Safety is in the DNA of every Volvo Truck that is produced and this is not just lip-service. “Volvo Trucks prides itself with regard to safety and this has always been one of our core values,” says Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. Proof of this is the fact that in every vehicle on the road a part of Volvo safety remains – the three point safety belt. Emphasizing its continued commitment to safety, Volvo Trucks South Africa has made an investment of R6.5 million into its Durban SKD Manufacturing plant which will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected unique features that were previously not available to the market. “We believe that all original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions to their customers – as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users,” adds Torbjörn. The impact that a truck has when involved in a collision is often very serious and to this end Volvo Trucks is constantly increasing the safety of its vehicles in a bid to decrease the overall impact to all road users in the event of a collision. This includes pedestrians and to this end, we hope that our holistic approach to safety through not only our products but also our “Stop, look, wave” campaign which is a programme designed by Volvo Trucks to teach children around the world about the dangers they face in traffic everyday, for more information about ‘Stop, Look, Wave,” visit http://www.volvotrucks.co.za/en-za/about/safety/stop-look-wave.html . The aim of this programme is to change and shape behaviours in road users from a young age. The features that form part of The Volvo Active Safety Package which has recently become available to the local market will be available as optional extras on most* Volvo Truck range models fitted with Electronic Brake System (EBS)*, Electronic Stability Control and Disc Brakes. The Volvo Active Safety package consists of: Adaptive . . .
JBay – The waiting period for the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy is coming up fast, so without any further ado here are the next four invited surfers into this prominent event. Local surfer Steve Sawyer won the event last year, and has had numerous good results in JBay over the years. The young goofy-footer also won the recent Buffalo City Surf Pro in East London, proving his versatility. Coming into the JBU Supertrial event as a defending champion, he will be determined for another big result this year. Matt Bromley from Cape Town is another surfer who will no doubt be out to impress. A gifted big wave surfer and all-round charger, Matt is a likeable guy but has a strong Big Match Temperament. Matt is a tenacious competitor and can often be found up in the JBay area practicing his barrel riding at Supertubes. Another goofy-footed surfer in the mix is young local surfer Joshe Faulkner. Growing up surfing Supertubes makes Joshe a shoo-in as an invitee, and he has a solid and exciting backhand approach to surfing Supertubes. Joshe is also strong in the tube and could easily cause an upset at this event. Davey Van Zyl is a powerful natural-footer who excels in the beach break barrels of Durban, but translates that skill set to virtuoso performances out at Supertubes as well. Van Zyl is also confident when the surf starts getting a little bit bigger, and when other surfers might be feeling a little uncomfortable in the big stuff he revels in it. Should we get a solid swell for the event he could come out on top. These four surfers join Mikey February, Matt McGillivray, Beyrick De Vries and Dylan Lightfoot who have already been invited to compete in the event. There will be an announcement shortly regarding the rest of the invited surfers. The JBU Supertrial presented by Monster Energy is an exclusive invite-only tournament, with first prize being the coveted Wild Card entry into the World Surf League Championship Tour . . .
South Africa’s leading toy and baby products retailer is set to open doors to its newly refurbished Pavilion store with a weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Families are invited to join in the fun from 5 to 8 May as the store becomes a hive of activity with live entertainment, exciting giveaways, opening specials, character appearances and games. A live broadcast by Durban radio station, East Coast Radio on Saturday, May, 6 will add to the excitement as popular DJs are set to delight shoppers with music and in-store give-aways. Lucky shoppers stand a chance to walk away with exciting prizes including Nerf guns and Lego Friends packs. “Toys R Us is thrilled to open our new look store and we want our valued customers to share in the excitement. The weekend offers something for the whole family especially our young customers,” says Nicole Annells, Marketing Manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa. Iconic characters including Paw Patrol’s Chase & Skye, Shopkins, The Sylvanian Families and Toys R Us much-loved mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe will make special in-store appearances, treating their fans to dance and games. Children will have the opportunity to capture the moment with their favourite toy characters and even receive their autographs. Youngsters can also enjoy the store’s play areas and toy demonstrations by popular brands. The refurbishment breathed new energy into the playful store design for which the brand is renowned while offering customers convenience through prominent signage and ease of accessibility. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
DRAKENSBERG, KWAZULU-NATAL, 3 MAY 2017 – Saturday, the 29th April, saw Jeep Team trail runner, Christiaan Greyling, run the tough 62km Giant’s Cup Uncut Race at Ultra Trail Drakensberg, and win it by more than 50 minutes. Giant’s Cup Uncut (GCU) is hefty 62km non-stop traverse of the entire Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, a certified 5-Day hike, with 2400m of vertical climb and occupies an altitude window between 1600m and 2150m. The race started at the Sani Pass Hotel and finished at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel and is entirely on mountain trail, providing runners with a uniquely pure trail running experience. Greyling crossed the finish line in first place in a time of 06:41:39. Second place went to Ben Brimble in a time of 07:32:10, and finishing in third place was Landie Greyling, in a time of 07:50:19. Says Christiaan Greyling, “In every Ultra, you reach a point where you want to give up, or at least question yourself why you are doing this. These thoughts come regardless of your speed, preparation or talent. My race went arguably well, but again I learned how easy things can go pear-shaped in an Ultra. I ran the 62km GCU in a time of 6:41, followed by Ben Brimble in a time of 7:32. We ran together for the first 25km, but the technical downhill around halfway suited my skill and I got away from the quicker Ben Brimble. The lesson? Hydration and nutrition is the most important items on race day. My first mistake was to drink less because of the colder weather. I only suffered the consequences of this after 30km, but by then it was difficult to rectify. The section from 33km to 46km had no river crossings, huge climbs and a baking morning sun. When I reached the Swiman hut (46km mark), I had to consume about 10 cups of fluid not to suffer from dehydration. Drinking water alone can further dehydrate your body as we lose both water and important minerals when we sweat. To counter negative thoughts, think positive thoughts of previous successes, future races, . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, KZN, 3 May 2017 – Sunday, 23 April 2017, saw Jeep Team OCR Athletes, Thomas van Tonder, Carina Marx, and Jay Jay Deysel take on Race #3 of the Toyota Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, at Van Gaalen Cheese Farm in the North West. Over the weekend of the 22 and 23 April, South Africa’s largest obstacle course race series attracted almost 2000 competitors eager to face the challenge of the world-class Toyota Warrior obstacle courses have become famous for. For Jeep Team’s athletes, the racing started with the Black Ops Elite race, the toughest of them all, featuring some 30 obstacles over a 17km trail, designed to challenge endurance, strength and agility. 2016’s SA OCR Men’s Champion, Thomas “BeastMode” van Tonder, claimed his 11th Warrior win in a super-fast time of 01:26:29. Second place went to Greg Avierinos in 01:27:12, and rounding off the podium was Louis Smit, who finished in 01:29:03. Fellow Jeep Team athlete, Jay Jay Deysel, crossed the line in 8th place in a time of 01:41:42. Says van Tonder, “I am so blessed to be taking home my 11th Warrior Race win. Well done to everyone as this was one tough race.” Van Tonder‘s winning performance earned him R10 000 prize money and a Warrior-branded Toyota RAV4 to drive around until the next warrior race. Jeep Team OCR athlete and 2016 SA OCR top 3 female champion, Carina Marx, finished 3rd overall in the Women’s Black Ops Elite race in 2:23:22. Sabrina Daolio took the win in 1:53:15, with Trish Bahlmann in second place in 1:59:03. The Jeep Team SA teammates then took on the Reebok Team Sprint race - a short, high-intensive course spanning 400m with 10 obstacles. Marx, Van Tonder and Deysel finished in second place behind race-winners Team Nevarest. Third place in the sprint race went to the team from #BeSnapped. Results – Black Ops Elite Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 01:26:29 2. Greg Avierinos 01:27:12 3. Louis Smit 01:29:03 Women 1. Sabrina Daolio 01:53:15 2. Trish . . .
Cape Town, Western Cape , 03 May 2017 – Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters at 2 Berkley Road, Ndabeni , Cape Town yesterday with clients and suppliers.. Servest, Africa's leading Integrated Facilities Management Company clearly signalling their commitment to the growth of the business in Cape Town and the region. Servest currently employ over 4,500 people in the Cape Town area and planned expansion would see this double in the next 3-5 years, creating thousands of entry level, semi-skilled, supervisory and management positions across the city. “The Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” says Farhaana Mohdien Group Head Marketing and Sales Servest The location of the new building is visible and accessible to one of the main arterial routes in Cape Town, the M5 freeway, a north – south freeway that links the N1 and N2. The location also places Servest in a central location between the already developed city and the expanding Northern and Western regions of the city to best serve the needs of their customers. The opening of the new Servest headquarters will provide positive benefits related to economic and employment opportunities and a vibrant urban environment in which all local businesses can thrive. In a statement on the opening of the regional headquarters, Servest Chief Executive Officer Steve Wallbanks said: "I am extremely pleased to see the completion of this project. The new facility will enable us to integrate all of Servest’s service lines in one building. The completion of the move is a key element in our drive to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of Servest’s operations and service delivery to our customers." Servest is committed to a long term strategy of broad based black economic empowerment and local economic development and in the spirit of this commitment, most of the contractors and sub-contractors involved in . . .
The Treasure Chest Wine Show has been a resounding success in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria and continues to inspire the people of South Africa. And now, the Treasure Chest, a Proudly South African endorsed wine collective will introduce the crème of South Africa’s most exciting black owned wine brands to The South Coast Bike Festival which takes place from April 27 – 30 in Margate on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This group of self-made winepreneurs, collectively possess over 125 years’ experience, 12 of whom are powerful and visionary women on the rise. Pathfinders to transformation in this 360-year-old wine agricultural sector, where less than 2% of the industry is black-owned, the Treasure Chest collective is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Their perseverance, determination and strong desire to work collectively to penetrate the untransformed wine industry and be more active in the retail mainstream of the South African economy is a prime example, for entrepreneurs who are struggling to enter other industries in South Africa. Treasure Chest Wines are world-class by any means, having been the first South African Wine on American Airways, on the shelves of leading retailers, winners of numerous international awards and now exporting collectively to over 25 countries, the future looks bright for the pioneering wine brands. A TRUE TREASURE OF PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WINES Aptly called “Treasure Chest”, the brand speaks to the inherent value of the unique array of flavours, aromas and blends, including over a hundred varietals that are some of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Each wine carries a unique South African essence and story, personal to its creator, developer and owner. Treasure Chest wines includes award winning and internationally sought after varietals and vintages from more than 11 different wine regions in the Western Cape, each with its unique nose and taste characteristics. The brand collectively encapsulates a perfect . . .
South Africa's oldest ocean sailing race - the Vasco Da Gama will see the third and last (for now) running of the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth start on Thursday 27 April in Durban at midday. The straight line distance for this 46th edition of the race is 400 nautical miles (740 kilometres), which can increase somewhat if the wind is against the yachts sailing down the coast. The course for 2018 has yet to be announced. After a large fleet in 2016 it appears that the Cape to Rio race, the Mauritius to Durban race, the economy and the drought has played havoc with the entries this year with 11 entries received and only 7 boats competing after others withdrew for a variety of reasons. The Durban to PE course for the Vasco represents a tough race along the Wild Coast which continues to test the yachts, crews, navigators and skippers all the way to the finish. The larger yachts will go far offshore looking for the extra 4 or 5 knots advantage from the Agulhas Current which sweeps down Africa's east coast. The smaller yachts with smaller crew - like ABYC's lone entry, Wallbanger with four onboard - will zigzag down the coast hoping that the shorter distance and slower flowing current will be just the ticket to beat the other entrants. Flying the Algoa Bay Yacht Club flag on Wallbanger - a Simonis 35 foot Design - will be skipper John Tudehope with crew Alan Straton, Morgan Griffiths and Mark Dawson. For Tudehope and Straton this will be their third Vasco da Gama Race on Wallbanger and they will be aiming to emulate the 2015 race when they won the Dave Cox Memorial Trophy for 1st PHRF over the line. As the only representative of ABYC, Wallbanger are quite confident of receiving the trophy for the 1st ABYC boat on handicap. Point Yacht Club organiser of the Vasco da Gama race, Richard Crockett refers to the race as; "A navigator's race giving many choices of courses coupled with the wind direction and fast flowing Agulhas current presenting unknowns . . .
The winner of the women’s race at the 2016 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge, Jeannie Dreyer, said after the event that she “did not think much more can be done to improve the route.” She was wrong. The race organisers have managed to tweak and develop the course for the showcase 60km race this year and have made it even better than last year according to course designer Bruce Smith. The 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-Treme on April 30 will attract the cream of KZN mountain biking and by all accounts the riders in the area are in for a treat with Smith saying the race has to “keep upgrading and changing the trails to remain competitive.” Smith, the father of last year’s race winner Derrin Smith, is a farmer in the Mid Illovo area and leads the team of local farmers who design and build the 60km course. He said they have introduced more free-flowing single track which is not as technical as in 2016. “The route for the first 30km is similar to last year with lots of single track going through iNsingizi game farm. These are technical but worth it. “After 30km last year the race went on a lot of dirt road,” added Smith. “As we’re getting more competitive as a race we want to keep the riders coming back so we’ve got to keep upgrading and changing the trails, so we’ve introduced more free-flowing single track in this section. “The final 12km remains very similar to last year, except we have cut out some of the climbs which proved a bit tough for a lot of riders last year.” But the day is not just about the racing snakes who are looking to test their legs over 60km of challenging mountain biking. This is the 10th anniversary Husqvarna Classic and over the past decade the race has developed into one of the must-do events on the calendar because it offers something for everybody. For those mountain bikers who feel 60km is too much of a challenge, there is a standard 45km Safire MTB race and a relatively gentle 18km Gwahumbe Family Ride. And the younger set are . . .
The fourth installation of Durban’s most iconic 5km ocean swim – the Four Elements Ocean Challenge – will set off from Point Yacht Club on Saturday, 13 May. “We are really looking to boost the number of competitors participating in this year’s event which is set to be another exciting and challenging swim,” said Olivia Taylor, founder of Four Elements Conservation NPC. “The aggregate swimming distance of the previous three events swum by 229 participants, is 1 192km, and we are hoping to exceed 1 800km for all four swims with this year’s event.” Taylor established Four Elements Conservation NPC – a non-profit environmental preservation organisation – five years ago, at the age of 14. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is one of the NPC projects that raises funds for, and awareness about, ocean conservation. The event is held as a celebration of World Oceans Day (8 June) calling for international collaboration in the preservation of oceans. This year’s World Oceans Day is themed ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ with a focus on plastic pollution prevention and the cleaning of all marine litter. “The funds raised from this year’s swim will go towards the launch of our exciting new initiative, an online education programme focusing on environmental entrepreneurship for youth,” explained Taylor. “Conservation cannot be a side-line project practised by a select few. We are beyond that now. It needs to become a part of everyone’s consciousness, propelling all decisions going forwards.” The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is a point-to-point swim setting off from Point Yacht Club travelling about 5 kilometres to Country Club Beach (Bike and Bean) with the prize-giving following the race completion. Participants are afforded spectacular city views as well as occasional dolphin sightings while competing in the longest ocean swim event on the east coast of Africa. The entry donation of R375 per swimmer includes a cap and T-shirt in the male or female open, 30 to 49 years, . . .