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Top class entertainment dished up at Northern Arts Festival

If variety is the spice of life, this year’s Northern Arts Festival should add a burst of flavour and delight to every arts connoisseur’s palate.

The second edition of the event, which has been lauded by national government, will take place from September 25 to 28 at Van Der Kemps Kloof in Bethelsdorp.


Augustyn draws inspiration from brother

Wesley Augustyn (Mecer NMMU) says his elder brother’s exploits in the Tour de France will inspire him when defending his overall lead in the third leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Criterium Series at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.

“His (John-Lee’s) footsteps are too big to follow just yet, but I hope to put in a good performance nevertheless,” said the 19-year-old, who cemented his lead with a fine victory in the second leg a few weeks ago.


Augustyn cements overall lead with fine victory

Nineteen-year-old Wesley Augustyn (Mecer NMMU) punched above his age to win the second leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Criterium Series at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.

The victory cemented his overall lead in the points standings, which he took after scoring well in the hotspots and finishing runner-up in the opening leg.


Crossman looks to maintain control of criterium series

After a rain enforced break of two weeks, Andrew Crossman (Mecer NMMU) and his team will be hoping to control proceedings in the second leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Estates Criterium Series that will take place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.

The second race in the series of four, which was postponed from last Sunday after heavy rains left the technical course waterlogged and the organisers deemed it too dangerous for racing, will be contested over 60 kilometres plus one lap.


Crossman hopes to control second leg of criterium series

Surprise winner of the opening leg of the Jaco Rademeyer Estates Criterium Series, Andrew Crossman (Mecer NMMU), will be hoping to control proceedings in the second leg that will take place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Sunday.

“It is nice to go into the rest of the series with an advantage,” Crossman said on Wednesday after completing a 130-kilometre training ride. “It gives the team the freedom to wait and see how the race develops.


Put your life on the line in corporate golf day

Many double-digit handicappers might argue that golf has nothing to do with emotional healing, but the local branch of Lifeline – which will be hosting its first annual corporate golf challenge in conjunction with the Warren Jack Property Group on June 24 – begs to differ.

“Our aim is to provide a vehicle for people through which they can experience emotional healing,” says Lifeline director, Susan Potgieter. “All our fundraising and awareness projects focus on this vision,” she says, “hence the golf day.


Defending champion nervous, but confident

Riders with a track background will have a definite advantage in the Jaco Rademeyer Estates Criterium Series that starts on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

“The circuit is extremely technical and dangerous,” says former track star André Burger (PE Club), who is hoping to defend the title he won at the same venue in January. He says the organisers have changed the circuit from the usual two-and-a-half kilometre loop to one of three kilometres boasting several sharp twists and turns.


Jak de Priester laat harte warm klop met sy Wintertoer

Oos-Kapenaars sal in Junie die winterkoue kan afweer met ’n musiekproduksie wat die hart warm sal laat klop wanneer Jak de Priester, een van die land se voorste Afrikaanse kunstenaars, die provinsie vir ’n reeks van vier konserte besoek.

Hy skop sy toer by die stadsaal op Cradock (13de) af, gevolg deur optredes by Elizabeth Place in die Baai (14de), Potter’s Place op Jeffreysbaai (15de) en die Barkleystraat-teater op Uitenhage (16de).


PE cyclist in top form for SA Championships

Top Port Elizabeth cyclist Conrad Viljoen will carry the Eastern Cape’s hopes of a good showing at this weekend’s South African Road Cycling Championships in East London.

Viljoen (23), the current Eastern Province and SA Students’ champion, says he is in the best shape of his life. “I’ve had no injuries or illnesses during my build-up, so my preparations went extremely well. I’m confident of a good performance.”


Distinctive development launched at Despatch

In what has been described as one of the largest financial injections in the region in years, the latest phase of the R120 million Windsor Park development will be launched at Despatch on Friday. 

Construction of the development – which will set new standards in security, quality and finishing touches – started in 2005 and the last of five phases are expected to be completed before the 2010 Soccer World Cup.


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