21 August South African Surfing Championships 2017 August 21, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Nahoon Reef in East London is bracing itself for the arrival of over 200 surfers and officials who will be participating in the 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City Metro from 22 to 27 August. The Mercedes of South Africa (MBSA) Championships hosted by the Metro is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from over 30 to over 60. Nahoon Reef has hosted numerous South African Championships since the inaugural event in 1965 and in 1978 the ISA World Surfing Championships took place at this iconic surf spot. This year Surfing South Africa celebrates the 52nd edition of the South African Championships making it one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World. Mercedes Benz and the Buffalo City Metropolitan have partnered with Surfing South Africa which will not only showcase South Africa’s surfing talent at the annual National Championships but will also help the National Team prepare for Surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In addition, Buffalo City Metro, MBSA and Surfing South Africa will highlight East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships, preparation and support of the National Team, hosting of coaching and judging Seminars and support of local outreach programmes. The 2017 South African Championships will feature over 160 surfers from eight districts who will be competing for nine individual South African titles. Adding prestige to the event is the news that current World Big Wave Champion, Grant Twiggy Baker will be representing eThekweni in the over 40 Division while World Masters Champion and five-time South African Men’s Champion Greg Emslie will be back to defend his title, this time at his local surf spot. He will also be competing in both the Open Men's Division and the Over 40 Division, the same group as Twiggy Baker. Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, a five-time World Champion and four-time South African Champion, will be competing in the Over 55 Division while former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion and eight-time South African Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth title to her list of achievements. Twenty four current and former national team members are competing while six of the nine 2016 South African Champions are back to defend their titles. There are six World Champions turning out for their Districts at this year’s Championships along with some well-known provincial and district surfing stars. Surfers representing Districts from along the South African coast will contest 11 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 140 heats. The 126 heats make up 47 hours of competition which will be completed over six days of intense competition. Individual titles will be at stake in nine divisions and surfers scores will be allocated to their District totals to determine which Team will win the 45-year-old Presidents Cup and the Masters Cup. This year all the points from the Open Divisions and Masters Divisions will be combined to determine the winners of the inaugural Champions Cup. The 2016 Presidents Cup was won by Cape Town Surfriders and at Seal Point in 2016 the Buffalo City Surfriders team secured their 11th Masters Cup. These events were held separately in 2016. To commemorate the memory of a much loved President of the Buffalo City Surfriders, Surfing South Africa has introduced the Dave Fish Trophy which will be awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event. Dave Fish passed away just days before last year’s SA Masters Championships. Proceedings get under way with an Opening Function at the Old Selbornians Club at 7pm on Monday August 21 and heats start on Tuesday August 22 at 8am. The heats as well as the Event schedule will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results will be updated daily. Daily photos will also be posted on the Surfing South Africa website. The Surfing South Africa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be updated regularly during the contest. The 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by Buffalo City Surfriders, presented by Surfing South Africa and produced by Accelerate Marketing. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). Related Delegates discuss South Africa’s economy The conference was held on March 10 –11 with various stakeholders from national and provincial economic development government departments, government entities, universities and research institutions. Welcoming guests at the event Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “We welcome the fact that part of your deliberations will be reflecting on an important aspect that features prominently in our Metro Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) which is growing capacities of sustainable entrepreneurship in the townships.” “This is of course a critical area of focus as a Metro and we will be paying particular attention to your outcomes and to see how we can find synergies in our efforts.” Giving a background of the Eastern Cape economic development overview MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Sakhumzi Somyo said, “Eastern Cape provides a microcosm of the challenges faced at the national level. Some segments of the local economy are at the cutting edge of global technology and production.” He concluded by saying that the province boasts with world class infrastructure concentrated in our city hubs whilst the rural hinterland may lack fundamentals of reliable water, energy and logistics infrastructure. “The province has hug energy potential. Over the past year, the province has seen its allocation of wind and solar farms increase to 17, with a total investment value of R33.7 billion and over 18 000 jobs being created over the life of the projects.” Making his keynote address deputy minister for Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina saying that the department calls government and academia to actively engage in the process of searching and identifying sustainable related development models for re-industrialisation and economic growth. He added that the current period of expedition to re-industrialise and make substantial value-addition to South Africa’s raw material requires a dynamic, innovative and creative African researcher who understands that the quest for economic transformation is premised on socio-economic justice. “This new generation of African researchers must understand that inclusive growth and development is critical in our march towards achieving the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution. Increased participation of researchers and academia is important in the crafting and development of various iterations of the industrial development policy in the country. Without these, our people will forever toil in poverty and underdevelopment,” Masina said. Other discussions at the conference include a framework for export development and identification of realistic market opportunities in South Africa, the model growing capacities of sustainable entrepreneurship in the townships, trade as a driver of manufacturing structural change for sustainable development in South Africa and rethinking the future role of cities in economic development with questions of the present. 2017 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 The East London’s superb location, nestled in the incredible coastal area makes it a perfect host for this testing exceptional race. This year, the race is expected to pull more pro-athletes from around the world including defending champions, Jodie Swallow and Matt Trautmann. The Metro’s Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that he is delighted that the City hosts the prestigious event each year. “As hosts of such an important sporting event, Buffalo City receives international and local compliments. The event gives the city an opportunity to show the world the true South African hospitality as well as boosting tourism and adding to the economy of the City,” said Pakati. “Buffalo City is ready to host the 2017 edition of the Ironman 70.3 and we are looking forward to the spectacular race.” The race kicks off at 7am with a 1.9km swim at East London's Orient Beach, the swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long, the marker must be rounded on the right hand side (marker must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. According to the race’s legend John Duke, who started competing in the Ironman events in 1982, the race is anybody’s game and anybody can claim the title and be the Ironman. "People who think that the title is unattainable, I tell them that it is possible. I can take a person that does not have an athletic bone in their body and make them into a triathlete if they’re willing to put in the time. I’m the perfect example. I am not a great athlete, just a hard worker." Residents should also note that there will be road closures: Entrance to the Orient Beach Complex will be closed to all public and vehicles from Friday 27 January to Tuesday 31 January 2017 The following road closures will apply on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 6am until 1pm. On the N2, it will be closed from Beacon Bay offramp (Exit 1051) to Blaney intersection. While on the NEX / R72, the road will be closed from Buffalo Park Drive to Wyse Avenue (Christian Centre intersection) from 6am until 5pm. At Currie Street / Esplanade Street it will be closed from Orient Road to John Bailie Road. Other road closures include the John Bailie Road, Turnberry Avenue, Glen Eagles Road, Galway Road and Epsom Road Intersection SONA Activations 2017 Activities kicked off with a train ride from East London, passing Mdantsane and the last stop was Berlin on February 2. The main activity was to distribute government information products which include SONA leaflets, newsletters, general government information leaflets and interacting with people about their expectation from the upcoming SONA and about service delivery in general. This programme was one of the pre-SONA activations intended to create awareness about the upcoming State of the Nation Address scheduled for 9 February 2017. The theme for SONA 2017 is The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward. Speaking to one of the train commuters from East London to Berlin, Bayambela Sifumba said, “I am concerned with how the government plans to deal with issues of unemployment and service delivery in our community.” According to the GCIS website (www.gcis.co.za), the President will provide an update on the implementation of the Programme of Action based on the National Development Plan (NDP). The 2017 SONA will also be delivered within the context of the current strides made by government to respond to the various challenges that our country is facing. Public Participation Practitioner Kenneth Kodwa said, “We set out to share information with the public about the SONA, we acknowledge the importance of community involvement in sound governance and also in keeping with the Batho Pele principals.” The public is encouraged to participate in discussions on Facebook (GovernmentZA) and Twitter on the hashtag #SONA2017 Other activation events include a radio debate amongst school pupils from two high schools in Duncan Village namely Kusile and Sinovuyo High on Kumkani FM, 6 February and a dialogue session with the community that will be held in Berlin 8 February. The SONA will be broadcast live on television, radio and social media from 7pm on February 9. Southernwood spruced up! Call-2-Action is the initiative by the BKOCB in collaboration with the Metro, MBSA and other businesses based in BCM to enhance the conditions of those living, working and operating in the City. MBSA, DNF Waste and Environmental Services, Buffalo City Metro, and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency (BCMDA) provided man power to tackle the scourge of waste which covers most parts of the Southernwood area. The cleanup is part of Mandela Month activities to create a conducive environment to live, work, invest, and play in. Being a largely residential area, with some business component, the Southernwood area has been chosen to benefit from this great initiative. Speaking at the clean-up, Buffalo City Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Well done, we are so proud of you. The area is spotlessly clean. Keep up the good work.” “Our intention is to provide a green, clean and a better life for the citizens of Buffalo City. The clean-up looks at improving the City’s image and attracting investment,” said Pakati. “This has a potential to improve the City’s image and its ability to attract more investment.” BKCOB Executive Director Les Holbrook said,” The public also attend and took part in the cleanup and contributed to the larger picture of a cleaner and greener City.” “The cleanup is focusing on the clearance of illegal dumps, clearance of the drop off / collection points, litter picking / street sweeping and gutter clearance, grass cutting and bush clearance, beautification of open spaces,” said Holbrook. The participants were divided into groups in order to ensure that all the areas are cleaned. During the cleanup, Call-2-Action Service Provider, DNF Waste and Environmental services also educated the public on how to generate income from waste. A resident from Southernwood, Phaphamani Jonas who participated in the cleanup said, “We are pleased to have an initiative like this in our community as it will keep our area neat and healthy.” . BCMM SOMA 2017 Today's SOMA will be the first in local government to hoist both the SA's National Flag alongside the AU flag and to sing both anthems respectively. Africa Day celebrated The day was held under the theme Building a better Africa and a better world on Wednesday 25 May with over 200 people dressed in their traditional attires. According to a press statement issued by the Province of the Eastern Cape, Africa Day is an annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The day set aside for this is 25 May annually. “On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community and in 2002 it established its own successor, the African Union. Africa Day is thus a celebration of African unity and an important milestone in the history and development of Africa,” reads the press statement. The Province organised the day as a cultural event with the title Cultural Carnival where various stakeholders showcased their nationalities, cultural behaviours, heritage through a display of traditional music, dance, craft, cuisine, attire, language, poetry, writing, publications and manuscripts. Speaking about being an African, EC Province Premier Phumulo Masualle said, “The celebrations are part of our plan as the province to pay tribute to our liberators and also to re-affirm our historic ties. We also commemorate the lives of those who gave up their lives for our democracy.” He added that the continent is slowly becoming integrated with various countries forming ties to make Africa a better continent. It was an event to celebrate the different African cultures and mark the unity and solidarity of African people. The event also hosted a fun run and walk which started from the Orient Theatre to Phillip Kahtz Stadium via the Esplanade in the early hours of the morning. It was then followed by the Africa Day Cultural Parade for Peace and Friendship that started from the soccer fields in Bunkers Hill to Phillip Kahtz Stadium. Addressing the crowd Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi, “Today, we have witnessed the wide range of music, dance, craft, cuisine and attire that our continent offers. This is just by way of celebration but our different people witness this in everyday life as we embrace our African compatriots.” There to speak about the event Grade 12 John Bisseker High School Learner Hlakanipha Tshalanga said, “I believe it is a great time to be alive, there is a lot of youth involvement these days as in the past the youth was seen as a lost generation not having anything to offer for the future. This event certifies that the youth valued. It was a very educational event for me.” Another Learner from Alphandale High School Thandile Malangeni confirmed that these kind of events help them on their studies. “These events should happen more often to get help as the youth to express our views, learn more about other countries and their culture which helps in our studies.” Comments are closed.