Madibaz artistic swimmer Courtney Musson continues to impress in the national arena. She returned from the national championships in Durban last week with a haul of six medals - one gold and five silvers. The 24-year-old Nelson Mandela University student was part of the Eastern Cape artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronised swimming) team which competed in the event. She was delighted with her results and is now waiting on tenterhooks to find out if she will be included in the South African team to compete in the World Championships to be held in South Korea in July. "I was extremely happy with how I performed in my events, especially in my individual events," said the human movement science masters student. "I did, however, narrowly miss out on a gold in my technical duet event with my partner Nina Smith (from Port Elizabeth), but we were still satisfied with our silver as we have only been swimming together in this category for less than a year." Musson, who went to school at Erica Primary and Collegiate High, admitted to a degree of nervousness going into the championships. "I specialise in the individual events, also known as a solo, which includes a technical solo category and free solo category," she explained. "The technical routines are the most difficult category for the soloist as they incorporate movements that all the athletes have to perform within their routine. We are judged on how well these movements are executed. "The technical solo was one of my toughest routines that I had to perform at competition and previously, in December at our national club competition, I did not meet one of the criteria in the routine. "This drove me to improve on this aspect for the national competition." Adding to the pressure was the possibility of making the team for the World Championships. "The SA nationals also served as a platform for final selection for the world event," added Musson. "This was the second round of trials . . .
The Madibaz Rowing Club returned from the University Sport South Africa sprints regatta with its reputation firmly enhanced following some notable performances during the competition. Leading the way was Alex Ennis, who became the first female Nelson Mandela University rower to be awarded Grudge (half) colours at a USSA event. The event was held at the Misverstand Dam on the Berg River, near Porterville in the Western Cape, from April 5 to 7. Having only started rowing last year, the 22-year-old Ennis said she had worked hard to move to the next level. "I look back on 2018 as a total beginner's year," said the biokinetics student. "This year I wanted to compete in the A division and work towards a goal of attending the World University Rowing Championships in 2020 or 2022, or both." She explained the concept of being awarded USSA rowing colours, known as Blues and Grudge. "Blues and Grudge is the selection and racing of the top university athletes in South Africa and is extremely prestigious within varsity rowing. "Both sweep and sculling boats are selected, with the top athletes being chosen to race in the Blues crew and the next best competing in the Grudge crew. Both crews then race each other over the sprints course. "Blues and Grudge racing takes place after the last races on Saturday at the USSA sprints regatta. "Selection for Blues and Grudge starts early with athletes having completed 1km and 2km ergo trials in the beginning of the year, aiming to meet predetermined cut-off times. Finally their overall performance at USSA sprints is considered by the selectors." Ennis added that her expectations going into the USSA tournament were unknown, having only previously competed in the novice section. "I had never raced these experienced individuals before, so the goal was to go out and try my hardest with all the hard work I had put in beforehand and I am really glad it paid off." She said the team members, consisting of nine . . .
Former presidential security chief Rory Steyn delivered a fascinating address at Nelson Mandela University on Thursday in which he said the lessons he learnt from Madiba remained as relevant today as they were back then. The talk at the Port Elizabeth university's council chambers was a Madibaz Sport initiative, set up last year to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth in 1918. An ex-policeman, Steyn formed a close relationship with the late South African president when he was a team leader with the Presidential Protection Unit during Mandela's term from 1994 to 1999. The humility of the legendary statesman shone through during Steyn's address and the lessons he learnt from Mandela which he shared with the audience still resonate today. Steyn said he always grabbed the opportunity to talk about Mandela's legacy, particularly to the younger generations. "You, as students, are the future of our country and some people are already forgetting the lessons Madiba taught us and I don't want that to happen," he said. "So I take any chance I can to spread the message of what Madiba taught us and hopefully for you to implement it in your lives, which is something I try to do as a father." One of his earliest memories of Mandela's life lessons came after the assassination of Chris Hani on April 10, 1993, just more than a year before he became president. "I was overseas at the time, but much later my colleague and fellow team leader in the PPU, Jason Tshabalala, told me what happened when Mandela heard the news. "Although he was weary from travelling overseas to raise funds for the 1994 election, Jason said he was called by Mandela on the Sunday morning after the assassination, who told him to take him to the SABC. "There he got himself live onto every SABC radio station and TV network so he could speak to the people of South Africa, saying ‘We understand your anger and what has happened is a terrible crime. But please, do not take the . . .
The Madibaz cricket team will get a chance to test themselves at the highest level in South African club cricket when they compete in the CSA Momentum National Club Championship in Pretoria, starting on Saturday. David Masterson's side secured their spot in the national event by defeating Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape play-off in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. After totalling 237 in their innings, Madibaz dismissed Fort Hare for 138, making amends for the defeat they suffered against the same opponents in the corresponding match last year. Now the skipper wants them to carry over the determination they showed in the play-off to the week in Pretoria. "We were very determined to win the game and to get to the club champs," said Masterson. "It was a must for our club and it was very good to see the right approach from all the players. "We feel that we have done one part of our job. Playing at the highest level of club cricket is what we need to do and we will experience that in Pretoria from this weekend." He acknowledged that the team would need to show self-belief against their national peers. "We are relatively inexperienced and that is a major thing at big weeks like this," said Masterson. "So to get the youngsters to believe in themselves and to take as much pressure off them as possible is what I will try to do." While they will face different conditions in the Highveld atmosphere, the Madibaz skipper said they were ready for the challenge. "I still believe that no matter where you play the team who plays better cricket on the day will win. So that is all we'll have to do. "Our team culture is a massive strength and the guys are willing to play for the team and each other. The balance in our playing 11 is also usually good, which comes from having a strong squad. "Even though we may be missing a few key players to the CSA Three-Day Provincial Cup final and the Warriors, I definitely feel we can be competitive in the . . .
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 09 April 2019- Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, Nelson Mandela Bay’s original coffee roastery has donated over R17 000 to Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS PE) to bolster their vital transportation fund. The donation is credited to the support received from coffee lovers across Nelson Mandela Bay and beyond who purchase hessian bags from the coffee roastery, who recently moved to their new home at 92 Main Road, Walmer. Green coffee beans are transported in these hessian bags from coffee growing countries around the world and can be reused for various purposes due to their sturdy nature. This donation will cover AWS PE’s entire transport costs for one month, keeping them mobile and able to best serve our animals in need. Reliable transportation is required to carry out premises checks at adoptive homes and to facilitate the mobile clinic operating in Walmer Township. AWS PE is also required to transport stray animals collected from veterinary practices and members of the public and provide animal crematorium services to veterinary practices and the general public. “The donation is much needed and will help us in our goals immensely”, stated AWS PE Manager Hannes Stander. Preparation is currently underway for their annual Shelter Sleepover fundraising event happening on the 13th April 2019. Funds raised are to be used for the purchase of a new or gently used vehicle. “We’re always happy to assist AWS PE”, said Ryler Masterton, “and are positive that the donation will help them continue their selfless and much needed work in our community.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen wants his team to emulate their defensive display in the semifinals when they face Cape Peninsula University of Technology in the FNB Varsity Shield final on Thursday. The match will take place at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth, kicking off at 6.15pm. It will feature the top two Shield teams this season after the Nelson Mandela University outfit went through the round-robin phase unbeaten and CPUT lost just once - to their PE rivals. The Madibaz won their head-to-head encounter 38-21, but Esterhuizen said they were well aware of the attacking abilities of their opponents, which would test their defensive systems. "I think we did really well on defence in the semifinal against University of KwaZulu Natal, not conceding a point," he said, referring to last Thursday's 46-0 win. "But we know that CPUT are a quality side and have registered a number of high scores against other teams. That shows they have a good attack and our defence will need to be on point again." He added that the Cape team liked to play at a fast tempo, but backed his team's structures to cope with what lay ahead. "The guys' hearts and attitude are in the right place for defence, as we showed against UKZN, and we will be ready for their tactics. "In the first game of the season they showed their intentions with their fast play and quick taps. It is similar to how UKZN play, so we know we need to be prepared for that." Although many of the players in a relatively young team have not appeared in a play-off before, Esterhuizen said they were excited about the opportunity. "It's true that we don't have a lot of experience in these sorts of matches so we don't quite know what to expect. "But the guys are confident enough to put up a good performance and not let anything distract them. "The fact that it is a final doesn't mean we need to change anything. The stage is a bit bigger, but the strategy we have followed in . . .
The Madibaz cricket team will be aiming to capitalise on their thrilling league victory by qualifying for the national club championship in the Eastern Cape play-off in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The Nelson Mandela University outfit will meet Fort Hare University at the Madibaz Oval to decide who will represent the region at the CSA Momentum National Club Cricket Championship in Pretoria from April 13 to 17. Skipper David Masterson's side were crowned Nelson Mandela Bay premier league champions in the tightest of finishes to the season when they defeated Madibaz 2 on Monday to edge Gelvandale for the title. Masterson said they were relieved at the final outcome. "We are extremely hard on ourselves when it comes to the league because we set ourselves the goal of winning it each year," he said. "When we don't it's very disappointing. So obviously we were a happy camp, but relief was probably the main feeling. "However, credit must go to the other clubs for their efforts this season because it was a real challenge right until the end of the programme." Looking ahead, Masterson said they had their full attention on the play-off with Fort Hare. "Last year we went down narrowly to them in the decider, so this time we are determined to make up for that. "There is still plenty of motivation in the squad, even though we will be missing some key players, who will be at the CSA Future Cup this weekend. "But we need to back our squad. We haven't been to club champs for a couple of years so the desire is there to make it this year." The skipper added that winning the league was an important achievement for the Madibaz club. "It's a big thing for us because it means we have completed the goal we set ourselves at the start of the season. "In addition, it shows that Madibaz is a strong breeding ground for future stars, as demonstrated by the number of players from the varsity who have ended up playing for the EP team. "We have a very young . . .
A legal expert has cautioned employers that they can still be found guilty of committing an unfair Labour practice, despite a recent judgement by the Constitutional Court, easing the burden on employers when dealing with precautionary suspension. Last month the Constitutional Court upheld a judgement passed by the Labour Court which states that an employer is under no obligation to provide an employee with the opportunity to offer representation before placing them under precautionary suspension. But Advocate Tertius Wessels, Legal Director from Strata-g Labour Solutions, explains employers can still fall foul to violations. “The recent judgement by the Constitutional Court clarified what had been murky waters for employers and employees engaged in precautionary suspension. Employers will often consider it necessary to suspend an employee, on full pay, pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged misconduct and/or pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. In terms of the judgment, Employers are no longer obliged to afford an employee a reasonable opportunity to provide reasons why he/she should not be suspended. Prior to this judgment, an Employer was required to notify an employee that the Employer is considering suspending the employee pending the finalisation of an internal investigation or the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. More specifically, an Employer was required to afford said employee an opportunity to advance reasons as to why the suspension should not be implemented, before a final decision was made. In terms of the Constitutional Court’s judgment, Employees, do not have an express right to advance reasons as to why the suspension should not be implemented. This also means employers are now in a position to impose precautionary suspension in a less encumbered fashion,” Wessels says. There are generally two forms of suspension in the workplace. The first is termed a 'precautionary suspension' and refers to the practice of . . .
It will be more of the same in terms of preparations by the FNB Madibaz rugby team as the FNB Varsity Shield reaches its business end with this week's semifinals. The matches take place on Thursday, with the Nelson Mandela University outfit hosting KwaZulu-Natal University at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth at 7pm. Madibaz coach Jarryd Buys said they understood the magnitude of the occasion, but they would not change an approach which had brought them six wins out of six games so far. "We know that past results don't count for anything now, but we'll not treat this game any differently to the others we have played this season," he said. "We will be following the same processes we have had in place since the first warm-up game early in the year. "Our focus is on making sure we stick to the basics and not try to do anything fancy. "What we have done so far has earned us 30 log points and we just want to make sure we improve on what we have been doing and strive to be better in the semifinals." Madibaz wrapped up the round-robin phase of the competition with a 32-9 win over Fort Hare University last Monday and have had some time off since then. Buys felt the slightly longer break had come at a good time for the squad. "I think it will help us because the last game in Alice was played in heavy rain and it turned into a forward-orientated game. "The guys' bodies were a little bit sore after that, so the extra days will definitely help. "In addition, they have had academic commitments to fulfil and it has probably worked out for the best." He added that it had given them an opportunity to focus on areas of concern they had spoken about this season and to try to improve on them. The Kwazulu-Natal side would present a huge challenge, the coach said. "UKZN stayed in the fight for a long time in our earlier game this season and we have to make sure we get the basics right from the get-go. "This is a chance for the team to . . .
The legendary wave at Mavericks is a notorious beast, where some of the most famous rides in history have been claimed off the Northern Californian coast. Heading to tame the infamous wave, Nic Von Rupp lined up a trip of his dreams and along the way managed to pull of a historical feat that few before him have conquered. Mavericks is a raging A-frame wave with a chunky lip that is challenging and fast, even for the world’s best big wave surfers. Famously a left, the cold-water spot can produce a rare left and it was this challenge that Nic set his sights: “On my way to Mavericks, the only thing I could think of was going left out there.. that wave has so much potential, probably the meanest, biggest paddle approachable slab around. After 3 sessions out there, I quickly saw my dream of slipping into one of these beasts diminishing. So much risk involved.. you gotta be under it, dodging 20ft sets.. seems like all the energy of the right bends into the left and dumps into edge of the ledge. You get pounded, you go to deep dark places, scraping for your life. What about trying to knife a 9.9 into a steep ledge like this. But that’s what makes it special.”- Nic Von Rupp YouTube: https://youtu.be/AQHXXw_prlA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .