Proudly South African kicks off 2019 with East London Forums As part of its national awareness campaign for increased local procurement in both the public and private sectors, Proudly South African will kick off the 2019 calendar with two forums in East London at the end of this month. Focusing on the private sector and the benefits of increasing levels of local procurement through the entire value chain, Proudly South African will present a business networking forum on 30th January taking the opportunity to connect with existing member companies in the province and with any company interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming part of the movement. The focus for SMEs here will be on the financial and non-financial development programmes available to them from both the private and public sector. As the largest procurer of goods and services in the country, government has legislated local procurement levels for certain items under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and Proudly SA will address public sector procurement and supply chain officials on their roles and responsibilities in this regard on 29th January. Both events will take place at The Venue, Hemingways Casino in East London with registration from 08h30. Attendance is free of charge, but delegates are requested to register beforehand. Public Sector Procurement Forum, 29 January RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Business Forum, 30 January RSVP email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
JOHANNESBURG, DECEMBER 3, 2018 - Trees are very important as they provide our planet with essential environmental services while also giving us jobs, products and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a trip to Rome! According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.” FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how you impart a better understanding about the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song or music lesson or even an exercise class. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information. Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few weeks of school.) How do I enter? To enter the contest, just follow these steps: Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device . . .
The SPAR Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run on Sunday confirmed its immense popularity with the East London community when the number of participants more than doubled from 2017. Around 2 500 enthusiasts entered the event from the Orient Pools on the city's Esplanade, with the majority taking part in the 4km distance. Daily Dispatch advertising manager Suren Packery said the family emphasis of the event was clearly demonstrated, as was the focus on supporting those with physical disabilities. "We have seen exponential growth in our disabled participants and growth in families doing it together," he said. "For instance, we had entrants from month-old babies in prams to an 82-year-old doing the race. "About 300 people did the 8km, who were the more serious runners and walkers, while over 2 000 people did the 4km." Packery added that the wheelchair-friendly nature of the course was a key factor and a big incentive for those with disabilities to take part. "We had group entries from Life Healthcare Rehabilitation Unit and We Can Run, who focus on children with disabilities. "PNA East London [a stationery store] sponsors wheelchairs to be given out in East London and they brought their team to the event, while this year's beneficiary was the Sweethearts Foundation [who raise funds to buy wheelchairs for those in need]." The day, he said, had expanded to offer a range of activities, including a jumping castle, beach volleyball, beach tennis and Frisbee games. In addition, Packery said the association with SPAR Eastern Cape was proving a success. "The union is harmonious and we communicate to the same markets. "The race is family-driven and encourages all ages, while the synergy with our event being the only wheelchair event in East London and SPAR's Wheelchair Wednesday campaign is perfect." Daily Dispatch marketing manager Jennilee Peremore said the event played a big role in their annual programme. "We're proud that the event has more . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
An occasion the whole family can enjoy is the underlying theme of the SPAR Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run, which takes place in East London on Sunday November 25. The event includes 8km and 4km races and the sponsors believe it is the perfect opportunity to herald the start of the festive season, with a strong fun element built into the programme. A big part of the two runs is that they are wheelchair friendly and Daily Dispatch general manager Ryan Megaw said this aspect was growing every year. "Approximately 1 200 people enter the two events," he said. "It is increasing annually and we are getting more and more interest from those who are in wheelchairs. "We feel we have an offering which provides something for everyone in the family, making it one of the most inclusive events. "The 4km run or walk has become extremely popular because it is a distance which suits many people who may not be able to manage the 8km distance." The event has adopted the Sweethearts Foundation as its charity this year, which ties in with raising the profile of those in wheelchairs and aligns itself with the race's characteristic of being wheelchair-friendly. By collecting plastic bottle tops and bread tags for recycling, the Sweethearts Foundation has raised money to fund 294 wheelchairs, which have been handed over to needy beneficiaries. SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they were proud to be part of the Summer Fun Run as a prelude to the East London festive season. "It's an unofficial extension of our Women's Challenge that has a strong family and fun feel to it," he said. "Secondly, the race echoes our involvement in assisting those with physical disabilities and the Wheelchair Wednesday initiative as it caters specifically for participants in wheelchairs." He added that the connection with the Sweethearts Foundation was linked to SPAR EC's commitment this year to declare war on plastic. The Eastern Cape company . . .
TECH GURU’S IN THE MAKING Business is tough, when you’re in a competitive industry it’s even harder. But, the duo behind Matshaya Media is determined to push through to become marketing and tech giants. Sibulele (25) and Ntomboxolo (24) are determined, young entrepreneurs, bursting with innovative ideas and a commitment to their vision. Matshaya Media is a marketing and IT company based in East London launched in February 2018. We sat down with Sibulele and Ntomboxolo to discuss their journey as entrepreneurs and where the two are headed. ROAD LESS TRAVELLED The decision to resign and leave a constant salary was not an easy one for IT graduate Sibulele. He knowingly took a risk to venture into business even though he had the responsibility of his daughter. He has always been passionate about entrepreneurship, but, like most of us, when he graduated from his IT diploma, at CTI in 2015 he had to look for work. After getting a job at Vodacom as a technician his excited was short-lived when he did the math. He jokingly remembers calculating how much the store made in a day, “In one day, the store can make enough to pay for rent and our salaries, and the other 29 days are just profit”. So, he challenged himself and started his first business venture with his brother, Code Black Studios which focused on coding and animation. He tried for a second job at Silulo Technologies, where he met his business partner, Ntomboxolo, and East London raised young woman who was also a graduate of the same institution. In his work as the café manager, he started helping entrepreneurs and he realized he could do this on his own. As fate would have it, they were both two dreamers ready to start something big. Ntomboxolo says she wants their business to be a beacon of hope so that other people can see that you do not have to old and established to make your dreams come true. HURDLES ALONG THE ROAD Sibulele says by no means does he romanticize entrepreneurship, it’s hard . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .