Sea Harvest brings speciality seafood to your kitchen

The Easter Holidays is a time when family and friends gather around the table to eat delicious seafood meals. Of course, pickled fish made with South Africa’s favourite white fish, Cape Hake, is a must on the menu. But why not wow your guests by serving them more than just the usual seafood at your dining table this Easter?

Sea Harvest has launched a new range of speciality seafood products that make seafood fine dining seem like a cinch in the comfort of your own kitchen. Look out for Sea Harvest’s peeled and deveined prawn meat, crumbed squid rings, seafood mix and crab sticks available in stores nationwide.

It’s now easier than ever to display culinary genius and impress your family by rustling up a seafood paella or tasty prawn curry with seafood that’s ready to pop into the pot along with your choice of spice and sauces. If you’d like to keep things simple, why not add your personal touch to a seaside favourite – calamari rings served with hake and chips. There’s no need to prepare the crumb mixture; with Sea Harvest’s crumbed squid rings your home-cooked seafood meal will be ready in minutes. Or you may want to serve a delicious crab stick starter and dip, and let the taste-buds do the talking. All this impressive seafood can be made in the comfort of your own kitchen and served to those closest to you with pride and love.

“Seafood is a very healthy and tasty source of protein which means the whole family can enjoy delicious meals with Sea Harvest’s range of products. Our new speciality seafood range is bound to impress the family over the Easter holidays and beyond,” says Sea Harvest Marketing Manager, Jared Patel. “We launched this innovative new range because we are finding more and more people wanting to try out new luxury seafood recipes for themselves, meals prepared with love in the comfort of their own kitchen using ingredients they trust,” says Patel.

Visit http://www.seaharvest.co.za/recipe-book for seafood cooking inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

Above (left): Seafood mix 400g @ R31.99 (recommended retail selling price)and R23.99 for a limited period over Easter and (right) Crumbed Squid Rings 800 g @ R64.99 (recommended retail selling price) and R49.99 for a limited period over Easter

 

 

 

 

 

Above (left): Crab Flavoured Fish Sticks, 800g @ R48.99 (recommended retail selling price) and R36.99 for a limited period over Easter and (right) Prawn Meat 800g @ R149.99 (recommended retail selling price) and R109.99 for a limited period over Easter

NSRI launches new base station in Kommetjie thanks to the Rotary Club of Claremont

[Photo caption] Top left: Ian Klopper, Station Commander of Station 26 in Kommetjie, Paul De Groot, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, and Brad Geyser, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Operational Board Member for Region 1 at a special event held on Saturday 19 March 2016 in support of the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie, Cape Town;

Top right: The unveiling of the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie.

With a monetary donation to the value of almost R 500 000.00 the Rotary Club of Claremont demonstrated their support towards the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie, Cape Town this weekend. The new location of the base station is much better situated to respond to emergencies as it will reduce call out times with up to 30 minutes. This improvement will certainly assist the Kommetjie NSRI volunteers to save more lives.

The long standing relationship between the Rotary Club of Claremont and the NSRI stretches over three decades, and is characterised by mutual respect and support. Over the years these two organisations have worked hand-in-hand on many successful projects that benefitted the greater communities within their area of operations. The new NSRI building project in Kommetjie will be no different.

The Rotary Club of Claremont’s donation will ensure that the NSRI’s Kommetjie unit can deliver a much needed timeous service. The NSRI offers important public services along the coast of Kommetjie which includes emergency sea rescue for boats in distress, motor vehicle accidents on the coastal roads and cliffs, as well as stranded dolphins or whales.

The site identified for the new base station will resolve a major logistical problem for the NSRI in Kommetjie in the future. “Supporting the NSRI’s new building project in Kommetjie was an easy decision for us, as they play such an important role in the community, and the new base station will increase their effectivity in serving the public in times of crisis.” says Paul De Groot, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Rotary Club of Claremont for their generous donation,” said Brad Geyser, Operations Board Member of Region 1 at the NSRI on Saturday, “with the new base we’ll be able to have a much quicker turnaround time when there is a crisis and be able to save many more lives,” adds, Geyser.

The NSRI volunteers will be provided with an upgraded working environment including new offices, ablution facilities and boat shed.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.

Waste management legislation up for discussion at WasteCon 2016

Caption: High calibre speakers and industry experts will convene at this year’s waste management conference, WasteCon 2016. Pictured above is Torben Kristiansen, Vice President – Waste and Contaminated Sites at COWI A/S based in Denmark, keynote speaker for this year’s conference. [High resolution image available on request]

With the recent waste management policy and legislative changes in South Africa, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) flagship biennial conference, WasteCon will set the stage for healthy debate and knowledge sharing. Africa’s largest and most prestigious waste management conference is set to take place in Johannesburg during October this year, where delegates can look forward to a fantastic line-up of sessions and exhibitions.

WasteCon 2016 is the flagship conference of the IWMSA and one of the most important events on southern Africa’s environmental calendar this year. Waste-wise organisations cannot afford to miss a spot at this year’s event, taking place from 17 to 21 October 2016 at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. The theme for the 23rd biennial conference is ‘The Changing Face of Waste Management’.

Prof. Suzan Oelofse, President of the IWMSA says, “We encourage people and organisations operating in the environmental and waste management industry to register for this exclusive conference where best practices will be shared from all over the globe.” Early bird registrations are open and interested parties can benefit from the reduced fee before 31 May 2016.

The keynote speaker for the event is Torben Kristiansen, Vice President – Waste and Contaminated Sites at COWI A/S based in Denmark. With his extensive experience in waste management, Kristiansen will delve into the current status of the waste management industry, legislation and practice in Europe. He will share the intended and unintended consequences of the current European waste management legislation as well as the private sector’s involvement in waste management. Kristiansen will also focus on the South African waste landscape, the recent policy and legislative changes and whether a European modelled policy will be viable in South Africa.

Other thought-provoking topics that will be discussed at the conference include: e-waste; waste-to-energy; the role of industrial symbiosis in South Africa; the future of employees in the waste industry; leachate treatment; and the potential for new recycling industries from under-utilised waste streams.

Another key attraction of the conference is the wide range of exhibitors that will showcase their diverse waste management products and services. At the last WasteCon in 2014, over 450 delegates and 70 exhibitors attended the event and it promises to be even bigger this year. The conference provides an invaluable opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their brands to public, educational and governmental delegates. The social programme allows for networking with other key players in the waste management industry from both South Africa and abroad.

“A number of high quality exhibitors have already registered for WasteCon 2016,” says Oelofse. “We are expecting this year to be greater than ever before. Players in the waste management industry should not miss this fantastic opportunity to network, benchmark and gain invaluable industry knowledge.”

For information and to book your early bird ticket, please visit www.wastecon.co.za.

For more information about the IWMSA, visit www.iwmsa.co.za. IWMSA is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children opens new skills development unit

 

 

 

 

 

The Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children in Somerset West now has a new skills development unit that will cater for 30 children who require specialised care and stimulation. The children celebrated at the official opening of the new unit yesterday, Thursday 17 March 2016 by telling a short story with actions and singing some of their favourite songs.

Two large classrooms, toilets with wheelchair access, a patio for outdoor activities and a new office are part of the extensions completed by Rotary Club of Helderberg in partnership with Peninsula Beverages (PenBev, local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape), Rotary Club of Newlands and several large and small sponsors. The extension to the existing building, which cost more than R2 million, was completed last month.

Bizweni Centre has been operational for the 18 years. It currently has 56 children in attendance all of which have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities, disabilities like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down’s syndrome.  The majority of the children come from homes where services like individualised occupational, speech and remedial therapy are increasingly difficult to obtain.  For many of the children placement at the appropriate special needs school will not be a possibility.  The newly expanded unit will serve the needs of 30 of these children between the ages of 12and 18 years old.

“Ideally we want to keep stimulating these children with social, educational and physical learning opportunities as they grow up so that they are able to improve in all areas and ultimately enjoy the best possible quality of life,” says Vicky Hinrichsen, Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children Project Manager.

Children will learn basic computer skills, gardening, cooking and cleaning skills as well as how to write in the new unit of the centre. The physical wellbeing of children at Bizweni is another vital part of the curriculum, where children are encouraged to develop their muscle strength and mobility under the guidance of carers.

Geraldine Nicol, District Governor for Rotary District 9350 says, “Rotary International President, Ravi Ravindran at the beginning of his tenure asked Rotarians to be a “Gift to the World” and to ensure the gifts they provide are not just given as handouts, but are offered with love and respect.  Today we celebrate the opening of the extension to the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, a gift given with much love and respect by the Rotary Club of Helderberg together with our grateful thanks to the donors, which include individuals, sister Rotary Clubs, certain charitable trusts and Peninsula Beverages, all of whom helped turn the impossible dream into a reality.”

PenBev Commercial Director, John Joubert adds, “The staff at Bizweni are true heroes for bringing such joy into the lives of these children each day. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Bizweni and Rotary Club of Helderberg to complete our 28th ‘brick and mortar’ project which will ultimately ensure more children with disabilities are able to flourish.”

­CAPTION: Left to right: John Joubert (PenBev Commercial Director), Vicky Hinrichsen (Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children Project Manager), John Winship (Newlands Rotary), Geraldine Nicol (District Governor for Rotary District 9350) and Joké Young (President Rotary Club of Helderberg)

For more information about PenBev, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Inspired to run | Elizabeth Smal’s story

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is around the corner and Cape Town roads are packed with keen runners getting fit for race day on Easter Saturday, 26 March 2016. Amongst them is 49-year-old Elizabeth Smal, from Ravensmead, Cape Town whose interest in running began in a rather unusual way – at work.

Smal is a Forklift Operator and Health and Safety Representative at Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – the local bottler of the Coca-Cola products in the Western and Northern Cape). She is responsible for the safe loading of crates of Coca-Cola products onto trucks for distribution at stores across the province. This includes loading drinks destined for refreshment tables, donated by PenBev to over 700 public events around Cape Town, 80 percent being sporting events.

“One day I saw on the staff notice board that PenBev partners with the organisers of many running races. There was a notice about the Two Oceans and I was intrigued, I wanted to do it,” says Smal. She started training by running to and from work every day with incredible results for her health. “I lost a lot of weight and feel much more energetic now, with less headaches,” says Smal. As she became more serious about running she even began to do weight training at home by lifting up two 1 litre Coca-Cola bottles that she had filled with sand.

In 2014 Smal ran the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon and the following year she ran the Ultra Marathon but did not manage to finish within the cut off time. She is now much more fit and determined to collect an Ultra Marathon finisher’s medal on 26 March 2016. “I’ve received a really smart pair of running shoes from PenBev and feel extremely motivated with all the support from my colleagues,” says Smal.

As one of the top runners at the Ravensmead Athletics Club, Smal has already collected quite a number of medals, including the Vredendal Orak 12 hour endurance race which is a staggering 87 kilometres. As if that isn’t enough, she will also run the Comrades Marathon later this year. When she isn’t at work, Smal can be found out on the road training or competing in road and cross country running races. In the past few months she has run three marathons, three half marathons and a number of other short distance races with her personal best time at the Gun Run Half Marathon last year where she finished in 01:47:00 at an average pace of about five minutes a kilometre. “There’s a special feeling when you put your running shoes on and get out there. I love going to races, every time I meet new people,” says Smal.

Crossing the finish line will be top of mind as Smal and her colleagues load 80 trucks with 44 000 litres of Coca-Cola, 200 000 sachets of Powerade, 840 000 sachets of water and 8 tonnes of ice at the PenBev depot. The trucks, destined for the 35 refreshment stations along the two routes will ensure all runners are well hydrated throughout the race.

Smal shares her advice to those running for the first time: “Don’t get scared at the start when you hear people talking about how difficult the route is. If you never face a challenge you won’t know if you can overcome it. Just focus, take on the road and go for it.”

 

 

 

 

 

[Photos by Craig Wilson]

For more information about PenBev visit www.peninsulabeverage.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Mzansi’s millennial leaders celebrated and empowered at the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016

Caption: Taking Ownership Panel Discussion. From left to right: Given Mkhari (Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSG Afrika Group), Zenith Tsengwa (Group Chief Executive of Permapart Investments Holding (Pty) Ltd), Max Hussman (CEO of Elegance Group), Nicholas Bell (CEO of Decision Inc.), Ran Neu-Ner (Co-CEO of The Creative Council) and Stephen Manzini (Founder of Soweto Fashion).

Top South African leaders were brought together at one of the biggest leadership celebrations, the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (OMTLC) 2016, that took place last week Friday, 11 March 2016 at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg. Over 800 attendees were kept entertained, informed and challenged to think outside of the box by a host of well renowned and influential speakers. The purpose of the event was for millennial leaders to learn, network and build long-lasting relationships across sectors.

In his opening keynote address at the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (OMTLC), Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency mentioned that investing in leadership is just as important today as it was when the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention started nine years ago. The speakers that followed concurred: investing in young leadership is key in developing a successful future for South Africa.

The jam-packed programme focused on various leadership topics ranging from self-development to social media and its influence, and other leadership affairs. During breaks, the delegates took advantage of what the master of ceremonies, Jeremy Maggs called “the biggest networking opportunity this year”. The networking that took place was as important as the advice and guidance given by the speakers.

During one of the five panel discussions, speakers discussed the role of women in business today. This discussion included top executives such as Max Hussman, CEO of Elegance Group and Ran Neu Ner, Co-CEO of The Creative Council. They asserted that the emotional and empathetic side of the female psyche, often perceived as a weakness, is actually a characterising strength that is increasingly contributing to the success of organisations.

Another thought provoking topic that surfaced at the event was the perseverance and motivation that drives young leaders to become successful. The ultimate highlight of OMTLC 2016 was the Inspirational Under 30 Leaders Panel that comprised of incredible jetsetters such as Bonolo Mataboge, Founder of Afriblossom; Sandile Shezi, Founder of Global Forex Institute; and Bheki Kuneni, Mind Matrix Media Founder. These young and hip speakers shared some of their personal stories and challenges, from major surgeries to starting out by selling peanuts. They overcame hardships and it continues to push them forward. “It’s a mind-set thing,” says Mataboge. “I always tell people not to let their struggle become their identity. If you think of your struggle as the worst thing that could happen to you, it’s always going to hold you back,” she adds.

“This year was one of our best conventions yet! The high calibre speakers and fantastic networking opportunities made for an extremely exciting day. Platforms such as these, where dynamic young leaders can be celebrated, are of the utmost importance for the future of South Africa and the success stories are many. We look forward to following the successes of these young leaders and look forward to welcoming them back at the next Convention in 2017,” says Beverley Stone, event coordinator for the OMTLC.

For those who were unable to be a part of this year’s event, nominations for next year will be open soon. To find out more about the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2017 visit http://tomorrowsleaders.co.za or contact Beverley Stone | +27 (0)21 681 7000 | beverley@capemedia.co.za. Join the Tomorrow’s Leaders discussion on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsLeadersConvention.

NCVT celebrates Human Rights Day in Diepsloot

In commemoration of the upcoming national holiday on 21 March 2016 – Human Rights Day, the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) gathered with the community of Diepsloot yesterday, 16 March 2016 at St Mungos Church in Extension 4 to celebrate women’s and children’s rights. The purpose of the event was to educate the community on what basic human rights are and how they can be infringed. Speakers included representatives from the legal fraternity and community leaders.

NCVT, a non-profit organisation that works within the community of Diepsloot and its surrounding areas, hosted over 80 community members at their annual Human Rights Day Dialogue. The campaign was aimed at encouraging a healthy society free from violence and was used as a platform to discuss how to eradicate oppression. The programme kicked off with social workers sharing why they thought human rights are important. A discussion on what is considered to be an infringement of one’s human rights followed. Social workers attended the event to assist community members and resolve reported cases throughout the day. Members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) listened to community members talk about their experiences with the SAPS when reporting abuse. Together, they discussed how best the police can support the community in future. The NCVT choir also kept guests entertained throughout the programme.

Lindsay Henson, a lawyer from a non-profit organisation called Lawyers Against Abuse (located in Diepsloot Extension 2 – next to the fire station), talked about the different types of human rights and how the constitutional law protects the victim. Lawyers Against Abuse assists victims follow-up on cases and also helps victims complete protection order forms for free. Their main focus is assisting with domestic violence, sexual abuse and some criminal cases around Diepsloot. Henson encouraged attendees not only to report cases, but to attend weekly counselling sessions held by Lawyers Against Abuse affiliates as well. This, in an effort to help victims stabilise emotionally and heal from the trauma they may carry.  Lawyers Against Abuse is NCVT’s partner in dealing with cases of human rights violation in Diepsloot.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the event – it shows that the Diepsloot community take their basic human rights seriously. It is so wonderful to see how the community members are empowered with the right information; we believe it will help them in practical ways to live safe lives where they can stand up for their human rights,” shares Judith Mthombeni, Senior Social Worker at NCVT. “We wish each South African citizen a safe, informative and empowering Human Rights Day,” concludes Mthombeni.

NCVT supports vulnerable groups such as abused and violated women and children; the unemployed and people infected by the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). To make donations or volunteer towards these causes, members of the community can contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com | +27 11 705-1960 | +27 11 467 4936. For more about NCVT, please visit www.ncvt.co.za.

 Caption: One-on-one session between Diepsloot community member (left) and NCVT Senior Social Worker, Judith Mthombeni (right).

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About The National Children and Violence Trust [NPO Number: 008-861-NPO]

 The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) is a non-profit organisation that supports women and children who have been abused; people who are unemployed and those living with HIV. The NCVT works with youth (in and out of school), women and families affected by violence and HIV/AIDS in some of the most impoverished informal settlements and farming areas in Gauteng. These include areas subject to high incidences of violence and trauma such as: Diepsloot, Loss MyCherry, Riverband, Lanseria, Musawawa, Thabo Mbeki, Nooitgedacht, Zandspruit, Itsoseng and the new settlement of Cosmo City.

 

Khayelitsha children treated to a day of fun

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Fun day – 50 children and their teachers from Ilitha Family Learning Educare Centre in Khayelitsha spent a day making memories at the Rotary Blue Train Park in Mouille Point on Thursday 10 March 2016. [Photos: Craig Wilson. High resolution images available on request]

The day started with the 50 children, aged between two and five years old, rushing off of the buses eager to ride on the main attraction, the Blue Train. The locomotive goes on a circular route around the park through a small tunnel, with beautiful views of Lions Head and the ocean. The sun shone and the sea glistened as the children cheered with delight, waving from the train as it set off. After the train ride they played with colourful balloons, took turns flying along a zip line, swung on the swings and bounced around on the jumping castles until their legs were tired. They then sang songs and danced before sitting down to eat a delicious lunch and drink cool refreshments.

The special party for youngsters who come from one of Cape Town’s poorest informal settlements, Monwabisi Park, in Khayelitsha was arranged by members of the Rotary Club of Sea Point with support from the Gilah Bnoth Zion Group and Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape).

Ilitha Family Learning Educare Centre is one of Sea Point Rotary Club’s key projects. The Educare Centre Principal, Christine Jita thanked the Club for their support since 2005 which has included the construction and equipping of a new school building. Gavin Schachat, interim President of Sea Point Rotary says, “This annual trip to the Rotary Blue Train Park brings so much joy to these children and is a highlight for the teachers too.”

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016 commemorates National Sign Language Day

For the very first time, the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (#OMTLC) will have a sign language interpreter throughout the event in commemoration of National Sign Language Day, observed on Friday, 11 March 2016. In support of this significant day, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (TLC) 2016, presented by Old Mutual and Cape Media, has partnered with eDEAF and South African Sign Language Interpreting National Centre (SASLINC) to host inspiring young leaders with hearing and speech impairments. Join the TLC conversation this Friday at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng from 09:00 to 17:00.

According to the World Federation of the Deaf, the majority of deaf people in developing countries are often overlooked and do not receive a proper education. Approximately 80% of the world’s 70 million deaf people have no access to education and only about one to two percent of deaf people receive an education in sign language.* “It is important for society to encourage equal participation for people with hearing loss,” says David Capel, Editor of Leadership Magazine, Cape Media.

“South Africa is rich in its diversity – we are blessed to have eleven official languages! It is important, however, to remember that many South Africans have difficulty in hearing or communicating, leaving sign language as their primary means of communication,” says Capel. “There are many talented deaf South Africans who are making tremendous strides in their lives despite their disability; it would be a shame for us not to extend Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention to all South Africans, including those facing disability challenges. Leadership knows no disability,” he adds.

Being an inspirational leader means facing life’s curved balls with courage and determination. South Africa boasts an array of young and inspirational leaders in the deaf society, such as: Executive Producer of South Africa’s Deaf TV programme – Dtv, Candice Morgan; and well renowned South African swimmer, Terence Parkin, who has received the most medals to date at the Deaflympics. Both public figures have shown the world and South Africans how it is possible to shape your destiny and reach for your dreams, no matter what obstacles are in the way.

The stellar line-up at this year’s event constitutes a significant fusion of media personnel, outstanding business leaders, digital disruptors and creative minds all in one room. Attendees can expect fireworks!

Click here for more on the exciting line-up!

Skip Fashion Slam catwalk, in association with Soweto Fashion, will end the day on a glamourous note. The purpose of the fashion show is to showcase South Africa’s talented young designers’ garments as a prelude to the evening’s entertainment.

To find out more about Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016, the sponsors, speakers or exhibition opportunities, please visit http://tomorrowsleaders.co.za/. Alternatively, contact Beverley Stone | +2721 681 7000 | beverley@capemedia.co.za / info@tomorrowsleaders.co.za. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsLeadersConvention and on Twitter https://twitter.com/TLConvention.

 

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Behind the scenes training for professional circus performers

A warm up jog of 2 kms, skipping, jumping, 75 squats, 50 pull ups, 50 sit ups and enough push ups until he can’t feel his arms – and that is only the first hour of Phelelani Ndakrokra’s daily training routine to keep fit at Zip Zap Circus School.

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Zip Zap professional performer and trainer, Phelelani Ndakrokra on the cyr wheel. Left photo by Gregor Röhrig, right photo by Anne Barbotteau [high resolution images available on request].

While most people are amazed by impressive circus acts, few realise just how much hard work goes into preparing one’s body to perform so effortlessly. Hours and hours of daily, weekly and monthly training culminates into a few minutes of awe inspiring movements that keep audiences coming back for more.  “Hours are spent training for a couple of minutes in front of the audience; the payoff is when you’re in the air for those ten minutes entertaining the crowd. Their gasps of sheer enjoyment and applause make all the bruises, bumps and long hours training worth it,” says Ndakrokra.

Twenty-year-old Ndakrokra is one of Zip Zap Circus School’s professional performers and trainers who must be in top condition for the corporate and public shows put on throughout the year. These shows are a small fundraising tool for the Non-Profit Organisation which teaches circus skills at no cost to children from high risk communities, offering them an opportunity to dare to dream and make their dreams a reality. “Our professionals are a source of inspiration for the youngsters at Zip Zap,” says van Brent van Rensburg, co-founder of Zip Zap Circus School.

Ndakrokra’s daily warm up is followed by over an hour of intense training on one of his two speciality acts; the Cyr wheel and straps, both of which require extreme upper body strength. “I don’t need to do weights in a gym, I just hang on the straps with my hands above my head, then I pull my body up all the way until my hands are beside my hips – up and down at least ten times,” he says, explaining how he prepares before practicing even more complicated acts.

The diet of circus performers varies substantially, depending on body type and specialisation. For Sabine van Rensburg who grew up at Zip Zap and is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Circus Arts at the National Circus School of Montreal, in Canada, it’s all about giving herself enough fuel to perform at her peak. “If my calorie intake is lower than what I’m burning then there is no way I can get through a day of training,” she says. Van Rensburg’s speciality is the scarf, also known as tissue. Hours of “high impact” training every week require her to “stay tight and focussed” while holding onto the scarf 12 meters above the stage. An hour long handstand class three times a week is another small part of her training routine to strengthen muscles in her wrists, arms and upper body.

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Zip Zap professional, Sabine van Rensburg performing on the scarf (also known as tissue). Left photo by Neal Kernohan, right photo by Irene McCullough. [High resolution images available on request]

To book professional circus entertainment for your event, to find out about upcoming shows or to make tax deductible donations to Zip Zap visit the website www.zip-zap.co.za or contact 021 421 8622. You can also donate online: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-build-zip-zap-circus-academy#/. Find Zip Zap on Facebook www.facebook.com/zipzapcircus.

About Zip Zap Circus School

Zip Zap Circus is a not for profit social school that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps children to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.