Nelson Mandela University student athlete Ischke Senekal continued to show she can perform at the highest level when she won the shot put gold medal at the African Athletics Championships on Sunday. The 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member completed a memorable meeting in Asaba, Nigeria, after opening the weekend on Friday with a bronze medal in the discus event. Senekal, who qualified for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year but was not included in the South African squad, said it was extremely satisfying to return with the gold medal. "I know what I can do and this was just another opportunity to prove that I can compete on the big stage," she said, reflecting on her heave of 17.24 metres which won the gold. Heading into the tournament, Senekal said she was definitely focused on earning spots on the podium. "I wasn't really sure what colours [of medals] I could achieve, but early on in the shot put I could see my chances of getting the gold were fairly good so I really worked hard on that one." Her performances in Nigeria resulted in Senekal being included in the African team which will compete in the Continental Cup in the Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. "Having finished in the top two at the African Championships earned me selection for the Continental Cup," she said. "I am really looking forward to competing on a bigger stage and there will definitely be some very tough competition at that meeting." The Continental Cup is the only athletics meeting where the teams compete as continents, rather than individual countries, meaning the standard is extremely high. Senekal is looking forward to the challenge after another outstanding year in which she achieved a personal best in the shot put event. This came at the University Sport South Africa meeting when she threw a distance of 17.56m at Sasolburg in Gauteng. "It started with the nationals where I won the shot put and discus titles for the third year in a . . .
Another thrilling year of competition will culminate in what should be an intriguing finale when the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge takes place at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, on Saturday. A total of five teams will contest the provincial finals, meeting each other in a condensed version of the game to decide the Eastern Cape champions for 2018. With a number of established schools such as defending champions Clarendon and EP teams Collegiate, Woodridge and Pearson not having qualified this year, the race is on to see who can seize the moment. National tournament director Les Galloway said the fact that a team such as Alexander Road had reached the provincial finals was indicative of the opportunities the tournament provided. "It is brilliant to have a team like Alex in the finals for the first time because it provides exposure for another set of players," she said. "And then there is also a school like Hudson Park, who are back after missing out last year. It shows that this tournament gives so many opportunities to different players." Galloway said there would be plenty of pressure in the finals when matches will be played over 30 minutes (15 minutes in each half). "There are some quality sides in attendance and it will all come down on the day to who wants it the most." She referenced the recent women's World Cup in Britain, which saw the lightly regarded Ireland reaching the final against all the odds. "That was a platform for them to succeed and although this is obviously on a smaller scale this tournament is a chance for the players and the coaches to show what they can do," said Galloway. "You just never know who will lift the trophy in the end." In its third year in the Eastern Cape, she said the Challenge had proved to be extremely successful, thanks to the involvement of SPAR Eastern Cape. "We have seen about 700 to 750 girls exposed to a level of hockey they might not normally face and this is . . .
The brand-new Friendly City Dance Festival takes to the PE Opera House stage om 20 to 25 August with over 650 dancers participating in over 1000 dance items. The festival aims to showcase all dance genres and foster a love of dance for performers and audience alike, as well as to afford students the opportunity to perform and compete on stage in friendly competition and have their dance ability adjudicated in a constructive manner by professionals in the dance field. Dance genres featured in the festival include national dance, ballet, contemporary, modern, hip-hop and tap, as well as two new festival dance categories: rhythmic dance and show-dance. Dance studios from Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch, Kirkwood, Jeffrey’s Bay and as far afield as Knysna have entered our inaugural festival. These include: Kareen’s School of Dance, Walmer School of Dance, Susan Zerbst School of Ballet, Debbie Ralph Ballet School, Dance Dynamics, The Ballet Conservatory, The Ballet Studio (Uitenhage), Portia Appolis Dance School, Totally Tap & Modern Dance Studio, Hosking Academy of Dance (Kirkwood), Sidwell Roman’s Ballet School (Knysna); Elvinia’s School of Dance (Knysna), La Vo Dance Company, Natasha Tait Dance School, Ibhayi Rhythmic Gymnastics, Allstarz Dance Academy; and Robyn D’Arcy School of Dance (Jeffrey’s Bay). Well-known dance personalities Karen Jooste, a former professional CAPAB ballet dancer who runs her own dance studio in Cape Town, and Sean Bovim, professional dancer and founder/director of BOVIM Ballet, will adjudicate at the festival. After 5 days of dance competition, the festival will culminate in a GALA CONCERT on Saturday 25th August 2018 at 18h30. Our adjudicators will select Champions in each dance discipline, as well as ‘Adjudicator’s Choice’ items to dance at this concert and guest artists from the McWilliams Dance academy, the vocalist Skye Phillips and other ‘surprise’ items will perform at the gala concert. This festival was . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape and the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD) launched their annual Wheelchair Wednesday project in Uitenhage today, seeking to raise awareness about the problems people with disabilities face. Each Wednesday in Nelson Mandela Bay this month, community leaders, corporate executives, top sportsmen and women and entertainment celebrities will spend four hours in a wheelchair to experience first-hand the issues at stake. APD executive director Brian Bezuidenhout said they would follow the same modus operandi they had used for the previous six years, which had proved extremely successful. "Our view is that if it isn't broken, don't fix it," he said at the launch at SUPERSPAR Levyvale. "We will again stick to our four basic objectives." He said these were to: • Create awareness regarding issues relating to accessibility for people with disabilities within the private and public sectors of Nelson Mandela Bay; • Involve business and community leaders in making a difference by handing over 150 wheelchairs to needy beneficiaries; • Have businesses at large assess and recommend changes regarding accessibility; and • Raise much-needed funds for the APD's Ability Work Centres for persons with disabilities. The designated wheelchair operatives will be set various tasks, including visiting a SPAR store and buying bottled water from the top shelf, drawing money from an ATM and using a public toilet. They will spend four hours in the wheelchair and then provide their feedback to the APD. Bezuidenhout said previous experiences had permanently changed the attitudes of those involved, leading to important changes to assist people with disabilities. "The four hours in the wheelchair is an unforgettable experience that changes mindsets forever," he said. "Over six years some 1 300 participants of Wheelchair Wednesday have been exposed to wheelchair-related challenges. "The project has resulted in 668 wheelchairs . . .
25 July 2018 – THE COMMUNITY CHEST Winter Woolly Drive is doing their annual Intersection Collection this Friday, 27 July 2018. The public are invited to open their hearts and support this great initiative by donating at three major intersection in the Metro. A team from Round Table PE West and Caltex Centenary will be collecting at the corner of Willow Road and Circular Drive (Lorraine), Caltex EC Marketer, Community Chest and Med 24 will be joined by Mr. PE Ubermann and his team at the corner of Cape Road and William Moffett (Newton Park), Atlas will be doing their collection at the corner of M4 and Walmer Boulevard (Summerstrand) and the Caltex Toby’s Motors team will be at the 8th Avenue and Main Road intersection in Walmer from 06:30 till 08:30. The Community Chest Winter Woolly Drive and their partners have already reached out to a number of individuals and community partners during the last few weeks, says Community Chest EC PRO, Colette Theron.” Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer (CECM), who has been fuelling this project for more than 6 years also provides easily accessible and safe drop off point at all their participating Caltex Service Station throughout the Eastern Cape. “We are pleased to be able to add a smile to a young child or bring warmth and sustenance to the many less fortunate people in the Eastern Cape. The CECM philosophy is to add value not only as the local fuel provider, but to support, uplift and care about the Eastern Cape communities around us. We support projects that aim to produce well-rounded people who will contribute to the local economy and are very proud to be part of this incredible initiative.” said CECM CEO Clive Berlyn. The public are reminded that they can still drop off warm clothing and blankets at participating Caltex Service Stations till the end of August. Donations can also be delivered to the Community Chest offices, at 126 2nd Ave, Newton Park or collection can be arranged by calling Colette on 041 . . .
The people behind the facilities management business - Thuli Masuku speaks her mind on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues, be it managers or entry level colleagues. Having herself learned the ropes from the likes of Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO, who she worked with at another organisation early in her career, of whom she says, had no dividing line in respect of hierarchy. She says the same of her current CEO, Steve Wallbanks, who saw her potential and entrusted this role to her. “It is your early mentors who set the tone for the rest of your career”, says Thuli. “It makes all the difference when you learn to follow in the footsteps of a great leader”, she says. Thuli’s portfolio includes the entire HR value chain, which is recruitment and selection, HR administration, training and development, industrial relations, performance and talent management, transformation, and industry standards (ISO). Despite the mammoth task, Thuli graciously dismisses the sole responsibility of the job, saying that every manager of people has an HR role to play. This she does, by going back to basics and following the 70-20-10 model of development - it is clear that Thuli places much emphasis on mentorship and on-the-job training. Training and Development is also a big deal within Servest, “the industry is highly competitive and we are more than just a-man- on- the- bakkie”, she says. She describes the Services SETA programmes as highly effective, in developing their colleagues into qualified Horticulturalists and Artisans. “Continuously re-inventing oneself through development programmes does not only empower you, but allows you to grow to your full potential in working towards better prospects”. To this effect, Servest therefore . . .
[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
Thirsty visitors will be able to warm up with a glass or two of their favourite beverage when the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show transforms the Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth, into a winter WINEderland next weekend. Festive evenings of wine-tasting, wine-speak and enjoyable moments of friendship have again been made possible by the local liquor store. "A national decision was taken three years ago to continue branding TOPS at SPAR to the communities after the previous events were cancelled," said SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton. This is the fourth year that TOPS at SPAR has the naming rights to the event, which is organised by The Wine Show. The sponsorship will continue until 2020. "To be associated with the biggest wine shows in the country is something we're immensely proud of. It's a wonderful way to share the love and have lots of fabulous fun with our customers," Stapleton said. A feature of the show will be the award-winning Olive Brook Range from the SPAR private collection portfolio. There will be three theatre presentations over the three days to introduce visitors to it. In addition to this there will be at least 42 different wine estates represented. Stapleton felt it was a great opportunity for winemakers to see what the public's needs were and how best to make wines to suit various palates. "We encourage people to come and have fun with TOPS at SPAR and experience some of the best wines that the country has to offer. To date, PE has always been the country's biggest event. "Where else can you get tremendous value for money while sharing fun and friendship with your besties?" Andrew Douglas, owner and producer of the show, endorsed Stapleton's statements, saying it was a wonderful platform that connected some of the country's finest producers to a domestic audience. "The event is staged in a fun, themed and entertaining environment that is conducive to learning - whether you're a beginner or a . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
A collaboration between SPAR Eastern Cape, Love Story and the Mayor's Office saw 200 homeless people celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in fine style in Port Elizabeth today. Held on Mandela Day in a banqueting room in City Hall, the occasion allowed those in need to enjoy a sit-down meal of chicken stew and vegetables in comfortable surroundings, followed by cupcakes for dessert. In addition, the Mayor's Office had a boerewors braai on the patio surrounding City Hall to supplement the meal. This partnership formed part of the annual City Feed campaign, which has been a joint-effort by SPAR EC and Nelson Mandela Bay charity organisation Love Story over the past two years. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said they had been preparing for their annual City Feed on Mandela Day when they traditionally fed up to 300 homeless people in the city centre to commemorate the special occasion. "This year, the Mayor's Office were pursuing a similar project and a discussion with SPAR Eastern Cape resulted in a partnership between all three parties," she said. "The difference this time is that the Mayor's Office have provided facilities in City Hall for a sit-down meal for 200 people. "Initially the idea was to generate meals for 100 people to coincide with the centenary of Madiba's birth, but such is the demand that we eventually settled on 200 people." Love Story regularly feed up to 300 homeless people five times a week, just one of the initiatives the organisation have set up in the city since being formed in 2012 to help the needy. Speaking ahead of the event, Watson said Love Story would be preparing the meal at their headquarters, with ingredients provided by SPAR EC. "We usually have about 200 at our daily feeding schemes in the evening, but when we hold special occasions such as this you can expect to cater for up to 300 people," she added. "As there is only seating space for 200 people in City Hall, we will also be . . .