NMMU overcame chief rivals Londt Park 16-9 in a gruelling battle in the final round to reclaim the men's Super League squash title at Londt Park last week. The varsity side have dominated the top division in Eastern Province squash in recent years, having won the men's first league title five years in a row and the league crown from 2012 to 2015. Last year, they conceded the league title to Londt Park and player-coach Jason le Roux said they were delighted to annex it for the fifth time this year. Le Roux, who plays at number one for the team, said they had set themselves the goal of continuing the tradition of success NMMU squash had achieved in the last few years. "We had two new players in the squad in Grant Greyling and Gershwin Forbes and we told them we were all under pressure to maintain our level of success," he said. "We did not want to fall into the trap of just thinking we were building for the future, so we created a culture of striving to win all our matches." Le Roux said the Madibaz always felt the league would come down to the final clash between themselves and Londt Park, but that did not make it "any less nerve-wracking". "There was a lot of tension going into the final match and it was very close, with the matches at numbers four and five both going to five games." In those encounters, Forbes held his nerve against the experienced Quintin Masters and NMMU's Johan Thiel survived a strong fightback from Tyler Whitby to take a crucial victory. After Brendan Bassett (NMMU) had beaten Graham Hall in the first match of the evening, Thiel's triumph meant the varsity team had taken an unassailable lead in the best-of-five encounter. In the remaining matches, Greyling defeated Warren Watermeyer 3-1, while Rudi van Niekerk registered Londt Park's only win when he beat Le Roux. "We were very keen to win it again and worked hard to prepare ourselves for the league," said Le Roux. "Often we trained in smaller groups because of . . .
With the launch of their 21st instalment this Easter, MTN Joyous Celebration sounds the call for all South Africans and people across the globe to pray for healing. In December 2016, MTN Joyous Celebration joined hands and hearts with The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes for a memorable and unprecedented recording. This event has given birth to the ensembles’ 21st album, aptly themed “Heal our Land” and comes at a time when our nation and the world at large needs much healing. According to co-founder, Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, the recording and the much-anticipated album is a seed that Joyous Celebration jointly and prayerfully planted together with The Potter’s House. “May it germinate. May it reach every heart across the globe and bear fruits that will bring healing to our land,” he says. “We ask everyone to join us to pray for the healing we so desperately need.” Celebrating over two decades of great, heart-stopping gospel music that has captivated audiences across the world, the internationally acclaimed ensemble will kick off their Joyous 21 tour in Johannesburg, offering a three-night spectacle from 14 to 16 April 2017 at Carnival City Casino. “We are celebrating our 21st anniversary, and there is a lot to be excited about or this year’s tour because we are coming of age. The response we encountered in the USA during the recording and the support, prayers and well wishes from people here at home and across the globe was phenomenal. For this, we are truly humbled and believe that not only will the world receive our latest offering with enthusiasm but will also strongly relate and resonate with the “Heal our Land” message”, states co-founder, conductor and producer, Lindelani Mkhize. “We have come a long way with MTN Joyous Celebration and are proud to be associated with this award-winning ensemble as they come of age with their 21st offering to their multitudes of fans. We have no doubt that this will be the . . .
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 22 March 2017 -- A new study (download full study) by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School provides businesses who are keen to succeed in African and emerging markets with a leadership framework. By examining the leadership approaches of senior leaders and executives operating in multinational corporations in four Sub-Saharan African countries, the study found that despite their significant differences, Western and African business leadership styles can be blended to form an entirely new construct. This hybrid approach, which combines Western pragmatism and African humanism, recognises the importance of fact, logic and the nature of reality, but also promotes the recognition of human-focused and collectivist forms of leadership. While African leadership approaches have often been criticised for being poorly adaptive to increasingly complex globalised economies, empirical data in this study presents an entirely different picture – one of confident, self-assured African leaders effectively heading businesses that are part of Western multinational corporations operating in emerging markets. “The findings of this research point to the fact that senior executives and leaders have moved towards a more humanistic culture without compromising their drive for results,” Paul Poisat, Professor and researcher at the NMMU Business School said. Commenting on the leadership approaches of the senior executives and leaders, Professor Poisat described the new leadership style as a crossvergence of Western and African culture and as the African way of Western leadership practices. Crossvergence refers to an individual’s ability to merge national culture with economic ideology in a way that allows for the creation of a unique value system that is based on harmonious interactions between the two, he explained. “It requires the adoption of certain African leadership characteristics which are used together . . .
South Africa has a higher than average rate of overtime fraud owing to limited prevention and detection systems, and a workforce which has become dependent on the financial advantage it offers them. Every year another story revealing extensive overtime fraud hits the media, exposing how easy it is for employees to defraud companies. In February 2017, 283 employees were implicated in the Merafong municipality for committing fraud estimated to be valued at millions of Rands. Overtime fraud is a lot more prevalent than we want to believe. The challenge is that most companies tend to not take the case further than a rap over the knuckles - dismissing the person and making them another company’s problem. The right thing to do is charge them and ensure they get a criminal record. Alongside a clearly defined policy around overtime fraud, or theft of any kind, the threat of criminal action will go a long way towards making anyone think twice before they lie about the hours they’ve worked. It isn’t, however, the only step that must be taken towards effective prevention. Measures of prevention Employees need to realise that overtime fraud can be as little as claiming one or two extra hours a month, not just 200. A lot of people don’t see those little hours here and there as fraud. It is. And it should net them a criminal record. Organisations must educate employees on overtime hours, what constitutes fraud, and what will happen should they be caught committing it. Then, they need to invest in systems which can mitigate fraud overall. One such solution would be to implement an automated clocking-in system. It isn’t infallible, but it does allow for improved control over hours spent working versus hours put down on billing. Another option is to implement controls within payroll, making it the last line of defence. The business must put its overtime policy into play from the start and it must ensure that it is strictly adhered to. It also needs to comply with . . .
The FNB Madibaz Young Guns will take a positive approach into their make-or-break FNB Varsity Cup rugby encounter against the unbeaten Stellenbosch outfit on the NMMU B field on Monday at 14:15. Following a bonus-point win over UCT last week, Madibaz stumbled somewhat on Monday when they lost 26-15 to the Cape Town side in their return match. This means they are lying third in the section, but coach Zane Bosch said they could still figure in the play-offs if they put in a winning performance against Maties. "We know it will not be easy against a strong Maties side but there is a positive spirit in the camp and the players are fired up to do well in this game," he said. "If we are able to pull off a win, we will still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the semifinals if some of the other results go our way." The three section winners - Maties, Free State and UP-Tuks - have qualified for the last four and they will be joined by the best second-placed team. Bosch said they were looking forward to playing on their home ground on Monday and although they were well beaten by Maties in their earlier game, he took some positives from that encounter. "We competed well in the scrums and lineouts and were able to score a few tries. But our defence was lacking." That was Madibaz's first game of the season and Bosch said he had seen a "vast improvement" in the team's performances since then. He said, however, he would be calling for greater discipline from his players after they were punished with three yellow cards against UCT this week. "Playing into the wind, we trailed only 8-2 (penalties in Varsity Cup are worth two points) at halftime, but then we had three yellow cards and that really cost us dearly," said Bosch. "We know we have our backs to the wall against Maties but the guys are determined to show what they can do." The match will start at 2.15pm and will be followed by the Steinhoff Koshuis premiership match between . . .
Well-known Port Elizabeth estate agent Kobie Potgieter will make her second appearance in the popular KykNET home renovation series Vat jou goed en trek this month. The owner of Re/Max Independent Properties franchises in Lorraine and Walmer is one of the central figures in the show in which houses up for sale are renovated to reach the best possible price. Spread around the country, the series consists of 13 episodes, with programmes screened on Fridays at 5.30pm. Potgieter's episode, which sees her assisting in the renovations of a house in Beau Monte Estate in Walmer Heights, will be aired for the first time on DSTV on March 24. There will be repeats on the Saturday (1pm), Sunday (11am), Monday (11.30am), Tuesday (1am) and Wednesday (1.30am). Potgieter, a former teacher who has been successfully selling property for 16 years, said she had been approached by the show's presenter and producer Henck Conrey for the first series. "Henck wanted me to do all the episodes, but, because of the magnitude of the show, I felt it was not feasible," said Potgieter as she recalled how it all started. "I said I felt it would be better if we got Re/Max National on board and when we contacted our colleagues around the country they were very excited to be part of it. That's how it was all born." She said families who were looking to sell their houses could submit a video clip providing reasons why they felt they should appear on the programme. "Henck and his team then view the videos and decide on the qualifying family for each region. It's all about not being too shy and presenting yourselves well in the clip. "The qualifying family wins an amount of R50 000 which must be spent on renovations, with the ultimate aim of improving the value of the sale." Potgieter said once the house had been identified, she would assess the residence and make preliminary suggestions. "Then the television crew and the building team come down from Johannesburg and . . .
Professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be returning to the scene of one of his favourite races when he and teammate Travis Walker tackle the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek at the end of May. The 30-year-old Seyffert, from Helderkruin in the West Rand, was the champion in 2015 when he partnered Kevin Evans to a narrow win over Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill. Now he - supported by a new partner - will be back for the three-stage race at the Zuurberg Mountain Village outside Port Elizabeth from May 26 in a bid to reclaim his title. The pair showed their ability as a mountain bike combination when they dominated the seven-day TransCape between Knysna and Franschhoek last month. Riding under the Ellsworth-ASG banner, Seyffert said they would definitely be aiming to finish on the podium in the Eastern Cape race. "At this stage of his career Travis is very focused on doing well and that rubs off on me, helping me to stay focused too," said Seyffert. "It is always good to try to get that exposure, not only for us as cyclists, but also for those who are backing us." Walker, who hails from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal, returned to South Africa this year after spending several years competing in Europe and will be racing the Zuurberg event for the first time. However, Seyffert felt the talented rider would have no problem adapting to the course. "Travis has spent the last two years in Italy riding some of the world's toughest events and, as one of the younger riders, he finished in the top 10 in his first appearance in the Cape Epic in 2015," he said. "He is a talented mountain biker and I have no doubt he will be able to handle any course he tackles." Seyffert added that the more technical parts of the route would suit Walker's skills as he came from a cross country background. Reflecting on his previous experience of the race, the West Rand pro said he particularly enjoyed the overall route offering, which took in remote sections of the Addo . . .
It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the grid" ever since families began settling along the picturesque, yet impoverished, banks of the Thina River. They looked set to remain part of the 55% of rural South Africa that will not be connected to the national grid in the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the government's commitment to exploring alternative technologies in order to achieve universal access to energy has seen the commissioning of the KwaMadiba small scale hydropower (SSHP) scheme during National Water Week (13-19 March 2017). Effectively powered by the height difference between the Thina Falls and the Thina River, the SSHP plant receives diverted river water that rotates a turbine. This mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy that provides grid quality electricity to the surrounding community. The Banki turbine that is the core of the SSHP plant was sourced in Italy and installed by WEC Projects, a leading South African EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in the water and wastewater industry. The company specialises in the turnkey supply and installation of containerised water and wastewater treatment plants, biogas to energy projects, sludge beneficiation, and operation and maintenance contracts. It is also the exclusive SA licensee for the Nereda® sewage treatment technology that provides significant reductions in CAPEX, OPEX and plant footprint. Local and overseas studies have determined that small hydropower schemes such as the KwaMadiba facility can serve as standalone mini electrical grids providing clean, reliable and affordable energy access in remote areas. Rural electrification has the potential to dramatically improve the standard of living in . . .
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. "You can celebrate Earth Hour in a slightly different and completely guilt free way," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar who says that using green energy is the biggest and most visible way to make a noise for climate change. "Celebrate your commitment to our planet and your installation of energy saving solar panels on your roof by shining a light onto them during earth hour with the rest of your property in darkness," suggests Straton. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the parent organisation of Earth Hour and started Earth Hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 with a lights-off event. Starting in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour has helped bridge the gap between the grassroots and the corridors of power, taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms. It has empowered millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action. From the shores of Argentina where Earth Hour helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, to the heart of Uganda where local communities and businesses helped create the first Earth Hour forest, the movement’s impact has been a game-changer for popularizing climate action. "We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives," said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour . . .
A record 67 teams descended on the annual SPAR Madibaz Netball Tournament at NMMU's South Campus this past weekend, with the hosts triumphing in four sections. Madibaz teams won the A, A reserve, B and C sections, while Despatch took the honours in the D category. Phoenix won the men's tournament. Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen said the event, which was added to the calendar in 2005, had shown tremendous growth over the years. According to her, the organisers were forced to add an additional day for the first time this year to accommodate the field. "Previously, the tournament always took place on a Saturday but, due to the increase in the number of teams, we decided that it would be beneficial to include an additional day." Despite adding extra sessions on the Friday afternoon and evening, she said they were still forced to decline applications of several teams due to limited courts and time slots. Goosen attributed much of the tournament's success to its timing. "It takes place at the beginning of the season, which means it allows coaches an opportunity to test their teams before the official season gets under way." She said the tournament was aimed at clubs and schools from the larger Eastern Cape area. "We accommodate all sections and levels of play and having schools take part offers another avenue for the growth of the tournament." This year's edition included schools from Nelson Mandela Bay and the Grahamstown area. "We only market it to the greater Eastern Cape region and the fact that we have had such a great response, especially this year, shows how important it is to have such an event," said Goosen. "With SPAR as our partners, we have been lucky to create a tournament in which clubs want to participate." Goosen said the event was not only important for the university, but for the region as a whole. "It is an obligation we have to our fellow clubs." She said their focus would now be to get even more teams . . .