The Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore will feature an amazing line-up of South African artists during live concerts at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley. On Friday, 27 September, and Saturday, 28 September, the skate park will be pumping with some electrifying beats. Friday sees free entry to the skate plaza for the opening ceremony and concert. Actor turned rapper and music producer Psyfo aka Sipho Ngwenya will be the master of ceremonies. The performance line-up includes dance crews, DJs and performances by Fruit & veggies, Psyfo, Cape Town brothers Bfake, Talibun, Proph and Bingle Dimera. Saturday’s concert start at 20h00 with an incredible music programme. Award-winning Toya De Lazy and hip hop artist Da Les will warm up the crowds even more before headline act AKA takes to the stage just after midnight. The multiple award-winning rapper has been dubbed the Prince of Rap and is sure to rock the skate plaza with some of his chart-topping hits. The concert promises to be one of the highlights of the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which takes place from 27-29 September at the Kumba Skate Plaza next to the Big Hole museum complex. The three-day skateboarding spectacular features professional and amateur street and vert contests as well as an All Cities team contest. Tickets are on sale now from Computicket or at the skate plaza. Entry to the Kumba Skate Plaza is free on Friday. Saturday concert tickets are R80 or R120 for Golden Circle tickets. Daily entry tickets to the Kumba Skate Plaza are R50 per person, while a weekend pass costs R80. A weekend pass plus a concert ticket cost R120 and a weekend pass with a Golden Circle ticket cost R160. For more information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com. More Info link:: http://www.kimberleydiamondcup.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by . . .
The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme will be rocking the Diamond City this weekend with a full day of skateboarding action at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. Skateboarding enthusiasts from across the Northern Cape and Free State will descend on the state-of-the-art skate park to show off and showcase their skateboarding tricks on Saturday, 15 June 2013. One talented skateboarder will also win a wild card entry into the world skateboarding championships, which will be taking place in Kimberley in September. The day’s action will include skateboarding clinics, demos, best trick competitions with cash prizes and skateboarding merchandise up for grabs. The Skateboarding for Hope initiative was launched by the Northern Cape provincial government to offer South African youth the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically. The programme aims to introduce youth to skateboarding as a healthy, affordable and accessible lifestyle alternative, while creating a strong youth culture centred around mutual respect and intercultural cohesiveness. As a way of combatting socio-economic problems affecting the youth, Skateboarding for Hope presents road shows with skateboarding clinics and life skills training to raise awareness of the fastest growing sport in the world. The Skateboarding for Hope road show is proudly supported by Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore and is currently traveling across the country to promote skateboarding as a sport and to identify emerging talent to compete in the amateur division of the world championships. Retail partner Boogaloos has lined up a jam-packed schedule in seven of the country’s nine provinces and has also added three Grand Slam events in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg respectively. According to Mr John Block, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, it is especially fitting that the tour should land in Kimberley this weekend. “Kimberley has definitely become the official . . .
Maloof Skateboarding has announced the list of vert skaters who will compete in the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships, which will be returning for a second year to Kimberley in the Northern Cape from 28 – 30 September. The best professional vert skaters from around the world will compete for the massive $75 000 first place prize and the world championship title. Thousands of skateboarding enthusiasts flocked to Kimberley last year for the inaugural event. Hotels sold out all weekend, restaurants and businesses hired additional workers to help with the influx of fans, who descended on the small town, once famous for its diamond mines. Dozens of busses brought fans from cities across the Northern Cape to local campgrounds that overflowed with tent cities. “The reception we received in Kimberly and across South Africa for our contest last year was incredible,” said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “We’re excited to return to Kimberley for a second year and I can tell you that the anticipation for this year’s contest is inspiring. In the last year, South Africa has seen skateboarding grow to new heights as kids in townships and provinces across the country take on skateboarding as an affordable, healthy activity. It’s only a matter of time before we see these kids join the ranks of the international pros.” This year’s pro vert skaters include Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, last year’s winner Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Andy MacDonald, Adam Taylor, Danny Mayer and 12-year-old Tom Schaar. Schaar is the young newcomer who set a world record as the first skater to ever successfully land a 1080. He landed the huge trick again in the X Games Asia earlier this year to win the Mini Mega Gold. The Maloof World Vert Championships will take place on Saturday, 29 September, and Sunday, 30 September 30. “To be able to hold the world championships in . . .
Local skateboarding enthusiasts will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get first-hand coaching from the top vert skateboarder in the world in the run-up to the 2012 Maloof Money Cup world skateboarding championships. Pierre Luc Gagnon, also known as PLG, was crowned as vert world champion after an amazing skateboarding display at last year’s contest in Kimberley and will be back to defend his title this year from 28 – 30 September. PLG has not only dominated the vert contests of the world’s greatest skateboarding event, the Maloof Money Cup, each year, but has also won numerous other contests like X Games and the Dew Tour. He is considered to be the most prolific winner in vert skateboarding history. PLG will be conducting two vert half-pipe clinics at the amazing Maloof Skate Plaza in Kimberley on 24 and 25 September for anyone keen to get some insider info on the challenges of vert skateboarding. The youth clinic will be offered free of charge, but will be limited to the first forty entrants to sign up via the website on www.maloofmoneycup.com. Twenty entrants will be accommodated for each of the 1-day clinics. Successful participants will receive confirmation and will have to be on site from 16h00 – 18h00 daily. Clinic attendants will not only receive personal attention from the world champion, but loads of cool prizes are up for grabs as well. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for young skateboarders to receive personal training from the best vert skateboarder in the world. This is what the Maloof championship is all about – paying it forward, exposing South African youth to the incredible sport of skateboarding and allowing them to hone their skills. By getting world-class skateboarders to actively assist in helping these youngsters will definitely be a huge boost for the sport in the Northern Cape and the rest of the country. It’s like getting training tips from an Olympic gold medal winner,” mentions Tim McFerran of Maloof . . .
The Northern Cape is once again in the spotlight with Kathu being nominated in the Kwêla and Rapport Town of the Year competition. The hugely popular competition is run on a regional basis with towns being nominated to represent each region. The regional winners will go up against each other in August. Kathu means “town under the trees” and was named for the forest of indigenous camel thorn trees in which it is located. This forest is reckoned to be one of only two in the world and has been recognised as a national heritage site. Considered as the iron capital of the Northern Cape, this rustic town has a special ambience that has enticed residents and visitors for years with its unique blend of country-style living and modern development. The town and surrounding areas offer visitors a treasure trove of exciting experiences ranging from abseiling to 4x4 trips, game and bird watching, a recreation resort with camping, fishing and horse-riding facilities as well as a sports club. Visitors can also explore the mining history of the region during a mine tour of the world’s largest open-cast iron mine. Keen golfers should not miss playing a couple of rounds at the beautiful Sishen Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of town, rated as one of the top 20 courses in the country. Accommodation facilities range from luxury four-star lodges, star-graded bed and breakfasts to guests farms or camping facilities. Kathu is located in the heart of the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, an area world-renowned for its spectacular scenic beauty. With its vast open plains interspersed by the undulating red dunes of the Kalahari desert, the region is perfectly geared for outdoor pursuits ranging from hiking to game viewing and is a gateway to world-famous safari destinations Namibia and Botswana. Do vote for Kathu and ensure its place in the finals, SMS Kathu to 33157 from 29 July till 7 August. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs for anyone who enters the SMS competition, . . .
Speedweek SA in conjunction with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority will be hosting the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek event at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape from 22 – 30 September 2012. The epic club event will simulate the legendary Bonneville Speedweek hosted in Utah, USA and promises South African motoring enthusiasts the experience of a lifetime. Different classes of vehicles and motorcycles ranging from pre-war classics to modern-day supercars and superbikes will be eligible to participate in the competition, which will be a timed race over a track featuring a 7km straight. According to Sharron Lewis, CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the first Kalahari Desert Speedweek is yet another mega-event that will showcase the enormous potential of South Africa’s largest province to host extreme and adventure sport events. “The province has a unique appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and Hakskeenspan is fast becoming world-renowned for its exceptional offerings to motoring enthusiasts and scientists alike. The first edition of the Kalahari Desert Speedweek will share the location of Hakskeenspan with the global BLOODHOUND Project, which will attempt to set a new world land-speed record attempt of 1600km per hours in 2014. Obviously, this will draw the global media spotlight to our province, but it will also be a platform to introduce our infrastructure and technical expertise to a global audience and serve as community upliftment opportunity for this area of the Northern Cape,” mentions Lewis. The Mier Community Trust Fund has been established with this purpose in mind and local community members will be trained as marshals and scrutineers for Speedweek. It is expected that between 50 and 80 temporary jobs will be created by the event. In addition, Speedweek organisers will also invest in the installation of a reverse osmosis water purifier to kick-start a water bottling project, owned and managed by the fund. A percentage of the net profits . . .