Online entries for the 2016 Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour are open and tour director Elwin Thompson says that the Knysna Rotary Club, which coordinates the tour every year, is looking forward to the biggest and best event ever. “The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, has grown enormously since its inception and now comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. These take place on 2 and 3 July over the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (1-10 July 2016).” The MTB event is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. The 50 km and 80 km MTB races are official premier seeding events of the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour. There are four different MTB races in total for varying technical abilities - 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km, and routes include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public. Says Thompson: “The routes are set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil and, while cyclists will be riding through one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route, they will also have their skills tested to the maximum. “The 109 km road race follows a new route introduced in 2014 which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and will keep you working all the way to the finish line.” The route takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield to Kleinkranz and back to Knysna. The 50 km route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2. The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children's Cycle Tour is a safe, scenic race for children from 2 to 10 years of age and consists of three events which start and finish at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, for 2-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds. The successful 25 km Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 3 July, is a relaxed MTB ride. It is open to a limited number of riders, 12 years and over with some . . .
Defending champion Chris Wolhuter will line up for his title defence at the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter with a new teammate. The 27-year-old, who won the inaugural event alongside Jarryd Haley, will be joining forces with Craig Boyes in the three-day race that starts at Coetzenburg on Friday. Wolhuter, who launched the Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology professional team this year, first partnered with Boyes at this year's Cape Epic. "We have since formed a good bond and will be doing some more races together," said the Capetonian, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg. He left his rivals in no doubt of their intentions after his success a year ago. "Yes, of course, we will be going for the win. We had a good Epic and the focus since then has been on recovery and sharpening up for Winelands." Wolhuter said they had decided on a conservative strategy for the race. "We will focus on one stage at a time, aiming to capitalise where we can, but also bearing in mind that it is a three-day event and that we need to conserve energy where we can." Having featured on several podiums this year already, he said he was satisfied with their form going into the weekend. "At the GR300, Craig won the first and second stages, but unfortunately punctured on the final day to finish third in the general classification," said Wolhuter, who was runner-up after placing second on the final stage. The duo also had a solid Cape Epic where they finished fourth in the fight for the African jersey. Last weekend Wolhuter proved that he was peaking at the right time when he placed third in the 99er MTB Challenge. After Winelands, they will be racing in a number of multistage events, including the Mauritius Tour Beachcomber and the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, where Wolhuter finished runner-up alongside Andrew Hill last year. "These are all special events in their own right and I am looking forward to each," he said. The Winelands race offers a boutique experience for competitors, an innovation . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Bruwer Raats and his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabbert have proven a potent winemaking combination with accolades for their various wines pouring in. Photo: Peridot Winemaking cousins Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert finished 2015 on a high note with rave reviews rolling in for most of the wines in their increasingly expansive wine portfolio. Some of the accolade highlights were inclusions in the Red Wine Please! Top 25, the Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 as well as great ratings from legendary critic Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate. Red Wine Please! named two Raats wines amongst their top twenty-five most memorable wines of 2015 with the 2011 Raats Cabernet Franc being placed second and the 2012 Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc in fourteenth place. In his Cape Fearless article in The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin scored Raats wines between 89 and a whopping 95. Topping the rating chart was the Raats Eden High Density Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 on 95 points. Martin reckons that the genuine complexity evident in this wine must constitute it as one of the best South African Cabernet Francs currently produced. Next up on 94 points was the ever-popular MR De Compostella, a magnificent Bordeaux blend that has wowed wine critics and connoisseurs since its maiden vintage in 2004. Loving the voluminous and very pure bouquet, Martin views the 2013 vintage as one of the most elegant releases since its debut. The same vintage also walked away as the best overall winner of the inaugural Riscura Red Hot Wine Awards, while the 2012 was one of only three South Africa wines to make the “Top 100 Cellar Selections 2015? of the definitive US publication Wine Enthusiast. Weighing in at 93 points is the Raats Cabernet Franc 2013, which Martin considers to have huge potential as it is “supremely well focused and classic in style with hints of tobacco and black pepper towards the finish.” The Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014 once again impressed as a superb expression of the . . .
The work of young amateur South African filmmakers will be publicly celebrated at the fifth annual LivingIt Ubuntu Youth Film Festival, taking place at the US Woordfees at Oude Libertas Arts and Culture Centre in Stellenbosch, on Sunday afternoon 13 March 2016 from 3pm to 9pm. The festival, which was made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), will screen a series of short five-minute films produced by amateur youth. Besides its mission of ‘ubuntu’ – bringing people together – the festival has a legacy of fostering talent, with works on YouTube, and seen on local television and screens as far afield as Boston, Toronto, Edinburgh and London. Some of its winners, such as Kobus Potgieter, have gone on to become filmmakers. Selected works have also been screened at the Cape Winelands Film Festival and regularly on Cape Town TV, posted on the JIP Die Burger, Volksblad and Beeld website, loaded onto YouTube and Facebook and have been sent around the globe by the Global Oneness Project. LivingIt is a non-profit organisation with an impressive track record of success in giving voice to the hopes and dreams of young people in South Africa. Programme activities challenge, inspire, support and train young South Africans to produce short films of under five minutes. This year’s Festival theme is Ubuntu (stay/happy/bly/hlala/onwabile). With the assistance of skilled professionals, these films are generated entirely by the young people, from script writing, acting and shooting the film, to final editing. In this way the participants are provided with a wide range of skills and opportunities while using film as a vehicle to voice the hopes and dreams of youngsters, for a united world. The top five competition entries will be announced at the Festival and each of these will receive R6 000, part sponsored by the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging). Further prizes will be awarded at an Artscape screening in August. While the films are . . .
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It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression Arguably one of the key moments in any hiring process is the interview. This defining and equally nerve-racking juncture imparts quite a fair amount of pressure on both the hiring manager and the candidate. The former’s objective is to thoroughly assess aptitude, attitude and chemistry, for the latter it’s putting their best foot forward while simultaneously attempting to make a favourable and lasting impression. Add the competitive environment, contrived atmosphere and rigid time constraints and this be- comes quite the tricky ask. Which is why despite the somewhat unrealistic expectations on the efficacy of interviews, The Talent Boom - a global executive search recruitment agency - believes that injecting creativity into this demanding process will lead to better results. There are a few ways in which this can be done. A serious time to play Introducing creativity and a relaxed sense of play into the process can break up the monotony of repetitive and overly rehearsed interview scenarios for both the interviewer and candidate. In addition to providing an open and interactive environment, this playful interaction further serves to dis- arm the candidate and allow the interviewer to unlock deeper and more insightful answers and assessments. Location, location, location A real estate dictum for a reason, location can add real value to the interview process, particularly when said location is unexpected or taken out of the typical workplace context. Unusual environments stimulate fresh perspectives to the benefit of both the hiring manager and candidate. Interactive ice-breaker An interactive game - specifically designed with the interview process in mind - serves to not only break the ice in a fun, interactive way, but also assist the hiring manager with quickly assessing the candidate on various levels while at the same time allowing the candidate to make a more accurate, unique and - more . . .
Longridge wine estate and winemaker Jasper Raats continue to impress wine connoisseurs both locally and abroad. Within the past month, renowned wine critics Tim Atkin and Jamie Goode have both been highly complementary of this Helderberg estate and its extraordinary wine portfolio. Acclaimed critic Tim Atkin mentioned Jasper specifically as “one of the winemakers, who are achieving remarkable things in South Africa” in his recently published South Africa 2015 Special Report. Applauding the Longridge Clos du Ciel Single Vineyard Chardonnay as one of the wines that celebrate the diversity of Stellenbosch, he listed it amongst his top white wines of the year. Five wines crafted by Raats and winemaker Hendrien de Munck also made it into Atkin’s “The Best of the Cape” listing according to his personal selection based on specific wine styles. Recognising Chardonnay as fast becoming a speciality at Longridge, Atkin gave a score of 95 to the 2013 Clos du Ciel Chardonnay and a 93 to the 2014 Longridge Chardonnay. In addition, he included the 2012 Longridge Ekliptika (92 points) as well as two wines from the Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Range, namely the 2014 Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc (92 points) and the maiden vintage 2013 Driefontein Syrah (92 points) to this prestigious selection. The exciting new direction Raats has taken and the quality of wines currently produced at Longridge made a particular impression on Jamie Goode of wineanorak.com during his recent visit to South Africa. Having reviewed the wines produced both under the Longridge label and the Jasper Raats Single Vineyard range, the UK-based wine journalist did not score a single wine lower than 90 points. Top scores of 94 points went to the ultra-premium wines in the collection – the 2013 Longridge Ou Steen Demi-Sec, a single vineyard Chenin Blanc, the 2012 Longridge Ekliptika, a Cabernet Franc driven Bordeaux blend as well as the single block 2013 Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay. Jasper’s own . . .
Celebrated winemaker Bruwer Raats and his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabbert are shaking up the local wine industry with the launch of the B Vintners Vine Exploration Co. The newly released portfolio consists of a range of sublime heritage wines and unique terroir specific wines. The passionate winemaking duo has been exploring the Stellenbosch region for vines that embrace the heritage of the Cape of Good Hope. Heritage varieties are not the only focus, but small vineyard parcels that showcase their terroir are important to their future vision. According to Slabbert, their company has been established on the building blocks of vine, terroir, heritage and future. “I have spent my forming years in Stellenbosch and this area with its distinctive terroir needs to be celebrated. We want to combine our heritage with a dynamic and innovative winemaking philosophy, to produce wines of excellence.” Their exploration has resulted in a portfolio of wines that are greatly expressive. The heritage wines include a bone-dry Muscat d’ Alexandrie, named de Alexandria, a beautifully balanced white blend, Haarlem to Hope and an elegantly and understated Pinotage called Liberte. Staying true to their name, the vine explorers also give life to terroir specific wines in the form of a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The de Alexandria pays homage to the origin of its grape variety, Alexandria in ancient Egypt. The cuttings found their way via the trade routes to the southern tip of the African continent. B Vintners discovered the small 0.7 hectare parcel located in the Helderberg Mountain and has created a wine of purity and refinement. It boasts an incredibly delicate nose of rose petals, orange blossom and litchi fruit. The Haarlem to Hope is described as a heritage blend featuring Raats’ beloved Chenin Blanc, Semillon, a variety which made up 90% of grape plantings in the Cape during the 19th century and a touch of Muscat d” Alexandrie. The wine takes its name from the original trade . . .