* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
In 1933, before the breakwater was completed it was the practice of the tugs of Messina Bros., Coles and Searle (Pty) Ltd., to ferry passengers to and from the liners which were anchored offshore in Algoa Bay. The last tug for the day was at 4:30 pm and passengers who missed this tug then had no choice but to either spend the night on board ship or in the bustling little city of Port Elizabeth. Out of this then came the opportunity for an enterprising Port Elizabethan by the name of Bredell who reasoned that he would be able to run an 'after hours' ferry service for passengers to the ships anchored in the Bay. He duly imported a vessel for this purpose but the Port Captain of the time refused to condone this venture. Port Captains were very aware of the South Easterly winds that sprung up without warning and which affected the lighter operations and offloading of cargo. Bredell then disposed of the vessel, named Bess (Port Elizabeth's nickname at the time was 'Little Bess'), to a Mr Nilsen who ketch-rigged and sailed her to the Bay to use for fishing and pleasure. This made the Bess the first deep keel yacht to be regularly sailed in Algoa Bay. For a long time a succession of Port Elizabeth Port Captains refused to allow yachting on the Bay. It is surmised that this was as they were conscious of the weather conditions and the fact that they were responsible for the safety of all souls and craft that sailed on the Bay. Unfortunately this also seriously retarded all deep sea yachting for many years. Soon after the Second World War in 1945, Arthur Rogers-Jenkins built and launched a 25-footer named Melody. The new Port Captain, Capt. WC Still, in consultation with the System Manager of the SAR&H, agreed to permit Melody to sail on the Bay provided that it was done in daylight hours, not further than Roman Rock Bellbuoy and in sight of the Harbour Signal Station at all times. As far as yachtsmen were concerned this was the proverbial breaking of the . . .
A little before Spring Day ten years ago Roger & Lisa Lucas made a major decision that would change their lives forever. Both had for many years worked in Johannesburg in the corporate world - Roger as the financial director of a subsidiary of a JSE listed company and Lisa as the PA to the CEO of another listed company. At that stage they also had a three year old daughter, Emma. They deliberated long and hard on how and where to invest their savings and, as Roger was involved in the hospitality industry their first thoughts were to buy into a franchise. After a few enquiries they decided against that, as they felt that would not really be a way of life with such a young daughter. A close friend who owned two guest houses in Port Elizabeth, suggested that they might want to consider buying a bed and breakfast or guest house, as he knew of a few on the market in Port Elizabeth. After a few visits to the Eastern Cape, no guest house had really attracted them. Some weeks later they were advised of another guest house in Summerstrand that had been put on the market. The owners were emigrating to Australia and wished to sell their property urgently. Once again Roger and Lisa went on another trip to Port Elizabeth, this time they were lucky and loved the Summerstrand Guest House, did the deal and bought the property which was an ideal size with a comfortable private house and 8 self-contained en-suite guest rooms. Suddenly they had to sell their house in Johannesburg and move quickly to Port Elizabeth with Granny and toddler. On 1 September 2007 they were thrown in the deep end to become owners of the Algoa Guest House in Summerstrand with absolutely no experience, other than knowing figures and how to deal with people. For the next five years Roger continued commuting to Johannesburg on Mondays and returning on Fridays, whilst Lisa somehow managed to run what has become a very successful business, as well as looking after Granny and daughter. Roger . . .
What would a PE Waterfront be without a Yacht Club? * Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 'arrear rental' * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying a sporting body rental of R150.00 per month prior to 2000, ever increasing rental demands - some increases as high as 61% - have led to the TNPA instituting legal action against the well known yacht club. With humble beginnings from a 'garage' the club has grown to it's present size after reclaiming 66% of what was then broken land, building a hard and slipway and then re-building a clubhouse after the devastating fire in 2006. ABYC's sole reason for existence is 'Foster an interest in Sailing'. To that end the yacht club hosts regattas and services dinghy and yacht owners. A number of high profile and world championships have been hosted by the ABYC - Lipton Cup, Algoa Bay Week, J22 World Championships, Hobie 16 World Championships, Mirror World Championships, Annual Vasco da Gama Ocean Race and the 5O5 World Championships. These serve to showcase and support Nelson Mandela Bay's claim as the Watersport Capital of South Africa. A succesful partnership with LoveLife between 2003 and 2006 saw over 600 pupils introduced to the sport with five being chosen to continue on a higher performance level. In 2006 the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) signed a lease for a three year period to 31 May 2009 with the Transnet National Ports Authority. With escalations the rent payable was R23 010.90 per month at the end of the period. The lease allowed for the 2009 renewal of the 3 083 square meters occupied by the club. In 2009 TNPA, in reponse to an enquiry by ABYC, renewed . . .
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South Africa's oldest ocean sailing race - the Vasco Da Gama will see the third and last (for now) running of the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth start on Thursday 27 April in Durban at midday. The straight line distance for this 46th edition of the race is 400 nautical miles (740 kilometres), which can increase somewhat if the wind is against the yachts sailing down the coast. The course for 2018 has yet to be announced. After a large fleet in 2016 it appears that the Cape to Rio race, the Mauritius to Durban race, the economy and the drought has played havoc with the entries this year with 11 entries received and only 7 boats competing after others withdrew for a variety of reasons. The Durban to PE course for the Vasco represents a tough race along the Wild Coast which continues to test the yachts, crews, navigators and skippers all the way to the finish. The larger yachts will go far offshore looking for the extra 4 or 5 knots advantage from the Agulhas Current which sweeps down Africa's east coast. The smaller yachts with smaller crew - like ABYC's lone entry, Wallbanger with four onboard - will zigzag down the coast hoping that the shorter distance and slower flowing current will be just the ticket to beat the other entrants. Flying the Algoa Bay Yacht Club flag on Wallbanger - a Simonis 35 foot Design - will be skipper John Tudehope with crew Alan Straton, Morgan Griffiths and Mark Dawson. For Tudehope and Straton this will be their third Vasco da Gama Race on Wallbanger and they will be aiming to emulate the 2015 race when they won the Dave Cox Memorial Trophy for 1st PHRF over the line. As the only representative of ABYC, Wallbanger are quite confident of receiving the trophy for the 1st ABYC boat on handicap. Point Yacht Club organiser of the Vasco da Gama race, Richard Crockett refers to the race as; "A navigator's race giving many choices of courses coupled with the wind direction and fast flowing Agulhas current presenting unknowns . . .
Port Elizabeth: TedxPortElizabeth is thrilled to announce its first salon event at Art on Target on Saturday 8 April from 14h00 to 16h00, with the theme “Truth or Dare.” The salon is dedicated to overturning stones and revealing hard truths about world issues. The theme “Truth or Dare” creates a platform for attendees to discuss the untold truths about Xenophobia and gender inequality in South Africa. Guest speaker, Siv Greyson - YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist - will share her experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.” Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia. A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos are shared with the community. TEDxPortElizabeth pride themselves in self-organized events fully planned independently on a community-by community basis that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.We are currently the only license holder of TEDx events in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. In Feb 2016 we hosted a TEDxLive event, which is a live stream of the TED2016 conference. Our theme for 2016: Through The Looking Glass. You may view our team members on our website: www.tedxportelizabeth.org.za Event Details: Where: Art on Target. 2 Target Kloof Road, Port Elizabeth Time: 14:00-16:00 Tickets: R50 Tickets are available at: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets YouTube: https://youtu.be/l8nkHl9Mesg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on "Truth or Dare" here: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEDxPLZ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tedxportelizabeth . . .