Organisers are literally leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure that the inaugural Bestmed Wild Coast Sun MTB Classic is a family affair of note. The event, which includes four races for various ages and abilities, will take place at the Wild Coast Sun near Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal on December 9. ASG Events, who have a proud record in staging mass participation cycle races around the country, are collaborating with Sun International to make sure their first venture on the Wild Coast ticks all the boxes. The mountain bike event offers a feature race over 40km, with a supporting distance of 20km. In addition, there is a 2km option for children and a 200m stretch for toddlers. ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers said they were excited at becoming involved in the event. "We're pulling out all the stops with Sun International to ensure our hospitality and route experience blueprint is manifested in the first edition." He said the day was shaped around providing various entertainment options on and off the bike. Participants will enjoy free access to many of the facilities at the Wild Coast Sun and receive a 50 per cent discount voucher to the water park. "It's all about having fun on the trails and then having fun with the family afterwards," said De Villiers. Continuing their support of the Cancer Association of South Africa, he added that R10 of every entry would be donated to the national body. The organisers also host the Cycle4Cansa Championship at Sun City each year, an event that has raised millions to combat the disease. ASG operations manager Darren Herbst, who has been working on the trails alongside local route specialist Ian Wilson, said they were focused on providing a true mountain biking experience. The 40km route, he said, boasted amazing views and some tough, yet manageable, terrain. He was confident that it would be relished by the riders, provided they had "a bit of fitness under the belt". It . . .
The OFF THE LIP MOVEMBER SURF JAM is going down once again at Beach Bums, this time on Saturday 18th of Movember. Join Quiksilver and crew as we rock our Mo’s, dress up 70’s style and dust off the old retro surfboards. Single fins & twin fins will be the order of the day so bring your style and steez, don’t forget to GROW YOUR MO, we’re supporting the Movember Foundation once again, creating awareness and raising funds for the Movember Foundation which focusses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health & suicide prevention. So get involved and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. R100 entry fee will get you riding as well as a limited edition Movember t-shirt. Divisions include open mens, ladies and legends (over 50’s) - entries are limited so make sure you put your name down quickly. We’ve got some great prizes on offer including a limited edition Spider Murphy/ Movember surfboard, Gunslinger skateboards, Nixon watches, Quiksilver & Roxy backpacks and accessories, Aerial Material accessories and much more. Prizes for: Best Dressed Mo in Character, Wave Waster, Toes On The Nose, Spin To Win, Larry Layback and Best Mo Sista. Entry is free for spectators so come on down and enjoy the fun. MAKE A DIFFERENCE! See you there! Entries open 1st of Movember: quiksilver.co.za/offthelip CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For thousands of young women, the ability to purchase a basic necessity – such as sanitary towels – is a financial impossibility. The impact of such a seemingly minor inconvenience can have devastating results on the individual’s dignity, as well as long-term educational setbacks that can, ultimately, change the trajectory of the young woman’s future. “The reality is that, for so many women, both locally and globally, not being able to buy sanitary products means that for a week every month, daily activities are restricted,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and the non-profit extension, Project Dignity. “For women of school-going age, that means missing out on a week of schooling every single month. This is classroom time that cannot be caught up, and the compounding effect is that these young women are unable to complete high school, putting them at a massive disadvantage for the rest of their lives.” Barnes, a KwaZulu-Natal resident with a background in food technology and fashion design, became aware of this problem seven years ago when her youngest daughter returned home from school with a letter requesting sanitary towels. “My daughter’s school ran an afternoon programme which offered educational assistance for children of another local school but they were concerned that a number of pupils were missing the programme,” recalled Barnes. “When they investigated, they discovered that girls were missing the programme the week they were menstruating because they didn’t have access to sanitary pads. This concerned me enormously. Having two girls myself – both of whom are dyslexic – I realised how detrimental it would be if they had to miss that much school. I decided I had to offer a sustainable solution to the problem.” For Barnes, sustainability was key as it brought with it both economical and environmental advantages that disposable sanitary products did not. Taking her knowledge of fabrics from years in the fashion industry, . . .
Riders, Start Your Engines! Get ready for the 20th annual Durban National Motorcycle Toy Run which will be taking place on Sunday, 26 November 2017. Motorcycle enthusiasts can show off their metal in an incredible mass charity ride leaving the Pavilion Shopping Centre’s top parking area at 9.30am sharp. For just a TOY as an entry fee, riders will be part of the second largest such event in South Africa, after Johannesburg. South Africa holds the world record and has broken the Guinness Book of Records for the largest amount of motorcycles in one place, and the biggest Charity Toy Run in the World. The Durban Toy Run ends at Lords and Legends at the Amanzimtoti Sports Ground, where there will be fun live entertainment for both adults and kids, market stalls, and a President’s Auction, where the club president that raises the most money gets to choose a local kiddies charity to which to donate the entire amount. “What better charitable cause than our children,” said Romy Wenzel, chairperson of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “We are ecstatic that the Toy Run finishes in Amanzimtoti once again. It is a fantastic initiative which immensely benefits the local community. It is a win-win situation for everyone; local businesses and the hospitality industry, the riders, the public and most especially the kids” she added. During last year’s Toy Run, Wenzel was overwhelmed to see bikers with teddy bears gearing up for the event. “Bikers usually have a ‘tough guy’ image, and to see them soften up for such a cause was simply heart-warming,” she described. Wenzel highlighted that the Sapphire Coast is home to forty kilometres of unspoilt beauty, with pristine beaches, the world-renowned Aliwal Shoal Reef and rich cultural history. Historical greats such as Dick King and Shaka Zulu are associated with Amanzimtoti. “Events like the Toy Run allow visitors to explore Durban’s southern jewel. There are awesome hikes and bike trails for nature enthusiasts in and around the . . .
On the 11 November, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be hosting it's final conservation talk for the year which will be presented by Pamela Le Noury. Pam is a Marine scientist, PADI dive instructor zodiac skipper and sailor, and has worked in and on the ocean just about every day for the past 17 years and her talk will focus on ocean conservation. After leaving school Pam worked in the diving industry whilst studying a BSc in zoology and physiology. In that time she became quite involved in shark, dolphin and whale research through tourism, and started her own whale watching and charter boat business. “We look forward to ending off our 2017 conservation talks on a high note with Pamela Le Noury and can't wait to hear the knowledge she has to share regarding ocean conservation. We would like to thank all monthly conservation talk attendees for their support throughout the year. The next series of monthly lectures will resume in February 2018," commented Crocworld Conservation Centre spokesperson Martin Rodrigues. Pam has participated in several marine research projects and voyages, and went to sea full time in 2008 in the Expedition Cruise industry, specializing as a marine guide in remote wilderness destinations. She has since travelled to over 120 countries and worked many seasons in the Antarctic and Arctic, South Pacific and, her first love, the Indian Ocean. She became Expedition Leader in 2012 and published three smartphone apps; ‘sharks & rays’, ‘whales & dolphins’ and ‘Antarctic Wildlife’. Pam is now Head of Expedition Operations at Noble Caledonia and still spends most of her time at sea, teaching people about the oceans and conservation through her travels. Tickets for the talk will cost R75 per adult and R35 for pensioners. Registration and welcoming will begin from 8:30am and the talk will commence at 9:00am. Tickets will entitle guests to complimentary teas and coffees, as well as access to the Crocworld Conservation Centre’s vast . . .
Engen Petroleum is taking their annual Driver Wellness programme to Kokstad in the KwaZulu Natal, offering free health screenings for truck drivers passing through Kokstad. As part of this initiative, all truck drivers are invited to receive voluntary health screenings at Engen Kokstad Truck Stop, on the Main Road, Kokstad on the 10th November from 10:00 – 17:00. Engen Driver Wellness is a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness. The initiative which has impacted positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators has continued to increase driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores over the years. Over a seven month period, running from April to the middle of November, the programme will reach 21 sites in five provinces. Running for its sixth year, Engen Driver Wellness continues to bring health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. Operated nationwide at Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations, drivers are offered free voluntary screenings in mobile clinics. These are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors where blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS are tested. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says that the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness. “Education helps to remind drivers and our employees why their health is important and how life choices impact on their well-being. Ultimately this increases their health, safety and productivity.” “There has been a marked increase in the amount of individuals using the services we provide which is a clear indication that this intervention is making a difference to the wellbeing of drivers and will ultimately lead to a healthier industry,” adds Nduvane. As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing . . .
The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast’s sub-tropical paradise of Margate is again the host destination for the annual South Coast Bike Fest™ - Africa’s premier motorcycle enthusiast and music festival which is set to take place from 27th – 30th April 2018. The inaugural 2017 event, which grew on the tradition of previous biking festivals in Margate, attracted a record number of close to 60 000 festival visitors and an impressive set of headline and fringe musical acts that created an almost Caribbean ambience and relaxed fun-filled vibe. The event set along the palm fringed beachfront boulevard of Margate hosted a melting pot of culturally diverse offerings from jazz, rock, headline contemporary, reggae and Afrikaans music; to street buskers, marching brass bands, trade vendors and pop up food villages. Bike enthusiasts travelled from around Africa to attend the famous resort town’s seaside festival. The event is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ugu District and Ray Nkonyeni Municipalities. CEO Mr. Justin Mackory was pleased to announce that, “the 2018 South Coast Bike Fest™ has been fully endorsed by our board and it is all systems go for the biggest event on our tourism calendar.” “In 2017, we introduced the South Coast Bike Fest which exceeded all expectations – Margate and the greater South Coast is clearly the biker’s choice to have that ride to leisure break and enjoy the top class entertainment and bike related activities.” “We anticipate that the 2018 festival will be truly great with bikers and the public having a splendid time on the south coast”. All pre-registered motorcycle riders and pillions will have free access to the entire event precinct including the main stage headline artist performances. The non-biker public will be charged a nominal fee of R60 per day to enter the event precinct with full access to the 3 main beach festival stages, beachfront boulevard themed bars, street entertainment, demo . . .
Proving that quality workmanship is synonymous with Renishaw Hills’, two of the South Coast development’s contractors were awarded first prize in the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Excellence in Construction Awards which took place at Mount Edgecombe Conference Centre on Friday, 27 October. Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction, specialists in the creation of new homes, won the 2017 Apartment/Town House Buildings (above R15m) Awards category for the construction of two show houses at Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle development based near Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The excellence awards competition was launched in 2004 by Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal, the first of its kind for a South African Building Association. There are 27 categories which serve to recognise its KwaZulu-Natal members for exceptional work. Ross Stembridge, Building Services Manager at MBA and one of the adjudicators of the awards said there are a range of criteria that entrants must meet for consideration including external and internal finishes, green initiatives and contractor relationships, among others. However, the overriding criteria for any winner is the quality of workmanship on each project. “These awards were started to recognise quality and also to encourage members that the foremost attribute in the skills of a construction company is quality,” explained Stembridge. “This means that clients receive a better product at the end of the day.” For the Apartment/Town House Buildings (above R15m) Awards category, each project can score a total of 1600. The two Renishaw Hills’ show houses – one completed by R&M Construction and the other by Inyoni Homes – were both awarded more than 90% each, putting them in first place. Both Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction are working on the 28 standalone units of Phase 1 within Renishaw Hills. R&M Plant Hire, which forms part of the R&M Group, is taking on the bulk earthworks contract for Phase 1 and . . .
The fourth term has got off to a great start for the Grade R pupils attending Umthombomuhle School in the Hammarsdale area, after the establishment of an interactive play area on site, provided by funds raised by the Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre. The handover, which took place on Tuesday 24 October, was attended by a number of sponsors involved in the generous donation. “Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre, along with a number of sponsors, really wanted to assist the youth from the local community and Umthombomuhle School seemed like the perfect choice,” said Grant Langley of Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre. “A number of staff from the centre send their children to the school and it’s a really high performing educational centre, with friendly, dedicated staff. Unfortunately, it is lacking in a few facilities, which is why we stepped in.” Langley said that, on a recent visit to Umthombomuhle School, he noticed that there was no safe play area for the younger children. The decision was then made to create a play area which included a jungle gym and swing set suited to the Grade R age group. In addition, a number of people came forward to donate books, toys and puzzles for the classroom. School principal, Aubrey Sibonelo Khumalo, said the staff and children were very grateful for the donation which would be used by 97 pupils in Grade R, aged between four and five years. “We really appreciate this donation because young children need to learn and develop through play activities,” said Khumalo. “As it stands, there are 97 children in one classroom with no outside area, so this will make a huge difference to their daily lives.” The school has an enrolment of 970 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9 with anywhere from 70 to 115 learners in one classroom at a time. Situated within an expanding community, there is a massive drive for parents to enrol their children in the school, which has a great reputation. . . .
Simon and Siouxsie from Snake City on call for KZN snake rescues. Save this number – it could save a life! 060 633 6054 As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, KwaZulu-Natal residents are more likely to come across snakes in their homes and gardens as the reptilian creatures become more active. It’s at this point that qualified snake handlers need to be alerted to assist with the safe removal of snakes and, for those living in and around Durban, renowned snake rescuers Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, are just a call away. The snake handling duo, who feature in the popular Nat Geo Wild television show, Snake City, have already been alerted to many snake callouts in the past few weeks. Anticipating the upcoming surge in snake activity, the herpetologists have advised on the steps to take when spotting a snake. “If a snake is found inside the house then the first thing to do is close the door, cover any gaps with a rolled up towel, and close all the windows if at all possible,” advised Siouxsie. “If this means approaching the snake, then rather just keep a safe distance and focus on ensuring all pets and children are kept away. Giving a description of the snake is always helpful for the snake catchers but a person’s safety is priority so don’t get too close!” In the case of a snake found outside the property, then they’re usually best left alone unless there is a serious concern for safety. In that instance, all animals and children should be kept away and someone should keep an eye on the snake until an expert arrives. The eMdloti-based couple are currently filming another season of Snake City, an Earth Touch production that follows the charismatic couple as they attend to daring snake rescues. As soon as a call for a snake comes in, the film crew – all of whom live in close proximity – is quickly assembled and the Snake City team head out to attend to the call, all of which is filmed. In the run-up to filming the new season, they have already . . .