Archive | March, 2012

WOMEN’S WORD DAY OF PRAYER

VEREENIGING. – Women of the World will unite in prayer on Friday March 2.

This is when women across the globe gather in prayer and worship. An inter-denominational service to observe the 82nd Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at the Central Methodist Church, 24 Victoria Avenue, at 10:00.
The programme this year was compiled by the women of Malaysia. The theme “Let Justice Prevail” highlights issues facing all women today.

Malaysia is a country of contrasts from modern cities to idyllic resorts and tropical rainforests and boasts a harmonious atmosphere amongst its diverse peoples.

There have been government programmes to reduce poverty among women, and women have excelled in various professions but, as in so many other countries, they still face discrimination and violence on different levels of society. Only 7% of the population are Christian but religious freedom is tolerated. All interested parties are invited to attend the service, which is not restricted to women only.
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BIKERS HELP DIE BRAKKE

SASOLBURG. – Die Tafel Ronde Sasolburg 41 het op Saterdag 11 Februarie hulle eerste ‘Oil Day Jol’ by hulle klubhuis in die dorp aangebied. Vir die wat leke in die motorfietswêreld is, ‘n ‘day jol’ is ‘n dag wat gehou word vir motorfietsklubs en geesdriftiges wat bymekaar kom en partytjie hou.

Die ‘Oil Day Jol’ is ten bate van die DBV gehou en alle fondse wat op die dag ingesamel is, word aan die plaaslike DBV geskenk. Die dag het om 10:00 afgeskop en het tot laat die aand aangehou. Daar is nie net lekker gekuier nie, maar ook goeie musiek gespeel. Verskeie groepe het opgetree, speletjies is gespeel, ‘n gelukkige trekking is gehou, asook ‘n kompetisie met katogorieë soos die mees oorspronklike fiets, skoonste fiets, ens.

Die Tafel Ronde bedank graag vir Eugene van Heerden (SecuriFence), Jelmic, Frans Lubbe (Gambian SA Engineering), Poolside Liquors (in Vanderbijlpark), Pavillion Sports Bar, SAB en Mochachos Sasolburg vir hulle borge en donasies. Al die Tafelaars, hulle wederhelftes, vriende en familie wat geldelike borge gegee het en ook hulle tyd en mannekrag opgeoffer het om van die dag ‘n sukses te maak, word ook bedank.
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ADRENALINE RUSH AT MALELANE

Here’s good news for all nature lovers in the Vaal Triangle: Wild Card and Kruger Park Trails will be hosting Wild Jump, a collaborative event combining skydiving and a Kruger Bush adventure.

This initiative strives to connect communities and life style groups through activities such as sky diving and Kruger Bush adventures, providing a magnificent opportunity ranging from an extreme adrenaline rush to a thrilling wildlife experience in KNP.

Every person who enters this event will receive their own personalized All Parks Cluster Wild Card. “Wild Card is your passport to the beautiful parks of South Africa,” says Daniel Cornelissen, CRM and Loyalty Manager: Wild Card.

“The Wild Card programme looks at conservation from a holistic position, therefore the distribution of conservation funding from the event will be distributed across all the parks in the Wild Card Partner programme”. The Wild Jump aims at making nature conservation relevant to all stakeholders through focus interest groups, enabling a stronger message and connectedness to nature.

The event takes place from March 15 to Sunday March 18 and again from Monday March 26 to Thursday March 29 in the vicinity of Malelane.

Enjoy an exhilarating night drive from Berg-en-dal, meet the challenge of an off-the-beaten track 4×4 bush-drive near Pretoriuskop or venture out into the bush on foot with a trained guide at Skukuza. Derek Poole, Marketing: Kruger Park Trails says, “We offer a guided environment where you can experience an extreme adventure whilst still appreciating the environment. Wild Jump is about creating awareness through adventure.” Members of the public as well as corporates interested in partnering/sponsoring the event can contact Daniel Cornelissen.

For more information or to register contact Derek Poole or email info@leosafaris.co.za.
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FALCONS WHISTLE BLOWERS WANTED

VANDERBIJLPARK. – The Falcons Vaal Region Rugby Referee Society is launching a drive to recruit referees inside the Vaal region for the new season.

If you are aged 18 to 70 and have an interest in rugby and are fit and prepared to commit yourself to the game, read on. The Falcons needs you.
No game of rugby can be played without a referee.

In South Africa and our region there is a dire shortage of people who can referee rugby union.There is a vast number of excellent couch referees so why not qualify yourself to be a referee? Impress all your friends with your vast knowledge of the game and its laws.

The Vaal region is privileged to have expe-rienced, qualified coaches and match reviewers at their disposal. They will assist you as far as humanly possible.
In the months to come they will be running International Rugby Board referee courses to equip aspiring coaches with the correct tools and knowledge to become better referees.

The first meeting for the season will be on February 16 at 18:00 in the VIP lounge of Izak Steyl Stadium.
For more information contact Alfred Ross (President Falcons Referee Society) on 082 457 3270 or André van Tonder (Chairperson of Falcons Vaal Region) on 083 230 9975.
Come and enjoy and serve the game!
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ROOI DRAKE BESOEK DIE VAAL

VEREENIGING. – Die Walliese o/16- en o/19-krieketspanne vir dogters het die afgelope week ‘n voorsmakie gekry van hoe sterk vroue-krieket in die Vaaldriehoek en die res van Suid-Afrika is.

Die Rooi Drake se nasionale o/16 en o/19-spanne het verlede week onderskeidelik op NWU Vaal en Verref se velde teen Gauteng te staan gekom.

Hoewel wydlopers en ekstras so algemeen soos gras is, het die besoekers gou besef dat die plaaslike wilgerlatswaaiers hulle storie ken. Die Vaaldriehoek is ook met onderskeiding deur Bianca Botha en Yolandi Jacobs, Alicia Rudolf, Jamie Davis, Chené Bester en Jessica Engelbrecht verteenwoordig.

Vroue-krieket in Suid-Afrika is onge-twyfeld nog steeds in sy babaskoene, maar daar is reeds groot treë in die regte rigting gegee.

Die hand van gehalte afrigting is hier en daar te bespeur, maar indien die sy van die spel wil groei, sal daar baie meer geld, tyd en blootstelling ingeploeg moet word.

Ongeag alles wat gedoen moet word voorspel die jongelinge se spelpeil en vernuf met die wilgerlat groot dinge vir vroue-krieket se toekoms. Die uitslag van die onderskeie kragme-tings was teen druktyd nie beskikbaar nie.
Bron:  vaalweekblad.com

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ULTRA-UITHOU EN AANHOU

VAALPARK. – Die Sasolburgse driekamp-koningin, Sylvia van Tromp, het Sondag tydens die Prestige Ultra Driekamp-byeenkoms wat by die Abrhamsrust-vakansieoord aangebied is, haar teenstanders behoorlik laat borrels hap.

Hoewel van Tromp uiteindelik tweede in Olimpiese driekamp (1.5km swem, 40 km fietsry en 10 km draf) geëindig het, het sy die kollig in die swem-afdeling gesteel. Sy was heel eerste uit die water in ‘n spogtyd van 21:38. Die manswenner, die 36-jarige Ross Koch, se opmerking oor die swem-afdeling het dit perfek opgesom. “Daar was ‘n vrou in die water, maar sjoe sy kon swem. Sy het vir ons almal weggeswem,” het Koch tong-in-die-kies na sy oorwinning gesê.

Koch het die Ope-afdeling in ‘n tyd van 2:12:41 gewen, sowat vyf minute vinniger as die naaswenner Jacov Lalou. Die Olimpiese afstand se vroue-wenner was Carol Reeves (2:26:41) wat nie net ‘n groot agterstand ingehaal het nie, maar ook ‘n aansienlike voorsprong op die fiets bewerkstellig het.

In die Ultra-kompetisie (1.9 km swem, 90 km fietsry en 21 km draf) is die deelnemers se uithouvermoë tot die uiterste beproef en die sonnetjie wat agter die onweerswolkies weggeskruip het, is deur elke deelnemer verwelkom. Freddy Lampret het in ‘n wentyd van 3:55:39 gewys hy is in ‘n klas van sy eie. Die tweede en derde podiumplekke is deur Gerhard de Bruin (4:01:30) en Phillipe van der Leeuw (4:04:09) ingeneem. Lampret en de Bruin was feitlik soos een man uit die water maar hy het daarna stelselmatig sy voorsprong gerek.

Toe die 21 km hardloop-afdeling aanbreek ,het Lampret ‘n skamele voorsprong van minder as twee minute geniet, maar dit was hier waar hy gedy het. Hy het sy voorsprong tot agt minute gerek en tot die einde verbete daaraan vasgeklou.
Natasha Gorrie (4:19:21) het vanuit die staanspoor die pap dik aangemaak om Caroline Koll (4:31:10) oortuigend uit te stof. Vir die volledige uitslae besoek www.spectrumsport.co.za
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NWU VERRAS TUT

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Die NWU Vaal Rugbyklub het Saterdag in Pretoria ondanks wisselende welslae die vrugte van ‘n produktiewe voorseisoense oefenprogram begin pluk.

Hoewel die studenteklub se o/21 span teen TUT se Varsity Cup Young Guns met 27-19 die onderspit gedelf het, het die span se afrigters, Walvis Swanepoel en Poena van Dyk, kans gekry om hulle hele spelerskorps in wedstrydverband speeltyd te gee.

Kombinasies is beproef en hoewel die hantering digby die doellyn gelol het, is daar ‘n rits positiewes wat die span uit die nederlaag kan put.

Die span het baie gebiedvoordeel geniet, maar gelukkig kan haakplekke soos afronding en hantering vinnig uitgestryk word.

Die groot geelwortel wat voor NWU Vaal se spelers se neuse gehang het, was om die finale groep wat op 31 Maart aangekondig word te haal en verskeie spelers het hulle hande hoog opgesteek in hulle puik oorwinning met 47-23 oor TUT se Varsity Cup span.

NWU se vaste skrums was rotsvas en van dié grondslag het die agterlyn baljaar. NWU het sewe drieë gedruk en slegs drie afgestaan.

Die NWU-skrumskakel, Johan van Rooyen, het met sy driekuns aan drieë gewys dat daar groot dinge vanjaar vir hom voorlê. Die ander drieë is deur Ettiene Swane-poel, A.J. Fritz, Eon Peens en Danie Malan gedruk.
Nwu Vaal speel eerskomende naweek weg teen Tukkies en 3 Maart tuis teen Alberton.
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GEEN SON VIR VDBP-INTERLAERS

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Weens die naweek se uitgebreide donderbuie het al die interlaer-atletiekbyeenkomste in Vanderbijlpark uitgereën. Organiseerders beoog om dié byeenkomste tydens of na Vaalweekblad se spertyd aft e handel.

Vaalweekblad versoek ouers en skole om foto’s en uitslae van die byeenkomste aan ettienne.vanrensburg@mooivaalmedia.co.za te stuur.

Hoewel meeste van die byeenkomste uitgereën het, het Vaalweekblad se fotograwe daarin geslaag om ‘n handjievol aksiefoto’s te neem voordat die hemelsluise oopgemaak het. Hiernaas volg ‘n fotobeeld van die Kring 1 interlaer wat by die Laerskool Park Ridge in Vanderbijlpark geneem is.
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BRONS VIR BRUWER BY SA’S

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Drie van die Vaaldriehoek se voorste langasems, Fusi Nkutha, Fusi Nthlapo, ‘n voormalige Comrades-wenner en Mari Bruwer, die provinsie se top dames-atleet, het onlangs hulle staal tydens die Suid-Afrikaanse Marathon Kampioenskap in George gewys.

Bruwer het die provinsie se naam hoog gehou deur ’n bronsmedalje in ’n tyd van 3:13:00 in haar ouderdomsgroep los te hardloop.

Nkutha het die marathon in 2:31:00 met Nthlapo 2:32:00 kort op sy hakke. Laasgenoemde het ’n sewende plek in sy ouderdomsgroep losgedraf.

Die algehele manswenner was Coolboy Ngamane in ’n tyd van 2:13:18 en Charne Bosman het die dames-wedloop in ’n spogtyd van 2:41:60 gewen.
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OPRAH’S GIRLS MAKE HISTORY IN STYLE

HENLEY-ON-KLIP. – The first group of matriculants from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls made history by recording a 100% pass rate while the 72 learners produced 188 distinctions between them.

The graduation of the class of 2011 marks the end of an important chapter for the group who started at the Academy in 2007. Five of the learners obtained an average of over 85%, 14 scored over 80% average while 21 obtained over 75%. This means 40 of the 72 candidates, well over half, obtained 75% and above. Most remarkably, all but one of the students achieved an average of over 60%.

Leading the pack with seven distinctions is Gabisile Kgwedi, a keen violin, piano and tennis player who will be studying Medicine at the University Of Cape Town with a view to becoming a heart surgeon. Anne van Zyl, head of the Academy for the past two years, describes the milestone as “the most satisfying of her life”. She said she felty honoured to be part of a team that helps realise Oprah Winfrey’s dream of producing woman leaders in South Africa. Van Zyl attributes the success to the time that the learners and teachers have put in.

The full boarding facilities ensure that staff are available after hours so that, every Saturday, the student had extra classes. Van Zyl notes that the most gratifying aspect of working at the school is the students who, because of their disadvantaged economic background, are deeply committed to improving their circumstances and giving back to their communities through “servant leadership”.

Six of the students will pursue tertiary studies in the United States, with confirmed acceptances, while the rest will be spread across South African universities. The girls are funded through private-sector bursaries and scholarships from their respective institutions.

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, having funded their entire high school education, plays no role, except subsistence funding, beyond their high school studies. Van Zyl notes that the bar has been set for the next generation, the class of 2012, who she is confident will do just as well as their predecessors. The latter were admitted as the founding group of Grade 7 in 2007, alongside this year’s achievers.
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NATIONAL BUSINESS SUPPORT PROG. MAKING AN IMPACT

‘The Legends Programme changed my business’

“Being part of the Legends Programme has totally transformed the way we run our business,” says Julie Hadley, co-founder of the organisation Heartfelt.

Julie is one of 65 business owners and community project leaders supported in 2011 by the Legends Programme, an award-winning national business development initiative funded by the Old Mutual Foundation. Her organisation Heartfelt, which she owns in partnership with Martha Letsoalo, is based in Makapanstad in the North-West Province. Heartfelt trains local women to design and sew hand-crafted brooches, Christmas decorations and other items from felt, which are sold and exported across the world.

“What makes Legends different,” says Julie, “is that it works with small business owners and entrepreneurs such as myself as well as with non-profit organisations and community projects all across the country, with the goal of helping participants attain new levels of success and sustainability.”

Sisters Faatimah and Zainab Paruk, co-founders of the fast-growing Durban-based catering company Chilli Chocolate Chefs, also seems to have found significant value in the business development programme.
“Without doubt, being a part of Legends has helped us transform Chilli Chocolate Chefs into a more organised, professional, confident and passionate business,” says Zainab.

According to programme participants, what sets Legends apart is the strong entrepreneurial focus that is backed up by practical business tools, training and mentoring.
Catherine Wijnberg, the programme originator and Director of Legends implementing-agency Fetola, explains: “We focus on interventions that make an immediate impact, and ensure that Legends delivers the tools and supports business-owners who really need to thrive.”

* The programme is expanding in 2012 and applications are invited from small businesses, NGOs and community-based projects nationally. For more information contact Chantal de Kock on info@fetola.co.za or phone             (021) 7017466      . You can also visit www.fetola.co.za to learn more and download an application form. Closing date for applications is February 3.
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LAND ROVER WEEKEND AND RECORD ATTEMPT

Land Rover is going beyond in Midvaal. A Land Rover weekend coupled with a Guinness World record attempt will be taking place at the Malonjeni Game Farm on March 3 and 4. This first-of-a-kind in South Africa Land Rover event will include an expo of new and old Land Rovers, camping and the world record attempt.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Guinness World Record attempt for the most Land Rovers in a convoy yet. The current world record for the most Land Rovers on parade is 348 vehicles. This was broken in April of 2011 in the UK by Convoy for Heroes.
On Sunday March 4, an attempt will be made to break this record and claim a new Guinness World Record for Most Land Rovers on parade. The convoy will depart from Land Rover Vereeniging and will do a loop of approximately 14 kilometres into Midvaal.
The cost per vehicle participating in the World Record is R200 per vehicle. This includes an event T-shirt and a free entry to the expo.
At the expo, Land Rovers from the Military, Police and Fire Service will be on display and also awesome Land Rovers from Series 1 through to the brand new Range Rover Evoque including Camel Trophy and G4 Land Rovers.
If you have a Land Rover that you would like to display then please fill in the Concours Application Form on the website www.landyfestival.co.za. Each category of Land Rover will be judged and the best in each class will be awarded a Landy Expo 2012 Concours trophy.
The Landy Expo Arena will also be packed with activities such as a 4 x 4 challenge and Trials Display. There will even be a safe kiddies area that frees mom and dad to spend some time at the expo. Those looking for a spare or something rare, will probably find it at the boot sale. People with spares to sell can fill in the Boot Sale Application Form.
For the hungry a wide variety of caterers to suit all tastes will be there. This event is supported and endorsed by the Midvaal Municipality.
* For more information visit the Landy Festival website at www.landyfestival.co.za.
Source:  vaalweekblad.com

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NUWE HOOF VIR LAERSKOOL DR. VERWOERD

MEYERTON. – Mnr. Attie Swart (51) is onlangs as nuwe hoof van die Laerskool Dr. Verwoerd aangestel. Hy volg mnr. Chris Meyer (60) op wat aan die einde van verlede jaar die tuig neergelê het.

Hy is getroud met mev. Cathrien Swart (49). Hulle het twee seuns, Andrè (23) en Louis (19), en woon al vir die afgelope 27 jaar in Vanderbijlpark.
Mnr. Swart het sy onderwysgraad en -diploma onderskeidelik aan die destydse Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys (PU vir CHO) en die Potchefstroom Onderwyskollege verwerf. Sy spesialis vakgebiede is wiskunde en natuur- en skeikunde.

Hy het gedurende Januarie 1984 sy onderwysloopbaan aan die Laerskool Hendrik van der Bijl in Vanderbijlpark begin. Vanaf Julie 1994 is hy as departementshoof by die Laerskool Suikerbos in Vereeniging aangestel. Vanaf Julie 2000 was hy adjunkhoof van Vaalpark Primêre skool in Sasolburg.

As adjunkhoof het hy ‘n groot bydrae gelewer om Vaalpark Primêre Skool tot een van die top laerskole in die Vrystaat te ontwikkel op sowel akademiese- as sportgebied.

Sy doelwit vir die Laerskool Dr. Verwoerd is eenvoudig: Ons gaan almal buite ons gemaksone funksioneer omdat Laerskool Dr. Verwoerd die top laerskool in die Sedibeng-distrik sal word. Ons sien met groot verwagting uit na ‘n opwindende 2012,” sê hy.
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NO GUINNESS RECORD, BUT LOTS OF FUN

DENEYSVILLE. – Over 4 000 people entered the gates at the 54th “Round the Island” race that was hosted by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) at Lake Deneys Yacht Club (LDYC) from February 3 to 5.

Although the wind was not what a sailing skipper expected 375 entrants were recorded on Sunday which did not better the world record attempt of 2007. The record is still standing and is held by South Africa, recorded at LDYC with 389 entrants over the finish line. Tents, caravans and vendors spread out all over the grounds again this year as sailing enthusiasts flocked to this picturesque town on the shores of the Vaal Dam. There was approximately 1 125 people on the water on the Sunday. Some just lazed in the sun, others ate, drank and just had fun.

On shore there was a beer tent and lots of foodstuff to choose from. Capital radio was on site with live reports that kept visitors up to date about what were happening out on the water. For the kids there was a massive slide and pool to cool off in. For those more adventurous, helicopter flips by Flymargate.com with pilots Mark Stewardson and Hayley Cumming behind the sticks took visitors around the island with a bird’s eye view of all the yachts.

Sponsor SAMSA’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Tebogo Modibo, believes in leading by example and, after completing a sailing course late last year, crewed on one of the boats.
“The experience of being amongst the fleet on the start line was absolutely amazing. As far as the sponsorship is concerned this event is an unrivalled opportunity to take our messages to the sailing community which received them well.

“We anticipate a partnership in this event for years to come. This is an event on the Vaal Triangle’s calendar not to be missed. You do not have to sail to be part of this yearly event,” he said.
The official results were: SAMSA RTIR 2012 Results: Overall: Phil Bennett (L26 Windways), Trevor Hulleman (J22, Hay J), Neil Armstrong (J22, Hang Ten).
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