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WESTERN CAPE, CLANWILLIAM, SATURDAY – On Saturday, 30 September, the Western Cape’s largest multi-sport festival, the Freshpak Fitness Festival, attracted over 600 novice and professional athletes, all ready to put their speed and endurance to the test in various events, including open water swims, a duathlon, biathlon and triathlon.
The day started off with the 1.5km or 3km swim in the Clanwilliam Dam. The swim was followed by the duathlon (5km run/20km cycle/2.5km run) and biathlon (5km run/20km cycle), testing the athletes through the varied and challenging terrain.
The main event of the day, with participants travelling nationally to compete, was a sprint triathlon comprising of an 800m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Racing through the nearly 200-year-old town, top Jeep Team triathlete, Michael Lord, put on an impressive performance to finish 2nd in a time of 01:06:51, just under 3 minutes behind race winner, Nick Quenet. Third place in the men’s race went to Rohan Meyer in 01:08:15.
In the women’s race, first place went to Siobhan Wall in 01:12:04, finishing in second was Linda Detering in 01:21:06, and rounding off the podium was Michelle Krebs in 01:21:26.
“I finished second in the Freshpak Fitness Festival Triathlon behind a flying Nick Quenet. I’m chuffed with the result, but it was a bit of a wakeup call – I must train more! A big thank you to Terry at Argon 18 South Africa for the bike and to the organisers for another awesome event – this is still my favourite road triathlon,” said Lord.
1. Nick Quenet 01:04:04
2. Michael Lord 01:06:51
3. Rohan Meyer 01:08:15
1. Siobhan Wall 01:12:04
2. Linda Detering 01:21:06
3. Michelle Krebs 01:21:26
Nelson Mandela Bay residents are in for a treat with an all-star line-up at the inaugural Cape Recife Music Festival, taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay on the 23rd of September.
The festival, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, forms part of the annual gathering of South Africa’s single-fin longboard surfers at the Cobbles Classic, now in its fifth year.
Top artists including Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutu’s, Farryl Purkiss, Charlie Finch, Too Many Chiefs, ZA’frotronixx and The Brothers will be performing live at the festival, taking place within the pristine Cape Recife Nature Reserve.
“The Cape Recife Music Festival has been introduced as part of the natural growth of the Cobbles Classic, and promises to be a fun filled day out for the whole family,” said event organiser, Danie Brink.
“The festival is designed as a family-friendly experience, catering for everyone. We have live music, food trucks, craft stalls and a kids’ play zone for children between the ages of two and 12,” said Brink.
Brink said festival goers could look forward to a wide variety of gourmet food from the various food trucks, which have gained popularity in Nelson Mandela Bay over the past few years.
Brink said the idea for the festival had grown out of the success of the Cobbles Classic, which celebrated 60’s style single fin longboard surfing, and the laid-back logging lifestyle that went with it.
“The Classic has been hosted at Cobbles Point since 2013 and has been growing every year, and through the festival we are able to make the event more inclusive and accessible to everyone,” he said.
Brink said festival goers were encouraged to bring their sunscreen, sunglasses and caps as well as picnic blankets to sit on in front of the main stage. He said no food or drink would be allowed to be brought into the festival grounds.
“There will be plenty of food and beverages available, as well as ablution facilities,” he said.
Tickets are available through quicket.co.za for just R125 per ticket, with children under 12 tickets available at just R30. For more information, festival goers can visit our Facebook page
More Info on Top Line-up for Inaugural Cape Recife Music Festival here: https://www.facebook.com/CapeRecifeMusic/
After three painfully long months, Winter has finally flown the coop. Now that warm weather is settling in, what better way to celebrate the change of the season than outdoors at the Groves and Vineyards Festival – Summer Edition!
Back for an encore performance over the weekend of 9-10 September at Casalinga Ristorante in Johannesburg, the follow-up festival is gearing up to be even bigger than the one held earlier this May.
South African music royalty The Parlotones, Locnville, Mi Casa, Jesse Clegg and more will all take to the stage for a series of electric performances that you’ve come to expect from a Groves and Vineyards Festival.
As in previous years, visitor palates will be spoilt for choice with the most scrumptious cuisine and thirst-quenching beverages from over 80 exhibitors, from 27 top wine estates, artisan food stalls and pop-up craft beer stands.
With all the sampling to be done, the folks at Zapper, the rewarding way to pay with your smartphone have stepped in to ensure that you never have to worry about running out of cash.
Many of the vendors will be accepting payments with Zapper for complete payment convenience. Simply scan their QR codes with the Zapper app when you’re ready to pay, enter the amount and confirm. It’s safe, secure and frees up a hand so that you can eat, drink and first pump without interruption. No sifting through a wallet to find the correct change or card anymore.
Representatives from Zapper will also be at the festival hosting voucher competitions for attendees who have successfully downloaded and used the app. These can be used to knock a few bucks off a meal or round of drinks, so that you can party for way less than expected!
All traders who are interested in signing their business up with Zapper can also visit the stand and receive a starter pack that will allow them to accept mobile payments fast.
Zapper is currently available for free download from the app stores on Windows, Android and Apple smartphones.
Lisa Williams (Kyalami) continued her impressive showjumping form with a dominant display at the inaugural Shongweni Festival held over the weekend (8-13 August) at the Shongweni Club. Consolidating her lead atop the South African FEI Jumping standings, Williams and her horse Discovery Campbell made the most of the fantastic conditions and the acclaimed course, built to international standards by German designer Stefan Wirth.
The Dealer Principal of Land Rover Durban, Andre Shrink, was on hand to award the title of the 4th leg of the South African FEI World Cup Qualifier Competition to the on-form combination of Lisa Williams and her Hanoverian gelding Discovery Campbell. The Andreas Hollmann Memorial Trophy was presented in memory of the much loved and highly respected International Course Designer, the late Andreas Hollmann, who designed and built numerous courses for FEI World Cup Qualifier Shows in KwaZulu Natal. Martin Minett (Pietermaritzburg) and his fabulous Namibian Warmblood gelding Zonjati Bonny Clyde were worthy winners of the 1.40m FNB KwaZulu-Natal Outdoor Grand Prix Championship, and Howard Arrand (the Provincial Head of FNB Business KZN) presented them with The Tongaat Hullett – KZN Showjumping Grand Prix Floating Trophy.
The consensus amongst all who were involved with this first edition of The Shongweni Festival was that it was a resounding success. Top class course design, riders and horses of the highest standard from around the country including participants from Zimbabwe and Namibia, very good prize money and excellent crowd participation all combined to make a most memorable weekend. The Durban Shongweni Club’s top-class facilities and hard-working staff also made a telling impact on the success of the show. Jodi Wolhuter and Lorraine Peters of Highway Shows believed that “the concept of hosting the FEI World Cup Qualifier and top Championship Classes on Saturday followed by the Gala Awards on the evening was a winning formula. We most humbly and gratefully thank everyone concerned and especially the most valued sponsors for supporting our inaugural World Cup Qualifier Show and we hope to see everyone and their horses next year”.
International Course designer Stefan Wirth, from Germany, who built the courses in the main arena for the show was highly praised for his course design and thanked for sharing of his expertise and knowledge. “His friendly and welcoming face has been a pleasure to work with every day” was the comment from many at the show. He was ably assisted by Kate Launder and Holly Cairns with Ryan Sander also accredited for his course design in the B Arena.
The success and popularity of the Shongweni Festival was clear for all to see at the Gala Awards held on Saturday evening after the completion of the FEI World Cup Qualifier and the other major Championship Classes. MC Craig Peters of event organisers Highway Shows thanked all the sponsors, with special thanks to the two main sponsors FNB and Land Rover Durban, commenting that that “we are most appreciative of their major contribution to equestrian sport, as without them we would not be gathered here to celebrate and entertain equestrian sports competitors and fans”. Guest speaker, veterinarian Doctor John McVeigh, was both articulate and informative as he took the audience on a journey of the horses’ introduction from the early days to where they now compete in the show arena and on race tracks with humans. South African cricketing legend Andrew Hudson (currently the Head of Acquisitions, FNB Business) was also present, as was Springbok Showjumper and Coach Gonda Betrix, who received a spontaneous standing ovation when she was acknowledged for her contributions to the sport.
For more information about the Shongweni Festival visit ‘The Shongweni Festival’ on Facebook, the Shongweni Club website www.shongweniclub.co.za, Land Rover Durban www.durban.landrover.co.za or contact Jodi Wolhuter on 0836554465. The Shongweni Festival is sponsored by Land Rover Durban, FNB, The Mobility Group and Artav.
The Shongweni Festival is organized by Jodi Wolhuter and Lorraine Peters of Highway Shows, a local equestrian events company. Their vision is to promote equestrian sports and all that it encompasses, from the horses that delight with their strength, agility and beauty, the grooms that lovingly take care of them, and the riders and coaches who produce and ride their horses from beginner to international levels. Through events such as the Shongweni Festival, Highway Shows hopes to support the many industries that are part of this wonderful and exciting sport, bringing people together to enjoy a special family day outing with so much to see and do, ultimately making its mark as a not-to-be-missed event on the South African equestrian calendar.
Selected awards and results:
1. The Bravest Rider Award went to a gutsy young rider who displayed great agility and is on the short-list of future stars: Cody Sander (Bridle Park, Midrand) (presented by Jodi Wolhuter)
2. Rider, instructor and breeder, Rogan Asken judged the Most Stylish Pony Rider in the Ideal Time 1.10m Competition and this was awarded to Micayla Powell (Beaulieu, Kyalami) (presented by Jodi Wolhuter)
3. Howard Arrand (the Provincial Head of FNB Business KZN) presented the winner of the 1.30m FNB Junior Championship to: Hannah Garton (Summerveld) and her lovely mare Cleopatra
4. Sonja Brown of Mobility Group presented the winner of the 1.30m Top 30 Mobility Group Championship to Amy Engelbrecht (Summerveld) and her stylish Irish Warmblood gelding Artav’s Cruise Control
5. Karl Engelbrecht of Artav presented the award to the winner of the 1.35m Artav KZN Grand Championship, Rainer Korber (Beaulieu/ Midrand) on his fantastic gelding Calloho Lansink
1.50m Mobility Group A2 Competition
1st: Lisa Williams & Discovery Campbell
1.50m Hausberger Financial Services SASJ Riders Grand Prix Tour
1st: Nicole Horwood & Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco
2nd: Lisa Williams & Discovery Campbell
3rd: Jonathan Clarke & Data Sciences Hummer Van Het Bevrijdthof
1.50m LAND ROVER DURBAN FEI WCQ Competition
1st Lisa Williams & Discovery Campbell
2nd Jonathan Clarke on Data Sciences Hummer Van Het Bevrijdthof
3rd Anne-Marie Esslinger on Alzu Oregon
1.40m FNB KZN Outdoor Grand Prix
1st Martin Minnet & Zonjati Bonny Clyde
2nd Ronnie Lawrence & Gillian van Orshof
3rd Ian van Schalkwyk & Kudu Insurance Valanta
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Production: Swii Arts Amendment, Eastern Cape
Writer and Director: Monde Mgonyama
Cast: Nobesuthu Rayi; Sifezelwe Mbeka
Two girlfriends, Sipsy and Babs, are domestic workers who usually spend their lunch times doing usual girl talk. This summer day is different. They have read in a newspaper an advert by the government inviting women to apply for business opportunities. Excited, the two young women begin to map their dreams. In the middle of their conversation Sipsy receives a call from the Ward Councillor, who confirms that her application for an RDP house has been approved. She is over the moon. Strangely Babs, who applied at the same time as Sipsy, does not get the same call. Surprisingly, instead Babs is asked to report to the Councillors office. This call should not have come.
The first Khanya Theatre Festival presented six productions from the 2009 Ikhwezi Theatre Festival (Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town) during the 11th Khanya College Winter School in Johannesburg, from July 31 to August 7 2009.
An important aim of the festival, and of Zabalaza Theatre in general, is to promote and stimulate indigenous language drama in the country. Khanya College believes that in order to release the creative energies that still remain locked in South Africas townships, an indigenous language theatre has to develop and flower.
Khanya College sees the Zabalaza Theatre as an important step in the growth and evolution of South African theatre. Against the background of a critical gap in the performance landscape, Zabalaza Theatre has been established in the 7th floor in the House of Movements, 123 Pritchard Street in Johannesburg. It offers a space for a developmental theatre, a critical theatre and it offers an additional and alternative performance space in the city.
Ikhwezi Theatre Festival: celebrating ten years of creativity (1998-2008) by Itumeleng wa-Lehulere
In the last decade, Ikhwezi Theatre Festival has been a platform for young and upcoming directors and theatre companies to showcase their creative works. Through the Festival, we have managed to bring back the culture of popular theatre and African story telling techniques that was prevalent in the Western Cape in the 1970s and early 1980s. The festival is privileged to be the custodian of the legacy left by the Peoples Space Theatre, Community Arts Projects, Arts Centre, Cape Flats Players and Action workshops. The Festival has gone on to produce quality talent that has become household names in the local television and film industry. We have created a popular platform and space for young and aspiring women writers and directors to experiment and engage in intellectual debates about their plight as African artists, that has led to the creation of critically-acclaimed productions like Beneath silent waters and Udaba bafazi which were performed professionally in South Africa, after being chosen as the best of the Ikhwezi Theatre Festival 2007.
We have endured a lot of challenges in our quest to be the best in community arts development and in 2004, Ikhwezi won the Best Development Project award from the Arts and Culture Trust. Other major productions that came through Ikhwezi include Gaptoothed sisters, Echoes of our footsteps and the award-wining Down Adderly street. All these plays have toured major theatres in South Africa.
Aims and objectives of the Festival
To develop a critical and discerning theatre-going audience among working class people, especially in the black townships;
• To build a popular theatre tradition as part of a broader theatre tradition in South Africa;
• To provide training and performance opportunities for young artists, especially from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa;
• To provide training and opportunities for exposure for other artistic forms (like the visual arts, writing, performance, poetry and so on) for young artists especially from previously disadvantaged communities;
• To provide support and platform for young artists to build professional careers in the arts;
• To promote the practice of various artistic forms, especially theatre and writing in the various indigenous languages of South Africa; and,
• To promote and support the building of a socially committed cultural movement in South Africa.
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4th annual Vaal Whiskey Festival at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal adds Gin sideshow to the mix
BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal will be hosting the 4th annual Vaal Whiskey Festival, but this year with a twist, adding Gin to the mix. The event will take place on Saturday, 28 October, and will see connoisseurs and the curious pouring in to enjoy a variety of premium whiskey brands and a selection of superb Gin varietals being showcased at the hotel.
What : VAAL WHISKEY FESTIVAL & VAAL GIN FESTIVAL
When : Saturday, 28 October from 17H30 – 21H30
Where : BON HOTEL RIVIERA ON VAAL, Mario Milani Road, Vereeniging
Local events organiser, Melody Barber has partnered with Mercedes Benz and Model Bottle Store to bring you the finest quality whiskey brands and gin varietals offering something for everyone.
SHOW TICKETS : R250 person (includes presentation, 20 whiskey or gin tasting tickets and glass, snacks and entertainment) ?
VIP TICKETS : R500 per person (boat cruise**, presentation, 20 whiskey or gin tasting tickets and glass, snacks, entertainment and buffet dinner). If you are driving from afar, or don’t feel up to the drive home, then why not take advantage of the overnight specials at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal – book before 31 August and get R100 off your accommodation.
SHOW & STAY
R1 050 per room, single and R1 250 per room, sharing (including breakfast)
Accommodation for two plus tickets = R1 750
Accommodation for two plus 2 VIP tickets = R2 250
A limited number of tickets are available – so book NOW!
BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal : firstname.lastname@example.org / 016 420 1300
Model Bottle Store : email@example.com / 016 363 1128
Quicket : www.quicket.co.za
** Boat cruises for VIP guests will take place from 15h00 – 16h00 and 16h00 – 17h00
Visit www.vaalwhiskyfestival.co.za or www.vaalginfestival.co.za for more information.
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