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 . . .
Described as tough yet beautiful, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will take place on Saturday 9 July as part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival which runs from 1 to 10 July 2016. With the Half Marathon entries already sold out, you have the opportunity to challenge yourself and take on the full marathon! Visitors can also look forward to more than 100 activities during the 10-day Festival, with a mixture of sporting and lifestyle events. With something for everyone, it is a week you won’t want to miss. The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, known as one of South Africa’s most sought-after running events, offers exceptional highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world - particularly the scenery as most of the run takes place deep in the forest. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) marathon , runners can expect breath-taking views over the Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration towards the finish. Local taxis provide participants with a trip to the start like no other provided by local taxis. Early arrivals get to enjoy a hot drink and snacks next to warming fires, courtesy of Pick n Pay. Participants are encouraged to arrive dressed warmly due to the early start of the race when temperatures in the forest are bitterly cold. As in previous years, Momentum will be donating 2,000 blankets to keep runners warm at the start. (First come first served, so come early). The added bonus is that once the race starts the blankets are then collected up and donated to charities supporting families in local communities in Knysna. There is also a great tradition of people leaving behind their warm clothing that they wore to the start. It would be great if runners could be encouraged to wear or bring kit to donate. Marathon substitutions end on 27 May and entries can only be secured online at www.knysnamarathonclub.com. Pricing is as follows: Half . . .
Cardiovascular disease is on the increase around the world and remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. The rise in prevalence of this dangerous medical condition has largely been attributed to the adoption of increasingly unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles including poor diets. This is according to interventional cardiologist Dr Jan-Peter Smedema, who practises at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital in Cape Town. “Fortunately, medical technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years enabling cardiovascular conditions which may be life-threatening to not only be identified earlier, but also to be more safely and successfully treated than in the past,” adds Dr Smedema The general manager of Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, Dirk Truter, says that a rapidly growing community on the Cape West Coast and an increased demand for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases have been the major impetuses behind the development of a state-of-the-art new cardiac catheterisation and vascular laboratory at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. “The cutting edge catheterisation laboratory enhances the range of cardiovascular services our specialists are able to provide to our patients including those from Durbanville, Table View and the Cape West Coast.” Truter explains that sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment is used in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory by cardiovascular specialists to visualise the interior of the arteries in order to precisely determine the extent of blockages and disease in these vessels. They then use these technologies to guide life-saving minimally invasive procedures for cardiovascular conditions, which previously could only be treated through open-heart surgery. “The new cardiac catheterisation laboratory which was opened in February of this year forms part of Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital’s cardiovascular centre which offers a full range of 24-hour cardiovascular services to the community. “Other facilities in the centre . . .
Good Letter Best is a one stop solution for laser cutting technology. They provide laser engraving, digital printing and laser cutting services in Cape Town, South Africa. Starting from just a promotional printing company, in just 8 years they have set their niche as a specialised laser cutting company. This company is gaining more and more popularity because of their fast turnaround time and precise cutting of materials. The capabilities of Good Letter Best include laser cutting, laser engraving, digital printing and finishing. But a notable fact that makes them unique from other relevant company is their ability to cut paper with minimal or no burning. This outstanding cutting appears on wedding invitation cards, greetings cards and fine art pieces where high impact design is required. Every day they cut and design different types of materials including paper, acrylic, MDF wood, fabric and Mylar. Some services provided by the Good Letter Best that may interest you: They believe in customer satisfaction. Dream is yours, but the responsibility to turn it into reality is theirs. Their exciting and agile projects are one of the big reasons of their popularity. Digital Printing Services: This company is well- known for state of the art digital printing technology in Cape Town. You will be able to get any type of product printing, it does not matter whether you are printing straight forward or more complex item, you will receive your material that are of vibrant colour or crisp black and white contrast. Laser Engraving Services: Laser engraving or laser marking is another important service they provide with efficiency. As the laser head guides and drives a radiation through a computer onto the objects, accuracy is the highest priority. Repeat marking, permanent marking, graphic flexibility, non contact marking and environmental friendly engraving are some of the expert work of Good Letter Best. Laser Cutting Services: They are well established . . .
Winter proves to be the most challenging time of the year when it comes to staying healthy and fit. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, we find ourselves easing up on our commitments. We would rather be covered in blankets than covered in sweat; we would rather be heating up carbs than burning up calories. So how do we combat and counter our slacking and prevent post-winter aftershock? The first step in being healthy starts with a good, balanced diet. But if you find yourself with an excessive craving for carbs and fatty foods during the winter months, don’t be alarmed. Many of us have had to deal with that extra little layer of fat around our bellies come September because of our increased appetites in winter. Craving carbohydrates like pastas and pastries is normal during winter. However, you can satisfy your cravings in a healthy way. The second step is to continue exercising, even, no – especially – when you don’t feel like it. Here are 5 easy things you can do to remain healthy and fit during winter: When deciding to carb it up, rather choose the healthier option “Good carbs” as we know ’em are high in fibre and takes longer to digest. Because of this, you feel fuller for longer – and this is excellent for weight control. Instead of stuffing your face with oh-so-delicious and delectable chocolate doughnuts, rather try some low-carb chocolate zucchini brownies. Don’t neglect your water intake The winter cold prompts us to hot drinks like delicious teas, coffees and hot chocolate, and we may shiver at the thought of drinking 8 glasses of pure water a day. Though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in some warm liquid love, you shouldn’t neglect your 100% water intake. Water not only regulates our body temperature, but it helps with detoxifying our bodies and transporting nutrients and oxygen. Check your gym membership If you have to drive 45 minutes to get to the gym every day, chances are that . . .
Nathier Abrahams started his first tutoring business in 2010. Now the young entrepreneur is hoping to capture a bigger share of the market with a new app he’s named TutorFy. Don’t for a moment think that tutoring is small fry. One recent study estimates that the global private tutoring market would be worth well over US$128 billion by 2020. In South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2013, “rock star” tutor Kim Ki-Hoon makes as much as US$4 million a year teaching English online, in an after-school learning market valued at some $17 billion. According to a Times of India report, India’s tutoring market would be worth $16 billion by 2017. In Japan, online tutors alone do around $10 billion in business every year. The market is likely more modest in South Africa, but Nathier Abrahams, for one, knows it’s growing. Abrahams, now 25, had started tutoring maths and physics after he finished school, employed by another business. But he felt he could do better on his own, and set up a company called In Tune Tutoring. He opened a learning centre at a mosque in Rondebosch East in 2010, running classes with a handful of other tutors he’d recruited and trained. By 2012 he’d established a second centre, this time at a shop in Goodwood that he converted into suitable spaces. He also extended In Tune to home tutoring. The venture flourished, but it took its toll. In 2011, Abrahams, who had cut short his psychology studies at the University of Cape Town, had registered for a BCom degree at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Keeping tabs on the learning centres and managing the home tutoring business while a full-time student proved to be too many irons in one fire. “It was a nightmare,” he now recalls. “When tutors cancelled, for instance, you had to run around to find another tutor. It was just hectic.” At the end of 2013, just as he was finishing his UWC studies, Abrahams closed down the home tutoring part of In Tune. But he knew he was . . .
This winter, on the last Thursday of every month, the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront will host a comedy and curry show. Delicious curries will be served by our top chefs while Cape Town’s local comedians take to the stage. Expect to laugh out loud with Carl Weber, Kenwyn Davids, Justin Ray and Gino. Tickets for the comedy show together with a plated curry cost R260pp, or watch the show for R125pp. The first show of the season is on Thursday 26 May. Doors open at 6.30pm dinner is served at 7pm and the comedy show starts at 8pm promptly. Light snacks and cash bar is also available. Bookings essential – call 021 441 3000 or email email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nkandla and corruption: The Constitutional Court and North Gauteng High Court rulings: The implications for South Africa Speaker: Vusi Pikoli, head of the Western Cape's Police Ombudsman's office, former head of the NPA and author of My Second Initiation. The man who was fired for doing the right thing will speak about the implications of the Constitutional Court and High Court rulings as they relate to Nkandla and corruption. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
All too aware that video and games have a bad rap in some quarters, young entrepreneur Regina Kgatle started Educade to change some of those perceptions. In this new venture, she is converting arcade games into learning games, hoping to both make money and start a movement. Regina Kgatle didn’t have to look far for business inspiration. Her parents owned and ran an entertainment centre in a township in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, attracting kids from all around the community. They also rented out the machines for school and other events in the area. By all measures it was a successful business. Except perhaps one. Hardly a day would go by, Kgatle recalls, when there wasn’t an irate parent at the centre complaining about the amount of time their children were spending there playing games rather than doing their schoolwork. That memory nagged away at Kgatle. In time, however, it turned into a business idea: why not retool arcade games with educational content that, yes, appealed to kids, but also kept their parents happy? By 2012, aged just 20 and having just started her studies in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she had coded her first game, aimed at primary school learners and comprising short lessons with multiple choice questions. The content wasn’t just a thumbsuck. Kgatle had sat down with teachers and had developed the game with both the national school curriculum and private school curricula in mind, including the highly rated Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examinations. “One of the things I was trying to do was try to make up for the gap in the quality of education that many children in our country are getting,” says Kgatle, 24. “I also wanted to introduce those children from state schools to material in the private school curriculum.” That first game soon became a formal business, which she named Educade, a portmanteau of ‘education’ and ‘arcade’. She added a green innovation, manufacturing . . .
With less than a month to go to the Amarider 100Miler, riders still have time to put miles in their legs and enter the event by mid May. The one-day ultra mountain bike marathon in the Swartland, , will start & finish at the Malmesbury Festival grounds on Saturday 21 May 2016. The route will be more or less the same as previous years, with a few new additions towards the finish. The 50Miler option will again start at Delico, Riebeeck Kasteel and finish with the 160km riders in town. The eighth edition of The Amarider 100Miler will be presented by The Bike Hub, and is all about pedalling farms roads in this beautiful country side from 3 to 10 hours. This individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon is affordable and a very special event. From the humbling beginnings that grew in 2009 to what is now one of the must-do-events on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. This event will start early morning at 7h30 just as the sun is rising and the first riders are expected after 1 o’clock. The 50Miler starts at 09h00 and will finish just over 3 hours. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. The 100Miler riders have breakfast & lunch stops, while the 50Miler entrants can also enjoy good refreshment stations with fruit, Coke & snacks. This event also provides an opportunity for keen riders to taste endurance riding along with twist and turns against the clock. Only pre-entries will be accepted for both distances, so visit www.amarider.co.za to get your entry secured. Prizes are awarded to different age categories, but no under 18’s are allowed in the event. Timing is done by Trail Tag that gives live results on the day of check points and finish times. The 160km . . .