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. . . .
Port Elizabeth, 15 September 2016 - The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) today announced the adoption of two new road materials engineering specifications for the construction of the national road network and other roads under its jurisdiction. SANRAL will adopt new specifications for the asphalt design mix and for bitumen. The new specifications are more geared towards a paradigm of scientific knowledge in comparison to the South African mechanistic pavement design method. The new methodology that the agency is adopting will rely on temperature isotypes or temperature gradient regions in conjunction with the four classes of traffic volume over road surfaces to determine the bitumen design specifications. Bitumen is an essential product in road construction and repair. The major benefit of pairing the bitumen with the specific requirements of the climatic area and the traffic loading is that the predictability of the longevity of the bitumen and subsequently, the road surface, can be better understood. From this understanding comes the ability to build roads that can last longer, which will save tax payers’ money in the long run. SANRAL will also introduce a new asphalt design method. “Historically, we have drawn on the empirical method. However, we have now put a lot of time into understanding the finite elements, and the new mix design method will be more scientifically-orientated,” said Sean Strydom, SANRAL Southern Region Materials Specialist. The ability to analyse and predict what will happen in a structural element over time is the very basis of structural design. This ability is now within reach of the pavement engineer and the design of asphalt layers from the same principles as structural design will result in more cost effective road layers being constructed. “SANRAL will introduce software drawing on the insight generated by sophisticated mathematical models for every material layer in the pavement, from the . . .
Harlequins will represent NMMU-Madibaz in the Steinhoff Koshuis rugby competition for the second year in a row after defeating Pointers 19-0 in the final at the South Campus on Friday. The competition will be played simultaneously with the Varsity Cup tournament in February and March next year. Quins and Pointers qualified for the final after surviving strong challenges from Northerns and Rangers in the semi-finals. Quins defeated Northerns 15-10, while Pointers outlasted Rangers 18-10. Madibaz Koshuis league co-ordinator Schalk Rossouw said it had been another "tight competition". "We had a total of 10 teams playing on Fridays in the league portion of the competition, which ran from April to August. "There was a lot of interest in the league, plenty of support from the spectators and matches were played no matter how bad the weather was." Rossouw added that he had received positive feedback from players and officials, which suggested this year's Koshuis league had been "a big success". Harlequins coach Chris Kelly was delighted with their efforts and said they were looking forward to competing in the Varsity Cup Koshuis section next year. However, he said they would be looking at recruiting some new players as they would be losing some of the older team members. "We don't always manage to keep the same team because when it comes to the Varsity Cup you have to be a student and you have to have enough academic points to be eligible," said Kelly. "Several players will be finishing this year, including captain Nathie Botha, who has been one of the standout players for the team. "But we will still have some of the younger guys and thus should continue to have a good side if the guys pitch up and put their hands up." Kelly added that Madibaz Varsity Cup head coach David Maidza had pointed out to him that the Koshuis league was a stepping stone to higher honours. "He said you go from the Koshuis league to Varsity Cup, and then from . . .
Africa’s first ever dredging simulator has been launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), Netherlands based Royal IHC and its world-renowned Training Institute. The high-tech simulator – based at the MSoE’s Langeberg Road premises – will aid in building dredging capability in South Africa. Dredging is specialised underwater excavation that helps to keep ports and harbours safe and navigable and is a critical aspect of port development. Transnet anticipates that over the first three-year period 50 students will complete training on the simulator as part of a holistic dredging training programme and could find work in Southern Africa or with international dredging contractors. TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu, said the simulator would enable TNPA to support ports in Southern Africa to develop marine skills and grow their economies. “Through this acquisition we can create jobs in line with the Government’s Nine-Point Growth Plan. Among the key focus areas of TNPA’s R56 billion-plus investments under the Transnet Market Demand Strategy (MDS) are creating capacity ahead of demand, maintenance upgrades, skills development and job creation. We are therefore striving to build our own capabilities by developing mission critical skills that will help us to cater for the needs of the Southern African port system. Instead of sending staff overseas for dredging training we can now do this locally through the dredging school to be fully operational by 2017. “A number of regional ports are also ramping up plans to expand port capacity including major dredging projects, so we would like to be in a position to provide human capacity for that as well in the near future,” he said. The multi-million Rand simulator mimics the control panel of an actual dredging vessel, complete with environmental . . .
It’s that time of the year once again, where 3M South Africa, one of the world’s largest innovative and multi technology groups continues to build on the success of the HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which was launched in 2012 by 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B² is gearing up for an explosive 2016 event which aims to unearth the best technological and innovative ideas that the youth have to offer, using the Sciences Applied to Life as the benchmark for all entries. The call is out now for grade 9 and 10 learners to enter the 2016 challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they face. Those entrants who make it to the final round will benefit from exposure to 3M's wealth of intellectual and product resources, in support of their quest to become South Africa's Top Young Innovator 2016. Your innovation must be a solution to any of the following everyday problems: Howe we get from Place to Place How we stay healthy How we stay safe How to make everyday tasks easier “The previous Challenges were a great success and made a significant impact on those learners who participated," said Gina Cohen, Customer Innovation Centre Host & Customer Engagement Specialist Business Services Operations. “Science, is just science, until you make it improve the world. Learners are often overlooked by adults when it comes to solving real-life problems. We want to see the project ultimately feeding the pipeline of scarce skills in the fields of engineering and technology and changing perceptions of these fields. The ideas of young people should be encouraged, not ignored." HIP2B² was founded in 2002 to promote the study of Maths, Science and technology-related subjects as a means to develop problem solving skills and analytical thinking. Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards a growing culture of entrepreneurship, which will better ensure South Africa’s future economic prosperity. "We . . .
The SPAR Madibaz netball team will be aiming to exploit home-court advantage when they host Varsity Netball matches at the Vodacom NMMU Indoor Centre on Sunday and Monday. Following a morale-lifting win against the University of Johannesburg on Monday, the Madibaz will want to take that momentum into their next two matches against UCT and Stellenbosch. NMMU coach and former national player Lana Krige said they were delighted to be playing at home and were ready to embrace the experience. "Some teams have problems playing at home because the pressure can get to them," said Krige, "but we have never had that problem. "Our girls absolutely love playing at home because there is a lot of support and hype – for us it's a great advantage." Krige knows, however, that there will be no easy matches, particularly against Maties. "The matches against Maties are always tight affairs," she said. "In 2013 we beat them and went on to win the bronze medal, so this time we want to give Maties a good go. It will be a big plus if we can win this one." The Madibaz mentor said they had also had tough matches with UJ in the past and was pleased with their efforts in difficult conditions in Johannesburg this week. "I felt this was a crucial win for us on a slippery floor which did not suit our style of play. "We play a game with sharp changes of direction, which we weren't able to use on Monday. UJ play a more hanging, slower game because they have very tall players. "I thought the girls did fantastically well and it was really a great win for us." Krige praised the Varsity Netball concept, saying it gave excellent exposure to student players. "Netball is a big sport in the country, but perhaps not as big in the Eastern Cape. "Varsity Netball gives our players a chance to show how good they are in front of their family and friends. "It's also a chance for young netball players to see what levels they should aspire to and I'm hoping more schools . . .