Neil MacDonald and Brandon Stewart claimed their second stage win and with it the overall lead on day five of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Tuesday. The FedGroup-Itec duo turned up the heat on the 98km stage from Winterton to Kamberg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, which featured a total ascent of more than 1 500 metres. With only RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus able to keep pace on the final climbs, the stage looked set for a ferocious dogfight between the two teams until the overnight leaders suffered a technical setback with six kilometres to go. This gave MacDonald and Stewart an uncontested victory in 3:30:50, with Woolcock and Luus crossing the line a minute later. Bridge riders Nico Pfitzenmaier and Timo Cooper rounded out the top three in 3:35:59. Stage four winners Louis-Bresler Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels of Contego dropped out of contention early on due to illness but were determined to finish the stage. The win sees MacDonald and Stewart reclaim the overall lead with an aggregate time of 20:41:11, a mere 34 seconds clear of Woolcock and Luus. Charles Keey and Darren Lill of Cannondale-Blend remain third overall on 20:47:46. MacDonald said there were no easy stages in the 910km event and that the racing was far from over. “I think Waylon and Lourens were just super unlucky today with the chain break because they were really strong. It’s still really, really close; just a couple of seconds in it.” He said everything stayed together until the 40km mark, when some of the teams chose not to stop at the first waterpoint. “That prompted the racing a bit because there some guys went up the road. Then that British combination (Tim Dunford and Ben Thomas) put in a massive effort to chase it.” The move split the large lead bunch, with the big climbs in the Zulu Waters Nature Reserve whittling down the teams to the final selection. “We tried to make the racing on the climbs, so we went really hard,” . . .
There was high drama on day four of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race as Louis-Bresler Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels took advantage of a wrong turn by the lead group to snatch victory on the first of the climbing stages on Monday. The Contego riders were eventually chased down but held their nerve in a dramatic four-team sprint to the finish on the 122km stage from Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State to Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal. Knipe and Van Hoovels took the win in 4:46:32, a second ahead of race leaders Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus of RE:CM, with Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald of FedGroup-Itec a further four seconds back. Woolcock and Luus retain their overnight lead with their aggregate time of 17:09:55 putting them 26 seconds ahead of second-placed Stewart and MacDonald. Keey and Lill remain third with a combined time of 17:10:45. After struggling with a nagging knee problem, which saw him hanging off the back of the lead bunch for most of the stage, Knipe said he was thrilled with his team’s reversal of fortune. “The racing started really hard and I was just struggling at the back the whole time. My partner’s super-strong, so he was helping me.” After an early breakaway high in the mountains, the top five teams – with Bridge riders Nico Pfitzenmaier and Timo Cooper also in the mix – rode together all the way down the escarpment into KZN. Just after the second waterpoint at the 77km mark, the top four teams missed a left-hand deviation into a section of track and went straight down a cattle path instead. “We shouted to them,” said Knipe, who was 20 seconds off at the time. “But they were in racing mode and didn’t hear. “So going up Spioenkop, we just gassed it and rode as hard as we could.” By the third waterpoint at 90km, Knipe and Van Hoovels had opened up a two-minute gap, which the chasing teams worked hard to close down. They finally caught them on Puffadder Pass, 16 kilometres later. “They got us going . . .
Former winner Waylon Woolcock and national marathon champion Lourens Luus stormed into the finish to take the stage win and overall lead on day three of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Sunday. The RE:CM riders claimed victory on the gruelling 130km queen stage between Reitz and Sterkfontein Dam near Harrismith in the Free State in 4:34:02. They were followed home by overnight leaders Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald (FedGroup-Itec) in 4:34:25, with Charles Keey and Darren Lill (Cannondale-Blend) third in 4:34:40. After going into the stage with a one-second deficit, Woolcock and Luus now move into the top spot overall with an aggregate time of 12:23:22. Stewart and MacDonald slip into second with a combined time of 12:23:44, while Keey and Lill remain on the bottom step of the podium in 12:24:04. With the most challenging mountain stages still ahead, Woolcock said their negligible margin meant he and Luus could not rest on their laurels as race leaders. “Thirty seconds or so means nothing when you’ve still got six stages to go.” With the long haul in mind, the day’s racing started at an easy pace on the district roads outside Reitz. A large lead bunch of around 30 riders rolled together all the way to the third waterpoint at the 96km mark. “Then things hotted up when FedGroup-Itec decided not to stop,” said Woolcock, who was running out of water after losing a bottle earlier in the stage. He and Luus pushed on as the five top teams – including Contego’s Louis Bresler-Knipe with team-mate Kevin van Hoovels and Bridge’s Timo Cooper and Nico Pfitzenmaier – broke away from the chasing bunch. On the new Mount Paul single track section 100km into the stage, the Contego and Bridge riders were dropped, leaving just FedGroup-Itec, RE:CM and Cannondale-Blend to battle it out for position. “Lourens and Brandon got away on the Red Bull Run in the final 15 kilometres, leaving myself, Neil and Cannondale-Blend,” said . . .
Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald of FedGroup-Itec fired the opening salvo as the racing proper got under way on the second stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Saturday. As the rest of the country enjoyed the Freedom Day celebrations, it was business as usual for the top pro teams as they battled it out all the way along the 93km stage from Frankfort to Reitz in the Free State. But in the end it was former winner MacDonald and team-mate Stewart who took advantage of their prior route knowledge to steal victory in the finishing sprint. They crossed the line in 3:11:01, a single second ahead of Lourens Luus and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM, with Cannondale-Blend’s Charles Keey and Darren Lill rounding out the podium in 3:11:06. Stewart said he and MacDonald were feeling good despite a tough day in the saddle. “It was a solid pace out there today and the teams stayed together most of the way. There weren’t many hills but there were lots of fast, flat, draggy sections that made for really hard racing.” The top five teams, which included Bridge riders Timo Cooper and Nico Pfitzenmaier as well as Contego’s Louis Bresler-Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels, were all together in the last 10km stretch of single track. But it was the FedGroup-Itec pair who took the lead into the final corner to seal their win. “Neil reminded me where the top of the section was coming and about the grass. We cut the corner, Neil came round me on the outside and just went long,” said Stewart. “I knew I had to stay on his wheel and come into the corner first and second. It’s pretty difficult to lose it after that.” The competition was also fierce in the mixed category, with less than half a minute separating the top three teams. Two-time winners Erik and Ariane Kleinhans of RE:CM took the stage in 3:24:18, just seven seconds clear of Swiss riders Jane Nüessli and Yves Corminboeuf of Fischer-BMC. They were followed home by the bizhub-Rocky . . .
African Education Week to gather experts in Johannesburg in June South Africa has a shortfall of about 40 000 skilled artisans and industries often have to import migrant workers at exorbitant costs. In a recent speech, the South African Minister of Higher Education, Mr Blade Nzimande, quoted this figure when he opened a technical training academy in Cape Town. Those involved in training artisans therefore rejoiced when Nzimande in March declared 2013 the Year of the Artisan. “The Year of the Artisan is good news for the industry because we need to seriously focus on training people for the trades,” says Mr Sam Zungu, principal of the Umfolozi College, an institution for further education and training (FET) with five campuses in KwaZulu-Natal. “Young people need to be made aware of the great need for skilled people. This country needs artisans across the board in fields such as electricity, plumbing, fitting and turning and mechanisation. The biggest need is in the energy sector where we need skilled people to maintain and build infrastructure.” He continues: “Eskom is battling and new power plants are being erected. But we do not have a big enough pool of skilled people to draw from locally for these projects. We are moving towards the same situation as before 2010 when the country had to import artisans to work on the stadiums and infrastructure needed for the Soccer World Cup.” The Year of the Artisan dovetails neatly with the South African government’s National Development Plan (NDP). This plan focuses on reducing poverty and inequality by 2013 and crucial to attaining to these goals is the stated aim of training at least 30 000 qualified artisans annually. African Education Week Sam Zungu is chairing a panel discussion on the future of FET Colleges during the upcoming African Education Week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 19-22 June. He explains that while artisans can earn quite high salaries, there is still a . . .
Careful and strategic approach to expansion sees franchise grow to 24 outlets National pizzeria franchise Col’Cacchio pizzeria launched six new stores last year including its first two express outlets, under the name Mio, to complement its existing network of family restaurants. Their express concept stores cater mainly to take away customers through personal collection or delivery. The successful Col’Cacchio pizzeria chain has grown strategically over the last ten years to 24 stores. There are currently nine franchises in Johannesburg, eleven in Cape Town including Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, one in Durban and three in Pretoria. The group has enjoyed turnover of R161-million in the last year. Launched in 1992 as a stand-alone restaurant in Cape Town run by Michael Terespolsky and Kinga Baranowska, Col’Cacchio pizzeria has become synonymous with traditional Italian food and gourmet pizzas. After operating in partnership for more than 10 years, the two entrepreneurs decided to grow their business, and identified franchising as the most suitable mechanism for the expansion in 2003. Terespolsky, who is a member of the Cape Town chapter of global business-owners’ network Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), says Col’Cacchio pizzeria has deliberately taken a controlled approach to its roll-out and growth strategy. “We soon realised that in order to achieve our goal of expansion, we would have to create a network of strategically placed Col’Cacchio pizzeria outlets.” The first franchisees Greg and Roz Mommsen launched Col’Cacchio pizzeria in Bryanston, Johannesburg in April of that year. Terespolsky and Baranowska, along with Johannesburg-based Greg Mommsen who bought into the holding company, have been the three directors of the franchise company since inception. From the outset the partners determined that the business could fill a very specific niche in the restaurant and food market, but were cautious about expanding too aggressively, explains . . .
The 2nd Annual Governance, Risk and Compliance Conference will introduce attending delegates to insightful and informative ideas that most companies must apply in areas such as such governance, enterprise risk, compliance, information security and GRC frameworks. The conference will give delegates the opportunity to explore new models and innovative GRC strategies which they can use to improve and enhance overall companies’ performance levels. The conference will be held on the 5 & 6 June at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill, Johannesburg Some of the topics to be addressed include: • GRC strategy & implementation, • POPI and global security, • Companies Act requirements, • GRC strategies and their impact on cloud implementations, • evolving world of e-commerce fraud, • improving your workplace ethics as a prerequisite for good governance, • IT governance, • fraud awareness. Companies who have already registered to attend include, Standard Bank, Momentum Group, Bankserv Africa, First National Bank, National Bargaining Council for Road Freight and Logistics Industry and Bank of Taiwan SA Attending this conference will put you in contact with your fellow colleagues who are working in the following areas: • GRC compliance monitoring, • enterprise risk management, • auditing, • risk control, • corporate governance, • risk advisory, • information security • risk operations. To register, complete the registration form on the brochure and fax it to us on 086 582 2981, or email it to email@example.com. URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Supaswift (Pty) Ltd, licensee of Federal Express Corporation for Southern Africa, wanted to create a positive online and mobile service experience for their FedEx-related offerings. They awarded the task of developing their user interfaces to Black Snow Communications. Black Snow is a full-spectrum digital communications agency, so we're well-versed in the design of web and mobile interfaces and online experience frameworks. User Experience (UX) design is the art of creating ergonomically pleasing processes that allow your online customers to complete tasks and achieve their goals naturally and comfortably. As part of the field, User Interface (UI) design ensures that the screens and controls for each step of an activity are easy to use, logically sequenced and visually appealing. Done right, these two elements can boost service perception dramatically. Get them wrong, and your customers may not return. So these days, companies turn to UX and UI experts like Black Snow to get the job done properly. Supaswift approached us at the end of 2012. They wanted to give their FedEx service users a productive and satisfying experience across their mobile, tablet, and secure and public web applications. Our first goal was to deliver a unified offering. Supaswift customers had to feel at ease and in control no matter which device they worked from or switched to during the course of their day. So our design had to cater to similar functionality across varying technologies and screen sizes. Secondly, Supaswift has a broad, demographically diverse customer base. The visual and logical presentation of their applications had to make sense to a wide audience located throughout Southern Africa. So we spent a long time analyzing their market and designing the experience with that range of needs in mind. The project has progressed successfully with Supaswift excited by the results. According to Johan Immelman, Business Solutions Manager at Supaswift, “We're pleased . . .
On Friday 26th April the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards announced their 2013 winners. The black tie event at the Sandton Convention Centre was attended by the who’s who of South Africa’s private and public sectors including Xolani Qubeke, Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council and Advocate Thuli Madonsela, the Public Protector, who were the keynote speakers. Over the past eleven years the Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards has celebrated South Africa's black economic empowerment champions. Recognised as the country’s most influential empowerment awards ceremony, The Oliver Awards celebrate companies and individuals in the public and private sectors that are excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The 10 winners of 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards are: 1. Africa’s Transformation Award sponsored by G4S: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2. The Skills Development Award sponsored by Transnet Foundation: Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd 3. The SME Award sponsored by Rena Business Solutions: Indigo Kulani Group (Pty) Ltd 4. The Socially Responsible Investment Award: Netcare Limited 5. The Supplier Development Award: Woolworths Holdings Limited 6. The Entrepreneur Award: Allon Raiz from Raizcorp Enterprise Development 7. The Female Business Personality Award: Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo from Petro SA 8. The Male Business Personality Award: Mteto Nyati from Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd 9. The Public Sector Executive Award: Linda Makuleni from South African Weather Service 10. The Young Achiever Award: Kate Moodley from Discovery Consulting Services The Oliver Awards also announced a new award - the Legend of Empowerment – Lifetime Achievement Award. This year the Legend of Empowerment awards went to 10 high profile South Africans, prominent in business and politics. These were Dr Mathews Phosa, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Tokyo Sexwale, Dr Rob Davies, Adv Thuli Madonsela, . . .
Registration bookings for the Online Retail conference have kicked off on a good note. This top-class 2 day event brings together online retail thought-leaders from all over South Africa under one roof to share their knowledge, experiences and insights with delegates. Attending this event will also create an excellent platform for networking between online retailers and other virtual e-commerce prominent institutions, retailers and service providers in the IT, payment and retail industries. In their presentations, retail and online retail experts will analyse the current South African online retailing landscape and further explore pertinent issues regarding the infrastructure requirements, innovations and technological advancements driving the online retail industry. Delegates are guaranteed an informative, knowledgeable and thought driven conference addressing the current and future growth of online retailing in South Africa. To register for this event contact Trade Conferences International on 011 803 0009 or email Chissola: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on other conferences brought to you by Trade Conferences International log onto our website www.tci.co.za URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: . . .