Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
Longridge Wine Estate has just released the 2015 vintage of their highly acclaimed Ekliptika Bordeaux blend, which was scored 94/100 by Tim Atkin and awarded five stars in the 2018 Platter Guide. Only 6684 bottles will be available to consumers. The blend is shaped by terroir and is composed of the best batches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The vineyards enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool air mountain air at night, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good, natural acidity. According to vintner Jasper Raats, both the name and the label illustrate Longridge’s biodynamic way of farming. During the winemaking process, Raats and fellow wine maker Hendrien De Munck followed their usual natural, organic approach. “The vineyards are meticulously cared for by hand and the crop is reduced to ensure maximum quality. This wine is made naturally by not making use of any commercial yeast, enzymes or fining agents. It is further not filtered or cold stabilized and may therefore in time show harmless sediment,” says Raats. Named after the orbital occurrence when the earth, moon and stars align in their path around the sun, the Ekliptika was matured in a combination of new and mature French oak barrels for 24 months and with proper cellaring, this wine will improve and continue to reward over the next 6-8 years. Dark and concentrated in colour, this wine greets you on the nose with aromas of ripe red fruits, plums and pencil shavings which follow through onto the palate with chewy black cherries, sweet spices and tannins on the mid palate and a lingering umami finish and is described by Tim Atkin as a serious, well-structured red with good texture and leafy top notes. The 2015 Ekliptika retails at R515 from leading outlets countrywide as well as at the . . .
The exceptional Vintage Ideas market is back for its eighth edition and promises to be more spectacular than ever before. This beloved market will once again be staged at the gorgeous Simondium’s Country Lodge from 27 – 30 April and will truly beguile visitors with the amazing selection of vintage and vintage inspired items. This year’s market is themed “Collections” and should be a must-shop for seasoned collectors and start-ups. Do you have a passion for the past or are you collecting for the future? Then Vintage Ideas is the perfect place to be. Find that special item for a current collection or discover the gem that will start your own collection. Once again, the market will be filled with vintage items, including clothing, jewellery and accessories, homeware and much more. Find inspiration for your garden, wardrobe or home and add some vintage flair to your life. Visit Vintage Ideas at Simondium’s Country Lodge on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek. Ample, secure parking is available. Entry tickets are R40 per adult, while kids under 18 enter for free. The market is open from 09h30 to 16h00 from Friday to Sunday, but closes at 15h00 on Monday, 30 April. Follow Vintage Ideas on Facebook or @vintagewilna on Instagram. For more information, visit www.vintageideas.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit claimed their second stage win to secure overall honours on the final day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race, which finished near Paarl today. The three-stage race in the Cape Winelands, presented by STANLIB, concluded with a 50km ride from Le Franschhoek Hotel to Nederburg Wine Estate. The DSV Pro Cycling team, who raced into the overall lead on day one, were comfortable winners after HB Kruger, who won last year with Waylon Woolcock, took a tumble and was unable to complete the stage. Kruger and Matt Beers, riding for ASG-NAD, won the second stage and were striving to make up a two-minute gap on overall leaders Heyns and Du Toit when the accident happened 25km in. Coming into a single-track section, Kruger said he felt his front wheel get stuck in some soft sand and he went over the handlebars. "I damaged my right shoulder quite badly and we had to get help, so unfortunately were not able to finish the stage," he said from hospital after having X-rays taken. The outcome was that it left Imbuko-Momsen's Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert, the third-placed team overnight, to chase the overall leaders. However, Heyns and Du Toit, from Stellenbosch and Milnerton in Cape Town respectively, proved that they were the strongest in the race by taking stage honours. They finished just under a minute-and-a-half ahead of Rebello and Joubert, who inherited second overall after Kruger's misfortune. First Ascent's Richard Simpson and Alexander Rohrer were a further six and a bit minutes back on the day to finish on the lowest step of the podium in the general classification. After losing yesterday's stage in a sprint, Heyns said they were motivated to win today as the three top teams led from the start. "We were just going into a single-track section and I was in front when I heard something behind us, which turned out to be HB falling," he said. "Soon afterwards we realised HB and Matt weren't with . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .
HB Kruger and Matt Beers timed their attack to perfection to snatch the stage win on the second day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain-bike race in Franschhoek today. The ASG-NAD pair outsprinted stage one winners and overnight leaders Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit at the end of a 48km loop from the Le Franschhoek Hotel and back. Kruger, from Paarl, and Beers, from Kenilworth in Cape Town, crossed the line in 1:42:09 with the DSV Pro Cycling duo three seconds adrift. Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert of Imbuko-Momsen completed the podium. Heyns and Du Toit’s combined time of 3:34:28 puts them just under two minutes ahead of Kruger and Beers in the general classification with one day to go. Rebello and Joubert are in third. Kruger, who won the title alongside the now retired Waylon Woolcock last year, said it was a quick and aggressive stage, “with a lot less climbing than we thought”. “There was a 10km neutral zone on the tar until we turned up Matoppie Hill, which is a steepish, rocky climb,” he said. “We had a good tempo and Matt and myself, along with Gert and Arno, managed to get away as we went up that section. “I did drop off slightly at one stage, but we managed to get back to Gert and Arno at the top and we rode together for the rest of the way.” Describing it as a “flattish, rough course”, Kruger, who won the seven-day Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter with Stuart Marais in February, said it was difficult to make a move to create a gap. “We raced together, not pushing too hard, but making sure we were checking each other out. “Coming into the finish we saw an opportunity to go for a stage win and we came sprinting out of the last single-track. “This was in the last kilometre and Arno came around us but Matt and I knew we just had to stay ahead of Gert and we were able to do that.” Kruger said although time was running out, they were still focused on making up time on the final stage. “The stages are relatively . . .
Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit overcame an early mechanical to take the honours on the opening stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Cape Winelands today. Presented by STANLIB, the first day of the three-stage race saw the field tackle a 49km stretch from Zorgvliet Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch to Le Franschhoek Hotel in Franschhoek. After an exciting day's racing in which the lead changed hands at least once, Heyns and Du Toit crossed the line in 1:52:16, just under two minutes ahead of ASG-NAD's HB Kruger and Matt Beers. Imbuko-Momsen's Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert raced to a close-fought third place, three seconds behind Kruger and Beers. It was however not all plain sailing for the DSV Pro Cycling pair as Du Toit, a Capetonian, hit the wall in the closing kilometres and had to be nursed home by his teammate. An early attack by Beers animated the stage but the eventual winners were able to stick with them until Du Toit, who won the marathon title at the African Continental MTB Champs in Mauritius last year, had trouble with his rear derailleur. "We had to stop to adjust the tension screws and most of the field came past us again as we lost about a minute. It was just a matter of staying calm and riding back into it." Meanwhile, as they were chasing back, Kruger took a wrong turn up front, which levelled the playing field at the sharp end of the field. Heyns, a Stellenbosch local who impressed with a fourth-place finish in the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge amid a strong international field in March, and Du Toit wiped out the deficit without too much trouble. Once they hit the front there were no further challenges from their opponents. "We are both quite good technical riders so we kept riding smoothly and tried to go hard on the single-track," said Du Toit, who found the route relatively smooth. He said Heyns's knowledge of the conditions played an important role. "Gert knew some of the sections so he . . .
After a slightly disruptive start to their year, Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert are looking forward to the challenge of the Liberty Winelands Encounter Series, starting on Friday. The Imbuko-Momsen pair began their partnership this year, but their plans were somewhat derailed after the Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in January when Joubert broke a collarbone. The next time they teamed up was for the Cape Epic seven weeks later and now they will be looking to shrug off the effects of that arduous event to tackle the three-stage mountain-bike race through the Cape Winelands. The Winelands Encounter is part of a three-race series which started with the TransCape and ends with the Waterberg Encounter in June. Based in Stellenbosch, the 22-year-old Rebello said he and Joubert complemented each other and he was excited about continuing their partnership. "At the Epic we worked well together and we are quite evenly matched on the climbs, technically and on the flats," he said. "In addition, he is one of my good friends so we communicate very well and we can tell each other to go a bit harder or to take it slightly easier." Although route designer Johan Kriegler has focused attention on making the routes a bit more manageable for all riders, Rebello said there would still be some challenges. "The areas the stages cover are still rocky and technical in places, and even if they are relatively shorter it lends itself to hard racing and I believe there will be some tough competition. "Marco and I have not really chatted about our plans, because in mountain-biking you have to be very adaptive as things can change so quickly." He added that he was still feeling the effects of the Cape Epic last month, and the Winelands would be an opportunity to assess their physical and mental status. "We definitely would like to win the race, but also are looking forward to enjoying the event and the vibe it offers." Rebello has extensive experience of the . . .
As many of the Mother City’s health and fitness fanatics will know, Fria’s Superfoods – a locally owned delicatessen specialising in wholesome treats – makes a variety of delicious and nutritious nibbles that can only be found in select Cape Town outlets or ordered online via the company’s website. Until recently, that is. Now, anyone looking for a nourishing fix of Fria’s healthy cheat treats need only visit Wellness Warehouse Lifestyle on Kloof to get their hands on a few of their favourites. Fria’s Superfoods was born from a passion for cooking, but at the same time trying to maintain a healthy eating regime. Having “fallen off the wagon” in favour of sugar, white flour and additives several times Fria Hiemstra decided to try and “healthify” the treats she ate; and what started as a hobby turned into a small business when friends, family and colleagues tried her creations and loved them. Owner of Fria’s Superfoods, Hiemstra says: “I’m not a qualified nutritionist but I’m passionate about knowing what you put in your body and keeping it clean. What I know of healthy living and superfoods is self-taught. I tend to go through phases, which often become little obsessions, and I’ve found that it is the best way for me to learn and to offer the finest products I possibly can.” Everything out of Fria’s kitchen is fresh and, as far as possible, naturally dried whole foods – she sprouts or activates her own buckwheat, black beans, almonds and chickpeas before adding them to her treats (or little “works of art” as she calls them). She also adds a high quality, vegan protein powder to some of her treats to make them more nutritious. Hiemstra continues: “I’ve tried a little bit of everything from sprouting to fermentation and ‘aquafaba-ing’. I went through quite a serious beetroot phase… which turned into a juicing phase, which turned into a sprouting phase, which turned into a superfood phase and then back into a baking phase. And here we are, years later, with a . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .