South African marathon champions, Max Knox and Robyn de Groot are fired up ahead of Saturday’s seventh and final round of the 2016 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series at Rooiberg in the Limpopo province. With four wins in the last four rounds, Knox (Lowveld Tractors) has essentially tied up the overall series win in the Elite men’s category, but the Sabie resident has never won at Rooiberg and says that it’s one race he’s eager to add to his growing list of victories. “I really like the Rooiberg course, but I’ve never been able to win there. I’m hoping that will change this weekend. I’ve haven’t raced hard in the past few weeks and I’m feeling strong and confident. It will be good to end the series off with a win, but nothing is certain in mountain biking and I need to ride a smart race,” said Knox. Knox will be up against strong contenders in the Team NAD duo of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck, who recently won the Three Towers Stage Race in Mpumalanga. Bell and Combrinck are lying second and third respectively behind Knox in the Ashburton Investments Series standings. Combrinck, winner at Rooiberg last year, was runner-up to Knox at Round 6, with Bell runner-up at Rounds 4 and 5. Both will be eager to finish the prestigious series with a victory. Also confirmed on the start list is the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing pair of Philip Buys and Arno du Toit. The technical route on the ultra-marathon should suit them and they’ll certainly be podium contenders, as will Lourens Luus (PSG Wealth), who was fourth at Rounds 4 and 5. Konny Looser (BIXS) will also be on the start line. The Swiss racer had mechanical problems at Rooiberg last year, which pretty much cost him the National Series overall title. He’ll be eager for some redemption on Saturday. He is also on the road to recovery from illness earlier this year. “I’m finally back in South Africa and also recovered from surgery to the main artery in my right leg. I’m more excited than ever to . . .
It is essential that employers support employees in recognising if they are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and that they understand the difference between this level of stress-related illness and other forms of work-related stress or fatigue. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) both recognise the impact of PTSD on employee and employer. It is a potentially debilitating condition which affects performance and personality and there are a number of symptoms which can be attributed to it. “PTSD is not the same as normal workplace stress,” says Cathie Webb, Director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). “Difficulty with another employee, extended working hours or a toxic working environment – these are factors which impact individuals on a different level from PTSD. There should be processes in place to resolve these challenges internally already, but for an employee to benefit from an employer’s contribution to the Compensation Fund, they would have to suffer from symptoms that are far more severe.” The Compensation Fund is a mandatory fund to which all employers must contribute. From the moment a business hires its first employee, the organisation has seven days in which to register with COIDA. Employers have to detail the type of work undertaken by the business, and pay towards the fund on an annual basis. The impact of stress “The outline of the Act is simple – keep track of incidents while performing agreed work which result in physical injury or mental illness and follow the guidelines,” says Webb. “It is designed to protect the employer from having to deal with litigation for each employee and give the employee financial support as they recover. Any injury or illness covered by the Act has to be medically approved.” The employee has to see a medical professional who will confirm that they are unable to function in their role. Some of the . . .
A World First Website that allows you to make contact with the Dead! Angel-Grams.com is a website developed by a South African PhD student that allows you to reconnect with your deceased loved ones - a year after they have passed on! This world first website allows living users to store final goodbye messages and delivers it to grieving friends and family after they die. Unlike other social media sites like FaceBook that connects you with the living, Angel-grams.com reconnects you with your friends and loved ones that are deceased. What is Angel-grams.com? If you could speak to your loved ones after you die, what would your last words be? WithAngel-grams.com, the shock of an unexpected death means never having to leave things unsaid. By recording your final farewell messages you will be able to leave a piece of yourself behind, to help your grieving loved ones find strength and closure after your passing. You can send love, make amends, or even confess your sins in total confidence knowing that in the event of your death, you will still be able to reach out to your loved ones as they mourn you. You can also create Angel-GRAMS for your ageing parents or those who may be terminally ill so that you have a piece of them to hold onto long after they are gone. How it Works? Designed around a stringent time delay system users can store their final messages of love and encouragement by simply uploading their videos or typing in a message. Once your messages are stored, your personal vault is locked and can only be activated if you fail to check-in to your account for a year. The system reads your inactivity as either having: Passed on (Died unexpectedly/tragically/without closure) or Become permanently medically incapacitated (such as Alzheimer's patients/coma) or An unexplained and prolonged disappearance that prevents you from contacting your loved ones (kidnapping/abductions/murder). Your stored Angel-GRAMS are then released to your loved . . .
Archbishop Desmond Tutu put it best when he said, “Do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” This pearl of wisdom shared by retired Anglican Bishop, internationally-respected social activist, advocate of world-peace and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1984), Desmond Tutu, so fittingly captures one of the Core Values underpinning Lorge’s organisational Vision. And that is ensuring that while we pioneer our industry and grow our market influence in Southern Africa, to always remember to elevate those around us. We don’t believe in procrastinating; neither in our BMS or BI projects, nor when it comes to doing “good”. We also know that is futile to wait for the perfect ‘climate’ to perform an act of charity or a worthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. That day may never come and there are pressing social needs in the here and now. It is important to act and play our part as even a seemingly tiny gesture can make a world of difference in someone’s life. This is precisely why Lorge Consulting Services and its management count it honour and privilege to have reached out to the New Hope School (Est. 1971), by making an incredible donation of learning material to the specialised school. The multi-cultural school situated in Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, is a pillar of strength to the local community and a sterling example to schools, NGOs and NPOs countrywide. Empowering the future of South Africa through philanthropy As medication is intended for the sick, so too are the academically challenged or those ailing in their learning-abilities deserving of special care. New Hope School lives up to this ideal and recognises that children with cerebral palsy, dyslexia, learning and other disabilities - while requiring tremendous patience and care - are equally valuable to society and deserve quality education. What is outstanding about the school is the fact that it is established on main . . .
In the year since launching its Probiotic Serum, which contains 1 billion live probiotic microbes per milliliter, South African brand, Esse, has established itself as the leading probiotic skincare line in the world. The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16% in 28 days, with 100% of the 20 test subjects showing an improvement. This opens a new avenue for anti-aging research. The founder of the brand, Trevor Steyn, is emphatic about the impact of probiotics … “Genetic sequencing techniques have allowed us to view skin through a new lens.” he says, “It’s now clear that skin is an ecology … an intricate interplay between human cells and microbes. Trying to optimise skin health without considering microbes is archaic. We consider the skin microbiome in every product that we formulate.” With the cost of genetic sequencing falling rapidly, the company envisages a time where the skin microbiome could be fully characterized. Personalized probiotics could then be formulated to maximize anti-aging results. Esse focuses on the salon and spa sector and over its 15-year . . .
Improved infrastructure at the start and finish area will improve the experience for riders in the Bestmed Satellite Classic near Hartbeestpoort Dam on October 22. Photo: Photo: Supplied Providing a premium experience for the riders is at the heart of the Bestmed Satellite Classic road race and there will be tangible evidence of that this year with an improved starting and finishing area. This year's road cycling extravaganza - which includes 60km, 80km and 106km events - will take place on October 22 near Hartbeestpoort Dam in North West. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they had invested each year in the infrastructure since moving to the new venue at Saloon Route 66 three years ago. "We have placed a lot of focus on ensuring a seamless experience for the cyclists," he said. "Specifically we have tarred a section of road to serve as the start and finish area. "This year the tarred section will measure more than 500 metres and we've also made it a metre wider to ensure the riders do not experience any hassles." With about 3 000 participants expected to enter the three events, De Villiers said they were aware of the need to try to avoid traffic congestion. "We have an agreement in place with the neighbouring farm to create more parking space so that we aren't dependent on Route 66 alone for parking. "We implemented the extra parking space last year and it really made a big difference." The ASG Events boss said the Classic had a "nicely balanced route" and provided a useful barometer of riders' form heading into a number of big races - including next month's 947 Challenge in Johannesburg - towards the end of the year. "The first half is fast and riders get plenty of free ‘Voyager Miles' if they can stick in their group," said De Villiers. "Once they hit Hekpoort 30km from the finish things change very quickly." He said the 4km climb at Hekpoort had an average gradient of 10 per cent and it was made even tougher . . .
Philip Buys and Theresa Ralph secured their first victories of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series when they triumphed in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 4, the Bundu Bash, held at Buffelsdrift MTB Park near Pretoria at the weekend. Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), a multiple Cape Epic stage winner, won the men’s race in a time of 02 hour 25 minutes 18 seconds. He was less than a minute ahead of runner-up, Jan Withaar (Redhub), with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the top three places another minute-and-a-half later. The 69km marathon route was a race of two halves with fairly wide open gravel roads and jeep track in the first half and then a high volume of twisty singletrack in the second half. This helped spread out the field of almost 700 riders who were faced with hot, dusty conditions. It was evident from early on that the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team was intent on splitting up the field with Du Toit riding aggressively and taking some ambitious early starters with him off the front. Buys was able to sit in and let his rivals chase Du Toit down. But the pace proved too fast and only Withaar and Buys were able to catch and match Du Toit, the trio taking the lead within the first 20km. The early pace saw Du Toit fade slightly later on and Buys managed to shake off Withaar on the singletrack sections that he knows so well to secure his first TrailSeeker Series win of the year. “It was a lot of fun and super fast. The first half I did yesterday as part of a training ride. But that training ride ended up being 90km so my legs were hurting today,” said a content Buys afterwards. “I had to ride a smart race. I know the trails here as I ride at Buffelsdrift a lot. Local knowledge was an advantage because I knew what was coming and made my move into the lead at the right time. “Arno sacrificed himself a bit for me in the beginning. I suppose that’s what teams are for. It worked out well that we got . . .
Volvo Cars, with their unique cyclist detection system on certain models, have announced that they will be the official vehicle partners of the 2017 TransCape mountain bike race. "Volvo are the most human-centric car brand and our target market consists of progressive people who care about others and appreciate a life of adventure and simplicity," said Michelle Naudé, marketing and communications director at Volvo Cars South Africa. "Cyclists are thus very much in focus for Volvo and we have been looking for a credible partner in the cycling world." She said City Safety, Volvo's collection of supplementary safety features, included the world-first cyclist detection system. Standard on the all-new Volvo XC90 and optional on other models, the feature allows the vehicle to detect cyclists and apply preventative braking autonomously to avoid collisions or reduce the severity of impacts. "We want to team up with a partner which shares our values, and seize an opportunity to showcase how incredibly well our vehicles and safety systems fit in with a cycling lifestyle," she said. "TransCape ticks all the boxes." Naudé said that although the initial agreement with the Pretoria-based company was for one year, they were already considering extending the partnership to "two to three years". According to her, the adventurous, premium nature of the seven-day event across the Western Cape tied in with the Swedish car manufacturer's luxury ideology and their approach to making ownership less complicated. "We are looking forward to interacting with the participants. "It is a unique opportunity to get to know them and, through this networking, share our passion for our brand, demonstrate our fabulous features and show just how well we suit the mountain biking adventure lifestyle." ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said the supply of support vehicles - 12 Volvo XC90s - was key for the organisers. "Because the TransCape is a full-service . . .
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If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .