Organisers of the one-day Bestmed Jock Classic and three-day Bestmed Jock Tour road races have split the events to accommodate riders who wish to take part in both. ASG Events' operations manager Darren Herbst confirmed that the Jock Classic would take place on July 15 while the tour was pencilled in for September 15 to 17. Both events, which are presented by Rudy Project, will once again be centred around the Lowveld town of Mbombela in Mpumalanga. The Jock Classic, South Africa's second oldest race after the Cape Town Cycle Tour and an official seeding event for the latter, will be contested over three tough stages totalling 150km with 2 900m of vertical ascent. The first stage will take the peloton from Nelspruit to White River over a distance of 42km, with the second covering 45km to Sabie via Spitskop. The final stage will be contested over 63km to Nelspruit via Long Tom Pass. "We haven't changed the route, as it has become an institution," said Herbst, "but there have been improvements with roads being resurfaced and additional support measures being added." He said the Jock Classic was "not your normal one-day race". "It's a lot further and it offers cyclists looking for something different a unique experience." Although the response to this year's race had been overwhelming, Herbst said entries would be taken until midnight today. The Bestmed Jock Tour would be limited to a field of 500, which included team and solo entries, he said. It was not a challenge for the average rider, he warned, as it was the first race in the country to mirror its stages on those found in the European Grand Tours. "There is no tougher three-day challenge on a road bike anywhere else on the African continent," he said of the 313km event that took in a daunting 7 200m of vertical ascent. It opens with an innocuous-sounding 27km time-trial between Nelspruit and Kaapsehoop, but the course rises an intimidating 1 200m. The second stage is . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Small and medium enterprises are seen as the catalyst for the South African economy. Providing them the support allows the enterprises to improve their businesses and grants them the opportunity to service their customers more effectively. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has invested R162 000 in equipment to assist 50 Informal traders in the City of Mbombela. The company aims to support growth in the local economy through empowering the already licensed traders in commuter hot spots by providing them with equipment to assist in driving growth for the hawkers and informal traders in the Nelspruit area. Silindile Buthelezi, District Manager in Mpumalanga said, “The Initiative is to create sustainable small businesses by empowering local hawkers and street vendors through the investment of equipment, training and supply solutions”. The solution will ensure constant income stream for the traders by improving the sustainability & cash flow of the hawkers and street vendors. The high quality equipment is purposefully designed to enable the merchandise and sale of multiple categories, therefore, maximising the trader’s ability to improve their revenue. Further to the equipment investment, the traders will be provided with training on general business principles like model stock and cash handling through the company’s Grow my Business training. The Training programme is a one day session which is fully funded by CCBSA and covers various aspects of running a successful business such as: Creating a profitable business (including aspects such as stock and stock control) Planning Budgeting Marketing a business Personal vs. business finances Leaving a legacy Buthelezi concluded by saying that CCBSA recognises the role played by communities and in particular the role of the small enterprise on our journey towards economic growth. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Amanzimtoti is set to showcase the 53rd annual Highland Gathering, featuring thirty-three pipe bands from all over the country, on Saturday, 29 April 2017. This year’s Highland Gathering will be hosted at Hutchison Park. The Gathering was originally adopted by the Amanzimtoti Lions Club in 1976 and it is the primary fundraising event of the club. Over the years, the Club has built up the event’s momentum, and this year it is expected to attract around 12 000 people, making it the largest public event to be hosted by the town. Lions President Carol Botha said, “The Club is overjoyed to be given recognition from the Pipe Band of Southern Africa. Because of the competition being so highly rated in South Africa, it warrants international judges, so the PBASS has awarded international recognition to the event.” “We have the biggest turnout of pipe bands in one single day – anywhere in the world,” she proudly boasts. According to Carol, Ireland’s Terry Tulley will be judging the competition on the day. Last year was the first time the pipe band competition was adjudicated by a judge of international standing. Carol added that Scotland has a week-long tattoo with a high number of pipers, but they don’t all play at one venue on the same day. The Highland Gathering is a complete non-profit event and proceeds are ploughed back into funding local development activities. Institutes and organisations which benefit from the Highland Gathering include Ethelbert Home, Jona Vaughan Home and the Amanzimtoti Child Welfare. Individuals have also received life saving items such as regular diabetes testing, optometrist services, wheelchairs, hearing aids, food and clothing. Whilst the tartan-clad dancers and bands will be displaying their unique skills, visitors will have the opportunity to shop for a variety of foods, arts and crafts at a flea market. There will be a dedicated, genuine crafts section where only bona fide, hand-made crafters will be showcasing their . . .
With an A-grade, 35,000m2 shopping mall being constructed by New Africa Developments in northeastern Mpumalanga, this festive season will see 33,000* households closer to a contemporary shopping destination. Dwarsloop Mall boasts more than 50 stores, anchored by Shoprite & Spar major grocery tenants and includes a selection of national fashion retailers, restaurants and banks. Committed tenants include Pep, Total Sports, Ackermans, Clicks, Sportscene, Markham, Roman’s Pizza, Exact, Cross Trainer and many more. Situated on the arterial R40 between Hazyview and Hoedspruit at the major Thulamahashe intersection, this green fields development is very prominent and has good access for the approximately 150,000* residents of Dwarsloop and Bushbuckridge, in addition to a large percentage of Thulamahashe locals. The R40 ring-road has been budgeted for by the local government in the 2017/2018 financial year, and by effectively bypassing Bushbuckridge will greatly reduce the notorious Bushbuckridge traffic congestion and stimulate tourism in the Lowveld. This will ensure Dwarsloop as the main thoroughfare between Hazyview and Acornhoek, further increasing visibility and shopper convenience. New Africa Developments’ CEO Japie van Niekerk: “This development will act as catalyst for the community, bringing shopping closer than it has ever been”. With the densely-populated surrounds, this market is severely underserviced, and this brand new mall will fill the daily shopping needs of the bulk of surrounding residents, for whom the closest alternative is 6km+ away, situated atop a mountain. Van Niekerk continues: “We’re employing award-winning architects, engineers and service providers to ensure a modern, state-of-the-art centre providing a city-like shopping experience for the local community.” Additional to Dwarsloop Mall, other major investments are planned in and around Dwarsloop, making it the key development node in the region. The 560-bed Mabuleng . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
21 SEPTEMBER 2016, MPUMALANGA – This weekend, Kwanyoni Lodge in Nelspruit, is the host for South Africa’s top Warriors tackling Round 6 the country’s biggest obstacle races, the Jeep Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, taking place from 24 to 25 September 2016. A mere 16 km from Nelspruit, Kwanyoni Lodge will be packed with thousands of athletes who have entered to race over various course distances packed with obstacles, testing strength, skill and endurance, whilst having the most fun with family and friends. Nelspruit’s Kwanyoni Lodge is a new venue, which won a nationwide vote for new venues to host Jeep Warrior Races. It is described as a hidden jewel in the picturesque citrus valley of Alkmaar and is home to South Africa’s "Big 5". Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “The Jeep South Africa #Warrior6 powered by Reebok caters for all fitness levels and age groups. Kwanyoni Lodge is a fantastic venue and offers comfortable accommodation for the entire family. Bring your crew along as there is much fun to be had! There is something for everyone, including a Bratz Race and Bratz child-minding zone. Bring on the weekend!” Warrior Bratz caters for children ages 4 -12 years old, covering a distance of 500 metres; with 8 obstacles aimed at challenging the little athletes. Parents/guardians are welcome to accompany their children through the course, but may not attempt the obstacles themselves. Warrior Rookie is the perfect introduction to OCR for athletes 10 years and older, offering up to 15 fun obstacles over a distance from 5 to 8 km. This race is great for team building as well, plus if you’re unable to complete an obstacle, a 20-burpee penalty will see you on your way. Warrior Rookie Elite is for those that compete for prize money and there are no substitute penalties. All obstacles have to be completed. Warrior Commando is for those seeking a greater challenge and who want to test . . .
13 SEPTEMBER 2016, JOHANNESBURG – It is less than a month until the world’s top OCR athletes fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Jeep Team athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx, have both qualified and have been in full Warrior mode ahead of the World Championship. Both Van Tonder and Marx were on fire at the recent Battlerush OCR fundraiser, a gruelling OCR Training event designed to push athletes through tough individual obstacles that may be seen at the World Champs; and both won the Savage Beast race at The Beast OCR event this past weekend. To have qualified for OCR World Champs, South Africans need to have achieved a Jeep Warrior Top 20 finish in an Elite category in their gender, or an Impi Challenge Top 20 finish in the Elite division in their gender. Van Tonder, over in the past 12 months, has achieved three 1st places, six 2nd places, and one 5th place. Marx, over the same period, has achieved four 2nd places, four 3rd places and two 5th places. Both athletes are well qualified for the Championships but won’t know how they truly compare against the rest of the world until they are neck deep in mud in Ontario. The OCR athletes selected for Team OCR South Africa to go to World Champs is Thomas van Tonder, Bradley Claase, Michael Joubert and Claude Eksteen (not going) for Men; and Hanneke Dannhauser, Carina Marx and Trish Bahlmann (not going) for Women. Joining van Tonder and Marx in Canada, is fellow Jeep OCR athlete, JJ Deysel, who was not selected for the SA OCR Team, but will compete in other races over the Championship weekend. According to the event organisers, the OCR World Championships will put the world’s top athletes through the ultimate physical and mental challenge across a series of obstacles over a distance of approximately 13km and will marry natural elements with some of the most challenging obstacles in OCR . . .
Samsung underlines its commitment to Europe and unveils new products and partnerships for the European home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 1 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. used its IFA 2016 press conference today in Berlin to demonstrate how it is redefining the consumer experience, showcasing a range of new products and partnerships for the home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets. “At IFA 2016, we want to show delegates how we are continually striving to revolutionise the Samsung experience for all our customers and partners - and across all our product lines, from television and home audio to home appliances. Everything Samsung creates is borne out of our determination to enrich peoples’ daily lives with innovative technology, based on a deep understanding of what consumers really want and need,” said Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director Samsung South Africa. Committed to Europe’s Potential During the press conference, held in the CityCube at Messe Berlin, Samsung reiterated its commitment to Europe, employing 14 000 people in 34 countries. Samsung’s products are infused with European flair, fashion, design and the finest traditions of manufacturing excellence. With Q2 revenue up five percent year on year, seven out of 10 European households owning a Samsung mobile phone, as well as one in three families watching their favorite shows and films on Samsung TVs, the company believes now is the right time to invest even further in Europe’s potential. In keeping with this commitment, Samsung announced a new partnership with MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing, which will equip schools, colleges and museums in five European markets with 3D printers, as well as train teachers and students alike in the use of the technology. With more than 100 000 MakerBot printers around the world, it represents the world’s largest 3D printing community and an . . .