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 . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .
8 August 2017, Johannesburg South Africa: International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with Bottega InvestCo, in the acquisition of integrated ICT services company Getronics The transaction, which is supported by Investec, will enable Servest to play a leading role in the workplace technology market and provide a seamless FM and mobile technology offering to its growing client base and comes at a time when workplace management is increasingly focused on digital transformation through the development of smart buildings and the Internet of Things. With operations in 22 countries and covering more than 100, Getronics provides a complete portfolio of integrated ICT services including solutions focused on Workspace Management, Managed Cloud, UC & C, Network and Applications, for large corporates and the public sector. It has in-depth experience in application and solutions development and provides FM-specific products in the corporate, healthcare, and transport sectors among others. In addition, Getronics has five global multi-language service centres that will initially support Servest’s expansion across Europe and Asia, and ultimately to Servest clients in South Africa and Sun Saharan Africa by providing help desk solutions which offer insight on customer satisfaction, churn rates, service issues, and contractor performance, integrating different communication technologies such as instant messaging, chat, telephone and email. This will enable Servest to reduce help desk demand, expand contact service hours and improve service delivery time. “This transaction will allow Servest to lead the way in bringing smart building technology and the Internet of Things to our FM customers globally. While other FM companies have formed partnerships with ICT providers, the Getronics acquisition will ensure that our joint offering to our customers is seamless,” said Rob Legge, Group CEO at Servest. Nana Baffour, who led the transaction on . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng -- 07/26/2017 -- Great news for companies on the look-out for high performance workplace speakers and facilitators, who can inspire and transform their employees, team working, trust and organisational effectiveness and performance...sustainably! Tony Dovale’s Revolutionary Workplace High-Performance GO Mindsets business talks are different from other speakers, because he brings about a transformation in the consciousness AND mindsets of his audience, that help participant activate and perform to more of their potential. Tony Dovale, the founder and CEO of Life Masters: a Human Element Optimisation and Workplace Performance and Engagement Improvement company, points out that he is very different from other Business speakers because of his new MIND-GROW-TAINMENT talks and action learning team building TEAM-FLOW-GROW experiences, that bring about powerful shifts in the mindset and self-awareness of his audiences. Says Tony Dovale, "Times are getting tougher, so we need tougher top performance people…that's why our new Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace creates exponential impacts and brings about incredible results, that not only support people, teams, and leadership but also positively impacts organisational culture and profits as well. Unlike the short-lived impacts of motivational style speakers, the impact of Tony's business talks creates in the heads and the hearts of listeners, have potent positive and long lasting impacts on multiple levels. The Consciously Constructive Revolutionary Workplace CLEARx High Performance approach His holistic high-performance framework under the Revolutionary Workplace System is called CLEARx. Tony is uniquely positioned, ahead of other motivational speakers, because his CLEARx high-performance Framework creates exponential results for people, planet and profits. Through his #FutureFit Mindset approach, he activates growth, resilience and courageous mindsets in his . . .
SEESA and Hot91.9FM are giving one lucky candidate the opportunity to win a bursary to the value of R100 000 to study towards a degree in accounting. On 3 August 2017, Hot91.9FM’s Breakfast Show with Darren Scott announced that nominations are now open to stand a chance to win this bursary as part of Hot91.9FM’s #JoburgsHottestBursary campaign. For the entire month of August 2017, listeners from the public can nominate candidates for this bursary by sending an email to email@example.com (subject line: SEESA Bursary) with their motivation as to why they must be awarded the bursary or visit http://www.hot919fm.com/joburgs-hottest-bursary/. “Our goal is to contribute to South Africa’s future through tertiary education. We are starting with Accounting bursaries and hope to develop the successful candidates to Chartered Accountants.” – Roelof le Roux, SEESA Financial Director Candidate nominations are open until 31 August 2017, after which Hot91.9FM will announce the bursary winner in September 2017. For more information about this initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa’s current economic slump means companies are tightening their belts, looking for ways to optimise their operations and make sure all their strategic efforts reflect positively on the bottom line. Within this milieu, the traditional Agency of Record model has begun to make way for the Agency of Return, or strategic brand partner, who understands that while brands work with many stakeholders, what they really need is a single view that gives them a no-nonsense understanding of which efforts yield the best return on investment (ROI). NXT CEO, Wayne Levine, says while traditional agencies might create beautiful campaigns, brands are often left in the dark when it comes to ROI. “More than ever before, they need to know whether their campaigns worked and how many sales can accurately be attributed to their efforts.” NXT is a digital innovation business that has worked on renowned brands for the past 10 years. The vision for the business is to harness lessons learnt over the last decade to inform the future and the next level of digital innovation in enhancing its understanding of consumer behaviour and digital customer engagement. Having spent several years working with South Africa’s leading agencies, they have married what they have learnt in the advertising and agency world with their technical expertise. Levine says a marketing budget is an investment in a brand. ‘Sensible intelligence around Knowing Your Customer should dictate how it is most effectively spent. And this is where enrichment versus attribution comes into play. The ‘Agency of Return’, is a shift from the typical approach of big campaigns that push brand loyalty which is often built from misinformed data which results in loss of revenue for the brand. The model of ‘Agency of Return’ removes fake customer profiles, misinformed data, etc, which regularly limits the brand’s understanding of its diverse customers. NXT wants the brands it partners with to resonate with their . . .
SA MD Arshad Abba promoted to Global Vice-President of consulting powerhouse Global management consulting specialist the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Canback is targeting Africa for future growth as it expands its presence and makes key appointments in the region. The company recently promoted its South African MD, Arshad Abba, to one of 2 Vice-Presidents of its holding company EIU Canback Inc., responsible for Africa Canback, which is North America’s fastest growing consulting firm, now has core offices in Johannesburg, Boston, Chicago, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore, and satellite offices in Tokyo, Mexico City, São Paulo and Jakarta. Canback has worked on the ground in 82 countries since its founding in 2005, helping clients draw reliable, fact-based conclusions through data-driven analysis. The elite management consulting and related services firm’s new drive is to deliver cutting edge management science, predictive analytics, and consumer market knowledge to more African companies as it entrenches its position in Sub-Saharan Africa Canback’s aim of being “managerially relevant-analytically robust” is central to what they do. EIU Canback was acquired by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2015. As part of the Economist Group, they share the same principles of independence and intellectual rigour. “We are committing a lot more resources to South Africa with a view to expanding across the region and will be making more senior appointments in coming months. We are excited about potential in the fast-moving consumer goods, retail, financial services, telecommunications and public-sector areas,” says Abba. With certain multinational consulting companies recently caught up in a storm following leaked emails over state capture in SA, Abba says it is important to create the highest possible levels of accountability when undertaking consulting in any market – but especially in emerging markets where higher reliance is placed on . . .
Traditionally signalling the resumption of the cycling season after winter, the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship is again set to attract a bumper entry when it celebrates its 20th anniversary at Sun City next month. The two-day festival of cycling, which incorporates road and mountain bike races, also serves as a major fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), having bolstered their coffers with more than R3.5-million over the years. Spokesperson Sonett de Villiers said the popularity of the event was due to their objectives of making sure the cyclists were well looked after. "From an organisational perspective, we have always concentrated on delivering at a consistently high level," she said. "It is about attention to detail in pursuit of creating the best possible experience for participants. "In addition," she said, "the Cycle4Cansa event helps cyclists get back into the swing of things after winter, with the routes ideally suited for that purpose." With the landmark edition creating much interest, De Villiers expected entries to top that of last year. Therefore, she said, the fields for the mountain bike events on August 19 and the following day's road races would be capped at 1 500 and 4 000 respectively. She said ensuring the riders' safety was paramount and that Sun City gave them wonderful support in creating a safe environment for the mountain bikers within their grounds. "For the road race, we are again engaging with all the mines to ensure their trucks don't run on the Sunday morning." De Villiers said the road races reverted to their original Sunday slot last year and they found the roads much more conducive to a mass participation event. "The road races are now much safer and faster since the return to the traditional route." Bestmed marketing manager Sasja La Grange said it was an important race for them as their core strategy with Cansa was to create awareness for early detection and to live a . . .
In a major coup for the event, Tshwane Municipality have given the green light for total road closure for the Tshwane Classic cycle event later this year. South Africa's capital will join the country's other major centres in presenting a signature mass participation event, which will take cyclists past a number of historical landmarks on November 5. ASG Events operations director Darren Herbst said they were thrilled to have the local government on board. "Their partnership is a massive lift for the race, which was brought about by the dedication of Mauritz Meyer, who is passionate about cycling and about Tshwane. "Mauritz, who has been part of the organisational structure at ASG Events for the past 12 years, worked relentlessly to get buy-in from the City of Tshwane and his hard work has been rewarded. "Through this association we have been able to secure total road closure for the whole route. "Paramount, of course, is that it offers riders safety for the duration of the two distances (98km and 60km), which means they will be able to enjoy what is a really great route." He said the race would start and finish at the Voortrekker Monument and pass various historical landmarks in Tshwane, including Freedom Park and the Union Buildings. Herbst said ASG, who host major races such as the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, had revamped the Tshwane Classic to ensure it matched the status of other major city races. "The link with the municipality and all their stakeholders has obviously been the key to enable us to offer this top-class event," he said. "Many of the country's landmark cities have races, but Tshwane, as our capital, has never really had a mass participation race on this level." He said the local government had thrown their support behind the event because they were keen to promote the city as a premier sports destination. "This is one of the key points in having a mass participation race. It has taken some time, but everything is . . .