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The Nelson Mandela Bay festive period will kick off with a bang on Sunday when SPAR Summer Nathi unveils the opening of the season carnival on the Port Elizabeth beachfront. Translated as "summer with us", the Summer Nathi organisers have lined up a programme of high-quality entertainment involving international, national and local artists from Sunday to December 31. Besides the top musicians who will be performing, there will be Sunday's street parade from Bayworld, an outdoor cinema and Christmas carols at Happy Valley, and a variety of picnics and parties at various venues in Mandela Bay. At the festival's official media launch at the Hobie Beach Yacht Club on Monday, Nelson Mandela Bay executive major Mongameli Bobani said they were looking forward to "the biggest, best and most spectacular summer festival the city has ever had". "This Summer Nathi, meaning you are with us, is one which caters for all sections of the community and we want to make sure everyone has a good time," he said. "The municipality is fully behind the programme to boost our local economy and to make our city a preferred destination for holidaymakers. "We are also placing a massive focus on safety and security for all those who attend the festivities and I want to assure our visitors that we will do everything in our power to guarantee they are safe in our fantastic city." Kithi Ngesi, the NMB director of beaches, resorts and events management, said that previously over 400 000 people had visited the metro's various beaches during the holiday period. "We are expecting the same sort of number this summer because we have beautiful beaches, three of which are blue-flag rated," she said. "We have also put measures in place so that there are sufficient lifeguards to make sure everyone is safe. "There has been a rigorous selection process and we have employed a total of 60 lifeguards to patrol the 11 beaches under our jurisdiction." Looking ahead to the programme, . . .
Madibaz sevens rugby star Eloise Webb is ready to take her career to the next level after being awarded a Springbok contract last month for the first time. The 22-year-old Nelson Mandela University education student, who lives in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, is set to finish her course this year and is relishing the opportunity of playing rugby fulltime. Webb made her national debut in 2016 and said "it means the world to me to be given a contract". "I really want to play sport for a living while I'm still young enough," she said. "So this is a huge opportunity for me to do that. "It was quite a surprise as I always felt there were up-and-coming players who had worked just as hard for a contract and their chances would be better. "But our coach [Paul Delport] did one-on-ones where he spoke to each and every player about the contracts and what is expected of us." Her contract is for two years and Webb, who grew up in Gonubie, East London, said it was a relief to able to focus on "just playing rugby". She added that there were many lessons for the national squad this year, with the most important being that the team needed to stick together when the going got tough. "If we can do that, we will still make it through to the other side," said Webb. "This year was a very tough year for us as we didn't perform in the World Cup or Commonwealth Games. But as a team we were able to pick ourselves up and did much better in the Dubai tournament." She was a member of a new-look national squad which introduced six uncapped players at the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens, where the SA team finished with the silver medal. "We knew it was going to be tough for us, but we decided that no matter the challenges we faced we would stick together and make sure we played for each other. "And it turned out that we made the final, beating the [invitational] Tribe 7s team [22-12] and then overcoming one of three Japanese teams at the tournament in the . . .
The Madibaz B cricket team relied on a committed team effort to win their section in the University Sport South Africa tournament in the Western Cape last week. Comprising players mainly from the George campus, the Nelson Mandela University side triumphed in thrilling fashion against Free State University in the pool B final when the week ended in Stellenbosch on Friday. Hugo Loubser, the Madibaz sports manager in George, said their success had boiled down to everyone contributing at some stage. Although Hanno Kotze led the way with the bat to be named the batsman of the tournament, he said the team effort from the whole squad was the common thread in their success. "The fact that in four of the games we had four different players winning the man of the match award is an indication of how everyone made a contribution," he said. "During the week the wickets were shared among all the bowlers and at any one time we could call on at least seven or eight bowlers to share the responsibility." Before the tournament Loubser said Madibaz B had set their sights, at least, on making the semifinals of their section. They surpassed their initial goal, with the players showing great determination to defeat the Bloemfontein outfit by two wickets in the pool decider. After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Free Staters were stunned by Lyall Petersen's 4/24 to be shot out for 128 in 37.1 overs. The match had been reduced to 47 overs a side because of rain. In their response, Madibaz slipped to 109/8, but an unbeaten 46 from Travis Ackermann took them across the line in the 44th over. "It was not an easy pitch to bat on and we kept losing two wickets at a time. Their attack did make life difficult for our batsmen," said Loubser. "But full credit must go to captain Travis Ackerman, who showed great patience at the crease to take us across the line. "This was a big stepping stone for someone who was playing in his first USSA week and it . . .
One of the biggest salepersons around moved into South Africa recently. In Solar PV Systems we call that person; "Sir Eskom Loadshedding!" "Phone and web site enquiries have escalated somewhat since the start of loadshedding," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar. "Everyone wants to be free of Eskom and loadshedding and most are of the impression that Solar Power is the magic bullet to do that," explained Alan. The price of Solar Panels has plummeted over the last 8 years and the electricity price per unit (Kw) manufactured from a pure grid tie solar installation is now less than 70c per unit amortised over the 20 year expected life of an installation. On the other hand the price of batteries still needs to reach that tipping point before beginning to plummet. "Batteries are the next frontier in terms of lower price and higher storage capacity," says Straton. Solar PV comes in 3 'flavours: Grid Tie only (here you will still be affected by loadshedding) Grid Tie with Battery Backup, referred to as a Hybrid System (load shedding will not affect you - depending on the size of your batteries) Off Grid - Here you are on your own with no connection to the grid at all. Taking the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as an example Straton said: A Grid Tie system for a single phase installation may only be a maximum of 5 KW in size. This is good enough for an annual average of 960 units of electricity each month (more in summer, less in winter). The pay back on such a system is around 6 to 7 years. IF the system is installed in a business then the payback is from the time of switching on as Section 12B of the Income Tax allows an immediate 100% depreciation allowance on renewable energy installation. If you do not have mission critical items then Grid Tie only is the way to go. A Hybrid System also operates under the same constraints as the Pure Grid Tie system above. In addition the conversation around batteries is that one must remember . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape and charity organisation Love Story, for the third year running, brought hope and spread festive cheer among some of the impoverished areas in Nelson Mandela Bay this week. Ingredients were donated by SPAR for soup kitchens which were set up in five disadvantaged areas from Monday until today. This year the Festive Feeds took place in Walmer Township and served approximately 100 people. "This is basically just a Christmas meal, to share some love and bring them hope during this season," said Love Story founder Elaine Watson, who added that the donated ingredients were cooked by them and then taken into the communities. As part of the Bags of Blessings initiative, the retail giant donated 250 bags that were sent to families living in poverty that Love Story supports throughout the year. These were also distributed this week and consisted of various non-perishable foods and other items such as maize meal, pasta, toilet paper, soap, samp and canned food. "We've been able to feed hundreds of people over the last two festive seasons," said Watson. "The season is a joy for many, but also a very challenging time for some. "For us to be able to show love and spread hope makes an impact on the lives of the recipients." Watson said SPAR was an "incredibly generous" organisation and always the first to come forward to assist the community. "Having SPAR on board with this initiative has allowed us to touch many people's lives who need it most." SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton felt the initiatives were a way to "give back to the community and reach out to those less fortunate". SPAR EC sponsorships assistant Debadene Baatjies said Love Story helped them in identifying the communities most in need of support. "This initiative is very close to our heart because we're giving back and it shows our support as a SPAR brand for our community. "I'd like to say thank you to all our suppliers who donated products and made this . . .
National player Casey McLeavy will be an important part of the bid by the Madibaz women's water polo team to capture a medal at the University Sport South Africa tournament in East London this weekend. The Madibaz women's water polo team will be aiming to transform a series of competitive results into a medal-winning position at the University Sport South Africa tournament this weekend. The event takes place at the Joan Harrison Complex in East London from Saturday to Monday. Madibaz Sport water polo manager Melinda Goosen said there was a strong thread of commitment running through the squad and they were determined to prove a point on this national stage. "In recent years our women's side have consistently made the semifinals, but we have usually ended fourth overall," she said. "This year our goal is to medal. "There are a number of new faces in the squad, with half the team about to experience their first USSA tournament, but there is a very good work ethic among the players." She said the squad trained twice a day on a regular basis, before 6am and a second session often ending after 6pm. "Being a university side, the academic commitments of the student-athletes play a big role in the availability of our players, especially during the Currie Cup tournament. "But the players are fully committed and have been training up to three times a day in the build-up to the USSA event. "It's crucial for us to do well as we are looking for a major sponsor to come on board to back the water polo club. "We have the players and structures in place, but the team have to organise music trivia evenings and special events to help raise money to compete in the Currie Cup and USSA." Goosen said players such as Meghan Maartens, Casey McLeavy, Charne Keen, Hannah Werth, Kelsey Vaughan, Mirricke du Plessis and Nina Cressey would provide the experience, while their biggest challenge was a lack of tournament match practice. "For example, UCT and Maties . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (November 2018) - A new website is here, dedicated to those looking for special deals on tours and activities in South Africa.Special Tours provides the most comprehensive list of things to do, as well as the best prices offered. Using a simple, clear design, the website brings a South African itinerary to both locals and tourists alike. South Africa is a gem of tourist attractions, and Special Tours aim to highlight this throughout the website. Created with the purpose of being an extensive source of information on the top things to do in South Africa. The website hosts a wide range of content relating to experiences found in SA. Some of the main areas that the website will focus on are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, the Garden Route. With already some interesting listing like boat cruises, paragliding, Cape point tours, Table Mountain activities, helicopter rides, ziplines and safaris. The website is poised to showcase some of the best activities and experiences that South Africa has to offer and allow users to search and pick tours for the best price using the advances compassion features Activities and prices are constantly updated to give users the latest information and best experience. The website also offers helpful guides on the best way to enjoy South Africa and at great prices. Users are able to find the best things to do in each location of SA, activities are separated by area. This feature allows users to plan activities that are near to each other. It also allows visitors to SA to easily view things that they can do around their holiday destination. Details of tours and activities are stated clearly on the website, with a simple button to book each one. The option to review these activities is offered, allowing users to review and to check other reviews before booking. To learn more and use this new website to take advantage of its innovative features, please visit https://specialtours.co.za Get in . . .
A giant Christmas tree the equivalent in height of four stories will light up Port Elizabeth's beachfront when it is officially unveiled tomorrow. An initiative by the Spar head office based in Durban, the tree is moved from region to region each year and this time it is the turn of Spar Eastern Cape, marking 25 years in the region, to celebrate the festive season with a range of activities related to the project. The tree, which is 13 metres tall and seven metres wide, has been assembled by a team from Durban and has been placed in the Bayworld parking area. It will dominate the city's beachfront area for the festive period, being part of the many Molo Summer Festival entertainment options that will be on offer to the public during December. Spar Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said they were delighted to have their turn to celebrate this time of the year and would use the occasion to add some fun to the lives of those who are less fortunate. "It's a massive construction which took 4 148 hours [the equivalent of 462 working days] to make and contains more than 74 000 LED light bulbs," he said. "It required 2 000 metres of cable and 110 cans of gold spray paint to complete the construction." He added that the official unveiling of the tree would take place tomorrow evening when they would invite residents from a children's home and an old age home to celebrate the occasion. "There will be Christmas-themed music and we will supply boerewors rolls, cooldrinks and gift packs to our invited guests," said Stapleton. "The function will get under way at 6pm and we will have a sing-a-long before the switching on of the lights at 7.30pm." Stapleton added they were proud that the entire Christmas tree construction comprised solely locally made products. "Everything was locally designed and manufactured and we want to create an opportunity where we can revisit the nostalgia and spirit of Christmas with a beautiful . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .