Tyson Properties is spreading its wings to Richards Bay – one of South Africa’s fastest growing cities. Regis Usaiwevhu and Linah Marijeni, who opened the new branch in the Richards Bay CBD this month, confirmed that the city that has built up around Africa’s deepest port and one of just two national Special Economic Zones in KwaZulu-Natal was attracting a stream of young professionals. The end result is a strong and growing property market. “Richards Bay is home to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (the world’s largest coal exporter) fertilizer manufacturer Foskor, Richards Bay Minerals which mines iron ore, titanium oxide and zircon, SAPPI, Mondi, Hillside which is the biggest aluminium smelter in the Southern Hemisphere and Bell Equipment, amongst others. The support industries that supply these big corporates are numerous and a hub for employment creation. The service industry is also buoyant with serious growth potential,” explains Usaiwevhu who is the managing partner. As a finance executive with over 15 years’ experience working at senior and strategic levels in industry and commerce across KwaZulu-Natal, he has done the due diligence and meticulously explored the prospects. “I have a special interest in real estate and property development and it has always been my aspiration to take up entrepreneurial opportunities in these fields,” he explains. He quotes Statistics SA’s census figures which show that the population within the entire Umhlatuze Municipality (under which Richards Bay falls) has grown by 11% between the 2011 Census (334 000 people) and the 2016 Community Survey (371 000). “Richards Bay has immense growth potential and is constantly innovating. There are a number of turnkey projects that are being considered or are being implemented as we speak,” he continues. These include the establishment of an aluminium hub which is expected to attract downstream industries that will beneficiate aluminium and also iron, steel, and . . .
This year’s South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 is the ultimate destination for every biker, offering high energy sports’ action, phenomenal musical acts and some of the region’s most exquisite countryside rides and entertaining parades. “We are really excited to welcome visitors to this magnificent part of South Africa which has so much to offer,” said Justin Mackrory, CEO of UGU South Coast Tourism, sponsors of the event. “In addition to the beautiful beaches, the South Coast boasts impressive landscape characterised by hills, valleys, idyllic water features and natural coastal vegetation. It is the perfect setting for some amazing bike rides, all of which can be carefully navigated using maps provided.” Bikers will have the perfect opportunity during the #SCBF2017 – taking place at Margate from 27 to 30 April – to explore the local rides. There are endless routes along the coastal road as well as rides through the countryside, allowing bikers to experience roads less travelled amid arresting natural beauty. Only 9km inland of Shelly Beach, on the Izotsha-Paddock Road, bikers can visit Nyandezulu which is encompassed by sprawling green hills and breathtaking valleys. Visitors will enjoy authentic Zulu hospitality while discovering local arts and crafts, sampling the local brew at a tavern or even stopping in to see a traditional healer. Crossing the Ntantana Mountain is one of the South Coast’s hidden gems - the 80m high Nyandezulu Waterfall which makes for spectacular photographs. Continue along the winding scenic route to a Shembe Church atop the holy uMdlungwana Mountain where lunch can be enjoyed along the riverbank. Take a ride to the nearby coastal town of Port Edward which offers visitors fantastic aquatic entertainment at its beaches, enticing estuary and the Wild Waves Water Park. This coastal gem is also home to the Red Desert which, at 200 metres wide, has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest desert. The . . .
Developers of Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village set within the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, are committed to creating superior-quality homes by using some of the area’s award-winning contractors. Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction - both specialists in the creation of new homes and based on the South Coast - won awards at the 2016 Masters Builders Association (MBA) ‘Excellence in Construction’ event held in October. There are 24 categories for this annual event, which serves to recognise its KwaZulu-Natal members for work well done. Numerous entries were received which were then whittled down to a top five in each category and the top three selected from those. Inyoni Homes was awarded first place for the ‘Houses Under R5m’ category, as well as receiving two ‘highly commended’ nominations. In 2015, Inyoni Homes also walked away with the top award for ‘Houses Under R3m’. “It’s really fantastic to receive these awards which validate our work in the construction industry, pushing us to create homes of the highest quality for our customers,” said Nic Moussouris, owner of Inyoni Homes. “Considering the calibre of entrants, it is really an honour to have won again.” 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 Phase 2. At the 2016 MBA Awards, R&M Construction – which has been operating for 31 years - received first place in the ‘Apartment/Townhouse Buildings (above 15m)’ category which was a joint venture with Simpkins & Associates Int. R&M Construction was also awarded top prize for the ‘Community Buildings’ category for the construction of the Umdoni Retirement Village New Hall and ancillary site works. “We take great pride in producing a superior standard of construction and finishes using a high . . .
The 2017 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run is happening just less than two weeks before the gruelling Sani2C, making it a non-negotiable for those who are following a ruthless training schedule. “The best single track of any single day event” – that is how some riders have described this MTB route. If that is not enough, the scenery is magnificent. Part of the ROAG series, there are various races, each of which run the gauntlet from relatively simple to strenuous. If a game viewing ride is on your sporting bucket list, don’t miss the 40km Safire MTB Classic that traverses two picturesque Game Reserves, Gwahumbe Game & Spa and iNsingizi. For serious riders, the 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme will test your resolve, but there are options for the whole family, including the 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience and the 10km Fun Ride. It’s a great way to get the kids interested in sports and spending more time outdoors and as each of the tracks has different scenery, you could aim to do a different race every year. The 18km and the 9km iNsingizi trail runs cover rugged terrain through the game reserve. The trail run events will start early – at 6.30am – so that competitors have an opportunity to do a Biathlon by competing in both the run / walk and mountain bike races. Do your bit! Give an Uzwelo school bag to an underprivileged Mid-Illovo child, when you add a R130 donation to your entry. The first 800 entries will receive an Uzwelo goodie bag. Entries close on 26 April 2017 at midnight, but late entries will be accepted on the day. Registration begins at 05.30 on the day, with the first MTB race (60km) starting at 07h30. Enter online at www.roag.co.za or contact ROAG on firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 100 ROAG/7624. Entry Fees 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme R190 40km Safire MTB Classic R160 18km Gwahumbe MTB Family Experience R140 10km Fun Ride R70 (free for under 12s) 18km iNsingizi Trail Run R115 9km . . .
A well-orchestrated programme of invasive alien plant removal, excavation and re-planting of indigenous vegetation, in an effort to restore the area’s natural wetlands, has begun at Renishaw Hills within the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The Renishaw Hills development – a new mature lifestyle village near Scottburgh - is centred on the natural beauty of the region with a focus on restoring the indigenous flora and fauna throughout. The wetlands’ rehabilitation forms an integral part of the overall restoration project which is being funded by Renishaw Property Developments – a subsidiary of Crookes Brothers Limited, the JSE stock exchange-listed organisation driving the Renishaw Hills development near Scottburgh. Led by experienced team members Elsa Pooley (landscaper and botanist), Geoff Nichols (leading KwaZulu-Natal expert in rehabilitation) and Amanda Maphumulo, horticulturist, the wetlands’ restoration programme – which started in May 2016- will convert about 22 hectares of sugar cane farm back to being a partially functional wetland. The work is being performed in conjunction with Mpambanyoni Conservation Development’s estate manager, Gareth Hampson, and every aspect of the project strictly adheres to the guidelines of the Environmental Impact Assessment that was carried out in preparation for the development. “Wetlands are a vital part of the biosphere,” explained Geoff Nichols. “They provide free goods and services to the planet, slowing flood pulses, keeping water upstream longer, cleaning pollutants and silt while creating a habitat for various fauna and flora.” He said a good example of the use of wetlands is as roosting sites for Barn Swallows who return every summer to roost in the reedbeds associated with marshes. The process of restoration will take many years but it is estimated that, should everything go according to plan, the area should have wetlands functioning at about 50 percent in the next . . .
The non-profit distributors of reusable sanitary pads, Project Dignity, has heaped praise on the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the launch of its recent initiative which provides sanitary pads to thousands of high school learners. In a circular distributed by the department, the project is outlined whereby Grade 4 to 12 learners in 2 992 schools throughout the province will receive packs of sanitary pads. All relevant learners from these schools, situated in impoverished areas, will receive a new pack of sanitary pads every month. It states: “The initiative seeks to reduce the drop-out rate of girl learners caused by missing out on school, due to not being able to afford sanitary pads.” Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and its non-profit extension, Project Dignity, congratulated the Department of Basic Education on this forward-thinking project which shares Project Dignity’s vision of empowering young women through education. “It is so heartening to learn that the provincial Department of Education has identified this life-changing need of so many South African learners,” said Barnes. “We really applaud them for embarking on this bold initiative which is certain to positively affect the lives of these women. We hope the next step will be to invest in reusable sanitary pads which will prove more cost-effective, freeing up the Department of Education to channel funds into other priority areas. The reusable pads are also more beneficial for our fragile environment.” In 2012 Barnes established Subz Pants and Pads, a reusable sanitary pad which attaches to a specially-designed cotton panty. The product is completely environmentally friendly, easy to use and can be reused after washing for up to five years, depending on product care. Through Project Dignity, in collaboration with corporates, thousands of packs of Subz Pants and Pads have been distributed to schools across the country in an effort to prevent school absenteeism. One . . .
Tammy Caine, Manager of the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre will be delivering a talk entitled “Vultures in Crisis” on Saturday 11 February 2017, at Crocworld Conservation Centre, as part of the Centre’s monthly lecture series. Join Caine on her discussion about these incredible, yet often misunderstood creatures, which are highly endangered. Her presentation at the lecture series will cover an overview of the nine resident vulture species, highlighting which of the species are now critically endangered and the reasons why. It will also draw attention to how important vultures are in the health of any ecosystem, and emphasize why there is a need for active collaboration between conservation bodies in order to ensure their future survival. Caine will also discuss organisations in KZN currently working on vulture research and conservation, including Crocworld Conservation Centre and the visions her organisation has, going forward for the captive breeding and release programme. Crocworld Conservation Centre has introduced a vulture project whereby any vultures which have been rehabilitated by Raptor Rescue, but cannot survive in the wild, will be housed at the centre. Crocworld’s first resident is Horace, an endangered Cape Vulture which was recovered from Underberg in 2016, after a collision with a power line. “We are very excited about having Tammy Caine as part of our lecture series, especially since Crocworld and Raptor Rescue will be working collaboratively on this vulture project,” said Martin Rodrigues, manager of Crocworld Conservation Centre. Caine, the daughter of an ex-game ranger and wildlife rehabilitator, is passionate about the organisation she manages. “Working with wildlife is very much a passion for me,” said Caine. After completing her Diploma in Nature Conservation, she worked at the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary for five years, doing education and public flying displays with birds of prey. Thereafter she pursued her interest . . .
The 2017 South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 is set to unleash a multitude of phenomenal musical acts on the coastal town of Margate from 27 to 30 April with every big name taking to the stage. It’s set to be a rocking long weekend with legendary South African musicians lining up to impress the crowds that will be flocking to #SCBF2017. Bands will be performing at two stages within the extended festival site – the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage as well as the Beach Pier Village Rock Stage. “We have booked 35 South African artists to perform at the first South Coast Bike Fest which is already attracting huge numbers from across the country,” said event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “This really demonstrates the magnitude of this event which is set to become an annual festival.” Kicking off the musical extravaganza will be one of South Africa’s best lyricists, known for his non-conformity and unique musical style; Koos Kombuis. Joining him at the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage on Thursday, 27 April will be Jack Parow, another well-known Afrikaans lyricist whose rap has taken over the South African music scene for the past six years. Parow, with his iconically extended peak cap and bling attire, has headlined major festivals in South Africa, as well as touring Europe. Parow has even opened for rap legends, Eminem and Snoop Lion. Consisting of some of the country’s most talented artists, Fokofpolisiekar will also get the crowd hyped when the five-man superstar band puts on one of its explosive live performances. Guitarist, Hunter Kennedy, will feature twice at the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage on Thursday when he joins his electronic band, Die Heuwels Fantasties. The following day will see sonic wizard, Phil Moffet, showing exactly why he’s such an innovator of guitar music, creating an array of sounds from classical and blues to country, flamenco and more. Moffett will be in good company on the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage with . . .
Boasting a line-up of South Africa’s best bands, hottest extreme sports’ action and showcasing custom bikes and accessories, the 2017 South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 is looking to attract massive crowds to Margate Beach from 27 to 30 April, making this an ideal platform for traders. “This year’s bike festival site has been increased to double the size of previous years so there is ample room for trading and so much choice for visitors,” said event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “This will be a really useful platform for traders to interact directly with an active buying market. We’re also anticipating a number of visitors coming in from outside provinces which will introduce a whole new customer base to traders.” There are extensive trading opportunities for all custom-made bike products and dealerships and, for the first time this year, the event is open to all brands and dealers. The festival’s exhibition decks provide the perfect stand for showcasing all manner of machines. They are carefully constructed onto the rocks with the Indian Ocean as an enticing backdrop. There is also availability for bespoke food trucks; winemakers who can form part of the #SCBF2017 wine deck as well as craft beer suppliers wanting to participate in the Craft Beer and Craft Distillery section. Wentzel said that large crowds are expected to descend on Margate for the South Coast Bike Fest, which falls on a long weekend. Organisers have managed to secure some 35 leading South African musical acts to play at the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage as well as the Beach Pier Village Rock Stage. Drawing in the crowds will be Freshlyground, Prime Circle, Just Jinjer, Matthew Mole, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Gangs of Ballet, Majozi, Jack Parrow, Fokoffpolisikar and PJ Powers. For heavy metal music lovers, the Energy Stage & Bar will feature top DJs with refreshments in the form of Red Bull cocktails. The Classic Motorcycle Museum will definitely hit the right note with those . . .
2017 has begun with a bang for Pietermaritzburg based public relations agency UrbanHouse Media who welcome not only three companies to their expanding client stable but also a new member to their team. Following two successful years of managing public relations for The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, the largest and busiest conferencing centre in the southern hemisphere, UrbanHouse Media has been appointed to manage the mega-hotel’s social and digital media marketing strategy in 2017. Further adding to their client base, UrbanHouse Media will also be working with Pietermaritzburg-based, award-winning shop fitting specialists and light steel frame company, Shospec, and also with The Hillcrest Advice Bureau and Bursary Fund (HABandBF) as part of UHM’s CSI portfolio. The HABandBF are a KZN-based NPO providing underprivileged students, wanting to attend university, with financial support. To complement the company’s growth, UHM welcomes Accounts Manager Nicola Chapple to their team. Nicola has worked in the UK as a Digital Communications Manager for nine years and is passionate about effective communication within a fast-paced media industry. For more information about UHM and their clients visit www.urbanhousemedia.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .