Hijacked motor vehicle tracked and recovered in Ntuzuma

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Shortly after 8am on Wednesday morning, Marshall Security’s Special Operations Team were called to assist with the tracking of a hijacked motor vehicle.

A red Volkswagen Golf mark 2, had been hijacked by armed suspects in the Cato Manor area earlier that morning.

A joint operation between Marshall Security Special Operations, SAPS Flying Squad and Tracker saw the vehicle tracked and recovered, abandoned, in a rural area near Ntuzuma. No damage was noted to the vehicle and the suspects remain at large.

The case has been handed over to the South African Police for further investigation.

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Safety Advice for commercial truck drivers at level crossings / rail crossings

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Global freight and passenger traffic, both road and rail, have increased markedly in recent decades, thereby also increasing the risks of collisions at level crossings.

This is why IRU and UIC, two worldwide road and rail associations, together with Operation Lifesaver Estonia, have joined forces to raise awareness about level crossing safety amongst transport professionals. While the flyer does not cover every situation that may arise when commercial drivers use a level crossing, it aims to make them more aware of how to avoid risks potentially leading to a collision.

President of the IRU Commission for Road Safety, Rob Aarse, said, “For true road transport professionals, every road accident is one too many. We welcome this opportunity to work together with the UIC and Operation Lifesaver Estonia in tackling the issue of level crossing safety so that we can raise awareness among drivers of potential dangers and ultimately save lives.”

UIC Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, stressed, “We’ve been working for years on this risky interface, but strengthening collaboration with road organisations such as IRU is key to improving safety at level crossings at the highest level possible.”

OLE’s CEO, Tamo Vahemets, said, “I believe that these safety guidelines developed in cooperation with UIC and IRU will help professional drivers better understand the risks related to crossing railways by providing clear instructions to cross railways safely. I hope that drivers will take such guidelines seriously and follow them as safety norms.”

Beyond raising driver awareness, this cooperation will also help the three organisations enhance knowledge and safety in the design and use of level crossings.

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Suspect arrested for theft, Durban North

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Marshall Security received a complaint from a client for a male suspect who had allegedly jumped over the wall into her premises and stolen property from a residence in Gillford Place, and further jumped from her premises into a property on St Andrews Drive, Durban North shortly after 1pm on Tuesday.

On further investigation it was established that the same man had stolen a cell-phone from a gardener at a property in Hoylake and fled, jumping over walls and into properties in an attempt to get away. A review of security cameras within the area was done by our security supervisors and the suspect was identified. A photographic description of a coloured male wearing a red shirt, blue shorts with a distinctive yellow marking and slops, was distributed to members of our reaction and special operations teams.

Within thirty minutes a positive identification was made by a member of our special operations team, who noticed a coloured male wearing a green shirt, slops and blue shorts with the exact identifying traits as the suspect in the photo. The suspect attempted to flee from our officer and a foot chase ensued resulting in the suspect being arrested on Blackburn Road, Durban North. Upon further investigation and interview with the suspect, the man, a 17-year-old, confessed to various crimes within the area and agreed to show our officers where he had been operating.

The suspect showed how he had jumped into a property on Inverness Crescent and stolen a shirt off a clothing line to change into and abandoned his red shirt on the property to hopefully evade our officers identifying him.

The man was successfully linked to crimes involving fence hopping and theft from residential properties as well as theft of a cell phone within the area.

The assistance of the Durban North SAPS was called for and the man was handed over for detention at Durban North Police station for further investigation and processing.

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Toyota celebrates 25 years of Rust De Winter

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This year’s instalment of the Rust De Winter 4x4 Jamboree held this past weekend, marked 25 years of Toyota’s sponsorship of this iconic event which remains a highlight on the 4x4 calendar.

“Toyota’s commitment to the Rust De Winter Jamboree signifies our appreciation and support for the 4x4 community in South Africa and we believe this event is the perfect showcase to illustrate the Toughness of our products.” says Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communication.

Attracting supporters from across the country, the Rust De Winter Jamboree – hosted by the 4x4 ATV Club of South Africa – tests the capability and nerve of man and machine. Day 1 consists of a complex Gymkhana made up of 10 tricky obstacles, which test various aspects of the vehicles.

Mud, ruts and rock were the order of the day as all competitors made their way through the gymkhana course. The undulating terrain and man-made obstacles made for some spectacular photo opportunities, with crests of mud and wheel-up action. The gymkhana course tests wheel articulation and travel, wading depth and all-out traction to earn each competitor bragging rights.

Day 2 turned things up a notch, as participants embarked on the infamous ‘mountain route’ with a 65km trail out-ride.

Toyota SA Motors entered four media teams to duke it out in this year’s Jamboree, competing in all-new Hilux and Fortuner models: Justin Jacobs and Siobhan Strydom from Auto Dealer, Carl Kritzinger from Tygerberg104/Groot FM paired up with Nicol Louw from CAR Magazine as well as Anton and Mary Willemse from SA 4x4 magazine.

After all was said and done, Anton and Mary Willemse emerged as victors amongst the Toyota media team with their Bronze Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Double-cab.

The Toyota flag flew high the entire weekend as Jacobus en Annemarie Swarts driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser, were awarded the overall winner title (685 points). The field consisted of a wide variety of Toyota models, such as Land Cruiser 70 and 80 series, FJ Cruisers and the venerable Hilux in all generations with the Toyota brand accounting for 48% of all entries and making up 6 of the top 10.

The new Hilux and Fortuner traversed the obstacles with ease and once again proved why they have earned legendary status in the South African market.

The Toyota ethos of Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR) ensured that all competitors successfully completed the Jamboree, ready to accept the next challenge.

Toyota SA Motors would like to thank the 4x4 ATV Club for hosting another successful Rust De Winter Jamboree and look forward to next year’s one.hilux-mud-splash_880x500

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Mom and daughter under fire in driveway shooting in La Lucia

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SUBURB: LA LUCIA
DATE: 2016/04/29
Shortly after 6:30 PM, whilst a mom and her daughter were returning home to their Morice Place property in La Lucia, they noticed their driveway gate open with an unknown vehicle reverse parked in their driveway.

As the mom and daughter drove into their property they came under fire by armed suspects who were attempting to burgle their home.

Quick thinking by the mom saw her reverse out the premises and head for a Marshall Security guard hut in a road nearby. A call for the assistance of armed reaction officers was made and within minutes our team were on site, however the suspects had fled in an unknown vehicle.

Upon further inspection of the property, it was noted that access was gained through a window into the home. It is unknown at this stage if any items were stolen. Housebreaking tools were found on the property.

The scene has been handed over to the Durban North SAPS for investigation.

Although one of the suspects shots struck the home owners vehicle, luckily neither of the occupants sustained any injury in the ordeal.

The victims have received trauma counselling with the assistance of the Durban North Umhlanga Crisis Team.

It is unknown at this stage the exact number of suspects involved in the incident.

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Light the Fire wraps up a weekend of extreme motorbiking in style

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Alfred ‘King Donut’ Matamela, Brian Capper, Seipei ‘Biker Queen’ Mashugane and Gugu Zulu at Light the Fire 2016.

It was a weekend of speed, stunts and spectacular motorbikes and cars at Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast from 30 April to 1 May as the second annual Light the Fire biking lifestyle event took over the town.

Sponsored by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, in association with Nkosi N Projects and Integrated Concepts, Light the Fire brings biking clubs and motor enthusiasts from all corners to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, in celebration of all things biking, while showcasing all that the South Coast has to offer.

Although the weather didn’t come to the party on day one of the fun-filled event, conditions improved on the Sunday with crowds flocking to the Dezzi Raceway to enjoy some of the country’s best biking performances.

“Unfortunately we can’t control the weather and the rainy conditions did prove somewhat challenging for both performers and spectators on Saturday, but the high calibre of bikers and drivers meant that the stunts were just that much more extreme,” said event organiser, Sinethemba Dhlomo of Integrated Concepts. “However, numbers definitely picked up on Sunday and the vibe was just incredible with families coming out to enjoy some of the amazing shows on display.”

She said one of the highlights was the car vs bike time trials where top-of-the-line cars and motorbikes battled it out for the top spot, which was taken by the Yamaha R1 – driven by Steve van der Merwe - in a time of 1:48:03. A second Yamaha R1 followed with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS coming in third, fourth place went to the Backdraft Racing Cobra, fifth to the 450 Motard and sixth to the Ferrari 458.

Spectators were also captivated by the death-defying stunts performed by Brian Capper - 10 times Supermoto Champion and South Africa’s most diverse biker. Some stunts included ramping over brave audience volunteers and gravity-flouting flips and turns in mid-air.

Another South African biking legend, Alfred ‘King Donut’ Matamela – owner of the Soweto Motorbike School and Yamaha Ambassador – kept the crowds entertained with his donut stunts while the renowned ‘Biker Queen’ Seipei Mashugane met with fans and interviewed the performers.

The two-day motoring extravaganza also had a number of exhibitions by custom bike and cars spinning and stunt area, drifting and advanced riding demonstrations as well as live music all staged at the scenic Dezzi Raceway, Marburg in Port Shepstone.

Attendees looking for a luxury experience got to visit the VIP precinct, offering upmarket hospitality with a cigar and whiskey lounge, champagne and sushi bar as well as spa massages.

“What comes across at all biking festivals is the incredible charity-orientated spirit of all bikers,” said Dhlomo. “Light the Fire was no different with the bikers raising an impressive R23 600 in a matter of hours for the Gamalakhe Community Development Foundation.”

Chosen for its community upliftment through education, skills’ development, job creation and recreational opportunities offered, the local non-profit organisation will benefit greatly from this generous contribution which will go towards its many ongoing projects.

“We will continue to keep up our good relationship with Gamalakhe Foundation so we can continue to see where we can help,” she explained.

“We really look forward to hosting this event again next year because it provides a great opportunity for biking enthusiasts to get together in a fun, family environment in one of the country’s most scenic race venues.”

joBerg2c: Battling at the back of the pack

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Every rider is a winner when they finish a day at the Old Mutual joBerg2c. But someone still crosses the line last.

Every man for himself is not something you’ll hear often at the Old Mutual joBerg2c. In fact, it’s very much the opposite at the country’s longest MTB stage race, where the race organisers do everything in their power to get people over the line.

There is a cut-off time for each day, but sweeps, bike mechanics and anyone else involved with the ride are allowed to chip in and make sure riders finish all of the nine stages.

Participants, too, are always willing to help each other out, even if that leads to some longer than necessary days in the saddle. That’s what happened to rider Sam Bladergroen during the middle part of the joBerg2c on a particularly gruelling stage that went from Winterton to Glencairn Farm in the Underberg.

Bladergroen and two other riders, both doctors, stopped to help a woman who had fallen on a technical section near the end of the 93km Day 6. They waited alongside her until she was able to be taken off the route by the medics. It meant that Bladergroen and his ride partner Rob Morgan were almost the last people to cross the line. They still rolled over with big smiles in a time of 9 hours and 30 minutes, with Bladergroen, despite the long day on the bike, professing his love for the day’s route and the joBerg2c experience overall. “It’s 10 000 percent better than last time,” enthused Bladergroen.

Six minutes after the pair had completed the day, the honour of finishing last on the stage when to an international rider, Christopher Hinks of Dubai. Hinks had also stopped earlier in the week to help out a struggling female rider over the course of two days and had been paying the price for his few days of Samaritan work. “I rode really slowly with her for a while, but then she decided to pull out and I had to race to catch the rest of the field. It left me very drained,” says Hinks.

On Day 6, he also crossed the line solo, this after his partner – who came into the race having barely recovered from a bad bout of food poisoning - was forced to abandon the race after Day 2 due to lingering ill-effects.

Drained from his exertions, Hinks asked anyone who would listen “what he was doing here”, describing the ride as one of “unrelenting brutality”, questioning why he’d paid to put himself through such extravagant suffering. Having cycled on Day 6 from the 24km mark with no one but race sweep Dave Johnson for company, Hinks was a broken man. He immediately perked up, though, when describing the efforts of Johnson in getting him to the finish – at 16h36 in the afternoon.

“The man is a legend,” beamed Hinks. “He nursed me from 24km all the way to the end. He’s a great guy. Every time I felt like bailing, he quietly encouraged me to push on. I owe a lot to him today.”

After reflecting for a few minutes on his day, Hinks decided that all the pain and suffering was worth it. “You know, this is hard. But it’s amazing. This country is amazing. joBerg2c is amazing. The people I’ve met in South Africa have been great. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s perfect.”

With around 160km left to cover in the 900km event, Hinks continues his solo travails at joBerg2c, finishing with a smile every day.

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The growing cost of healthcare makes a well-rounded financial plan essential

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The cost of treatment for serious illnesses like cancer, especially new technologies and treatments, has soared in the past few years which makes having a financial plan in place to help you through a major  health crisis absolutely crucial.

“Cancer remains a highly emotive illness that has far reaching implications for both the patient and their family. Unfortunately, people suffering from this disease can often face a punishing treatment regimen that makes it difficult or even impossible to work and earn an income. Added to this, the spiralling cost of cancer treatment can become a major financial hurdle to overcome.  It’s a good example of why it’s so important to put together a well-rounded financial and healthcare plan with the help of a professional advisor,” explains Ryan Chegwidden, Product Head at Hollard Life.

In recent years, new drugs called ‘biologicals’ have improved cancer survival and remission rates to unprecedented levels. Although ground-breaking, and proven to mean the difference between life and death in many clinical trials, biologicals come with a hefty price tag.  These drugs can cost anything from R100 000 to R500 000 per course depending on the type and severity of cancer being treated and are rarely covered by your medical aid.

“In the face of the rising cost of treatment for illnesses like cancer, many medical schemes have started to limit oncology benefits and exclude expensive, advanced treatments. If you were to be diagnosed with cancer, you may soon find that your medical aid only funds the essential treatments you need and nothing further would only be available with a significant amount of self-funding.  The interplay between health insurance products from medical aid to critical illness, disability and even gap cover requires an experienced eye to get the balance of benefits right for each person’s unique circumstances,” says Rafique Saville, Principal Officer of Professional Financial Solutions.

It’s exactly this situation that Rafieq’s client, Mary*, found herself in when she was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer in 2015. In fact, this was Mary’s second cancer diagnosis after surviving breast cancer in 2008.  (*Name changed to protect her privacy)

Mary did not respond to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy which lead to her being put on biological treatments at a huge cost that her medical aid did not cover.   With stage 4 peritoneal cancer (a rare cancer that affects the tissue that lines the abdomen), Mary required her biological treatment every 16 days at a cost of R26 000 per vial – costs which she had to cover herself.  She has been on this treatment regime for a year now and her cancer is stable, has not spread any further and doctors are hopeful about recovery.  But it has come at price – 23 treatments per year comes in at R600 000.  Thankfully, Mary’s critical illness policy with Hollard paid out a substantial lump sum within days of diagnosis and submission of the necessary paperwork. Had it not been for this cash lump sum that she used to pay for the biological treatment, the outcome could have been very different today.

“People don’t often consider the fact that the financial implications of a serious illness may run well beyond the cost and duration of the initial treatments,” says Ryan Chegwidden.  “High rehabilitation costs can also be incurred over an extended period of time. Post treatment, living with cancer may require a complete change in lifestyle.  In addition, if you are seriously ill, it is likely that you will also experience a loss of income due to being unable to work for an extended period of time, possibly even permanently. For the self-employed, this presents an even greater risk.  These are costs that will not be covered by your medical aid and the financial implications are far-reaching. Cases such as this demonstrate why it is essential to have critical illness and disability cover in place. However, in planning your cover, it is important to remember that critical illness and disability products are not replacements for medical aid; but complimentary benefits in a well-structured healthcare portfolio ” he explains.

“As a financial planner, we often experience the exact impact that financial planning has on our client’s lives first hand,” says Rafique Saville.  “In Mary’s situation, one important lesson stands out for me – medical aid is vital however it is simply not enough.  Mary was thankfully well covered with medical aid, critical illness and disability cover which means that she emerged from her illness not only with her health intact, but her finances too. A good financial plan ensures that you have the funds available to enable you to choose your preferred treatment, the best technology available and the best post treatment options,” he concludes.

All-new Super Sprint race introduced for round 2 of Donaldson Cross Country Championship

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The Donaldson Cross Country Championship will be dishing up an entirely new challenge for the competitors, including the Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Ford Performance team, when the first-ever Super Sprint race kicks off on 7 May in the small farming town of Vredefort, near Parys in the Free State.

Unlike the established 450km sprint races, the 700km endurance events and the single 1 000km marathon race in Botswana, the new format covers a total race distance of 200km, comprising two 100km loops – without the usual qualifying lap to determine starting positions.

According to organising body SANORA, the starting order will be based on the national seeding list, and competitors can expect a typical Highveld route with flat and twisty sections, and lots of dust due to the extremely dry conditions. Race headquarters and the service park are located on the farm Witwal, on the outskirts of Vredefort.

The race starts at 09h30 on Saturday morning for the first 100km loop, with the cars separated by 2 min gaps, followed by the obligatory 20-minute service interval. The competitors then take a break with the vehicles locked down in a holding area.

A carnival-style fan zone is a key feature of this event. During this break, spectators will have an opportunity to interact with the teams, have posters signed and stand to win spot prizes. The action resumes at 13h30 for the second 100km loop, based on the finishing order after the first heat.

“I don’t know the Vredefort area, but I imagine it will be typical Highveld conditions with farmlands and bush, and it will be very dusty once again,” says Neil Woolridge, team principal of Neil Woolridge Motorsport.

“The race is relatively short so the teams will have to push hard right from the start, and it’s going to be one flat-out race,” he adds. “They will also have to look after their tyres and avoid punctures, as a flat tyre will effectively put you out of the race.”

The tyre component will certainly be more critical than ever, as all of the Class T competitors are now required to use standard 4x4 tyres, instead of the specialised racing tyres used previously.

At the season-opening race in Vryburg the teams were allowed to make use of second-hand racing tyres, but from now on only over-the-counter 4x4 tyres are permitted.

“The new tyre regulations will level the playing field for everyone and will help reduce costs significantly, but tyres are probably going to decide the championship,” Woolridge says.

“We will be using the Goodyear Wrangler MTR, and in the little bit of testing we have done with these tyres the drivers have been happy with them. If you hit an object head-on it shouldn’t be a problem, but the sidewall is nowhere near as strong as Michelin racing tyres we’ve used up to now, so punctures are a real threat, especially for the drivers that tend to throw the car around a lot.”

Aside from the new tyres, the NWM Ford Performance Rangers should have a bit more performance for this event.

“We have developed a new Ranger for our international competition, which incorporates some really good performance enhancements,” Woolridge states. “These improvements have been added to our two vehicles that compete in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship. Hopefully this will give us a more competitive edge for the Vredefort Super Sprint, and for the remainder of the season.”

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Business owner killed in Tshamahansi by men in balaclavas

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A 28-year-old business man was shot and killed today at 12:00 in Tshamahansi by three unknown men in balaclavas.

The three fled the scene without stealing anything from the shop.

SAPS is appealing to anyone with information to contact Detective Warrant Officer Lesiba Solomon Molomo on 082 565 9056 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.