Close to 6000 adventure-seekers are about to answer the call to ‘Be More’ for the last time this year. The season finale of the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok will take place in Riversands, Gauteng from 25-26 November. The event promises more excitement than ever as South Africa’s largest obstacle course series draws to a close. All eyes will be on the epic battle for the Black Ops Elite title as Thomas van Tonder and Claude Eksteen go to war. The athletes have raced neck-and-neck for the majority of this season, and their hope of snatching up the series title comes down to the outcome of eighth and final Warrior Race. “I would really like to become the first athlete to win this series consecutively, and that will all come down to whether I cross the finish line before Claude next weekend. I’ve been shifting my training to suit the style of this race, and I’m feeling pretty optimistic. Heavy carries and a shorter, faster run could work in my favour and increase my chances of catching Claude,” said van Tonder. There will also be some international flavour added to the elite mix. Benjamin Gifford and Jay Flores are highly respected athletes in the world of OCR, and will be looking to become the first international competitors to finish and possibly win the Black Ops Elite category. Flore recently came off a Master of the Rig win at OCR World Championships, and Gifford boasts 23 OCR podiums, the NBC Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge title, and a spot in the Tough Mudder X final. The race for the women’s title has already been sealed by Trish Eksteen, who executed a whitewash in her category this year. An exciting twist to the Black Ops Elite event will certainly be the addition of a never-seen-before obstacle. While the exact details remain unknown, race organisers have revealed that the obstacle involves a carry. If the heavy carry at the recent Meerendal event had athletes talking, then WARRIORS are in for a rude awakening! Athletes . . .
Are you one of the lucky South African consumers expecting to receive a 13th cheque or tax refund soon? It can bring some financial relief (if used prudently) especially as December is one of the most, if not THE most, expensive month of the year. Have you done some financial planning to sensibly make your ‘little bit extra’ work for you and your finances? Matthys Potgieter, spokesperson and debt expert at DebtSafe, says consumers that are struggling to keep up with their debt repayments are increasing by the minute. “And, as a result of this, you can witness people having impaired credit records as well as major financial (in some cases legal) problems,” adds Potgieter. Potgieter suggests that you should consider making wise choices when you receive your ‘little bit extra’ this year. He highlights that you can either be a spender, saver or user, which one would you rather be? The risky spender It’s is always fun to do a bit of splurging but, as you know, life is expensive and economic times are currently tough for South Africans. DebtSafe, therefore, recommends that you only spend a little this December (if you can really afford it). Rather spend a few bucks on that holiday that you need to pay off, instead of being a risky spender by spending all your bonus money on unnecessary, expensive items. The cautious saver If you are in a position to save your entire bonus or have money left from your tax refund amount (after your necessary debt payments etc.), why don’t you save it? Tuck your entire bonus or a part of your tax return into your rainy day / emergency fund. Life happens and you never know how much your ‘little bit extra’ savings may come in handy, especially when you really need it. The wise user Potgieter recommends that a bonus or tax refund can be put to productive use by paying off excessive debt. So if you relate to this, there is one of two things that you can do: 1. you can either make use of the so-called snowball effect by paying . . .
South Africans are you sure that you are ready to take on the international shopping phenomenon - Black Friday? This well-known event originated in the United States in the 1950s, and has been gaining momentum in South Africa since 2013. This year it is globally doing the rounds again on the 24th of November. If you want to partake in this trend, the obvious question you have to ask yourself is: are you sure you can afford to spend a few or a lot of bucks this time of year? Zeeva’s team wants you to make an educated choice when it comes to your finances. And, therefore shares a few tips on making sure you’ll survive Black Friday and the potential repercussions thereof: • Spending lid: Don’t shop-til-you-drop. Make sure you have a budget for Black Friday and know how much you can spend in total. • Decisions, decisions: First of all it is important to decide if you want to take on the crowds and queues or if you’d rather shop online. • Research beforehand: In order for you to have a successful Black Friday, point out those specials you want and outline your game plan to reach your ‘what you are going to buy’ goals. • ‘Sale proof’ your buys: Make sure that what you are going to buy is indeed offered at a reduced price. Ask yourself the following: ‘Do these one-day sales yield the best savings I have seen all year?’ • Safety first: So you decided to stand in the queues this year… Remember to rather take a small handbag – keeping your personal belongings a bit closer to avoid any pickpocketing. Also, park your car in a secure spot, be aware of your surroundings and don’t buy more than you can carry – otherwise you may be an easy victim of theft. If you are going to take the ‘online route’ instead – also be aware of distributing your personal information and account details. Make sure that the sites you use are secure and trustworthy to avoid identity theft. • Oops – some aftereffect trouble: Okay, so Black Friday happened and you went a bit overboard. Be . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
The curtains of the South African Cross Country series (SACCS) closed in Glenharvie, Westonaria (Gauteng) this weekend. It was an imperfect end to a perfect season for the orange family, who have walked away with the overall championship. Reigning champion Ross Branch had nothing to lose after wrapping up the 2017 series in Harrismith, but set off to prove a point on Friday morning. After a challenging 50km time trial, the Brother Leader Tread KTM rider had a bit of work to do in the main race as the third man off the startline. For the first 20km’s of the loop a rocky terrain was in store, which then merged into open farmlands. It was Kenneth Gilbert who raised his hand as the man to beat, and who set off with the clear intention of winning the event. Branch was up for the challenge and managed to narrow the gap on the first lap to slip into a slightly more comfortable second place. By the final lap it was evident that Gilbert was going to come out on top, and he crossed the finish line to break Branch’s undefeated streak this season. Branch was all smiles as he took his helmet off, however, and admitted to thoroughly enjoying the intensity of the challenge: “Kenny put the hammer down! I took some time off him, but to completely close the gap was almost impossible. It was an up and down day, but I had such a fantastic ride and really enjoyed the challenge onboard my KTM 450 XC-F,” he said. Branch was once again crowned the South African Overall and OR1 Cross Country champion for the second year running. An elated Ross Branch celebrates his South African Overall and OR1 Cross Country victory. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Reflecting on his successful season, he added, “It’s just been another incredible year of riding, a second championship means the world to me. The Brother Leader Tread KTM team deserves this number one plate as much as I do.” OR1 teammate Louw Schmidt went to battle in the final event of the series. The . . .
On 25th November 2015, Edcon, in partnership with UN Women, the Gauteng Departments of Social Development and Community Safety, and the South African Fashion Council, launched the Edgars UNiTE Orange Day Campaign to #BreaktheSilence and say NO to violence against women and girls. This flagship initiative seeks to support survivors of gender-based violence by developing their skills in the world of fashion design and sewing through workshops and accredited training courses. This will result in tangible opportunities for job creation in the local manufacturing market, financial independence and enterprise development, and will ultimately allow the survivors to reclaim their dignity and lives, and become self-sufficient. Since the inception of the Edgars UNiTE Orange Day Campaign in 2015, Edcon has successfully launched the campaign in KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape, empowering over 100 women by providing them with the skills and knowledge in fashion design and product development. “The Edgar’s UNiTE Campaign is more than just a programme. A programme has a start and finish date. This is a process.” explains Mr Bernie Brookes; CEO & Managing Director of Edcon. “The Orange Campaign features a multitude of events and functions that all raise the profile of the significant problem of abuse we have in our country.” As part of creating awareness around the 16 days of activism, which commences on 25th November, Edgars invites you to take part in the 6km Orange Run, which will take place at Mushroom Park, Sandton on Saturday, 2nd December 2017. From the organisers of the Neon Run and the Spar Women’s Race, The Orange Run - Empowered by Edgars UNiTE promises to be an event to remember. Tickets are R120 per person, every participant will receive a goodie bag and the first 8000 entries will receive the official Edgars UNiTE Orange Run T-shirt. Orange Run - Empowered by Edgars UNiTE is a day out the whole family, kids under 12 run for free and there will be . . .
“Many consumers don’t necessarily know the difference between a consolidation loan and consolidating debt through debt review,” says Matthys Potgieter, spokesperson and debt expert at DebtSafe. When individuals hear ‘consolidating debt’ many automatically assume it refers to a ‘debt consolidation loan’ and that is why DebtSafe wants to set the record straight. Potgieter sheds light on both concepts and encourages over-indebted consumers to make an insightful and educated choice to get rid of their debt. What is a Consolidation Loan? A consolidation loan is a credit agreement that is offered to a consumer with the idea to settle existing (usually unsecured) debt like a personal loan, store credit or a credit card. Taking the several outstanding debts and consolidating them into one single loan. Who can apply for a Consolidation Loan? First of all, the criterion is very high for a consumer to be approved for a consolidation loan. The consumer considering a consolidation loan has to be a so-called ‘A+ student’ that manages his or her debt well. This is confirmed via the strict affordability check. The consumer needs to be in a position to pay off the consolidation loan as well as his/her other debt instalments. Thus, over-indebted consumers that are in arrears with payments or unable to afford their current debt repayments, will not qualify for a consolidation loan. What are the necessary good-to-knows of a Consolidation Loan? Consumers have to keep up with high-interest rates and admin fees. Consumers don’t always save on the monthly payment. Loan terms are usually long. The term depends on the loan amount. It is a short-term fix and not a sustainable solution in the long run. A consumer can be in a worse-off position because of a consolidation loan. By not using the loan for existing debts, the consumer’s debt increases as many credit providers opt to pay the funds into the consumer’s account rather than settling the accounts listed . . .
Something brand new is about to shake up the South African world of obstacle course racing (OCR). The Multiply Adventure Challenge, in partnership with the Warrior Race, is the first of its kind to appeal to sports fanatics, gym enthusiasts and non-athletic adventurous spirits alike. The challenge is simple: conquer the same number of obstacles as the Warrior Race, but in only two kilometres. Think all the excitement of the popular OCR series, but in a new and compressed way! Multiply encourages South Africans to pursue the fullest, healthiest and most active lifestyle that they possibly can… and obstacle course racing gives them the perfect platform to do that. That’s why they have teamed up with The Warrior Company to host the ideal family-friendly adventure. “Family-orientated events are important to us and we want people to know that,” says Zureida Ebrahim, CEO of Multiply. “This is an incredible opportunity to do something exciting with the people you love.” With three categories on offer, the Multiply Adventure Challenge caters for the individual – ‘Extremist’, with 30 physically-demanding obstacles; ‘Brave’, 22 challenging obstacles; and ‘Apprentice’, 15 obstacles for those new to OCR. “The two-kilometre route will be nothing short of spectating heaven,” says Hennie Scheepers, obstacle course director. “Can you imagine taking something as epic as Black Ops and putting it into a stadium, for everyone to see? That’s exactly what the Multiply Adventure Challenge is going for.” The event will take place at GOG Lifestyle Park in Krugersdorp, boasting South Africa’s longest sprint obstacle course. The venue also doubles up as an epic adventure park, so the fun doesn’t stop once the race is over. Experience seven unique rides, tackle an outdoor trampoline area, and conquer the country’s highest man-made climbing wall. Qualified child minders will keep little adventurers entertained at no extra cost with a wide selection of age-appropriate activities . . .
The new finish of the Bestmed Satellite Championship road cycling classic supposedly favoured climbers, but Nolan Hoffman was fast to disprove that theory when he won the 110km race in Maropeng today. The BCX sprinter had the final say when he passed Dimension Data's Kent Main in the closing metres to take the title in 2:33:23. RoadCover's Bradley Potgieter completed the podium. "I'm pretty chuffed to win a race that people thought climbers would win," said Hoffman, who took his third Bestmed Cycle4Cansa title at Sun City in late August. Riding a tactically smart race, the rider from Ruimsig and teammate David Maree joined five other riders - Bradley Potgieter (RoadCover), Ryan Harris (RoadCover), Luthando Kaka (Rand Water-Transnet), Jaco van Dyk (Cycling Box) and Chris Jooste - in a breakaway that formed within the first 20km. "Today, with the hill at the end, I didn't think I'd be able to contest for the victory," said Hoffman, who was tasked with covering the breakaways. "It somehow worked out that I got myself in the breakaway with six other guys. We worked well together and at some points we had four minutes on the group, and that's when my plans changed." With about 10km to go, they reached the base of the decisive Hekpoort climb with a small advantage over the peloton. Harris and Van Dyk soon lost touch while Maree nursed Hoffman all the way to the top to keep him within 10 seconds of the leaders. Meanwhile, a charging Main was able to bridge over to the leaders shortly after they crested the climb, leaving a group of six to fight it out for the victory. "On the last drag to the finish, with about 700m to go, Kent attacked," explained Hoffman. "David put in a final effort to close him down and I sprinted across to get on his wheel. "I'm pretty happy to win a race like this, with tough, windy conditions. It's pretty cool," said the 32-year-old, who won once previously on a more forgiving course. "It's confirmation that sometimes . . .
To celebrate the launch of the new advanced energy formula Engen Primax Unleaded, South Africa’s favourite petrol brand* is offering four lucky couples the chance of winning a trip for two to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in May 2018. The Monaco Grand Prix, dating back to 1929, is one of the signature races on the F1 calendar. Rich in glamour and prestige, the race takes place through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, incorporating the world famous harbour with its luxurious yachts berthed in port. “Engen Primax Unleaded with a new advanced energy formula was launched in March 2017 and we want to give motorists the chance to experience the fuel in action and what better way than on the track at the Monaco F1,” says Seelan Naidoo, Engen General Manager: Retail. Explains Naidoo: “This same engineering and technology that helped the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Motorsport team win three consecutive Formula One World Championships is available at Engen service stations. When motorists fill up with Engen Primax Unleaded, they are filing up with the winning formula for world champions.” “In developing our next generation fuel, we commissioned research into the South African fuels market to ascertain what really matters to our customers,” adds Naidoo. “Our reformulated Engen Primax Unleaded provides motorists with technology that cleans the engine, enhances fuel combustion, and improves drivability. All these features contribute towards providing superior performance and fuel economy compared to previous formulations.” This is the second time that Engen takes winners to a Formula One Grand Prix. “When we introduced the new reformulated Engen Primax Unleaded in March, customers won a trip for two to the 2017 Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix,” Naidoo adds. To stand a chance of winning a trip to the 2018 Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, motorists need to spend R300 or more at any participating Engen** and enter their details on the back of a till slip for a . . .