GAUTENG, MULDERDRIFT – Johannesburg local and South Africa’s top OCR competitor, Thomas van Tonder, takes a clean sweep of all twelve Beast Challenge Obstacle Course races in 2017, after taking the final gold medal at 12th Beast Elite OCR race over the weekend. The meet, which took place on Saturday, 11 November 2017, saw 140 athletes descended upon The Wedge 4x4 Trail in Muldersdrift for the final Beast Challenge obstacle course races (OCR) of the year. Along with 31 other competitors, Van Tonder took on the day’s toughest elite race - the 12km, 50-obstacle Savage Beast Race. Van Tonder once again showed why he is nicknamed ‘#BeastMode’, becoming the sole winner of all twelve 2017’s Savage Beast OCR races. Van Tonder finished his race in 01:13:00, just over 10 minutes ahead of the second-placed Bradley Classe in 01:23:51. Third place went to Vaughan Proctor in a time of 01:36:00. Says van Tonder following his clean sweep at The Beast, “What a blessing. Taking home 12 of 12 of The Beast series. Another amazing day at the OCR office.” This family-friendly event offers 3 distinct levels of entry; the Tame Beast, a fun short course suitable for beginners; the Wild Beast, an intermediate race for fitter, more competitive athletes; and the Savage Beast, an elite, gruelling test of physical fitness, strength and mental ability, suitable for serious athletes. In the women’s elite race, over the exact same course as the men’s elite, Sam Gilchrist took the win in 01:39:18, Cindy Wills claimed silver in a time of 01:40:32, while Sam Ryder rounded off the podium in 01:46:34. Says Max Cluer, owner of Jeep Team South Africa, “Thomas is a machine who is utterly motivated to be the best he can be. This humble man is loved by all that meet him, even his fiercest competitors. We are extremely proud of him and his national and international achievements this year.” Results Savage Beast - Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 01:13:00 2. Bradley Claase 01:23:51 3. . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
Greyling fastest South African to date EASTERN CAPE, GARDEN ROUTE - On Saturday, 28 October 2017, Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape was buzzing with the country’s finest trail runners, and a few international stars, gathering to do battle on the world-renowned Otter African Trail, a gruelling 44km race considered the benchmark of technical marathon-distance trail running. Two of these athletes were Capetonians, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep/ Salomon/ Garmin), and Robyn Owen (Jeep/ Best 4 Sports/ Salomon). They were among 232 athletes all eager to stake their claim on the “The Grail of Trail.” In both the men’s and women’s race, the terrain of the first section of the race favoured the technical runner requiring immense skill, speed and agility. Kane Reilly, top-5 Marathon de Mont Blanc finisher, took the lead ahead of Greyling by the first checkpoint, 20km into the race. Despite the ensuing challenge from Reilly and Robert Rorich, whose speed had put them only minutes behind Greyling at the Bloukrans river crossing, Greyling held true to his current form and race plan, and took the lead with just 7km to go to take home his biggest win this year. He crossed the line in a total time of 04h13m15s, just under 12 minutes ahead of Reilly in second and Rorich in third, and breaking the South African record. “I am blessed to celebrate winning the Otter African Trail Run in the fastest SA time ever - 4:13:15! I ran a race of no regret and gave my everything! Two years of Otter podium finishes and 4 years of working towards my personal goals. This race taught me so much in life about goal setting, patience, discipline, hard work and faith. The Otter is a world-class event and a special trail to me. It was a privilege to run with my Salomon teammates Robyn, Kane, Meg and Thabang,” says Greyling. In the women’s race, Owen’s rock-running skill gave her a slight advantage holding the lead against her challenger, Meg Mackenzie. But the . . .
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https://youtu.be/nYOBhhHl6OY A foretaste of what you can expect at the Nelson Mandela Bay Jazz Legacy event as Andile Yenana on Keyboards, Lex Futshane on Double Bass and Temba Ncetani on Flute, debut Zim's Tune - one of the tunes they will play at the Port Elizabeth Opera House on 24 and 25 November 2017. From: Alan Straton More Info here: http://mype.co.za CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
In this digital age, we are all faced with the same reality at one point or another. That reality being, our reliance of having an online presence. Whether our online presence is used for fun, business, communication, research or reviews, we have all realised the many benefits the internet has to offer. The internet has also paved the way for the modern-day writer, the “Blogger”. A blogger is defined as a person who keeps a Web log “blog” who publishes a regular record of their thoughts, opinions, or experiences which is shared on the internet for people to read. The rise in the popularity of blogs comes from the credibility one gets from reading personal and relatable accounts of events, occurrences and fads resulting in a wealth of information relevant to the reader. Readers are now looking to blogs to stay on top of the latest tech updates, hippest new restaurants, trendiest fashion tips and so much more. Although one of the most rewarding investments one can make, making travel related decisions, can be rather stressful. This has been eliminated by the presence of Travel Bloggers who give a first-hand recollection of their travel tips, experiences, downfalls and adventures along their journey. The Travel Blogger is here to inspire and educate readers. Share Your Story. Start A Travel Blog. We asked some of South Africa’s Top Travel Bloggers to give us some advice on How to Become a Travel Blogger, these are some of their top tips on getting started: Di Brown – The Roaming Giraffe: Be prepared to work really hard for very little reward in the beginning. It takes time and effort to build a brand and an audience. Focus on what you are good at and learn new skills if required. Invest your time, money and effort into your blog if you are serious about it. Ryan Enslin – My Lime Boots: Above and beyond absolutely everything, I say authenticity, authenticity, authenticity. You have to write stories that mean something to you, on one level or . . .
[Johannesburg, Thursday, 26 October] – Synonymous with the great outdoors and “living the braai life”, the CADAC brand has been entrenched in South African society since its launch in 1948. Through its new partnership with marketing and technology agency, Interface Digital, CADAC is looking to reaffirm its status as South Africans’ #1 braai-time companion. “We set about looking for an agency that not only had the desired capabilities and credentials to deliver on our mandate but, most importantly, we wanted to find a partner that understood our business and what it stands for,” says Elena Forno-Nash, Managing Director of CADAC International. “From our first meeting to subsequent initial campaigns, the Interface Digital team has consistently proven their ability to clearly understand our market, our customers and our culture . . . in essence they have quickly become an integral part of our company showing their passion in living the braai life with conviction, reflected in the campaigns that we have launched and run with already”. Interface Digital is a Google Premier Partner agency and has been on the forefront of the South African digital marketing and technology industry for over 22 years. “Like all agencies in our space it has not always been smooth sailing to get where we are today,” says MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Past mistakes were made and learnt from, helping us build a company that prides itself on finding the essence of our clients’ problems and then responding to it with verve and a commitment to deliver top quality work.” Interface Digital won the CADAC account in July 2017 with social media campaigns first aimed at National Braai Day and now Halloween. Initial success has been significant, with campaigns outperforming engagement targets by over 200%. “Great (smart) marketing principles have not changed,” says Armstrong. “At the core it’s still about talking to the right people, at the right time, with the right message to help them move . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 October 2017 – KaChing, the innovative ticketless way to pay for your parking, announced today that they are expanding their footprint of retail parking sites. Customers at the Mall of Africa will be able to pay for their parking using KaChing as of Thursday 26th October 2017. KaChing uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking so much more convenient. "KaChing offers all people who park a massively more convenient way to pay for your parking. You no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets.” Says Mike Clark, Business Development Executive of KaChing. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payment to securely pay for their parking. In addition to ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing first launched on a commercial pilot basis in 2016, and is available at Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres in Johannesburg to mention only a few of the growing list of properties offering ticketless and cashless parking solutions Clark goes to say “We are also proud of the fact that in the past year, there have been zero car thefts from KaChing users. Our technology significantly improves your vehicle’s security while you park. The pre-paid option is also proving a winner with 60% of our users paying through pre-paid.” Signing up for KaChing is easy and effortless; you can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. All you need to do is register with your vehicle number plate, load your pre-paid account, or choose the credit card option. It is a simple drive IN drive OUT experience. The number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit automatically pick you . . .
Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
The present ‘puritan’ approach to defeating the health risks posed by tobacco smoking should be abandoned by anti-smoking lobbyists and regulators in favour of a pragmatic approach which recognises that alternatives like vaping are up to 95% less harmful, and have the potential to meaningfully reduce the toll on the health of tobacco smokers around the globe. So says Prof Daniel Malan – an ex-smoker and director of the Stellenbosch University-based Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, in a report entitled ‘Where there’s no smoke, is there still fire? ethical aspects of tobacco harm reduction, published by the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA). The report suggests that reducing the harm inherent in smoking should be recognised as a strategy in the fight against the well-documented health risks faced by smokers. Tobacco smoking, says the report, still takes up to five million lives globally every year, and sees government earnings by taxes dwarfed by the US $ 1.0 trillion loss to global economies through premature death of workers, lost production and costs of healthcare. Against these facts must be measured the debatable success of international bids like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), that was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Legally binding on 180 countries and focusing on the production, sale, distribution, advertising and taxation of tobacco the FCTC, in addition to other measures, should see the incidence of smoking reduce globally from 22.1% in 2010 to 18.95 in 2025 - a reduction of only 3.5% (according to the WHO). “The simple concept of reducing harm can make a contribution to a much more comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Including both scientific and legal components, the objective is simply to reduce the potential harm by decreasing the risks attached to using tobacco or nicotine. Cigarette substitutes such as vaping and smokeless tobacco are examples,” says Prof Malan. Confusing the . . .