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SA Cyclist returns from Tour de France

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Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition, returned to SA on July 21st , 2014 after participating in the Tour de France L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées.

The prize included entrance  into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.

“Racing through the small towns and country side was very beautiful and the narrow streets and crowds supporting made it even more exhilarating. Crossing the finish line was incredible, relief, joy, achievement and regret. It was over. This amazing race was over. Thanks so much Rockets for making this possible.” says Grobler

Read more about Grobler’s experience on

Medac and Rockets sees SA Cyclist into the L’Étape du Tour

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L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées will be joined this year by Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition held at their stand this year.

Following his dreams, the 37 year old South African cyclist enthusiast will be participating in the Tour de France race along the Col du Tourmalet from Ste-Marie-de-Campan and finishing at the ski-station of Hautacam. His trip, valued at R60, 000.00 departs Johannesburg on July 17th, returning July 21st , 2014.

Packed with adrenalin rushing activities, Grobler’s prize includes entrance into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.”Every cyclist or cycling fan would give anything for the chance to watch Le Tour let alone ride in a race that follows in the champs’ pedal strokes. I simply could not believe my good fortune when i found out i had won. What an honour and what an opportunity! Thank you Rockets!” Says Grobler.

Rockets by Medac is a high quality retail brand of compression sportswear and functional training equipment. All fabrics used contain an Antimicrobial agent and are both moisture wicking and highly durable. The Compression range of gear is manufactured using a cool, lightweight high quality fabric that provides a maximum stretch without losing its functionality. The unique performance based fabric provides compression during exercise, reducing muscle vibration therefore improving overall performance and recovery.

“The Medac and Rockets team look forward to the L’Étape du Tour with great anticipation, being such a significant facet in the cycling arena” says Medac and Rockets CEO, “however, it is with even greater satisfaction that we are able to award this prized trip to one of our loyal customers. This certainly sets a president and we look forward to the prospect of future opportunities to give back to those whom support us in the sport apparel realm.

To track Grobler’s performance and read more about his trip on his blog, or to find out more about Medac and Rockets range of performance gear and other  products, go to

Aqua4Life joins forces with BrandVan & Red Carpet Concepts

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Aqua4Life, the official distributors of LifeStraw® in RSA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transkei and Swaziland, has recently joined forces with BrandVan and Red Carpet Concepts, to oversee the implementation, distribution and awareness of the product’s humanitarian and retail availability. LifeStraw® is an international water filtration range of products from Verstergaard Frandsen, a Swiss-based company committed to improving the health of vulnerable people. This chemical free, multi-award winning, micro-filtration system instantly converts contaminated water into safe drinking water, removing up to 99.99999% of bacteria, protozoan cysts and turbidity from the water (Internationally and SABS tested). The product range is being made available to the South African retail market in the forms of LifeStraw® Personal (filters up to 1000litres), LifeStraw® Go (filters up to 1000litres) and LifeStraw® Home unit (filters up to 4500litres). Each product offers environmentally friendly, cost and energy saving solutions. Upon purchase of any LifeStraw® product, Vestergaard contributes clean water for a child in Africa for the period of one year through their humanitarian Social Responsibility program. Aqua4Life, a South African based PTY Company has also partnered with various other service providers including Rotary Int. (Clean Water & Sanitation), University of Johannesburg (Water & Health Research), Human Moments and supplies humanitarian products (filtering up to 100,000litres) to Southern African Governments, GIZ, US Aid, Red Cross, WHO as well as partnering with Corporate SA via CSI funding initiatives to implement clean water solutions to those who most need it. Brand and Portfolio Managers, BrandVan, will be executing the retail division of Aqua4Life, and Red Carpet Concepts will run the PR, social media, advertising and special events component, alongside BrandVan, to ensure swift, smooth and sustainable communications on behalf of Aqua4Life. To find out more about LifeStraw products, go to or , check out their Facebook page or connect on Twitter.


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On Sunday, 27th October 2013, Nitida Wine Farm is set to tease Durbanville’s taste buds with its delightful Baked@Nitida cake and wine pairing event. Cape Town’s favourite bakers will be showcasing their sweet treats and savoury delicacies to accompany handmade wines and champagnes by Nitida and Moreson. Interactive cupcake demonstrations will be on offer for the kids, while an assortment of wines will be showcased for the grown-ups. Your ticket purchase offers you five complementary pairings, while additional cakes, desserts, confectionaries, wine and champagne will also be available to purchase. This fun-filled day for the whole family is an event not to be missed.


EVENT DETAILS:  Date: Sunday, 27 October 2013 Time: 11:00-17:00 Cost: R100 per person, young adults & children under 18 years receive free entry. Includes:
  • Five complementary cake & wine pairings 
  • Wine, champagne & dessert specials
  • Kids entertainment
  • Live music
Venue: Nitida Wine Farm To purchase tickets, please visit:  For more information on Baked@Nitida, kindly contact Allie on 087 230 7269 or For more information on Nitida Wine Farm, please visit:

Seasons of Sauvignon

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On Sunday, 6th October 2013, Nitida Wine Farm, in the beautiful Durbanville Wine Valley, is set to celebrate the start of spring with its annual Seasons of Sauvignon Festival. A ticket purchase offers each guest a Nitida branded wine glass with a voucher for a glass of Nitida’s famous Sauvignon Blanc, an invitation to a tutored tasting of several of Durbanville Valley’s Sauvignon Blancs, a guest’s choice serving from one of a variety of the fabulous Cassia food stalls, live jazz music, wine specials and kids entertainment on and off the water. This fun-filled day for the whole family is an event not to be missed.

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Date: Sunday, 06 October 2013 Time: 11:00-17:00 Cost: R100 per person, young adults & children under 18 years receive free entry. Includes:
  • Nitida branded wine glass, with one glass of selected Nitida wine upon arrival
  • A tutored wine tasting of Durbanville Valley’s Sauvignon Blancs
  • Wine specials
  • A meal from the fabulous Cassia Restaurant
  • Live music
  • Kids entertainment

Venue: Nitida Wine Farm

To purchase tickets, please visit: For more information on Seasons of Sauvignon, kindly contact Allie on 087 230 7269 or For more information on Nitida Wine Farm, please visit:

The Ballinrobe Winter Special

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South of Africa Portfolio of Fine Properties is running a Winter Special for The Ballinrobe during the month of July.

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For July only, you are able to experience the exquisite Ballinrobe for an incredible R999 per night. The Ballinrobe is a luxurious two bedroom apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a perfect view of Lion’s Head. Situated in Sea Point, this exquisite self-catering apartment is the ideal home away from home. It is also within close proximity of The V&A Waterfront and only 15 minutes’ walk from the Sea Point promenade. Do not miss out on this fantastic winter special while taking in the views of Cape Town. For bookings contact 087 820 5974  or kindly send an email to:

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Entries are open for the 27 for Freedom event!

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Get out your walking or running shoes. The 27 for Freedom event will be held on Saturday 9 February at Drakenstein Correctional Centre as a reminder of Nelson Mandela’s unprecedented quest for dignity and justice for all. The event comprises running and walking categories. Plus, there will be plenty of entertainment to get you moving. The fourth annual 27 for Freedom event will be hosted by the Department of Correctional Services with Drakenstein Municipality and Cape Winelands District Municipality and is proudly supported by Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM. “What an honour for Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM to partner with the Freedom walk. Nelson Mandela’s values will always be an inspiration to our brands. Bring your family and join us for this fun and meaningful day,” says Izelle Venter, editor-in-chief of Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM. The event consists of three categories at distances that can be either walked or run, 5 km, 10 km and 27 km, as well as the fun 50 m toddlers’ run. And you’ll be entertained by MC SK Sekoati and top musicians such as Boki, Andriette and Dillon Lerm. Line-up: MC: SK Sekoati (Kabelo in 7de Laan) 9:30 –  Dillon Lerm 10:00 – Louwtjie Rothman/Sarah Theron 10:30 – Crushanda 11:00 – Prizegiving 12:00 – Boki 12:30 – Andriette Times and entry fees: 50 m toddlers walk starts 10 am
  • Free
5 km starts 9 am
  • Learners R10
  • Club and non-club members R30
10 km starts 7 am
  • Club members R40
  • Non-club members R65 (includes temporary licence)
27 km starts 6 am
  • Club members R75
  • Non-club members R100 (includes temporary licence)
Four easy ways to enter
  • Online at
  • In-store at select Sportsman’s Warehouse stores in Western Cape.
  • Fax your completed entry form with your deposit slip to 021-510-7230.
  • Hand deliver to the municipal offices in Paarl.
What’s cool is that all proceeds will be donated to charity. To celebrate Madiba’s legacy and support this worthy cause, enter before 3 February. For more information, go to or call 021-511-7130.

Finweek horse-racing supplement to be released in October

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The leading financial news publication, Finweek, is partnering with Imagine Racing to develop a supplement that will be distributed along with a copy of Finweek in its 14 October issue. The release of the supplement is to coincide with Finweek’s involvement in the Imagine Racing Ladies’ Spring Race Day for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The event will tie in with the Johannesburg Spring Challenge at Turffontein Racecourse happening on 6 October 2012. The supplement, which will be printed in English and Afrikaans, will be part of the regular Finweek print run and will incorporate the following: ·         Industry overview – opportunities and challenges of the South African horse-racing industry ·         The commercial opportunities within the SA racing industry ·         How new participants can enter the thrilling world of racing For more information about the supplement or the actual event, please contact Simone van Willingh / Maxeen du Plessis on 087 230 7287 or at /

Medac Partners with Cape Town Tens Rugby Tournament

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Once again, the very best of rugby action will be showcased at the Hamiltons Rugby Club for the Cape Town Tens Rugby Tournament 2012 on February 3 and 4 (Friday and Saturday). The popular tournament, now in its fourth consecutive year, is the brainchild of former Springbok stars Bob Skinstad and Rob Fleck. Medac/Rockets, the country’s leading manufacturer and distributor of sports injury bracing and performance gear will be the official rehab partner for the event. This year is set to be bigger and better than ever with the number of teams being increased from 56 to 72 and there will now be four divisions – a heavy and light Beer League, The Vets League and the more competitive Premier League. As always, there will be appearances many from local and international rugby legends such as Breyton Paulse, Leon Lloyd, John Allen and Malcolm O’Kelly. The tournament will include plenty of entertainment off the field with live performances from top acts such as the UK band, The Lightyears and the popular Cape Town based Me and Mr Brown. There will also be beer and food tents, children’s play areas and lots of fun competitions and giveaways including a kicking contest that will see one lucky winner walk away with a brand-new Golf GTI worth R365 000. As the official rehab partners, Medac/Rockets will have  physiotherapists which will be on hand throughout the tournament to assist players with recovery and managing injuries including the use of a cryotherapeutic ice recovery pool and providing post-game massages at the Medac/Rockets Recovery Zone. “The 10’s tournament is a great event to be involved in.  Our recovery tent provides all the players with a world class service of which we are extremely proud,” says Craig Homan, Medac CEO. Tickets are available now through Computicket. (Kids under 12 are free) For more information on Medac/Rockets contact: Facebook: Telephone number: 086 163 3221 Fax:  021 706 1636 Email: Website: Buy Online: Rockets Compression Range:

Medac – a local business with international clout

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Medac is a local business based in Diep River, Cape Town that has fast become internationally renowned as the manufacturer and retailer of high quality brands such as Rockets Compression Sportswear, Cocodrama Maternity Range, Medac Sports injury bracing and Medac Orthopaedic bracing. Over the past 30 years the company has become synonymous with cutting edge scientific expertise, often working with expert medical specialists to research and develop new and existing products for the local sports and fitness market. Recently they partnered with Eto from Denmark to manufacturer post plastic surgery garments and post-operative garments that assist with recovery. Medac has also recently launched the Tummy Tucker post pregnancy belt in association with the Cocodrama brand by TV presenter and celebrity mom Zuraida Jardine. What has seen Medac become the tried and trusted choice of many professional and recreational athletes is that their products are all made from technical fabrics to the highest standards of quality.  All material used is latex and neoprene free and is both moisture wicking and highly durable. “We pride ourselves in delivering excellent quality locally produced sportswear to all South African sports men and women.  Once you have worn our product you will never look back.  Our formula is unique and it works! It’s Rockets Science,” Craig Homan, Medac CEO. Medac will be having an end of year sale on a wide selection of their products at their factory store in Diep River this summer from November 23 – 26. They will be offering great deals on running pants, cycle pants, rugby gear and performance recovery garments. For more information on Rockets and Medac contact: 8 Leo Street, 7800 Cape Town, South Africa Telephone: 021 706 1688 Fax:  021 706 1636 Email: or buy online @