* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School, Mnxe Village, Cala, received the first prize of R1000 for their murals on the sides of a bus stop along the national route R410 between Lady Frere and Quiba in the Eastern Cape. Principal Busisiwe Sidumo-Gqweta (left), art teacher Sakhisizwe Ntwana visited one of the winning murals the learners painted. Some of the learners who painted the mural were (standing from left), Mthetho Matomela, Sibaphiwe Manyingiza and Buhle Gomba. The bus stop mural competition was a community involvement initiative rolled out by SANRAL following a recent periodic maintenance project in the area. Eastern Cape communities help to beautify national roads Lady Frere, Eastern Cape, 15 December 2017: A community involvement initiative which sought to both uplift and inspire ownership of the recently rehabilitated R410 national road between Lady Frere and Quiba, in the Eastern Cape, encouraged approximately 36 primary, secondary and high school pupils to hone their artistic skills and beautify over 40 dilapidated bus stops in the area. Twelve schools located along the route participated in a bus stop mural competition hosted by the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL). Pupils were provided with the materials and tools needed to design and paint the bus stops and traffic calming and safety measures were put in place on the days that the painting took place. “Forty-four bus stops located within the project limits that were found to be in poor condition, were included in the initiative. Competition participants were given a timeframe in which to complete the murals and the winning murals were selected by the Project Engineer, Project Manager and contractor,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. First place went to Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School located in Mnxe Village, Cala, whose bus stop mural is situated at km48.6 along the route. The winning mural’s school received a R1000 cash . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – It appears to be a case of “jingle tills” as retailers brace for a record-breaking Festive Season from this weekend, as factories close, bonuses are paid and the bulk of South Africa embarks on their December holidays. Malls throughout the Eastern Cape are already reporting a surge in foot traffic compared to previous years and, as businesses embark on their annual shutdown, retailers are predicting a spending spree of unprecedented proportions. At the province’s largest mall, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, the shopping spree is being accommodated with 12-hour trading, from 9am, seven days a week, until December 23. “We are definitely expecting a bumper festive season,” said Baywest Mall marketing manager Lindsay Steele, adding that the mall was on track to achieve 10.9% year-on-year growth in visitor numbers for December. To accommodate the rush of festive shoppers, Steele said Checkers at Baywest would be trading until midnight on December 15 and 16. “We also have some great holiday highlights, like the national DinosAlive exhibition, which is certainly bringing more visitors to the mall, as is our photo area with Santa,” said Steele. “Because this is the season of giving, we are also offering a gift-wrapping service in aid of the Red Band Barista Academy, which trains unemployed youth to master the art of coffee making. And we will have the Rotary Gift of Joy in our central court, where shoppers can make the wish of an underprivileged child come true.” Said Zanele Ngwenya, assistant marketing manager at Hemingways Mall in East London: “We have already experienced a higher than average volume of shoppers through our doors, with growth exceeding 5% year-on-year so far – which is expected to increase with the influx this weekend. It seems that this year, more than ever, shoppers prefer to do all their shopping at one venue, while at the same time taking advantage of the crazy specials on offer at various stores.” “To . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – WINNING a landmark land expropriation court case, expanding an already thriving wool market to include communal farmers, and the prospect of rain are just some of the reasons that farmers can head into the new year with confidence in their future. This is according to Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern, after another tough year for the province’s farmers, who have been battling the worst drought in a century for the past three years. “It’s extremely important to remain upbeat,” said Stern, adding that food producers would always have a vital role to play in the South African economy. “While it’s easy to focus on the negatives, there’s a lot that came out of 2017 to be positive about. “One of the major triumphs for Agri SA, which impacts on farmers throughout the country, was the moral victory in a landmark expropriation case where the agreed price for a piece of land in Mpumalanga was adjusted downwards. “We took it to the Supreme Court of Appeal, because we believe that market value is the point of departure for just and equitable compensation for land being expropriated.” Stern said the judge at the Land Claims Court had reduced the agreed price by nearly 17%, citing it being in the interest of land reform as the reason for his action. “If Agri SA had not won this specific case it would have allowed the state to put expropriation without compensation uppermost in their sights. This is what made this case such an important victory for land owners.” Another “win” of specific interest to Eastern Cape farmers is the phenomenal growth the wool industry has enjoyed in recent times, with the National Wool Growers Association laying the groundwork among the ranks of communal farmers. “With their assistance, they have managed to increase the wool production from communal areas from 220 000kg, which yielded R1.5-million in 1997-98, to 5,8 million kilograms, which yielded nearly R300-million in the 2016-17 season,” Stern . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
4 December 2017 – WHEN Blue Crane Route Mayor Bonisile Manxoweni opened the revamped Caltex Cookhouse Service Station last week [SUBS; Thursday 30 November 2017], the R5-million investment in the small Eastern Cape town was not his only reason for celebration. For Councilor Manxoweni, who leads the local municipality covering Cookhouse, Pearston and Somerset East, it was a moment to reflect on his personal journey, speaking on the same forecourt where he spent more than a decade working as a petrol attendant while saving up to further his education. Joking that he had debated wearing his old uniform for the opening event, Manxoweni commended Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer (CECM) for its investment in a community hard hit by poverty, high unemployment and crime. “Investment such as this is often the catalyst to further growth and development in areas like this. I pledge the support of the Blue Crane Municipality to this partnership as we would like to ensure that it succeeds and grows,” said Manxoweni. All jobs at the service station were retained in the upgrade, which saw CECM investing R3.5-million and FreshStop R1.5-million in modernizing the forecourt facilities and adding a FreshStop convenience and fresh food store, Crispy Chicken outlet, Lavazza coffee bar, and upgraded restrooms with wheelchair access. Apart from plans to upgrade the fuel forecourt in the near future, FreshStop Cookhouse offers customers a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, a selection of grocery items and a Grab ‘n Go section for fresh sandwiches, Shamrock and Piemans pies, doughnuts, muffins, smoothies and snacks. In addition, the store has opened a Barista-operated Lavazza Coffee station and the 1st Crispy Chicken outlet in the area. FreshStop director Joe Boyle said the economic benefit of the newly upgraded site went further than permanent employment at the service station itself, as the contractors and other service providers had also contributed to the local . . .
Port Elizabeth, 4 December, 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled for tomorrow (5 December) on National Route 2 Section 13 between Grahamstown and the Fish River, weather permitting. The blasts will occur at various places along the N2, between Km 81 and Km 92, approximately 25 km to 30 km to the north-east of Grahamstown. Blasting will take place between 2pm and 4:30pm and the road will be closed for approximately one- hour during this time. Motorists are advised to plan their trips accordingly. SANRAL apologies for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa’s New Year’s Eve bash of the year, The Ruins, will return to St. Francis Bay and promises to be bigger, better and definitely something you don’t want to miss! A sensational four-day festival that will bring you dancing into 2018 to the sounds of world-class music from top local DJs and bands. With the likes of GoodLuck, Sketchy Bongo, Locnville, Prime Circle, SauBomb, Das Kapital, PHFAT, Kyle Deutsch and many more - this line-up will rival all other celebrations in the Eastern Cape. Four days, 28 artists, sun, fun and music! When: December 27, 29, 30 and 31 Where: The Ruins, St. Francis Drive, St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa Bookings: Nutickets CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Allied Steelrode’s recent sponsorship of a competitor in the 2017 Roof of Africa draws strong parallels between a company that – with ‘steely’ resolve - has risen to a leadership position in South Africa’s steel industry; and an off-road endurance motorcycle event renowned as one of the toughest tests of man and machine in the world. “At Allied Steelrode, we are extremely passionate about the provision and processing of steel to the highest levels of quality, technology and customer service excellence. Similarly, to conquer the Roof of Africa requires resolve of steel, passion and dedication from every competitor,” comments Grahamstown born, Warne Rippon, Executive Director at Allied Steelrode. “As this is one of the world’s premier sporting tests of physical and mechanical endurance, so too has Allied Steelrode endured the tests of business and - through carefully calculated strategy - has ultimately succeeded,” Rippon adds. Central to Allied Steelrode’s success is Rippon and his business partner, CEO Arun Chadha’s shared passion for the steel industry; which has guided them through the high and lows of a very dynamic and challenging economy. “Similarly, success in the Roof of Africa depends on competitors overcoming physical obstacles, high mountains and deep valley; not to mention sometimes very harsh weather. In both business and this type of endurance event, when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, passion is the common thread which provides one with the impetus to push through and succeed,” Rippon continues. In addition – both in the steel industry and the rugged terrain of Lesotho - technological innovation is an essential element in a winning formula. Allied Steelrode has invested in the very best steel processing technology, which has had major benefits for their customers in many different sectors of the South African economy. “Winning in the Roof of Africa requires one be at the forefront of technology – one of the values of . . .
Port Elizabeth – THE Eastern Cape’s leading malls are bracing for the anticipated Black Friday consumer frenzy this weekend, with extended trading hours, assistance from police and traffic officials, and armies of extra staff being brought in to cope with the biggest annual one-day sales rush yet. In Port Elizabeth, the Eastern Cape’s largest shopping centre, Baywest Mall, will boast a midnight Black Friday opening of two major national outlets: Game and Dion Wired. Marketing manager Lindsay Steele said the midnight opening added an element of excitement to what is expected to be the mall’s biggest sales event of the year. “Last year we had a phenomenal turnout, but shoppers were well behaved and snapped up the bargains. This year the participation of stores is even greater, and we’re expecting an even greater turnout of shoppers. “Given that we house the largest array of stores under one roof in the province, were expecting shoppers from as far afield as Grahamstown, Port Alfred, and Knysna,” she said. Rebosis Property Fund head of marketing, Christopher Hutchings, said Black Friday marked the kickoff to the Festive Season period and was fast becoming the event of the year for retailers. “The Rebosis stable includes Baywest Mall, Hemingways Mall and Mdantsane City and as such the Eastern Cape represents a significant portion of our investment portfolio,” said Hutchings, adding that one of the property fund’s objectives was to be the preferred destination for Eastern Cape shoppers on Black Friday. The fund also manages BT Ngebs City. “Our malls bring top brands to shoppers and Black Friday brings the excitement of this global event to local consumers.” Leading the charge in East London is the city’s largest shopping centre, Hemingways Mall, with a 13-hour shopping spree kicking off at 7am and ending at 8pm. “Last year Black Friday attracted more than 60,000 shoppers to Hemingways Mall. We are expecting even more this year,” said Hemingways . . .