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 . . .
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 . . .
Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young-adult literature in Cape Town, South Africa. They are focused on building a larger market for African children's authors and illustrators by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers, rights’ and literary agents. Imagnary House is now opening their submissions, and are looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. What are they looking for? They love stories that are fun and imaginative, but also address current societal issues for children. They want simple stories that mean something and can feed positively into our children's futures. However, they don’t like didactic or educational texts, and lean towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries. Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres: Children’s long form fiction (think Roald Dahl and CS Lewis narratives) Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels Comic books and graphic novels Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page here: www.imagnaryhouse.com/pages/submissions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mauritius, June 2017 - LUX* Resorts & Hotels rethinks and redefines luxury around the themes of joy, happiness and time devoted to long cherished holidays, with creative agency BETC Paris, and launches its new 2017 advertising campaign. The theme of the advertising campaign is Smile All The Stay, as LUX*’s goal is for guests to enjoy some genuine joie de vivre by keeping in mind that the simplest acts of generosity, connection and guestcare can offer the biggest rewards. It all starts with reconnecting to the moments that mean the most to its guests, and help them making the time to fully experience its magic. Six advertisements represent the fun, dynamic and unexpected atmosphere and lifestyle of LUX* Resorts & Hotels. A bold, stylish, global campaign running in publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Monocle, FT How to Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair, the images convey the simple, fun, light-hearted holiday moments that characterise a LUX* holiday. Complemented by social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo and Instagram, the campaign reinforces the brand’s worldwide positioning and mission of helping people celebrate life and vision of making each matter. Through this, it is communicated that guests will ‘Smile all the Stay’. The LUX* brand was founded in 2011 and now that it’s established itself as a sophisticated, innovative five-star brand, the intention was to engage with consumers in a more playful tongue-in-cheek way. “This campaign simulates the joy, happiness and smile of a stress-free LUX* holiday. This creative approach enables us to flaunt the values that create our brand’s DNA, while helping guest celebrate life and enjoy the reasons to go LUX*,” says Julian Hagger, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. The essence of the LUX* brand, communicated through this new advertising campaign is showcased by being fun, light hearted and surprising; eschewing luxury . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition Ballito, Durban. 28 June 2017, Willard Beach - Some more incredible images of day one of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel. All images ©Ryan Janssens CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel- Top Seeds Dominate Opening Round Contenders Fight Back with Upsets in Round 2 The top seeds dominated the opening round of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel at Willard Beach in Ballito on Tuesday, racking up great scores in the punchy, early morning beach break conditions. But the contenders fought back as the onshore wind and an incoming tide brought an element of luck to wave selection resulting in several of favourites for the titles being eliminated from the World Surf League (WSL) JQS1,000 men’s and women’s events. WSL Africa junior men’s rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) maintained his challenge for a fourth title this year by winning both his encounters, combining excellent manoeuvres with savvy wave choices to advance to the last eight and another keeper result in the chase for the coveted Billabong Junior Series U18 men’s title. Defending event champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) is also through to the semifinals after back-to-back heat wins. The current rankings No. 2 will come up against Brazilian whizz-kid Samuel Pupo who was the day’s standout performer. Hailing from Maresias, a beach town between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that is not unlike Ballito, Pupo displayed all his aerial skills in his opening clash, flying high above the lip to record scores of 8.33 and 9.33 for the highest heat total of the day, 17,66 out of 20. Others to safely negotiate their way through two rounds included brothers Joshe and Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie) and East London’s Bryce du Preez and Luke Malherbe Defending junior women’s champ Zoe McDougall (HAW) was on fire in her first heat, seamlessly linking powerful turns together as she charged to the highest scores of the JQS1,000 women’s event. McDougall then had to dig deep to hang on to second place in Round 2, finishing behind local standout Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) who made . . .
Two young scientists working in South Africa, both of whom were participants in the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist programme, have been awarded the honour of being invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LiNo17). Once a year, about 30 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau, Bavaria, to meet the next generation of leading scientists, including 400-500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. This year’s meeting is dedicated to chemistry. This rare opportunity to gain insights from the world’s leading scientists is hotly contested by young scientists from around the world. South African Madichaba Phuti Chelopo, who recently completed her PhD while working at the Encapsulation and Delivery research group at the CSIR in Pretoria, and Kenyan-born Mathew Njoroge, a post-doctoral fellow at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, were selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for chemistry. The event will be staged at Lake Constance from 25 – 30 June. The two have also been invited to meet their former mentors from the Next Generation Scientist programme at the Novartis Research & Development headquarters in Switzerland for discussions on their research career progress. Colin Pillai, Head: Global Scientific Capabilities at Novartis who is responsible for the Next Generation Scientist programme, says Novartis is delighted that its programme participants have been awarded this opportunity. “Novartis had the opportunity to write recommendations for young scientists to be considered to attend this event, and it is reassuring that our African nominees were selected during the competitive process,” says Pillai. The Next Generation Scientist programme, which was launched in 2011, benefits around 20 international Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students from low and middle income countries every year. The programme is jointly run with the . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Opens the Ballito Pro Surf Festival The Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, the third of four surfing events that will crown champions in seven age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year, heralds the start of the 13-day Ballito Pro Surf Festival on Tuesday. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including current world No. 3 Jordy Smith and former WSL Championship Tour (CT) campaigners Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie and Rosy Hodge along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and Matt McGillivray. Scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday, 27 to 29 June, at Willard Beach in Ballito, the junior event features the cream of country’s surfers aged 18-and-under along with a contingent of international competitors who have posted impressive results both in South African waters and in their home countries. Points earned in the Under 18 JQS1,000 events for men and women count towards the annual WSL Africa titles and the selection of four men and two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January. The 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) events for U16, U14 and U12 boys and girls count towards the 2017 South African Surf Tour (SAST) 2017 titles. All the events offer prize money with the points earned over the four events determining the prestigious Billabong Junior Series champions. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) heads the seeding for the JQS1,000 men’s event after a stellar 2017 season in which he has reached the final in five of six events, winning three. But 2016 series champion and defending Ballito winner Adin Masencamp (Strand) will be determined to improve on his second place in the rankings at this event. And both face tough challengers in the form of the Faulkner brothers – Joshe and Angelo – from Jeffreys Bay and Cody Young who . . .
The business of sports in South Africa continues to thrive, with growing numbers of ‘weekend warriors’ and professional athletes investing time and money into disciplines such as running, road cycling and mountain biking. Insurer MiWayLife estimated that South Africa has around 200,000 cyclists, 750 000 runners and 15 000 triathletes – and it has developed a bespoke solution catering to needs of these healthy clients. A division of Sanlam, MiWayLife has introduced a unique policy especially for high-performing athletes aged 20-60, with up to R5-million in cover. “We wanted to revolutionize the space and offer athletes something that was designed for athletes by fellow athletes - as opposed to being done via the traditional product factory,” said Craig Baker, CEO of MiWayLife. “When you get people spending upwards of R35 000 to compete in a multi-day stage race like the Cape Epic, it makes sense to insure yourself against injury that could see you falling out at the last minute and losing your entrance fee. MiFitLife recognizes the hard work, long hours and sacrifices athletes make to get onto the start line.” Growing numbers of companies – from fast food chains to banks and investment firms - are investing in sports sponsorships, with the view of gaining more emotional engagement with fans and staff. “What this means for professional athletes is increased pressure to remain healthy so they can perform at a high level. Some are even contracted to deliver podium positions, and an accident can put their livelihood at risk.” MiFitLife covers most of the South African Long Distance triathlon team, including top triathlete Matt Trautman, whose cover kicked in after a vehicle hit him while training in the Cape Winelands. A complex spinal fusion and lengthy recovery put his hopes of defending his title at the Ironman 70.3 in East London in January, on hold. Trautman, a professional triathlete since 2014, has had victories around the world. “Despite the . . .