The Herald VW Cycle Tour's return to Addo on February 1 is set to confirm this area's status as the mountain biking capital of the Eastern Cape. According to race director for mountain biking Brad Jackson, events like the tour had been responsible for a mini economic boom in the Zuurberg region over the past few years. Jackson said the area offered some of the best and most diverse mountain bike riding in the province and landowners had begun to capitalise on the burgeoning sport. "The owners of Hayterdale Trails, for example, are local farmers who have invested a huge amount of time, effort and money in training and employing local labourers to build and maintain the mountain bike trails throughout the year. "These labourers have become so skilled at building proper mountain biking singletrack that they now need little to no supervision." Jackson said this was a win-win scenario for all as events like The Herald VW Cycle Tour, which traverses these trails, were able to keep people employed while growing the sport in the province. He said participants in next year's 80km Extreme event could look forward to some top-drawer singletrack, as well as newly built features like the Rabbit Hole, Corkscrew, Berm Lane and Zorr's Rollercoaster, which were previewed at the cross country and downhill national championships in July. "We had some phenomenal feedback from riders this year, so we've made very minor changes to all three routes." Because the feature race was extremely demanding physically with very challenging technical sections, Jackson said only skilled and fit mountain bikers should consider it. He said it was compulsory riding for those who were up for the Ultimate Quest title, which required competitors to complete both the road and mountain bike feature races. "For those who have reasonable fitness and medium skill levels, the 60km Adventure would be a better fit." Jackson said the 30km Powerade Leisure Challenge on the other . . .
Those who take part in windsurfing world speed record attempts have to be more than a little crazy, almost fearless and driven by some impulse that most people will simply never understand.” This comment was made recently by Mark Grinnell who is one of South Africa’s old hands at the speed windsurfing game and, one of only two South African entrants in the forthcoming world speed record attempt championship. This is scheduled to take place at a unique site in Luderitz, Namibia on 28th November over a 500 m course with an acutely angled 100 m approach (enabling the surfers to hit the start at full speed). The venue, especially selected because at this time of year Luderitz experiences trade winds gusting at up to 130 km per hour, has been specially bulldozed out of the desert sands for this event. It is, however, only 30 cm deep and 5 m wide. Last year Mark Grinnell, aptly nick-named, The Rocket, came out top with the South African and African speed record with a speed of 49,66 knots. This equates to over 90 km per hour. The World Speed record is 52.06 and is held by Antoine Albeau, known as the Michael Schumaker of windsurfing. Mark is currently ranked 8th in the World. “If you come off your board at that speed or if you hit the bank or overshoot the small 50 m pen at the finish, all of which are very easy to do,” said Grinnell, “an injury is almost guaranteed and believe me it will not be minor one.” Grinnell was speaking from experience. He has been knocked out at least four times while windsurfing in his speed sailing career, and last year, in the first week of the event, broke three ribs. He was then patched up and ‘tied together’ with duct tape and in the second week (bolstered by anti-inflammatory pills) he managed to achieve his top speed, which secured for him the seventh place in international rankings and top place in South Africa and Africa. Not the best at stopping, at the end of his last run, Mark hit the sand and flew up into the air . . .
Nairobi, Kenya - October, 25, 2013. African children are young citizens today and the future of our continent. To protect that future, it is imperative to protect the child and develop their full potential in a safe, loving, positive environment, giving them opportunity to grow into balanced, productive adults. Yet, many children in East and Southern Africa experience the worst kinds of rights violations; violence, child labour, trafficking and sexual exploitation. Child protection services and policies are critical to effectively meeting these challenges, and within these, offering a positive and holistic system of psychosocial care and support. In response, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) in partnership with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), the Government of Kenya and the East African Community are proudly hosting the second bi-annual Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013. This will be preceded by a child working group in the same city. REPSSI is a regional secretariat based in Johannessburg, South Africa whose aim is to strengthen the ability of families and communities to provide love, care and protection for their children. Child Working Group Meeting – Laico Regency Hotel 27-28 October 2013 Children from around the East and Southern Africa region, some of whom have received psychosocial support between the ages of 12-16 will communicate their realities, perspectives and ideas for support to the conference attendees. They will come up with a consolidated message for the forum and a document outlining suggestions, solutions and recommendations on protection issues affecting them. The children include the Kenya’s Children’s President as well as children assisted by organizations from around the country like KICOSHEP and the ChildFund Kenya. They will be joined by children from Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. REPSSI Regional Forum – . . .
Preferred bidders for the Third Bid Submission Phase were announced today by the Minister of Energy Ben Martins. The Department of Energy said they had received 93 Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date and has sent letters of appointment as Preferred Bidders to 17 Bidders who submitted Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date. According to Kieran Whyte, director and National Practice Head of the Projects and Infrastructure Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is advising on one Concentrated Solar (CSP) project; one Landfill Gas project; two Onshore Wind projects and one Solar Photovoltaic project that received Preferred Bidder Status in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. We have also advised four additional preferred bidder projects on an ad hoc basis. “We are under mandate on a number of other Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic projects that submitted bids under Round 3 that could still be selected as additional Preferred Bidders as outlined by the Department of Energy. The Department noted in an announcement on their website that “… a large number of very competitive Bid Responses were submitted for the Third Bid Submission Date in the Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, and the Department is considering the appointment of additional Preferred Bidders for those Technologies from the remaining Compliant Bidders. As such, the Preferred Bidders that have been appointed in those technologies may not be the only Preferred Bidders that are appointed in those technologies for the Third Bid Submission Date, and no final decision on this has been taken at this time. The Department will make a further announcement regarding its decision in this regard in due course, and is intending to do so by not later than 20 November 2013." Whyte said that both the firm’s Cape Town and Johannesburg offices were involved in the projects across many practice areas from projects and infrastructure, project finance, environmental, corporate and . . .
A reader asks the Property Poser experts whether he can take his landlord to task over repairs that have been left undone since he moved in four years ago. Although no joint inspection was carried out when the tenant and his wife first took occupation, the reader says he inspected the flat on his own and compiled a list of problems. This document was duly presented to the landlord. He signed it and undertook to repair the identified problem areas but did not live up to his word. The reader reports that there has been a seemingly endless debate between himself and the landlord regarding the electrical wiring, parquet flooring and geyser. The geyser burst approximately one year into the lease and, possibly in an effort to save money, the landlord had an unqualified person install the replacement geyser. A mildew problem has since arisen, ostensibly due to some fault during the installation process. The wiring also seems to be faulty as the geyser does not appear to be linked to its own circuit and can thus not be switched off independently. A new addition to the reader's family, in the form of twin daughters, has again highlighted the problems with the parquet flooring. The tiles are loose and come out when walked on, thus posing a danger to his little girls. The tenant would like to know whether he would be able to carry out the repairs himself and present the proof of expenditure to the landlord so that he may be reimbursed. His assertion is that the repairs are not strictly maintenance but rather constitute the repairs that should have been effected at the time of occupation. The reader does not mention whether there is a lease agreement in place between himself and the landlord, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "If there is, our reader should examine the provisions of the agreement carefully to determine if any provision is relevant to the situation and could assist him." Van der Merwe . . .
Complete your look with the perfect pair of heels, a stunning bag or one of the to-die-for fashion accessories from footwear retailer, Shoe HQ’s extensive range of shoes, bags and more. Offering fashionistas a wide range of ladies and men footwear styles inspired by the latest fashion trends, Shoe HQ is a one stop shop where you will find your most essential fashion items. New arrivals, fabulous sales, discounted deals and some of the hottest fashion brands such as Bossi, Headquarters, Luna Blu and Luscious ensures that you always have access to the best footwear and accessories at the best prices. Ladies can find glamorous shoes perfect for a night out on the town or a special occasion and hot heels, pretty pumps, wonderful wedges or fab flat sandals that will take you anywhere from your day job to a movie date or shopping trip with your girlfriends. Guys are also spoilt for choice with a broad collection of casual and formal shoes to choose from. To add the finishing touches to your look, Shoe HQ offers accessories such as handbags, purses, belts, hats and socks at affordable prices. Available in stores across Cape Town and Durban, Shoe HQ spreads its shoe love further with a newly revamped website and online store so you can get your fashion fix from the comfort of your home anywhere in South Africa. Purchase your fave new pair of heels or accessories using their easy and secure online checkout and payment process. All online purchases are conveniently delivered door-to-door and best of all; they offer free delivery on all purchases exceeding the value of R500.00. With a great returns policy, you can rest assured that you’ll get your hands on only the best. A Shoe HQ gift certificate is the easiest way to spoil a loved one. Shoe HQ’s online shoe and fashion boutique allows you not only to shop online, but to also locate your nearest Shoe HQ store branches and to keep track of their latest promotions without missing out! To check out the latest . . .
The Middelburg community is uniting to support the families affected by the devastating Rolfe Laboratories explosion, which claimed the lives of six people earlier this month. Leading the efforts is the Middelburg SPAR, which on Friday delivered groceries worth R10 000 to 33 families impacted by the blast that rocked the small Karoo town on October 14. "It is terrible tragedy that has affected the entire town and we all felt that we needed to do our part," said Middelburg SPAR manager Anton Swart. For Swart and his employees, the disaster was felt on a personal level as the wife of one of their colleagues died in the blast. "One of our merchandisers Donavan Fitsgerald's wife Melinda was killed." Melinda, 33, and five other Rolfe Laboratories employees Violet Fuzani, 65, Chanelle Berg, 20, Eloise Steenkamp, 40, Jonathan Barendse, 25, and Luleka Matholengwe, 22, were killed and more than 40 injured in the explosion that occurred in the aerosol section of the cosmetics and deodorant factory. "Many of the victims of the blast were breadwinners so we decided to go to the families and find out what they needed most. We then made up parcels for each of the families according to their needs." The parcels included anything from food items to non-perishables and cleaning supplies. "We just wanted to give them something to help them until they get back on their feet. Some of them really needed the assistance; for example, one of the employees killed in the blast supported seven others." On Friday a SPAR driver and a few employees went door-to-door to deliver not only the parcels, but a message of support. "We wanted them to know that we were here for them." Swart said this gesture had also inspired the rest of the community to do their part. "Everyone is lending a hand to help the families. Middelburg is a small community and a tragedy like this affects us all." With over 100 stores throughout the province, SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager . . .
Russell Athletic sportswear today announced its arrival in South Africa with the launch of a new e-commerce store and debut of their latest Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Russellathletic.co.za will offer customers an intuitive online shopping experience and a wide product offering, with focus on vintage lifestyle apparel and high-end sportswear. According to Russell South Africa representative, Heinrich Reynecke, “Russell Athletic garments are all designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. In the gym and out, from the promenade to the café, they’re arena-bred to be comfortable, durable and stylish enough to be worn with just about anything. So, if you live a full life packed with fitness, activity, and social endeavor, Russell Athletic will more than keep up with you.” Russellathletic.co.za will debut the all-new Russell athletic Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which is divided into three core categories – all true to Russell Athletic’s rich and storied heritage. RUSSELL VINTAGE The Russell Vintage collection harks back to the brand’s sporting origins. The palette is traditional, fused with a kaleidoscope of vibrant summer colours. With that, soft fabrics, vintage washes and a bit of bold Americana here and there, The Russell Vintage offering is a truly classic & eclectic assortment of tees, sweats, shorts and now swimwear as well. UNIVERSITY The Spring/Summer 2013 University Collection continues to evolve, drawing much inspiration from the USA’s strong collegiate tradition. This collection offers a range of designs to reflect that, featuring timeless classics, such as the refined, yet appropriately modernized baseball jacket. ARCH LOGO Of course, no Russell Athletic collection is complete without the quintessential Arch Logo. Although updated for Spring/Summer 2013 with a fresh selection of colours and graphics, the 2013 Arch Logo edition remains absolutely true to its legacy of superior quality and craftsmanship. It is without a doubt, . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 2013 On Friday, 18 October 2013, Eastgate Shopping Centre experienced a night of fabulous fashion and stylish trends at the annual Eastgate Look of Fashion (LOF) 2013. The Eastgate LOF is a prestigious platform for local talent and aspiring models to launch their careers, and is the longest running, and most influential modelling competition to take place at any shopping centre in South Africa. Brittany Ward walked away with the Eastgate LOF 2013 title and won prizes to the value of over R60, 000 which included an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and a chance to compete at the Italian 2014 Ragazza Cinema International beauty competition. Brittany was crowned by the Eastgate LOF 2012 winner, Sharleen Dziire, Jordan Airey came in second place as First Princess and Reabetswe Sechoara in third place as Second Princess. The audience was entertained by the dynamic Fever Trio, emcee Gert “G” Boshoff and fabulous prize giveaways. Arthur Kaplan Jewellers and Stuttafords were the main sponsors for this event as well as other tenant and external participation. This year’s panel of judges included Sir Franco D’Arrigo of D'Arrigo International, Jacinda Louw-Schutte (TV presenter and Survivor SA 2006 runner-up), Dunay Nortjie- Darren (model and Kurt Darren’s wife), Andre Arendse (South African footballer and Safe Hands Soccer coach), Annie Malan (South African TV Actress), Hester Wasserfall (Eastgate Centre Manager), Kennedy Tsimba (former Cheetahs Rugby Player), Matty Reid (International life skills trainer), Mastura Ahmed (Liberty Properties) and Nashil Chotoki (Liberty Properties). We were also graced by Celeste Khumalo’s (Miss SA Teen 2011and Eastgate LOF Princess 2011) presence. For more information contact the Customer Service Desk on 011-479-6000. Keep us with Eastgate Shopping Centre’s latest news, stylish trends promotions and events on Facebook or Twitter. About Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping . . .
Grande Roche Hotel’s Bubbly and Braai on 23 November is a culinary innovation that sees Chef Roland Gorgosilich and his team step out of the kitchen into the beautifully manicured Grande Roche Hotel gardens to create a sumptuous feast of seafood, succulent steaks and much more. Here the South African tradition of braaing is toasted with some of the best South African Méthode Champenoise wines – an unusual and trend-setting food and wine pairing. It’s an evening of fun and celebration on the lawns of the Grande Roche Hotel Manor House, where guests can raise a glass to toast the arrival of summer and enjoy different culinary combinations with some of South Africa’s best sparkling wines. Guests will be introduced to the superb wine making skills of Graham Beck Wines, House of Krone, Charles Fox Cap Classic Wine Estate and Bosman Family Vineyard as they tuck into delicious treats from the braai. Expect prawns skewers, oysters done in their shells, rib eye steaks grilled to perfection and other tasty delights accompanied by a range of unusual salads and deliciously different side dishes. The evening will be both informal and informative as guests get the opportunity to the meet the wine makers while enjoying the finely crafted sparkling wines. Bubblies have always been associated with celebrations and with Grande Roche Hotel now in its 21st year since opening, Bubbly and Braai is the perfect opportunity to toast this achievement. The Grande Roche Hotel is running a special on accommodation to coincide with Bubbly & Braai and guests wishing to stay the night in five-star luxury may do at the special rate of R1 760 per room on a bed and breakfast basis, subject to availability. Details: Grande Roche Hotel, Plantasie Street, Paarl Date: Saturday 23 November 2013 Time: 7pm Cost: R420 per person (food and wine included) Bookings: 021 863 5100 email@example.com More Info link:: . . .