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 . . .
St Francis Links, St Francis Bay - St Francis College brings you the Monte Carlo Royale on Friday 23 June 2017. Book the date, because this exciting event, being held at the St Francis Links Club House, is sure to be great evening of rocking music, awesome food and a whole load of gaming fun. Gaming Events, a company from Johannesburg, will be facilitating the Roulette, Black Jack and Poker tables. Tickets cost R250 per person, and ticket price includes complimentary champagne, dinner, entrance into a lucky draw as well as ‘$500 funny money' to get the gaming evening started. Credit card facilities will be available for purchases of chips thereafter. Arrival at the event is from 19:00, and allows for an opportunity to browse our silent art auction, as well as other general auction items. Gaming tables will open at 20:00, and as dinner will be served canapé style, there is no need to book an entire table. The dress code for the evening is smart, but don't forget your dancing shoes, because there will be a dance floor and DJ set up in Jack’s Bar. For more information contact Heather White 082 292 5909 or the St Francis College on 042 294 1395 Tickets available online at qkt.io/MonteCarlo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Madibaz sportswoman of 2016, Jesse February, feels her time in India at the start of this year has adequately prepared her for the Commonwealth Chess Championship in New Delhi this July. February flew to India in December and toured the country with friends for a month as they competed in a number of tournaments in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. "We got a lot of experience there and even though I didn't do too well, because they are really good at chess, we all came back much stronger," said the former NMMU accounting student. February, who has been playing chess since the age of seven, pitted her mental wits against some of the country's younger players but found herself struggling to match their skill. "I found that a 10-year-old there can be even better than some of our top players, which is quite scary. "I played about 30 games over there and it gave me an opportunity to improve and work on my mistakes," said the junior national champion, a title she won in Johannesburg in April. It was her third consecutive win at the event and qualified her for the Commonwealth champs in New Delhi, India, in July, world junior champs in Italy in October and African junior champs in Togo in December. In addition to her title in Johannesburg, February also won the Individual Chess Championships in Mauritius earlier this month. The Port Elizabethan explained that chess was similar to other sports in that there were a number of ways one could prepare ahead of a big tournament. "To train we make use of chess books. These are instructive books that detail old games that have been played and include comment from people. "They are a good way to learn from the mistakes that others have made." However, February said these only helped up to a certain point and that it was important to spend time engaged in the practical aspect. "You can study as much as you want, but if you don't apply it then you'll never learn," she said. The 20-year-old spends . . .
Measles remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, claiming 134 200 lives in 2015, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of these deaths, the majority were children under the age of five. Measles is, however, a preventable disease for which a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, says Dr Anchen Laubscher, medical director of Netcare. “WHO has estimated that measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.3-million deaths internationally between the years of 2000 and 2015. This highlights the importance of using this vaccine to protect you and your family,” she adds. Recent outbreak In February this year, a local outbreak of measles was confirmed in Stellenbosch by the Western Cape Department of Health. Shortly thereafter, in March, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) issued a high alert following an outbreak of measles in the south of Johannesburg. A further 17 cases of measles were confirmed in Gauteng early in May. According to the Gauteng Department of Health, most of these individuals had not been vaccinated against the disease and 10 of the cases were linked to a single family who were not vaccinated, apparently for religious reasons. “South Africa’s last major measles outbreak occurred between 2009 and 2011, when some 18 000 cases were reported, and these recent cases are a most concerning trend,” Dr Laubscher observes. Highly contagious Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is one of the most dangerous of all childhood illnesses, according to Dr Laubscher. Measles causes a rash and fever and occurs mostly during winter and spring. It is generally prevalent among young children but can be contracted at any age. “Babies younger than one year of age, malnourished individuals or people whose immune systems are compromised, are particularly at risk of developing severe complications from measles. The most mortalities occur in people under the age of five and over . . .
Defending champions Gary Wheadon and Lizelle Goosen delivered decisive victories to retain their titles in the NMMU Madibaz Open squash championships in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. The 36-year-old Wheadon, from Milnerton in Cape Town, settled a score by overturning a defeat he suffered to Rudi van Niekerk in the Londt Park Open this year with a 3-0 result in the final. Since the tournament was revived in 2012, the lefthander has dominated the proceedings and added a sixth straight title to his collection on Sunday. The top eight men were divided into two pools, with Wheadon and Van Niekerk ending comfortably on top to qualify for the final. Goosen has also been a regular winner of the title and she went through the women's section unbeaten to be crowned the champion again. The top four women also played in a round-robin format. Jacqui Ryder and Bianca Brown both took games off Goosen, but got no further than that. Ryder beat Brown and Janet Byrnes to finish second. NMMU's Brown finished third after defeating Byrnes. Tournament organiser Sarah O'Grady said they were delighted with how the tournament unfolded after receiving 40 entries. "We divided the players into three men's sections and two women's divisions and we were very happy with the number of competitive matches we had over the weekend," she said. "The time allocations ran well, the players marked after their matches and the games were all played in a good spirit." Although they did not have a title sponsor, O'Grady said the committee had done much work to ensure an attractive line-up of prizes. "Besides the entry fees, we did not have a guaranteed cash sponsorship. But I must thank all those who came on board to support the tournament such as Romans Pizza, Sportsworld, Red Bull and Mount Vernon wine." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa has dropped a notch in its overall competitiveness. This is according to The 2017 Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). For 2017 South Africa has been 53 out of 63 countries surveyed by the IMD. In 2017 South Africa was rated at 52. The challenges cited for this grim performance include lack of sustainable and inclusive growth, high level of structural unemployment and lack of access to quality education. With a measly Real Domestic Product(GDP) growth of 0.3% and Consumer Price Inflation(CPI) hovering at above 6%, South Africa ‘s unemployment rate sits at about 27%. South Africa is ranked last in terms of employment. In 2016 South Africa‘s GDP hobbled to a better 1.3%. The WCY ranking is an annual report on the competitiveness of selected countries and is recognised internationally as the leading Executive Opinion Survey of competitiveness between nations. The rankings are drawn from a combination of hard data and the results of an Executive Opinion Survey. Productivity SA is the information partner for the IMD in South Africa. Despite the decline in economic performance, South Africa was ranked highly in terms of factors such as Cost-of-living index and an effective personal income tax rate. However South Africa dropped 10 places for Government Efficiency with a significant fall from a ranking of 40 in 2016 to a ranking of 50 for 2017. The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) rates the ability of 63 industrialised and emerging economies to create and maintain an environment that sustains the competitiveness of enterprises. Country data is evaluated through distinct criteria, grouped into four competitiveness factors, namely: government efficiency, business efficiency, economic performance and infrastructure. Economic performance has declined from 54 in 2016 to 59 in 2017. Government efficiency’s performance suffered a hard knock sliding ten places from 40 in 2016 to 50 in 2017. . . .
Collegiate, who won last year's provincial title, will be aiming to become the final provincial qualifiers when the PE Coastal leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge is held at Pearson in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. So far, four of the five regional qualifiers have been played, with Union High, Kingsridge, Clarendon and York having booked their places in the provincial finals at Woodridge, near Port Elizabeth, on August 12. A total of 10 teams will meet at Pearson on Sunday to decide the PE Coastal winners, an increase from the eight sides that contested the corresponding tournament last year. Hockey challenge national director Les Galloway, who will be attending Sunday's play-offs, said it reflected how the concept had been adopted by the schools in the region. "The interest and the excitement of the tournament have grown from last year," she said. "Now we have a situation where the challenge is becoming established on the calendar, creating some continuity. "More and more schools are becoming aware of the tournaments and want to get involved." She added they were looking forward to a day of quality schoolgirls' hockey. "This is an exciting region, with Collegiate being one of the top teams after they won the provincial title last year," said Galloway, who is based in KwaZulu-Natal and initiated the concept in that province seven years ago. "But you also have a very good side such as Pearson, and then there are a whole lot of other teams who will have a chance to prove themselves." Besides giving the schools exposure, Galloway said the challenge also provided an opportunity for individuals to catch the eye. "This is their chance to make an impression on the selectors as they aim for higher honours." The teams for Sunday's play-offs will be divided into two pools. Pool A will comprise Pearson, Woodridge, Victoria Park, Pearson Invitational and Nico Malan, while pool B will consist of Collegiate, Westering, . . .
ENTER THE JBAY WIND FARM MTB CLASSIC NOW! EXCITING ROUTE CHANGES ARE BOUND TO ATTRACT TOP RIDERS! Entries are open for the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic, to be held on the 22nd of July 2017. The event forms part of the JBay Winterfest and will showcase some of the finest trails in the surrounding area. Now in its fifth year, the event will offer something for riders of a range of fitness and skill levels. With the start and finish at the Kabeljouws Lagoon parking lot, there will be three routes available to riders: a 25km fun ride, a 50km half-marathon and an 85km ultra. This race carries the unique distinction of being the only one-day race in Africa to traverse a wind farm. The short route will be the same as in 2016, with the 50km marathon featuring a few changes, including one or two additional climbs. It is in the 85-kilometre ultra where seriously fit riders will be in for a real treat though. Traditionally an ideal shakedown training ride ahead of Transbaviaans in August, the route will be technical and tough and, almost completely different from previous years with a lot of new singletrack. (Watch the local press for a full route reveal soon). There will once again be R50 000 worth of prizes up for grabs, with a R10 000 first prize for both the male and female 85km ultra category winners. Enter today online at jbaymtbclassic.co.za. Visit the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic Facebook page. Entry Details: 85km Route R300,00 + day license R45,00 – 85km Minimum Age: Turning 19 in 2017* 50km Route R225,00 + day license R45,00 – 50km Minimum Age: Turning 15 in 2017* 25km Route R120,00 + day license R45,00 – 25km Minimum Age: Turning 9 in 2017* The day license only applies to Cyclists not registered with Cycling SA. * It is the Parents responsibility to know the CSA Age Restrictions for the distances. Online Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday 19 July 2017. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Saturday, 3 June The Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth will sizzle and shake once more when it hosts The Valley Market; an artisan food fair that brings together the best local exhibitors of high quality and organic produce into one magnificent hub. The charming indoor gathering, founded by the non-profit Love Story Foundation, has grown to be a highlight in “The Windy City’s” blossoming food scene. Here food lovers can sample mouth-watering meals, freshly baked goods, homegrown fruit and vegetables, handmade chocolates, crafts beers and wines, all while listening to proudly South African music from promising local bands. There’s also a fun ‘kids’ corner’ for the little ones to enjoy the day in a safe area with their peers, while the adults roam free, relax and enjoy. But unlike your average marketplace, what sets The Valley Market apart is that all proceeds raised from the R10 entrance fee are used by the Love Story Foundation to service the underprivileged. Through their feeding scheme, they help to stack the food shelves for over 20 soup kitchens, make 4000 sandwiches for hungry school kids and deliver 1000 grocery parcels to needy families; altogether serving 50 000 meals to needy adults and children who would otherwise without. To bring an added layer of convenience to the entire Valley Market experience, Zapper mobile payments has been integrated as the preferred payment platform. Patrons simply scan a safe and secure QR code with their smartphone at the entrance and then proceed to enjoy their day – no cash, no card, no hang ups. The Zapper app can also be used to pay for purchases on the day at all merchants who display a Zapper QR Code or signage. By using Zapper, you no longer need to worry about ATM queues or faulty card-swiping facilities – and running out of cash is a thing of the past. Friendly Zapper representatives will also be present at The Valley Market to assist potential users with downloads, explain the benefits of . . .
York High were crowned champions for the second successive year when they defeated Outeniqua in the South Western Districts final of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in George at the weekend. In shading their George rivals, York became the fourth team to qualify for the provincial finals to be played at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, on August 12. The other teams that will compete in the August finals are Union High, Kingsridge and Clarendon, with the final qualifiers to be decided in the PE Coastal leg at Pearson in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Tournament organiser Erica Combrink said it was a day of exciting hockey in George, with Glenwood House, Point and Oudtshoorn High also competing well. "The teams met each other in a round-robin format and, with the matches being played over 20 minutes, it produced some well-contested and fast-paced games." York went through the round-robin phase unbeaten and Outeniqua finished second on the log to qualify for the final. Combrink said the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after 20 minutes, which meant the game had to be decided in the dreaded eight-second penalty shoot-out. "York won the shoot-out 3-2 and will represent the Southern Cape at the finals in August." National director Les Galloway, who pioneered the concept in KwaZulu-Natal seven years ago, said the second year of the competition in the Eastern Cape was proving to be "another big success". "The tournaments have been a huge plus for all the schools, especially those who don't get much exposure in these types of events," she said. "The players are excited about it because there's a different feel as they meet new people and make new friends. "Some schools appearing in the competition for the first time have given brilliant feedback, saying their players were inspired to become even more involved in the game." As was the case in George, Galloway said it had become a hard, but fun tournament. "On the field . . .