As the Madibaz prepare for what could be their last Varsity Netball match of the season, goal shooter Nolusindiso Twani said the team would not go down without a fight. The Port Elizabeth-based squad set out determined to finish in the top four, but a rollercoaster season means they will most likely finish fifth after three wins and three losses from six games. They suffered their third loss of the season against North-West University at home on Monday. They got off to a strong start on that occasion with little to separate the two sides initially, but, as the clock ticked on, things started to unravel for the girls from Nelson Mandela University and they went down 22-44. Despite the blow, Twani said they were determined to put on a good show in their next match against Stellenbosch University at the Coetzenburg Indoor Centre on Monday. "I think we've got a good chance to take it against Maties. We just need to keep our heads in the right place and go out there and play our hearts out in our last game." The 21-year-old has had a remarkable season and has been awarded the Best Shot-award three times for her performances against Vaal University of Technology, University of Pretoria and University of Johannesburg. Earlier this year, the sports management student also represented the South African U21 team at the World Youth Netball Championships in Gaborone, Botswana. Although they were short on the desired results, the third-year was positive about the team and tournament as a whole. "We have really progressed this season. If you compare our scores to last year, the margins are much better and I think as a team we did well. "The last game will also be a good opportunity for me to step it up a notch again." Under the guidance of Lana Krige, whom Twani said had a remarkable ability to come up with surprise tactics, the team would undoubtedly be motivated to end their campaign on a high. "It's hard for the other teams to play against . . .
Batteries are core to a car’s functioning, but there are still many misconceptions about how to properly care for them – or how they operate. From jumpstarting to recharging, Battery Centre debunks common myths about car batteries. Keep these fast facts in mind to prevent potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations. Myth: A battery should last for a certain amount of time. Fact: Battery structure is compromised over time as acid causes decay, so their ‘life’ isn’t always precise. It depends on a number of factors like proper installation, climate, how often the car is used and whether the battery and car are maintained properly. Battery Centre specialists can properly check, service and recharge vehicle batteries, increasing battery life and reliability. Myth: Batteries last longer in warm climates. Fact: Warm climates deteriorate car batteries due to water loss, heat distortion and increased corrosion. If you’re in a warm climate, contact Battery Centre to check your battery is in a full state of charge. Battery Centre stocks robust batteries that are more resistant to water loss, to ensure your battery lasts as long as possible. Myth: A battery light means a flat battery. Fact: Drivers assume the battery light means the battery is flat. In reality, it means there’s a problem with the car’s charging system and the car is running on battery power alone. If you keep driving, the car will eventually break down – and it could damage your car’s electrical system. Myth: Driving a car after a jump start will recharge the battery. Fact: Many people are guilty of this error. In fact, no amount of driving will fully recharge a dead battery – not even idling the engine. The only way to restore a battery is with a battery charger. You’ll also prevent wear, tear and save on fuel by using a charger to restore the battery to its maximum charge. After a jump start, it’s advisable to visit your nearest Battery Centre to get it checked and charged by . . .
Using sport as a unifying force has become a powerful element in South African society and Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Athol Trollip is confident the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars cricket team will do that for the region. Ever since iconic president Nelson Mandela extolled the virtues of sport in bringing people together prior to the 1995 Rugby World Cup, administrators and politicians have emphasised how important this is for the country. Trollip is enthusiastic about what the T20 Global League can offer the region after Port Elizabeth in South Africa was selected as one of the host cities for the eight franchises which make up the competition. Including high-quality international and national players, mixed with a sprinkling of local stars, Cricket South Africa are hoping the tournament will catch the public's imagination, creating a local equivalent to the Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash. Trollip said the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars would have an extremely important role to play. "The franchise is integral to our vision of ‘One city with one future' as sport has always been such a strong unifying force in South Africa," he said. "I was very excited to hear about the T20 Global League and thrilled that we were chosen as a host city. "The franchise owner (Ajay Sethi) has fantastic plans for the city's team and we are all looking forward to the competition." Trollip said the metro had done all they could to ensure the team adopted the name of the late president, the first sporting team in the world to have the legendary statesman attached to it. "I have a good feeling after meeting Ajay and the vision he has for this team. Just look who he has assembled - there are some real legends in the squad." Under the mentorship of former Proteas player Mark Boucher, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars will have Kevin Pietersen, one of the best English batsmen in the modern era, as well as world-class legspinner Imran Tahir. In February . . .
If you’re guilty of setting aside just enough for your car’s debit order and the requisite two to three tanks of petrol every month, you’re not alone. Most people keep car payments to a minimum. As long as it’s not making a strange noise and getting you from A to B, it’s fine, right? Maybe not. There are additional considerations for your monthly car budget that, if worked in ahead of time, can prevent a last-minute cash haemorrhage when something goes wrong. Roadside assist It’s one thing to be stuck on the side of the road, with the sound of your meeting or social gathering whooshing by, before a kind-hearted friend comes to get you. It’s quite another to come to a grinding halt in a dangerous area, which puts you at risk of hijacking or theft. Or on the highway, with cars approaching at speed. Working a roadside assistance payment into your monthly budget provides invaluable resources in an emergency – and you’ll be endlessly thankful you made it a priority. Many insurance providers offer roadside assist as an additional service – find one who does and opt for the extra. Alternatively, an AA membership will give you the relief of knowing you’ll get support quickly when you need it, for as little as R85 per month for the Essential Option. Tyres The expense of tyres doesn’t seem like a priority month-to-month – and then poses a formidable financial inconvenience when you have to replace them. Why not set up a monthly debit order and start a small savings bundle for tyres? The amount can be adjusted according to the price of your car’s tyres. By the time you have to replace your tyres again, you won’t have to deal with a harsh blow that throws out your monthly budget. Battery The battery is the heart of your car’s engine. Without it, your car won’t start and most of the controls will be rendered useless. Your battery should be replaced about every three years – or more frequently if necessary. A quality battery, like Raylite, costs between R1000 and . . .
Did you know that elephants, humans and Neanderthals are the only known animals to participate in death rituals? They also demonstrate humour, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, joy and of course, grief. Did you also know that their complex language is endangered along with the species? This is why the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) has created a campaign which allows people to send a message to their friends and family in the Elephant Language. For the first time, human words and emotions can be translated into elephant calls which signal similar emotions or intentions. www.helloinelephant.com The Hello in Elephant campaign has been developed in partnership with ElephantVoices, using its founder and esteemed conservationist Dr Joyce Poole’s research into elephant communication and behaviour, which has been conducted over her 40-year career, working with and studying elephants. Elephants have one of the richest repertoires of communication and are amongst the most emotionally sophisticated animals on the planet. By inputting a phrase by voice, text or emoji at www.helloinelephant.com, people will get to see a video of an elephant communicating the same greeting or emotion back to them in elephant speak. The video can be immediately shared with friends via Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to help raise awareness of the elephants’ plight. A short film about the campaign is available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pToJ8kxRX9c&feature=youtu.be A short film about the DSWT is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkP8Fwi-X5Q&feature=youtu.be Joyce Poole, founder of ElephantVoices says: "Elephants are awe-inspiring and every moment in their company brings one joy. Unlocking their rich emotive communication and gaining deeper insight into their world is fascinating. Yet, elephants and their habitats are under assault, and we urgently need to change hearts and minds.” Angela Sheldrick, Chief Executive of the David . . .
Schools in the cities of Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay have again been invited to participate in the Ronnie Recycler school’s competition for 2017. Schools in each city will be eligible to win prizes to the value of R20 000*. The competition is organised annually by Mpact Recycling. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and importance of paper recycling. It instils lifelong positive habits amongst young learners who participate. This year’s competition, which officially launched on the 1st February and runs until the end of September is open to nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in each city. Through Mpact’s Ronnie Recycler programme 169,000 learners were reached last year, compared to 143,000 learners in 2015. Mpact’s friendly Ronnie Recycler mascot visits schools across the country educating learners on the importance of recycling, which encourages them to recycle and to participate in the annual recycling schools competition. Donna Noble, Mpact Recycling communications manager, says: “To win our fantastic prizes, your school must collect more paper than any other school in your area. The minimum entry requirement is a collection of ten tonnes over the ten-month period – equating to 1 tonne per month.” All types of paper based packaging is recyclable in the schools competition – paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal and egg boxes, old school books, junk mail, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, toilet roll holders, envelopes, telephone directories and most recently, all your milk and juice cartons! Prizes for the top schools are: R10,000* as the 1st Prize; R5,000* for the 2nd Prize; and R3,000* for the third position. Additional prizes include R1,000 for the ‘Green Ambassador’ and R1,000 for the ‘Green Student’. “To win, all you have to do is encourage your family, friends and fellow students to recycle their paper by filling their bags . . .
aNewSpring, a dutch-based learning technology company has announced the opening of its Johannesburg-based office with exclusive distributor, New Leaf Technologies. Announced at the recently held E-learning Insights 2017 conference in Johannesburg and Cape Town, aNewSpring co-owner, Rene Persoon, said that it was the ideal platform to unveil plans to launch aNewSpring Africa. “We have been working with New Leaf Technologies for over a year. The company has been instrumental in the success of aNewSpring in Africa and we thought the timing was perfect to open a local office,” says Persoon. aNewSpring is a market leading provider of online learning platforms with a ranking in the world’s top 50 learning platforms. Since it launched in 2003, aNewSpring has successfully focused on offering training providers tools to create inspiring learning journeys within the cloud. “This is really good news for the South African industry,” said Paul Hanly, newly appointed Managing Director of aNewSpring Africa: “aNewSpring is an innovative company with a really inspiring product and I am delighted that they have the confidence to invest in the African market. We can now build long lasting relationships with clients as we’re able to provide local support, local onboarding as well as localised pricing. We’re not just another faceless cloud-based software solution. We are on the ground with a really good understanding of the African market.” Persoon, who spent two weeks in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, is excited about the possibilities that Africa has to offer: “Africa is such an interesting place. I have met a vast number of people and there is so much potential. Our learning platform is ideal for this market where low bandwidth and high data costs are a reality. We deliver training providers and corporate academies in Africa the technology to build inspiring and effective learning journeys without having to use data-intensive solutions. We look forward to our clients . . .
(East London) – Prehistoric creatures will come alive – in visitors’ imaginations – when South Africa’s biggest animatronic dinosaur exhibition comes to Hemingways Mall for the first time on Saturday. The DinosAlive exhibition, which runs from September 23 to October 30, promises to be a family-friendly showcase of 25 animatronic dinosaurs including the familiar Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops as well as lesser-known creatures such as the Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. Each of the models is able to move their limbs, blink and emit lifelike sounds. Hemingways Mall marketing manager Estee Roos said the centre was thrilled to welcome the national exhibition to the city. “DinosAlive is the biggest expo of its kind in South Africa. There have been some smaller, copycat players entering the market recently but this is the real deal, offering value-for-money family entertainment on a grand scale.” Roos said centre management had been hard at work preparing the basement parking area, which had the necessary double-volume height to accommodate the gigantic displays. “We are very excited about travelling with our dinosaurs to East London for the first time,” added Expo Africa director and event organiser Etienne Schlechter. “There is always excitement from the children when they see the ‘real life’ dinosaurs. They can really get up close and personal with the Apatosaurus and go for a ride on his back, or become any dinosaur they want to be at the face painting station. If it is realism that they are after, take them to the excavation sand pit where they can get their hands dirty digging up the ‘real’ bones of these ancient animals.” Schlechter said detailed information boards throughout the exhibition explained the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in a fun and interactive way. He said new elements included dino tablet games and Timmy the baby dinosaur. “We try to make the experience just as fun for the adults as we do for the children, so we . . .
Bioremedial sewage treatment solutions are like probiotics for septic tanks and help revive and restore these systems resulting in much less odour. That’s according to Ian Wright, CEO of organic air, water and sewage treatment firm, Biozone. “Our natural sewage reclamation solutions reduce the frequency of septic tank pump-outs and extend the life of these systems. This is very useful for businesses and homeowners waiting for municipal waterborne sewage,” says Mr Wright. Septic tanks remain popular in South Africa due to the limited availability of waterborne sewage in many areas. In addition, municipalities billing homeowners separately for water and waterborne sewage means most of us are effectively paying twice over for the same water. This has led to homeowners investigating alternatives to municipal sewage systems. Biozone Manufacturing has been supplying turnkey packaged sewage treatment plants for over a decade. “Septic tanks remain an excellent, cost effective sewage option for domestic users, provided they are properly designed and well maintained. There’s a definite market for septic tanks and Biozone’s bioremedial sewage treatment solutions add to the attractiveness of these systems,” says Mr Wright. Biozone’s bioremediation products use unique formulas of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to enhance the natural process of degrading organic wastes in their basic elements. “Naturally-occurring organisms in our products work with nature to reduce the organic matter and inorganic compounds in septic tanks. The result is a reduction in ammonia levels and the resulting strong odors. Improved clarity, a reduction in bottom sludge and decreased algae growth all lead to a less smelly and better looking septic tank,” Mr Wright says. Bioremediation is the natural process of using microorganisms to reduce and degrade organic wastes, soluble inorganic compounds, suspended organic matter, settled organic solids and organic sludge. “It is a sustainable and . . .
Farrel Hirsch appointed chef of View restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. September 2017: Having worked alongside some of Europe and South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs, Farrel Hirsch now brings his exuberant mix of passion and experience to Joburg with his appointment as chef of the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg’s flagship eatery, View Restaurant. The 30-year-old studied professional cookery in Nottingham, and was declared runner-up for that city’s 2008 Young Chef of the Year competition. After five years of working in the UK, the pull of home proved too strong: he moved back to Durban, where he was born, to join The Oyster Box Hotel’s Grill Room Restaurant. Having worked in the kitchens of the Singita group of luxury lodges, his two most recent posts were in Cape Town where he worked with Peter Tempelhoff at the acclaimed Greenhouse Restaurant. He then worked at The Test Kitchen (awarded Top Restaurant in SA at the Eat Out Awards from 2012 to 2016) seconding Luke Dale-Roberts before becoming head chef at View Restaurant. The restaurant – which following its opening in 2014 fast became a favourite fine dining destination for Joburg’s most discerning foodies – was previously helmed by Dirk Gieselmann, who had previously served as Chef de Cuisine alongside owner Marc Haeberlin at the famed Michelin three-star Auberge de l’Ill restaurant in Illhauesern in France’s Alsace region. Hirsch loves to travel, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people – whether that’s visiting the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala or seeing the ancient pagodas of Burma. His travels are also an opportunity to broaden his culinary horizons. “I love stepping out of my comfort zone – I’m always excited by the idea of the unknown,” he says. “Nothing beats going to a foreign country where no one speaks English and pointing at the dish being eaten at the table next to you, and order that. Not to taste is not to know.” This . . .