Whilst on a morning Whale and Dolphin Watching cruise with Port Elizabeth based AB Marine on Tuesday 14 April 2019, Marine Biologist Eirik Grønningsæter, photographed two Bottlenose Dolphins in great distress. The Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Operator had been cruising along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and had just viewed a large pod of Bottlenose off of Summerstand's Pollok Beach. The literally hundreds of dolphins ranging up and down that stretch of coast kept guests enthralled as the youngsters came closer and adults jumped for the joy of living. A little bit further out to sea towards Cape Recife a smaller pod of dolphins were ranging in circles around one particular spot. It would only be later that evening that Eirik would discover why this small pod was acting in a strange manner and not moving on to join the larger pod near Bird Rock...... Back at the Guest House biologist Eirik Grønningsæter downloaded the hundreds of photographs from the day and zoomed in to a few to see a very disturbing sight. At least two of the Bottlenose Dolphins in the pod that had been acting strangely and swimming in circles had been entangled in fishing lines and were badly injured. The assumption is that these two dolphins had become entangled in the fishing line and that the line in turn had become entangled in the reef below where the dolphins had been swimming when spotted. The panicked dolphins must then have cut into their dorsal fins in successful attempts to free themselves from the reef. In the images one can see how fishing line has cut into a large part of one dolphin's dorsal and how almost 60% of one others dorsal fin has been cut away - surely a massive fatal injury. Erik, is a Biologist and part of the film crew documenting the state of the Sardine Run with Expert-Tours and the Ocean Geographic Society, was visibly shocked to see the state of injuries to these Bottlenose Dolphins. An AB Marine spokeperson said; "If we in Port . . .
Following an extensive 8-month, multimillion Rand revamp, motorists passing through KwaZulu-Natal, can now experience modern and inviting convenience facilities when traveling along the N3, both North and Southbound. Engen Tugela 1Stop, which operates 24/7, is centrally located between Johannesburg and Durban, 2km from the Tugela Toll Plaza towards Durban. Serving commuters and holidaymakers, the site is perfectly positioned as a gateway to the majestic Drakensberg mountains which are visible from the site. The new-look petrol station, which first opened to the public at the end of 2018 were officially launched on the 7 May 2019. Both North and Southbound offer quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm, with ease of access and fast and efficient service for commuters. Other facilities include for truck, taxi and bus drivers include bathroom facilities with showers, a kitchen, braai and rest area. “We wanted to provide a rest area for drivers, who often have to travel many hours over long distances,” say directors of Engen Tugela 1Stop, Izak Bam and Frans Mabena. “These drivers are often responsible for transporting valuable cargo, the most important being passengers and we take pride that we can provide a special break area for all these drivers. We believe that a happy and well rested driver is a good driver. So we want to ensure that all drivers who stop at Engen Tugela 1Stop are happy when they get back onto the highway.” Customers can also enjoy a diverse range of convenience services, including an Engen Quickshop, Wimpy, Corner Bakery and, in a first for the Engen 1Stop, a KFC. There is also a secure Absa ATM available inside the main building. “We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patience and incredible support over the past 8 months, during the revamp. Customers can now enjoy the pristine restroom facilities which have doubled in size from the original facilities. The sites also . . .
Sighting of unbridled Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay Survivor, the free spirited wine range inspired by the hardy indigenous Nguni cow, has released its Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2018 after a complete sell-out of previous vintages. This is good news for adventurous Chardonnay lovers who prefer the unpredictability and unbridled expression of naturally fermented wines. Fermented in new 500L French oak barrels using only naturally occurring yeasts, the 2018 vintage rewards with oatmeal and lime leaping from the glass followed by invigorating layers of citrus on the palate. The wine shows excellent oak integration after maturing in barrel for 11 months. “Our Chardonnay owes its unrestrained character, structure and fullness to the use of wild yeasts rather than commercially produced versions,” says winemaker Ben Snyman, who believes this is the way all wines should be made. The beautifully textured Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2018 is a superb white wine to enjoy on cooler days, but above all, it is an excellent food wine all year round. Snyman recommends serving the wine with veal or pork, creamy butternut or rich seafood dishes. Survivor takes its name from the tale of a fearless Nguni cow that jumped off an open bakkie while being transported from one Swartland farm to another, landing unscathed in the middle of a vineyard. A metaphor for brave choices, the story of the Nguni cow continues to inspire this intrepid wine range from Overhex Wines International. Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2018 is available at selected outlets countrywide and sells at the cellar door price of R175. For online purchases visit www.survivorwines.com. Follow @survivorwines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
National Bee Day – Monday 20 May 2019 You need bees, your garden needs bees – if we are all to eat and survive, the world needs bees! Why? Because these busy little creatures are the pollinators of more than a third of all our food crops and about 90% of wild flowers, ensuring they survive, thrive and flourish. However, at home and abroad, bee populations are on a rapid decline. So with World Bee Day coming up May 20th, here’s what you can do to SAVE THE BEE. First and foremost, make sure that your garden, potted patio, balcony or yard is filled with the plants that will supply them with what they need – forage or bee food. For bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range. The forage sources for honey bees are an important consideration for beekeepers. If you’re not sure which plants are bee-friendly, download Candide, the FREE, social and eco-conscious gardening app that will tell you which plants are most bee-welcoming. “If there’s one species more than any other that you’d call the gardeners best friend …,” says Candide’s Shani Krige, “… it’s the bee. Through their intuitive cross pollination system they keep alive a whole range of plants from flowers and shrubs to vegetables, herbs and trees. And it’s this variety, this biodiversity that creates a healthy environment that can support all living things – great, small and tiny. In Nature everything is connected one way or another and the bee is the single most vital connector.” According to Krige there are many plants that bees love, often with brightly coloured and scented flowers. “On the app, in the DISCOVER section you’ll find information about the best bee attracting plants to have in your garden, starting with Aloes, Vygies, Daisies, Proteas, Ericas, Cape Honeysuckle, Plectranthus, Sagewood, Sweet thorn (Acacia), Lavender and Rosemary,” says Krige. You’ll also find lots of bee facts, learn how to make a bee Bait box – and meet a whole . . .
The feature three-stage option in the Takealot Jock Classic road race remains the popular choice among cyclists for this year's event, which will take place in Mpumalanga on July 13. Even with shorter options on offer for the Takealot Jock Classic road race in July, the feature event of doing three stages in one day remains the popular choice for most cyclists. This is the view of ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen after the race organisers announced last month that riders could do one, two or three stages. The full distance for the July 13 race is 155km and will take place in Nelspruit, White River and Sabie in Mpumalanga. There are specific breaks for each stage, which adds to the challenge as cyclists have to go through the process of warming up for the next leg. Oosthuizen said there was plenty of interest in one of South Africa's longest-running races, even though it is still just more than two months away. "The entries are coming in steadily for all three distances, but the main interest is still in the feature three-stage event," he said. "But opening up the options for riders to do shorter distances has been a sound move. "For instance, I had a call this week from a guy in Australia who only wants to do two stages, so I think it caters for more types of riders." The unique challenge of learning how to manage three stages in one day remained a big incentive, added Oosthuizen. "It's a classic race in the Lowveld and the fact that it is one of the oldest events in the country underlines its popularity. "It really is a magical kind of riding experience. Although it's a bit cold in the early morning, the Lowveld winter provides the sort of warmth which allows you to find your rhythm pretty quickly." He reminded cyclists that the benefit of entering two or three stages would be that meals were included, which were so essential to maintaining your strength on the long haul. Many leading cyclists have won the Jock . . .
Competitors in the Liberty Waterberg Encounter will have a top-quality range of accommodation to choose from when the mountain-bike race is held near Bela-Bela in Limpopo next month. The three-day event takes place from June 7 to 9 and will provide riders with a memorable experience as they traverse trails through the farms of the region and bushveld terrain. ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said included in the overall package was luxury tented accommodation at one of South Africa’s prized bushveld destinations in the Elements Private Golf Estate. “This five-star rated race village adds great value to the entry package and has the additional perk of being the accommodation venue for the Friday and Saturday nights,” he said. “The first stage, which starts at the Sondela Nature Reserve, finishes at Elements and the second stage starts and finishes at the Golf Estate.” He emphasised the up-market nature of the tented accommodation. “This is certainly not your average camping tent, because it comes with comfortable beds and mattresses, white linen, soft duvets and pillows. “In addition, the tents will contain bedside tables, vanity mirrors, electric lanterns, blankets, carpets, waste-paper bins and chairs, so that should all add to the experience.” The accommodation package for the two nights includes the race entry fee and all meals while at the race village. Mindful of the fact that Bela-Bela is within comfortable driving distance of the major metropolitan areas of Pretoria and Johannesburg, Oosthuizen said they also offered the basic package, which excluded accommodation and all meals. “However, this does include breakfast and lunch on all race days and is obviously convenient for those who don’t require accommodation.” As with the Winelands Encounter, the Waterberg offers packages in both the team and solo categories. While emphasising the convenience of booking to stay at the Elements Private Golf Estate, Oosthuizen . . .
(Johannesburg April 2019) Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be cold outside to catch a cold, a summer cold is not a thing of the past. Similar to a winter cold, you will experience sneezing, runny nose, a fever and congestion among other symptoms. With the heat it becomes unbearable, soon you will be looking out at a perfectly sunny garden with a box of tissues in your hand. With the unbearable heat from a scorching sunny day or winter night, there is nothing worse than using a rough tissue when wiping your nose, leaving your nose dry and flakey. This is why Kleenex® have redesigned their Calendula range to include protective BalmCareTM as part of the new Kleenex® Balsam experience. The new Kleenex® Balsam tissues include extracts of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Calendula, giving you the superior soothing experience for the toughest colds. The Balsam tissue is part of the Kleenex® 3 Ply range. They are available in pocket size for convenient access and in a box for everyday use in the office and at home. The tissues are designed to leave behind a micro-fine layer of calendula, a balm which soothes the nose and helps prevent it from becoming sore and red, ideal for when you have a cold or hay fever. “You can now enjoy the pleasures of not worrying about a dry and flakey nose around your friends and family knowing that Kleenex® has your toughest colds covered. With Balsam infused tissues available make sure you have your Kleenex® tissues wherever you go,” says Li-Anne Hide, Family Care Marketing Manager from Kimberly Clark. By having a mixture of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Calendula, infused in the Balsam pack it doesn’t allow for the burning sensation, it soothes your skin and leaving you at your positive best. Kleenex® Balsam tissues are available from all leading retailers and pharmacies at a recommended selling price of R24.99. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Communications between industrial control devices have minimal protection today. This leaves them vulnerable to threats like malicious tampering and incidental system changes that can stop production or injure workers. New solutions from Rockwell Automation deliver built-in security based on globally accepted security standards to protect control-level communications and overall system integrity. “As the world’s leading company focused on combining industrial automation with digital technology, we’re uniquely positioned to help close security gaps in connected operations,” said Christo Buys, Business Manager – Control Systems, Rockwell Automation. “Our new offerings with built-in security deliver the industry’s best available protection of control-level traffic. This can give users confidence that the integrity of their systems and their device-to-device communications are protected from day one.” The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication module is among the first industrial devices to use the CIP Security protocol from ODVA. The protocol helps make sure only authorised devices are connected in industrial operations. It also helps prevent tampering or interference with communications between those devices. CIP Security is the first industrial automation protocol to support transport layer security (TLS), the most proven security standard available. In addition, the newly enhanced Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller is the world’s first controller to be certified compliant with today’s most robust control system security standard, IEC 62443-4-2. The standard defines the technical security requirements for industrial automation and control system components. This certification builds on the 2018 certification of the Rockwell Automation Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) to the IEC 62443-4-1 standard. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TASTING PLEASURES IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT HERMANUS FYNARTS WINE PLUS 2019 THE sixth Wine Plus programme – now a firm favourite of the dynamic Hermanus FynArts festival – takes a few new turns this year. Although each of the seven presentations is a well-worth stand-alone, the complete series is designed to bolster the overall theme of 2019: a closer look at the tasting pleasures of fine wine. This year Wine Plus has a new home and date slot. The presentations shift toward the end of the festival, from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, 15, as a kind of ‘wine long weekend’. The venue is new: The Wine Glass in the centre of town is finely-tuned to those pleasures we anticipate, and, with time slots of 11a.m. and 5p.m., geared to provide sustenance from their popular menu. Responding to requests from previous Wine Plus fans, and bearing in mind the arts festival rationale of FynArts, presentations will be finer tuned to provide patrons with instructive direction during the tasting-talks. Exploring the theme - the tasting pleasures of the fine art of wine – will involve a little educational next to the super samples that will be poured. The idea is to provide those not too familiar with the how and what with an introduction and guide of tasting and joy of wine today. To provide a glimpse on just how exciting contemporary South African wine is, the programme will offer ‘snapshots’ of three of today’s newsworthy regions and three varietal wines that define our unique winelands. Wine Plus is curated for its sixth iteration by Melvyn Minnaar, who was honoured last year by Veritas for his contribution to SA wine. Presenters comprise some of the movers and shakers in contemporary local wine. To start the series, who better than our own international Master of Wine, Cathy van Zyl? She returns from judging a few global competitions to share her passion in the first introductory tasting labelled “Discovering the Pleasure” on Thursday, 13th. Her choice of eight wines . . .
According to the African Business Excellence Awards 2019, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is the Best Luxury Modern Hotel & Spa in KwaZulu-Natal, and General Manager Sean Granger was thrilled! This was more than just testament to maintaining consistently high standards and putting guests first, he said. "We are delighted. This makes all the hard work during our recent renovations worth it. Winning this award is a great testament to our entire team, as without their efforts, winning an award like this would never be achievable." The African Business Excellence Awards provides an important opportunity to pinpoint excellence across a wide variety of industries and sectors that extend from energy, agriculture, mining and tourism to banking, technology and real estate development. Granger said it was a huge compliment to be regarded as a benchmark in the hospitality sector in the province. This, and the many other awards that have put Granny Mouse on the map, are not just seen as accolades but as a reason for staff to continue to go that extra mile and for guests to expect the very best that KZN has to offer. Other awards received by Granny mouse include The Eaves restaurant being chosen in the Eat Out Top 500 restaurants in South Africa for the third time, being voted the winner of Service Excellence- KwaZulu-Natal- South Africa in The Luxury Travel Guide Awards (Africa & Middle East Awards 2017) and being voted one of the best value accommodation destinations in Howick based on consistent and excellent rates offered to the guests that book through AccommoDirect.com. The resort also received a Certificate of Excellence for 2017 through AccommoDirect.com; Best Luxury Accommodation & Spa Resort in KZN as well as the Hospitality Manager of the Year 2017 for KZN in the Sub-Saharan Enterprise Awards 2017 hosted by MEA Markets and an Excellence in Service Award for 2017 by Corporate Magazine as part of their Travel & Tour Awards 2017, Best . . .