Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .
Riders in the Liberty Winelands Encounter can expect a perfect mix of mountain-biking ingredients, with a few challenges thrown in, when it takes place next month. Billed as the country's most beautiful race, the fifth edition of the three-stage event will see cyclists tackle a 147km journey between the Western Cape towns of Franschhoek and Paarl from April 12 to 14. Route director Johan Kriegler said they had created a combination of single-track, gravel roads, jeep tracks and climbs which would be "doable for most riders". "There are, however, a few technical sections and a degree of ascent which will provide a test for some," he added. "Much of the route is similar to last year, but there has been a change to the starting venue, which will now be at the Boschendal Wine Estate (in the Franschhoek Valley). "This means the first eight kilometres will cover new territory, but then it will be back to the Boschendal tracks, climbing to the highest point and going down the single-track on the other side." He added that the second and third stages of the Winelands Encounter would remain largely unchanged. The second stage will take riders on a circular route, which starts and finishes at the Le Franschhoek Hotel, while the third day will see the race draw to a conclusion at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. Kriegler said their route objectives were to make sure it was manageable and that the riders were able to enjoy the scenic journey. "But there are a few challenging sections, such as the climb to Matoppies before waterpoint one on the second day, which is quite hectic," he added. "And then there is a technical stretch around the Berg River dam which will test them and could be influential in the final positions." He said stage three followed a fairly straightforward route of single-track and open road, leading to the finish at the Nederburg Wine Estate. The luxury aspect, he added, formed a key element of the three-day offering, . . .
Winter Heartland Escape at Grande Provence in Franschhoek Banish the winter blues and make Grande Provence in picturesque Franschhoek your ultimate winelands destination. Their nurturing Heartland accommodation packages are tailor-made for a blissful winter escape at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate. The Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value with welcoming and attentive staff at this 17th century wine estate. The Owner’s Cottage exudes period grandeur and contemporary luxury. The beautifully appointed private cottage comprises four rooms, a deluxe suite, lounge and conservatory leading out to the soothing pool area set in a country garden. At La Provençale exclusive use guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by hibernating vines and sweeping views this is the quintessential private getaway for families or close friends. Prices for the Winter Heartland bed and breakfast offer start from R3 933.00 per room as of 1 May until the end of September 2019. The Heartland rate for the exclusive use of La Provençale is R7 820.00 per night. If you are looking for a more comprehensive offering, Grande Provence has a wide variety of bespoke packages to choose from for a grand winter wineland retreat. Romance package Couples looking for a secluded getaway can indulge in a two-night stay in the romantic Angels Suite at The Owner’s Cottage. Setting the tone, a tempting bottle of chilled Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique awaits you upon arrival, followed by a romantic private dinner by candlelight. Relax and unwind together while enjoying a couple’s massage treatment in the comfort of your own suite. A seductive oyster and bubbly pairing followed by a rustic French-style country picnic amongst the vines tops off the experience. The Romance package is available at a special winter . . .
Veolia Water Technologies celebrates 20 years of business in South Africa this year. The company behind some of southern Africa’s most important and forward-thinking water and wastewater treatment plants welcomes this landmark year with a renewed strategic focus serving newfound frontiers and a rapidly expanding geographic footprint. Launching in 1999 as Vivendi Water with a complement of 80 people, today Veolia South Africa employs over 700 people, making it one of the continent’s largest water treatment specialist organisations, all working towards realising the company’s Ambitions for Africa. Through cost-effective, reliable and compact treatment solutions utilising the company’s over 350 proprietary technologies, Veolia is improving access to water and sanitation, optimising water usage among industry, and ensuring environmental compliance. From a strong initial focus on design and build projects – with an impressive portfolio of projects that includes the Ambatovy Mine crystallisation plant in Madagascar; the 15 ML/day Mossel Bay desalination plant; and the 55 ML/day Lower Thukela potable water treatment plant – today Veolia is a total water treatment partner to municipalities and industry. These include packaged plants (now branded Water Techno Packages), operations and maintenance and the supply of chemicals and spares. A total technology portfolio “As the demand for smaller-scale plug-and-play water and wastewater systems that can be supplied at short notice has increased, it is in the modular plant market where Veolia is experiencing concentrated growth,” explains Veolia’s Chris Braybrooke, General Manager: Marketing. Supplied since 2005 initially as made-to-order, customised plants, Veolia now supplies these plants as standard, off-the-shelf solutions. The benefit is even greater fabrication speed, with complete Factory Acceptance Tested plants being produced in 10 to 12 weeks according to ISO 9001 quality standards. From its Sebenza, . . .
Overstrand Municipality in the Western Cape, which stretches from Buffeljagsbaai in the east to Rooi-Els in the west with Hermanus in the centre, has awarded Veolia Water Technologies South Africa the contract to carry out operations and maintenance on its bulk water services infrastructure. The population growth in the Overstrand area has been one of the fastest in the country. In order to meet the demands and service levels of a growing population, the Overstrand municipality embarked on the expansion of their major bulk water and waste water infrastructure. The municipality implemented newer technologies in the process, e.g. reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, Nerda and biofiltration of ground water. In order to sustain their high levels of service as well as to meet the skills required to manage the newer technologies, the municipality decided to outsource the operation and maintenance of its bulk water and waste water infrastructure to an experienced contractor. Veolia was awarded a new 15-year operations and maintenance contract in December 2018. This contract is the largest of its kind in South Africa in terms of equipment and the number of facilities to be maintained, which consist of 5 surface water sources, 1 river abstraction plant, 17 boreholes and 3 springs; its bulk water infrastructure made up of 9 water treatment plants, 19 pump stations, 44 reservoirs and 78 km of bulk pipelines; and its bulk wastewater infrastructure comprising 45 km of bulk pipelines, 36 pump stations and 6 waste water treatment plants. The total water treatment capacity is 59 ML per day, and the total wastewater treatment capacity is 18 ML a day. Veolia will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the water and sewage treatment plants. The municipality retains all responsibility for its reticulation infrastructure. Veolia’s expertise ensures that the maintenance and replacement of spares and consumables are carried out efficiently and on schedule. This helps to . . .
National U23 road champion Marc Pritzen triumphed in a battle of tactics to finish top of the overall podium on the last day of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands today. The country's premier road cycle race, presented by the City of Drakenstein, ended in windy conditions as the riders tackled the final stage of 66.7km, finishing with its traditional climb up to the Taal Monument, just outside Paarl. In a tense struggle to the finish, Pritzen, who won the race for the first time, used his climbing power to finally shake off Jason Oosthuizen (TEG Procycling) and grab the yellow jersey. The OfficeGuru Racing rider completed the stage in 1:43:08 for an overall time of 9:57:15, 21 seconds ahead of the second-placed Oosthuizen. Frans Claes (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant), who was third on the stage, also finished third overall. Byron Munton, also Alfa Bodyworks/Giant, finished in second place in today's stage. Overnight leader Dylan Girdlestone suffered a puncture on the final stage and finished in eighth place overall, about three minutes behind the winner. Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) won the sprints category ahead of Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (Team Emirates UAE) and Gustav Basson (TEG Procycling). The King of the Mountain title went to HB Kruger (Alfa Bodyworks/Giant), with Pritzen second and Steven van Heerden (Team Enza) third. Pritzen said they had planned the day differently, with his initial role being to secure the stage win and allow Girdlestone to retain his overall top position. "The idea was to control the day because the finish suits me," said Pritzen. "So we wanted to keep the race together until the final climb, setting me up for the stage win, and Dylan wouldn't lose any time on [his closest challenger] Kent [Main]. "But we woke up this morning to find the wind was howling and we knew this day was not going to be easy." When Munton sparked a breakaway about 15km into the stage, Pritzen was on his wheel and decided . . .
Dylan Girdlestone set himself up for a real shot at the title when he took the yellow jersey in a solo finish on the fourth stage of the Takealot Tour of Good Hope road cycling race in the Cape Winelands today. The penultimate day of South Africa's premier road tour, presented by the City of Drakenstein, saw riders tackle the queen stage of 145km with climbs over Bainskloof Pass in both directions. With his OfficeGuru Racing team providing outstanding support, Girdlestone was finally able to attack Kent Main (TEG Procycling) with less than two kilometres to go to build a lead of seven seconds by the time he crossed the line. His stage time of 3:41:42 gives him a lead of 39 seconds over Main on the general classification, with the final stage over 66.7km finishing at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl tomorrow. In second place today was Main, with team-mate Jason Oosthuizen completing the podium. They also occupy second and third positions respectively on the overall standings. Describing the stage as the toughest challenge of the five-stage tour, Girdlestone said his team were able to control the race throughout as they withstood a number of attacks from the TEG riders. "We basically had a game plan to try to cover the first, second and third places on the GC which maybe was a bit ambitious because the stage was tough and a bit longer than originally planned," he said. "But our guys really controlled the race from the beginning, despite the early breakaway [at the 30km mark] by HB Kruger and Steven van Heerden. "We let them go up the road and although they were GC threats we thought that might eliminate them because it was a long hard day." After his teammates Andrew Edwards and Josh van Wyk paced the stage for the first 100km, Girdlestone said he, Travis Barrett, Alex Worsdale and Marc Pritzen worked to close the gap as they tackled Bainskloof for a second time. "The breakaway had a three-minute gap at the bottom of Bainskloof and we . . .
OfficeGuru Racing made their mark at the Takealot Tour of Good Hope by taking the third-stage team time-trial in the Cape Winelands today. With two stages left in South Africa's premier road cycle race, the outfit delivered national U23 road champion Marc Pritzen to the yellow jersey in the 26.5km leg which finished at Boland Landbouskool just outside Paarl. After two bunch finishes left the leading riders deadlocked on the same time, OfficeGuru completed the time-trial in 34:09. They were followed by TEG Procycling (34:41) and Team Enza (34:56). Pritzen heads the overall standings on 4:31:30, the same time as team-mates Dylan Girdlestone, Travis Barrett and Alex Worsdale. Senior team rider Girdlestone said they overcame an early hiccup to produce a smooth ride on a tough course, where windy conditions made sure they had to get their tactics right. "It was a bit of a rush to get to the start and we arrived with only about 10 seconds to go," he said. "In fact, one of our guys didn't make it, so we had to start with five riders. "And then we lost Andrew Edwards at the 7km mark after he went a bit hard at the front and wasn't able to recover." From there, he added, they had a smooth ride, making sure they focused on the best strategy given the windy conditions. "Communication between us was the key and we were able to negotiate the route fairly smoothly and took all four of our GC contenders across the line, so we are very happy with that. "We did a recon of the route last week so we knew where to push hard and we also kept in mind the possibility of facing windy conditions." Girdlestone said the outfit was in a good space with two stages to go, but realised there were some challenges ahead. "We know the queen stage tomorrow [over 127km] includes two climbs over Bainskloof Pass and that it provides an opportunity to open the GC gaps even more. "I have ridden the pass before but some of our guys haven't, so we will sit down for a . . .
Roodeberg goes the distance at 10 Year Old Wine Awards: Roodeberg, the legendary South African red blend celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has stood out in fine company as a brand with staying power in the 10 Year Old Wine Awards 2019. Achieving the second highest score of 92/100, the 2009 Roodeberg was ranked third in an impressive line-up of nine wines that broke the venerable 90 point barrier in the red blend category. A record number of 92 entries from 42 producers participated in the competition, held annually under the Winemag.co.za banner to showcase age-worthy South African wines. All the entries this year hailed from the 2009 vintage, generally held as one of the best in living memory. Roodeberg’s achievement is the latest feather in the cap of this signature red blend that has stood the test of time, creating memorable moments and bringing friends together the world over since 1949. Its rich heritage and colourful tapestry of wine folklore, has seen Roodeberg evolve from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary classic. Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a legendary pioneer of the South African wine industry who led much wine development at KWV in the early 40s. Today, Louwritz Louw follows the string of fine winemakers who have borne the torch Dr Niehaus first lit, proudly continuing the Roodeberg tradition. For the full results of the 10 Year old Wine Awards 2019, visit https://winemag.co.za/10-year-old-wine-report-2019/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Are You Ready For The Night Harvest? What Is It? The Night Harvest presented by Monster Energy is the largest and most unique BMX and MTB dirt event in the whole of Africa, synonymous with big jumps and bigger tricks. Where Is it All Going Down? 5 Garron Avenue Hout Bay, 7806, Hout Bay, in the middle of Hout Bay’s amphitheater of mountains. When Is It Happening? This Friday, March 08, 2019. Opens at 6pm and runs to 11pm Tickets here Why Is It A Thing? An epic line up of the world's best BMX and MTB riders throwing down on the floodlit jumps is good enough reason why. Who is going to be attending, from South Africa as well as from the rest of the world? Pat Casey (USA), Leandro Moreira (BRA), Kyle Baldock (AUS), Brock Horneman (AUS), Kevin Peraza (USA), Mike Varga (CA), Murry Loubser (RSA), Greg Illingworth (RSA), Kevin Kalkoff (FRA), Malcom Peters (RSA). MTB : Matt Macduff (CA),Theo Erlangsen (RSA), Tomas Zedja (Czech Rep), Justin Novella (RSA), Lukas Skiold (Sweden), Cornel Swanepoel (RSA). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .