Johannesburg, October: Steyn City is proud to launch its #PledgeAPair campaign, inviting residents, contractors and community members to become a #SoleMate. The initiative forms part of this year’s Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot festivities. Now in its seventh year, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot is Steyn City’s flagship charity drive: every year, the staff and contractors of Steyn City, accompanied by celebrities and the media, pack a convoy of trucks full of schoolbags containing toys, stationery and snacks to be distributed amongst the children of neighbouring Diepsloot. Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari explains that the project has always been dear to his heart. “It’s a joy to be able to help Diepsloot’s children celebrate the festive season, especially since so many of their family members work at our lifestyle resort. We have always committed to being good neighbours, and are looking at ways to encourage other property developers in the area to do so, too.” He adds that Steyn City has decided to focus on collecting new school shoes for donation this year because of the enormous number of learners who go without this basic necessity. “Every day, thousands of children walk to school barefoot, rain or shine. Come the winter months, this poses a significant challenge to their health” he notes. With this in mind, Steyn City is aiming to donate 13 000 pairs of shoes to Diepsloot’s primary school learners. As an added bonus, each pair of these shoes is manufactured locally and packaged in a bag made by a Durban-based women’s empowerment group, Uzwelo. In this way, #PledgeAPair is also contributing to job generation and skills development in South Africa. Plumari says that he is delighted that The Star has come on board as a major supporter of the project. Says Kgomotso Kgatle, Independent Media’s marketing and brand manager for Gauteng, “The Star is very proud to partner Steyn City on this very important ‘Delivering Happiness to . . .
SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
Multiple award-winners’ Selaelo Selota and The Muffinz will lead an evening of classic and modern takes on the genre of Jazz on Friday, 12 October 2018 as part of the monthly Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz evenings at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. Lauded for his African-centric Jazz music, Selota’s sounds are inspired traditional songs and dances of a broad variety of ethnic groups. Having been a producer and composer, he assisted in launching the careers of iconic musicians such as Judith Sephuma. After four albums, an international tour and many hit singles over the past six years, The Muffinz are known for their universal appeal across various ages, classes and races. The five band members are the ingredients to The Muffinz with their individuality and talent. Opening for the main artists is the Music School of Jazz Orchestra who were so well received in previous shows that they will once again be gracing the Birchwood stage in this month’s event. Affectionately named The Schoolboy by friend and fellow stand-up comedian Trevor Gumbi, Sipho Ntuli, also known for his involvement in Motsweding FM, Thobela FM, YFM and Lesedi FM, will both be tickling the audience’s funny bone, along with resident MC Hector Motivator. Get your family and friends together for an unmissable all-star line-up celebrating the Jazz across the ages. Starting at 8pm sharp, book your seats for the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on 12 October at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Tickets are R450 per person and R4 500 for a table of 10 and include a three-course meal. For more information or to book contact Martin Mapunda on (011) 897 0024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend 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 – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .
In the past 4 and a half years, a group of artists from Soweto have been meeting at a shopfront opposite Phefeni train station that was formerly run as a traditional chemist, with an objective to host art exhibitions, book launches, after school art classes and concerts. These cultural gatherings have among its patrons included live performances by beatmakers, musicians, emcees, visual artists, poets, up-cyclists and playwrights. It is in this form of expression that addressing their community challenges became the next incumbent step for the sake of cultural sustainability and relevance. The socially conscious artist’s voice became more essential than ever and this is where Trackside Creative, In Place Of War (IPOW), After School Art Project (ASAP) and Africa Express formed a partnership using art to resolve social ills faced by Sowetan locals. Founded in 2006, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries, promote African music and offer a new perspective. From the 1st – 6th October Trackside Creative will host Trackside Live 2018 under the theme Cultural Activism on the Live Side of the Tracks. This is where prominent creative activists from the Soweto Art Community will engage with the likes of the award-winning composer, artist and Beatboxer Reeps One from the United Kingdom on a number of subjects. This will be done through a series of workshops that are designed to promote industry awareness and collaboration among artists. This series of multi-dimensional workshops is where knowledge on Creative Entrepreneurship, Beat-making, Subvertising, Radio podcasting, Technical Sound Production and Digital Strategy will be explored. On Thursday, 4th October there will be a live hip-hop music showcase, featuring the Trackside Resident Band, Burning Clutch and Reeps One from the UK who will be rocking alongside Johannesburg’s finest lyrists including Smerf Illest, Devious Dee, Big Mike of Nirvana . . .
The SABTIA Africa Tech Conference, in partnership with the City of Eukurhuleni and Monash SA, has kicked off with Minister Lindiwe Zulu addressing key priorities for re-energising business incubation programmes in South Africa. [City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, September 25] International industry experts are in attendance at the First Africa Tech Conference, hosted by the Southern Africa Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni and Monash SA. The two-day conference, held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, is focusing on innovation in business incubation and acceleration, repositioning the sector to prepare and sustain the entrepreneurship ecosystem for the future. Speaking at the event, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, highlighted the critical need to reduce the crippling effects of government bureaucracy on small business growth. “Africa is no longer playing catch up with the rest of the world, we are competing with it. And we are competing in a digital economy with a rate of change faster than the world has seen for the last 300 years. Through SEDA and initiatives like the SABTIA Tech Conference, we can unlock the economic potential of South African Entrepreneurs, enabling them to access high quality and innovative business support. We also have to ensure that we are driven by local realities and ensure that our support mechanisms are relevant to the South African realities of rural and township economies.” Other key debates coming out of the conference include: 1. The launch of the South Africa Business Incubation Conference in November. 2. Integrating the new skills sets, required for Industry 4.0 and the knowledge era, into our education institutions. 3. Ensuring the implementation of cross-departmental (transversal) agreements inside Government (i.e agreements between DSB and DST) which will support inclusive innovation and development. 4. How to localise critical global content and best . . .
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development will inaugurate the 1st Annual Africa Tech Conference, hosted by the Southern Africa Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni and Monash SA, on 25 and 26 September 2018. The two-day conference, held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, will focus on innovation in business incubation and acceleration. The conference will bring together field experts and captains of industry to debate the future design and role of business support organisations in stimulating local economic growth and SMME development. The conference will provide ‘deep-dive’ sessions into incubation structures, financing and fund mobilisation, market access, global best practices and the role of local government and private sector investment. “The technology and incubation industry is fast evolving to meet the dynamic needs of SMMEs and entrepreneurs. Incubators, traditionally designed as support systems, are developing into growth acceleration mechanisms, critical to the improvement of the SMME success rate. SABTIA is mandated to address the challenges in the sector by building a more inclusive incubation and acceleration system which will better serve small businesses and start-ups, including those in the informal sector. The Africa Tech Conference is a platform to ensure the sustainability of meaningful business incubation in the region,” says SABTIA Chairperson, Zaid Mohidin. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .