Lexus unleashes the Real Coupé with 2.0-litre Turbo Power

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Categories: Car Insurance, Vehicle

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The term ‘GT’ is often thrown around in motoring circles when referencing svelte, two-door coupés. But what exactly is a ‘GT’? It originates from the Italian ‘Gran Turismo’ which, loosely translated, means ‘Grand Touring’. In other words, it’s a vehicle capable of covering inordinately long distances in great comfort and style – and at considerable pace.

This describes the new Lexus RC 200t  to a tee, epitomising what the original ‘GT’ concept is all about. Its latest iteration in 200t guise is the most recent addition to the RC range and this model adopts a keen focus on balance and overall driveability to deliver an accomplished Grand Tourer experience.

Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus is very candid about the role the new RC plays in the local Lexus line-up: “Cars like the RC exist not as volume cars, but as aspirational products designed to draw in the young and the young at heart. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, provides an accessible point of entry for lifestyle buyers who want the statement of a luxury coupé balanced with the efficiencies afforded by a smaller capacity powerplant.

“In this context the new RC 200t fits the brief perfectly – it’s stylish, refined, frugal and generously stocked with a pleasing athleticism to it. It boasts an emotional draw too – key among them its striking looks – and some creditable dynamic skills. With a price tag of R699 100 it’s also certain to appeal to wallet-conscious buyers.”

Rare Classic – Stylish Exterior

The RC coupé cuts a dashing figure with curvaceous lines and dramatic detail. The façade is headlined by the signature spindle grille incorporating a large Lexus insignia and elegant, chrome-plated vertical bars. Unique design cues include the LED foglamps which form part of the spindle-grille ‘border’.

Chiselled headlamps, utilising LED lighting elements, add a touch of aggression whilst effortlessly illuminating the road ahead. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL) recessed into the bumper add to the visual drama.

In profile, the RC flaunts a sweeping roofline with alternating surface treatments to accentuate the coupe lines. The rear design centres around the prominent, L-shaped tail lights, which extend toward the centre apron. Distinctive, aerodynamic fins located at the lower corners of the bumper create a bespoke look but also perform a necessary function, enabling smooth airflow over the body.

Other examples include air ducts integrated into the corners of the front bumper to control airflow to the sides of the body. Ditto for the aero stabilising guide mounted immediately behind the front bumper which diverts airflow entering through the front grille and stabilises it before it enters the radiator to enhance engine cooling efficiency. A front air deflector and groove-shaped front fender liner minimise airflow reaching the front wheels, contributing to aerodynamic efficiency on the side of the vehicle.

The rear air deflector performs the same task for the rear wheels, while a bead has been adopted for the rear fender liner to effectively divert airflow generated by the rotating wheel to the outside, which helps optimise airflow through to the rear.

Similarly, the rear bumper's lower garnish in conjunction with the aforementioned aerofins are sculpted to direct airflow to the rear of the vehicle.  The RC's rear combination lamps also feature vertical fins as does the tip of the door frame moulding to provide optimal straight-line stability and to suppress steering wobble.

The boot lid has a sculpted shape to stabilise airflow from the roof of the vehicle. Attention was also paid to the underbody aerodynamic design to enhance efficiency. There are engine, floor and rear floor undercovers to smooth airflow and stabilising fins help to reduce turbulence.

Rounding off the RC’s dynamic profile are EX-exclusive five-spoke 18-inch alloys with three-dimensional detail courtesy of the bi-tone finish.

Ravishing Cabin – Immersive Interior

A fundamental component of a Grand Tourer is the occupant space. In this regard the RC 200t doesn’t disappoint with a cabin optimised for comfort, luxury and convenience. The interior layout delivers excellent ergonomics, ensuring that every journey is a relaxed affair. The now-familiar Lexus Remote Touch Interface device features touch-pad operation, allowing driver and passenger to navigate through the Infotainment system.

Adding a touch of techno-wizardry is electrostatic climate control switchgear (these allow adjustments to be made to the temperature by simply sliding your finder along the elegant metal strip) and gesture control in-cabin illumination.

Occupant comfort is ensured by plush power seats trimmed in luxurious leather, offering 8-way adjustability for the driver and 6-way adjustment for the front passenger. Completing the package is seat heating and ventilation for driver and passenger.

Scrabbling for keys is no concern, as the Smart Entry system allows convenient access to lock and unlock the vehicle. The engine start operation is likewise a mere press of a button away.

Racy Composure – Dynamic Handling

Forming the foundation of the RC200t is a tempered version of the Lexus GS platform. The highly acclaimed multi-link front-suspension and double wishbone rear suspension from the GS, has been fine-tuned to deliver excellent driving dynamics and enhanced agility befitting that of a Grand Tourer.

For example, the front suspension has a 15 per cent stiffer spring rate than the GS chassis and there is a new calibration for the bushings, springs and dampers, which is aimed at achieving less roll angle while maintaining ride comfort. In addition, numerous suspension components are new, including front upper support, coil spring, damper, stabiliser bar and bushing, and lower number two bushing. The rear coil springs, dampers, upper number one arm, lower number two arm, stabiliser bar and stabiliser bushings are also new. The toe control arm from the GS Line has been adapted to optimise rear grip.

Additional body strength was the decisive factor in achieving the high performance suspension upgrades. The RC 200t is considerably stiffer than the chassis that contributed platform technology, enabling higher damping forces and larger diameter front and rear stabiliser bars. These enhancements improve handling without affecting ride quality.

Refined Creation - Driving Force

Powering the RC200t is Lexus’ proven 8AR-FTS 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine allied to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with paddle shift, allowing manual intervention. (Drive Mode Select is a standard feature which acts on throttle response and engine performance characteristics, permitting the driver to toggle between Eco and Normal, while a more spirited driving style is facilitated in Sport mode.)

This ultra-refined, technology-laden power unit has been employed in various models across the Lexus range and paired with the composed RC chassis, produces a relaxed and effortless ‘tourer’.

Crammed with cutting-edge technology, this 2.0-litre powerhouse can operate on both the fuel-saving Atkinson cycle and the conventional Otto cycle.

Special attention was paid during the engine's development to minimise turbo 'lag'. This includes the use of a twin-scroll turbocharger and mounting the intercooler to the engine to minimise the intake volume downstream of the turbocharger to optimise response.

Key features of this powerplant include the world's first cylinder head with integrated four-into-two exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger, and the latest iteration of the Lexus intelligent variable valve timing system, known as VVT-iW ('W' for wide).

The wider range of inlet timing variation in the VVT-iW system means the new RC 200t engine can – as mentioned – switch instantly from the Otto cycle to the high-expansion ratio, high-efficiency Atkinson cycle according to vehicle operating conditions.  Lexus has previously used the Atkinson combustion cycle exclusively in hybrid-model petrol engines.

The new 8AR-FTS engine also has the latest Lexus fuel injection system, known as ESTEC D-4ST (Economy with Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion) and an air-to-liquid intercooler. The D-4ST system splits injection between high-pressure direct and low-pressure port injection according to driving conditions, providing optimum combustion at all times.

The new turbocharged engine delivers 180kW of power at 5800rpm and 350Nm of torque (available from a low 1650 rpm to 4400 rpm) to offer the driver great flexibility and endowing the RC 200t with a 7,5 seconds sprint time in the obligatory 0-100km/h dash. Top speed is pegged at 230 km/h.

It has a combined-cycle fuel economy of 8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 186g/km.

The Lexus 8AR-FTS engine is cast with low nickel content, heat-resistant steel.  Cooling oil jets under the pistons improve durability and enhance warm-up performance. Twin balance shafts with resin gears minimise engine vibration to improve cabin comfort - a marked improvement in four-cylinder engine technology.

Further measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness include an electric air bypass valve and a resonator in the intake system, to reduce the characteristic turbo noise when the throttle is closed (referred to as the 'turbo sigh').

The Lexus turbo-petrol engine was bench-tested for more than 10,000 hours before extensive on-road testing began, covering more than one million kilometres.

Lexus developed a new 0-20W viscosity lubricating oil without calcium content to remove the chance of engine knock at low engine revolutions.

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Right Specification – All the Bells & Whistles

The RC 200t comes with a shed load of standard equipment that many rivals charge a small fortune for.

Here’s a brief  summary of all the standard kit:

Exterior

  • Smart Entry
  • LED lights  (headlights, tail lights, fog lights & DRLs)
  • Rear fog lights
  • Auto headlamp levelling
  • Headlamp cleaner
  • Heated and retractable side mirrors
  • Power Sun Roof (tilt & slide)

Interior

  • Leather upholstery
  • Front seat heater and ventilation
  • Power front seats
  • Two-way driver seat lumbar support
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Steering switches (audio, voice command, info display, cruise control & telephone)
  • Power windows (auto-up and –down)
  • Cruise Control
  • Full-colour Multi Information Display
  • SatNav
  • Bluetooth
  • Auto Shift Lock
  • Illuminated Entry System

Safety

  • 4-sensor Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Variable Gear Ratio Steering
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Park Distance Control with Reverse Camera
  • 8 airbags including front, rear, side, curtain & knee bags

The new Lexus RC 200t is priced at R699 100 (incl. VAT) and comes standard with a
4-year/100 000km Lexus Distance Plan Plus maintenance plan.

The RC 350 F Sport carries a price tag of R787 600 (incl. VAT).

Jeep Warrior obstacle course race is coming to KZN

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Categories: News

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South Africa’s largest, toughest and muddiest obstacle course race is coming to KwaZulu-Natal.

Jeep Warrior #4 of the Jeep Warrior Series is taking place at the Sugar Rush Adventure Park in Ballito from 16 - 17 July 2016.

Everyone is invited to take part in this epic obstacle course event – all you need is a pair of old running shoes and a great sense of adventure because you are going to get MUDDY!

There are four courses on offer that vary in intensity, catering to all fitness levels.

For kids, there’s the 8 obstacles over 1km Warrior Bratz Race. Parents can accompany their children, but can’t compete in this event.

For beginners, there’s the Warrior Rookie Race (6 - 8km with 15 obstacles). Rookie is all about fun and comradery. It is the shortest distance with semi-challenging obstacles for newbies.

Up a level is Warrior Commando, which is fairly challenging, with a 10km course with 20 fairly tough obstacles. This event is labelled as the ultimate team-building experience.

Jeep Warrior Black Ops is the toughest of the challenges, presenting an 18 to 20km course with 30 tough obstacles. This event meets World-OCR racing standards and attracts South Africa’s top OCR athletes.

So get your family and friends together, create a team, and challenge them to #BeBrave at Jeep Warrior #4 Sugar Rush.

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To enter go to www.warrior.co.za/events/2016-jeep-warrior4

Event: Jeep #Warrior4 Sugar Rush
Dates: 16 and 17 July 2016
Venue: Sugar Rush Adventure Park, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal
Entries: Go to www.warrior.co.za/events/2016-jeep-warrior4
GPS: S 29 29′ 29.29 E 31 10′ 49.30
ATM Facilities: No. Please bring cash along with you.
Parking: 3000 cars
Facilities: Food & beer tents, parking, secure lockers and a shower zone

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Housebreaking suspect arrested in Greenwood Park, north of Durban

No Comments »Written on June 27th, 2016 by
Categories: Home and Household, Household

2Marshall Security received a call on Sunday afternoon at approximately 14h40, from a client in Workington Road, in the suburb of Greenwood Park, north of Durban, stating that he could see two suspects on his property and heard a window breaking in his outbuilding.

Armed reaction officers were immediately dispatched to the premises and on arrival found two Indian males on the property.

A foot chase ensued resulting in the arrest of one suspect, the other remains at large.

The man was arrested on site and handed over to the Greenwood Park South African Police Services for further investigation and processing.

Remember to call us IN CASE OF ANYTHING.

Marshall Security
086 162 7732

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Kirsty Watts Foundation welcoming Riding for a Limb Expedition to Durban

No Comments »Written on June 25th, 2016 by
Categories: Disability

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On Wednesday, 22 June, the Kirsty Watts Foundation, Harley Owners Group Durban Chapter and fans welcomed Gerda du Toit of Riding for a Limb Expedition to Durban. Du Toit is known as a courageous woman, a formidable adventurer and the first woman in the world to embark on a motorbike expedition as a double amputee. Du Toit is raising funds to assist child amputees by providing prosthetic limbs through the Kirsty Watts Foundation.

Just two years ago, Gerda du Toit lost both her legs due to diabetes and feared her life was over.

But now Gerda is moving from a wheelchair to a motorbike in a 4 000 kilometre mission with the aim of making kids without limbs mobile again.

Riding on a Cayenne sponsored Honda Integra from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back via the Garden Route and Transkei, Gerda is set on shattering the Guinness World Record in an epic venture that will befollowed by TV, radio, print and social media.

It is called Riding for a Limb and after covering around 400 kilometres each day, Gerda will be escorted into all major towns by the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

This is a project of the Kirsty Watts Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation which has been helping to uplift children around the country for the past six years.

The KWF has already helped to fit more than 50 children with prosthetic limbs at an average cost of R20 000 including consultations and rehabilitation. But much more has to be done.

And this is why Gerda, a mother of two, is giving up her time and taking on this massive challenge.

What we are asking you to do is make a difference by sponsoring Gerda for every tentative and testing kilometre of her cross-country journey.

Your donation will be accounted for by the trustees of the KWF. You will be invoiced after the ride and you will be issued with a section 18A certificate.

The aim of Riding for a Limb is to raise two million rand and give 100 children a new start in life.

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Insurance Disclosure 101: You’ve told your medical aid, have you told your insurer?

No Comments »Written on June 24th, 2016 by
Categories: Life
Susan Gonnermann, Head of Claims at Hollard Life

Susan Gonnermann, Head of Claims at Hollard Life

Most of us tell our medical aid everything they need to know about our health. What you may not know is that we need to share that same information with our life insurer.

When it comes to life insurance, being completely honest about your health, lifestyle, family history and hobbies on your application form are crucial factors in ensuring that you have a good claims experience later. Leaving information out – even by mistake – is one of the main reasons why your claim could be declined or the payout could be less than you expected. Giving incorrect or incomplete information on your application form is called non-disclosure or misrepresentation and insurers take it very seriously.

“While your visits to the chiropractor two years ago might not seem as important to you as the fact that you have a family history of diabetes, it all matters,” explains Susan Gonnermann, Head of Claims at Hollard Life.  “In many instances, claim disputes between insurers and policy holders come down to issues of non-disclosure. They typically arise when the information given at claim stage does not match the information provided on the application form.”

How is the disclosed information used?

To understand why disclosure is so important, you need to know how the information is used by the insurer.  An insurer assesses your application for cover based on the information provided on your application form, as well as the results of any medical tests that you may be required to undergo.  Based on this information, the insurer will specify the terms of your policy, what premium you’ll pay and if there are any special conditions attached to the cover.  All this information is assessed to ensure that you are correctly insured, at the appropriate premium, based on your health and circumstances.

It is also important to remember that even after you’ve taken out a policy, a change in your job, hobbies or the sport you take part in could have an impact on the original assessment of your application, the premiums you pay and the terms and conditions of your policy. Different insurers may have different requirements of what major changes they need to know about, so it’s best to discuss these with your financial advisor.

“If you’re unsure of anything when you’re completing your application for life insurance, speak to your financial advisor.  Getting professional advice will ensure that you get the right cover for you and your loved ones, a hassle-free claims experience and the full benefit of your cover,” concludes Susan.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation holds Cyclethon Fundraiser

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The Cascades Lifestyle Centre is pulling out all the stops for well-known NPO ‘The COWS’ as its Pietermaritzburg’s venue to hold the 2016 ‘100 Miles of Nowhere’ annual cyclethon to raise funds for their CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, happening on 24th of June 2016.

Says Lynda Lees, Consultant to Cascades Lifestyle Centre, “Cascades Lifestyle Centre is very happy to support this important COWS initiative for the CHOC foundation. We encourage Martizburg residents and cyclists to come out in full force to the centre on the 24th June from 2pm to support this international challenge. Many of our retailers are supporting this initiative.”
Supported by Cadence Cycling Performance Centres around the country, the Pietermaritzburg Cadence Performance Centre, which recently moved into the Cascades Centre Business Park (Nedbank building), is supplying the Cascades Centre with 20 of their new stationary bikes and monitoring equipment.

This year, the cyclethon of 100 miles (160km) aims to raise R250 000 for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, and is open to everyone. The distance can be completed as a team of one cyclist, two or four cyclists. However the team is made up, the distance must be completed on the Cadence Performance Centre stationary bikes.

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Says Tessa Hesse, Manager of the Pietermaritzburg Cadence Performance Centre, “The 100 Miles of Nowhere Challenge is a great event that we’re proud to be supporting. We will be transporting 20 of our new stationary bikes and equipment to the Cascades Centre ready for set up and cycling. It’s a fun, family-orientated event that the whole community gets behind, and we want to thank the Cascades Centre for hosting the event.”

As part of the fundraiser, cyclists pay an entry fee donation of R1 000 for a solo rider, R600 per rider for teams of two, and R350 per rider for teams of four, and are also encouraged to get their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them per km or to complete the distance, all of which goes directly to CHOC.

The 100 Miles of Nowhere concept is now an international fundraising initiative that was unintentionally started by Eldon Nelson, an American blogger who owns the www.fatcyclist.com blog.

The cyclethon will be hosted at eight Cadence Performance Centres based in Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and all centres will run the cyclethon simultaneously on 24 June from 2pm - 7 pm.

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Should cash-strapped students have insurance?

20120213_DL_0002 copyOne of the very best feelings is successfully passing your driver’s license. It represents freedom, the entry into adulthood and independence. Owning your first car is simply exhilarating and while the financial struggle is almost immediately felt, it seems totally worth it.

It’s a big responsibility owning a car and anybody you talk to will tell you that car insurance is a must. But, this seems like an enormous expense for a cash-strapped student with, at best, a part-time job. However, losing your car or not being able to afford repairs when necessary can see you sink into insurmountable debt or worse, simply leave you without a vehicle at all. In this type of situation car insurance is the real hero in this sad story.

Let’s break down the ins and outs of car insurance

First off there are different levels of car insurance that cover you in different ways. They are namely:

  • Third party only - which covers you for claims made against you by other drivers involved in an accident with your vehicle. It’ll cover any liability for injury to people involved and damage to their vehicles and property.
  • Third party, fire and theft - it is the same cover as offered by third party only insurance but with the additional cover against fire damage and theft.
  • Comprehensive - this covers all of the above mentioned instances and includes any accidental damage to your own vehicle, your personal possessions and medical expenses.

Each insurance provider will offer slightly different packages and because they’re fiercely competitive with each other their benefits can sound quite incredible

As a student you’re likely to consider third party only cover or third party fire and theft. Usually the difference in price is minimal. Your first car as a student is unlikely to have all the safety bells whistles that a more expensive vehicle will have, so protecting your car particularly against theft is an excellent idea.

Opting for the third party fire and theft cover protects you against the worst possible scenario and if you sign up with a reputable insurance company you might be surprised at the benefits you can receive. For instance, enquire about their no-claims discount policy. After a certain amount of time spent - usually after a year when you’re up for policy renewal - driving safely, within the speed limit and with no accidents to your name you can earn a discount on your monthly premiums. Some insurers will also discount you if you show that you’re driving less and your mileage drops. What’s more, you can benefit from free services such as roadside assistance. If you’re covered with a well-known insurance group who operates in Cape Town, Gauteng and other major cities they’ll be able to offer you this service no matter where you are in the country.

Car insurance is likely to be the last thing on any student’s mind

During all your years studying you may never even make use of your insurance, especially if you live in residence at university. But, it is still beneficial to have. No matter how professional and successful you are, paying for another vehicle’s damages as well as your own should you be involved in an accident is never easy or inexpensive. Also, if you don’t have insurance now but decide to sign up later on in life and they realise how long you’ve been driving without being insured, you will incur penalties which will cost you in the long run.

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How important is the Credit Bureau of the Future?

No Comments »Written on June 21st, 2016 by
Categories: Business

Mark HeymannBeyond Data, Towards Insight - The Credit Bureau Acumen

By Mark Heymann, Senior Director: Commercial at TransUnion

Big data has redefined our world. It’s constant and rapid flow originates from a wide variety of sources and has allowed the opportunity for organisations to access greater intelligence. Organisations, however, are constantly overwhelmed by redundant information which hold no relevance to their client base. It is critical for organisations to avoid being inundated with high data mass so that they are able to streamline data and convert this information into insights.

In our ever-changing world, conventional uses of data no longer suffice.  Organisations and the clients they do business with need to look to solutions-based options which will allow them to extract information pertinent to them. Establishments that would be pivotal in the creation and facilitation of these kinds of solutions would be information-based organisations, such as credit bureaus. At the forefront of the information age, credit bureaus are uniquely positioned to drive innovative, forward-thinking and risk-proven solutions to benefit their clients.

Credit bureau clients present a greater demand than ever before and they require their service providers to deliver efficiency and intelligence, and to support their ability to enforce better decision-making. They want to be competitive, and credit bureaus supplying traditional credit reporting will not meet this demand. Credit bureaus therefore need to be proactive, and create and develop accessible, value-added solutions that feed relevant and meaningful information to each of their respective clients. Their solutions need to be characterised by intelligence, speed and agility, and the ability to tailor solutions dynamically to the specific needs of each individual client and industry.

In order for these information-based solutions to provide an overall and practical view of clients and their proposed objectives, they not only need to be cognisant of the links between the data sources utilised, but they also have to ensure that the information and intelligence delivered is consistent. The key is in insight: the tools for enabling better decision-making and evaluating present and future risk lies in the provision of robust insight that is constantly fed and updated by the broadening expanse of big data, and that is constantly improving itself through the influence of advanced analytics.

It is important to note that data fills in gaps, and therefore cannot be considered in isolation. Actionable insight flows from the translation of that data into information, and then into knowledge that clients are able to then use in order to take the correct action. Credit bureaus should therefore invest in their futures by providing solutions that furnish the need for innovative, up-to-date content that is delivered quickly, routinely, and is reliable, comprehensive, competitive and that proves its value and delivers return on expenditure with actionable outcomes.

Ultimately, the credit bureau of the future should constantly strive to move its clients forward. By utilising the power of analytics, credit bureaus should be able to arm their clients with the tools to predict coming patterns and trends, and empower them with the ability to exercise good decision-making – both on an individual and automation basis. Big data has changed the information landscape, and it is up to the credit bureau of the future to direct the data flow that moves beyond insight and into foresight.

Madikwa, Gagiano conquer the Old Mutual Wild Series Kruger2Canyon Challenge

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(L-R) Wildlands CEO, Dr Andrew Venter with the men winners; Nomore Mandivengerei, Muzi Madikwa, Bennie Roux and Mina Malepe from the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere at the Old Mutual Wild Series Kruger2Canyon Challenge.

Muzi Madikwa has won the rugged two-day Kruger2Canyon, seeing off a thrilling challenge from several top trail runners.

The combined 72km course took runners through pristine areas around Kampersrus on the northernmost tip of the Drakensberg escarpment at the weekend. Runners sighted wild dog, giraffe and honey badger, among other animals, along the route.

The women’s category was dominated by Carine Gagiano, who won by more than 30 minutes.

The men’s category was highly competitive, with youngsters from the “Change A Life” Academy and the newly formed Old Mutual Development Team challenging the established stars.

Madikwa won the men’s category in an overall time of 06:53:57. He was followed home by Nomore Mandivengerei in 07:01:07 and the third spot went to Bennie Roux from the Nedbank running club in 07:02:24. Both Madikwa and Roux recently completed the Comrades Marathon.

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(L-R) Wildlands CEO, Dr Andrew Venter with the women winners; Lawrette McFarlane, Naomi Brand and Carine Gagiano, at the Old Mutual Wild Series Kruger2Canyon Challenge over the weekend.

The Old Mutual Wild Series Golden Gate Challenge winner Wandisile Nongodlwana won the second stage to finish fourth overall. “I took it easy on day one and the young blood awakened my competitive spirit for day two,” Nongodlwana said afterwards.

Gagiano won the women’s category in 08:28:03. Second was Naomi Brand in 09:15:32 and Lawrette McFarlane finished third in 09:36:23.

The opening 42km stage explored the Mariepskop Trails in the vicinity of the Blyde River Canyon. The 28km second stage took place in the Blue Canyon Conservancy, a Big Four reserve which lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

Race director Andrew Booth said: “Don’t underestimate the challenge that this event poses. Each and every individual that crossed the finish line has achieved something great on a personal level while contributing to conservation.”

The Old Mutual Wild Series events take part in protected areas that runners would not be able to access normally. The funds raised through the staging of the events go towards the conservation of these unique landscapes and natural heritage.

For more information on the Old Mutual Wild Series events, log onto www.wildseries.co.za or www.morethanyourself.co.za to become a fundraiser.

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Rangers who were on guard along the route on day 2 of the Old Mutual Wild Series Kruger2Canyon Challenge ensuring the runners safety.

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Bennie Roux and Wandisile Nongodlwana who came third and fourth respectively in the Old Mutual Kruger2Canyon Challenge over the weekend.

Bethlehem Crime Prevention arrests suspect in possession of stolen property

No Comments »Written on June 20th, 2016 by
Categories: Home and Household, Household

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Free State: Members of Bethlehem Crime Prevention arrested a 29-year-old suspect this morning in Bohlokong for being in possession of suspected stolen property.