The FNB Madibaz rugby team are determined to maintain as a high a standard as possible as they seek to make an impact in the FNB Varsity Shield competition this season. In a tough clash in East London on Thursday, the Nelson Mandela University side registered their second successive win when they defeated Walter Sisulu 32-3. They will now regroup for the final match of three during an intense opening week in the competition when they play Rhodes at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday (6.30pm). Madibaz skipper Riaan Esterhuizen said they had achieved their goal after also collecting the full five points against Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Monday. "We knew it would be a scrappy type of game and we prepared ourselves for that during training," he said. "We are just glad to come away with five points from the match." He added that they were focused on maintaining their standards after being relegated from the Varsity Cup last year. "We have spoken about making sure we do not drop our standards at all," said Esterhuizen. "We want to play to get back into the Varsity Cup, and even though it will take us two years to achieve (as per the Varsity Cup promotion/relegation criteria) we need to find consistent style of play as some of us may be leaving this year. "We just want to keep playing well because the ultimate aim is to get back into the Varsity Cup." Madibaz produced the Player that Rocks in fullback Simon Bolze, who went over for two tries as the PE team took control in the second half. After trailing 3-0 for most of the first half, Madibaz led 12-3 at the break and then stepped up the pace in the last 20 minutes, crossing for four more tries. "We knew it was going to be tough because Walter Sisulu are a quality side," said Bolze. "It wasn't that easy playing into the wind in the first half, but in the second half we opened it up and are proud of our efforts in the end." Another Madibaz player, wing . . .
South African U23 champion Marc Pritzen is thriving in the team atmosphere of OfficeGuru Racing and will be looking to extend the outfit's success in the Takealot Berge & Dale cycling race on Saturday. One of the country's most popular road classics, the 20th edition of the 108km event takes place on the West Rand, starting at the Silverstar Casino and finishing on the Krugersdorp hill. The 19-year-old Pritzen achieved a major goal when he won the U23 race at the SA road championships in Pretoria this month and followed that with victory in the Ride for Sight event last weekend. Although he broke away with 35km in the latter race to create a gap he never relinquished, Pritzen was quick to praise the team ethic of his outfit. "The team has been awesome," he said. "If you look at the mood within the OfficeGuru camp, it's been great. "Team owner Jamie Taylor has put in an enormous effort to make it a success and just to get a result for him makes it all worthwhile." He added they were motivated to continue that success in the West Rand classic. "I think the team is in a good space and very positive. We are a young outfit, but we have a very good leader in Dylan Girdlestone to guide us in the right direction and all the members are hungry for a win. "That gives us an extra 10 percent, which can be so important in a race." While Pritzen said he was not fully aware what to expect from the new Berge & Dale route or the opposition, he has done enough racing to know that nothing can be taken for granted. "You can make so many plans for the team, but it's all about what unfolds on the day," he added. "That's what you have to deal with and, so far, we have been able to manage the racing on the day, which means things have worked out nicely for us. "But we know that anyone can pull anything out on the day, so nobody can be discounted." From Kempton Park in Johannesburg, Pritzen said his success this year stemmed from an injury he . . .
On the 23rd February 2019, Redhouse Yacht Club is hosting the a 24 hour Sailing/Paddling event on North End Lake, in Port Elizabeth. The event will involve teams (between 6 and 10 persons) sailing or paddling a set course on North End Lake, over a 24 hour period commencing at noon on the 23rd February. We have teams from as far afield as East London Yacht Club who have entered, and support locally from Algoa Bay Yacht club and the EPPBC. This event is new to Port Elizabeth sailing community, but has been held in Cape Town successfully over the past few years. We hope that it will become a firm annual favourite with the local sailing and paddling community, supporting the recreational use of the rehabilitated North End Lake. Registration is from 9-10.30 on Saturday morning, and more information regarding team and boat requirements is available on the Redhouse Yacht club Facebook page. Safety at the event has been supported by energetic Emergency Medical Care students from NMMU, who will man the rescue boats, in addition to having entered 3 paddling teams. Nico Louw, the Program Manager of the Emergency Medical Care programme at NMMU, has been extremely supportive in involving his students in the event. Some background about the club - the Redhouse Yacht Club (RYC) is amongst the oldest yacht clubs in South Africa. It hosts dinghy races and operates a training program that has produced international champion sailors. The Redhouse Yacht Club has a diverse membership base, with sailors ranging in age from 7 to well above 80, and the club is known for its camaraderie between members, both on and off the water. In addition to a regular weekend dinghy sailing program, the club hosts the Stingrays Sailing academy, run by Darryl Garner, on Sunday mornings during the season, teaching children and teens the basics of dinghy sailing. YouTube: https://youtu.be/j1dL40jlqbw CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Redhouse 24 our . . .
This weekend 23 and 24 February will see the Annual 24 Hour Sailing Challenge take place on the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth. This regatta is unique in that it takes place on an inner city lake in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and is the last remaining 24 hour sailing regatta in South Africa. Teams consist of a maximum of 10 sailors - five two man teams, who sail in shifts on a designated course on North End Lake. It was in the first part of the last century that Bayonians (PE People) first started sailing on this stretch of water. The first record of boating on the lake was in January 1907 when a W. Chant was given permission to hire out boats. Once also named the Linden or Linton Reservoir, the North End Lake is an oasis in the centre of North End and a suitable backdrop for the Nelson mandela Bay Stadium. An average depth of three metres makes for safe participation in activities such as sailing, boating, fishing and water-skiing. At a stage the North End Lake was called the Prince Alfred's Park Lake - formed from run-off rainwater from the surrounding hills. The first record of competitive sailing on the North End Lake was in the Herald of 1908 which recorded the holiday programme of the Port Elizabeth Yachting and Rowing Club (PEYRC). The preogramme included sailing, rowing and flat races, decorated illuminated boat procession and a fireworks display. Sailing teams in two person dinghies from Knysna Yacht Club, Redhouse Yacht Club, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and East London Yacht Club will gather this weekend to see which team can sail the furthest distance around a designated course in 24 hours. Presented by RYC and hosted by the EP Powerboat Club the weekend is always a fun challenge and interested persons are welcome to pop in for a chat and frothy libation of their choice. YouTube: https://youtu.be/UXLrD6Bwhqs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Going Back to . . .
The race organisers have added a fresh dimension to the Takealot Tour of Good Hope this year by opting to hold the time-trial midway through the five-day race next month instead of at the start. In recent years the time-trial has taken place on the second day, a Tuesday. However, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen confirmed this week that it would now be held on the Wednesday. South Africa's premier road cycle race takes place in the Drakenstein Municipality in the Cape Winelands from Monday March 4 to Friday March 8, covering 490km of clover-leaf racing. Starting and finishing each day at the Boland Landbou school just outside Paarl, the race organisers have introduced a number of changes which they believe will present a strong challenge for the riders. The only exception to the finish venue is on the 71km last stage when the riders will make the climb to end at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl. After two stages of 63.5km and 97.8km, Oosthuizen said the time-trial on Wednesday - it was originally scheduled for the opening day on Monday - would see the cyclists riding a distance of 26.5km. "We felt that by holding the time-trial on the Wednesday it would help to keep things interesting," he said. "If a strong rider or team rides a couple of minutes into the rest in the time-trial [on the first day], the race is virtually over. "We have a story to tell over five days of racing and this will be one chapter midway through that story." Looking at the rest of the route, Oosthuizen said the riders would experience a slightly flatter profile this year, but he was confident it would still provide a proper examination of the competitors' credentials. "It remains five days of intense rivalry, especially now that the event has UCI 2.2 status, and we still believe the challenge will be there." He outlined a number of changes they had been forced to make this year. "The N1 tunnel on Du Toitskloof Pass is undergoing a period of . . .
With little over 50 days left until the Morocco Desert Challenge, South Africa’s DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award champion Hennie de Klerk is in the final stages of preparing for this gruelling desert race, taking place from 13 – 20 April 2019. This year, the Morocco Desert Challenge span 8 days and cover just over 3,000 kilometres. It will cover a spectacular coast-to-coast route in which magnificent parts of the notorious desert will be represented. The 2019 route will have two and a half stages in Western Sahara (now Moroccan Sahara), and will offer fast tracks, technical parts, wide African plains, many dunes, salt lakes as well as legendary Paris-to-Dakar-stages. Hennie’s MDC rally car, his well-known Amarok, will undergo its last testing on Thursday 21 February. After that, the car, along with all its accessories and spare parts, will be shipped in a container to Spain, where Hennie and his team will collect it early April. From there, they will depart to Agadir in Morocco, approximately 1,200 kilometres from the port, where the official MDC scrutineering will take place to ensure that all vehicles meet the technical regulations. Hennie is mainly sponsored by TreasuryONE, a treasury company in Pretoria, while the tyres are sponsored by Cooper Tyres South Africa. Hennie commented, “We use the Cooper STT Pro tyres – the same tyres we used in the DAKAR. In 10,000 km we covered in DAKAR, of which 5,000 was dunes and dirt roads, we only lost 2 tyres. The STT Pro’s has 3 layers of metal in the sides, which makes it ideal for sand and dunes.” CIM Lubricants is the official oil sponsor, and Hennie explains, “In a 3,000 km race over very hot and tough terrain, engine and gearbox oils plays a crucial part in the performance of the car. CIM Lubricants provides us with specially formulated oils that we use in these races.” Roy Obery from Haval Edenvale and Lionel Lewis from LAS Sport, good friends of Hennie that also supported him at the Dakar, will be going for . . .
Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is buoyant after getting five points from their opening FNB Varsity Shield game in Port Elizabeth, but says they realise a tough challenge lies ahead for the team. The FNB Nelson Mandela University side defeated Cape Peninsula University of Technology 38-21 at the Madibaz Stadium on Monday, achieving their goal of collecting the full five points. Now they must turn their attention to a testing period when they travel to East London for tomorrow's clash against Walter Sisulu University at the Buffalo City Stadium (7pm). That will be followed by their second home game on Monday when they host Grahamstown rivals Rhodes. Happy with the start, Buys said the team knew they needed to stay focused. "We are obviously delighted to get the five points from the first game of the season," he said. "There are areas to work on, but the main thing is that we wanted to get the five points and we have ticked that off. "Now we must turn our focus to the next couple of games because this is going to be a tough week. "It will be a big one on Thursday because Walter Sisulu had a good win [36-22] over Fort Hare last night," said Buys. "The whole Eastern Cape derby on Thursday [Rhodes play Fort Hare in the early game], with televised games, is going to be something these guys have not experienced before. "There is going to be an awesome atmosphere and Walter Sisulu do a form of the haka. So there will be a lot of hype and we need to be prepared for that." He added that their priority would be to make sure they did not deviate from their game-plan. "Unfortunately when we conceded tries against CPUT it was because we were trying to play a different game, which allowed them in. "That is one of the main things we need to learn from Monday's game because most of our opponents will try to play a similar pattern, taking quick taps and the like. "We need to look after our discipline to stop conceding too many penalties, and . . .
South Africa’s biggest biking festival, the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19), will be returning to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast shores from 26 to 28 April. The event - which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality; Ugu District, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal - is hosted by Margate, home of the country’s best-performing police station. Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally - at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November 2018. The station was awarded for – among other things - its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations. Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws. “We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest™ to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” explained Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.” Vicky Wentzel, event organiser for the South Coast Bike Fest™, commended Brigadier Slabbert and his team from Margate SAPS on this incredible award. “It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “said Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest™ is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.” UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival: “Tourism is a . . .
Four years ago, Palesa Manaleng thought any chance of a career in sport was over when she suffered a cycling accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Today the University of Johannesburg public relations student is the South African handcycling champion in the H3 category and planning a future which includes representing her country at a range of international para competitions. The 31-year-old Manaleng won the SA title at the national road championships in Pretoria this month and said she wanted to build on that achievement. "Looking ahead, I plan to represent South Africa at all major competitions, World Cups or world championships," she said. "You name it, I plan to be there and to break records." Manaleng, who is also a wheelchair track athlete, grew up in Polokwane before moving to Johannesburg, where she stayed in Ackerville. She has since moved to Westdene. She described how she went through a "roller-coaster of emotions" when her accident happened, aged 27. After her bicycle brakes failed going downhill, she crashed into the palisade fence around the UJ rugby stadium and dislocated her spine, broke two ribs, punctured a lung, fractured a shoulder and also sustained head injuries. "I was angry that it happened to me and I was sad that I may never play sport again," she said. "But I was also relieved that I had a second chance at life and, in the end, I came to the conclusion to live my life to the fullest and not to miss any opportunities." Manaleng did doubt the possibility of doing sport again, however. "I thought it was the end of my sporting career, mainly because I had never seen a differently abled person, besides Oscar Pistorius, compete in sports. "And Oscar did not use a wheelchair, so I was sure that my sporting days were over." But while doing rehabilitation at a rehab centre she saw videos of wheelchair users who took part in sport and realised it was still possible for her to compete. "Once I . . .
SA cricket legends Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Meyrick Pringle will attend coaching clinics for new and developing talent at next week’s Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes. The event, now in its fourth year, introduced its social responsibility initiative, Hit Poverty For A Six, in 2016. “The initial aim was to bring previously disadvantaged young players to the festival for coaching and net sessions and provide transport, food and beverages. In addition, an allocation was made for two development teams in every league to be sponsored so they could join the competition. The winners of last year’s social league, The Breva Team, hailing mostly from Khayelitsha, have now been promoted to the main Castle Lager League this year, and are expected to be one of the favourites,” explains Ryan Christian, the organisation’s founder. “Every year the talent of the township players has been inspirational. These kids just need to be given opportunities that we are providing to reveal their potential and experience the thrill of succeeding on a larger stage,” he adds. Explains Donald, “The first thing that struck me was how this event got the kids and community involved. The interaction was amazing. We noticed one kid for example last year, Lucky, from Masiphumelele, who had a beautiful and seemingly natural away swinger - we hope he will continue to develop and be given the right support and coaching. He and others had a similar look to the likes of Lundi Ngini or Rabada - the potential in the Western Cape overflows - these kids just need the facilities and opportunities.” Donald continues, “I always say, you never know how good you are until you discover what your talent is. For youngsters out there, the message I have for you is that, ‘It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be’.” Held over three days, from 22nd to 24th February at the Greenpoint Cricket Club, the Sasfin Cricket Sixes is Africa’s largest amateur cricket festival and will . . .