After almost 100km of pristine forest riding, former champion Timo Cooper and ad hoc partner Adriaan Louw made the decisive move on the final stretch of tar to claim the opening stage of the three-day Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 in Knysna on Friday. In a day of shifting fortunes, the Bridge riders finally outsprinted Renay Groustra and Daniel Gathof (Rocky Mountain/RSA Web) to cross the line in 4:28:48, just four seconds clear of their fellow escapees. Third-placed Austrian riders René Haselbacher and Wolfgang Krenn (Makomo Resources), who were also part of the initial three-team breakaway, overcame illness to finish almost six minutes behind the leaders in 4:36:41. Wellington-based Cooper, who finished runner-up last year alongside Jarryd Haley, said the racing started at a furious pace up the first hill on the dump road just outside Knysna. “We eventually got away with two other teams on a climb after about 40 kilometres and we just put in a constant tempo from there.” Groustra and Gathof built a slim lead on the technical Red Route through the Harkerville Forest, but bad luck struck when they went off course. By the time they recovered from their misadventure, the Bridge and Makomo Resources riders were just 30 seconds off. Cooper and Paarl-based Louw closed the gap, only to join Groustra and Gathof on another detour. “We were consolidating with Timo and Adriaan when we went the wrong way again,” said a frustrated Groustra. “That put us about five minutes behind René and Wolfgang.” However, stomach problems put an end to the Austrians’ efforts and the chasers caught and passed them just before the third waterpoint at the 80km mark. From there, the two teams rode together to the finish and in the end it was Cooper and Louw who had the legs to secure the win. “There are still two more days,” said Groustra. “It’s now up to Timo and Adriaan to lead the way, so we can just focus on what we’re doing.” His German partner, who is a . . .
Michaelis Galleries in partnership with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents the exhibition Between the Lines, featuring artwork by German and South African art students. The exhibition opens on Friday 1 March at 18:00 and runs till Wednesday 20 March 2013. A public walkabout will take place on Tuesday 5 March from 13:00 – 14:00. Forging a dialogue in the exploration of the potential of art for radical mediation, Between the Lines is a meeting point between German and South African art students. The works are chosen by Candice Breitz and Nadja Daehnke, featuring 10 students each from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste and from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. The Between the Lines exhibition is part of a wider exchange project, which includes two high profile public conferences at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (25 to 28 February 2013) and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig respectively. These will explore ideas and strategies relevant to the role of art in translating experience and creating mutual understanding across international borders. For more information, please visit www.betweenlines.co.za. For more information, please contact Nadja Daehnke on 021 480 7170, 0823165272 or email@example.com. Michaelis Galleries are on the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 to 16:00, Saturday 10:00 to 13:00, or by appointment. URL: http://www.betweenlines.co.za Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Famous-Idea-Trading-Company YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: 50 Windows 2013 Installation Photographer: Rosemary Mudge [/l2g] . . .
Join Iziko Museums of South Africa on Saturday, 16 February, for a public discussion, entitled: Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive – “What do we mean by ‘hidden voices’ in the arts after apartheid?” This discussion, co-hosted with the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, will explore the above-mentioned question. It arises from the exhibition, Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive. The show mainly introduces linocuts, a medium intimately associated with both the now defunct community arts project movement and the history of modern black art practice in South Africa. Date: Saturday, 16 February 2013 Time: 11h00–12h30 Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery Fee: Free URL: http://www.iziko.org.za/calendar/event/public-discussion-uncontained Twitter: https://twitter.com/Iziko_Museums Facebook: YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko South African National Gallery. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Young people at at walk about of the exhibition, Uncontained at the Iziko South African National Gallery Photographer: Iziko Museums' photographer, Carina Beyer Young people at at walk about of the exhibition, Uncontained at the Iziko South African National Gallery Photographer: Iziko Museums' photographer, Carina Beyer Invitation to Iziko Museums Summer School Public discussion Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Former Olympic pole-vaulter and reality show survivor Okkert Brits will face his toughest challenge yet when he takes on the three-day Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 in Knysna from February 22 to 24. Brits will be participating in his first ever mountain bike stage race as a guest of First National Bank, which is sponsoring the R70 000 prize purse. However, he said he would not have his eyes on the prize, as he was relatively new to the sport and had only been training for the past 10 weeks. “The objective is just to finish and have as nice a time – and break as few things – as possible,” said Brits. The 39-year-old said it was a great opportunity and that he had heard the Knysna event was one of the toughest and most beautiful stage races on the national calendar. “If you’re not an endurance athlete it’s really hard,” said the former track and field star. “I have no experience and no idea what I’ve gotten myself into!” Brits, who will be competing in the Absa Cape Epic alongside former Welsh rugby captain Colin Charvis in March, said he needed to test his endurance as much as possible ahead of the eight-day event. “I need to see if I can make it. The great thing about the GR300 is that I’m really going to find out where my problem areas are.” He will be riding with FNB’s Mike Howell, who has completed multiple Ironman competitions, in the 300km Garden Route event. “As a pole-vaulter you pretty much do everything on your own and you know how to sort yourself out. But now it’s different because you’ve got a partner to worry about and you’re both going to have good and bad days.” Although, weighing in at 105kg, the big man was not looking forward to the climbs, he said he would rely on his skills as a high school BMX racing champion to assist on the technical descents. “I’ve already had a few proper falls but as a pole-vaulter you make your living out of falling, so I’m used to it,” he laughed. One of an elite group of athletes to . . .
The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with the Africa Centre in Infecting the (Mother) City through installations, performances, readings, film screenings and discussion sessions, from 11 – 16 March 2013. In collaboration with several national and international partners, the Gordon Institute presents a diverse range of works that embrace interdisciplinarity whilst engaging with public spaces in compelling ways. These works emerge from the University of Cape Town's Creative and Performing Arts departments, the culminating presentations of 2012-2013 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellows and Award Winners, as well as workshops and commissioned international pieces. Along with the Public Culture CityLab (African Centre for Cities, UCT), GIPCA also presents Thinking the City, a series of talks and discussions seeking to strengthen thinking and practice at the intersection of culture and public space. “This year’s marvellous crop of works for Infecting the City emerge from the Dance, Music, Drama and Creative Writing departments as well as through UCT’s African Centre for Cities and international partnerships; and reflects a wonderful surge of interest in and engagement with interdisciplinarity and public art”commented GIPCA Director Jay Pather. Having recently returned from sold-out performances at the Ovalhouse in London, highly acclaimed choreographer and Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Mamela Nyamza, presents a startling dance performance Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal), for which she received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival 2012. Also featuring Dinah Eppel and Kirsty Ndawo, the workcelebrates the creative capacity of young South Africans to subvert and transform instruments of oppression and denigration into expressions of ecstasy and beauty; and reflects on the relationship between women from different generations and races. Awarded the main Puma Creative Prize and the first prize in the . . .
Mango Groove, Emo Adams, Die Heuwels Fantasties will be performing at the sixth annual ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees on Saturday 23 March 2013 at the Solms-Delta wine estate. The festival gives thanks for the end of the wine harvest and celebrates the real music and culture of the Boland, with rural music, lekker Kaapsekos and good cheer. Other popular musical names set to wow the crowds throughout the day include Radio Kalahari Orkes, Hot Water, Tribal Echo, Tidal Waves, Hannes Coetzee and Valiant Swart and Solms-Delta’s very own musicians, the talented performers from the Music van de Caab project. Kaapsekos favourites like chicken breyani, venison pie, beef afval curry and Cape-style braaivleis, along with hand-held treats like samoosas and herzogs will be on sale with Solms-Delta wines, aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan. A kiddies area will host carnival games, a circus craft table, face painting, balloon animals and various other activities throughout the day, as well as outside water games and a jumping castle, all overseen by qualified staff. Tickets to the Solms-Delta ATKV Franschhoek Oesfees cost R95 for early birds during January, R120 per person if pre-booked at the farm or online from www.ticketbreak.co.za or on Facebook.com/solmsdelta. Pre-booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for R140. R20 for Children under 12 years, which includes access to the kiddie's area. Time: 10am to 9pm. Tickets exclude food and beverage coupons, which are available for purchase at the event. For information, see www.solms-delta.co.za or call 021 874 3937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on facebook.com/solmsdelta and Twitter @solms_delta. Twitter hashtag #oesfees URL: http://www.solms-delta.co.za/events/oesfees/oesfees-2013/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/solms_delta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolmsDelta?ref=ts YouTube: Author: . . .
Vibrant and unexpected, the Africa Centre’s Infecting The City Public Arts Festival will erupt onto the streets and interrupt the public spaces of Cape Town for the sixth time from the 12th to the 16th March 2013. Infecting The City is one of the most extraordinary annual public arts festivals on the African continent. During the festival, celebrated local and international artists will create artworks that investigate and celebrate the communal spaces of Cape Town’s City Centre. The art will encourage audiences to see, hear, touch, smell and participate; and to relook at their role as citizens, bystanders, and activators. URL: http://www.infectingthecity.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/infectingthecit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InfectingTheCityTreasure YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/InfectingtheCity Author: Stefanie Elliott from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Infecting the City Public Arts Festival Photographer: JAZZART at Infecting the City 2013 Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
An exciting new low GI frozen dairy dessert, known as Wilfredo's, has just been launched in Cape Town. With a Low GI ranking of 24, it is the perfect treat for everyone who loves ice cream but wants to cut back on sugar and fat. It is available in four flavours: vanilla, strawberry, mint and cinnamon with more flavours in development. Wilfredo's has been extensively tested by the Low GI Foundation and been approved by Diabetes South Africa. Made purely with natural ingredients and dairy products - no vegetable fat is used – it is the ideal treat for slimmers, diabetics and children with ADHD – in fact for anyone wanting to follow a healthy lifestyle. Extensive tests show there is no sugar spike or crash for anyone enjoying a daily tub of Wilfredo's. The dessert is high in calcium, kind to teeth, contains no colourants and provides sustained energy. It is also Halaal approved. Liesbet Delport a dietitian and founder member of the GI Foundation of South Africa explains that GI is a ranking from 1 to 100 which measures the effect of a food on your blood-glucose level over the two hours after the food is eaten. According to the foundation, foods with GI values of 55 or below could aid in the management of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke as they digest easily and are absorbed into the body slowly. “Research has shown that very high glucose levels after meals, called glucose spikes, are damaging to our arteries and various blood vessels and they promote far too much insulin,” Delport says. “Eating low-GI foods means you avoid those spikes and dramatic falls in blood-glucose so you get a much steadier stream of energy. You, therefore, reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases that are implicated by those blood-glucose fluctuations.” Wilfredo's is available at the Wellness Warehouse and at selected branches of the Food Lovers Market and Kuaui in the Cape Town area with plans afoot to market the product . . .
Rocky Mountain Bicycles has renewed its title sponsorship of the Southern Cape’s premier stage race, the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300, which takes place in and around Knysna from February 22 to 24. The upmarket Canadian bicycle brand, which has had a presence in South Africa for almost three years, confirmed its commitment following a sell-out event this year. According to Rocky Mountain brand manager Eugene Haley, the race had all the hallmarks of becoming one of the top stage races in the country. “This is our second year of sponsorship and we anticipate this relationship continuing for at least the next couple of years.” Haley said the 300km race, which follows a clover-shaped route through indigenous forests and mountains, represented the kind of riding at which Rocky Mountain bikes excelled. “Because the bikes are tested in Canada on what are considered to be the best, toughest and most technical mountain bike trails in the world, we feel they are ideally suited to withstand the rigours of riding in South Africa.” He said the title sponsorship would include a cash component as well as a range of lucky draw prizes. These include a full-carbon 29-inch bike worth R40 000 and Evoc product giveaways valued at R10 000. In addition, long-standing race beneficiary, the Knysna Sport School, would receive an entry-level bike for its cycling development programme, said Haley. Local pro team and this year’s runners-up, Jarryd Haley and Timo Cooper, riding in the sponsor’s colours, would return for a crack at the title, said Haley. Cooper won the inaugural event in 2011 with Jacques Rossouw. “We will also be pairing Renay Groustra with German rider Daniel Gathof, who has had multiple podium finishes for Team Rocky Mountain in stage races like the TransAlp.” Riders will compete for an overall prize purse of R70 000, which is sponsored by First National Bank. Race director Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events said the race, which is . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, November 2012 Never mind the World Cup, the FA Cup, and the Euro Cup for some homegrown, fast-paced soccer action, what you need is the Heart Cup! Heart 104.9FM is celebrating local soccer, on the 1st and 2nd December, at the Mitchells Plain Festival. Heart 104.9FM is having their first annual Heart Cup a 5-a-side action football tournament, where you get to be the MVP! Games are 5-a-side action soccer, and played in ten minute matches Matches are on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, at the Mitchells Plain Festival at Westridge Gardens. Dont forget to invite your family and friends to support, and to watch the Heart 104.9FM jocks face off against local celebs like Chad Saaiman, Sekoati Tsubane, Lloyd Jansen and Martin Prazak in a 5-a-side Celebrity Match on Sunday, 2 December, around 12h00! The Heart Cup is brought to you by Heart 104.9 and the Mitchells Plain Festival One Festival, Many Opportunities. Keep your dial locked onto Heart 104.9FM 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, or visit www.1049.fm. Ends / 153 words Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of Heart 104.9FM. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 21 419 2699 or e-mail email@example.com. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, contact Karen du Toit on +27 21 419 2699 / 94 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More Info: Author: Simone Jansen from DTMSA. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .