(Port Elizabeth) – AFTER three years of hard work, the R53-million revamp of Port Elizabeth’s Betheldorp Police Station has wrapped, heralding a new era in user-friendly, community-orientated crime control for residents. In a bid to provide a more compassionate, public-oriented service, the new facility now not only features a mandatory charge office and holding cells, but also offers a far greater element of privacy to victims of crime. “We feel the SAPS deserves credit for their visionary role in this project,” said Greta Teltschik, an architect with SVA International, the firm tasked with making the vision a reality. The firm officially handed over the station earlier this month. “It has certainly been a challenging transition, due the police station being operational while renovations were carried out. The project had to remain as fluid as possible, while still fulfilling its role as a servant to the community.” While working in an operational facility had thrown a number of challenges at architects, there were also a number of highlights, said Teltschik. “For me, the biggest achievement was the establishment of an autonomous centre which serves the sole purpose of helping victims of crime,” she said. “In the police station’s previous life, victims were forced to wait in a single room, regardless of the crime committed against them – or their age.” Part of this new wing is dedicated completely to children, who now have a colourful waiting room in which to play while waiting for assistance. Another highlight of the project is the fact the police station has completely changed the way it operates, she said. “It’s more of a community centre now,” said Teltschik. “The charge office is more user-friendly, with a dedicated area for the public to make statements, get documents certified and make general enquiries.” Bethelsdorp station commander Brigadier Zolani Xawuka said the revamp allowed the police station to operate far more effectively . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 March 2018, Servest are in the process of testing new battery operated landscaping equipment. These include leaf blowers, brush cutters, hedgers, trimmers and pruners, which are all battery operated. “Servest Landscaping and Turf are on par with international best practices in improving productivity, sustainability, and the assurance of aligning business practices to that of international standards”, says, Andre Ferreira, Sales and Marketing Director at Servest. The client, where Servest are currently testing this equipment, is amazed with the low noise levels of the blowers. This was tested outside the boardroom where a meeting was in progress without the participants even knowing that garden machinery was in use. According to an article in BizCommunity, ‘noise is a natural consequence of whatever we do. It forms part of our everyday lives and, we often just tolerate it. Nevertheless, noise has the capacity to cause conflict between those who are generating it and those who are victims of it. However, noise nuisance is a totally different animal and includes operating machinery, or power tools that cause a noise nuisance, among other things’. According to the case of Laskey and Another v Showzone CC and Others (5988/06)  ZAWCHC 50;  4 All SA 1162 (C) (30 October 2006) there are two different kinds of noise, namely, disturbing noise and noise nuisance. A disturbing noise is objective and is defined as a scientifically measurable noise level, and generally compared to the existing ambient noise level. A noise nuisance is a subjective measure, and is defined as any noise that disturbs or impairs, or may disturb or impair the convenience or peace of any person’. [parts of excerpts extracted from https://goo.gl/YbtHVB], Ferreira adds that “the benefits of the battery operated machines include low noise levels, no fuel costs, maintenance costs and long term cost savings. We believe these factors are a value-added . . .
Alexander Road seized their opportunity midway through the match to be crowned champions in the PE Central edition of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Westering in Port Elizabeth yesterday. After defeating last year's champions Woodridge in the semifinals, Alexander Road came up against 2016 winners Collegiate and ended up winning 1-0 in a tense battle. Although the Collegiate girls dominated territorially, they could find no way through the determined Alex defence. The match ended with a final onslaught by Collegiate, with two penalty corners in quick succession, but, as had been the case for the full 20 minutes, the Alexans stood firm. The new champions showed how dangerous they can be in this shortened format by taking their chance in one of their forays into the Collegiate circle, with Alexandra Schenk pouncing to net the winner. In the cross-pool play-offs, Alexander Road shaded Woodridge 1-0 in the eight-second penalty shootout, while Collegiate also went to penalties against Pearson, winning 2-1. After ending third in the inaugural tournament in 2016 and second last year, coach Kyle Schimper said they were delighted to finally finish in first place, qualifying for the provincial finals in August. "After our performances in the last two years, there was the hope that we could go all the way this time," he said. "But in this sort of format you never know just how it is going to end." What made their victory even more special, he said, was the announcement by SPAR that Alexander Road would host next year's PE Central tournament. Schimper said the style of their play was suited to the format. "We definitely try to push the attacking sort of game and the shorter format does perhaps help us a bit. "It was a bit of a fortunate goal if I can put it that way, but that's the nature of the game - the team who take their opportunity can win and if you don't it can be a difficult way to lose." He felt the concept . . .
The FNB Madibaz rugby team are fired up for one final throw of the dice when they play their last league game in the Varsity Cup this year in Pretoria on Monday. Up against UP-Tuks, Nelson Mandela University captain Riaan Esterhuizen's outfit know that this is their last chance to salvage something from the season. Without a win in seven matches, Madibaz find themselves at the bottom of the log, but they could still avoid automatic relegation to the Varsity Shield if they pull off victory on Monday. They are three points behind Central University of Technology and a win over UP-Tuks could see them move into second from last, provided CUT don't win their final game against Bloem rivals Free State University. It has been a frustrating season for Esterhuizen and his charges, exemplified, he said, by their most recent match against Free State, which they lost 28-22. "We were 7-0 down early on but then we started to play in the right areas of the field and they could not absorb the pressure," said the midfielder. "We started to accumulate points through two tries, one of which was a nine-pointer, and a penalty to lead 19-7 at halftime." However, he added that a yellow card had put them on the back foot in the second half. "In addition, on our power play we couldn't manage to get the scrum under control on our ball, so that cost us dearly." Esterhuizen said the team knew there were some important factors riding on their match against UP-Tuks. "The future of the squad is at stake and we have spoken as a team about the issues that are involved," he said. "We are definitely fired up to break through for that first win this season - the guys are really hungry to achieve that. "It has been frustrating because we have been competitive in many of the matches, but we have just let ourselves down with some discipline [lapses] at crucial stages." UP-Tuks, perennial title contenders in the competition, have not had a good season, winning just . . .
Attack will be the nature of the game as Woodridge go about defending their title when the PE Central edition of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge takes place at Westering tomorrow. A total of 10 schools, divided into two sections, will vie for the honour of representing the region at the provincial finals which will be held at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, in August. The co-ed school won the tournament in thrilling style last year and coach Maxime Bird said there was again an air of excitement in their camp as they prepared for tomorrow's showdown. "The girls are really looking forward to this challenge and for a school like ours, who don't have that many matches during the year, this is a great tournament in which to be involved," said Bird. "There is a lot of intensity during the day because the matches are played over such a short time [15 minutes] and it's a matter of attack, attack, attack. "It's not the sort of format where you can just park the bus and defend because a draw doesn't mean much, so you really have to aim at scoring goals." Coming at the start of the season, Bird said they had not had much preparation, but all the teams "are in the same boat". "We only chose our side last week, but have a few players back from last year and some nice young talent with quite a bit of depth. "I think it will all come down to how the team gels on the day." She added that schools such as Collegiate and Pearson would always be strong contenders, while Alexander Road were also a difficult side to face in these matches. "They play a hard-running game and are always tough in this format because they attack so much. "You really have to be on the alert the whole time, in attack and defence, to have a chance of going through." Divided into two groups of five, the teams will play a round-robin section before going into the play-offs. The top two teams in each pool will qualify for the semifinals, starting at . . .
Port Elizabeth, 19 March 2018: More than 300 SMMEs received certificates for the completion of a training programme, which formed part of the R75 Port Elizabeth to Despatch interchange road rehabilitation project, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The 384 SMMEs (women, youth and male-owned) whose CIDB levels are between 1CE and 4CE received their certificates at a hand-over ceremony held at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Sixty percent (60) of the SMMEs are from the 10 wards adjacent to the R75 including wards 11, 14, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 36, 41, 52. The remaining 40% are from the greater Nelson Mandela Bay’s SMME Targeted Enterprises (TE’s). The two-week training course focussed on tendering, preparing construction documentation and business skills training. “Through Proper Consulting, a prequalification tender process was held to determine who should be selected for the training programme. The trainees were then chosen from the pool of those who were successfully prequalified,” said Sean Strydom, SANRAL Southern Region Project Manager said. Of the SMMEs who graduated 23 have already started working on the rehabilitation project, erecting guardrails, picking up litter, building subsoil drains, erecting anti-climb fencing, building open line concrete drains, erecting palisade fencing and building prefab culverts, among other things. Siphokazi Sikelwa of Fathuse Trading Pty Ltd started working on the six-month litter picking project in January 2018. “The training I received is important especially because it is an accredited training course. I believe this will help me with compliance. I have other qualifications but these are not accredited,” Sikelwa said. Bongile Dom of Bay Ngwane Trading (Pty) Ltd, who does not have a tender to work on the R75 project, also completed the two-week training course. “This certificate means a lot to me since I only have a matric. I was appointed . . .
March 12, 2018 - Through the kind efforts and donations from past Shamwari Conservation Experience students, from various schools and colleges and volunteers at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, is sponsoring the Hendrik Kanise Combined School in Alicedale, in the Eastern Cape, with enough funds to employ a new English school teacher, Mrs Letitia Lulama Nesi to fill the vacant position. She will now teach Grade 4 and 5 (10-12 year olds). Mrs Nesi was brought out of retirement to take up the role as the English teacher for 2018. This is a reality for many rural schools in South Africa where the government has been unable to deliver the necessary resources for quality education, leaving students hampered in their development to go on to further education opportunities and create a successful adult life. Comments Quinton Gillson, Marketing & Product Development Manager, “It really is heart-warming to have been able to make this happen and to play a part in the education process of the next generation within our community. We hope that by assisting with the funds that year upon year the children will grow to their full potential and also see the importance of community spirit.” Presently, some of the grade classes are so large (one with 66 children and not enough tables and chairs that the workload is overwhelming and there is no time for special attention for individuals who fall behind. We are going to start helping with English and math extra classes soon (ages 6-10 years), with the help of our volunteers. We have already implemented computer literacy classes as some of the learners have never touched a computer and the idea is to give them basic classes to benefit them for when they leave school. Adding to this the Shamwari Conservation Team does a great deal of maintenance at the school, such as cleaning gutters, looking after the vegetable gardens, fixing windows, painting etc. The students at HKC School now have the opportunity to develop their . . .
Upgrading of the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass Eastern Cape, 19 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to continue to take place on N2 Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, on Thursday 22 March 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place between 2pm and 4:30pm. The road will be closed for approximately one-hour during this time. The blast will take place approximately 25 to 35km east of Grahamstown, along the N2, between KM 78,7 and KM 92,6 route markers. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kingswood became the first team to qualify for the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge provincial finals when they won the PE North tournament in Grahamstown on Saturday. Playing on their home astro, the Kingswoodians defeated Brandwag 1-0 in a well-contested decider to earn the right to attend the provincial finals at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, in August. The Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge is played throughout the Eastern Cape and Southern Cape, with schools meeting in five regional tournaments to decide the finalists. The next tournament takes place at Westering in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday when the PE Coastal edition is held. Under new coach Bevan Bennett, it turned out to be a satisfactory day for the host school. "We are just at the start of our season, but this was a really good exercise for us as we set out to work on our strengths and to find a pattern for our game this season," said Bennett. "There was also spirited opposition from all the sides so it was definitely worthwhile competing in this challenge." He added that Kingswood had to work hard in the final against Uitenhage side Brandwag, with Megan du Preez scoring the winner. "Brandwag play a very direct and physical game so we knew it would be a real test in the final. "We faced a number of challenges but managed to produce a performance that was enough to get us through." Bennett said the day had been another success for all seven schools who participated. "It was a very good start to the season and there was a great vibe throughout the tournament. "The girls love this sort of format. It's short and it is also very intense so you have to be up to speed all the time. It was a great experience for them to go through." He felt it also set up Kingswood nicely for the season ahead. "It was a very good starting point in terms of getting some sort of game-plan sorted for the season. "For us to get together and to connect with each other in a . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .