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World's Top Maths Achiever is Cape Town's very own! Dario Trinchero, a 17-year old student at Somerset College, has been placed first in the country for Chemistry and first in the world for Mathematics in the International Cambridge AS Examinations. Dario obtained 100% for Mathematics! CapeTalk Breakfast Host Kieno Kammies spoke with the top maths learner in the world, 17-year-old Dario Trinchero at Somerset College. Trinchero says he did not expect such stellar results, and does not take all the credit for his success. “I've always been passionate about maths, and have had passionate teachers. All of that is the catalyst for success. I've always done well because I've been surrounded by people that encouraged me,” says Dario Trinchero, Somerset College matric learner. Dario says that he hopes to study both theoretical physics and computer science when he completes high school. Dario obtained 100% for Mathematics and scored over 90% in four other subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Afrikaans.
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The Western Cape’s tourism sector experienced one of its best seasons yet as international and domestic arrivals continued to rise. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially released the summer season visitor numbers for the province during a press conference at Cape Town International Airport, while Deon Cloete, General Manager at the Airport briefed the media on airport movements. Minister Winde tabled the tourism figures for the period between November 2015 and March 2016 and said that the tourism sector has experienced another phenomenal year. According to Minister Winde the V&A Waterfront welcomed 11.8 million visitors between November last year and March 2016.
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Is Cape Town's Very Own! (Continue from page 1) The College was informed by the Cambridge International Examinations of Dario’s international ranking. Dario intends to study Quantum Physics at university next year. “The quality of Dario’s answers secured him the honour, not simply the 100%.” “We are extremely proud of Dario and his teachers on this incredible achievement,” remarked Meg Fargher, the Executive Head of Somerset College in Somerset West. Founded in 1997, Somerset College is an independent, co-educational school situated on a beautiful 32-hectare estate in the Winelands of the Western Cape. The College offers schooling from Grade 000 to Matric, as well as Cambridge International AS and A-levels. Somerset College is attracting students not only from Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, but the world-over. “This year the AS-level class has 16 students, many of whom are international students joining us from countries from across the world. We have students from Tanzania, Mozambique, China, England and Singapore.” “We trust that they will follow in the footsteps of our Cambridge “pioneers” and aim at achieving their very best,” commented Gareth Tucker, Director of the Cambridge Programme at Somerset College.
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Western Cape Tourism Numbers On The Rise (Continue from page 1) This is up 5.8% from the same period in the previous year. Kirstenbosch also reported a 1.3% increase over the period under review, logging 466 646 visitors. Just under 200 000 people visited Robben Island, the World Heritage Site with an 24% increase in visitor numbers compared with the previous year. Minister Winde said an analysis on air arrivals into Cape Town, conducted by Wesgro, illustrated the importance of air access. There has been an impressive 60% increase in Origin and Destination (O&D) passengers coming through Qatar for the time period, from 34 951 to 55 772 passengers. This can be attributed to the partnership with Qatar Airways. There has also been an increase of 53% in O&D passengers from Turkey from 36 348 to 55 714. This growth is linked to the landing of Turkish Airlines flights into Cape Town. “The European markets continue to make up a significant portion of tourist arrivals into Cape Town, accounting for about 45% of arrivals. We observed increases from Germany, the Netherlands and France during the period under review,” says Minister Winde. Cloete said overall passenger numbers continued to show robust growth i.e. just over 10% for the financial year. On the International front arriving passengers grew by 7%, while the Domestic arriving passengers grew by 10% for the same period. Regional growth also showed solid performing, growing by 20%. “On an average day the airport processes close to 26 000 passengers, handles approximately 11 000 number of bags and uplifts nearly 1.2 million litres of aviation fuel.” “Over time, the airport has developed the capabilities to facilitate large numbers of passengers and visitors to the airport as result of major events. This includes facilitating events such as the Cycle tour, Two Oceans and Jazz Festival. Minister Winde said they anticipate the following key trends for the period between April 2016 and August 2016: USA passenger bookings are up 23%, from 10 844 to 13 301 passengers. In Europe, the United Kingdom, Germany and Netherlands passenger numbers on bookings are up 18%, 19% and 44% respectively over the period to come and in China, passenger numbers on bookings are up 52%;
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Minister Winde said these trends were excellent news for the Western Cape, which is working with industry to counter seasonality. Tourism is the fastest-growing sector, employing 204 000 residents in formal jobs and through Project Khulisa a further 100 000 jobs can be added to the tourism sector. Some of the Project Khulisa initiatives set to kick off this year is the development of a data and real-time intelligence dashboard to ensure the province can respond to global trends; the implementation of a Madiba Legacy Route that will include the Madiba statue in the City and the provision of signage along the route; the launch of an online events portal that aggregates data for an all-year events calendar and lastly more landing direct flights to Cape Town. Minister Winde issued a challenge to the tourism sector to keep the momentum going and keep up the good work to ensure that the next season is the best yet.
V&A Waterfront Goes Head-To-Head With European Destinations Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront took pride of place as the only South African, and only one of three nominated destinations in the world, at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Destination Awards held at the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas. With Parkstad Limburg in the Netherlands emerging the frontrunner, David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said this was nonetheless a defining moment for the business. “The fact that we were nominated by an organisation the stature of the WTTC, alongside destinations such as Parkstad Limburg and Swiss Parks Network in Switzerland is testament to the fact that our offering is comparable with the best in the world.” Sixty two countries across all continents submitted applications for this year’s awards. “While the V&A Waterfront is fortunate to boast many attractions, that alone is not enough to distinguish ourselves as an international tourist destination. It requires a holistic, sustainable vision for development, protection of historical assets and an inclusive approach that is as welcoming of locals as it is of visitors.” “As the custodians of one of the world’s best waterfronts, we strive to offer locals and visitors alike a world-class destination that nevertheless remains true to its historic roots.” The V&A Waterfront was also the winner of the highly contested international award for Best Destination for Responsible Tourism at the World Travel Market in London in 2015. The Award was granted in recognition of the Waterfront’s commitment and leadership in not only preserving the heritage of the property, but also its forward thinking in terms of sustainable development.
South Africa In Bloom
Africa’s First Multibillion
41 years at the Chelsea Flower Show
Green Village Is Coming Soon
SANBI-Kirstenbosch’s 41st annual entry to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) has taken a new direction this year, with the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden – A Gateway to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site taking centre stage in the exhibit. The model showing this year’s theme was unveiled at Kirstenbosch.
Swisatec, an architectural and project management firm based in Cape Town, South Africa, is set to build the first multibillion Green Village in Cape Town. The Blue Rock Village will be the first Green Village not only in South Africa, but in Africa. The multibillion Green Village is an upgrade of the well-known Blue Rock Resort, which boasts a magnificent view of the Blue Rock Lake, the only lake in Cape Town with crystal clear waters, with a depth of 60 meters and a water temperature of 27°C, ideal for water skiing and scuba diving. The Village is situated in the heart of award winning wine farms of Somerset West, a stone throw away from Sir Lowry’s Pass, approximately 3-6 kilometres away from the Gordon’s Bay and Strand beaches. The Village is accessible through N2 highway, Cape Town International Airport is only 15 minutes away by car and Cape Town CBD a mere 30 minutes. Plans for the mixed-use Blue Rock Village include a multi-functional Life Style Centre within the development, array of medical centres, boutiques, schools and colleges, nurseries, restaurants and cafes. The Life Style Centre is the heart of the Village, so to speak, where one can enjoy live music concerts, markets and opera’s. Linked to the centre, is the Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, where one can be pampered in various Therapeutic centres, or take a leisurely dip in the swimming pool.
Photo: L-R: David Davidson & Raymond Hudson the Designers
Mr Lukas Reichmuth, Founder and Director of Blue Rock Village said: “The project will be market driven, focusing on both the international market and the South African market, our apartments are designed to fit different types of individual needs. The development comprises of 1000 luxury apartments built on 40 hectares of land.”
The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay was bequeathed to the National Botanical Gardens, now SANBI, in 1958. Uniquely located within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, and situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest, this beautiful garden encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. It showcases more than 700 species of indigenous South African plants and over 100 species of birds. The main fynbos families (proteas, ericas and restios) are present as well as other important families such as irises, daisies and orchids. The Garden boasts red disa (Disa uniflora) in its natural habitat as well as South Africa’s national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides) and the Prince of Wales heath (Erica perspicua). Ten hectares are immaculately cultivated with wheelchair-friendly paths winding between banks of fynbos plants, wetland and dune displays and cool African montane forests. Another 190 hectares have been left undisturbed and offer several kilometres of attractive mountainside and riverine nature trails taking between one and four hours to walk. Trails in the Garden include a mountain slope Fynbos trail, the longer zig-zag border trail takes you into the core of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, and a trail (requiring a permit) along a stream up to the waterfall in Leopard’s Gorge. Just an hour out of Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa, lies an area of such natural beauty and floral diversity as to be recognized as perhaps the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve falls within the Boland Mountain Complex – one of eight sites across the Western and Eastern Cape that comprise the Cape Floristic Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site. The heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom is in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. With more than 150 000 people visiting the CFS, the success of the stand depends on the enthusiastic team of volunteers who join the designers and SANBI representatives in ensuring that their display is perfect in every way.
“As the first pioneers of Car Free Living, our vision of Blue Rock Village is to enjoy the magnificent beauty and natural surroundings where you can truly experience the great outdoors. All parking is underground to maximize the green living and visual pleasures of nature which is connected seamlessly. It’s all about green spaces and design, combined with luxury apartment living. For convenience, we have planned a Helipad for business people to commute easily between the airport and Cape Town. “ Keeping true the environmentally friendly theme, Blue Rock Village is using A++A rated energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, along with a water management system from shower to sprinklers and a maximum of self-generated solar power. The Blue Rock Village is built with technology in mind, the Village offers a fast and reliable connection with a fibre optic system that feeds each residence and this includes Wi-Fi which will be available throughout the Village. “With all this, it is no surprise that we expect Blue Rock Village to become an exclusive prime address in the Western Cape,” said Mr Reichmuth.
Rush SA Trampoline Park
Shark Spotters Programme
“Exercise in Disguise”
Nets Gold Innovation Award for Beach Tourism
U.S.A Brand Rush Indoor Trampoline Parks have been popping up all around the world recently, with parks located in USA, UK, Finland, Norway and most recently with two Rush parks opened in Claremont, Cape Town and Greenstone Mall Johannesburg.
The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016.
Rush offers first of a kind activities in the world. Rush is locally owned and operated by Co-Owners Jonathan and Chanette Goosen and Golden House Management in South Africa.
The Best for Beach Tourism Category, sponsored by BulkSMS, is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative providing or contributing to responsible holidays in beach settings.
Inside the 21,000 square foot facility, Rush Cape Town offers over 17,000 square feet of wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, a gigantic foam pit, a battle beam and multiple party rooms for birthday parties. Parents and non-participating guests can relax in the viewing gallery and coffee shop. Rush welcomes adults, teens, and kids of all ages and offers a wide range of activities, from open jumping, birthday parties, toddler time, after school activities, freestyle sessions, Rush Flip Out, Rush X Fit, Cosmic Rush Party nights, school/university groups and holiday camps to high performance trampolining, dodgeball, and corporate team building events. On why Jonathan and Chanette decided to launch the Rush parks throughout South Africa, Jonathan and Chanette Goosen said, “After starting a family and having two kids, we decided to look for a new business opportunity that would allow us to follow our passions in sport and fitness whilst including our kids and having fun with our kids at the same time.”
Judges were looking for organisations that showed leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a beach setting, positive integration and relationships with local communities, and proven achievements in maintaining and conserving beach environments. The Shark Spotters Programme contributes to responsible tourism in Cape Town through its combination of shark safety, cutting-edge research, public education, and community upliftment in order to protect and improve people’s beach experience in areas with a high spatial overlap between people and sharks. The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with Sharks Spotters. "We are very pleased that they have been acknowledged for their valuable and innovative efforts in responsible beach tourism, including the implementation of the shark exclusion net, which benefits our beach-goers." "Furthermore, this successful initiative demonstrates the value of team work between government, civic organisations and the public to ensure that visitors can enjoy safer beach-going experiences; this is a relationship which the City values highly." "As we are dependent on the cooperation of our residents, we would like to encourage the public to report any sightings of white sharks to the Shark Spotters. We also urge the public to adhere to the notifications that are given by the Shark Spotters during visits to the beach," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. The judges said that the ‘Shark Spotters’ solution to safe beaches removes the fear factor from enjoying Cape Town’s beaches, while working to protect sharks, particularly the Great White Shark – a globally threatened species.
“Trampolining is 'Exercise in Disguise' ! It’s not only a very effective form of exercise, but more importantly it is a lot of fun and it will give you a 'RUSH'! Being parents ourselves, we know that the most important consideration for all parents is the safety of their kids, and at Rush SA, safety is of paramount importance to the way we run our business.” Every Rush SA park adheres to the highest safety standards possible in order to give parents the peace of mind that their kids can have fun safely! There are so many different activities available to everyone at Rush SA! For more information visit www.rushsa.co.za
This pioneering and innovative approach netted a Gold Award. Spotters positioned on the mountainsides surrounding swimming beaches look out for sharks near the shore and use a series of flags as a warning system. Community members benefit from employment and skills development, and beachgoers get to learn about sharks and ecology. Sarah Waries, Project Manager of Shark Spotters, said they were delighted to win this award and receive this recognition for their work towards sustainable shark bite mitigation in Cape Town. "Working together with the City of Cape Town, we have created a holistic, socially and environmentally responsible initiative that protects beach tourism, the local economy and the environment from the negative repercussions of shark bite incidents," said Waries. The Shark Spotters Information Centre at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is open to the public from 08:00 to 18:00, seven days a week. For more information on the latest shark sightings and research visit www.sharkspotters.org
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The blustering gale-force wind on 7 April 2016 did little to dampen the joyful spirits of young Jack Kastner and his party when they met with Overstrand Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie to receive an allocation to the Butterfly Centre in Stanford, where he is a learner at the special needs educational facility. The Butterfly Centre is one of a number of recipients to benefit from the proceeds raised during the Seartec sponsored Overstrand Golf Day that was held at the Arabella Wine Estate and Country Club in November 2015.
Photo: L-R: Overstrand Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie pictured in her office with Jack Kastner
The Butterfly Foundation is a charity organisation established in 2013 by Jami Yeats-Kastner in honour of her then 18-month son, Sam, who tragically passed away in February that year. YeatsKastner’s motivation was borne from the need to ensure her son’s life, albeit brief, continued to have meaning, whilst in turn leaving an everlasting impact on the world. She, and husband Peter, have fortunately been blessed with two more boys. However, Jack aged 8, has special needs. For a while the delightful lad attended a mainstream school, but it soon became evident that a different learning vehicle was needed that would cater specifically to the scholastic needs of kids with learning impairments like Jack’s. After realising that there were very few of these facilities in the Overstrand. Jami initiated a fundraising campaign that subsequently culminated in the Butterfly Centre being born on 20 July 2015. On addressing the group, the Mayor said that she was pleased that Alissa Coetzee, a Miss Teen Commonwealth SA finalist, had elected to bring the efforts of the Butterfly Centre to her attention. For more information visit www.butterflyfoundation.co.za
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Kimko Gardens - Create the Landscape of your dreams! Kimko Gardens’ primary goal is to create extraordinary landscapes perfectly suited for you and your family’s needs that will last for a very long time. Their gardens and landscapes are designed to increase your quality of life and your property value, and their designs are a perfect balance of inspiration, meticulousness and passion for beauty well done.
Creative Thinking Garden Design and Landscaping is very hard work and very challenging. The industry constantly changes and peoples needs differ, but Eti’s love for problem solving and creating environments specifically created for the individual makes this exciting and fun! It’s a great accomplishment to assist a client and the outcome was exactly what they envisioned. What Eti does is different, positive and always well received. She’s also confidant in her designs and will give advice on being practical and use her years experience to lead clueless clients to create something spectacular together. She’s a good listener and will always strive to please her clients, but also give the best advice on what will work best in the different gardens of clients and to compliment the esthetics of the property and environment involved.
Background Eti Buys born Marieta Georgieva Kamburova was born in 1978 in Russe, a small town North of Bulgaria. After primary school Eti attended a technical collage for 5 years which is similar to High School in South Africa. There her major subject was Garden Design and Landscaping. Eti received her Bachelor Degree of Ecology Science from the Agriculture University Plovdiv Bulgaria.
Kimko Gardens their family business of the past 10 years stands for being progressive, pioneering, innovation, adventure, rebellion and opportunist! Eti feels blessed to provide unparalleled services and design alongside her husband every day. Recently they expanded the business by introducing Easigrass - a new product to provide a variety of different needs entering the evolving industry daily. This is an environmental water wise solution to revolutionize the landscaping industry in South Africa.
Eti’s immediate family still resides in Bulgaria and visit them as often as possible with her husband Kobus whom she’s been married to for 12 years, their daughter Kiara-Mari and son PJ.
Eti and Kobus met in Cambridge England while both worked on a Strawberry farm in 2001.
They spent another 2 years in London and in 2003 decided to settle down, get married and start a family in South Africa. Her love for the arts, music, science and nature is clearly visible in her appearance and energetic personality. Landscaping and Garden design was an obvious career path for Eti. Advice she will treasure forever and use in her daily life driving her was the very wise words of her late father. “I think it is wonderful that you are giving back to Mother Earth! Always keep on creating beautiful spaces making people happy,” says Eti.
Painting by Eti Buys
As a young girl Eti had an instinctive affiliation with nature, plants and the beautiful spaces the earth create and provide us. She knew that this was what she was born to do.
When it comes to providing theses services to you, their credo is simple. Kimko Gardens Believe - creating beautiful landscapes is an art form. - in a meaningful relationship with their clients based on trust, honesty, integrity, and open communication. - in education and professional development. - that constructive criticism will help them improve. - that if they love their work, they are more productive. - they can only be successful in being a lifelong learner. - in paying their employees well. - in no secrecy - all of their fees and pricing are transparent. “We have the best job in the world!” says Eti. Kimko Gardens is highly committed to providing an excellent lawn, landscaping, irrigation installations and hardscape service to ensure guaranteed satisfaction of their customers.
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Trees For Africa At Vergelegen
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The 316-year-old Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West is an ideal location to view some of the oldest and most spectacular tree examples in Africa. Acquired by Anglo American in 1987, the estate is open to the public and is regarded as one of South Africa’s top three heritage sites. “Based on international best practice, our goal is to preserve and restore the farm’s heritage, culture, viticulture and natural environment as a showcase of the very best that South Africa offers,” said Vergelegen MD Don Tooth. “Our arboreal treasures form part of this holistic approach.”
Receives Green Stamp of Approval!
Probio is proud to announce its recognition by the annual Eco-Logic Awards for its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions using the Probio Bokashi Composting System. Probio received the Certificate of Merit in The Climate Change Award category on 21 April 2016 at a gala event held at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. In diverting food waste from landfills, Probio collaborated with local households, businesses and communities to reduce their carbon footprint by turning waste into a valuable resource, using the Probio Bokashi Composting System. The result is a notable reduction of over 46,000 tons of waste from landfills and over 10,000 tons of methane from the atmosphere since 2012.
The famous “big five” at Vergelegen are five enormous camphor trees (Cinnamomum Camphora) in front of the gracious homestead. Planted by former Cape governor and Vergelegen owner Willem Adriaan van der Stel between 1700 and 1706, they were proclaimed national monuments in 1942. Seedlings from these five gigantic specimens have been planted to form a shady camphor forest near the homestead, where guests enjoy the estate’s famous picnics in summer. Vergelegen is also the home of an Outeniqua yellowwood, estimated to be 150-400 years old. A hollow old English oak, about 300 years old, is believed to be the oldest living oak in Africa. The estate boasts a total of about 15 oak varieties, and launched an oak arboretum in 2012.
Driven by a passion for the environment and advocating ecological accountability for all, Probio’s composting system combines the power of beneficial micro-organisms with the technological advances of applied science. The Probio Bokashi Composting System includes Bokashi (wheat bran that has been inoculated with beneficial probiotic microbes) and a Probio Bokashi Composter bin that makes composting easy by turning waste from the kitchen into organic soil conditioner.
Visitors are also intrigued by the story of Vergelegen’s royal oak, which was planted when the estate was owned by Sir Lionel and Lady Florence Phillips, friends of the Duchess of Marlborough.
The Probio Bokashi Composting System is fast, space-conscious and ensures that food waste is treated in a quick and easy manner that does not release unpleasant odours. In addition, the composting system contains no hazardous ingredients that are harmful to humans, animals and plants. The Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, identify and give recognition to individuals, organisations, products and services that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world. Probio was also previously acknowledged by the Awards in 2014 when they received a Certificate of Merit in The Recycling Award category as an organisation contributing to a greater public understanding and participation in waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
A hollow old English oak, about 300 years old, is believed to be the oldest living oak in Africa
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This acorn survived the sea trip from the UK to the Cape in the 1920s and duly grew into a giant oak. When King George VI and his family paid an informal visit to Vergelegen in 1947, they were delighted to hear the story about the tree with royal connections. They took some acorns back to England and had them planted in Windsor Great Park.
The 16th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition returns to Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) Cape Town from 17-19 May – gathering some 6000 engineers, stakeholders and solution providers from around the globe.
The oak was again an object of royal interest when Queen Elizabeth II (who had visited Vergelegen with her parents in 1947) lunched at Vergelegen in 1995 and unveiled a plaque at the site of the famous oak tree. Vergelegen also boasts an ancient specimen of white mulberry (Morus Alba) that is the only surviving relic of van der Stel’s attempt to start a silk industry at the Cape. This white mulberry has renewed itself over and over again as the old trunk has grown and produced branches that flop over and take root. The estate also has numerous camellia trees that comprise South Africa’s first and only International Camellia Garden of Excellence – one of only 39 such gardens in the world, and the only one in Africa. The camellia gardens at Vergelegen include approximately 550 cultivars, many of them decades old. To ensure that Vergelegen’s magnificent trees remain in top-top condition, one of South Africa’s premier tree health management specialists, Dr Jolanda Roux (Professor at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria) makes an annual visit to check on these venerable specimens.
The event will feature 250 exhibitors, 250 speakers, a six stream strategic conference, a free-to-attend technical conference on the expo floor, three high-profile keynote sessions, technical site visits and the coveted industry awards gala dinner. The Water CEO Forum will be an opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practice for high-level water utility executives. The African Utility Week Industry Awards also include categories for Water Utility Executive of the Year, Water Utility of the Year, Water Efficiency Project of the Year and Power/Water Woman of the Year where pioneering water utilities and innovative projects in the sector are recognised and celebrated. The trade exhibition will be free when registering in advance and showcase water and energy saving technologies and services for the industry, including by global water sector giants such as Sensus, Accenture, Kamstrup and Elster Solutions and feature hands-on demonstrations and CPD-accredited technical workshops on the exhibition floor.
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PROTECTOR OF THE MARINE BIG FIVE AND MORE! There is a small fishing village in the Western Cape, Gansbaai. It is known internationally as a hot spot for the great white shark with eighty thousand tourists that visit there just to shark cage dive. Dyer Island is the hub of the area, a protected habitat of the endangered African penguin and also home to 60% of the Cape Cormorant population. Across the famous Shark Alley is Geyser Rock, home of almost 60 000 Cape fur seals, favourite food of the great white shark.
Both businesses are Fair Trade certified since 2008. Dyer Island Cruises has been cited as a socially responsible tourism company in two publications. Wilfred is changing the way the shark cage diving industry is viewed and enjoys support of other conservation organisations. He has structured a business model that not only creates employment but also benefits the environment and is aimed at protecting our marine heritage. Every day funds are raised from clients visiting the companies and this supports the work of the Trust. Wilfred’s companies support the Trust in various ways, ultimately contributing a R1million towards research and conservation.
The area is also visited by Bryde’s whales and Humpback whales but most renowned for the Southern right whales that visit these shores from June to December. The last of the Marine Big Five is the dolphins of which three species delight visitors – common dolphin, bottlenose and the shy humpback dolphins.
It is this marine heritage that entrepreneur and conservationist, Wilfred Chivell, strives to protect.
Wilfred has a diverse background from working as a President’s guard; diving for treasure, literally, as he discovered the biggest coin collection of a wreck called the Nicobar; to owning his own construction company in the 90s when sadly the recession hit and he had to close doors. But perhaps not so sadly, he then took his passion for the sea and its marine life and has made a successful living from it while contributing to the conservation of an area he loves with a passion. Starting off with a rubber dinghy in 2000 he started a whale watching company called Dyer Island Cruises. He took his own calls and handled most aspects of the business himself and slowly started building a new vision. He then purchased a shark cage diving company in 2005 called Marine Dynamics and has changed much in an industry that could be used purely for financial gain.
Biologist Alison Towner acoutically tagging a great white shark for research
He has supported three marine biologists in completing their Master’s degrees and continues to assist PhD studies. This also meant Wilfred became incredibly interested in sharks and some of the research that has come from the team is groundbreaking and includes: population dynamics through fin identification; wound healing; predatory interactions; foraging ecology and seasonal behaviour. Wilfred also cares about the promotion of the area as a tourist destination and supports tourism efforts. He has been involved in the protection and accessibility of the Klipgat Caves, commemorates the Birkenhead Memorial every year through a special trip on the whale and shark boats. The coins Wilfred discovered on the wreck of the Nicobar are held at the Cultural History Museum in Cape Town and the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Slashfin, shark cage diving boat of Marine Dynamics
That has now grown into a very successful award winning eco-tourism business especially due to the research, conservation and education work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust Wilfred established in 2006. Wilfred himself will declare he prefers animals to people (except for those people just as passionate about animals) and his passion for the African penguin and its plight led to him creating the ‘Faces of Need’ housing project for this flightless bird. This project has grown over the last ten years with more than 2000 penguin homes, designed by Wilfred, on the protected Dyer Island - the penguin colony there having declined by 90% in 30 years - and other colonies. Wilfred initiated two penguin conferences and pushed for the penguin to be listed as endangered. A dream of his finally came true in 2015 when he opened the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a state of that art rehabilitation facility which has already saved more than 120 seabirds in its first year.
Wilfred’s whole ethos is based on conservation and protection of the environment. Measures are even in place at the Great White House from recycling, support of the SASSI fish programme, reduction of waste, using less chemicals, inclusion of a solar geyser and low wattage light bulbs. The boats use low emission engines. He encourages guests and tour operators to consider that “Your Choice Makes a Difference.”
When the adult penguins moult at the end of the year, if they have bred late, the penguin chicks are abandoned as the adult can no longer feed them. They are removed into care and then released to become the next breeding generation. This is crucial considering there are only an estimated 18000 breeding pairs left. The population has dropped over 60% in the last 30 years.
Wilfred is the ideas man whose plan for a Marine Educational and Resource Centre saw the first privately owned whale exhibit erected in the Great White House - a prelude to this vision and a dream many years in the making.
Wilfred is passionate about whales, is part of the SA Whale Disentanglement network and has dedicated boats for rescues.
Dedicated Dyer Island Conservation Trust research vessel, Lwazi
He has also developed a special rescue cradle already put to use twice for removal of a deceased great white on Dyer and a washed up Bryde’s whale. Wilfred constantly strives for perfection and expects the same from his large team of more than eighty employees while at the same time encouraging them to be confident and take as much from all the experiences they are exposed to for their own personal growth.
The seabirds in the conditioning pen (pre-release) can be viewed from the auditorium through one way glass which means no disruption for the birds in recovery
Wilfred’s vision is to build on what exists and create an internationally recognized Centre in Gansbaai that will attract tourists and locals, a place where scientists, conservationists, investors and locals meet and work together towards sustainable marine utilization, conservation, marine research and socio-economic upliftment. For more information visit www.sharkwatchsa.com / www.whalewatchsa.com / www.dict.org.za Photos courtesy of Marine Dynamics / Dyer Island Conservation Trust
R1,2 MILLION RAISED FOR NEW ICU AT RED CROSS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL One month into a public appeal to raise the last R10 million for the R100 millionplus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the R1 million mark has just been surpassed. The project will see significantly improved intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children from in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients. With the lion share of the funding already secured for the building of this lifesaving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fundraisers for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – have made an emotive appeal to the public to help them raise the final R10 million to complete the building. R1 243 715 million of this target has now been reached, so there is still a way to go to reach the final target of R10m by the end of June. Currently the 22-bed PICU at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the largest ICU for children in Africa. It provides emergency care for critically ill or injured children from all over South Africa as well as other African countries. The demand is driven by the increases in surgery requirements and escalations in detection of serious illnesses. In essence, the demands on this unit are higher than its capacity to deliver. “Thanks to the generosity of the South African community, we are slowly but surely inching our way towards our R10 million goal. This project will enable this life-saving unit to help heal thousands of young children so we appeal to all of you to please donate to help us to complete the bigger and better ICU brand new ICU. Even a small donation can make a huge difference,” says Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust. Construction on the unit began in October 2015 and is expected to be completed by October 2017. The 22-bed facility will increase to 39 bed spaces, and will include an urgently needed 10-bed High Care Neonatal Unit as well as isolation cubicles.
BEATING LYMPHOMA Progress Report on “The Newspaper Challenge” to SoundWaves Health Clinic in the January 2016 Edition: A volunteer assigned by “The Newspaper” visited the SoundWaves Health Clinic in Gordon’s Bay for consultation. A full Body Scan indicated the presence of Lymphoma and the relevant Bio Resonance (Frequency) Therapy Treatment Programme was suggested: Cleanse and detox the liver; detox the blood from heavy metals; kill viruses, bacteria and parasites, molds and fungi in the body. This paved the way for treatment. A dietary style especially for cancer patients was also recommended. Then the weekly hour-long therapy sessions commenced. Each time, the Frequenciologist Charl de Villiers ran a test scan to search for changes in the body or body systems, and to check the Lymphoma itself. This meant a consistent update of the volunteer’s precise condition with every visit. THE FINAL OUTCOME? After 10 weekly treatments all traces of Lymphoma have disappeared. The blood tests indicate no markers of any tumours or cancers - and the volunteer is overjoyed by the results. Given the option to consult an oncologist, the volunteer had decided against conventional treatment. The added bonus of course is: no nausea; no vomiting; no hair loss; no burns; no lingering after effects; no invasion by foreign substances. Worldwide, sound waves (frequencies) are used very successfully to fight sickness – and yes, even cancer. (If you find that hard to believe, please go and Google it and see for yourself). The volunteer had live up to end of the bargain by following the dietary prescriptions for cancer patients, avoid man-made medication, avoid supplements/food containing a given list of harmful ingredients, exercise and cut down on stress . Feeling healthier than ever before, our volunteer faces each day with an overall sense of well-being. The volunteer has shed about 3 kilograms since eating healthier food – and intends to keep it up! Patients suffer devastating side effects during, but also long after, conventional cancer treatment, i.e. radiation burns; agonizing pains; headaches; chronic fatigue; vomiting; diarrhoea; impairment of vision/hearing – just to name a few. By then it becomes extremely difficult to help them effectively with Bio Resonance Therapy. The greatest weapon against all illness is Early Detection. The sooner a tumour, cancer, etc is detected, the quicker you can fight it. The volunteer was willing to prove that. The 3D NLS Scanner used by SoundWaves Health Clinic has identified tumours so small that conventional scanners would not detect them. These have been effectively treated and are monitored at regular intervals. None have reappeared as yet. Article by Annemarie de Villiers For more information contact 083 267 9745 or firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.soundwaves.gettimely.com Shop 6, Old Cape Mall, Beach Rd, Gordon’s Bay
Photo: L-R: Zoe Brown (Radio DJ & TV Presenter) & Cadi Chloe de Jager, 8-year-old past patient and champion for the ICU campaign
The high care unit and the isolation cubicles will ensure optimal treatment through better infection control, which is critical in ICU. The expansion and upgrade will also create more comfortable and supportive spaces for parents as well as breastfeeding mothers. Currently, family members have no privacy or space between life-saving equipment as they sit vigil at their child’s side. Increased space will also mean that staff, who work very long hours saving lives in tough conditions, will have adequate support facilities. The Children’s Hospital Trust works in collaboration with the Western Cape Government: Health. The provincial government will contribute R30 million towards the ICU.
IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD FOR MEDICINE The SpyGlass DS Direct Visualization System may sound like something out of the latest James Bond movie, but it is actually new medical technology that was recently introduced at a private hospital in Cape Town. The technology was acquired by the Digestive Diseases Centre (DDC) of UCT Private Academic Hospital, and is designed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from a range of pancreatic and biliary disorders. According to Professor Eduard Jonas, a surgeon who practises at the DDC, the SpyGlass enables doctors to directly and more accurately visualise these systems. “The technology significantly enhances our diagnostic capabilities in enabling direct visualisation of lesions,” observes Prof Jonas, who is also the head of the Surgical Gastroenterology/Hepatobiliary Unit at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. “Establishing the precise nature of indeterminate strictures in the biliary and ductal systems has been a longstanding challenge. The Spyglass is particularly valuable in that it allows us to better investigate indeterminate bile duct strictures. It also offers more options for the management of difficult bile duct and pancreatic stones.” Prof Jonas explains that the SpyGlass DS System is a refinement of an earlier device, offering better image quality with four times higher resolution and a 60% wider field of view. It also offers a channel which enables devices and guidewires to be passed through it. Such devices may include, for example, a biopsy forceps for directed biopsies of diseased tissue under direct vision, and laser technologies that are able to break down difficult biliary and pancreatic stones. According to Lieselle Shield, general manager of UCT Private Academic Hospital (UCTPAH), the new SpyGlass technology is not available to patients in public hospitals in the Western Cape at present. Shield says that the SpyGlass, which is manufactured by Boston Scientific in the United States, is an important advance in the field of hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) and academic medicine in the Western Cape. “Technology such as this strengthens UCTPAH’s position as a centre of learning excellence and will serve to advance our medical knowledge, particularly as it will be applied in a limited resources context and in our populations with their unique disease profiles.” “Furthermore, Spyglass ensures that UCTPAH will remain at the cutting edge in the management of HPB diseases in South Africa. We applaud the DDC for taking the initiative to partner with the hospital to introduce this cutting-edge medical technology,” concludes Shield.
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THE BEST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME IN EUROPE! Many South Africans want to diversify and invest in offshore property; but with many countries offering seemingly attractive residency benefits to us South Africans, the choice of where to invest can be daunting. The complexities of understanding the multitude of legal and tax implications coupled with language & cultural issues sometimes makes even thinking about a “Plan B” a non-starter.
PROPERTY INSPECTION TRIP INVITATION! Cypriot Realty is a proudly South African company, having an impressive 7,5 year track record of assisting many people in finding their perfect home, assisting in facilitating the permanent residency application process and also in the physical relocation to Cyprus. We arrange personalized property inspection trips across to Cyprus to view properties opportunities, set up meetings with attorneys, the bank, schools etc. in Cyprus; and offer a full turnkey service to make your experience pleasant and memorable. Why don’t you come on one of our 5-day property inspection trips to see what is available? We’ll personally meet & greet you on arrival in Cyprus; and we’ll host you at the beautiful 5-star Coral Beach Hotel for the duration of your trip. An experienced property specialist will accompany you throughout your stay to show you the delights of Cyprus (restaurants, the city, leisure activities, tourist sites etc.) whilst showcasing the properties. At the end of your trip, we’ll take you back to the airport for your return flight.
Cyprus – an ex-British colony and NOT part of Greece - represents an excellent investment & relocation destination and the property prices are affordable. The choice of where to buy is very personal and the type of property depends on your lifestyle requirements, budget and long term plans. With an impressive portfolio of over 325 completed projects on offer, every style and location of property is available from seafront and hillside villas to beachfront apartments and townhouse complexes.
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Your property inspection trip itself is personalised & you will have your own representative host you in order to make your time both an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Your agent will be at your disposal to address any queries that you may have on a 1-to-1 basis, dealing with you in a professional, confidential manner.
Cyprus' FAST TRACK residency programme currently has the following 10 benefits and predominant differentiators to the EU residency programmes on offer in Greece, Malta, Portugal & Spain: 1. It is the most affordable residency programme in Europe - €300k investment in a new residential property secures permanent residency permits for the whole family; and
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Training 1 Million Young People in digital skills
City’s Free Public Wireless Internet Zones Pass the 200 mark
The City now has 201 public Wi-Fi zones clustered in 78 locations spread across the metro area. In the past week, more than 84 000 residents have used the service. Most of the Wi-Fi zones installed so far are in suburbs and centres that have been neglected by commercial service providers, or where residents find commercial internet services too expensive. The Wi-Fi service operates on top of the City’s fibre-optic network, which both reduces the direct costs and ensures a high quality of service. “Our high-grade access points are connected to fibre-optic cables, which means that users enjoy access speeds of around 40 MB per second,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.” “The City has partnered with Always On, a commercial Wi-Fi provider which manages the connection to each user device and pays for the bandwidth. In exchange for the use of City’s network, Always On gives 100 MB of data to every user each day.” By 2020 there’ll be half a billion internet users in Africa, presenting an opportunity for African businesses and digital entrepreneurs. Youth unemployment across Africa is high (35% in South Africa, 17% in Kenya, 13% in Nigeria) - developing digital entrepreneurship and creating new job opportunities for young people is critical to Africa’s transformative growth, but digital skills are still under-developed, making it harder for African economies to get the most out of the web.
“The combination of a significant daily data allowance, fast access speeds, and the wide distribution of Wi-Fi zones means a truly useful service that makes a difference to the lives of many residents.” “We are able to do this at minimal cost to the ratepayer by using our own existing network infrastructure.” “We have achieved this with a capital budget of only R5 million for each of the last two years, which is much better value for money than the hundreds of millions that some other municipalities have spent by fully outsourcing the service – at the end of which they do not own any of the infrastructure they have paid for,” said Councillor Limberg.”
To help close this knowledge gap, Google is today pledging to train 1 million young people in Africa in digital skills in the next year, as part of our contribution to growing Africa’s digital economy.
Since its inception, over 460 000 residents have used the public Wi-Fi service. “These are unique users, each of whom may have connected to the service multiple times. Last week, 338 438 connections were made by 84 070 different users.”
Google is supporting Livity Africa to run two training programs: Digify Bytes, aimed at helping young people develop a digital career; and Digify Pro, a 3-month immersion program to develop digital specialists for jobs in companies or digital agencies. They also launched digifyafrica.com - an online-learning portal that will house a range of digital skills tutorials and courses. Available to anyone in Africa, it’s been designed to be as “light” as possible to help people manage data usage. The Digify programs (which are all free) will provide tools & knowledge on subjects including building an online presence, creating content, understanding web design and user experience, social media and app development. A group of 65 Googlers from 9 different countries have helped Livity develop content, provide mentorship and, in some cases, deliver the training. Google is also talking to a number of other potential partners across Africa with a view to scaling the digital skills training program and helping to reach even more young people in more countries. More needs to be done to support people in Africa to succeed in the digital world, and Google want to be part of that. The internet offers huge opportunities to start new businesses and grow existing ones, and they are committed to helping Africans make the most of the digital revolution. The internet is a growth engine, and it’s for everyone. There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in Africa. By order of the Liquidators representing Artsoteek Eiendomme (Pty) Ltd (In Liquidation)
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“Other municipalities sometimes claim that each connection represents a unique user, but that is very misleading,” added Councillor Limberg. The City launched 10 new library-based SmartCape Wi-Fi zones in March, bringing the total to 24 out of our 102 public libraries which all boast free internet access for the City’s most vulnerable residents. Four more will be live by the end of April. The number of public Wi-Fi zones will reach 250 by the end of June 2016. In March this year, 5,4 TB of data was downloaded via the public Wi-Fi zones and the SmartCape service together.
WhatsApp Implements end-to-end encryption WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible. The WhatsApp team is proud to announce that they have completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication - full end-to-end encryption. When you and your contacts now use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement.” “While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people's information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states.”
Brian Acton and Jan Koum, Co-founders of WhatsApp shared the following information: “The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.” “If you're using the latest version of WhatsApp, you don't have to do a thing to encrypt your messages - end-to-end encryption is on by default and all the time.” “We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before. Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen. And if nothing is done, more of people's digital information and communication will be vulnerable to attack in the years to come. Fortunately, end-to-end encryption protects us from these vulnerabilities.” “Encryption is one of the most important tools governments, companies, and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age.
“While WhatsApp is among the few communication platforms to build full end-to-end encryption that is on by default for everything you do, we expect that it will ultimately represent the future of personal communication.” “The desire to protect people's private communication is one of the core beliefs we have at WhatsApp, and for me, it's personal. I grew up in the USSR during communist rule and the fact that people couldn't speak freely is one of the reasons my family moved to the United States,” says Jan Koum CEO of WhatsApp. Today more than a billion people are using WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family all over the world. And now, every single one of those people can talk freely and securely on WhatsApp.
THE STORY OF PAUL ENGLISH - HE CAN; HE WILL AND HE DID! Paul English, a 36 year old writer from Somerset West, was born with the same inexplicable undiagnosed syndrome with congenital abnormalities, as his elder brother Mark. The challenges that had to be dealt with since babyhood would probably make most of us throw a lifelong “pity party” – but not Paul! Before he was 3 years old he had to start wearing a patch on his left eye to strengthen his right eye and correct his squint - not easy for a toddler at nursery school! This continued until age 6, but without much success. Paul now has the use of only one eye, though prescription glasses have enabled one of his favourite hobbies – reading. Sadly, as a child he was cruelly nicknamed “four-eyes,” because of his thick lenses. Continual ear infections and several attempts at grommets resulted in burst eardrums. An ENT specialist suggested a hearing test – which indicated major hearing loss in both ears. Hearing aids made a huge difference, but young Paul had to cope with curious stares (and remarks) from his peers.
Paul's first novel “Fire Angel: Genesis”
X-Rays revealed scoliosis and kyphosis (outward spine curvature). After several months of wearing a thoracic brace, 12 year old Paul was given an extremely uncomfortable full brace. This had to be worn for 21 hours a day. People often stared, oblivious of what this young boy was going through. Summer times were stressful, wearing a vest under the brace to protect his skin - limiting time to cool off in the pool with friends.
Paul’s creative den: his bedroom, surrounded by favourite books and inspiring authors
Paul did not want to copy the stereotype male hero with a perfect body and all the techno gadgets. His Superhero is Haley, a sassy but kind-hearted teenager living in a crime ridden lower-working class neighbourhood, with fears of retrenchment looming over her parents. A meteorite crashes down in their suburb, causing certain fascinating after-effects in Haley. She discovers very unusual “powers” and often acts impulsively, landing up in some sticky situations. Soon she is being hounded by unscrupulous people who want to reap huge benefits for themselves. Haley quickly learns not to trust anyone- not even the scientists, with their own secret agenda.
Disappointingly his condition deteriorated, which meant an operation to implant rods & clips to support & strengthen his back. By then Paul was 13 years old with several years of growth still ahead, so only the lower vertebrae were fused, leaving the upper section free. He still had to wear a thoracic brace for a few more years, though for shorter periods. X-Rays at age 16 revealed no marked difference, and Paul was informed he’d reached his maximum growth - hence his short stature today. Furthermore, Paul was born with flat feet with significant pronation (inward rolling). At age 3 he had to wear built-up shoes to counteract the pains in his knees and feet, but even today walking is still an arduous painful activity. Paul attended a Remedial School where classes were limited to 12 students. Sports participation was restricted due to his physical problems, but otherwise he was the usual youngster with friends. He didn’t excel academically and only finished Grade 9 - Maths being his worst subject; Creative Writing his best. He found school boring and felt it kept him from drawing & writing! The children’s TV series “Transformers” awoke the desire to write in 7 year old Paul, but the inspiration to create his own Superhero came many years later from Stan Lee’s “Spiderman”. After a few attempts he decided to take a course in Creative Writing, which gave him a much better foundation. He regrets not having done that first of all and earnestly recommends this to aspiring writers.
A writer definitely not to be disturbed!
The story reveals a good mix of characters and enough action to keep the tension running. The title of the soon-to-be-published sequel – “Fire Angel: Turning Point” – speaks of change and growth, so we’ll have to wait and see how life turns out for this young Superhero and her family. Paul promises interesting new twists and turns! He confesses there is a little bit of him in Haley: courage in the face of difficulties, played down by a quirky sense of humour. He recalls a Guidance Counsellor telling him, “You’ll never be as good as Wilbur Smith.” Today Paul says, “I don’t want to be as good as Wilbur Smith; I want to be as good as Paul English”! To hear him talk about his work with so much passion and fiery enthusiasm makes one forget his numerous limitations. His favourite T-shirt sports the phrase “I can, I will.” He has taken this as his personal motto: he decided he can write and publish, and he will write and publish – and he did. His message to fellow writers? “Write the story you’d want to read.”
Mom Brenda with Paul & his elder brother Mark
You may buy “Fire Angel – Genesis” directly from Paul Creative juices often flow early mornings at 3 or 4 o’clock
To date he has produced dozens of hand drawn comic books; published his first Superhero novel; has almost finished its sequel and is working on a third novel with a different character (also Superhero Fiction - his favourite genre). His first novel is called “Fire Angel: Genesis”.
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Agri-Homes - Solution to Farm Housing Agri-Homes SA®, with its subsidiary Farm-Homes®, brings to light the most significant, yet, affordable change in housing for Farm Labourers ever to be made available to the Agricultural industry within South Africa. Farm-Homes is an ever green product, and can provide a 100% green turnkey product. Its designs are architecturally attractive, cost effective, energy efficient, durable, and fire resistant. Farm-Homes are made in steel frame panels each to fit specific designed modules, and are historically less expensive than competing forms of construction.
SERVICES Plumbing and Electrical wiring are installed in wall cavities without chasing of walls. External services such as Photovoltaic Panels, and Solar Hot Water Panels, and sewerage systems are available on request. DURABILITY Agri-Homes finishes are secured with its high strength and protective coatings. The Steel Frame Modules used in Agri-Homes are impressively durable and these environmentally controlled buildings will perform well in excess of one hundred years. ARCHITECTURALLY FLEXIBILITY With Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules, the designer has extensive choices of finishes to achieve the desired architectural vernacular. Some of the exterior wall finishes commonly combined with Steel Frame are, Single skin brick veneer; Fibre Cement Sheets; Vermont Plank (Ship Lapped); Brick, stone, ceramic tile and concrete veneers; Prefinished plywood; Exterior insulation and finish (EFIS) systems, and Cement plaster (stucco) on metal lath. STRUCTURAL FLEXIBILITY
THE PRODUCT Steel in the manufacturing of houses, granny flats, warehouses, shopping complexes, office blocks, and now even Farm houses for labourers have become an eminently sustainable material, through the modernization of production processes. The mass of a wall in a Steel Frame Building is less than 10% of a double skin plastered brick wall. Significant energy savings are achieved merely in the transport of the materials to the building site. Furthermore, wastage of materials on site is minimized, eliminating the need to remove truck loads of building rubble. The most significant energy saving is building with the Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules which are optimally insulated suitable to every geographic region within Southern Africa, resulting in energy savings for heating and cooling. CONSTRUCTION
These Agri-Homes are designed to accommodate horizontal and vertical additions which can be effected easily in stages – giving it that Almost Limitless Design Freedom. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules can be used for almost any building construction – in ground floor exterior axial load bearing walls or even unsupported spans of up to 24 meters. HEALTH AND RELIABILITY The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules are reliable products that will not shrink, warp, swell, creep or otherwise move, which enhances and maintains construction quality. Its Steel Frame Modules are non-organic and cannot rot or support unhealthy infestations of mold and fungus growth. These Steel Frame Modules are not hospitable to, nor will vermin such as termites and rodents damage it.
Time saving in the construction of these Agri-Homes is estimated to be more than 40%, compared with conventional building. All frames are manufactured and assembled under stringent factory conditions, maximizing quality and efficiency. Therefore, cold or wet weather is not an issue when constructing Agri-Homes. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules have a higher strength to weight ratio and are lighter than wood or masonry of comparable size. This has a positive impact on the building's seismic resistance, as it may allow economical spread footing foundations and it may also allow upward expansion in a building originally not designed for an extra floor. A great deal of time, money and effort is spent on the Thermal insulation of all Agri-Homes. Thermal insulation can be specified to be up to 5 times more superior to conventional brick and mortar buildings. The Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modular building method lends itself to column foundations and suspended floors, reducing the cost of building on uneven sites.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER CERTIFICATE The use of sophisticated software has greatly benefited the design and engineering of the Agri-Homes Steel Frame Modules. Therefore, all Agri-Homes plans are approve by a registered consulting Structural Engineer controlled by the South African Steel Frame Association - SASFA. FINANCE, COSTS, DELIVERY, AND OCCUPATION Various Financial Institutions have acknowledged their support in writing, and are willing to provide finance on projects designed and constructed by Agri-Homes. Entry level Farm-Homes can be supplied for as little as R65,000.00. Delivery of Agri- Homes Steel Frame Modules is approximately two weeks and occupation of a Farm-Home for Labourers is possible within 3 - 4 weeks from date of order. NHBRC APPROVED All Agri-Homes complies with the rational design requirements of the National Building Regulation, approved by National Home Builders Registration Council NHBRC.
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xRg Solutions - Managing Your Energy! Since 2008, energy prices have been steadily increasing at an average rate of just under 19% per year across all sectors. With alternative energy sources becoming more affordable and accessible, more and more people are opting to invest in these as a means of curbing energy inflation. To become more energy efficient, however, one needs to know where the energy is going. If you know where your energy is going, you know where to start your energy savings initiative. This also helps in the design and sizing of any alternative energy solution.
The typical IRR (investment rate of return) is between 24 and 30% over 25 years”. xRg is not a “one-size-fit-all” type of company. Each of their clients are unique, with unique problems, requiring unique solutions. This is why consulting and measuring is so important to xRg. Following a consultation, energy will be measured for a set time period, followed by an initial energy audit. This enables xRg to determine what is really happening and how best to approach the problem. If, for example, the clients require a photovoltaic system, xRg will then commence with a site survey taking into consideration the location and its surroundings.
Photo: L-R: Dieter Voges (xRg co-founder) David Marais (Higeco Africa founder) (xRg co-founder) Dr Jonathan Olivier
Measuring and managing energy consumption is often one of the most neglected aspects in industry and at home. Although people are becoming more aware of their energy management predicament, they generally do not know where to find help.
The survey determines whether there are any site-specific considerations, such as objects that might generate shadows, which may influence the performance of the system. All project designs are then run through simulations with the results being used to refine and optimize the design and determine the financial feasibility. Although xRg’s main focus area is on commercial/agricultural-sized systems, it does offer its services to the residential market.
xRg Solutions (Pty) Ltd was formed for this sole purpose, to assist individuals and industry in realising and managing their energy needs. The key part in any energy initiative is the information available. This is why a joint venture was formed with Higeco Africa (Pty) Ltd (founded by David Marais). Higeco Africa is the sole supplier of the Higeco energy management system and QEED energy hardware in Africa. The system not only measures energy at various locations, it also has the capability to manage the energy. This is especially attractive for customers who exceed their agreed-upon maximum power. The penalties for exceeding this limit are quite severe and industry will try and avoid this at all costs. With the Higeco system, limits can be implemented, which starts disabling low-priority equipment once these limits have been reached. The system is also used widely in photovoltaic installations, with more than 320MW at over 540 sites around the globe being monitored. The beauty of the system is, no matter where your installation sites are, all the data can be seen from your mobile device or web page. “Its all about information” says co-founder Dr Jonathan Olivier, a Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager.” Information will power your decisions.” xRg also offers the design and implementation of renewable energy installations. In this area their main focus is largely photovoltaics as it is currently still the cheapest per installed Watt of all other renewables. Photovoltaics, however, is not the only renewable xRg specialise in, with wind and hydropower also being part of their salvo. “The great thing about photovoltaics is their affordability”, says co-founder Dieter Voges. “Currently, when designed for self-consumption (all energy generated is utilised, with no feeding or selling back of energy to the utility), the current payback is between 4.5 and 7 years, depending on the electricity tariff plan you are currently on.”
For a photovoltaic system, for example, this market segment would normally require the use of a battery system. This is because the energy is mostly consumed at times when there is no sun, i.e. early mornings and evenings. Any excess energy produced by such a system needs to be stored for later use. What makes a system like this quite attractive is that the governing power utility becomes the back-up provider, not the main provider. xRg also provide off-grid solutions, especially when it is large enough to make use of the micro-grid concept. Micro-grids are, in general terms, an off-grid system making use of a variety of energy sources at the same time, ie photovoltaics, wind, hydro and diesel generators. Each sub-system is optimally sized so that initial investment and operating costs are minimised, while still maintaining a high uptime probability. This is a very exciting field, with endless possibilities. “Finding an economically viable, sustainable solution to a client’s problem brings us great satisfaction.” says Dr Olivier. xRg has surrounded itself with a quality group of local and international suppliers and with it’s venture with Higeco Africa especially, the team is confident that it will give prospective clients a holistic solution, which will continue to offer reliable and informed energy management over the long term. With renewables being at their current price-point, many are seeking this market sector as an investment opportunity. For more information contact +27 79 216 0860 or email: email@example.com visit www.xrg.co.za
Robertson Wine Valley’s Thirteenth Annual Wacky A Wine Weekend showcasing more than 40 wine estates, boutique wineries and tourism establishments from the Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson region takes place from 2-5 June 2016. The Wacky Wine Weekend is about showcasing wonderful wines, the stories behind the bottles and embracing country life in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley. Wacky Wine Weekend celebrates their lucky 13th year of creating wine, enjoying it and establishing a successful wine route - The Robertson Wine Valley team led by Beatrix Galloway, Elizma Botha’s successor says. Join thousands of other wine lovers meandering between estates, sampling sublime vintages, meeting the knowledgeable winemakers, taking part in tutored tastings and embracing country life. Each of the wineries will have a feast of special activities planned. Create your own picnic basket by choosing local olives, cheese, charcuterie and preserves from the delis. Warm up with hearty soups, roosterkoeke and vetkoeke. Enjoy freshly baked bread with home-made jams. Indulge in farm style breakfasts, fresh produce and family recipe dishes. From canapés, gourmet platters to locally made treats, there will be something to enjoy for everyone. For music enthusiasts enjoy live music such as Afrikaans, blues, folk, country and classic and featuring artists Karen Zoid, Manouche, Bottomless Coffee, local artists and more.
Multiple outdoor adventures such as golf, horseshoe throw, vineyard trail run, colour run, MTB rides, shot for shot chip challenges to name a few. For the romantic at heart go for a massage, seal your love at the love lock wall, dance the night away or enjoy wine in front of a fireplace. Wacky Wine Weekend cater for the whole family from jungle gyms, ball sports, jumping castles and giant chess to face painting, petting zoo, tractor rides and even non-alcoholic food and wine pairings. Tickets are available from Webtickets
Cape Town Comic Con
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FanCon: Cape Town Comic Con is a comic convention held at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront from 7-8 May 2016. This is the first event of its kind to take place in South Africa and the 2 day show promises a host of entertainment for all lovers of comics and geek & pop culture.
Once a year the charming villages of Greyton and Genadendal in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountains in the Overberg come alive with the magical sounds of classical music during the popular Greyton Genadendal Classics for All festival. Now in its 12th year, Classics for All is a small, intimate and unpretentious gettogether for music lovers from all walks of life. The ethos behind this festival is to take audiences on an accessible classical music adventure, catering for the tastes of everyone, from the aficianado to the less devotee. International artists, top South African classical performers and musicians from the region offer four days of debuts, repertoire, ensembles, choirs and instrumentation. This year you can expect everything from choral, chamber, baroque and cross-over music to performances by the top sopranos, tenors and baritones of the South African opera stage. Eleven concerts will be performed at the 2016 Classics for All Festival, from 20 - 22 May. Performances include the Italian string ensemble Trio Broz, the ever-popular Charl du Plessis Trio, the Camerata Tinta Barocca Ensemble, the Tygerberg Childrens' Choir, a unique performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the Cantique Chamber Choir and the much-anticipated Gala Concert, featuring the talents of baritone Johannes Slabbert and soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu, who will be performing with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra.
Featured international guests: Jason Aaron, high-profile writer of bestselling comics series, Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange, and official writer of the current Star Wars comic book series; Jamie McKelvie and Ian Churchill, both artists on a host of popular and critically acclaimed comic series from a variety of publishers such as DC, Marvel, and Image Comics. South African guests include Bitterkomix pioneer and co-founder, Anton Kannemeyer; bestselling author and comics writer, Lauren Beukes; James Bond official comic book series artist, Jason Masters; plus many more. Attendees can look forward to a jam-packed programme of panel talks, presentations, and interviews with guests and speakers, and for the first time, a convention that promises the biggest get together of local, national, and international comic book creators and professionals. More events and activities visitors can expect: - an artist alley with over 30 artists from all over South Africa, with art and comics for sale - signing sessions with guests, writers and artists, sketch sessions, comic launches - exhibitors and vendors selling all manner of geek and pop culture products & merchandise - cosplay masquerade and competition, including a junior cosplay, with cash prizes up for grabs - geek quiz, where attendees stand a chance to win over R10 000 in prizes and gift vouchers - Unplug Yourself, a free play zone of a variety of board and card games - a host of sales and specials offered by vendors and retailers - live performances and entertainment - exhibits and displays of rare comics, original art, statues & models. Tickets available at Computicket
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Local musicians and choirs will have the opportunity to showcase their talents. Classically trained jazz artist Lelanie van den Berg, who was born and bred in Genadendal, gifted young flautist Axolile Hoza, who matriculated in neighbouring town Caledon, the choirs of three local schools and the Greyton Genadendal Community Choir will share the stage with professional artists. Join in for three days of wonderful music and genuine warm Overberg hospitality. Tickets available at Computicket
The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival In case you missed it last year you certainly have no excuse to miss out this year. The annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival takes place over the weekend of 7 - 8 May and you’re sure to find anything olive related – perfect for the olive enthusiast! From olives to olive oils and olive inspired produce this promises to be a feast for the senses. Sample a wide range of olives from local South African Olive producers. Not forgetting the superb wines in the area too. The perfect excuse to stock up! Artisanal beers, an abundance of hearty local food and live entertainment are the perfect ingredients to what promises to be an unforgettable weekend. An Olive Passport, valid for the entire weekend, will give you access to the participating wine farms. Don’t just stay for the day, but make a weekend of your experience. For more information contact 022 448 1545
SEA of SAND 4x4 Challenge It’s the 4x4 battle legends are made of! Land Rovers vs The Rest of the World. Landy owners: Invite your non-Landy friends (yes, even those with Toyotas and Isuzus) to the SEA of SAND 4x4 Challenge 2016 and prove once and for all that you’re driving the best 4x4xFAR!
Family Magic Spectacular at Artscape Theatre
Now in its third edition, the SEA of SAND 4x4 Challenge is a series of fun (yet challenging) obstacles that will be held at the Melkbos 4x4 Track on 21 May 2016. This 4x4 event will test man and machine. Big-inch tyres, high-suspension, rock sliders or any other 4x4 mods won’t help you here. No, it’s a level playing fields for standard and modified 4x4s. While participants will compete on a proper 4x4 track, points are scored through the unique challenge that awaits drivers and co-drivers at each obstacle (whether it’s block-tossing hoops or katty-shooting cans). There are amazing prizes up for grab, including a Canon camera package worth R10 000 for the winner. Loads of other prizes will be awarded too, including teams with the best gees! There’s something for everyone, so bring the kids and missus along! With a kiddies corner, quad bikes tours, food and drink stalls, rugby on the big screen and 4x4 exhibitors, the family will be happily entertained while you get to play in your 4x4.
The Floating Lady - Photo Credit: Sam Burrows Photography
Cape Town families are in for the most captivating experience of their lives when the College of Magic presents the spellbinding Imagine! Family Magic Spectacular at the Artscape Theatre on 28 May, 2016. This dazzling show features South Africa's top children's entertainers in a fantastical world filled with incredible illusions, dazzling magic, hilarious antics and fun-filled fantasy for the whole family. A beguiling adventure for the young and the young at heart, the Spectacular promises to be a magical extravaganza you’ll never forget! Celebrating 36 years of teaching the art of magic and its allied arts to children and adults in 2016, the College of Magic, a non-profit organisation and the only one of its kind in the world, is thrilled to present the Imagine! Family Magic Spectacular in association with the Artscape Theatre.
For more information visit www.landymag.co.za/events/sea-of-sand-4x4-challenge-2016/
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 Coming to South Africa for the first time, the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition will be showcased at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, from 1 May to 30 September 2016 in partnership with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). The 41 images cover 8 categories, 3 of which are exclusively in British Waters while the rest are a selection from 54 countries including South Africa, UK, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Malta and Italy. These spectacular images invite you to explore fascinating perspectives and interesting insights into our world underwater and on land from underwater. South African Pier Mane, is the winner of the Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 for his image titled “Three Pillars - Practice, Patience & Luck!” The overall winner, Davide Lopresti’s image titled “Gold”, is an artistic portrait of a spiny seahorse taken in Trieste, Italy. Underwater Highlighting issues of conservation Photographer and endangered species can also be of the Year found in Mane’s 2016 image of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle found in Sodwana Bay off the coast of SA and Prieto’s picture titled “What feeds beneath” of an endangered Hawaiian Petrel snapped in Mexico. Location: South Africa,
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“The Artscape Theatre is certainly one of the most enchanting venues in Cape Town! To once again stage one of our mega magic shows at the theatre is an amazing honour. Join us as our incredible performers whisk you away to a land of make-believe-come-true! “says director David Gore. For more information visit www.collegeofmagic.com
2016 GF&WS Theme Uncorked The Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS) needs no introduction. It is the biggest culinary event – and exhibition platform – in Africa, and it welcomes almost a million gourmets and good-life lovers through its door each year. Presented by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (FMEA) the theme for this year’s GF&WS is “Fresh”. This is apt not only because of international food trends, but also because of the show’s fresh new look and feel. The 2016 GF&WS is taking place in Cape Town from 27 – 29 May at the Cape Town International Convention centre. In keeping with its theme, it will explore the latest trends in lifestyle and design, as well as urban / rural integration. Part of the show’s line up will be urban farming and gardens; the move towards more sustainable lifestyles; the latest in nutrition and a number of unique sensory experiences – not forgetting of course, the highly-anticipated appearance of select celebrity chefs. The “Fresh” theme will be creatively explored via a number of channels – some of SA’s leading glossy magazines will create their ultimate dinner table installation, inspired by the latest trends in lifestyle. Special talks on these installations will be held in an intimate theatre environment, while “Health & Wellness”; “Market” and “Wine Theatre” will also be unpacked.
Like Mane’s winning image in his category, other photographers were also rewarded for their patience and perseverance. Sarah Bowring, a Marine Mammal Medic at a seal rehabilitation centre in the UK achieved a long time ambition to engage with the seals in their natural environment while Paul Colley’s attempt to photograph trout
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during a year-long river project with a home-made pole-cam, led to a raft of Mallard ducks muscling in to steal food intended to entice trout to the camera. for an explosive silhouette against a mid-day winter sun. “
“We are very excited to partner with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and to host this fascinating Underwater Photography exhibition. The various themes will be incorporated into our school group visits along with the NSRI WaterWise Academy project which I know the learners enjoy. The Wrecks category ties into our new display of Model Ships on loan from Iziko Museums and the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus used for saving lives from shipwrecks at the Cape of Storms in the 1800’s”, says Dale Dodgen, Business Executive of Chavonnes Battery Museum. Visitors have the option to meander on their own or join a guide from local communities for a tour, where they will enjoy breath-taking images and explore the history of Cape Town in one affordable experience that lasts up to 2 hours.
Visitors can look forward to special tastings, wine bar talks, a wine smell wall, as well as wine and food pairing sessions – all designed to turn enthusiasts into connoisseurs.
Tickets are available from Webtickets
For more information visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za
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Test Your Endurance at the AMARIDER 100Miler The eighth edition of The Amarider 100Miler will be presented by The Bike Hub and will take place in Malmesbury on the 21st of May. This individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon of 160km is affordable and a very special event. From the humbling beginnings that grew in 2009 to what is now one of the must-do-events on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. This event will start early morning just as the sun is rising, with astounding scenery that is spellbound to keep the legs going for many hours. Only pre-entries will be accepted for both distances.
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Entries are limited and remember that this is a seeding event for Die Burger MTB Challenge 2016.
The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie.
The 160km (100Miler) route is divided into three sections of approximately 55km with two compulsory timing checkpoints. The format of the race creates perfect vantage points for spectators and support. While the competition is based on solo riders completing the entire course these riders can form 4-man teams and enjoy a day out with mates on a saddle (of course)!
The shorter route option of the 50Miler (80km), starts at the halfway mark at Riebeeck Kasteel and ends with the 100Miler riders at the Malmesbury Showgrounds. This event also provides an opportunity for keen riders to taste endurance riding along with twist and turns against the clock. For more information visit www.amarider.co.za
Bett and Salel back to duel in the Mother City In a massive coup for the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, Stillwater Sports announced that the defending champion Emmanuel Bett, and the man who pushed him to the brink, Daniel Salel, (both from Kenya) will both be back to relive their battle in the Mother City come Sunday, 15 May. Third placed finisher Timothy Toroitich from Uganda will also be joining them.
There is every reason to believe that 2016 will be just as entertaining as both athletes have shown great early season form as they prepare themselves for the Olympic Games in Rio. Bett has already been active on the roads this year, racing in two major international half marathons and clocking 61:55 at the RAK Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the UAE in February and 62:37 at the highly competitive Lisboa Half Marathon (Lisbon) in March. Salel too has been active, racing at the world best 10km in San Juan on 28 February and finishing 12th, clocking 29:14. More impressive though is his 30:10 on 31 January in Eldoret, Kenya. As in previous years, Toroitich has been very active off the track and roads, hitting the cross country circuit with some success. He was second in Amorebieta, 3rd in Sevilla and 4th at Muguerza Elgoibar whilst racing the prestigious Spanish Cross Country Circuit.
Photo from L-R: Daniel Salel (Kenya), Timothy Toroitich (Uganda) and Emmanuel Bett (Kenya) in action at the 2015 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
In a sprint finish that lasted the entire final kilometre of the 2015 race, the lead changed hands on three occasions until Bett was finally able to out-dip Salel on the line.
Salel has come very close to breaking the 27 minute barrier in the 10 000m. To run 27 minutes is the mark of an athlete that has achieved super status on the world stage, and Salel is not far off. He was also second at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 10 000m. Bett has broken the 27-minute barrier twice. The first time in 2011 when he ran 26:51.95 in Brussels and then a year later at the same meeting Bett went 26:51.16. Only 51 athletes in the history of 10 000m racing have been able to achieve a sub 27-minute time. Bett has also run 28:07 for the 10km on the roads, whilst Salel has run 27:41. Should the runners hit world best times at these points, they too will be ratified on the international stage, a stage which has now been set to once again bring some of the best athletes ever to be seen in South Africa, back to the Mother City.
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