Bloemhof Police arrest 40 people for Public Violence after houses belonging to the Mayor and two Councillors are stoned


Bloemhof Police arrested 40 people for Public Violence and Malicious damage to properties in Boitumelong location in Bloemhof yesterday night, 02 April 2014. It is alleged that the community stoned the houses belonging to the Mayor and two Councillors.

According to the information, the community also burnt down the municipal office in the location and damaged the community hall. It is alleged that several tuck-shops belonging to the Bangladesh Nationals have also been looted and damaged.

The situation is still tense and the police are monitoring the situation.

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Correctional services Minister says imprisonment should be last resort in deterring crime

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says across the world, retribution, through imprisonment, has not yielded the results of deterring crime.

Delivering the opening address, at a two-day African Correctional Services (ACSA) Ministerial Consultative Forum (MCF) in Pretoria, today (3rd April 2014), Minister Ndebele said: “Across the world, retribution, through imprisonment, has not yielded the results of deterring crime. Since retribution is narrowly focused on ‘moral reprobation or outrage against criminal conduct,’ it fails to adequately reform offending behaviour and to repair harm experienced by victims of crime. In order for societies to succeed in the fight against crime and eliminate reoffending, victims of crime, offenders, families, and communities need to be active agents. They must be heard in determining the sanctions against offenders, and how offenders can be assisted in righting their wrongs. In the main, the retributive form of justice compounds, rather than alleviates, crime.

“It is for this reason that countries such as New Zealand, Canada and Australia are increasingly making use of restorative forms of justice drawn from their indigenous populations. The UK and United States are also increasingly resorting to restorative justice, and community-problem solving, instead of a parochial focus on imprisonment.
“As ACSA, we need to work together in influencing our courts to use restorative justice, and alternative sentencing, more as a way of dealing with peculiar challenges we face in our facilities. In Mozambique and Zimbabwe, restorative justice seems to have received more attention than here in South Africa. Perhaps, this partly answers the question why South African prisons remain over-populated and far higher than Africa’s most populous country Nigeria. The following quotation by J Ndou (Zimbabwe) in S v Shariwa [2003] JOL 11015 (ZH) is illuminating: ‘The convicted person should not be visited with punishment to the point of being broken...in our jurisdiction, there has been a paradigm shift. First, over the years our superior courts have emphasised that a sentence of imprisonment is a severe and a rigorous form of punishment, which should be imposed only as a last resort and where no other form of punishment will do. Second, there have been concerted efforts to shift from more traditional methods dealing with crime and the offender towards a more restorative form of justice that takes into account the interests of both society and the victim, i.e. community service...’

“Overcrowding at correctional facilities is a global challenge. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated that, ‘[until] the problem of overcrowding...is resolved, efforts to improve other aspects of prison reform...[are] unlikely to have any meaningful impact’. The HSRC argues that, ‘overcrowding is not just an issue of space; it dehumanises prisoners, encourages the spread of communicable diseases (especially HIV/AIDS), minimises the supervision of prisoners, burdens prison staff, and detracts from acceptable levels of hygiene, sanitation and sufficient food’. In the United States, chronic overcrowding is attributed to greater rates of violent crime coupled with harsher sentencing practices. Stern (1998) also shows that, ‘the absence of overcrowding does not necessarily equate to a lack of problems. For example, Japanese prisons are not overcrowded and prisoners live in single cells, but these cells are usually bitterly cold and prisoners spend only half an hour per day outside their cells. In addition, severe restrictions and harsh disciplinary measures are imposed. No talking is allowed, letters are heavily censored and solitary confinement is regularly used’.

“Sarkin (2008) reminds us that Africa’s incarceration rate compares favourably with that of many parts of the world. The continent’s 2005 incarceration rate, of 127 per 100 000, was below the world average of 152 per 100 000. The number of African countries showing an increase in incarceration rates is also lower than the rest of the world. In 2005, the West Africa incarceration rate was 52 per 100 000 people and Southern Africa at 324 per 100 000 people. South Africa leads the continent with the highest number of inmates.  As at 28th March 2014, we had 157 170 people in custody. Of these, 113 458 were sentenced offenders and 43 712 were remand detainees. It costs the taxpayer approximately R9,876-35 per month presently for each inmate. Since 2004, the inmate population has been reduced by 31,000 resulting in a saving of more than R1.4 billion to the fiscus. We have also learnt that one way to manage the inmate population is to utilize technology, such as electronic monitoring, which currently costs the taxpayer approximately R3,379 per month per inmate. Through electronic monitoring, we are able to monitor offenders 24-hours-a-day throughout the country.

“The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) noted that, ‘the conditions of prisons and prisoners in many African countries are afflicted by severe inadequacies including high congestion, poor physical, health, and sanitary conditions, inadequate recreational, vocational and rehabilitation programmes, restricted contact with the outside world, and large percentages of persons awaiting trial, among others’ (ACHPR 1995a).
“In our continent, the number of remand, or awaiting-trial, detainees is a major concern. Various steps have been taken to address this situation. In 1996, the Kampala Declaration on Prison Conditions in Africa, and, in 2002, the Ouagadougou Declaration on Accelerating Penal and Prison Reform in Africa were adopted. Both sought to alleviate the plight of African prisoners. While we agree that a number of our challenges to implement reforms relate to challenges of resources, there is still a lot we can do, as ACSA, to ensure that inmates are afforded the dignity, and humanity, they deserve. We should also bear in mind that corrections is a societal responsibility. We need to find ways of increasing the participation of communities, non-governmental organisations and the private sector in rehabilitation programmes. In Uganda, and Kenya, for instance, we should be encouraged by the The African Prisons Project, which works to restore dignity, and hope, to prisoners.

“In our efforts to rehabilitate offenders, we should also ensure that victims of crime are not neglected or forgotten. It remains a task of Correctional Services to actively facilitate the restoration of relations between offenders, and the communities, where they committed their crimes. We should recall, both as a liberated and pragmatic people, that penal incarceration, as we understand it today, was largely unknown in pre-colonial Africa. As Bah (2003) indicates, ‘redress in pre-colonial Africa tended to be victim-focused, with compensation as the focal point, not punishment of the offender...centralised states  seemed to have had rudimentary prison systems, but again victim compensation was viewed as more appropriate than offender incarceration’.

“Working together, there is a lot we, as ACSA, can achieve for the noble calling of corrections in our continent. We must be the architects of a sustainable correctional system in the continent. While others walk, we must run. In the end, history will judge us according to how we treated the most vulnerable in our society including inmates, children and women. We owe this to all our leaders, who suffered for our humanity in the colonial prisons of the past. We wish the conference every success in its deliberations,” Minister Ndebele said.

Passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles drive growth in vehicle sales numbers for March 2014

Sales Performance Summary – Total by Market Segment (NAAMSA flash includes Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana):

Sales Performance Summary – Exports:

Sales Performance Summary – AMH:

General Comments on March 2014 NAAMSA sales:

  • The month of March 2014 experienced 6.9% more sales than February 2014.
  • Month on Month all goods types experienced positive growth apart from Heavy Commercial Vehicles and BUS which had negative growth of -2.5% and 10.4%. Passenger vehicles had the highest growth of 6.9% followed by Light Commercial Vehicles which grew by 6.7%.
  • Year on Year monthly comparison shows a decrease of -0.2% in March 2014 compared to March of 2013. The average sales per day in March 2014 were less than March 2013 by 2,314 to 2,215. (24 – 25 Days).
  • Year to date (January – March 2014) comparisons shows that vehicle sales are down by -3.4% in the first three months of year when compared to last year.
  • All goods types had negative growth year on year apart from Extra Heavy Vehicles and Bus which had 12.3% and 10.8% growth respectively. Passenger vehicles are down -5.0% and Light Commercial Vehicles are down 0.5%.
  • The average number of sales for March since 2007 has been 51,388 (excl March 2014) and on average March has ranked as the best performing month since 2007. March 2014 has exceeded the average by 3,975 more vehicles.

General Macro and Industry Comments:

  • The country’s Q4:2013 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers came in at 3.8% q/q growth. This growth was established off a low base. Q3:2013 had come in at 0.7% (lowest q/q growth since 2009).
  • At this past week’s MPC meeting the governor of the reserve bank chose not raise the repo rate. SA consumers have already seen a 0.50 bps rate hike in the beginning of the year, while economists are still forecasting another rate hike at the next meeting.
  • Headline annual inflation rate (CPI) increased from 5.8% y/y in January 2014 to 5.9% y/y in February 2014. On average, prices increased by 11% between January 2014 and February 2014. Transport index increased by 1.5% of a percent point between Jan 2014 and Feb 2014, this was mainly due to a 39c per litre increase in petrol price. The annual rate increased to 8.0% in Feb 2014 from 7.8% in Jan 2014.SBR forecast for inflation peaks in Q2:2014 at 6.2% and averaging at 5.8% for the year.
  • Fuel prices have risen by 35.3% in petrol (inland) and risen by 30.3% in diesel (inland) since Jan 2012 to March 2014. Further, the price of fuel in the country has gone up by 273.3% in petrol and up by 299.2% in diesel since Jan 2004. Fuel prices have risen by 84% in petrol (inland) and risen by 94.2% in diesel (inland) since Jan 2010 to March 2014. Further, the price of fuel in the country has gone up by 289.8% in petrol and up by 432.8% in diesel since Jan 2001.
  • The rand has strengthened slightly against the dollar after averaging around R10.98 to the dollar in February to R10.76 in March 2014. The rand traded between a low of R10.73 and a high of R10.85.

Standard Bank VAF data:

  • The Average Contract Term continues to rise as consumers search for affordability. This is from 66 months to 66.8 months (February 2013 to February 2014). The Average Term the account is retained in our books is 40 months.
  • The percentage of Deposits to Total Applications has been decreasing, while the percentage of Applications with Residual Values to Total Applications trend is increasing consistently over the past two years. This indicates that the consumer is attempting to manage the monthly repayment amount at the minimum possible, and thereby assisting with the take-up of higher ticket value vehicles.
  • The % of Applications with Deposit has decreased from 37.4% to 30.6% and the % of Applications with RV’s has increased from 9.3% to 14.6% (February 2012 to February 2014).
  • Affordability is one of the biggest factors when it comes to consumers looking to buy cars. These statistics highlight the fact that the consumer have become savvier in order to stretch their affordability and purchase vehicles that they have aspired to own.
  • The general advice for consumers to be cautious and responsible when taking up lending facilities remain increasingly relevant today, as has been the past. Consumers are advised to take up lending facilities that suit their pockets and for which their repayments/instalments still leave room, or cushion for unforeseen cost increases. Lengthening of finance terms and building of higher residual values into vehicle finance contracts aimed at reducing instalments need to be approached by consumers with utmost caution – the structuring of deals in this way may resolve affordability in the short term, but do not necessarily alleviate long term debt commitments that may be impacted by changing economic conditions. 

Impact of Further Rate Hikes:

  • With the prospect of further rate hikes it is expected that this would seriously stretch the consumer’s affordability on what they can afford. If we take the average ticket price of a personal VAF deal which sits at around R262, 806 on the current prime rate (9.0%), monthly instalment sits around R5, 455. With a 0.5% rate hike the monthly instalment would increase by R64 and with a further 0.5% increase the instalment would increase by R128 from the original instalment amount.
  • This increase in monthly instalments may seem minimal to the consumer however if you add it on to the  monthly increases of fuel, April’s fuel levy increase,  as well as other rising inflationary pressures, the impact of further rate hikes may have a much more serious impact on the SA consumer’s affordability.

2014 Vehicle Sales Prospects:

The factors that will have an impact on the sales of vehicles in 2014 have not changed.

Factors that will inhibit growth include the following:

  • Low level of economic growth is expected in 2014, 2.1% for 2014 (Standard Bank Research).
  • High level of unemployment (24.1%) is expected to persist.
  • Rising inflationary pressures will remain a challenge. Food, fuel, above inflation wage settlements, as well as Exchange Rate fluctuations will pose risks to the inflationary outlook.
  • Exchange Rate fluctuations will also have an impact on vehicle pricing. With approximately two-thirds of vehicles sold in RSA being imported (NAAMSA) pricing will be vulnerable to a depreciating Rand.
  • The Bureau of Economic Research retail survey shows Retail business confidence decreased by 9 index points to a level of 40 in Quarter 4 of 2013.
  • The Replacement Cycle may have reached its peak.

Factors that may assist growth:

  • Even with the recent 50 bps increase in the repo rate, the interest rate environment remains favorable for financing of vehicles. However, this is likely to change with the increasing likelihood of upward movement of interest rates in the course of the year.
    • We have seen an increase in new vehicle prices due to the pressure of exchange rate fluctuations. However, prices of vehicles have grown at a lower rate than that of Consumer Price Inflation. New Vehicle Prices have grown by 3.79% for 2013.
      • There is still demand in the second hand market. This bodes well for the new car market as it enables trade-in to be feasible.  2013 experienced a negative growth in used car pricing, ending the year 2.2% down from 2012.
      • The South African vehicle market remains competitive – with South Africans crazy about cars, manufacturers are pushing creative marketing and incentive programmes as they fight for market share.
        • New model introductions, extended warranties, service plans and sales incentive schemes will remain prevalent in a consumer friendly sales environment.
        • The steady growth of the middle class will continue to drive sales growth in the market.
        • [Comments on NAAMSA New Vehicle Sales Report - March 2014  - Sydney Soundy – Head of Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance]

Suspect arrested for hijacking and possession of suspected stolen vehicle in Wolmaransstad

A 28-year-old accused, Mohau Molaeng of Jouberton Township appeared in the Wolmaransstad Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 31 March 2014 on charges of suspected stolen vehicle and car hijacking. The accused is still in custody and will appear again on 7 April 2014 for confirmation of his residential address.

It is alleged that the accused was arrested at Tswelelang Township in Wolmaransstad when he was driving recklessly and collided with other two vehicles. It is further alleged that his passenger fled the scene after the incident and the community members managed to apprehend the driver before he attempted to flee from the scene too.

The police were called to the scene and it was discovered that the vehicle he drove was allegedly hi-jacked in Jouberton.

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10,000 Inmates trained as electricians, plumbers and builders

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) will produce more artisans to deal with the shortage of critical skills in South Africa.

In 2012/13, almost 10,000 inmates were trained in various trades as part of government’s efforts to develop qualified artisans to support the country’s economy. A total of 9,403 inmates received training in welding, electrical, plumbing, building, carpentry, painting, tiling and chef assistance. In addition to the DCS budget, from April 2012 to March 2014 approximately R50 million was spent from the National Skills Fund to train offenders in welding, plumbing, bricklaying, plastering, electrical, carpentry and agricultural skills programmes.

During 2012/13, 1,515 inmates per day worked in DCS Production Workshops. Qualified artisans transferred skills to offenders in ten wood and steel workshops, 19 textile workshops, one shoe factory, six bakeries and three sanitary towel manufacturing workshops. In addition, 3,110 offenders were involved in agricultural activities each day. Offenders acquired work skills, and experience, in various agriculture projects such as vegetable production, fruits, broiler, egg, dairy, piggery, small stock (goat and sheep farming), beef and agronomy farming.

Minister Ndebele said improving the skills of offenders will enhance rehabilitation. “DCS will produce more artisans to deal with the shortage of critical skills in South Africa. This will also contribute towards government’s Decade of the Artisan programme, with the goal of producing 30, 000 artisans annually. As at March 2013, nearly a quarter (24.99%) of the sentenced offender population was youth. A number of inmates who, while not under 25, are still in the prime of their life.

Children, as young as 17 years of age, have committed serious crimes. The average inmate is a young substance abuser who, has dropped out of school before high school, is functionally illiterate and, more often than not, homeless. Research shows that, at least, 95% of those incarcerated will return to society after serving their sentence. Thus, a focus on rehabilitation, and re-orientation, of offenders is critical. DCS is re-moulding the character, and improving the skills, of offenders so that they return to society with enhanced prospects of success,” said Minister Ndebele.

Love on the line puts power to her pedal | Cape Epic

Absa Cape Epic’s Team Absa rider, Hlubi Mboya, has always said ‘family is everything’ and today that meant much more than just the words on this page.

Mboya, totally exhausted and mentally drained from the past 5 days racing and having nothing in the tank ahead of the toughest Stage day in the Absa Cape Epic today was given a surge of determination that only a loved one can evoke. Mboya’s fiancé, Kirsten Arnold, surprised Mboya on the start line. The picture says a thousand words.

Hlubi is an adventure seeker who revels in the thrills of the outdoors. After conquering and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro on 8th March 2013  on International Women’s Day, Hlubi went in search of a new challenge keeping with the theme of ‘mountains’, and decided to give mountain biking a try. She has only been riding a mountain bike for 8 months and is now riding the world’s toughest mountain bike stage race with Team Absa. This is incomprehensible to the average mountain biker who takes years plucking up the courage to ride in stage races, let alone the Absa Cape Epic.

Hlubi Mboya remarked, “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Never give up, be your own hero, never quit, never fear failure. To successfully complete this Absa Cape Epic, I think one needs a warrior spirit, a successful training programme, a never-quit attitude and a champion partner”- all of which Hlubi has no shortage of. She is partnered with rally car driver, Gugu Zulu, who is astounded by Mboya’s fighting spirit and immense grit.

Hlubi says she employs positive thinking, hard work, perseverance, a ‘no-pain-no-gain’ philosophy and a ‘train insane or remain the same’ school of thought to get through each day, and now with Kirsten waiting on the finish line, love will bring her home.

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Stransky uses ABSA Cape Epic as IRONMAN Training Ground

No Comments »Written on March 28th, 2014 by jonckie
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Cape Town, 27 March 2014 -The ABSA Cape Epic is the untamed ‘Tour de France’ of mountain biking and only the bravest and fittest of cyclists from around the world survive the gruelling 8 days/7 stages.

To give some context, with today’s stage 4/day 5 over, riders, over the past 5 days, have climbed a total elevation of 8430m - Mount Everest is 8848m, and over the total 8 days riders will have climbed a total of 14 930m, nearly twice the elevation of Mount Everest.

What do most of the ABSA Cape Epic riders do when they have finished a hard and incredibly tough day in the saddle? If you look around the quiet race village you will find most have retired to their tents to rest, but that rest does not happen for Team ABSA cyclist and former Springbok Joel Stransky.

For Team Absa cyclist, Joel ‘Stranners’ Stransky, today was just another day at the office, who after an exhausting day in the saddle, swapped his cleats for running shoes and set off on a long trail run in preparation for IRONMAN, taking place a week from now on the 6th April. Joel said today “The only thing missing at this Epic is somewhere for me to have a long swim as well!”

For those who do not know, the only IRONMAN on the African Continent celebrates its 10th anniversary in Port Elizabeth. The full IRONMAN race consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run. Stransky is competing in the full IRONMAN competition only a week after riding the Epic, so when the others are asleep in the afternoon, as part of his continuing training to ensure he is ready, Joel puts on his running shoes for and goes out for brisk run.

Forty-six year old Stransky is currently participating in the ABSA Cape Epic for the 5th time, playing a mentoring role to former Springbok and Sharks rugby player, Stefan Terblanche, who is facing his first Epic. Explains Joel “Five years ago I was challenged to do the Absa Cape Epic for charity by Elana Meyer, and I have been hooked ever since! I found mountain biking an excellent way of staying fit post my professional rugby career and the feeling of crossing the final Absa Cape Epic finish line is absolutely addictive! The Absa Cape Epic has become a way of life for me.”

Stransky is the longest-standing member of Team Absa, second only to the team captain, Ernst Viljoen. He is no stranger to mountain biking and has completed a number of other mountain bike stage races including the Sani2C, Attakwas, PE to Plett, and Ride the Rhino.

“The most important thing you learn from having done the Absa Cape Epic a few times is how to pace yourself in order to survive each day and ultimately finish the 8 day race. If you prepare well physically then you already know how to suffer and your mind will become strong and enable you to survive the ‘dark’ moments mentally.”

That is what you call a Real Epic Man!

Kathu Police nab two housebreaking suspects, stolen items recovered

Police in Kathu have made a breakthrough in the housebreaking cases when two suspects were arrested over the weekend (22/03-23/03).

It is alleged that during the early hours of Friday morning (21/03 at about 03:00), a resident of Bestwood was asleep when intruders entered his house.

A TV set, a laptop, personal documents and a cellphone was taken. Entry was gained through an unlocked door.

Police followed up on information received and their investigation led them to a house in Maputeng. Four(4) TV’s, 3 laptops, 2 video cameras, an ipod, 73 mandrax tablets, 2 cameras, 16 sealed bags of tik crystals, 7 cellphones and a packet containing an unknown powder(suspected cocaine) was confiscated.

On Saturday, 22 March, a 35 year old man was arrested in Kathu while the second suspect, aged 23 years old was arrested on Sunday, 23 March, also in Kathu. Both suspects were charged with housebreaking and theft and appeared in the Kathu magistrates’ court on Monday, 24/03. Lloyd (35) and Johan Holthauzen (23) were denied bail and will appear in court again on the 14 April 2014.

Police are appealing to the public who have been victims of housebreaking, to come forward in order to identify the recovered items. D/Sgt Karlin Grobler of SAPS Kathu may be contacted on 0836028607.

Police are also warning the public not to buy stolen items from suspected criminals. If found in possession of stolen property, they will be charged and their property confiscated by the police. Instead police is appealing to the public to report criminal behaviour to them.

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Justice Project South Africa launches non-political campaign entitled “Hands Off our Public Protector”

Following repeated verbal and written attacks on the integrity of the office of the Public Protector and Advocate Madonsela herself, Justice Project South Africa, early this morning launched a campaign entitled “Hands Off our Public Protector” while Advocate Madonsela was being interviewed on Jacaranda’s Complimentary Breakfast.

Within minutes our tweet (and variations of it tagging other Twitter handles) had been retweeted far and wide and we are very encouraged by the public support that is already being shown for our campaign.

We are planning to hold a march to the offices of the Public Protector in Pretoria sometime in April and are currently busy with plans and arrangements to facilitate this.

“This will not be a protest as such, but more of a public show of support. We feel that the Public Protector could do with some support for the essential work that she and her office does and sending the message out to her detractors to lay off is equally important,” said JPSA’s Howard Dembovsky.

“It should also be noted that this campaign is not only in response to the Nkandla Report and there is a report on a complaint we lodged with the office of the Public Protector some time ago looming for publication in the very near future,” he said.

Dembovsky emphasised the point that the campaign was completely apolitical and that JPSA would not welcome or tolerate any participation by political parties of any description in the campaign.

We have noted that coincidentally, the Freedom Front Plus has today also launched a campaign in support of the Public Protector. We wish to point out that we were completely unaware of their plans to do so and we distance ourselves from ANY political party events, no matter what they are for.

JPSA will make an announcement with respect to the planned date and time of our march in due course, the plans for which are currently at an advanced stage.

Absa cape Epic’s Team Absa rider, William Mogkopo, has been selected for the SA Elite U23 XCO World Cup team

No Comments »Written on March 26th, 2014 by jonckie
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Cycling SA announced this evening that William Mokgopo from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy has been selected for the Elite U23 XCO Team for the MTB XCO World Cup taking place at Cascades MTB Park in April this year.

Absa Cape Epic Update
Day 3 / Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic kicked off this morning from Robertson, the western gateway to The Heart of Route 62, and ended at Arabella Wines, a distance of 101 km with a climbing elevation of 1550m. Rain and mud levelled the playing field.

Finishing overall in the men’s category after Stage 2 in the top 100 is Team Absa’s Owen Hannie and William Mokgopo riding under the team name of Team ABSA Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy.
Mokgopo, and sports presenter at SuperSport and Metro FM, Hannie, completed Stage 2 in 88th position out of 285 teams in their category, clocking up an average speed of 17.18km p/h over the past 3 days.

Says André Ross, CEO of the Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy “I’m happy with the progress that Owen and William have made in Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic - it looks like they’re having fun.
Most importantly, William’s participation as well as that of fellow Diepsloot MTB Academy rider, Tsepo Nyirenda (also riding under Team Absa), has already created greater awareness around the Diepsloot MTB Academy. Over the last few days I’ve had many requests from people asking what they can do to help the academy, ranging from a mother in Midrand saying she has been inspired by Team Absa, to a mountain bike rider in Limpopo asking how he can get involved.”

Team Absa Stage 2 Absa Cape Epic Results:
Owen Hannie and William Mokgopo (completed in 5:46.58) 88th position in Men’s category
Ernst Viljoen and Tim Brink (completed in 6:45.02) 118th position in Master’s category
Stefan Terblanche and Joel Stransky (completed in 7:26.05) 174th in Men’s category
Gugu Zulu and Hlubi Mboya (completed in 7:29.34) 52nd in Mixed category
Clayton Duckworth and Tsepo Nyirenda (completed in 7:22.50) 232th in Men’s category
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