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 . . .
Amanzimtoti is set to showcase the 53rd annual Highland Gathering, featuring thirty-three pipe bands from all over the country, on Saturday, 29 April 2017. This year’s Highland Gathering will be hosted at Hutchison Park. The Gathering was originally adopted by the Amanzimtoti Lions Club in 1976 and it is the primary fundraising event of the club. Over the years, the Club has built up the event’s momentum, and this year it is expected to attract around 12 000 people, making it the largest public event to be hosted by the town. Lions President Carol Botha said, “The Club is overjoyed to be given recognition from the Pipe Band of Southern Africa. Because of the competition being so highly rated in South Africa, it warrants international judges, so the PBASS has awarded international recognition to the event.” “We have the biggest turnout of pipe bands in one single day – anywhere in the world,” she proudly boasts. According to Carol, Ireland’s Terry Tulley will be judging the competition on the day. Last year was the first time the pipe band competition was adjudicated by a judge of international standing. Carol added that Scotland has a week-long tattoo with a high number of pipers, but they don’t all play at one venue on the same day. The Highland Gathering is a complete non-profit event and proceeds are ploughed back into funding local development activities. Institutes and organisations which benefit from the Highland Gathering include Ethelbert Home, Jona Vaughan Home and the Amanzimtoti Child Welfare. Individuals have also received life saving items such as regular diabetes testing, optometrist services, wheelchairs, hearing aids, food and clothing. Whilst the tartan-clad dancers and bands will be displaying their unique skills, visitors will have the opportunity to shop for a variety of foods, arts and crafts at a flea market. There will be a dedicated, genuine crafts section where only bona fide, hand-made crafters will be showcasing their . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Day One – Pollock Beach Small, light onshore but highly contestable conditions met the competitors in the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WSL) event this morning. After a slight delay, while waiting for the conditions to settle, it was straight into the QS event. Comprising World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated events for men and women, plus Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for men and women aged 18-and-under, the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro offers a total prize-pool of R80,000 plus points counting towards international and regional rankings lists. Billabong South Africa is the presenting sponsor, and they were in attendance as the best surfers in the country, as well as a contingent of international surfers, gathered for the start. "Billabong is really proud to be kicking off the inaugural Surf City Series in our backyard of Port Elizabeth. It is a fantastic initiative and an awesome opportunity for our local surfers to finally have their own domestic tour. Well done to everyone who made it possible and the best of luck to all the surfers competing," said Chad D'Arcy, Billabong South Africa's Marketing Manager. The QS1,000 rated men’s event features a 64 man field including the cream of South Africa’s surfers. The top seed is Michael February (Kommetjie), currently the country’s highest QS ranked surfer at No. 65, followed by 2016 WSL Africa champion Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Braden Jones (USA). The QS1,000 women’s seeding is headed by Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay), Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) and Fay Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) with Tayla Hanak (AUS) the only international among the 24 competitors. Reigning WSL Africa Junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Kommetjie residents Jake Elkington and Ford van Jaarsveldt are the top four in the JQS1,000 junior . . .
In just a few short days, thousands of passionate music lovers will flock towards Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal for the annual Splashy Fen Festival. This year’s event, held over the Easter weekend from 13-16 April 2017, is set to be one of the biggest highlights of the music year; with a star-studded line-up of some of SA’s hottest bands and international acts rocking six stages. To save you from overpacking cooler boxes and food containers, an abundance of Zapper-supported vendors will also be present; each with mouth-watering food and thirst-quenching beverages for sale. From pizzas to pastries, meat-free cuisine to meat-filled delights, and coffee to craft beer – it’s all there for you to eat, drink and be merry! For speed and convenience, you can pay with the Zapper mobile payment app on your smartphone. It’s much faster than swiping your card and safer than carrying cash around. Switching to Zapper means you don’t have to worry about losing your wallet or purse – you can lock them away in a safe place and still get your goodies. Stalls selling keepsakes and merchandise to make your experience more enjoyable will also be present. Some vendors accepting Zapper payments include: Food & Beverage • Salted Candy • One Tribe • IC Catering • Good Stuff • Willy Waffle / Stirfry Delight • Panini Bistro • Pizza Haven • Conscious Express • Dos Chido Food Truck • Out to Lunch • Marley Coffee • Robson’s Craft Beer • Beer Bin • Topaz • RAW Merchandise • Roxshell Knitwear • 99Perfect • Shambala • Milk Mama • The Happy Shop The Zapper stand will also be making a splash, where friendly representatives will be glad to assist attendees with any app-related questions and queries. Download Zapper from the app store on your Apple, Android or Windows phone before you arrive at Splashy Fen and get R25 off your first transaction. It will come in handy when you need a free coffee to kick start your morning after a night of solid partying, or a light meal to . . .
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Tyson Properties is spreading its wings to Richards Bay – one of South Africa’s fastest growing cities. Regis Usaiwevhu and Linah Marijeni, who opened the new branch in the Richards Bay CBD this month, confirmed that the city that has built up around Africa’s deepest port and one of just two national Special Economic Zones in KwaZulu-Natal was attracting a stream of young professionals. The end result is a strong and growing property market. “Richards Bay is home to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (the world’s largest coal exporter) fertilizer manufacturer Foskor, Richards Bay Minerals which mines iron ore, titanium oxide and zircon, SAPPI, Mondi, Hillside which is the biggest aluminium smelter in the Southern Hemisphere and Bell Equipment, amongst others. The support industries that supply these big corporates are numerous and a hub for employment creation. The service industry is also buoyant with serious growth potential,” explains Usaiwevhu who is the managing partner. As a finance executive with over 15 years’ experience working at senior and strategic levels in industry and commerce across KwaZulu-Natal, he has done the due diligence and meticulously explored the prospects. “I have a special interest in real estate and property development and it has always been my aspiration to take up entrepreneurial opportunities in these fields,” he explains. He quotes Statistics SA’s census figures which show that the population within the entire Umhlatuze Municipality (under which Richards Bay falls) has grown by 11% between the 2011 Census (334 000 people) and the 2016 Community Survey (371 000). “Richards Bay has immense growth potential and is constantly innovating. There are a number of turnkey projects that are being considered or are being implemented as we speak,” he continues. These include the establishment of an aluminium hub which is expected to attract downstream industries that will beneficiate aluminium and also iron, steel, and . . .
This year’s South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 is the ultimate destination for every biker, offering high energy sports’ action, phenomenal musical acts and some of the region’s most exquisite countryside rides and entertaining parades. “We are really excited to welcome visitors to this magnificent part of South Africa which has so much to offer,” said Justin Mackrory, CEO of UGU South Coast Tourism, sponsors of the event. “In addition to the beautiful beaches, the South Coast boasts impressive landscape characterised by hills, valleys, idyllic water features and natural coastal vegetation. It is the perfect setting for some amazing bike rides, all of which can be carefully navigated using maps provided.” Bikers will have the perfect opportunity during the #SCBF2017 – taking place at Margate from 27 to 30 April – to explore the local rides. There are endless routes along the coastal road as well as rides through the countryside, allowing bikers to experience roads less travelled amid arresting natural beauty. Only 9km inland of Shelly Beach, on the Izotsha-Paddock Road, bikers can visit Nyandezulu which is encompassed by sprawling green hills and breathtaking valleys. Visitors will enjoy authentic Zulu hospitality while discovering local arts and crafts, sampling the local brew at a tavern or even stopping in to see a traditional healer. Crossing the Ntantana Mountain is one of the South Coast’s hidden gems - the 80m high Nyandezulu Waterfall which makes for spectacular photographs. Continue along the winding scenic route to a Shembe Church atop the holy uMdlungwana Mountain where lunch can be enjoyed along the riverbank. Take a ride to the nearby coastal town of Port Edward which offers visitors fantastic aquatic entertainment at its beaches, enticing estuary and the Wild Waves Water Park. This coastal gem is also home to the Red Desert which, at 200 metres wide, has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest desert. The . . .
Developers of Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village set within the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, are committed to creating superior-quality homes by using some of the area’s award-winning contractors. Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction - both specialists in the creation of new homes and based on the South Coast - won awards at the 2016 Masters Builders Association (MBA) ‘Excellence in Construction’ event held in October. There are 24 categories for this annual event, which serves to recognise its KwaZulu-Natal members for work well done. Numerous entries were received which were then whittled down to a top five in each category and the top three selected from those. Inyoni Homes was awarded first place for the ‘Houses Under R5m’ category, as well as receiving two ‘highly commended’ nominations. In 2015, Inyoni Homes also walked away with the top award for ‘Houses Under R3m’. “It’s really fantastic to receive these awards which validate our work in the construction industry, pushing us to create homes of the highest quality for our customers,” said Nic Moussouris, owner of Inyoni Homes. “Considering the calibre of entrants, it is really an honour to have won again.” Both Inyoni Homes and R&M Construction are working on the 28 standalone units of Phase 1 within Renishaw Hills. R&M Plant Hire, which forms part of the R&M Group, is taking on the bulk earthworks contract for Phase 1 and Phase 2. At the 2016 MBA Awards, R&M Construction – which has been operating for 31 years - received first place in the ‘Apartment/Townhouse Buildings (above 15m)’ category which was a joint venture with Simpkins & Associates Int. R&M Construction was also awarded top prize for the ‘Community Buildings’ category for the construction of the Umdoni Retirement Village New Hall and ancillary site works. “We take great pride in producing a superior standard of construction and finishes using a high . . .
The 2017 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run is happening just less than two weeks before the gruelling Sani2C, making it a non-negotiable for those who are following a ruthless training schedule. “The best single track of any single day event” – that is how some riders have described this MTB route. If that is not enough, the scenery is magnificent. Part of the ROAG series, there are various races, each of which run the gauntlet from relatively simple to strenuous. If a game viewing ride is on your sporting bucket list, don’t miss the 40km Safire MTB Classic that traverses two picturesque Game Reserves, Gwahumbe Game & Spa and iNsingizi. For serious riders, the 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme will test your resolve, but there are options for the whole family, including the 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience and the 10km Fun Ride. It’s a great way to get the kids interested in sports and spending more time outdoors and as each of the tracks has different scenery, you could aim to do a different race every year. The 18km and the 9km iNsingizi trail runs cover rugged terrain through the game reserve. The trail run events will start early – at 6.30am – so that competitors have an opportunity to do a Biathlon by competing in both the run / walk and mountain bike races. Do your bit! Give an Uzwelo school bag to an underprivileged Mid-Illovo child, when you add a R130 donation to your entry. The first 800 entries will receive an Uzwelo goodie bag. Entries close on 26 April 2017 at midnight, but late entries will be accepted on the day. Registration begins at 05.30 on the day, with the first MTB race (60km) starting at 07h30. Enter online at www.roag.co.za or contact ROAG on firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 100 ROAG/7624. Entry Fees 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme R190 40km Safire MTB Classic R160 18km Gwahumbe MTB Family Experience R140 10km Fun Ride R70 (free for under 12s) 18km iNsingizi Trail Run R115 9km . . .