Cape Town, 03 December 2018 –- The Cape Town Burns Club’s 25th annual Dinner on 9th February next year is already shaping up to break its own record as the biggest and best on the African continent and beyond. ‘Burns Night’ is a global phenomenon where Scots and their friends celebrate the life and works of Scotland's most famous poet and writer, Robert Burns (1759-1796) and all good things Scottish. This includes lots of tartan, whisky, haggis, bagpipes, some great speeches, song, dance and more. The 2019 milestone Dinner at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands will no doubt be the usual sell-out event, but this time with added impetus from generous sponsors, a show-stopping display by the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders and Ceòl Mhor Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kaylee’) Band. Burns – the ‘people’s poet’ - was a humanitarian who stood for social justice and gender equality and was the creator of some of the most iconic songs, sayings and writings in the English and most other languages used worldwide today. His Auld Lang Syne is believed to be sung in more dialects on more occasions than any other on the planet. Typically, in Cape Town there is an African twist... Event Director, Scots-born Claire Alexander, says ‘Cape Town Burns Night is a unique celebration of Robert Burns, the spirit of Scottish culture and the ever-strong fundamental links between Scotland and South Africa. Over the years, Dinner guests have evolved from a purely Scottish crowd to an event which in 2018 welcomed 15 different nationalities to Burns Night and the evening had a younger feel, with a distinctly Mother City heartbeat. It’s remarkable how one man’s words have created an immortal legacy of kindness and unity.’ Award winning radio personality, Guy McDonald of Magic 828 Am will once again host this special anniversary event. The evening has a strong charitable ethos, raising substantial amounts spent to the last cent on humanitarian causes that include a children’s home . . .
The Takealot Tour of Good Hope's elevation to UCI status for 2019 will ensure that one of South Africa's premier road tours is a drawcard for local and international competitors. It is the first time that the five-day race, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8, will have UCI points up for grabs and Cycling SA general manager Mike Bradley believed it would benefit riders across the board. He said it was the national body's aim to develop more UCI-classified races and they had, therefore, approached race organisers ASG Events to consider this option. With the documentation completed, the Tour of Good Hope has received UCI 2.2 status. It joins the only other event in South Africa with a similar ranking, the Tour de Limpopo. Bradley said their top priority was to create more opportunities for South African riders to earn UCI points. "Having these sorts of races is important, particularly at this time because from now until October it is Olympic qualification year," he said. "That means the higher our riders rank internationally, the more we will have to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. "Having UCI status helps from a strategic point of view, allowing our riders to earn points in events close to home. "And then, even when they do have to travel, at least they have collected UCI points and this makes them contenders to be considered for Continental or Pro Continental outfits. "The more SA cyclists we have in those teams, the better for the development of the sport in the country." Bradley said another benefit of having UCI status was the potential to attract strong foreign outfits. "International teams don't look at anything that's not UCI-rated," he said. "I have already had some interest from teams abroad for the Tour of Good Hope and have put them in touch with the race organisers. "It's important to attract international competition to local races as it provides stronger competition for our cyclists . . .
The annual Encounter Series, which includes three multi-stage races under the ASG Events banner, will retain its popular status among South African mountain-bikers after Liberty renewed their sponsorship for 2019. The series will begin with the seven-stage TransCape journey from George to Franschhoek in February and continues with the Winelands Encounter in April and the Waterberg Encounter in June. The three-day Winelands and Waterberg events have become firm favourites on the South African racing calendar and this year the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, powered by Volvo, became part of the series for the first time. Taking riders on a 591km route, which incorporates some of the most iconic trails in the country, ASG Events' Fritz Pienaar said the TransCape combined "some hard-core mountain-biking with a luxurious experience off the bike". "The whole focus is on the high-end journey and we feel this is an incentive for those in the corporate world to go through a unique experience," he added. "We are focusing on an up-market product and an example of this is that we will host the riders in guest houses as we are doing away with tented accommodation." Killy Bacela, Liberty Group divisional director for brand & marketing, said they were delighted to be involved once more. "We are proud of the partnership with the Encounter series and view this as an investment that has a lasting impact on the communities in which we do business," said Bacela Alluding to the new starting venue of George, as opposed to Knysna, Pienaar said it was an attempt to create more diversity in the route for the riders. "By starting in George it allows us to take the stages through the Karoo region as well as incorporating sections along the coast and then ending up going through the Cape Winelands to the finish in Franschhoek." The five-star offering, he said, would be maintained through the three-day Winelands and Waterberg Encounters. "These are the . . .
(December, 2018) Cocoon Cape Town, is hosting the Cocoon NYE Party on Monday, 31 December 2018. Celebrate the New Year in style in this world class venue in the heart of Cape Town CBD. Prepare to be amazed as you enter this sophisticated, unique and effortlessly stylish venue with 360 degree views of our beautiful city. Cocoon offers two venues - Cocoon West and East. Dance the night away with uplifting Commercial in Cocoon West or Deep House in Cocoon East, whilst sipping on bubbly or relax in the Private Lounge with your own host. The dress code of the evening is “Dress to Impress”. Cocoon Cape Town is located on the 31st floor of the ABSA Building, offering guests magnificent views of the Firework display at the V&A Waterfront to ring in the New Year. Tickets to Cocoon Cape Town's VIP New Year's Eve experience is R750 per person for single entry. Table Bookings are available at R8,000 minimum spend per table including free entry for 10 people. For bookings contact email@example.com or call 021 421 0581. Tickets available through qkt.io/newyearseve. Keep up-to-date with Cocoon's Facebook and Instagram pages for exciting upcoming events including Cocoon Fridays and Saturday in the Sky. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
JOHANNESBURG, DECEMBER 3, 2018 - Trees are very important as they provide our planet with essential environmental services while also giving us jobs, products and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a trip to Rome! According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.” FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how you impart a better understanding about the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song or music lesson or even an exercise class. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information. Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few weeks of school.) How do I enter? To enter the contest, just follow these steps: Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device . . .
The people of Durbanville have a new-look Engen service station that boasts a diverse range of 24-hour convenience services including an Engen Quickshop, Corner Bakery and multi-branded ATM machines (ABSA and Standard Bank). The recently upgraded Engen Hillside Convenience Centre officially launched to the public on 28 November 2018. Situated on the corner of Hills Road and Durbanville Avenue, Engen Hillside is also the new home of the Engen Training Academy, previously located in Edgemead. Operating as a company owned service station, Engen is extremely excited to add the new bouquet of convenience offerings at Engen Hillside, which will all operate 24/7. “Added to our new look forecourt at Hillside, planning for the new Engen Training Academy has been underway for the past 5-years and we are thrilled to launch the modern and spacious facility that provides the sort of innovative environment that reflects the Engen brand,” says Engen Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo,. The training centre is geared to provide new Engen service station franchisees with practical on-the-forecourt training over a 2 ½ week period as well as practical standards training. In addition, the facilities provide existing Engen managers, franchisees and head office staff with a variety of courses on different aspects of the business. The Engen Training Academy has a number of training rooms and expansive break-away areas that can be tailored to size, and accommodates 22 delegates per course. Luzuko Tseku, Engen Hillside’s operator is a firm believer in getting involved with the community in which he operates, and is keen to support the local residents. “Having previously managed the Engen Edgemead service station, where we supported the Bothasig Community Policing Forum as well as their school feeding scheme project, we are hoping to do something similar in the Durbanville community.” Adds Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Our modern new training . . .
Score Energy Drink touches lives with Living Legends Score, one of South Africa’s most popular energy drinks, has been touching lives as the proud supporter of Living Legends Touch Rugby for the past five years. As the sponsor since 2013 of three Score Living Legends teams entered each year into the Hot Summer of Touch beach circuit, Score supports the objectives of this Stellenbosch based youth development organisation, to help empower communities to change lives through sport. The 18th Hot Summer of Touch series held annually on popular beaches along the Western and Southern Cape Coast, kicks off in Camps Bay on 8 December and ends in Hartenbos on 31 December. The series comprises eight tournaments with over 400 teams competing. The Score Living Legends Open, Ladies and Professional (Pro) teams are all regular participants. Walking away as 5-time victors of the series over the past 7 years, the Pro team has built a solid reputation that has opened doors for many of the players. “Score is built on the fundamentals of paying it forward and it is great to play a part in Living Legends’ main focus of contributing towards the empowerment of South African communities through the unity of sport. We hope to inspire people to develop their potential and build better lives for themselves and those around them,” says Brand Manager Dean Teubes, reinforcing Score’s commitment to nurture and support young people to become leaders and make a difference in their own lives and their communities. With the assistance of Caylix Sport, Living Legends has unlocked a passion for touch rugby in the Helderberg area. By establishing a touch rugby culture for players between the ages of 16 and 24, these youths have an alternative “family” to which they can belong and be inspired for the future. With Score’s support, the interest in touch rugby has grown to such an extent that its development has spread to all the areas where Living Legends has a foothold. In an effort . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
Engen are giving back by helping to keep our beaches clean ahead of the summer season. Marking the brand’s 25th birthday and a quarter of a century of caring, Engen management and employees decided to spend their ‘anniversary’ out in the community, embarking on a number of clean-up initiatives around the country, including beach clean-up’s in coastal areas and river clean up’s for inland areas. Taking time out of their busy day, approximately 100 Engen employees were transported to Blaauwberg Nature Reserve in Cape Town on 22 November where they spent the morning cleaning the area as part of a drive to help make our beaches cleaner and healthier for all beach goers and marine life. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager says it is important for Engen to actively support and take care of the communities in which the company operates. “Blaauwberg beaches are enjoyed by diverse sections of the community and across all ages. We were very excited to work together as a company and do our part for the environment and keep these beaches clean. “We picked up, broken glass, packets, straws, cigarette lighters and butts, and plastic bottles, which are not biodegradable and very harmful for marine life,” adds Hamdulay. By the end of the day the team managed to fill 46 bags of trash and other environmentally harmful substances. Employees also enjoyed an informative environmental talk with Senior People and Conservation Officer, Elzette Krynauw and her team who provided some invaluable tips and insights: Always put your litter in the bin or take it home with you and bin it later; Try not to use plastic straws; Remember to always Refuse, Reduce and Recycle; and Either re-use your plastic shopping bags or use material bags Did you know: The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve has a spectacular view down fynbos slopes from Blaauwberg Hill, across the city, to seven kilometres of rocky, sandy coastline, the ocean and beyond. Blaauwberg Hill, . . .