Tweak your TV settings to ensure an optimised and immersive sports encounter JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 28 July, 2016 – With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games due to take place between the 6th and 21st of August 2016, even the most passing of sports fans will likely find themselves glued to their TVs at some point, supporting the various South African athletes participating. With SuperSport promising six dedicated HD channels, as well as a 24-hour Olympic news channel, watching the biggest sporting event in the world is certainly going to be an entertaining experience. So why not make sure you watch it in the clearest and most vivid manner possible, by optimising your TV to suit the nature of the programme you are viewing? This, of course, is sometimes easier said than done, but it is of vital importance, since even the best TV on the market, if incorrectly setup, may well look worse than a mediocre TV that is properly adjusted. “Since sport broadcasting often happens during the day, watching these in real time means the sun will often be shining through your windows, creating an obscuring reflection. Therefore, to view your chosen event properly, you must compensate for this by adjusting the picture to a brighter setting,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director at Samsung South Africa. Thackrah points out that simply turning up the brightness won't necessarily help. He explains that this setting actually has more to do with the black contrast set-up of the TV. “Thus, setting the brightness too high may result in black colours within the visuals appearing as grey, which could reduce the depth of the picture.” “To fix this, you will have to increase the contrast – sometimes called ‘picture’ - which controls the white level. However, this too should not simply be increased. Ideally, you want to take your time and find a scene with a bright, white image contained in it and then adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but . . .
In support of World Hunger Day on 28 May, KFC urged customers to Double Up their Add Hope donations and double the difference it makes to the plight of the millions of South African children who go to bed hungry every night. Our customers generously responded by doubling up their R2 donations, donating over R1 million towards the fight against hunger over the two week Add Hope Double Up campaign. “The Add Hope Double Up campaign was an opportunity to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in South Africa and to illustrate the impact it will have on our country’s future if we don’t do something about it,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC South Africa Marketing Director. “The success of Add Hope shows that South Africans want to get involved and that if we all pull together, even the smallest contribution can have a major impact.“ Add Hope has raised over R300 million in funds to secure the future of South Africa by helping children learn, grow and thrive through providing them with a nutritious meal, every day. Add Hope makes sure that over 100 000 children receive nutritious meals every month, with the help of 110 beneficiary partners around the country. The collaboration between KFC, its beneficiaries and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to these beneficiary organisations increases every year. As part of this Double Up campaign, and in support of World Hunger Day, a number of prominent South Africans visited Add Hope beneficiary organisations to get a first-hand experience of the incredible impact the donations have on young lives. Actress Hlubi Mboya visited Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, Gauteng. “These children have my heart. Food, education and shelter are basic human rights. It’s powerful to see the impact that Add Hope has on places like Afrika Tikkun and on these young lives and it is a blessing that places like these are open to the vulnerable. I was completely blown away by all the facilities, and the energy, positive and . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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When 16-year-old Jessica Brown lines up for the 30km race at the Bestmed Makro Cycle Tour on Saturday morning it will mark exactly seven years since the start of her cycling career. Back in 2008, she entered the 5km race as a Grade 3 learner and promptly fell in love with the sport. Nine-year-old Jessica immediately joined the Bestmed Lorraine Primary cycling team and embarked on a journey that would alter her life path completely. Two years ago, she claimed the national road champion's jersey in the under-14 age category. This year, the Alexander Road High pupil kicked off her season by taking silver at the national champs in Nelspruit. She followed this up with a win in her age group – and third overall – at the Daily Dispatch SPAR Cycle Tour in East London. Jessica continued her great run of form with gold in the road race and criterium at the Oudtshoorn Youth Festival in July. Her impressive performances have not gone unnoticed and she signed with the Bestmed-ASG women's professional cycling team earlier this year. "It's really nice to be in the team and very exciting because you never know what your next challenge will be or where you are going," she said. The goal-oriented young cyclist, who lives in Lakeside in Port Elizabeth, has clear direction on her future however. "I'm aiming to become a full-time pro cyclist after school. I'm even taking some courses to be a timekeeper and team manager." In the meantime she is dedicated to balancing her Grade 9 schoolwork with a taxing training schedule that sees her riding six days a week. Remarkably, Jessica still finds time to play hockey for both her school's U/16B team and her first-league club outfit. On Saturday, she will notch up yet another participation in the event where it all began. "This is my eighth Bestmed Makro race and my goal is to finish in under an hour." Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info link: . . .
Get ready to pack a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable shoes! Summer is just around the corner and we know that travel buffs want to start planning their summer vacations well in advance. So, here is First Car Rental's list of Top 10 Summer weekends you should plan for! 1. Conquer the Wonderwall Get your muscles working and your adrenaline pumping at the Wonderwall Indoor Climbing Gym in Gauteng. The Wonderwall is a great place for beginners to enjoy a safe rock climbing experience and is the perfect destination for seasoned climbers to enjoy consistent practice. With a 500m2 climbing space and routes ranging from 13 until 27, this venue guarantees a comprehensive climbing experience. First Car Rental has 13 car rental branches in Gauteng to make travel to Wonderwall easy. 2. Take on the Wild Coast The unspoiled wilderness, the gorgeous beaches and the rugged natural beauty make the Wild Coast a popular spot for vacationers. Serious adventure seekers are spoilt for choice here. The Wild Coast offers exciting activities like canoeing and boating along the many lagoons, rivers and estuaries, bird watching, hiking, surfing and mountain biking to name a few. Laid back holiday makers can simply enjoy the incredible views of the dramatic coastline and the wind-swept sand dune. 3. Camp out Pitch your tent and enjoy the gorgeous South African summer at the Glen Reenen camping site. Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and just 22km east of Clarens in the Free State, the campsite is the perfect place to enjoy the natural splendour of the Golden Gate National Park. The brilliant shades of gold that are cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs of the park certainly make it a place worth camping at. The Glen Reenen Camping site allows you the chance to be enthralled by the gorgeous views and admire local birdlife and game. Check out our list of top 10 camping sites in South Africa to find the best campsite close to you. 4. Channel your . . .
Winter is here, but that doesn't mean you have to stay bundled up at home. South African winters, which are from June to August, typically comprise of crisp days and cold nights in the higher-lying areas. The coastal regions of South Africa along the Indian Ocean enjoy excellent weather during winter months. The Western Cape has most of its rain during this time but there are bright sunny days in between and these can be the most gorgeous days ever. When travelling in South Africa during winter always remember to pack warm clothes and keep an umbrella handy; and of course don’t forget to charge the batteries on your camera and your phone because the photo opportunities are unlimited! So put on those woollies and enjoy the season with our Top 10 things to do in Winter. 1. Go Whale Watching Without a shadow of a doubt whale watching is something you have to do during winter and one of the best and most renowned whale watching spots in South Africa is Hermanus. Hundreds of Southern Right whales make their way to Hermanus’ Walker Bay every winter to breed and watching these majestic creatures of the sea can be quite an amazing experience. Carry a pair of binoculars if you want to spot the whales from land or get adventurous and take a boat ride out to sea to get a closer look. 2. Watch the Sardine Run An extraordinary marine spectacle that takes place every year during the winter months is the sardine run. This is when large shoals of sardines, specifically the Southern African pilchard, move in a band up the coast to spawn in the cool waters on the continental shelf of the east coast. The shoreline is coloured silver as the tiny fish make their way to the shores of the beaches in KwaZulu-Natal. This is a phenomenon that is worth watching from land, sea or even underwater. Carry a cooler box with you because chances are you will be able to scoop up sardines from the sea and take them home to eat! Enjoy affordable car hire with First Car Rental and plan a . . .
Veteran stage racing champion Yolande de Villiers is preparing to take on the second edition of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, which starts at Addo near Port Elizabeth on Friday. De Villiers, who rides in the colours of SasolRacing, will use the 209km event as part of her final build-up towards the national mountain bike marathon championships in Pietermaritzburg next weekend. "I'm very excited and looking forward to the race," said De Villiers, who will be teaming up with husband, manager and training partner Henties for the very first time. "It's going to be good to race over terrain that's nice and technical. I'm especially looking forward to the jeep and single-track in and about Addo and the beautiful views." The three-stage route charts a diverse course through the Sundays River Valley, Addo Elephant National Park, Zuurberg Mountains and portions of the national cross-country championship course at Hayterdale Trails. De Villiers will be familiar with sections of the route, having previously competed in the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge during The Herald VW Cycle Tour. She said the race would in all likelihood be won or lost on the queen stage on day two, which featured over 2 000 metres of climbing in the Zuurberg range. "Hopefully we'll bring our climbing legs, but we must also ride safely and not have any mechanical issues." The Oudtshoorn-based rider is currently on good form after a stellar season that saw her and teammate Ischen Stopforth claim the African women's jersey at the Cape Epic in March. Earlier this month, she also triumphed in the mixed category at the Old Mutual joBerg2c alongside Franso Steyn and finished on the second step of the Nedbank sani2c podium alongside Johan Labuschagne. "I'm really happy with my form but there's still lots more work to be done. It's addictive - you just train harder and harder and get better and better!" The 41-year-old, who only started riding competitively at the . . .
Nine years ago, a small business was set up in the Klein Karoo town of Prince Albert, with five employees in an old ostrich hatchery. This month the AVOOVA business (now exporting its beautiful handmade ostrich eggshell products to 15 countries) celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated, 800m² factory across the road. (Thursday 20 February). Funding from the Jobs Fund, through the auspices of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), made the new premises possible. This has not only enabled AVOOVA to improve the working conditions of its staff and boost productivity, but to create 20 permanent new jobs. The business is now far better equipped to develop the export potential of its products. CEO of AVOOVA, Tom Goddard, believes that there could be a further 20-30 positions available over the next one to two years as a result of the funding injection. The factory has sufficient spare capacity to double the numbers employed to in excess of 100 over the next few years. The Jobs Fund investment has, in addition, gone into creating an AVOOVA shop in the former factory. This has the potential to be a huge attraction for the growing number of tourists visiting Prince Albert, adding to the number of direct and indirect jobs. “We made a conscious decision to remain faithful to the origins of our business by keeping our production in the town where it all started,” said Goddard. “This has presented many challenges both logistically and in terms of short term skills shortages – but on the other hand there are many longer term advantages to such a strategy. “Staff retention is excellent, which is very important when developing and refining specific skills. Because we operate in a small local community, over the years we have been able to establish a relationship with our staff that is founded on mutual trust and dependency. With every year that passes this bond will strengthen and will enable us to grow and improve not just in terms of quality and . . .