SA cricket legends Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Meyrick Pringle will attend coaching clinics for new and developing talent at next week’s Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes. The event, now in its fourth year, introduced its social responsibility initiative, Hit Poverty For A Six, in 2016. “The initial aim was to bring previously disadvantaged young players to the festival for coaching and net sessions and provide transport, food and beverages. In addition, an allocation was made for two development teams in every league to be sponsored so they could join the competition. The winners of last year’s social league, The Breva Team, hailing mostly from Khayelitsha, have now been promoted to the main Castle Lager League this year, and are expected to be one of the favourites,” explains Ryan Christian, the organisation’s founder. “Every year the talent of the township players has been inspirational. These kids just need to be given opportunities that we are providing to reveal their potential and experience the thrill of succeeding on a larger stage,” he adds. Explains Donald, “The first thing that struck me was how this event got the kids and community involved. The interaction was amazing. We noticed one kid for example last year, Lucky, from Masiphumelele, who had a beautiful and seemingly natural away swinger - we hope he will continue to develop and be given the right support and coaching. He and others had a similar look to the likes of Lundi Ngini or Rabada - the potential in the Western Cape overflows - these kids just need the facilities and opportunities.” Donald continues, “I always say, you never know how good you are until you discover what your talent is. For youngsters out there, the message I have for you is that, ‘It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be’.” Held over three days, from 22nd to 24th February at the Greenpoint Cricket Club, the Sasfin Cricket Sixes is Africa’s largest amateur cricket festival and will . . .
Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys wants his team to create a winning habit when they begin their Varsity Shield campaign at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University team's opening game is against Cape Peninsula University of Technology, heralding an intense start to the competition when they play three matches in eight days. After Monday's fixture, Madibaz take on Walter Sisulu University in East London on Thursday, followed by a clash with Grahamstown rivals Rhodes in PE on February 25. With their preparations having gone well, Buys said they were focused on creating a winning culture in the squad. "If you can start the competition on a successful note and build up a winning habit, before you blink that becomes the pattern for the rest of the season," he said. "We want the guys to be mentally attuned to that because if we can create that environment it's something you can build on in the years ahead." Regarding the tough programme next week, Buys said the players were looking forward to seeing some action. "We are exiting the pre-season mode and preparing for competition mode and I think it will be a relief to get out on the field. "What we have tried to do in our training is to replicate what we will face in the first week so the players will have an idea of what to expect. "We will also use a rotation of players in that period and then we have a bye on March 11, so that will help us a bit." Playing in the Varsity Shield for the first time, Buys said it was not always easy to know exactly what to expect from the opposition because of the changes in coaching personnel and players from year to year. "But we definitely won't underestimate anybody," he added. "I know it's an old cliché but our priority will be to focus on what we need to do to get the required result. "I believe we have a good enough squad to maintain a high standard and if we concentrate on the execution of our plans, that is 80% . . .
The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club have hit on a winning formula after hosting a successful meeting for senior and junior athletes at the Madibaz Stadium at the weekend. For the first time the club, in conjunction with EP Athletics, joined forces with the Port Elizabeth High Schools Athletics Association (PEHSAA) to hold a bumper meeting for athletes across the board. With plenty of incentives at stake, Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said there had been an excellent response from the athletes and that the initiative looked set to continue in the future. "For something that we hosted for first time it really went off very well," he said. "We had a discussion with all the role-players after the meeting and everyone was very happy, which means we will definitely look at the concept again next year." He added that the athletes had impressed with their performances in the track and field events. Prizes for the top three athletes of R500, R300 and R200 were up for grabs. In the men's category, Remano Felix took the honours with his efforts in the 200m and 400m, earning a total of 746 points. He finished narrowly ahead of Casper Lotter (100m, 200m), who collected 742 points, with Jade Schutte (100m, 200m) in third place on 691. In the field events, high jumper Garth Ellis took first place on 761, followed by Chrissio Roberts (long jump, 692) and John Mamabolo (high jump, 668). Lizhare Botha led the way in the women's track events, earning 1 387 points in the 200m and 400m, followed by hurdler Lara Dippenaar (1 308 in the 100m and 400m). Cayla Seddon (400m hurdles) filled third place on 845 points. Anneke Kapp took the honours in the women's field events, finishing with a total of 1 608 points from the shot put and discus. Hammer thrower Monique Vosloo (800) filled second place and triple jumper Maruska van Rensburg (663) was third. Junior sprinters Saskia Wait (DF Malherbe) and Bulumko Nthuthu (Grey High) are in line for the . . .
2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Wednesday, 13th February 2019: The 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place from 02-04 May 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. This means that Indaba has been brought forward by four days. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced in his State of the Nation (SONA) Address that the national election will take place on 08 May 2019. This would have coincided with Indaba. A task team was set up by the CEO of South African Tourism (SA Tourism), Sisa Ntshona, to explore all available options and it was decided that moving Indaba forward was the best possible option. The task team comprised of representatives of the following organisations: • SA Tourism • Department of Tourism • Durban ICC • Tourism KZN • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) • eThekwini The task team took into account various factors and permutations in reaching the new date. “The national election is the cornerstone of our democracy and is a celebration of our freedom in South Africa,” says Ntshona. “It’s an important date and occasion for all South Africans and we need to acknowledge and respect the date.” “At the same time, I must express my heartfelt gratitude to the Tourism industry for their understanding of the situation, I have received many calls, emails and texts with advice and support. I am really impressed to experience how the tourism sector gets together. I also want to thank the Indaba Organising Committee involved with Africa’s Indaba Travel – they are Tourism KwaZulu Natal, ICC and eThekwini (Durban Tourism) – for being accommodating with regards to the change,” added Ntshona. “From a Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) perspective, we presented comprehensive views of the sector to the task team and ultimately the key thing for us was to get a new date as quickly as possible,” commented Tshifhiwa . . .
There will be plenty of incentive to succeed for junior and senior athletes when the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club hold a major meeting at the south campus on Friday and Saturday. Madibaz Sport athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they would be linking up with the Port Elizabeth High Schools Athletics Association (PEHSAA) for the first time to provide an opportunity for athletes of all ages. "Previously the Bestmed Madibaz club and EP Athletics had combined to host a meeting, but this time we have also joined forces with PEHSAA and this allows us to provide a bumper meeting for all athletes," he said. Besides the chance to prove themselves in the track and field events at the Madibaz Stadium, athletes will be in line to receive cash prizes. "The best three track athletes and the best three field athletes will receive prizes for men and women in the U19 Open [there is also an U19 schools category] and senior events for scoring the most points according to the ASA point system," said Bothma. "The prize-money on offer is R500 for first place, R300 for second and R250 for third." In addition, schools athletes are in line to win a Bestmed Madibaz bursary of R10 000, provided the athlete is accepted to study at Nelson Mandela University in 2020. "This will be awarded to the best male and female school athlete of the meeting, according to the Bekker Point System," added Bothma. "The bursary will be paid into the student account of the athlete after registration in February 2020 following his or her first competition for the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club. "There is plenty of talent in the schools in our region and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to identify some athletes with a view to getting them to join Madibaz." The event is open to high school pupils who have progressed through the PEHSAA zonal structures and to licensed junior and senior men and women. The meeting will run from 9am to 6pm on both days and to compete in the . . .
Cape Town, January, 31, 2019: EDSA is an outpatient treatment centre for individuals with eating disorders or who have suffered from various forms of trauma. The centre will open in Constantia Cape Town in March at 8, Klein Constantia Road under the Recovery Direct banner. “I wanted a central location so we can reach as many people as possible,” says marketing manager Doug Kemp, who has a played an intergral role in the establishment of the Recovery Direct treatment centres for non-12step addiction treatment facilities. Though treating eating disorders will be a particular focus, Kemp says he wants the centre to be “for any person that has trauma that they’re wanting to work through.” That could be a physical trauma or something that’s manifested as anxiety, anger or depression. Kemp says that healing trauma that’s been stored in a person’s body “is something that is new in the field and far more innovative and constructive and effective than the majority of treatments presently offered within the industry in South Africa.” Staff members will include a variety of professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists that are what Kemp calls a “trauma-informed” specialists in their field. The centre will have a soft opening in early March 2019. Updates can be found on the dedicated Eating Disorders Website or on the following pages associated to the Eating disorders community in South Africa. (Residential ED private care treatment centre) (National ED awareness programme and outpatient help centre) (Free dedicated national help line) "The distinctions between Recovery Direct Eating disorder residential programme and the other residential treatment programmes offered in South Africa are that Recovery Direct's centres do not follow the 12 step treatment model. Recovery Direct's focus is on delivering far more intensive evidence based (one on one treatment sessions) via the registered psychologists and . . .
Madibaz cricketer Lutho Sipamla was "surprised and shocked" to get a call-up to the Proteas cricket team, but is determined to make the most of the opportunity. The 20-year-old fast bowler, who is in the second year of a business management degree, was named on Friday in the national squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan. His selection comes after he caught the eye of the cricketing world with some impressive performances in the Mzansi Super League last year, finishing the inaugural competition as the second highest wicket-taker (16). After he received the call informing him about his selection, Sipamla said he was "happy, nervous and emotional all at the same time". "It was not something I was expecting and although I know I have put in a lot of hard work it still came as something completely out of the blue. "Of course it is very exciting for me because it has been a dream [to play for South Africa] since I was a young boy," added the former Grey High pupil. "Hopefully I will get a chance to play and I just want to go out there and make the most of my opportunity. "I'm definitely excited about my cricket at this stage and am looking forward to the challenge." Last year Sipamla, along with Madibaz colleague Tiaan Koekemoer, was selected for the University Sport South Africa side and at the start of the 2018-19 season he was chosen for the Warriors franchise squad. "When you play franchise cricket you have to be good and on point, and I had to work a lot on my execution and my consistency," he said. "Concentrating on that helped me to improve my overall game and become a better player, I guess." He added that the coaching teams at Madibaz and the Warriors had been "a big driving force in my cricket". "Every practice and every game I play I get to learn from all the seniors by speaking to them and asking questions. "Every day I am learning and that's what I need to do at this stage. "I am looking forward . . .
Johannesburg 29 January 2019 - Enterprise Development (ED) and Supplier Development (E&SD) is one of the most current government and private sector driven programs, after the 2003 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) document. These programs are racially selective systems to empower previously disadvantaged groups and to enhance the economy, in South Africa. According to the Stellenbosch Business School, Enterprise Development is defined as ‘the act of investing time and capital in helping people establish, expand or improve businesses.’ This certainly presents young entrepreneurs, inventors and those with unique business ideas, with the opportunity of making a difference in society - not just for themselves, but for other economically active citizens as well. At the end of 2018, nearly 800 000 matric candidates sat for their final exams across the country. Of these many will opt to further their studies through a tertiary institution, but for those who will be seeking employment, it will not be easy. According to an article in Fin24, less than a quarter of matriculates will find jobs relatively quickly. The economist, Mike Schüssler of economists.co.za said in the online article - about the previous year’s matriculates - dated January 2018, “Those members of the matric class of 2017 who will not be studying further, but will be looking for a job, will not be easily absorbed by the job market.” He continued, “it will be tough for them to get work. Over 50% of our matriculates under the age of 34 have not found permanent employment and it’s not getting better.” [https://goo.al/pfEP3H] Whilst the facts of the situation are important, seemingly, discomforting news articles make those who just completed their exams, be it in school or a tertiary institution, rather despondent. These are meant to be the years to which they look forward to making a difference and impacting the South African economy; and those communities in which they live. Those . . .
New Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is banking on a strong work ethic as the Nelson Mandela University outfit face a challenging season in the Varsity Shield competition, starting next month. After being relegated from the Varsity Cup last year, Madibaz will spend two seasons playing Varsity Shield rugby as the promotion-relegation matches take place only every second year. Buys, a former provincial player who coached the team at last year's University Sport South Africa week, did not sugar-coat their situation as he reflected on 2018. However, he remains positive about the path which lies ahead. "The relegation to the Shield was a big shock for a team that competed in semifinals not that long ago and we are certainly not taking the change lightly," he said. "Unfortunately we have lost a lot of players, especially seniors, either through age, graduation or moving on to other opportunities. "But we do have a great group of young players that we will look to build on." He added that the critical element in their approach would be to ensure they maintained the high standards set at Madibaz rugby. "We are a team who will compete in the Shield, but we will train and play as if we are competing in the playoffs of the Varsity Cup. "Culture-wise we want to have a team which is very sound academically and able to compete with the rest of the universities in the country." Buys said they had placed a massive emphasis on adopting the right frame of mind by not agonising over their situation. "Eastern Cape sport sometimes carries the baggage of being underdogs and it is something that needs to change," he said. "It is easy to talk about finances and what other teams are doing, but our main focus is having the right mentality to win rugby games on a regular basis. "As long as we, as the management team, can take care of the off-field work, the guys will produce the goods on the field. This Madibaz rugby team wants to win!" The coach added . . .
Gillitts, South Africa – School-Days, a bursary-building platform for South African families, recently gave four young South Africans R25,000 bursaries to use towards education fees. The bursary competition was run in conjunction with the launch of the Dis-Chem FOR YOUTH card, a new Dis-Chem rewards programme tailored to 18-25 year-olds. Through School-Days, anyone has the power to build their own bursary to pay towards their family’s fees. Over 300,000 people are already putting the future of education in their hands by building School-Days bursaries. To celebrate the launch of the Dis-Chem FOR YOUTH card with fanfare, School-Days gave four lucky winners a massive bursary head start. The first to win a R25,000 School-Days bursary was 21-year-old Ayesha Cloete. Ayesha is going to use the bursary to pay for her final year of studies towards becoming a foundation phase teacher at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville. She said: “This bursary will help me cover a large chunk of my university fees for the academic year, which is a relief for me.” Ayesha continued: “I think that education will always be the single pathway to a better future, no matter what your circumstances are. I would like to thank School-Days for this bursary and for helping me, as an aspiring teacher, to educate tons of bright minds in the near future!” Jade Dilley was the second R25,000 bursary recipient. She is studying towards an LLB degree at NMMU in Port Elizabeth. Jade has been using a student loan to fund her studies, and she says it is a real struggle for her family to find the money for university fees each year. The R25,000 bursary will pay towards her studies this year. She said: “I don’t think you understand how much you have changed my life. I only go to varsity when I am able to due to finances, and whenever I leave, I think ‘I may not even be able to be here next year’. If it weren’t for School-Days, I’d still be feeling like that today. Thank you so much! I . . .