What would a PE Waterfront be without a Yacht Club? * Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 'arrear rental' * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying a sporting body rental of R150.00 per month prior to 2000, ever increasing rental demands - some increases as high as 61% - have led to the TNPA instituting legal action against the well known yacht club. With humble beginnings from a 'garage' the club has grown to it's present size after reclaiming 66% of what was then broken land, building a hard and slipway and then re-building a clubhouse after the devastating fire in 2006. ABYC's sole reason for existence is 'Foster an interest in Sailing'. To that end the yacht club hosts regattas and services dinghy and yacht owners. A number of high profile and world championships have been hosted by the ABYC - Lipton Cup, Algoa Bay Week, J22 World Championships, Hobie 16 World Championships, Mirror World Championships, Annual Vasco da Gama Ocean Race and the 5O5 World Championships. These serve to showcase and support Nelson Mandela Bay's claim as the Watersport Capital of South Africa. A succesful partnership with LoveLife between 2003 and 2006 saw over 600 pupils introduced to the sport with five being chosen to continue on a higher performance level. In 2006 the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) signed a lease for a three year period to 31 May 2009 with the Transnet National Ports Authority. With escalations the rent payable was R23 010.90 per month at the end of the period. The lease allowed for the 2009 renewal of the 3 083 square meters occupied by the club. In 2009 TNPA, in reponse to an enquiry by ABYC, renewed . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 23 August 2017 – Servest recently donated R 10,500.00 to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in support of the phenomenal work being done by the hospital. Servest staff and management selected the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of the donation and on the 27th of July 2017 visited the hospital for a tour and to hand over the donation. Xolani Zuma, MD Servest Integrated Solutions commented " As a proudly South African company with a strong commitment to the communities we operate in we are delighted to grow our relationship with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital and will continue to support the great work being done by the team." In July 2017 Servest released the 2017 South African Facilities Management Research Report that looks at trends, forecasts and predictions in the facilities management (FM) sector. Servest made the research available free of charge to all role players in the industry and as part of the Servest Group’s Mandela Day fundraising initiative the company pledged R 50.00 for every person who registered and downloaded the research. The 24 page report zones in on the latest FM outsourcing trends, the challenges and expectations between buyers and providers, progressive local and global innovations for facilities service delivery and the major game changers and outlook for FM services in South Africa over the next five years. Servest was appointed an integrated facilities management services contract in late 2016 and was managing all facilities management services on site at NMCH until the opening of the hospital on the 21st June 2017. Since going live in June 2017, Servest are appointed as the provider managing all technical services at the Hospital. "There are a number of ways that you can remember Mr Mandela, he was a statesman but at his core, he loved children and we are proud to be associated with Mandela’s legacy” commented Steve Wallbanks, Servest CEO CLICK HERE to . . .
In an epic weekend of paddling, eight-times World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) and S2 partner, Lee Furby claimed a double victory, winning the KZN north coast’s 2017 Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and claiming the South African Doubles Surfski title. It was a busy weekend for McGregor, who also won Race 3 of the Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on the Friday night. Despite freezing weather conditions, the event attracted 179 paddlers of all abilities. The race broke records in terms of development paddlers – over 70 young paddlers from various academies in KZN attended the race. Following his victory on the Friday, McGregor set off to the KZN north coast to defend his title at the two-day Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge with S2 partner, Lee Furby. The two-day stage race saw paddlers take on a 32km out-and-back route from the Durban Underwater Club on Saturday, and a 32km paddle from Zinkwazi to Salt Rock on the Sunday. McGregor and Furby dominated from the start, winning the first stage with a 20-second lead. Seasoned paddlers, McGregor and Furby finished the first stage in 02:03:44.47, with Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet second in 02:04:04.05, and in third were Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in 02:04:18.78. Going into Stage 2 with a solid advantage, McGregor and Furby needed to maintain their strong paddling prowess but Woods and Nisbet still forced a sprint for the finish, with McGregor and Furby beating Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet to the line, claiming consecutive stage wins. The winning duo finished the second stage in 02:14:44.03, just ahead of Woods and Nisbet, who finished in 02:15:06.43. Third place again went to Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in a time of 02:15:57.70 “I am really stoked to take the win at the Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and the SA Double Surfski Champs with my partner Lee Furby – it was his first national title win. We had to dig deep on Sunday to get to . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton was recently given a sobering insight into the challenges mobility impaired people face in everyday life. As part of the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday initiative by the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities, Stapleton spent four hours in a wheelchair to gain insight into their world. With Denver Smith his faithful driver, his first task was to visit a retailer and buy bottled water from the top shelf of the fridge. "It was impossible to reach," said Stapleton. "I was able to stretch and tip a bottle off the shelf below, but I could not have my product of choice." Returning to his vehicle, Stapleton discovered just how difficult it was to move in and out of the car as he headed for his next assignment - having a document stamped at the nearest police charge office. "The staff at the Kabega station were very friendly and accommodating," he said. He then had to go to a post office to buy a stamp and found that the terrain caused moments of anxiety. "The steepish decline down to the building gave me a bit of a fright, and my soft ‘office' hands would need to toughen up," he admitted afterwards. Drawing money from an ATM left him feeling equally vulnerable. "I felt so low and exposed and could not prevent ‘lurkers' from seeing my pin number. It was not easy to see the keyboard and should someone have wished to mug me, I was a sitting target." The next assignment to use a public toilet created some fresh challenges. "This was unbelievable as the passage was very narrow," he recalled. "There was just enough space and my elbows were knocking against the wall. "To get access, you needed a R2 coin, which I didn't have. But I couldn't turn the wheelchair in the passage so had to reverse and call for help." His next stop, at a pharmacy, was equally daunting. "I was very wary of knocking delicate stuff off the shelves, although the pharmacist was friendly and . . .
Webtours, Durban, South Africa Webtours, which assists South African travellers book affordable travel packages across the globe, have recently revamped its www.justski.co.za website to better represent special packages from the top ski operators around South Africa. Webtours, an online travel agency, has been in operation since 2007 with a group of niche travel websites serving the different international destinations and packages which are favoured by South African overseas holiday and honeymoon options. Justski was launched today (17th of August 2017) and now offers a more diverse range of ski holidays featuring France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, China and even Dubai. The Webtours Group and Justski have partnered with the leading South African ski operators and the old website was no longer a clear representation of all the packages and holidays that they had on offer. The new website offers a more uncluttered design with better functionality which enables visitors to find the best ski package suited to their needs and make more informed decisions. The old website was also outdated and was difficult to keep up-to-date. The new Justski website will allow us to make quick edits. Currently we are experimenting with an API integration which some of our other websites enjoy and hope to add this to Justski in the upcoming months We are very excited to revamp our Justski website as we achieved top growth for Club Med ski holidays last season and with the new website we can now expand our services offerings across the board and continue the growth of the business. - Edwina Fletcher About Webtours Webtours is not simply a group of travel-passionate individuals, but a dedicated, dynamic team of Destination Specialists committed to providing the very best experience for both current and future clients. With a never-ending focus on attention to detail, personalised service and an insatiable taste for adventure, Webtours is, and will continue to strive to . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities. The two-year knowledge exchange project, which ends in October this year, focussed on Entrepreneurship, Modernization and Innovation in South Africa (EMISHA) and was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. “Our involvement in the EMISHA project has enabled us to better serve our innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, in line with global technology transfer best practice, while expanding our network of international peers for future partnerships,” said Leoné Nowell, Acting Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office. As an EMISHA project partner, Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office was able to acquire the Stepcraft CNC machine – now housed at Propella Business Incubator due to their advanced manufacturing development focus - to enable innovators and incubatees in the sector to create low volume 3-D prototypes. “Propella wishes to thank the Nelson Mandela University for providing this facility that will complement our current service offering within the prototype laboratory. This four-axis machining centre will now enable us to fine-tune prototypes and produce low volume ‘soft’ modules ideally suited for running pre-production trials,” said Propella’s Senior Industrial Advisor, Grant Minnie. One of the EMISHA project goals was to enhance effective university-industry relationships with the intention of expediting the commercialisation of technologies and assisting innovators to reach the market sooner. The consortium delegates attended a workshop hosted at Propella in November 2016 and were impressed by the close working relationship between Nelson Mandela University and Propella Business Incubator. Oddný Sverrisdóttir, Project Coordinator at Sweden’s Uppsala University International Office, said they had learnt a . . .
Port Elizabeth, 18 August. The rehabilitation of the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch is set to create significant opportunities for SMMEs in Nelson Mandela Bay the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. “The implementation of road safety measures and rehabilitation of the National Route R75 Section 1, which constitutes 13 kilometres, will create work for a minimum of 37 local SMMEs between 1CE PE and 6 CE PE CIDB grading within the Nelson Mandela Bay. Local labour from within wards 11, 14, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 36, 41 and 52 will receive opportunities for employment and skills training,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. The procurement process for the SMMEs has already commenced. This two-year project should be completed in May 2019. “Route 75 is known as one of the major National Roads within the Eastern Cape’s interior and connects Uitenhage with Port Elizabeth. The National Route R75 is widely used by motorists travelling between Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth including pedestrians. The 37 local SMMEs will get the opportunity to participate in a development project that will boost their experience and revenue,” said Peterson. Some of these sub-contracting opportunities include, but are not limited to: the removal, relocation and/or installation of traffic signals, accommodation of traffic, road widening excavation and installation of sub-soil drains, drainage systems, and concrete linings for open drains, animal fencing, and concrete palisade and road markings. “There is also an introduction of a Sanitation and Waste Disposal and Environmental Project which will also allow SMMEs to participate,” Peterson concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A K2 Gold and a K1 Silver medal is how the world’s most successful paddler ended his South African Marathon Team selection campaign at the South African Flatwater Marathon Canoeing Championships at Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg this past weekend. Hank McGregor (Jeep Team, Euro Steel) knew there were just two spots on the national team in each age division and with the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships just under a month away, only the best of South Africa’s paddling crop would make it through K1 and K2 selection. The paddling giant, McGregor, made no mistakes. In Saturday’s K1 title race, reigning World Marathon Champion, McGregor, battled it out against seven-time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner, Andy Birkett and Czech national team paddler, Jakub Adam. The final lap of the sought-after K1 title race ended in a sprint for finish with Birkett pipping McGregor to the line by just two seconds in 02:12:16 with McGregor in 02:12 18, and Adam in 02:12:20. The K1 result ensures Birkett and McGregor will represent South Africa at the highly anticipated, ICF World Marathon Champs to be held in South Africa at Pietermaritzburg’s Camps Drift from 8 to 10 September. Said a happy Hank McGregor, “Job done - selection for the South African Marathon Team. It was some awesome racing in PMB. I really enjoyed my race and am stoked to be racing marathons again. I’m really looking forward to World Champs with my fellow team mate, Andy Birkett!” The men's K2 race was just as fast and furious after whittling down to just four boats turning for the final 800m dash to the finish of the eight-lap, 30km race with Hank McGregor/Jasper Mocké, Andy Birkett/Jean Van der Westhuyzen, Stuart Maclaren/ Kenneth Rice, and Brandon van der Walt/Clint Cook all firing for the line. McGregor and Mocké reigned victorious beating Birkett and van der Westhuyzen by just two seconds in 02:03:13. Birkett and van der Westhuyzen (02:03:15) fought to the line to beat third placed Maclaren and Rice . . .
Top South African triathlete, Michael Lord (Jeep Team) showed his class at the 2017 Banhoek Duo Challenge, successfully defending his title to claim his fourth consecutive title win. The Banhoek Conservancy was established in 2013 by a group of farmers in an attempt to protect the environment and to uplift the community. The conservancy generates an income by providing well-designed, permanently marked, off-road tracks for trail running and MTB. Lord won the 37.5km Duo Challenge, a 2.5km trail run, 25km MTB and a final 10km trail run, through the scenic Banhoek Conservancy, just outside of Stellenbosch, in 02:06:00, five minutes ahead of second-placed Matthew Richard Daneel. Coming home in third was Gary Thomas in a time of 02:15:20. In the women’s race, Delmence Niland finished first in a time of 02:17:06; Marguerite van Niekerk finished second in 02:42:4, and rounding off the podium was Marleen Lourens in 02:45:35. Results – Duo Challenge Long Men 1. Michael Lord 02:06:00 2. Matthew Richard Daneel 02:11:05 3. Gary Thomas 02:15:20 Women 1. Delmence Niland 02:17:06 2. Marguerite van Niekerk 02:42:43 3. Marleen Lourens 02:45:35 OTHER JEEP TEAM NEWS MTB – Trans Baviaans MTB Race This past weekend saw mountain biker Pierre Smith (Jeep Team) and mixed partner, Mariske Mclean, race the one of the toughest MTB races of the year, the epic 24-hour, 230km Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon. The 24hr, single-stage race from Willowmore in the Eastern Cape Karoo to Jeffreys Bay covers some 230km through the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Labelled as the ‘longest and toughest single-stage team MTB event’ in the world, the route, through spectacular scenery and rugged mountain ranges, was unmarked, and with a late start, the over 1000 riders entered, are forced to endure night-time riding – a true test of orientation skills, character and endurance. Says Smith following the race, “The . . .
As she lives out her dream job, Madibaz Sport manager Melinda Goosen will be aiming to impart her knowledge to the University Sport South Africa squad when she attends the World Student Games this week. Sports-mad for as long as she can remember, Goosen will be part of the USSA management group, specifically taking charge of the swimmers for the event, which starts in Chinese Taipei on Friday. Having excelled as a field athlete and at netball during her career, she is now in charge of aquatics and netball at Nelson Mandela University and feels she has the perfect job. "I think to be able to live your passion every day through your job is a privilege," said Goosen. "I love working with people and I love sport." Having first travelled to Shenzen, China, in 2011, it will be her fourth trip as part of the USSA delegation and Goosen said her job was to take the worry out of the system for the swimmers. "I need to make sure all the logistics are in place for the team and the swimmers before, during and after the tour," she said. "Their main focus is on swimming and the rest is for me." Madibaz swimmers Alard and Alaric Basson are also in the USSA squad and Goosen said they were all looking forward to "an amazing event". "It is the second biggest multi-coded sport event in the world after the Olympics. It is a fantastic showcase of talent and you get to see some of the best in the world in action." Goosen, who attended Charlo Primary and DF Malherbe High, said her passion for sport came from her "sports-crazed family". Not limiting herself to anything in particular, she did athletics and cross country, played netball, tennis and even cricket for her primary school's U13A boys' side. "I literally did as many sports as I could and also won a national U13 multi-skill and fitness competition." She said she cut back on her schedule in high school, giving up tennis and cross country to fit in her major sports of athletics and netball. Goosen . . .