The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, a seven-day, 614km race to be held next month, will be part of a concerted drive to support Africa Foundation. The event, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, begins in Knysna on February 4 and ends in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on the tenth. Now in its fourth year, the race is an ideal opportunity to generate funds for people in need. Race founder Lenore Collett says raising money for charity has become an integral part of the race and the organisers will continue those efforts. "This year we are focusing on raising funds for Africa Foundation, an organisation I have been involved with for 10 years and which is very close to my heart," she said this week. "Africa Foundation is the charity arm of And Beyond, who own luxury safari lodges across Africa." The organisation's main objective was to empower, in various ways, the communities that surround their reserves," she said. "They build schools, install enviro toilets and create bursary programmes for learners. Conservation is also a huge part of their focus. "This ties in with our ideals, of having a passion for conservation in the country and empowering people as much as possible." Collett said their aim was to raise R250 000 this year. Specific projects under Africa Foundation's umbrella will be chosen once they know how much money will be available. "We will have brochures that will be handed out to the  riders during the race, and Gerald de Kock and his fellow MCs will promote the charity throughout. "We will sit down soon to decide on specific strategies for the fund-raising during the seven days." Africa Foundation chief executive Francois Peenz said it was extremely important for them to have the support of events such as the TransCape. "Our projects are identified by communities, and agreed upon in consultation with our regional teams," he said. "However, it is only through the support of donors that the projects can be . . .
Pop-opera sensation Selim Kagee returns to the Artscape Theatre stage from 23 to 25 March 2018 with his spectacular new show, Love Story. Experience Kagee`s sophisticated, romantic style and brand of music which has made him so popular, as he presents a selection of immortal songs of love performed with an orchestra. The show features some of the most creative minds and talented musicians in South Africa, including award-winning music producer Camillo Lombard, who was responsible for the musical arrangements. Not to be missed, it promises to transport the audience through a magical journey of love seldom experienced before. Teaming with respected songwriter and producer Clive Ridgway, EMI Music signed Kagee to their acclaimed international label. His stellar twelve-track EMI Music début album, Cry for Love, catapulted Kagee into the international world of classic-pop music. In 2012, he also recorded with the acclaimed international female group, Celtic Woman, on their Christmas album. In 2014, Kagee sang the South African anthem live in Perth, Australia during the Rugby Champions Test between South Africa and Australia, to millions of television viewers around the globe. The Sergio Franchi Memorial concert in Connecticut, USA, alongside top opera and classical-pop singers from all over the world, established Selim Kagee amongst the best in the world. He performed to raving reviews at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in 2016 and sold out both shows. This year’s show promises to be as spectacular as it will celebrate immortal songs of love with an orchestra. Tickets are available from Computicket (https://online.computicket.com/web/event/selim_kagee_s_love_story/1212000984). For more information visit http://selimkagee.com Facebook: Selim Kagee (https://www.facebook.com/selimkagee) Instagram: selim_kagee Twitter: @SelimKagee Youtube: Selim Kagee (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuKxQ4kHfbxQwf9czMCxSOw) CLICK HERE to submit your press release . . .
There is a saying that goes: anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great. This certainly rings true when you consider legendary cook, filmmaker, urban farmer and entrepreneur Justin Bonello’s journey with food. For many who have watched him on TV, or attempted recipes from his cook books, the upcoming Cooked with Justin Bonello is an experience not to be missed. Food lovers are invited to indulge in a unique experience as Justin demonstrates his love for food and shares his passion for cooking. The event takes place on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 6pm for 6:30pm in the relaxed setting of the Jonkershuis Restaurant Courtyard nestled in the Groot Constantia Estate. The cost is R950 and includes arrival drinks, a Harvest style meal, wine and the opportunity to mingle with Justin. The event is being hosted by The Sunflower Fund thanks to the generous sponsorship of Justin Bonello, Sanlam, Jonkershuis and Groot Constantia Wine Estate. “I once heard a saying that a recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe and that is my philosophy about food,” says Justin. “I gather experiences on my travels and adventures and bring it all together in creating dishes that tell their own story,” he continued. As a filmmaker, Justin is no stranger to telling stories or showcasing food. This event is sure to be a treat that will infuse you with a sense of adventure and a deeper appreciation for good food. To book contact Janine Le Roux at Janine@sunflowerfund.org.za or 021 701 0661. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), manufacturer of the popular Dunlop tyre brand, is a finalist in two categories of the 5th Annual South African Premier Business Awards, which will be held in Johannesburg on 30 January 2018 under the theme ‘rewarding business excellence’. The categories are Investor of the Year and Enterprise Development Programme of the Year. “This is a great honour for our business and testament to the hard work we have been putting into programmes that benefit not only our company, but also our clients and communities within the region. We pride ourselves in being a well-rounded corporate citizen and believe that platforms such as this give us an opportunity to demonstrate this. We are looking forward to the main event later in January,” said SRSA CEO Riaz Haffejee. The company’s Enterprise Development initiatives have included the successful and impactful Dunlop Container initiative, developed to formalise the informal township tyre trade business. This has created employment opportunities and driven entrepreneurship in a sector previously unavailable to these business owners, with safety at the core of the programme SRSA is also progressing with its multi-billion-rand investment into its Ladysmith manufacturing plant. The investment is aimed at upgrading and modernising the plant’s capacity, increasing the output of high-quality passenger and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tyres and introducing and manufacturing truck and bus tyres. The South African Premier Business Awards aim to recognise business excellence and honour enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. The Awards are hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Eastern Cape, 23 January 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Thursday, 25 January 2018 at approximately 12 noon. The blast will take place at approximately 41 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha in the Mtentu Cuttings. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards, towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards, towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JANUARY 16, 2018 – THE increasingly popular Cape Town Carnival is generating economic benefits for the city and creative industries, alongside social cohesion and stimulation of the creative economy. This is according to a socio-economic impact study of the 2017 Cape Town Carnival released this week by the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) which details the overall impact of the popular festival and its reception by audiences. The SACO, a creative economy think tank and the research arm of the Department of Arts & Culture, said the economic impact of the 2017 Cape Town Carnival on the economy of Cape Town was R41.14-million. “The carnival is a celebration of culture, creativity and collaboration – and this yields both real financial and social returns. The economic impact of R41-million includes multiplier effects and excludes local sponsorship, but there are many other social benefits arising from this event which we are also interested in,” said Prof Jen Snowball, SACO Chief Research Strategist, and Economics lecturer at Rhodes University. The Cape Town Carnival is a six-month production that culminates in one-day parade that has grown ‘significantly’ since it was launched in 2010 to accommodating about two dozen floats, an estimated 50 000 spectators, 1 900 performers and 50 participating groups. The 2016 SACO Framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Publically Funded Arts, Culture and Heritage was used to conduct the research which was completed in collaboration with SADC Research Centre. The Framework considers five broad thematic areas for tracking and evaluating projects. These include: Audience Development & Education; Human Capital/ Professional Capacity Building; Inclusive Economic Growth; Social Cohesion and Community Development; and Reflexive and Engaged Citizens. These themes speak to a mix of economic, social and intrinsic values and are supported by a range of indicators that can be used to measure different . . .
Submissions for the South African Cultural Observatory’s third international conference close on January 31. The conference will take a look at what lies ‘beyond the creative economy’, exploring the role of and challenges facing the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the creative industries in contributing to social and economic development. January 22, 2017: THERE is increasing research that supports the argument that the creative and cultural industries are adding significantly to GDP growth, employment and social cohesion both nationally and around the world. Yet, while the creative economy continues to gain traction within national and regional economies, new sets of questions and challenges related to the future and sustainability of the creative economy are emerging. These, and other important creative industry trends and debates, will be considered at the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) third International Conference held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 7 and 8 March. The deadline for abstract and panel discussion submissions for the conference is at the end of January. “Looking beyond our current experiences and conceptions of the creative economy the conference hopes to re-envision what the future of the creative and cultural industries will mean for practitioners, professionals, policy makers, researchers and anyone involved in creative economic pursuits,” SACO chief executive Prof Richard Haines said. “Exploring the theme ‘Beyond the creative economy? Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies,’ the conference will provide a platform to discuss global and local research in the cultural and creative industries and arts, culture and heritage sectors and explore some of the creative economy trends we are expecting to see in the next few years and beyond. “We have had an overwhelming response so far and look forward to receiving final abstracts before the deadline at the end of the month,” . . .
Over-indebtedness is stressful, unpleasant and yes, it is unfortunately real. By the look of things, it seems like more and more consumers are finding themselves in difficult financial situations. Perhaps you can associate, and are currently overwhelmed by your own financial position – knowing that 2018 has only just begun and turning a new leaf seems kind of impossible. No need to worry – Zeeva’s got your back. Try and get into the habit of using the ‘ZEEVA acronym’ as recommended by Carla Oberholzer, spokesperson at Zeeva. It is a valuable rescue tool to help you to get out of debt for good. Z - Zero your debt There is one of two options that you can consider when trying to get rid of your debt: • you can either make use of the so-called snowball effect by paying off your smallest debt first (like a clothing account); or • you can use the avalanche method – where you pay off your debt with the highest interest rate first, like your credit card. E - Elevate your mood by saving more It’s not easy to uplift your mood these days while economy downgrades, fuel price hikes and financial uncertainties are hanging over your head. But, don’t you think you need to worry a bit less about things that you can’t control and rather get your own micro-economy going? You can create your own mini-economy by starting to save some of your hard-earned cash and in the long run, lots of it. Start by re-examining your budget again and see where you can cut on unnecessary expenses to grow your savings. You can also make use of phone apps like Unsplurge and Spending Tracker to assist you with your savings’ goals – making it easier along your ‘savings way’. E - Evaluate your lifestyle Have you been keeping up with the Joneses lately? Remember an appearance is what it is – an appearance. What about being your unique self this year? Be careful not to compare your lifestyle to someone else’s. Take a look at your current needs and live within your means from now on. Also, . . .
As wonderful and as fun as exploring new recipes can be, cooking enthusiasts are constantly tasked to be as creative when looking for energy-saving ideas as they are when whipping up a new bite to eat. One of the best ways to maximise your cooking efforts is to be mindful. When you use energy-efficient cooking appliances and change the way you prepare food, you’re already making a noticeable difference. The modern-day family can make an even bigger difference in greening their plate through cooking efficiently than by eating local, sustainable goods. Not to mention, this will translate into some wonderful savings for you and your family. It is highly recommended that any kitchen appliance that requires electricity to operate is evaluated to ensure that it’s as efficient as possible. Bosch’s Serie 8 Built-in Multifunction Oven is the perfect solution to oven-cooking, as it offers minimal eco-energy consumption per cycle. It also has a 4D heat function that evenly distributes heat for perfect results, on any level. (And the good news is that if you purchase yours through the #CookLikeABosch campaign, you will get a food processor absolutely free!) Here are some important energy-wise tips to remember when cooking: Use kitchen appliances wisely and keep them clean This one is a no-brainer but we still leave the fridge door open, re-boil the kettle and switch on our dishwashers. None of these appliances are an issue if used sparingly and wisely. From your slow cooker to the microwave, oven, fridge and more, comparing your range with the most efficient items on the market is well-worth your time. Another energy-saving tip is to ensure that you keep your appliances clean. When a burner, oven door or any other appliance element fills up with food waste, it absorbs heat which reduces the burner efficiency. Make sure that you take these tips and research them according to the appliance, to ensure that you’re doing everything to not have any appliance work . . .
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