Last week Shoprite hosted a graduation ceremony for 20 learners who lost their school due to arson earlier this month. The learners of Under the Tree ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre in Markman, together with their teachers and parents, were all invited to celebrate their successful completion of Grade R. “We didn’t want the children to think that their hard work was in vain because the school burnt down. We wanted to end the year properly and give them the graduation they deserve. Thanks to Shoprite we were able to do that. Their donation of refreshments, certificates, photographer and transport costs as well as party packets are much appreciated,” says 80 year-old Tia Wessels, Director of Family Restoration Services, an organisation that runs numerous children empowerment programmes, including Under the Tree ECD. As a business with heart, Shoprite is committed to support those who #ActForChange in their local communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The FNB Madibaz players have worked extra hard to improve on their impressive recent showing when the new-look team challenge for the Varsity Sevens title in Durban from Friday to Sunday. When they played in the University Sport South Africa tournament in September, the Nelson Mandela University team finished in third place, comfortably securing their berth in this weekend's event, which comprises the top 10 USSA teams. Coach Beän van Eeden said the Madibaz wanted to build on that performance even though they had lost as many as seven players from the squad since the earlier event. "It is a bit of a blow losing so many players, but we now have a number of young guys in the squad and a great vibe has developed," he said. "They are extremely motivated to do well, something you could sense during our preparations. They never missed a training session. "Even during exams, they were committed to attending practices. This has led to them creating a strong team bond." Van Eeden added that the players were enjoying their rugby and were ready to "give it a go". "In sevens anything can happen, so we feel we can be competitive. We are aiming for, at least, a place in the semifinals." The coach outlined their extensive preparations, saying they were far better prepared than in previous years. "We used to train for four weeks and then get together for a few days before the tournament," he said. "This year we gave the guys a bit of a breather after the September tournament, but we have been preparing for seven weeks since then." While they had done much conditioning work in the gym, he said the local tournament in which they played against other Nelson Mandela Bay clubs over the past two weekends could prove crucial to their title chances. "This was a massive boost to our preparations because there is real value in playing proper sevens matches, rather than the simulated conditions during training. "We set up a tournament involving clubs . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 29 November 2017 – Servest announced the completion of an R1.4m investment into a complete irrigation system which will improve the quality of plants and reduce growing times at their Restio Ridge growing operation. This is a huge benefit to Servest and their clients. The next phase of investment at Resito Ridge will aim to install a fertigation system to work in tandem with the irrigation system. Servest has also recently completed the introduction of biological control at Restio Ridge, which is a method of controlling disease using other organisms, rather than the traditional spraying of chemicals. Servest operates the largest interior plant growing operation in South Africa, and has two facilities, the main growing operation is called Restio Ridge and is 12km outside Malelane Mpumalanga. On average the growing operation holds approximately. 75000 specimen plants to supply the interior plants division with a steady supply of quality plants. Servest’s growing operation employs 26 staff, and includes a Guesthouse which can accommodate 10 guests and is available to rent. Servest rents land from local farmers for their expanding production which brings benefits to the local economy The intensive growing operation has a minimum of 70000 plants in the ground at any time, with an average growing time for each plant of four years, from the original cutting to the delivery to Lone Creek. Lone Creek is the home base for Servest installation teams; the acclimatisation and holding facility is where at any given time approximately 20000 specimens are stored and where all orders are received and prepared for delivery to the clients’ premises. Servest is unique in that it is the only interior plant service provider in South Africa that has their own growing operations. Servest also has a footprint in the operations used by their competitors and have growing agreements with several other growers in Mpumalanga and Kwa -Zulu Natal. “Our . . .
Can’t make sense of fibre internet? Cell C’s Executive Head: Broadband, Dederick Venter explains what you need to know. Chances are you have seen the ads, the flyers, maybe even met the eager salespeople. Fibre internet is slowly expanding across South Africa’s metropolitan areas, introducing a new level of internet access that really stands beyond compare. Fibre is considerably faster than ADSL and more stable than the wireless signals from mobile broadband. The closest other option is LTE, which itself is blisteringly fast. But fibre is the king of this mountain. This certainly sounds like a good deal, but is it? What is fibre and should you cave in to your family’s calls to have it installed? That depends on what you are looking for, but if you live a connected life, you won’t regret ordering fibre. The traditional way to ferry the digital information of the internet around is to use copper cables, which carry electrical signals. But fibre sends beams of light down long translucent threads. This has several benefits: fibre do not decay as fast as copper lines and fibre is less exposed to interference. It is also very fast, comfortably offering speeds ten times that of ADSL and beyond. Even at its lower end - 10 to 20mbps (mbps is to internet speed what km/h is to cars) - fibre is more reliable. It also has more capacity, so no more fights over who is doing what online and draining all the speed. A 20mbps fibre link can comfortably carry the internet demands of a family of four or more. Through it you can stream HD movies, browse the web, hold video chats with friends and even control a security system - all at the same time. Sold? Great. But first you need to check if you have access to fibre, since networks are still growing their footprint. Consult the map of a fibre provider, such as on Cell C’s C Fibre website. If you do qualify, find a price and package that suits your needs and place the order. There are a few extra facts worth knowing. Fibre has . . .
The Billabong Madibaz squad are banking on a team effort when they try to regain the overall title in the University Sport South Africa surfing competition, starting in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Not only will the Nelson Mandela University team be aiming for top honours after their victory in 2015; they will be doing so in Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time. They will be up against four other universities over three days of competition, with Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Varsity College all in the mix. Madibaz Surfing Club chairman Lee Allers, who is part of the squad, said they had lost some experienced surfers from last year's line-up, but he was confident of their chances. "We had an experienced team last year, but the conditions (at Victoria Bay) were very trying," he said. "The goal for this year is to bring the team trophy back to Madibaz Surfing, and to get at least some of our surfers into the individual finals." Allers said only four members of last year's squad were back this year. The team seemed to be in transition, but he felt they had a fantastic all-round squad, "more than capable of winning the overall event". "The team members are extremely excited and pumped up to do well," he said. "I feel the vibe will start to build as they return to PE this week, which will be crucial for our mental planning. "We have had good preparation because the team was selected in May and we have been running competitions during the year, socialising together and sharing our passion for the ocean." While they had a good understanding of local conditions, the Madibaz squad also included surfers from all over the country, he added. "The weekly forecast shows light offshore conditions with swell periods ranging from eight to 15 seconds. The forecast will get more accurate closer to the event, but I feel we will be able to cope with any conditions Mother Nature throws at us." Madibaz surfing manager Melinda Goosen said they were . . .
Lake Farm Centre, Residential Care Centre for intellectually and physically Challenged Adults, will be having their Annual Street Collection (small change / spare change) on Saturday, 2nd December 2017. Almost one third of the residents at Lake Farm are orphans and they are permanent residents and do not enjoy the freedom to spend time with loved ones over the Festive Season. These orphans are all socially and financially dependent on emotional support and our fundraising efforts to enable them to enjoy a variety of different activities over this period. We wish to thank the Centre Managers of various Mall and shops, who have permitted us to hold this annual collection. A special thanks to the many volunteers who are willing to give up their time to assist us with this fundraising project. A reminder to the public, that any donation is much appreciated, and we wish to thank everyone for their continued support. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
There are some interesting movies depicting robot-like creatures that go about their daily lives without any comprehension or thought of why they are behaving the way that they are. They automatically react to the stimulus around them and are not programmed to make their own, and perhaps better, choices. In much the same way, how many of us live our lives in reaction-mode, unaware of what we are feeling and why we are negatively influencing our relationships, work environment, productiveness and happiness. “Emotional intelligence is our capacity to be aware of, control, and express our emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Mastering emotional intelligence skills puts us back in the driving seat – the control panel, if you will – of our own lives, and it is essential if we are to enjoy happier, more fulfilled lives!” says Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres. Cindy highlights how having strong Emotional intelligence skills could benefit your daily life: You will benefit from stronger, more uplifting personal relationships Assist you in becoming a better leader They can help you cope more effectively with conflict Reduce stress and anxiety and significantly increase self-respect and self-value Overcome the inevitable challenges of life “Emotional Intelligence skills include self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. If we consider that every choice we will ever make is based on how we feel about ourselves as a person, and every choice that we make will have a non-negotiable consequence, it stands to reason that it is essential that we master the essential skills of emotional intelligence” Cindy adds. Here are some of Cindy’s essential tips to boost your emotional intelligence skills: Own yourself! Recognise your strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledge and embrace your (inevitable) mistakes as learning opportunities! Stop blaming . . .
EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA - The 21st edition of the SkyRun SA, powered by Salomon, through the remote Witteberg Mountain Range in the Eastern Cape lived up to its tag of ‘A hell of a run.’ Athletes braved winds, biting cold, and waist-high snow-covered mountains with very tricky terrain and severe up and down mountain climbs to complete what is considered the toughest Trail Run in South Africa. The event has three distances, the SkyRun Marathon - a 42km marked route with a 7-hour time cap; the SkyRun 65km and the SkyRun 100km are both self-support and self-navigation races across remote terrain at an average altitude of between 2200m and 2500m above sea level. Top South African trail runner and 2016 SkyRun winner, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team SA/ Salomon/ Garmin), along with 192 other competitors took on the extreme challenge of completing the 100km trail from Lady Grey to the Wartrail Country Club. From the start, the race route climbs dramatically reaching an altitude of 2419m at the first check-point, just 12km into the race. The route continues to climb, culminating in a rough, steep climb to its highest point, Avoca peak, at 2756m. From then on, runners traverse ‘Dragonback’, a 3m wide ridge line, before a technical descent into the valley. At 55km into the race, runners reach the compulsory stop, Balloch Cave. Here, athletes complete a medical and are given the all-clear to continue the race. The route again ascends, gaining over 500m in just 3km over Balloch Wall. Runners must then navigate their entrance to Bridal Pass to reach the ridge line before doubling back for the final 13km of the race. Pushing himself to the limit, Greyling held on to take a third-place finish in 14:33:59 behind first-place finisher South African Sky Running legend, Lucky Miya, in 12:58:38, and Nepalese runner, Sange Sherpa, in second with a time of 13:56:20. Says Greyling following his podium finish, “There is always a curveball at SkyRun. Last year it was . . .
Port Elizabeth – Access to clean water is a basic human right but, were it not for the ongoing battle being fought by Working for Water, the future could be very bleak, with the fish and plant populations in polluted Eastern Cape rivers being wiped out. Ensuring that this does not happen falls to the Gamtoos Irrigation Board which is responsible for the management of alien vegetation in the Swartkops River system, among other provincial projects funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs. According to area manager Andrew Knipe, the battle for the Swartkops has been raging for the last few years, and steady progress is being made, as teams of workers clear and maintain the river and floodplain. Since 2011, the project has cleared more than 765 hectares, with follow-up work completed on over 2,672 hectares. “Water hyacinths in particular need repeated follow-ups and will re-establish very quickly if we stop clearing operations,” said Knipe, adding that the population in the lower reaches of the Swartkops River was the lowest it had been in years. “However, the problem is compounded by industrial and agricultural pollutants entering the river.” This, Knipe warns, is not a problem that is going to go away any time soon, with pollution levels escalating. “One of the problems is that the capacity of the Kelvin Jones water treatment works is too small to cope with the vast amounts of sewage being fed into it, so sewage is released into the river,” Knipe said, explaining that when pollution levels are high, the water hyacinth population explodes, doubling every 14 days. If the water hyacinths get out of control they can cover the entire river, absorbing all the oxygen from the water, killing fish and plant life. The solution, in part, lies in clearing the river of these aquatic weeds, as well as the surrounding land of alien vegetation, including eucalyptus (bluegum), acacia saligna (Port Jackson willow) and sesbania. Keeping control of . . .
After earning the women's bronze medal at the University Sport South Africa week and capturing the Port Elizabeth men's league title, the Madibaz Water Polo Club can look back on a highly satisfactory year. The successes over the past 11 months have provided a boost for the club, with coach Delaine Christian saying they had set the bar for the years ahead. Christian, herself, was at the forefront of the recognition Nelson Mandela University water polo received as she was named coach of the year at the varsity's annual Achiever Awards function. She said one of the highlights this year was their third-place finish at the USSA tournament in Johannesburg, having approached the week without any major expectations. "At the beginning of the season we had a different view because then we were definitely aiming for a top three," said Christian. "Just before going to the tournament, however, two key players had to pull out because of various reasons. "This meant we went to the week with a very small and inexperienced team, only two of whom had previously attended the tournament. So we knew it would be difficult." She added they had not put any pressure on themselves and approached it with the idea of playing hard and to play as a team, while also making sure it was fun. "To come third (behind winners UCT and Stellenbosch) was way above what we had imagined, especially as we had ended fourth or fifth in the last three years. "It's an amazing result and we know now that we are capable of so much more." Christian said good management had been one of the keys to their success, as well as a team that worked well together. "This year was the first time we trained throughout and we had a really good structure in place." Madibaz water polo manager Melinda Goosen said it was equally satisfying to win the local men's league. "It was very well contested throughout and the men's league is highly competitive. For our team to pull off the win was a real . . .