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Pro peloton set for VW Herald Cycle Tour

Professional cycling teams may just be enticed to return to the Eastern Cape in their droves after the announcement that next year’s VW Herald Cycle Tour will be the opening leg of a new “pro tour”.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Douglas Ryder, team owner of the MTN Energade professional outfit, said his team would be supporting the series, starting with the Eastern Cape’s premier event on February 1.


Fitness group signs another high profile deal

Port Elizabeth-based fitness group Planet FitSmart signed their second high profile sponsorship deal of the month when they committed to a three-year plan with local Premier Soccer League (PSL) club, Bay United, on Friday.

The sponsorship deal, believed to be valued in the region of R500 000, brings the group’s total commitment to top-level sport in the province to over R800 000. They signed EP Rugby to a one-year deal two weeks ago.


Sporting events throw lifeline to hospitality industry

With the dwindling global economy’s nasty tentacles clutching at the local hospitality industry, major sporting events like the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Sevens may very well save the season.

With the lead time on festive season accommodation bookings dropping and the duration of visits to the city shrinking in the face of changing economic times, major sporting events continue to create a demand for beds.


Sponsorship to kick-start EP Rugby turnaround

In a coup for local sport, Eastern Province Rugby and the Port Elizabeth-based Planet FitSmart signed a landmark sponsorship deal valued at over R300 000 today.

Planet FitSmart – a division of Planet Fitness – says the deal is much more than just a mere membership programme for provincial rugby players.


Sporting events to bolster summer season economy

Major sporting events, like the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Sevens, may just prove to be the saving grace of the local hospitality industry, which is also bearing the brunt of the current global economic crisis.

With the lead time on accommodation bookings dwindling every year and the duration of visits to the city shrinking, major sporting events over the festive season will no doubt create a demand for beds.


Jutland Point investors to become shareholders of indigenous valley

Investors in the state-of-the-art Jutland Point apartment block, which will soon tower over much of Port Elizabeth’s historical centre, are set to become shareholders of the indigenous valley it will be erected on.

The site for this unique development is situated on the valley edge of the city’s green lung, the Baakens Valley, according to Australian real estate developer Ian McDonald of 4Front Investment Holdings.


Sevens to generate millions for Port Elizabeth

A direct financial injection of up to R35 million could be on the cards for Port Elizabeth when an estimated 40 000 people will attend the third annual Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Sevens.

The tournament takes place from December 12 to 14 at Pearson High School in Summerstrand.


Sevens opens holiday season with top family entertainment

The third annual Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Sevens rugby festival promises to provide an adrenaline-filled opening of the season with top-notch family entertainment for young and old on the menu.

This world-class event, which takes place at Pearson High School from December 12 to 14, will lead in the summer season.


Afrikaans music spectacular back by popular demand

Afrikaans music will yet again dance to the rhythm of a different drum when the local music spectacular Ro(c)k ’n Taal! blows new life into existing favourites.

This production – staged by Pieter Rademeyer Productions and Port Elizabeth’s amateur theatre group, ATKV-PEAAT – shows through a variety of songs that Afrikaans music encapsulates all aspects of life.


Musiekskouspel ro(c)k op aanvraag weer in Afrikaans

Afrikaans se pols gaan vandeesmaand weer vinniger en meer ritmies klop wanneer die Baaise musiekskouspel, Ro(c)k ’n Taal!, weer bekende liedjies afstof en nuwe lewe gee.

Dié produksie – wat deur Pieter Rademeyer Produksies en Port Elizabeth se amateurteatergroep, ATKV-PEAAT, aangebied word – wys met ’n keurspel van die mooiste liedjies dat Afrikaanse musiek alle fasette van die lewe ondervang.


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