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 . . .
The Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hlamazi Mabunda as its project manager and consultant. Hlamazi graduated from the AAA School of Advertising with a Diploma in Integrated marketing communications and a specialization in business management more than six years ago. Her first job as an intern was at the IAS in its early days. Since then Hlamazi has held a number of roles in the industry where she has developed her marketing and business skills in both inbound marketing and e marketing. Comments Johanna McDowell, CEO of IAS, “Hlamazi’s return signals a new era of growth within the IAS. We have a number of new services that we are offering to agencies and clients and her role will be to help us manage these services along with all of the current work that we do as one of the leading intermediaries in the industry.” Hlamazi’s role is multi-faceted, comprising marketing to prospective clients and agencies, agency pitch processes, client and agency relationships and agency subscriber management. The IAS (Independent Agency Search and Selection Company) in association with the AAR Group (UK) was founded in South Africa by the Mazole Holdings Group in 2006. IAS specialises in client/agency relationship management and helping clients find agencies. International associate company AAR Group, was founded more than 35 years ago in the UK and has associates and branches throughout the world. The Independent Agency Search & Selection Company is committed to the international and local pitch guidelines as defined by both the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising UK) and the ACA (The Association of Communications Agencies SA). Mazole Holdings is a South African company owned 51% by Dan Moyane and 49% by Johanna McDowell. The IAS is a level 2 BEE contributor. www.agencyselection.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With over 40 000 public votes cast in the 2017 Coca-Cola Food Festival to select the regional semi-finalists representing South Africa’s favourite eateries, the public has a chance to sample these delights in person! Two regional semi-final events will offer great food and entertainment for the entire family. The Johannesburg event will be held on Saturday, 2 September at the James and Ethel Gray Park, and will represent regional finalists from the Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West. In addition to sampling delicious dishes from inland semi-finalists during the event, visitors will also have a choice of food stalls. Expect nine hours of family entertainment from 10am onwards with Micasa, talented local performers, celebrity chef Zola Nene, DJ Slique and comedian Mpho Popps all performing on the day. Young visitors will be entertained in a special Kiddie Zone. Tickets to the semi-final events are available from Computicket at R100 per person. A 50% discount applies for pensioners and entry for children under 12 is free. A second semi-final will have been held in Durban on Saturday, 19 August for entrants from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Semi-finalists will be selected according to three categories defined as ‘on the go’ meals which can be eaten off the premises, ‘traditional’ plated meals eaten while seated at the premises, and ‘gourmet’ which is defined as speciality cuisine dishes. Date: Saturday, 2 September Time: From 10am to 7pm (nine hours) Venue: James and Ethel Gray Park, Johannesburg Regions: Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West #CokeFoodFest / #CokeFoodFestZA Inland region semi-finalists Free State Paulo Pestana Trading Thaba'nchu Free State Mohodung Corner Thabong Free State Loopy's Cafe Bloemfontein Gauteng Lugz Douglasdale Douglasdale Gauteng White Cocoa Food Co Roshnee Gauteng Brewers BBQ Rietfontein Rietfontein Gauteng Brewers Family Restaurant . . .
MAC Design Inc. (A full service web design and digital marketing agency) launched a new website for Le Duc de Villa’s Praslin, Seychelles www.leduc-villas-seychelles.com. The website of Le Duc de Villa’s is created to seamlessly present all of the Villa’s, individual pages are created at the forefront without disrupting the online user experience and the website flow. The website serves as an online booking engine and a destination guide. The award winning villa’s of Le Duc de Praslin is an official nominee of 2017 “World Luxury Hotel Awards”. In order to get to know the villa’s as best as possible, we managed extensive visit to the location, allowing us to add a more personal touch to the website. Our design and development team focused on creating an incredible artwork for each of their properties and connected them all together and in collaboration of our digital marketing team, we created a clean easy to use navigation system, a stunning layout with striking content and imagery that complements the sophistication and comfort of a Four-Star accommodation in Praslin, Seychelles, with some of the best breathtaking views of the beautiful island. The website is completely “Responsive” and provides an optimal viewing experience on any device. This will allow prospective hotel guests to view the website on their tablet, smartphone or desktop computer. Ideally situated next to the crystal clear waters and white sand of the famous Cote d’Or Beach, Le Duc de Praslin is the perfect hotel for a relaxing holiday enjoying the beauty and hospitality that the island and its people have to offer. Set in award winning beautiful tropical gardens, with collections of fabulous orchids, and extensive ponds of Koi carp, Le Duc de Praslin consist of 43 modern spacious well appointed rooms of various categories to suit couples or families. Le Duc has won several accolades for its high standards of facilities, amenities, service and cuisine and is reputed to be the best . . .
The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) announced this week that ten outstanding educators from around the country have been selected as finalists in its long-running ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards. Set to take place as part of next month’s annual iWeek Internet industry gathering, the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a highlight of South Africa’s ICT in education advocacy community. The iWeek event will be held from 4 to 7 September 2017 at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, a spectacular landmark on Durban's Golden Mile. The competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2017 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classrooms, schools or communities. According to Project Manager, Milford Malunga of DEI, “The required projects submitted by the ten ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year finalists reflect the growing influence and importance of the wider, all encompassing digital environment. The judges were impressed by the ability of the finalists to translate global technological advances into local practical applications.” The ten educators selected as finalists will compete for the titles of ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and ISPA MobileTechTeacher of the Year and are as follows: Anel Flack (Hoerskool Standerton), Peter Lekolwane (Diopong Primary School), Mokhudu Machaba (Ngwanamago Primary), Matema Jacobeth Malatji (Diopong Primary School), Marina Myburgh (Crawford College Sandton), Dimakatso Sefora (Saron), Mokgethoa Ingrid Sethemane (Mashile Primary), Amandla Vinjwa (Sivile Primary School), Mmatjie Olivia Rasehlo (Toronto Primary) and Flora Lepota Mokaba (Badimong Primary). Several teachers are top achievers in previous ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competitions. After . . .
Effective Measure’s mid-year audience data results* have been released and 24.com has far out-performed its competitors. 24.com brands top six of the fourteen categories, and take second place in a further two. The results show News24 as the top news website for the first half of 2017. The platform clocked a total of 6 613 960 Unique Browsers** (UBs), which is a lead of more than 2.9 million over its nearest competitor. The News24 app ranks as the number one mobile property in South Africa with 4 275 135 UBs, an impressive lead of 3.2 million. **Effective Measure defines Unique Browsers as: “Each web browser (or device) visiting an audited site is assigned a unique ID to help determine browser uniqueness. This metric displays the number of Unique Browsers that visited a site within the selected reporting period.” Other impressive results for 24.com: Sport24: leading sports website (1 639 323 UBs) Fin24: leading business website (1 477 096 UBs) W24: leading style and fashion website (634 236 UBs) Health24: leading health and fitness website (1 131 887 UBs) Channel24 and Traveller24 are ranked as number two in the arts and entertainment and travel website categories respectively. In the mobile site category, the 24.com app offerings took five of the top ten spots as ranked by Unique Browsers. News24 and Sport24 ranked first and second; Fin24 and Channel24 fifth and sixth and Health24 took the tenth spot. Says Andreij Horn, Head of 24.com: “It is very gratifying to see how many of our brands ranked either first or in a strong second place, because that speaks to our commitment to be useful to our readers in more ways than just the breaking news we are known for. The investment we make in quality journalism shows in the fact that just the audience in the News24 app is larger than the total audiences across all platforms of any of our competitors. We believe that an informed populace is the corner stone of a functioning democracy, which is . . .
Onwards and upwards! The Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 is prepped and ready to take you on a magic rollercoaster ride into the world of fashion film and glamour like never before! The prestigious festival, now in its fifth successful year, is charged and ready to get pulses racing with a host of new activities and international sponsors, culminating in the two prestigious Oscar-style red-carpet gala events to be held consecutively in both Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time next year. “The Festival has grown each year in size and scope and we can confidently say that our local South African production is now the premier global Fashion Film Festival, attracting a host of new best-of-breed partners and entrants from around the world. We are proud to announce that Pernod Ricard has recently aligned with us through Jameson Irish Whisky, as have the iconic Napa Valley winery, Sterling Vineyards, who have been the exclusive wine partner at the Oscars for more than 10 years, as well as US media powerhouse FNL Network, who broadcast to over 60-million viewers,” enthused Adrian Lazarus, Founder and Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival. The evolution of the Festival now incorporates a series of structured monthly showcase events across SA, leading up to the gala events in April 2018. During these events, SA’s top local fashion film-making talent will be presented alongside international filmmakers in collaboration with the Bokeh partners. These ‘mini-festivals’ will deliver high level interaction between industry insiders, invited guests, VIPs, film makers, fashion designers, media and invited Bokeh fans for the full multi-sensory ‘Bokeh experience’. The annual calendar of events will create an innovative activation platform showcasing the aligned brand partners’ new products and, of course, the latest fashion film submissions from around the world. The events will also . . .
The 19th and 20th of August 2017 saw Jeep Team OCR Athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel, take on Race 5 of the Toyota Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the KZN North Coast. Over the weekend, the Toyota Warrior Series Race 5 attracted just shy of 2000 competitors eager to tackle the world-class obstacles in the seaside race. For van Tonder, the racing started on Saturday with the Reebok Individual Sprint race – a short, fast and high-intensity race covering 400m and featuring 10 obstacles. With a strong field present at the race, van Tonder was knocked out in the semi-finals. Sunday saw van Tonder and Deysel compete in the Black Ops Elite race, designed to challenge endurance, strength and agility, the most challenging race of the weekend featured 30 obstacles over a 15km trail. Thomas “BeastMode” van Tonder, finished the tough race in second place in a time of 01:44:06. First place went to Claude Eksteen in a time of 01:40:24, and rounding off the top three was Hlelani Radebe in 01:45:48. Van Tonder’s fellow Jeep Team athlete, Jay Jay Deysel, crossed the line in 21st place in a time of 02:20:39. Says van Tonder, “It was a crazy day of solid OCR racing. I took 2nd place behind ‘The Flash’, Claude Eksteen. Thank you to the Warrior Race for an awesome event. It was so much fun running on the beach.” The Jeep Team SA teammates then partnered with Dominique D'Oliveira to take on the Reebok Team Sprint race. The experienced trio finished in second place behind race-winners, Team Nevarest. Third place in the sprint went to the team BattleRush. Results – Warrior #5 Black Ops Elite Men 1. Claude Eksteen 01:40:24 2. Thomas van Tonder 01:44:06 3. Hlelani Radebe 01:45:48 Women 1. Trish Bahlmann 02:16:30 2. Nedene Cahill 02:26:37 3. Dominique D'Oliveira 02:27:56 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .