What would a PE Waterfront be without a Yacht Club? * Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 'arrear rental' * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying a sporting body rental of R150.00 per month prior to 2000, ever increasing rental demands - some increases as high as 61% - have led to the TNPA instituting legal action against the well known yacht club. With humble beginnings from a 'garage' the club has grown to it's present size after reclaiming 66% of what was then broken land, building a hard and slipway and then re-building a clubhouse after the devastating fire in 2006. ABYC's sole reason for existence is 'Foster an interest in Sailing'. To that end the yacht club hosts regattas and services dinghy and yacht owners. A number of high profile and world championships have been hosted by the ABYC - Lipton Cup, Algoa Bay Week, J22 World Championships, Hobie 16 World Championships, Mirror World Championships, Annual Vasco da Gama Ocean Race and the 5O5 World Championships. These serve to showcase and support Nelson Mandela Bay's claim as the Watersport Capital of South Africa. A succesful partnership with LoveLife between 2003 and 2006 saw over 600 pupils introduced to the sport with five being chosen to continue on a higher performance level. In 2006 the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) signed a lease for a three year period to 31 May 2009 with the Transnet National Ports Authority. With escalations the rent payable was R23 010.90 per month at the end of the period. The lease allowed for the 2009 renewal of the 3 083 square meters occupied by the club. In 2009 TNPA, in reponse to an enquiry by ABYC, renewed . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 23 August 2017 – Servest recently donated R 10,500.00 to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in support of the phenomenal work being done by the hospital. Servest staff and management selected the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of the donation and on the 27th of July 2017 visited the hospital for a tour and to hand over the donation. Xolani Zuma, MD Servest Integrated Solutions commented " As a proudly South African company with a strong commitment to the communities we operate in we are delighted to grow our relationship with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital and will continue to support the great work being done by the team." In July 2017 Servest released the 2017 South African Facilities Management Research Report that looks at trends, forecasts and predictions in the facilities management (FM) sector. Servest made the research available free of charge to all role players in the industry and as part of the Servest Group’s Mandela Day fundraising initiative the company pledged R 50.00 for every person who registered and downloaded the research. The 24 page report zones in on the latest FM outsourcing trends, the challenges and expectations between buyers and providers, progressive local and global innovations for facilities service delivery and the major game changers and outlook for FM services in South Africa over the next five years. Servest was appointed an integrated facilities management services contract in late 2016 and was managing all facilities management services on site at NMCH until the opening of the hospital on the 21st June 2017. Since going live in June 2017, Servest are appointed as the provider managing all technical services at the Hospital. "There are a number of ways that you can remember Mr Mandela, he was a statesman but at his core, he loved children and we are proud to be associated with Mandela’s legacy” commented Steve Wallbanks, Servest CEO CLICK HERE to . . .
Spring is around the corner and Let It Grow Foundation's Jayson Foxx and Cliff Rosen share some advice on how to begin preparing and planning your soil mix for seed planting: How do you start the process of planning to plant seeds? At Let It Grow, we prefer pre-planting in seed trays and once they have sprouted, leave in the trays for another two weeks for them to get strong and hardened off, before planting in the ground. We also use this method as we often pre-plant for our projects and this is an easy and simple way of both protecting the plants and transporting them. Planting in trays and then keeping them in a protected area, and watered, is another way of getting a head start on the growing season, so by the time spring is here the seedlings are ready for the ground. In permaculture, which is the agriculture method we use as it is an ecosystem intended for sustainability and self-sufficiency, everything begins with the soil. Good soil rich in nutrients yields produce that is healthy and nutritious. Therefore, when planning your urban garden for spring, start with the soil mix that you will use in the seed trays. How do you make your soil mix? We mix a coco peat growing medium with worm castings or sieved compost in a bucket. Coco peat products are natural, organic and environmentally friendly growing mediums, produced from aged and mature brown coconut husks. Coco peat is also known as coir, coir pith or kokos. It has an excellent water retention capacity and holds almost 1,000% its own weight in water. The high water holding capacity is ideal for water conservation. Plus the coco fibres increase the air-water ratio which promotes strong and early root growth and better crop yields. Worm castings are an all-purpose organic fertiliser that is easy-to-use, odourless, weed-free, guaranteed not to burn, and suitable for all soils and plants. It is full of microorganisms which help with all soil health. Add a sprinkle of bone meal and rock dust . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 August 2017 - RS Components the global distributor for engineers recently partnered with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to kit out their new engineering labs in Bellville, Cape Town. RS Sponsored equipment to the value of R250 000 to be used in the project labs which are run by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (DEECE). The four project labs will be used by over 450 students annually, to learn about electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering. The students will get the opportunity to learn about and work with actual engineering equipment by doing various assignments and projects according to their course curriculum. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest higher education institution in the region. The equipment supplied to the labs is from RS’s private label range, called RS Pro – short for ‘professional’. This range has grown to more than 50 000 high-quality, competitively priced industrial products and electronic components that have been developed over a period of 80 years in conjunction with global manufacturers. “RS Components has always been engaged in developing and supporting engineers and in recent years our involvement with education has grown in line with the demand for young people with STEM skills in South Africa,” said Brian Andrew, GM of RS Components South Africa. “Being the global distributor for engineers and technical professionals, it made sense to partner with the CPUT as they are developing the next generation of technicians and technologists who are going to be required to be multi-skilled across engineering disciplines. We wanted the students to have access to the necessary tools and equipment so that they could practically put the theory they are studying into practice and have a taste of what the professionals use. Our RS Pro range matched the requirements of the . . .
The Johannesburg Boat & Water Show is taking place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 1 - 3 September 2017. The event will showcase South Africa’s best marine products, trends and exciting entertainment for the entire family. With two weeks till the commencement of this highly-anticipated event, take note of the main attractions: • South Africa’s Biggest Boat Show The Johannesburg Boat & Water Show is one of South Africa’s biggest boat shows, attracting over 10 000 people and showcasing a number of exciting brands such as Yamaha, Waterworld, Boating International and Suzuki, to name a few. • Exhibitors and Exclusive Showcases This event brings the entire boating industry together; manufacturers, dealers and lifestyle consumers unite for a weekend dedicated to recreational boating activities. The 3-day lifestyle expo will see over 200 exhibitors on display showcasing the best the marine products, trends boats and equipment. Selected exhibitors will be showcasing their unique SUPs and kayaks. • Fun for the whole family The weekend’s family-friendly features make the Johannesburg Boat & Water Show a stand-out. The event offers something for everyone: Rave reviews from families and corporate clientele alike boast that there’s “no better way to spend the day.” Adults can enjoy the beer garden and choose from the delicious options available from a variety of food trucks. For those with little ones there will face-painting, clowns, magicians and jumping castles. • Meet some of SA’s Top Celebs Spot some of South Africa’s top celebrities and radio presenters at the Johanesburg Boat and Water Show, with a special appearance by presenter Janez Vermeiren. • Special Features For Adrenaline Junkies Over the course of the weekend there will be wakeboarding athletes doing stunts in a supersized pool, and a variety of activities available for those brave enough to test the waters. A cable wakeboard activation will be open to the public to view along . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 August 2017 - Celebrating a decade of African fashion excellence, African Fashion International’s (AFI) Fashion Week extravaganza took to the runway today at the luxurious Mall of Africa. Adding to the celebration and festivities was the announcement that Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has been nominated as the first recipient of the Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award. This highly prestigious international award commemorates the late Franca Sozzani, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, whose passion and commitment played a key part in promoting fashion as an engine of transformation and economic development as well as creativity. Nominated by Franca Sozzani’s son, Emmy Award-nominated film director Francesco Carrozzini, and Norway’s HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the award celebrates Dr Moloi-Motsepe’s “considerable efforts in connecting, creating and promoting African fashion designers, and opening up new avenues for disadvantaged women.” The award will be presented at Fashion 4 Development’s Seventh Annual Official First Ladies Luncheon. This will take place during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the historic Pierre Hotel in New York City on Tuesday 19 September 2017. The event will be hosted by Fashion 4 Development President and Founder, Evie Evangelou and Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age, and features a runway show with fabulous creations from Elie Saab. AFI will also be running a parallel event in the hotel showcasing some of the exceptional talent and designs from around Africa. This high level gathering unites First Ladies, Diplomats, Fashion VIPs and other key influencers from around the globe to recognize and celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between Diplomacy and Fashion for the greater good of Women and Children worldwide. “Over the past decade African fashion has transformed on a global scale. I am so proud and privledged to have played a key role in . . .
Lisa Williams (Kyalami) continued her impressive showjumping form with a dominant display at the inaugural Shongweni Festival held over the weekend (8-13 August) at the Shongweni Club. Consolidating her lead atop the South African FEI Jumping standings, Williams and her horse Discovery Campbell made the most of the fantastic conditions and the acclaimed course, built to international standards by German designer Stefan Wirth. The Dealer Principal of Land Rover Durban, Andre Shrink, was on hand to award the title of the 4th leg of the South African FEI World Cup Qualifier Competition to the on-form combination of Lisa Williams and her Hanoverian gelding Discovery Campbell. The Andreas Hollmann Memorial Trophy was presented in memory of the much loved and highly respected International Course Designer, the late Andreas Hollmann, who designed and built numerous courses for FEI World Cup Qualifier Shows in KwaZulu Natal. Martin Minett (Pietermaritzburg) and his fabulous Namibian Warmblood gelding Zonjati Bonny Clyde were worthy winners of the 1.40m FNB KwaZulu-Natal Outdoor Grand Prix Championship, and Howard Arrand (the Provincial Head of FNB Business KZN) presented them with The Tongaat Hullett – KZN Showjumping Grand Prix Floating Trophy. The consensus amongst all who were involved with this first edition of The Shongweni Festival was that it was a resounding success. Top class course design, riders and horses of the highest standard from around the country including participants from Zimbabwe and Namibia, very good prize money and excellent crowd participation all combined to make a most memorable weekend. The Durban Shongweni Club’s top-class facilities and hard-working staff also made a telling impact on the success of the show. Jodi Wolhuter and Lorraine Peters of Highway Shows believed that “the concept of hosting the FEI World Cup Qualifier and top Championship Classes on Saturday followed by the Gala Awards on the evening was a winning formula. We most . . .
Sivuyile Mfunelwa is ready for the biggest challenge of his coaching career yet. In the space of just two years the 23-year-old who hails from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape has established himself as one of the top coaches at the Gary Kirsten Foundation. Now he is all set for a whirlwind three-month coaching assignment on the beautiful island of Mauritius. The project is a continuation of the work done to develop and promote further interest on the island by Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) from 2016 and will see Mfunelwa based at the Northfields Cricket Club. The trip is just reward for Mfunelwa who has worked tirelessly identifying and honing young talented players from his hometown. “It is an amazing opportunity for me,” said Mfunelwa who will be travelling overseas for the first time. He continued, “I am so grateful to Gary Kirsten Cricket and the GK Foundation for the positive difference they have made in my life. They took me from the township and introduced me to the world.” Mfunelwa was identified by Gary Kirsten Cricket in 2015 and currently manages the GKF township cricket ecosystems at Chris Hani, Siphamandla, Impendulo, Sivile and Masiphelele Primary Schools. “I never imagined that my career would shift towards cricket and that I would be fortunate enough to work with the GKC team. Two years ago I was working in sales and marketing hoping that one day I would get the chance to coach youngsters,” he said proudly. “The trip means I am entrusted by Gary Kirsten and the management team at the GKC to represent the coaching brand and this is a great honour for me,” Mfunelwa said. Mfunelwa says his aim is to provide quality coaching and learn as much as he can from the experience. “I will make sure that I am always available for the kids and try to make a difference not just in cricket but in their lives as well,” he said. “I want to focus more on one-on-one coaching because cricket is all about quality. It will take time but I . . .
Whether you are looking to start – or you have already established – a business, the ENGEN Pitch & Polish entrepreneurial workshop and competition programme is where you want to be on Saturday 2 September 2017 in Rustenburg. Now in its 8th year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish has helped approximately 10 000 entrepreneurs to improve the way they present their business to potential funders. Having a polished pitch is the key to growing your business! During the first part of the day, all delegates will be taken through unique, experience-based entrepreneurial training, developed by Raizcorp - described by The Economist as “the only genuine incubator in Africa”. This year’s facilitator is best-selling author, international speaker and TV talk-show host, Justin Cohen. “ENGEN Pitch & Polish allows me to combine my two major passions – personal development and entrepreneurship – in a way that effects real change. I look forward to seeing you there!” says Justin. After Justin’s inspirational message and training, contestants will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea or business to the audience. This is where the day heats up as contestants improve their pitches based on feedback from both Justin and the audience. Contestants must work hard to ensure that the answer to the question, “Would you invest in this person?” is a resounding “Yes!” ENGEN Pitch & Polish, in collaboration with Engen Petroleum, Nedbank, Raizcorp, and media partners SAfm and Caxton Local Media, culminates in a final event held in Johannesburg where the winners of the regional rounds compete to be crowned the ultimate pitch champion of 2017! Register as a delegate to attend the workshop for free. And, if you feel you have what it takes, complete the online entry form, and stand the chance to be selected as a contestant! Either way, you will learn valuable lessons, including: • How to turn your idea into a business; • How to connect with like-minded individuals; • How to . . .
Webtours, Durban, South Africa Webtours, which assists South African travellers book affordable travel packages across the globe, have recently revamped its www.justski.co.za website to better represent special packages from the top ski operators around South Africa. Webtours, an online travel agency, has been in operation since 2007 with a group of niche travel websites serving the different international destinations and packages which are favoured by South African overseas holiday and honeymoon options. Justski was launched today (17th of August 2017) and now offers a more diverse range of ski holidays featuring France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, China and even Dubai. The Webtours Group and Justski have partnered with the leading South African ski operators and the old website was no longer a clear representation of all the packages and holidays that they had on offer. The new website offers a more uncluttered design with better functionality which enables visitors to find the best ski package suited to their needs and make more informed decisions. The old website was also outdated and was difficult to keep up-to-date. The new Justski website will allow us to make quick edits. Currently we are experimenting with an API integration which some of our other websites enjoy and hope to add this to Justski in the upcoming months We are very excited to revamp our Justski website as we achieved top growth for Club Med ski holidays last season and with the new website we can now expand our services offerings across the board and continue the growth of the business. - Edwina Fletcher About Webtours Webtours is not simply a group of travel-passionate individuals, but a dedicated, dynamic team of Destination Specialists committed to providing the very best experience for both current and future clients. With a never-ending focus on attention to detail, personalised service and an insatiable taste for adventure, Webtours is, and will continue to strive to . . .