This Weekend’s Specials at the SUPERSPAR and TOPS Include Sunscreen and Wine

This Weekend’s Specials at the SUPERSPAR and TOPS Include Sunscreen and Wine

Specials On Sunscreen and Wine

SPAR Sola Sunscreen Range

It is that time of the year when the sun is blazing down, everyone is getting burned, and the kids are too busy having a good time to even think about reapplying some sunscreen.
This season, more so than most, it is vital to use sunscreen at all times to keep skin cancer at bay. Also, remember to focus on your ears and nose, especially if you’re a surfer or spending loads of time in the water.

Our SPAR Sola range comes in many different versions, including a sun protection spray, a lotion, a face cream, a kid’s swim spray and a stick. There is also an after-sun soothing gel and an after-sun soothing lotion. Everything you need to get through the summer in St Francis. This year the beach activities will be focused around Cape ST Francis as it is now a Blue Flag Beach, and there isn’t too much in the way of beach in St Francis Bay.

So remember a bit of Slip-Slop-Slap ( by slipping on a shirt or rash guard, slopping on sunblock, and slapping on a sun hat.

Party Party Party with Heeltyd Speeltyd Box Wine

Some very clever person has devised a fantastic idea, especially for summer, a double-box wine. White wine on the one side and red wine on the other, this dooswyn speciality is going down a treat across the country. It is endorsed by our famous and much-loved Afrikaans hip-hop rapper Jack Parow.
The finer details are that it is 1,5 litres of white wine and 1,5 litres of red wine in one box. As the website says, ‘Doos Wyn for when you’re Doos Dors.’
It actually consists of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a delicious Pinotage making up the parcel. Still, it will make things easier this summer instead of taking bottles of wine down to the beach or on the rocks at sunset on the wild side.
TOPS at SPAR are selling it for R199.00, so it is a bargain.

Check out the Heeltyd Speeltyd website here to see more about the product and how you could be in the chance to win a box or two of the wine ‘duo’.

Official Holding Period for 2022/2023 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open (see video, images of enormous waves))

Official Holding Period for 2022/2023 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open (see video, images of enormous waves))

The World Surf League (WSL) 2022/2023 Big Wave season officially opened today and now holds a waiting period through March 31, 2023. This year’s Big Wave season will feature two premiere events: The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR in Pe’ahi, Maui, Hawaii, and the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley in Nazaré, Portugal. With the waiting period officially open, the best big wave surfers in the world are on standby to activate at a moment’s notice and travel to one of the two world-class venues.

Big Wave Surfers Now On Call for Major Swells

The WSL Tours and Competition Team are closely monitoring the swells and conditions needed to run the Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR and the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley. The WSL Tours and Competition team will look for consistent surf, with a minimum 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the competition. Other conditions, such as wind and tide, will be assessed in the decision to run the competitions.

If a large swell tracks toward the contest location(s) with favorable weather conditions, the WSL Tours and Competition team will issue a “TUDOR Big Wave Yellow Alert” as far as 72 hours out from the potential event run date. If the conditions continue to track favorably, the “TUDOR Big Wave Green Alert” will be issued, meaning the competition will be ON, and fans can prepare to watch surfers push the limits of what is possible on one of the world’s craziest waves in the next 24 hours.


About the Big Wave Venues

Jaws (also known as Pe’ahi), and Nazaré are two of the most renowned and respected waves in the big wave community. Each location is a significant proving ground for the paddle-in and tow-in disciplines, respectively, and the sites of historical World Records for the largest waves ever ridden.

The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR, will showcase paddle-in surfing at the famed break off of Maui, Hawaii. Due to its power, velocity, and ability to be one of the most perfect big waves on the planet, Jaws is the standard when it comes to paddle-in big wave surfing.

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Pres. by Hurley, on the other hand, will showcase the best of big wave surfing in the tow-in discipline. In this competition, competitors will work in teams, utilizing jet skis to surf the biggest waves possible at Praia de Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. Praia de Norte is home to some of the biggest waves in the world, including the current Big Wave World Records.

Only a handful of brave women and men have dedicated their lives to chasing swells and riding these waves of consequence. They train metally and physically year-round to be prepared for these monster swell events. This is their time to show the world what they are capable of and set the bar for big wave surfing even higher.

Quiksilver JAWS Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR Format Explained

The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR will feature paddle-in surfing in an individual competition format. In the men’s division, 24 competitors are divided into four heats of six surfers for the first round. The three highest-scoring surfers advance to the Semifinals, which run in the same format, and the top three surfers from the Semifinals advance to the Final. The women’s division runs in a similar format with 12 competitors participating in two six-surfer Semifinals with the top three surfers in each heat advancing to the Final.

New this year, and for the first time ever at Jaws, we will see six-surfer priority come into play. Priority is the system that is in line with all other tours, and controls who has the first option to ride a wave. The priority system was highly requested by the surfers and is beneficial for Jaws because it creates organization and added safety in the lineup on massive swells. Heats are generally 45 minutes and surfers may catch as many waves as they wish, respecing priority, with a panel of five judges scoring each ride on a scale of 1 to 10. Each competitor’s two best waves are counted, with their best wave score doubled.

Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR Invitees:

Male Invitees

1 – Billy Kemper (HAW)

2 – Ian Walsh (HAW)

3 – Nathan Florence (HAW)

4 – Kai Lenny (HAW)

5 – Makua Rothman (HAW)

6 – Lucas Chianca (BRA)

7 – Russell Bierke (AUS)

8 – Nic von Rupp (PRT)

9 – Eli Olson (HAW)

10 – Torrey Meister (HAW)

11 – Koa Rothman (HAW)

12 – Nic Lamb (USA)

13 – Grant Baker (RSA)

14 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

15 – Albee Layer (HAW)

16 – Tyler Larronde (HAW)

17 – Jojo Roper (USA)

18 – Ty Simpson-Kane (HAW)

19 – Matt Bromley (RSA)

20 – Francisco Porcella (ITA)

21 – Trevor Carlson (HAW)

22- Tom Lowe (GBR)

23 – Aaron Gold (HAW)

24 – Greg Long (USA)

Female Invitees

1 – Paige Alms (HAW)

2 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS)

3 – Annie Reickert (HAW)

4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW)

5 – Emily Erickson (HAW)

6 – Michaela Fregonese (BRA)

7 – Bianca Valenti (USA)

8 – Skylar Lickle (HAW)

9 – Justine Dupont (FRA)

10 – Raquel Heckert (BRA)

11 – Laura Enever (AUS)

12 – Izzy Gomez (COL)


TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley Format Explained

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley will be a one-day, specialty teams event with tow-in surfing. There will be nine teams made up of two competitors in each team. The teams will be divided into three groups with three teams in each group. The competition will have a total of six 40-minute heats, where each group will participate in two heats, with each team alternating between surfing and driving the team’s jet ski.

A surfer’s best two waves after surfing both heats will count to an individual total score, with the best wave counting as double points. In total, a surfer’s maximum individual score will be 30 points, as each wave is scored from 1-10 points. Surfers will be awarded across multiple categories at the end of the competition day.

TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley Invitees:

Team 1: Lucas Chianca (BRA) & Kai Lenny (HAW)

Team 2: Nic von Rupp (PRT) & Pedro Scooby (BRA)

Team 3: Andrew Cotton (GBR) & Will Skudin (USA)

Team 4: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) & Kealii Mamala (HAW)

Team 5: João De Macedo (PRT) & Antônio Silva (PRT)

Team 6: Sebastian Steudtner (DEU) & Daniel Goldberg (USA)

Team 7: Maya Gabeira (BRA) & Pierre Rollet (FRA)

Team 8: Michelle des Bouillons (BRA) & Ian Cosenza (PRT)

Team 9: Justine Dupont (FRA) & Éric Rebière (FRA)

Alternate Teams:

Rafael Tapia (CHL) and Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

António Laureano (PRT) & Pierrot Caley (FRA)

Axier Muniain (GBR) & Francisco Porcella (ITA)

WSL Announces WSL Big Wave Record Chase, the Redesigned Big Wave World Records Program

The WSL has also announced Big Wave Record Chase, the new model for verifying and celebrating Big Wave World Records. Through this new property, the WSL will continue its commitment to big wave surfing through a revamped strategy focusing on world records for the women’s and men’s divisions across the paddle-in and tow-in categories. The WSL will host a total prize purse of $500,000, which will be allocated to athletes who achieve new world records for the Largest Wave Surfed – Unlimited (Female), Largest Wave Surfed – Unlimited (Male), Largest Wave Surfed – Paddle (Female), and Largest Wave Surfed – Paddle (Male).


Pro Tips on Project Cost Management presented by BUCO

Pro Tips on Project Cost Management presented by BUCO

Being able to finish a build within budget often feels like a pipe dream.

Costs can easily spiral out of control if a project isn’t managed systematically. Often, cost overruns affect the profitability of your business, but also affects your potential for future success.

In order to remain profitable, it is crucial that your building operation implements Project Cost Management. This is the process of estimating, budgeting and controlling the cost of your build, with the purpose of keeping your expenditures within the forecasted budget.

Successful builds need to deliver on the requirements of the job, using quality materials, reflecting high caliber workmanship, within both the schedule and the budget. Hence, Project Cost Management becomes a key strategy for effective delivery as it helps to create a financial baseline against which you can benchmark your current expenses in order to know what room there is for adjustments should the project need it.

The process of Project Cost Management entails Resource Planning, Cost Estimation and Budgeting and Cost Control.

Resource Planning

Tips on Project Cost Management

In the Resource Planning stage, it is important to determine which craftsmen, materials and potential equipment a build may require. This is done before a project is started and implements learnings from previous projects. An important caution in this stage is to factor in time and potential delays due to weather, stock availability or equipment availability.

Bringing in partners or other contractors with specialist expertise that may be required for a project could also be considered, but can affect the cost of the project. In effect, it is important to balance the strengths of your team with the skills required for the build.

Cost Estimation and Budgeting

Tips on Project Cost Management

This is the process of putting a price to the resource requirements from the planning stage. It entails setting the staffing rates, material costs, potential equipment hire if needed, against the realistically estimated timeline of the project.

A key part of the planning phase starts with the designing of the building by an architect or draughtsman. If they are not given a realistic provisional budget, they might design a building that exceeds the costs in size.

People also often design without considering the available budget, and then need to cut costs when it comes to finishings.

It is also important to estimate your costs by looking at similar previous projects and to continuously benchmark with others in the industry. Additionally, you need to assess potential risks or assumptions that could affect your project delivery. This entails ensuring a proper evaluation of the existing site in order to identify possible problems you may encounter in the build. You can also set a threshold for hidden costs that may arise in the project.

Costs can range between R7,000 – R25,000 per m2 but these costs can also increase on a monthly basis.

Although it is arguably the most difficult step in the Project Cost Management process, it is crucial to get the cost estimate as accurate as possible and to work with a sufficient profit margin in order to ensure that hidden costs are accounted for, while still ensuring that you make money when the project is completed.

The key is to get your project budget as close to the actual costs as possible to ensure your success.

Cost Control

Tips on Project Cost Management

The control of your costs entails managing the variances of the actual cost with your projections and taking appropriate actions. This could entail shifting budget between material costs, or reducing the scope of the work while keeping in line with the customer’s expectations.

Cost Control is a continuous process and it is important to constantly keep tabs on every aspect of the build. At the end of each day and week, keep assessing what has been done and how it compares to the projection and adjust accordingly. Keep the threshold you previously set in mind and take appropriate action as early in the process as possible.

Constant awareness of the finer aspects of the build and open communication with staff and partners will be key to ensure that the project stays on track.

Build with BUCO

Opening a BUCO Account can help you to more easily manage your material cost projections and also ensures that you have the facilities to easily control your costs. We also offer clear material cost estimations, delivery and specialist advice at our contractor’s counter.

You can open a BUCO 30 Day Customer Account here.

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