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 . . .
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 . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend 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 – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .
In the past 4 and a half years, a group of artists from Soweto have been meeting at a shopfront opposite Phefeni train station that was formerly run as a traditional chemist, with an objective to host art exhibitions, book launches, after school art classes and concerts. These cultural gatherings have among its patrons included live performances by beatmakers, musicians, emcees, visual artists, poets, up-cyclists and playwrights. It is in this form of expression that addressing their community challenges became the next incumbent step for the sake of cultural sustainability and relevance. The socially conscious artist’s voice became more essential than ever and this is where Trackside Creative, In Place Of War (IPOW), After School Art Project (ASAP) and Africa Express formed a partnership using art to resolve social ills faced by Sowetan locals. Founded in 2006, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries, promote African music and offer a new perspective. From the 1st – 6th October Trackside Creative will host Trackside Live 2018 under the theme Cultural Activism on the Live Side of the Tracks. This is where prominent creative activists from the Soweto Art Community will engage with the likes of the award-winning composer, artist and Beatboxer Reeps One from the United Kingdom on a number of subjects. This will be done through a series of workshops that are designed to promote industry awareness and collaboration among artists. This series of multi-dimensional workshops is where knowledge on Creative Entrepreneurship, Beat-making, Subvertising, Radio podcasting, Technical Sound Production and Digital Strategy will be explored. On Thursday, 4th October there will be a live hip-hop music showcase, featuring the Trackside Resident Band, Burning Clutch and Reeps One from the UK who will be rocking alongside Johannesburg’s finest lyrists including Smerf Illest, Devious Dee, Big Mike of Nirvana . . .
The SABTIA Africa Tech Conference, in partnership with the City of Eukurhuleni and Monash SA, has kicked off with Minister Lindiwe Zulu addressing key priorities for re-energising business incubation programmes in South Africa. [City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, September 25] International industry experts are in attendance at the First Africa Tech Conference, hosted by the Southern Africa Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni and Monash SA. The two-day conference, held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, is focusing on innovation in business incubation and acceleration, repositioning the sector to prepare and sustain the entrepreneurship ecosystem for the future. Speaking at the event, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, highlighted the critical need to reduce the crippling effects of government bureaucracy on small business growth. “Africa is no longer playing catch up with the rest of the world, we are competing with it. And we are competing in a digital economy with a rate of change faster than the world has seen for the last 300 years. Through SEDA and initiatives like the SABTIA Tech Conference, we can unlock the economic potential of South African Entrepreneurs, enabling them to access high quality and innovative business support. We also have to ensure that we are driven by local realities and ensure that our support mechanisms are relevant to the South African realities of rural and township economies.” Other key debates coming out of the conference include: 1. The launch of the South Africa Business Incubation Conference in November. 2. Integrating the new skills sets, required for Industry 4.0 and the knowledge era, into our education institutions. 3. Ensuring the implementation of cross-departmental (transversal) agreements inside Government (i.e agreements between DSB and DST) which will support inclusive innovation and development. 4. How to localise critical global content and best . . .
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development will inaugurate the 1st Annual Africa Tech Conference, hosted by the Southern Africa Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni and Monash SA, on 25 and 26 September 2018. The two-day conference, held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, will focus on innovation in business incubation and acceleration. The conference will bring together field experts and captains of industry to debate the future design and role of business support organisations in stimulating local economic growth and SMME development. The conference will provide ‘deep-dive’ sessions into incubation structures, financing and fund mobilisation, market access, global best practices and the role of local government and private sector investment. “The technology and incubation industry is fast evolving to meet the dynamic needs of SMMEs and entrepreneurs. Incubators, traditionally designed as support systems, are developing into growth acceleration mechanisms, critical to the improvement of the SMME success rate. SABTIA is mandated to address the challenges in the sector by building a more inclusive incubation and acceleration system which will better serve small businesses and start-ups, including those in the informal sector. The Africa Tech Conference is a platform to ensure the sustainability of meaningful business incubation in the region,” says SABTIA Chairperson, Zaid Mohidin. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018 - The highly anticipated Red Bull Box Cart Race is a global event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox crafts that are non-motorized and designed and built into outrageous, human-powered dream machines to compete against the clock in a downhill race. On the 16th of September 2018, South Africa's most innovative teams will race each other down the twists and turns of Sandton Drive in Johannesburg. Hoping to place their names in the history books, are Team War Rig, powered by Skullcandy. The Skullcandy War Rig Team is comprised of four South African sports champions, all with fight in their blood and a common goal, to win the Red Bull Box Cart race and feel the GLORY. For this momentous race, the War Rig is inspired by MAD MAX, a kick-butt battle-waging machine, designed to look fierce and animalistic, as it tears across the streets with all the ferocity of Furiosa, and driven by a cool crew of misfits, each possessing an extraordinary set of skills: • Team Captain and Driver: Brian Capper (Enduro Motorbike Athlete) • Co-Driver: Kerim Fritzgerald (Motor X Athlete) • Pit Crew: Martin van Staden (EFC Fighter Athlete) • Pit Crew: Courtnaé Paul (Beat Girl, Breakdancer, DJ) Team captain and driver, Brian Capper, is a committed, focused racer. Capper is an eleven-time South African Supermoto Champion and master of the Trials Bike. After retiring from Supermoto, Capper started racing on four wheels, off-road, for the Polaris and Imperial/Regent Insurance factory team – culminating his career with winning the Donaldson Cross Country Motor Racing Championship. Capper’s Co-driver, Kerim Fritzgerald, is often considered the “usual suspect” - a fiercely competitive racer always in the mix for a podium finish. Fritzgerald started motocross racing at the tender age of 4 and has since gone on to claim numerous National MX Titles, as well as two top-ten finishes in the Canadian MX2 East National Championship. Pit Crew . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
Afro-soul veteran and multiple award-winning vocalist, Ringo Madlingozi, will be supported by talented songstress Zuri to present another enthralling evening of jazz-centric entertainment as part of the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evenings taking place on 7 September. Having racked up several awards over the years, Sindile "Ringo" Madlingozi, has become a household name in Africa, and will be headlining the evening with his inspirational, spiritual rhythms. Having worked with Ringo on his 2016 album, Siyaxhentsa, poetic Jazz songstress Zuri (also known as Lesedi Dipheko) has been mentored by Ringo and will be supporting him in a series of unforgettable performances. Opening the evening is the Music Academy of Gauteng Jazz Orchestra, a community-based NGO focused on musical education for youth from disadvantaged families and informal settlements, with a tribute to the late John Mekoa, legendary trumpeter and Jazz educator. Joining hilarious MC, Hector Motivator, is Comedy Central regular, Chris Mapane, who was nominated for the 3rd Annual Comics Choice Awards for Comic of The Year in 2013. He is also well known for his extensive career as a host, mentor, actor and ambassador. Get ready for an evening of poetic jazz, meaningful lyrics and soul-soothing melodies and book your seats today to be a part of the September edition of the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on Friday, 7 September at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .