The annual Paddle Out for Sharks (POFS) and World Ocean’s Day (WOD) events will culminate in the 2018 Shark Weekend – a full programme of talks, clean ups, surfing competitions and beach activities geared towards marine conservation running at Scottburgh from 8 to 10 June. Shark Weekend has a number of interactive activities planned suited to the whole family. The full programme starts at Scottburgh Beach at 3pm on Friday, 8 June with a ‘Healthy Ocean’s Talk’ and beach clean-up. The conservation celebration continues on Saturday, 9 June from 8am with a Paddle Out for Sharks ceremony at Scottburgh Beach and Backline. There will be a number of beachside activities including a treasure hunt, sand shark art, snorkelling lessons, as well as adaptive surfing demonstrations and surfing competitions. Throughout the weekend, Scottburgh’s Premier Resort Cutty Sark will play host to a number of Shark Weekend activities including Aliwal Shoal’s Shark Photo Exhibition, the Mares Dive Gear Exhibition as well as Conservation Talks and Videos. In addition to the generous venue donation, Premier Resort Cutty Sark is running a weekend special room rate of R350 per person, per night. “The 7th Paddle Out for Sharks, in conjunction with Word Ocean’s Day on 8 June, gives us a chance to highlight the impact of human actions and how we can positively turn the tide for shark conservation and good health of our oceans,” said Shark Weekend organiser, marine biologist, shark researcher and member of Shark Angels, Jess Escobar. “For me, the annual Paddle Out for Sharks celebration has become an opportunity for all different ocean-users to stand together and show their support for shark and ocean conservation. It is reaching more and more people every year, converting the misguided fear around sharks into a respect and willingness to protect them. I am so happy and excited to see such a great support for our sharks and ocean conservation in our area.” Paddle Out for Sharks started . . .
Discerning investors looking for a quality-finish mature lifestyle village that offers a holistic, outdoors’ lifestyle in a modern, open-plan design, offering endless coastal views, can expect to find every desire met at Renishaw Hills’ Phase 4 development, launching this June. Situated on some of the estate’s premium sites, Phase 4 will include nine 3-bedroom freestanding homes as well as 14 two-bedroom maisonettes all with expansive sea views. These units will continue the architectural design that denotes the environmentally-conscious Renishaw Hills, with the unique style and earthy materials selected to complement the natural surroundings, encouraging a seamless interior-exterior flow. Residents can make full use of the enviable South Coast environment while also being afforded privacy through the innovative use of architectural techniques. “Each unit has been designed to optimise the stunning South Coast lifestyle,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “Quality underscores every design and construction decision. This has resulted in high-end build finishes and immaculate indigenous gardens which open into the coastal forest, grasslands and wetlands, all home to a diverse array of wildlife and birdlife.” The maisonettes, priced from R1.54m, are available in four configurations with the units on upper and ground-floor levels ranging in size from 123m2 to 169m2. All these open-plan, vertically-attached maisonettes have direct road access, mitigating any need for stairs, and there is a selection of one, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, as well as single and double garage options. The upper-level units have an expansive balcony, built-in braai and chimney while the lower-level units open onto an indigenous garden. The freestanding homes in Phase 4 will consist of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan living area, veranda, double garage and indigenous garden. Each spacious home at Renishaw Hills has been . . .
South African manufacturer of reusable sanitary pads, Subz Pants and Pads, is encouraging a ‘period positive’ attitude this Menstrual Hygiene Day – celebrated globally on Monday, 28 May – by asking people everywhere to share their reasons why #menstruationmatters on all digital platforms. “There has been an international #menstruationmatters campaign that highlights the historically negative association many cultures and nationalities have assigned to a biological process which is experienced by half the world’s population every month,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads as well as the NPO extension, Project Dignity. “Subz is united in this movement to make menstruation hygiene management a priority as it directly affects the self-esteem, health and education of every woman. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate womanhood by asking people to share their thoughts on why menstruation matters to them.” The stigma associated with menstruation impacts the lives of women everywhere. In certain cultures, women are ostracised from their family homes during their menstrual cycle because they are considered ‘unclean’, sometimes with fatal consequences. This false concept also sees women prevented from touching certain food, objects or people so as to prevent a perceived ‘contamination’. For the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day, the handle #nomorelimits will be highlighting these myths and misconceptions around menstruation, providing an open platform of engagement. Women will no longer be limited by untruths associated with menstruation, limited by stigma and abuse, nor will their access to the necessary sanitary products and facilities be limited. In South Africa, as with many other nations, many young women are currently very limited in that they do not have access to sanitary products because of a lack of funding. They are forced to use unsanitary items such as rags, newspapers or even leaves which can be detrimental to their . . .
Since retiring from professional surfing, 1977 World Surfing Champion and six times winner of the Gunston 500 in Durban, Shaun Tomson, has been riding a wave of success around the world as a motivational speaker, author, journalist and businessman. Despite his legendary status, Shaun’s life hasn’t always been on the crest of a wave in the public’s eye. Shaun suffered the biggest wipeout in his life with the loss of his teenage son, Matthew, through tragic circumstances in 2006. It was a wipeout so big, that not even Shaun believed he could recover. But it was the loss of Mathew that actually turned Shaun’s life around. According to Shaun’s Hebrew faith, Mathew’s name means ‘gift from God’ and Shaun firmly believes that what happened next in his life was a miracle. Inspired by a poem that Mathew shared with Shaun shortly before his passing, “the light shines ahead”, Shaun and his wife Carla found courage and their true purpose in life to help young people make positive choices for life long change. While spreading his message of hope around the world, Shaun has been invited to this year’s historic 50th edition of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza from 25 June to 1 July. Ahead of the international surfing event, which he won when it was the Gunston 500, Shaun has partnered with the KwaDukuza Municipality to engage with local youth in and around the area for the Shaun Tomson Positive Wave driven by SMG Rocks & hosted by Coco De Mer from 18 to 22 June. Using the mantra “I Will” from his book The Code: The Power of “I Will” as the core of the Shaun Tomson Positive Wave Tour driven by SMG Rocks , Shaun will conduct workshops at several schools in KwaDukuza inspiring youth to believe in themselves and to unlock the power that lies within to shape their future. Based on faith, courage, creativity and determination learned from his personal life experiences, he positively encourages youth to be agents of change in . . .
Polocrosse fans are in for a weekend of thrilling equestrian action as some of South Africa’s and the world’s highest ranked players are gearing up for the third Land Rover Durban High Goal Polocrosse Tournament, which will take place at the Durban Shongweni Club between the 22nd and 24th June. Running each day between 9am and 4pm, the event will showcase the talents of some of the country’s best polocrosse players. There will be four matches daily, two ladies and two men’s, where world-class equestrian’s displays can be expected from national, as well as international players. Sam Heynes, a member of the Shongweni Polocrosse Committee explained the tournament process; “The High Goal Tournament has eight teams, four men’s and four ladies, which will compete for the top spot. Each team consists of six highly ranked players, each of whom is given a handicap.” Heynes added that the handicap indicated his or her skills level, ranging between 0 (beginner) to 10 (highest ranking). She said that in a high goal competition, the team’s total combined handicap must average at 45 for men and 26 for ladies. Similar to last year’s event, the 2018 edition will feature Wild Card players in both the men’s and ladies categories, who will be auctioned off to the highest bidding team at a special black-tie gala dinner on 20th June. The Wild Card feature creates an aura of surprise, as teams can only be finalised on the eve of the competition. This year’s wildcards are all of South Africa’s top-ranked players, who will be representing the country in next year’s World Cup in Queensland, Australia. Brent Von Benecke, chairman of the Shongweni Polocrosse Club and event organiser said, “This is a premier event on the South African polocrosse calendar, featuring players of international ranking. Spectators are guaranteed an outstanding weekend filled with nail-biting sporting action.” Von Benecke highlighted that each team will feature a Wild Card who is a top-ranked South . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
Rapid technological advancements have gifted people with the ability to redefine their work lives. Saying goodbye to the nine-to-five, many professionals around the world are now untethered from their desks, able to work remotely from anywhere and at any time thanks to WIFI, smartphones and a whole host of other tech savvy tools. The benefits of this work method have been lauded for increasing productivity and work-happiness in employees. While it seems work may have left the building, companies and employees are still in need of future-forward spaces to connect, collaborate and share ideas. As a result, many office developments are responding to this need by providing considered work environments that emphasize openness, transcend the idea of the daily grind and encourage a healthy work life balance in campus-style and community orientated spaces. In a 2017 article for Director, Monica Parker a behaviourist and founder of organizational change consultancy, Hatch, whose clients include Microsoft, Deloitte and the BBC says, “People always need a place to come together, and while coffee shops are great, people still like to have a place they can call a work home. I don’t think work has left the building – there is still that communal driver.” Today, companies are understanding more and more the importance of nurturing productivity through the significant benefits of open and flexible office environments. These benefits include creativity, knowledge sharing, teamwork and coordination. While Google, Apple and various other tech advanced companies have been operating like this for decades already, South Africa is just beginning to ride the crest of the flexible and open work wave. Cue Park Square, Nedbank’s iconic R1billion mixed-use office and retail development located within uMhlanga’s New Town Centre and thriving commercial hub. Bordering the popular CJ Saunders Park and featuring innovative commercial and retail offerings, Park Square with its considered . . .
Great things are done when men and mountains meet. -William Blake- Do you have what it takes for the Cathedral Peak Challenge? Inviting all South Africans to join us on a soul-stirring adventure... The pressures of city life make one lose sight of what’s natural, beautiful and serene. Whilst some find joy in this mad existence, others, at times, choose to bolt for the hills. Running from 01 June until 30 September 2018, the Cathedral Peak Challenge presents a wonderful opportunity to clear the concrete cobwebs and connect with one of South Africa’s most glorious mountains. Conceptualised by the owner of the Cathedral Peak Hotel, William Van Der Riet, The Cathedral Peak Challenge invites everyone who thinks they’re up to conquering the Peak’s summit to push and stretch themselves to overcome what was once thought impossible. What’s more, those quickest to the top and back will share in cash prizes totalling R100 000. The Cathedral Peak Challenge is not for the faint hearted! Whether you’ll be running or hiking, this is no ordinary trail. The 20.7km trip starts at the Cathedral Peak Hotel and goes right to the top and back, with a total ascent of 1531m. Although there’s a fairly clear path, you need a head for heights and excellent fitness to summit the peak. That final stretch to the top is steep, exposed and quite treacherous at parts. And then there’s still the long, tricky trek down. Here is where it is the experience that matters; in the end, all we have is what we remember and how it challenged and changed us. Here’s the fun part – you can enter and compete as many times as you wish. If you weren’t quite happy with your first attempt, you can come back and try again, and again, and again – until The Challenge’s final day on 30 September. The Cathedral Peak Challenge is quickly becoming a 2018 calendar event for nature lovers, trail hikers, extreme adventurers, marathon runners, and other endurance athletes. The launch of the Challenge . . .
Darren Maule’s brainchild brings a unique comedy experience to Durban, South Africa What started as a seemingly impossible idea has become the highly sought-after Never Ending Comedy Train with Darren Maule; boasting sold-out tickets for each of the three trains, and showing no sign of slowing down. An idea born from an almost impossible suggestion has seen the fruition of The Never Ending Comedy Train with Darren Maule. Having taken a few guests on the Holiday Express in December of 2016, Darren Maule turned to his Manager, Claire Clark, and said very matter-of-factly; “we should do comedy on a train!”. After many, many meetings and a great deal of planning, the inaugural Never Ending Comedy Train with Darren Maule left the Durban Premier Lounge Platform, Scottburgh bound, on the 29th of April 2017. On board were 400 passengers and 10 comedians. Each comedian, including Darren Maule, performed in each of the 10 carriages, totalling nearly 17 hours of comedy. Once in Scottburgh, when the inaugural Train arrived, an Italian feast awaited the passengers and performers, before they once more boarded the train for the return trip to Durban which included even more comedy and side-splitting laughter. Since then, the Comedy Train has taken place twice, on the 14th of October 2017 and more recently on the 28th of April 2018, both of these Trains went to the Pietermaritzburg Platform, where the passengers were once again provided with a feast of food and a party on the platform. The Never Ending Comedy Train is not only Darren Maule’s brainchild, but one of the most unique comedy concepts and experiences in South Africa and quite possibly the world. Using The Holiday Express train as their unusual moving venue, passengers in each of the 10 carriages sit back as the ten comedians (including Darren) make their way through the ten carriages. It’s no wonder that every one of the three Comedy Trains has been a raging success, selling out long before each event and . . .
Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .