joBerg2c: Elite rider and current leader Nico Bell – a family affair

Nico Bell (credit Em Gatland)Elite rider Nico Bell is racing at the Old Mutual joBerg2c. So is his mom, his dad, aunt, cousin and sister. It’s a family gathering with a difference.

The Old Mutual joBerg2c is a race or a ride, depending on your motivations, that is often underestimated by participants. The days are long, dry and dusty, or long, wet and muddy. The hills are tough on Day 4, tougher on Day 6 when the legs are hammered. The terrain and tents take a toll on the body. It’s a true feat of endurance when you cross the line on Day 9.

That being said, perhaps unique about the event is the camaraderie in the race villages. Friends and family loiter around, enjoying the open fires and warm hospitality. The organisers go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome, even dragging their own families along for the ride. That’s how incidents occur like the Great Haircut Scandal of 2015, where race director Craig Wapnick’s son gave himself and his brother a new hair style with some scissors he found lying around. It’s riders, fun and family at joBerg2c. Which might explain why elite rider Nico Bell brought along his entire family to the 2016 event.

None of the Bell family can remember why they decided to enter the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Of course, Nico knows why he’s here, and that’s to win. But dad George, mom Sharon, sister Vanessa, cousin Nadine Pretorius and aunt Susan Pretorius can’t quite remember a single instant where it was decided that the larger Bell contingent would descend on South Africa’s longest mountain bike stage race.

“Sharon, Nadine and Susan have all done sani2c or Berg and Bush,” says George Bell, “and I’ve done the Cape Pioneer Trek with Vanessa and the Cape Epic with Nico many years ago. I think we all just came to the conclusion that it was time to take on the longer, tougher challenge of joBerg2c.”

George is riding with his daughter Vanessa, Nico is racing alongside 2015 joBerg2c champion Gawie Combrinck, Nadine has teamed up with friend Heila Meintjies and Sharon Bell is riding with aunt Susan. After five days of racing or riding, all the Bells are still in high spirits, particularly Nico, who had just taken a five-minute lead at the front of the field.

“Obviously I don’t see anyone when I ride, but it’s great having the whole family here,” says Nico. “Nine days is tough, but the atmosphere at the event is very relaxed. I’m usually all over the country racing, so this has been a great way to spend time with family. I’ve really enjoyed getting to the finish line to see everyone finish and to hear their stories from the day.” Mom Sharon chimes in that the rest of the family is at the event acting as Nico’s backup team. “But I can’t wait four hours for a spare wheel, mom,” is his studied response, before confirming that this year’s joBerg2c is a nice twist on the family holiday – just with less arguing over the dishes.

All the Bells (and Nadine and Susan) - no whistles - are in agreement that joBerg2c is one of the most hospitable races they’ve participated in. “I’m enjoying it, but I’m very tired,” says Susan. “My friends talked me into it and it’s been a good challenge... I heard it was flat and that hasn’t really been the case!” Sharon adds that the hospitality at the various race villages ‘has been amazing’. “The water points are magnificent and everywhere you go you can feel the positive vibe.”

George, a farmer, has particular praise for the three organisers of the event – Wapnick, Glen Haw and Gary Green. “The riding is fun. It takes a lot of effort to make a ride like this enjoyable. As a farmer I can see how much effort the guys have put into making the land ride-able. It’s actually really impressive what they have done, incredible work.”

Naturally, it wouldn’t be a true family gathering without some sort of controversy. Vanessa has accused Nadine of trying to fatten up her partner ahead of the event. “Nadine is evil. She kept sending my dad cakes and sweets and chocolates,” says Vanessa. “My dad and I just wanted to beat Nadine and Heila, but they instituted a diabolical dirty tricks campaign this year. It’s just not on.” With Vanessa and George lying 96 overall after six days and Nadie and Heila 143rd, it appears the sweet temptations failed to do their job.

“We just wanted to beat George and Van!” says Nadine with a big laugh. “This is a new challenge for me. I’ve done shorter stage races and triathlons, so this is very different, but it’s a great way to spend nine days away from work and to hang out with the family.”

For racing snake Nico, it’s all part of the plan. “In January Gawie and I look at the year ahead and try to choose races that suit our strengths. I had an injury at the Epic, so things didn’t go so well. But so far it’s been good at joBerg2c. The calendar is pretty packed. A week after this one we are straight into sani2c and then it’s pretty much non-stop racing until the Wines2Whales in November.”

Nico might have the final say at joBerg2c come Day 9, but it’s Nadine with the final word at this discussion. “Ja, Nico has to ride lots this year, because next year I’m doing joBerg2c with him!”

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Gary Kirsten Foundation exposes gifted cricketers in township schools


Michael Botha and Gary Kirsten

Talented young cricket stars are quickly being identified in Khayelitsha schools following the creation of comprehensive cricketing ecosystems by the Gary Kirsten Foundation last year.

In a drive to provide gifted individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools to develop their sporting skills, the Gary Kirsten Foundation initiated the Township Cricket Net Installation project. Learners from Chris Hani Secondary School, Siphamandla Secondary School and Impendulo Primary School are benefitting from the holistic initiative whereby each school received two quality cricket nets, a complete cricket kit as well as a cricket coach trained under the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy.

On a recent visit to Siphamandla Secondary School, Gary Kirsten immediately took note of one youngster who is showing incredible talent. The talented cricketer has been taking full advantage of the nets and, under the tutelage of his coach Sivuyile Mfunelwa, has developed into a competitive fast bowler. However, as is the case with many of these learners, the youngster didn’t have any cricket shoes and has been honing his skill in school shoes. To remedy this, Kirsten approached Adidas, who donated quality cricket shoes.

“We are really so grateful to Adidas for responding to this need without hesitation,” said Kirsten. “It is absolutely amazing what can be achieved when these children are just given the opportunity.”

Kirsten, who visits the township schools regularly, said this project was some of the most meaningful work he has done.

“I am so excited to get back to the schools and see what new talent has emerged,” he said. “South Africa is so alive with possibilities and the progress made through the net installation programme proves that there are gifted sports stars everywhere, we just need to invest in them.”

A fourth school has been identified as a recipient for the Township Cricket Net Installation. Sivile Primary School at Site C in Khayelitsha will soon benefit from this advantageous outdoor practice facility.

To ensure the sustainability of each donation, the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy trains a coach from the area who is then provided with a position at the school, overseeing all sporting activities, creating a comprehensive sports’ programme and coaching the youngsters. The coaches work closely with both the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy, as well as Gary Kirsten himself, keeping up-to-date with all elements of the cricketing arena.


“Job creation, skills’ development and general community upliftment are all key to the success of the net installations and we want to continue expanding this programme into as many South African schools as possible,” said Kirsten.

Each net installation costs approximately R80 000, excluding the cost of cricket equipment and the hiring of coaches. Any organisation or individual interested in supporting the Township Cricket Net Installation initiative can check the Foundation page at

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Recovery of stolen property, Umgeni Park

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gate motorStolen electric gate motor recovered by Marshall Security reaction officers.

Marshall Security armed reaction officers were on routine patrol in Underwood Road, in the Umgeni Park area shortly before 6am on Tuesday morning, when they noticed a suspicious looking male pedestrian carrying what appeared to be a motor from an electric gate.

When our officers stopped and approached the man, he dropped the motor and fled into a nearby dense bush area.

An extensive search for the man was conducted, however he could not be located.

The motor has been returned to its owners.

Marshall Security have noted that in all of the cases where gate motors have been stolen, home owners either do not have anti theft brackets installed on their motors or do not have the correct security set up to prevent the theft. Contact our experienced team of security consultants for expert advise on how to secure your electric gate installation.

Remember to call us IN CASE OF ANYTHING.

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The importance of hand hygiene to stop the spread of infection and disease


Daily, people touch surfaces, equipment and a number of other items without thinking twice.

While people cannot be paranoid about everything they touch, washing their hands prior or following certain activities is vital.

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day and ER24 is urging people to practise proper hand washing.

Proper hand washing is one of the easiest things people can do to reduce the spread of infection and disease.

Regular hand washing especially at the following times should be practised:

  • Before eating.
  • Before preparing food. It is also important to wash your hands after handling any meat products to prevent the spread of bacteria that can result in food poisoning.
  • After coughing or sneezing into your hands or tissue. After blowing your nose.
  • Before and after attending to a person who is sick.
  • After going to the toilet.
  • When using any chemicals or household cleaners.
  • After touching animals.
  • Touching garbage or garbage bins.
  • When your hands are visibly soiled.

Washing your hands regularly only takes a few minutes of your day. This does not mean a simple quick rinse with just water is adequate. An effective and inexpensive way to remove germs is by washing your hands with soap. You should wet your hands with water, apply enough soap to cover the surface of your hands, lather well and wash the surface of both hands. This includes your palms, the back of your hands, wrists, every and between each finger as well as under your fingernails. You should then rinse and dry your hands thoroughly. Alcohol-based hand rubs are also recommended.

It is important to teach your children the importance of washing their hands as well. Remember to set the example.



Chitra Bodasing

ER24 spokesperson

joBerg2C – Going alone for the long ride

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The Old Mutual joBerg2c is a demanding team event, but if you feel the need to add an extra challenge, you can always ride by yourself for nine days.

There’s a pinch of madness required to enter the nine day, 900km-long Old Mutual joBerg2c. As the days and distance tell you, it’s one long ride, the longest stage race in South Africa, in fact. Time, effort and money all go into getting to the start, along with the not so trifling matter of finding the right partner. Choose wisely, and the nine days will be the ride of your life. Choose poorly, and your ride will seem even longer than the 900km on offer.

Of course, the Old Mutual joBerg2c is also one of the few stage races that allows riders to enter as a solo participant. So if your partner pick ’n mix fails to yield the right combination, you can always take on the challenge alone, something 227 people (209 men, 18 women) have decided to do at this year’s joBerg2c. It’s the highest number of solo entries joBerg2c has ever had, and something that race director Craig Wapnick puts down to the excellent safety features of the race. “When stage racing started in South Africa a big concern was safety,” says Wapnick. “That’s why a lot of races started with the team aspect. I think that over the years our excellent safety standards have convinced riders that this is a challenge they can take on solo.”

Wapnick initially decided to introduce the solo category because of the number of phone calls he received from entrants who couldn’t find suitable partners. He says he’d prefer for more teams to enter, but as long as people are having fun at joBerg2c then it’s all good. “We couldn’t do more than this year’s number of solo riders, though. They each get a tent, so we are at full capacity in terms of space.”

Not having to share a tent is one perk of the solo entry. But make no mistake; riding alone is a test of endurance and mental strength. The climbs seem longer, the water points further away, the bumps in the road more aggressive and the solitude more haunting.

Leading the solo category in 2016 is Calvin Beneke. Just behind is Charles Mcfall. On Day 4, after three long testing days, the pair “teamed up” for the 93km ride from Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State to Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I was offered the opportunity to ride two weeks before the race started,” says Beneke. “It was too late to find a partner, but I really wanted to ride. It’s tough, though. If you ride with a partner there is someone there to help you through the bad patches, but if you’re on your own you need to get your head right all by yourself. That’s why Charles and I paired up today; it was good just to have someone to ride with.”

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Mcfall was initially entered into the team event, but his partner was injured before joBerg2c started. He didn’t want to miss out, so changed to a solo entrant. “Riding solo definitely impacts you,” says Mcfall. “It can make the race very difficult when you are by yourself. joBerg2c is already tough, but taking on the challenge solo ramps that up. On a positive note, when you ride by yourself you can go at your own pace. Sometimes with a partner he can ride you into the ground, and that can ruin your race too.”

Someone well accustomed to riding alone is 2015 Munga winner and current third placed solo rider at 2016 joBerg2c, John Ntuli. After riding days and nights alone to win the 1000km single-stage race from Bloemfontein to the Western Cape, Ntuli was looking forward to some company at joBerg2c. His partner was away racing just before the event started, so Ntuli ended up in the solo category again.

“I cycled solo in 2015 because I couldn’t find a partner strong enough,” says Ntuli. “And now I’m back again because my partner was unavailable. It’s been good so far, but very tough. Riding alone is incredibly hard. I have some team events lined up after this, and I’m looking forward to that.”

Winner of the women’s solo race on Day 4, Patsy Hime, already knows all about the negative side of being without a partner at joBerg2c. “Riding solo has its ups and downs,” she says. “On Day 1 I had an absolute nightmare with mechanical issues and was dropped by all the groups. That’s when you really feel the lack of a teammate. I was out there by myself for long stretches. On the other hand, when you get into a bunch and you’re with people, it’s very enjoyable. But yes, riding solo does take you into some dark places. You just have to keep your head strong and push through.”

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FleetBoard Drivers’ League 2015: South African tops the global ranks


  • Marshall Hendricks from Imperial Fast ‘N Fresh tops the worldwide FleetBoard Drivers’ League
  • Local top three drivers awarded with trips to Germany
  • Growing number of participants: 19 438 drivers from 359 companies in 18 countries
  • Driver performance analysis from FleetBoard utilised as key measurement

A total of 19 438 drivers from 359 companies in 18 countries took part in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers' League in the period from 1 June to 31 October 2015. Fleetboard Driver’s League is a driving competition run using Daimler’s FleetBoard telematics system to determine driver scores.

In the worldwide 2015 rankings, it was Marshall Hendricks from Imperial Fast ‘N Fresh (Cape Town) who stood at the top of the winners’ podium in the "Best Driver" category. Hendricks demonstrated his skills with a driving style score of 9.95 (out of 10).


In the "Best Team" category, the accolade went to the Makali team. With a driving style score of grades made up of the scores by the individual drivers, the company showed that a great deal can be achieved as a team.

“There are so many factors that determine what makes a good driver, such as braking, accelerating and using the correct gears at all times. The Daimler FleetBoard system makes it so much easier to access and understand the information from the truck. I would often log into the system to see how I was doing against the other drivers, and this meant we had a high and very healthy level of competition,” says Hendricks.

In the local FleetBoard Drivers’ League, Pieter Adriaanse from Imperial Fast ‘N Fresh took second position, followed in third by Paulus Mkhize from Willowton Logistics. To round off the Southern African accolades, the top three fleets were:  Makali (first), Anderson’s Transport (second) and Plantation (third).

Dietrich Müller, Managing Director of Daimler FleetBoard GmbH, also sees the Drivers' League as a sporting competition: "It is impressive how many male and female drivers from a wide range of countries took part in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers' League. Our aim with this competition is to motivate and stimulate the drivers to integrate an economical driving style into their day-to-day work, and to continuously improve so that they can overtake their competitors in the Drivers' League and finally emerge as the winners,” notes Müller.

Rowlands Peters, Head of FleetBoard South Africa: “FleetBoard is more than just one of the best telematics system in the industry. It also serves as a tool to increase the quality of a driver’s skills, and when that takes place, we have safer drivers and safer roads. Of course, it gives me great pleasure to know that the best driver within the global FleetBoard Drivers’ League competiton is from South Africa. Congratulations to everyone who was involved,” says Peters.


About FleetBoard Drivers' League

The international participants in the Drivers' League compete against one another in everyday operations behind the wheels of their Daimler trucks in the "Best Driver" and "Best Team" categories, with the prospect of attractive prizes for those demonstrating the most economical style of driving.

Contestants competing at national level have the opportunity to secure the monthly victory in the "Best Driver" and "Best Team" categories. At the end of the competition, the best overall driver and the best overall team of a nation are determined.

In order to be eligible for registration, drivers must cover a monthly mileage of at least 4000 km and be FleetBoard users. The winners are determined on the basis of their driving style score in the FleetBoard Performance Analysis.

The driving style score is made up of fuel economy factors and braking behaviour. Apart from anticipatory driving in keeping with characteristic maps, the scoring takes into account accelerator movements, consistent speeds and the number of stops, as well as brake pedal movements.

All participants are provided with a profile on the Drivers' League homepage, which they can individualise with personal data and use to view their current ranking and check the standings of their fellow contestants.


Mutual & Federal showcases mobile library in Reitz, Free State

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As part of the Nelson Mandela Library Project, under the Participate for Good programme, Mutual & Federal were very excited to showcase the new mobile library unit that they will be donating to Phinduzame Primary School in Reitz, Free State.  On 23 April, the end of the second day of the Old Mutual Joberg2C Marathon that stopped over in the Reitz Race Village, cyclists and the Mutual & Federal team were able to announce and showcase the library. The library will officially be handed over to the school in May 2016. This marks the first year Mutual & Federal is participating in the Nelson Mandela Library Project, and this will be the very first library to be wholly funded by a corporate.

“Education is one of our key focus areas, and this initiative encourages reading from a very early age and  assists with addressing the issue of illiteracy in many rural areas,” says Busisiwe Sithole, Head of Responsible Business at Mutual & Federal.

The sponsored Mobile Library contains 1 400 books, but can house up to 5 000 books. This small contribution motivates learners to love books and provide them with the stepping stone to stay in school and further their education.

“Through our Responsible Business Programme, we aim to enable positive futures through among others Education, Skills and Enterprise Development. This project doesn’t only contribute to education, but also to technical skills development during the construction of the library, and therefore enable the people who acquired skills such as welding to be employable or start their own small businesses. Mutual & Federal believes in empowering communities and improving their livelihood, and there is no better way to do that than through education and giving them an opportunity to acquire lifelong skills” says Sithole.

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The first library was donated in 2011, and money is continually being raised through proceeds from ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, events such as Old Mutual’s Joberg2C marathon, along with other CSI sponsorships. With these funds, nine libraries have been donated to underprivileged schools thus far, and the Mutual & Federal sponsored library will be the tenth sponsored mobile library from the project.

Sithole concludes: “We hope that the library will create a culture of reading in the community, mobilise the children of Reitz to read themselves out of poverty, and to reach for their dreams. Furthermore, we hope to continue this tradition in the years to come, and impact many more communities.”

The official library handover to Phinduzame Primary will take place on 13 May 2016 at the school.

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Male counterparts no deterrent for determined lady trucker

READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD: Khonelaphi Khangwayini Ngubane’s determination to break away from cultural norms and pursue a fulfilling career as a truck driver has gained the full support of her family while her male counterparts look up to her with utmost admiration and respect.

READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD: Khonelaphi Khangwayini Ngubane’s determination to break away from cultural norms and pursue a fulfilling career as a truck driver has gained the full support of her family while her male counterparts look up to her with utmost admiration and respect.

Khonelaphi Khangwayini Ngubane’s childhood can be described as unconventional.

The mother of four developed a keen interest in pursuing male-dominated careers and first began driving buses and trucks in 2002 when she was 36 years old.

Growing up in Msinga, a farm stead in KwaZulu-Natal, she was raised with the belief that girls should only study up to a certain point before preparing herself for marriage as opposed to empowering them towards a better future.

However, she refused to be counted amongst those girls who became housewives and instead worked hard to pursue her passion for driving heavy duty vehicles.

After attending lessons with a driving school in Pinetown, she obtained a code 11 license and was later granted a code 14 license.

Her sheer passion for driving heavy duty vehicles paved the way for her to embark on a meaningful career as a truck driver – an experience she would not change for the world.

Now 50, her fervent hope is to one day impart her years of expertise as a truck driver to other aspiring female truck drivers so that they too can experience the many wonders of the profession.

Ngubane has been employed at Timber 24 for 11 years and is the only member of her family to get behind the wheels of a truck. She is most grateful to her family for their full support in her choice of career.

Timber 24 is a division of Barloworld Transport, a timber logistics and forestry solutions company.

“My previous bosses saw potential in me and encouraged me to pursue a career in this field,” she said.

“Ziba Okwakhe Mncwaba, a former colleague at SAPPI, is my role model. He was a truck driver for 25 years and taught me most of the things I know today about truck driving.”

She said settling into her job at Timber 24 was not difficult because she was all too determined to make a success of her career.

“I drive abnormal trucks and my travels have taken me all over KwaZulu-Natal to Howick, Mkhomazi, Greytown, Richards Bay, and Mbonambi.

“I have experienced considerable growth since joining Timber 24 and seized the opportunity to excel in my field. My bosses always encourage me to push boundaries and do more to challenge myself professionally.”

Winning a “Driver of the Year” competition in Umdloti after competing against several experienced male drivers is one of the proudest moments of her life.

On her advice for aspirant female truck drivers she said: “You have to be confident, especially as a woman. Don’t feel intimidated by your male counterparts and be patient. This is probably one of the reasons why police do not treat me indifferently to other male truck drivers and they respect me.”

She said although there were instances when male drivers attempted to undermine her, she did not let fear overcome her and was fortunate enough to have worked with people who respected her and had faith in her abilities.

With time management being a crucial part of her job, she admits she is equally committed to spending quality time with her family.

“I am very grateful to Timber24 for entrusting me with this job and encouraging me to do better all the time.

“I see myself growing within the company and life’s lessons have taught me to take every job, whether big or small, seriously.”

Morning briefs where expectations for the day are delivered, form a regular and important part of a truck driver’s work schedule and are deeply entrenched in the operating processes at Timber 24.

Of utmost importance is to ensure the process of reporting back and signing off after each delivery has been strictly adhered to.

When asked to comment on trucking in South Africa being frowned upon by many due to the carnage on the roads and the destruction of the national roads network, she said she always encouraged drivers to ensure they are well rested before embarking on a journey.

“It is not unusual for a truck driver to feel sleepy while driving and, therefore, it is important to take breaks before continuing on your journey.”

Looking to the future she welcomes the idea of starting her own business and, therefore, attends business workshops to expand her business acumen.

“That being said, I don’t take my job for granted. Whenever I encounter any work challenge, I always remind myself that someone out there is hoping to one day grab the opportunity to have a job like mine.”

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Racing the wind at joBerg2c

Old Mutual South Africa CEO Dave Macready and former Ireland rugby captain Dion O' Cuinneagain

Fundracing at joBerg2c: Old Mutual's CEO Dave Macready and Former Irish rugby captain Dion O'Cuinneagain

The 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c kicked into race mode on a blustery day for riders.

Day 2 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c is when the real racing starts at the nine-day, 900km event. After a neutral first day, riders crank into a higher gear for the 93km from Frankfort to Reitz, and for the remaining seven days.

Weather conditions on Day 1 were near perfect for a casual meander through the countryside, but a stiff breeze greeted riders as they made their way out of the Frankfort race village on Day 2. It remained that way for much of the day, with the wind alternating between headwinds and crosswinds.

Not that the winners and second-placed team on Day 2 noticed. Team Telkom’s Johann Rabie and Hendrik Kruger got into the racing spirit with a blistering ride, completing the stage in 3:16.41. Team NAD Pro MTB’s Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck were seconds behind Rabie and Kruger, having made a break with the pair early in the day.

With just 1001m of climbing, the day could hardly be described as brutal. But the wide open spaces offered little respite from the wind and the riding groups that typically form on the first two days of joBerg2c were constantly splintered.

Also battling the wind, but finishing just under an hour after the four elite riders was Old Mutual South Africa CEO Dave Macready and his teammate for the joBerg2c, former Irish rugby captain Dion O’ Cuinneagain. Both are making their joBerg2c debuts, and performing admirably while they’re at it.

The pair are a formidable stage race team, having completed the seven-day Transalp race together, as well as a handful of South African stage races. joBerg2c is a different beast, though, with a mixture of long, flat days in the beginning and long, steady climbs in the middle and end of the race providing the ultimate mountain biking challenge. There’s also the small matter of 250km of single-track to cover over the nine days.

“This was a tough day,” said Macready of the first racing stage. “There was a crosswind that split up the bunches, and headwinds for most of the way, so you needed to work hard out there. I think there will be a lot of tired riders tonight.”

Despite the wind, Macready and O’ Cuinneagain are enjoying the famed spirit and atmosphere of the ride. “I’ve heard so much about joBerg2c and how everything at the event is geared towards making the experience special for the rider, so to experience it now is fantastic. It’s only been two days, but everything has been amazing so far. There are big smiles wherever you go, so even when you’ve had a tough day, it doesn’t take long to start smiling again.”

Macready is also riding joBerg2c for ‘More than Yourself’, an Old Mutual initiative that encourages endurance sport participants to raise money for charitable causes. His efforts in the saddle will help raise funds for the Sunlight Safe House, an emergency shelter for children in life-threatening circumstances. With seven days to come, Macready will have ample time to do his best for the children of Sunlight Safe House.

Day 3 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c takes riders on a 122km journey from Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam. Highlights on the day include the Jabulani (be happy) single-track along an idyllic river setting, as well as the climb and scintillating descent of Mt Paul. The day culminates with a 5km stretch along the Sterkfontein Dam wall, which is a superb way to end if there’s a tailwind blowing, but not much fun if it’s a headwind.

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Truck driver rolls vehicle in Oaklands


Just after 10am this morning EMER-G-MED's A11 responded to reports of a rollover on the corners of Trilby Street and Pretoria Avenue, in Oaklands.

On arrival paramedics found a truck lying on it's side in the road, allegedly after the driver lost control - causing it to roll.

The driver, and only occupant, fortunately sustained only minor injuries and was treated on-scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for further assessment.