As we approach the final event of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, it looks like a very close finish in many of the age divisions. Surfers have been battling it out over the last three contests, and it’ll be a big push into the final event this weekend. From the super competitive U12 Boys division, all the way through to the Pro Junior divisions, there is much at stake and the competition will be fierce. In the U12 Boys, Kyra Bennie is comfortably leading the rankings from C-Jay Posthumus, with Sergio Nogueira in third place. Kyra has three wins to his name already, hoping to get a fourth in Seal Point. The U14 Boys sees Daniel Emslie in first spot on the rankings, with Mitch Du Preez and Nate Spalding duking it out for second spot, with only twenty points separating second from third spot going into the final competition. Ceara Knight leads the U14 Girl division, with Caroline Brown a close second place, and Zoe Steyn in third. There are very few points separating the top three spots in the U16 Boys, with Dellin Hendricks just five points ahead of Eli Buekes. Luke Slijpen is just behind in third place, but the final event could very easily see a change in the rankings. Kayla Nogueria, who already has three wins under the belt and goes into the event as a firm favourite, leads the U16 Girls. Tayla de Coning is currently in second place, ahead of S’nenhlanhla Makhubu U18 Pro Junior Men is a tussle between the Elkington brothers Jake and Max, with Jake leading the division going into the final event. He has a comfortable lead over Max, and Ethan Fletcher is in third. Sophie Bell leads the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division from Kayla Nogueira and Kirsty McGillivray. The winner of the Pro Junior Men as well as the Pro Junior Women will each receive a ticket to Bali courtesy of presenting sponsor All Aboard Travel. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tight . . .
Productivity SA, the government's pre-eminent custodian of productivity bestowed productivity awards on four businesses in the Limpopo Province at the Limpopo Regional Productivity Awards held at Weesgerus Holiday Resort in Modimolle on Thursday (31 – 08 -2017). The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity SA Board, Mothunye Mothiba says “The awards are intended at recognising organisations making significant contribution towards the creation of decent employment in South Africa”. Awards were conferred in the corporate, emerging, public and cooperative sectors. The regional awards provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. Productivity improvement is considered the most effective way of ensuring ongoing competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of decent employment. MEC of Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Honourable Seaparo Sekoati, in his key note address emphasised the need for the country to place emphasis on developing productive capacity in all sectors of the economy. The MEC congratulated all participating companies for their contribution towards the betterment of the Limpopo economy. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 (1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness’. As part of assessing productivity of entities, Productivity SA has developed various tools and models that includes measurement tools that determine to what extent an organisation’s financial performance is influenced by price recovery and productivity. The regional award winners will represent the province during the National Productivity Awards to be held in Gauteng on 20 October 2017. Winners of the 2017 Limpopo Regional Productivity Awards: Emerging Sector Category: Pavecon Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd Corporate . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng -- 07/26/2017 -- Great news for companies on the look-out for high performance workplace speakers and facilitators, who can inspire and transform their employees, team working, trust and organisational effectiveness and performance...sustainably! Tony Dovale’s Revolutionary Workplace High-Performance GO Mindsets business talks are different from other speakers, because he brings about a transformation in the consciousness AND mindsets of his audience, that help participant activate and perform to more of their potential. Tony Dovale, the founder and CEO of Life Masters: a Human Element Optimisation and Workplace Performance and Engagement Improvement company, points out that he is very different from other Business speakers because of his new MIND-GROW-TAINMENT talks and action learning team building TEAM-FLOW-GROW experiences, that bring about powerful shifts in the mindset and self-awareness of his audiences. Says Tony Dovale, "Times are getting tougher, so we need tougher top performance people…that's why our new Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace creates exponential impacts and brings about incredible results, that not only support people, teams, and leadership but also positively impacts organisational culture and profits as well. Unlike the short-lived impacts of motivational style speakers, the impact of Tony's business talks creates in the heads and the hearts of listeners, have potent positive and long lasting impacts on multiple levels. The Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace CLEARx High Performance approach His holistic high-performance framework under the Revolutionary Workplace System is called CLEARx. Tony is uniquely positioned, ahead of other motivational speakers, because his CLEARx high-performance Framework creates exponential results for people, planet and profits. Through his #FutureFit Mindset approach, he activates growth, resilience and courageous mindsets in his . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
The husband and wife pair of Dana and Sanet Coetzee won the men's and women's titles at the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic, which took place at the Sondela Nature Reserve outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. Dana Coetzee completed the 60km feature race in 2:05:06 to push Brendan Havenga (2:08:53) and Izak Strauss (2:11:22) into the minor placings. The 32-year-old from Pretoria said the pace had been fast from the outset with a small group of riders arriving at a stretch of what he termed "horizontal climbing" after 5km. "I went to the front and picked up the pace a bit and was able to open up a 15-second gap." The former professional said he dropped back to wait for Strauss, his teammate, after which they worked together to haul in the two leaders. The Bestmed-ASG Vets rider said they stayed together until hitting a section with steep climbs and technical sections after about 25km. "About 30km in we hit a short, steep climb and I broke away there and held the gap until the end." He said he almost lost his advantage when he took a wrong turn, but quickly self-corrected. Coetzee, who returned to racing last year after a hiatus of four seasons, said he found the course quite challenging. "Many serious mountain bikers think this is one of the easier races and end up not wanting to do it because they think there are not really any climbs. "But there are a lot of short, steep sections and the part through the valley is very technical," said the winner of the 30+ category at the recent Vets and Junior Tour in Mpumalanga. His spouse, who won the mixed section at the recent Liberty Waterberg Encounter over the same terrain, easily outclassed her opponents. She stopped the clock in a fast 2:18:09 to win the title ahead of Annelie Cronje (2:40:35) and Alma Bester (2:44:27). "My main focus was to stay in front with the guys and use them to pace myself," said the defending champion from Team Bestmed-ASG. The 33-year-old said she . . .
A bumper field can look forward to a fast and furious ride on pristine single-track when they take part in the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. "The trails are in the best condition ever," said chief course designer Mel Meyer, whose team are in the final stages of preparing the 20km, 40km and 60km routes. He said a lot of time went into gaining access to the 15 farms that the event traversed, planning the routes as well as dealing with challenges such as game fencing that encircled most of the properties in the area. "We believe we have a winning route," said the self-confessed mountain bike addict, who felt they were privileged to be granted access to the properties once a year. "We have had a very good rainy season and the bushveld looks beautiful. It is really a nice ride and you need to take time and enjoy the scenery." Meyer said the 60km feature race on the Sunday featured a manageable 544m of vertical ascent and started off with a bit of a climb. "You're going to work hard for the first 20km. It's not leg-breaking; rather a gentle incline that takes you through some very scenic places." From there, he said participants would be rewarded with some downhill action as they entered a beautiful valley on the aptly named Verloren Estate. "We only have access to it once a year. Riders will follow some amazing downhill stretches until they get to the Greyling farm, from where they will continue descending into the river bed." Meyer described the difficulty of the terrain after the second water point at the Shangri La Country Hotel and Spa as "moderate" before riders will be tested by one final climb. "After that, it is all downhill back to Sondela." Although the feature event's route was mostly single-track, he was not concerned about bottlenecks as he believed the gentle uphill start on jeep track would stretch out the field. "Once they're on the single-track, there are about . . .
Recreational cyclists looking to mix it up with the pros have a small window of opportunity to enter the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic that takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. Entries for the annual festival - which offers 20km, 40km and kiddies' races on the Saturday to complement the 60km feature event on the Sunday - close at midnight on Friday. Organisers, who are catering for up to 1 400 riders across the three main events, said limited slots were still available in what they billed "the Bushveld's biggest mountain bike bash". "The most exciting part is to see how whole families take part in the riding," said ASG Events' operational director Darren Herbst. He said participants and their families would have access to the 4 700ha nature reserve as day visitors, which is not generally permitted outside of scheduled events. Herbst said the event, which is based a mere 45-minute drive from Pretoria, continued to grow in popularity each year. "To get the serious cyclists out here is awesome, but our focus is to get families to come and enjoy the weekend." He said the races on the Saturday were specifically designed to offer families riding options that suited their ability. As each race that formed part of the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic occupied its own timeslot, Herbst said adults could also opt to build their own mini stage race. He said special combination price packages were available for those who wanted to combine either the 20km or 40km on the opening day with the marathon on the second day. After the adult events on the Saturday morning, three to five-year-olds will do battle on a specially built 500m track in the afternoon, while youngsters up to eight can tackle a 5km single-track course. "In my experience, there is no other mountain biking weekend that is as geared towards every member of the family," said Herbst. "It's a proper festival of riding combined with quality family time in . . .
Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men's section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27. Gauteng Dairy's Charles Steyn and Ian McLeod, who won stage one, finished runners-up on the final day in 2:24:11 to consolidate their second place in the standings in 7:41:38. Last year's champion, Gertjie Harmse, who rode with his brother Louis in the colours of SS Timing-ASG, completed the day's podium in 2:24:59 to seal the same place in the general classification in 7:54:09. Mapstone and Benson, who trailed Steyn and McLeod by just over a minute after the first day, made the most of a technical section around 6km into the 51km second stage to surge into the lead. "We got away going down a big rocky decent and just kept our heads down," said Mapstone, who is from Pretoria. "When we came out at the bottom, we couldn't see the guys so we decided if they want to catch up they must work for it." He said they were able to keep their advantage on the course that started and finished at Elements Private Golf Estate and included 1 054m of vertical climbing to move into the overall lead heading into the final day. The last stage of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, had been challenging but enjoyable after a tough start to the event, admitted Mapstone. "I didn't feel marvellous on Friday, with my legs cramping, but I felt good today and was able to set the pace." Their only scare came around 15km from the finish when they veered off course. They were able to rectify their mistake quickly and pushed hard towards the end to remain ahead of Steyn and McLeod, whose challenged faltered after suffering a puncture. Benson, who also lives in Pretoria, said they . . .
After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday. The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February. Then, in late April, he rode to a strong podium finish in the mixed section at the Winelands Encounter alongside former national road champion An-Li Kachelhoffer. However, after a particularly wet sani2c early last month, his health took a turn for the worse. That resulted in him having to withdraw from the Great Zuurberg Trek in May, a race he had won in 2015. He returned to competition at last weekend's Magalies Monster as the defending champion, but struggled towards the end to finish fifth. "I felt better than I had expected during the race but started battling after 50km," said the ASG-Elllsworth rider, who is from Helderkruin in Gauteng. Seyffert said he was slowly working his way back to full fitness and had been doing some light training as he was mindful of not overexerting himself ahead of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB. "I've been doing everything I can to get back in form and am looking forward to using the race to push myself a bit," he said. The West Rand pro, who will be making his debut at the event, said he was keen to test his legs on a route characterised by jeep tracks, rocky outcrops, flowing downhills, river crossings and single-track. He will line up for the start at the Sondela Nature Reserve alongside his father, Johann, who is a strong mountain biker with several Ironman races under the belt. Stage one will take participants to the Elements Private Golf Estate, where day two will start and finish. The final day will see the field head back to Sondela. Gertjie Harmse, who won last year's inaugural race . . .