The East Rand Classic at the end of this month offers an overall cycling package that is a major incentive for riders in the region to enter one of Johannesburg’s most popular races. The event on April 27 and 28, formerly known as the Emperors Palace Classic, will have two road options (98km and 48km), mountain-biking distances of 50km and 25km and a kiddies’ event at the new race venue. Competitors familiar with the race in Kempton Park will be happy to know there is not much difference from previous offerings, with the only significant change being the new race venue at an Airports Company South Africa parkade. This is adjacent to the OR Tambo International airport, just a few kilometres up the road from the previous venue, and will provide a much better logistical outcome in terms of access, security and parking. The closing date for entries is April 15 and ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said interest in the event was building up nicely. “We are seeing a steady climb in the daily entry take-up, which is really promising, and there should be an increase with race day coming closer,” he said. “There is a very nice kiddies’ race as part of the package, which will be set up inside the parking area of the new venue. “This will allow parents to be close to their children as they compete and there will also be plenty of vending suppliers, all within walking distance of where you finish, park and start.” Oosthuizen added that the space available in the parkade would allow them to create a venue which would be user-friendly. While much of the focus would be on the feature 98km race, won last year by Reynard Butler, he felt the other races on offer added considerable value to the overall package. “For example, the mountain-bike trails take you right past the ‘giant birds’ of OR Tambo, but they are still such cool trails. “You have a forest section and this is all just metres away from built-up Joburg, so that’s a really nice . . .
Kwikspace supplied 119 prefabricated modular buildings to various schools across Gauteng for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). Used as temporary classrooms, kitchens and ablution facilities, these mobile units form part of the GDE’s school expansion project in the province. The project is aimed to ensure there are sufficient structures in place to accommodate the increased number of children enrolled for the 2019 academic year. Of the 119 units, 80 are classrooms, assembled from Kwikspace’s double-wide (7 X 7 m) prefabricated modules, 31 are kitchens and eight of them ablution facilities, each prefabricated as single-wide (3.5 X 7 m) units. Delivered to over 70 primary, high and special needs schools along the length and breadth of Gauteng, each unit included the required lighting and plug points, as well as the standard blackboards and pin boards for each classroom. “Kwikspace fitted all the structures with the required accessories,” says Kwikspace Government Sector Manager Kgakgamatso Phatlane. “The external connections, however, were conducted by a third party contractor.” The quota allocated to Kwikspace formed part of a larger 300 modular building order, which the GDE divided among several of its suppliers. “The GDE experienced unexpected high learner enrolments at the beginning of this year,” Phatlane explains, “driving their decision to be proactive in their resource planning for the 2019 academic year. Because of overcrowding at schools and a backlog of the required number of classrooms, Kwikspace was approached to help alleviate the backlog.” “One of our value propositions is speed to market,” he concludes, “and Kwikspace was, and is, ideally positioned to provide the exact solution required by the GDE within the specified timeframes. The fact that our company is able to play a role in helping to improve the quality of education in our country by assisting with some of the infrastructure requirements, is a feather in our cap and . . .
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. . . .
Joburg’s Newest Gourmet Eatery is a Roasting Revolution! Roasting Jacks is the first gourmet chicken restaurant which specialises in rotisserie chicken dishes. Tantalise your taste buds with their succulent food, with a wide variety of fabulously creative and equally tasty side dishes that make for something deliciously different, in contemporary dining, for Joburg’s discerning Foodies. The bistro recently opened at the revamped Wedge Shopping Centre, Rivonia, and is open for lunch and dinner. Roasting Jacks is a premium restaurant whose distinctive menu was carefully crafted and hatched to life at the end of 2018. The French influence makes for classy comfort food – with a family style dining ambience! Chicken fans will be spoilt for choice and surprised by the unique and sensational flavours. The restaurant is spacious and airy with high ceilings, where modern meets classic design making the venue eclectic, comfortable and premium. Roasting Jacks has a great vibe and the serving team are exceptional, knowledgeable and passionate about the food they serve! Rotisserie chicken is the star on the Roasting Jacks menu, when accompanied by a freshly baked baguette, spicy corn slaw or the unforgettable blooming onion served with Roasting Jacks sublime homemade mayo, you will never eat chicken any other way or anywhere else! Whether you are looking for something healthy to eat or a full chicken for the family’s Sunday lunch gathering, the choice is wide and food delicious. A few stand out dishes to make a trip to Roasting Jacks for: Succulent whole, half or quarter rotisserie chicken Taste the blooming onion, which is a whole onion, deep-fried – delicious Their salads are extraordinary, the caesar salad comes with pastry puffs and the corn, chicken & avo salad has crispy chickpeas (vegetarians can order the salads without chicken and they are just as filling) A choice of mouth-watering chicken burgers, of course! The espresso brownie is a slice of . . .
The Outreach Foundation’s annual creative inter-generational project, Sounds Like You and Me, in partnership with Tswelopele Frail Care, premieres at the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival on 23 March 2019. The project, now in its fourth production, see youth from Hillbrow’s Outreach Foundation and the elderly from Tswelopele Frail Care (also based in Hillbrow), explore music as a way to trigger sweet and bitter memories, and use true accounts of the sad, joyous, reflective, funny, and at times, obscure and random stories and memories, to create an exciting theatrical experience. The show’s director, Gcebile Dlamini, has again assembled a stellar creative team to bring the show to life: Carmen Ho for the dramaturge, Bigboy Hadebe for choreography, and acclaimed African Jazz Pioneer musician, Madoda Gxabeka, as well as Quinton Mamabolo, for music. Together, Gxabeka and Mambolo will bring the nostalgic sounds of Jazz and marimba to the production. Over the last three years the inter-generational project has travelled from the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra, where it brought young and old to witness the production (for many of the elders, this was the first time they had ever been in a theatre), to PopArt in Maboneng, and to the Emakhaya Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand (home to many Drama for Life Festivals). It has also travelled to Cape Town to the prestigious 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in 2017. In addition to its premiere on 24 March at the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival, the project will perform at: Hillbrow Theatre - 30th March South Rand Recreation Centre - 6th April Tswelopele Frail Care Centre - 13th April Gerard Fitzpatrick House - 27th April (Still to be confirmed) Hillbrow Theatre (High Schools) - 17th April Itlholomeleng Old Age Home (Alex) - Date still to be confirmed National Arts Festival - July For more information on the project, . . .
University of Johannesburg student Stephen Bhasera has been honoured by his native country, Zimbabwe, for his hard work and dedication to rugby. The Varsity Cup prop, who has been sadly sidelined for the season by an injury, has been nominated for the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in the Sports Personality of the Year category for 2019. "It is an initiative that honours Zimbabweans who reside outside of their home country and are doing commendable things in a variety of fields," said Bhasera, who will graduate from UJ with a law degree (LLB) in April. "It covers categories from business to community work to academia, sports, culture and media. "The awards take place annually to honour Zimbabweans based in five different countries and I have been nominated for Sports Personality of the Year for South Africa 2019." The 23-year-old Bhasera said he was privileged to be considered for the award. "It is a good feeling to receive the recognition, but also humbling to be named among people such as Kaitano Tembo (SuperSport United coach) and Tapiwa Mafura, who himself took the Varsity Cup by storm in 2018." With his home base being Kadoma in Zimbabwe, Bhasera lives in Atholl in Johannesburg, although he will be leaving later this year to study in the United Kingdom. Having initially received offers to attend various top law schools around the world, Bhasera chose to pursue his career in UJ. "I took that route because I wanted to exhaust my desire to play professional rugby and to play at the highest level," he recalled after leaving school at Falcon College in Zimbabwe. "Having the Lions [rugby franchise] on board in terms of a contractual commitment was the main motivation for deciding to take the SA route." He turned out for the Lions U19 team in 2015 and played for the province in the SuperSport Challenge and the Currie Cup premier division. After being part of the Young Guns set-up at UJ, he graduated to the Varsity Cup squad this year . . .
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 . . .
The 14 women selected to participate in the 2018/2019 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTSA) Candidacy Programme are making excellent strides towards completing their CILT International Certificate in Logistics and Transport, having reached the Programme’s half-way mark. Once completed, the Candidates will qualify for “Member” MILT status, a designation that is internationally recognised and portable around the globe. “The grade of ‘MILT’ reflects Candidates’ proven expertise and experience in Logistics and Transport,” explains CILTSA President Elvin Harris CMILT. “The Candidacy Programme is very intense and practically oriented – we are excited about the contribution our Candidacy ladies will be able to make to the industry on completion of their studies.” We are grateful to be in partnership with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), who is funding the Programme. Their support to upskill women in the transport and logistics industry, and to prepare them for management roles in the industry is highly commendable. CILTSA, and our delivery partners Commerce Edge and Alto Training are proud to be associated with this very important initiative. Successful Candidates - The following women are participating in the Candidacy programme: Molly Baloyi - Export Controller: Famous Brands Abigail Graaff - Export Controller: Imperial Sasfin Logistics Sekao Magodiele - Key Accounts Senior Advisor: DHL Express Mpho Molalaolwe - Order Desk Administrator: Samsung Electronics Mpho Mbuli - Ocean Imports Controller: Imperial Sasfin Logistics Martina Mothapo Lerato Mudzielwana - Supply Chain Co-ordinator: Ford Motor Company Khothatso Ngwenya - Regional Key Accounts Executive: DHL Busisiwe Nkosi - Outbound Controller: Samsung SDS Lerato Nonyane - Assistant DC Manager: Imperial Managed Solutions Valerie Packree - Ocean/Air Supervisor (Book Groupage): Imperial Sasfin Logistics Pumeza Rhayi – Operations Manager: . . .
Having had a taste of international competition, University of Johannesburg sevens rugby star Voice Ndou is eager to continue her association with the Blitzboks women's team. The 19-year-old BA student, who is in the third year of a community development and leadership course, received her chance at the highest level in the HSBC Dubai sevens tournament in December. "I was called up to a national camp in May but only got a chance to play later in the year," said Ndou, who was christened Vhugala but is better known by her second name of Voice. "It was a great learning curve and has whetted my appetite to continue representing the Blitzboks. I would love to become a permanent or contracted player." With her sights set on a lengthy career in the sport, Ndou said that besides turning out for the national team she was targeting a place in the University Sport South Africa squad for the World Student Games in Italy this year. Following her experience with the national team last year she added that her biggest lesson was realising that hard work always paid off. "I discovered that it did not matter where you came from or what your background was," she said. "That does not determine your future and I realised that, with dedication, you can achieve your dreams. "I also learnt to become better organised and more disciplined as a player." Ndou, who stays in residence in Auckland Park, received other valuable lessons in terms of having respect for her teammates and opponents and realising that "losing is not the end of the world". "The important thing I found out was to try to learn from your mistakes and to interact with the team so you create a family atmosphere within the squad." Looking ahead, she said she would be working on the physical side of her game to help her cope with the demanding nature of international competition. As she goes through the final year of her degree, Ndou acknowledged the opportunities she had received during her . . .