Raucous roughhousing: Rugbytots for little ones Encourage your future Springbok with sporting sessions designed to fill a gap in the childhood development sector, by using rugby specific skills. Rugbytots will develop your child’s physical, psychological, and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try, and much more. Two Holiday Clubs will run this winter, with the first scheduled for 4 to 8 July and the second from 11 to 15 July. Each Holiday Club will have three classes per day, organised by age group. Sessions have been organised for children aged 2 to 3, 3 to 5, and 5 to 7 years, and will take place on the Croquet Lawn at the V&A Waterfront at a cost of R300 (for one weeks’ worth of sessions) or R550 (for two weeks’ sessions) per child. Pre-booking is essential: www.rugbytots.co.za Rugbytots First series: 4–8 July Second series: 11–15 July Mornings: 10h00–10h30: 2 to 3.5 yrs 10h30–11h15: 3.5 to 5 yrs 11h15–12h00: 5 to 8 yrs Afternoons: 14h30–15h00: 2 to 3.5 yrs 15h00–15h45: 3.5 to 5 yrs 15h45–17h00: 5 to 8 yrs Croquet Lawn (outside Springbok Experience Rugby Museum) Cost options: R300 for one series only R550 for both series CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
High-energy creativity and playful fun will be the order of the day at the Innovation Station, scheduled daily over the holiday period. Parents are invited to bring their little ones to the V&A Waterfront Centre Court for workshops that focus on encouraging exploration and stimulating children’s imaginations and problem-solving skills as they tumble around in a safe and stimulating environment. Overseen by four engaging facilitators, this year’s workshop theme is ‘recycling’ and seeks to instil a positive, environmental appreciation message in young children’s minds. The daily workshops will focus on the processes of designing, making, prototyping and playing with recyclable materials, and cost R20 per child per day. It will run at the Centre Court within the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre for 13 days from Tuesday, 28 June to Sunday, 10 July between 11am and 6pm. No bookings are required and entry can be paid for on arrival. Please note: Depending on demand at the time, play time at the Innovation Station may be limited to one hour per child. Innovation Station 28 June – 10 July 11h00–18h00 Centre Court inside Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre R20 per child CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fifty metres of fun is what children of all ages will encounter at the V&A Waterfront’s new temporary pumptrack between Saturday, 25 June and Sunday, 17 July this winter. A pumptrack is a continuous track where the rider uses an up and down ‘pumping’ motion to propel the bicycle/scooter forward instead of pedalling, providing the perfect tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike. Open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily, helmets, bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge. Not entirely restricted to children, adults are also encouraged to explore the Pumptrack. Pumptrack 25 June – 17 July 10h30–15h30 Quays Square (in front of the African Trading Port) Free CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Some of South Africa’s most fascinating reptiles will occupy Jubilee Hall in the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed for the month of June, making for an exciting excursion for parents and children during the upcoming school holidays. From Rock Monsters to Monty the Giant Python and the twin Boa Constrictors on display, visitors will gaze on reptiles of all shapes and sizes, watch live snake shows, learn a little more about our scaly friends via educational short films on show, read fascinating facts and stats about reptiles at our pop-up Reptile Lab, and meet some of our experienced snake handlers. Running from 18 June to 18 July access to the Reptile Garden also includes sand art, LEGO tables and a PlayStation terminal to keep young ones occupied for a while, and parents are welcome to visit our on-site cafeteria while their kids keep busy. The Reptile Garden is open daily from 10am to 6pm and tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za. 18 June – 18 July. Ground Floor, Jubilee Hall, V&A Watershed. R50 per person CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, May 2016 — Cast off the winter blues on a musical note, come rain or shine at the V&A Waterfront’s Acoustics Underground series, presented in association with Kfm. Showcasing performances from top local musicians Loyiso Bala, Arno Carstens, François van Coke, Judith Sephuma and Camillo Lombard, in the intimate and historic setting of the Chavonnes Battery Museum, performing artists will take guests on a musical adventure, delving into the emotions and background to some of their most famous songs. The series kicks off with a performance by popular R&B artist Loyiso Bala on Wednesday, 29 June. Bala’s a musical career began in 2001, and gathered momentum after the release of his first album, Wine, Woman and Song, in 2003. He has since won multiple music awards, including for Best R&B Album at the Metro FM Music Awards, making him a household name. Performances are limited to 150 guests, and a cash bar will be available on the evening. Doors open at 7pm, and performances are scheduled to start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available to purchase from Quicket at a cost of R175 per person. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Current and former SA hockey greats will be making their way to Stellenbosch these school holidays to provide high-level performance training and mentorship to the Western Cape’s passionate hockey fraternity as part of the Investec Hockey Academy on Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 July at Bloemhof Hoër Meisieskool. Travelling to various provinces throughout the year, each time with a new set of coaches, the Investec Hockey Academy provides school-going players and hockey coaches with an opportunity to work on their skills and strategies, stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and learn what it takes to succeed while working closely with international players, coaches and experts involved in the game. Those attending the July courses can look forward to meeting and learning from the greats of the game. The star-studded, passionate line-up of coaches participating in the Stellenbosch course are national players Wade Paton, Lloyd Norris-Jones and Shelley Russell; national player and Cape Town-local Quanita Bobbs; as well as national coaches Kurt Serfontein (SA women’s assistant coach) and Lindsey Wright (SA under-21 women’s coach). Important behind the scenes training is also offered by the academy’s experts Ruan Fourie (former Lions and Sharks physiotherapist), Lauren Penny (former national hockey player and psychologist) and Grant van Gelden (vision training expert) who will be providing the young players with a better understanding of all the game’s elements. National player and general manager of the academy, Shelley Russell, is the driving force behind making sure that the academy’s goals are achieved through her love for the game. “We try to give young, aspiring hockey stars a glimpse, and start the process, of what is required to fine-tune their skills and abilities. The Investec Hockey Academy is a platform where these passionate hockey players can learn and improve their skills by being exposed to top-level coaching personnel. We hope to create an . . .
June 2016 - Nutritional Therapist, Author, Researcher and Speaker, Sally-Ann Creed, has developed a range of activated nuts and seeds for the South African market – almonds, Brazil and pecan nuts as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Initially they are available at selected Dis-Chem stores in the Western Cape, as of mid June 2016, then rolling out to stores countrywide. They will also reach the market in time for her upcoming book launches during 2016. Activated nuts and seeds, the term used in the food and health industry, particularly in whole food and Paleo circles, describes the soaking and dehydrating technique to remove the phytates, anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors from nuts and seeds. The products also taste lighter, crispier, are easier to digest and are significantly more nutritious. Often these inhibitory factors cause extreme digestive distress and intolerance in some individuals, in others it is merely a feeling of considerable discomfort – such as bloating and lethargy. The anti-nutrients, bind nutrients preventing absorption of extremely important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, manganese and many others. By activating nuts and seeds, the enzyme inhibitors are neutralised, thereby preventing uncomfortable side effects. Beneficial enzymes are retained if the drying process is undertaken at less than 50 degrees C, which then make these nutrients and healthy fats bioavailable to the body instead of binding them. Minerals are all-important to good health. Zinc & magnesium are responsible for over 300 important enzymatic processes in the body including immunity – constant binding of these minerals may lead to a host of deficiency symptoms, which could significantly impact good health. Iron is bound by phytic acid, needed to make red blood cells. Soaking and dehydrating raw nuts and seeds also creates an end result similar to roasted nuts, but without the added vegetable oils or high temperature roasting that can . . .
School of Rock Claremont, South Africa’s leading performance-based music school is proud to announce its 4th Season Show, Mzansi Rocks which will take place on 18 June at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest. The show will see performances from various School of Rock students and promises a complete celebration of local music! School of Rock Claremont recently hit their one year milestone and continue to celebrate their first year of business by hosting two season shows, one at 12pm and the other at 3pm on the Saturday, 18th June. The show will feature performances from kids as young as 8 years old, with music renditions to 20 of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians and bands, including the late and iconic Brenda Fassie, Johnny Clegg, Prime Circle and Beatenberg. If you’re looking for a day filled with great music and to let your hair down with your entire family, then this show will certainly be up your alley. Hurry along and get your tickets and avoid any form of FOMO. Tickets can be purchased from School of Rock Claremont and are R120 each. Support local music talent with School of Rock! Show details: Theme: Mzansi Rocks Date: 18 June 2016 Venue: Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest Time: There will be two shows, one at 12pm and the other at 3pm Tickets: R120 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This year, for the first time, there will be a science competition that will run alongside the normal Growsmart literacy competition, although it will be completely separate from it. The science competition, called Growsmart Scientist, will be for teams of three learners from the participating Growsmart schools. They must not be the same learners as those competing in any other Growsmart competition, or if they have competed in any previous Growsmart competitions. Identifying a Problem: Come up with ideas to identify a problem and then think about a possible solution. Think about things that people (whether children or adults) find difficult, frustrating or nuisance. How can we solve the problem? Here are some ideas, but your imagination is the only limit: Electricity or water saving devices Recycling for school or home How to make household chores easier Sports training or exercise machines Easier ways to travel Easy ways to care for pets An awesome computer to make learning easier or to help your teacher Finding Solutions Once you have an idea in mind for a problem that you would like to solve, it’s time to start brainstorming. Create a mind-map with your problem and your possible solution (your invention). Competition Rules: Only one team per school. Teams consist of three learners (in Grades 4 to 6) and they must be supervised by a mentor. The mentor can guide, help and get involved. They can help gather materials, supervise the project/experiment and even help build the display board and/or model. But they can’t help during the judging process. Teams will be judged on their display board and/or model, and their oral presentation. The oral presentation must be limited to 10 minutes at the most, 5 minutes for speaking about the project and the rest for the judges to ask questions. All decisions of the judges are final. The Oral Presentation: Teams should try to relax, smile and have fun. Helpful . . .
Three Springbok and Stormers rugby players are getting their hands dirty to make a contribution towards rugby development. Scarra Ntubeni, Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi have joined forces with boutique winery Mitre’s Edge to launch a limited edition wine to raise funds for WP Rugby President’s Trust. The initiative was started by Ntubeni after seeing many talented players not reaching their full potential. “We want to make a difference, while we are still actively involved in the game. We are hoping that this could help in some way to assist young players and create some opportunities for them. Sometimes you just need a chance to develop your rugby career further and this initiative can hopefully make a positive contribution. Although this is a relatively small project, it will start at grassroots level where transformation needs to happen,” mentions Ntubeni. The President’s Trust offers talented youngsters the chance to realise their potential through improving both their sporting development and schooling. The players were actively involved in the entire winemaking process and gained hands-on experience from the picking of grapes, to destalking, pressing and finally bottling the 2015 ES Merlot. Following in the winemaking footsteps of other rugby legends such as Jan Boland Coetzee, Hempies du Toit and Schalk Burger, this might not be the last efforts in the cellar by this inspirational trio. Only 500 bottles of the wine was produced and it is presented in a three-pack box set with a bottle of Mitre’s Edge Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship Sholto as well as an autographed photo journal documenting the three players’ wine journey. “It was a privilege working with these players as we believe in investing in the future of our youth. Scarra has definitely been the driving force behind the initiative, which we hope will continue to future vintages. It is really rewarding to be part of a process which could be responsible for unearthing a future . . .