The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association (SAPPMA) has welcomed Polyflo Piping (Pty) Ltd as a new member. Based in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, Polyflo’s primary area of business is the extrusion of HDPE pipes which they supply primarily to the civil and irrigation markets. The company opened its doors for the first time in 2016 and was awarded the SATAS mark last year. "It was important for us to join SAPPMA in light of the fact that our customers were demanding it of us. They recognise the SAPPMA brand is an assurance of quality and standards and it gives them peace of mind. Being able to display the Association’s logo on our products will also be a major benefit to our company and will allow us to tender for projects where SAPPMA membership is included in the specifications," reports Charles Samuel, a Director at Polyflo Piping. Welcoming the new members, SAPPMA Chief Executive Officer, Jan Venter says: “It is our mission to create absolute customer confidence in the Plastics Pipe Industry, thereby ensuring long term sustainability and dynamic growth for our industry. In an era where pipe manufacturers are tempted to look for ways to cut corners and compromise on standards and quality for the sake of making a bigger profit, is heartening to see companies such as Polyflo who are willing to agree to the SAPPMA Code of Conduct by only producing and marketing top quality products that are fully compliant to all relevant standards and specifications”. For more information, visit www.sappma.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Madibaz team will be aiming to make a big impression at the University Sport South Africa squash tournament this year, with their team having been boosted by the inclusion of a number of key players. The annual week takes place at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth from July 1 to 7 and involves the cream of the country's young student players. A year ago, Madibaz ended fourth in a close finish, with just one point separating them from NWU-Pukke. In turn, Pukke were just a point behind second-placed University of Pretoria. Mandela University coach Jason le Roux acknowledged that the players would be in for a tough week, which includes both individual and team events. "Once the individual tournament is completed the teams are ranked according to how their players did," said Le Roux. "This makes the team event a strength versus strength affair, so there are no easy matches." However, he added that they were looking to finish at least on the podium, and hoped to challenge defending champions University of Johannesburg for the title. Le Roux said they had gained some quality players this year, including John Kuhn, who won the Madibaz Open in May. "Last year we had Gershwin Forbes at No 1, but now he is No 4 [No 1 in the B team]," he said. "We have John Kuhn at one, Brendan Basset at two and Warren Bower at No 3. "In the girls' team, Danielle Shone comes in at three to join Hayley Ward and Bianca Brown, so we have definitely improved in strength. "The players have been working hard in preparing for the week and the fact that we are hosting it has provided extra motivation." He acknowledged that UJ, who include last year's individual champions in Blessing Muhwati and Alexa Pienaar, would be formidable opponents. "But this year our men's team is strong enough to compete with UJ and the girls are capable of holding their own, so it's going to be very interesting," said Le Roux. "The main thing is not to allow any . . .
Karoo lamb takes centre stage at Carne eateries in July Discover the rich diversity of specialist Karoo lamb cuts prepared by expert hands at Chef Giorgio Nava’s two dedicated Cape Town meat restaurants – Carne SA and Carne on Kloof during the entire month of July. His special lamb menu comprises a choice of six prime cuts and a hearty lamb ragu pasta alongside his regular à la carte menu. In addition to familiar fried and grilled Karoo lamb chops, there is a selection of tasty, rare cuts well worth exploring such as the succulent grilled lamb ribeye, rump or grilled neck of lamb. These special lamb dishes will rotate from week to week. Chef Giorgio’s rich and wholesome Karoo lamb shank is the ultimate winter comfort food. Carne SA in Keerom Street in the Cape Town CBD is open for dinner every evening from Mondays to Saturdays, whilst Carne on Kloof in the vibrant Kloof Street precinct is open for lunch and dinner.CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Eighty intellectually disabled pupils studying at the Mount Fletcher Special School in the rural Eastern Cape can look forward to comfortable, warm nights this winter, thanks to Engen’s donation of new beds. The Engen handover of beds and mattresses on 8 June, totalling R250 000, will get the children off the floor where they have been forced to sleep after enrolment at the school in Xaxazana, Mount Fletcher, spiked this year. “The situation had become urgent, and we are extremely grateful to Engen for stepping up,” says Thabiso Phetuka, chief executive officer of the Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust, of which Engen is a partner. The Eastern Cape Education Department provided bedding for the new beds, as well as water tanks for the school. Mount Fletcher Special School opened at the beginning of 2017, one of six such centres planned for the province by Education MEC Mandla Makupula in his 2017/18 budget to supplement the existing 43 special schools in the Eastern Cape. Phetuka however identified the facility for urgent intervention this year as part of his Trust’s partnership with the provincial Education Department, after the centre proved unable to cope with the demand from intellectually disabled youngsters who ended up sleeping on the floor. The Trust relies on funding from government departments and the private sector to empower disabled people, with Engen’s donations already contributing to the Job Readiness Programme for unemployed people with disabilities and matric pupils at special needs schools. “This programme assists them with career pathing, making choices about further education, and preparation for their participation in the open labour market,” Phetuka explains. Last year Engen extended its social investment focus to add people with disabilities to its original Corporate Social Investment (CSI) target areas, which included education, health and safety, and the environment. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s CSI . . .
Afrika Tikkun is a global not-for-profit organisation working to develop, empower and support the youth of South Africa in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Their intention is to shape the youth of today to become the next generations leaders of tomorrow. The approach that they have taken is called the Cradle-to-Career 360? model, which sees full developmental support from infancy to adulthood. However, with a full complement of capable staff behind them their achievements would still not be possible without the financial and in-kind aid of sponsors and the extraordinary efforts of their benefactors. One such company is MTN. Director of Partnerships and Marketing at Afrika Tikkun, Onyi Nwaweri comments: “It is amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together toward a common goal and I would like to thank all of the staff of MTN that have joined us this past week in improving the lives of the youth that we serve. The African proverb holds true: If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.” Every year from 1 to 21 June, MTN employees around the globe reach out to people less fortunate than themselves as part of their 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign. During this period they give time, energy, care and financial assistance to improve the lives of community members where MTN connects people. This year, MTN South Africa chose Afrika Tikkun’s Wings of Life Centre in Diepsloot as their beneficiary. Kicking off MTN’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign on 2 June 2018, there was a half marathon around the MTN Innovation Centre in Roodepoort where MTN staff, twenty youth from Afrika Tikkun as well as members of the public joined together to raise funds for Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects in education and in supporting youth skills empowerment programmes. Afrika Tikkun’s Wings of Life Centre is one amongst many other youth centres and schools for leaners with special needs to benefit . . .
A number of incentives, including a new junior men's category, will ensure that the Bestmed Jock Classic remains an attractive option for a wide range of cyclists when it takes place in Mpumalanga next month. The race on July 14 covers 155km, divided into three stages, and will take riders along a route from Mbombela to White River and Sabie. The distances for the three legs are 48km, 45km and 62km respectively. ASG Events acting chief executive Fritz Pienaar said they felt the race was the perfect vehicle to keep riders active during the cold winter months. He added that there were several benefits to competing in one of the oldest road races in the country, which compared favourably to similar events on the international stage. "The Jock Classic has some of the most beautiful routes in the country and includes climbs which provide a good idea of what riders can experience in overseas events," said Pienaar. "It's the perfect opportunity for riders to stay in shape during the winter months and takes place on roads which are safe for cycling." Entries for the event close on July 4, but he said there was an incentive for riders to submit their names by June 25. "Those who have entered and paid the entry fee by then will receive a R150 voucher which can be redeemed at any ASG store," he said. "These, for example, can be used to purchase HIGH5 nutritional supplements, which are so valuable during races of this nature." The junior men's category was a new addition to the Jock Classic this year, providing a separate race for the younger riders, said Pienaar. "The difference is that the junior men will start at White River and will only be doing stages two and three. "However, in order for this category to have their own starting batch and commissaire there will have to be at least 30 entrants. "Should there be fewer than 30 participants they will be moved to the open-batch starting time." Pienaar said there was much for the riders . . .
Leading paper and plastic recycler, Mpact Recycling has announced that it will partner with the Mrs South Africa empowerment programme for the fourth consecutive year, this time as one of the main sponsors of the event. The decision is aimed at enlisting the help of contestants to raise awaresess around the importance of recycling in local communities. More than a traditional beauty pageant, Mrs South Africa is a female empowerment programme focused on raising the profile of women who strive to be the best versions of themselves. They can be mothers, entrepreneurs, businesswomen or homemakers between the ages of 25 and 49. Many are change-makers in their communities, but all are brave, real-life superwomen. The competition’s 100 semi-finalists are expected to immerse themselves in networking and self-development activities as well as raising funds for Women4Women South Africa. This is before 25 finalists are selected in June and the winner announced in November. Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the campaign’s objectives fit neatly with Mpact Recycling’s drive to create awareness in communities such as assisted living facilities, old age homes, buy-back centres, garden sites and churches about the benefits of recycling. “By partnering with Mrs South Africa, Mpact Recycling gains 100 brand ambassadors this year.” She explains that Mpact Recycling has supported Mrs South Africa since 2014. “This year is different because we are now one of the main sponsors of the event, which means we have access to many more contestants than in previous years. This will help to increase our geographical reach and empower more communities to get actively involved in sustainable recycling initiatives.” Since partnering with Mrs South Africa four years ago, Mpact Recycling has identified several new communities for its recycling programme. “Not only do the people in these communities learn about the advantages of conserving the environment and . . .
The organisers of the Totalsports Women’s Race are excited to welcome Under Amour as the event’s apparel partner in 2018. “We are ecstatic to partner with Under Armour, a brand that focusses on improving athlete performance through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “Passion is the driving force behind the Totalsports Women’s Race. The event is an annual Women’s Day celebration that encourages athletes to ‘Run United’ in three major cities (Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town) in support of PinkDrive. We are excited to experience Under Armour’s presence at each event and look forward to hosting a Women’s Day celebration like no other.” According to Lorrianne Cloete, Marketing Manager for Under Armour SA, the Totalsports Women’s Race brings together thousands of strong, fit and healthy women for a great cause. “The Totalsports Women’s Race is a natural fit for Under Armour. Women are a key part of our brand, and empowering athletes is what we stand for. We love that the event offers a platform for Under Armour to connect with this powerful force, celebrate the strength and grit of these inspirational women, while showcasing our equally impressive footwear and apparel. Under Armour is sold through the top Totalsports stores nationwide. It goes without saying that we are proud to team up with an event that boasts with Totalsports as the title sponsor. We will be offering exciting incentives that will enable participants to get our top gear at a great price. We look forward to seeing more women in Under Armour gear at the Totalsports Women’s Race.” Event Information: 2018 Totalsports Women’s Race Dates & Venues: Sunday, 22 July 2018 Durban: Kings Park Athletics Track Thursday, 09 August 2018: Johannesburg: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown and Cape Town: Grand Parade, Cape Town CBD Entry Fee: 10km licensed runner R120,00 5km R80,00 10km Durban unlicensed runner R140,00 . . .
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Pretoria, 15 June 2018 – Yesterday, Pampers handed over their donation to UNICEF. In attendance were Hervé Ludovic de Lys, UNICEF representative and Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble South Africa, Michael Simpson. In 2017, the world’s top-selling brand of baby nappies, Pampers®, partnered with Pick n Pay, South Africa’s second-largest supermarket chain, to help raise R1 million to support UNICEF’s First 1000 Days initiative. For every Pampers product purchased at any Pick n Pay nationwide, Pampers donated R10 to UNICEF. With the help of loving South African parents, the partnership managed to raise R 1 000 000 to help turn the tide against the high infant mortality rate in the country, which currently stands at 31 infants deaths for every 1000 live births. “For the last 50 years, we have been dedicated to every baby’s happy and healthy development. Nutrition plays an important role in this, which makes initiatives like this exceedingly important. Our partnership with PnP has been a great success and enabled us to reach new heights in our campaign to help South African children grow into healthy adults,” explains Zizwe Vundla, Brand Director for Pampers South Africa. The First 1000 Days initiative aims to help raise awareness regarding the importance of proper nutrition during an infant’s first 1000 days. The right nutrition and care during this period influences not only whether a child will survive, but also his or her ability to grow, learn and rise out of poverty. “South African children continue to die from preventable causes, including pneumonia, HIV, TB, and diarrhoea. All these are influenced by poor health-seeking behaviour, healthcare, infectious diseases, nutrition and hygiene of the pregnant mother and child during the first 1000 days,” says Hervé Ludovic de Lys, UNICEF representative for South Africa. To play a part in the fight against South African infant mortality, visit UNICEF today. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .