An exciting initiative will benefit early entries in the Sanlam MTB Invitational with a state-of-the-art backpack from presenting sponsors Scicon up for grabs. The early bird incentive for the race, which will take place at Rhebokskloof near Paarl on November 19 and 20, will apply to those who enter before July 29. Race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said riders who beat the deadline would receive a Scicon Solargenome Hydracharge backpack. He said the ergonomic hydration pack was equipped with the latest generation solar panel and other winning features to recharge yourself and your devices. The backpack, he said, was constructed of lightweight materials and had a functional design that made it the ideal companion for any outdoor activities. Herbst said the early bird giveaway model had a seven-litre capacity and provided extra room for food and had integrated pockets for bike and outdoor essentials. Cyclists wanting to enter the Sanlam MTB Invitational, which is co-presented by the City of Drakenstein, can also benefit from Scicon's involvement in the event in terms of secure cycling transportation. A leading global brand, the Italian-based company promote and facilitate safe and stress-free travel by offering a range of exclusive offers to participants. Herbst said they were looking forward to another exciting test for the cyclists and were already in the process of planning the route. "I'm heading to the Western Cape next week and while we must still identify the exact way we are going to go, we are confident we will be able to provide something all the riders will enjoy." The event is open to all members of the public, while Herbst said there would again be an emphasis on making it a family-oriented weekend to promote Sanlam's family culture. "Riders can enter as father and son, mother and son, father and daughter or mother and daughter combinations," said Herbst. "But the event is open to all members of the public as . . .
Cape Town - The Spier Arts Academy, which offers employment-based training in professional mosaic, is accepting apprentices for 2017 . This one-of-a-kind programme is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experiences and industry connections to run their own creative enterprises after graduation. Specialist training by expert tutors Based in Cape Town’s creative hub, the three year, full-time apprenticeship offers a specialised mosaic art course. This specialist art form is taught by experts in the field: The mosaic studio is headed up by former Masters Graduates from the renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy. The course includes tuition in drawing, art history, applied theory and business skills. Invaluable experience Because training is employment-based, apprentices gain invaluable industry experience working on real-world projects - working against production deadlines, collaborating with high calibre artists and learning professional art practices by association. Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene, via excursions to art studios, galleries, museums and the art library. The ultimate excursion takes the form of a cultural tour of Europe - awarded to third year apprentices who perform consistently well. About Spier Arts Academy Under the direction of Yellowwoods Art, the Academy has produced architectural-scale mosaic artworks to critical acclaim; to date winning two BASA Awards and the BAMM Award in the UK. The Spier Arts Academy is also an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Good food for a good cause! The Cape Leopard Trust invites you to the 12th birthday celebration fundraiser and creative culinary feast in the company of chefs Justin Bonello and Pieter de Jager at Leopards Leap Family Vineyards, Franschhoek on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 12pm. The ticket price of of R1 250 per person guarantees entry to the event, which includes lunch with perfectly paired Leopard’s Leap wines, all entertainment and a donation. All proceeds from the event will contribute towards a new field vehicle. Tickets can be purchased from Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za. For more information, please visit www.capeleopard.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
WESTERN CAPE, 19 JULY 2016 – The 55th annual Berg River Canoe Marathon took place from Wednesday 13th July to Saturday 16th July 2016 and saw paddlers from all over the world competing in the 4-day stage race covering 240 km from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. It was a warm winter’s day in the Swartland for the first stage of the Berg River Canoe Marathon, matched with some heated racing on tough, low-water river conditions that eventually saw defending champions, Hank McGregor, set up an overnight lead after the 62km first stage. With an eleventh Berg title in his sights, McGregor also claimed the first-to-bridge prize at the Hermon Bridge, going into the second stage of the race with a significant advantage in that he takes with him his time trial winning margin, which took his overall lead over Simon van Gysen to just 20 seconds, with Adrian Boros in third place overall, despite his second place finish on the Wednesday. On Day Two, McGregor, with a lead of 20 seconds over Van Gysen, cut his head open on a branch – an accident, which opened a one minute gap for Van Gysen to get ahead. McGregor caught Van Gysen as they made their way from Zonquasdrift to Bridgetown, but the last two kilometres made all the difference. McGregor powered through to the finish as a tired Van Gysen was unable to keep up. The Hungarian, Adrian Boros, battled with the stage, allowing McGregor to gain a solid lead. McGregor said: “I knew in the last few kilometres that I had to put the hammer down and I got a bit of a gap and I am happy with the result and another stage win”. The infamous 72km third stage of the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon saw plenty of drama as the international duo of Adrian Boros and Petr Mojžíšek matched McGregor right up to the final end sprint. The 72km stage from Bridgetown to Zoutkloof threatened to produce the goods following an exciting bunch start in the morning, which set off at a blistering pace, and the front group of four, . . .
CashBag, the cash back rewards program for online shopping, recently underwent a tune up. The site in addition to having a new look, now boasts more cash saving deals, more offers from local and international partners and more cash back in the consumers pocket. In July, CashBag launched its CashBag Cash Back Button - A toolbar button that simplifies the process of activating rewards when shopping online. The plugin notifies the shopper each time they visit a CashBag partner website and shows them how much they can save by activating the reward. The CashBag Button also allows shoppers to compare cash back deals right on their Google search results page. Signing up to CashBag is free and opens up a world of money-saving potential. Every time a shopper makes an online purchase through CashBag, CashBag pays a portion of the checkout total back to the consumer in cash. “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to earn money while you shop online, as well as ensure that consumers don’t miss out on any cash back rewards. The CashBag Button notifies you that a cash back reward is available at that particular site, they click on “activate” and continue shopping. It’s that simple, no forms to fill out or points to accumulate,” states CashBag GM, Kirsty Henderson. The company launched in 2012 with the purpose of offering cash back to it’s members for shopping online; the more they shopped the more they’d earn. While the goal hasn’t changed, the consumer has as well as the playing field. Although reward programs are not a particularly new phenomenon they are becoming increasingly popular. According to The 2016 Truth Loyalty Whitepaper there are over 100 loyalty programs in South Africa with accelerated activity in the last 3-5 years. Banks, insurance providers and many large retailers offer a variety of loyalty and rewards programs; cash back rewards, points, incentives, coupons and discounts. CashBag is not encouraging consumers to add to their daily . . .
World-renowned Big Wave Surfer, Guinness SUP World Record Holder and adventurer, Chris Bertish, will be revealing his next incredible, solo ocean expedition this July. Together with Carrick Wealth, a dynamic wealth & capital management company, the official launch of the project will take place on Wednesday, 20 July at the Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront Cape Town. Chris Bertish needs little introduction, he won the coveted Mavericks international big wave surfing competition in the biggest paddle in waves in competitive history in 2010 and currently holds a number of SUP World Records and still holds the Guinness World Record for paddling 131km/12hours. His next adventure will surpass all of these as this undertaking is so unique, so out of the box and such an immense feat that most would believe it to be… Impossible! While one of the objectives of the expedition is to redefine what’s possible by pushing the limits and boundaries of the human body, mind and spirit, the core goal is to create a positive impact and to leave a legacy by changing the lives of millions of children across Africa and South Africa with this unparalleled project. At the launch, Chris will reveal more information with regards to the groundbreaking and sustainable CSI initiative linked to the expedition and announce the details of the three charities that will benefit from it, while inspiring generations to come. Guests will also be given the full background about the highly anticipated expedition from Chris himself, enjoy a private screening of the global award winning film, Ocean Driven - The Chris Bertish Story and have full access to the Two Oceans Aquarium and its new exhibits and will also receive a complimentary drink and snack. Event details: Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016 Time: 19:30 (screening starts at 20:00) Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town Price: R200 Tickets are available online: . . .
The global economy has come under strain over the last several years, due to lower commodity prices, a shift in demand as well as services which have all affected South Africa greatly over the last two years. Companies that are weathering the current economic climate are those that operate with strategic efficiency and an eye towards the future. These companies maximise human capital by making sure they keep a skilled and competitive advantage as technology, production and trade develops and changes. Across South African Government the general consensus is that the country must produce more skilled participants in the workforce. The Government has also stated that its economic plocies require HR development on a massive scale. The Human Resources Development Strategy for South Africa (HRDS-SA) – which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001 – highlights that the acquisition of knowledge and skills are necessary to work productively and competitively and furthermore, that improved training and education are fundamental to higher employment and productivity. “The cyclical nature of the resources sector and the impact of the global economic crisis have meant that we have had to find ways of cutting costs and working more efficiently.” Italia Boninelli, speaking on challenges of HR in a recent interview. This year, The Future of HR Summit and Awards are proud to host some of the highest esteemed figures in South African society and the HR industry, including the internationally acclaimed HR specialist, Shirley Zinn. It is also with great pride to announce that Axiomatic will sponsor the Skills Development and Training breakaway session. The most innovative HR strategies, labour regulations, case studies and emerging technologies will be disccused by experts in the field over the span of two days. “In the working world, you have to keep up with the pace of change, and there are many factors that drive change. Technology and innovation will reshape the working world . . .
This year, Mandela Day starts 46664 seconds early It is only impossible until you do it! This is the message that is embodied in the life and work of Nelson Mandela, so it is appropriate that it is the theme of a Mandela Day motivational talk on Sunday, July 17 by intrepid adventurer Ryan Stramrood at Snow World, GrandWest. “We decided to start our recognition of Mandela Day 46664 seconds before the Day begins - in recognition of Madiba’s prison number and as a reminder of the sacrifice he made to see the change in our country,” said Mark Wilson, of Snow World. At 10.58am on Sunday, July 17, the doors at Snow World will open. The first 100 people who bring a blanket in support of the Little Fighters’ Cancer Trust will get free entry to Ryan Stramrood’s motivational talk. During Ryans talk, the snow box will be open to the kids. After the talk, 45 minutes of fun in the snow and on the slides can be had by all. This session will be open to an extra 400 people, and once again a blanket will be your entry fee. The event is organised under the auspices of the Fair Cape Cares Foundation. “Little Fighters is one of the beneficiaries of the Trust,” said Louis Loubser, CMO of Fair Cape Dairies. “We have run a blanket drive in support of Little Fighters for the past four years, and this year we are excited to have the support of Ryan Stramrood and Snow World.” “Ryan is a great storyteller. He is also an inspirational example of how an ‘average Joe’ can step up and make a measurable difference to the world, and as such is a true heir to Mandela’s legacy.” “Our aim is to collect at least 670 blankets for our little cancer patients and their families,” said Mandi Erasmus from Little Fighters. “We are also encouraging people to donate basic, non-perishable food so that we can provide what is needed in the home as well as the hospital.” “We are really grateful for all the support, and we know that the siblings of our cancer patients, who so often . . .
Back to Back BIG5 Sport Challenge wins for Marais and Steyn There were no surprises at the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon, the final event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, with favourites and defending champions, Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn taking 1st place in the run and emerging as the overall winners of the 2016 BIG5 Sport Challenge. Just over 7300 athletes braved the cold for the 21km race, where Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn were the first male and female BIG 5 Sport Challenge athletes to cross the finish line in the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon with a time of 1:13.32 and 1:24.56. After five extremely competitive high powered challenges, which were spread over a total of eight days, Stuart Marais held onto his title, winning a record breaking fifth consecutive BIG5 Sport Challenge, and rightfully cementing himself as the official ‘King of Knysna’. Marais placed 1st in four out of the five BIG5 challenges, giving him a substantial lead on the overall leader board, with Theo Blignaut coming in second and Davide Del Fante just behind him in third place. Stuart was elated with his 5th BIG5 Sport Challenge win, “The half marathon brings an end to yet another amazing week in Knysna. I have really enjoyed every event and today was no different. I ran with my mate Bradley Weiss, we set a pace we wanted to run and ran nicely and ended up 7th in the field. What a great run for me! It was really nice in the forest this morning, ideal weather for a great run, with no wind and a bit of mist.” Andrea Steyn went into today’s race with a comfortable 26 minute lead over her closest challenger. She dominated the ladies field throughout the event taking her 2nd consecutive BIG5 title. Vicky van der Merwe ended in 2nd, with local Knysna athlete Fienie Barnard in 3rd. Andrea Steyn comments , “It was a beautiful morning with perfect weather and I am really happy to finish off my Big 5 Sport Challenge with a great run. . . .
The latest addition to the ESAPARTNER product family is a highly-advanced VoIP PBX system that caters for the SOHO and SMME market, offering a complete communication solution in one on-premise device. The devices come from the Far South range of Com-X boxes that act as a full PBX and Integrated Access Gateway. With the Com-X range, businesses now have an affordable solution that caters for users with as little as 2-extensions to businesses that have 450+ extensions in IP or analogue. The Com-X range comes with built-in call recording and voicemail facility with up to 1, 000,000+ minutes storage capacity (model dependent) and offers from 4 - 120 VoIP channels. In addition to great recording capacity and extension range, the Com-X range also offers its users a range of value added services including operator panel, call centre analyser and a user-friendly GUI system (web-user interface) making configuration and management simple for any user. The Com-X system is also great for multi-branch offices that want an affordable multi-branch telephony solution with centralised management. The Com-X range offers seamless voice and legacy TDM telephony convergence and in addition acts as a professional access gateway that allows users the access to manage firewall, routing, SIP gateway, Quality of Services and more. In addition, the Com-X also offers ViBE QoS to ensure that voice is given the proper priority for uninterrupted voice communications. ESAPARTNER has brought the Com-X range on board in the hopes of reaching a larger market with a IP PBX solution that integrates various technologies into one compact little box. The Com-X is perfect for businesses who want to reduce costs and spend minimum capex when upgrading to a new telephony solution. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .