After a run of bad luck this season, Charles Keey and Darren Lill finally got the break they needed to claim the opening stage of the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday. The Cannondale-Blend duo timed it perfectly to hold off all contenders in a bunch sprint to the finish, taking the 87km stage from Underberg to MacKenzie Club in 2:47:10. They were followed home a second later by runners-up Louis-Bresler Knipe and Gert Heyns of Contego-Giant, with Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus of RE:CM behind them. “It’s really nice for Charles and I because we’ve both been sick and had a bad run at Epic and joBerg2c, so this win has been a long time coming,” said Lill. He said the presence of at least half a dozen strong teams upfront had made the racing a lot more tactical and the pace had varied accordingly. “It was a lot more like a road race, actually,” said the former national road champion. According to his team-mate Keey, who finished second last year alongside James Reid, the racing had split on the Oak Maze dual track within the first 12km. “It regrouped a bit after that and then we went into another bit of single track through the trees.” Climbing out of that section, the decisive move came on the tough View Climb – the highest point on the event. The top six teams – including Max Knox and Nico Bell (EIA-Westvaal), Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald (FedGroup-Itec), and Andrew Hill and Leeroy Emslie (TIB) – shook off the chasers as they powered up the ascent. They stayed together over the PG Bison floating bridge at the 30km mark and through both waterpoints, with Keey taking the lead into the final uphill drag to the finish. “We were positioned fairly well. Charles hit out at the right time, just as the hill crested, and kept it going all the way to the line,” said Lill. “I was just following the right wheels and I could see by the time we got to this grass finish that we were going . . .
Cape Argus champion Anriëtte Schoeman will make her first foray into serious mountain biking at the world’s largest fully serviced stage race, the 251km Nedbank sani2c, in KwaZulu-Natal from Thursday. The seven-time Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour winner and eight-time national road champion will take on the three-day race from Underberg to Scottburgh alongside another converted dirt roadie Gary Marescia. Riding in the colours of Aca Joe, for whom she is a brand ambassador, Schoeman said she was excited to fulfil a long-held ambition. “I’ve seriously been wanting to do sani2c since I got my mountain bike at the end of last year. I tried to get an entry but was too late, so I was thrilled when I got the news. “There are lots of stage races but I’ve always wanted to do sani2c because it’s such an awesome event and every seasoned mountain biker raves about it, so I thought I’d put it on my bucket list. I can’t wait to experience it myself.” When asked whether she would be aiming for a podium finish, the five-time 94.7 Cycle Challenge winner said she would be using the event to sharpen her off-road skills. “I think because this is my first mountain bike stage race I will just aim to learn from Gary and enjoy it. But my competitive nature might kick in at some point and it could turn into a race!” Schoeman, who has represented South Africa at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, said she enjoyed the thrill of mountain biking but still had much to learn. “I kind of enjoy crazy descents but my ‘let’s go down this hill as fast as possible and see what happens’ attitude doesn’t really count as a skill.” The Port Elizabeth resident said she found the discipline a very different challenge to road racing, which involves bunch-oriented riding. “In mountain biking there is absolutely no place to hide. You have to be physically strong and never get to rest or hide in the peloton. “I quite enjoy pushing myself, but I must admit mountain biking . . .
Get to Gateway during the month of May where all Gateway VIP members will be able to double their points when they participate in the ‘Double your points and rewards’ promotion. Points earned may be spent on specials and discounts available during the promotion. If you’re not a member don’t worry because non Gateway VIP members will have the chance to sign up during the campaign. Promoters will be stationed at the Gateway VIP kiosks every day during the month of May. Gateway VIP is a loyalty and rewards card programme. The programme is tailored to suit your needs, giving you extra value for shopping at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Don’t forget that members are always the first to hear about hot news, great sales and exclusives. Members also receive invites to elite events and concerts. When you sign up between 1 May and 31 May 2013 you stand a chance to win one of three Gateway gift cards valued at R500 each or an Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi 16GB valued at R5499. What’s even more exciting is that one long term member who has earned the most points between 1 May and 31 May 2013 will win one Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi 16GB and one Gateway gift card valued at R1000. Look out for Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter. URL: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sane Ndlovu from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Gateway shopper swiping VIP card Photographer: Gateway Theatre of Shopping Promoter signing up a Gateway shopper Photographer: Gateway Theatre of Shopping [/l2g] . . .
2012 was a breakthrough year for this innovative and inspirational community co-operative. Based in Mzimela, the Ubunye Co-Operative has been proudly involved in a number of cultural art projects since its inception. Headed up by Chairperson, Patricia Zungu, the Co-Operative has created dramatic and striking works for an exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, entitled “Intellectual Property”. The group then went on to collaborate with a range of local craft and design teams to create “Yenza” and “Nkanyezi”, two rhinos whose presence as public artworks raise awareness of the importance of rhino conservation. These projects were supported by the Ethekwini Community Foundation and co-ordinated by Umcebo Design. During the latter half of 2012, the Co-Operative worked with info4africa and Umcebo Design to create a range of “Ubunye Hot Pots”. Each Hot Pot is a unique and elegantly hand- crafted beaded plant, making them a true treat for collectors! The beaded hot pots are now available in tin mugs and traditional african pots of various sizes. The Co-Operative has expanded their range of Hot Pots, to include larger clay pots. Looking forward to the rest of 2013, and inspired by their experiences at Design Indaba, the team has once again teamed up with info4africa and Umcebo Design to create “Wild Things”. “Wild Things” are a range of hand crafted animals and insects, decorated with bright beads and eye-catching fabric. These Wild Things are a must for every home, as they bring a particular sense of stylish fun to any room or surface. To find out more about this zany and exciting range of creations, get in touch with the Co-Operative. Website: www.theubunyecoop.wordpress.com Email: email@example.com Tel: 031 260 3052/082 909 7886 Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubunye URL: http://www.theubunyecoop.wordpress.com Twitter: https:///www.twitter.com/info4africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ubunye YouTube: Author: Cath . . .
Financial giant Nedbank has confirmed a three-year sponsorship deal with the world’s largest mountain bike stage race, the Nedbank sani2c, which rolls through southern KwaZulu-Natal from May 14. According to Nedbank Group sponsorship head Andy Scott, the three-day race, presented by Nedbank Private Wealth, was a natural fit for the bank and benefited communities all along its 251km route from Underberg to Scottburgh. “Like sani2c, Nedbank has a longstanding commitment to sport development and making a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates. “The event complements the bank’s current involvement in cycling and we are delighted to take the reins from BoE, who sponsored a superb event in 2012.” Scott said BoE Private Clients had been rebranded as Nedbank Private Wealth in October last year. “Our involvement this year reaffirms Nedbank’s reputation as South Africa’s green and caring bank. “The eco-friendly nature of the race, supported by the tree-planting programme, lends itself to the protection and preservation of the fauna and flora along the route. In addition, he said the financial backing made available to schools and local community organisations that work on the event are further touchpoints for the title sponsor. For the 4 500 riders participating in the Trail, Race and Adventure components, the sponsorship makes world-first initiatives like the new 360Life bridge possible. The floating bridge, one of several innovative water crossings on the route, sees participants riding their bicycles over the Scottburgh lagoon and a few hundred metres into the Indian Ocean before hitting the finish line on the main beach. The bank has also made free life and disability cover available to all participants for the duration of the event. Organiser Glen Haw said the race was honoured to be associated with the financial group. “Officially, this is Nedbank’s first year as title sponsor but, in reality, the organisation . . .
Acting as a conservancy for the re-establishment of many threatened indigenous species, Zimbali Coastal Resort is a vista of natural beauty, ecological richness and biological diversity, providing refuge to a variety of local flora and fauna, including over 220 species of birds. Within this sub-tropical paradise, cocooned within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve, you will find the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and a beautiful baby Crowned Eagle nesting under the abundant forest canopy. The baby eagle was recently spotted performing madly near her nest, high up in a tree, in the vicinity of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. With her head down and eyes fixed to the ground for quite some time, she suddenly swooped down grabbing what was part of a dead monkey with her talons and hopping just a few metres away to eat it. It became apparent that the baby Crowned Eagle was searching the thick undergrowth below for her meal, which she had dropped from her nest. Surprisingly, the baby eagle tolerated her human spectators, allowing magnificent close-up views and pictures for those lucky enough to witness one of nature’s most spectacular birds of prey. The Crowned Eagle, also known as the African Crowned Eagle, is a very large, powerful, crested bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, it is restricted to suitable habitats in the eastern areas. Often considered Africa's most powerful and ferocious eagle, the Crowned Eagle preys mostly on monkeys and other small forest mammals such as duikers (weighing up to 30kg). Boasting a wingspan of up to 1.81m, a female Crowned Eagle can weigh as much as 15% more than her male counterpart, at approximately 4.7kg compared to 4.1kg. Now at six months of age (as at end of March 2013) and almost the size of a fully-fledged adult Zimbali Estate Management Association (ZEMA), having partnered with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to film the development stages of the bird, will continue to monitor her whereabouts via . . .
Casual Day, South Africa’s most-loved fundraising initiative for persons with disabilities, raised a record amount of R22.2 million in 2012, beating the previous year’s tally by more than R2 million. The final audited amount was recently announced at a roadshow function at the Jaipur Palace in Durban to honour Casual Day’s top performers in KZN. The Association for People with Disabilities (APD) KwaZulu Natal, was named the top performing participating APD in the country, raising donations for over 26 000 stickers. APD KZN Director Sheryl Naidoo received the accolade, thanking all participants for their hard work. Tongaat Hulett received a special award for their support of the APD’s Casual Day campaign. “This is really an incredible achievement,” said Project Leader Celeste Vinassa after the function. “Funds are raised R10 at a time and a tremendous effort goes in, throughout the year, to do fundraising in this way. Not only do the beneficiaries have the immediate benefit of the money they raise, but their donations also help other organisations for person with disabilities all over the country. Our fundraising model is a collective effort that shows that if everyone does something small, it has a huge impact.” APD KZN was one of 300 energetic and dedicated organisations whose fundraisers have brought in over R170 million over the past 18 years. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), an NPO mandated to improve education, inclusivity, accessibility and social integration for persons with disabilities. The funds are the lifeblood of its national beneficiaries - Epilepsy SA, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation SA, SA National Council for the Blind and Disabled People South Africa, each of which participate in raising funds from sticker donations, and sales of caps and shirts. Mac Mia, treasurer of NCPPDSA, explained that fans should take note of exciting changes at . . .
Early childhood development organisation The Unlimited Child recently took the opportunity to really spoil the caregivers from the crèches involved in their programme by hosting a festive Christmas party. The non-profit organisation provides equipment and training to boost early childhood development at over 310 crèches in the Valley of a 1000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. According to CEO Cassy Healey, the event, which was held at the City Hill Church in Waterfall was the perfect opportunity to show these hardworking women how much their efforts are appreciated. “These ladies put in an incredible amount of effort and make a huge emotional investment in these children to ensure that they will reach their full potential. They worked tirelessly throughout the year and we felt it was very important to acknowledge their contribution to the future of our country. One hundred top caregivers were nominated by their colleagues and fellow teachers for their exceptional performance, passion and commitment and were invited to join in our festive celebration,” mentions Healey. About 130 guests, including caregivers and generous project supporters joined the celebrations and award ceremony. Guests were greeted on the red carpet by CEO Healey, while local artists Nipho and Nomfundo Mthembu provided live entertainment. Each guest received a certificate recognising their involvement with the project and honouring their commitment to the cause of The Unlimited Child. Guests then sat down for a sumptuous lunch with performances by local musicians, while spot prizes and Nivea gift packs were handed out. “These caregivers are truly the heart of our organisation and are often from the poorest of our communities, so it was especially gratifying to be able to spoil them and show them our heart-felt appreciation. These amazing women are an inspiration to us on a daily basis and without them, many children would never reach their full potential,” says Healey. URL: . . .
Media Release The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin Date: 11 November 2012 Subject: Unathi finishes her first canoe marathon at The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin. Please click on the links to download high resolution images. http://www.raydevries.co.za/images/OzzieGladwinD43.jpg http://www.raydevries.co.za/images/OzzieGladwinD44.jpg Deep Caption: Radio personality and South African Idols judge, Unathi Msengana successfully completed her debut canoe marathon at The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin at Albert Falls just outside Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. "I loved every minute of it! The camaraderie amongst the paddlers is amazing, and I'm looking forward to competing in the Dusi next year" said Msengana. Released by Ray de Vries of Ray de Vries Communications. For more information kindly contact: Carole Johnstone: Cell: 083 229 8374 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.raydevries.co.za Author: Gerard Griessel from Ray de Vries Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Radio personality and South African Idols judge, Unathi Msengana successfully completed her debut canoe marathon at The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin at Albert Falls just outside Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Photographer: Supplied [/l2g] . . .
The celebrity line-up for The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon next year has received another boost with media personality and award-winning performer Unathi Msengana announcing her participation. Unathi has become a household name as host of the Metro FM morning drivetime show and more recently as a judge on the Idols talent competition. She will be joining media personalities such as 5fm sports presenter Sias du Plessis and TV and radio presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen in tackling the greatest canoe marathon in Africa. Du Plessis will head up The Unlimited Charity Batch to raise awareness for The Unlimited Child, an early childhood intervention initiative and one of the official event charities. “I love a challenge and am always ready to tackle something new. I also have a really competitive streak, so I could not resist when Sias approached me to join this initiative. I am very committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and this should add a new dimension to my exercise regime as I’ve never paddled before. The running will definitely be an extreme endurance test as I’ve had operations to both my knees, but I’ll be training hard over the next couple of months to make sure that I can complete 10 kilometres of portage, which means carrying the canoe on land. In addition, I’m also doing a lot of rowing and super circuit at the gym to build up my strength and cardio fitness,” mentions Unathi. During the run-up to The Unlimited Dusi in February 2013, she will be participating in a number of canoeing races and has already been receiving guidance from previous Dusi winner Thulani Mbanjwa, who is aiming for a top three finish in next year’s event. Unathi will be in extremely capable hands as she will be paddling with 11-time world champion surf skier Oscar Chalupsky, who has guided well-known personalities such as Bafana coach Clive Barker, soccer star Doctor Khumalo and former Miss South Africa Peggy Sue Khumalo down the river for this amazing . . .