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I have to say that I almost considered changing the name of The Bushveld Times to The Motoring Times for this edition. But the fact is that there are so many motoring events taking place in the area at the moment, I felt that it was important to let you know what was happening in your own back yards. For those who are not keen motor enthusiasts, don’t miss the Kiwi festival this coming weekend in Haenertsburg with plenty of entertainment for the entire family (see article page 5). The following weekend, 10 May, Pick 'n Pay White River is hosting their first “Beauty and the Braai” competition (see article page 4). Braai and Beauty enthusiasts, don’t delay, register today.

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A burdensome possession of little use White elephants were once considered highly sacred creatures in Thailand—the animal even graced the national flag until 1917—but they were also wielded as a subtle form of punishment. According to legend, if an underling or rival angered a Siamese king, the royal might present the unfortunate man with the gift of a white elephant. While ostensibly a reward, the creatures were tremendously expensive to feed and house, and caring for one often drove the recipient into financial ruin.

Bushbuckridge traffic training college under construction Mpumalanga has introduced 101 new traffic officers to help the province improve road safety. Mpumalanga MEC for Community, Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe introduced the new officers at a sod turning ceremony for the construction of the Mpumalanga Traffic Training College in Bushbuckridge recently. The college will be used to train future traffic officers and to reskill existing officials. Fifty of the officers graduated from the Limpopo Traffic Training College, while the rest graduated in Gauteng in January this year. MEC Shongwe called on the Bushbuckridge

community to look after the college once it has been completed. Welcoming the construction of the college, South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner, Thulani Ntobela, said the college should not only be used for training traffic officers, but it should also be used for training SAPS members in the future. July Msiza, the Mpumalanga chairperson of the South African National Taxi Council, said his association was grateful to the department and he urged the community to safeguard the college – SAnews

SANParks rhino poaching arrests continue

a total of six arrests being made. He said that most of the incidents were in the southern part of the park. Two SANParks employees were arrested on April 7, on suspicion of poaching, bringing to eight the number of arrests related to suspected poaching.

South African National Parks Thakhuli said the proactive action of (SANParks) say gains are being made everyone involved is paying off and that in the war against rhino poaching with the possibility of more arrests could not eight suspected poachers arrested be ruled out. “This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off earlier this month. "The past and we are grateful that no lives few weeks have proved to lost during an encounter be one of the busiest for More were with these heavily armed anti-poaching units in the arrests suspected poachers," he said. Kruger National Park, with “We would like to request as many as three heavily could the support and cooperation armed groups detected by follow of all members of society rangers," said SANParks in identifying and reporting Ike Phaahla. According suspicious behaviour that could lead to SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli, rangers chased and to the apprehension and conviction successfully apprehended a number of these criminals,” Thakhuli said – of armed suspected poachers, with SAnews

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The beauty and the 'braai-er' Pick n Pay White River is hosting a ‘Beauty and the Braai’ competition on 10 May at the Winkler Hotel from 09:00. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs to the value of R40 000 for the winning braai group. The entry fee for the Braai competition is R1500 per group of 4 to 6. Pageant entrants can enter online on the Beauty and the Braai Facebook page. Entry fee is R50 for juniors and R100 for senior entrants.

Be the real braai master of White River. Pick n Pay provides all the ingredients for the Braai competition. Simply let your your creative juices flow and decorate your table. Entrants must bring a dessert recipe to make on the coals. Come and show the braaiers of White River what you are made of. The winning team will automatically qualify to take part in the finals of the Braai B Que Mpumalanga Region. The national winning team will attend the World Food Championships in Vegas USA. The braaiers will be judged by Sarel, former Masterchef South Africa contestant and braai king in his own right. Mpumalanga beauties will be able to flaunt it on the ramp with various age groups starting from Little Miss (between 6 and 10 years old), Petite Miss (between 11 and 15 years old), Miss Beauty (between 16 and 21) as well as the married ladies, Mrs Beauty. All you need to do is be your fabulous self and take that catwalk by storm, who knows… It could be

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One million solar lamps light up Africa SolarAid reached a milestone in March this year when it sold its millionth solar light in Africa, proving that a charity can use business based solutions to bring about large scale social change. SolarAid's aim is a mighty task – to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by the end of the decade. CEO Steve Andrews explained that SolarAid's social enterprise, SunnyMoney, sold its millionth solar light to families without electricity in rural Africa, bringing clean, safe affordable lighting to their homes for the first time.

Left: Laurette Batstone Top: Sarel from Sabie SunnyMoney has grown from selling fewer than a thousand solar lights a month in 2010 your day! Laurette to an average of 50 000 each month this Batstone, Mrs South year. This growth reflects the huge need for Africa 2010, who affordable, accessible and trusted energy has judged multiple solutions for the 110 million households beauty pageants countrywide will be judging in Africa that are not connected to any electricity grid. Portable pico-solar lights and the ladies. While the braai masters show off their skills and the beauty queens strut their stuff the kids can enjoy the activities provided, like the jumping castle, trampoline, swimming, facepaint, mosaic or sandart! Simba the Lion will pay the kids a visit and the Coca-Cola truck will also be there for extra entertainment. If this is not enough there will be food stands from leading local restaurants. Entrance to come and enjoy the day and view the contestants is free. This is a fun packed day for the whole family. Entry forms are available on www.facebook. com/beautyandthebraai as well as from Pick n Pay White River. For more information please contact Riekie on 082 441 3635 or email fwhiteriver@pnp.co.za.

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mobile phone chargers are proving a popular investment for families who otherwise burn up to 25% of their income on costly, polluting kerosene to light their homes. Through the one million solar lights, an estimated R2 509 142 is being saved by families every day and children are gaining 3m extra hours of study time every night. "SunnyMoney's soaring sales are by no means a job done. But it sets us on our path to proving an alternative to the fossil fuel dependency that damages our planet while locking millions into a cycle of poverty. When I founded SolarCentury I did so in the hope that other companies would copy such a model. Now SolarAid and SunnyMoney have reached this milestone of one million solar lights, company founders can see how powerful this kind of business-based aid can be”, said Steve Andrews - SA Good News

Cream of Africa flowing in for INDABA 2014 Among the biggest and most prestigious tourism products and services from across the African continent are confirmed to exhibit at INDABA 2014. They will showcase their offerings to the 1441 confirmed top quality travel and tourism buyers keen to capitalise on exceptional growing inbound tourism growth to Africa. To date 398 main stand exhibitors have confirmed their places, and among them are not only international big-name brands like, Tourvest, Mantis Management, Seasons in Africa and the Amalinda Collection and many others, but also the cream of African leisure tourism products, services and experiences such as Singita. INDABA 2014 is the single biggest platform for doing business in African tourism,” says Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive

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One of INDABA’s unique selling points is that unlike other big international travel shows, it caters not only for international buyers but also for local buyers. INDABA showcases the entire spectrum of African tourism product, from select SMEs, to global international players like Abercrombie and Kent, Private Safaris, Leading Hotels of the World and Relias and Chateaux. South African Tourism is actively recruiting additional INDABA exhibitors across the continent. For all the information you need to register as an exhibitor at INDABA 2014, call Zaida Enver at +27 82 555 1049 or send her an email: zaida@puregrit.co.za

Da Loose Mongoose Country Restaurant and pizzeria in White River will be hosting their second annual music festival at R60 per person on 3 May 2014. Young and old will have a jol with music ranging from blues to pop. This restaurant is one of the hidden treasures of the Lowveld and offers an unforgettable experience from the moment you walk through the doors. The music festival promises to bring the house down with over 10 performers in various genres for all age groups. There will be food and drinks available to buy at the festival. The children can enjoy this outing by bringing their skateboards, rollerblades or bikes to make use of the skate park whilst Mom and Dad listen to the live music and enjoy themselves. For more information, please contact 083 594 1006 or visit www.facebook.com/ daloosemongoose.mongoose. Tickets are available at webtickets.co.za. Booking is essential as there are only a limited amount of tickets. QUALITY USED CARS ONLY 1000KM

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Brothers Johan and Werner Horn, in their Nkomazi 450, will be aiming high during round three of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship in Malalane on May 16 and 17. The race has special significance for both the brothers, who were born and raised in Malalane, and for father Johan senior, dealer principal at Malalane Toyota, who played a major role in bringing the event to the town. In only their third outing in the premier Class T the brothers, in their new Malalane Toyota colours, will have plenty of local support. After an encouraging start to the season with eighth overall and seventh in Class T on the RFS 450 in Harrismith, the Horns produced a stunning result on the Toyota Dealer 450 in Mooi River. “Our first win in Class D on the Toyota Desert Race was a memorable result for us, but the Mooi River podium was something special,” said co-driver Werner. “The Mooi River result and a home race will mean a little extra pressure on us,” said driver Johan. “Local enthusiasts will have high expectations and Werner and I would like to keep the momentum going." Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at the Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of Malalane. Public entry to these areas and viewing points along the route will be free of charge, with spectator guides available at race headquarters. The qualifying race to determine grid positions will start at 11.30 on Friday May 16 and the race at 08:30 on the Saturday.

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Autumn has arrived again, and the nights are getting longer. Anyone at night time can stare up at the Autumn skies and see the Milky Way, the constellations of Carina and Puppis and Vela, blazed across our night sky. Orion the Hunter and his dog Canis major are also magnificent. Be on the look out; 3-4 May - Moon near Jupiter 5-7 May - eta Aquariid meteor shower active 10 May - Best time to see Saturn eta Aquariids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 1P Halley. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed

along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a eta Aquariids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Wednesday night the 7th May 2014 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet. Meteor showers are strictly for night owls or early risers. The best time to view the eta Aquariids is from around 3h00 in the early morning to about 5h30 when dawn breaks.

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Recipe of the week - Cauliflower and cashew nut soup -

INGREDIENTS serves 4 to 6 ½ tsp (2 ml) black mustard seeds 1 onion, sliced 2 leeks, sliced down its length, washed and chopped 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive or macadamia nut oil ½ tsp (2 ml) curry powder ½ tsp (2 ml) cumin seeds, ground 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets 1 parsnip, sliced 1 tsp (5 ml) fresh thyme

4 cups (1 ℓ) purified water ½ cup (125 ml) cashew nuts or almonds, ground 1 tsp (5 ml) herbal salt, or to taste a pinch of cayenne pepper or freshly-ground black pepper, or to taste

Place the mustard seeds in a deep-sided saucepan and dry-toast for 1 to 2 minutes until they begin to pop. Add the onion, leek and olive oil and the remaining spices and fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the florets of cauliflower, parsnip and thyme and

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Haenertsburg - the only place to be Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 May

There is only one place to be this coming weekend and that has to be Haenertsburg - a quant village in the Limpopo Province situated some 60kms from Polokwane and 40kms from Tzaneen. It is almost impossible to cover all of the varied activities and

entertainment on offer, but here is a small “taste” of what you can expect. This year, the annual cooking competition will comprise three categories - professional chefs, amateur and trainee chefs and an outdoor competition. The outdoor cooking competition is a new addition and contestants will be required to prepare a three course meal for four people and, needless to say, each of the dishes will include the delicious kiwi fruit. On both days there will be cooking demonstrations with Chefs Eric de Jonge and Simon Sutherland taking you through those unusual and exiting recipes that you have always

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wanted to try. Three cooking sessions are planned for each day and a small entry fee will entitle you to a tasting. Over and above all of that, the restaurants of Haenertsburg will be ready to surprise you with tasty dishes featuring the Kiwifruit. Zandvliet, Welgemeendt, Boschendal and Franschhoek wine estates will be offering wine tasting and the well-known Cape Wine Master, Junel Vermeulen from Zandvliet, will be clearing up all those misconceptions as to what wine to drink with what food. Join them on both Saturday and Sunday in the Village Hall. For those of you who have not

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tasted really good craft beer, a special tent will feature such unique brews as Darling Brew Slow Beer and Jack Black Lager, which are both brewed in Cape Town, together with Haenertsburg’s very own local craft beer, Iron Crown Brew. The craft beer will be coupled with delicious food from Minas Farm Kitchen which will include tapas platters and their famous gourmet burgers. A cocktail bar featuring combinations of locally made cordials and spirits will definitely be worth a visit for those with sweeter tastes!!! The Country Market, in the centre of the village, will offer a variety of food and beverage stalls, fresh produce, kiwi fruit, pickles and other delightful homemade items. The food on offer will include authentic Indian dishes, sushi, yummy kebabs, pancakes, hamburgers and seafood. See you in Haenertsburg!


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Local youngster fares well at first event Alexx Godrich, a grade 10 student at Southern Cross Schools Hoedspruit, navigated for Eric de Jager in his Volkswagen golf at the SA Earthworx 50K Challenge this past weekend. The rally forms part of the African Regional Rally Organisation. Even though Alexx grew up on the side line supporting his dad Greg, who currently navigates for Giniel de Villiers on the National circuit, this was his first official stint in the hot seat. "Alexx did an outstanding job. Even when I asked him to

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open the window, which entailed opening the door first, he never missed a beat on reading the notes." said a very chuffed Eric. The pair finished 6th overall and came first in their class. Eric and Alexx might compete in the upcoming Tzaneen rally which takes place on the 10th of May.

area at the time. After the disease was cleared, 15 bulls were reintroduced followed by another herd in 2013. “The herd that we introduced in the park last year is doing well and we believe these ones will also adapt with ease,” said Johan Taljaard, Park Manager at Marakele Today's News Tourism Update

hunters crossed and recrossed South Africa. There were famous men like Patterson, the discoverer of the Orange River estuary. There were famous hunters who wrote gripping tales of adventure e.g. W Cornwallis Harris, hunter and explorer, who first discovered the sable antelope in the vicinity of Marico and who in 1825 observed hundreds of thousands of springbok near Graaff-Reinet, and

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for a fairer deal for Johannesburg were only slightly modified when Francis Dormer became editor in 1890. Dormer liked the Boers. He spoke their language, he understood their misgivings and he was opposed to the British government’s policy towards the Transvaal. He wrote to his friend, WJ Leyds, the State Secretary, to tell him he was taking on to his staff a “Dutch” reporter, James de Villiers Roos, so that the paper could more adequately report the Dutch point of view – Like it was 1887 – 1987 saw over 15 000 blue wildebeest together. He shot 400 different species of big game over a period of six months.

On one trip to the Zambesi in 1880, Baldwin shot no less than 21 elephant, 11 white rhinoceri, 12 black rhinoceri, 2 hippopotami, 11 giraffe, 13 buffalo, 61 zebra, 10 lion, 21 eland and 129 antelope. In 1860 a certain Bain, who lived in the Bloemfontein district, organised a hunting expedition in honour of the visit of Prince Alfred of England with aid of over a thousand natives, who encircled between 20 000 and 30 000 head of game. Over 1000 animals were shot down consisting of blesbok, black wildebeest, springbok, ostriches, etc. This was probably the biggest hunt of that century. An extract from the book “60 Years of Kruger”

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Business and the law Reducing red tape with increased bureaucracy?

Day in and day out we read or hear about high ranking government officials stating emphatically that small business will become the bed-rock of our economy and that SME’s are the solution to the chronic levels of unemployment. Such statements are invariably followed by comment on the need to make it easier for small business start-ups. Sounds good and makes sense. However there are many officials who, whilst appearing to support the small business model, believe that it will be best achieved by increasing regulatory control over the private sector. A good example has to be the Employment Services Act. As if business does not have

enough to cope with, the National Department of Labour has drawn up the Employment Services Act which will come into operation in the near future.

position in their establishment in a manner and within such period as the Minister may determine and that the regulation may differentiate between categories of work and categories of employers. OK, I accept that at The official splurb attached to the Act this stage, without having seen the states, amongst others, that it aims regulations, we don’t know exactly to provide for a comprehensive what will be required. But and integrated free public what we do know is that employment service, certain businesses the regulation of will undoubtedly be Government's forced to register private employment agencies, promotion all vacancies and increasing of the employment new positions control over of young job seekers requiring more private sector work, more red tape, and the establishment of schemes to more bureaucracy assist employees in and to what end? We will enterprises in distress to retain obviously know more when employment. the regulations are published but I have to say that at this stage, I Section 10 of the Act states that view section 10 of the Employment the Minister may make regulations Services Act as another good requiring employers to notify the example of how not to reduce red department of any vacancy or new tape - Peter Cumberlege

Economics news in brief

Tourist accommodation January 2014 Total income for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 12,8% in January 2014 compared with January 2013. Income from accommodation increased by 15,8% year-on-year in January 2014, the result of a 10,0% increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 5,3% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold. Motor trade sales January 2014 Motor trade sales increased by 2,4% year-on-year in January 2014. Seasonally adjusted motor trade sales increased by 4,2% in January 2014 compared with December 2013. Seasonally adjusted motor trade sales decreased by 1,8% in the three months ended January 2014 compared with the previous three months. Retail trade sales February 2014 Retail trade sales increased by 2,2% year-on-year in February 2014. Seasonally adjusted retail trade sales decreased by 0,2% monthon-month in February 2014. This followed month-on-month changes of 0,5% in January 2014 and 1,0% in December 2013. Seasonally adjusted retail trade sales increased by 2,1% in the three months ended February 2014 compared with the previous three months.

Warning concerning fact and nature of risks Section 58 of the Consumer Protection Act deals with the obligation on a supplier to ensure that a consumer is made aware of any unusual risk that might be associated with a particular activity, product or service. It concerns any risk that a consumer would not reasonably be expected to be aware of that could result in serious injury or death.

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The onus is on the supplier to specifically draw the fact, nature and potential effect of that risk to the attention of the consumer and in addition provide detail on how best such a risk can be safely managed. The supplier must ensure that the consumer fully understands the risk and is informed prior to deciding on whether or not to enter into a particular activity. If the notification is in writing, it must be provided timeously and set out in plain and understandable language. Please note that the comments and remarks contained in this article must not be acted upon in isolation and must be considered in conjunction with the actual provisions of both the Consumer Protection Act and the Regulations to which they apply Peter Cumberlege

Regular stock counts and stock losses

Taking stock on a regular basis is not solely about providing figures for your accountant. In the last edition I discussed “idle money” – money in the form of stock sitting on the shelves and not productively working for you. In this edition, I will take a look at the advantages of regular stock counts in order to manage, control and reduce stock losses. Stock losses usually come about as a result of theft, shoplifting or negligence. The only possible way of ascertaining whether or not these losses are occurring and to what degree, is to calculate the movement of each product item, over a specific period. Although you can obtain sales registers that facilitate the itemised recording of opening stock levels, purchases and sales etc, they are inevitably expensive. You can however purchase a less sophisticated register that records itemised sales and, together with an Excel spread sheet,

achieve exactly the same result. Having purchased your sales register and having set up your spread sheet, start by taking stock of every product item after closing on the last day of the month. During the following month record, on your spread sheet, any purchases item by item and then, on the last day of the month after closing, take stock once again. Let’s say that at the end of April you had 24 rubber snakes on the shelf, during May you purchased 12 and at the end of May you had 16 left. You have therefore sold 20 during the month. By checking this figure against the number of rubber snake sales recorded on the register, you will be able to ascertain whether or not any losses took place. Having completed this exercise for each and every stock item, you will be in a position to ascertain whether stock losses are taking place, to what degree, which specific items and you will be able to take action to prevent a repeat in the months ahead. Not rocket science I know, but extremely effective - Peter Cumberlege


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1ste en 3de vir Toyota by Sasol rally Nog net sewe verskillende renjaers het al die Sasoltydren in sy lang en roemryke geskiedenis gewen. Nou kan Leeroy Poulter en sy navigator, Elvéne Coetzee, na hulle gesaghebbende oorwinning in die Laeveld ook geken word as veelvuldige wenners van dié taai byeenkoms. “Die toestande was werklik moeilik,” het Poulter gesê. “Ons het in sneltrajek 10 groot geskrik nadat ons ’n rots getref het en 'n pap wiel gekry het, dit was sowat agt kilometer voor die einde van die sneltrajek. Ons kon nie bekostig om tyd af te staan nie en het besluit om deur te druk eerder as om stil te hou en die wiel te ruil.”

Vir hul spanmaats Hergen Fekken en Carolyn Swan, wat in die tweede CastrolToyota Yaris gejaag het, was dinge egter anders. Hulle het goed weggespring maar die noodlot het in sneltrajek 4 toegeslaan toe hulle ook ’n pap wiel opgedoen het. Dit het hulle tot sewende op die lys laat terugsak. “Ons het besef dit gaan daarna baie moeilik wees om in te haal,” het die onverskrokke Fekken gesê. “Ons het egter geen keurse gehad nie – ons moes so hard as moontlik druk en hoop dit werk.”

Reigning rally champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton opened their national championship account with a meagre 6.5 points for 11th overall during the recent Sasol Rally. Scant reward for what was actually a sterling effort. The duo dominated the Friday by winning six of seven special stages and drove cautiously on the short opening stages in Nelspruit’s city centre and the Mbombela Stadium. Once in the forests they intended to put the hammer down and catch the leaders but it wasn’t to be. On the Magsleigh/Elandsdrift stage, the Ford Dealer Team picked up another puncture and lost three minutes but held onto third position. They set off in hot pursuit at the start of stage 11 setting the fastest time. However stage 12 dealt them another cruel blow – a front shock failed punching through the strut tower and damaging the bonnet in the process. Although the pair had no choice but to park the car they were still classified as finishers under Super Rally rules and picked up some valuable points.

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A 2nd place for NAD's second car The second round of the SA National Rally Championship took place earlier this month in Mpumalanga. Team Nad was joined by Enzo Kuun and Rikus Fourie in car 16, whilst Japie and Gerhard drove car 12. On the fifth stage of day one Japie and Gerhard ran out of fuel and lost their fourth overall position whilst Enzo and Rikus achieved a spectacular second overall. The second day ended with a forced retirement for Japie and Gerhard on Stage 12 due to a broken left

front suspension. Enzo and Rikus maintained their overall second place. “We had a really good feeling about the race and it showed in the results, the car’s run was flawless and we really enjoyed the rally”, commented Kuun about Team Nad’s second place on the podium. We are proud of both our teams and are already hard at work on prepping for the Gauteng Rally taking place on 23 and 24 May 2014.

Lots of action expected at the Tzaneen rally The Rallyesport Tzaneen Rally, a Northern Regions Championship Rally, will take place in the Tzaneen area on Saturday 10 May.

There will be 5 Stages, of which 2 are repeats. The event starts at Letaba Packers at the Politsi cross roads about 12 kms from Tzaneen on the R36 to Modjadjiskloof (Duiwelskloof). First car leaves at 10.00. This is the “It’s been a tough, rough rally with virtually service park area for the entire rally no reward for a lot of hard work – luck hasn’t where the cars will return to after been with us so far this year. We’ve put each stage. Sy moeite het vrugte this behind us and are already focussing afgewerp en Fekken-hulle ahead. The Gauteng rally has never been The first stage is only 8 kms from the het 'n welverdiende derde particularly kind to us, but it has been such a start and has good spectating at the topsy-turvy season so far…maybe this time bottom of a 800m firebreak where plek op die podium behaal. it will go our way!” said Cronje. there are two 90 degree corners.

Lots of action can be expected here. There are two more spectator points at the repeat stages. At one spectator point the cars are visible for 2 kms as they negotiate the forest roads through cleared plantations.

All spectator points are within 10 kilometres from the Service Park and no more than 15 kms from each other. The detailed spectator guide with map will be available at the start of the rally or can be downloaded from www.rallyworld.net - look under 'Rally Docs' . For more information, phone David Brown on 015 307 5165 or 083 560 8622.

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