Max Elkington Continues Winning Streak in Billabong Junior Series Max Elkington continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national age group event title when he clinched the U16 Boys crown in the Billabong Junior Series presented All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean ‘wildside’ where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf. Elkington, 15, caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong Junior Series event win, pocketing R1,200 and taking the early lead in the series rankings. Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce Du Preez (East London) and Dillon Hendriks (Jeffreys Bay) who were third and fourth respectively. In the U16 Girls’, Kayla Nogueira turned the tables on fellow Durbanite S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel where the winning points were scored on the last ride of the final. Tayla de Coning (East London) and Zoe Steyn (Kalk Bay) took the minor places. The U14 Boys was another tight affair with Daniel Emslie, up from the U12 division last year, found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding (Durban), Mitch du Preez (East London) and Travis Pearce finished in that order. Kayla Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the U14 Girls division, winning each heat she contested including the final where the Durbanite finished in front of Lisa van Heerden (Strand) and Aimee du Preez (EL). Caroline Brown (CT) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two . . .
The last day of this year’s Absa Cape Epic was filled with joy, relief, accomplishment and pride. After the 691km of the 2017 race had been conquered by the riders, we decided that the winners of our Stage 3 #ConquerAsOne moment, are the ultimate example of what Conquer as One means. 29-year-old Bruce Campbell did not only defy everything that medical doctors and textbooks say about the human body, but his story touched everyone around him - including us. Pompe disease is a neuromuscular disease that causes extreme muscle weakness and pain, because of a buildup of a complex sugar called glycogen in the body's cells. This impairs organs from functioning normally, and ultimately means that the body burns its own fat when exercising or during any other strenuous activity. Despite this Bruce has overcome this condition to complete his first Absa Cape Epic, with his partner, Anthony Daniels. “Nothing in life should hold you back from chasing your dreams,” an emotional Bruce said after crossing the finish line. Bruce’s determination and contribution to raising awareness to this rare disease inspires us - that’s why his performance at this year’s Absa Cape Epic has won our #ConquerAsOne moment for the 2017 event. On another note, there are also wedding bells in the air. Absa Pride’s very own, Nico Kotze and Yolandi Steyn entered the Absa Cape Epic together in 2015, they decided that if they managed to finish the race, they would move in together. They crossed the line 47th in the mixed teams category, so as promised, they took their relationship to the next level. This year they took part once again, but Nico wanted to make 2017 even more memorable than it was in 2015. The only way he saw fit, was to propose to Yolandi just as they crossed the finish line - and she said yes. We’re wishing them all the best and we hope to see them again next year. Throughout the 2017 race, Absa celebrated the spirit of teamwork and perseverance with the #ConquerAsOne . . .
That’s A Wrap! Billabong Junior Series Presented By All Aboard Travel event # 1 done and dusted. Competitive surfing has returned to Port Elizabeth, and it came back with a bang. The only way to describe the Billabong Junior Series event # 1 was a resounding success. From the excellent waves that were had by all competitors on the opening day at Pollock beach, to the decision to go mobile and relocate to Lochness on the wild side, it was the sort of event that people will remember. On top of that, Billabong always put on a good event, with surfers well looked after and kept warm and fed, so the vibe for the event was pretty amazing. Being the first event of a series there is always much excitement and a little bit of desperation as surfers want to set their tones for the year so to speak, to come across as fierce and strong and determined for the year. The standout girl of the event was without a doubt Kayla Nogueira from Durban who took top honours in two divisions and proved her self as a force to be reckoned with going forward. Kayla is a product of the High Performance Surfing Academy in Durban and has been hard at work for the last six months to up her game and get to a place where she is comfortable in competition and knows the way to get those two high scoring waves and maximize her chances of victory. Winning both the U14 Girls and U16 Girls is no small feat, and big congratulations must go to her. In the boys division there were so many surfers who were on fire and at the end of the day it was young Max Elkington who took top honours in the competitive U16 Boys division, catching one of the best waves of the final day with just a few minutes to go in the final. he beat fellow Capetonian surfer Eli Buekes into second place while another top cape town surfer Luke Slijpen won the VonZipper air show for a huge forehand waft. Nelson Mandela Bay surfer Dillen Hendricks as the highest placed local surfer in the U16 Boys final, where he placed . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Event # 1 Day 1 Frothing groms is all the signs you need that there is going to be a whole lot of fun at a surf event. It’s the one indicator that shows that everyone is going to be in for a treat. It all starts off with waves though. When the ocean provides then everyone has his or her winner faces on. Down at Pollock beach that’s exactly what happened to kick off the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard. There were some lekker three-foot waves, a few bigger sets, and clean and crisp conditions to kick the whole thing off. “The waves were pretty good throughout the day,” said an enthused Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager. Billabong have put a lot into their Junior Series over the last 20 years, and it has proven to reap benefits for the surfing community at large. Products include the inimitable Jordy Smith, tenacious Travis Logie and the elegant Bianca Buitendag. Modern day surfers to benefit and to use the tour as a launch pad include surfers like Beyrick de Vries, Mikey February, Dale Staples and Matt McGillivray. “Apart from the four-part junior series we are also involved in the City Surf Series,” continued D’Arcy, adding “we will be back here in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time, where Billabong will present the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, so exciting times ahead.” The waves continued to pour through throughout the day, and with a smaller forecast predicted for the second day of the event, contest organisers pushed through. Summer Sutton was one of the stand-outs of the day, comfortably winning her opening heat in the Girls U16 division. “The waves were really fun and I’m really glad that I came first,” said Summer after her heat. “It's a nice way to start the first Billabong Junior event and I’m excited for the next round. The waves are really nice for Pipe and I hope we get some good waves again tomorrow.” Sumer, who hails from Cape Town, felt at home in the . . .
The Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel gets underway at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth this weekend with the first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including 2016 world title runner-up Jordy Smith and former CT campaigners Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie, and Rosy Hodge along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and Matt McGillivray. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 March, this weekend’s event features 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) events for U16, U14, U12 and U10 boys and girls with prize-money in all divisions and ranking points counting towards both the Billabong Junior Series and South African Surf Tour (SAST) 2017 titles. “We are excited to be launching the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series in Port Elizabeth,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s a great time to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.” All Aboard Travel, the new presenting sponsor for the series, will up the ante by providing tickets to Bali for the overall series winners of the U18 Men’s and Women’s JQS Pro Jnr divisions. BOS Ice Tea will enhance their long standing support for junior surfing by taking the title sponsorship for the second event in the series, the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong in Cape Town in May. The U10 division, supported by Sea Harvest, makes its debut in the Billabong Junior Series and has been introduced to foster and encourage youngsters to become involved in competitive surfing as early as possible. The huge entry from the country’s top surfers aged 16 and under for this weekend is headed by Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and S'Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) . . .
Eastern Cape, 24 March 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify road users of controlled blasting at Shaw Park quarry, between Port Alfred and Fish River, which will commence at 3pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. The R72 road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes. The Shaw Park quarry is situated next to the R72, near the intersection of the R72 with the gravel road leading to Shaw Park. The quarry extends from the SANRAL kilometre markers 20,800 to 21,200. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road, and to comply with the directions of safety personnel. #SANRAL #R72 #ShawParkquarry #controlledblasting #PortAlfred #FishRiver #EasternCape CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, KZN, 24 MARCH 2017–This past weekend (11 – 12 March), saw Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlparkplay host to Race #2 of the Toyota Warrior Race, powered by Reebok. The return of the Warrior Race to the heart of the Vaal Triangle attracted over 4000 obstacle course racerslooking to tackle the infamous Warrior Race known for its well-built obstacles and multiple race formats. The Jeep Team athletes performed at optimum throughout the weekend, starting with the Ladies Reebok Sprint and the Team Reebok Sprint - a new, short,high-intensive course spanning 400m with 10 obstacles, a great warm up for the elite Jeep Team athletes. Jeep Team athlete and Top 3 2016 SA OCR Champion, Carina Marx,finished 2nd in Ladies Reebok Sprint on the Saturday, and in the Mixed Team, she raced with Jeep Team SA mates, Thomas van Tonder and Joshua Masudi, finishing 2nd overall. Says Marx,“The Reebok Sprint racing was a first for me. It was a great warm up but also lots of fun. Just had to make sure I didn’t pick up an injury prior to the Black Ops Elite race.Racing with my team mates was good fun, and we picked up 2nd place against some tough competition.” On Sunday saw the tough,world-OCR-benchmark race, Black Ops Elite, featuringsome 30 obstacles over 17km, designed to challenge South Africa’s top OCR athletes in thirty different ways fromendurance, strength and agility, to upper body strength, and carrying and dragging heavy objects for set distances. Jeep Team OCR athleteand 2016 SA OCR Men’s Champion, Thomas van Tonder, finished 2ndin the Black Ops Elite race in 01:30:08, behind eventual winner, Claude Eksteen in 01:29:02, withLouis Smitrounding off the podium in 01:30:43. Says Van Tonder:“I’m super proud of our SA Jeep Team after some solid racing. I’m happy to have finished second in the Black Ops Elite after a rookie mistake. I was so focused on chasing “the Flash” Claude Eksteen,that I got to the end of BreakingPoint and never rang the bell. . . .
24 March 2017: Nelson Mandela Bay residents, and visitors to the friendly city, are in line for another sporting feast on Saturday, 25 March 2017, as the Southern Kings prepare to take on the Gauteng based - Emirates Lions. “The Kings have been hard at work in preparation for the clash and intend to give the visitors a run for their money,” said Luvuyo Bangazi, spokesperson for the Mandela Bay Development Agency, operator of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Tickets for the clash have already gone on sale at participating branches of Postnet, as well as, selected Edgars, CNA and Jetmart outlets in and around Port Elizabeth, and the Greater Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, added Bangazi. The stadium has also recently re-launched the fan park which promises an energetic line-up of outdoor fun. Live entertainment will be provided by the likes of DJs, Dee Steyn and PJ Liebenberg. This is coupled with the hunt for the most original and creative pictures of fans. To enter, fans are required to tag the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth and use the hashtag #Ourstadium when they upload photos or videos on Facebook, of their experiences and crazy moments during the upcoming fixture. “We want to ensure that every person who visits the stadium has the best possible experience, from the teams on the field to the spectators who come to watch them,” added Bangazi. Make a day of it at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium by joining in the festivities. Gates open at 13:00. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success. “Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.” The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home. “We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global. IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders. “We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our . . .
Midrand, South Africa - Louis Fourie, Managing Director of Pansmart Southern Africa - a value added distributor of Panasonic Telecommunications, CCTV and Video Conferencing devices, is proud to announce the launch of the Panasonic KX-HTS32 - an extremely powerful yet reasonably-priced Hybrid IP-PBX ready for mainstream penetration into the SME market in South Africa. “This KX-HTS32 could not have come at a better time for South Africa – a market which is dominated by smaller businesses because Entrepreneurship is encouraged and fostered. These SME’s are highly valued and provide a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The versatility of this product makes it the perfect choice for business with up to 24 users. It is extremely cost-effective, and includes everything a business would need to get maximum productivity from their employees, and provide superior customer service. From voice to video, IP camera monitoring, Public Address (PA) system, and security assistance functions” the KX-HTS32 has it all”, says Fourie. Panasonic has been delivering Telecommunications products to the market for decades, is tried and tested, and as a company continually innovates proving its commitment to being a progressive Technology vendor, and ultimately the partner of choice for the Telecommunications partner community. The Ultimate All-in-One Platform There are no extra applications or interface cards – everything you need is built into the KX-HTS32 control unit, including a Wi-Fi access point for PCs or smartphones, support for multiple SIP trunks and advanced call handling functions. The device can be combined with the Panasonic KX-HDV IP handsets and KX-NTV door station to create a complete communication and monitoring solution. Ideal for SOHO and Small Business environments Built-in Wi-Fi access point 6 SIP / 8 Analogue Trunk capacity Up to 24 extensions Caller ID, call routing, voicemail notification and auto attendant (AA) Conference call . . .