As part of their commitment to the environment and community the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) recently donated an imported beach wheelchair, made from PVC pipes, to Cross Home Care based in the Gansbaai area, Western Cape. According to Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA, the wheelchair was imported from the USA and is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is made of medical grade PVC, has non-corrosive plastic bearings and high flotation heavy duty wheels, which allows the physically disabled to access the water and provides better mobility over unpaved areas. “Physically disabled people find it quite challenging to move around on the beach – never mind reaching the water. They are usually confined to the paved areas around the beach. This PVC beach wheelchair has the ability to take them all the way to the breakwater and makes it possible for them to spend a day on the beach with friends and family,” Delanie says. The balloon flotation tyres allow for stability and easy rolling. Because it is made with a high-quality UV protected PVC frame, it can even be taken right into the salty sea water. It won’t chip, peel, rust, fade or discolour and can carry a weight of 115kg. The PVC beach wheelchair was handed over to Sister Tertia Scholtz who owns Overberg based Cross Home Care, runs various community projects and offers free emergency assistance to both residents and visitors to the Pearly Beach Resort. Commenting on what the donation will mean for the local community, Sister Scholtz said: “We have many community members who are wheelchair bound. Thanks to this novel beach wheelchair, we will now be able to allow them to experience the joy of experiencing the beach and the ocean. The use of the PVC beach wheelchair will be free of charge and we would like to invite anyone who is interested in using the beach wheelchair to contact me and book the PVC beach wheelchair for themselves or a loved one, for their next beach adventure”. “PVC . . .
Jan Braai, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month. The 614km Western Cape race from Knysna to Franschhoek, hosted by ASG events in partnership with STANLIB and Volvo, starts on February 4. After riding in 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours, Jan will tick off another item on his cycling wish list. An avid rider, he is equally adept on a mountain bike, having tackled events such as the Cape Epic, Wines2Whales and the Berg&Bush. He is thrilled to have an opportunity to ride in one of the “biggest races left on my bucket list”. “It’s always been on my radar but the deal was sealed over a bottle of wine when I was on a cycling holiday in the Klein Karoo and met the founder of the event, Lenore Collett,” Jan said this week. “They were doing a route recce and we happened to be staying at the same lodge.” Jan, who grew up in Stellenbosch and now lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, is the head of the National Braai Day initiative, which began more than a decade ago. “Since 2005, our aim has been to encourage all South Africans to unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag on September 24,” he said. “It’s a public holiday and we’re trying to position that date every year as our country’s national day of celebration, similar to St Patrick’s Day in Ireland or Thanksgiving in the US. “In short, we want to get 50 million people around braai fires one day per year.” In reply to an obvious question, he said with a chuckle: “My real name is Jan but my surname, as many might guess, is not Braai. “Over time I have become known as Jan Braai or Jan, the guy from National Braai Day.” With braaing as his job and cycling as his hobby, Jan is looking forward to the social aspect of the TransCape. “The food definitely excites me,” he said, “but the TransCape also traverses a truly magnificent part of South . . .
Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10. Besides providing a tranquil finish venue to one of South Africa's premier multiday races, marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said they would do everything possible to ensure the riders had a memorable experience off the bike. "These wines range from our red and white varieties to rosé and will be offered complimentary to the competitors," said Carinus, who will be at the TransCape to provide information on their brands. "Winning awards for various wines assists us with our marketing goals, allowing us to showcase them to the public, while providing an indication of the quality of our brand. "It also shows that we are able to compete with other wines in South Africa, which has a reputation for producing high-quality products." La Couronne's wines will add further value to the seven-day mountain bike race, which was granted UCI status in October. The organisers have also opened the race to e-bikes, the first event of its nature to do so in the country. "Our mission is to motivate as many people as possible to ride," said ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers. "This falls in with our philosophy to spread the message of wellness, fun and family time through the privilege of riding." Carinus said grapes had been cultivated on the mountain slopes surrounding Franschhoek for over 300 years and they were passionate about continuing the legacy. "The estate covers 40 hectares, of which half is under cultivation for wine production. Wine-maker Henk Swart uses only the best viticultural technique to produce top-quality wine from the grapes that are hand-picked on the farm." She invited the community to join them at the finish to welcome home the riders, who include former Springbok captain John Smit and Proteas . . .
RJ has worked with and produced for some of the top artists in SA including: Tamra Dey, Lira, Ziyon, Proverb to name but a few. He also spent the better part of 2017 producing and writing songs with New York based and Grammy nominated Artist Jann Klose in Johannesburg . In the midst of all that RJ put out the album the 5th Story late last year. Asked why do a masterclass RJ reply was quick and crisp “If the older artists are not passing on Knowledge we have a problem .I have always loved teaching and sharing knowledge and attendees ,will have practical tools to use to bring their music to market in 2018 " RJ will discuss the correct way to release YOUR music with special reference to his new album the "5th Story" Physical copies will be on sale as well, post the masterclass. Topics to be covered include: Album, EP or Single. Physical vs Digital Distribution. What is an ISRC code. RISA Publishing. How do song writing splits work. How do you get big name artists like Ziyon to appear on the album. Session players and payment. Mixing and Mastering. CD Printing costs. Sampling radio. Turn up Music. Press releases There is plenty of time for a Q and A after the talk and all that we are asking is for a R50 .00 donation at the door on arrival Venue -PAUL BOTHNER CLAREMONT TIME 10AM TO 12 NOON SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018 PHONE 021 674 4030 -BOTHNER STORE CLAREMONT CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With the festive season in full swing, most getaway plans are either in motion or anticipated with bated breath. Although the long-awaited summer break is hot on many people’s heels, there is still time to plan an event-packed road trip and explore South Africa’s natural beauty in close range of Cape Town. Route 62, which is recognised as one of the country’s most famous and scenic driving routes, offers a broad variety of ‘things to do and see’ for the entire family. The route is one of six different driving routes as part of the Cape Country Routes Collection (CCR), a group of accommodation and activity establishments located along mapped routes along the coast. If you're looking to fill the gaps in your holiday guide, CCR has the following recommendations to wrap-up 2017 on a memorable note: Get Your Gig On: If you’re one for taking the road less traveled and want to finish your year with an epic party, join Van Loveren Family Vineyards at the annual weekend-long Unplugged62 music festival in Barrydale from 29 to 30 December. In partnership with the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards and Cellar (Barrydale), where the event will take place, Van Loveren will be playing a key part to ensure an exciting line-up of live entertainment all weekend. Local headline acts include the likes of Jesse Clegg, Francois Van Coke, Jack Parow, Manouche, Crimson House, Albert Frost, Jimm Harrison and Hatchetman. Day passes are sold from R350 per person while available weekend tickets and camping facilities are from R850 per person. Visit http://unplugged62.nutickets.co.za/December2017 for more information and bookings. The December pilgrimage to the Unplugged62 music festival doesn’t only offer a getaway filled with great live music. Along with a touch of authentic Route62 hospitality, the weekend is also an opportunity to experience everything that CCR has to offer, and guarantees good food and wine with a hint of luxury. If Art Deco is Your Thing: For a bit of old-world . . .
South African outdoor enthusiasts are about to encounter something brand new! Since its introduction in 2008, the Nissan TrailSeeker has become a highlight for mountain bikers with its exciting and innovative creation of trails in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The action-packed single day event has drawn pros, weekend warriors and families alike with varying distances and routes that cater for everyone. A new world for adventure seekers is about to be opened up, however, as the Nissan TrailSeeker introduces the addition of an exclusive event for trail runners in 2018. The mountain bike event on Saturday will now be followed by a trail running event on Sunday, which will also offer various distances – namely a 5km, 10km and 21km trail. A technical (but doable) challenge will be incorporated into the 21km route in particular. As with all Advendurance events, competitors can expect only the utmost level of professionalism. A seeding system will be used for trail runners looking to measure and track their progress over the course of the series. An added bonus will be a goodie bag that comes with each entry, the unique provision of hot showers to freshen up after the event, top notch infrastructure, ladies’ specific toilets, shade and seating, and the best medics in the business. Both spectators and participants will also certainly enjoy a fully equipped race village with separate start and finish points, food stalls, a beer tent and a lekker vibe. Race director Francois Theron comments on the addition of trail running events: “We're just really passionate about bringing cool outdoor experiences to people, and in a way that is sustainable, affordable and gives people great value. So we partnered with Nissan to bring the TrailSeeker flavour to the trail running scene and look forward to the year ahead!" 2018 Nissan TrailSeeker dates to diarise Western Cape Series: #TrailSeekerWC1 Bosman Family Wines, Wellington 18 – . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
One of South Africa's top mountain bike stage races, the TransCape, has received a major boost with the news that Liberty will be the title sponsor from 2018. This is another breakthrough for the seven-stage race, which recently received UCI status and takes cyclists on a 614km challenge from Knysna to La Couronne Wine Farm in Franschhoek this February. Liberty's chief marketing officer, Sydney Mbhele, said they were delighted to be associated with the race. "It takes preparation, endurance, dedication and team work to remain competitive in this sport," he said. "Our purpose of enabling financial freedom is enshrined on the same principles. "The journey to financial freedom is a long-term one. We have been operating for 60 years and our partnerships with our clients remain at the heart of what we do." As a result of the title sponsorship, the TransCape will become the third leg of the Liberty Encounter Series. Under the ASG Events banner, the three-day Winelands and Waterberg Encounters have become firm favourites on the South African racing calendar. The Transcape, with its picturesque route across the Western Cape, will now be known as the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, with STANLIB and Volvo as the presenting sponsors. ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers said they felt the TransCape was a perfect fit for the Encounter series and that it added an exciting dimension. "We have an amazing relationship with Liberty on the Winelands and Waterberg Encounters and we have been chatting about adding a third event for some time. "With the emergence of TransCape and the way it has fast-tracked since 2015, we felt this was the way to go instead of trying to create a brand-new event. "Our relationship with Liberty is a big factor as any event is greatly dependent on the way the organisers and sponsors work together." De Villiers stressed that the partnership elevated the Encounter Series to what they had set out to do a few years ago - . . .
Summer is the ideal time to head for the outdoors and the stunning Boland towns of Paarl and Wellington are ready to welcome visitors for a sizzling summer. From picnics to game drives, outdoor events and adventures as well as great gourmet offerings, wine tastings and amazing accommodation deals, Paarl and Wellington should be your summer destination of choice. As part of the #discoverpaarl and #heartwellington summer campaigns, participating tourist attractions, restaurants and wineries are pulling out all the stops to ensure unforgettable summer holiday memories. Conveniently located within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Paarl and Wellington are perfect for quick daybreaks, but have enough to offer to keep guests entertained for a multi-day stay. There is no better way to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings of the Boland than joining friends and family for a delicious picnic with panoramic views of the majestic mountains or lush vineyards and valleys. Whether you want to picnic under the star-light African skies, next to a tranquil lake or under the trees on sprawling lawns, the perfect picnic awaits. Visit our website to see the vast variety of available picnic options. Most venues offer special kiddies picnics and there is even a kosher picnic option. Alternatively, try an authentic South Africa braai (barbecue) on Paarl Rock or in the lapa of a game reserve. Stop at our wine route members for exciting food and wine pairings ranging from traditional pairings of award-winning wines with biltong, charcuterie, tapas, cheese and olives or even gourmet mini pies and home-made jams. If you’re looking for outdoor adventures or just like to keep active, sign up for a quad bike tour, practise your aim during paintballing or air rifle target shooting or enjoy some of our amazing MTB or trail running tracks or beautiful hiking trails. Get closer to Mother Nature during a game drive, reptile adventures and even croc cage diving. Even entertainment is . . .
WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA - On Sunday, 19 November, some 204 athletes participated in the Torpedo SwimRun Cape Town Race 2, the only race of its kind in Africa. Starting at Sandy Bay, athletes ran various distances from beach-to-beach, then swam a distance in the ocean at each beach, eventually finishing at Clifton 4 Beach. The Swim totalled 3km made up of 8 segments (375m average segment), and the Running totalled 13km made up of 8 segments (1.6km average segment). The beaches were Sandy Bay, Llandudno, Oudekraal, Cosy Bay, Koeel Bay, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Glen Beach, Maidens Cove, and Clifton 4 Beach. Jeep Team triathlete, Michael Lord, paired up with top Namibian triathlete, JP Burger, and put on a stellar performance to win the event in a time of 02:00:18, over three minutes ahead of Calvin Amor and Shane Fourie in second, and Robert Tweddle and Robert Shaff in third. Lord and Burger also won the inaugural Torpedo SwimRun in January this year. Based on the overseas race format, SwimRun is a new team event that attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community to compete against each other and test their limits along the Cape coastline. With no transition zones, athletes must swim in their running shoes and run in their wetsuits. Says Lord, “I’m so chuffed to defend our Torpedo SwimRun title. It was another amazing event in perfect conditions. The Cape coastline is perfectly suited to these races, allowing you to explore areas you would never normally go. Thank you very much to the race organisers. Very well done and respect to my teammate, JP, who raced like a machine today, even after coming second in the Race2Stanford Half-Ironman on Saturday.” The event included 6 running and 6 swimming legs, totalling 13km of running and 3km of swimming, and in this order below. Both athletes in the team had to race together and finish together. Leg Name Start Finish Distance Run 1 Wreck’d Run Sandy Bay Ridge Sandy Bay Beach . . .