Action and fun down at Willard beach for day two of the Billabong Junior Series in Ballito Durban. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series Ballito - Images From Day Two Of Competition. here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
Willard Beach, Ballito, 29 June 2017: Many of the country’s top ranked junior surfers tumbled out of contention on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel as the inconsistent, peaky head-high waves at Willard Beach in Ballito played havoc with their heat strategies, leading to major upsets. A total of six of the top eight WSL Africa ranked junior men were eliminated from the event on Wednesday while only one of the top 10 junior women has reached the last four. Both the defending event champions, Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Zoe McDougall (HAW), slipped through to the final day of competition after finishing second in their respective quarterfinal heats today. And they face the same opponents who relegated them to runner-up berths in the one-on-one format for the semi-finals. Masencamp produced a great comeback to grab second spot from Luke Malherbe (East London) with a ride that connected all the way to the beach in the dying seconds of their heat. He will be up against red hot Brazilian Samuel Pupo who has posted the highest scores in the event so far with his huge range of high risk aerial manoeuvres. The other junior men’s semi will see current No 8 ranked Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) get the chance to force his way into contention for a spot in the four man squad to represent the Africa region at the World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championships in Australia in January if he can get past former SA U16 champion Ethan Fletcher. Fletcher eliminated rankings leader and fellow Kommetjie resident Jake Elkington to earn a place in the semis for the first time this year. “This break can be difficult and the tide was quite high so there weren’t a lot of waves coming though. I made one or two mistakes and didn’t get the waves I needed but I’ve learnt from what happened in that heat and will work on making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Elkington explained. “After three wins I’ll still stay at the top of the rankings . . .
The NMMU-Madibaz karate squad will be protecting a proud record when they take on their student rivals in the University Sport South Africa tournament in Pretoria from Friday. After finishing as the champions from 2010 to 2015, Madibaz were the runners-up last year and martial arts manager Bernard Petersen said they would definitely be looking for a place at the top again. "We have done considerably well over the last seven years, but we know the competition will be extremely tough this time," he said of the tournament to be hosted by Tshwane University of Technology from Friday to Sunday. "We have a number of new karatekas in our squad and we are aiming at least for a top-three berth." Even with a degree of inexperience in their squad, Petersen said the reputation they had built up over the last decade would stand them in good stead in their objective to make another big impact on the week. While acknowledging that the varsity exams provided a challenge to their preparations, he said the squad had been practising diligently to make sure they were in top shape for the event. "Sensei Lucky Maxama, who is one of the top karatekas at NMMU, has worked very hard to prepare the students," he said. "It will be his first year as a coach, after previously being a student, and he and the squad are looking forward to the challenge. Currently they are in a camp fine-tuning their preparations." Petersen said they would be sending 15 full contact karatekas and three semi-contact exponents to the tournament. "We are trying to promote semi-contact on the campus. The difficulty is that there are so many styles in semi-contact, so it does pose a challenge." He added that with full contact there was only one style and the Madibaz teams had excelled in that discipline over the years. Petersen identified Eastern Cape neighbours Walter Sisulu and Fort Hare as teams who would be among their strongest challengers, while he pinpointed several Madibaz stars . . .
July 2017 – The 5-star family owned and operated, Kurland Hotel, outside Plettenberg Bay, is proud to announce the completion of its soft refurbishment and celebrates the same with a new 2017 winter package. The refurbishment consists of exquisite fine linens in all the suites, including the children’s lofts, plush carpets throughout, paintwork and refreshed landscaping of the substantial gardens also include the appropriate planting of sweet peas and pansies to assist with the transition period of the roses coming in to bloom in the summer months. Sweet peas are also significant due to the new look Spa, managed by ‘Sweetpea Spa’ of Plettenberg Bay now offering an extensive menu of treatments and products for all the family to enjoy. As a result, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa once again graded Kurland Hotel as a 5-star family hotel and destination. The Executive Chef has created new culinary options, which includes the ever-popular Kurland High Tea (Café Complet), which can be enjoyed snuggled up by the roaring fires in the Homestead or alfresco in the courtyard or on the verandah. Adding to this is a new extensive breakfast menu, the new Kurland curry options and fine dining lunch and dinner menu. To celebrate the refurbishment, Kurland has created a ‘Stay 4 Pay 3’ package – stay four nights and pay for only three nights per couple sharing. The winter and 2018 rates have also been released and can be obtained directly from the hotel. Comments owner Peter Behr, “Fortunately we were not affected by the recent fires in the area and our thoughts go out to those that were. We chose to do the soft refurbishments during the winter months as more and more families are exploring the Garden Route in search of quality time together and we really wanted to offer a fresh new look. Plus the moderate climate Plettenberg Bay is known for makes it an ideal location for family activities.” Mountain biking, horse riding or languid walks on the extensive . . .
Having enjoyed great success in launching the Cape Town City Football Club and working with urban property developer, Blok, to build the company’s corporate identity, shake up the local real estate marketing game and recently, introduce a new sub-brand called Blok Raw, North LTD has now added the appointment of Gavin Williams as the agency’s Creative Director and Copywriter to its list of winning moves. Founded by Olivier van der Schroeff and Mike Bond in June 2014, North LTD is a multi-disciplined agency that is constantly looking to develop simple, smart, relevant design and marketing solutions for its local and international clientele. Over the past three years, the agency has grown, particularly on the design side, which has seen it attract a diverse range of clients – most of whom have been through word of mouth. Williams’ expertise in advertising has seen him progress from copywriter at The Jupiter Drawing Room to Creative Director at FoxP2. In 2014 he went on to direct commercials for the likes of Volkswagen, Burger King, Allan Grey and Nedbank as well as to work on various creative projects, mainly with North. His work has won awards from around the world including Cannes, One Show and D&AD along with a slew of Loeries locally. In addition, he has written on a number of subjects for an array of publications such as GQ, Top Gear UK, The Times of London, Sports Illustrated, FHM and Signature magazine. Williams was also one of the first South Africans to star on MTV worldwide with a role in the Crazy Monkey series of TV spots parodying the American reality show, Jackass. Bond shares: “Gavin has already had so much influence in shaping this company. His extraordinary command of the English language, combined with his fanatical attention to detail and obsession with writing and design, make him ideal for the role. He has had a hand in almost every piece of work we've done over the past three years - he's an integral part of Blok’s campaigns and . . .
Au pairing has evolved into a full-blown career in South Africa, in response to a consistent increase in the demand for qualified childcare professionals. “With the growth in the South African middle class, and the increasing number of households where both parents work full-time or where there is only one parent, many people are seeking out the services of au pairs to take care of their children, from babies and toddlers to high school learners,” says Nomawabo May, Team Leader: Student Advisor Department at Oxbridge Academy. She says that although there has always been a demand for babysitters and nannies, the difference now is that people seek out dedicated au pairs for their children, demand a minimum level of competence and qualification, and are prepared to pay accordingly. Additionally, professional au pairs often make it clear in their CVs that the field is not a side-job or an additional income generator, but a dedicated career choice. “Au pairing can be a very satisfying career, and can provide a good, sustainable income,” notes May. She says the increase in demand for qualified au pairs has led to the growth of an entire supporting industry, with au pair placement services and online support systems, and even apps, blossoming across the country. Although salaries vary depending on qualifications, experience, the specific placement, and working hours, an au pair working 8 hours, Monday to Friday, can expect a salary in the region of R13 000. Regular hourly rates are around R80 per hour during the day, and around R160 per hour for overnight care, while driving duties are remunerated at about R110 per hour. If tutoring is provided, the au pair is remunerated at about R155 per hour. May says that enrolment figures at Oxbridge Academy, which caters to 20 000 students annually and is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing distance learning institutions, have shown a consistent increase in people seeking au pair training and Educare . . .
The debt collection industry is recognized by most people as of the oldest professions and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. This industry has overcome more challenges than any other industry, particularly as we’ve had to evolve from relatively uncertain origins. It should come as no surprise then that today it is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Over the years a lot has been about the legal, regulatory and strategic comings and goings of the debt collection industry, however very little has been said about the modern technologies and disruptive impact this is having on the traditional credit and collection industries in South Africa. Trade Conferences International – South Africa’s leading financial conference organisers – will be hosting the annual Debt Collection Conference 2017 with speaking companies such as Credit Intel, Experian, Shackleton & Mohapi Attorneys, Debt Rescue, Consumer Profile Bureau, Tshepo Mohapi Law, Octagon Business Solutions, Callforce and many more. This event aims to equip attendees with the correct knowledge and updated strategies for the debt collection industry, including information about legal and regulations impacts, customer engagement, technology affecting the industry, strategies to improve ROI, risk assessment methods and consumer credit management. This year’s event with a revamped programme offers a comprehensive and multi-faceted programme relevant to all professionals in the credit risk and debt collection industry. We invite all professionals dealing with credit risk, debt recover and collection from both the banking and non-banking industries as well as service providers to attend this high powered event. The Debt Collection Conference will take place on 6 & 7 September 2017 at Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In Africa, banking the unbanked remains a pressing need. Roughly 700 million people in Africa are financially excluded – denied economic citizenship. Discussions on the issue beg the same question, time and again: why aren’t traditional banks offering mobile solutions to potential customers who desperately need it? The American Bankers Association claims it costs between $150 USD and $250 USD to open an individual bank account through tradition channels. Over more than a decade, around the world, it’s been proven that alternative, disruptive technology such as mobile and branchless banking can reduce this cost dramatically, to less than 10% of the original amount. While remaining compliant with local regulations. Between 2011 and 2014, banks opened over 700 million accounts for the previously unbanked – which goes largely unrecognised – yet so much more can and should be done. Playing to problem-solve It may be pertinent to look beyond service offerings from banks to another obstacle thwarting the growth of mobile banking in Africa: the exorbitant price of data. Handsets are status symbols at the lower end of the market. People naturally migrate and upgrade from a feature phone to a smartphone as soon as they’re financially able. Without access to data, the functionality of these smartphones is rendered useless. This brings to light the futility of banks in offering mobile banking via application-based platforms. Without Wi-Fi or data, the functionality is inaccessible. And you don’t have to be an expert in topography or technology to know vast parts of the African continent remain unconnected. The areas that do offer connections often come hand-in-hand with sky-high data prices and are typically reserved for the urban areas – not rural areas or the locations of the mass unbanked. The view of some that USSD is dead may well be misplaced in light of these considerations. As a FinTech and financial service innovator, WIZZIT International is . . .
Fan favourites include DIY, adventure, and gardens galore at the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. With so much happening at this year’s ECR House & Garden show, we thought it prudent to take a moment to assure regulars that the house specials are on the menu – bigger, better and fresher than ever – and to give newcomers a taste of what’s to come. Back by popular demand are the Builders DIY Pavilion, the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, and The Gardener Pavilion. Those with a need for a need to explore will find it at the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and featuring 80 exhibitors covering destinations, venues, resorts and travel operators, all waiting to entice you into doing something wild and unforgettable. Did we mention the array of specials and competitions? Did we mention prizes of stays at international resorts and game lodges? For those with the itch to fix it, build it or improve it, the Builders DIY Pavilion features more than 40 suppliers offering a range of amazing show specials. While you’re there, improve your painting techniques under the guidance of the Fired Earth team. Those with green thumbs should make a beeline for The Gardener Pavilion, featuring food gardening by Just Berries and The Orchard, a bonsai display by Legacy and Garden Décor, and an incredible veggie garden sponsored by Mayford Seeds. Be sure to check out The Gardener shop, filled with amazing gardening goodies including plants, garden care, seed, indoor plants and loads more. Don’t miss these firm favorites plus the usual great deals from a variety of exhibitors including Hirsch’s, huge competitions and so much more. The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, themed ‘Refresh your space inside and out’, is on from 30 June – 9 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets from R60-R85, under-12s free, available from iTickets. housegardenshow.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Linden Winter Warmer invites you to take a trip around the world with your taste buds when four unique restaurants at 32, 7th Street, Linden, in association with The Corner Shop, serve you their speciality cuisine under the stars on Friday, 30 June, 18:30 at the Linden Winter Warmer. The four participating restaurants include A la Bouffe, El Jalapeno, Hashi, and Ritual Café, serving their specialities. For R250 you get a main course and a dessert from each of them – and even a welcome glass of Gluwhein. Each of the four restaurants will be collaborating to create a tasting menu for diners to sample their signature dishes. You can expect the following dishes to be served alongside each other for your dining experience. A la Bouffe Choucroute Valrhona Dark Chocolate Mousse El Jalapeno Chili Con Carne Churro & Chocolate Hashi Fusion Sushi Udon Japanese Noodle Banana & Chocolate Springroll Ritual Cafe Lamb Meatballs Fig & Port Ice-cream Meals will be served alongside each other as a tasting menu followed by desserts. Beverages will be at your own expense. The #LindenWinterWarmer affords diners an opportunity to experience four unique cuisines while supporting four local chef owned restaurants. I think it is important that Johannesburgers support the local restaurant economy. Edward Chamberlain-Bell | Lifestyle Blogger & Publicist A la Bouffe is a family run restaurant providing French Cuisine to Johannesburg, prepared by multi-award winning French Chef Patron, Romuald Denesle, using locally supplied produce. Chef Romuald Denesle has worked under Marc Chalopin at Charlot Roi des Coquillages and at Louis Grondard’s two-star Michelin Restaurant, Drouant before moving to the UK where he worked as Sous Chef at the Michelin starred restaurant Fleur de Sel, Dalhousie Castle and Senior Sous Chef at Ardeonaig Hotel on Loch Tay. He brings his French flair and experience to Johannesburg for all patrons . . .