There’s a strong European challenge mounted for the 2016 edition of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, which starts in Mossel Bay on South Africa’s Western Cape coast on Sunday. The seven-day event, which carries International Cycling Union (UCI) status, has seen the overall titles in the men’s race swing back and forth between local and European riders over the past few years. Last year’s edition was won by South Africans Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns of SCOTT LCB Factory Racing. Beukes is currently out of action, recovering from a serious fall, increasing the chances of a new winning combination to top the final podium. The most likely title contenders are last year’s podium finishers – runners-up Roberto Crisi and Emanuele Crisi (Italy) and third place finishers, Bram Rood and Gerben Mos (Netherlands). However the team that could well upstage them is the Estonian pair of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvus. The Rietumu–Delfin pair will be competing in South Africa for the first time, whereas most of their rivals will be familiar with the conditions, which can range from extremely hot and dry to torrential rain across varying terrain. Pruus is the current European marathon champion and he finished second to Tarvus at the 2016 Estonian marathon championships, which confirms the strength of both riders Pruus is hoping for a successful Cape Pioneer Trek in order to further show his ability on a mountain bike. “European Championships was my only real international race on a mountain bike. I didn’t expect to win and was aiming for a medal. But I had a really good day. I would like to do more mountain bike racing and I hope to show my ability, along with my friend Peeter, at the Cape Pioneer Trek,” said Pruus. “I am racing mostly on the road for my team, Rietumu Bank Continental team and don’t get much chance to race big mountain bike events. I did start out as a mountain biker though and I do really enjoy it,” said Pruus, . . .
Cape Town, 30 September 2016: It’s hard to face our own mortality, especially the effect it will have on those we leave behind. Not only because of the emotional void, but also the financial burdens. Local experts place the costs of a funeral between R8 000 and R40 000. Just the thought of leaving our loved ones with crippling bills is stressful and frightening. As a responsible adult you need to consider funeral cover or a funeral plan, but which one? There a hundreds, maybe thousands, of funeral policies to review and they vary wildly; Providers, monthly installment costs, clauses on health, and so on. There is a service that can help you sort through this mountain of choice and select the comprehensive quotes that suits your needs, so you don’t need to worry about what happens later - FuneralBee.The service is FREE and has already provided over 30 000 South Africans with quotes. Simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za, fill in a few personal details on the website, follow the instructions, and once you’re done, you’ll instantly receive a number of different quotes to review from different policy providers. Saving you time, energy and anxiety. FuneralBee helps you choose the best afterlife (never hash tag) – easy. If you act now there’s an added bonus: FuneralBee is giving away R25 000 in cash for you to spend now, later, or on your beautiful family in the future. Simply tell us what you’d do with the money and a panel of judges will select the best answer. To enter the FuneralBee competition simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za/competitionSo what you waiting for? Let FuneralBee make the, unpleasant planning easy, then get it out of the way so you can continue to enjoy your life to the max! #BestLife YouTube: https://youtu.be/iNvW03dPzWU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
“East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global hospitality and tourism consultancy, HTI Consulting, who have recently undertaken extensive market and feasibility studies, due diligence, finance raising and hotel operator selection assignments in several EAC countries. Greater integration, reduction of trade barriers and improved infrastructural links are expected to be the region’s key economic drivers, with the introduction of an EAC passport (proposed for January 2017) expected to facilitate trade, growth and freer movement of people. EAC countries have also implemented key projects to raise annual tourism earnings to $16 billion from $7 billion by 2020. “This indicates a positive outlook for the hospitality and tourism sector in the region, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years,” explains Troughton. “If international companies are successful in exploiting the region’s wealth of natural resources, including oil in Kenya and Uganda and gas in Tanzania, it will also serve as a significant economic boost to these countries,” he continues. “Such resource development will compliment the diverse economic base of EAC members and will not place reliance on single commodities. This will have a significant role to play in reducing investment risk and boosting East African tourism and hotel industries,” says Troughton. Dar es Salaam In Dar es Salaam, room supply has increased consistently over the past 15 years and is currently sitting at around 2 400 rooms. Peaks occurred in 2009 when the Holiday Inn and Hilton Double Tree entered the market, as well as in 2015 when supply grew by 26%. Comments Troughton, “Brand penetration is strong with Hyatt, Best Western, Protea by Marriot, Southern Sun, Serena, Ramada and Golden Tulip also represented in the market. New hotel . . .
Open plan living has become a way of life and living spaces have transformed into multi-functional areas that allow for cooking, eating, entertaining and working. Creating a home that takes this into account is simple by combining functionality, aesthetics and comfort. One specific space is the heart of the home and the space where friends and family get together, share experiences and enjoy a richer quality of life – the kitchen. “The emphasis in the kitchen is shifting from mundane to extraordinary,” says Michael McKechnie, Director: Digital Appliance Group at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Appliances have often had a lacklustre image, but how things have changed. New kitchen appliances are not only functional and efficient than before, but also more beautiful and glamorous.” Over the past three years, online searches for high-end ovens and fridges have increased enormously. There is a change in attitude towards appliances, now seeing them as desirable additions to the home rather than an unattractive, but needed addition to the kitchen. Samsung has focused on both style and efficiency in designing its range of kitchen appliances and as a result, they are in demand for both their aesthetics and functionality. A superb example is the Samsung Chef Collection – professional high quality appliances designed to transform the kitchen into a beautiful living space while remaining practical. Home owners can now to invest in a product that fits seamlessly into their home’s design and create a space that is warm, inviting and multi-functional. The wide variety of appliances also gives people the opportunity to express their individual style in a way that wasn’t possible before. “A well-designed kitchen is inviting to friends and family,” explains McKechnie. “By blending comfort with cooking and the bustle of the working area, families become more engaged and spend more quality time together. The kitchen has evolved into the heart of the home where people . . .
The third Provincial Conference on Sport will focus on the role sport plays in society when it takes place from September 30 to October 1 at NMMU's George campus. Organised jointly by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, George Municipality, Eden Sport Council and NMMU, the theme of the conference is Olympism. The programme is structured around the four sub-themes of "Faster, Higher, Stronger", "Diversity and Inclusion", "Governance, Leadership and Administration" and "Infrastructure and the Role of Government". Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka said Olympism meant having a balanced lifestyle, especially between sport, education and culture. She said sport should not be seen in isolation, but as an integral part of developing people holistically. "Normally when these conversations happen it is just the sport practitioners in the room," she said. "We want to have this conversation with the municipalities, schools, universities, sport federations and athletes to fully understand where the need is and what the different entities can provide." She said it was crucial that the different bodies came together to develop an integrated plan to keep sport moving forward. Lumka said Elroy Gelant, a finalist in the 5 000m in Rio, would be one of the prominent guest speakers. "We never really get the picture of what it takes to prepare for an event like the Olympics." She said the track athlete would also give attendees a sense of how to cope with setbacks as well as how to pick oneself up for another four-year cycle of training. Sascoc president Gideon Sam will review the Olympics from a South African perspective and look at Team South Africa's support structures. Diversity in Olympism is the focus of the talk by Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, CEO of the Sport Science Institute of South Africa. The opening address will be delivered by NMMU George Campus principal Prof Quinton Johnson. CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
A sponsorship injection from SPAR Eastern Cape is poised to boost the Keep Plett Clean campaign, a project started by concerned Plettenberg Bay residents three years ago. To ensure the popular tourist town maintained a high standard of cleanliness to keep bringing visitors back, local resident of 21 years Alison Bryant initiated the campaign in February, 2014. She said it had started with a small group of residents and had now gained momentum, with many locals involved. "The campaign is focused on working with the municipality, not only to keep the CBD neat and tidy, but to ensure the town's tourist image is not harmed," said Bryant. "We hope it helps visitors come back to our town and encourages others to visit. In this way everyone benefits and jobs can be created." KWIKSPAR Beacon Isle owner Duncan Brown, who moved back to Plett in 2013 after spending four years in George, immediately noticed its effect. From small beginnings he gradually became more involved through the SPAR ethos of giving back to the community. "After assisting with a number of donations for the last few years I felt we should try to assist them more by providing the essentials to do the job," said Brown. They received the green from SPAR Eastern Cape head office in Port Elizabeth, which will take their involvement further. "It fitted in with their Choose Local campaign and it was agreed we would assist it from now on as a SPAR initiative," said Brown. "It also ties in with our community involvement because we try to support local business as much as possible. "Everything we source for the campaign, such as bicycles and various equipment, comes from local outlets." Brown said he had no doubt the Keep Plett Clean drive had been a success. "I have driven through many regions and seen a lot of rubbish and litter lying around. But drive through Plett and you will find it spotless. "There is a sense of urgency about it. If someone complains about litter in a certain area, you will . . .
Samsung underlines its commitment to Europe and unveils new products and partnerships for the European home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 1 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. used its IFA 2016 press conference today in Berlin to demonstrate how it is redefining the consumer experience, showcasing a range of new products and partnerships for the home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets. “At IFA 2016, we want to show delegates how we are continually striving to revolutionise the Samsung experience for all our customers and partners - and across all our product lines, from television and home audio to home appliances. Everything Samsung creates is borne out of our determination to enrich peoples’ daily lives with innovative technology, based on a deep understanding of what consumers really want and need,” said Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director Samsung South Africa. Committed to Europe’s Potential During the press conference, held in the CityCube at Messe Berlin, Samsung reiterated its commitment to Europe, employing 14 000 people in 34 countries. Samsung’s products are infused with European flair, fashion, design and the finest traditions of manufacturing excellence. With Q2 revenue up five percent year on year, seven out of 10 European households owning a Samsung mobile phone, as well as one in three families watching their favorite shows and films on Samsung TVs, the company believes now is the right time to invest even further in Europe’s potential. In keeping with this commitment, Samsung announced a new partnership with MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing, which will equip schools, colleges and museums in five European markets with 3D printers, as well as train teachers and students alike in the use of the technology. With more than 100 000 MakerBot printers around the world, it represents the world’s largest 3D printing community and an . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 31 August, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co. recently announced that all of its 2016 UHD TV models have attained the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV certification from Digital Europe (DE), a collaborative body of European IT and consumer electronics businesses. Comprised of 62 corporate members and 37 National Trade Associations, DE is one of the most influential organisations representing the digital technology industry in Europe. According to Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics South Africa, Samsung TVs, ranging from the 2016 SUHD TV lineup to the Series 6 UHD TVs, have all met the strict standards set for UHD TV certification as specified by DE. “These products will now carry the European UHD TV certification logo, as well as the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) label. Both certification labels will be on display on Samsung UHD TVs at this year’s IFA exhibition,” he explains. For certification purposes, DE has specifically defined a ‘pixel’ as the minimum picture resolution element capable of rendering the same luminance scale as the entire display. The horizontal and vertical pixel count must be of the complete red, green and blue triple sub-pixel block, while not counting additional non-RGB sub-pixels. Additional criteria listed to earn the DE certification include: Minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP, OLED) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is 3840 x 2160 in 16:9 aspect ratio. Minimum supported colorimetric is at BT.709 or above. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not render a UHD input at a frame rate or resolution lower than that received over the UHD interface from the source. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not reduce the resolution, nor reduce the frame rate of a UHD input during processing prior to . . .
Promotion offers Samsung consumers the chance to win a trip to the Maldives JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 31 August, 2016 – The majority of South Africans are thankful to note that winter is finally coming to an end and that they can once again get ready to unpack their shorts and sandals. Samsung Electronics South Africa shares this sentiment and has therefore decided to offer consumers a chance to get into the spirit of summer. The company is launching its ‘Kick Start Your Summer’ competition on the 1st of September 2016. Scheduled to run until 30th September 2016; the initiative will see 15 lucky winners win the trip of a lifetime to the beautiful islands of the Maldives. “Entering the competition is quite easy”, says Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA. “Consumers simply need to purchase any qualifying Samsung air conditioning product through a recognised retailer, send the unique product serial number to the competition hotline via SMS and wait to see if they are one of the lucky names drawn at the end of the competition. Winners will be drawn on 14 October 2016 and proof of purchase, as well as the serial number will be required to validate wins” he explains. Once validated, the customer will receive an SMS with a winning pin code and the concierge service number to call to book their trips to the island. “The good news for customers is that this is just the first of a number of exciting promotions planned by Samsung over the course of the coming months,” McKechnie adds. “While a number of Samsung products qualify as entry to the competition, the start of the summer season is an ideal time to consider buying an air-conditioner. What better way to kick start your summer than by purchasing a product that could set you up with a dream ticket to the Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives? So, if you are in the market for an air-conditioner this summer, then look no further than Samsung’s beautifully . . .