Autumn. That golden season that’s had poets and songwriters wax lyrical for centuries. It’s a time when our world goes warm and toasty and summer brights make way for reds and amber and orange hues. It’s a time when it seems almost as if nature is holding its breath, waiting peacefully for whatever comes next. As do we. We start thinking about getting our homes comfortable and warm before the chill of winter sets in. We start spending more time indoors as our days end just a little bit sooner. And it’s in autumn, especially, that the many benefits of shutters from Plantation Shutters® are underscored. Because they not only offer you privacy and security, they also welcome in the sunshine and then, as the evening turns chilly, keep the warmth from escaping again. They also offer great thermal insulation keeping the warm air inside when the outdoor temperature drops. Plantation Shutters specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed Timber, Aluminium and Security Plantation Shutters that give insulation from the cold by adding an extra layer of warmth and protection from the elements during the colder months. Mind you, they do the same in summer when they minimise the need for expensive air-conditioning, while adding visual appeal and beauty to your home. And, should you live in an area that gets really windy, rest assured the shutters are rigid and won’t rattle in the breeze, while still allowing light and air to flow freely when you choose to open them. Offering an unparalleled lead time of 21 working days, with a five-year guarantee on the timber shutters and 10 and 12 years on the aluminium and security shutters, Plantation Shutters know exactly how to keep you warm and cosy in the cold months, and cool and refreshed when it’s hot outside. So, why not add something special to your home this autumn and make the most of this golden time? www.plantation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
The Vintage Ideas market is happening at Simondium’s Country Lodge from 25-28 April and this year visitors will be wowed by the incredible array of vintage and vintage-inspired items. The care taken in showcasing authentic, hand-crafted goods sets Vintage Ideas apart from other markets. The theme of Vintage Travel has inspired products that not only recall the glamour days of travel in clothing, accessories and travel gear, but also the enchanting mementoes and produce that still inspire décor, gardening and culinary trends today. Exhibitors are travelling from far and wide to bring visitors a touch of the mysterious. Think fashion, accessories, plants, exotic flavours and spices. Quintessentially inspired by global trends across centuries, nothing speaks vintage as much as ceramics. But what to do with a cherished piece of ceramic from gran’s trousseau or the remaining pieces from mom’s Sunday best that is cracked or chipped? Consulting Dr Porcelain during Vintage Ideas is just the answer. Professional ceramics restorer and conservator Alida Vermeulen is travelling all the way from Murraysberg in the Great Karoo to be at this year’s market. Alida is a well-respected artisan and regularly works on Moorcroft, Delft, Limoge, Rosenthal, Foley, Spode, Lladro, Dresden, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, unmarked European and eastern pieces. She will do short presentations on ceramic restoration, identify pieces and give valuations. Bring along your treasured teapots, figurines and other damaged heirlooms for a professional evaluation and a quote for the restoration of these items – and whether it will be worth it. Flowers always brighten up any home and Blomlief definitely speaks the floral language. Find exceptional floral designs featuring gorgeous local cut flowers before blooming season comes to an end. Exquisitely vibrant end-of-season dahlias and other autumn garden flowers will add that much needed pop of colour to your home or make the perfect . . .
Defending champion Reynard Butler will be using the East Rand Classic road cycle race next weekend to kick-start his year after a somewhat disrupted beginning to the season. The popular Johannesburg event over 98km, formerly known as the Emperors Palace Classic, takes place in Kempton Park on Sunday, April 28, and offers an ideal opportunity for the sprint specialists to show their prowess. A year ago Butler, who rides for ProTouch, pipped Ryan Harris and Clint Hendricks in the perennial dash for the line, continuing a season which brought him six podium finishes in major races. The early part of this year has not run as smoothly, but the 31-year-old Butler said they were eager to get a win under their belts. "Personally it's been a bit up and down because I crashed out when racing in Gabon earlier in the year and had to withdraw due to injuries," he said. "I wasn't really in top form at the Takealot Tour of Good Hope or the Cape Town Cycle Tour and I have just got back from the race in Morocco (Tour du Maroc) where I had to pull out due to illness. So it's been a rocky start for me personally. "But the team has been doing really well and we will obviously be aiming for the top spot next week. "It's always good to get a win under the belt because that boosts your confidence, and with the guys in good form we are positive about a good outcome." Butler acknowledged they would have to be on point with their tactics due the fast nature of the course, but said they were prepared for that. "There are one or two sections of the course where the wind can affect things, but most of the teams know what goes down on the day and it usually does come down to a bunch sprint. "So it's important to have a good lead-out in the closing stretch to ensure you get your sprinter into the right position for the finish." Women's champion Kim le Court, riding for Demacon MaxWax Racing, is targeting a hat-trick of titles as she strives to continue a . . .
As the long-awaited April holidays approach, many of us are getting ready for road trips and holiday travels. Taking care of our eyes during this time is never really a priority, but eye care should never be neglected, especially during long road trips when our eyes are exposed to extended drive time, harsh UV rays and lights. Wearing the right type of lenses to suit this environment is imperative, and as such, Vision Works is sharing their Top 5 eye care tips for travel: Keep Your Eyes Clean – After a long day or night of travelling, it is never a good idea to fall asleep with contacts or cosmetics on. Eyes are more likely to be susceptible to infection and soreness if they are not cleaned. Carry makeup remover with you, as well as a bottle of eye drops to help relieve your weary eyes. Wear Proper Sunglasses – Protecting your eyes from the sun does not mean only doing so while outside in the sun; this should also be a consideration while you are driving on the roads as well. UV rays shine down year round and can affect your eyes negatively. To combat this, invest in good quality polarised lenses. Care for Contacts Properly – The last thing you want to do is go on a trip with a pair of contacts that should have been thrown away two months ago. Before you begin your travels, make sure you have new contacts or enough replacements for your disposable lenses. Be sure to have a backup pair of glasses with you as well, just so you have the choice of giving your eyes a break if needed. Because you’ll be away from your normal routine, make sure that you do extra diligence to remember when to switch out old contacts for a new set. Bring Your Prescription – This really is a big pre-planning step that many travelers do not think of when it comes to caring for their eyes. If you bring your prescription with you, then you are one-step ahead of the game if you lose your contacts or break your glasses. Drink Water – Keeping your eyes properly hydrated is . . .
ENERGY minister Jeff Radebe praised the renewable energy sector’s contribution to socio-economic development as he officially opened the doors to a custom-built R4-million library for residents of the impoverished Sea Vista community in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday. Radebe was invited as a guest of Kouga Wind Farm, which provided the funds to construct the state-of-the-art facility, and Kouga Municipality, which made the land available and will manage the library as part of its community services portfolio. Delivering his keynote address, Radebe said that renewable energy was here to stay. “It is the policy of our government and renewable energy is going to save the world.” Radebe said the current challenges faced by Eskom “would have been worse”, were it not for the contribution from independent power producers such as Kouga Wind Farm, which contributes more than 280 gigawatts of electricity to the national grid per year. He said, as energy minister, he was determined to push forward the growth of the renewable energy sector to “not only fire up our energy but also to develop the communities where these projects are based.” The minister called on the Sea Vista community to take ownership of the library as a community asset which would help to break the cycle of poverty. “Education is the future for our children and a library is the fountain of knowledge in a community. “Treasure it and be its protectors because our children will depend on it to improve themselves,” said Radebe. Kouga Wind Farm’s community liaison officer, Trevor Arosi, said the library was a tangible and sustainable symbol of the wind farm’s commitment to development through education. Arosi said the three-year project had created 96 jobs during construction, injecting direct wages of R1.4 million into Sea Vista and that a further R1.3 million was spent on local procurement of materials. He said St Francis Bay residents and the local Rotary Club had embraced the . . .
Dynamic Technologies has acquired IndigoCube Dynamic Technologies, among South Africa’s premiere software and services organisations, has acquired IndigoCube. IndigoCube is a specialist innovation and software business that develops skills, transforms processes, and provides the world’s best technologies to enable innovation and business agility so businesses can more efficiently adapt to market demands in the digital age. “Dynamic Technologies aims to be the foremost software and services business in South Africa,” says CEO, Chris Wilkins. “We invest in people, companies, and technologies. IndigoCube brings a strong consulting, education and training component to the group that we want to develop with our experience and insight. Our goal is to ensure we provide innovative education in South Africa in support of the digital economy.” “Dynamic Technologies offers many opportunities IndigoCube can embrace, such as the global footprint, the business administration synergies, strategic initiative, and the powerful reputation that positions IndigoCube for growth,” says MD, Ziaan Hattingh. Dynamic Technologies was established in 2004 by the founders of DVT, the largest company in the group of what are now 12 companies. The organisation offers a wide range of solutions to global enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), and start-ups. “Investing in people is the mainstay of the business,” says Wilkins. “Our leadership and professionals are among the brightest in the industry and we have bolstered that capability in acquiring IndigoCube.” Skills development and training, including internships, learnerships, graduate programmes and apprenticeships form a key component of the Dynamic Technologies Group. “IndigoCube leverages the most advanced thinking in Agile, DevOps, digital innovation, product experimentation, cyber security, and application development to prepare organisations for the digital economy,” says Hattingh. “We combine . . .
The Takealot Jock Classic, one of South Africa’s oldest road races, will offer a number of options when cyclists take the opportunity to stretch their muscles in mid-winter in Mpumalanga. Covering a distance of 155km, this event offers a unique package in which the overall distance is divided into three stages, all taking place on the same day – July 13. This deviates from the normal practice in cycling, where one-day races traditionally cover a distance around the 100km mark. But race organisers ASG Events are making sure that nobody gets left out this year by catering for various choices within the feature event, which takes place in Nelspruit, White River and Sabie. “We have decided this year to offer three options to those who want to compete in one of the country’s classics,” said ASG chief executive Erick Oosthuizen. “So this year you can do all three stages, for which we will naturally have the overall champions, or you can do the last two stages, or just the last stage. We feel this will cater for most riders.” However, there is a built-in incentive if you ride in two or three stages, because these come with meals, he added. The stages will cover 48km, 45km and 62km respectively and there will be starting times for each leg. Oosthuizen also said they would again have a junior men’s category, which was introduced for the first time last year. “We are keeping that because we would very much like to support cycling development and this fits in with our views and objectives.” Coming at a time of the year when the event calendar is not that full he felt it was an ideal opportunity to get in some decent winter training. “Fortunately, the weather is so good in the Lowveld that it is not a problem, while the race offers a unique challenge in incorporating three stages in one day. “Of course, the format of the event does throw up a few challenges, but it’s a great day out on the bike and you can learn a lot about your own . . .
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Madibaz artistic swimmer Courtney Musson continues to impress in the national arena. She returned from the national championships in Durban last week with a haul of six medals - one gold and five silvers. The 24-year-old Nelson Mandela University student was part of the Eastern Cape artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronised swimming) team which competed in the event. She was delighted with her results and is now waiting on tenterhooks to find out if she will be included in the South African team to compete in the World Championships to be held in South Korea in July. "I was extremely happy with how I performed in my events, especially in my individual events," said the human movement science masters student. "I did, however, narrowly miss out on a gold in my technical duet event with my partner Nina Smith (from Port Elizabeth), but we were still satisfied with our silver as we have only been swimming together in this category for less than a year." Musson, who went to school at Erica Primary and Collegiate High, admitted to a degree of nervousness going into the championships. "I specialise in the individual events, also known as a solo, which includes a technical solo category and free solo category," she explained. "The technical routines are the most difficult category for the soloist as they incorporate movements that all the athletes have to perform within their routine. We are judged on how well these movements are executed. "The technical solo was one of my toughest routines that I had to perform at competition and previously, in December at our national club competition, I did not meet one of the criteria in the routine. "This drove me to improve on this aspect for the national competition." Adding to the pressure was the possibility of making the team for the World Championships. "The SA nationals also served as a platform for final selection for the world event," added Musson. "This was the second round of trials . . .
Epoq Legal (South Africa), a pioneer of online legal services, is proud to announce the launch of JusDraft. JusDraft is a real-time, online legal document drafting tool designed for South African non-profit organisations who need to create court forms, contracts, wills and more without the need for an attorney. According to Statistics South Africa there are 120,227 registered NPOs in South Africa. 94.7% of these serve the communities in which they are based, and 40,8% of these are classified as social services. These organisations operate in a demanding world where delays and costs involved in traditional document drafting can have a serious impact on the well-being of end users. JusDraft was created to help deliver vital services, completely free of charge. The JusDraft platform is designed to be quick and easy for non-legal professionals to use and is packaged with an accompanying law guide written in plain English, a selection of legal infographics, a range of self-help video tutorials, and a 24/7/365 telephone legal advice helpline. All NPO’s have to do to start drafting almost immediately is sign up at www.jusdraft.co.za. Emile Gerber, Chief Operating Officer of Epoq Legal (South Africa) says, “South Africa is home to around 57.7 million people, many of whom can’t afford or don’t have access to legal services, and vulnerable people in particular are reliant on non-profit organisations who in turn partner with law firms and other institutions in order to make advice or legal services available. In the world we live in today, with the population expanding and the poverty gap widening, innovation in the legal tech space is key to reaching a broader percentage of the population.” In collaboration with various organisations, JusDraft offers document drafting and ancillary services in the areas of family law, criminal law, debt and employment/ labour matters. The service will expand to include aspects of property, motoring and more; and will become . . .