Three arrested defrauding bank clients of their cash in Durban

THREE ALLEGED POINT FRAUDSTERS

On Wednesday, 29 October 2014 members from the Provincial Crime Intelligence and Durban Organized Crime Unit arrested three female suspects aged between 25 and 30 for fraud in the Point area. Members from the Crime Intelligence Unit had been following information of suspects who have been defrauding bank clients of their cash.

The three suspects who were operating from a flat in Point would allegedly call bank clients and inform them that there is a company which is planning to debit the clients account via an unauthorized debit. The suspects would then offer the clients blocking service at a fee. Once the client agrees they will be requested to provide their bank details and personal details. Once all the information has been provided the suspects would take the information provided by the client and perform a sim swap and register for cell phone banking.

They will then transfer the clients’ funds into their accounts which they open under different names. Crime Intelligence members finally located the flat where the females were operating from and on entering the flat the members found the three suspects with over ten (10) bank cards and lists with people’s names and identity numbers. The suspects allege that they obtained the information from a call centre where they were previously employed. The suspects were arrested and will appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 31 October 2014 facing charges of fraud.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police for the arrests and investigation. "It is arrests like these that contributed to our good performance in the previous financial year. We hope that these arrests send a clear message to fraudsters that their days are numbered," she said.

Mercedes Benz four-door CLS 63 AMG Coupé now even sportier and more attractive.

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The four-door CLS 63 AMG Coupé is now even sportier and more attractive. Visually the AMG high-performance model looks more dominant and athletic than before. The equipment for the CLS 63 AMG S, produces up to 430 kW, and is now more exclusive and boasts higher quality thanks to the facelift. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now responds even faster.

The new design brings to life the extraordinary technology in the CLS 63 AMG S, consummately tailored to discerning customers that appreciate unmatched performance.

From zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds

Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, the CLS 63 AMG S-Model leaves all the competitors behind. Performance on a par with a sports car and superlative emotive appeal are combined with hallmark Mercedes-Benz everyday practicality.

Florian Seidler, Executive Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa: "The CLS 63 AMG S in its Coupé guise is now even more dynamic, and the new design makes it more striking. With a power output of up to 430 kW, the CLS 63 AMG S takes pole position in the driving dynamics stakes."

S-Models with even more striking design

The powerful S-Models feature an even more striking design: features include exclusive 10-spoke alloy wheels, painted in matt titanium grey with high-sheen rim flange. Other hallmark S-Model distinguishing features include the A-Wing in high-gloss black, side sill panel inserts in silver chrome, red-painted brake callipers and the AMG logo on the boot lid with contrasting black "S".

Twin blade and A‑Wing as hallmark AMG design features

Twin blade and A‑Wing are the names of the striking, hallmark AMG design features on the front section, which now also make the CLS 63 AMG S instantly recognisable. The "Twin blade" radiator grille in silver chrome comes with characteristic AMG lettering between the louvres. This three-dimensional "A-Wing" air-ducting element spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles.

The "A-Wing" painted in the body colour with silver chrome trim strip provides the framework for the three large intake air apertures – rekindling memories of motorsport. Black flics on the side air intakes optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules.

In combination with the new, futuristic, standard-fit MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the front section of the CLS 63 AMG S symbolises pure dynamism and performance. The powerful AMG V8 flagship model is now more visually differentiated from the other CLS models. Viewed from the side, the distinctive, flared wings catch the eye; V8 BITURBO lettering bears testimony to the superior engine output.

The rear section also leaves its lasting mark: side, visual air outlets and the black diffuser insert with pronounced fins lend the CLS 63 AMG S a powerful racetrack touch.

The AMG Sport exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipe trims provides an acoustic and visual highlight. AMG triple-spoke alloy wheels fill the wheel arches to perfection. Size 255/35 R 19 tyres on 9.0 x 19 wheels are fitted to the front, while the rear comes with 285/30 R 19 tyres on 10 x 19 wheels.

Even more individuality ex-factory

Three new packages are now available for the CLS 63 AMG. Customers therefore have even more choice when it comes to fulfilling their personal preferences:

  • AMG Night package (A-Wing on the front apron with trim strip, side sill panel inserts, exterior mirror housings and window frames in high-gloss black, from 12/2014: privacy glazing)
  • AMG Carbon-Fibre package I (A-wing on the front apron, side sill panel inserts and diffuser insert on the rear apron in carbon fibre)
  • AMG Carbon-Fibre package II (exterior mirror housings and AMG spoiler lip on Coupé in carbon fibre)

New lightweight, forged AMG alloy wheels are also available as an option. The wheels in the attractive cross-spoke design and central-locking look are available in titanium grey/high-sheen or matt black with high-sheen rim flange.

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Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine

Delivering 430 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world's most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS 63 AMG S-Model with 430 kW comes in at 9.9 litres per 100 km (231 grams CO2/km).

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission responds even faster

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is the ideal partner for the powerful V8 biturbo engine. Equipped with the four drive modes "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the ECO start/stop function and RACE START, the power transmission offers the ultimate in variability and tailor-made dynamism.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now offers even faster response times: a manual up- or downshift – initiated by the driver on the steering-wheel gearshift paddle – is completed even more immediately than ever before. Particularly in the "S+" and "M" shift modes the power transmission now responds much faster. The tangible driving dynamics are thus enhanced further. This increased immediacy was made possible by optimising the transmission hardware and software. The aluminium shift paddles on the new AMG performance steering wheel can transfer the driver's manual gearshift instructions even faster than before.

Suspension and braking system for high agility and dynamism

All CLS 63 AMG S-model comes with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system, steel suspension at the front and air spring system at the rear. Hallmark AMG features including more negative camber on both axles and track widened by 24 millimetres at the front provide more stability at high cornering speeds and better road feel. The S-Model is fitted with an optimised 3-link front suspension including axle components made of aluminium. The driver benefits from more grip and agility as well as decidedly neutral handling characteristics on fast bends. The markedly more performance-oriented elastokinematics are exclusive to the S-Model, and offer the driver even better feedback and grip at the critical limits.

The AMG high-performance braking system is perfectly matched to the high power output. The CLS 63 AMG S-model comes with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs with their generous 360-millimetre dimensions front and rear. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an optional feature – recognisable by the even larger 402-millimetre brake discs at the front and the AMG Carbon Ceramic logo on callipers sporting a special paint finish.

Interior: quality taken to new heights

In the interior the facelifted CLS 63 AMG S-model boasts a new AMG performance steering wheel including shift paddles and lower metal insert in silver chrome with AMG lettering. It visibly underscores the interior's high quality. Equally new is the free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8"), which helps define the dashboard's contemporary looks. The large screen is part of the all-new multimedia generation.

The CLS 63 AMG S-Model has grey contrasting topstitching on the AMG sports seats, the door centre panels, the armrests on the doors and the centre console if black interior appointments are specified. Silver seat belts are also fitted in conjunction with a black interior. The AMG performance steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section comes with grip areas in Alcantara® and grey contrasting topstitching. Exclusive, embossed AMG emblems adorn the front head restraints on the AMG sports seats. The AMG instrument cluster features an "S AMG" logo in the 320-km/h speedometer and red highlights. White illuminated AMG door sill panels and AMG floor mats round off the exclusive appointments.

The models for the German market at a glance:

CLS 63 AMG S-Model

Coupé

Displacement

5461 cc

Output

430 kW
at 5500 r/min

Max. torque

800 Nm

at 1750–5000 r/min

Fuel consumption

NEDC combined

9.9/100 km

CO2 emissions

231 g/km

Acceleration

0-100 km/h

4.1 sec

Top speed

250 km/h*

* Electronically limited

The facelifted CLS 63 AMG S-model goes on sale from November 2014 and is introduced at:

CLS 63 AMG S         R1 600 000 including VAT excl. CO2 emissions 231 g/km

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Create the perfect garden for summer and be covered to avoid further expenses

89cf3ab3d9de7b9a6b59361dae7081abWe’re well into spring, which is a good time to work on creating that stunning garden that you’ve always wanted. Garden maintenance should be all year round but if you have neglected your garden over the winter months, it’s time to get cracking before the warm weather and the first rains activate new growth in your garden.

Now is also a perfect time to check your insurance and make sure that outdoor items like swimming pool borehole pumps, gate motors and irrigation systems are appropriately covered, and at the same time investing a little time in preventative maintenance to avoid having to make claims.

Soil preparation

Priority should be placed on soil conditioning and feeding. Make sure that you prepare your flower beds properly using a generous amount of compost and organic fertilisers to improve the quality and structure of the soil. This will stimulate both new and existing plants to grow and flower.

If you have a borehole or irrigation system, make sure these items are covered by your household insurance policy; in some instances, it is necessary to specify them.

Pruning

Pruning of shrubs is also important – remove old, weak, sick and dead wood from trees and shrubs. This will encourage healthy, strong new growth. If you have not done so already, prune your rose bushes now (this should ideally have been done in July).

You can also collect the last fallen winter leaves, put them into black bags and leave them to form compost, or put them under shrubs to mulch. Mulch prevents weeds and water evaporation, and it moderates temperature changes in the soil while there are still some chilly nights.

Check and clean out gutters and drains - as blocked ones can cause water damage to the house, and make sure there are no large tree branches which might threaten fences or buildings.

Lawns and Pools

There’s nothing better than soft, green grass tickling your feet. Start by cutting your lawn back or by scarifying it and cover with a rich lawn dressing and fertiliser. Remember to water well.

A sparkling blue swimming pool is the perfect complement to the vibrant green of the lawn. Check that your insurance policy covers the pump; if it does give up the ghost, it’s far less costly to claim than it is to personally pay for a repair.

While you’re at it, check that your gate motor is covered, too, and consider an anti-theft bracket as these can be the target of miscreants.

7883f936ac613cd03b277970f9cff992Adding colour and texture

Decide on a colour theme for your summer annuals. A great idea is to go for bright colours such as pinks, oranges and reds in sunny spots, and blue, white, purple and pink in the cooler, shadier areas. Prepare your beds with compost, and remove or transplant plants that are not happy. Plants should be grouped by the same water and climate needs.

Pest alert

Be on the lookout for snails at this time of the year, especially after it gets dark, and control their populating by removing them by hand or spraying organic pesticide in the garden.

While the season may be a time for hard work in the garden, your efforts will ensure success later on. Remember that a garden is a dynamic, living system and should be treated as such.

Take a similar approach to your insurance; as you grow, your needs change much like the needs of the garden through the seasons. Use this time as a checkpoint to make sure the cover you have is right for your position in life. Although home insurance doesn’t cover gardens specifically, it does cover a number of the items in and around them such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, etc.

You can protect the beauty of your outdoor landscapes by developing a maintenance cycle that runs for twelve months that is tailor-made for you and your garden’s needs, while also making sure that garden implements, accessories and infrastructure are covered.

For more information on home and content insurance, visit www.miway.co.za

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Discovery Health clarifies legal position on motor vehicle accidents in claims against the Road Accident Fund

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Discovery Health statement relating to Ronald Bobroff & Partners

Discovery - Oct 26, 2014 09:02 GMT
  1. Cover for motor vehicle accidents in claims against the Road Accident Fund

Discovery’s position on Road Accident Fund (“RAF”) claims is in accordance with the attached press release from the Council of Medical Schemes (Annexure A) and is summarised below:

  • Discovery Health Medical Scheme (“the Scheme”) does not differentiate between medical claims resulting from a motor vehicle accident and claims resulting from any other accident or illness.
  • The Scheme always pays for the treatment of any member or dependant injured in a motor vehicle accident in accordance with the member’s specific plan type, no questions asked.
  • If a member or dependant subsequently becomes entitled to any benefit from the RAF, the member or dependant may submit a claim to the RAF for compensation and reimbursement of related medical expenses.  The Scheme does not force members to claim from the RAF.
  • If a member or dependant receives compensation from the RAF for medical expenses, the member must then refund those amounts previously paid by the Scheme for the member’s medical expenses.  This is to avoid the member being unjustly enriched at the expense of the Scheme by receiving double compensation for the same health event.
  • If the member does not receive any compensation from the Road Accident Fund, the Scheme will remain liable for the costs of the treatment subject to the chosen plan type of the member, and will never require that the member repay these funds to the Scheme.
  • Members can be assured that they will always have access to the necessary treatment in the event of a motor vehicle accident and that the Scheme’s treatment of RAF claims is consistent with the provisions of the Medical Schemes Act.
  1. Overreaching and other charges against Mr Bobroff

Recently, numerous court orders including some by the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court, have been made against Ronald Bobroff and Partners in respect of its excessive and unlawful fees charged to its clients.  The impact of these unlawful fees has created severe repercussions for clients who have typically suffered significant injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to these court orders, Ronald Bobroff and Partners has also been charged with approximately 20 counts of unprofessional conduct and breaches of ethical duties by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (Annexure B).  Flowing from these charges, the Supreme Court of Appeal last week ordered an inspection of Ronald Bobroff and Partners business and trust accounts to determine the extent of its unlawful overcharging of clients.

Discovery Health has supported these cases against Ronald Bobroff and Partners because we believe that we have an obligation to assist and protect our members, particularly those that find themselves in a vulnerable position.  We also believe that we have a duty to defend the integrity of the broader structures of our society, in this case the Road Accident Fund.

  1. Unfounded claims from Mr Ronald Bobroff

In order to deflect attention from the numerous charges and court orders against him, Ronald Bobroff has made a number of unfounded claims including that:

  • The Scheme does not adequately inform members of the Scheme rules and, as a result, has no right to be refunded RAF claims in respect of medical costs incurred by the Scheme on behalf of the member.

The Council for Medical Schemes has ruled unequivocally on this issue in favour of the Scheme, concluding: the Scheme is entitled to claim reimbursement of medical expenses paid in respect of RAF matters in terms of its rules and in terms of common law principles. The Council also confirmed that Discovery adequately informs its members of these rules and obligations in terms of the Medical Schemes Act (Annexure C).

  • Discovery Health members and their families are approached while in hospital and forced to sign undertakings to refund the Scheme in respect of RAF reimbursements.

No Discovery Health employee has ever approached a member in hospital in this regard. All Discovery Health members are guaranteed coverage in respect of their medical costs incurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident (as with all other benefits) in line with their plan choice and in terms of the Prescribed Minimum Benefits which all medical schemes cover. The Scheme has never failed to pay claims for medical expenses after a motor vehicle accident.

Annexure A

Enrichment

Enrichment 2 Annexure B

Annexure B

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Annexure C

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Nissan to provide vehicles for support against Ebola in Liberia

CaptureYOKOHAMA (October 27, 2014) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is donating vehicles to be used as ambulances in Liberia to help ongoing efforts to fight the Ebola virus.

Liberia is one of the countries worst affected in West Africa by the epidemic. The ambulances, based on the Nissan Patrol SUV, will be provided to the President’s office of Liberia which will organize their deployment. Specially adapted and equipped with stretchers and first aid kits the ambulances will be used for urgent rescue efforts.

The Patrol is perfectly suited to conditions in Africa and with its rugged build will help medical personnel to reach even the most remote areas. Some units will be donated outright with more provided at a discount. Discussions are ongoing between Nissan and the authorities in Liberia who are assessing their needs.

The pledge is a gesture of the heartfelt sympathy of employees of Nissan around the world to those who are affected by the disaster, and their wish for the earliest possible recovery.

Ten suspects arrested for business robbery at supermarket in Dundee

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Quick reaction by Dundee police led to the arrest of ten suspects who were allegedly involved in a business robbery at a supermarket in Dundee yesterday morning. The suspects aged between 21 and 53 years will appear in the Dundee Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of business robbery, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

On 26 October 2014 at approximately 09:00 a group of armed men entered the supermarket in Dundee and at gunpoint took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene. Police were immediately alerted and responded to the robbery. While responding to the robbery, they came under fire and the police retaliated. Two police officers were wounded during the shootout. Ten suspects were arrested and five unlicensed firearms were recovered. Two cars, a BMW and a Toyota Double CAB were found abandoned near Mondlo. Four members of the community were also shot and wounded during the shootout.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for the good work that led to the arrest of these suspects as part of our Festive Season operations. “Criminals need to be aware that we have increased our visibility and patrols at malls, shopping centres and other places of interest to ensure that we decrease the space for criminals over this Festive Season,” she said.

Media Contact: Major Thulani Zwane: 071 683 6525

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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)
  • Hilux Legend 3

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.

 

How safe is your vehicle? This should be an important consideration for any buyer!

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Vehicle Safety should be one of the most important considerations in any vehicle purchasing decision! But how much do we really know about the safety of our vehicles? Can the Euro NCAP rating be an important guide to vehicle safety and how much attention do we give to the benefits and perils on "In car technology" and the impact thereof on the safety of all road users?

These and other questions were discussed an important insights shared by a regular visitor to the Arrive Alive website in the above infograpic.

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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 www.rpmasa.org.za.

Poulter / Coetzee clinch 2014 National Rally Championship in Toyota Yaris

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  • 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."

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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.

Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Imperial Toyota Group, Innovation Group, Bosch, DeWalt, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, 4x4 Mega World, FreeM, NGK, Robor, SKF and Spanjaard.

Follow the fortunes of Castrol Team Toyota on Twitter, www.twitter.com/toyotasa; and Facebook, www.facebook.com/toyotasouthafrica

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