PORT ELIZABETH – US maritime business students visited Nelson Mandela Bay this week as part of a South African tour to explore the cultural complexity of the global maritime industry. Hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), which is headquartered in the Bay, the 19 top-performing students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy enjoyed a welcome lecture at Nelson Mandela University by local marine tourism expert Peter Myles and a tour of the deepwater Port of Ngqura. Also on their itinerary was a visit to Siyaloba Training Academy to experience the role of a social enterprise in skills training for the maritime sector – teaching sea survival skills to local fishermen. In addition, the group got a first-hand view of the Eastern Cape’s key fishing industry – squid fishing and processing – before moving on to Cape Town, where they will spend a further two weeks visiting major maritime industry businesses and education and training providers. The academy’s South African-born international maritime business lecturer, Dr Portia Ndlovu, said part of the reason for the students’ visit to South Africa was the need to be part of the “global respect train”. While the sector and its education and training facilities were adapting to rapid technological advances spawned by the fourth industrial revolution, Ndlovu said students also needed to acquire the interpersonal communication skills required to work in the global shipping industry. “As such, students at the academy are not only exposed to experiential training, but also to the different cultures they are likely to encounter along their career path,” she said. “The global maritime family is expanding all the time, and it is vitally important to understand the different cultures that they may encounter.” SAIMI spokesperson Samantha Venter said effective cultural exchange was crucial in facilitating the transfer of global best practices and in finding solutions that work for . . .
The FNB Madibaz rugby team received some useful insight into the new Varsity Cup power play rule when they had a practice match against Stellenbosch in George last weekend. The encounter with Maties was the first in a series of warm-up outings the Nelson Mandela University team will have prior to their opening game against University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth on February 5. The FNB Varsity Cup organisers have introduced a power play rule for this year's competition, hoping the experiment will encourage coaches to employ exciting tactics while fostering a generation of dynamic and adjustable players. The rule will allow the team calling the power play to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition side for three minutes. A team can only call a power play while they are in their own half of the field. It must be called by the captain, and can be done only once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the power play period, it will be worth seven points instead of five. After trying out the rule for the first time in a match situation at the weekend, Madibaz coach David Maidza said they had gained some useful insight. "In reality, we are still working on the systems that will best suit the group," he said. "Testing the rule against Maties, we did find it challenging but we saw what we had to improve on." The Madibaz mentor said it was a fairly difficult concept to grasp as they normally planned their strategy for situations when all the players were on the field. "But the rule is there for 2018 and we have to work out a strategy to handle it in the best way to ensure it does not leave the team in disarray." Maidza said the Varsity Cup competition had a tradition of trying out innovations and they had learned over the years to adapt to the requirements. "At first, experimental rules might lead to situations that won't suit conservatives like me," he said. "But in the end such rules have . . .
Leading South African 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl will be one of several experts imparting knowledge and advice at the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club coaching courses at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage from Wednesday to Friday. The series for coaches and athletes will consist of courses in three categories, to be held simultaneously. Those attending must choose one of the categories - the coaching clinic or either the ASA Level 1 or Level 2 coaches' course. Van Zyl, who is targeting a fourth appearance at the Commonwealth Games this year, will be joined by experienced Pretoria coach Hugo Badenhorst and former national middle-distance runner Ilze Wicksell at the course, where they will assist coaches and athletes. Badenhorst, who will be specialising in jumps, has been involved with athletics in Gauteng North for more than three decades and is chairman of the Athletics SA coaches' committee. Wicksell ran for South Africa from 1980 to 1983 and again at the African Championships in 1993. She holds the national record for the 1 000 metres. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were delighted to have the trio at the clinics. "It is really great to have high-profile athletes and coaches such as these to assist our coaches and athletes in the Eastern Cape," he said. The 32-year-old Van Zyl said he was relishing the chance to interact with coaches and athletes to possibly inspire the next generation. A Bestmed brand ambassador, the SA 400m hurdles record holder has been included in the preliminary SA team for the Commonwealth Games. He won a gold medal and two silvers at previous Games meetings. "I am fully into training and aiming for, at least, a spot on the podium," he said of the Games, which will take place in Australia in April. "For now, though, I am looking forward to this week's clinic and to help athletes and coaches." Van Zyl added that his main objective at courses such as these was to motivate young . . .
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Critical reflections on Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Monday, December 18, 2017 : The end of November marked almost a year after the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (NMB Stadium) moved under the aegis of the city and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA). By any measure, it has been an interesting 12 months. During this period, stadium management were able to forge a new vision largest real estate asset into a working investment on behalf ratepayers and residents of the metro. We have had to come up with an entirely new and different business model too. The stadium was always intended as a multi-purpose venue. Traditionally this refers to multi –purpose in sporting codes but, the NMB Stadium through innovation and forward planning see this as a new way to change its business strategy, focus on a wider basket of events – rather than exclusively on soccer and rugby in particular. Several new sport, recreational and arts & culture events were added to the stadium’s calendar for the first time. The transition period has been challenging. We are pleased to announce that several new policies and procedures are now in place. To be sure: we’ve had to re-align the direction of ship an entity operated in the private sector to an asset under jurisdictions of various policies of the metro. This has also required retraining our staff in the way they think, operate, and deliver work. A key focus of development in the future will be the stadium precinct. Pending the outcomes of future feasibility and environmental impact assessment studies, the development will be envisaged as an office and retail complex and boutique hotel on the lake front, as well as a high-performance center and sports team headquarters next to the precinct B and C fields. This is the first step of many which could change the face of the North End area. It will also include the North End Lake front complex, new sports academy with gym and fields, rugby and football headquarters and . . .
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Christmas will make an early appearance in Port Elizabeth when the monthly Valley Market, sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape, starts the festive season celebrations in appropriate style on Saturday. The organisers, Love Story, have been hard at work this week, transforming the venue, the old Tramways building near the harbour, into a Christmas wonderland. Love Story founder Elaine Watson, whose organisation use the event to raise funds for the destitute, said they tried to do something special for the December market every year. "All the vendors will follow a Christmas theme in their stalls," she said. "There will be gift shopping, a Santa Claus, a kiddies' cinema and live entertainment." A special touch this year would be combining Love Story's Buckets of Blessings campaign with the market, she said. "People are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items or sponsor a bucket for Love Story to distribute to the homeless over Christmas," said Watson. The campaign forms part of their ongoing work to help those in need in Nelson Mandela Bay. The local charity was founded by Watson and her husband, Luke, in 2012 to support the many destitute people in the region. Love Story run feeding schemes, distribute clothing to those in need and also work in hospitals, using the Valley Market's gate takings to support these activities. The market usually attracts about 1 000 visitors each month, but Watson said they were hoping to see double the number as a result of the extended hours. "This Christmas market will be held over 12 hours, starting at 9am. We hope to see a much bigger than normal attendance. "The night-time market will take on a different atmosphere, with TOPS tastings and live entertainment. "The kiddies' cinema will provide entertainment for the young ones while their parents relax and have a good time." For the energetic, Watson said there would be a 5km Valley Run, starting at 8am and going through Settlers Park. SPAR . . .
The SPAR Madibaz players continued to show their dominance in the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association's competitions by scooping a dozen awards at the organisation's annual prize-giving last month. Leading the way for the Nelson Mandela University club was Jeanie Steyn, who was named the region's player of the year. The number of awards continued a 15-year trend during which the university had become a dominant force in local netball, said Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen. "Although we did not win the league, you will find that most of the region's provincial teams were made up of Madibaz players," she said. "The exception is the team that play in the Brutal Fruit competition, because its composition is split 50-50 with Buffalo City." The success of Madibaz netball was due to the all-round contribution of players and management staff, she added. "For example, all the players who won awards have come under the guidance of (coach) Lana Krige, who has made a big impact on the sport at the varsity. "In addition, we have people such as Euleen Grobbelaar, who is our top technical official and does great work on that front in our club." Grobbelaar received the award for valuable technical official at the NMBNA prize-giving. Goosen also praised player of the year Steyn for her efforts during the year. "Jeanie struggled with a niggling injury, but she never stopped giving her all. That sort of commitment helped the club come through the year with top honours." Goosen said they were happy with the playing standard their teams had produced this year, including the Varsity Netball competition, in which they ended fifth on the final log. "Now we are looking to build for next year. We place a lot of our focus on recruiting local players because we have an abundance of young talent in the Eastern Cape." But they had to compete with other universities, which were also on the lookout for promising young players, she . . .
Having ridden a wave of success for six years, the Nelson Mandela University Squash Club have no intention of letting things slide as they enter what will be an important year in 2018. Under the guidance of coach Jason le Roux, who was named Eastern Province player of the year in October, the Madibaz men's team have won six first-league titles and five super league crowns since 2012. They have also shown constant improvement at the University Sport South Africa week, which they will host next year. Although they have not won the event, the men's side were unbeaten in 2014 and Le Roux said Madibaz were often mentioned as a team on the rise. They were still assessing who would make up the squad next year, but they were hoping to attract some strong players, he added. "We lack a degree of financial clout, but if we get some top players into our system we will have a strong team for the USSA tournament, giving us a chance to win the title for the first time. "Our women are good but we hope we can encourage some of the Nelson Mandela students who play largely on a social basis to join the club and increase the depth." After this year's USSA week, Madibaz' Hayley Ward and Bianca Brown were both included in the women's Top Six. Competing with bigger universities in signing up young talent remained a challenge, but Le Roux said their success was having some spin-offs. "There is definitely interest among local talent to join us and players from other varsities have also asked me if they could come to study at Nelson Mandela University. "We just need to work wisely with our budget to see how we can accommodate them." Le Roux ascribed their success to the pool of talent in Eastern Province and to the way the young players were managed. "Port Elizabeth has always had top juniors coming through the system and one of the key elements is encouragement. "Each player is different, so they must be managed in a way that encourages them to . . .