Varsity Cup rugby arrives in Port Elizabeth for the first time this year on Monday, February 11, when the FNB NMMU Madibaz square off with newcomers FNB Wits at the NMMU Stadium. The Madibaz got their 2013 campaign off to an encouraging start last week when they travelled to Cape Town and retained the Monte Taljaard Trophy with a hard-fought 5-5 draw with the FNB Ikey Tigers, and they will be looking to kick on against Wits. Last year the men from Port Elizabeth finished fifth on the log, having caused big upsets by beating the Ikeys and FNB UFS-Shimlas in dramatic finales, and they very nearly did the same in Cape Town earlier this week. Head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg was satisfied with the committed display from his side in some tough conditions at the notorious Green Mile, but believes that they are capable of raising their standards significantly in front of their passionate home crowd on Monday. “True courage, bravery and resilience were shown out on that field, which have become qualities that are deep rooted in the Madibaz men. I feel that the team grew from the experience and will be better for it,” he said. Wits gained promotion to the Varsity Cup by winning the Varsity Shield last year, but they endured a tough entry to the competition last week – going down 61-7 to a ruthless UFS-Shimlas at home. However, Janse van Rensburg made it clear that his side would not be taking anything for granted when they take to the field in Port Elizabeth on Monday. “We are very confident, but grounded for Monday evening. “We realise that we need to be prepared to fight every week and we feel that to get our performance up to where we want to be performing does not require major open heart surgery,” said the Madibaz coach. Distributed by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 041 368 4992 082 575 7991 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fullstopcom.com On behalf of: Varsity Sports URL: http://www.varsitycup.co.za Twitter: . . .
11-times World champion paddle skier and Olympian Oscar Chalupsky will be tackling The Unlimited Dusi for the fifteenth time and this year he will be partnering with the glamorous Idols judge and radio presenter Unathi Msengana. The pair will form part of the celebrity charity batch in aid of the official race charities. Chalupsky is certainly no stranger to paddling with celebrities and some of his former partners included boxer Baby Jake, soccer star Doctor Khumalo, former Miss SA Peggy Sue Khumalo, Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, former Springbok rugby player Naas Botha, ultra-marathon runner Bruce Fordyce and adventurer Sibusiso Vilane. According to Chalupsky, he has enjoyed teaming up with the celebrities as they all have a fiercely competitive streak. “It’s been a lot of fun paddling with the celebrities as they want to beat the other celebrities.” He is looking forward to Unathi delivering a star performance at The Unlimited Dusi. “She’s been putting in a lot of training and it’s definitely paying off. She is stable in the boat and that is the most important part of novice paddling. She is confident, listens and has covered all the basics really well,” explains Chalupsky, who currently runs a paddle school in KwaZulu-Natal. Formulating his race strategy, Chalupsky admits that he’ll be taking Unathi on a wild ride as he prefers to shoot the rapids instead of doing the punishing portages. However, Unathi is prepared to tackle this challenge head-on as she has full confidence in his abilities. “It was incredible to paddle with Oscar as he is an absolute legend in the sport. I know that I will be in very capable hands. His confidence on the water is enormous and it’s wonderful to be in such a powerful environment. He carries his success so easily and the tips that he’s already given me were just amazing. I am really looking forward to paddling The Unlimited Dusi with him and I know that I’m going to learn a great deal from him.” Follow Oscar and . . .
The organisers of the well-known Casual Day campaign have launched a new annual fund raising campaign - Tekkie Tax for Friday 31 May 2013. Donors can select beneficiaries of their choice, selected from five main categories; animals, basic community welfare, children, disability or education. With a 20-year history of success, accountability and transparency, the organisation is spreading its wings to include more welfare organisations than ever before, giving South Africans an opportunity to give according to where their hearts lie. Campaign endorsed Some of the biggest NGOs in the country endorse the campaign: •Child Welfare SA •SOS Children's Villages •SPCA Tshwane •Alzheimer's Society •Hospice •South African Woman's Federation (SAVF) It has joined forces with the Foundation for Social Change through Choice (FSCC) to ensure that all monies are accounted for with 100% transparency for all beneficiaries involved. With this charitable trust (and the Board of Advisors representing the beneficiary organisations), the organisation offers the lowest cost structure possible with the most fun. Fund reasons Annelise de Jager, project organiser, says, "As experts in our field of service, we know that running a fundraising campaign is expensive, labour intensive and holds a lot of risk factors for the organisation running it. Now we have brought together a mix of the most accountable welfare organisations in the country to do one big campaign where the public has the choice of whom it wants to benefit by its donations. This will save a lot of money and will create a platform for organisations that normally do not have the infrastructure to organise this kind of campaign." Process During the month of April and May, members of the public will be asked to get a Tekkie Tax sticker for a R10 donation from any of the participating outlets or participating welfare organisations. There will be five different kinds of stickers, each representing a beneficiary . . .
All staff at CMH, of which First Car Rental is a wholly-owned subsidiary, embarked on an Adopt-A-School Project in 2012, in an attempt to significantly upgrade selected schools, making a big difference to those that need help. The objective of the adoption is to support the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning environment at schools in rural areas. CMH strongly believes that the future of every company in the country, including CMH, lies in the hands of our children, and without proper education, they cannot succeed. The First Beneficiary - Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School The first beneficiary identified is Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School, located south of Durban. CMH visited the school and there is so much that needs to be done that they got started straight away with identifying urgent needs. Needs Identified - Kwamakhuta Comprehensive High School Based on discussions with the principal and the Head of Department of the Technical department, CMH and First Car Rental staff have agreed to start by assisting the school to buy new teaching aids and technical apparatus in the science and mechanical/ technical streams (where some equipment is 30 years old), and by sponsoring sports gear for the school’s three soccer teams. Update January 2013 • Plans for the new science lab have been drawn up by an architect. • CMH have received a costing from a quantity surveyor. • CMH are looking to source contractors and suppliers of desks, lab equipment, fittings, etc. • CMH plan to commence with work on site when the building season opens in January 2013. • CMH employees and mangement have raised a total of R115,000 so far. CMH personally thanks everyone who has donated to this worthy cause. Thanks to you, CMH are one step closer to achieving their goal of giving the Kwamakhuta students the education they truly deserve. URL: http://www.firstcarrental.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstcarrental Facebook: . . .
Blue Oak Systems has just launched an online application called RESET which will help debt-ridden consumers to restructure their unsecured debt. The RESET principle centres around establishing the minimum consolidation loan which will yield the maximum cash savings. With over 8 million South Africans over-indebted and debt consolidation solutions failing, it seems a little hollow to talk about encouraging a savings habit. Theuns Hanekom, co-founder of Blue Oak Systems, believes that we cannot begin to talk about developing a savings culture in South Africa until we can show consumers how to unlock savings from debt. He feels that financial advisors are trained to operate on one side of the personal balance sheet only whereas the problem and opportunity often sits on the debt side. “We have thousands of highly qualified financial planners in South Africa all selling retirement, investment or life products, which is right. But if they looked at the debt side of their clients’ personal balance sheets, you’d find that they could potentially improve their clients’ personal cash flow and either increase savings or as a minimum, reduce the need for clients to borrow more. I’d like to see financial advisors impacting on both sides of the personal balance sheet,” he says. Traditionally, the thinking has been to consolidate debt through taking a maximum loan. Ironically, this doesn’t always result in achieving maximum monthly savings. The problem is that if you don’t enjoy a monthly cash flow improvement which makes a difference, sooner or later you’re going to be borrowing again until such time as you just cannot access any more loans. Another problem in debt management is that people are not comfortable talking about debt which means they don’t access the expertise required to successfully structure debt. Hanekom believes that, provided expert and credible debt structuring applications are used, the online or web environment provides the security, subjectivity . . .
Entries are flying for the 2013 New Balance IMPI Challenge in Gauteng and sixty percent of all available entries sold out after the first day of registration yesterday. Due to popular demand, race organisers have once again increased the capacity of each event and have added KwaZulu-Natal to the IMPI calendar this year. With its inception in 2009, the IMPI Challenge became the first trail adventure race of its kind in the country and quickly captured the attention of outdoor enthusiasts. It combines trail running with a military-style obstacle course and each event features a 12km track with 17 obstacles. Participants can enter in teams of two to ten members. The IMPI Elite Challenge was introduced to accommodate serious competitors and puts competitors to the test on a 17km course with 21 obstacles. The male and female winners take home R10 000 in prize money. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown exponentially and expectations are that close to 7000 participants will take on this epic event this year. According to IMPI Challenge director Michael Niemann, they have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from the public. “Our new website went live on Friday and registration for online entries opened on 4 February. IMPI enthusiasts literally snatched up 60% of the entries for both events in Gauteng within the first day. This is once again proof that the unique format of the IMPI is hugely appealing to a very diverse audience. It combines fun, fitness and the great outdoors in a very innovative way and seems to tick all the boxes for the athletes,” explains Niemann. The 2013 New Balance IMPI Challenge series will kick off with a two-day adventure spectacular at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm in Hartebeespoort on 6 and 7 April. The event has been limited to 1500 entries per day and only a limited number of places remain available. In May, this epic adventure makes its debut in KwaZulu-Natal at the picturesque Virginia Trials near Eston. The race will . . .
Understanding Brands 101 There are a plethora of definitions around what brands are? Here’s a simple argument. In olden days, farmers would mark their cattle for identification of their animals. But this mark was not purely used as a physical mark of identification, it also communicated the ownership as well as the quality of the animal. The brand is not just a physical marker, it implies more than what is visible. If the above is still marketing gobble-gook…here’s a simpler version. Joe is a good farmer he marks his cow with a J logo, this means: 1. Its Joe’s cow, 2. It also means its the best cow for steaks & 3. It also represents how people feel about Joe, so his behavior impacts on the Brand. This is how brands work, they have physical aspects(product, identity & logo) and inferred value based on the owner/organisational values and behavior. Why are Brands important? Brands are important because in the modern economy many Joes have many excellent cows( products, services etc) as well as similar abilities and budgets to market their cows. So what sets one Joe’s cow from another Joe’s cow….Brands because Brands build meaning! How to Build brands If products and services can be copied, how do you set your Brand apart? Simple “Do Good” and Be human-centric. ”Good Branding” uses marketing and brand communications to clearly articulate brands and their products effectively but not just through broadcast media or advertising media. Our brand philosophy is quite simple: Good - The power of brands is bigger than the ability to draw sales, Brands are powerful influencers of societal norms and should be used toward social Good. Branding - Or Brand building is a process of distilling the individual “Reason to Exist” of the business or organisation and ensuring that every single action taken, resonates and communicates the “Reason to Exist”. #GoodBranding doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it requires that the organisation embrace new ideas of . . .
On Sunday 17 February South African musical legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will perform at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert for the very first time. No stranger to huge audiences and open air concerts Sipho was one of the major artists performing at the opening of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and his passion spilled over into the audience. This is the chance to see and hear one of South Africa’s musical treasures as he takes the stage with some of his closest friends. His contribution to the musical landscape locally and internationally, seeing him honoured here and across the world. Concert-goers can expect a lively afternoon of magnificent rhythm that will resonate against the Kirstenbosch backdrop. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. 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] . . .
After successfully completing her water proficiency test less than two weeks before taking on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon, Unathi Msengana tweeted: “I just want to put it out there. I was petrified, but it was a blast!” Msengana will make her debut in Africa’s biggest canoe race with 12-time world champion surf skier Oscar Chalupsky as part of the celebrity charity batch, which raises awareness and funds for the official race charities. The Idols judge and Metro FM presenter has been following a hectic training regime of paddling for an hour three to four times a week followed by a 5km run since November last year. According to her coach Russell Willis, Unathi’s diligent training has paid off. She passed her water proficiency test in a single canoe (K1) with flying colours on a fairly full Klip River. The test monitors the candidate’s ability to read river rapids, select the correct paddling lines and understand how the flow affects the course. He further stated that although Unathi mastered the basic technical skills including balance and a good stable stroke, most of her paddling time has been on flat water. The challenge is to apply these skills while traversing a full river with strong flow and tricky rapids, but that he had faith in Unathi’s determined and competitive approach. “I’ve been working with Unathi for the past four months and her commitment and tenacity speak of true sportsmanship. This was her first time in a K1 on a river in full flow, which is probably not ideal. I would have preferred a lower water level, but it showed her what a river can dish out. Being out on a river on your own for the first time is a very real experience and it is the only way that you can get a real taste of what the Dusi can entail,” explains Willis, who has been coaching for 14 years and will also be part of the 2013 The Unlimited Dusi line-up. Unathi is eager for the iconic race. “I love a challenge and am always ready to tackle something new. I am . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. 3 February, 2013. The organisers of much-loved fundraising initiative, Casual Day, have announced that Edcon, South Africa’s leading retailing group, has come on board as the main sponsor this year - for a period of three years. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), a non-profit organisation mandated to improve education, inclusivity, accessibility and social integration for persons with disabilities. Casual Day has raised over R170 million for disability organisations since its inception 18 years ago. Edcon has committed to a three-year contract as principal sponsor, with the aim of raising R6 million in sticker donations at all Edcon stores and in addition, to contribute R11 million towards the project over the period. “As we kickstart our 2013 campaign, we welcome Edcon on board as our principal sponsor,” says NCPPDSA Chairman, Mr Brian Sweetlove. “Our sponsors are the lifeblood of Casual Day, which raises essential funds to enable the NCPPDSA, its benefiaries and participating entities to create a barrier-free society in which persons with disabilities can fully participate.” The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker. Says Therina Wentzel, National Director of NCPPDSA, “Edcon is a perfect fit for Casual Day as the project encourages the people of South Africa to go to work dressed differently on the first Friday in September every year. It is a fun project and allows everyone to make a contribution. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Edcon and the staff of all Edcon stores, who helped to make Casual Day a runaway success last year and we look forward to working with them again this year.” Corporate social investment is an integral part of Edcon’s transformation strategy. Dr Urin Ferndale, chief operating officer and executive director at Edcon explains, “Over the past seven years Edcon has been a supporter of . . .