Port Elizabeth Auto Motorcycles is setting up a R40-million bike precinct on William Moffett Expressway – a move set to create more than 100 jobs.
Set to break ground early next year, the precinct will house about 15 stores, including a spares shop, motorcycle trading store, a car dealership, motorcycle centre and a coffee shop.
Once construction was completed in the first half of next year, Auto Motorcycle owner Greg Harvey said, the precinct would create in excess of 100 jobs across the various stores.
Announcing the expansion yesterday, Harvey said with the store’s parent company, Queen Group, owning companies across the province, the move was in line with their aim to further invest in the Eastern Cape.
“This also expresses training our confidence in the area.”
The complex is earmarked for the busy William Moffett Expressway, which is a recognised business node in the city, lined with numerous vehicle dealerships.
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Charismatic Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela is clearly a man with a plan.
This wily soccer boss is obviously not content with the mediocre and not even a sixth place finish in the Premier Soccer League last season has managed to quench his insatiable lust for success. Having enjoyed a welldeserved break to figure out his new campaign, Malesela immediately laid out his plans for the upcoming season this week.
The former Cape Town All Stars coach has made it clear he will build his bid for success on a solid defence.
The likeable Chippa coach has been around the block and he knows that merely scoring goals is not enough to ensure a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
One has to warm to “Dance’s” vision for the new season.
This tactically astute soccer coach also believes in quality over quantity in arriving at a winning recipe.
He says he will limit his squad to less than 30 players for the upcoming season and he will also place a big emphasis on youth. The forward-thinking coach, who has won admirers around South Africa for his innovative approach, is working behind the scenes to assemble his squad.
Understandably, Malesela was tight-lipped when asked to reveal his signings but promised he would be in a position to reveal all next week as preparations move up a gear ahead of the big kick-off next month.
Having played for and captaining Orlando Pirates, Malesela has tasted success and it is something he wants replicate here in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Taking Malesela’s comments into account it would seem Port Elizabeth fans are in for a roller-coaster ride of professional soccer this year.
Fresh blood and new faces will further invigorate his success-hungry team while aiming to improve on last season’s superb campaign.
To make sure they are in tip-top condition, Chippa will be leaving later this month for a three-week preseason camp in KwaZulu-Natal. Chippa have also planned a few friendlies for this period.
Everyone in the Bay will be wishing Malesela all the best as he strives to bring soccer glory back to the region.
Singer and TV personality Loyiso Bala has been announced that he’ll be part of the judging panel of a new singing competition show‚ Varsity Sing‚ which is set to air on kykNET.
The Uitenhage born singer will be adding his professional opinion to the show when it makes its debut on Thursday‚ July 14‚ and will have to pick favourites among the 12 university choirs which will battle it out over 13 weeks for top honours in university choral music.
Speaking of this new talent show‚ Francois Pienaar‚ CEO of ASEM explained‚ “TV audiences are going to be inspired and entertained by the best choirs in the country‚ who will take them on an exciting new musical journey. Expect a fusion of traditional‚ contemporary and original choral music in an impressive new showcase.”
The first four rounds‚ including the semi-finals of Varsity Sing‚ will be recorded in front of live audiences and broadcast from July to September. Varsity Sing will culminate in a live musical extravaganza on 13 October‚ where the Varsity Sing champions will be crowned.
“kykNET is very excited about this competition and the partnership with ASEM‚” said Karen Meiring‚ M-Net Director‚ kykNET Channels.
“Choir singing is one of the most performed art forms in the world and in South Africa we have excellent varsity choirs. Having them perform and compete on national television will take its popularity to the next level.”
Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane presented the South African Police Service’s elections readiness plan on Friday in Pretoria.
He called on all citizens to play their part in ensuring that next month’s local government elections are not overrun with acts of intimidation and violence.
“Citizens have a key role to play‚ not only in exercising their democratic right to vote‚ but also in conducting themselves in an orderly and responsible manner‚” Phahlane said.
So‚ what should you do – and what should you not do?
1. Get there early – Citizens should hit the ballot boxes as early as possible to avoid over-crowding and long queues.
2. Play nice – Voters should be tolerant of one another‚ regardless of political affiliation.
3. No axes‚ pangas or spears – It is illegal to carry any dangerous weapon to voting stations or public gatherings – just as it is illegal to inflict harm on others or damage property.
Phahlane said police on the ground would ensure that “firm‚ measured but decisive action will be taken” against anyone breaking the law on August 3.
Although police will be deployed to high-risk hotspots over the election period‚ day-to-day policing will not suffer‚ he said. Senior officials with police training‚ who are normally office-bound‚ will be on the ground.
This year the election period faces fresh security problems‚ Phahlane said referring to recent incidents of violence around the country.
“In the previous elections you did not have an issue around Pretoria. We did not have an issue around Tshwane‚” he said.
But he remained confident that the police “can deliver a safe and secure election”.
The South African National Defence Force will support police efforts in terms of logistics.
While the number of police on the ground may dwindle somewhat after the election period‚ Phahlane said future police work will be characterised by visibility‚ in line with the “back to basics” approach introduced under his leadership.
“Our mandate is not temporary‚” he said.
Astronomers have spotted a planet in a three star solar system using the European Space Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile.
The young Jovian planet is only 16 million years old‚ and is about four times the size of Jupiter.
This makes it the youngest exo-planet directly observed‚ as well as being one of the least massive and coldest at 580 degrees Celsius.
However‚ the really fascinating thing is that it orbits one of the three stars in the Centaurus constellation‚ demonstrating that such orbits are possible.
“For about half of the planet’s orbit‚ which lasts 550 Earth-years‚ three stars are visible in the sky; the fainter two are always much closer together‚ and change in apparent separation from the brightest star throughout the year‚” Kevin Wagner‚ the paper’s first author and discoverer of the planet said in a statement.
“Such orbits are often unstable‚ because of the complex and changing gravitational attraction from the other two stars in the system‚ and planets in stable orbits were thought to be very unlikely‚” according to the ESO.
“If the planet was further away from the most massive star in the system‚ it would be kicked out of the system‚” explained Daniel Apai‚ from the University of Arizona in the United States and one of the co-authors of the new paper.
“Our computer simulations have shown that this type of orbit can be stable‚ but if you change things around just a little bit‚ it can become unstable very quickly.”
Artists’s impression of its orbit here:
The full study has been published at Science‚ but is unfortunately behind a paywall.
The JSE see-sawed at lunchtime on Friday‚ with dealers reticent to take up strong positions ahead of the US nonfarm payrolls data this afternoon.
A better-than-expected figure would increase the possibility of an interest rate hike this year‚ although the futures market has discounted the scenario due to the fallout from Brexit.
US employers are expected to have added 170 000 jobs in June from just 38 000 in May‚ according to Trading Economics‚ with the unemployment rate picking up to 4.8% from 4.7%.
The all-share index was flat at 51 110.30 points on the day‚ but remained significantly lower in a week that has so far seen financial and industrial stocks take the heavier blow on Brexit worries.
Europe’s leading markets were mixed at midday‚ with Germany’s Dax 30 picking up 0.93%‚ while US stock futures were moderately higher ahead of the jobs report.
Momentum SP Reid Securities said in a note that sensitivity to macroeconomic data was likely to persist in the sessions ahead until the start of the US corporate earnings for the second quarter 2016.
Among some individual shares on the local market‚ Exxaro was up 4.58% to R73.33 but African Rainbow Minerals lost 1.96% to R92.26.
British American Tobacco lost 1.8% to R919.92‚ with Richemont retreating 1.55% to R82.45.
AngloGold Ashanti added 2.38% to R300.86‚ with Gold Fields gaining 2.03% to R80.10.
Anglo American Platinum slipped 1.63% to R384.29‚ with Northam losing 2.21% to R45.66.
Standard Bank was up 1.61% to R123.73‚ and Lewis gained 1.87% to R43.10.
— TMG Digital/BDlive
Chad Le Clos’s chances of winning three Olympic medals at the Rio Games next month just got a little bit tougher.
Korean doper Tae Hwan Park – a former two-times 400m freestyle world champion – on Friday won his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland‚ allowing him to be eligible for selection for the Brazilian showpiece.
This means Park could be another rival for Le Clos in the 200m freestyle‚ in which the Korean has won Olympic silver medals at the past two Games.
The South African star is a favourite to win medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly‚ the events in which he made the podium at London 2012.
But this time he’s likely to add the 200m freestyle to his repertoire.
He finished sixth in this event at last year’s world championships‚ but has since said he has improved vastly.
Park was banned for 18 months after testing positive for testosterone‚ and the suspension ended on March 2 this year.
Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) regulations‚ however‚ prohibit an athlete competing for the national team for three years from the completion of a doping sanction.
In a statement on Thursday‚ CAS said it had upheld a request “for provisional measures filed by … Park … in the course of his arbitration procedure” with the [KOC] and Korean swimming federation.
“The decision … means that he is eligible to be selected to swim for the Korean team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
– TMG Digital
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Voters have until 5pm on Friday to apply for special votes in the upcoming local government elections.
“Special votes are available to all registered voters including disabled‚ infirm and pregnant voters as well as members of the security forces‚ election officials‚ the media and any other voters who are unable to visit their voting station on election day‚ August 3‚ 2016‚” Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) spokesperson Kate Bapela said.
Bapela explained that a special vote is not an “automatic right”‚ but needs to be applied for.
Special votes applications opened on June 10 and Bapela said the IEC would not be extending the deadline beyond Friday.
She explained that special votes com in two forms.
Home visits see election officials visit voters who are disabled‚ infirm or pregnant at their place of residence to allow them to cast their ballots‚ Bapela said‚ while “special voting voting station is available to registered voters who are unable to vote on August 3.
To date the IEC has received more than 285 000 applications for special votes‚ of which approximately 30% are for home visits.
“Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for and received approval from the Electoral Commission to cast a special vote‚” said Bapela.
For the first time‚ applications for special votes were available online via the Electoral Commission’s website www.elections.org.za and via cellphone by SMSing the voter’s ID number to 32249.
The SMS application facility was only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station.
Bapela said more than half of all applications to date have been received via SMS or online‚ while “the traditional method of applying for a special vote at local IEC offices by submitting a MEC35 form” was also still available.
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Members of the public have until 4pm on Friday to comment on or object to any of the 59 candidates vying to be Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s successor.
The ad hoc parliamentary committee had initially received 73 applications and nominations‚ but these were reduced to 59 after some nominees declined and others could not be reached to accept or decline their nomination.
Nominations that fell away included those of advocate Gerrie Nel‚ former president Thabo Mbeki‚ former first lady Graça Machel and former minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene.
The names of Western Cape High Court Judge Seraj Desai‚ law professor Pierre de Vos‚ advocates Dali Mpofu and Loyiso Mpumlwana‚ politician Phillip Dexter and author and former MP Pregs Govender were also on the list of 73.
“So far‚ the committee has received close to 100 comments. This number is likely to increase‚” said Parliament spokesperson Themba Gubula.
Gubula would not divulge what the comments or objections were.
“We are not in a position to divulge details of the comments or objections. These‚ especially objections‚ have to be verified first. In addition‚ once the comments and objections have been tallied‚ they will have to be presented to the members of the ad hoc Committee for them to decide how to handle them‚ going forward.”
Gubula said the committee would not be extending the deadline for the comments or objections to be submitted as the process was initially set down for only five days‚ but was extended by another three.
The committee will be meeting next Wednesday “to map the process‚ going forward”‚ Gubula said.
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Miniature bakery goods‚ marshmallows and breakfast cereal along with finger-sized spices‚ cleaning products and deodorants are putting the fun into shopping for everyday items‚ and fast becoming addictive to South Africans.
With the rand’s buying power shrinking‚ consumers are feeling a little cash-strapped. But South Africans are being lured to the supermarket by the chance to shop in miniature.
The “Little Shop” at Checkers offers 29 items of iconic South African brands and follows on last year’s craze‚ the mini Stikeez campaign that Pick n Pay introduced with a range of 24 figurines.
South Africans are enjoying the “minis” so much‚ they’ve taken to social media to share their photos of adult play-time.
“Almost added a bit too much spice to the dinner tonight‚” @DoYouKnowJP said.
He also shared: “Guess who got it all this morning.”
The products also seem to be guilt-free.
Snap: MissLeibbrandt ?@MissLeibbrandt shared‚ “Guilt-free afternoon munchies today.”
“If I was a Shopkin‚ my kitchen would be sorted!” Make it Rayne ?@raynealexa said.
“All the little things‚” said Megan Kelly‚ who already has a good selection.
Nicole Dirks ?@NicoleDirks was looking for friends to share with‚ asking: “Starting my collection! Who has some mini tomato sauce and bread so we can get lunch started?”
People who collect all 29 items can enter a competition to win R10 000 and also get R10 000 for their school. So collectors are being encouraged to swap their mini items with their friends on social media and a National Swap Day is even being planned for July 30.
The problem with a new craze is that there’s a fear of missing out.
Shaylene ?@Shay_M10 shared her worry‚ tweeting “I never get them yet. I want them” while Thandiwe ?@Lee_Naomie sounded relieved to have got a start‚ commenting “My first collectible‚ This is so cute.”
Parents of school-going children who remember being hounded to collect all the Stikeez may want to call on the extended family to help them this time around.
Shopper Tracey Chananie was promising to hand over her first set‚ tweeting “The granddaughter is going to be so happy.”
The supermarket chain says the promotion‚ which started on July 4 and runs “until stocks last”‚ is also aimed at encouraging young and upcoming enterpreneurs with its all stars competition.
It says the Little Shop encourages learners to channel their inner business mogul by thinking of creative ways to complete their collections.
Tips on how to develop their negotiating skills in order to swap and trade minis with their friends will be available on the company’s website.
They’re in the business of making money‚ so shoppers can also buy supermarket trolleys‚ baskets‚ storefronts and cases to store their mini shop collections.
– TMG Digital
Have you tried: Farking?