Madibaz golfers are continuing to impress in national varsity circles with four players named in the University Sport South Africa team to compete in the SA Challenge Cup next week. KPMG NMMU club members Kyle de Beer, Michael Maybery, Hando Brophy and Altin van der Merwe will join four of their peers to take on five other teams at Atlantic Beach Golf Club in Cape Town from May 15 to 19. Set up to provide a chance for the country's young talent to gain exposure at a higher level, the USSA team will come up against the SA Junior and President's teams as well as defending champs Gauteng North, Western Province and Central Gauteng. Despite losing a key player such as Luke Jerling to the professional ranks, NMMU club president Karl du Preez said the selection was "a tremendous achievement" for the university. He said players were called up based on their positions on the South African Golf Association's amateur Order of Merit and it was a sign of the healthy state of NMMU golf. The Madibaz proved their depth when they won the USSA tournament in Port Elizabeth last year and Du Preez said they had since bolstered their ranks with two promising players in Van der Merwe and De Beer. The latter underlined his potential when he won the EP-Border Strokeplay title over three rounds at the Fish River Sun last month. "Our partnership with KPMG has resulted in a very healthy and competitive golf team," said Du Preez. He added that the student-athletes also tested themselves in internal order of merit events organised by NMMU and received points for attending practice and gym sessions. Madibaz Sport golf manager Melissa Awu said they were delighted with the selection of the quartet. "We are really proud of the recognition our golfers have received," she said. "It proves, indeed, that we are among the best in the country. "The players have worked very hard and their selection for the USSA team is testament to that. "On behalf of Madibaz Sport, I . . .
AS winter looms, business and industrial electricity users are bracing for a “perfect storm” of winter price hikes coming into effect from June. The imminent price hikes, however, signal good news for low energy consuming technologies, as companies race to offset their spiralling electricity costs and invest in sustainable and renewable energy alternatives, according to analysts. First to hit consumer pockets is the anticipated implementation of Eskom’s winter rates, which will see consumers paying more per kilowatt-hour for electricity usage between June and August. “Consumers will see their energy bills going up in winter but it’s not only because they are consuming more electricity, but also because they are paying more per kilowatt-hour,” energy specialist Heather McEwan of sustainability company Rhino Group. MUNICIPAL TARIFFS ADD FURTHER STRAIN: In addition, the annual municipal electricity tariff increases would also come into effect in July, she said. “Electricity bills will rise even further in July, when the annual increase kicks in on top of the winter prices. So, after August, when the winter rates fall away, consumers will still be paying more for electricity due to the annual escalation.” In February, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved a maximum 2.2% electricity tariff increase by Eskom for the 2017/18 period, and recently capped municipal electricity tariff increases at 1.88%. “In effect, Eskom sells electricity at wholesale prices to municipalities, which in turn add their own ‘retail mark-up’ when reselling to consumers,” explained McEwan, adding that municipalities had until the deadline of June 1 to contest the decision. “Eskom could also still contest the Nersa ruling, which acts as a handbrake on spiralling energy costs. Even so, it has allowed an average annual price increase of 18.1% since 2008, and costs will continue to rise in the future.” LOW-ENERGY ALTERNATIVES: In the wake of . . .
Cape Town The second edition of the popular BOS Cape Crown returns to at Long Beach in Kommetjie next weekend and 110 surfers will compete in the event which feature a WSL QS1000 for Pro Junior Boys and Girls and a 3A rated South African Surf Tour event for the U12 Boys, U14 Boys & Girls and U16 Boys & Girls divisions. . The BOS Cape Crown is presented by Billabong and supported by Surfing South Africa’s umbrella sponsor, Sea Harvest with additional sponsorship from Lifestyle Surf Shop, SurfEars, Billabong, Greeff Village Homes and the National Lotteries Commission. Surfing South Africa has contributed half of the entry fee income to cover the official’s fees and expenses. The BOS Cape Crown is the only national surfing event taking place at Long Beach in Kommetjie this year and after the success of the inaugural event in 2016 organisers are keen to see it become an permanent fixture on both the Surfing South Africa and World Surf League calendars. The 2017 Cape Crown is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other WSL events decides which U18 Boys and Girls will qualify for the WSL World Championships in Australia next year. It is also one of the contests Surfing South Africa will use to select the 2017 SA Junior Squad and the 2017 SA Junior Team for the ISA World Championships in Japan in September. As a further incentive to the surfers competing at Long Beach next weekend, the WSL and Surfing South Africa have put up a total prize purse of over R50000. Valuable SA Surf Tour and WSL ratings points, special BOS Cape Crown trophies and commemorative medals for the four finalists in each of the seven divisions will be presented at the Awards ceremony next Sunday. The QS1000 Boys and girls divisions have attracted a star studded entry from all parts of South Africa and with so much at stake U18 Boys ratings . . .
After a challenging opening weekend in the Varsity Hockey tournament, the NMMU-Madibaz women's team will be taking a positive attitude into the second half of the competition in Potchefstroom on Friday. Madibaz defeated University of KwaZulu-Natal in their first match in Stellenbosch, but lost the remaining three games to end the weekend near the bottom of the log. However, coach Michael van Rensburg said the team would be motivated to turn the tide in their remaining matches, having learnt much from playing against the country's top varsity sides. "The girls have been really positive and are fully aware of our long-term vision," he said. "The first weekend was incredibly tough but they have held their heads high. "We are looking forward to the second weekend as we look to improve on the performances we gave in Stellenbosch." Van Rensburg added that a priority for the squad would be to keep working on their fitness and conditioning. "Statistically we played our best hockey in the first and third quarters when we were fresh. "It was clear that in the second and fourth quarters we were fatigued and this is where the opposition targeted us. "We have come up with short-term solutions to the problem, but our conditioning is most definitely a crucial area for us as we look ahead to the USSA (University Sport South Africa) week at the end of June." With their opponents piling on the pressure, Van Rensburg said they would also be looking at improving their defensive systems. "We weren't anywhere near our best in this area and we reviewed this during the week. "The other facet we would look to improve on is our general spatial awareness and improved decision making on-field." He said they would continue to work on the processes they had in place and he was confident the team would grow as a unit. "Tactically we will look to address certain areas. As mentioned, our defence will be looked at as well as our execution in the final attacking . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – With Moody’s expected to follow ratings agencies S&P and Fitch in downgrading South Africa’s credit rating within weeks, economic analyst Dr Iraj Abedian has warned that the country could soon see the full impact of the change from a split rating. Addressing business leaders at the NMMU Business School in Port Elizabeth this week (May 10), where he is a visiting professor of economics, Abedian called on the audience to make it their collective “national responsibility” to avoid further ratings downgrades. “This is too important an issue to keep quiet about. Business, ordinary citizens and students must talk about it and make their voices heard in a non-violent way,” said Abedian. In a hard-hitting talk on the risks and opportunities for Africa in the context of prevailing global uncertainty, Abedian said the South African economy was afflicted by structural blockages and rising political and policy uncertainty. “Our politicians have neglected the economy and failed to put clear and coordinated policies, and the capacity to implement them, in place,” he said. Describing the ANC government’s dominance as “constructive” during its first 15 years of rule, Abedian said in-fighting had undermined its ideological consistency and political unity and led to neglect of the economy and the misallocation of resources. “This leads to a loss of confidence among the poor and among potential investors, who will follow the ‘when in doubt, sit it out’ rule.” Although the rand is currently among the top four most volatile emerging market currencies, he said, South Africa was just one of many countries dealing with lacklustre growth and major structural imbalances against a backdrop of global systemic instability and volatility. Abedian outlined what he called the top four “structural fault lines” in the global system, including a lack of ethical leadership, unsustainably high income inequality, rising indebtedness on a personal and global . . .
There are many reasons for the high levels of violence in South Africa, but when it comes to violence towards children, the statistics are frightening. Frighteningly, there are no recent statistics on the level of child abuse in South Africa, but police statistics show that in 2011/2012 50,688 children were victims of violent crimes in South Africa, but not all crimes are reported often because the child is too young to report the crime (or tell someone what happened), are afraid to speak up because they fear the criminal, are unsure of what will happen when they report the crime (or tell some- one what happened) or simply don’t know where to report the crime. “Abuse can happen in schools not only from other children but from those whose role is to care and educate while under their supervision,” remarks Dr Lauren Stretch, Managing Director of Early Inspiration. “Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a fundamental responsibility that cannot be compromised by other considerations.” Children and young people have a right to: be treated with respect and to be protected from harm be asked to express their views and wishes about matters affecting their lives and to have those views appropriately considered by adults feel and be safe in their interactions with adults, other children and young people understand, as early as possible, what is meant by ‘feeling and being safe’ the support of school based counsellors or designated staff in their education or care environment whose role includes being an advocate for their safety and wellbeing This Child Protection Week (May 17th – 24th), an initiative of the Department of Social Development, Early Inspiration is urging ECD professionals to establish and maintain child-safe environments. “Positive actions and efforts of people from within and outside the education and care setting are needed so that interventions on behalf of children and young people are successful . . .
THE Priory Fair, an eagerly-awaited annual highlight on the Port Elizabeth events calendar, has grown this year into a three-day extravaganza of entertainment, offering cabaret, sing-alongs and old school disco in the run-up to the traditional Saturday school fête on 27 May. A firm favourite amongst local school fêtes, the Priory Fair will offer all the attractions, kids’ activities and entertainment that it has become famous for in its 28 years, all-day Saturday at the St Dominic’s Priory school grounds in Miramar. This year’s festivities kick off on Thursday 25 May with the show “Ticket to Ride” in the Fair beer tent, with local bands Axyl in a tribute to Queen and the Black Velvet Band celebrating The Beatles, and Skelton’s Revenge ending the evening with traditional Irish pub sing-alongs. Big hair, neon and punk are in store on the Friday night, 26 May, with an 80s disco dress-up party in the beer tent, with prizes for the best-dressed, lucky draws and more fun activities. Food trucks and cash bar will be available on both evenings. Saturday 27 May will see the Priory Fair in full swing with funfair rides and plenty of kids’ activities, stalls rich with foodie delights and treasures to be found amongst donated books and bric-a-brac, a jam-packed entertainment programme, and the braai stall and beer tent with live big-screen rugby where fair-goers can be sure to meet up with old friends. The Fair closes off with a show-case of the school’s own future stars in Priory’s Got Talent, with pupils from Grade 2 to 12 demonstrating their talents in acting, singing, dancing and music, in the school hall from 3pm. Musical entertainment is always a strong feature of the Priory Fair and this year is no different – the young musicians of Priory’s jazz and marimba bands and the Booysen’s Park Violins, an East Cape Philharmonic Orchestra outreach project, take centre-stage alongside local artists like Alasdair Gillies, The Mad Hatters, Angela and the Jazz . . .
Surfing: The weekend of the 21st and 22nd May will see a welcome return of junior surfing to Kommetjie in Cape Town. The BOS Cape crown presented by Billabong will see the best junior surfers from across the country competing for the spoils at Long Beach. The South African Surf Tour divisions are Boy’s U12/U14/U16 while the Girls have U14/ 1U16, and the WSL Pro Junior division is U18. The likes of CJ Posthumous from Nelson Mandela Bay will be leading the charge in the U12 Boys, but it is in the premier Pro Junior division where the surfers from the Eastern Cape carry the most weight. Kirsty McGillivray from JBay is one of the biggest threats in the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division, and her stylish surfing and clean moves could easily see her bank a solid result at the Kommetjie event. She is accompanied by Zoe Smith, the young goofy-footer also from JBay, who is an underlying talent in this division. In the U18 Pro Junior Men’s division the two Faulkner brothers Angelo and Joshe are a formidable combination. Joshe the goofy footer will relish in the left-handers of Long Beach, while natural-footed Angelo has a strong and powerful backhand. There are good right-handers as well, and Angelo will be hunting them down. Ryan Lightfoot is also from JBay stock and is an emerging talent in this division. Groomed on the long walls of Supertubes, he will need to adapt to the shorter, punchy waves of Cape Town, as well as possibly icy water. Lightfoot has the talent and skill to do well in this event. BOS Iced Tea has long been a supporter of junior surfing in South Africa and partnered with Billabong South Africa for any years with their Billabong Junior Series. The BOS Cape Crown is an amazing initiative to keep the junior surfers of our country engaged in competition and continuing to better their performances and competitive skills. Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager, is also firmly behind Junior Surfing in our country. “Billabong has . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – BREXIT, a surprise US election and other global socio-economic and political upheavals are having direct effects on Nelson Mandela Bay businesses, which companies in the region simply cannot afford to take lightly. This is the warning from leading analyst and former Standard Bank Group chief economist Dr Iraj Abedian, who describes the current national and international conditions as “unprecedented” on a global scale. Abedian is heading to the Bay next week (May 10) as part of the NMMU Business School’s Strategic Conversations series of dialogues, during which he will address the impact of prevailing global geopolitical conditions with local business leaders. He is an honorary professor of economics and visiting lecturer in the NMMU Business School’s MBA programme in addition to his role as founder and chief executive officer of Pan-African Holdings. “The current instability is unprecedented not only in terms of the pace of change but also in the rate at which the known institutions of governance are decaying. The rising level of popular discontent is also at its highest pitch ever,” said Abedian. He described it as a “systemic problem” characterised by the twin traits of unsustainability and volatility, which, he added, business leaders should ignore at their peril. “No country, no business sector and no firm will be immune to any system disruption. As such, wherever we are, local businesses need to take a keen interest in such matters.” While he acknowledged the risks created by such global disruption, Abedian said there was also a positive aspect, which created opportunities for forward-thinking African business leaders. On the home front, he said businesses also needed to start thinking proactively about the issue of radical economic transformation, a phrase that has risen to prominence in the South African political discourse in recent weeks. “Whilst this term is thrown into the melting pot of the ANC succession . . .
Although Kesa Molotsane sped to an impressive maiden victory in the 10km SPAR Women's Challenge, there were winners galore as thousands braved the cool conditions in Port Elizabeth today. The Bloemfontein-based KPMG runner was delighted with her victory and said she knew that they could not let Nedbank's Irvette van Zyl, who hails from Pretoria, open up too big a gap when she led the pack at the halfway mark. "Irvette was flying so I felt we had to do something before it was too late," said the new champion, who admitted she nearly miscalculated her pace in the closing stages. "I thought we were closer to the finish when I went past Irvette at the 8km mark. "I opened up then but suddenly realised we still had two kilometres to go, not just one, so I almost shot myself in the foot. But I managed to hang on and am pleased with the way it worked out." She won in 33:13, followed just eight seconds later by Van Zyl. Mapaseka Makhanya from Olifantsfontein in Gauteng was third in 33:40. Spurred on by local artist Gino Fabbri, thousands of women took to the start of the 10km and 5km events in what is the Eastern Cape's biggest road race. Among them was South African roadrunning legend Sonja Laxton, who finished a remarkable 91st Women's Challenge. The 68-year-old from Melrose in Johannesburg showed she has lost none of her competitive edge when she completed the 10km race in just under 50 minutes. "Running keeps me out of mischief," she said. "SPAR do a lot for us with these races because they are so well organised. The distances are right, the atmosphere is great and it is almost like a mini national champs - but instead there are six of them." Her thoughts were echoed by van Zyl, who said road running would be "far worse off" without the retailer's efforts. "These races are really important for women's running in South Africa and they have made us all better competitors. I can see the times are much faster this year and the runners are . . .