Having ridden a wave of success for six years, the Nelson Mandela University Squash Club have no intention of letting things slide as they enter what will be an important year in 2018. Under the guidance of coach Jason le Roux, who was named Eastern Province player of the year in October, the Madibaz men's team have won six first-league titles and five super league crowns since 2012. They have also shown constant improvement at the University Sport South Africa week, which they will host next year. Although they have not won the event, the men's side were unbeaten in 2014 and Le Roux said Madibaz were often mentioned as a team on the rise. They were still assessing who would make up the squad next year, but they were hoping to attract some strong players, he added. "We lack a degree of financial clout, but if we get some top players into our system we will have a strong team for the USSA tournament, giving us a chance to win the title for the first time. "Our women are good but we hope we can encourage some of the Nelson Mandela students who play largely on a social basis to join the club and increase the depth." After this year's USSA week, Madibaz' Hayley Ward and Bianca Brown were both included in the women's Top Six. Competing with bigger universities in signing up young talent remained a challenge, but Le Roux said their success was having some spin-offs. "There is definitely interest among local talent to join us and players from other varsities have also asked me if they could come to study at Nelson Mandela University. "We just need to work wisely with our budget to see how we can accommodate them." Le Roux ascribed their success to the pool of talent in Eastern Province and to the way the young players were managed. "Port Elizabeth has always had top juniors coming through the system and one of the key elements is encouragement. "Each player is different, so they must be managed in a way that encourages them to . . .
The University of Cape Town took the main honours and the Billabong Madibaz finished second at the University Sport South Africa surfing tournament in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. The event was a huge success, even though the hosts missed out on the overall title, Nelson Mandela University surfing manager Melinda Goosen said. "In the end there was very little in it, but credit to UCT for their good performances over the three days." It was an enthralling contest and to lose by just eight points was no disgrace for the hosts. "In an event where points are earned in their thousands for individual performances, to lose by just eight points - 38 760 to 38 752 - is as close as it gets in surfing," Goosen said. The Madibaz men were first in their category and the women's team finished third. Goosen said the standard of surfing, particularly in the men's division, had been extremely high and she complimented the Madibaz team for their competitiveness. "The guys did very well and at the start of day two we were the only university with seven guys who had qualified for round three. "Our eighth surfer went into the repo round and eventually also qualified for the third round. From there, we had five surfers in the quarterfinals." Madibaz had been banking on Jean du Plessis to lead the way, but Greg Cuthbert was their standout surfer. "Greg is a first-year and showed really great potential," Goosen said. "To lose in the final against Shaun Joubert (Stellenbosch), who is a semi-pro surfer, was no shame at all." Madibaz also won the silver medal in the women's section when Britney Linder finished second to Sam Sutton of Maties. It was the first time the event was held in Port Elizabeth and Goosen said they were delighted with the way it had gone. "All the universities complimented us and the feedback we received was that we had set the bar for future years," she said. "Overall it was a great success and to have our product sponsors on . . .
Pop artist Matthew Mole and Afro-soul superstar Zahara will headline the SPAR Delight in Summer festival that takes place at various venues in and around Port Elizabeth from December 16 to 31. Mole is a singer-songwriter from Cape Town who made history when he became the first local artist to top the iTunes album chart with his debut collection, The Home We Built. He will be on stage at the Movie and Carols by Candlelight evening at Happy Valley on December 22, supported by Port Elizabeth-born musician Claire Venn and Afro-soul singer Pam Jikwa. Zahara will enjoy top billing at the popular Sizzling Sessions evening at the Tramways Building on December 27. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bongani Thulwana, pop singer Stuart Reece as well as other guest artists. Alan Stapleton, SPAR Eastern Cape's sponsorship and events manager, said one reason for being involved for the second year running was to link the festival with the "season of sharing and caring". He said they also wanted to use the festival as a way of thanking the city and its surrounding communities for their support. "We would like locals and visitors to enjoy this little secret pearl of beauty that we have in Port Elizabeth in the spirit of family and fun." SPAR EC are working alongside Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism to make this year's festival one to remember. "As a leading supermarket chain, it is important that we walk together in sharing what PE has to offer," said Stapleton. The popular Opening of the Season event, which takes place at Hobie Beach on December 16, will kick-start the Delight in Summer festival. Singer Garth Jooste will be first on stage and the line-up also includes dance crew PE's Finest and gumboot dancers Isingqi Se-Afrika. This will be followed by the traditional fireworks display, which will officially declare the season open. Holidaymakers can also look forward to the Uitenhage Picnic at Willow Dam on December 23. The . . .
We spoke exclusively this week to Legendary New Zealand sailor Stu Bannatyne, dubbed the 'King of the Southern Ocean' who has spent a major part of the last two decades racing through that area of the world. He is what I would descibe as the “Roger Federer” of Round the world Sailing. He has competed in seven Volvo Ocean Races. Bannatyne won the Volvo Ocean Race (then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race) in his first attempt, when he sailed on NZ Endeavour during the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race. He has also sailed in eight Fastnet Races, three Transpacific Yacht Races and in 11 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. He admits that he's addicted to the pull of the most remote areas of the planet. I caught up with him this week in Cape Town on board the race yacht –Dongfeng Racing prior to departure to talk music. You are from New Zealand so which band do you love is it: Crowded House or Spilt Enz or Super Groove? Split Enz for sure. Split Enz was a rock band from New Zealand that was popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was founded 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd. I love songs like "I Got You" a number one hit for them, "One Step Ahead”, "History Never Repeats”, and "Six Months in a Leaky Boat". Hopefully that won’t happen on leg three to Melbourne .In fact you will be reading this while we are deep in the Southern ocean on the way to Melbourne. It should take 18 days. When are you happiest? I am happiest when spending time with my family What does sailing mean to you? It is my whole world. Any funny moments on a Volvo65? There are many funny moments and there are a lot of funny moments that I probably can’t or won’t tell you about either. Do you play music on board – what is on the play list? No I don’t listen to music. If I did have a playlist though it would be George Thorogood for getting amped up. “Bad to the bone” for example is good to get you fired up if you need it. Your . . .
Port Elizabeth, 08 December 2017 -- BAIC South Africa (SA) today announced that the first shipment of vehicle assembly plant equipment for the new BAIC automotive manufacturing facility, currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone, has arrived in Port Elizabeth. The R11 billion car plant - a joint initiative between China’s Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), which is the majority shareholder with a 65% stake, and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – is South Africa’s largest motor investment in nearly 50 years. BAIC SA said the equipment was shipped from Tianjin, located in the Northern Coastal mainland of China, late in September 2017. The shipment comprises components for vehicle assembly, welding and painting plant equipment. BAIC noted that industry standard equipment, on-line-testing, installation service, logistics and consumable items will be locally procured, accounting for 15% of the total equipment value in terms of the agreement with Beijing Industrial Designing & Research Institute Co. Ltd (BIDR) - the engineering procurement construction (EPC) contractor in the construction phase of the BAIC SA plant. Commenting on technical specifications, Gary Yang, BAIC SA Head of Marketing and Planning said: “Under body, main body and body adjustment line will enable manufacturing of both left and right hand drives with 14.5 jobs per hour (JPH).” Yang further noted that welding automation will reach 60% and body transfer automation will be 100%. “The assembly line is flexible to handle various body structure vehicle assembly. Our modular engineering design will accommodate a variety of assembly procedures for different models. “The painting line is also flexible for various models. Painting automation can reach 34.3% with 100% automatic parts feeding function on SKD and CKD models. Painting robots from ABB are employed for 100% automatic exterior painting.” Commenting on the project completion date for the plant, . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
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Hundreds of citizens in Nelson Mandela Bay’s disadvantaged communities have had some cheer brought into their lives thanks to the annual initiative between SPAR Eastern Cape and Love Story. For the second year in a row, SPAR have joined hands with the charity organisation to ensure that those living on the poverty line are not forgotten during the festive season. The Bags of Blessings and Festive Feed programmes are running simultaneously this week, with food hampers being handed out and meals supplied to several communities. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said the need for initiatives such as this one was stronger than ever. "Hunger and poverty statistics are staggering in our local communities,” she said. "Love Story exists as an organisation that feeds and clothes the destitute, but the need is far greater than we can manage.” She added that their teams had spent Monday at the SPAR Distribution Centre, preparing the Festive Feed food and the Bags of Blessings parcels. "We now go into four disadvantaged communities until Friday to serve meals to 200 people,” she added. "We also provide Bags of Blessings, which are made up of non-perishable food items, to 250 families who are in desperate need.” SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising assistant Debadene Baatjies said it was another opportunity to show their support for the community. "We are going into the season of giving but often it is so easy to get caught up in the festive period without taking the time to think about those who are less privileged than us,” she said. "That’s why SPAR decided to go into the townships and feed families in different areas. It may not solve the problem, but it does help to provide upliftment for these people.” Baatjies said they were grateful to their many suppliers who had donated products needed to make the initiatives successful. She added that their relationship with Love Story was important to the overall operation. "This is the . . .
The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club, in conjunction with Eastern Province Athletics, will present a much-needed series of coaching courses at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage next month. Running from January 10 to 12, the series for coaches and athletes will consist of courses in three categories, to be held simultaneously. One will be a clinic over all three days, aimed at coaches and athletes. In additional programmes, two courses will be presented for those who aspire to become qualified coaches under Athletics South Africa. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said there was a strong demand for courses such as these in the Eastern Cape. The last one in the region was held in 2010. "There is a huge need for students and teachers to be given a chance to attend courses such as these," he said. "In past years, they have had to attend clinics in other provinces, but now they have a chance to improve their knowledge of coaching in their own region." Bothma added that the Madibaz Athletics Club were working with EP Athletics to provide the opportunity for coaches to learn the latest techniques, which they could then apply to athletes at their institutions and schools. "The course is open to anyone in South Africa and the main aim is to provide knowledge for coaches with the long-term view of improving our athletes across the board." The clinic would provide 70 per cent practical knowledge and 30 per cent theoretical information, he said. "Coaches who are not keen to do the ASA courses can attend this clinic and athletes can enter individually or come with other athletes or their coaches." He emphasised that the clinic was different to the coaching courses on offer. Those who plan to attend will have to choose one of the categories - the coaching clinic or either the ASA Level 1 or ASA Level 2 coaches' course. "The Level 1 course is for coaches and athletes who wish to obtain a coaching certificate from ASA. It is . . .
It is with pleasure to invite you to SS Mendi exhibition launch. The exhibition memorializes the more than 600 Black South African men who perished when their ship was struck by SS Darro in 1917. The men volunteered to assist Britain against the Germans during the Great War (1914-1918). The launched will be accompanied by a performance “Sabamnye no SS Mendi” directed by Mandla Mbothwe. Date: 7 December 2017 Venue: Bayworld Museum Time: 10h00 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .