Riding 614km over seven days with 10 200m of vertical ascent does not sit in everyone's legs, which is why the organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race in South Africa have come up with a plan. ASG Events, known for pushing the boundaries in races under their umbrella, have recently announced that they would allow e-bikes in the UCI-rated event "as long as they do not interfere with the racing" - essentially opening it up to commuters and the tourism market. Thanks to assistance from an onboard electrical motor - dubbed as "mechanical doping" in the industry - the organisers believe that e-bikes will give more socially inclined riders the opportunity to participate in one of the country's toughest races. What's more, with the TransCape crossing the Western Cape from the internationally renowned Garden Route to the Cape Winelands, riding the event on an e-bike will be the ultimate way for the adventurous to take in the sights and beauty of this tourist friendly region. E-bikes have been a hit worldwide and the upward trend in sales is set to continue. China, which has the greatest market share of these motorised bicycles, saw sales increase from 300 000 in 2000 to almost 33 million units last year. With 1.6 million sold in 2016, Europe has the second largest market share. In Italy, sales increased by a whopping 121 per cent from the previous year. Trevor Sampson from Pedego Electric Bikes in SA said there was a definite increase in demand locally, especially in the leisure segment, and he expected sales to continue to increase as more people started using them for commuting. According to him, there were two distinct markets. "They are suited for those wanting to take part in events, but who may not be fit enough or don't have the physical ability. Then there are those wanting to commute to work." He said e-bikes as a tool for commuting had two main advantages - they were economical and did not require licences. Tony Impey, owner of . . .
Kids Pop- up Summer Venue @ Vergenoedg Wine Estate. Bazinga Entertainment presents the pop - up kids party park - WOOHOO. Set in the historic wine estate , Vergenoedg, this play park is expected to check many boxes for children and parents alike. The aim of WOOHOO's collaboration with Vergenoegd Wine Estate is to perfect the typical South African family day out. Bringing to light all the key elements of Good food, Good Music, Good Entertainment and Happy kids. Vergenoegd Wine Estate attracts visitors from all over Cape Town for it appealing family friendly features. - WOOHOO’s covered outdoor play park of 600sqm - Private kids party zones for Hire - Restaurant & Deli - Wine Blending - Saturday Markets - Historic Site - Summer concerts ( 1st Sunday of the month) - Galileo outdoor cinema (30th December) - Family Secret Sunrise - Sunday Family Silent Disco’s ( 17th, 24th and 31st December) - Duck Parades - Family Runs WOOHOO offers a unique experience tailored for ages 2 - 12. Children will be hosted in a safe, covered and enclosed area where they will be able submerge themselves in adventure, creativity and play. Whats on offer? - Jumping castles - Face painting - Kids catering - Walk about pets/ Balloons - Arts and Crafts - Bubble machines - Farm zoo - 3 duck parades daily - Mascots - Games and fun - Paintertainment - Bubble soccer - Archery - Family Silent disco's The cost varies depending on the activities chosen by the little guests ,however, general entrance is R85. Opens on the 2nd of December 2017 . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Stellenbosch teenagers Robert Hobson and Rossouw Bekker claimed the Sanlam MTB Invitational title on their debut after leading the two-day race from start to finish. The Flandria Cycles pair overcame any inexperience as a first-time partnership to win both stages of the race, which started and finished at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl. The youngsters dominated the 60km opening day to take a comfortable three-minute lead over Bikeshop's Aidan Connelly and Rogan Smart into the decider, with defending champions Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer a further four minutes adrift. Seyffert and Kachelhoffer, riding for Ellsworth-ASG, gave them a run for their money on the 40km grand finale, finishing 10 seconds behind the stage winners to move into second in the general classification ahead of Connelly and Smart. Hobson, a student at the Institute of Marketing Management in Stellenbosch, said they rested prior to the race and were delighted with the outcome. "It was really awesome to win it for the first time, but we had no real expectations going into the race because of the break," said the 19-year-old. "We were pretty nervous going into the first stage but thought it would be great if we could give the ASG guys a run for their money." He said they decided to go fairly hard at the start today to "test the waters and see who has energy left" and the ASG duo were the only ones who could respond. "The route suited us quite well because for the first 25km we did a lot of climbing. We are both reasonably light and climb quite well so we were able to sit on the front and set the pace. "Pieter and Hanco were always with us and even when we dropped them on some of the climbs they would come back." Hobson said he had ridden the trails on Paarl Mountain often in the past and knew exactly where the last long climb before the final stretch of single-track was. "We knew we had to get in first on the single-track, so we kicked hard on that . . .
Oude Molen Eco Village Jazz Festival The second Oude Molen Eco-Village Jazz Festival is delivered by the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz and Foundation. This is arranged to raise funds for the Foundation that is operational in the sport & cultural (particularly jazz) arenas with a focus on the youth and making a positive impact on their lives. This festival also serves as a platform to showcase the multitude of jazz talent in the Cape. The festival will take place from 11am till 7pm on the 25th & 26th November 2017. A portion of the Festival profits is set aside to be donated to the Oude Molen Eco-Village Tenants Association and the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation to continue with their community beneficiation projects. Local school jazz bands as well as up and coming artists/bands will also be featured per day in order to provide them with the necessary exposure. The line up of the artists performing will be: Sammy Webber; Allou April; Don Vino; NZ; Butler Connection Band; Vuvu Khumalo; Steenberg High Jazz Band; Dominique Domingo; Downtown Band; Tumsmart; Dumama Duo; SignatureSA; Ruby Truter (2017 Grandwest Open Mike winner); Latheem Gabriel, Kirya Kuti Project; Hassan Addas Project There will be an exclusive after-party inside the hall, at the end of the first day of the festival. This year there will also be a kid’s play area, so patrons are more than welcome to bring their kids and make it a family outing. Patrons are welcome to braai at the braai areas. Tickets range from R150 for a general day pass to R800 for a VIP weekend pass. Kids 12 & under come in for free. Pre-sold tickets are available and VIP entrance is limited. Contact Shane Solomons on 074 056 9440 or Rory Dreyer on 074 484 2088 for tickets. Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation Website: http://www.yeswecansportandjazz.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
Cape Town, November 2017: The Public institution mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape, CapeNature has made positive progress over the 2016/2017 financial year despite growing concerns over climate change. Some concerns in the local media surfaced after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Heritage Outlook 2 – an update of the 2014 IUCN World Heritage Outlook report was released this month. The report indicates that, globally, the number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years and that in particular, certain conservation authorities mandated to manage part of the Cape Floral Kingdom Protected Area World Heritage Site in South Africa face major challenges. The report also reveals that the management of natural World Heritage sites internationally has dropped in quality and effectiveness since 2014, notably due to insufficient funding. Fewer than half of the sites are currently being managed to good standards. Here in the Western Cape, CapeNature’s stance analysis in the soon to be released Provincial State of Biodiversity Report 2017 is that the biggest immediate threat is in fact habitat lost by agriculture and transforming land for development. Climate change and degradation of habitat by aliens is a concern but at the moment, few species have been shown to be directly impacted by climate change (Widdringtonia cederbergensis). The state of the organisation’s priority areas for biodiversity conservation is not only focused on Critical Biodiversity Areas where there has been shown to be hectares lost but also areas not lost yet in an unprotected natural state. These are being lost in spite of our regulatory safety net, considered forward planning for the expansion of the protected area estate, private stewardship or benign neglect. Thus a major loss to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service delivery. However, the . . .
Despite not having ridden together this year, Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer will still make a formidable team when they defend their title in the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl this weekend. The two-day race, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, will have the Paarl Mountain as a key feature on both the 60km and 40km stages. Seyffert, who won the TransCape alongside Travis Walker this year, said they were ready to renew an old association. "I had Travis as a partner at the start of the year, but he has since stopped competitive cycling," said the 30-year-old Ellsworth-ASG rider. "I will be joining forces with Hanco this weekend and next year. "We've been friends for as long as I have been racing, which is about 15 years, and it's always fun and enjoyable to race with him. "I think we will gel quite well together but I have had quite a few commitments lately so Hanco might even put me under a bit of pressure." Seyffert explained that much of his time had been taken up with the development of an ASG Concept Store in Pretoria, similar to the one run by his teammate in Paarl. He said he had been heavily involved with the logistics of setting up the store, which had limited his time on the bike. "We have our official opening later this month and at the moment we are stationed in a small pop-up outlet next to the shop. So that has taken up a lot of time, but we will still be up for any challenges in Paarl. "We want to compete to the best of our ability in any race we enter and it will be interesting to see what sort of competition we are up against." The organisers tested the two-day racing concept for the first time in last year's Sanlam MTB Invitational and Seyffert gave the idea his stamp of approval. "I think this concept is amazing, especially for the guys who have to travel far and don't want to do just a one-day race. The two-day event is a great initiative." He added that he was looking forward to taking on the . . .
Following on from the recent Stellenbosch and Cape Town ‘The Most Expensive Burger in Town’ functions, the third and final leg of Community Keepers’ 2017 awareness-raising events, ‘The Most Meaningful Tea in Town,' holds a promising conclusion to the NGO’s initiatives this year. The events are a collaborative charity project, involving the public, to provide psychological and social support to children who experience emotional difficulties at home and in their communities. Thanks to Community Keepers’ partners and individuals’ close involvement, almost R1.6 million has been raised since the events started in 2015. This is enough to fund five school-based therapy offices and deliver professional services for one year, adding to the NGOs long-term goals to operate 100 offices nationally by 2025 (currently, 17 Western Cape offices exist). By purchasing a ticket to ‘The Most Meaningful Tea in Town’ at Overgaauw Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 22 November, you’ll not only enjoy live entertainment and a delicious high tea menu but also meet like-minded individuals and invest in a child’s positive development. Event highlights include a delectable high tea, live music by Luna Paige, bubbly, pop-up clothing stalls, an educational panel discussion and much more. Community Keepers offers various ways for anyone to lend a hand. Visit https://communitykeepers.org for more information. The Most Meaningful Tea in Town details: When: Wednesday 22 November Where: The Shed, Overgaauw Wine Estate, StellenboschKloof Road, Stellenbosch Time: 12h00 to 16h00 Cost: R850 per person For event bookings, visit https://www.itickets.com/events/386906.html and https://communitykeepers.org/, and follow #themostmeaningfulteaintown on Community Keepers’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Along the West Coast of Cape Town in West Beach, a new Life Path Group mental health clinic has opened for those battling mental illness and other mental and emotional traumas. The clinic provides inpatient services and offers a multi-Professional approach to treatment with Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Physiotherapists on staff to help individuals overcome their struggles. One such professional is well-known Cape Town psychologist, Karmen Hutton who has been running her own practice in two locations for the last two years in the suburbs of Table View and Parklands, in Cape Town. With her recent relocation to the West Beach Clinic, Karmen is able to offer inpatient and outpatient care for adolescents and adults alike, focusing on individual, couples and family therapy. As a psychologist focused on talk therapy, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help her clients open up about their thoughts and feelings and overcome their struggles in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Methods such as CBT, help individuals to change the way they approach certain circumstances in their thought-life and thus altering their responses to situations from negative ones to positive ones. Karmen is specifically focused on teens with a passion for helping teens overcome mental and emotional limitations such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and other circumstances that affect their mental and emotional wellbeing. Karmen services the entire Cape Town metropol area with majority of her clientele coming from the area (Table View) and surrounding areas such as Milnerton, Edgemead, Goodwood and Parow. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
England based Stony Stratford Cricket Club girl's team enjoyed a fruitful tour to South Africa recently. While the girls managed to get in some quality coaching sessions with Gary Kirsten Cricket they also ensured that their visit left a lasting impression. Through fund raising efforts in the United Kingdom they donated a total of R57 000 to the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF). "We are grateful for the contribution made by the SSCC. This will go a long way towards the foundation's work in township schools and the development of the sport in rural communities," GKC Director of Cricket Ryan Van Niekerk said. Along with the coaching sessions at the Claremont Cricket Club, the SSCC also enjoyed a friendly match against the GKF's girls team. "It was a fun day out for the girls. Our girls are still learning about the game and so it was not much of a contest. It was a good opportunity for our players to learn," Van Niekerk said. "In addition the SSCC donated pads, bats and other equipment which our girls were able to take home with them. It was a great experience for all involved," Van Niekerk concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .