Get moving – Your health depends on it says ER24

Dr Ali Bacher former Springbok cricket captain enjoying the 5km Discovery 702 Walk the Talk.World Move for Health Day in May encourages people to take responsibility for their wellbeing.

People are encouraged to participate in physical activities and eat healthy to reduce the risk of health-related issues.

While some find it easy to stay fit, others struggle.

Saul Behrmann, ER24 Joburg North Branch Manager who keeps fit by living an active lifestyle, said the key to being healthy is to have fun while doing so and not to rush the process.

Behrmann, who loves living an active lifestyle, does at least 45 to 60 minutes of cardio per day and trains at least five days a week. He has been participating in the Jeep Warrior “Elite Black Ops” obstacle races for about two years. Behrmann has completed eight races thus far.

“I love the fact that the race is outdoors in nature. It involves trail running combined with extreme obstacles. The race tests both physical and mental strength and the will to push through and complete the race,” he said. Behrmann generally finishes in the top 17 out of 100 participants in his category.

His advice to people is get someone to join in their healthy choices. “This makes the healthy lifestyle easier and enjoyable. By not doing any form of exercise, you put your general health at risk. If people live unhealthy lifestyles it could lead to severe illness and possibly result in death. Illnesses include diabetes, hypertension, congestive cardiac failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It usually starts with gaining some extra kilogrammes and then the unhealthy lifestyle compacts on previously acquired illnesses and diseases. This unhealthy lifestyle makes it a lot more difficult for the body to get better and healthy easily,” he said.

Behrmann, who has been a paramedic for the past 12 years, said he treats patients on a daily basis who could have changed their medical outcomes by adjusting their lifestyles and eating habits. “A lifestyle adjustment could potentially change deadly illnesses into controllable situations,” he said.

Saul Behrmann

Saul Behrmann


Behrmann said there is a misconception that sudden dieting and excluding certain things will make a person healthy. “The saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’ is definitely a suitable saying when it comes to dieting. The key is to eat healthy and gradually cut out the unhealthy foods. You should not hate that you have to eat healthy. You should enjoy eating healthy. Everything in moderation is what I always say,” he said.

So how do you kick-start your journey to a healthy lifestyle without taking on extreme exercises that you are not in the mood for or without bursting your bank account? Behrmann offers the following advice:

A cheap way to keep fit is to take the stairs instead of the lifts at work. Park a bit further when parking at a shopping mall. If safe to do so take a 30 to 45 minute walk/jog around your area. Join the park runs in your area. It is fun and done by like-minded people.

In the comfort of your own home Google “own body weight exercises”. General housework and cleaning is a simple way to pick up your heart rate.

A light walk or jog around the neighbourhood, sweeping the patio and mowing the lawn are guaranteed to raise your heart rate. Anything that exerts the body and allows you to break a sweat.

Most people become more motivated if they do things that are group focused. If you are around people who are looking for the same results then you may be more inclined to exercise. Do things that you will enjoy doing. The moment you do not enjoy it you will start finding ways not to do it.

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

Issued by:

Chitra Bodasing

ER24 spokesperson

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Jasco launches body worn security technology


Eckart Zollner

Jasco has added a range of body worn surveillance solutions to its security portfolio. Worn by security and guarding personnel in a number of South African deployments, the vest has been proven in the local market. The technology enables real time tracking with geotagging and streaming of visuals, and has enormous potential to improve management, safety and cost and operational efficiencies in a number of industries, including security, transport and logistics, emergency response, law enforcement and facility management.

The solution will be launched at Securex South Africa which runs from 12 – 14 May 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre. The product will be demonstrated at the Jasco stand - J17.

The solution combines GPS location and tracking technologies with a body-worn camera that sends real-time images, even in low bandwidth conditions, to a dedicated centrally hosted server. Clients who subscribe to the service are issued with the vests for their personnel and are enabled with their own client monitoring software. The vests are activated and the client is provided with a secure log-in to a securely hosted environment to view images and control each vest – i.e. activate audio, visuals or tracking as needed.

Says Eckart Zollner, Head of business development at the Jasco Group: “These integrated body worn tracking and surveillance solutions offer the security and other industry sectors the capabilities they need to better manage personnel, improve service delivery, lower costs and meet Service Level agreements with their customers. The solution has been tested in the market over the last four years and has proven its efficacy in terms of the model and the technology being used. With the support of the Jasco Group – our security and technology expertise, and national footprint – we believe this product has the potential to gain significant market share locally and in Sub-Saharan Africa.


“The solutions portfolio presents a good fit with our security, networking, communications and other businesses. While there are similar products in the market, few are able to steam real-time visuals, provide geotagging and enable remote control of features.

The differentiators in detail are:


  • The real-time image and video streaming technology includes advanced compression algorithms that enable use even in low bandwidth environments. A copy of the footage is stored in the vest unit, but is simultaneously streamed live to the cloud, to a server on the client’s premises, and to the data centre.
  • The cameras on the vest can be controlled remotely by authorised personnel and managers. If the camera or tracking is switched off, an alert is generated at the control room. A number of additional functions are supplied as standard, such as a panic button, audio surveillance, geo-fencing and no movement alarms.
  • The range of solutions are locally developed and locally manufactured.
  • Full support is provided nationally by Jasco’s sales and technical teams, covering activation and maintenance of the vests, technical support to manage the vests and access to the control room for live viewing. In addition, with a full software development team, Jasco is able to respond to customers bespoke development requirements.

What’s it good for?

In the security and guarding industry:

  • Monitoring guards to ensure they stick to schedules and routes means the company no longer needs to deploy a supervisor to physically spot check personnel.
  • In dangerous situations or when responding to an incident, activating the body cameras will provide real-time footage to provide irrefutable evidence of conditions at arrival, support actions taken and inform decision-making as the situation develops (e.g., potentially alert monitoring agents of the need for backup). This will minimise disputes (was the window broken at arrival, or not), ensure security staff abide by regulations in their actions and that staff are better protected.

In the transport and logistics industry:

  • Drivers can be tracked via GPS to ensure scheduled routes are followed;
  • That drivers take the required rest stops; and
  • That no illegal passengers are in the vehicle.

In the law enforcement:

  • That police action meets legal restraints and rights are not abused;
  • That police receive the backup they need; and
  • The actions of perpetrators are fully recorded.

In facility management:

  • In shopping centres, railways, bus stations and terminals, the vests can be worn by security personnel to record actions and incidents, improve apprehension and identification of perpetrators, limit collusion and monitor traffic flows.

Industry, mines and utilities – maintenance and troubleshooting:

  • Where oversight of sensitive or complex projects in the field is required, the vest provides a set of eyes to supervisors.
  • Where maintenance needs to be performed remotely, the real-time visuals will enable engineers or other experts to provide informed, hands-free guidance. (well, there would need to be a means to communicate added and potentially need to chat about sensitivity of the cameras – do they function well in low light, is there infra-red?)

High-value goods transport:

  • Security guards wearing these vests will, in the case of incidents, be able to record their view of events, potentially improving the quality of evidence.
  • Vests will limit collusion.

Emergency rescue:

  • Teams on the ground wearing the vest will provide co-ordinators with a first-hand view of the situation, helping to inform subsequent actions.

About the Jasco Group

Jasco delivers end-to-end best-of-breed solutions across the entire ICT value chain. Our services include solution design, business consulting, project management and logistics to manage the supply, installation and commissioning of solutions; and professional services to provide integration and customisation of solutions; managed services, support and maintenance.

Jasco’s operating divisions, namely Intelligent Technologies, Enterprise, Carriers and Electrical Manufacturers deliver a range of solutions and services. Intelligent Technologies delivers broadcast, power, data centres and Property Technology Management (PTM) solutions as well as Energy Optimisation and Co-location services, a carrier-neutral co-location telecommunications hub where the network infrastructure serves multiple service providers. The Carrier business provides solutions and components for access and transmission networks as well as hi-sites. The Enterprise business delivers contact centre solutions, Unified Communications, Cloud Solutions and security and fire solutions. Electrical Manufacturers delivers contract manufacturing of white goods.

The Jasco Group has a national footprint with offices in Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Other than South Africa, the organisation trade in many sub-Saharan African countries, with a special focus on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Toyota improves on the winning Etios formula


Consistently charting on the bestseller list, Toyota's ubiquitous Etios is the recipient of further refinements for 2015.

While exterior enhancements are limited to a new colour option, Jet Grey Metallic (a shimmery mid-tone silver), it's indoors where the most discernible changes have taken place. All-new anthracite seat fabric with a subtle, tailored, stipple design translates into a more 'grown up' décor for the Xs models.

In addition, a new audio system has been adopted for Etios (standard on Xs). This factory fitted double-din unit features Bluetooth functionality and is neatly integrated into the dashboard; the piano black finish with chrome trim elegantly mirrors the metallic bezels adorning the centralised instruments as well as the ventilation controls.

In keeping with the quality feel, the luggage compartment cover now features a lift function on all hatchback models.

In summary, here's a list of all the quality and aesthetic enhancements the Etios has received since its introduction in May 2012:

  • A new grille design.
  • Colour-coding across the range for door mirrors and handles.
  • A new aero design exterior mirror featuring aero stabilising fins.
  • A new tail lamp design.
  • Re-profiled front and rear seat design with adjustable headrests for Xs models.
  • Auto-Up electric window function on the driver's door.
  • Redesigned central instrument cluster with Ice Blue backlighting, enlarged LCD display for enhanced clarity and digital clock - the latter is on Xs models only.
  • Lights-on warning as well as seat belt and door ajar warning buzzers (Xs).
  • Ergonomically and aesthetically enhanced ventilation controls.
  • Improved NVH package which included a switch from rubber engine mounts to more refined, sound-absorbing hydraulic mounts. The silencer was also modified for enhanced insulation and the damper settings were adjusted to filter out suspension noise and improve ride quality.
  • Improved carpet quality for the luggage compartment.
  • Luggage cover with lift function.
  • All-new tailored upholstery trim for Xs models.

Beneath the finery is the same punchy 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder mill (coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission) whacking out a laudable 66 kW at 5 600 rpm and 132 Nm of torque at 3 000 rpm, endowing the light-weight Etios with a class-leading sub-11-second sprint time to 100 km/h. Fuel economy is pegged at 5,9 L / 100 km for the sedan and 6 L / 100 km for the hatch in the combined cycle.

Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is a phrase coined by Toyota and the latest incarnation of the Etios is proof that it really works. With a class-leading 1.5-litre engine, generous spec, ample safety kit, affordable price tag and now some extra polish thanks to its evolutionary refinement, the Toyota Etios is a very worthy bestseller.

The best news is that these improvements haven't come at a price. The latest refresher has resulted in a symbolic R100 price hike across the range. (Please note that all Etios models come standard with a two-year/30 000km service plan.)

Etios 1.5 HB Xi                        -                       134 500

Etios 1.5 HB Xs                       -                       143 600

Etios 1.5 SD Xi                        -                       141 100

Etios 1.5 SD Xs                       -                       150 000

Etios Cross                              -                      164 700


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Developing the next generation of talent with Insurance Apprentice

insurance apprentice

There are a few misconceptions about the insurance industry and the kinds of careers it can offer. Many misconceive it to be about cold calling clients, door to door selling of life or car insurance or processing boring paperwork, when in fact it is the very opposite.

If insurance is not already on students’ radar as a career choice, it should be. However, the mere word insurance makes people cringe when it is mentioned as a career pathway, but why?

Innovative, positive-thinking graduates who are keen to get to grips with both numbers and people in a constantly changing environment would fit well in the insurance industry. If you choose to study anything including engineering, marketing or accounting, there is a place for you in the insurance industry.

The insurance industry, contrary to popular belief, is fast paced. At its core insurance is ultimately a ‘people industry’

The Insurance Apprentice programme, which was launched mid-2014 by FAnews, is a great initiative about giving six people an intense five day learning experience and at the same time educating others about the variety of career options available in our industry. The educating part is aimed at young industry people who are still finding their way in the industry, it is aimed at students studying insurance and it is aimed at a wider audience outside the industry – educating them about the complexities we have in our industry.

This initiative is about educating the young at heart, including students and the wider audience, about the variety of career options available in the industry.

The series is aired on YouTube, FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites. Check out who the winner of The Insurance Apprentice 2015 was here.

Deadly diseases are a reason to vaccinate says ER24

ER24 Call cENTREDiphtheria… a highly contagious disease that claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy earlier this year.

Measles… over 60 confirmed cases in parts of the country last year.

In light of this and vaccine-preventable diseases having killed millions of children over the years, ER24 is urging parents to ensure their children receive all their vaccinations.

With the National Polio and Measles Immunisation Campaign currently underway and Global/African Vaccination Week held recently, Dr Robyn Holgate, from ER24, said, “It is critical to vaccinate children against potentially common and preventable conditions. Vaccines are a safe way of preventing serious childhood disease.”

Julia Hill, the South Africa Access Advocacy Officer at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said when parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they not only put their own children at risk, but also create a larger pool of individuals who could contract and spread the disease. “This puts at risk children who are too young to have received vaccinations and can lead to outbreaks. “Some vaccines, such as those protecting against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), can also prevent the development of non-communicable diseases like cervical cancer later in life,” said Hill. She added that according to the Global Vaccine Action Plan, the number of deaths among children under five years of age fell by two million between 2000 and 2010. “This despite more children being born. The decrease is part due to expanded access to immunisation,” said Hill.

She said children are supposed to receive all recommended vaccinations in a country’s schedule however, for various reasons children may not receive all of them. “In the South African EPI schedule, a child that is vaccinated in the public health system must receive 19 jabs before the age of 12, requiring at least 11 interactions with the health care worker immunising the child. Six of these interactions are within the first year of life,” she said.



In March this year, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed a case of diphtheria that claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy.

The child had a three-day history of fever and sore throat with progressive difficulty in swallowing and breathing. The NICD said the severely ill child had a swollen anterior neck, massive swelling of the tonsils and a whitish membrane covering the uvula. A tracheostomy was performed and the child was transferred to the intensive care unit for further management. NICD stated despite initial improvement and subsequent step-down from the intensive care unit, the child developed unexpected complications and died. The last laboratory-confirmed case of respiratory diphtheria in South Africa, prior to the case earlier this year, was in February 2010.

The NICD stated that although uncommon in South Africa, there is concern that this potentially lethal disease may resurge, as it has in other regions of the world over the past decade.

According to the NICD, diphtheria spreads from person to person very easily by contact with large respiratory droplets or hand-to-mouth contact with secretions from an infected person’s mouth, nose, throat or skin, or from an asymptomatic carrier of the bacteria. Diphtheria can also spread by contaminated objects or food.

Dr Holgate said diphtheria is a disease caused by gram-positive bacteria called Corynebacterium Diphtheriae.

“Infection may lead to respiratory disease, cutaneous disease or an asymptomatic carrier state. The word diphtheria comes from the Greek word for leather, which refers to the pharyngeal membrane that is clinically diagnostic of infection. This membrane is formed as a result of the bacteria producing a toxin.

“The onset of symptoms is typically within two to five days after infection. The most common presenting symptoms are sore throat, general malaise, swollen lymph glands (especially in the neck), and low-grade fever. The earliest throat/pharyngeal finding is mild erythema or redness, and the membrane as described above. This membrane can extend to any part of the respiratory tract. In untreated patients, the infectious period begins at symptom onset and lasts for two weeks in the majority of patients,” said Dr Holgate. In some cases, it can last as long as six weeks. In patients treated with appropriate antibiotics, the infectious period usually lasts less than four days. That membrane can be life threatening as it may obstruct the airway and breathing.

“Cutaneous diphtheria usually presents with non-healing sores with a greyish membrane. Adequate vaccination is crucial to prevent the spread of diphtheria. If you have been in close contact with a person who has diphtheria, contact your health care provider immediately. Anyone who has come into contact with an infected person should get an immunisation or booster shot if they have not already received it,” said Dr Holgate.



Dr Hape Makoe, from ER24, said there was an increase in confirmed cases of measles in South Africa last year.

According to the NICD, in 2014, a total of 63 laboratory-confirmed measles cases were reported from Northern Cape and Gauteng Provinces. Dr Makoe said, “Measles is a highly contagious disease usually seen in children. However, it can affect adolescents and adults as well.

“NICD states that childhood vaccination is the most important preventive strategy against measles. Vaccinations are done as part of the SA-expanded programme on immunisation (EPI), scheduled at nine months of age and then a booster at 18 months of age,” said Dr Makoe.

NICD also states that the measles vaccine is safe and effective. After these two doses of vaccine the protection rate is 95% and immunity lasts for years.

Dr Makoe encouraged healthcare workers to check all Road to Health cards for children. “Any missed doses of the measles vaccine should be caught up regardless of the child’s age,” said Dr Makoe.



The last confirmed case of polio in South Africa was in 1989. The most effective way to avoid an outbreak is to ensure vaccination against polio.

Dr Makoe said polio mostly affects children less than five years of age. “Polio cannot be cured but can be prevented,” he said.

Infection occurs via faecal-oral route. The virus survives in the gastrointestinal tract, infects the host and spreads throughout the body via the lymphatic system. 95% of cases are asymptomatic. Symptoms include headache, fever, vomiting, constipation and sore throat. Less than 1% of infection enters the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis and even death.

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


Chitra Bodasing

ER24 spokesperson

Renault geared to CAPTUR the crossover market in SA

CapturWith the launch of its Captur crossover, Renault is set to expand SA's competitive Group B SUV segment

  • SUV persona + flexible and modular MPV layout +  hatch dynamism = the all-new RENAULT CAPTUR CROSSOVER
  • Flagship Captur Dynamique EDC introduces Renault's F1-inspired, new generation 1.2 litre 88kW powerplant
  • Priced from just R219 900, Captur is a multi-functional and multi-faceted crossover that strikes the ideal balance between beautiful design and practicality: the ultimate all-in-one package

The all-new RENAULT CAPTUR Crossover is themarque's latest addition to its fresh and diverse model line-up and set to be a serious contender in South Africa's very popular and highly competitive B-segment small utility vehicle (SUV) category.

While the beautifully practical Captur crossover has the attributes of a standard SUV, it embodies so much more. Combining the personality of a SUV and the spaciousness of an MPV with the dynamism of a hatch, new Renault Captur crossover is the ultimate all-in-one package. Competitively priced, the entry-level Expression 66kW Turbo carries a price tag of just R219 900.

Renault Captur offers three derivatives, all petrol-powered: the flagship Dynamique EDC featuring Renault's new generation 1.2 litre 88kW EDC Turbo power plant, the Dynamique 66kW Turbo and Expression 66kW Turbo. These new generation Turbo engines are a direct result of Renault's renowned adaptation of Formula 1 (F1) technology and transfer to road cars.

Borne of the Captur concept car shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Captur encapsulates Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker's design strategy for Renault featuring the trademark diamond-shaped centrepiece which dominates the crossover's front grille and LED daytime running lights, two features with which the South Africa market is becoming increasingly familiar.

An easy-to-drive, multi-functional and -faceted crossover that strikes the ideal balance between beautiful design and practicality, Captur offers a choice of bi-tone body colours (Dynamique models only) and 16" and 17" alloys rims as standard on Expression and Dynamique variants respectively. Super-stylish, curvaceous lines are complemented by the chrome-plated Renault diamond set into the imposing black grille as well as the front LED lights already mentioned.

With its flexible, modular layout, Captur's interior is spacious - as is the boot area - which houses hidden, yet easy-to-access storage space. Immediately eye-catching are the innovative shell-shaped seats which feature trendily designed, practical zip collection covers (on Dynamique models) that are easily removed and washable. Leather seats are an option on the Dynamique 88kW EDC variant.

Renault Captur comes to market in South Africa with a proven European track record. Following its international debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the crossover launched in France in April that year. While the sales tally for the nine months to end-December 2013 totalled an impressive 94 000, a further 161 000 Capturs found homes with very happy owners in Europe during 2014.

Renault Captur continues to be a global success for the brand - success that Renault South Africa is confident of emulating in the local market. For those spirited, searching individuals who appreciate the finer things, simply love life and savour every moment of it, the new Renault Captur crossover is the perfect lifestyle complement.



Described by one European journalist as "a compact crossover combining 4x4 looks with supermini dimensions", with its SUV-styling and persona, MPV-like practicality and the dynamism offered by a hatch, Renault Captur is sure to have great appeal for SA motorists.

The petrol-powered Renault Captur line-up offers two manual derivatives, the 66kW Turbo Dynamique and Expression models and top-of-the-range Dynamique 88kW Turbo (EDC auto only).

The first manufacturer to introduce Turbo technology to F1 in 1977, Renault's engineers have adapted their tools and talents used to design powerful, efficient and reliable F1 power plants to develop technically advanced engines for production cars. A host of features resulting from this technology transfer are now a Renault road car standard with benefits that include low inertia turbo, high tech surface treatment of engine components to reduce friction and optimisation of the engine's internal dynamics to afford better combustion.

As a direct result of its extensive F1 expertise gained over the past 38 years, Renault is the most advanced brand globally in respect of engine downsizing, with no compromise on power and performance.

The launch of the flagship Captur Dynamique EDC (dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission) sees the introduction to South Africa of Renault's 1.2 litre 88kW Turbo engine which delivers an excellent, fuel efficient drive in tandem with slick, smooth gear changes.

With maximum output of 88kW @ 4 900rpm and peak torque of 190Nm @ 2 000rpm, the Dynamique EDC reaches a top speed of 192km/h. At 5.4 litres/100km (in combined cycle NEDC), fuel consumption is frugal while CO² emissions are a low 125g/km.

The Captur Expression and Dynamique 5-speed manual derivatives are fitted with Renault's new generation 66kW Turbo petrol enginewith overboost. This serves to underscore the fact that access to highly efficient and technologically advanced engines is no longer the preserve of more expensive vehicles.

Delivering maximum output of 66kW @ 5 250rpm and peak torque of 135Nm @ 2 500rpm, these two models attain a top speed of 171km/h. Fuel consumption figures are impressive (from 4.9 litres/100kms in combined cycle NEDC) as are its CO² emissions (113g/km).


Clearly derived from the concept car revealed in Geneva in 2011, Captur is modern and stylish with curves in all the right places. With its ground clearance of 170mm and elevated driving position, Captur has a bold presence.

An easy-to-drive, multi-functional and multi-faceted crossover that strikes the ideal balance between beautiful design and practicality, with the Dynamique variants, Captur offers a choice of bi-tone body colours.

In addition to the front end LED daytime running lights, the two Dynamique models also feature cornering fog light activation (under specific conditions). Large alloy rims come standard - 16"on Expression and 17"on Dynamique models. Side mirrors and door handles are body-coloured with all additional exterior finishes in chrome.

With chrome and gloss interior finishes, quality and innovation abound throughout the cabin's flexible and modular MPV-like layout. Immediately eye-catching are its innovative shell-shaped seats which boast trendily designed, practical zip collection covers (Dynamique only) that are easily removed and washable. While a leather steering wheel is standard on the Dynamique derivatives, leather seats are also an option on the Dynamique EDC variant.

Easy-access handles effortlessly slide the rear bench seat forward (by up to 16cm) and it can also be folded flat. The maximum capacity of the boot as seen when opening the hatch door totals 377 litres split by an innovative two-position boot floor with its cleverly hidden yet easy-to-access storage area. With the rear bench seat pushed to its forward most position, the overall capacity increases to 455 litres. With the rear seats folded down, the total maximum boot space measures a substantial 1 235 litres.

In the two Dynamique models, the boot floor is reversible: smooth on one side with an anti-slide surface on the other.


With smart technology at every turn, Captur boasts a host of fitments and features that exceed the standard in its market segment.

Super-smart, like all its Renault siblings, the Captur crossover offers Bluetooth® connectivity which enables safe, convenient and hands-free telephony and music streaming from external devices when on the go. Renault's MediaNav integrated on-board multimedia system with 7" touchscreen is standard. Satellite navigation and Arkamys radio plus USB port are included in the price tag with every feature easily accessed via fingertip controls conveniently located alongside the steering column.

ECO mode function is available at the push of a button and electronically modifies the engine's response to automatically optimise fuel consumption (by up to -10%).

Hands-free key card, electric side mirrors and electric windows (front and rear) plus automatic climate control (with one touch, quick demist function plus air quality management system) are standard features while rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and rain sensitive front wipers are standard across the range. A tyre pressure sensor is standard on Dynamique models.

Smart technology that crosses over into the safety arena is the cruise control + speed limiter, a feature onallthree Captur models. To ensure a more comfortable and safer drive on highways and open roads, the system electronically maintains a steady speed as set by the driver.

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Safety is synonymous with the Renault brand and, with an unrivalled safety package standard across the Captur range, the newcomer achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating in 2013, the 15th Renault model to do so.

The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) coupled with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) kicks in and automatically applies maximum brake pressure when an emergency braking situation is detected and is able to shorten braking distance by up to nine metres.

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) ensures vehicle stability and assists the driver to avoid possible loss of control resulting from excessive speed or slippery road conditions. It detects and reduces loss of traction, reduces engine power and brakes on independent wheels in the event of loss of control.

Hill Start Assist (HSA) is automatically activated (upon complete stop) as soon as an incline of at least 10% is detected. The system is engaged by stepping firmly on the brake and prevents any backward movement long enough for pull off without requiring the use of the handbrake. When stepping off the brake, the car will hold for approximately three seconds to allow pull off with no roll-back.

Standard passive safety features include high-efficiency front airbags, head/chest side bags, seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters (front seats), anti-submarining front seats, anti-whiplash head rests and force limiter function (rear side seats). Three ISOFIX 3-point child seat anchor seat attachments are fitted to the front passenger and rear side seats.


As is the case across Renault's entire product range, the all-new Captur crossover comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty; a 3-year/45 000km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km/1 year intervals.


-        Renault Captur 66kW Expression          R219 900

-        Renault Captur 66kW Dynamique         R239 900

-        Renault Captur 88kW EDC Dynamique  R279 900

In the two years since its global launch in April 2013, the Renault Captur crossover has racked up a raft of European accolades including 2014 Best Small SUV and Car of the Year 2013 (awarded by the French Association of Automotive Press).

Pundits are predicting that the all-new Renault Captur will find favour in the local market and perform equally as well on South African roads.


Easter Holidays impact new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in April 2015 saw a year-on-year decline of 3.3%, with total sales of 44 428, according to the latest data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. Passenger car sales totalled 30 184, representing a year-on-year decline of 1.9%. Sales of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) totalled 12 077, a yearly decline of 6%.

Closer analysis of sales data shows that passenger car sales remain relatively robust, with the smallest decline of all reported segments.

Passenger sales through the dealer channel have only declined 0.8%, year-on-year. However, light, medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales through dealer channel declined dramatically compared to the same period in 2014. LCV sales declined 13.6%, followed by declines of 3.5% for medium commercial vehicles whilst the heavier commercial vehicles declined by 5%.

“The sudden decline in commercial sales is indicative of current business sentiment in the market,” said Simphiwe Nghona, executive head of motor division at WesBank.

“Market confidence is low, and the current economic climate is not conducive to growth. As a result, corporate buyers are electing to hold onto assets for longer by extending the replacement cycle, and not incur any further debt or capital expenditure on replacing or acquiring business assets.”

Fewer working days in April also affected the volume of retail vehicle finance applications. For the first time in 22 months application volumes have seen a year-on-year decline. New vehicle finance applications were down 7.68%.

Used vehicle finance applications, which have seen record growth until now, declined 0.32%.

“This seasonal fluctuation was not at all unexpected, with the Easter holidays always seeing fewer people visiting showrooms,” said Nghona. “Application volumes are also starting to normalise now, after the introduction of credit amnesty in March last year.”


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IMPERIAL and Lindsay Saker help Soul Food bring food to less privileged

Soul Food picture 1IMPERIAL, through Lindsay Saker, has agreed to a major new sponsorship of Soul Food, a project of the Soul Provider Trust.

Through the Soul Food project, surplus food from hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and manufacturers is collected and delivered free of charge to orphanages, old age homes, shelters, schools and hospitals in the projects operating regions.

Rob Truscott, Managing Director of IMPERIAL Auto, Passenger Vehicles, is delighted to sponsor the Soul Food Trucks through the Lindsay Saker dealership. “IMPERIAL Auto will be donating two  new Volkswagen Caddies to the Soul Food project, one for their Johannesburg branch and one for their  branch in Bloemfontein, which will be used to ensure they are able to continue their good work.”

In addition to the vehicle donation, IMPERIAL Auto has also made a substantial cash donation, which will be used to help cover the salaries of drivers, vehicle insurance, fuel, tracking, tolls and all the other expenses associated with running a Soul Food operation.

Rev. Brent Chalmers, Managing Trustee of The Soul Provider Trust, is overwhelmed by the generous donation made to his project. “I want to thank IMPERIAL Auto and Lindsay Saker and of course extend our thanks to its shareholders, directors, staff and customers for this wonderful intervention.  Their support will ensure that food is not wasted, but handed to those who need it the most.”

Through IMPERIAL Auto and Lindsay Saker’s assistance, the sponsorship will bring the total of Soul Food operations to four, which operate in: Gauteng, East Rand, KZN and Free State.

Truscott concludes: “I am pleased we could be a part of the Soul Food initiative, as there truly is nothing more rewarding than knowing we have played a part in helping  those that are less fortunate.”

About Imperial Auto

Imperial Auto is a division of Imperial Group, a listed company on the JSE. Imperial Auto supplies a comprehensive range of automotive solutions through all its divisions, which include passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and leisure. Imperial Auto nurtures entrepreneurial and passionate people through its commitment to training, career development and transformation, with a focus on economic prosperity and business practices that support a sustainable environment. Imperial Auto proudly sponsors the Toyota Dakar Rally, Regent Racing and Nomads Golf.

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The Soul Provider Trust (IT 1763/2008) is a non-profit charity and communication agency, committed to bringing love and understanding to the world through the modern tools of mass communication.

The Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO#930028235) in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act.  It relies exclusively on the generosity of its benefactors and donors. These range from philanthropic agencies, corporate and individual donors.

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Infographic shares some global insights on road safety






FreightXtension-IG-April-May-v2_06The Arrive Alive website received the above infographic from a company called FreightXtension.

The infographic highlights some global facts and figures regarding road safety. The primary aim of the infographic is to educate people on the dangers on our roads, and to make them aware of the necessary steps that need to be taken to improve safety.


Jeep Team’s Multisport Superstars Set for ITU World Triathlon Series

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Mikaela Jonsson

Mikaela Jonsson

This weekend Jeep Team’s multisport superstars - Mikaela Jonsson and Michael Lord – will be racing against triathletes from across the globe at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, which takes place at the brand new Green Point Athletics Stadium in the Mother City from 25 – 26 April 2015.

The Cape Town event marks the fourth stop and the third continent of the 10-race ITU World Triathlon Series, known as the ‘pinnacle of triathlon’, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and attracts over 130 world-class elite triathletes. The current Olympic, European and Commonwealth men’s triathlete champion, Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain), and double Olympian Nicola Spirig (Switzerland) will both be competing in the Cape Town event.

Jonsson and Lord will be entering the ‘Sprint’ race, consisting of a 500m swim in the V&A Waterfront’s Quay 6; a 20km cycle through the streets of Cape Town; and a 5km run through the Green Point Urban Park, ending at the Green Point Athletics Stadium.

Other Jeep Team racing news…


After flying the flag for South Africa at Round 1 of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester, UK, Jeep Team’s Kyle Dodd is back on home soil, and preparing to compete at the BMX National Age Group (N.A.G) Championship Series. Legs 1 – 3 of the series are taking place at the Germiston BMX Club in Gauteng, from 25 - 26 April 2015.

Jeep Team’s youngest athlete, Alex Dolman (15), will also be competing in the series, which is considered excellent training ahead of the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium. Dodd and Dolman will both be competing in the World Championships, happening from 17 – 25 July 2015.


On Saturday, Jeep Team’s cross-country pro, Dylan Rebello, will be riding in Race#3 of the SA XCO Cup Championship, which takes place at Mankele Mountain Biking Trails, near White River in Mpumalanga.


Jeep Team’s multiple world champion paddler, Hank McGregor, will be looking to extend his Bay Union Surfski Series lead on Monday, 27 April, as he competes in Race #2 of the series – the McCarthy Toyota Durban King of the Bay. McGregor dominated the first race of the series from start to finish.

Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin has an action-packed weekend ahead of him. From Friday to Sunday he’ll be competing in the 2015 South African Surf Lifesaving Champs in Durban, leading the team as KwaZulu-Natal Captain. On Monday, he’ll then be racing the Durban King of the Bay surfski race.

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Michael Lord

Michael Lord