Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .
SPAR Madibaz captain Jeanie Steyn says they are fired up to continue "an amazing journey" when they contest the Varsity Netball semifinals in Pretoria on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University outfit completed a superb round-robin programme by beating Stellenbosch in Port Elizabeth this week to finish level on points with UP-Tuks - 26 each. However, the Pretoria side, who were the only team to beat Madibaz in the first phase of the tournament, took second place because they had a superior goal difference. This earned them a home encounter against the PE outfit. Free State University, who defeated North-West University in their final match to top the log, will face Stellenbosch in the other semifinal in Bloemfontein. Steyn, the player of the match in Monday's 46-36 win against Maties, said she was excited about the semifinal clash against Tuks. "We have had really good preparations this year and everything that needed to be done has been done," she said. "Following the wins against Pukke [North-West], Kovsies [Free State] and Maties the girls' confidence is on a high. "I firmly believe that if we can maintain that we can beat Tuks." She added that their focus would be on trying to shut down the fast-paced nature of the Pretoria outfit's game. "After the Maties clash we know what we have to work on in our game. In addition, Tuks sometimes battle to adapt to a slower pace and if we can do that we have a good chance." Madibaz shrugged off the tension of securing a spot in the semifinals with their win against Maties. "The most important thing was to focus on what our strengths were and not to over-think it too much," said Steyn. "We didn't go in with the attitude of ‘this is make or break'. Rather we just focused on what we needed to do to get the right result. "I'm really proud of the team because they stepped up a notch." The Madibaz skipper said it had been a "very special year for the side". "It has been a great journey . . .
Madibaz player Hayley Ward relished the opportunity to further her promising squash career after ending seventh in the World University Championships in England earlier this month. The 20-year-old accounting student was a member of the South African team which played in the individual and team events in Birmingham. SA finished sixth in the team competition. Realising that she would be up against strong opposition, Ward said she didn't place too much pressure on herself going into the event. "Some of the other student players are the best in their country, so I really didn't expect too much," she said. "I went in with the attitude of doing the best I possibly could as I was just happy to have made the team in the first place." Although she knew the competition would be stiff, Ward said it was probably an advantage that she didn't know that much about her rivals. "I think that was a good thing as you didn't get psyched out before you even were on court," she added. The Madibaz player, who won the EP Closed earlier this year, showed her resilience by winning her first match in five games, against Sum Yin Li of Hong Kong. She followed that up by defeating New Zealand's Eleanor Epke, seeded 5-8, in the next round, also in five games. "To beat a seeded player to go through to the quarters was a special memory," said Ward. "Another highlight was playing my final individual match on the full glass court, which was an amazing experience all on its own." She added that just being part of the national team and supporting the other players made it a tournament to remember. "Overall, it was an amazing experience and I am so happy I got to go with a great bunch of teammates and managers who made the trip even more special." This was Ward's first appearance at the world university event and she was able to absorb a number of lessons during the competition. "It provides a chance for you to see how players from around the world approach the . . .
Health & safety principles, more than just a document - Servest’s Lucky Ncayiyana takes SHEQ to a whole new level Johannesburg, 27 September 2018 - The forthcoming World quality day, which is acknowledged annually, is about the quality management of organisations putting in place competent systems, to ensure that the activity of the said organisation consistently delivers on its promises to customers and stakeholders. It is an assurance framework to help organisations understand operational risk and an improvement framework, to mitigate it and improve on its current operations. [Parts sourced from: https://goo.gl/5UdY4N] At Servest, (SHEQ) quality management is a non-negotiable imperative, in delivering the work the company does for their clients; and in sustaining its own reputation as an integrated services company. SHEQ management is applied across the broad spectrum of Servest’s services, including security, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping. SHEQ management, is a technical field that applies to several disciplines for compliance and continued improvement of occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Quality factors that impact any organisation. Lucky Ncayiyana is the SHEQ Manager for Servest’s Landscaping and Turf division and his role entails providing strategic leadership and direction to all colleagues, which extends beyond the Landscaping division, such as the driving support in SHEQ programs and initiatives throughout the wider organisation. In Landscaping specifically however, safety is a critical component, as the equipment is technically complex and often entails a high risk in handling it. This means assessing inherent risks to these high-tech machines, as well as controlling the exposure of hazardous substances to colleagues, while keeping landscapes (whether these be golf courses, stadiums, or gardens to name a few) at their best. Among the many initiatives in the division, Lucky is also . . .
Quinton Uren, managing director of Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation, was named a finalist in the prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Awards at an event in Johannesburg last night [Thursday, September 20]. Uren, 53, will now represent the Bay – and the Southern African region – in the Industrialist of the Year category at the eighth annual continental awards on November 29. His fellow category finalists from South Africa include Nampak CEO Andre de Ruyter, Likoebe Innovation Consultants founder Nneile Nkholise, and Nana Sebelo, CEO of Thata uBeke Manufacturing. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Uren said he was very proud to have received recognition on behalf of Jendamark. The PE-based group has grown from a small automotive engineering firm, which Uren co-founded in 1992, into a global automation technology leader with offices in Pune in India, Penzing in Germany and a sales office in Detroit in the USA. “I see our company as a beacon of what is possible in Africa and in the Eastern Cape specifically. We have an amazing talent pool and supplier base, which makes us more than a business. We are an industry,” said Uren. The AABLA Industrialist of the Year award recognises individuals who have made efforts to develop a specific industry in Africa and transformed a market, company, product or service through innovation, special advancements in technology, management production and operations. Jendamark’s export orientation, which seemed a risky move after the global economic crash of 2008, has paid dividends and today accounts for 90 to 95% of the company’s business. Jendamark is also a two-time winner of the Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year. Its powertrain and catalytic converter assembly systems, which incorporate Industry 4.0 elements such as augmented reality and predictive maintenance software, can be found in 18 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa as well as North and South America. CLICK HERE to . . .
A number of successes during its seven-year existence have underlined the value of the Madibaz Football Club's outreach programme with township schools. Having started in 2011 with Phakamisa High, the club linked hands with Zwide school Ndzondelelo High in 2014 and the sustainability of the arrangement is a firm step in the right direction. Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said they had initiated the project to create a permanent form of development, rather than the one-off tournaments and clinics they had previously arranged. In the most recent evidence of the programme's success, Ndzondelelo won the U19 provincial final of the Kay Motsepe Cup and will represent the Eastern Cape in the national finals of the competition next month. Ndzondelelo coach Asanda Gomba said this outcome, in addition to league successes in the U16 and U18 age-groups, was a direct result of the association between the Nelson Mandela University club and the school. "This programme has helped the [Ndzondelelo] team to achieve in school tournaments and their participation in the Pefa [Port Elizabeth Football Association] leagues makes it much easier for our coaches," he said. "The rhythm of the players' performances never stops. We take time to prepare the boys during the Pefa leagues and have achieved much success against clubs who essentially draw their players from all over the city." Besides the Kay Motsepe success, Gomba said their teams won the Pefa U16 league and Knockout competition in 2016 and 2017. The U18s are in the Knockout final this year. "In the U18 league, our biggest rivals are Chippa United, an academy team selected from the best players in the city. "I am extremely proud of our achievements because the team have also twice qualified to play in the Engen U17 regional tournament." Ndzondelelo teacher Dumisa Thys, who has been intimately involved with the project since the start, said becoming the Kay Motsepe U19 Eastern Cape champions . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .