South Africa’s biggest biking festival, the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19), will be returning to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast shores from 26 to 28 April. The event - which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality; Ugu District, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal - is hosted by Margate, home of the country’s best-performing police station. Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally - at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November 2018. The station was awarded for – among other things - its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations. Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws. “We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest™ to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” explained Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.” Vicky Wentzel, event organiser for the South Coast Bike Fest™, commended Brigadier Slabbert and his team from Margate SAPS on this incredible award. “It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “said Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest™ is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.” UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival: “Tourism is a . . .
Thobile Shange, Sales Executive, KZN, BON Hotels Thobile Shange has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development of the brand in the region. Armed with a Diploma in Travel & Tourism and an innate passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, Thobile brings a commitment to her work that is engaging and inspiring. Having started her career as a travel agent, she states that moving into sales was a turning point in her life, as if a light went on! She believes that everyone should make the world their University, to make a serious commitment never to stop learning, and that success is measured by how much work and energy you put in, every day! Thobile’s ambition makes her an ideal candidate for the job and we are sure she is going to do remarkable things for BON Hotels. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A breakfast event held jointly by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Women’s Property Network (WPN) and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) sponsored by Beier Group and the Durban ICC, took place at Durban’s ICC on 13 February 2019. The first-of-its-kind event was held to unite these three associations and government towards addressing transformation, land reform and other issues affecting the property industry. The three renowned property organisations collaboratively hosted the event with the main theme, “Transformation in the Property Sector Transformation – Unite KZN” aimed to accelerate transformation within the property sector and engage on the topical land reform matters. Key note speakers shared insights on land expropriation, bulk infrastructure, catalytic projects and other challenges facing the industry on a national level. Bernadette Khumalo, regional chairperson of SAPOA in KZN and CEO of Rokwil Civils said, “We wanted to break down the stereotypes and show a united front in KZN. Each association faces and deals with the same challenges and working together on common issues is better than each trying its own approach.” Queen Mjwara, KZN chairperson for WPN said, “Considering the property sector charter and its codes, we are making slow progress towards the benchmark. This breakfast was a reminder for our three organisations to prioritise and drive transformation in the property industry.” National keynote speakers were Portfolio Committee Acting Chair and ANC Whip, PJ Mnguni from Land Reform and Rural Development, and eThekwini Municipality Deputy City Manager of Economic Development, Phillip Sithole. Key topics for the Deputy City Manager included urban renewal, improving bad building practices, redressing the social housing backlog and public space management to attract investors and tourists. Sithole also mentioned that the City is committed to working with the private sector and has . . .
The 2019 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit welcomes top CEOs from government and the private sector to participate in this year’s panel discussion entitled ‘The Future Economy: How CEOs Can Lead Value Creation’. The discussion forms part of an extensive summit programme – taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March – that is set to welcome influential women in the business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership space. “The panel discussion is always a highly-anticipated segment of the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “It affords women, with a wealth of experience and insight, the opportunity to share their views on how to impact society and the economy while engaging with others on ways to make this possible. This year’s panel is certain to bring varying perceptions on how CEOs are able to lead value creation.” Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank; Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket and Nozipho Sithole, CEO at Transnet Port Terminals will lead the 2019 panel discussion, which will seek to answer various economy-related questions, including: • As leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution addressing inequalities and inclusion, how do you create global shared value? • What do you see as the new wealth creators of the future? • How would you diversify into these sectors, and how has the definition of the words 'wealth' and 'value' themselves changed over the years? GETTING TO KNOW THE PANELLISTS: After qualifying as an attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Basani Maluleke joined the corporate finance team at FirstRand Bank, RMB. In this role, she assisted in pioneering the structuring and implementation of BEE ownership transactions for JSE-listed companies. She subsequently joined the FNB Division as the Head of Private Clients and, in 2018, she became the first black . . .
Ranks 18 out of 25 in the Top 25 Hotels Category in South Africa Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, February 4, 2019 – Ghost Mountain Inn today announced it has been recognised as a winner in the Top 25 Hotel category of the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards for Hotels, ranking 18 out of 25. Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. In the 17th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognised 7,812 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide. “We are very grateful to our valued guests who have raved about the hospitality they received at the Ghost Mountain Inn on TRIPADVISOR,” said Craig Rutherfoord, managing director of the Ghost Mountain Inn.” “It is particularly rewarding to receive such an accolade after the recent refurbishments of the property; the addition of new Mountain View Rooms and Suites, the new pool area and the upgraded Spa.” To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Ghost Mountain Inn go to www.tripadvisor.co.za/Hotel_Review-g312602-d651051-Reviews-Ghost_Mountain_Inn-Mkuze_KwaZulu_Natal.html For the complete list of Travellers' Choice award-winning hotels for 2019 across all nine categories, including the top hotels around the world, visit: www.TripAdvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Hotels. For further information contact Craig Rutherfoord on 031 569 9200 or email him at email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Make this a truly memorable Valentine’s Day for that special person in your life by taking advantage of the incredible Valentine’s dinner special at Fish Eagle Café, based at Scottburgh’s Crocworld Conservation Centre. “At the heart of it, the perfect Valentine’s experience hinges on the meal and we have planned an incredible Valentine’s Day menu in the most sensational setting,” said Fish Eagle Café’s Executive Chef and Manager, Morne van Zyl. “The experience will rekindle the romance in any relationship and make you fall in love with your significant other all over again!” Situated within the ecologically diverse Mpambanyoni Conservation Development, Crocworld’s Fish Eagle Café offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and natural coastal forest. The recently-opened restaurant offers incredible food and service in a stylishly-decorated space and deck area. This year’s Valentine’s Day set menu is overflowing with delectable food options, and each couple will receive a pink cocktail on arrival with a bottle of bubbly and decadent gift all inclusive in the special. The starter consists of smoked salmon terrine and crispy bruschetta followed by a delicious linguine and shrimp scampi. Taking centre stage is roast duck kissed with lavender honey accompanied by pommes terre dauphinoise, sweet-minted peas and carrots with jasmine rice. The cherry on top of the evening is the truly decadent dessert menu – chocolat fondant laced with sweetened whipped cream, mixed berries and white chocolate mousse. The cost is 450 per couple with the Valentine’s Dinner starting at 6.30pm. For more information or to make a booking, contact the Fish Eagle Café on 083 658 7073, 078 484 1859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103 or visit www.crocworld.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Losing her beloved grandmother during her final matric exams forced Thabiso Ndlovu to suppress the pain and soldier on in pursuit of the results she knew would make the women who helped raise her proud. Hailing from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) hosted weekly at the University of KZN, Thabiso eventually achieved seven distinctions, with over 90% in both maths and science. This set of impressive results secured her top spot amongst the 532 Engen Maths and Science School leaners who wrote matric in 2018. Most importantly, however, it also secured her a place to study medicine at the University of Cape Town in 2019. “Qualifying as a doctor and making a difference will be the fulfilment of a life-long dream,” says Thabiso. A fear of being average is what pushes her to do her best in everything she undertakes, which will surely hold her in good stead at UCT. “I hope to successfully achieve my goal of being a doctor. I also want to combine the use of computers and medicine to effectively practise the betterment of the lives of all people.” Thabiso, who lives with her mother, aunt, cousin, two uncles and a brother in P section Umlazi, says her family have always been her motivation. “We have very little to live by, relying mostly on the small income from my aunt and social grants but everything I do is for them,” she says. Her advice for the matric students of 2019 is to do their best and approach their studies with a clear mind and a calm attitude. “Above all, prayer is most important,” she counsels. There are nine Engen Maths and Science Schools in South Africa offering weekly supplementary classes to learners from grade 10-12, including one each in Cape Town and Gauteng, three in the Eastern Cape and four in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 532 matriculants from across South Africa benefited from Engen-backed extra classes in English, maths and science last year, achieving an impressive 93% pass . . .
If your wallet’s feeling a little light after the Festive Season, then head on down to Springfield Retail Centre, and get more “bang for your buck,” at their Super Sale. Boasting an extensive array of tenants from home décor and improvement stores, to food, toys, clothing and baby products, it’s the perfect location for shoppers to grab the opportunity, and take advantage of low prices, with savings of up to 50% off at selected stores. From now until Sunday, February 10th, 2019, Springfield Retail Centre is set to reduce your, “Janu-worries”! Happy Super Sale Shopping! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, January, 31, 2019: EDSA is an outpatient treatment centre for individuals with eating disorders or who have suffered from various forms of trauma. The centre will open in Constantia Cape Town in March at 8, Klein Constantia Road under the Recovery Direct banner. “I wanted a central location so we can reach as many people as possible,” says marketing manager Doug Kemp, who has a played an intergral role in the establishment of the Recovery Direct treatment centres for non-12step addiction treatment facilities. Though treating eating disorders will be a particular focus, Kemp says he wants the centre to be “for any person that has trauma that they’re wanting to work through.” That could be a physical trauma or something that’s manifested as anxiety, anger or depression. Kemp says that healing trauma that’s been stored in a person’s body “is something that is new in the field and far more innovative and constructive and effective than the majority of treatments presently offered within the industry in South Africa.” Staff members will include a variety of professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists that are what Kemp calls a “trauma-informed” specialists in their field. The centre will have a soft opening in early March 2019. Updates can be found on the dedicated Eating Disorders Website or on the following pages associated to the Eating disorders community in South Africa. (Residential ED private care treatment centre) (National ED awareness programme and outpatient help centre) (Free dedicated national help line) "The distinctions between Recovery Direct Eating disorder residential programme and the other residential treatment programmes offered in South Africa are that Recovery Direct's centres do not follow the 12 step treatment model. Recovery Direct's focus is on delivering far more intensive evidence based (one on one treatment sessions) via the registered psychologists and . . .
Hammarsdale, KZN, 24 January 2019. Scientists attending the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II meeting in Durban, on Wednesday (January 23) visited Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest radial truck tyre recycling plant. Based in Hammarsdale, the factory has been a trailblazer in the recycling of the millions of used radial truck tyres that had been building up in the country. Intense product development and changing mind sets to create demand for the resulting rubber crumb were key to Mathe’s ongoing success, explained Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which bought a major stake in the group three years ago. Until 2012, South Africa had no tyre recycling strategy. Dr Zarrebini explained that, because tyres are robust and durable, they are notoriously difficult to recycle and take ages to biodegrade. Up until now, they either accumulated in landfills or were dumped on vacant land. Often, impoverished communities burnt them for warmth or to remove scrap metal. The resulting dioxins and carbon monoxide were both an environmental and a health hazard. Mathe Group began operating from a mini factory in New Germany, Pinetown in 2012. The joint venture with PFE International ensured a ready supply of rubber crumb for the manufacture of acoustic underlays for carpets manufactured at PFE’s Van Dyck Floors factory. When the new R20 million processing plant in Hammarsdale came on stream in 2016, the number of tyres processed shot up from 8 500 in 2012 to over 170 000 in 2018 and rubber crumb output grew from 400 T to 6200 T. Dr Marlies Craig, Science Officer for the IPCC Working Group II pointed out that operations like Mathe Group were important in light of the dire warnings in the latest IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. “Without wide ranging, unprecedented and immediate transformation in the way we do things, we are heading for extremely dangerous levels of global warming, . . .