The third Provincial Conference on Sport at NMMU's George campus has been postponed due to ongoing student protests. NMMU management said they had taken cognisance of the current environment in the university sector and had decided to postpone the conference to a later date in the year. Madibaz Director of Sport Yoliswa Lumka said it was a pity the event had to be postponed. "However, we cannot continue with classes suspended at our various campuses as we were looking forward to our students engaging with other stakeholders in this space," she said. The higher education sector has been facing protest action since Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande's announcement in respect of fees for 2017 last week. NMMU management has halted operations and is engaging with the students to seek a solution and to address student concerns. Escalating protests, tensions and violence within the sector have seen many universities closed for more than a week. "At Madibaz Sport our focus is on holistically developing our talented student athletes," said Lumka, "but we need the support of corporate and other stakeholders such as the local municipality to assist us in achieving our objectives." She said the call for free education would put further strain on the university's operational budget. The conference is organised by NMMU, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, George Municipality and the Eden Sport Council and is set to discuss the development of sport in the Western Province and in the country. Further communication will follow regarding the rescheduled date of the Sport Conference. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
NMMU-Madibaz hockey star Ignatius Malgraff emerged as the leading goal-scorer after the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL) drew to a close in Johannesburg on Sunday. Thirteen Madibaz players - 10 men and three women - were chosen for the PHL, which saw five men's and women's teams playing in a month-long competition. Malgraff's seven goals saw him top the list ahead of Lloyd Norris-Jones and Ricky West, who notched five each. The human movement sciences student said being the top scorer was not necessarily his aim. "Honestly speaking, all I did was take my chances in front of the goals and, in the end, I was the top goal-scorer," said Malgraff. "I'm happy that I got this award but I couldn't have achieved it without the help of my team-mates." The 23-year-old striker, who made his debut for the national team two seasons ago, turned out for the Addo Elephants alongside fellow NMMU students Devon Clarke, Chad Durrheim and Joshua August. They qualified for the final where they lost 2-0 to the Maropeng Cavemen, who had Madibaz player Dillan Langeveld (as well as Michael Abrahams of PE's Lakeside Cavaliers) in their ranks. Madibaz star Lauren Nina was included in the Blyde River Bunters side, who beat Madikwe Rangers 3-1 in the women's final. The Madibaz premier league mentor Cheslyn Gie, who coached the Addo Elephants, felt the PHL was a "huge step in the right direction for SA hockey". "The concept gave players from smaller regions the opportunity to compete at the highest domestic level possible. "It also gave them the opportunity to be coached by various coaches with different ideas of how the game should be played." Malgraff was excited about the concept, saying the PHL was just what domestic hockey needed. "It was the perfect platform to showcase the talent the country has to offer." He said they now had something to play for and, with a players' draft system in place, they could be spotted at any level. While the PHL . . .
September 27, 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency Soc Ltd (SANRAL) would like to advise motorists of planned roadworks taking place during the day and night on the N2 in Port Elizabeth. Day shift starting from today (Tuesday, 27 September): Cadle Street over the N2 at Continental will have stop-and-go sections in place as work will be done on bridge joints. There are still lane restrictions on the Burman South Bound bridge (M4 to Summerstrand) as work continues on bridge joints. Roadstud installation will continue in a Westerly direction during the day between William Moffet and Bramlin interchanges. Single lane traffic will be in place. The road will be re-opened at 16h00. Night roadworks will take place from tonight, Tuesday, September 27. Tonight the William Moffett East bound on-and-off ramp will be closed, use other ramps as detour. On Wednesday, September 28, the William Moffett West bound on-and-off ramp will be closed, use other ramps as detour. On Thursday, September 29, the William Moffett West bound on-and-off ramp will be closed, use other ramps as detour on After Thursday, the night shift will only restart next Wednesday October 5. There will be message boards up to notify motorists of the roadworks. “Motorists are asked to adhere to the speed limit to keep workers safe, plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Regional Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a recent survey 242 Chief Audit Executives were polled for their views on various aspects of corporate governance. The outcome of the survey was published in the fourth edition of the Corporate Governance Index 2016 – An Internal Audit Perspective. One of the areas on which the Audit Executives were polled was with regard to their views on Ethics as an integral part of corporate governance. Ethics is widely regarded as a key component of good corporate governance. In the Third King Report on Corporate Governance of South Africa, the very first chapter of the Report is devoted to ethics – signifying that ethics is one of the fundamental building blocks of good governance. Also in the Fourth King Report that will be released by the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa on 1 November 2016, the prominence of ethics is once more underlined by the fact that three principles out of the total of 16 principles in the Report are devoted explicitly to Ethics. The Corporate Governance Index 2016 indicates that despite the fact that Ethics is one of the areas that is most positively rated by Audit Executives, there is nevertheless a slight decline in perceptions of Ethics. Whereas the overall rating for Ethics in the 2015 Corporate Governance Index stood at 3.4 on a rating scale of 0 to 4, the 2016 score dropped to 3.2 – which represents a drop of almost 3%. Ethics is viewed much more positively in publicly held companies and large private companies than in public sector organisations on national, provincial and local government levels. The findings of the Corporate Governance Index 2016 reconfirms the findings of the South Africa Business Ethics Survey (SABES) that was released by The Ethics Institute in May 2016. The SABES report also reported very high levels of ethics awareness in publicly held companies and in large private companies. However, it was also found in the SABES Report that compared to an earlier study in 2013, companies tend to neglect . . .
The third Provincial Conference on Sport will focus on the role sport plays in society when it takes place from September 30 to October 1 at NMMU's George campus. Organised jointly by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, George Municipality, Eden Sport Council and NMMU, the theme of the conference is Olympism. The programme is structured around the four sub-themes of "Faster, Higher, Stronger", "Diversity and Inclusion", "Governance, Leadership and Administration" and "Infrastructure and the Role of Government". Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka said Olympism meant having a balanced lifestyle, especially between sport, education and culture. She said sport should not be seen in isolation, but as an integral part of developing people holistically. "Normally when these conversations happen it is just the sport practitioners in the room," she said. "We want to have this conversation with the municipalities, schools, universities, sport federations and athletes to fully understand where the need is and what the different entities can provide." She said it was crucial that the different bodies came together to develop an integrated plan to keep sport moving forward. Lumka said Elroy Gelant, a finalist in the 5 000m in Rio, would be one of the prominent guest speakers. "We never really get the picture of what it takes to prepare for an event like the Olympics." She said the track athlete would also give attendees a sense of how to cope with setbacks as well as how to pick oneself up for another four-year cycle of training. Sascoc president Gideon Sam will review the Olympics from a South African perspective and look at Team South Africa's support structures. Diversity in Olympism is the focus of the talk by Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, CEO of the Sport Science Institute of South Africa. The opening address will be delivered by NMMU George Campus principal Prof Quinton Johnson. CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
Consistency during a lengthy season was the key to NMMU-Madibaz winning the Eastern Province men's first league squash title for the fifth straight year this month. This is the view of team number one and player-coach Jason le Roux, who has been involved in a long period of success for Madibaz squash in which they also won the super league men's title from 2012 to 2015. "Winning the league is often about the most consistent team," said the 33-year-old, who plays provincial squash for Border. "We had some illnesses during the season and lost two players (Grant Greyling and Gregg Shean) at different stages. "So, pulling players up and getting them to adapt to the pressure of first league was one of the challenges." Le Roux said Liam Ford, who moved up to first league as a permanent member for the duration of the second round, did well at number four. Even though they had been champions for several seasons, he said their motivation was still there to aim for the title. "It is always satisfying to win the league title. Every year is a new year and we don't focus on the past or let the previous results dampen our enthusiasm. "We set ourselves the goal to win the title and this year, in particular, we had a new team so we knew it would be a challenge." Le Roux and Ford were joined by the up and coming Brendan Bassett and Johan Thiel in the winning line-up. "Our excitement grew when we realised we were in contention," said Le Roux. "It rubbed off on the two newbies (Ford and Bassett), who were really keen to lift the trophy." He said it was important for NMMU, who are sponsored by Brian Bands Sports and Nutritech, to perform well in the province's challenging first league. "Squash is very competitive and well-structured in the Eastern Province, so for a varsity team to win is a great achievement. It means a lot to the players and they put in a big effort." He said they had tried to create a culture of enjoying squash and that it . . .
As Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Athol Trollip committed himself to a Wheelchair Wednesday exercise, SPAR Eastern Cape and the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD) announced a record handover of wheelchairs today. In its fifth year, the APD initiative, backed by SPAR EC, saw enough funds raised to provide 152 wheelchairs for those in need, bringing the overall total to 521 chairs since the first project in 2011. Wheelchair Wednesday traditionally takes place in August and sees celebrities and company representatives spending four hours in a wheelchair at a shopping centre to experience the challenges which face those with disabilities. They were tasked with completing simple daily chores, such as using an automatic teller machine, buying groceries and visiting a coffee shop, to better understand the real-life challenges faced by people with disabilities. At a function hosted by Access Management at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, SPAR EC promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt said the project was "something which touched out hearts". The executive mayor was equally humbled by the occasion. Welcomed as one of the VIPs, Trollip said afterwards: "The real VIPs are the people who go out of their way to assist people who can't help themselves. "I know we have to do a lot more in government to take care of people with disabilities. And that's not to take care of them in a patronising way, but to make them feel part of society. "I have now committed myself to a Wheelchair Wednesday next year because I think it's important for people who are able-bodied to understand how difficult it is to live in society if you are disabled." Westraadt paid tribute to the many companies and celebrities who had thrown their weight behind the project. "We came on board because we know there is a very deep need which must be filled and it's one of our favourite events of the year," she said. "I want to thank all those . . .
Who knows better than South Africans about the power of sport to draw a nation together? From the 1995 Rugby World Cup, to the recent support for Team SA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, these moments are our finest hours, when we stand united. There are a host of events that contribute to nation building in our country, and it is time that they were recognized for their contributions to our society and to our economy. With this in mind, we call for nominations in various categories for the upcoming Sports and Events Tourism Awards: Best International Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Domestic Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Event Improving the Brand Profile of the Destination Best Event Leaving a Development Legacy Best Emerging Township Event Contributing to local Economic Development Best Event City or Province Event owners, Host Cities & Sponsors may nominate events by submitting impact assessment reports along with supporting documentation of their events through the SETE Awards online submission forms at http://www.thebereed.co.za/sportsandevents/sports-and-events-tourism-awards/ An Evaluation Panel made up of event tourism experts and national government institutions will adjudicate each submission and shortlist the nominees that will be invited to the Awards Dinner to be held on the 26th October 2016 in the City of Tshwane. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 7 October 2016 The Awards are an initiative of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), a highly effective global business-to-business platform now in its sixth year. Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the intention of SETE is to position South africa as a Sports and Events Tourism Destination. “We strongly believe that sports & events have a significant importance in the development of our country,” says Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director at Thebe Reed Exhibitions and the Programme Director for the Sports and Events . . .
While South Africa lost an invaluable part of the collection of the law library at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College, this month, another one is steadily growing. The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been building a digital and physical library to assist both staff and the public’s research efforts on arts, culture, heritage and economics. SACO’s primary objective is to advance applied research in the field of cultural information systems and to support existing or developing information networks by enhancing collaborative research projects between multidisciplinary teams. The SACO Knowledge Manager, Tazleen Jooste, says this developing library is central to the work the SACO does. “The library is critical because it will be the ‘home’ for all of the research produced by our staff and will, in future, be an accessible interactive database of knowledge and information for our target groups. “A sound repository of information will generate trust and social capital so that there is confidence in cultural indicators and acceptance of public statistics.” The library is growing at a pleasing rate, says Jooste. Both hard and soft copies of local and international texts have been acquired, and are readily available for use within the SACO headquarters in Port Elizabeth and online through the SACO website. The expanding collection includes: books, dissertations and theses, government publications, loose leaf publications, microforms and microfiches, music scores, non-print material, out of print material, pamphlets and serials. These resources have been sourced through generous donations, staff purchases, special requests and corporate acquisitions. Jooste believes that when it comes to the library’s projected growth, the possibilities are limitless. “We would like to grow quite significantly, so putting a restriction on this wouldn’t be just,” she says. “Our aim for this library is to have an abundance of resources . . .
Port Elizabeth - The South African National Roads Agency Soc Ltd (SANRAL) has announced today that the N2 Bramlin off-ramp to Soutwerke near Coega will be completed by December 2016. This R198 million roadworks project with a duration of 18 months has now reached 80% completion. The outstanding work on the freeway relates to road marking and the installation of bridge joints. The bulk of the remaining surfacing work is on the freeway on-off ramps, and cross roads and will be carried out during off-peak time during weekends and at night. “The roadworks are being carried out on one of the most heavily trafficked freeways in the Eastern Cape. This section of the N2 also carries a lot of local commuter traffic thus requiring careful planning in order to minimise traffic congestion and inconvenience to the public,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Regional Manager for SANRAL Southern Region. “SANRAL became aware that motorists from the western suburbs experienced acute congestion on Friday 09 September 2016 as a result of a truck that overturned between Cotswold and Stanford interchange. Unfortunately, the freeway also became congested on Monday 12 September 2016 when the contractor had to close one traffic lane in order to complete an operation that was interrupted by the Friday accident,” he said. SANRAL regrets and apologises for any inconvenience caused during the implementation of this necessary road maintenance project. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .