In a first for international off-road racing on the southern tip of Africa, the 2013 edition of the Old Mutual joBerg2c will see timed enduro sections included in the nine-day mountain bike journey across South Africa. Dubbed “the race within the race”, these single-track sections would be known as the Red Bull Runs and give riders the opportunity to show their skill, said one of the organisers Craig Wapnick. Wapnick said there would be seven timed sections in the 910km (565 mile) race, which starts in Heidelberg near Johannesburg on April 26 and crosses the country before finishing at Scottburgh, south of Durban, on May 4. “We will carefully choose the sections to ensure that they are not too dangerous but still challenging. The Red Bull Runs are there for teams and solo riders to have some fun.” According to him, enduro racing – which involves completing a number of stages against the clock in the shortest overall time – was fast becoming one of the most compelling formats around the world. “It allows good technical riders who may not be able to compete for the podium in a normal marathon to show their skill on single-track stretches of around 5km each.” Wapnick said the Old Mutual joBerg2c, which incorporated SA’s best known three-day races in the Nedbank sani2c and FedGroup Berg & Bush, was known for its smooth-flowing trails. “For example, for those who are familiar with these routes, we will have a timed run from the top of Spioenkop down Long Drop Pass on day four, which is day two of Berg and Bush. “We will also have one from the top of Nick’s Pass to the school on day eight, which is day two of sani2c.” He said the enduro sections, timed by Spectrum Sport, would provide a burst of competitive excitement and give all participants something to look forward to. “There are many great riders in the field who are not racing snakes but who will hold their own on these sections.” Wapnick said the daily winners and overall podium . . .
From New York, to Cape Town and Johannesburg, New Media continued their award winning streak of 2012 at the Pica's last night. Plascon Spaces scooped top honours in the Visual Production of the Year category and New Media also hauled in 9 Highly Commended accolades for their consumer and customer titles including Woolworths TASTE, Eat Out, Siyasiza, Ackermans Club, Mediclinic Family and From New York, to Cape Town and Johannesburg, New Media continued their award winning streak of 2012 at the Pica's last night. Plascon Spaces scooped top honours in the Visual Production of the Year category and New Media also hauled in 9 Highly Commended accolades for their consumer and customer titles including Woolworths TASTE, Eat Out, Siyasiza, Ackermans Club, Mediclinic Family and Mercedes Benz. The PICA accolades are truly the cherry on top for New Media, who has won numerous respected local and international awards this year. Just in the past four weeks, New Media has celebrated major wins at the Pearl Awards in New York for Woolworths TASTE (Gold - Best Integrated Print and Web Programme) and Siyasiza, the internal communications magazine for FNB (Best New Launch/Relaunch); scored big at the Galliovas, with Woolworths TASTE food editor Abigail Donnelly winning the top award -- Best Food Writer of the Year -- as well as Best Stylist; at Bookmarks, with Woolworths TASTE Digital and Eatout.co.za taking home four prizes for excellence. "Being recognised within our industry with top honours like these is of course wonderful, but even more gratifying is knowing that we've done our best for our clients, having created content that not only resonates with their readers but also gives measurable results," said Bridget McCarney, Managing Director for New Media. "Our customers' satisfaction is the real reward, but that said, the PICAs and other awards are certainly much appreciated nods for the consistently outstanding groundbreaking work created by our talented team, and we . . .
Joburg-based theatre-maker Lidija Mareliè has scooped a star cast for her manifestation of the fourth 2012 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, with veteran actors Terry Norton, Susan Danford and Adrian Galley making up the cast of Villa Sofia. Set in a period between the two World Wars and reflecting on the violent Balkan Wars of 1912 - 1914, Villa Sofia interrogates how two people from different cultures and religions can find each other when those very differences are separated by details they themselves struggle to define. Toni (Adrian Galley) writes a novel about Sofia (Terry Norton); who forces him to delve into, and find the strength to write about, his haunting past. This in turn gives a voice to his mute housekeeper, Rafaela (Susan Danford), who he has loved for most of his life. Why is Rafaela mute and would Toni rather keep her that way in a culture where silence prevails? “This is a play that I really shouldn’t be making as it explores cultural wars that have been going on for centuries and the truths I explore are considered both unpatriotic and unspeakable in my culture, but it’s a story that really needs to be told. As a director, working with this generous cast has really helped me to access the honesty that I need to do that.” says Mareliè. Lidija Mareliè received an Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Witwatersrand. She has performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown on several occasions. Since graduating she has directed a number of productions in Johannesburg including Waiting for Jack, Jefferson Tshabalala’s Flames on Manhood Mountain and Satyricon (assistant director to Bailey Snyman, Young Standard Bank Award Winner for Dance 2012). She has also performed in Barney Simon’s Born in the RSA directed by Warren Nebe and Othello directed by John Kani. She was awarded the Percy Tucker award at Wits for Best Director in 2011. She regularly presents workshops on performance at . . .
The eagerly awaited announcement of the winners for the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards took place at a function in Johannesburg last night. The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are presented annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. This year, an award for Performance Art has been presented for the first time. “This year's group of Standard Bank Young Artists are celebrated for their vibrant and cutting edge creativity, their amazing intricacy of creative expression and their enormous talents which contribute to developing a stronger and more prosperous creative economy, and also to making a significant contribution towards defining our country's cultural identity,” said National Arts Festival Director, Ismail Mahomed. The winners of the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are: Fana Tshabalala for Dance Runette Botha for Music Mary Sibande for Visual Art Prince Lamla for Drama Shane Cooper for Jazz Anthea Moys for Performance Art “The Standard Bank Young Artist Award gives recognition to the trajectory that their professions are taking to reflect the multifarious ways in which these artists work and to recognise the excellence of their work. They join an esteemed and celebrated group of previous winners of this prestigious award,” added Mahomed. As part of their prize, each of the winners will be featured on the Main programme of the 2013 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (27 June – 7 July 2013), where they will be given the opportunity to develop and première new works. The winners are also given various opportunities to represent South Africa on international stages as a result of their association with the Award. Mandie van der Spuy, Standard Bank Head of Arts and Jazz Sponsorship said, “Standard Bank is proud to have been associated with these prestigious awards for 29 years. Our . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Wednesday, November 14th 2012 [ME NewsWire] (BUSINESS WIRE)-- MiX Telematics(JSE:MIX), a global provider of driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, continues to grow its business around the world as evidenced by strong performance in the first half of its 2012/13 financial year as announced yesterday. Due to the extension of existing enterprise contracts as well as the addition of new mega fleets across various industries in various countries, MiX Telematics increased its revenue by 20.3% (to R564 million) and its operating profit by an impressive 60.8% (to R76 million) in comparison to the same period a year ago. Through an SaaS delivery model and value added services, MiX Telematics helps customers worldwide to reduce their operating costs and risks, improve driver and passenger safety as well as customer service, and lower their carbon emissions. “Our strategy for years now has been to leverage our profitable, cash-generative businesses into growing our global annuity base,” says Stefan Joselowitz, CEO of MiX Telematics. "We announced our intent when we listed five years ago and continue to demonstrate our commitment to this strategy year on year. Between April and September we increased our subscriber base by more than 40,000 vehicles, with significant growth coming from both our fleet and consumer telematics operations.” Despite facing tough economic conditions in various parts of the world, MiX Telematics is proud to have increased revenue outside of South Africa by 29% (to R276 million). In South Africa and the UK, the company successfully extended contracts within two major key accounts, including Eskom and the Go-Ahead group. A contract with a large Oil & Gas producer in Eastern Europe was also secured, as were new major contracts with a mining company in Australasia and two large bus customers in Europe. About MiX Telematics MiX Telematics is a global leader in fleet management, driver . . .
Top KwaZulu-Natal trail runner Tracy Zunckel outpaced a few riders in the recent FedGroup Berg & Bush near Winterton to raise funds for protecting rhino and other species in the Spioenkop Game Reserve. Zunckel, who is part of the local Bergville farming community, ran the mountain bike stage race trails to collect donations towards replacing the damaged game fence surrounding the cash-strapped reserve. She was approached by race organiser Gary Green following her participation in last year’s event, which saw them raise R25 000 for the Bergville Orphan Fund. According to the five-time Mont-aux-Sources Challenge champion, she immediately jumped at the opportunity to run for a cause and withdrew from another trail run in which she had been scheduled to compete. “It’s awesome to be able to use my God-given talent to help out in our community. It’s my privilege to run this race and to live in this spectacular part of our country. “We as a community have a responsibility to preserve and improve it for generations to come.” Zunckel, who races for sponsor Wedgewood, said it would cost an estimated R20 000 per kilometre to replace the fencing. The organisers opened the fund with a R25 000 donation. “Spioenkop has giraffe, zebra, rhino, eland and a multitude of other animals. It provides recreation for a lot of locals and visitors to the Ukahlamba Drakensberg area.” The 38-year-old ran the final days of both the three-day Descent and Original two-day events, finishing last in the former and beating more than 80 social riders in the latter. “The cyclists were really friendly and encouraging, although you don’t chat too much because everyone’s puffing and panting. The bet was that for every one I beat they owed me R1 000, but we don’t hold anyone to that.” Zunckel, who is also a two-time winner of the Rhodes Trail Run and Mutter Mountain Mania Ultra Trail Run, started at the back of the field and finished the 50km stage in four hours and 17 . . .
Although global warming might be confusing us whether it’s summer yet or not, Traffic Clothing has taken a stand and decided, ‘Yes, summer is officially here!’ Hello summer! On the evening of the 9th of November, Traffic Clothing showcased what they will have to offer this summer in store. Guests feasted their eyes on bright tropical and neon colours, denim outfits, sexy swimwear and even the ever so stylish, black and white. On arrival guests enjoyed welcome drinks and delicious canapés from Café Magnifico while being treated to the sensational sounds from DJ Kirsti Hugo. MC for the evening, the beautiful Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader opened up the show for the evening. The hip-hop and break-dancers from Unit Bboys entertained guests during intervals with their astounding moves and incredible dance talent. Various prizes from Relax and Rejuvenate, NuMetro Canal Walk, Kavanaghs’ Hairdressing and Traffic Clothing were also given away. The models from 20Management were transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses by Kohl Make-up, Kavanaghs Hairdressing and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha and assistant Shelby Bosman. More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Krist Hugo, DJ for the evening Photographer: Niel Kotze Men's denim fashion from Traffic Clothing Photographer: Niel Kotze Nautical summer fashion from Traffic Clothing Photographer: Niel Kotze [/l2g] . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing Arts (GIPCA), in association with the Michaelis Galleries and hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, presents the 2012 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Jared Thorne’s exhibition Black Folk. The exhibition, the culmination of Thorne’s Fellowship at the University of Cape Town will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe from 28 November until 19 January 2013. Thorne embarked on a transcontinental search for expressions of Black middle class culture. Seeking to challenge hegemonic, as well as self-imposed constructs of Black identity, his work centers on issues of race, class and gender and engages questions of authenticity, representation and history. He challenges viewers to redefine their conceptual understanding of modern Black culture. Thorne asks why so many Black Africans find the Mother City’s embrace suffocating instead of welcoming. “Paramount in my work and research is how social class plays a significant role in defining how one witnesses ‘Blackness’,” comments Thorne. Through photography and audio interviews, he seeks to facilitate extensive visual and verbal dialogue on how identity is created in the global south, specifically in Cape Town. Combining large format film photographs alongside excerpts from various interviews, Thorne hopes to present a new vision of Black South Africans. Jared Thorne grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College, a Postgraduate certificate from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He has worked as a journalist at CNN, where he was a member of an Emmy award-winning team in 2006. Thorne has served as a lecturer at Queens College, Columbia University, and currently teaches in Stellenbosch Academy's photography department. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 28 November at 19:00 at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, St’ Johns Road and runs until 19 January. Gallery . . .
The first annual ECA(SA) Conference was aptly themed, Exploring Energy Efficiency. Held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on Monday 12 November 2012, the conference was the third part of the overall ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards programme. The brainchild of outgoing ECA(SA) President, Mark Mfikoe, the idea for the two-day event was borne at the end of 2011. The key sponsors all came on board to present on issues within the energy saving environment. Eskom detailed the rebate structure for energy saving installations and unpacked the tariff system. Eaton Electric SA confirmed that energy saving is a philosophy and needs to be part of an organisation's culture. To do this absolute measurement and control is needed. Global body, KNX, provided an international perspective and called on delegates to align with manufacturers that have a forward focus, integrating sustainability and efficiency into the products that are produced. The speaker pointed out that each person must be responsible for the energy wastage in their own environment. Sponsor, Brother SA, showed how their worldwide initiative Brother Earth is impacting on environmentally conscious labelling and new product development, through their positive attitude and commitment to the planet. The Copper Development Association Africa, also a sponsor of the Awards process, highlighted the need for the safe use of copper in electrical installations. Copper cabling is most used in the electrical industry and as such the Association has a deep interest in talking to ECA(SA) members. Panel discussions around alternative energy sources and the future of lighting completed a successful day of conferencing that culminated in the annual ECA(SA) AGM. More Info: http://ecasa.co.za Author: Alan Straton from ECA (SA). Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
The first annual ECA(SA) Presidential Awards programme was a great success. The Awards programme consisted of a two-day event filled with golfing fun, an exciting Awards Banquet to announce the category winners and a valuable industry conference. An impressive 39 entries were received across the 8 categories for 2012. Said outgoing ECA(SA) President, "To all entrants who were brave enough to expose themselves to scrutiny against the standard called excellence, congratulations. As I stand here I know that you fully understand that it is not good enough merely be good and you challenged yourself to be excellent in the face of challenging trading conditions." The most subscribed category for 2012 was that of Young Apprentice of the Year. The importance of this was pointed out by Chris Greager, National Director: ECA(SA) when he announced that the ECA(SA) has entered into an agreement with the Construction Seta to provide R10 million worth of training and skills development to the electrical industry. Hence, to see employers nominating young apprentices from all over South Africa is an indication of the commitment by everyone to shape the future and contribute to the upliftment of South African society. The 1st annual conference was well attended and provided valuable insights within the theme "Exploring Energy Efficiency". With input from Eskom regarding tariff structuring and energy saving rebates to panel discussions on alternative energy sources and the future of lighting, delegates left armed with much needed information. The ECA(SA) is extremely grateful to the key sponsors of the 2012 Awards events. Firstly, Eskom, which came on board when the process was barely developed and committed to helping make the Awards dinner a roaring success. In addition, Eskom offered valuable advice and support over the long term for ECA(SA) members. Next, ECA(SA) associate member, Eaton Electric SA, grabbed the opportunity to sponsor the first National Golf Day at the . . .