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Top teams start arriving for Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

Exciting news from the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens is that some of the top teams have started arriving in Port Elizabeth for this weekend’s tournament.

The Emerging Sevens High Performance Team and the Emerging Sevens SARU Team coached by Denver Wannies are among the first of the arrivals.

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Kurt Darren to wow Nelson Mandela Bay this holiday

Afrikaans music heartthrob Kurt Darren – who will be in Port Elizabeth as a guest of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, PR Unlimited and Die Burger, sister publication of the PE Express – will wow local audiences on Saturday at the Grey School campus.

Having recently launched his new album, Voorwaarts Mars, Darren says he is keen to perform in front of his Eastern Cape fans and he promises one of the biggest bashes in the metro this festive season.

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Sevens provides top holiday entertainment

The second Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens festival will set the tone for a fun-filled holiday period. The event, with its associated entertainment, will take place from Friday to Sunday at the Grey School campus.

The tournament is however about much more than just rugby and entertainment, says NMB Sevens marketing director Laurence Finn. “An estimated R21 million will be pumped directly into the local economy, including 7 200 bed nights for out-of-town spectators, media, organisers and participants.”

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Successful PE businesswoman triumphs over adversity

“Don’t allow sadness and disappointment to drag you down. See it as a challenge that can make you stronger so that you can reach new heights,” says Kobie Potgieter, thriving Port Elizabeth businesswoman, wife and mother.

This co-owner of Re/Max Independent Properties in Port Elizabeth, which was recently named the most successful Re/Max franchise in the Eastern Cape, know all about life’s trials and tribulations. Her husband of 13 years, Rudi, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005.

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Port Elizabeth sets the pace for Ironmen

Port Elizabeth is ranked among the best triathlon and Ironman venues found anywhere in the world.

Having just returned from the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in the United States, three local triathletes have confirmed that their home city compares favourably with the overseas locations.

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Landmark industrial property deal for PE

The JSE-listed property group Pangbourne has snapped up an industrial development at Greenbushes in what is being described as a landmark industrial property deal for Port Elizabeth.

The group forked out R140 million to acquire the Greenbushes Industrial Park – the largest privately owned industrial development in the city – from Sweet Equity Investments. Directors Claude Jansen van Rensburg, Jacques Bellingham, Abel Esterhuysen and Herman Strydom officially handed over the site on Wednesday (February 6).

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Biotechnology can relieve pressure on health services

RedPlane South Africa (Ed note: head office in Cape Town) says biotechnology can reduce the pressure on health services by helping the millions of South Africans who will suffer from a psychiatric condition at some point in their lives.

Their comments follow the findings of a research study recently released by the Medical Research Council revealing that nearly 30% of the country’s residents will experience a psychiatric problem during their lifetime. According to the report, approximately 75% will never receive the correct treatment for their condition.

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Award-winning researcher joins biotechnology company

Prof Otto Müller, who was honoured by the South African Academy for Science & Arts for the second time last night (September 27), has been contracted by UK-based Oxford Bioscience in partnership with the RedPlane group to assist with biotechnology research.

Müller, who lives in George with business interests in the Southern and Western Cape, received the FARMOVS prize for pharmacology and the development of medical science in recognition of his contribution to pharmacology and medicine development at a function held at the University of Stellenbosch.

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Sports guru helps Springboks prepare for World Cup

When Cape Town-based biokinetisist Havelin Hindley’s rugby career came to a premature end at school, he never dreamt that he would one day be helping the Springboks of colour reach their full potential.

Hindley, who was drafted in as the first conditioner at the SA Rugby Academy in Cape Town, and former Springbok centre and medical doctor Brendan Venter have been running the Castle High Performance programme for the past two years.

The programme, a joint venture with SA Rugby, accommodates 30 players and is aimed at developing a group of players that can represent South Africa without the prejudice of quotas.

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