside Road on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth was to create a Tour de France-style atmosphere, with crowds of people lining the route. "We'd like to encourage the public to show their support and experience the great vibe of the event." Taking place for the 29th year, the 106-kilometre race is the second oldest on the national classic calendar. The Dream Mile comes shortly after the first portion of the Lake Farm ascent – one of four major climbs on the route – and is the perfect spot to grab a slice of the action, according to Briggs. "There are grass verges all along Lakeside Road, so bring your camping chairs and cooler boxes and enjoy a great day out in the country." She said Reach for a Dream would be selling breakfast rolls, muffins and coffee to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. "These kids face an uphill battle of a totally different kind, so we've named the spectator spot in their honour." Briggs said spectators would also be able to purchase Dream rubber bangles to support the cause. The non-profit organisation is the official beneficiary of the children's and family fun rides the previous day. Manager of the PE branch of Reach for a Dream, Michelle van Huyssteen, said she was delighted with the additional opportunity to raise funds and awareness. "We're very proud of our long-standing association with the event and this is a lovely extension of our relationship." With rolling road closures in effect, Briggs said the area would be an easily accessible vantage point. It can be reached via a gravel road, which will be signposted from Kragga Kamma Road. Parking will be available at the Lake Farm Centre on . . .
Developers of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth are preparing for a bumper 2014, with work to start next month (January) on laying the double-storey centre’s 7.5 million bricks. The development, undertaken by Billion Group and Abacus Asset Management, officially launched with an on-site party last month. It is on track to open its doors in March 2015. Given the rain in the Bay in recent weeks, the 600 workers on site will be labouring for an extra week, shutting down on December 20 instead of with the rest of the industry today (13th). From January 6 when work resumes on site, the pace will pick up substantially, according to Baywest MD Gavin Blows. By mid-2014, about 2,000 workers – from carpenters to bricklayers – will be feverishly working on site. Basil Read, which has been awarded the tender for developing a R300-million road network around the mall by the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL), is also set to start work in January. The network includes building an offramp from the N2 freeway to the mall and connecting Walker Drive in Sherwood with Old Cape Road in Rowallan Park. Already principal contactor Murray & Roberts has commenced with laying the concrete slabs which form the base of the mall. When complete, about 60,000m³ of concrete will have been thrown. Come February, work on the mall’s roof will commence, with 65,000m² of roof sheeting in total. About 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel will be used on the centre, and a further 1,000 tons of structural steel. Come October 2014, work on the final stages of the mall will be underway. The landscaping is scheduled to start by the end of that month, while the 250 shops will start being fitted. The mall will boast about 3.5km of shop fronts and a mammoth 35km of electrical cabling. “Everyone has done a remarkable job on getting the mall started this year,” said Blows. “They deserve a good break, because next year will be non-stop. “We are extremely excited to be able to bring what . . .
With tax season a thing of the past, PWM Financial Management in Port Elizabeth suggests four easy ways to pay less personal income tax in future. The recently released South African Tax Statistics 2013, which is a joint publication of National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service, reveals that just 3.3 million taxpayers shoulder 99 per cent of the tax burden in this country. If you are one of those whose heavy tax bill has left their wallet substantially lighter, you have options that won't leave you running from the law like Al Capone. At PWM Financial Management, we certainly do not advocate tax evasion but there are some perfectly legal ways to avoid paying too much tax. Here are four simple tax avoidance strategies: 1. Medical aid contributions: SARS introduced the medical aid tax credit for the first time this year. Instead of deducting your contributions from your taxable income, as in previous years, you will now receive credits against your tax paid. 2. Retirement annuity contributions: If you do not have a pension or provident fund, you can claim tax deductions on RA contributions of up to 15 per cent of your total non-retirement funding income. 3. Donations to Public Benefit Organisations: You can claim tax deductions for donations of up to 10 per cent of your taxable income to a public benefit organisation. The organisation must however comply with the requirements set out in Section 18A of the Income Tax Act. 4. Income protection policy premiums: If you become permanently disabled and cannot work in your field, an income protection policy will provide you with an income. Although the premiums currently qualify for a deduction, a new proposal, scheduled to take effect in March 2015, will bring this to an end. However, the good news is that all payouts will be tax-free. For more strategies to save on personal income tax payments, speak to one of the PWM Financial Management consultants in Port Elizabeth: . . .
The inclusion of the Eastern Cape’s Jaco Rademeyer Estates (JRE) as currently the only property brand in South Africa on the ground-breaking new online application MyEdit is set to shine a spotlight on property in the region, according to JRE owner Jaco Rademeyer. “I strongly believe in this app,” says Rademeyer, who flew to Cape Town earlier this month for a photoshoot ahead of the prestigious app’s launch. “The media consumption landscape is changing and nowadays people find it easy to browse for things like property online, as well as checking the local papers.” MyEdit, a South African-developed content aggregation app available on Apple and Android which went live this month, has 20 categories, including news, sport, fashion and entertainment. It’s an app publicly supported by the likes of entertainment personalities Khanyi Mbau and Riaan Cruywagen. Rademeyer says home buyers and sellers have less time on their hands, forcing property agents to enter the online space, because buyers and sellers are increasingly online too. It has forced Eastern Cape realtors to become innovative in their approach to business. Rademeyer says he is constantly racking his brain in an attempt to be one step ahead with marketing his business. His efforts have paid off, such as his tongue-in-cheek “Movember” campaign this month which sees his photo on bin advertisements with a mock moustache in an effort to raise cancer awareness. “People have been constantly phoning me this month to say ‘Someone has defaced your bins with a moustache’, and I just tell them it is part of our Movember marketing campaign. It’s hilarious, and it gets people’s attention,” says Rademeyer, who has committed 5% of his sales in November to cancer treatment and awareness organisations in Nelson Mandela Bay. The content on MyEdit is gleaned from more than 40 of SA’s most popular magazines, newspapers and websites, such as YOU, DRUM, Fairlady, tvplus, Men's Health, Finweek, Go!, Move! and True . . .
A signature visitor centre designed for the Hopewell Conservation Estate in Port Elizabeth has received the 2013 regional award for architecture from the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects. The building, which overlooks one of the densely vegetated valleys in the three thousand hectare Hopewell nature reserve, is by award-winning Durban architect Richard Stretton of Koop Design. It also features on the cover of “Coastal Contemporary,” a publication of the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA) that showcases meritorious buildings in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. “We are delighted with the award as it confirms that Hopewell is at the cutting edge of both design and creating a sustainable residential estate within an urban nature reserve,” says developer Brian Corrigan. Work has started on the first houses in the estate, which has a limited number of erven available in the nature reserve which is home to a number of local species, including the rare and endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. It is situated behind the newly-developed Wedgewood Golf Estate off Cape Road and also benefits from its proximity to the new Bay West Shopping Mall development. In its citation for the award, the ECIA states: “The well-conceived and beautifully detailed structure has echoes of the Barcelona Pavilion, but reflecting in its making and choice of materials the ecological concerns of the twenty-first century. “The palette of materials is restricted to a minimum – timber, steel and glass with polished concrete finishes using aggregate from surrounding ground, thereby creating a visual continuity between the natural surrounds and the made building. “The building is finely detailed and crafted and well-made. The project provides a benchmark for both the design and construction of the residences which are to follow, while being a piece of jewel-box architecture in its own right”. “We are deliberately offering a more contemporary design option for nature . . .