Hundreds of social swimmers are expected to head for Kings Beach on the last day of 2012 for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Mile Ocean Swim which has already attracted a lot of attention from open water swimmers from around the country. "Some of South Africa's best open waters swimmers are heading for the Sabrina Love Challenge in Plettenberg Bay on the 28th and are keen to follow this up with the Madiba Mile on the 31st before hitting some of the local stops for a New Years Eve party." said race organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "We've also had a lot of interest from social swimmers who are in town on holiday and keen to be part of the water sport scene in Nelson Mandela Bay." The Ocean Mile has been added to the water sport program to offer holiday makers the opportunity to be involved in the cities popular open water scene which has exploded since the introduction of the Ironman to Port Elizabeth in 2005. Participants of the cities first official Ocean Mile swim are required to report for entry on Kings Beach on Monday 31st before 8.30am for body marking after which they will walk along the beachfront promenade to Humewood Beach for the start of the one-way Mile swim which will end on Kings Beach alongside the slipway. The swim offers spectators a wonderful spectacle along the entire promenade between Humewood and Kings Beach with swimmers being kept just behind the surf line. Online registration and information available on www.zports.co.za/nmbmile or entry forms available at News Cafe on the Boardwalk. Late entries will be accepted on the morning of the event at Kings Beach from 7.30am. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbmile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Popular open water swimming scene in Nelson Mandela Bay Photographer: Zports Start of the . . .
Timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange (DAE) announces a new agreement with South African resort Ngwenya Lodge, located along the boundary of the world famous Kruger National Park wildlife sanctuary in Mpumalanga, South Africa. DAE will now promote its exclusive free timeshare exchange membership program to the owners of Ngwenya Lodge and provide the resort as an exchange option to DAE’s 450,000 global members. At Ngwenya Lodge guests can literally reach out and touch the Crocodile River, overlooking the game fence of the Kruger National Park, which passes behind Ngwenya. This effectively incorporates the resort into the greater game area and visitors have every opportunity to see all the same species that roam the game-rich southeastern section of the Kruger Park, without even having to leave the resort. The river view chalets, set out over two kilometres of prime river frontage, overlook a scenic floodplain, which allows for magnificent views of an area where the big cats often hunt and guests are treated to unsurpassed game viewing opportunities. “Ngwenya Lodge is a very special destination for our members looking to view the outstanding big game that South Africa is known for around the world and we are very pleased to welcome them to our family of exchange options,” said Paul Edkins of Dial An Exchange South Africa. “We will also be looking at doing resort specific promotions to encourage banking of weeks and exchanges. One of the big advantages that current members enjoy is the low exchange fees, especially for international travel, and the bonus breaks for an extra breakaway during the year,” added Edkins. DAE will also be promoted in the Resort Reception area through marketing material and information which will be available for owners who have not yet become members. The company provides free membership, with timeshare owners given the ability to bank their week at no cost and receive a credit which can be used within a three year . . .
The University of Johannesburg has appointed geneticist Dr Charlotte Scholtz as netball manager following a yearlong search for the right candidate to head up this high performance sports club. Scholtz, who is well known in netball circles, was both Team South Africa manager and on the organising committee for the inaugural World University Netball Championships, which were held in Cape Town in July. According to UJ’s director of sport Sanpat Coetzee, netball is the most popular activity among female students and a flagship sport across all four campuses. The university finished third in this year’s University Sport South Africa tournament, topped the log in the Eastern Gauteng A and B leagues, and will be looking to compete seriously when the new Varsity Sports tournament rolls out next year. Coetzee said the netball club has also produced five players, including current honours student Matlala Mokoko, for the national Protea squad since 2011. “Netball is one of UJ’s high profile sporting codes, therefore we scanned the market for a suitably qualified and experienced specialist who can work with students and has a passion for the sport.” She said the institution had looked for an innovative, self-disciplined and hard-working leader. “Charlotte personifies all of these criteria and is also a team player.” As a provincial player, umpire, coach, selector and administrator, the 38-year-old brings experience in every aspect of the game to her new role. Scholtz, who is currently the national U21 assistant coach, will be responsible for the recruitment and development of top student-athletes and coaching staff, as well as creating opportunities for participation at recreational and competitive levels on all campuses. Coetzee said one of the club’s medium-term goals was the identification and development of talent in the greater Soweto area. “This programme is based at the UJ Soweto campus.” The appointment marks a complete career change for . . .
Participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will have a chance to show their true mettle when they take on the new Ultimate Quest in Port Elizabeth and Addo from February 1 to 3. The Ultimate Quest is designed to reveal the supreme cyclist overall across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge on the Saturday and 106km Classic road race on the Sunday. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, the seed of the idea grew from organisers' vision to improve the offering and create a true weekend festival of cycling. "In addition, we believe it's a great opportunity that allows road and mountain bikers to compete on an even playing field." With new-look routes both on and off-road, Peel said it was the perfect moment to introduce the Ultimate Quest. "Particularly on the mountain bike side, there's been a complete overhaul of the routes. "On the road route the addition of the five-kilometre hill and Slanghoogte climb will ensure that race strategies will have to be adjusted from previous years." He said the male and female winners of the Ultimate Quest would receive R5 000 each in addition to any prize money in the individual events. Although many of the pro teams would probably compete for the new title, Peel said it was not created with them in mind. "The primary purpose is to allow the avid cyclist who enjoys an endurance challenge the opportunity to become part of a small field of exclusive riders." He said participants should be advanced riders with above-average fitness levels and technical skills on the mountain bike. "The double bill is not to be taken lightly, so we urge all who enter to be well prepared. "Get out and begin hill training and fine-tune your recovery programme to ensure that you can tackle the road race with fresh legs." Peel said organisers believed the new initiative would add fresh impetus to the country's second oldest national classic and help grow the event. "We'd like to . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, December 2012 Heart 104.9FM, Cape Town’s beat, in conjunction with GAME and local non – profit organisation (NPO) Newkidz on the Block, is aiming to encourage the public to donate even more educational and recreational toys for the specific needs areas. Heart 104.9FM is aiming to encourage the station’s listeners to volunteer to help children in need by making donations towards the initiative at GAME Stores in the Western Province. The Toy Story campaign commenced 1st October and will continue until 17th December 2012, with Heart 104.9FM DJs and GAME stores supporting 40 orphanages in their areas. Heart 104.9FM and GAME have collected over 2, 273 toys already since 1 October! A new division of GAME, FoodCo, has launched their new range of “ready to eat” meals now available in all the GAME Foodco Western Cape stores too. Their NEW convenient meals for the whole family with delicious family favourites, are great value and taste great, and provide convenient meals in 3 minutes! Ideal for busy lifestyles – a delicious quick family supper or lunch at the office or an easy, tasty meal on the run. Newkidz on the Block, is an established registered NPO based in Cape Town concerned mainly with the plight of orphans in South Africa. Founded in 2007, the Child and Youth centre builds child-support networks in communities to help place orphans with foster families or in children’s homes. They promote foster care to the general public and offer guidance to foster families. The organisation aims to give people who want to give back and support those in need, but aren’t sure where to go and what to do about it, an opportunity to help. Heart 104.9FM DJs will personally appear, with some celebrities, on the following Saturdays at the respective GAME stores in support of the Toy Story campaign between 11h00 – 14h00 : • Game Tygervalley – Sam Roy with Sekoati Tsubane & Claire Phillips - 15 December. Heart 104.9FM’s Toy Story campaign . . .
Sundays round 2 of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series in Port Elizabeth is expected to draw a record entry and another exciting tussle between the undefeated ladies champion and the young up and coming challenger who have gone head to head over this sprint distance course for the past year. Top PE all-round athlete, Liza Bright, has made the Triathlon Summer Series here own since 2010, extending her lead to 7 wins last Sunday with a top 10 overall finish during round 1 to win the ladies category in a fast 1hr 14min. The 30 year old, who is also the reigning Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run Champion, is looking stronger than ever this season but is only too aware of the challenge behind her from the young professional show jumper Jade Hooke. Hooke at just 22 years old has been runner up for the past 4 Summer Series events having come into the Summer Series during round 3 in 2010 where she placed 3rd and has since been the sole challenger to Bright' Series domination. Similarly in the the Men's category, EP triathlon champion Dan Howitz started the defence of his Series title with another win on Sunday following on his two wins last season whilst Ryan Peter is searching for the form which saw him win Round 3 of the Series back in 2010. Since that victory in Port St Francis, Peter placed 2nd throughout the Series in 2011 and again last Sunday morning. Despite the strong challenges taking place on the leaderboard, the appeal of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series is it's fun atmosphere which attracts social and novice triathletes each year. Whether it's families or friends combining to form a team or a budding future Ironman, the Series offers the opportunity to challenge yourself with a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Online registration for Round 2 is possible on www.trisummerseries.co.za and closes on Friday with late entries being taken on Sunday morning at Pollok Beach from 7am. The triathlon starts at 8am and is followed by prize giving just after . . .
Tis the season for giving and what better opportunity than to bring some Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. At this time of the year many children and elderly folk have little to look forward to so as part of their social commitment Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa on St George's Mall are collecting gifts for Nazareth House Cape Town. This non-profit-organisation (NPO) with facilities in Vredehoek and Elsie's River is a well loved icon in the City and celebrated 130 years of service to the poor and needy of the Western Cape. The Hotel is inviting people to donate small gifts for each of the residents and to deliver them to the Atrium of the Hotel (on Wale St and St George's Mall) where the magnificent Christmas decorations and Ubuntu Tree brings seasonal joy into the heart of the City. The tree will be hung with tags detailing names and ages of the recipients of the gifts. All you have to do is bring a gift and select to whom you want it delivered. Take the tag from the tree and put it with your gift in the box provided. The Hotel will ensure that the gifts are delivered before Christmas. Nazareth House has provided a home environment for abused, abandoned, disabled and orphaned children for more than a century. This secure and loving home is also a final resting place for children with terminal conditions. Many are the victims of poverty and abusive homes. Nazareth House also cares for the elderly and provides residential care for frail aged men and women in desperate need. Enquiries: Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa 021 481 4000 Issued on behalf of Mandela Rhodes Place and Spa by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200 firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://mandelarhodesplace.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None . . .
Official Media Release For Immediate Release 18 December 2012 (Johannesburg, South Africa): Inspired by Africa’s rich history, diverse kingdoms, and inspiring heritage, a new fragrance has entered the South African market. Menelik - Pour Homme is the debut men’s fragrance from local fragrance house, Menelik Fragrances and is uniquely produced, manufactured, and distributed solely in Africa. It is named after an ancient African king, who, legend has it, was the son of King Solomon and Queen Sheba of Ethiopia. “Menelik is a world-class fragrance with a rich combination of perfume notes to evoke the romance and mystique of Africa,” says Lionel Shaw, founder of the Menelik brand and the nose behind the fragrance. “We live on a continent that defines us, and that makes us proudly African. A place where we are happy to exude everything that makes us African. And, for the first time in history, we can do so through the fragrance we wear.” Shaw, who is deeply entrenched in the South African fashion industry, wanted to consolidate his experiences and therefore created a brand that would represent international masculine style in an African context. The fragrance house has set out to create a definitive African fragrance brand in the growing South African fragrance industry. To create their flagship scent, Menelik Fragrances collaborated with the world’s oldest perfume company - Charabot in Grasse, France - to source the best perfume oils produced by the masters of perfume craftsmanship. Blended together at a higher than normal concentration, the end result is a powerful, classic scent that entices the senses with fragrant floral and exotic aromas. Menelik’s vision of creating a truly African fragrance, steeped in African heritage, has incorporated a modern twist, as it is only available through Zando (www.zando.co.za) - South Africa’s biggest online fashion retailer. This places the fragrance in the company of some of the world’s most established brands, . . .
Pretoria, South Africa - October, 2012 - All-terrain vehicle (ATV) distributor SportsRide has made available to the public the PGO series Bug Racers. These are manufactured by PGO, a Taiwan-based scooter, quad bike and bug racer manufacturer. Bug racers, similar to dune buggies, are recreational vehicles with characteristically large, wide wheels. These vehicles rely on an engine mounted on an open chassis – opposed to a closed body like the ones on normal cars – to increase the power-to-weight ratio. Bug Racer 500i & BR600 The SportsRide PGO series includes the very well-known Bug Racer 500i and now also the Bug Racer 600. Both of these units are fitted with a sporty aesthetic, and are perfectly suited for road use, as well as bundu-bashing in the vast and diverse South African terrain. The Bug Racer 500i boasts being the first 460cc all-terrain buggy in the world, with "the combined characteristics of Race car and utility vehicle, distinctive design and dazzling performance". The 500i has a maximum 15kW (6750 rpm) power, and a maximum torque of 36.5 Nm. Complete with four-wheel drive vehicle and 19.5 litre petrol tank, the vehicle can manage 20 kilometres per litre when travelling on a road, making it more fuel-efficient than most cars today, and also one of the most environment-friendly. The fortified structure ensures driver safety, while the simplified console makes it a breeze to use. Its bigger counterpart is the all-new BR600, and comes complete with an impressive parts manufacturer list including a Bosch injection system, NASA tech pistons and a Vortex cooling system. Fitted with a 558cc engine, it is capable of delivering maximum power of 14.9kW (6000rpm), and 37Nm (3000rpm) maximum torque. It also boasts a 30 litre petrol tank. The PGO BR600 also boasts a ceramic coated cylinder, negative curvature cam profile, high tumble ratio intake manifold, wet clutch and roller-type rock arm, to name only a few performance-enhancing . . .
Pretoria, South Africa - October, 2012, All-terrain vehicle distributor SportsRide has made available an exciting range of quad bikes through its website, www.sportsride.co.za. The ranges on offer have been selected carefully to cater for all skill levels and requirements - from cost-conscious budget models to the high-performance Target 550 IRS. According to information portal www.quad24.co.za, ATV uptake in South Africa is on the rise. What is an ATV? All-terrain vehicles (a category which includes quad bikes) are classified as 'quadricycles' by The National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996 as amended) - a four-wheeled motor vehicle designed to be operated by controls similar to those fitted to a motorcycle. ATVs vary according to purpose: entry-level, utility, sport utility, sport and high-performance. Ranges available from the company's website can be classified as sport utility all-terrain vehicles, suitable for recreational use, and for purposed use on farms, plots, etc. Built for Economy, Comfort & Performance The Blade 325SL ATV is designed and manufactured by Taiwan-based TGB. Among all available models, it is one of the most affordable, perfect for beginners, or individuals who do not have excessive power demands. This two-wheel drive sports a 287.2cc liquid cooled engine and can deliver a maximum of 15kw (6500 rpm) power, and 24.6 Nm (5000 rpm) torque. Perfect for everyday, non-intensive use, the Blade 325SL makes a perfect light-on-fuel, general purpose ATV. The TGB Blade 450SE is a step up from the 325SL, offering 403cc of four-wheel drive excitement. Unlike its smaller counterpart, the 450SE is big on comfort, and therefore a bit higher in price. The 14.9 kw (6500 rpm) / 26.6 Nm (4000 rpm) machine can carry 18 litres of fuel, and is perfect for individuals who need a bit more in terms of comfort and horsepower than the 325SL has to offer. Among the more performance-based ATVs, TGB's Target 460 R has already proven a favourite . . .