ENERGY minister Jeff Radebe praised the renewable energy sector’s contribution to socio-economic development as he officially opened the doors to a custom-built R4-million library for residents of the impoverished Sea Vista community in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday. Radebe was invited as a guest of Kouga Wind Farm, which provided the funds to construct the state-of-the-art facility, and Kouga Municipality, which made the land available and will manage the library as part of its community services portfolio. Delivering his keynote address, Radebe said that renewable energy was here to stay. “It is the policy of our government and renewable energy is going to save the world.” Radebe said the current challenges faced by Eskom “would have been worse”, were it not for the contribution from independent power producers such as Kouga Wind Farm, which contributes more than 280 gigawatts of electricity to the national grid per year. He said, as energy minister, he was determined to push forward the growth of the renewable energy sector to “not only fire up our energy but also to develop the communities where these projects are based.” The minister called on the Sea Vista community to take ownership of the library as a community asset which would help to break the cycle of poverty. “Education is the future for our children and a library is the fountain of knowledge in a community. “Treasure it and be its protectors because our children will depend on it to improve themselves,” said Radebe. Kouga Wind Farm’s community liaison officer, Trevor Arosi, said the library was a tangible and sustainable symbol of the wind farm’s commitment to development through education. Arosi said the three-year project had created 96 jobs during construction, injecting direct wages of R1.4 million into Sea Vista and that a further R1.3 million was spent on local procurement of materials. He said St Francis Bay residents and the local Rotary Club had embraced the . . .
The eagerly anticipated RevAfrica festival will take place in less than 3 weeks. Poised as Africa’s leading music and bike festival, the event will see a number of local stars in action including Goodluck, Mi Casa, Freshly Ground, Mango Groove and more. Hosted at the East London Beachfront & Cricket Grounds from 25 to 28 April 2019, the event is set to attract thousands of attendees from across SA The 4-day festival will bring together the very best in music and motorsport all in one unique setting, here is a snapshot of what to expect at this year’s event: Daily Attractions There will be number of activations hosted daily at the the festival, including the Easy Rider exhibition, live demo drives, off road tours, self-drive biker tours as well as the popular Monster activations which will include BMX and Skateboard displays and a trial bike show. Guests will also have access to various hospitality and bar areas as well as a village market and food court. Thursday Thursday marks the official opening of the festival. Local DJ’s Robin Jansma from Radio Lowveld and Brian Ndevu from Algoa FM will keep attendees entertained, while a number of local bands will take to the stage and help set the tone for the weekend. Friday The Super-GP Practice session will kick start festivities on Friday from 09;00 at the East London Grand Prix Circuit while the Super-GP Qualifying will be hosted in the afternoon. Some of SA’s biggest and most popular music acts will be live on stage including; · 15:00 - Local Bands · 18:00 - Nhoza · 19:00 - Femi Koya · 20:00 - Dr Victor · 21:00 - Goodluck · 22:00 - Mi Casa · 23:00 - Undertone Saturday Festivities start with the very popular Super-GP Race, hosted at the East London Grand Prix Circuit. This will be followed by the Custom Bike Show, Stunt Show and Fashion Show. The entertainment line-up for Saturday, is just as impressive featuring a number of firm favourites. · 15:00 - Local Bands · 18:00 - Silver . . .
Clinton van Boomen, from the Eastern Cape, scooped an individual award at the 2018 MMI Lesedi Awards for his work with the Victory Kids Early Intervention Centre. Clinton became involved with the non-profit organisation geared toward children with special social and educational needs, when his young daughter was diagnosed as non-verbal. While the Department of Basic Education wants to see children with learning disabilities absorbed into mainstream schools as far as possible, the resources to do this are lacking. This drove Clinton’s involvement with Victory Kids, making a stand for some 40 000 students in the Eastern Cape alone, with learning disabilities in mainstream schools, but still lacking the attention they require to excel. “The reality is that the waiting list is growing faster than the rate at which schools are built, or repurposed, to accommodate special needs learners. Victory Kids caters for children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Hearing Impairment and General Developmental Delays. The work they do is truly inspirational, and beyond that – they touch many lives – both learners and their families. Theses diagnoses can be tough on siblings and parents too,” says Clinton. Victory Kids provides an intensive programme that includes small class group environments and intensive one-on-one therapy. Established in 2005, it grew from five to 40 enrolled children. Since 2009 to date, 60 children have graduated from Victory Kids Early Intervention Centre to mainstream special education environments. A great feat for the centre. “I have become a part of the Victory Kids team over the years. I started a support group for fathers to create a space where dads could support each other through the challenges we face. I work closely with the Operations Director Zeidie-Lee Muller, on strategic planning for corporate sponsorships and networking events. Together we launched the first Victory Kids Business Breakfast in . . .
The legendary wave at Mavericks is a notorious beast, where some of the most famous rides in history have been claimed off the Northern Californian coast. Heading to tame the infamous wave, Nic Von Rupp lined up a trip of his dreams and along the way managed to pull of a historical feat that few before him have conquered. Mavericks is a raging A-frame wave with a chunky lip that is challenging and fast, even for the world’s best big wave surfers. Famously a left, the cold-water spot can produce a rare left and it was this challenge that Nic set his sights: “On my way to Mavericks, the only thing I could think of was going left out there.. that wave has so much potential, probably the meanest, biggest paddle approachable slab around. After 3 sessions out there, I quickly saw my dream of slipping into one of these beasts diminishing. So much risk involved.. you gotta be under it, dodging 20ft sets.. seems like all the energy of the right bends into the left and dumps into edge of the ledge. You get pounded, you go to deep dark places, scraping for your life. What about trying to knife a 9.9 into a steep ledge like this. But that’s what makes it special.”- Nic Von Rupp YouTube: https://youtu.be/AQHXXw_prlA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African Library for the Blind celebrates 100 Years of existence Grahamstown, 29 March 2019 – The South African Library for the Blind (which is the only Library servicing blind persons in Southern Africa) celebrated 100 years in operation on Thursday, 28 March 2019. The day kicked off with a book launch of the book titled South African Library for the Blind – A Dairy of the Library. The book is the library’s first internal publication and it seeks to commemorate and celebrate the history of the library since inception. The day culminated in a gala dinner being hosted in Makhanda to commemorate this milestone. The library was founded during the height of the 1918 global Influenza pandemic by a local nurse, Josephine (Josie) Wood established a small library in a little room in her house in 1919. “The growth since then has been tremendous. We currently have mini-libraries in each province to service the local communities, with our primary focus being on providing equal access to information in accessible formats that improves the quality of life of blind and visually impaired people, at absolutely no cost to the user. The library is an entity of the Department of Arts and Culture and we would like to acknowledge the impact that the department has made on the lives of blind people,” said Francois Hendrikz, Director, South African Library for the Blind. “We further extend heartfelt gratitude to our keynote speaker, the honorable Adv Tshililo Michael Masutha (MP), Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, who promises to further advocate for the rights of blind people,” he added. Dr William Rowland, the Chair of the SALB Board handing over a copy of the book to the honorable Adv Tshililo Michael Masutha (MP), Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. Dr Rowland said the book launched by the library made history as it was launched in braille, audio and electronic format simultaneously. “As a member myself, having joined when I was 8, I can . . .
The Madibaz cricket team have sent out a message that they are a club to be taken seriously after winning the South Western Districts premier league for the second time. Based in George, the Nelson Mandela University outfit defeated George Cricket Club by four wickets in the final earlier this month. This came after the students eliminated defending champions Union Stars by 12 runs in a nail-biting, low-scoring playoff the previous day. After posting only 104, Madibaz restricted Union Stars to 92, thanks to brilliant spin bowling by Joshua Klue (4/9) and Joshua de Ponte (3/15). It was the first time in a decade that Union Stars, who played in 10 consecutive finals of which they won nine, did not reach the final. George campus sport manager Hugo Loubser said they were elated with the outcome as it was something they had targeted from the start of the season. "We previously won the league in 2013-14 and we said to ourselves from the outset that if can get to the final this time, we are capable of matching any of the teams in the league," he said. "There are a number of students from schools in the Southern Cape who have decided to study at the George campus as they believe the university can provide the stage for them to perform. "We are delivering on this and trust that more cricketers will buy into the Madibaz George cricket culture." At last year's University Sport South Africa Week, the Madibaz team, comprising largely of players from the George campus, showed their ability by winning the B section of the tournament. Loubser said a key driving force in their approach was that "nobody is bigger than the team". "The fear of failure does not exist among the players as they know that you will lose some matches. But the key is to turn up for the matches that matter. "The players also understand their roles and know that responsibility is not something you pass on to the next person." He added that the premier league triumph was . . .
Raised by his aunt and uncle after his parents passed away at a young age, Mzwandile Harmans attended a poor school in Cala, the heart of the rural Eastern Cape. It was his matric year; but with limited resources at Masikhuthale Public Secondary school, the pass rate was low and the learning environment less than ideal for conscientious learners. Then one day a teacher came round to talk about Engen's Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme, and everything changed for this talented young man who was determined to realise his full potential. “We were given a chance to take a test to qualify for the EMSS Cala programme. The programme offered supplementary classes in maths, science and English, which ran every Saturday morning, but was 25 kilometres away,” remembers Mzwandile. “Fortunately, I took it seriously and I got in.” Making the long round trip every weekend to attend the programme saw a steady improvement in Mzwandile’s maths, chemistry, and physics marks, so much so that he was awarded a full Engen scholarship to study Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Mzwandile later impressed with his tertiary studies and after two-years was offered a one-year internship at the Engen Refinery in Durban, which he passed with distinction. On graduating from CPUT, he landed a two-year employment contract with Engen, as part of the company’s graduate development programme. Today, Mzwandile is permanently employed as an Environmental Technician at the Engen Refinery. “I am so grateful to Engen for all of this,” says Mzwandile. “I never thought it could happen to me.” Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, Unathi Magida says access to education is a fundamental human right. “This resonates particularly with Engen as a company, as we believe in the value of education and know how important it is to ensure that young people have the opportunity to realise their full potential.” Chwayita Mareka, . . .
In a boost for 80 Nelson Mandela Bay families, one of the Eastern Cape’s longest-standing companies has finalised an empowerment deal with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – to the benefit of its 80-strong labour force which now ranks as a shareholder. Thanks to the restructuring deal, Rhino Manufacturing – formerly known as Rhino Plastics which was launched 50 years ago – is now a B-BBEE Level 2 company. Since the new deal was signed late last year, business has taken off, making strides in the plastics recycling and manufacturing sector while strengthening its lead in the supply of plastic products to the construction, agricultural and the packaging sector nationally and into Africa. Under the new business structure, the 80 employees at the North End plant – who each support, on average, five dependants – now own a collective 10% stake in Rhino Manufacturing, with acclaimed local entrepreneur Siyabulela Mandla coming on board with a 41% shareholding, and the remainder held by Rhino Plastics, headed by businessman Brian van Niekerk. Mandla, a strong advocate for the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities, said of the deal: “We have a responsibility to shape and improve the living conditions of our communities, where unemployment and inequality are our biggest challenges. It always inspires me to see business used as a catalyst for change in this regard.” Thirty-seven-year-old Mandla is a former regional SAB Kickstart, Seda Stars Business Competition and National Gazelles SME programme winner. His successful ventures include 469 Carwash & Café, 469 Bar Lounge & Butchery, Patapata Lifestyle, and Kasi Craft Beverages in Motherwell and New Brighton. “Thanks to the new deal, we are now geared to expand the company’s footprint and look into new opportunities in the public sector and into Africa,” said Mandla. “We are also looking at diversifying our product range to include products such as plastic droppers and poles, . . .
ULT.X And A FULL PODIUM SWEEP IN BMX Sun City - It was another incredible BMX event last weekend, with ULT.X taking place at the Sun City Resort. Monster Energy's Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Ben Wallace, Alex Coleborn and Mike Varga were all in town and certainly hungry to win in this event, up against a huge line-up of riders from almost every continent. The super fun and tight setup at Sun City definitely pushed all the riders to think out of the box, with a lot of emphasis put on catching transition as smooth as possible, without putting in too much pedal exertion in between the ramps. Our boys made light work of it, resulting in a full Monster Energy podium sweep from Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon and Kevin Peraza. Mike Varga and Ben Wallace wasted no time kitting up to lock in some big lines on the park. Wallace, blasting his signature cranked lookbacks and downside whips, as well as some new Can-Can 360 variations, impressing spectators and competitors alike. Fresh off a 2nd Place finish at The Night Harvest in Cape Town, Varga braved the 35+ degree heat and put in some solid runs, packed with his magical bag of tricks, like stretched Superman whips and tons of crazy looking spins and under flip transfers, ending him just off the podium in a the 4th Place spot. "This was my first trip to South Africa and I absolutely loved it here,” said Varga. “Both contests I rode at had amazing vibes and you'll definitely see me coming back in the future!” The nicest guy with the biggest smile in BMX, always doing the wildest tricks with the biggest smile on his face, Kevin Peraza definitely brought the most original lines to the contest this year. From 270-downside whip drop-ins, nose-bonk combos for days. Not forgetting those crowd-pleasing Superman seat-grabs and 360 whips, to tables. Kevin is the man, and it was great to have him back in South Africa after missing the contest last year. “I’m humbled to end up on the podium next to Pat and Bryce,” said . . .
Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .