Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
The present ‘puritan’ approach to defeating the health risks posed by tobacco smoking should be abandoned by anti-smoking lobbyists and regulators in favour of a pragmatic approach which recognises that alternatives like vaping are up to 95% less harmful, and have the potential to meaningfully reduce the toll on the health of tobacco smokers around the globe. So says Prof Daniel Malan – an ex-smoker and director of the Stellenbosch University-based Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, in a report entitled ‘Where there’s no smoke, is there still fire? ethical aspects of tobacco harm reduction, published by the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA). The report suggests that reducing the harm inherent in smoking should be recognised as a strategy in the fight against the well-documented health risks faced by smokers. Tobacco smoking, says the report, still takes up to five million lives globally every year, and sees government earnings by taxes dwarfed by the US $ 1.0 trillion loss to global economies through premature death of workers, lost production and costs of healthcare. Against these facts must be measured the debatable success of international bids like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), that was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Legally binding on 180 countries and focusing on the production, sale, distribution, advertising and taxation of tobacco the FCTC, in addition to other measures, should see the incidence of smoking reduce globally from 22.1% in 2010 to 18.95 in 2025 - a reduction of only 3.5% (according to the WHO). “The simple concept of reducing harm can make a contribution to a much more comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Including both scientific and legal components, the objective is simply to reduce the potential harm by decreasing the risks attached to using tobacco or nicotine. Cigarette substitutes such as vaping and smokeless tobacco are examples,” says Prof Malan. Confusing the . . .
Sign-it @ Syms presents the second annual Halloween celebration at Crocworld Conservation Centre on Saturday, 28th October, between 16h00 and 21h30. Located just outside Scottburgh, it will only be the second time in Crocworld’s thirty-two year history, that it will be open after normal working hours. “This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than last year, with ‘The Haunted House’ being the theme of the event,” said Martin Rodrigues, the Crocworld Conservation Centre manager. Rodrigues highlighted, “This is a family celebration, which will cater for all ages. A special treat for all our Halloween visitors will be the hourly, guided night tours starting at 18h30, where they will have the opportunity to observe the behaviour of the Centre’s nocturnal reptiles and birds. Special crocodile feedings will take place during these tours.” He encouraged visitors to bring along a torch so that they can easily spot the Centre’s residents. Doors to the haunted house will open from 18h00. There will be a designated scare zone, for thrill-seekers wanting a scary adrenalin rush. Children under the age of twelve can bring a container as they will be allowed to go trick-or-treating at the various candy stations throughout the Centre, between 16h00 and 18h00. Visitors will be able to tantalise their taste-buds with a wide variety of delicious snacks and meals available at the food court whilst being treated to live entertainment. Indie folk duo The North And South will boast their multi-instrumental and singing talents to guests. Durban-based musician, Jade Aucamp will also be performing during the party. For those who dare to scare, there will be a best-dressed photo competition, also including prizes for runners-up, in three categories: children (0-12 years), teens (13-18 years) and adults. Entrants need to take a picture at the photo booth at a fee of just R30. Prizes valued at over R2000, include individual annual memberships and annual . . .
Mitigating steps you can take to reduce further damage to your flooded vehicle. News of cars stranded on the N2 in flash flood waters to their bonnets, made international headlines. Many South Africans will start the process of recovering their flooded vehicles and contacting their insurance companies. But, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie, there are mitigating steps people can take to protect their cars from further damage, or protracted insurance claim processes. Take photos on location of as much of the damage as possible. Look for the highest water levels within your flooded vehicle. You’ll find this on the side of the car or sometimes on the interior. If your car was completely submerged, take a photo of a marker, like a tree or a sign post as a reference point. Preferably do not start the car before it has been properly checked by a mechanic. You could create more unnecessary damage. If possible disconnect the battery to disarm the electrical system. In the case of your car being towed, reduce further damage by taking the windows down to allow the car to dry out. “Remember the vehicle is always secondary to your safely regardless of how important your car is to you,” says Mienie. “Wait until the water has receded or until the structural damage has been shored up before moving it”. “Ultimately it’s best to wait for a qualified person to perform the job of recovering your vehicle” he concludes. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .
Cape Town Surfriders Win Billabong South African Junior Surfing Championships Sunday 8 October 2017 Lower Point, JBay – After five glorious days of excellent surf conditions in JBay, the Billabong SA Junior Champs drew to a close today in high-performance three-foot waves and offshore conditions at Lower Point. There were some nail biting finals, and much attention on team spirit and The Freedom Cup. In the U12 Girls it was Gabbie Herbst (eThekweni) who took the title from Scarlette van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders), Zia Hendricks (Development) and Maya Figl (Cape Winelands). The U12 Boys was won by Kyra Bennie (Cape Winelands) from Nate Colby (eThekweni), Ethan Currin (Buffalo City) and River Gericke (Eden). Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City took the win in the U14 Girls from Katie Winter (Cape Town Surfriders), Lhea Johnston (Buffalo City) and Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands). The highly competitive U14 Boys had Mitch Du Preez (Buffalo City) in the number one slot, ahead of Daniel Emslie (Buffalo City), Luke Thompson (eThekweni) and Kye Macgregor (Nelson Mandela Bay). The tenacious Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay) won the U16 Girls from S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni), Tayla de Coning (Buffalo City) and Summer Sutton (Cape Town Surfriders). Stylish surfing from Eli Buekes (Cape Town Surfriders) saw him emerge victorious in the U16 boys from Aya Gericke (Eden), Saxton Randall eThekweni and Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay). Kirsty MicGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay) was the popular U18 Girls winner, with Nina Harmse (Eden), Natasha Van Greunen (Cape Winelands) and Sarah Ingram (Cape Winelands) taking up the minor slots. Surfer of the moment is young Ford Van Jaarsveldt, who won a very close U18 Boys final, against Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay), Koby Oberholzer (eThekweni) and Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands). The VonZipper Airshow was won by Eli Buekes, who also won the prize for the BOS Highest Heat Score. The Wazoogle Surfer Of . . .
The fourth day of the 2017 Billabong SA Champs presented by BOS saw the semi-finalists decided in another action packed day of excellent, rippable surf at the Point in Jeffrey’s Bay. The U18 boy’s quarterfinals were a blur of high quality surfing that saw seasoned competitors Ford Van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) and Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) shred their way to the semis along with Koby Oberholzer (eThekweni), Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay), Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town Surfriders) and Nathan Wallace (eThekweni). Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City) once again dominated on her backhand in the U14 girls’ quarterfinals whilst dark-horse Jesse Powell (Ugu) managed to eliminate former SA champ Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni) in a major upset. Lhea Johnston (Buffalo City) and Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands) will be joining Cape Town Surfriders teammates Caroline Brown and Katie Winter on the final day of competition. The fact that five near perfect high nine-point rides have been posted in the U16 girls division demonstrates the high level of surfing. Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay) and Julia Ploughman (Cape Town Surfriders) were the first semi finalists to be decided before S’nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni) began her heat with a near-perfect 9.83 and left the rest of the heat in combination. Joining them in the semi finals will be Tayla De Coning (Buffalo City), Summer Sutton (Cape Town Surfriders), Juliet Fliet (Cape Winelands) and eThekweni team members Gabi Lailvaux and Olivia Izzard. A slight onshore wind and increase in swell gave the U18 girls had plenty to work with. Nelson Mandela Bay’s Kirsty McGillivray, Kelly Medley and Zoe Smith were right at home in their backyard and soared their way to the semi’s. Eden ladies Taghiti Gerick and Nina Harmse will be in action in the semi’s too alongside Cape Wineland surfers Sarah Ingram and Natasha Van Greunen. The U12 girls put on another gutsy performance in their Round 2 match-ups. Gabi Herbst (eThekweni) and . . .
The Billabong SA Champs pres. by BOS continued to prove its wave magnet status as the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay continued to produce epic surf on Day 3 as the country’s top 18-and-under surfers reveling in the long rides while battling for national titles and invaluable team points. It was an early start for Round 3 of the U16 boys and Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) wasted no time in dropping an excellent score on his way to the quarterfinals. Cape Town Surfriders Eli Beukes and Max Elkington once again proved that JBay suits their stylish and powerful surfing by finishing their heats with 17-point totals. “I had a really fun heat in great waves and was stoked to get a quick start and that nine point ride,” said Elkington. “We have a lot of new people on our team so I am interested to see how we do. I feel like I’ve gained valuable contest experience from the ISA World Juniors in Japan last week and the rest of the forecast this week is looking really good.” The U14 boys Round 3 were next to surf and eThekweni team members Luke Thompson, James Ribbink and Nate Spalding all found places in the quarterfinals, where they were joined by Mitch Du Preez (Buffalo City) who surfed with maturity far beyond his age. The extremely competitive U18 boys Round 3 was exciting to watch as Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) and Koby Obelholzer (eThekweni) put on electric performances in their encounters. Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) used his carving rail game to collect a series of high scores and earn a comfortable heat win as he eyes a second successive title after winning the U17 boys crown last year.. The first round of the U12 girls paddled out and charged what for them were overhead waves with plenty of style. Lisa Van Heerden (Nelson Mandela Bay) racked up a really impressive 18.10 heat total with her smooth surfing while her teammate Zia Hendricks was another standout. Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) is showing the same talent as her . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 06 October 2017:- Servest announced great wins in the 2017 Business Excellence PMR.africa awards. Every year, PMR.africa hosts its prestigious awards at which it recognises excellence and leadership in various business fields. The awards are a culmination of an annual independent review of companies and institutions in various business sectors, based on research conducted in a national survey. We’re extremely proud to announce that, Servest was honoured to take home four coveted PMR.africa Diamond Arrow (first place) awards for industry excellence in the Commercial , Entertainment, Industrial and Education Cleaning Categories and a Golden Arrow in the Hospitality Cleaning category at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards . Winning 5 awards confirms our excellence and leadership in this field. Dees Maharaj, Servest National Sales and Marketing Director commented “A heartfelt congratulations goes out to our Cleaning team for this outstanding success. Achievements like this would not be possible without the continued commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Our employees are the gateway to our customers. It is important that our colleagues understand the value they contribute through their set of skills.” PMR.africa says the purpose of the awards is to enhance competitiveness, both locally and internationally, to enhance excellence in industry and to set a bench mark in industry CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest Wins 4 Diamond PMR.africa Awards here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
An increase in swell at JBay was just what was required on a busy second day at the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS where surfers in eight different divisions produced exciting performances as they challenged for national titles and team points. The Under 18 boys were the first in the line-up today and Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) kicked off things in spectacular fashion by winning his heat with a total of 16.16 out of 20 that included a couple of scores in the excellent range. Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) was on fire on his backhand, finding a couple of the day’s biggest waves and producing a near-perfect nine point ride. That was matched by Kody Oberholzer (eThekweni) who used his entire repertoire of forehand manoeuvres on the long J-Bay walls. Surprise of the round was dark-horse Samuel Loppknow representing host district Nelson Mandela Bay who used all his local wave knowledge to pull off an impressive win over highly rated Calvin Goor from the Ilembe district team making their debut at the SA Junior Champs Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay), who is chasing the U16 girls title after winning the U15’s last year, was determined to steal the boy’s thunder and absolutely dominated her heat with a pair of high nine point rides that rewarded her vertical backhand attack. S'nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni), who has just returned from competing in the ISA World Junior Champs in Japan, also delivered a classy performance on her backhand. Last year’s SA Champ U17 girls champion Kirsty McGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay) kept her campaign for back-to-back titles rolling in the U18 girls by producing a heat total in the high teens, carving her way to a 9.6 and backing it up with an 8.5 "The waves were really fun,” enthused the J-Bay local. “I picked up a great set wave that just gave me so much space to do turns." By midday the onshore wind was freshening but J-Bay’s perfect geography ensured running waves for the surfers in the cutthroat 15 . . .