Friday, 16 June is Youth Day, a historic day when South Africans pay homage to the courage and sacrifice of the Soweto youth of 1976. As we commemorate events that changed the course of our country’s future, the born-free generation are encouraged to embark on a course of their own at the Durban Green Corridor Youth Trail Run. For the fifth year in a row, the non-profit Durban Green Corridor organisation will host a fun trail run at the eNanda Adventure Park for more than 200 young people from disadvantaged communities in the surrounding area. Unlike your everyday youth fitness challenge, the trail run is designed for girls and boys of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. A 5km beginner course has been designed for the 9-15 years old group, and a more challenging 10km route for the competitive and spirited 16-19 year olds, in an effort to promote healthy living through exercise and mental wellness through fun interactive activities. Refreshment stops will be erected at various points along the course to ensure that each participant remains hydrated as they navigate the course, with medics patrolling the site to ensure the safety and well-being of the young runners. Races kick off at 9am, with officials sounding the gun at the 12pm cut-off to signify the end of the race. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three runners in each category, and medals to the first 100 to finish, so that they can also be proud of their personal triumphs. Zapper, South Africa’s premier mobile payment and lifestyle app have partnered with Durban Green Corridor and PWC to help make this event a success. “The youth are the future of our country. By investing in upliftment programmes that encourages them to believe in their own potential, we build better leaders, who build better communities and ultimately a better tomorrow for all South Africans,” said Jessica Fowlds, Marketing Manager for Zapper. “We at Zapper are proud to be a part of such an inspired event.” For more . . .
The vibrant KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is about to heat up this winter as it plays host to The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, for the ninth consecutive year. Bringing with it international surfing stars, South African musical legends and action-packed entertainment from 27 June to 9 July, visitors are in for a treat this year. “The return of the Ballito Pro Presented by Billabong to KwaDukuza is a true testament to the region’s incredible surf conditions and warm coastal atmosphere,” said event organiser, Collette Bundy. “We want to make sure that every visitor to this year’s event finds something that appeals to them which is why we’ve organised an incredible two-week programme suited to all ages and tastes.” What started as a surfing contest on the South African East Coast 49 years ago has evolved into one of the country’s most spectacular holiday festivals while keeping at heart the element which prompted the event – a love of the ocean. The longest-running professional surfing event will continue at Willard Beach, Ballito with a host of exciting events taking place around this central action. South Africa's hottest musical acts will be performing their greatest hits at this year’s Cadburys Five Star Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM taking place at the Salt Rock beach stage from Thursday 6 to Friday 7 July. Audiences can expect the likes of December Streets, Matthew Mole, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwesta, Snapbvck, Kyle Cassim, Desmond & the Tutus, PH and DJ Lloyd. The musical entertainment continues at the official After Dark Parties taking place at Ballito’s biggest nightlife venue, Crush Nightclub, with the two dance floors hosting some of the country’s hottest DJs – among them Chunda Munki, Bomsquad and Vimo – along with incredible drinks specials from 30 June to 9 July. Partygoers will also get a taste of upcoming talent at the Battle of the DJs with the contest reaching its crescendo on Saturday, 8 July at the finals. Returning this . . .
The 2017 Nissan Winter Classic will once again attract a stellar line-up of equestrian competitors to the event taking place at the immaculate Durban Shongweni Club showgrounds from 14 to 18 June. Competing in the showjumping spectacle – which forms the second of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers – will be an incredible 300 leading local and international riders, among them the record-breaking Lorette Knowles-Taylor. No stranger to this illustrious competition, Knowles-Taylor and her now-retired horse, Nissan Nabab Forever, broke the South African 6 Bar record in 2014 with a height of 2m. The pair went on to break their own record the following year with a height of 2.05m. Although she won’t be competing in the 6 Bar this year, she will be riding Nissan Catwalk 22 – owned by the Jansen family – in the 1.50m and 1.60m classes, as well as competing on two youngsters in the 1.30m classes and 1.40m classes on Nina Lambrakis’ Nissan Contest. “The Nissan Winter Classic is an amazing show,” said the excited rider. “The organising team does an amazing job and Nissan really puts in a lot from their side, financially and entertainment-wise. It's a family show and the crowds at the Shongweni Club are amazing!” Commenting on training for the upcoming show, Knowles-Taylor said she’d been working with husband, Barry, a top South African coach and her trainer for the past two decades. “Although it's difficult being taught by a family member, I have been very diligent this year trying to listen to every word without answering back!” she laughed. “Preparations have been going to plan and the horses are on form. We have been jumping gymnastic exercises and recently returned from a trip to the Hamburg derby where we were privileged enough to watch the best in the world compete in all the legs of the Hamburg Global champions tour. Coming from this, Barry has recreated some of the difficult jumping lines that we . . .
Some of South Africa’s highest-ranked polocrosse players will be auctioned off at a grand gala dinner at the Shongweni Polocrosse Club on 22 June. Eight of the country’s top guns (four males and four females) in polocrosse will be sold to the highest bidding teams participating in the second Land Rover Durban High Goal Competition hosted at the Shongweni Polocrosse Club between the 23rd and 25th June. According to Shongweni Polocrosse Committee member, Sam Heynes, the gala dinner kicks off the High Goal event, allowing teams to bid for their high-ranked player of choice, who will complete their team. In last year’s competition, there were only male wild card players. This year, male and female players will be auctioned off, creating an air of suspense, added Heynes. “Spectators and players can look forward to world-class action and entertainment as this tournament promises to deliver the best this fantastic sport has to offer,” said Heynes. The top male wildcard players on auction will be: Jannie Steenkamp: This 10-handicap player from Wellington in the Western Cape plays for the Cape Unicorns Polocrosse Club. He has been a part of two World Cup winning teams. Attie van Wyk: Plays for Arnot Polocrosse Club in Mpumalanga. He has a handicap of 9, and has represented South Africa at both junior and senior levels Nico van Wyk: Also plays for Arnot Polocrosse Club in Mpumalanga. He has represented South Africa at junior and senior levels, and has an 8 handicap. Stefan Harris: Has an 8-handicap. He is from Shongweni and plays for the Cape Unicorns Polocrosse Club, where he attends university. He played for South Africa in April 2017, where South Africa made history, winning the series 3-0. Ladies wildcards: Jean Hackland: Represented South Africa against New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia between 2004 and 2017. She is a 6-handicap player and plays for the Bishopstowe Polocrosse Club in Pietermaritzburg. Celicia Jacobs: Has a . . .
Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay - In firing surf at Supertubes, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay won the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial by powering through some of the biggest and deepest barrels of the day. Staples was in rhythm with the ocean from the start, picking up all the best waves on his route to the final. It was a cold and blustery JBay morning, but there were sets at first light and the contest organisers showed no hesitation in calling the event on. As the freezing offshore wind picked up, so the invited surfers hit the perfect lineup, with consistent six-foot waves pouring through. Former Championship Tour surfer Greg Emslie was a surprise elimination from round one, after leading for most of the heat. Greg caught a particularly long wave, and after his final turn and kicking out, found himself facing a huge set in front of the reef. "I got caught inside by a big set and pushed onto the reef," said Greg. "By the time I surfaced from the first wave there was another one, and more behind it. I hit the reef again and eventually got washed all the way down and came in." Former event champion Dylan Lightfoot and defending champion Steven Sawyer did not disappoint however, and both won their first round heats. With a wildcard into the Corona Open JBay as well as $10k (R127k) up for grabs there were some determined performances in the breezy conditions with no one giving any quarter. WQS competitor and perennial Supertubes standout Dale Staples from St Francis Bay shone during the first semifinal. With the swell still rising, Dale found some deep barrels, including one ridiculous 10-point barrel ride at the Impossibles section to emerge with a near-perfect heat score of 19.93 out of a possible 20 points, throwing away a 9.7 as his third wave. "It's really good to get such great waves for a contest," said Dale after his heat. "That ten-pointer was a nice set wave. It looked like it was going to run off away from me, but it actually held all the . . .
Mikey February In Action At The 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Photo: Alan Van Gysen The 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Video Highlights: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU YouTube: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Surfing: 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Video Highlights here: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU . . .
Holiday creativity for ages 6-60, the H+G Maker Space awaits This winter holiday the ECR House & Garden Show invites kids aged 6-60 (and beyond) to experience a bright new program of mind expanding skills - the H+G Maker Space. Co-ordinated and facilitated by The MakerSpace, visitors will experience an interactive revolving exhibit featuring ten activities aimed at inspiring creativity. 45 minutes in length and starting on the hour, every hour, parents are encouraged to participate with their kids in this colour-filled playground of the mind. Visitors to H+G Maker Space, will experience the wonder of 3D printing pen design, science experiments run by ‘Little Lab Coats’, make your own robotics and electronics, lino printing, first person view (FPV) radio controlled car driving, ‘Dad & Me’ wood working (focusing on furniture and wood-derby cars), and even soldering for seniors and juniors. Peering even deeper into the future of creative fun are demonstrations on laser etched cutting boards, cupcake icing 3D printers, and 3D scanning and 3D printing of visitor’s heads! Daytime prices at the H+G Maker Space range from R50 to R200 per activity, and festivities run throughout the day. During the evenings the big kid playground is in even fuller swing with workshops aimed exclusively at adults. ‘Distillery 031’ offers gin and spirits tasting while the artisan coffee barista experience brings the world of gourment coffee craft to anyone willing to learn. Restless hands find relief with a leather wallet workshop on one night and a tutorial in galvanised pipe light construction on another, while Arduino Robotics build take the daytime robotics demonstration and flip it inside out with a new level of animated human mastery. In all of these activities ECR H&G Show and The Makerspace are extending a meaningful invitation for you and your kids to enjoy and experience the latest in innovation and technology. The Makerspace have made it their . . .
For a number of years Google has been signaling their intent to rank web sites using the https:// protocol higher than those using the http:// protocol. SEO gurus say that using HTTPS can improve the SEO rankings of your websites. Though a lightweight ranking signal at present, HTTPS will be an important ranking signal in the future. Recently the Chrome and Firefox browsers began warning users of possible 'insecure connections' whenever users filled in a form or logged into their own web site. The message in Firefox is displayed next to a lock icon with a red strike-through and says; "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised." MyPR moved to https:// on Sunday 4 June 2017 and it appears that we are getting more traffic. We say 'appears' as the increase in traffic may just be a blip - the real proof of the pudding will be in whether that increase in traffic is sustained for the next year or so. What does it mean for the many PR Professionals who use MyPR: Most importantly - more traffic and better exposure for your articles A safer environment for you and visitors to enjoy. For those contemplating moving from the http:// protocol to the the https:// protocol we recommend that you read this article: https://blog.templatetoaster.com/redirect-http-to-https-seo-optimized/ For a quick check of your sites compliance (or not) to https:// visit: https://www.whynopadlock.com/check.php Why No Padlock will also highlight calls to other sites that may still use the http:// protocol and thus rendering your pages as 'insecure'. The generic steps to follow, if you want to redirect HTTP to HTTPS are listed below: Purchase an SSL certificate: The first requirement for HTTPS is to purchase an SSL certificate for your website. There are many types of SSL certificates available. Select one based on your business needs. Install the SSL certificate: Once purchased, the SSL certificate is to be installed on your website. . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 2 June 2017 – Arguably South Africa’s top men’s trail athlete, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team SA), has won the extreme Faial Coast to Coast 47km Ultra Trail Race, which took place on Faial Island in Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, on Saturday, the 27th May, fighting the worst weather conditions imaginable. Portugal’s Faial Coast to Coast Ultra Trail traverses some 47km, with a cumulative elevation gain of 2385 metres, from the village of Ribeirinha, near Boca da Ribeira Port on the east coast at 0m altitude, to Capelinhos on the west coast, at 2385m altitude. The Azores Trail Run takes place in Faial Natural Park, considered a European Destiny of Excellence (EDEN) by the European Commission. The race takes runners on a journey through the history of the geology of the island following the formation of the island, from east to west passing landmarks and geological features, showcasing the volcanic nature of the Azores islands. A large part of the trail takes place in the largest and most remarkable "Graben" of the archipelago, a large section of land that collapsed between two tectonic faults. The trail ends at the biggest volcano on the island, the dormant Capelinhos Volcano. Greyling, who only took the lead only in the last 6km of the race, crossed the finish line in first place in a time of 03:54:07. Second place went to island local, Dário Moitoso, in a time of 04:02:36, and third place to Nuno Silva, in a time of 04:04:00. Says Greyling on his outstanding race, “This race was significant as it marked my first race as a full-time athlete. It was amazing to run on this land mass caused by the 1957 Volcanic action in the Azores. It looked like Mars, while the rest of the course was lush green. “We started off in a group of about 5 athletes leading and holding a comfortable pace on the volcanic line of Faial. At about 9km, local trail champion, Dário Moitoso, made a break and I responded. I kept contact with him until 17km . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 2 June 2017 – South African surfski paddlers dominated the 42nd annual ex-World Championship event, the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, in Hawaii on Sunday, 28 May 2017. This race is the world’s oldest, longest and toughest surfski race testing paddler skill, endurance and knowledge of ocean surfing, plus an ability to manoeuvre against unpredictable weather conditions in the Kaiwi Channel. The Kaiwi Channel is an expanse of ocean between the Hawaiian Islands of Molokai and Oahu and is considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world when the ocean is angry. The race started off the west end of Molokai near Kaluakoi, finishing 53km away in the Marina off Hawaii Kai. With paddlers competing in hot and flat conditions, the race became a real test of physical strength and endurance. With a very strong race contingent, the 2017 race was brutally tough up front with Sean Rice, Hank McGregor, Cory Hill, Jasper Mocké and Clint Robinson, all gunning for the win. Seven-time World Champion and three-time Molokai Winner, Hank McGregor, finished second in 3h46m07s. Fellow South African, Sean Rice, finished in first place in 3h43m08s, and Australian paddler, Cory Hill, taking third in 3h46m50s. Results - Maui Jim Molokai Challenge 2017 Men 1. Sean Rice (RSA) 03:43:08 2. Hank McGregor (RSA) 03:46:07 3. Cory Hill (AUS) 03:46:50 Women 1. Rachel Clarke (NZL) 04:34:43 2. Tricia Gilbert (AUS) 05:06:04 3. Sarah Davis (AUS) 05:37:50 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .