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Excitement is building for local trail and nature enthusiasts ahead of the upcoming DAFCO Urban Challenge, hosted by the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre. Showcasing the magnificent natural beauty of the Sapphire Coast and immersing participants in the areas swathes of deep unspoilt indigenous bush and forest, the series includes four trail running events (30 June, 23 July, 25 August, 8 October) and one mountain biking event (23 July). Those who are looking for an extra element of adventure excitement will be pleased to learn that the 4km and 8km trail runs scheduled for 30 June and 25 August will be held at night. The event to be held on 23 July will be arguably the most popular component of the DAFCO Urban Challenge series, where 16km, 24km and 32km mountain bike races and 4km, 8km and 16km trail runs will be complemented by several children’s activities and a DJ and family picnic day on the Hutchison Park oval. The fourth and final event (8 October) will offer local athletes and families one final chance to enjoy the 4km and 8km trail run routes, as well as a wonderful day of picnicking and music at the Oval. All the events that comprise the DAFCO Urban Challenge will make the most of the invigorating wildlife and scenery of the forests and riverside trails of the Illanda Wilds, situated along the banks of the Amanzimtoti River and home to a variety of birds, vervet monkeys, duiker and mongoose. The community event was first held by the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre in November last year as a means of fundraising for the upgrade and maintenance of its first class sporting facilities, attracting over 210 runners and walkers. The Centre is firmly entrenched as the epicentre of sporting and recreational activities in the area, representing eleven affiliate sport codes, including rugby, soccer, cricket, athletics, cycling, tennis, squash, bowls, baseball, and the Amanzimtoti Conservancy and Dog Club. Sapphire Coast Tourism’s Monique Botha said that “we are so happy and . . .
Following the hugely impactful ‘It’s Time’ event earlier this year, Angus Buchan is set to address attendees at the Mighty Men Conference at Amanzimtoti’s Kuswag High School from 7 to 9 July, free of charge. ‘It’s Time’ attracted thousands of South Africans to Bloemfontein who joined the inspirational leader in a National Day of Prayer. Buchan’s appearance at the Amanzimtoti venue will serve to extend this encouraging momentum. “We are delighted to be returning to this welcoming community for a fourth year and are excited to continue the positive energy flowing from the ‘It’s Time’ congregation that will accompany Angus Buchan to this year’s Mighty Men Conference,” said event organiser, Freddie van Vuuren. “He will be joined by community leaders Dr Jacobs and Pastor Andrew Anderson who will continue the message of ‘restitution’ with a focus on nurturing the father-son relationship and improving relations within our households, community and country.” Dr Anthony Jacobs – who will be addressing the conference attendees on Friday at 7pm – has a wealth of ministry experience within the local church and para-church environment working with youth, managing a Bible school as well as his role as presiding pastor at Kingsway Ministries in Amanzimtoti. His passion for theological teaching and helping people is evident during his Mighty Men appearances which have been well received since his introduction in 2015. “It is an absolute privilege to be ministering at the Mighty Men Conference again and this year my theme will be ‘In pursuit of happiness’,” said Jacobs. “This will be an inspirational and creative message which challenges young and old to be as God created. At the end of the message, men will be able to grasp the true meaning of being happy in all aspects of life.” Speaking on Saturday at 9am and 7pm is Empangeni-based Pastor, Andrew Anderson, a dynamic livestock farmer who was schooled under Angus Buchan. “My calling and my passion is ‘men’s . . .
Fierce surfing action, searing cooking contests, non-stop sports’ activities and daily entertainment are planned for 2017’s Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong with this annual holiday festival culminating in two days of incredible musical talent at The Cadbury 5Star Ballito Pro FREE Music Concerts Powered by 5FM. This all-star concert will take over the Salt Rock Beach Stage on Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 July featuring a cross-section of South African musical genres including urban, rap, electronic, pop, indie and folk. “This year, festival-goers will be given the chance to watch 10 of South Africa’s best musicians and DJs in one of the province’s most beautiful settings, all free of charge,” said event co-ordinator, Collette Bundy. “The varied line-up will showcase the incredible range of talent within the country, suited to a mix of tastes and interests.” Getting the concert going on Thursday, 6 July is South African rapper Smiso ‘Okmalumkoolkat’ Zwane, bringing beats from his latest album, Mlazi Milano. Gauteng’s multi-award-winning rapper, Kwesta, will then take to the stage to prove exactly why he stole the show at the recent South African Music Awards. Kwesta walked away with a list of titles, including Best Collaboration Album, Samro's Highest Airplay of the Year, SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Male Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year for his Dakar II album and hit single, Ngud. One of Durban’s hottest electronic duo’s, Snapbvck – consisting of Ryan James and Rhys Fataar - will bring the ‘Noise’ with hits from their debut album, ‘Forget the Name’ which is already making waves in the music industry. The energy levels are set to rise even further when one of the country’s most versatile musicians, Ph Madubela aka DJ p.H, shows off his incredible talent for dropping the beat at just the right time. And, bringing the first night to an epic close is the man who was born to entertain, DJ Lloyd. The audience can look . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Surfing: BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Elkington and Nogueira Head Rankings Kommetjie the Venue for Fourth Stop in 2017 WSL Africa Junior Series Kommetjie local Jake Elkington and Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga head the rankings for the second annual BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong that will be run at Long Beach in Kommetjie this weekend (20 & 21 May). The fourth World Surf League (WLS) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event of 2017, the BOS Cape Crown comprises JQS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and has attracted the cream of the country’s 18-and-under competitors who will competing for the prestigious titles and a total of R30,000 in prize money. The rankings points earned at the event will count towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and also the selection of the top four men and top two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018. Elkington, who has reached the final of all three junior men’s events this year (winning in Port Elizabeth and finishing third in East London and Durban), holds a slender 70 point rankings lead over reigning WSL Africa junior men’s champion Adin Masencamp of the Stand, who clinched the event title in Durban last month. They will be hard pressed to maintain their current standings on the leaderboard by East London event champ, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Elkington’s younger brother Max, who has contested two finals this year. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) fill the balance of the spots in the top eight and will be going all-out to move up the rankings with a good result on the weekend. Nogueira has been the form surfer in this year’s junior women’s events, clinching two event victories and building up a solid rankings lead over Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London). But Bell . . .
Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
The stage is set for the second Land Rover Durban High Goal polocrosse event, which will be hosted at the Durban Shongweni Club between the 23rd and 25th of June, where South Africa’s top players will be showcasing their talents over three consecutive days. The action-packed equestrian event promises to deliver some spectacular skills and prowess from some of the country’s highest ranked players. “This fast-paced, high intensity sport is quickly gaining momentum, especially amongst spectators. The high goal is the highlight of the polocrosse season, with players of international caliber competing at KZN’s premiere equestrian club,” said chairman of the Shongweni Polocrosse Club, Brent Von Benecke. Similar to last year’s inaugural competition, there will be eight teams – four men’s and four ladies - competing for the top spot in the High Goal competition. Each team consists of six highly ranked players. In polocrosse, each player is given a handicap, indicating his or her level of skills, ranging from 0 (beginner) to 10 (highest ranking). In a high goal competition, the team’s total combined handicap must average between 42 and 45 for mens teams and 26-28 for the ladies teams. Land Rover, the event’s main sponsor, will also be sponsoring a team in each of the men’s and ladies categories. “This is the premier event on the Polocrosse calendar, assuring the spectators a weekend of competitive, high intensity action,” said Andre Schrenk, dealer principal of Jaguar Land Rover Durban. “This sport is an ideal fit for our brand, as Land Rover owners are people with a sense of adventure. They associate with quality of life, the great outdoors, sport and competition. Polocrosse offers all of this,” added Schrenk. Schrenk emphasised that the inaugural High Goal last year exceeded all their expectations. Teams of world class quality pitted their skills against each other in every match and there was non-stop action and intense excitement. “We as title . . .
Mid-Illovo – Stuart Marais is making a habit of winning mountain bike races this year with the latest victory coming in the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge and Trail Run on Sunday. In the main 60km race, the Howick mechanical engineer overcame a fall which could have proved costly, but he picked himself up and rode on to a solid three-minute win over defending champion, Mid-Illovo local Derrin Smith, who in turn was two minutes ahead of the in-form David Low. In the women’s race, young 16-year-old Tiffany Keep once again showed she is a massive talent by winning her first attempt at the longer 60km event. The Thomas More College schoolgirl beat off the challenge of Christie-Leigh Hearder with veteran Natalie Bergstrom claiming third. Both Marais and Keep were full of praise for the route which has been designed and created by local farmer Bruce Smith with the help of other local farmers in the area. “The trails were phenomenal,” said Marais. “They have obviously put in so much work on the course and they have made then absolutely stunning. Everyone said I’d enjoy the race – and I did! “I had a bit of a mishap on one of the bridges. My front wheel slipped out and I fell off as I was crossing it. Apart from that that I had a good ride and I felt really good. “This season I would like to try and make a bit of a habit of this winning,” he said with a laugh. Keep said she also “really enjoyed the single track” and it showed as she kept her older and more experienced rivals at bay on the fun-filled, but tough and testing course. “I’ve participated in the race before but on the shorter distances – today was the first time I’ve done the 60km,” said the South African junior road team member. In the 18km iNsingizi Trail Run Derek Wasserfall was dominant, outpacing Mark Mackenzie and Rhain Hoskins by almost three minutes despite a silly mistake which could have proved costly. Wasserfall, who also won the Husqvarna Mid-Illovo Trail Run in . . .
Every class of motorbike will get a chance to shine at the Dezzi Festival of Speed taking place on Saturday, 29 April at the South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 presented by UGU South Coast Tourism. Forming part of the #SCBF2017 programme, the Dezzi Festival of Speed comprises a number of fast-paced biking events taking place throughout the day at the stunning Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. “This is really an action-packed event programme that will provide non-stop entertainment for bike lovers as well as those with little knowledge of motorbikes and racing,” said Dezzi Festival of Speed race organiser, Bob West. “We’ve made sure this is really a spectator-friendly day with a variety of motorcycles and riding styles all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Indian Ocean.” The event kicks off at 7.30am with a biking blast from the past as the 2 strokes take to the track to burn some oil in an epic race. They will be followed by a range of bikes from 600cc to 1000cc as the Breakfast Runs gets underway promising 10 laps of skilled racing action. A crowd favourite – the 150 Honda and Scooters – will then go head-to-head followed by the not-to-be-missed Legends car race. Originating in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legends vehicle is a compact car shell fitted with a 1300cc motorbike engine, and these zooty cars always make for a fantastic spectator sport. The Bike Attack, which follows the Legends race, will see some 20 motorbikes completing 10 laps of the Dezzi Raceway with judges looking at both speed and consistency. One prize will be awarded to the fastest rider, and another to the most consistent rider on the track. Then it’s anything goes in the Open Class race with Super Singles and Powersports getting some time in the limelight. Because of the magnitude of the #SCBF, representatives from biking clubs across the country will be in attendance and club members are urged to come support their club presidents at the . . .