Standby for thrill-a-minute action as the Gary Kirsten Foundation Under-13 Cricket Sixes Tournament takes flight on 12 October. The competition features players from four schools in Khayelitsha boasting a mix of the region’s best up and coming cricketers. The six-a-side format has gained global popularity in recent years and will provide the ideal platform for high octane cricket. Thirty-six players including 12 girls will be part of the inaugural event to be staged at Masiphumelele Primary School. Gary Kirsten is delighted with the initiative and is looking forward to watching these youngsters exhibit their skills. "It is a wonderful opportunity for the young player's within the GKF Foundation's coaching programme to put their skills to the test," Kirsten said. "We are very excited about the tournament, thankful to the sponsor and just looking forward to seeing the abundance of talent that we know exists in the township," Kirsten added. Foundation Head Coach, Sivuyile Mfunelwa who hails from the region believes the competition will bring the best out of these rising stars. "Most of these players have never played in a big event like this before, this is a good way of introducing them to competition with the hope that in the near future they will move from 6-a-side to the full 11-a-side format,” Mfunelwa said. A healthy rivalry has developed in the township in recent years and Mfunelwa expects a highly competitive environment on matchday. “There is a lot of pride and bragging rights on the line. We are expecting everyone to give their best,” Mfunelwa said. He continued, “The tournament provides important game time for these young players to test and execute all the skills they learned and practiced during the winter off-season.” GKF’s Township Cricket Development programme has elevated the sport in the region immensely. In the space of just four years, hundreds of boys and girls have been introduced to the game with many going on . . .
An innovative paediatric catering programme has been introduced at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. The ‘Rusty the Rhino’ programme, developed by the Compass Group and Medirest, Netcare’s catering service supplier, is being introduced in all Netcare hospitals with paediatric wards countrywide. “The programme heralds a new approach to paediatric catering in that the enticing menus not only offer nutritious meals designed to appeal to junior palates while the friendly rhinoceros character is expected to make the hospital experience more pleasant for children,” says Dirk Truter, general manager of Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. “When children are admitted to hospital they invariably feel anxious about being away from home. At Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital we strive to make our paediatric wards a welcoming environment for our young patients. In our experience, children who are unwell and are in the unfamiliar surroundings of a healthcare facility often require a little extra coaxing to encourage them to eat, as maintaining good nutrition is a very important part of their recovery process,” explains Truter. Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, who is an ambassador for Medirest, was involved in the launch of this exciting new children’s programme at Netcare hospitals. “I have always been passionate about good food, as it is such an integral part of our daily lives and can enhance almost any experience. Being a father myself, I know that children are often very particular about which foods they are prepared to try,” he notes. “Rusty the Rhino brings a new element of fun to meal times for children in hospital. Presentation of food is extremely important, and the meals will be served on trays and crockery decorated with Rusty the Rhino’s smiling face. The age-specific menus are designed to be healthy yet enticing for children and include ‘kiddie favourites’ with a wholesome yet tasty twist,” Riffel explains. “The rhinoceros was chosen for the programme because children in . . .
Singer-songwriter Brandon October is well known for singing some of the biggest songs by some of the biggest artists; Freddie Mercury, Luther Vandross, Pavarotti, Led Zeppelin and Peter Cetera, and somehow he always brings his unique take to it. On the 26 and 27 October Brandon will be doing something a little different when he performs his new acoustic show, 'Under an October Sky' at The Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch. Imagine songs like Nirvana's Smells like teen spirit or AHA's Take on me, sung in that singular Brandon October way! 'I want to give fans a chance to experience something they never have. I've put together a group of my favourite songs and I've put a different twists to them. Of course I've included some of my fan favourites – you know the songs that I often include in my concerts, says Brandon. I've got a few surprises too. I've written some new songs that will be heard for the very first time at these shows. 'I'll be showing a different side of myself and the unique concert poster is a reflection of this. This poster was designed by Lezelle Howard of Tinbird Creative and is fresh and completely unexpected, continues Brandon. Joining Brandon on stage will be singer-songwriter Coenie De Villiers, composer and musician Jaconell Mouton, guitarist and singer Hilandi Du Toit and little known actress and singer, Ane' van den Berg. Tickets are R150 per person and can be bought from Computicket. This concert is suitable for the entire family. For more information call Drostdy Theatre on 087 943 2459. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
The Drakenstein Municipality is paying homage to South African icon President Nelson Mandela with a photographic exhibition in honour of his centenary celebrations. The poignant exhibition of photographs shot by ordinary South Africans was opened in the imposing KWV Cathedral Cellar earlier this week. According to Councillor Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of the Drakenstein Municipality, it was a privilege and historic moment to open the exhibition. Poole referred to the bitter-sweet relationship between Drakenstein and the former president as he spent his final years of incarceration in Paarl, but also took his first steps of freedom in this area. “We are committed to keeping the legacy of Tata Madiba alive through telling the untold stories of ordinary people through this selection of pictures. Through this exhibition we want to foster social cohesion by celebrating our cultural diversity - and of course these pictures are a showcase of our diverse society. We also want to associate Drakenstein with the values and principles of leadership that Madiba represents and to show the world that we will continue to uphold Madiba’s legacy in the hearts and lives of every citizen in Drakenstein,” explained Poole during the official opening. The exhibition captures snapshots of ordinary citizens interacting with the inimitable President Mandela and brings to life the incredible charisma of this world-renowned and adored statesman. The exhibition will move to the Council Chambers at Drakenstein Municipality’s offices at the Paarl Civic Centre, Berg River Boulevard, Paarl, and plans are underway to eventually publish a coffee table book to celebrate the former president’s relationship with the Drakenstein community. It was particularly appropriate for the exhibition opening to be staged in the majestic KWV Cathedral Cellar as the globally recognized brand also celebrates its centenary this year. Local chef Mynhardt Joubert continued the tribute to President Mandela . . .
Mission (I’m) Possible is a compelling live theatre performance created and performed by Pollsmoor inmates under the auspice of the “Second Chance Theatre Project”, a collaborative arts and social justice initiative. The project was introduced by NICRO and through a partnership with the Department of the Correctional Services and together with UCT Associate Professor Veronica Baxter from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) endeavour to challenge the public’s perception of criminals. The staging of the production is done in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention (CTICC) who came on board as a venue sponsor as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. This intimate, theatre production provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prison inmates. Mission (I’m) Possible, which highlights the dreams and aspirations of inmates and demonstrates that each is more than the crime that he or she has committed. “The performers are goal oriented and firm in their belief that they have a real future beyond the prison walls as they commit to returning to their communities as contributing individuals.” - says Venessa Padayachee, Advocacy and Lobbying Manager of NICRO. The free event, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday, 28 September and Saturday, 29 September, 2018, as part of a two-day event which will also feature an art exhibition showcasing art works by inmates and former offenders. Mission (I’m) Possible follows on the success of The Making of a Criminal Part 1 and Part 2, which took to the stage amidst much acclaim in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 production, devised and directed by Veronica Baxter, Chiedza Chinhanu and the cast, once again uses theatre as a healing tool and a rehabilitation strategy to offer inmates a meaningful life after prison and to facilitate successful reintegration. NICRO endeavours to challenge guests to see offenders . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .