The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has always attracted tourists to its warm, welcoming shores but recently there has been a much-deserved spike in interest by investors looking for a more permanent location. The mid-South Coast, in particular, is becoming a sought-after retirement venue with modern retirees looking for a place suited to an active, quality lifestyle. Here are five reasons, identified by mature lifestyle estate Renishaw Hills, why people are choosing to invest in the mid-South Coast: 1. Weather Known for its year-round warm weather, the South Coast experiences warm winter days with a cooling ocean breeze during summer. These resplendent weather conditions make this one of the most popular holiday destinations and offer residents a permanent holiday lifestyle with the comfort of home. Rather than having to brace the cold outdoors, the increased temperatures and stunning sunny days encourage a more active approach to daily activities which involve the inviting Indian Ocean. Swimming, paddling, scuba diving and beach walks are all part of the routine while those looking for a more sedentary option can enjoy reading in the shade, fishing or a gentle dip to cool off. 2. Views There is something incredibly refreshing about looking out over the vast expanse of the ocean. The South Coast boasts some of the region’s most spectacular views with relaxation and peace part of the local way of life. There’s no better way to start the day than by watching the sunrise over the ocean, allowing the gentle, rhythmic motion of the waves to soothe the soul. This azure ocean is beautifully complemented by the area’s abundant greenery through its coastal forests and wetlands, home to a variety of regional flowers and birds. The area just breathes life! 3. Quality of Life The warm seaside weather and vast expanses of natural land create an intoxicating mix that results in a laidback mood throughout the region. The sounds of the ocean waves are only . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Mhlengi Gwala (26), a star triathlete from Chesterville in KZN, was attacked by three men who attempted to cut one of his legs off using a handsaw. Gwala, was cycling near the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College Campus) around 3.30am when he was stopped by three men and dragged into the bushes. Mhlengi told his attackers to take his valuables, including his iPhone, Garmin and his bicycle, but the men were not interested in his personal items and proceeded to cut into his legs. Luckily, security guards came to Gwala's rescue and he was taken to a private hospital. Mhlengi’s story sparked outrage and the senseless act made local and international headlines. Hoping to raise funds for Mhleng’s medical treatment, JP Valverde from My Project Generator set up a BackaBuddy crowdfunding campaign. In a few short hours, the crowdfunding campaign, surpassed the R150 000 mark as South Africans opened their hearts and sent messages of support to the athlete who was then undergoing surgery. Donations ranging from R10 to R10 000 with the support of over 1650 donors local and abroad contributed to an overwhelming total of R 713 105.90. The funds, managed by BackaBuddy, will go towards covering Mhlengi’s medical fees, transportation‚ bike replacement and rehabilitation costs, says JP. “Through their generosity, South Africans have once again proven, that as a society we will stand up for those affected by senseless acts of violence. One anonymous donation on BackaBuddy said it best, 'May the love you feel from strangers help you overcome the fear and fuel your recovery.' ” – says BackaBuddy, CEO, Patrick Schofield. Mhlengi’s friend and training partner, Sandile Shange said the operation had been a success after speaking to him last night. “He is able to talk and is in a lot of pain understandably. He is a strong-minded person and he has been blown away by the support shown by fellow South Africans,” he said. Inspiring messages are coming in strong in . . .
Bedrock challenges businesses across South Africa to donate water to Western Cape. Kwa-Zulu Natal, March 14, 2018: Bedrock Group and Durban based NPO, Feedy Needy, recently loaded and delivered 16 000L of bottled water to the Western Cape. There are numerous claims that the Western Cape “Water Crisis” is a political move, some even claim the farmers are to blame. The actual truth though, is that this is the worst drought in recorded Cape Town history with Limpopo close behind approaching their own day zero. The latest predictions for Cape Town are encouraging, through a combined effort, day zero has been pushed back until 2019 but this should not reduce the importance of making our own form of contribution and let us not forget about Limpopo. “Water shortage is a huge risk to health, sanitation and agriculture. The cycle of decline will not only affect the Cape, it is already negatively impacting tourism, exchange rates and national economy.” Said Bedrock’s GM, David Kitching “We commend the major efforts the people of the Cape have made to ensure day zero did not arrive in 2018 and Bedrock Group encourages South African business owners to make donations or contribute in their own way to this cause. “ Accept the challenge to contribute. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
After seven years of dedicated environmental fundraising and educational initiatives which have unified local communities and empowered the youth, non-profit organisation, Four Elements Conservation NPC will be ending its journey with a final informal and friendly ocean swim in celebration of World Ocean’s Day. Established by Durban’s Olivia Taylor at the age of 14, Four Elements Conservation has met its mandate of providing a platform for community engagement, a voice for the youth and encouraging support and contribution from more than 500 people who’ve participated in the Four Elements Ocean Challenge. “I have been working in environmental fundraising and communication for nearly half my life, starting at the age of 11, raising more than R500 000 for conservation efforts over this time,” said Taylor, now 21. “I set up Four Elements Conservation at 14 during which time, as CEO, I have organised four swimming events, a social entrepreneurship training camp and merchandising, and I have represented the country in a number of international youth and environmental roles. This journey has afforded me immense personal growth, invaluable experience and has acted as a stepping stone for the next phase of my contribution to the environment.” The young social entrepreneur has recently taken on a new role as a member of the United Nation’s World Ocean’s Day Youth Advisory Council. This notable position will see Taylor assisting in expanding the reach of this important day, offering unique perspectives and recommendations for ocean conservation while working with fellow members – represented by more than 100 countries. In addition to this high-profile role, Taylor is currently in her third year at Stellenbosch University, with studies demanding a significant portion of time and energy. She explained the decision to close the Four Elements Conservation chapter of her life was extremely difficult, but she did not view it as an end, but rather a start for new . . .
Attracting thousands of bikers and festival-goers to the seaside town of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, the South Coast Bike Fest™ 2018 – from 27 to 30 April – is a calendar highlight and visitors are encouraged to pre-register or book tickets online ahead of the event to avoid on-day access delays. Who needs to pre-register? The short answer is – everyone attending the event. Pre-registration online secures access for both the biking and non-biking festival community. What are the costs involved? To welcome the biking community to this gorgeous coastal town, the South Coast Bike Fest™ has provided freeaccess to the entire event precinct for all attending bikers and pillions, provided the online pre-registration is completed at www.southcoastbikefest.co.za The bike licence number and bike driver’s licence sections must be completed to obtain access. This pre-registration also allows access to the main stage headline artist performances including Matthew Mole, the Kiffness, Goodluck, Kyle Deutsche, Springbok Nude Girls and Karen Zoid, among many others. Once pre-registration is completed, all bikers with pillions will be required to access wristband accreditation with the pre-registered www.quicket.co.za printout tickets – with the wristband worn throughout the event for unlimited access. Bikers will also need to present the bike licence and driver’s licence at the Sasol garage in Margate in order to obtain their wristband. Just take note that each biker receives access for his or herself, and one pillion free. Free access is limited to space availability, so it’s vital that all bikers register now. For the non-biking public looking to attend this incredible festival, pre-registration is also required via www.quicket.co.za with tickets to the event precinct available at a cost of R60 per day, subject to availability. This ticket allows the holder access to the main stage, experiential energy zone the Jack Daniels Rock Stage and two other . . .
Scott Bouverie guns for E2 glory. Photo: www.zcmc.co.za After blitzing past the world’s top hard enduro riders for a Roof of Africa podium, bringing home three National Enduro titles, and defending their overall National Cross Country crown for the second consecutive time – it’s safe to say that the Brother Leader Tread KTM team had an exceptional year of riding in 2017. The start of a new season dawns this month, and the unrelenting hunt for championship titles is about to begin again. The rider line up has been confirmed, and fans are rallying up as the 2018 Brother Leader Tread KTM squad prepares to take on one of their biggest seasons yet. Scott Bouverie will lead the way for his team in the National Enduro series. After fighting tooth and nail for the E1 championship last year, a new coveted title has caught his eye. The rider has made the move to the E2 class this year on a KTM 300 EXC TPI: “I wanted to win the E1 last year and I did it, and now I plan to do the same in E2. I'm excited - I've raced this class before, and really enjoyed the bike!” he said. Bouverie will also be doing selected races abroad this year. Having conquered Erzberg Rodeo in 2017, the rider will attempt to finish with a solid overall position this year. He will also be competing in Red Bull Romaniacs and Red Bull Sea To Sky. A determined Dwayne Kleynhans races for the E1 Championship. Photo: www.zcmc.co.za Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate, Dwayne Kleynhans, narrowly fell short of E1 glory when Bouverie beat him to the top step of the podium in 2017. With a laser focus on taking the championship this time around, Kleynhans will once again compete in the E1 class on his KTM 250 EXC-F. “My mindset is to do one thing, and one thing only – win the 2018 National E1 title. I really believe in my abilities and work ethic and don't see why it's not possible,” said Kleynhans. He will also compete in Red Bull Romaniacs and Red Bull Sea to Sky, and comments . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .
The Margate Beachfront Boulevard will play host to some of the country’s top musical acts from 27 to 30 April as the action-packed South Coast Bike Fest™ returns to the KwaZulu-Natal province. This popular biking event is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ugu District and Ray Nkonyeni Municipalities. “The South Coast Bike Fest™ 2018 talented line-up has escalated to incorporate a reflective melting pot of genres and colourful array of artists,” said event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “We have specifically created a rock element of hand-selected bands, voted in by the motorcycle fraternity that will keep the Jack Daniels Rock Stage rocking 12 hours a day throughout the festival. A tremendous amount of detail has been put into selecting a creative line-up across the programme because we truly care about every person who attends the event.” This year, The Carling Black Label Main Beach Stage themes will change daily - opening with an Afrikaans rock session, moving towards the younger base of visitors on the Saturday which includes big-name artists appearing at different festival venues, finishing off the set with a colourfes Bollywood vibe on the final day. Organisers have also arranged for a third line-up of artists set to feature on the jazz and reggae decks. Add street busking, marching bands, street hip hop, dance and even acapella to the mix, and this is truly a not-to-be-missed music festival. A feast of acoustic magic The Jack Daniels Rock Stage and Carling Black Label Main Beach Stage will reverberate with the sounds of South Africa’s finest bands, singers and DJs. Among them are Belville-based Unit 11, a band whose rock with blues undertones has become synonymous with the Jack Daniels name countrywide. ‘Sleeze’ rockers, The Sinners, hail from Durban and find their hillbilly rock musical inspiration in Tarantino Films, card counting and hangovers. Alternative rockers, The Color Blew combine talent and passion to . . .