Toyota Hilux -The Legend Returns!

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  • New Hilux Legend 45 package for top-end Raider models
  • 13 different variants

For over 45 years, 13 million Toyota Hilux pick-ups have been forging trails around the globe from the Arctic tundra to the deserts of the Kalahari. This unstoppable vehicle has earned the highest trust and admiration for its off-road capabilities, endurance and overall ability.

Who can forget Clarkson and Co of BBC Top Gear fame taking an elderly 1988 diesel Hilux with over 305 000 km on the clock and subjecting it to all sorts of physical abuse. The mechanical torture consisted of driving it down a flight of steps, scraping buildings, crashing headlong into a tree, being washed out to sea, submerging it in the swirling water for four hours, driving it through a garden shed, dropping a caravan onto it, clobbering it with a wrecking ball, setting it on fire and, finally, placing it on top of a multi-story apartment block before unceremoniously setting off a controlled explosion which imploded the entire building. All that remained was a pile of rubble and - yes you guessed it - that Hilux. Nevertheless it was dug out of the heap and resuscitated with nothing more than a few tools that were left in the truck's toolbox. As testament to the Hilux's never-say-die attitude it now enjoys pride of place in the Top Gear studios and was appropriately dubbed 'The Invincible Hilux'.Hilux legend2

In the words of Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Toyota SA Motors: "Hilux is the Corolla of the light commercial world and its worldwide success is by no means accidental. Evolutionary progress through the generations has produced a vehicle with the ideal combination of superlative off-road driving manners, car-like refinement, plus rugged workhorse credentials. More than perhaps any other Hilux generation, this seventh iteration has seen numerous, successive improvements throughout its life, each of which has enabled the model to consistently exceed consumer needs and assure its place right at the top of the sales charts. It's undoubtedly the purest distillation of toughness and versatility you'll ever find in pick-up and, best of all, it's rooted in the guiding principles of Toyota's QDR (Quality, Durability and Reliability)."

And now, to celebrate 45 years of 'bundu bashing' excellence, Toyota South Africa is pleased to announce the introduction of the aptly named Legend 45. Applied to 100 percent of all Raider (high spec) production, this value-for-money, special edition 45 package is available in 4x2 Raised Body and 4x4 formats and across all variants - Single Cab, Xtra Cab and Double Cab. In total there are 13 different Legend 45 model variants.

Distinguishing it from the rest of the Hilux range, the Legend 45 gets the following exterior treatment:

  • New headlamp and front fog lamp design with black-out detail
  • Smoked tail light design
  • Stainless steel front nudge bar
  • Stainless steel rear step bumper
  • Towbar
  • Matt black side steps
  • Exclusive Legend 45 badging for the nudge bar, side decals and tailgate
  • Colour-coded door handles with chrome finish mirrors
  • Multi-spoke 17-inch anthracite alloy wheels
  • Full range of exterior colours including Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Chilli Red, Pacific Blue Metallic, Graphite Grey, Attitude Black, Silky Gold and Dark Steel Mica
  • Tonneau cover and rear styling bar available as a cost option (Legend 45 Plus)

Likewise when it comes to the interior, Legend 45 models are tastefully and liberally specced:

  • Full black interior for the cabin including dashboard finish
  • Black leather with silver contrast stitching on the seats, door panels, steering wheel and shift lever boot (manual)
  • Reverse camera now added to Xtra Cab Legend 45 models as well as  2.5 D-4D and 2.7 VVTi Legend 45 models (standard on all other Double Cab Legend 45 models)
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It's worth noting that in terms of kit, the Hilux is one of the most generously equipped pick-ups on the market with all 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 Double Cab models coming standard with a full suite of luxury and safety accoutrements ranging from automatic climate control, auto lights, multi-function steering wheel and display audio (with reverse camera) to six airbags and stability control. (For a full list of equipment please see the spec sheet.)

The Legend 45's purposeful appearance is matched by the power that drives it. This special anniversary model is available with choice of tried and tested Toyota powerplants, transmissions and drive types:

Legend 45 Single Cab

  • 2.7 VVTi 4x2 Raised Body                   -           R300 200
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x2 RB                                -           R345 100
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x4                                     -           R401 200

Legend 45 Xtra Cab

  • 3.0 D-4D 4x2 RB                                -           R374 100
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x4                                     -           R430 400

Legend 45 Double Cab

  • 2.5 D-4D 4x2 RB                                -           R411 900
  • 2.7 VVTi 4x2 RB                                 -           R377 900
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x2 RB                                -           R438 300
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x2 RB auto                         -           R452 000
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x4                                      -           R495 500
  • 3.0 D-4D 4x4 auto                              -           R509 300
  • 4.0 V6 4x2 RB auto                             -           R451 200
  • 4.0V6 4x4 auto                                   -           R533 900

Engine highlights

2.5 D-4D: This 106 kW diesel engine features variable nozzle turbo (VNT) technology. The turbine blade is infinitely adjustable, allowing for the blade angles to be optimised depending on engine load. The turbo is activated at very low rpm due to the fact that the blades are powered by an electric motor. Torque of 343 Nm is the same as for the 3.0-litre unit but comes in between 1 600 rpm and 2 800 rpm.

2,7 VVTi: Twin balancer shafts ensure smooth operation of this four-cylinder 16-valve petrol powerplant. It produces 118 kW at 5 200 rpm and maximum torque of 241 Nm at 3 800 rpm.

3.0 D-4D: Fuel delivery is controlled by an EDU (Electronic Driving Unit) that activates each injector at precisely the right time to inject a measured high pressure fuel charge drawn from the common fuel rail directly into each cylinder. This 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged and inter-cooled engine with a 16-valve DOHC configuration delivers 120 kW of maximum power at 3 400 rpm. Peak torque of 343 Nm is delivered between 1 400 rpm and 3 200 rpm.

4.0 litre V6: Featuring a 24-valve DOHC configuration, this engine has a compact and lightweight design and makes use of an aluminium cylinder block. It produces 175 kW at 5 200 rpm and has a torque rating of 376 Nm at 3 800 rpm.

Toyota Hilux Family Tree

Tracing the genealogy of the world's favourite pick-up

hilux first generation

1st Generation

Model Code: N10 (1969 - 1972)

Engine: 1.5 four-cylinder petrol

Body: Single Cab

Launched during the last quarter of 1969, the Hilux immediately made its mark and 386 units were sold for a sticker price of just R1 525. SA bakkie buyers embraced the Hilux and it became market segment leader in 1970 when 7 380 units were sold. The long wheelbase version was introduced in 1972.

Hilux 2nd generation

2nd Generation

Model Code: N20 (1973 - 1978)

Engines: 1.6 & 2.0 4-cylinder petrol

Body: Single Cab

Essentially a reworked version of its predecessor, the N20 series featured an updated body with slightly extended wheelbases and more comfortable interior. The SA model range was expanded to four models with two petrol engine options - the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre. Nearly 13 500 units were sold in 1975.

Hilux 3rd generATION

3rd Generation

Model Code: N30 (1979 - 1983)

Engines: 1.6 & 2.0 4-cylinder petrol / 2.2 diesel

Body: Single Cab

Versatility was the watchword for the third-generation N30 series Hilux that went on sale in 1979. Irrespective of model - there were now three standard-length and four long-wheelbase derivatives - it was designed to offer saloon-like specification and ride comfort, which led to an evolution of the predecessor's double wishbone front suspension which saw the coil springs replaced with a torsion bar. Front disc brakes were included for the first time. In addition to diesel, this 3rd Generation also ushered in the first 4x4 variant.

Hilux 4th generation

4th Generation

Model Code: N40 (1984 - 1989)

Engines: 2.0 & 2.2 petrol / 2.2 diesel

Body: Single & Double Cab

Immediately distinguishable from its older sibling through attractively blistered wheel arches and a renewed interior, the N40 was available in Single- as well as Double-cab versions. In November 1997, the Hilux broke through the 500 000th units sold barrier.

5th Generation

Model Code: N50 (1989 - 1998)

Not available in SA

Hilux 6th generation

6th Generation

Model Code: N60 (1998 - 2005)

Engines: 2.7 petrol & 3.0 diesel

Body: Single & Double Cab

Easily identified, the 6th Generation was characterised by a swage line that gently tapers downwards toward the front indicators. Toyota gently refocused this Hilux into two clear branches - business use and personal use. Personal-use models were now borderline sporty, coming with additional equipment and devices to better suit their recreational intentions, such as a longer and taller cabin with improved sound insulation. Business-use models, on the other hand, were more basic in their approach and offered lower specification levels. Independent front suspension for 4x4 models, raised body configuration, front airbags and ABS brakes were just some of the stand-out features.

Hilux 7th generation

7th Generation

Model Code: N70 (2005 to present / major facelift in 2011)

Engines: 2.0, 2.7 & 4.) petrol / 2.5 & 3.0 diesel

Body: Single, Double & Xtra Cab

Based on a modified version of the ladder frame underpinnings found on the N60, the current seventh-generation N70 chassis Hilux has significantly grown in stature to become classified as a mid-size pick-up (the platform has also been adapted into an SUV for the Toyota Fortuner model). This change gifted the car with greater road presence, interior space, and load capacity - all improvements identified from customer reports. A comprehensive re-style and engine re-fettle was applied in 2011 as well as the addition of a new Xtra Cab model for the 2012 model year. Across the board changes encompassed smoother architecture from the A-pillar forwards. Inside, the dashboard was changed and now houses the latest version of the Toyota Touch multimedia system for all Raider/Legend 45 models.

45 Reasons why the Toyota Hilux is a Legend

  1. Its name is derived from the words "High" and "Luxury" - something it's lived up to till this day.
  2. The world's best-selling pick-up, Hilux passed the 13 million sales figure in 2013.
  3. As of 2014, the only countries in the world that do not sell the Hilux are Japan, United States, Canada, North Korea, and South Korea.
  4. Market leader in South Africa for 43 years.
  5. 969 933 units sold in South Africa as at September 2014.
  6. Currently holds an average 34% share of the South African 1 ton market (1994 to 2014).
  7. The longest active model range of any vehicle in South Africa.
  8. Proudly South African, Hilux is built at the Prospecton Plant in Durban. Local content is 50%.
  9. Six generations of Hilux models have been built at the Prospecton Plant.
  10. 156 302 Hilux units built at the Prospecton plant in 2013.
  11. Toyota SA exported 72 877 Hilux units to 67 countries in 2013.
  12. Hilux currently offers the widest range of models to choose from - 21 in total.
  13. First to offer a long-wheelbase in 1972 (2nd Generation).
  14. In 1979 Toyota was the first manufacturer to offer a 4x4 variant (3rd Generation).
  15. The inclusion of a 2,2-litre diesel engine in the model line-up in 1979 was another first for Toyota in this market sector.
  16. First to offer a double cab variant in 1984 (4th Generation).
  17. In 1986 Toyota became the first manufacturer to offer a five-speed transmission on its one-ton pick-ups.
  18. In 1989 this range was further expanded when the first diesel 4x4 one-tonner offered in SA was added to the Hilux line-up.
  19. First to market with ABS brakes in 1998 (5th Generation).
  20. First light commercial vehicle to offer dual front airbags - also in 1998.
  21. Raider became a household name and established a new benchmark for full-house spec on a bakkie. Never before had a top-end sound system, electric windows, air conditioning as well as the aforementioned safety kit been offered on a pick-up.
  22. The 5th Generation also saw the introduction of the new 5L 3-litre diesel engine with extended service intervals. This would be the first time buyers in this segment were offered this size of diesel engine with 10 000 km service intervals.
  23. Made motoring history in 2003 by setting the first-ever speed and endurance records for light commercial vehicles. Eight Hilux bakkies set 89 records in 72 hours at the Gerotek facility near Pretoria.
  24. Fire, water, dropped caravans and an implosion all fail to stop the indestructable Hilux in a BBC Top Gear episode screened in 2003. Immortalised in the Top Gear Studios and dubbed 'The Invincible Hilux'.
  25. The Legend name was first adopted in 2003 to celebrate 35 years of market presence. This special edition was called the Legend 35 and became an instant success helping Hilux achieve 32% market share in that year despite the emergence of newer competitors.
  26. In 2004 the South African motoring media were treated to an adventure of a lifetime - the island of Madagascar was the backdrop to showcase the talents of the Hilux Legend 35. A total of 18 Hilux units traversed the stunning scenery of this island paradise.
  27. The 7th Generation Hilux debuted in 2005. Making this Hilux unique is that it's based on Toyota's IMV or International Multi-Purpose Vehicle platform which facilitates building four different models on essentially the same line. New Hilux therefore launched together with Fortuner which also became an instant hit. It was later joined by Xtra Cab and Innova.
  28. In the BBC Top Gear series of 2006, a Hilux was again chosen by Clarkson as his platform for creating an amphibious vehicle, redubbed the "Toybota". It was driven by Clarkson over several miles by road and 3.2 km across open water, before capsizing (three metres away from the finish) during an over-ambitious turn.
  29. Then in 2007, Top Gear ran a special programme in which Clarkson and James May raced a customised 2005 model Hilux to the 1996 magnetic north pole from Northern Canada against Richard Hammond using a dog sled, and won. This episode, known as the Top Gear Polar Special, made the truck the first motor vehicle to make it to the magnetic north pole.
  30. Top Gear host James May drove a modified Hilux, one which had served as the camera crew's vehicle during the 2007 polar special, to approach the summit of an erupting Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) and retrieved a fragment of volcanic lava. The Hilux was modified for this task by the installation of a simple metal "umbrella" and alcohol cooling drips for its tyres.
  31. 2009 - Buddy makes his Hilux debut. In this memorable TV commercial Buddy abandons any attempts to behave with sophistication and grace. Instead, he has fun on the farm mocking the sheep he encounters and making bad jokes, whilst recognising the Hilux's toughness.
  32. A partnership with Arctic Trucks (AT) in 2009 saw two AT Hilux vehicles, as part of an expedition organised by the Kazakhstan National Geographic Society (KNGS), cross 2 308 km of the Antarctica High Plateau from Novolazarevskaya station (Novo) to the South Pole in just 108 hours (4.5 days). This was the first time a conventional vehicle had ever traversed the South Pole.
  33. Then in 2011 two Hilux AT44 6x6 and two Hilux AT44 4x4 vehicles originally built in the Prospecton plant and thereafter converted to AT44 specification at TSAM's Sandton workshops saw a team from Extreme World Races (EWR) set another new world record for the fastest time to reach the Pole. They followed a route from the ice edge near McMurdo Sound on the southern side of Antarctica, across the Ross Ice Shelf and on to the Antarctic plateau to reach their destination. Their journey started on 16 December and the Pole was reached on 18 December 2011 - only 47 hours (less than two days) later, of which only 17.5 hours was spent driving.
  34. Hilux established a Guinness World Record for assembling the largest number of Hilux 4x4 bakkies in one place.  A total of 495 Hilux 4x4's came together on Saturday 30 October 2010 in the Atlantis dunes north of Cape Town.
  35. 2010 also saw Toyota launch the Man-up Challenge, one of the most successful interactive marketing campaigns ever attempted by a motoring company. The gist of it was that participants had to prove how tough they were by collecting "Man" points in order to win a Hilux.
  36. Hilux spearheads Toyota's Enviro Outreach Programme. In this annual scientific study programme which seeks to safeguard South Africa's natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss, one of the main aims is to tag fauna and flora in ecologically sensitive areas of Southern Africa. In 2012 a new species of beetle was discovered on the West Coast of South Africa and aptly named the 'Toyoda' Beetle. Hilux has been involved with the Enviro Outreach for six years.
  37. Giniel de Villiers becomes a household name thanks to Hilux and his success at the Dakar Rally. He places third in 2012, 2nd in 2013 and narrowly misses a podium finish by placing fourth in 2014. After his recent excellent performance at the Morocco Rally he's confident that he'll be back on the podium in 2015.
  38. Another motorsport milestone is the Toyota 1000 Kalahari Desert Race and yes, you guessed it, in 2014 Anthony Taylor piloting a Hilux was the victor. This was the 37th time that Toyota has sponsored this memorable race.
  39. Anthony Taylor is also on track to win the Cross Country Championships in a Hilux of course! This will be the third successive title for Toyota Hilux.
  40. A Toyota institution for the past 23 years, Rust de Winter is a firm favourite with off road aficionados. Hilux is, of course, the star of this rough terrain family event weekend.
  41. Another Hilux headliner is the annual Atlantis Desert 4x4 event in the Western Cape. Held every October for the past nine years this is one that's given star status on the 4x4 calendar.
  42. Fostering new talent in farming circles, Toyota has sponsored the annual New Harvest and Young Farmer Agricultural awards for the past 11 years. This dual competition recognises excellence in the farming arena and has seen 22 young farmers become the recipients of brand new Toyota Hiluxes.
  43. Hilux has been instrumental in helping 70 young farmers find true love. Now into its seventh series, KykNet's Boer Soek 'n Vrou is synonymous with the ubiquitous Hilux.
  44. 13 October 2014 - the Legend 45 is welcomed into the Hilux fold. This is the third model in the Legend Series.
  45. 23 October 2014 - Hilux is an integral part of the Giant Flag Project, an initiative to publicise SA and to create sustainable development in the Graaff-Reinet area.


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Are South African industry and retail companies lagging behind in hazardous chemical compliance?

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Toxic and reactive substances can cause great harm if not dealt with properly. These hazardous chemicals and products must be managed in compliance with global standards to reduce the potential of human injury and environmental degradation. The Responsible Packaging Management Association of South Africa (RPMASA), an industry body dedicated to compliance throughout the supply chain, is concerned by the large number of South African industry and retail companies who do not comply with the global requirements when dealing with hazardous chemicals throughout the supply chain.

When dealing with hazardous materials, companies should adhere to the latest global regulations. “We are aware of a lot of industry and retail companies who deal with hazardous chemicals that are currently not aware or compliant with the latest regulations in the supply chain. Anything from implementing the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of chemicals (GHS) to having a designated 24/7/365 helpline are requirements not being met,” says Liz Anderson, Executive Director at RPMASA.

The GHS is the new global requirement for chemical classification, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and product labels aimed at protecting and informing people. Anderson mentions that the requirements are global standards and South African industry and retail companies that export their products are missing out on trade opportunities due to non-compliance. Another consequence of non-compliance is that companies bear the financial responsibility if an accident or incident occurs.

“A lot of companies, particularly smaller businesses where staffing is tight, have no designated person to keep up to date with new regulations and drive compliance. Many organisations are unaware that the products they produce, pack, label and transport need to comply with strict regulations throughout the supply chain,” says Anderson. ”There are many products with a chemical component such as beauty products, agricultural, pharmaceutical, household products etc. The chemical components need to be classified into one of the nine transport classes as well as the GHS classes and be clearly marked on all labels and packaging, as well as on the transport vehicle. Companies also need to produce a SDS for products, and distribute it to all parties involved in the supply chain, from the factory workers and packers of the products, to the drivers of the delivery vehicles,” warns Anderson.

Another regulation that is currently not well implemented, is a designated 24/7/365 helpline that all companies who use chemical components in their products, must document in their SDS, and product labels. The helpline is intended to offer assistance to those, who have been involved in or witnessed a chemical spill or have been exposed to chemical products. “The staffing alone for such a helpline is expensive, which forces companies to use a general office hour’s customer service number as an alternative. This often results in inadequate assistance when a major problem occurs,” adds Anderson.

RPMASA’s services include chemical management supply chain solutions for companies dealing with hazardous chemicals. The Association offers basic and advanced training in GHS, and they have set up a 24/7/365 call centre hosted by TrenStar, and Toll free number that companies can use on their product packaging, labelling and transport vehicles. This is available to members and non-members. The company’s SDS is uploaded and updated seamlessly onto the cloud-based REACH Delivery UK system which is accessed by the call centre, and provides up-to-date product and transport information. The REACH Delivery system produces a receipt for the uploaded SDS, which is then used as proof of compliance.

“We urge all organisations, big and small, to participate in RPMASA’s GHS training programmes and Supply Chain Services to assist them comply with the global standards. These programmes are offered throughout the country,” concludes Anderson.

The next GHS training dates are 05 – 07 November 2014 in Durban. For more information about RPMASA contact 032 947 1145 | 032 947 1956, or visit

Poulter / Coetzee clinch 2014 National Rally Championship in Toyota Yaris

Poulter Coetzee

  • First in Class S2000
  • First in Class S2000 Challenge
  • First in Class S1600
  • Wins overall SA National Rally Championship with one race to go
  • Wins Class S1600 SA National Rally Championship with one race to go
  • Manufacturer's award

It has been a long time coming, but Castrol Team Toyota finally broke a ten-year drought in the South African National Rally Championship. Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee won the penultimate round of the championship in Polokwane - and with it bagged the ultimate crown in the sport: The 2014 South African National Rally Championship.

Poulter/Coetzee started the event needing to score maximum points, as Ford driver Mark Cronje still had a slim mathematical chance of clinching the title. But an altercation with a gate post put an end to Cronje's championship aspirations, leaving his Ford Fiesta without a functioning front suspension. With the defending champion out of the rally, Poulter/Coetzee's victory in the Limpopo Province was enough to seal the 2014 championship for them.

"It is an amazing feeling," said Poulter after spraying sparkling wine from the top step of the podium. "We had to fight so hard to get here, it is difficult to accept it has actually happened."

Poulter also paid homage to the team that developed, built and prepared his Castrol Team Toyota Yaris: "The guys did a simply stunning job throughout the year, and even though we had our challenges, I have to give them credit for a job well done."

He also dedicated his championship to his late father: "I'm sure he would have loved to have been here for this."

Poulter has become the first Toyota driver since the legendary Serge Damseaux to bag the overall title for the Japanese marque. Damseaux last claimed the championship in 2004, so it has been ten years since the championship belonged to Toyota.

"For us this is a simply stunning achievement," said Toyota SA Motors Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Glenn Crompton. "It not only shows the undeniable reliability of the Toyota Yaris, but also illustrates that we can compete with the best this country has to offer - and walk off with the spoils."

Poulter coetzee car

While Poulter became the first Toyota driver to claim the title in ten years, his co-driver has arguably even more to be proud of: Elvéne Coetzee, daughter of Toyota stalwart racer Kassie Coetzee, is the first female navigator to win the championship in more than four decades (Minota van Bergen won the navigator's title in 1970).

"I'm just so glad everything came together for us," she said after the race. "One can dream and one can hope, but to actually stand on the podium and know the championship is ours, is simply unbelievable."

The man behind the team, Team Principal Glyn Hall, summed it up as such: "We always race to win. And we always try to win the championship. But 2014 has been our year, and every single member of the team has contributed to it. In the end it was Leeroy behind the wheel, and Elvéne beside him, but they represented all of us. We are exceptionally proud of them, but just as proud of the team that made it all possible."

While Poulter/Coetzee's victory was certainly emotional, it wasn't the only heart-warming show in Polokwane. Imperial Toyota Yaris S2000 driver Giniel de Villiers (who finished fifth overall) was faced with a massive problem shortly before the start of the event. His regular co-driver, Greg Godrich, fell seriously ill - leaving De Villiers without a navigator. In a highly sporting gesture, the Volkswagen team made one of their most experienced navigators available to stand in for the stricken Godrich.

As a result the Imperial Toyota Yaris lined up for the start of Stage 1 with Pierre Arries (former national champion with current Castrol Team Toyota driver Hergen Fekken) in the navigator's seat. For Arries it was a stern test - not only had he not completed the recce of the event, but he also had to interpret the notes made by Godrich, and he had to do so at the insane speeds inherent to rallies! But De Villiers is and experienced campaigner, having recorded his maiden South African National rally victory on the previous round; and Arries is no newcomer to the sport. The pair took a couple of stages to gel, and then poured on the pressure. After three stages Toyota held first place with Poulter, second with Fekken, and third with De Villiers.

Disappointingly their fairy-tale charge came to a sudden end when their race vehicle developed electrical problems, and De Villiers/Godrich were forced to bow out of the competition on Day 1. But thanks to the Super Rally regulations, they were allowed to restart on Day 2 - and managed to claw their way back to fifth overall before running out of stages.

Fekken and navigator Carolyn Swan fought a tough battle throughout the Polokwane Motor Rally. Initially the pair matched the pace set by Poulter/Coetzee, and ended Day 1 just 30 seconds behind the leaders. But disaster struck on Stage 7 (Day 2), when they overcooked a corner and damaged the suspension on their Castrol Team Toyota Yaris. The pair lost ten minutes as a result, and never managed to recover from the incident.

The S2000 Challenge class, for older specification S2000 rally machines was won by PZN Panelbeaters' Wilro Dippenaar and Kesavan Naidoo, in their Toyota Auris. The pair drove an inspired rally, moving into third place overall, before they incurred a small time penalty due to clocking in late at the start of stage 2. They dropped back to fifth overall as a result, and were locked in a spectacular battle with two Volkswagen Polo crews, before finally winning through and clinching the final step on the overall podium.

In Class S1600, for front wheel drive race vehicles with engines up to 1,600 cc, it was Toyota Etios R2 driver, Guy Botterill, who sealed a maiden championship victory. The young Durbanite, with navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle reading the notes, won all but one of the rounds so far in 2014, and with another victory on the Polokwane Motor Rally, the pair is well clear of their nearest competitors.

Botterill/Vacy-Lyle drove a text-book rally from the get-go, setting the early pace in their Yato Tools supported Toyota Etios. Despite not needing to push - they only needed a handful of points to seal the championship - Botterill won the first stage in emphatic style. Shortly after that, word of the demise of Botterill's only mathematical challenger, Chad van Beurden (Volkswagen Polo) reached the team, and thus the championship was won considerably earlier than expected.

Botterill's victory contributed to Toyota also bagging the Manufacturer's award for the Polokwane Motor Rally. For the Toyota Etios driver 2014 was a vintage year, with the championship sealed thanks to six rally victories from seven events - with one more round to come. That round will take place on 21 and 22 November, in the area surrounding Bela-Bela in the Limpopo province.

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More women are surviving cancer – but suffering financially!

different types of cancerInsurance claims statistics from Altrisk show that breast cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of critical illness and death claims among its female clients, and yet on both these fronts, women remain significantly underinsured when it comes to securing their financial security during a health crisis.

Ask yourself this question: Will you and your family be in a position to provide financially for additional expenses and the cost of lifestyle changes that may come with a disability or serious illness, or worse, the loss of an income provider?   Women shouldn’t be lulled into a false belief that serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease only affect men and the elderly. Altrisk statistics show that women remain significantly underinsured, and yet submit more critical illness claims than men.


Claims causes

  • Of the total claims by women, 23% are for critical illness, 30% are life claims and 22% are disability claims, often as a result of suffering a disabling critical illness.
  • Of all Altrisk’s 2013 claims by women, breast cancer accounts for 23% and cardiac conditions account for 25%.  Both these illnesses share equal prominence in female healthcare circles, and heart disease is no longer the ambit of middle-aged men.
  • The age band of women with the highest number of critical illness claims submitted is 31-50 years of age, the prime of your life and working career.  The age band with the highest number of disability claims is 41-50 years of age.
  • Of all the cancer claims by women, breast cancer dominates as the leading claims cause, where the highest number of claims is in the age band 41-50, followed by 51 to 60.
  • Heart disease and strokes are increasingly vying for the leading cause of death and critical illness claims by women, with the largest percentage of women falling between the ages of 41 and 50. This closely maps heart disease statistics in men where the age group 41-50 also registers the highest percentage of claims for heart disease.
  • In terms of female sums assured, the average sum assured on life is R780 000, and on critical illness it is much lower at R320 000.  When one consider the real costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost income and any necessary lifestyle changes, it soon becomes very apparent that women are still woefully under-insured when it comes to dealing with a serious health or life threatening crisis.

The majority of the critical illness, life and disability claims are made by women between the ages of 41 and 55. This is considered the prime of your life and when you are most reliant on your income for financial security and likely to have significant financial liabilities.


More women are surviving cancer – but suffering financially

Cancer claims, particularly for breast cancer, are happening at increasingly younger ages.  This could mean that women are heeding the call for early detection and diagnosis.  Altrisk has noted a distinct shift over the past five years, with an increase in early cancer claims, particularly for breast cancer.   There are more claims for stage 1 and 2 cancers, and a decline in claims for more advanced stage 3 and 4 cancers.

“The emphasis on pre-emptive screening and early diagnosis and treatment cannot be emphasised enough in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer are important factors in winning the battle and surviving with less extensive, invasive surgery – and with your finances intact,” says André Froneman, product specialist at Altrisk.

This is why it’s essential that you have the right insurance cover in place to protect your financial security, should you contract a critical illness. And women also shouldn’t neglect this type of insurance while they are young, either. “The reality is that you need to have cover in place when you are younger. This is the most productive time of your life, when you are most reliant on your income to meet financial obligations, take care of your family and secure a comfortable future,” he says.

What many women don’t take into account is that even with an early stage cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery can be a long and even debilitating process. During this time you might not be able to work, and perhaps even suffer side effects of treatment.   “Besides having to cope with the emotional and psychological trauma of cancer, the side effects of treatment can have a dramatic impact on your normal day-to-day activities and your ability to work and earn an income,” explains André.

Today women are equal contributors to household income, if not breadwinners, and play a crucial role as the primary care giver in many households.  Yet a large proportion of women remain underinsured when it comes to managing a worst case scenario such as a cancer diagnosis.

“Make sure that you understand the financial consequences of what could happen if you were to contract a serious illness, and have a plan in place should this occur, because for most people insurance is the only way to manage the risk cost effectively,” he says.  “The emphasis on breast health, especially during October as Breast Health Awareness month is not without good reason.”

While it’s worrying that women are now more likely to develop breast cancer than they were a decade ago, there is also good news. Early detection and diagnosis means that survival rates have gone up dramatically too. Almost 2 out of every 3 women with breast cancer now survive the disease beyond 20 years, compared to less than half in the 1990s. Research and early detection are at the heart of this progress.

“No one knows what the future holds and whether you could face a health crisis in future, so make sure that should the unthinkable happen, you have a financial plan in place that makes it possible for you to focus on your recovery, rather than on how to deal with the consequences of a loss of income during your illness.  The real challenge in surviving a disability or illness is being able to provide a future income for yourself and your family, and this is where a financial advisor can help you to develop a financial plan,” concludes André.


* Statistics based on Altrisk’s assessment of its critical illness, disability and life insurance claims, made by women for 2013.

Dramatic stage sees lead change at Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike race


Tim Bohme and Simon Stiebjahn claim the stage win and the overall lead on Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Stage 4 of the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international stage race was always expected to deliver a shake-up; and it didn’t disappoint. As if the 109km with 2690m of ascent from De Rust to George wasn’t difficult enough, the riders had to conquer some exceptionally rough terrain and contend with rain and cold too.

In the men’s race, the Team Bulls pairing of Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme charged to the stage win and in the process reclaimed the overall lead from South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing). And in the women’s race Asrin Cycling’s Catherine Williamson (GBR) and Alice Pirard (BEL) also grabbed the stage win and race lead.

Unfazed by the weather, the German Team Bulls duo were the aggressors on the demanding stage, taking the lead on a climb at 68km into the race, intent on reclaiming some of the three minute deficit from Stage 2 when they relinquished the race lead to Beukes and Buys.

Beukes managed to stay with the Bulls riders over the top of the climb, but Buys was a little further back, expecting to rejoin on the descent when Beukes sustained a cut to his rear tyre.

“We bombed it but it lost air towards the last tech zone at 90km, so when we got there we changed the whole wheel,” explained Buys. “It’s a risk we took choosing hardtail frames for this race. A dual-suspension frame would have been more forgiving on this section. We’re not out of it yet. Still two more stages to race.”


Herman Persteiner, stage runner up with James Reid, shows the effects of the rainy conditions on Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Bohme and Stiebjahn clocked a time of 4 hours 59 minutes and 24 seconds. Second place on Thursday went to the Asrin cycling duo of James Reid (RSA) and Herman Persteiner (AUT), just less than two minutes back with Buys and Beukes rounding out the podium in 5:06:24, putting them 3:35 off The Bulls’ overall lead.

“These conditions aren’t unusual for us Europeans. So we made the most of that and went on the attack today,” said Stiebjahn. “We definitely put the SCOTT guys under pressure before they had their flat. Tim was super strong in the last 20km though – he pulled me through as I was suffering.”

While it was day of misfortune for Buys and Beukes, it was a day of improved fortune for Reid and Persteiner, who suffered a mechanical on Wednesday and were given a time penalty on Tuesday for being more than two minutes apart at the stage finish. They moved from ninth up to fifth the General Classification with two stages remaining.

“We’re so eager to get a stage win and came close today. But I guess the Bulls were more motivated with the GC lead as their target. We’ll keep trying,” quipped Reid.


Alice Pirard and Catherine Williamson celebrate winning the stage and claiming the overall lead on Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

In the women’s race, Williamson and Pirard had passed De Groot and Stenerhag on one of the early climbs and were unaware of the mechanical trouble suffered by the race leaders, forging ahead steadily and eventually finishing 19th overall in a time of 6:04:02.

“I’ve been riding one speed this whole race so we were behind Robyn and Jennie early on but caught their group after a while. Then on one of the steep climbs we moved ahead of them. We seem to be better on the steep climbs than they are,” recalled Williamson.

“I don’t know what trouble they had but I know that we rode cautiously but steadily today because we didn’t want to risk crashing or puncturing. Alice is a really good descender, so I followed her lines on the downhills and we actually finished really strong. It’s great to be leading the race, but we can’t be satisfied until the end of the final stage and will do our best to defend the Pink Jersey,” she added.

De Groot suffered a sidewall cut in her rear tyre, but she and Stenerhag had an additional problem with the rear wheel axle.

“The quick release through-axle broke while we were trying to remove the wheel. So we had to repair that first. Then the tyre cut was too big to plug, so we had to insert a gaitor and a tube. When it’s muddy all of this is even more tricky to do,” said a dejected De Groot.

Second place on the stage went to Cherise Stander (RSA) and Candice Neethling (#iride4Burry) with Meerendal Wheeler’s Theresa Ralph (RSA) and Esther Suss (SUI) claiming third place. De Groot and Stenerhag were fourth, but lost 37 minutes and the overall lead to Williamson and Pirard, who now have a healthy 24:21 lead.

In the other team racing categories, South Africans Brian Lennox and Hannes Hanekom (Klein Karoo Giants) were the top Amateurs, extending their GC lead in the process. South Africans Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed), won the stage again, reducing their deficit by a further three-minutes to Germans Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk), who were second on the stage, but retain the Mixed overall lead.

Heinz Zorweg (AUT) and Bartie Bucher (SUI) of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 claimed a fifth consecutive stage win and now hold a massive Masters category lead; while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) secured a third successive stage win and moved into the Veteran category lead.

In the Solo men’s division, Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) won the stage in his category and extended his General Classification lead, while Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA), extended her Solo women’s category lead with another stage win.

Friday’s Stage 5 from George to Herold is somewhat deceptive. In just 71km, riders will have to climb 1755 metres, initially up an 18km climb out of George to the Montagu Pass, after which riders will be taken on a new section of trails through the Klein Langkloof along the northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains.

For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook.


Rain made progress through the Kammanassie Reserve even more challenging on Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014
Stage 4
Leading results
1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 4:59:29
2 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 5:01:18
3 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 5:06:31
4 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 5:15:44
5 Adriaan Louw (RSA) / Lourens Luus (RSA) – Fairview Elite 5:17:42

1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) Asrin Cycling 2 6:04:02
2 Cherise Stander (RSA) / Candice Neethling (RSA) #iride4Burry 6:25:03
3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 6:28:38

1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hanekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 6:06:11
2 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 6:10:29
3 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 6:11:57

Veteran men:
1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 6:04:26
2 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 6:22:09
3 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 6:22:45

Master men:
1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 5:50:31
2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 6:27:54
3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 6:44:33

1 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 6:07:26
2 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 6:10:25
3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 6:44:50

Solo men:
1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 5:06:33
2 Renay Groustra (RSA – RSAweb) 5:23:38
3 Alan Gordon (RSA) 5:37:01

Solo women:
1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 7:15:11
2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 7:40:24
3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 8:00:14

Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014
General Classification after Stage 4
Leading results
1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 17:15:52
2 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 17:19:27
3 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 17:50:33
4 Michiel van Aelbroeck (NED) / Robby de Bock (NED) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 17:54:31
5 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 17:55:49

1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 20:20:38
2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 20:45:17
3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 21:12:12

1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hannekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 19:49:55
2 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 20:10:36
3 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 20:22:05

Veteran men:
1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 20:11:02
2 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 20:28:36
3 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 21:30:02

Master men:
1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 19:02:24
2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 21:19:28
3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 22:06:21

1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 20:20:24
2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 20:28:17
3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 21:35:36

Solo men:
1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 17:49:35
2 Alan Gordon (RSA) 18:22:11
3 Ken van den Bulke (BEL) 18:25:32

Solo women:
1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 22:29:23
2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 24:22:38
3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 26:11:14

Elite points
1 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 41
2 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 40
3 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 25

1 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 42
2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 39
3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 35

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Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek ended in George, taking the race from the dry Karoo to the forested coastal region. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Buys, Beukes win Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek’s Queen Stage and move into lead


Matthys Beukes (left) and Philip Buys reach the summit of the Swartberg Pass first to claim R125 000 pay cheque and the overall lead in the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Tuesday. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing) showed impressive climbing ability when they won the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek’s Queen Stage and moved into the overall lead on Tuesday.

The South Africans were the first to the summit of the Swartberg Pass, the only mountaintop finish in international mountain bike stage racing. The signature stage, which covered 86km and climbed a total of 2781 metres, is also the richest, paying out R125 000 (US$12 500) to the first men and women’s teams to the finish line.

South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot and Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co.) were the first women’s team to the summit, extending their overall lead by almost seven minutes over stage runners-up, Briton Catherine Williamson and Belgian Alice Picard (Asrin Cycling).

The German-based Team Bulls riders, Tim Bohme and Simon Siegbahn, overall leaders for the first two days, faltered on the final ascent of the Swartberg Pass losing almost four minutes and dropping to second place on the General Classification.

The diminutive Spanish duo of Ismail Ventura and Ramon Segues ( finished second on the stage and maintain their third place overall going into Wednesday’s Stage 3.


The majestic Swartberg Pass gave the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek another memorable racing chapter during Stage 2 on Tuesday. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Beukes and Buys chose to race the Cape Pioneer Trek, traditionally considered better suited to dual-suspension bikes, on hardtails (no rear suspension) specifically with Tuesday’s stage in mind.

“We usually race our full-suspension SCOTT Sparks, but we decided that since we’re both quite skilled and were hungry for the win on the Swartberg Pass, SCOTT Scale hardtails would be our choice. Clearly the decision paid off,” beamed Beukes.

Their hardtails are 1000g lighter than their dual-suspension bikes, which may not seem like much, but is when the final climb has a relatively smooth gravel surface and climbs 1100 meters in 11km.

For De Groot and Stenerhag the stage win, by such a large margin, was a surprise.

“We decided to race this stage like any other stage and not become distracted by the final climb and the big prize money,” said Stenerhag.

“At around half way we noticed the Asrin team was right behind us, so we put in a bigger effort and moved clear of them. We weren’t sure what our lead was over them at the start of the last climb, but someone did shout to us a little later that we were four minutes ahead of them,” explained Stenerhag.


A large lead group numbering 30 reached the base of the final Swartberg Pass climb at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Tuesday. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

“We just focused on finding a good rhythm to hold our lead and were very happy to see that we increased it even,” smiled the Swede.

In the other team racing categories, South Africans James Tenant and David Garrett were the top Amateurs, claiming the GC lead in the process, while Germans Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk) were the first Mixed team home, also moving into the overall lead in their division.

Heinz Zorweg (AUT) and Bartie Bucher (SUI) of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 were the top Masters once again, extending their category lead significantly, while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) secured the Veteran men’s stage win and moved into second overall, behind compatriots Fanie Venter and Wayne McDuling (Pynfabriek).

In the Solo men’s division, Konny Looser (SUI) won the stage in his category and overall. He gained a lot of respect for his rapid ascent, but he didn’t gain any significant change to his bank balance, as the large cash prizes are only for the first teams to the summit. In the Solo women’s race Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA), won another stage and extended her overall lead.

Wednesday’s Stage 3 is a 107km leg from Prince Albert to De Rust. With a total of 1543m of ascent, it’s expected to be a day of consolidation for many, although teams that haven’t lived up to their early expectations are likely to be in the hunt for a stage win.

For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook.


Women's leaders Robyn de Groot (front) and Jennie Stenerhag climbed to a third successive stage victory on the Swartberg Pass at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Tuesday. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014
Stage 2
Leading results
1 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 3:57:19
2 Ismael Ventura (ESP) / Ramon Sagues (RSA) – 3:58:11
3 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 3:59:34
4 Michiel van Aelbroeck (NED) / Robby de Bock (NED) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 4:00:49
5 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) EAI South Africa 4:00:52

1 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 4:29:35
2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) Asrin Cycling 2 4:36:04
3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 4:47:27

1 James Tennent (RSA) / David Garrett (RSA) – Giant 2 4:31:39
2 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) / Alexander Lamberts (RSA) – Columbia Europcar Bridge 4:32:35
3 Jonathan Odendaal (RSA) / Bertus Odendaal (RSA) – Four Brothers 4:40:01

Veteran men:
1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 4:29:09
2 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 4:36:48
3 Marne Dirks (RSA) / Pierre Griffioen (RSA) – Bridge Torq Zone Vets 4:52:54

Master men:
1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 4:13:30
2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 4:50:45
3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 5:01:25

1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 4:28:39
2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 4:40:29
3 Igna de Viliers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 4:47:53

Solo men:
1 Konny Looser (SUI) 3:57:09
2 Travis Walker (RSA) 3:58:00
3 Alan Gordon (RSA) 4:06:10

Solo women:
1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 4:58:34
2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 5:34:40
3 Nina Hind (RSA) 5:59:07

Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014
General Classification after Stage 2
Leading results
1 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 8:18:21
2 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 8:21:48
3 Ismael Venture (ESP) / Ramon Sagues (RSA) – 8:24:15
4 Waylon Woolcock (RSA) / Darren Lill (RSA) – Cannondale Blend 8:32:01
5 Michiel van Aelbroeck (NED) / Robby de Bock (NED) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 8:32:45

1 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 9:29:46
2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) 9:43:26
3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 10:02:34

1 James Tennent (RSA) / David Garrett (RSA) – Giant 2 9:32:29
2 Jaco Ferreira (RSA) / Alexander Lamberts (RSA) – Columbia Europcar Bridge 9:37:19
3 Jonathan Odendaal (RSA) / Bertus Odendaal (RSA) – Four Brothers 9:40:10

Veteran men:
1 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 9:32:38
2 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 9:46:39
3 Marne Dirks (RSA) / Pierre Griffioen (RSA) – Bridge Torq Zone Vets 9:58:36

Master men:
1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 8:52:48
2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 9:56:34
3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 10:30:56

1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 9:33:56
2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 9:44:50
3 Igna de Viliers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 10:06:09

Solo men:
1 Alan Gordon (RSA) 8:39:31
2 Travis Walker (RSA) 8:40:32
3 Ken van den Bulke (BEL) 8:45:04

Solo women:
1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 10:18:42
2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 11:25:08
3 Nina Hind (RSA) 12:19:43

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First Car Rental Expands African Operations into Tanzania

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Melissa Storey, Executive Head of Strategy, Development and Marketing at First Car Rental, with Moustafa H. Khataw, the business unit owner of First Car Rental Tanzania

First Car Rental is excited to announce that it has expanded its African operations by opening three new business units in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, as well as an operational presence in Arusha, the Mwanza Region and Zanzibar.
The new business unit forms part of First Car Rental’s car hire partnership with Moustafa H. Khataw, the CEO of Uniglobe Skylink Travel, previously a network partner to Avis and now the brand new but still the market leader: First Car Rental Tanzania.
Says Khataw, “We are witnessing an increase in flight frequency, new airlines and more hotels opening up in many parts of the country, which is a good indicator of economic growth, therefore it makes sense to partner with a well-managed and growing car rental enterprise such as First Car Rental.
"Their systems expertise and functionality and operational efficiencies are better suited to our fast-paced and growing industry.

"Their managing team are all decision-makers within their departments so there is no lag. It is fantastic and I look forward to a long beneficial relationship.”
First Car Rental Tanzania has a good selection of 4x4 vehicles, which are popular in the country, plus a handful of budget and passenger vans. They also offer full range of car hire services, including short and long-term car rental, direct transfers, and chauffeur drive packages.


First Car Rental vehicles parked outside one of the new Tanzania branches, which is located inside the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

One of the new Tanzania business units is located within the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel building in the heart of Dar es Salaam with superb views of the city’s harbour and Indian Ocean. There is also a branch presence at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport ensuring visitors to Tanzania have easy access to First Car Rental.

The latest expansion into Africa adds to First Car Rental’s existing business units, namely Mauritius, Malta and Turkey.

Bruce Barritt, Managing Director at First Car Rental, comments - “We are very excited to be adding a First Car Rental business unit in Tanzania, which is a growing East African country in the African Great Lakes region. This addition to our international family is a much needed expansion based on demand from South Africa to Tanzania and vice versa.”

Says Melissa Storey, Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing at First Car Rental, “First Car Rental will provide First Car Rental Tanzania with various system tools within the next few months, allowing our customers a seamless process irrespective of international borders. It has been a pleasure setting up the unit and working alongside Mr Khataw and his team who are market leaders within the Tanzanian travel-industry. I believe that their move from a red: “we try harder” to a passionate purple: “first in car hire, first in service” will be a great one.”

To find out more about First Car Rental Tanzania and to hire a car today, visit the website at, email or phone +255 756 885 588.

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First Car Rental provides affordable car hire in South Africa, and internationally reaching over 125 countries. First Car Rental has more than 6 000 vehicles in use in South Africa and has 49 car rental branches, including branches at all major South African airports, business and tourist destinations.
First Car Rental is recognised as one of the top car rental companies in the country having been selected, for the fourth consecutive year, as one of South Africa’s Top 500 Best Managed Companies.
For the past two years First Car Rental has also won the South African Service Awards in the Travel and Related Services sector defeating all major South African car hire competitors. First Car Rental was also awarded the ‘Most Consistent Performer over 3 Years.’
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Stacked field promises thrilling Bride Cape Pioneer Trek battle


The 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race starts on Sunday, taking over 400 riders from 15 countries through some of the most dramatic landscapes in South Africa. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

It’s the extreme conditions that make the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek the most unpredictable of mountain bike stage races and the top contenders for the 2014 edition, which starts in Oudtshoorn, South Africa on Sunday, have been scrutinising the long-term weather forecast with great interest.

Last year, torrential rain during the final two days made what should have been easier stages into character, skills and perseverance tests seldom seen in mountain bike stage racing. That the first five days take place in the Karoo, one of the driest regions in South Africa, made the relentless rainy stages even more telling, taking riders well beyond their limits physically and emotionally.

But the prospects of heavy rain are slim this year and it’s the course that’s likely to determine the final outcome in what is a very competitive international field, attracted by the event’s new UCI-grading status, daily TV coverage, and over R450 000 (US$45 000) in prize money.

The course is once again exceptionally varied, taking the riders through three different eco-regions, over a distance of 574km with 11958 metres of vertical ascent in seven days. The terrain ranges from smooth hardpack to loose and rocky to soft and loamy, with a higher percentage of singletrack than in previous editions.

Once again the iconic mountaintop finish at the summit of the Swartberg Pass on Stage 2 (Day 3) will offer a tactical challenge to the top racers. Do they put everything into trying to win the huge prize purse on that stage, or do they take a more measured approach and try to win the race overall? It’s possible to do both, but with the depth of the field this year, increasingly unlikely…

At 86km, Stage 2 is relatively short in distance, but it makes up for that with the total vertical ascent of 2781 metres, over 1000 of those climbing metres coming in the final 11km. It’s the richest stage in mountain bike stage racing with a total of R250 000 (about US$25 000) in cash, split equally between the first men’s team and the first women’s team to crest the summit.

Who are the main contenders? The list long, but worth examining:

The men’s race sees the all-German Team Bulls pairing of Tim Bohme and Simon Stiebjahn tackling the event for the first time. But they’re not new to stage racing, having finished third overall at the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic. They’ll be up against most of South Africa’s top marathon racers, including the Team RECM pair of Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell, winners overall in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

Also in the hunt for men’s podium places are the Cannondale Blend duo of Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill and the SCOTT Factory Racing team of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes. Woolcock won the race with Kleinhans last year, while Buys and Beukes confirmed their good form after winning the tough Mankele 3 Towers three-day race last weekend.

Another former winner, Gawie Combrinck (2012), has teamed up with former top South African road racer, Johann Rabie in what could be a formidable pairing for this kind of race, while South African marathon champion, James Reid (Trek), has secured a last-minute partnership with young Austrian racer, Hermann Pernsteiner, bronze medallist at the 2014 Austrian marathon championships.

Another young pairing that promises much is the Kargo Pro Racing team of Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker. They won the PE-Plett four-day stage race last month and appear to have good form for the Cape Pioneer Trek, while the partnership of Adriaan Louw (Fairview) and Lourens Luus (RECM) could also deliver some podium-topping results.

Relatively unknown to South Africans, but also likely to enter the men’s podium mix is the Spanish duo of Ismael Sanchez and Ramon Portabella. Sanchez was fifth at the 2014 Spanish marathon championships, while Portabella was third at last month’s Quebrantaheusos, a UCI Marathon World Series race in Spain.

While the women’s race will be without defending champions, Ariane Kleinhans and Anika Langvad, it does boast more depth than ever before. Former marathon world champion, Esther Suss (SUI) and former multiple ABSA Cape Epic podium finisher, Theresa Ralph (RSA), have teamed up on Team Meerendal and would be considered by most the pre-race favourites, but only marginally.

They’ll be up against the Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co. pairing of South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot and Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag, winners of last month’s PE-Plett and the 2014 Sani2c stage races.

Asrin Cycling's Catherine Williamson (GBR) and Alice Pirard (BEL) will also be aiming for regular podium appearances, while former South African marathon champion, Cherise Stander (RECM) and compatriot, Candice Neethling (Velo Life) and Mauritian ace, Aurelie Halbachs and South African Yolandi du Toit also form combinations that add depth to the women’s title contender list.

There are more than 400 riders from 15 countries that will start the race at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Sunday’s opening prologue time trial stage.

Full race schedule:
Sunday 12 October: Prologue time trial, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge – 15.3km/371m
Monday 13 October: Stage 1, Oudtshoorn–Calitzdorp – 100km/1794m
Tuesday 14 October: Stage 2, Calitzdorp–Swartberg Summit – 86km/2781m
Wednesday 15 October: Stage 3, Prince Albert–De Rust – 107km/1543m
Thursday 16 October: Stage 4, De Rust–George – 109km/2690m
Friday 17 October: Stage 5, George–Herold – 71km/1755m
Saturday 18 October: Stage 6, Herold–Oudtshoorn – 86km/1024m

There will be daily TV highlights on SuperSport Channel 208 in South Africa. For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook.
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Toyota C-HR Concept is an intoxicating combination of design innovation and driving pleasure

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Toyota Concept

  • 4,350 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,500 mm high and with a wheelbase of 2,640 mm, the C-HR Concept is conceived around a whole new platform
  • The concept employs a new, full hybrid powertrain that will deliver significantly improved fuel efficiency

Combining a bold new dynamic design language with an agile, engaging driving experience to create its own, unique offer within the highly-demanding European car market, a new concept vehicle, the Toyota C-HR Concept recently made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

It hints at the type of vehicle Toyota is aiming to bring to market within the near future. And, given Toyota's penchant for creating new market segments, the C-HR is a credible stepping stone for the company's next big innovation.

After all, it was a mere 20 years ago that Toyota carved a whole new market niche with its pioneering and ingenious RAV4. Fundamentally different to a traditional 4x4, the RAV4 featured a small, 2.0 litre engine mounted transversally within a monocoque bodyshell, and all-round independent suspension in a very compact body (just 3.69 m long), all this packaged in an aspirational and progressive design.

Then there was the Prius, the world's first mass-produced full hybrid vehicle. Launched in Japan in 1997 and in Europe in 2000, it featured a unique Toyota Hybrid System which established a major industry milestone in vehicle powertrain development and set new standards for quiet, ecologically-res­ponsible driving pleasure.

In 2012 Toyota did it again when it introduced the 86 to universal acclaim. Boasting the world's only front-mounted horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive package, the compact, entirely driver-focused 2+2 sports car gives form to the pure, intrinsic joy of driving through precise, instantaneous response to even the smallest inputs.

Today the C-HR Concept recaptures the design and packaging ingenuity that spawned the first RAV4, emulates the success of the Prius with a new version of the sophisticated, full hybrid powertrain technology and, inspired by the 86, targets new levels of dynamism and agility.

This highly-innovative design study for a stylish, lightweight and dynamic C-segment hybrid crossover is designed to stand out in an increasingly homogenous market place. It is the next rendition of Akio Toyoda's promise, on taking over the presidency of Toyota, to build more emotional cars that make their owners fall in love with driving again.

The C-HR Concept offers the perfect combination of compact packaging and outstanding agility essential to those with active urban lifestyles.

It has been conceived around a new platform designed to satisfy customers' demands for state of the art handling and controllability. In conjunction, a new advanced full hybrid powertrain offers a uniquely engaging driving experience matched to 21st century traffic conditions, whilst delivering outstanding efficiency.

A new architecture styling theme

The Toyota C-HR Concept introduces an expressive new, diamond architecture styling theme to the segment. Below a compact, sensual cabin profile, the lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the facetted surfaces of a highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone.

In plan form, the corners of the bodyshell have been cleanly shaved off. This both removes mass from the overall volume, and emphasises the powerful flair of the front and rear wheel arches, reinforcing the new crossover's broad, planted stance from every viewpoint.

The front of the C-HR Concept not only represents a further development of Toyota's Under Priority and Keen Look design identity, but also introduces new styling themes which hint at a future design direction for the brand.

Above a robust central bumper profile, the slim upper grille associated with Under Priority design has evolved into a floating 'wing' which flows seamlessly around the front corners of the vehicle. Within the wing, extrovert headlamp detailing incorporates a high-tech, 3D treatment of the distinctive Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

Adding emphasis to the vehicle corners to further reinforce the new crossover's solid stance, the large lower grille is flanked by strongly sculpted gills. These powerful frontal elements are underscored by an aero-inspired, floating front spoiler.

From the side, the highly-facetted lower body, 'XXL' wheel arches and aggressively angular rear shoulder are juxtaposed with an exceptionally sleek cabin profile.

The glasshouse is emphasized by the sweeping, uninterrupted extension of the side glazing into the rear screen. This creates a slim, floating, spoiler-tipped roofline the length of which is exaggerated by 'suspended' C-pillars which taper into needle points on either side of the rear screen.

The floating roof is detailed with patterned openings which create a uniquely animated play of light within the C-HR Concept's cabin space.

Seen from the rear, the dramatically tapering glasshouse emphasises the cross-over's wide shoulders and planted stance. Once again shaped in the manner of a facetted gemstone, the vehicle rear shares the front bodywork's corner detailing. Highly-distinctive, aero-inspired, floating rear lamp clusters further enhance the broad shoulders of the C-HR Concept's muscular lower bodywork.

A unique wheel design reinforces the vehicle's crossover credentials, the blade design of the spokes hinting at the sophistication and efficiency of the C-HR Concept's full hybrid powertrain.

Toyota Concept 2

A global project rooted in the European market

The C-HR Concept is another tangible application of Toyota's new Global Vision thinking, first advocated by President Akio Toyoda in 2011. Recognizing that Europe is the most demanding market for small and mid-sized vehicles, Toyota uses this region as benchmark for defining future global A-, B- and C-segment cars. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has also become the company's skill centre for diesel engines, perceived quality and vehicle dynamics.

In the case of C-HR Concept, there was close cooperation between Toyota's vehicle planning centres in Japan and in Europe, in order to get a good understanding of the latest European customer demands and vehicle trends. As for the styling of the concept car, it is the result of a global cooperation between ED2 (European Design Development Centre) and the other design centres.

TME will continue to work hand in hand with TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan) to enter the C-crossover segment.