Feeding the underprivileged in Qua Qua

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On the 17th, the Netcare 911 Rescue unit was invited by the N3TC and the Community Medics services  to join them in a very special event  in the Qua-Qua area . A food kitchen was started by Nouwens  family in the Harrismith area  to feed the children in an underprivileged community.

As the organisers noticed that some of the children walked for up to an hour to get to these kitchens and then needed to take food back home for others that had nothing to eat, they decided to raise funds to get containers that seal properly  so that the children could take the food home .

According to Nick Dollman from the Netcare rescue unit , and as seen in the pictures, it was a heart-warming site to see  the smiles when two hundred children were not only given the food , but was also given a beanie and a blanket . This team apart from being on the roads  in the Free State  during peak traffic flows like Easter and December holidays  to ensure the safety  of the road users, proved they really have hearts of gold and care about those who are less fortunate.

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Depression and the implications for your insurance cover

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Hayley Taylor - Hollard Life

You’ve probably heard that life insurance is cheaper and easier to get the healthier you are.  We tend to think of ‘healthy’ as relating to our physical health, but did you know that your mental health can also play a role in the cost of your insurance?

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders – in fact as many as one in six South Africans suffer from anxiety or depression according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) but only one third of those will get treatment.

This is in part because a lot of people think of depression a simple case of the ‘blues’. But it’s a serious illness that can interfere with your ability to function in your normal daily life so it’s essential to seek medical help and support.

Can I still get life cover if I’ve been diagnosed with depression?

An insurance company will definitely want to know if you’ve been diagnosed with depression “but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get cover,” explains Hayley Taylor from Hollard Life. “It’s very important to tell your financial advisor if you are or have been previously diagnosed with depression”.

When an insurer receives your application form they use the information you provide to decide whether to offer you cover, how much cover to offer you and how much your monthly premium will be.

It’s essential that you tell your insurer everything about your depression from the very beginning because giving incorrect or incomplete information when you apply could make it difficult for you when you try to claim.

How will my depression affect my life cover?

Insurers will consider the type of depression the type of treatment that you’ve had and how well you’ve managed it in the past. They will want to know the following:

  • Date of diagnosis
  • Method of treatment
  • Past methods of treatment
  • Doctor’s details
  • Symptoms and dates of last symptoms
  • Details of any previous hospitalisations
  • Details of any suicide attempts
  • Specifics of time taken off work as a result of the condition

Based on the information that you provide about your depression, an insurer may choose to charge you a higher premium. They may also apply what is called a ‘permanent suicide exclusion’, which means that they won’t pay out if you take your own life. An insurer may choose to apply a ‘depression exclusion’ on disability and income benefits because depression and associated conditions like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue) can leave you unable to work for periods of time.

Some depression is temporary and happens as a reaction to a particular situation like the death of a loved one or having a baby (post-natal depression). This is called reactive depression and Hollard Life wouldn’t charge you a higher premium for this kind of depression as long as it has been successfully treated.

Jeep Team’s Mountain Bikers crowned champions of the world’s toughest single stage MTB race

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Jeep Team’s MTB superstars, Pierre Smith and Thinus Redelinghuys, were crowned champions of the world’s toughest single stage MTB race, the 24-hour, 230km Trans Baviaans Challenge on Saturday, 15 August, which started in Willow more, Eastern Cape, and ended in Jeffreys Bay.

Taking on the extreme race for the first time, the Jeep Team riders led from start to finish, crossing the finish line in 8h29m58s, ahead of second-placed Vickus Boshoff and Etnard Louw (Team PowerBar 1) in 8h49m45s, with the Aerocare-Proper team of Christo Roos and Charlie Louw in third (8h51m18s).

With a total climb of 2540m, the Trans Baviaans is a test of mental, physical and emotional endurance. The race provides the perfect combination of extremely challenging cycling and spectacular scenery, with the route travelling through exquisite mountain ranges, right into the heart of the magnificent Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. And just too really test you, the route is unmarked, testing the orientation and GPS skills of each team.

Says Pierre Smith, “I can now talk from experience - the Trans Baviaans is extremely challenging. I think I bled through my eyeballs out there. Thinus’s support throughout the race was incredible.”

With approximately 110 km already in the legs, riders were faced with their biggest challenge – the notorious MAC ascent (Mother of All Climbs)– where the route and terrain become strenuous, narrower and extremely difficult to negotiate and ride, reaching to the race’s highest point at Bergplaas.

Says Smith, “MAC was truly the mother of all climbs, and I was reaching my breaking point after about 130 km of riding, but Thinus helped me through. In a race like this, team support is vital. It was such a relief to get to the top and descend into the Cambria Valley during daylight. At this point, we spared a thought for the riders that would be negotiating this in the dark.”

From the Cambria Valley, the route passed through citrus farmlands and along the banks of the Groot River (± 175 km mark), before heading towards Humansdorp, and then onto the finish at the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. All riders crossed the finish line in the dark, with each of the top 10 teams being greeted by the firing of a rocket.

Says Thinus Redelinghuys, “What makes a race like this so special is the spectacular scenery. I feel privileged to have been able to ride through such a beautiful part of the world. The Trans Baviaans Challenge is an unforgettable experience and we are proud to have won this for the Jeep Team.”

To find out more about the 2015 Trans Baviaans Challenge, watch a recap of the race here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IcsU9qbmc&feature=youtu.be.

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Dream of designing a Volkswagen comes true

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Lonwabo SilaLonwabo Sila has dreamt of designing a car for the past seven years and yesterday, 12 August 2015 his dream became a reality.

As part of the Reach for a Dream initiative, the 17 year-old Lonwabo spent a day at the Volkswagen Motorsport in Uitenhage to learn what being a car designer entails.

Johan Smit, Chief Designer: Volkswagen South Africa Motorsport took Lonwabo through a theory and practical session which included the process of designing a Volkswagen, computer simulations and the different design components of the car.

After a tour of the Volkswagen Motorsport facilities, Lonwabo headed over to the AutoPavilion where he put to practical use what he had learnt from Motorsport’s Chief Designer.

“I have had a very interesting day but the best part about today was actually sitting with Johan Smit and learning about how one actually goes about designing a car,” said the Grade 11 Lady Grey Arts Academy student.

A hobby which started off with innocent drawings of cartoon characters blossomed into a detailed sketchbook with various drawings of cars and now Lonwabo plans to study design after he finishes high school next year with hopes of one day being a professional car designer.

Lonwabo also had the opportunity to be test-driven in the Engen Audi S4 Production race car when the racing driver, Simon Moss took him for a few speedy laps at the Aldo Scribante Race Track.

“We are very proud as Volkswagen that we have made yet another child’s dream come true and we are equally happy to partner with the Reach for a Dream Foundation in trying to inspire South Africa’s youth,” said Mike Rowe, Head of Volkswagen South Africa Motorsport.

The Reach for a Dream Foundation gives hope to South African children fighting life-threatening diseases through the fulfilment of their dreams.

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Kia to reveal all-new Kia Sportage

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CaptureKIA Motors will reveal its all-new KIA Sportage for the first time globally on 15 September at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Sportage features a bold, progressive design, which exudes power and agility from every angle. The dynamic compact SUV styling creates visual harmony out of the tension between bold, precise feature lines and dramatically-sculptured bodywork.

Inside, the all-new Sportage marries simple, modern style with rich material quality for KIA's most refined, highest-quality cabin to date.

With the design of the new model led by the brand's European design centre - located in Frankfurt - the all-new Sportage represents the future face of KIA.

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National Bandana Day campaign and the need to donate bone marrow stem cells

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Why should you become a bone marrow donor?

When a person is diagnosed with or finds out that a loved one has a life-threatening illness, it has a devastating effect on them.

For many, only a stranger can help… and it could just be you.

ER24 often attends to patients who will only survive with the help of a donor.

Be it blood or bone marrow stem cells, more donors are definitely needed in South Africa.

As part of Bone Marrow Stem and Leukaemia Awareness Month, ER24 spoke to Lauren Corlett from The Sunflower Fund.

She said, “Dread diseases like leukaemia affect people all over the world, regardless of background, location, ethnicity, age or wealth. Every year, thousands of South Africans are devastated with the news that they have been diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disorder such as leukaemia.

“In the majority of cases, a bone marrow stem cell transplant is a patient’s only hope of survival. They are faced with the daunting and traumatic task of finding a matching donor.”

Bone Marrow is regarded as a factory for the production of red blood cells to carry oxygen, white blood cells to fight infection and platelets to prevent bleeding. “Leukaemia is the massive over production of defective white blood cells, which displace normal ‘healthy’ red and white cells and platelets and as a result, weakens the body. Many of these patients have to undergo bone marrow stem cell transplants however, finding a donor is difficult. Your perfect match would be your identical twin but we are not all that lucky,” said Corlett.

There is a one in four chance that a sibling may have inherited the same tissue type. For 75 percent of patients, they would have to search for an unrelated matched donor on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

Corlett said that when a patient is searching for a match, they are in essence looking for a “genetic twin” - a person who carries the same genetic markers as their own.

“Finding the correct donor match depends on tissue type because people’s genetic makeup is so varied and their tissue types are inherited characteristics. The chance of finding a suitable match is slim. In South Africa we have even more unique combinations of tissue types and therefore, we need a larger registry that proportionately reflects these unique tissue types,” said Corlett.

She added that it is almost impossible for a patient of a particular race to be matched with a donor of another race. “If you become ill with a blood disorder that requires a stem cell transplant, your race is of paramount importance.

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“When doing a search, we would only look in your ethnic group. It is purely DNA based and has nothing to do with your blood group,” she said.

Founded in 1999, The Sunflower Fund’s objective is to increase the number of and access to unrelated bone marrow stem cell donors on the SABMR.

With the chance of finding a suitable donor being only one in 100 000, Corlett said that the just over 70 000 people registered on the SABMR is a far cry from where it should be. It would be ideal to have in excess of 400 000 potential donors on the registry.

“It is imperative that The Sunflower Fund grows this database to offer hope for patients suffering with life-threatening blood disorders like leukaemia. We recruit new healthy donors daily, while other donors come off the registry due to age or health issues.

“Unfortunately the field of bone marrow transplantation is complex and a number of patients still die of complications despite the best medical care. Increasing numbers of successful transplants are being carried out using matched unrelated donors. Donors can be assured that they offer the hope of a future to patients whose disease would almost certainly otherwise prove fatal,” said Corlett.

A common misconception is that there are costs involved in becoming a donor. Corlett said there are no costs for the donor as The Sunflower Fund raises funds to pay for these tests costs. “Financial contributions are critical to the fund being able to continue with its important work. Each test costs The Sunflower Fund R2 000 per person. We rely heavily on donations from the public at large. Funds to cover the cost of tissue typing all new donors joining the SABMR are raised through campaigns like National Bandana Day,” said Corlett.

The National Bandana Day campaign launches on 15th August and runs until the end of October. ER24 and The Sunflower Fund encourage the public to buy a bandana and wear it to show their support towards the brave fight that these patients face on a daily basis.

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The Sunflower Fund urges people to join the national registry.

Ideally someone who is a committed blood donor is a perfect candidate to become a bone marrow stem cell donor. However, if you are between 18 and 45 years old, weigh over 50 kilogrammes with a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 40 and in excellent health, you can sign up on the registry to become a potential donor.

If you are interested in becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor, call The Sunflower Fund toll free number on 0800 12 10 82. The Fund will give you the information you need, go through some medical criteria and take your details.

You will be directed to your closest blood clinic to have your blood sample drawn. Two test tubes of blood will be drawn from your arm then sent to the lab for analysis and finally results sent to the registry. You may or may not receive a call to say that you are a potential donor. You will be registered until you turn 60 years old when you are naturally removed from the database.

Visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za for more information.

 

Issued by:

Chitra Bodasing

ER24 spokesperson

Castrol Team Toyota ready for showdown in Tshwane Rally

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With only three rounds remaining in the 2015 South African National Rally Championship, Castrol Team Toyota is under pressure to defend its 2014 Championship title. After five rounds of the eight-round championship, it may be Ford's Mark Cronje that top the standings, but with back-to-back victories on the two previous rounds, there can be no doubt that the momentum has swung in the direction of defending champion Leeroy Poulter, and this weekend's Imperial Toyota Tshwane Motor Rally will play a key role in the outcome of the season.  

Poulter, together with navigator Elvéne Coetzee, have placed their Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000 on the podium in all but one of the year's events. The sole exception came on the Secunda Motor Rally, where the pair scored only seven points - allowing Cronje to steal a march in the championship race. However, after victories in Bela Bela and Port Elizabeth, they are now only nine points behind the leader.

"To make things even more interesting, the rules dictate that each crew has to drop the points from one event in the season," explains Team Principal Glyn Hall. "If you take that into account as things stand at present, the gap is really only four points."

For Poulter/Coetzee the pressure is now on to deliver yet another win - but in the unforgiving world of rallies, nothing is certain. Even so, Poulter is confident that their Castrol Team Toyota Yaris is performing better than ever: "The team has worked hard to hone the Toyota Yaris S2000 to a finely balanced machine."

Both Poulter and Cronje have won this event in the past, and the pace at the head of the field promises to be hot.

Behind the two championship contenders, Castrol Team Toyota's Giniel de Villiers, partnered with navigator Carolyn Swan, find themselves in a battle with Volkswagen's Gugu Zulu for third place in the championship. The Toyota pairing pipped Zulu to the post on the recent Volkswagen Rally, thus gaining a position and moving into third place in the season standings. However, the gap between them is only 2.5 points, so no quarter will be given by either crew, when the flag drops for the Imperial Toyota Tshwane Motor Rally this weekend.

In Class S1600, for front-wheel-drive vehicles with engines of 1,600 cc, Toyota Etios driver Matthew Vacy-Lyle finds himself in the lead of the championship. Together with navigator Schalk van Heerden, the Fragram supported crew have notched up a podium finish on each of the season's events so far, and while a victory still eludes them, they've done enough to top the standings.

Defending champions Guy Botteril and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle (Yato Tools Toyota Etios) are currently in third place, just 1.5 points behind the second-placed crew of Paul Franken and Henry Kohne (Volkswagen). The S1600 championship is far from over, with the top five crews all within mathematical reach of the title.

The Tshwane Motor Rally gets under way with a ceremonial start at one of Pretoria's best-known landmarks, Fort Klapperkop, at noon on Friday. The event consists of ten stages, run in the area around the Gauteng towns of Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit, with the action on Saturday starting at 09:00.

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ER24 urges people to become possible bone marrow stem cell donors

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Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with leukaemia and for many, their only hope is to undergo a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

However, finding a donor can be quite challenging.

This Bone Marrow and Leukaemia Awareness Month, August 15 to October 15, ER24 and the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR), are urging people to become possible bone marrow stem cell donors.

Professor Ernette du Toit, medical director and co-founder of the SABMR, said, “Leukaemia, cancer of the white cells, knows no limits and affects people of all ages and ethnicities. Sadly, it is the most common form of childhood cancer. Donors are a key component to saving lives, and that begins with you,” she said.

Leukaemia patients are not the only ones in need of stem cell transplants. People with illnesses such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of lymphatic system), bone marrow failure (severe aplastic anaemia) and some genetic blood and immune system disorders such as sickle cell anaemia also require bone marrow stem cell transplants.

“These illnesses can affect anyone. Although bone marrow transplants are not always successful, they often give someone their only chance of recovery. The SABMR’s youngest patient was an infant just 10 months old,” said Prof Du Toit.

At present there are 70 000 donors on the SABMR. While it may seem like a lot, more donors are needed considering that a perfect match is required.

Prof Du Toit added that there is a very large number of possible tissue types. The best chance of finding a match is within the patient’s family. “There is a 25 percent chance of finding a matching sibling donor but with smaller family sizes and more diverse families, these odds are dropping. For the majority of patients, they will need to find a matching unrelated donor. This is where the SABMR comes in. We are the only medical facility in South Africa that conducts complex searches to identify life-saving donors,” said Prof Du Toit. The chance of finding a matched unrelated donor is just 1 in 100 000. “This is the average. For some with more common tissue types, chances may be better. Sadly, for some other patients, chances are much less,” she said.

She added that it is more likely to find a matching donor for a patient from the same ethnic group.

This is however a greater challenge in some ethnic groups than in others. For example, there are only 4 500 potential donors on the registry who are black according to Prof Du Toit. She said this is a concern considering the population distribution in South Africa. “While it is possible to find a matching donor from a different ethnic group to the patient, it is less likely. It is just a matter of frequency,” she said.

The SABMR often searches for perfectly matched donors worldwide.

“Donors living in other countries are found for 75 percent of patients in South Africa. This is made possible through the SABMR’s collaboration with 67 registries worldwide, with 27 million registered donors. Our staff has travelled as far as Taiwan to collect these cells. This is somewhat of a ‘military operation’ to ensure that the cells reach our patients within 72 hours. While our staff collect the donated cells, our patients have their diseased bone marrow cells destroyed with chemotherapy. This leaves a window period of 72 hours during which the patient must receive the matched healthy cells,” said Prof Du Toit.

The SABMR has also identified several South African donors that have matched overseas patients.

 

Fear of becoming donors

Many people fear signing up as potential donors because they believe the procedure to retrieve the stem cells involves a large needle being inserted into their bones.

This is not the case. Stem cells are collected from the donor’s blood, in a similar way that one would donate blood or platelets. Prof Du Toit said most donors describe the process as uncomfortable but not painful.

If you are on the registry and turn out to be a possible match, the following will happen:

  •    You will receive a call from the SABMR informing you that you have been identified as a potential match for a patient. If you are willing to proceed, the SABMR will arrange for you to undergo several additional blood tests to further establish the suitability of your bone marrow.
  • Once confirmed as a match, you will undergo a health check-up by a medical doctor.
  • You will receive daily injections of neupogen from a week prior to the procedure. Neupogen is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that stimulates the production of stem cells. The injections ensure the donor produces sufficient cells for their body and for the patient. Some donors experience flu-like symptoms which is a side effect of the neupogen.
  • On the day of the procedure, the donor will be admitted to a collection facility and attached to a cell-separator machine, usually by intravenous line in both arms. It usually takes four to six hours to collect the stem cells. An SABMR member will accompany the donor throughout the process.
  • On completion, the SABMR member will ensure the cells are transported safely to the patient.

So where do you start if you would like to become a potential donor? All healthy individuals aged 18 to 45 can register as a potential donor by contacting the Sunflower Fund, the SABMR recruiting agency, on 0800 121 082. If you fulfil the criteria you will receive an application form and health questionnaire. You will be directed to a blood sampling facility to determine your tissue type.

Your form and tissue typing result will be forwarded to the SABMR, where your details will be entered into the SABMR database. You will receive an SABMR donor card to confirm that you are a potential donor. You will remain on the SABMR database until your 60th birthday, or until you ask to be removed. If you have concerns about becoming a donor, e-mail admin@sabmr.co.za

Visit www.sabmr.co.za for further information.

ER24’s Emergency Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084 124 for any medical emergency.

 

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Chitra Bodasing

ER24 spokesperson

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TransUnion’s TU SYNC offers auto dealers real-time, fleet management and tracking

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TransUnion Auto Information Solutions, in partnership with Imarda Technologies SA, has introduced TU SYNC to the South African auto dealer landscape. TU SYNC vehicle management solution combines wireless, real-time tracking with stock management and full integration into third-party, back-end systems to deliver unprecedented levels of insight and process automation. Armed with up-to-the-minute information on the location of each and every vehicle in their stock pool at any given time, dealers are now empowered to proactively manage risk while improving efficiency and leveraging a host of other benefits.

“For many dealers, in particular large outfits that stock hundreds of vehicles at any given time, keeping track of vehicles can be a real challenge. The unfortunate reality is that theft is all too common, and often by the time dealers realise a vehicle is missing it is too late. TU SYNC addresses this challenge by providing tracking in real-time, with customisable, configurable alerts to deliver a more proactive approach. In addition, it provides up-to-date stock profiles, improving efficiency by automating the laborious stock control process,” said Kriben Reddy, director, product development, TransUnion Auto Information Solutions.

TU SYNC is a self-powered tracking device with extended battery life that utilises GPS to pinpoint the precise location, to within a few metres of a vehicle. TU SYNC also can be customised according to requirements. “The real value here is in the power of the data dealers can access, providing the ability to proactively track and give a complete view of all vehicles at all times. This kind of visibility is immensely valuable,” continued Reddy.

TU SYNC offers a cloud-based solution that allows dealers to fully customise their tracking system. Vehicles can be geo-fenced, or limited to a specific geographical area around the dealership, and alerts can be sent automatically if any vehicles leave this set area. Vehicles can also be tracked during test drives, whilst on loan, or while they are out of the dealership for any reason, with customisable triggers to alert managers of unusual or unauthorised use. Dealers can even set specific parameters for test drives, and receive alerts should vehicles deviate from set routes.

For insurance purposes and risk mitigation, auto dealers are typically required to fit tracking devices to all of their vehicles, which can take several hours, or even days to organise and install. TU SYNC is a wireless solution that can be fitted to a vehicle by a qualified installer in a matter of minutes. In fact, TransUnion guarantees a complete turnaround time of just 90 minutes from receiving a request for installation to the unit being put into place, integrated into back-end systems, and tracking becoming live and active. Since the units are not hard wired into the vehicle, they can be removed and re-used, enabling dealers to own a pool of devices that can then be rotated when vehicles are sold and stock is replaced.

“This is another significant challenge for dealers – they must pay an installation charge to have tracking units fitted, but once the car is sold the tracking unit goes with the vehicle and this investment cannot be recovered. TU SYNC offers a more cost effective solution that still complies with insurance requirements, with additional benefits to management and stock visibility and control,” said Reddy. “In addition, TU SYNC creates the opportunity for additional revenue generation for dealers. They have the ability to on-sell the tracking unit to the buyer. The buyer, in turn, can then leverage TransUnion’s cost-effective consumer vehicle tracking service, TU SYNC MyCar.”

TU SYNC is available immediately from TransUnion Auto Information Solutions.

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Datsun reveals the winners of its GObeYOU competition

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Datsun South Africa is proud to announce the three winners of its GObeYOU competition - an initiative that saw over thousands of petrol-heads push their creativity to the limit to create a car design that would win the votes of other car enthusiasts all around the country. Together, the winners will go on an all-expenses-paid trip to Indonesia later in the year, and the overall winner will be awarded his very own customised Datsun GO.

According to Sonke Dandala, Datsun’s Marketing & Product Manager, the competition was launched not only to attract and engage the Datsun GO’s target market (known as ‘risers’) through their preferred communication channels of social media and the internet, but also to encourage and highlight South Africa’s creativity whilst endearing the Datsun GO to the audience by placing it at the centre of the completion.

“GObeYOU was an amazing promotion,” says Arthur Bacchus from Cape Town, the winner of the car. “When I heard the Datsun brand was coming back to the country, I was so excited, it was unbelievable. Datsun was such a sought-after car where I grew up that I smile from ear-to-ear when I think about my prize.”

The other winners, Yaakov Steinhauer and Zareena Hoosein, were equally enthusiastic and are looking forward to their prize – a trip abroad.

Mr Steinhauer an engineer by profession says “I love travelling, seeing new places and experiencing different cultures”. Ms Hoosein, a student at Monash University of South Africa adds, “I’m very excited, and this will be a great way to unwind from the end of year exams!”

To enter the competition, our three winners first had to register on Datsun’s GObeYOU microsite – the site where they could design the GO vehicle of their dreams – via their Facebook or email. Judging the GObeYOU competition were three Datsun Igniters who are well-qualified when it comes to matters of style, originality and car mechanics: renowned graffiti artist Mars, popular entertainer DJ Guru, and racer and petrolhead  Chase Audagnotti each created a theme available on the microsite that will add character, soul and swagger to any vehicle.  They were responsible to select the top 20 from the thousands of entries received.

The themes were there to guide the competition entrants, and give them ideas of how they could modify and customise their Datsun GO’s, to their creativity’s desire. Once they were happy with their design, it was displayed in an online gallery where the public voted for their favourite one.

“Datsun GO is currently one of the most popular cars for A-segment buyers and it’s quickly reasserting its presence in South Africa” concludes Mr Dandala.

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