Nelson Mandela University netball star Nolusindiso Twani has been inspired to lace up her takkies for another season after being named Sportswoman of the Year at the Nelson Mandela University's Achievers Awards last week. After a highly successful season, Twani admitted she had come to a crossroads in her career, but the recognition inspired her to continue growing on court. "I was shocked to receive this award," said the 21-year-old goal shooter, who hails from Uitenhage but lives on campus in Port Elizabeth. "I was very happy, it was such a great honour and I was really humbled by it. "Before this, I'd been asking myself ‘what next?' and this made me realise that there are people who watch you and look up to you. I can't just stop now, I have to keep going not just for myself but also for those who look up to me." Twani represented the national U21 team at the World Youth Netball Championships in Botswana in July and delivered outstanding performances at provincial level. The third-year sports management student played for the Eastern Cape Aloes in the Brutal Fruit national competition and for the SPAR Madibaz in the Varsity Netball tournament, during which she won three best-shot awards. "The highlight for me was undoubtedly the worlds in Botswana. That was the one time where, after every game, you felt like you'd left everything on court." She admitted that her confidence had steadily grown over the nine days of competition. "I was always a player who wasn't too sure of herself, but, after that experience, I've tried to use that confidence to my advantage in all my other performances." Twani also coaches at St George's College, an opportunity she said helped her grow as a player. Having worked there for the past two years, she said she had a newfound respect for the role of a coach and hoped to continue along that path. "This year I've learnt a lot. It wasn't an easy cruise where everything went my way, so I'll take the challenges . . .
National hockey player Ignatius Malgraff and netball star Nolusindiso Twani took the top sporting honours at the Nelson Mandela University's Achievers Awards evening held at the South Campus in Port Elizabeth last night where the university recognised excellence across all student activities. Malgraff, who is representing South Africa in the Africa Cup in Egypt from Sunday, was named Sportsman of the Year, while Twani took the Sportswoman of the Year accolade for her exploits on the court. In his role as a striker, Malgraff has made a big impact in national hockey circles this year, turning out in eight tests during the Summer Series against European opposition. He was also chosen for the South African team that played in the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg in July. Following the men's interprovincial in Johannesburg in August, the human movement science student was the only Eastern Province player to be chosen for the national side. Malgraff has also been named as one of the marquee players for the Professional Hockey League, which will take place in the City of Gold from November 25 to December 10. Twani, who is also studying human movement science, received national colours at an U21 level when she was named in the SA team that participated in the World Youth Cup in Botswana in July. She has emerged as one of the brightest netballing prospects at Nelson Mandela University, appearing for a number of representative teams. As a member of the Eastern Cape Aloes oufit that participated in the Brutal Fruit national competition, Twani was named the player of the match against Limpopo Baobabs. Besides representing Madibaz in the Varsity Netball tournament during which she won three best shot awards, she was a member of the Nelson Mandela Bay U21 team at the national championships and included in the SA junior squad for 2017-18. The Club of the Year award went to the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club, which excelled in a number of areas . . .
Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
PORT ELIZABETH – Leading risk solutions company Metro Security Services has appointed innovative brand strategists Design@Bay to fast-track its development as a leading integrated risk solutions provider in the Eastern Cape and nationally. The M Holdings group of companies, best known for its highly visible Metro Security Services division, recently consolidated its assets under one visionary brand to unlock integrated service value for its customers and to establish a strong platform for future growth. Design@Bay is shaping an impressive new group identity that will incorporate the company’s existing and additionally acquired subsidiary offerings – smart technology security services, vehicle tracking, fencing, and cleaning – with risk solutions at its core. Design@Bay owner and managing director Dipti Varghese said the agency had been tasked with steering M Holdings’ integrated brand strategy and business development, as well as its PR, media communications, digital and social media content. The creative team behind widely recognized brand identities, such as the Coega Development Corporation, East London IDZ and various Higher Education institutions, is well placed to boost M Holdings on its trajectory of growth. “One of our first tasks is to craft a compelling holding brand identity from which to propel M Holdings and fast-track its expansion ambitions. We aim to enhance the group’s existing reputation of credibility and generate awareness and trust in its capacity to take care of private and commercial clients’ entire facilities risk requirements,” Varghese said. The partnership will position M Holdings with a streamlined brand that reflects its integrated and strategic business offering in the critical risk solution market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Honoured to be part of the national hockey set-up, Nelson Mandela University members Cheslyn Gie and Ignatius Malgraff will be flying the Madibaz flag high when the Africa Cup begins in Ismailia, Egypt, on Sunday. The 24-year-old Malgraff, a striker with a healthy appetite for scoring, will extend his career in South African colours, while Gie will be assistant coach to interim national mentor Sheldon Rostron. Malgraff has turned out for the national team on a number of occasions, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but said it remained an extremely proud moment to play in the green and gold. "Being able to say that you are one of South Africa's best hockey players is always good, but it keeps me humble and keeps me going," said the East London-born player. "There are many youngsters coming through the ranks with exceptional talent and that keeps us fairly older players on our toes. So receiving this recognition once again shows I'm still performing to the selectors' standards." After going through a goal drought earlier this year, Malgraff said he had rediscovered his scoring touch and was determined to carry that form into the Africa Cup. He has competed in the tournament previously and said it was never easy playing against African teams. "The players are naturally physical and some tend to be aggressive on the field. "Hosting the tournament a few years back gave us an advantage which certainly made things easier, but with the Africa Cup being held on foreign soil, we will have to be prepared for a few challenges." Long-serving Madibaz coach Gie has been on the management team several times this year and is delighted to continue that association. "It is always a privilege to represent your country and I am excited to learn from Sheldon, who has a wealth of international experience," he said. He added that he planned to put the knowledge gained from previous tournaments to good use in Ismailia. "Luckily I have been to a . . .
The present ‘puritan’ approach to defeating the health risks posed by tobacco smoking should be abandoned by anti-smoking lobbyists and regulators in favour of a pragmatic approach which recognises that alternatives like vaping are up to 95% less harmful, and have the potential to meaningfully reduce the toll on the health of tobacco smokers around the globe. So says Prof Daniel Malan – an ex-smoker and director of the Stellenbosch University-based Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, in a report entitled ‘Where there’s no smoke, is there still fire? ethical aspects of tobacco harm reduction, published by the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA). The report suggests that reducing the harm inherent in smoking should be recognised as a strategy in the fight against the well-documented health risks faced by smokers. Tobacco smoking, says the report, still takes up to five million lives globally every year, and sees government earnings by taxes dwarfed by the US $ 1.0 trillion loss to global economies through premature death of workers, lost production and costs of healthcare. Against these facts must be measured the debatable success of international bids like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), that was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Legally binding on 180 countries and focusing on the production, sale, distribution, advertising and taxation of tobacco the FCTC, in addition to other measures, should see the incidence of smoking reduce globally from 22.1% in 2010 to 18.95 in 2025 - a reduction of only 3.5% (according to the WHO). “The simple concept of reducing harm can make a contribution to a much more comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Including both scientific and legal components, the objective is simply to reduce the potential harm by decreasing the risks attached to using tobacco or nicotine. Cigarette substitutes such as vaping and smokeless tobacco are examples,” says Prof Malan. Confusing the . . .
Talented Nelson Mandela University cricketers Tian Koekemoer and Lutho Sipamla will be aiming to use their recognition at a national varsity level as a springboard to higher honours this season. The Madibaz pair were named in the University Sport South Africa squad after standout performances during the recent tournament in Pretoria. While their top priority at the event was to clinch the title, Koekemoer said their selection did make up somewhat for the disappointment of losing to Pretoria University by five runs in the final. "As a team, we were really focused on trying to win the final and that is what motivated me as a player," the 24-year-old allrounder said. "When you look back, there were some things that just did not go our way, but that's how it happens in cricket sometimes." Instead Koekemoer and Sipamla, a 19-year-old fast bowler, will be looking to continue their upward curve when they play for the USSA team next year. "As far as I know we will be playing in the CSA Future Cup in Kimberley in April, which includes the SA Rural and SA Colts teams," said Koekemoer. In the meantime, the pair will be hoping to make an impact for the Eastern Province team who compete in the Sunfoil three-day and one-day domestic competitions. Koekemoer, who is in his final year of a media and communications degree, hails from Tzaneen where he attended Merensky High, the same school that produced Proteas fast bowling icon Dale Steyn. He sees the current season as one of major opportunities, with his initial goal being to establish himself in the EP team. "This is going to be a big season and there are going to be some openings for young players," he said. "My big goal is to do well for EP. We have set ourselves team goals and I will be focused on those and just try to get recognition through good performances." Koekemoer, who will continue to study next year, said one area he would be aiming to improve was his strike rate as a . . .
It is a well-known fact that South Africa is besieged with the big and continuously growing challenge of medical negligence and other personal injury claims. The country is however not alone in battling with this challenge, many other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America, amongst others, are also seized with same. Week after week the South African public reads articles and watches TV shows about cases of medical negligence, challenges regarding payment of settlements by the Department of Health, obstetricians abandoning the service of delivering babies for fear of being sued, and general mistrust in the public healthcare system. The claims per province as published in the October 2016 medico legal declaration by the Department of Health are startling. There are several efforts made by the Minister including the formation of the Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2016 that seeks to address improved quality of healthcare, patient safety and medical accountability and reduction in medico legal litigation. As established consultants in the personal injury field SIMI Healthcare Solutions and SHA Inc believe that this matter needs serious and committed cross industry engagement. Such engagement would be done with a view to lift to the fore some of the critical variables that influence the direction, outcomes and consequences of litigation of personal injury cases. They believe that it is high time that these personal injury litigation issues are closely scrutinized and discussed so that solutions are found. The importance of a symposium of this nature cannot be overemphasized. As Andiswa Gowa states, “In order for us to see a change in how personal injury claims are resolved, whether arising from Road Accidents or Medical negligence, there is a need to think beyond the established way of resolving these cases and find creative solutions. We firmly believe that such creative solutions are born out of a deep engagement and . . .
Thinking Pink – To show their support, create awareness and remember loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium together with its operators, Mandela Bay Development Agency is supporting the month-long Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Uitenhage, 13 October 2017 – “I was the smartest kid in my school and that made me popular. I worked hard every day. If you want a certain life for yourself you must work for it, prepare for it,” said Itumeleng Sekhu during her visit to schools in Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage. Sovereign Foods and Khulisa a non-profit organization, arranged that Sekhu, a burn survivor, deliver an inspirational talk at schools recently. Sekhu visited Solomon Mahlangu High School, Nkululeko Secondary School and the Ithembalethu Project for children with special needs. Sovereign paid for flights, accommodation, books donated to the learners and food parcels for the matrics at Nkululeko Secondary School who went on a study camp. Sovereign also hand out food vouchers to different beneficiaries in the Uitenhage area on a monthly basis. Thuto Maepa, Sovereign Foods Group Executive Human Resources, said working with the schools was very important for the organization. “I want you to know how important you are to us. You must work hard and follow your dreams,” Maepa said at Nkululelo Senior Secondary School. As part of Sovereign Foods’ Corporate Social Investment (CSI) mandate they focus on uplifting communities and assisting with educational programmes and other socio - economic programmes. Sekhu told the learner that her scars were visible. “My scars are external, most people are hiding their internal scars. I am not ashamed of myself. I’m so confident now. Before I cried myself to sleep but now I go in front of people so that they can ask me what happened.” Sekhu was burnt by a candle when she was 11 months old. Her right hand as well as four fingers on her left hand are amputated. This did not deter her from reaching her dreams she told her predominantly teenage audience. She has had a successful career in radio and television for the past six years and published her book What do you see? last year. “I grew up with low self-esteem as 90% of my face is literary scarred. . . .