The Madibaz will be hoping for more gold medal success when nine sporting codes take on their peers in the University Sport South Africa championships over the next fortnight. The Billabong surfers are first up in a three-day competition at the iconic Victoria Bay just outside George from Friday. Last year's women's and men's individual champions Roxy Giles and Jean du Plessis will be looking to anchor the institution's assault on the all-important team category. Giles' main opposition will come from Varsity College's Nicole Pallet and University of Cape Town's Anna Notten, while Varsity College's Wade Simkiss and Stellenbosch's Shawn Joubert will be looking to dethrone Du Plessis. Although the men's team was triumphant last year, the women's team finished in the runner-up spot behind the UCT surfers, who also scooped the overall crown. The Bestmed-Shukuma cycling team, who are the defending champions in the team category, will compete in Stellenbosch from June 29 to July 2. Cycling manager Theresa le Roux said Marinus Prinsloo, who took the top spot on the individual podium last year, and first-year rider Christiaan van Aardt were their best solo medal contenders. "We have a smaller squad this year, though, so we are hoping to at least come back with a medal in the team category," said Le Roux. Meanwhile, the Mecer men's hockey team are focused on going one better from June 26 to July 3 in Pietermaritzburg after placing second behind the University of Johannesburg last year. They are boosted by national players Chad Cairncross and Dalan Phillips, who took part in a test series against Austria in January, and Ignatius Malgraff, who represented South Africa at the Hockey World League second-round qualifiers in March. Squash manager Zanele Mdodana said she was confident that the team could wrest the title from the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg next week. "We definitely plan on taking the USSA title this year. The guys have . . .
Domino’s Pizza, one of the world’s best loved pizza brands, has arrived in Port Elizabeth and judging by the enthusiastic welcome received from local residents, this delicious hand-tossed pizza will soon become first choice among fast food connoisseurs. The recent opening of three new stores in Linton Grange, Walker Drive and Newton Park was greeted with much excitement, with queues of people waiting to savour their first bite of a Domino’s Pizza. The celebrations included the delivery of a stack of scrumptious pizzas to the hard-working police officers of Linton Grange Police Station and delighting the Grade 4 learners at Laerskool Verkenner with the opportunity to make their own pizzas at the Linton Grange store. "Domino’s Pizza hit the ground running in the South African market towards the end of last year with the opening of six stores and we enjoyed an excellent start to 2015 with the opening of several more across the country," says Lindy Taoushiani, Divisional Marketing Executive of Taste Holdings, which has the rights as an exclusive Master Franchisee to market the brand in nine southern African countries. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind experience to the people of Port Elizabeth. “We plan to open as many as 100 new stores throughout South Africa during the course of this year, adding to Domino’s Pizza’s 10 800 outlets in more than 70 countries. The beyond-expectation growth we’re experiencing proves that local pizza lovers prefer our delicious hand-tossed pizzas, which have made the brand famous all over the world.” The Domino's Pizza menu offers unique flavours with a choice of Epic, Famous or Traditional pizzas as well as Awesome Sidekicks like chicken strips, breadsticks, stuffed cheesy bread and parmesan bites. For the sweet tooth there are chocolate lava cakes and freshly baked Cinna Stix®. Domino’s Pizza dips have become legendary, with a choice of BBQ, Ranch, Garlic and Sweet Mango and Habanero sauces for dunking those . . .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BALLET MAGNIFICAT! in SA for one week only 16 April 2015 Acclaimed American ballet company Ballet Magnificat! has landed in South Africa for a tour of performances and workshops. After the success of their 2013 visit to this country, the multi-national American dance group Ballet Magnificat!’s Omega company has returned, offering a short season of workshops and performances in East London and Johannesburg, over the coming week. “I’m really excited to be coming back to SA to share with my fellow South Africans about the hope of Jesus through dance,“ says Andrea Payne, South African-born company member (formerly with Cape Town City Ballet). Founder and Artistic Director, Kathy Thibodeaux, stepped into the spotlight of the international ballet community in 1982 when she won the Silver Medal at the II USA International Ballet Competition. Inspired by a desire to see the arts restored to the church, and to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the largest possible audience through the medium of dance, Kathy and her husband, Keith (the former child star known for his portrayal of “Little Ricky” in the much-loved American TV series “I Love Lucy”) founded Ballet Magnificat! in 1986. The ballet company has now grown to include two professional touring companies, a pre-professional trainee program, a school of the arts, and a summer workshop attended by hundreds of students and teachers each year. Recognized around the world as the benchmark for professional Christian dance, the two Ballet Magnificat! companies - Alpha and Omega - feature an ensemble of professional dancers and teachers from around the world who share Kathy’s vision, and crisscross the globe from their Jackson, Mississippi headquarters. “The risks of putting dance to Christian music are legion. The choreography, for example, might become nothing more than melodramatic. Turning too far the other direction might lead to the sort of artistic abstraction that garbles . . .
With alumni such as Simon Harmer, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson and Proteas coach Russell Domingo, the Mecer Madibaz cricket club is proving to be a platform from which talented players are launching their provincial and national careers. “We have a wonderful structure in place,” said Madibaz head coach Baakier Abrahams. The club’s performances of late, which include a seventh straight premier league title for the first eleven this season, with the second team finishing runners-up in the same competition, bears testimony to this. The league title has once again secured the team a place at the national club champs in Pretoria later this month and they will be hoping to extend their local success to the national realm after being beaten in the final the last two years. “We will be playing against all the local league winners from across the country and this creates an amazing strength-versus-strength tournament to round off our season,” said Abrahams. He said that during the pre-season the club had focused on their processes and the brand of cricket they wanted to play. “It was encouraging to see the players buy into those philosophies and in the process watch them grow and achieve some amazing things.” Abrahams said the club was fortunate to have a crop of up-and-coming youngsters looking to make their mark as well as experienced players leading from the front. The latter include Eddie Moore and Brad Dolley, who have established themselves as part of the Eastern province Senior Provincial team, and David White, who has represented the SA A team and will be attending the CSA National Academy in June. Abrahams said young players on the march were Matthew Christensen, Ngazibini Sigwili and team captain Lloyd Brown. “I think the biggest benefit for players and staff is the professional manner in which the club is run and this makes the step up to the next level a lot easier. “We hope to become the number one university team in the . . .
Electronic Bingo is taking South Africa by storm and has now arrived in Jeffreys Bay. Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay will become the latest venue in the Eastern Cape to have a Bingo Royale entertainment gaming venue “Bingo Royale provides over 18s up-market entertainment, including a Bingo Royale Café, feature bar and modern bingo terminals. The venue will also feature regular live entertainment on a permanent stage in the venue,” says Yolande Manuel, director of BOSS Gaming Eastern Cape. Visitors to Bingo Royale Jeffrey’s Bay have a visible wow experience the first time they pass through security and enter the premises just like the other Bingo Royale venues in the Eastern Cape where they are greeted by a giant chandelier and a Mercedes-Benz. Every Bingo Royale outlet regularly gives away a Mercedes-Benz at special car draws. The colours of the lights in the chandelier can be changed to match the mood or occasion of the day. Electronic-based bingo machines will be used at Bingo Royale Jeffreys Bay, allowing visitors to play whenever the bingo hall is open, opposed to specific time slots in more traditional Bingo operations. There are over 150 electronic-based bingo machines that visitors can play on says Bingo Royale Jeffrey’s Bay general manager Schreuder Venter. “One of the reasons we chose Fountains Mall as the perfect spot to open up in Jeffreys Bay is the easy and convenient access to parking facilities, the gaming venue that helps create a ‘one stop’ destination for food, gaming and live entertainment” says Venter. New security lighting has been installed to flood the parking area and passage to the Bingo Royale. The area will be patrolled by Bingo Royale’s own security guards who will escort visitors to and from their vehicles during the evening. Entrance to the gambling area carries an over 18 age restriction but the Bingo Royale Café with its separate entrance is accessible to all ages. Author: Christena Crause from . . .
Some of the country’s top Xhosa writers, actors and artists will be celebrating the tradition of Xhosa story-telling at the annual Puku Story Festival, which will be hosted for the third year in Grahamstown from Thursday, February 19 to Saturday, February 21. The festival is aimed at promoting education and literacy in isiXhosa through both the written word and the oral tradition. It was established in 2013 by the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. Puku aims to bridge both the literacy and the digital divide that confronts the vast majority of Southern African children by developing dynamic and innovative programmes and projects to improve the quality of children’s books, educational and recreational materials in all Southern African languages, says founder and director Elinor Sisulu. Built around the theme of environmental awareness, the 2015 Puku Story Festival consists of a number of book launches, workshops, readings and a theatre production. It is sponsored by REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa). “There is a need for more mother tongue environmental education. Children find it easier to understand the need to preserve and conserve our environment when they learn about it in their home language,” says REDISA chief executive officer Hermann Erdmann. “Story-telling is one of the best ways of teaching youngsters. We need to harness our indigenous storytelling traditions to promote literacy and knowledge of major concerns in modern society, such as the environment,” says Sisulu. During the Puku festival storytellers, artists and poets will host story-telling and games sessions for school children from Grahamstown and surrounds. Other festival highlights will include readings from isiXhosa classic books such as “Elundindin Lothukela” by J.J.R. Jolobe; “Ingqumbo Yeminyanya” by A.C.Jordan; and “Buzani Kubawo” by W.K. Tamsanqa. All generations will be represented. Exciting young writer Sonwabiso Ngcowa . . .
It’s time for the people of Mandela Bay to unite through music at the annual One Blood Music Festival, which will be held on Saturday the 21st of March at the Grand Hotel in Central Port Elizabeth. The 6th edition of the Festival is headline by Johannesburg based Hip Hop artist Reason and Jamaican reggae artist Iqulah. The festival will see both local and international artists on stage from one in the afternoon until 10:30 in the evening. Some of the local artists that will be performing include: Lefa Mosea from well-known Jazz band Take Note, and who has a solo project, Catalyst and Hidden Prospect to mention just a few. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket at R80.00 per person or for R100 at the door. Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EastCape_Talent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasternCapeTalent?ref=hl Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
June is the time for the whole family to go wild at heart at the only festival which offers the “Big Five” in family entertainment – top national artists, over 350 specialist stalls, expos, food and wine stalls with a difference, and a free dedicated Childcare Kidz Castle. At this year’s Wild @ Heart festival, festival goers of all ages can look forward to faerie trails, eco-puppet shows, food and wine tasting, and a line-up of artists that is bigger than ever. Artists include Mi Casa, Snotkop, Kurt Darren, Desmond Wells and Dr Victor and many more. New to the festival is the Tikki Island style beach bar, which promises to be the chill place of the year. A premier game auction, which takes place on the Friday 26, is another festival highlight. Other attractions include a the Walk on the Wildside experience, skaapkop lang tafel, mohair expo, boerboel show, wine, gourmet food and beer tents, cooking demonstrations, as well as agricultural, new car and 4x4 expos. The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees 2015 will be taking place from Friday, June 26 until Sunday, June 28. Gates will open from 9am and festinos can party late into the night. Tickets are available from the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees office on 042 230 0064 or go to www.wildsfees.co.za for more information. Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbsaWildsfees Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABSA-Kirkwood-Wildsfees/337974502980988?ref=hl Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The three-day clinic, which is presented by NMMU Madibaz Athletics Club, will take place from January 14 to 16 and offer guidance from the province's top coaches and sporting experts. Among these will be local general practitioner Dr Riaan Barnard, who holds a master's degree in sports and exercise medicine from the University of the Free State. Barnard will present a wide-ranging lecture on the different types of injuries that plague competitive athletes and share simple strategies for treating these injuries. "I'll also elaborate on the preventative measures that athletes and coaches can take to help avoid these problems." Barnard, himself a competitive bodybuilder, has a specific interest in orthopaedics and strength sports and has been medical officer to the national chapter of the International Federation of Bodybuilders for the past five years. "I have a keen interest in sporting talent identification and development in the youth and am contemplating possible further studies in this field." Barnard said musculotendinous injuries were some of the most common sports-related problems he encountered in his private practice. "It differs from sport to sport. The type of injuries seen in triathlon athletes differs hugely from what is seen among sports like rugby." As far as athletics was concerned, he said the type of presenting injuries also varied according to the individual athlete's area of specialisation. "There are obviously more upper limb and lower back injuries among the field athletes, whereas track specialists would generally present with lower limb injuries." According to Barnard, it was important to distinguish between acute injuries and those due to chronic overuse. "Acute injuries are those that present immediately and are relatively easy to diagnose. They are usually due to a specific traumatic incident and are associated with immediate excruciating pain, swelling and bruising." By comparison, he said, chronic . . .
Young isiXhosa speakers can have their work published and win prizes in the Puku Story competition being held in conjunction with the annual Puku Story Festival to be hosted in Grahamstown in February next year. The Puku Story Festival is sponsored by REDISA and supported by the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. “The school holidays give creative minds the ideal opportunity to express themselves using the richness of the Xhosa language,” says Elinor Sisulu, director of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. All the stories for the 2015 competition have to carry a message about environmental conservation. “Language is as much a part of the environment as are animals and plants. Our objective is to preserve and grow both,” says Sisulu. “We encourage young people to write about the environment as it affects them – whether it is an appreciation of the beauty of their surroundings or the challenges such as shortage of water or fuel. “The stories can be real life experiences or they can be fiction, as long as they have an environmental theme,” she says. The competition is open to young writers aged between 13 and 19. Their stories of between 500 and 1 500 words should be hand-written, and the deadline is January 15, 2015. Entrants should send their stories to Postnet Suite #4, Private Bag X1672, Grahamstown, 6140 OR email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Entry is free. Winners will be announced at a special awards event on Friday 20th February 2015 at the Puku Story Festival in Grahamstown. There will also be prizes to the value of R18 000. The Puku Story Festival, which will take place from Thursday 19th February to Saturday 21st February, will be a joyous celebration of isiXhosa storytelling and literature, classic and modern and an exhibition of isiXhosa children’s' books. For more information visit the REDISA website www.redisa.org.za or Nal’bali website www.nalibali.org For more information, please contact Ziyanda Gysman on 060 351 . . .