The Madibaz football team kicked off their Varsity Football campaign with a well-executed goalless draw against Vaal University of Technology at the Isak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijlpark on Monday night. “We played at a high intensity and we created opportunities. It was a strong opening for us,” said Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy. According to him, the Port Elizabeth side started the 10-week national tournament very well. He praised the Madibaz’s on-field organisation and said they had been more strategic and tactical in their approach. “We definitely played to our strengths as a unit, making some good team play,” said Tommy. “Our structure was more organised, we were more technical and we managed to wear them down as a team and take control.” He said it was this ability to play as a unit as well as their fitness levels that would stand the Madibaz in good stead for the tournament. “Our preparation has gone extremely well and we are hoping to make an impact over the coming weeks. “The objective now is to pull out all the stops during the pool matches and get through to the semi-finals.” In their opening match, Tommy said the visitors were able to dominate their opponents for the first 15 minutes, during which time a goal was disallowed for offside. However, VUT came back strongly to go on the offensive until half-time, whereafter a resurgent Madibaz again took charge. Tommy said that star striker Kieran Koert impressed until he was substituted for an injury to his shoulder. Although unable to find the back of the net, teammate Cloudius Sagandira was named Samsung Super Striker. “Their determination just shows that they are ready to fight for a top spot in this tournament,” said Tommy, who felt the competition would be very interesting this year. He said Tuks, who are on the hunt for a hat-trick, were possibly the side to watch. Tommy said tournament newcomers Walter Sisulu University had also done the Eastern Cape . . .
The Mecer Madibaz men's hockey team claimed silver for the second year running at the University Sport South Africa tournament hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg earlier this month. "The standard was very high at the tournament and there was no easy match in both pools," said Madibaz hockey manager Cheslyn Gie. "We did extremely well with a very inexperienced defence. We had four first years in our team including the goalkeeper." The Port Elizabeth team got their tournament off to a good start by beating Kovsies 4-1 in their opening fixture. On the second day, the team dropped their first game going down 1-2 to the University of Cape Town. "Our goalkeeper was injured and had to be substituted for two minutes and UCT scored the winning goal during this time," said Gie. They came back fighting on day three to claim an impressive 9-1 victory over Wits, their biggest winning margin since the merger in 2005. "This was a crucial match as a convincing win would put us in a good position to qualify for the semi-finals," said Gie. In the semis, national star Ignatius Malgraff scored a hat-trick for the Madibaz as they beat Maties 4-2 to qualify for the final against Tuks. Maties fielded eight national players and were the outright favourites. "We played very well and our brand of quick counter-attack hockey put our opposition under pressure and we created many scoring opportunities." In the final, the Madibaz were not able to sustain their momentum and went down 3-0. "We could not lift ourselves to the same level as we achieved against Maties," said Gie. He said that the standout players of the tournament were SA representatives Malgraff, Dalan Phillips and Chad Cairncross, with other strong performances by fourth years Joshua August and Jason Maclachlan and second years Devon Clarke and Wade Witbooi. The Mecer Madibaz women's team placed sixth - a commendable result considering that they fielded an inexperienced side featuring nine . . .
A trio of 12-year-old culinary contestants showed they could take the heat in The Pastryworks kitchens as they faced off in an intense two-round cook-off for the SPAR Junior Chef competition in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (July 9). The three finalists - Lorraine Primary's Paige Black, Kirsty Kramer of Erica Girls' Primary and Greenwood Primary's Sihle Jacobs - rose to the occasion as they baked the recipes that saw them chosen from a host of impressive entries. Black made lemon meringue tartlets, served with rose-carved strawberries and a confection of caramelised sugar. Kramer wielded the chef's knife like a pro, ensuring that the nuts for her chocolate fudge cake were chopped to perfection. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Jacobs delivered scrumptious Bar-One biscuits decorated with sliced strawberries and served with a drizzle of melted chocolate. Chef Kevin Gouws assisted his focused young charges where necessary, while their proud parents were only allowed to watch from the sidelines. SPAR Eastern Cape's Roseann Shadrach and Debadene Baatjies helped him to judge the beautifully presented results. In the decisive second round, the girls had to make a mystery dish, which turned out to be "build-a-pizza", with a twist of their own creative flair. Black chose a combination of onions, mushrooms, smoked chicken, cheese, avocado and rocket for her signature pizza. Jacobs's effort was a simple pairing of tomato, bacon and extra cheese with a dash of barbecue sauce. But it was Kramer's meat-lovers' pizza with a sweet chilli sauce and thyme base and two-cheese topping that saw her take the cake - and the overall win. She won a R5 000 shopping voucher for her efforts, with Black and Jacobs taking second and third, and a R1 000 and R500 voucher, respectively. Each of the contestants also went home with a hamper of SPAR goodies and a bag of SPAR Good Living cooking utensils. SPAR EC sponsorship controller Shadrach said the girls had . . .
Two Springbok captains will lead a squad of national rugby heroes for an entertaining panel discussion at the Madibaz Bok Banter gala dinner in Port Elizabeth on September 3. Former SA skippers Hannes Marais and André Vos have confirmed their participation in the star-studded event, which takes place at the NMMU Indoor Sports Centre in the final countdown to the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup. Madibaz deputy director of sport Petrus Boukes said the city's Springbok supporters would have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of some of their heroes' most memorable moments, get expert predictions on this year's international tournament and scoop up some rare memorabilia. In 1970, Marais became the former UPE's first player to run onto the field for his country. The following year he captained the Springbok tour to Australia, where the South Africans earned the nickname "The Invincibles". Vos was part of the national team from 1998 to 2001 and took over the captain's armband from Joost van der Westhuizen after the 1999 World Cup. They will be joined by fellow Boks Eben Olivier, Schalk Burger (senior) and Garth Wright, former junior Springbok and television commentator Gavin Cowley and, arguably the greatest centre ever to don the green and gold, Danie Gerber. This is in addition to the already announced members of the 1995 World Cup winning squad Hannes Strydom, Hennie le Roux and Garry Pagel, as well as the 2007 world champions' squad manager Zola Yeye and former Blitzbokke coach Paul Treu. Boukes said the Bok Banter event would be an unprecedented gathering of some of the country's biggest rugby legends in the metro. "What makes it even more special is that every one of the participating celebrities has a personal connection as an alumnus or former employee of NMMU. We're honoured to welcome them back to the Friendly City. "We'll also present a special three-course dinner in rugby tradition - the kick off, scrum down and final . . .
The NMMU Madibaz football team have been promoted to the SAB League following their performance in the annual Safa Nelson Mandela Bay regional league playoffs at the KwaDwesi football fields in Port Elizabeth over the past fortnight. The current Pefa champions went head to head with the 11 other group winners under the Local Football Association for two slots in next season's Safa-NMB SAB League, which kicks off in the first week of September and runs through to June next year. In their first fixture en route to promotion, the Madibaz beat Winter Rose from the New Brighton Football Association 2-0, with both goals scored by Claudius Sagandira. In their second clash, against Eleven Wizards from Kuyga, prolific goal scorer Kieran Koert claimed a hat-trick, while Zantsi Fuzo added the final goal to register a convincing 4-1 victory. The Madibaz dispatched Nodefa's Manchester United 5-3 in their last encounter to secure their spot in the SAB League. Having risen to the third tier of South African football, the university team's promotion is a confidence booster ahead of the lucrative Varsity Football tournament, which starts on July 20. "The Madibaz will compete against the top universities in the country with greater sport budgets, bursaries and established professional football network systems in their respective provinces," said Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy. He said the institution's success was indicative of a promising football programme but that it required co-operation and a joint venture with the private sector to build on the potential within the metro. "We are excited about the opportunities within student sport and the development of football in the metro. "We believe an academy would provide the perfect conduit to develop a football strategy that will eventually translate into an NMMU-based national first division side." Tommy invited relevant role-players within the private sector and non-governmental organisations to . . .
Not quite the Samba that YOU know From 13 to 16 June 2015 teams from Western Province, Eastern Province and Gauteng will be in Port Elizabeth to take part in the South African Freediving Nationals. This is the first time that the Freediving Nationals will take place in Port Elizabeth, and it will be held in conjunction with the ever popular Wildside Dive Fest. The Freediving Nationals is scheduled to take place off of Noordhoek on 15 June and in the Newton Park Indoor Swimming Pool on 13 and 14 June - subject to weather of course. The Pool events will start at 10:30 am and the sea event is scheduled to take place starting at 8:00 am on Monday, but the sequence of events may be changed if the weather conditions are forecast to be adverse on the Monday. The sea event will get preference based on the sea conditions forecast in the week before the competition. The pool events comprise these disciplines: Static breath hold, where the diver lies face down in the water, and competes for the longest breath hold, and Dynamic swimming, where the diver swims underwater on one breath and competes for the longest distance. The sea events are split into two main discplines: Constant weight, where the diver dives with or without fins to a pre chosen depth carrying a set weight down and back up again; and Free Immersion, where the diver pulls himself along a rope down to a certain depth, and back up again. Carrying Eastern Province's hopes is well known diver and record holder for the deepest dive in SA waters, Gletwyn Rubidge. During the EP trials, on the 27 April, Rubidge dived to a depth of 74m and set a new record for the deepest Constant Weight dive in SA waters. Diving to such great depths and holding your breath for long periods does present dangers, with the biggest danger of Freediving being a shallow water black out - diving with a dedicated safety diver or a buddy will avert much of the dangers. In the 20 years of competitive Freediving, there have only . . .
International teams from four continents are set to contest the SAP 505 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at the end of this month. Among the favourites for the 505 world title is the defending champion, Mike Holt from California, who won his first 505 World Championship last year in a wet and windy Kiel in Northern Germany. Last year in Kiel the weight-conscious Holt was shivering in a shorty wetsuit, although his shorts should be better suited to the warm and windy weather expected in Port Elizabeth, known to South Africans as ‘The Windy City’, or ‘The Friendly City’. Hosted by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, the event starts with the two-day Pre-Worlds on 25th March, before the World Championships start on 28th March, concluding six days later on 3rd April. Holt should have been accompanied by a strong contingent of fellow Californians. However a dockers’ strike in San Francisco and endless amounts of shipping red tape and bureaucracy prevented some of the US 505s from reaching Port Elizabeth in time. Among those affected is Mike Martin, the only sailor ever to have won the 505 World Championships both as helm and crew, who had been hoping to steer his boat with Adam Lowry on the wire. The first time Martin won the Worlds, it was crewing for Howie Hamlin in 1999. A year later he was steering his own boat in Durban, the last time the event was held in South Africa, when Martin finished runner-up. Martin would later blitz the 2009 Worlds on his home waters of wind-swept San Francisco Bay, and he was gearing up for another windy regatta on Algoa Bay. “Yes, it’s a real shame, because I think the conditions really could have suited us,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be back for the next Worlds in Weymouth 2016.” Two of the top American teams avoided the shipping disaster, with Holt having stored his Worlds boat in England for the past winter, and Hamlin taking delivery of a brand new boat for the event. Holt admitted to have done very little . . .
Presently Eskom allows consumer connections to the Medium-Voltage (above 1 000 V) Grid - this excludes most small scale generators (typically rooftop Photovoltaic installations) from connecting to the Grid and receiving some form of credit for power generated from these small scale solar power installations. Exceptions to the above are in Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay whose electricity authorities both allow consumers below 1000 Volts to Grid-Tie and run their electricity meters backwards. Significantly the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality - which, as an Eskom 'Agent', is responsible for administering the area from Gamtoos to Coega including Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch - is the only municipality countrywide match consumers generating power on a one for one basis. i.e. for every unit of power generated by the consumer, the municipality will credit what that unit of power would have cost the consumer. Effectively allowing the consumer to zero their electricity consumption account. This forward thinking policy from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has resulted in accelerating the payback time for a Grid Tie installation to around 5 years. Eskom does allows generator connection to medium- and higher-voltage networks. Only customers connected on Eskom’s medium-voltage and above networks and also those on Eskom’s large power tariffs are currently permitted to connect to the grid and get credits for energy exported, as there are processes, policies, metering, and tariffs in place that enable such connections. All such connections will have to comply with Eskom’s technical standards for interconnection, the requirements of the SA Grid Code, the Distribution Code, and the Renewable Code. The Eskom process for medium-voltage and higher connections is available at http://www.eskom.co.za/Whatweredoing/Pages/Info_Site_For_IPPs.aspx. See also: http://www.eskom.co.za/Whatweredoing/Documents/CustBulletinSPU.pdf In further . . .
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme is a Department of Energy initiative that has determined that the generation of 3 725 megawatts (MW) from Renewable Energy sources is required to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity. This 3 725 MW is broadly in accordance with the capacity allocated to Renewable Energy generation in IRP 2010-2030. This IPP Procurement Programme has been designed so as to contribute towards the target of 3 725 megawatts and towards socio-economic and environmentally sustainable growth, and to start and stimulate the renewable industry in South Africa. The department is considering proposals from the following: Onshore wind Concentrated Solar Thermal Solar Photovoltaic Biomass Solid Biogas Landfill gas and Small Hydro There are detractors who cite a number of problems with 'incetivised / subsidised developments' with Germany often being held up as an example. Writing for BDLive, Andrew Kenney says; "Germany’s green disaster gives dramatic testimony to this [the replacement of Nuclear ppower generation with Wind and Solar]. In 2011, in a fit of madness, its politicians decided to phase out nuclear power - its cheapest, safest, most reliable source of electricity - and replace it with solar and wind. The result has been soaring electricity prices, economic damage, environmental blight, increasing electricity failures and rising carbon dioxide emissions. Die Welt reported in 2012 that 800,000 Germans could no longer pay their electricity bills. The figures for German electricity production last year are frightening. At enormous expense, Germany had installed 32,500MW of wind turbines and 35,700MW of solar. The combined capacity was one-and-a-half times SA’s total generation capacity. But the amount of electricity they produced was only 77TWh (terawatt hours), compared with SA’s 230TWh. By contrast, Germany’s nuclear power, reduced to a capacity of 12,100MW, produced . . .
The Open Water Swim season starts in the Eastern Cape on 19 October at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay. The Marina is regarded as a world class swim venue with its protected salt water canals offering swimmers an environment that is safe from currents, tides, wildlife or waves. Swimming has been taking place at Marina since 1993 and this season the Metsi Open Water Swim Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to participate in either a 10K, 5K, 3K,1K or 500 m event. There will also be a bank to bank swim for U/10 swimmers. The Metsi Series is sanctioned by Eastern Province Aquatics and swimmers will be able to record ratified qualifying times for the 2015 South African Open Water Swim Champs. Presented by Swimming Plus, the Series is sponsored by Metsi Water Solutions, a company who specialises in providing water solutions to Municipalities and Water Boards across the Eastern Cape. “We are stoked to be involved with open water swimming and there is going to be some great swimming taking place over the summer at Marina Martinique,” said Clive Wright on behalf of the sponsors. The dates for all the Metsi events are: 19 October 16 November 11 January Instead of prize money for the 2014/15 Series, there will be a participation league where swimmers will be able to earn points for their Club’s, with R 10 000 up for grabs for the winning Club. “The goal of the Participation League is to grow open water swimming in the Eastern Cape, said Kevin Grey from Swimming Plus. Points will be awarded for participation and also for finishing times achieved. Points will be awarded for all events, with exception of the kiddies bank-to-bank swims. The club with the most accumulated points at the end of the year will be the winning club. To further encourage and to provide extended open water swimming opportunities to the regions triathlon community, Blu Smooth will this season sponsor the wetsuit category at the Metsi events. “Prizes will . . .