• World Class Waves At South Africa’s Dungeons Surf Spot

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:12:16 +0000

    wave-1246560_1920Situated at the foot of the Sentinel Mountain outside Hout Bay, Western Cape, the Dungeons has for years been a popular, but challenging surfing spot for both locals and globetrotting surfing adventurers

    Voted as one of the must-surf ‘big wave’ destinations by numerous international surfing experts, the Dungeons’ distinctive giant swells are few and far between, but are always worth the wait.

    The big waves swell more frequently during the winter months of South Africa, as these waves are generated from Southern Hemisphere ocean storms known as the ‘Roaring Forties’.

    The Dungeons was first ridden in 1984 by Cape Town surfers Pierre de Villiers and Peter Button. Ten years later, the advancement of surfing equipment such as lighter boards and better wetsuits allowed others to tackle this mystical Cape of Storms beast.

    Whilst the dungeons have been a notorious surfing sport for many years, this August swells hit a staggering and record breaking 14 meters; which were created by a combination of wild wind conditions and the reefs layout

    The more common 3 meter to 4 meter waves, however, are not for the fainthearted. Many world famous surfers now make use of ‘tow-in’ jet skis in order to ride these massive waves and avoid paddling through the shark riddled deep dark channel to get to the breaks.

    Masters of the Dungeons include South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and Jeremy Johnson, who spend months preparing at other locations for a single session in the Dungeons. Despite the dangers, the spot proves to hold an inescapable calling for surfer’s keen to prove their mettle.

    American Greg Long, widely regarded as the best big wave surfer in the world, is the only surfer in history to score a perfect 10-pointer ride on the Dungeons at the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event in 2008.

    Ref: – southafrica.info

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  • Gauteng Taxis To Accept Digital Payments

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:55:41 +0000

    sa-taxiDigital payments of minibus taxi fares are set to be rolled out to the industry across Gauteng

    The card-based project – which is backed by the Gauteng provincial government and headed up by the TaxiChoice Association – will be introduced to the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route.

    The new method of collection will involve commuters using what looks like a regular bank card or quick response (QR) code to pay for their taxi fare.

    Jotham Msibi, TaxiChoice Association’s executive chairman, said that the project is planned to allow for better control of cash in the taxi industry.

    Gauteng Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, said that the initiative was a smaller part in the greater goal of public transport commuters being able to use one card for all forms of transport

    Vadi said that the initiative also intends to make taxi transportation safer for commuters. The taxi digital fare collection system is owned and being implemented by FairPay.

    TaxiChoice – the commercial arm of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) – is currently the sole shareholder in FairPay, with Curve Group Holdings as the technology partner.

    The first phase which is the JPM route is set to be rolled out in February 2017, whereby commuters will be able to load their FairPay cards via point of sale (POS) devices and via kiosks at taxi ranks.

    These services are also planned to be available in selected retail stores.


    Ref: Newswire


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  • Over 600 Co-ops Benefit From Development Fund

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:35:20 +0000

    dsc_2344The Department of Small Business Development has funded 678 enterprises with R224.8 million through the Black Business Support Development Programme (BBSDP)

    On Wednesday, the department appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development to present its annual report for the 2015/16 financial year.

    The department also funded 247 primary co-operatives with R74.9 million through the Cooperatives Incentive Scheme (CIS). Furthermore, 227 cooperatives benefitted from skills development through partnerships.

    The centres were launched in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West and the Eastern Cape. They provide generic enterprise development services and incubation to Orbit TVET College graduate students and members of the surrounding communities.

    “The centres will contribute towards the promotion of entrepreneurship and to assist college graduates who cannot be absorbed by the labour market in starting their own businesses,” the department said.

    As part of bringing services closer to communities and its constituencies, the department established 29 co-location points across the country.

    They serve as integrated complimentary services offered by Small Enterprise Development Agency, Small Enterprise Finance Agency, provincial partners, SA Revenue Services to increase business support services in townships and rural areas.


    Ref – SAnews.gov.za                                                         



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  • Help At Last For Disabled Student’s Sleep Stresses

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:28:26 +0000

    newsA 19 year-old disabled student at the University of Venda, experienced going to bed at night as an extremely stressful end to his day

    But thanks to a special new bed he has been given, he can now sleep happily.

    Pensive Tshabangu, a first year student who suffers from various conditions that impact heavily on his mobility, is now able to get around campus and end his days comfortably in a bed that is specially adapted for his needs – thanks to the intervention of the office of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana. Tshabangu is one of many disabled students enrolled at the University of Venda.

    Minister Manana visited the University of Venda earlier this year and was touched when he saw that Tshabangu could not comfortably fit into the bed he had been given in the university’s residence

    Manana promised at the time that he would personally see to it that Tshabangu received a bed in which he could sleep comfortably.

    Pensive Tshabangu is utterly thrilled with his new bed and was heard saying that after studying he will now finally be able to rest peacefully on his new bed.

    Tshabangu, who is shy and softly spoken, was born with several physical conditions that prevent him from walking and moving normally.  He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Development, as it is his aim to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds prosper in life.

    Ref: – Health-e News

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  • Road To Good Health Starts With Clean Hands

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:49:49 +0000

    hands-1477262_1920Lessons on impeccable hygiene aren’t just for kindergartners, as the Department of Water and Sanitation in Pretoria has rightfully reminded all citizens that good health starts with cleanliness ahead of Global Hand washing Day

    The day is annually held on 15 October but its message and objectives are something the department wants everyone to do religiously every day of the year.

    This day is dedicated to increasing awareness of hand washing as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and trachoma and the prevention of diarrhea. This year’s Global Hand washing Day will be observed under the theme “Make hand washing a habit”.

    The campaign raises awareness of the correct hand washing method with soap. It is meant to raise awareness in homes, communities, hospitals, schools and workplaces.

    To support the campaign, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will undertake various activities around the country to raise awareness of sanitation, health and hygiene during the month of October.

    Here are the correct six steps to thorough hand washing

    Step 1: Wet hands and apply soap well then rub hands together.

    Step 2: Rub the back of both hands.

    Step 3: Interlace fingers and rub hands together.

    Step 4: Interlock fingers and rub the back of fingers on both hands.

    Step 5: Rub thumbs in a rotating manner followed by the area between index fingers and thumb for both hands

    Step 6: Rub fingertips on palms of both hands, rinse soap and wipe with paper towel or clean towel.

    Ref: – SAnews.gov.za

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