The SPAR Madibaz netball team are geared up to make one final push for a spot in the Varsity Netball semifinals when they host Stellenbosch University in their last round-robin match in Port Elizabeth on Monday. To be held at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre at 6pm, the pressure on the home side will be intense as none of the leading teams are assured of qualifying for the playoffs at this stage. Free State University have the inside track with 26 points, followed by Stellenbosch on 24 and Madibaz on 22. North-West University and UP-Tuks, both on 21 points, are also in the running. Lana Krige, coach of the Nelson Mandela University outfit, said it was an unusual situation, particularly with Madibaz having won five of their six matches. "I'm sure it's the first time we have lost only one match and are still not sure of a place in the semis," she said. "We haven't collected quite enough bonus points and that is because a lot of the other teams have a tall shooter, so it is easier when they get the ball into the circle to score goals. "There have been some high-scoring games which resulted in those sides collecting bonus points." As a comparison, Free State and Stellenbosch have picked up six and eight bonus points respectively, while Madibaz have collected only two. Krige said she had felt from the start of the tournament that their semifinal chances could depend on the final game against Maties. "What we didn't realise is that all the final-round games would be decisive, so it's not just about us and Maties. "We will obviously be going for a win and it will be great to have the home crowd behind us because they are fantastic and give us an advantage." Nonetheless, she realised that the visiting team would be tough competitors. "I think it's going to be a really great game. Like us, they don't have a tall shooter, but, as we do, they do have a strong shooter and it should make for a fascinating contest between the teams. "Our . . .
Marco Joubert was pleased to be back on the winner's podium after a long struggle with injury as he successfully defended his title in the Bestmed-Makro mountain-bike race near Port Elizabeth today. The 21-year-old, who grew up in PE but now lives in Stellenbosch, defeated Jason Meaton in a sprint finish in the 70km race held at the Hopewell Conservation Estate, St Albans. Riding for Imbuko-Momsen, Joubert crossed the line in 2:51:47, with Meaton just a second behind. Grant Daly was third in 3:04:29 Collarbone injuries kept Joubert sidelined for nearly three months earlier this year and he said today's victory was a boost to his confidence. "It's been a long struggle with the shoulder injury so it feels good to be back on form and taking the win," he said. He put the hammer down from the start and managed to break away from the pack, but said some confusion over the route markings meant he had to change his strategy. "After setting a high pace and getting away early on I didn't want to get lost so I waited for Jason and Grant, who were second and third. "We rode together for a while until I managed to get away again. But then the same thing happened so I had to wait and Jason and I worked together from then. "We waited it out for the sprint and I managed to edge him in the final surge for the line." In the women's race Anriette Schoeman, of Port Elizabeth, regained the title she won two years ago, also managing to break away from her challengers early on. She crossed the line in 3:30:19 and was followed home by Michele Scowby (3:58:16) and Gene Keet (4:06:51). This was the 41-year-old's fourth mountain-bike title at the race in five years and came after she won last week's road race for the 18th time. Although the weather was better than last week's conditions when rain and wind battered the riders in the 106km road race, Schoeman said the mountain-bike event represented a tough challenge. "With all the recent rain the routes . . .
The SPAR Madibaz team enjoyed one of their most notable periods in Varsity Netball when, for the first time, they defeated both Free State University and North-West University in one season. Coach Lana Krige said she was delighted with the team's performances on Sunday and Monday as they stayed calm under pressure to beat Free State by a single point and North-West by two points. "Previously we would beat Kovsies [Free State] and then lose to Pukke [North-West], or it would be the other way round," she said. "So the big thing for me was that it happened back to back - in that sense it was really great." The tense wins have left the Nelson Mandela University outfit third on the log, but they are not yet assured of a place in the semifinals. The top four after the league phase will be decided in the final round of fixtures which will be played on September 24, due to the World University Championship which takes place in Uganda next week. After six rounds the teams are closely bunched at the top of the log, which is headed by Free State on 26 points. Stellenbosch follow with 24 points and Madibaz have 22 points. The next two teams, UP-Tuks and North-West, both have 21 points and are still in the running. The final round of fixtures will see Madibaz hosting Stellenbosch, Free State at home to North-West and UP-Tuks against University of Western Cape in Pretoria. Krige said there were a number of positive developments in the team's play which had helped them reach third on the log. "For example, Jeanie Steyn and Hlumisa Sitonga are returning to form after being out with injuries. Hlumisa has only just resumed playing in Varsity Netball and she is finding her feet while Jeanie was also out for a long time. "Furthermore on attack our timing was there and this is a result of us following a theme of trying to fix our weakest link." While they had undergone strict training regimes with a number of experts, Krige said it was their mental . . .
Imibala translated from isiXhosa means different colours. Our slogan is cross colours/cross cultures; our aim is to unite all cultures of the world together in the spirit of Ubuntu through music and the Arts. The festival was founded by Pachamama Project Productions, grown to include a movement of artists who are passionate about having a sustainable music industry in Port Elizabeth and passionate about their city and the landscape of the local music industry. We are currently in the process of organising our second big edition festival held on the 24th of November 2018. The Thundafund campaign is our chance to turn things around and to leave it in a power bigger than us, call it humanity, call it the universe call it the spirit of giving or Ubuntu, saying we have worked hard and done all we can and are still continuing to work hard behind the scenes to ensure this event happens but we cannot make this event happen without adequate financial assistance. Therefore we are standing before you today to ask every willing hand to help and partake in leaving their footprint in this movement. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Over the last 4 years, fiber internet has been spreading like wildfire in South Africa. Allowing all major suburbs access to incredibly fast internet speeds, and along with this has been a ton of different streaming services trying to capitalize on the growth. These new streaming services like Netflix are making it possible for people to watch pretty much anything they want, all their favorite shows, from any device, online. In 2018, video streaming online can now be considered as commonplace for most modern people with an internet connection. Although it has made it much easier to watch your favorite television shows, does this new wave of technology mean the end of digital television providers such as Multi-choice DSTV? This has been a long-standing debate and as Netflix continues to expand to further countries including South Africa, we are seeing the entire disruption of television as we know it right before our eyes. According to the latest findings from My Broadband, there have been more than 400,000 new subscribers on Netflix’s platform since it first arrived in South Africa in 2016. This is a big deal and I can assure you DSTV is feeling the heat from its new competitors, although they are not going to give up without a fight. In 2015 Multi-choice foresaw this new trend and made headlines by announcing its own streaming service called Showmax which is available for free to their premium users. Showmax has a lot of the latest content for its users and I enjoy watching it but, in terms of quantity, it is by no means in the same league as Netflix and will need to step up its game even further if they want to compete in 2018. Multi-Choice is announcing that in 2019 they will come out with a new type of standalone internet version of DSTV which is said to replace the satellite dish. This new service is referred to as an OTT Over-The-Top version of their current platform and by doing this they will effectively be transitioning to an entirely new online . . .
Cape Town cyclist Rohan du Plooy took victory in the Bestmed-Makro Championship as Alfa Bodyworks-Giant registered a clean sweep in the 106km road race in Port Elizabeth today. With rain and windy conditions making life difficult for the riders, Du Plooy led the elite category home at Lorraine Primary School in 2:46:04. He crossed the line in a group finish with teammates Bernard Esterhuizen (2:46:07) and Nicol Carstens (2:46:10). The 23-year-old Du Plooy said the team had enjoyed previous experiences of races in Port Elizabeth and had been unfazed by the weather. "Races in Port Elizabeth are really well organised, with few traffic hassles, and we thrive in those sorts of situations," he said. "We are capable of handling weather conditions such as wind and rain, so we were quite excited about the situation. "Of course you do need to be careful on slippery roads, but if you work as a team and capitalise on the conditions you can have a really good race." The new champion, who lives in Blaauwberg, said their intention was to put pressure on the other teams early on, which was done as Esterhuizen, followed by Jack van Wyk, broke away within the first two kilometres. "I managed to ride over to them and then Bernard and I got away from Jack and built a reasonable lead. "Nicol joined us about 80km into the race and we were able to cross the line together. "I felt our team read the race very well and they were kind enough to give me the victory at the finish. Equally, I would have given it to any of them because it was a really good team effort. "It's great to get this win under my belt," said Du Plooy, who won the GP Perwez one-day road race in Belgium this year. Defending champion Anriette Schoeman took the women's elite category for her 18th title in the 19-year history of the event. She finished in a time of 3:18:21. The Africa Silks-Bestmed rider was happy to rack up another win but acknowledged that it "was a tough day at the . . .
WOMEN in the South African maritime sector were the focus of an inaugural career fair hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), which attracted high school pupils, tertiary students, educators and women in in the maritime industry on Thursday (September 6). Presented in conjunction with partner African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), the fair hosted about 120 students and pupils from Nelson Mandela Bay high schools, Nelson Mandela University, the University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University. While experts from the sector addressed pupils and students about their experiences of the maritime industry, other issues such as marine tourism and entrepreneurship were touched on by academics. The aim of the event was to link women already working in the maritime sector with university students and high school pupils, to share information on careers and opportunities in the industry. The event was also used to announce a new merit bursary scheme for female students wanting to pursue maritime qualifications, in honour of the late Sindiswa Nhlumayo. Nhlumayo, who was the executive head of the Centre for Maritime Excellence at the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), was directly responsible for spearheading and implementing the National Maritime Cadetship Programme and creating awareness of maritime careers, jobs, business and recreational opportunities – and in so doing, introducing youth to the sector. SAIMI spokesman Samantha Venter said the inaugural maritime women’s event was part of a wider campaign targeted at all South Africans, to raise awareness of the wide scope of the “blue economy” and attract talented women and men to the nation’s thriving oceans economy. SAIMI was embarking on a National Maritime Awareness Campaign to “ensure that the many job and business opportunities in the maritime sector are conveyed to the public through various strategies that include career guidance and mentoring”, Venter said. “We want to celebrate . . .
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The SPAR Madibaz team are fully motivated to achieve their goal of reaching the Varsity Netball semifinals as they prepare for the next round of matches this weekend. After four games, Madibaz are fourth on the log, three points ahead of UP-Tuks, whom they lost to on Monday following victories in their first three encounters. Coach Lana Krige has been delighted with the team's performances and said they were ready to embrace the challenges ahead. "We are a really tight group of friends who are enjoying the game of netball," she said. "When we sort out the mistakes caused by not being patient enough it is going to be a very good thing to watch. "The shooters are shooting better and better, and our players who have returned from injury are finding their feet and becoming comfortable with their positions in the team again." Krige drew many positives from the opening matches, even from the loss to UP-Tuks. "I have been involved with many great teams and good players before, but this whole team has embarked on a very special journey," she added. "Tuks was a great experience for us all and everyone in the camp is still very determined." The Madibaz squad now enter a testing phase of the competition as they come up against some of the leading teams. They travel to Stellenbosch this weekend for matches against Free State on Sunday and North-West University on Monday. Both teams are unbeaten and head the log on 20 points. They complete their programme on September 24 against the third-placed Stellenbosch outfit. Krige was undaunted by the prospect. "Madibaz can take any team on any day," she said. "We have our own style of play and we are learning to believe in it. "North-West, Free State and Stellenbosch are all great teams, but we are well prepared for the matches. "There is a real belief in our squad that we can compete with the best. Patience will be the key for us." With captain Jeanie Steyn and Nolusindiso Twani proving . . .