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century city is ready for a bumper festive season!

chris’s corner

In recent weeks, the CCPOA-driven Operational Management Forum, which co-ordinates and facilitates law enforcement, security, traffic and disaster management issues within Century City, has been hard at work putting the necessary preparations in place for the festive season. This involved both internal and external stakeholders with proactive measures being taken to improve security, traffic flows and extended public transport services, to name just a few. You can find details of some of these measures in this edition of City Edits. The year may be drawing to a close, but there are some exciting highlights on our event calendar still to look forward to, including our hugely popular annual Century City Carols and the second movie screening of the Galileo Open Air Cinema takes place at Central Park on December 11 and runs on the second Friday of the month until April 2016. We hope to see you there! I wish you and your family well over the festive season!

Chris Blackshaw

ceo | century city property owners’ association

welcome...

... to the final issue of City Edits for 2015, packed with exciting Century City-centric news and things going on in our city within a city. Our family continues to grow, with a major financial institution set to move into Bridge Park office development on Ratanga Road early in 2016; a new residential development, Waters Edge now selling and, of course, the R1billion Century City Square project due to be completed in February next year and which will be home to a conference centre, hotel, offices, apartments and six restaurants and coffee shops! This mega project is destined to become the new entertainment and hospitality hub of Century City. I would like to thank our advertisers for their support through the year and look forward to welcoming more on board our multimedia advertising platform during 2016. For details, contact bianca@centurycity.co.za or visit www.centurycity.co.za. Here’s wishing you and yours the best over the festive season!

Maggie Rowley ccpoa communications manager

EDITOR: Michele Attwood | 079 586 7926 | atbmichele@gmail.com ADVERTISING MANAGER: Bianca Church | 021 552 6889 | bianca@centurycity.co.za DESIGN & LAYOUT: Elinore de Lisle | 083 574 8937 | elinore@iafrica.com COVER PHOTO: Intaka Island staff on the Century City Ferry.

Photographer: Natasha Lassen | Cocodash Photography


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Buyers snap up Waters Edge apartments

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uyers snapped up 106 of the 144 apartments in Waters Edge, Rabie Property Group’s latest residential development at Century City, for a total value of R256.6m at its launch this month. “This represents a 70% sell out and is the highest value of sales we have achieved at a launch for many years,” says Brian Usher of Property World, the dedicated on site sales agents for Rabie. “And that is in spite of the fact that, due to its intricate design and its unique location, the average selling price of R32,000 per square metre is higher than most other residential developments undertaken at Century City to date. This is because it still offers exceptional

value for money and prices are significantly lower than comparative developments in the City Bowl and elsewhere. “In addition, the fact that this is the last residential development, other than at the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort, that will be undertaken at Century City for the foreseeable future and not until the Ratanga precinct is redeveloped, is also strongly underpinning sales.” Usher said Waters Edge, being built at a cost of R350m, will be a truly spectacular development situated on arguably the most prestigious site at Century City, backing on to Canal Walk Shopping Centre, but overlooking the 16ha Intaka Island wetlands reserve. Designed by Munnik Visser Architects, Waters Edge will

comprise 41 one-bedroom apartments, 71 two-bedroom apartments and 32 threebedroom apartments, including two penthouses priced from R1.775m to R5.75m. All apartments will have balconies, be either north or north east facing and will offer access to high speed internet connectivity. The eight storey building is built on a plinth that elevates the height of the structure by two floors and allows for pedestrian movement and extensive landscaping of the ground level plaza. Units vary in size from 62 square metres to 205 square metres, including balconies. Construction of Waters Edge is expected to start in April next year with completion scheduled for late 2017.

for further inquiries go to www.watersedge.cc or phone brian on 082 571 7024

Six restaurants to open in Century City Square

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ix restaurants in Century City Square, the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City currently under construction, have been let and will open in February next year. The restaurants, which will flow onto the Square, are Tiger’s Milk, Seattle Coffee Co., an Eastern fusion restaurant, Punjab, and Café Frank. In addition, a 150-seat restaurant, bar and deli in the Century City Hotel will anchor the other side of the Square. The largest of the restaurants, the 268-seater Tiger’s Milk, will be located in the iconic Apex building, along with both Punjab and Café Frank. All the restaurants will offer inside and outside seating, the latter facing onto the water

or the Square, where ad hoc events over weekends and public holidays will energize and entertain. In pride of place in the Square will be the Folly, which will serve as a visual focal point and stage for Square events. Colin Anderson, director of Rabie Property Group, which is undertaking the mega development, said restauranteurs have shown strong interest and all available space has been let almost six months ahead of completion. “We believe we have a very good mix offering great choices from early morning breakfasts to lunches, dinners and late night cocktails.” The restaurants will serve conference and hotel guests, office workers in the immediate

Conference precinct, as well over 10,000 residents and 50,000 office workers in the greater Century City area. Plenty of parking - in fact over 1,300 bays - will be provided in a basement garage, as well as structured parking to serve all elements of the Square. These include the Century City Conference Centre, Century City Hotel, 15,000 square metres of offices and 51 apartments. The entire development comes on stream in February 2015. Anderson said there had also been strong interest in the office component of the Square and a number of large leases with top international corporates are currently being finalised. “There are also a limited number of retail stores available,” he said.

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Fourth luxury block in Oasis Retirement Resort tops out

Dis-Chem opens in Intercare Medical Centre

onstruction of the 11-storey Palme d’Or, the fourth luxury apartment block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort in Century City, has topped out, with building on schedule for practical completion in June 2016. With seven months still to go, 44 of the 50 apartments have been sold - for a total consideration of over R194m, representing 88% of both the number of units and the total sales value - and a further two units are under negotiation. Owen Futeran, a director of the Oasis Joint Venture, which comprises the Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium, said this was highly

unusual for a retirement product. “The tempo of sales has picked up tremendously in recent years since buyers have been able to see the high quality of what we are developing in terms of the apartments and what has been developed to date in terms of the communal facilities including the Club House and the 110-bed Care Centre.” He said resales at Oasis were also very buoyant with 12 apartments resold so far in 2015 for a total consideration of around R35m. “After the deduction of agents’ commission this represents a capital growth of more than R7m for buyers, with around 20% of this profit paid to the Levy

Stabilisation Fund.” In fact, he said, since 2010 there had been 38 resales totaling R120m, representing a gross profit of more than R26m and more than R5m to the Levy Stabilisation Fund. “The number of resales is escalating as the Resort grows and matures, and correctly priced apartments are selling relatively quickly and enjoying good capital growth.” The remaining 10 apartments at Palme d’Or comprise one onebed, four two-bed and five threebedroom units. These range in size from 97 square metres to 182 square metres and in price from R2.905m to R6.005m. All apartments boast quality finishes, air-conditioning and at least one basement-parking bay. Most have utility rooms and store-rooms, and the one-bed apartment includes a study. Palme d’Or will be serviced by two lifts and a 24-hour dedicated concierge. Palme d’Or will be linked undercover to the Oasis Club, the facilities of which include a 25m indoor heated pool where regular water aerobics classes are given by a qualified teacher, a massage room, sauna, steam room, a gym, a library, lounge areas, a restaurant, bar, bridge room, billiard room and a new, large multi-purpose recreational/ entertainment venue and very popular coffee bar with a patio overlooking ponds and beautiful landscaped gardens.

for further details contact cindy, linda or lorenda on 021 250 0592/3.

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Dis-Chem pharmacy has opened in the new Century City Intercare Day Hospital and Medical Centre on Park Lane and is trading to the public six days a week. From Mondays to Fridays it is open from 8:30 am until 6pm and from 9:00am to 1pm on Saturdays. While the Day Hospital only operates during the week, the Medical Centre, which now has five doctors on board, operates daily from 7.30am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays, 8am – 3pm on Saturdays and 9am – 2pm on Sundays. During the weekends only

General Practitioners are on duty but during the week they offer a wide range of medical

disciplines from physiotherapy to pathology, biokenetics, and dieticians.

for further details contact the practice manager lezaane schwartzkopff on 021 8790000

Bridge Park welcomes new tenant Bridge Park, comprising two four storey 5 Star Green Star rated buildings set over a shared parking basement, has been let to ABSA Bank, details of which will be announced shortly.


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city news Century City ready for bumper festive season

operator, to manage traffic patterns and signals in and around Century City.” He says Century City’s two dedicated Traffic Officers will work split shifts between 06h00 and 22h00 and the two contracted Law Enforcement

Marshal will also be on duty at the Lions Bridge entrance to the shopping centre. Furthermore, the recently installed Variable Messaging System will warn motorists of any traffic congestion, accidents and general messaging.

“the recently installed variable messaging system will warn motorists of any traffic congestion, accidents and general messaging.”

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entury City and its key stakeholders have been busy putting preparations in place for a bumper 2015 festive season. Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), says the Operational Management Forum, which includes representatives from Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction, major commercial buildings, residential developments, SAPS, Century City management and Century City security, have met to co-ordinate planning around law enforcement, security,

traffic and disaster management issues within the precinct. In terms of traffic management, all the signalised intersections are on the scoot system, which should result in signal timings changing automatically according to real time traffic patterns. “The Century City Control Centre will also monitor the timing settings of all traffic signals and request adjustments as and when circumstances demand.” There has been extensive and ongoing liaison with Goodwood Traffic Management Centre

throughout the year and the Century City Control Centre now has a direct line to the Traffic Systems Operations manager to facilitate rapid adjustment to the timing settings if required. “In addition the Century City Control Centre has implemented a Traffic Management CCTV console, manned by a trained

CANAL WALK FESTIVE SEASON TRADING TIMES Friday 4 to Wednesday 23 December Thursday 24 December Friday 25 December Saturday 26 December to Thursdat 31 December Friday 1 January 2016 Saturday 2 January onwards

09:00 - 22:00 09:00 - 21:00 Optional trading (selected stores will be open) 09:00 - 21:00 09:00 - 19:00 (optional trading after 7pm) 09:00 - 21:00

Officers will also be used to assist with traffic flows over peak periods if necessary. Canal Walk will have extra parking assistants on duty to assist with the flow of traffic, and temporary parking signage to guide traffic both off the Boulevard and within Canal Walk parking areas. An additional full-time Traffic

Current road works on Sable Road and Bosmansdam Road will be completed by the end of November and the additional lanes on Sable Road will be fully operational during the festive season. To accommodate Canal Walk’s extended trading hours, the MyCiTi service will operate until 22h30 and late-night

Golden Arrow busses will also depart at that time. In terms of security, Blackshaw says all Century City security service providers will be on heightened alert over the festive period and a new Vehicle Check Point trailer will be strategically placed around Century City to improve visible security over the peak season. The License Plate Recognition system, which monitors all vehicles entering and leaving Century City, will be fully operational. Blackshaw reiterated that in the event of an emergency the Century City Control Centre should be contacted first and they in turn will contact SAPS, City Traffic Control Centre and other emergency services. The contact number for the 24/7 Control Centre is 021 202 1000.

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Rollout of direction finding signs nears completion

Century City certified emergency fit!

he major rollout of a “family” of direction finding signs at Century City by the CCPOA was completed in this last quarter of 2015. Gordon Ralph, Facilities and Infrastructure Manager for the CCPOA, said the design and commissioning process of the package of signs had included large directional signs located on Century Boulevard and Century Avenue, precinct markers and precinct boundary markers and street name signs. The final phase of the hierarchy of signs involved the roll-out of these street

number signs. “We have completed the development of the design of two types of street numbers signs and these have been rolled out throughout Century City. The concrete pedestal or building plate street number signs were supplied and erected at the CCPOA’s cost, to each building in two precincts”

He said the type of sign installed at each property depends on the location of the building in relation to the street with the concrete bollard being installed where the building is set back from the street and the plate used where the building or a wall is in close proximity to the street. The large directional signs have Century City themed images on the back and these are refreshed from time to time. The current images are sports based featuring images taken from the annual Century City Sports Festival. Ralph says each of the nine precincts in Century City has its own identity delineated by a particular colour and logo which is carried through on precinct and boundary markers as well as street name signs and street number signs. The precinct markers also display the Century City Pedestrian Map.

The roll-out of a hierarchy of direction finding signs at Century City has been designed to help people find their way around the precinct. We ask all stakeholders to also make use of their full postal address. For example: century city property owners’ association (name) century house (building name) 1 park lane (street address) grand central (precinct name) century city 7441

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entury City has been awarded a certificate for Recognition of Emergency Preparedness from the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. The certificate, which is valid for a year, is issued to organisations that: • have undertaken a hazardspecific risk assessment, • are in possession of a facility emergency plan and emergency procedures with clearly defined roles and functions of the Emergency Management Team, • have provided emergency management training to personnel, and • have completed a simulation exercise during which an acceptable standard of emergency preparedness was confirmed. For the past five years, Century City has undertaken an annual simulated emergency exercise to test medical emergency preparedness, which is assessed by the Disaster Risk Centre’s personnel. This year’s exercise, which took place in September, was a simulated fire in Crystal Towers and an emergency evacuation. Marinus Boshoff, Safety and Security Manager for the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), said CCPOA Safety and Security

Marinus Boshoff, Safety and Security Manager for Century City, with the certificate recognizing Century City’s Emergency Preparedness issued by the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre.

staff, as well as staff from Cape Town Disaster Management, Crystal Towers, SAPS Milnerton and Local Law Enforcement, Milnerton Traffic Department as well as the Milnerton Fire Department had taken part. “These training exercises play an important role in checking response readiness and identifying any areas for

improvement,” he said. Boshoff said they were currently in planning for the 2016 simulated emergency exercise which would be elevated to an “epic scale”. “We are planning a major disaster simulation, on the scale of say an earthquake, that will involve provincial disaster personnel and not just the City.”


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The Brick Lane Eatery : Trendy. Simple. Comfortable.

Century City launches Stand Up Paddling club

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he recently opened Brick Lane Eatery in the Quays precinct is a must-visit, offering a variety-filled menu, craft beers, and good wine in a trendy, comfortable waterside venue. This contemporary eatery caters to business people and residents and is perfect for breakfast, a before-work coffee pick-me-up, and a lunch breakaway venue. Plus, with its newly acquired liquor license, The Brick Lane Eatery is also a post-work and evening drinks must-do. “We take inspiration from London and New York and find new ways of presenting and plating food,” says owner William Dutton. William’s inspiration is reflected in a variety of mouthwatering tapas, as well as signature burgers served on a black bun!

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n Saturday, 14 November, the Century City SUP Club held a launch event and inaugural club meeting. Over 120 people attended, many hopping on an SUP for the first time! The Century City Canals offer the perfect venue for Stand Up Paddling, whether you’re a first timer or seasoned paddler. Club nights are every Monday night at the jetty next to Intaka Island.

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inspiration from london and new york and find new ways of presenting and plating food.”

And don’t worry, Banting folk, Brick Lane serves yummy bunless burgers on a salad bed, as well as a number of alternatives equally as tasty as their freshly made baguettes, flakey pies, and succulent ribs. To add to the delectable dishes on offer, keep an eye out for Happy Hour and a Breakfast Special delicious enough to make getting out of bed early as easy as saying, “I’ll take one of everything!” Over and above the yummy menus, diners can enjoy free WiFi and perfectly-catered party events or business functions for up to 400pax. For those with an abundance of slothitude, ordering in and Mr Delivery are options, too. The Brick Lane Eatery is open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

for details and bookings call 021 202 1191 or find them at www.facebook.com/eatbleatery and @bricklaneeatery

for more information on this fun family sport and how to become a member of the club contact guy bubb at supcapetown@ gmail.com

Galileo Open Air Cinema comes to Central Park! Century City and The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcome you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalizing treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. Held on the second Friday of every month until April 2016 at Central Park, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained.

for more information visit www.thegalileo.co.za


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city life

These two firm family favourites are a must for the festive period

SAPPI helps Sustainability

christmas fruit cake This takes time and is expensive but is worth every minute and cent!

melt in the mouth shortbread An easy recipe for a melt-in-themouth Scottish treat sensation. The secret? Do not substitute the butter for marg. It will ruin it! 500g butter 250g white sugar 600g cake flour 150g cornflour 20ml of castor sugar (optional) Cooking time: 45 minutes Makes: around 30 servings 1 Pre-heat oven to 160°C. 2 Soften the butter and add the sugar until well mixed. 3 Add half the sifted flour and maizena and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the balance. 4 When well mixed, knead for about five minutes until the dough is soft and smooth. Press into two 24cm loosebottomed round tins, prick well all over and cut into wedges. 5 Bake in the centre of the oven for around 45 minutes. Ovens differ so check on it from 35 minutes and remove once it starts turning golden. 6 Re-cut after baking and, while still warm, sprinkle with castor sugar. Move to a cooling rack until cool then store in an airtight container.

1,5kg of dried fruit/cake mix with lots of red and green cherries 10 Tbsp of brandy 400g soft brown sugar 400g unsalted butter 8 large eggs 400g cake flour 4 tsp dark molasses 1 tsp mixed spices 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp salt Zest of a lemon and an orange Cooking time: 4 to 4.5 hours 1 Pre-heat oven to 120°C. 2 Combine the fruit cake mix and 6 Tsbs of brandy in a mixing bowl. Cover and allow fruits to absorb the brandy for around 12 hours. 3 Line two 20cm diameter, deep round baking tins with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Tie strips of cardboard around the outside of each tin and tie tightly. For extra protection line the outside of the tins with foil. 3 Whisk butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and gradually add the beaten eggs to the creamed

mixture. Keep the whisk running until all eggs have been added. 4 Sieve flour, salt and spices into a large mixing bowl then gently fold into the creamed mixture using a spatula. 5 Fold in the fruit cake mix with the molasses, orange and lemon zest. 6 Divide batter equally and transfer to the prepared tins. Cover the top with a layer of baking paper or brown paper and tie securely with string. Open a small hole on top of the paper and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 4 to 4.5 hours. As ovens differ, check the cake after three hours and then again every 30 minutes to ensure it is fully baked but does not burn. 7 When done remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 30 minutes and then on a cooling rack to cool completely. 8 When cool, make small holes on top of each cake with a small skewer and feed the cake with a few teaspoons of the remaining brandy. Wrap each cake in thick tin foil or silicone paper and store in an airtight container. 9 Feed the cakes with brandy about once a week until eaten. For optimal results, cook well in advance and feed for around six weeks.

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he sustainable classroom at the Intaka Island Eco-Centre has been upgraded thanks to a R70 000 donation from SAPPI. According to Alan Liebenberg, Century City Environmental Manager, the upgrade involved new information signage and the construction of a roof to protect those sitting on the stands in the open air classroom where learners are taught about sustainability issues such as rainwater collection, grey and black water, biogas, compost and earthworms.

recycle and save! WastePlan, which has been running a number of hugely successful recycling projects in Century City, is looking at rolling these efforts out throughout the precinct. WastePlan’s Anelle Henn says, on average, it is possible for companies to reduce the amount of refuse going to landfill by around 70% with concomitant savings in waste removal. “For every three wheelie bins of waste, it is possible for us to recycle at least two,” she says. To get involved in this initiative, which is not only good for the planet but also your pocket, contact Anelle on 073 16 777 35 or email her at anelle@wasteplan.co.za and she will visit you to do an audit of your waste and provide a quote and details of the choice of services they offer. Give a gift to the earth this festive season!


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Century City Golf Day a huge success

What’s on at Century City CENTURY CITY CAROLS 6 December 2015 Bring your picnic blankets and baskets and enjoy the festivities which include rides on the Ratanga Train, a visit from Father Christmas, a petting zoo and an interactive carols singing experience. A must for the whole family!

GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA

Winning team, Securitas, from left to right: Keith Erasmus, Newton Kies, Raymond Davis, Athol Swanson

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lose to 100 golfers participated in the annual Century City Golf Day, held at the Atlantic Beach Golf Club in Melkbosstrand on Friday, 9 October 2015. The golfers were mostly from Century City companies who took advantage of the great networking opportunities the event offers.

Thanks to the generosity of the players and sponsors, R31,404.00 was raised at the event for the Intaka Island Educational Outreach Programme, which brings underprivileged schools to Intaka Island and allows them the opportunity to experience and learn about nature and the environment.

A big thank you to all our sponsors and players, without whom the day would certainly not have been possible. Last but not least, congratulations to the winning team, Securitas, which achieved a score of 117, with each player winning a night’s stay for two, including breakfast, at Bon Hotel Shelley Point!

ice galaxy: the coolest place in the universe From 4 December to 10 January, the Centre Court at Canal Walk will be transformed into a galactic icy playground where everyone from tiny tots to daring thrill seekers can revel in fun and cool adventure! Tickets cost R80 for Full Riders, R60 for Mini Riders, and R20 for adventurous spectators (non-Riders), all available at Computicket.

11 December 2015 Sit back and relax on the lawns of Central Park for a magical movie experience of cinematic delights and tantalizing treats under a canopy of stars.

FULL MOON HIKE 10 January 2016 Discover Intaka Island by night at our first Full Moon Hike for 2016. Start at the Intaka Island Lapa with your packed picnic and sparkling wine the head off for a spectacular one-hour walk during which you will revel in the sights, sounds and smells of the city by night; a not-tobe-missed experience.

CENTURY CITY NATURAL GOODS MARKET AND ART ON THE ISLAND 31 January2016 The Century City Natural Goods Market is the perfect way to spend a leisurely summer Sunday. Let the kids and dogs run amok while you trawl the stalls and sample the delectable fare for sale. Stroll across to Art on the Island and soak up the creativity with a range of art exhibitions and creative kids’ activities. for information on all century city events please contact bianca at bianca@centurycity.co.za


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sporting life Vladimir flies Century City colours in Belarus

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entury City runner and three times Comrades winner Vladimir Kotov recently returned from his native Belarus where he participated in the Minsk Half Marathon at the invitation of the Belarus Minister of Sport Mr A Shamko, and president of the Belarus Athletic Federation Mr V Devyatovskij. Celebrated as a national hero and “the champion of Belarus,” Vladimir’s record time for a half marathon has not been broken in 31 years and his record for the full Marathon not for 35 years! Vladimir, who runs for the Century City Athletic Club and has a sports shoe shop in the Fives Futbal complex in Century City, has been invited back to Belarus again next year to participate in the Minsk Half Marathon in September and a preceding 1,500km run around the country promoting running as a sport. With fellow long distance runner David Grier, Vladimir will start in the town of his birth, Vitsyebsk, working anti-clockwise around the country through major towns such as Hrodna, Brest, Homyel, Mahilyow, Orsha, Barysaw, Zhodzina, and ending in Minsk in time for the Half Marathon. “While cycling is a huge sport in Belarus, running is not nearly as popular, so we will be running 50km to 60km a day for a month to promote running,” he says. Vladimir said the Minsk Half Marathon attracted 16,000 runners this year, but could easily

I drink Coca-Cola, because it contains sugar and caffeine, but a better kind of caffeine to coffee. I heard that many marathon runners consume energy gels. How do you feel about them? Energy gels make good advertising but I think that they are poorly absorbed. Coca-Cola is absorbed much faster. What do you usually think while running? While running, you cannot think about winning or prizes. I think about the tactics: how to start, how to behave at a distance. It is most important. How developed is the marathon movement in South Africa? Running in South Africa is one

of the most popular sports. They run in everything, even barefoot. South Africa has a highly developed marathon movement. In summer residents wake up at 4 am and run for their health, for themselves. The favourable weather conditions allow this. Every Saturday and Sunday in all areas of Africa there are a lot of races. There is a club system where people meet on a certain day of the week and run together. Clubs have from 500 to 3,000 members. Each club has a small pub where the people come in the evening, with families, to socialize, relax. Do you help organise marathons

in South Africa? I have a lot of experience in running marathons so I’m now helping to organize marathons and other races in Cape Town. This is interesting work, but not easy. South African athletes you train? I have helped other runners on an ad hoc basis but I have not done intensive coaching. Now I have more time, so this might be a possibility going forward. Who do you think is the strongest marathon country in the world today? It’s hard to say, but the African continent is definitely the leader. There are many good runners in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

really had a bone to pick with this particular race, as the last time I did it I was forced to literally walk the last 5km due to injury. “That was a breaking point for me, but I then started training under the guidance of my current coach just one month after that incident, and I have never felt stronger. “However, I shall not be putting too much pressure on myself for this race, as I shall still have

Hermanus very much in my legs.“ Tanya said her legs were very stiff and sore post-race, especially due to all the hills in the Hermanus race, but was planning a visit to her physiotherapist to help prepare her body. She added that there are a couple of other Track Events (800m, 1500m and 5000m) on the horizon, as well as some shorter road races (10-15km) coming up.

tanya wins whale festival 21km

grow to 25,000 to 30,000 in the next year. Here follows a translation of an extract of an interview carried in the Belarus media: Vladimir, where did your passion for running arise? At school I won a medal, and then I was invited to attend a sports school. Are you still running races? I am still participating in races but on a smaller scale than previously However, I still run between 15km and 22km a day. Your personal best time in the full marathon is 2:10:58. What is your record in the half marathon? My best result in the half marathon is 1:01:07 - a record that has stood for 31 years. What kind of food do you prefer? During the noncompetitive period, I eat

everything. Before competition I have a strictly controlled diet and try to eat more protein, more meat. A week before the start I switch to carbohydrates, eating mainly potatoes, bread and dessert. On the day of the competition do you have breakfast? I drink black tea with brown bread. Sometimes I eat a piece of cheese. I do not advise anyone to drink coffee or to eat honey before a race. Some types of caffeine can assist you; others, such as that in coffee, are a killer. How much water do you drink? During the competition, I do not drink water. Sometimes, before a long-distance race, I drink jelly; it’s made from potato powder. It is starch-based and can help the stomach. During the competition,

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entury City Athletic Club runner Tanya PosthumusFox, who is sponsored by the Century City Property Owners’ Association, won the recent Hermanus Whale Festival 21km in a time of 1:29:40. What makes this doubly special is that this is the first sub 90 minutes Tanya has achieved for a 21km race. Tanya, who came second in the same race last year, says she felt more relaxed and calmer than ever before during a race. And a mere one week later Tanya competed in the Gun Run 21km, the day after her 35th birthday. “So I will have to keep the celebrations at bay until after the race!” she quipped at the time. Prior to the race, Tanya said she would not normally race again so soon. “However, it is now two years since I did the Gun Run, and I


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