On Sunday, 22nd of October 2017, all eyes were on KwaZulu-Natal’s largest road cycling classic – the Tsogo Sun Amashova. The 31st edition of this race did not disappoint with an impressive number of just under 10 000 cyclists participating and the prospect of Nolan Hoffman from the Western Cape looking to equal Malcom Lange’s record of the most wins for the event.
This year’s 35km, 65km and even the grueling 106km displayed moments of true Tsogo Sun Amashova Spirit. With the likes of Grant Oosthuyzen being the first person in a wheelchair to finish the 35km race, a staggering amount of people completing the 65km route wearing CHOC cow outfits despite the hot weather, and the first tandem to cross the line carrying three generations on one bicycle for the 106km – there was no shortage of amazing accomplishments today. Especially that of Nolan Hoffman who won his sixth Tsogo Sun Amashova Race to match cycling legend, Malcolm Lange’s current record of most wins. And the ladies elite challenge batch was also something for crowds to cheer about with Carla Oberholzer claiming this year’s title a whole three minutes ahead of the rest of the batch!
Hailing from Franschhoek, the triumphant Nolan Hoffman raced home to a nailbiting finish to claim his 6th six time as champion. Clarens local, Carla Oberholzer took her first title after taking a chance at the 70km mark to break away from the pack, which in the end paid off.
In his acceptance speech, Hoffman stated, “I am really proud to have equaled Malcolm’s record – he really is one of SA’s cycling greats so it’s a great honour to share this achievement with him. Thanks to Malcolm, my team mates, my wife and the race organisers and Tsogo Sun sponsors who helped motivate me and make this achievement possible”.
Congratulating the cyclists who completed the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic this year, Mike Jackson, Director of Operations for Tsogo Sun KZN, said,
“The spirit of Amashova was alive and well this year! Tsogo Sun is incredibly proud to have been part of a race with such great heritage and soul. Congratulations to Nolan for matching Malcolm Lange’s record of six Amashova wins and to Carla for finishing three minutes ahead of the rest of the elite female cyclists to claim victory. Well done to all the cyclists who took part in this ever-growing race, and to the organisers for another spectacular year.”
From Spain the Worldwide Sport Events organizer of the Gran Fondo World Tour, CEO Dani Buyo, was present at this year’s race to assess the race and understand the market for potentially including it in next year’s international circuit. “The Tsogo Sun Amashova is a very good event and I was pleasantly surprised about the high quality standard as far as the organization of the event, overall safety and hospitality are concerned. It really does compare to some of the best cycling events in the world. The logistics of this event are near to perfect. The essence of the Tsogo Sun Amashova also aligns with our race philosophy. We want a positive experience for every single cyclist so that from the first to the last person, everyone goes home happy,” stated Buyo.
Amashova Race Director, Annie Batchelder, concluded, “It’s been another successful ride for the contestants that peddled down the “road of champions” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. 2017 is the year we focused on the spirit of Amashova because this is not just any ordinary cycling race. As much as this race attracts the attention of the competitive cycling scene – it is also so rewarding to see how many social cyclists enjoy this race and the number of people riding for a cause. The event really does bring the entire city and all its citizens together. Thanks to the residents along the route, my fantastic team and to our headline sponsor, Tsogo Sun, who always add such value and commitment to the race. I can assure you that your unwavering support does not go unnoticed. I believe that together we can take this race to even greater heights.”
The final results are as follows:
Nolan Hoffman – 2hrs 20min 8 sec
Clint Hendrick – 2hrs 20min 8 sec
Ryan Harris – 2hrs 20min 8 sec
Reynard Butler – 2hrs 20min 8 sec
Riccardo Broxham – 2hrs 20min 9 sec
Junior U16 Men:
Tiano Da Silva
Jacobs De Klerk
Vets Men 30– 39:
Vets Men 40– 49:
Vets Men 50-59:
Vets Men 60+:
Carla Oberholzer – 2hrs 54min 47 sec
Kimberley Le Court De Billot – 2hrs 57min 57 sec
Heidi Dalton – 2hrs 57min 58 sec
Jo van de Winkel – 2hrs 57min 58 sec
Cashandra Slingerland – 2hrs 57min 59 sec
Kimberley Le Court De Billot
N Azulde Britz
Vets ladies 30+:
Jo van de Winkel
Vets ladies 40+:
Vivien Sa Joe
Bryan Cusack & Brennan Anderson
Samuel de Swart & Craig Kalamer
Fanus Alberts & Stephan Lottering
Ansa & Conray Ras
Glen Goddard & Paula Noah
Stephen & Debbie Carse
For further information and extended results, please log on to www.shova.co.za
I heart Market – February Sale Market Saturday 3 February: 9am – 2pm
February is the month of love and the I heart Market will celebrate with its traditional bi-annual “sale” market on Saturday 3 February from 9am to 2pm at Northlands Primary School, in Durban North.
Following two busy and packed festive season markets in its new home at Northlands Primary School, which was well received by customers, February’s I heart Market will offer a range of discounted products.
“We were over the moon with the turn for our first markets at Northlands Primary, with a steady stream of customers, and great sales for our traders who are all small business entrepreneurs,” enthuses Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere. “Our February market is kind of the “January Sales” market with great offers to help those budgets that may have been stretched during the holidays.”
February’s Market promises a magical shopping experience with wares created with love and care by local artisans and small businesses, reflecting a deep commitment to their artistry and craft. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – there will also be a gorgeous array of “romantically-inspired” products available.
As always, the market is filled with handmade treasures ranging from fine leather goods, unusual ceramics, exquisite jewellery and accessories, innovative visual art, home decor, plants, clothing, condiments and pickles, cured meats, a delightful selection of delicious baked goods. Of course, the usual mouth-watering array of food truck eats, catering to every palate including vegan and vegetarian.
There is also a secure play area for children between the ages of 1 and 6, with qualified Teacher’s Assistants in attendance available for the morning for those parents who want to take a break to shop or enjoy some delicious food. There is a fee of R100 for the morning or part thereof. A “pram park” is also available for people to leave their prams whilst shopping to help avoid congestion in the hall.
The market is housed in the school hall and surrounding gardens from 9am to 2pm, and takes place rain or shine as most of the traders are under cover. Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences
The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.
Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.
Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.
Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.
“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.
For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.
Green Corridors LitterBooms Team Urges Action to Combat Plastic Pollution on World Oceans Day (8 June)
As part of its observance of United Nations World Ocean Day (8 June) Durban-based Green Corridors urges action from citizens to combat plastic pollution as part of its drive to try to reduce the amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans in our rivers.
World Ocean Day is an observance day set to remind all global citizens of the “major role the oceans have in everyday life. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.”
One of the critical interventions that countries are looking at is how to prevent plastic going into the ocean. Green Corridors, is an NGO that looks after green spaces and supports communities to work with these spaces, has installed 16 litterbooms onto waterways in the eThekwini Municipality to minimize the flow of plastics into the Indian Ocean.
These litterbooms are large plastic pipes that trap floating waste; the waste is collected by local community co-ordinators, and sorted. Plastics that are not able to be recycled are taken to the Green Corridors KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre and through a process combined with other materials are converted into “green” pavers.
Green Corridors’ litterboom co-ordinator, Siphiwe Rakgabale, says, “There is something like 75- 199 million tons of plastic waste floating about in the oceans, mostly flowing into the sea from rivers. This plastic pollution not only endangers marine biodiversity but also contributes to climate change.”
“Last year Green Corridors were able to remove 2 tons of plastic from our 16 litterbooms,” says Rakgabale. “But this is a fragment of what could be captured and redirected. The waste comes down these water ways through the inappropriate use of storm water drains, lack of waste management services around informal settlements and lack of awareness amongst consumers about the impact of the products they buy”
Green Corridors is calling upon governments, businesses, communities, and individuals to take action and support initiatives that help to minimize the waste flowing into the oceans.
“By investing in sustainable waste management systems, promoting recycling, and raising awareness about the importance of reducing plastic consumption, we can create a positive and lasting impact on our oceans and the planet as a whole,” says Rakgabale.
Green Corridors will participate in a number of events during the month of June to create awareness around waste management and recycling related to the oceans:
- On Saturday 10 June at the World Oceans Day Swim Green Corridors will have a stand at the Durban Beach Club where you can meet the team involved in the litterboom, and clean-ups.
- Also on Saturday 10 June from 2pm, the KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre will be performing at the Global Water Dance Festival at Green Corridors – Green Hub open Grass area.
For more information about Green Corridors go to https://durbangreencorridor.co.za/
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