Theo Erlangsen Wins 2019 SA Downhill Mountain Biking National Championships. Afriski, Lesotho – Theo Erlangsen is the two times SA Downhill Mountain Biking Champion, after taking this year's win on the weekend. The National Championships took place during Round Two of the SA National Cup Series, and a very happy Erlangsen banked his second SA Downhill Champion title in a row. The event took place at Afriski, Lesotho, and it was chilly at times, with a fresh wind blowing down the mountainside. Afriski is located at high altitude, and this added to the fresh conditions. Great for racing however, as Erlangsen can attest to with his win. He was first to cross the finish line with a time of 02:14.22, beating more established guys like Johan Potgieter (02:16.81) and Stefan Garlicki (02:17.21), who took second and third place respectively. "It was a challenge competing at Afriski, as it is 3222 meters above sea level," said a stoked Erlangsen on his win. "Even a walk up a flight of stairs is super tiring with such little oxygen, so you have to be really efficient with your energy, and not waste any of it." It was a fairly difficult track to traverse as well. "The track freezes overnight, so in the morning it's still pretty wet even though it hasn't rained," said Erlangsen. "We had been waiting for it to dry for our practice days, and going at about eleven in the morning, but on the competition day we raced quite early in the morning, so it was still a bit damp. It was hard to tell how grippy it was going to be, so we just had to feel our way down." Erlangsen was a very thankful two-time winner. "The first year is obviously really hard to get a win as the proverbial underdog," said Erlangsen on last year's victory. "It seems however that getting a second win is possibly harder, as you now have a target on your back, and everyone is watching you. I was a bit nervous, but that all turned out well." The Europen racing season is about to open, and Erlangsen . . .
The singer, producer, and song writer “Lungelo Mabaso” from Ladysmith based in Johannesburg also known as “Elkay Macburner” have finally decide to make 2019 his year by recording a studio album which consist of ‘11 songs’, the album is Afro pop with a twist of hip-hop, kwaito, EDM and Trap music. For 5 years having a dream to release his solo album ‘Elkay Macburner’ have finally been able to make his long wish and dream of releasing his studio album “Compilation Of My Raw Emotions (COMRE)” come true, not only a album with 11 tracks but a compilation of motivations and messages to heal all those who are in need of emotional and spiritual healing. With a mixture of different music elements from Afro Pop, Hip-Hop, kwaito, EDM and Trap music Elkay had a deep feeling that this album will bring together all the masses of all the music super fans to a single piece of an album. Elkay Macburner says the past few years was a blessing to him because he managed to collect all the tools he need to make his golden piece of an album a success even though he went thru thick and thin to survive all the hardships of being a upcoming musician, he also mentioned that his wish is to heal all the broken, hopeless and rejected individuals who lost all the hope in life, that’s why you’ll find songs like “Uzokuph’Amandla, Keep your head up, and Vuka” which talks mostly about a life of a black man or woman who works hard to try and make a living out of his or her hustle. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JBay Winterfest – Two times world champion John John Florence from Hawaii and eleven times world champion Kelly Slater from America will both be competing in the Corona JBay Open this year. With thirteen world titles between them, the surfers were absent from the perfect waves of Supertubes for one of the last two years as a result of serious injuries at the time, but both are now fully recovered and are surfing with all the skill, talent and passion that they are known for. Last week saw the Rip Curl Pro take place at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia. The surf was positively huge, but what was most noticeable was the rejuvenation of Kelly Slater, and that of a rampant John John Florence. Slater defeated Australian favourite Julian Wilson early on in the event, and ended up a very credible fifth place, a result that saw him shoot up the rankings by 19 spots to rest at 14th on the Jeep Leaderboard. Florence on the other hand went all the way to the final, where he came up against a fired-up Filipe Toledo from Brazil. In the giant and perfect surf, it was the Hawaiian who came out on top and is now leading the Championship Tour rankings, with a look about him that he is very interested in another world title. On that subject, South Africa’s very own Championship Tour surfer and two times Corona JBay Open champion Jordy Smith ended up a very solid third place at Bells Beach. Smith is currently sitting at 3rd place on the world tour rankings and is another surfer who is having a look at a world title. The Durban-born surfer has yet to win a world title but has finished in the runner-up position twice. Brazilian Filipe Toledo, who came second to John John at Bells is also an interested party at this year’s Corona JBay Open. He is sitting 4th on the current world tour rankings, which puts him very much in the 2019 world title race conversation. He also has the distinction of winning the previous two Corona JBay Open contests, and will come into this year’s . . .
Like-minded partnerships with people who share the logistics industry’s total commitment to on-time delivery are the best way to grow the sector in challenging times. That’s the word from Brent Cramer, Director of TruSeal (Pty) Ltd, who says tamper-evident security seals help secure moveable goods in a way that meets time-based targets. Although resilient, this pivotal sector that channels trade throughout South Africa and the world is currently being hit by an increasing reliance on road transport which comes with greater costs and the threat posed by criminals and the ever-present danger of protests. “Tamper evident security seals can reduce the turnaround time in moving goods from A to B and thereby prove to be a valuable time saver in an industry that runs on efficiently managing the precious resources that are hours, minutes and seconds,” says Mr Cramer. Mr Cramer outlined five ways the security seal industry contributes to saving those valuable minutes: TruSeal security seals are highly tamper evident, so quick inspection will alert if theft or tampering has occurred. Barcoded security seal numbers are easily scanned into a database system rather than manual recording saving time and eliminating human error. TruSeal security seals can be customized according to a range of colours and print options to fit client branding requirements. Barcodes can also be added for electronic capturing. Local printing facilities ensure TruSeal products can be customised for our unique commercial and industrial environment while also always being available to the logistics industry at short notice. Security seals from TruSeal create an entire accountability system. This enhances efficiency and timesaving throughout the entire process of transporting goods. Finally, the advantages of being able to identify theft and tampering quickly by using numbered security seals is obvious for any driver, warehouse worker or business owner who have ever had to . . .
University of Johannesburg hockey manager Elize le Roux continued to expand her chosen path in the sport when she was recently awarded a level-three technical official certificate from the international body (FIH). The former player, who also manages the UJ astro facility, is developing a career on the technical side of the game and this latest achievement will open new doors for the hockey enthusiast. Le Roux is one of those fortunate individuals whose job is a labour of love and she is looking forward to putting her new status into practice. "I love what I do and I think it comes from knowing as a youngster that I had a passion for sport and administration," the 35-year-old said. "And working with your passion and strengths adds satisfaction in job and life." She has a strong hockey background, having played throughout her junior days and come under the mentorship of Adrian Carter in high school. Carter, now the director of sport at Wits, subsequently became the UJ hockey manager and was influential in Le Roux's career path. "I think after high school the passion for the sport grew and it was a way for me to get an education at university and play competitively," she said. "I studied and played for UJ from 2002 until 2008 and later I became the co-coordinator for UJ youth hockey and a committee member. "Having chosen B.Com sports management with a view to my future, I was assisted by Adrian, who taught me the practical elements of being a manager at UJ. "With his own job promotions, I was blessed to have been successful in being invited to take on the UJ hockey manager position, which I have held since 2010." As time progressed, Le Roux, who lives in Bergbron in Johannesburg, saw a niche for herself as a technical official, which has taken her to her current status. "We have a long history in SA hockey for technical staff and umpires, but umpiring wasn't my calling. "I did some technical work under mentors like Marie Janse van . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team will be banking on a classic blend of youth and experience when the Varsity Hockey tournament kicks off in Cape Town next Friday. The first weekend of matches takes place at the UCT astro from May 3 to 6 and UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux said they were preparing for a tough competition. She added that a mix of senior stars and promising U21 players formed the core of the squad and they had been gelling well in the build-up to the competition. "We have a great base of players from our senior group available," said Le Roux. "For example, national Olympic squad player and vice-captain Kristen Paton, captain Lisa Hawker, who played in the 2015 and 2017 tournaments and is a national squad member, and Namibians Phia Gerber and Jivanka Kruger are some of the senior players. "Combine them with several U21 players and we have a squad full of experience and youth. "But we know we need to stay calm and follow the coach's plans, taking each game at a time." With eight teams vying for the title, Le Roux said it was difficult to separate the top contenders. "I really feel that all the teams are in the running," she said. "The sides that perform most consistently on the first weekend will obviously be the ones to watch, but it will probably all boil down to what happens on the second weekend. "In addition, I think the bonus points on offer could be crucial in separating the teams in a tight competition." The second weekend will take place in Potchefstroom from May 10 to 13, with the play-offs being held on the Monday. The final will be played on May 20. UJ are operating with a new coach this year in former South African star Tsoanelo Pholo and Le Roux said preparations were going well under her leadership. "Tsoanelo has brought a lot of her own coaching culture to the squad," she added. "She has seen our players perform in various tournaments so the adjustment period was not too . . .
Kwikspace supports South African rugby with a donated modular building that will be used as a change house for Prestige Group cleaners based at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. As Africa’s largest manufacturer of modular buildings, Kwikspace solutions can be used to meet any building requirement: for offices, dormitories and accommodation camps, classrooms, ablutions, changing rooms, kitchens and diners, hospitals, recreation rooms and more. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Defending champion Reynard Butler will be using the East Rand Classic road cycle race next weekend to kick-start his year after a somewhat disrupted beginning to the season. The popular Johannesburg event over 98km, formerly known as the Emperors Palace Classic, takes place in Kempton Park on Sunday, April 28, and offers an ideal opportunity for the sprint specialists to show their prowess. A year ago Butler, who rides for ProTouch, pipped Ryan Harris and Clint Hendricks in the perennial dash for the line, continuing a season which brought him six podium finishes in major races. The early part of this year has not run as smoothly, but the 31-year-old Butler said they were eager to get a win under their belts. "Personally it's been a bit up and down because I crashed out when racing in Gabon earlier in the year and had to withdraw due to injuries," he said. "I wasn't really in top form at the Takealot Tour of Good Hope or the Cape Town Cycle Tour and I have just got back from the race in Morocco (Tour du Maroc) where I had to pull out due to illness. So it's been a rocky start for me personally. "But the team has been doing really well and we will obviously be aiming for the top spot next week. "It's always good to get a win under the belt because that boosts your confidence, and with the guys in good form we are positive about a good outcome." Butler acknowledged they would have to be on point with their tactics due the fast nature of the course, but said they were prepared for that. "There are one or two sections of the course where the wind can affect things, but most of the teams know what goes down on the day and it usually does come down to a bunch sprint. "So it's important to have a good lead-out in the closing stretch to ensure you get your sprinter into the right position for the finish." Women's champion Kim le Court, riding for Demacon MaxWax Racing, is targeting a hat-trick of titles as she strives to continue a . . .
If you are dealing with debt collection, credit management, customer engagement, call centres and loan origination - make a point of registering for the upcoming Annual Debt Collection 2019 Conference. Click here to download the conference brochure http://www.tci-sa.co.za/debt-collection-2019/ The conference, taking place on 22 & 23 May 2019 at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, will explore the impact of the both the internal and external environment impacting on successful debt collection practices. The scope of this years’ conference’s programme will have a focus on technology, customer engagement and debt collection strategies as well as updated information on the legal framework and governance. The programme will feature 2 panel discussions and 18 discussion points. Apart from debt and credit professionals from all over the South Africa sharing their know-how, experiences and insights with high powered delegates, attending will also create an excellent opportunity for networking. Personnel from banks, financial institutions, and debt collection agencies, call centres, micro-lenders, credit bureaus and attorneys will be attending this event. Receive brochure here Last year the conferences was attended by nearly 130 attendees from organisations such as ADRA, PASA, African Bank, Altech Nupay, GetBucks Botswana, Barclays Bank Botswana, MFSA, Pres Les, Choma Mathiba Collections, Department of Labour: Compensation fund, Christian Art Distributors, First National Bank, African Bank, Principa, Uni-Collect, ZETZ Automation, Wesbank, MFC, ABSA, Easy Debit Payment Solutions and many more. This event aims to equip attendees with the correct knowledge and updated strategies about debt collection, including information about legal implications, risk assessment methods and consumer credit management. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Top class data technology events tailor-made for financial professionals With the newest entrants into the economy (being Generation Z) raised with the internet at their fingertips, and all sorts of technology in the palms of their hands, this cohort of potential banking clients demand more from their financial services. Additionally to being deeply preoccupied with social justice, online shopping, and social media influences, they also expect technology they make use of to be responsive to their needs and wants, and think at least 2 steps ahead of them. What solutions are available for financial service providers in terms of revolutionising and capitalising on technology for all their banking clients? Trade Conferences International has assembled industry experts in AI technology and progressive data analysis in order to equip financial professionals with the stratagems and insights centred around data integration, innovations in technology, compliance and regulation, and so much more by attending the upcoming AI in Financial Services 2019 and the Evolution of Data Analytics in Banking 2019 Conferences. Date: 29 & 30 May 2019 Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg Topics to be addressed at the AI in Financial Services Conference 2019: • Intelligent Computer Vision - Financial Applications with AI • Smart Eco-Systems of the Future (Eco-X) • Achieving a single view of a customer using artificial intelligence • Improving customer experience by using AI • Implementing AI, machine learning and RPA in the banking environment • Solving business problems using machine learning and AI Some of the AI in Financial Services Conference 2019 address the event: • Adrian van der Merwe, CEO, North Wind Digital • Ritesh Kanjee, CEO & Founder, Augmented Startups • Paul Morgan, Business Unit Lead – Data, Planning & Analytics, Altron Karabina • Daren Mudaly, Chief Designer, Architect & Process Engineer and Co-Founder, Pepper . . .