About Nic Haralambous
Nic Haralambous is a social media guru based in Cape Town, South Africa. He headed up a project for Vodacom's social networking portfolio, has worked at the Financial Mail, was head of mobile at the Mail & Guardian and served as the Guateng GM of Zoopy, an online video site.
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This is quite interesting news and honestly was bound to happen at some point.
The largest winning purse in modern golf is going to be competed for right here in Sunny SA.
Here’s a bit of info:
The Sunshine Tour will make leading golfers choose between the world’s richest tournament in South Africa and Tiger Woods’ charity event in California from next year.
A new $10 million World Golf Championships event to be hosted by the tour was heralded by Sunshine commissioner Gareth Tindall on Tuesday as the launch of “a world tour” and “the most significant thing that has happened to South African golf in its history.”
Tindall, emboldened by Charl Schwartzel’s Masters victory on the 50th anniversary of Gary Player’s first green jacket, said the Tournament of Hope underlined the shift in player power away from the United States.
“The significance of what we’ve done is potential, and the U.S. tour might slag me for this, but essentially we are starting the world tour,” Tindall said. “It’s been a matter of time.
“I think what we’ve done could potentially create the impetus to start a world tour because Australia are certainly going to do what we’ve done, and Europe are going to have to do what we’ve done.”
The date and venue for the new WGC event — just the second outside the U.S. after Shanghai’s HSBC Champions — had not been finalized, Tindall said, but organizers were looking at the first week of December.
I received an interesting email yesterday about a group in North America called Nikela who have started a movement to save South African Wildlife.
I’m not 100% sure I agree with every sentiment in the video below but it’s a great thing to see a foreign country start an organisation to help another nations resources out of the goodness of their heart.
Charl Shwartzel moved a country and instantly became a household name by winning the 2011 Masters championship yesterday. I was watching and unfortunately went to sleep about an hour before the final stroke. Shwartzel birdied the final four holes to crack in an amazing -14 to win the title. Eight different players took the lead on Sunday at the Masters.
Here’s a quick little quote from a well written story over at ESPN:
Never before has the green jacket gone to a player who finished in such fashion, a stunning end to an incredible day at the 75th playing of the year’s first major championship.
The quiet, unassuming Schwartzel, 26, knocked in a chip shot for a birdie at the first, holed a wedge shot for an eagle at the third, then played steady golf through a pulsating day that then saw him roar to the end with birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes and a final-round 66.
In the process, the South African passed the likes of Tiger Woods and Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day on the leaderboard, and was the unlikely winner of a major championship he was playing for just the second time.
“As always, it happens on the back nine on Sunday, just like you dreamt it,” said Schwartzel’s caddie, Greg Hearmon.
There is a great video on the ESPN story if you missed the event. Apparently Shwartzel is the second Els Foundation graduate to win a major tournament in the last 3 major tournaments played.
After embarking on a 5 week tour of Canada, the LoneRaynger found his way around the beautiful western coast with his tour manager Damon, and his trusty cameraman Fausto. Damon had found a beautiful form of transport in a 1990 GMC Safari, which came loaded with cotton seats, armrests and oil stains. It was easy to fall in love with the beast, and even more so when on the second day of the tour it was tagged by a professional graffiti artist. That day, the Silver Bullet was born, and every day after that that it served the LoneRaynger crew unwaveringly, drawing the attention of young- females and old motorheads alike. That was until, one warm Canadian morning, the Van met it’s fate on the highway from Whistler back to Vancouver. Up a stretch of steep tarmac, the beast caught on fire, and in no time was wrapped in ball of flames. After a quick attempt to salvage some valuables, Damon had to abandon the Bullet.
The fire had done its evil deed, leaving nothing but a shredded and devoured carcass of what glory once was; only sparse chips of an artwork left on the side of the highways.
Ray muses, “We lost almost everything in that van; $5000 worth of music equipment for the tour, a camera, a tripod, cellphones, clothes, tent, and a pair of extremely fine boxers. Despite the material possessions, it was the spirit of the van and it’s endearing quirks which we had fallen in love with, it was the embodiment of youth taking to the road and moving music for ears to hear.”
Leaving not much hope for the LoneRaynger and his crew, the tour came to a screeching halt. What’s a one-man band without his steed? But the spirit of the Silver Bullet held strong.
Ray also met some insane talent in Mike. Here’s a bit about their meeting and a video:
Before the incident, the crew had been driving around small town Osoyoos, trying to find the venue for his next gig, when they pulled over randomly to ask for directions. It turned out they had asked Mike, a local aspiring rapper who instantly made a comment about the ‘sick paint job’ of the van. Ray told him he was a beat-boxer from South Africa, and Mike made him get out the van. Right there and then not a minute after they had met, they performed on the street, making plans to perform impromptu later that night at the gig. The connection was made.
The TechCrunch Europas, the European Startup Awards for tech companies, has listed Cognician, a South African technology startup, as one of the top 11 Best New Startup’s in 2010.
I’ve met Patrick Kayton, co-founder and COO of Cognician and the guy is pure class. He is 100% humble, incredibly smart and very switched on to the world around him. With that said I am in the perfect position to say how incredibly happy I am for Patrick and his team. He has fought incredibly hard for his product, the vision and his company and deserves every bit of success that comes his way.
Some info on TechCrunch Europas:
The Europas serve to honour the best technology companies and startups across the web and mobile space. The awards span 22 categories and recognise and celebrate the most compelling technology startups, Internet and mobile innovations of the past year.
A little about Cognician:
Cognican, the original thought processor that presents content in the form of provocative questions, helping users to apply the author’s ideas to their own tasks so that they can think better, further and faster, was selected through a process done by referencing TechCrunch’s database of tech companies on CrunchBase. This was followed by a month of online public voting that saw 33,126 votes being cast across all categories. The final award winners will be determined based both on popular votes received through website voting along with the results submitted by The Europas Advisory Board.
The award winners will be revealed at The Europas event which will be held in London this Friday, November 19. The evening will be attended by over 350 people from the cream of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs along with industry leaders of the the tech startup and investor scene who will be presenting the awards to the winners.
Mike Scott is a very talented man and the guy behind the new Goldfish single.
Check it out:
The incredible part about this story is not that DJ Black Coffee set a new record, ’cause he did. That part was seemingly easy for the man. The tough part for me to comprehend is that he did it with one arm.
DJ Black Coffee set a new world record for spinning by doing his work for 60 straight hours.
From the Telegraph:
Nkosinathi Maphumulo, 34, completed the challenge on Sunday at a charity event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The dance music DJ, who lost his left hand in an accident aged 13, hopes video footage of the event will win him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
He said: “I stayed strong. The music kept me going. I’m going to be a better DJ as I was doing it for a greater reason.
“At some stage I held back tears.”
Nkosinathi, who uses the stage name Black Coffee, started his record attempt in a shopping mall at midnight last Thursday.
Under the rules of the record attempt he was allowed a 20 minute comfort break every four hours.
But his manager told South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper he finished in style by playing the final 15 hours without stopping at all.
Wow. What an amazing achievement.
In case you haven’t heard the 5FM adverts I thought that it was valuable for me to alert you to the 1 in 100,000 campaign.
DJ Fresh is trying to meet 100,000 people in 1,000 hours. That’s a big call and it’s all to raise awareness about Leukaemia.
Here’s some background information:
- A person suffering from Leukaemia has a 1 in 100,000 chance of finding a bone marrow stem cell donor match.
- That’s 1 match for every 100,000 people.
- Most of us won’t meet 100,000 people in our lifetime!
- In fact, if you lived to be 90 years old, you’d have to meet 1 person every 8 hours, from the day that you were born, until the day you die,
- To illustrate these odds, The Sunflower Fund has challenged DJ Fresh to try and meet 100,000 people online in the 1,000 hours leading up to The Sunflower Fund National Bandana Day on the 12th of October 2010.
- Once on the website, visitors can ‘meet DJ Fresh,’ send in SMS (text message) donations, as well as sponsor some of DJ Fresh’s meetings on our sponsor page.
- It’s for a really good cause and every bit of media mileage will help.
So spread the word, visit the site and raise some awareness!