(Port Elizabeth) – Parents looking for ways to get their kids off the couch this National Youth Day (June 16) need look no further than the inaugural “Ride for the Youth” at Baywest Mall. This family-oriented mountain bike ride marks the official launch of the new Baywest Mall MTB Trails and is presented in conjunction with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, Old Mutual and Nutritech. Baywest Mall marketing manager Christopher Hutchings said the intention behind the event was to create a healthy and active way for families to spend quality time together. “As Nelson Mandela Bay’s premier shopping and entertainment destination, Baywest already has a great family-friendly offering. By taking it outdoors, we are simply expanding the variety of activities for moms, dads and kids to share.” Hutchings said the Baywest MTB Trails were designed to be scenic, accessible and enjoyable for social riders of all skill levels and technical abilities. “Of course, those family members who aren’t keen to break a sweat can still enjoy a coffee, watch a movie or do some shopping while waiting for the rest to finish.” The family-friendly line-up includes a 1km kids’ dash, 6km and 12km social rides, and an 18km feature race. The trails start near the fountain outside the Fun Factory entertainment wing entrance (Entrance 4). Registration will take place outside the ice rink between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday, June 15, and from 7.30am to 8.30am on race day. The event draws to a close with the official prize-giving and lucky draws at noon. Entry costs R20 for the kids’ dash (8.30am), R60 for the social rides (9am) and R85 for the feature race (10am). For more information, visit www.fattracks.co.za or follow Baywest Mall on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) broadly supports the move to underpin a proposed repositioning of the Department of Home Affairs via new anchoring legislation. The Department recently gazetted a discussion paper for public comment by 30 September 2017. However, SAIPA Technical Executive Faith Ngwenya says that two important areas warrant closer investigation and deeper discussion. “The Home Affairs mandate to manage and secure identity has always been vital, and is especially critical in the Digital Age, when people transact online and populations are extremely mobile. SAIPA thus supports the repositioning process, and the broad vision as sketched in the discussion paper,” Ngwenya explains. “However, we do feel that a more cautious approach is warranted when it comes to the funding strategy. We also want to express some reservations about the proposed strategy of cadre formation.” Ngwenya says that the move to reposition the Department and enact anchoring legislation should be seen in the context of a long process to create a robust identity custodian for democratic South Africa. A turnaround programme was followed by the huge effort needed to support the World Cup in 2010. Since 2012, a modernisation programme has sought to replace legacy systems with an automated, secure environment managed by professionals. It is complemented by the Moetapele Programme, aimed at improving processes and service delivery via better training of officials. Enable to deliver With these fundamentals in place, the repositioning programme is envisaged as a step change to enable the Department to deliver on its mandate, and to reposition itself as a foundational building block of national economic development and security. It will provide an integrated legislative framework that governs the Department’s work, and addresses key issues like funding, security, systems and capacity. All of this costs money, and the discussion document proposes . . .
Award-winning entrepreneur and business coach Anita Palmer has been appointed Business Manager of the Propella Business Incubator based in Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Palmer, the founder and publisher of Business Link Magazine for more than a decade, was the vice chair of the Port Elizabeth Business Woman’s Association. She is also a winner of the BWA Regional Business Achiever’s Award in the entrepreneurial category, and is qualified as business mentor with Mentors and Business Coaches International. “I’m thrilled to join such the dynamic team at Propella and look forward to steering the evolution of the organisation as a smart incubator for a smart city,” she says. “The opportunity to support and accelerate new innovation based technologies and advanced manufacturing businesses that change the lives of the citizens in Nelson Mandela Bay for the better is unique and exciting”. Propella – Nelson Mandela Bay’s Smart City Hub – is the city’s first innovation hub with a focus on ICT, renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing enterprises. One of its early incubatees, Nano Rubber Products, has already landed export opportunities to Japan and other international markets for its innovative products. The company’s founder Robert Bosch developed a process to replace zinc oxide in rubber for his doctoral studies and has commercialised this through Innovolve at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). NMU and Engeli Enterprise Development are joint shareholders in Propella. “Driving the commercialisation of smart products and services and unlocking the potential of individuals and their businesses is part of the Propella mandate and the team and I welcome engagement with entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers,” says Palmer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay - In firing surf at Supertubes, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay won the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial by powering through some of the biggest and deepest barrels of the day. Staples was in rhythm with the ocean from the start, picking up all the best waves on his route to the final. It was a cold and blustery JBay morning, but there were sets at first light and the contest organisers showed no hesitation in calling the event on. As the freezing offshore wind picked up, so the invited surfers hit the perfect lineup, with consistent six-foot waves pouring through. Former Championship Tour surfer Greg Emslie was a surprise elimination from round one, after leading for most of the heat. Greg caught a particularly long wave, and after his final turn and kicking out, found himself facing a huge set in front of the reef. "I got caught inside by a big set and pushed onto the reef," said Greg. "By the time I surfaced from the first wave there was another one, and more behind it. I hit the reef again and eventually got washed all the way down and came in." Former event champion Dylan Lightfoot and defending champion Steven Sawyer did not disappoint however, and both won their first round heats. With a wildcard into the Corona Open JBay as well as $10k (R127k) up for grabs there were some determined performances in the breezy conditions with no one giving any quarter. WQS competitor and perennial Supertubes standout Dale Staples from St Francis Bay shone during the first semifinal. With the swell still rising, Dale found some deep barrels, including one ridiculous 10-point barrel ride at the Impossibles section to emerge with a near-perfect heat score of 19.93 out of a possible 20 points, throwing away a 9.7 as his third wave. "It's really good to get such great waves for a contest," said Dale after his heat. "That ten-pointer was a nice set wave. It looked like it was going to run off away from me, but it actually held all the . . .
Mikey February In Action At The 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Photo: Alan Van Gysen The 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Video Highlights: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU YouTube: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Surfing: 2017 JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy Video Highlights here: https://youtu.be/An-4zDLHdOU . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 June 2017. The aftermath of devastating fires continues to affect the lives of thousands of people in the Southern Cape. The areas most affected are Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and surrounding towns, villages and informal settlements. The fires have been described as the most destructive spread of fire in a built-up area in the province in at least 30 years. They have caused loss of lives, the destruction of homes, and the evacuation of thousands of people. Given the extent of the tragedy, Vuma Reputation Management is calling on all South Africans to stand together and play their part in helping the communities whose lives have been devastated. “This is a national emergency,” says Janine Hills, CEO of Vuma Reputation Management and a member of the board of Brand South Africa. “Fire is a tragic, unexpected and traumatic experience that can leave you without your home, your valuable or sentimental possessions, and even your pets. “Having grown up in the area, I know some of the families and communities affected, and to witness the extent of the destruction is truly heart-breaking,” she says. “It’s at times like these that we have to roll up our sleeves and get involved. We encourage all South Africans to gather together and help the affected communities in whatever way they can.” The Southern Cape fire services and disaster management teams are doing incredible work, but others need to get involved, as displaced fire victims start to rebuild their lives, Hills added. By donating basic necessities such as clothing and household items, everyone can do their bit to help a family get back on their feet. Here are some of the simple ways Hills suggests that ordinary citizens can assist: Take a family in if their home has been destroyed Feed a family Provide people with sandwiches, tea and coffee Offer basics like toothbrushes, facecloths and bottled water Hand out blankets, sleeping bags and warm clothes . . .
Top Madibaz swimmer Alaric Basson is immersing himself in more ways than one in his preparation for the Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan, in August. The 21-year-old, who was named NMMU's sportsman of the year in 2016, has been on a mission to improve his times in a sport where every split second counts. "I have been working on a number of aspects to get faster and to become more efficient in the pool," said Basson, who notched up silver medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events at the national champs in Durban in April. "I have been focusing on my starts and turns and have been working on techniques to try and minimise drag. My coach and I have also been looking at ways to make my stroke more efficient." The Uitenhage-based student said he had also been hitting the gym to work on his core strength ahead of the Summer Universiade, also known as the World Student Games. "Now that I'm done with my exams, I'm able to be more consistent with regard to my gym work as well as putting in more yards in the pool." Although he admitted to a penchant for pizza and chicken wings, he said he had not changed his diet much apart from cutting down on junk food in an effort to keep his energy levels more constant. He is hoping that his attention to detail will convert into notable performances against his peers. "My goals are to improve on my personal best times. I haven't seen what the competition is like yet, but, based on the 2015 games, it will definitely be tough." Basson, who set personal best times in finishing second to Cameron van der Burgh (100m) and Daniel Swanepoel (200m) at the nationals, said the Summer Universiade levelled the playing field somewhat in the sense that, as students, everyone's focus was divided. Reflecting on his journey until now, the third-year building student said he started his love affair with the sport at a very early age. "I think I was about seven or eight years old." He said the rivalry between him . . .
Woodridge College caused an upset when they claimed the final spot in the provincial finals of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge after winning the Port Elizabeth Central tournament on Sunday. The champions had the edge possession and territorial wise against Alexander Road High, but, after failing to convert their short corners, they had to wait until the penalty shootout to seal the deal 2-0. The shootout saw Woodridge's first attempt blocked, but the ball was recovered on the rebound and hammered home. The second point followed after Woodridge's player was taken out by the goalkeeper, resulting in a free stroke. Woodridge join Kingsridge High School (East London Inland), Clarendon High School for Girls (East London Coastal), York High School (South Western Districts) and Kingswood College (PE North) in the grand finale in August. Union High School initially qualified for the finals in the PE North tournament, but will be replaced by runners-up Kingswood due to a clash in dates with the school's derby day. Tournament coordinator Peter Wilson said Woodridge advanced to the final after putting in a stunning performance in the playoffs against last year's provincial champions Collegiate. After finishing in a goalless draw, the 20-minute match went into the eight-second penalty shootout where Woodridge secured the win 3-2. The second playoff saw another pre-tournament favourite, hosts Pearson, fall 1-0 in penalty shootouts to Alexander Road after both sides failed to score during the match proper. In the playoff for third, Collegiate and Pearson drew 1-1 to share the spoils. Hockey Challenge national director Les Galloway said the tournament provided an opportunity for individual players to catch the eye. "It was an excellent event, with strong, competitive hockey on display. This is their chance to make an impression on the selectors as they aim for higher honours. "It also gives players the opportunity to measure . . .
Lots of little, can make a big difference. This is the philosophy of 100% not-for-profit social enterprise The Relate Trust, which sells handmade beaded bracelets to make money for charities globally - while creating hundreds of jobs for the underprivileged. The organisation is currently featured in Nedbank’s “See Money Differently” brand repositioning campaign, which highlights innovative ideas that make a big impact. So why did one of the top banks in South Africa choose to shine this focus on a not-for-profit social enterprise? Relate is the perfect example of making a little go a long way. In fact, as the advert states, “a R50 note becomes more than just money when you spend it on a Relate bracelet”. This is because when you buy a simple beaded bracelet at a till point, for under R50, you are supporting one of more than 90 credible causes. You also support the senior citizens who thread the beads to supplement their pensions. You support the youth who put together and pack the bracelets, while being upskilled in their chosen careers beyond Relate. And you support Relate’s enterprise development initiatives. The key to Relate’s success, allowing them to change lives in so many ways, lies in their unique business model - operating as a for-profit business would, and not relying on handouts. With all this in mind, you might “look at your money differently, and see beyond the paper”. “It is through opportunities from corporates like Nedbank, and from consumers, that we are able to do the good work that we do. Such high-profile acknowledgement of our brand enables us to continue to grow and help more and more people – in South Africa and around the world,” says Relate’s CEO Neil Robinson. To date, Relate has sold more than 2.6 million bracelets. All those small spends add up to make a meaningful and impactful difference: close to R50million for charities and job creation. The “See Money Differently” campaign asks you to “see money for the . . .
South Africa – The celebration of Fatherhood dates back about 100 years and although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries celebrate this day on the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day has become a celebration where families and children take one day of the year and dedicate it to Father’s with gifts, spoils and surprises. Jenny Morris, also known as the Giggling Gourmet is one of South African’s most-loved food personalities, author, writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity Chef, teacher, caterer and proud Siemens Brand Ambassador. Jenny has cooked for many celebrities and even royals including Prince Charles, Thabo Mbeki, Charlize Theron and Al Gore to name a few. But at the end of a busy working day, Jenny is still a family women and enjoys creating dishes that unites and spoils her family. With Father’s Day around the corner we asked Jenny in association with Siemens to share a heart-warming Butter Chicken Recipe that you can use to treat your Dad’s with. Here’s what you will need: 3 Tablespoons of Ghee or Vegetable Oil 6 Chicken Breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned) 1 Tablespoon of Mustard Seeds 1 Large Onion (finely chopped) 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh Ginger 1 Tablespoon of crushed Garlic 1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala 1 Teaspoon of ground Cumin 1 Teaspoon of ground Coriander ½ teaspoon Chilli Powder (or more if you like it hot) Pinch of Sugar Salt and Pepper 8 Cardamom Pods (toasted and seeds ground) 400 g Large Juicy Tomatoes (peeled and grated) 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste ½ Cup Chicken Stock 1 Cup Fresh Cream 100 g Cold Butter (cut into small pieces) To garnish off the ambrosial Chicken dish you will need: 4 Tablespoons Cashew Nuts (lightly toasted and chopped) Fresh Coriander Here’s how to put everything together: Heat 2 tablespoons of Ghee or Oil in a saucepan, and gently sauté the chicken pieces in batches till half cooked. Remove . . .