The ever-popular Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run in KwaZulu-Natal will have a new look in 2019, including a new race venue and some revamped routes. This year’s event on April 28 will be based at the Gwahumbe Game Lodge and Spa which will provide an idyllic and spectator-friendly venue for supporters, while also ensuring a more relaxed setting for riders and runners after they have completed their events. The route for the 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme event, which targets the province’s elite and experienced mountain bikers, will be similar to the 2018 event, although there are a few tweaks to update and improve the course with some extra single track. The popular 40km Safire MTB Classic will have the most changes of all the mountain bike rides with the course shortened back to 40km while extra single track has been added. The highest climb - at just under 1000m - is early on in the race at 13.5km. The return loop has a gentler gradient. The trail runners will have the biggest changes with new routes starting at the Gwahumbe Game Lodge on top of the plateau before finishing at a beautiful waterfall setting in the valley, where shuttles will transport runners back to the start/finish area and prizegiving. “The event has now outgrown the Mid Illovo Club, which hosted the Husqvarna Classic for 10 years,” said race organiser Shanon MacKenzie this week. “We made the decision to move the start and finish venue to Gwahumbe Game Lodge that lends itself to an ideal area for relaxation and chilling after the competitors have completed their runs and rides. “More people will be able to enjoy the vibe and atmosphere that will make for a wonderful family atmosphere. “We have also changed the routes a little. With changes over the years the 40km had become 46km and some of the return climbs were tough for the riders we were attracting, so we got rid of some of the smaller ascents on the return route and reduced the distance. . . .
Are you among the 27% of unemployed South Africans? Stuck in a position with no opportunity to grow? Perhaps you should consider a career in the booming call centre industry! South Africa’s contact centre sector is developing at a rapid pace due to growing telecommunications infrastructure, government incentives and first-class, cost-effective customer service. “In South Africa, there are more than 210 000 agents working in the call centre industry,” says Jacques de Beer, Managing Director of Talksure, an international contact centre located in Umhlanga. Call centre agents handle incoming or outgoing customer calls for a business. It is their responsibility to increase customer satisfaction through the handling of sales, enquiries, complaints or support issues. And, it’s certainly not as boring as you might think! In fact, starting your career in a call centre could change your life. De Beer tells us why: 1. Earning potential Call centre jobs offer a higher salary than most entry-level positions and, in many cases, include additional benefits such as subsidised medical aid, life insurance and contributions to a pension fund. If you work in sales, there is the opportunity to earn uncapped commission on top of your basic salary which makes your earning potential far greater than similar roles. Most businesses also offer additional financial incentives for reaching specific targets. 2. No tertiary education required There is no barrier to entry when it comes to the call centre industry. All you need is a matric certificate and a good work ethic! 3. Gain valuable experience Working in a call centre is a great opportunity to develop new skills and gain valuable experience. You will learn how to communication effectively, telephone and email etiquette, customer service, sales, and multi-tasking. As you grow in confidence you may have the opportunity to be creative in solving customer problems and addressing their needs. When dealing with a specific . . .
Modern retirees are looking for the freedom to truly enjoy their retirement years, unencumbered by the shackles of day-to-day living. They are seeking a ‘lock-up-and-go’ lifestyle that means living in a beautiful home without the hassles of maintenance, chores and security concerns. Renishaw Hills – the mature lifestyle village on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast – has developed the perfect lock-up-and-go solution for retirees. “The apartments at Renishaw Hills were developed so that those seeking a more liberated lifestyle would be well catered for,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “Located within this coastal paradise, the modern-design apartments provide residents with a holiday-style experience without the hassle of residential upkeep. It’s a complete win-win.” Benefits of the lock-up-and-go lifestyle: - Affordable living Starting at a price of R1.156m, the Renishaw Hills apartments are some of the most affordable, high-quality retirement investments available. By selling a larger home and investing in Renishaw Hills, retirees are able to release equity for more disposable cash. - Hassle-free living The affordability extends into the hassle-free benefits of the Renishaw Hills apartments. The monthly levy amount covers 24-hour security, use of communal sports and recreation facilities, fibre optic Wi-Fi connectivity, house maintenance and insurance, garden services and shuttle services. Everything is taken care of by Renishaw Hills so residents are free to spend their time as they wish. - Freedom At Renishaw Hills, residents don’t need to plan vacations or family visits months in advance because they have the freedom to come and go as they please. Last-minute excursions and spur-of-the-moment events make life worth living, which is why Renishaw Hills’ apartments are such a great choice for those seeking some adventure in life! - Safety A home-owners biggest concern is generally the security of . . .
ULT.X And A FULL PODIUM SWEEP IN BMX Sun City - It was another incredible BMX event last weekend, with ULT.X taking place at the Sun City Resort. Monster Energy's Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Ben Wallace, Alex Coleborn and Mike Varga were all in town and certainly hungry to win in this event, up against a huge line-up of riders from almost every continent. The super fun and tight setup at Sun City definitely pushed all the riders to think out of the box, with a lot of emphasis put on catching transition as smooth as possible, without putting in too much pedal exertion in between the ramps. Our boys made light work of it, resulting in a full Monster Energy podium sweep from Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon and Kevin Peraza. Mike Varga and Ben Wallace wasted no time kitting up to lock in some big lines on the park. Wallace, blasting his signature cranked lookbacks and downside whips, as well as some new Can-Can 360 variations, impressing spectators and competitors alike. Fresh off a 2nd Place finish at The Night Harvest in Cape Town, Varga braved the 35+ degree heat and put in some solid runs, packed with his magical bag of tricks, like stretched Superman whips and tons of crazy looking spins and under flip transfers, ending him just off the podium in a the 4th Place spot. "This was my first trip to South Africa and I absolutely loved it here,” said Varga. “Both contests I rode at had amazing vibes and you'll definitely see me coming back in the future!” The nicest guy with the biggest smile in BMX, always doing the wildest tricks with the biggest smile on his face, Kevin Peraza definitely brought the most original lines to the contest this year. From 270-downside whip drop-ins, nose-bonk combos for days. Not forgetting those crowd-pleasing Superman seat-grabs and 360 whips, to tables. Kevin is the man, and it was great to have him back in South Africa after missing the contest last year. “I’m humbled to end up on the podium next to Pat and Bryce,” said . . .
There’s nothing quite as stressful as living in the city – think never ending queues of traffic, sky scrapers and flashing neon signs, malls and cell phone masts and the cacophony of hooting taxi’s, chattering inhabitants and blaring music. Alternatively, there’s nothing quite as soothing as a break in the mountains – and at Gooderson Monks Cowl to be more specific. Think sweeping grasslands, magnificent towering cliffs and peaks topped by starlit skies at night, beautiful trees, the haunting calls of birds of prey on the wing or the soothing sounds of waterfalls. Monks Cowl, which takes its name from the distinctive mountain between Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak which resembles a cleric’s attire, is the gateway to some of the most magnificent and unspoilt mountain wilderness areas in South Africa and part of the 260 000 hectare Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. Although that should be reason enough to trade the city for the countryside, we’ve got five good reasons why some time out at Gooderson Monks Cowl is the perfect antidote to our urban existence. 1. Nature helps us cope with stress Oodles of research that suggests that we’re compromising our mental health by not taking time out in the peaceful company of nature. This is particularly true for children who are constantly bombarded by television, movies, computer games and mobile phones. In a beautiful mountainous environment, what you see is what you get – perfect peace. Green spaces not only soothe the soul but also allow us to breathe in that revitalizing crisp mountain air. In the countryside, you don’t need an excuse for simply laying back and doing nothing – and, when you return to your day to day routine, we can guarantee that you’ll feel rested and restored. Accommodation options are varied and exceptionally comfortable, from our 35 superior hotel rooms, either mountain or dam facing with 2 double beds, 1 executive suite with a king size bed with double shower, and 8 . . .
Don’t miss out on the #SCBF19 Early Bird Ticket Special running until Monday, 1 April. Book your tickets now at www.southcoastbikefest.co.za and save! If you’re in the mood to watch some crazy stunts on high-powered machinery performed by South Africa’s best thrill-seeking riders, then this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19) powered by Gearhouse Full Throttle Entertainment Zone is the place to be! South Africa’s biggest motorcycle and music festival - presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism - will return to Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast from 26 to 28 April. Bruce and Brent Le Riche South African motorcycle trials’ champions, Bruce and Brent le Riche, will be putting on a high-impact, interactive show with a series of new tricks – including the 3.7m-high undercut ledge. “This is a coastal event with a great track record… who wouldn’t want to perform at such a show, let alone such a dream location!?” commented Brent le Riche. “KZN spectators always get right into the vibe and are always ready for some daredevil motorsports!” King Donut Yamaha South Africa’s brand ambassador, Alfred Matamela – AKA King Donut – will put on a must-see performance burning rubber in his signature smoking style. “Last year, I rode the Yamaha MT10, and this year spectators will get to watch me on the incredible Yamaha R1,” said King Donut, explaining that this is the bike ridden by Yamaha Moto GP racer, Maverick Vinales. “I enjoy participating in the annual South Coast Bike Fest™ because it’s such a great place to watch upcoming talent. It’s a festival I look forward to every year! The past experiences of performing here has been life changing and I am honoured to be able to work with such amazing people.” ShredBettys The country’s top all-female biker crew will return to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™ to showcase their off-road racing skills. Audiences can look forward to a high-energy performance by stunt rider, Skinny van Skalkwyk, as well as demo . . .
Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .
Calling all mountain bikers and trail runners – entries are now open for the 2019 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run, with race options to suit the whole family. This popular event has limited entries so don’t delay in entering. The race starts on Sunday 28 April at Gwahumbe Game & Spa in Mid-Illovo in KZN. The serious mountain bikers can choose either the 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme or the 40km Safire Classic route, while fun riders have the choice of an 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience or the 10km route, which is free entry for the under 12s. For trail runners, the Farmers Agri-Care 16km or the 9km Gwahumbe trail routes offer spectacular trails through indigenous KZN bushlands and grasslands. Each year, the Mid-Illovo community benefits from hosting the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run, as proceeds from the event go towards community upliftment. Every entrant also has the opportunity to give back and help a child in this Midlands community by purchasing an Uzwelo School Bag, with a built-in raincoat poncho, for R150. Enter online at www.roag.co.za or contact ROAG on email@example.com or 086 100 ROAG/7624. Entry Fees 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme R220 40km Safire MTB Classic R190 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience R160 10km Fun Ride R80 (free for under 12s) 16km Farmers Agri-Care Trail Run R140 9km Gwahumbe Trail Run R100 For more information, visit www.husqvarnaclassic.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa’s biggest motorcycle and music festival will return to the warm shores of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, where extreme action, fantastic food and quality musical entertainment will converge in a weekend of family fun. The South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19) - 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 – will run from 26 to 28 April and tickets are now available! UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said that even those with little knowledge of motorbiking would find the South Coast Bike Fest™ an entertaining experience that was well worth a visit. “For biking enthusiasts, attending the annual South Coast Bike Fest™ is undeniably a calendar highlight, but there is so much to this fun-filled event that makes it such a great experience. The diverse musical programme brings together some of the country’s best talent, appealing to all tastes and interests. The South Coast Bike Fest™ provides a platform and opportunity to showcase the emerging businesses in the region. For those with a taste for good food and drink, there are a number of beautifully-positioned bars and restaurants, as well as a pop-up food village. The endless trade vendor stands in the festival market are great for browsing and finding really unique biking apparal purchases, and the non-stop stunt shows, demo rides and performances are always a crowd pleaser. There is something for everyone here!” Biking events When it comes to biking, the South Coast Bike Fest™ has it all! The Full Throttle Staging Arena will see some of the most extreme biking stunts and demonstrations by South Africa’s most daring riders. While those looking for the best in bikes and biking accessories, there are the Corporate Motorcycle Dealership Expo Decks, Classic Bike Club Show Deck and Bike Repair Workshop & . . .
We can confidently say that this has never been recorded before in the annals of mankind....... https://youtu.be/ChcEb6mlEUo The above images are available from Barcroft Media who have secured the Worldwide Licensing rights. Any requests for images can be sent to the Barcroft licensing team at: firstname.lastname@example.org Other video by Rainer Schimpf available under license from Barcroft Studios can be seen in the Barcroft Studio Library - search for 'Rainer Schimpf'. Exclusive interviews with Rainer can be booked through the contact form on the AB Marine Web Site. Inside Man For over 20 years Port Elizabeth, South Africa based Rainer Schimpf has lived his passion as a marine conservationist, award winning photographer and tour operator in the marine and adventure sector. His dedication to protecting the environment has made him known around the globe with his particular passion for documenting Orcas killing dolphins, whilst documenting Orcas hunting behavior and pod structure. Schimpf was the first to film and document a handicapped Orca (named SIRA) in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Most of these sightings occurred during the biggest marine migration in the Southern Hemisphere and Indian Ocean - the Sardine Run. Rainer is an acknowledged authority, specialising in tracking and finding Sardines and the predators (Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and sea Birds) that follow and feast on the Sardine Run, having documented this marine spectacle all along the Southern Cape Coast to Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay (which hosts the longest and greatest portion of the Sardine Run up South Africa's East Coast) to the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. Sardine Run divers, Whale and Dolphin Watchers and International Film Crews all rely on Rainer's marine knowledge to 'get the shot'. Over 20 years expertise is distilled into the 'hunt' for cetaceans along the coast. Schimpf is particularly proud of hosting his biggest production for Galatee/Pathe with Oceans and . . .