All new Chevrolet Sonic on SHOW!

Posted on: 17 Oct 2011

by Patrick Allen, National Photographic Editor, Cape Info SA

All new Chevrolet Sonic to debut at Johannesburg International Motor Show

As Chevrolet celebrates its 100th anniversary this iconic international automotive brand continues to increase its share of South African vehicle sales as one of the most dynamic brands in the market. The past 18 months have seen a product renaissance in the Chevrolet product line-up as a range of latest generation products has been introduced.

The Johannesburg International Motor Show will generate more excitement for Chevrolet in South Africa as a number of new products are shown for the first time. One of these is the all-new Sonic, which will make its debut in South Africa at the show in both Hatch and Sedan variants.

The Chevrolet Sonic, together with the current Chevrolet Aveo, fits between the popular Chevrolet Spark and Cruze models as a latest generation B segment passenger vehicle. Both 5-door hatch and sedan body styles extend the sporty and youthful vibe experienced with the introduction of the new Spark.

The Sonic has drawn on the extensive Chevrolet global design, engineering and manufacturing resources to realise a vehicle that will compete as a best-in class-offering with regard to exterior styling, interior design and functionality, ride and handling, powertrain performance and quality execution. Add to this a fully loaded interior specification and an impressive array of active and passive safety features.

The Sonic boasts a sporty and youthful exterior appearance with an interior theme of sporty sophistication. Latest generation power plants from Chevrolet provide for a fun and fuel-efficient driving experience with refined ride and handling characteristics to complement the sporty nature of this exciting new small Chevrolet. All this comes together in a high quality package engineered to meet the General Motors goal of achieving quality standards that are the best in every segment.

The Sonic Hatch will be launched in South Africa in the coming weeks.  Model line-up and pricing will be confirmed at a later stage.

Expo Centre, Nasrec, 6 - 16 Oct 2011

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George is KING!

George Ntshiliza is KING of 42nd Two Oceans!

Posted on: 02 Aug 2011

by Ursula Brown, Managing Editor Cape Info SA, reporting live from Old Mutual Two Oceans, UCT Campus Cape Town.

Morning had broken.  Traditional firing of starters gun and thumbs up from Mayor Dan Plato very early, just after the chickens arose in the Mother City, was the signal to move...And move they did...

Earliest front runners were both from Kenya way out front, but as fellow journalists and commentators noted, far to fast far to soon. 500 m from the finish, George Ntshiliza, passed Motlhokoa Nkhabutlane (from Lesotho) and charged to the finish in a winning time of 3hrs 08mins 33secs being 19secs faster than 2nd man over the finish line.

Ultra Marathon winners : 42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
1. George Ntshiliza - Nedbank Running Club Eastern Cape South Africa - 03:08:31
2. Motlhokoa Nkhabutlane - Mr Price Vaal Triangle Running Club (from Lesotho) - 03:08:49
3. Tsotang Maine - Toyota Athletic Club - 03:09:19
4. Moeketsi Mosuhli - Mr Price Running Club International (Lesotho) - 03:09:40
5. Stephen Muzhingi - Formula 1 Athletic Club (Zimbabwe) - 03:09:46

Ladies race once again dominated by, now very famous "Russian"  Nurgalieva Twins, Olesya and Elena, with a third Two Oceans win for Olesya in a time of 3hrs 33mins 59 secs.

Ultra Marathon Ladies winners : 42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
1. Olesya Nurgalieva - Mr Price RC International (Russia) - 03:33:58
2. Elena Nurgalieva - Mr Price RC International (Russia) - 03:37:54 
3. Mamorallo Tjoka - Toyota Athletic Club - 03:42:12
4. Simona Staicu - Nedbank RC International (Hungary) - 03:42:59
5. Nina Podnesbesnova - Nedbank RC International (Russia) - 03:43:56

Half Marathon Ladies winners : 42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
1. Helalia Johannes - Namibia - 01:11:56
2. Irvette van Blerk - Nedbank Running Club Central Gauteng - 01:12:04
3. Zintle Xiniwe - Nedbank Running Club Cape Town - 01:14:58
4. Rene Kalmer - Nedbank Running Club Central Gauteng - 01:16;19
5. Rutendo Nyahhora - Nedbank RC International (Zimbabwe) - 01:16:23

Half Marathon winners : 42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
1. Lusapho April - Oxford Striders - 01:03:58
2. Xolisa Tyali - Nedbank Running Club Central Gauteng - 01:04:18
3. Tsotsane Kgosi - Transnet Rail Engineering AC - 01:04:35
4. Lindekhaya Mthangayi - Mr Price Western Province - 01:04:51
5. Kalvin Pangiso - Mr Price International (Zimbabwe) - 01:05:02

Old Mutal 42nd Two Oceans Marathon - Sat 23 Apr 2011

Photos courtesy : Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town 

42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Posted on: 23 Apr 2011
by Ursula Brown - Managing Editor - Cape Info SA, reporting live from Two Oceans Marathon
And they're off.. Just over 14 000 runners entered with more than 2 000 hopefuls turned away.  Biggest half marathon field in history of Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon joined 8638 Ultra Marathon runners at the start in Main Road, Newlands on Sat 23 April 2011 at 6.00am SHARP.

The previous record field was 13 221 in 2009, before entries were limited in order to avoid major congestion on the route.  13 501 of this record field are from South Africa, 249 from Africa and 269 are from overseas.  120 runners have already run the race over ten times and hold their permanent blue numbers, while 68 will be doing their tenth run this year. 
More than half the field (54%) are novices and will run half marathon for the first time, while 49% are female and 51% are male.  96% of the half marathon participants entered online. 

Another interesting statistic is that the half marathon field has contributed R90 000 towards the official race charity, Bobs for Good, which means that 900 school children from underprivileged backgrounds will get a new pair of South African made leather school shoes.

“The response to this race has been incredible and our office inundated with calls on a daily basis from people looking for half marathon entries.  We had to allow for additional entries over initial 11 500 benchmark in order to accommodate the demand and did so in consultation with the City of Cape Town,” said Rowyn James, race director.

James said that the event office has negotiated with various medical partners to ensure that medical facilities available to the race and runners are upgraded accordingly to manage increased numbers.  This included addition of mini hospitals out on route and at the finish at UCT.  Race office alleviated congestion at the start in terms of parking with park and ride facilities on race date.

Runners who missed out on half marathon entry were able to bid online as part of a major fundraising initiative for Bobs for Good Foundation. Online auction opened 3 Feb with entries going for around R1 700.  All funds raised go towards Bobs for Good, a local non-profit organisation, established out of the need to restore dignity and pride to underprivileged learners by giving them a new pair of South African made leather school shoes valued at R100 each.


Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo: Largest running-related expo in Western Cape from Wed 20 to Fri 22 April 2011.Lifestyle expo offered visitors chance to browse all sorts of interesting exhibits with everything about road running and related elements under one roof.  As official registration point for ultra and half marathon, as well as trail runs, Expo attracted close to 50 000 visitors over three days.Sport enthusiasts experience latest trends in running and sporting arena and part of the exciting atmosphere leading up to the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’.  

PUMA at the Expo: PUMA Store offers wide selection of PUMA product and Two Oceans memorabilia on sale, with 25% discount offered to all runners on all purchases when presenting their race number at the Expo.  They will also bring their FAASlab, which sees the normal store transformed into a Jamaican experience and celebrates the Jamaican Athletic Federation and, of course, Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest man.  

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Festival of Running:

Trail Run:  Just over 800 runners took part in trail runs on Good Friday 22 April. 10km and 20km trail run took runners on lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and nearby forests.  

International Friendship Run:  750 international runners with families and friends participated from V&A Waterfront. Runners took leisurely 5km jog or walk from new start at Waterfront, along Atlantic Seaboard, taking in Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Park, past historical landmarks and key points of interest.  Participants stopped en route,  just outside the stadium, to hand out school shoes to underprivileged kids as part of Bobs for Good charity drive.  

Fun Runs: On Good Fri 22 April from UCT Upper Campus in Rondebosch, a great way to introduce kids to running with loads of exciting prizes, including PUMA gear.

Media were introduced to defending 2011 champions, Olesya and Elena Nurgalieva as well as Stephen Muzhingi (4th in 2010), Michael Wardian (USA) and Chebii Johnstone (Kenya) at Vineyard Hotel on the afternoon before the big day. 

Professional club teams (with managers)  Nedbank, Bonnitas, Formula 1 Bluff Meat, Mr Price, Toyota were joined by sponsors, City of Cape Town and unbeaten record holder Frith van der Merwe. 

Paul Kaye (MC) introduced Clr Brett Herron (City of Cape Town), Rowan James (Race Director), Mr Frank Brooks (Old Mutual) and Mr Bobby Skinstad (Bobs for Good Foundation) who briefly and swiftly addressed runners and media in attendance. 

42nd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - Cape Town - 6.00am - 23 Apr 2011.


Photos courtesy : Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town.

Gary congratulates Jeff

Jeff Sluman WINS Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge

Posted on: 20 Dec 2010

Posted on: 04 Dec 2010 - by Patrick Allen reporting Info SA live from Sun City

photos: Patrick Allen -  National Photographic Editor Cape Info SA 

When former US Open and Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Corey Pavin withdrew from Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge, Jeff Sluman was invited to complete the eight-man line-up.

Sluman, a former PGA Champion (1988), and a multiple winner on the PGA Tour, has long been known as one of the most consistent players on Tour, and since joining the Champions Tour in 2007, his good form has continued.

“The quality of senior player that will be competing in Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge promises to produce a most memorable event, and as with the other over-50 champions,  Jeff Sluman has managed to take his winning form from PGA Tour to the Champions Tour. He has won three titles in two seasons, and finished 2010 season with earnings of almost $1 million, which placed him among the top-15 money earners,” said Mr Alistair Roper, Tournament director. 

Sluman joined former Nedbank Golf Challenge champions Mark McNulty, David Frost, Nick Price and Fulton Allem, as well as Jay Haas, Tommy Armour III and Fred Funk in the field.  

Who is Jeff Sluman?

Jeffrey George Sluman (born September 11, 1957) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous professional golf tournaments including six PGA Tour victories. Sluman was born and reared in Rochester, New York. After graduating from Greece Arcadia High School, and then Monroe Community College in 1977, he attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He turned pro in 1980, and had regular career earnings in excess of 18 million dollars.

Sluman has had an unusual career in terms of winning golf tournaments. During what are usually considered a golfers most productive years – their early twenties through their middle thirties – Sluman won only once. At the age of 30, he won the 1988 PGA Championship. Then, shortly before his 40th birthday, he starting winning consistently on the Tour and in non-Tour events. After winning the 1997 Tucson Chrysler Classic, he won seven more events including four on the PGA Tour during the next seven seasons. Sluman's best season was in 2002 when he finished the year ranked 15th on the PGA Tour with $1,250,187 in earnings. Despite his rather unusual sequence in respect to tournament wins, Sluman has been one of the Tour's most consistent top 10 finishers throughout his career.

The 1988 PGA Championship was played at the Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. Sluman won the tournament by three strokes over Paul Azinger, shooting a total of 272. On the final day, Sluman took command of the tournament with a round of 65 that tied David Graham's 1979 mark as the lowest winning round in PGA history.[1]

Upon turning 50 in September 2007, Sluman joined the Champions Tour. He won his first tournament in June 2008, the Bank of America Championship and he also won the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2008 and 2009.

In his spare time, Sluman can be described as a rabid sports fan. He closely follows the Florida State University Seminoles, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Cubs. He has held Bulls season tickets for over 10 years. Sluman is also a fan of Formula One racing, and is friends with former Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He is also a collector of rare, fine wines with about 2,000 bottles in his collection.

Padraig Harrington takes the lead on day 1

Harrington locks down one-shot lead

Posted on: 04 Dec 2010

by Patrick Allen, National Photographic Editor, Cape Info SA - live from Sun City

Padraig Harrington snatched a brilliant birdie at the last hole to lock down a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Thursday. 

Harrington, who started slowly with seven straight pars, led early pace-setter Ross Fisher by a stroke and world number one Lee Westwood by two after his excellent opening round of 66.

Harrington had just bogeyed the 17th when his drive on 18 seemed headed for a nasty tomb inside the Sun City bush. Fortunately, it stopped in the semi-rough left of the fairway and sat up nicely, but it was still an exquisite second that the Irishman played to leave himself with a four-foot birdie putt.

Padraig Harrington
Few golf fans were surprised when Padraig Harrington claimed his first major championship title, but few would have believed that he would complete a hat-trick of Major championships in so short a time span. The popular Dubliner enjoyed a successful amateur career which included victories in Sherry Cup, the West of Ireland Championship, as well as the Open and Closed Irish Amateur Championships. He was also a member of three Walker Cup teams, mixing his amateur golf with his studies of Accountancy, and in 1994 he gained admittance to the Association of Chartered Accountants. The following year he made the move into golf’s professional ranks, and has never looked back.

Robert Allenby - 2009 Winner


Posted on: 04 Dec 2010

Photos - Patrick Allen - National Photographic Editor Cape Into SA

It is well known that the Gary Player Country Club’s golf course was the first to be constructed following USGA specifications. The standards of conditioning seen at this course have also set standards that many other courses have tried to emulate, but very few have managed. More importantly, the management of this resort has been at the forefront of environmental consciousness for some time, and recent work that has been done is likely to see the Nedbank Golf Challenge become carbon neutral.

The drive to become more environmentally friendly is an on-going project that Sun International takes very seriously, and the process of measuring and assessing the Nedbank Golf Challenge began in 2008. With the help of the Heritage Environmental Management Company, contracted to compile a detailed report on the impact of the tournament, a huge amount of data was gathered and evaluated. The information covers every aspect affecting the carbon footprint of the event, from the amount of CO₂ emissions generated by the spectators who travel to the resort, emission on the golf courses and surrounds, total energy consumption and the recycling of waste.

Since this first study was done, a considerable amount of progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions, improving waste separation, and saving on energy consumption. Greg McManus of Heritage explains: “One of the biggest gains has been in water consumption, at one time clean water was used to irrigate the golf course, but now only grey water is used,” he says. “Also, the golf course is now completely “electrified”, meaning that all diesel generators etc. have been replaced by electrical units, thereby reducing on-course emissions and limited energy-related emissions to the resort as a whole.”

A lot of care has gone into the planning and administration for the 2010 event, and for the first time it is expected that the event will earn full certification as a “green”’ event and that in this anniversary year. This marquee event which attracts thousands of spectators will also achieve carbon-neutral status. This may be ambitious, but McManus believes that it is achievable.

“We announced earlier in the year that the bank had achieved carbon neutrality, making the Nedbank Group the first African financial services organisation to achieve effective zero carbon status. In partnering with Sun International to green the Nedbank Golf Challenge we are further cementing the bank’s reputation as one of the country’s  and continent’s environmental sustainability leaders,” says Andy Scott, Head of Nedbank Group Sponsorships.

At last year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, more than 60,000 spectators attended the event at Sun City, and it is expected that this year’s event will attract even more golf fans. “This is by far the biggest golfing event on the African continent, and we are very conscious of our environmental responsibilities,” says the Director of Golf at the resort, Antonie Els. “On both our golf courses, the Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City, we have made huge strides towards becoming carbon neutral, and we are determined to ensure that the Nedbank Golf Challenge will become the world’s first totally ‘green’ golf event”. 

Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place at Gary Player Golf Course, Sun City Resort from Wed 01 - Sun 05 Dec 2010. Tickets available from Computicket outlets.  

Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban

2010 Stadiums ...Ready for Kick-off!

Posted on: 28 Aug 2009


Green Point
The new Green Point Stadium in City of Cape Town will have picturesque mountains and ocean as scenery. The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town will be transformed into a completely new 70 000 seater, all-weather, multi-purpose, environmentally sustainable, modern, technologically advanced, world class Stadium giving expression to the “African Renaissance Stadium” at the juncture between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean at the southern tip of Africa.

Key Matches and Dates:
• Friday, 11 June 2010 - Opening Match
• Thursday, 29 June 2010 - Round of 16
• Saturday, 3 July 2010 - Quarter Final
• Tuesday, 6 July 2010 - Semi Final

Durban Stadium - Moses Mabhida Stadium
The new Durban Stadium's design is characterized by two large archways which arc 100 meters above the stadium roof. Kings Park Stadium. Inauguration: Sep. 2007. Capacity: 60,000. Located in KwaZulu Natal in the beautiful City of Durban, Moses Mabhida Stadium is named after a hero of the working class. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is located adjacent the ABSA Stadium in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct - a site located in Stamford Hill, is yet to be another world class multi-purpose stadium set to make possible successful history in the making of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Key Matches and Dates:
• Monday, 28 June 2010 - Round of 16
• Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - Semi Final

Ellis Park
Ellis Park, at the centre of bustling Johannesburg, was built in 1982 and has had a long and distinguished history with sport. Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. Club: KaizerChiefs. Inauguration: June 2005. Capacity: 60,000. A major football venue in South Africa. It has been ear-marked as a semi-final venue for the 2010 South Africa World Cup. The Stadium underwent major renovations to fullfill all the FIFA™ requirements. New upper tiers were added behind each goal, adding an extra 10 000 seats and bringing the seating capacity to the required 70 000. Ellis Park now meets all requirements as a semi-final match venue.

Key Matches and Dates:
• Monday, 28 June 2010 - Round of 16
• Saturday, 3 July 2010 - Quarter Final

Soccer City
For a long time Soccer City was the only South African stadium dedicated to the beautiful game and is a fitting finals venue. Soccer City, Johannesburg. Inauguration: April 2007. Capacity: 94,700. Soccer City (also know as the FNB Stadium) is earmarked to host both the opening and final matches of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Built in 1987, Soccer City has played host to some of the most memorable matches in South Africa’s soccer history.

Free State
Free State Stadium in the golden Province of the Free State, will have a seating capacity of 48 000. Bloemfontein. Inauguration: June 2007. Capacity: 40,000
Situated only a few minutes drive from proposed FIFA™ and team hotels in Bloemfontein, the Free State Stadium is a dedicated sporting environment with ample parking and excellent corporate hospitality.

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Stadium
The Port Elizabeth Stadium, set on the shores of the North End Lake will be the first dedicated football stadium in the city. Port Elizabeth Stadium. Inauguration: June 2007. Capacity: 49,500. A high-tech, modern venue that meets every requirement needed to provide a world class venue for the first and second round matches of the 2010 World Cup.

In the Mpumalanga Province, the stadium is a welcome addition to the area and will have a seating capacity of 46,000.Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit. Inauguration: June 2007. Capacity: 40,000
The stadium has been designed to ensure it enjoys a life beyond the 2010 World Cup tournament as an adaptable sports, entertainment and exhibition venue. Mbombela Stadium has been proposed as for both the first and second round matches with a capacity of just over 40,000

Peter Mokaba
The Peter Mokaba stadium is named in honour of the anti-aparthied activist Peter Mokaba who was renowned for his fighting spirit. Club: Polokwane. Inauguration: April 2007. Capacity: 40,000. Situated in Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg), the capital of Limpopo, South Africa. This stadium will be the first world class football venue in the soccer mad province of Limpopo. Four two tier stands bring the seating capacity to 46,000 - a massive increase on the old stadium, which comprises only a main stand and three grass banks.

Matches and Dates:
• Sunday, 13 June 2010 - Group C, first-round
• Thursday, 17 June 2010 - Group A, first-round
• Tuesday, 22 June 2010 - Group B, first-round
• Thursday, 24 June 2010 - Group F, first-round


2010 World Cup

Posted on: 09 Jun 2009
Cape Town's new Green Point Stadium is scheduled to host eight games, including a semi-final. This is more than any other stadium in the country with the exception of Soccer City in Joburg, which will host opening and closing matches, and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), which will also host eight games. All but two of Cape Town matches take place at night (20:30 local time), meaning that local fans will not have to take time off work to watch at the stadium or one of the Fan Parks where people can gather to watch matches on large screens and enjoy large crowd atmosphere. Night-time matches will also mean that peak hour traffic out of the city on match days is unlikely to be affected. 2010 World Cup tickets went on sale in several phases in Feb 2009. Category 1-3 tickets sold locally and internationally in dollars, while Category 4 tickets only be sold to South Africans to ensure that locals are able to afford tickets. Ticket distribution system finalised closer to the time. Cheapest tickets will cost R140. Final draw – final 32 teams taking part and the groups they play in, announced and takes place in Cape Town 4 Dec 09. After this, final match schedule will be released. Opening match takes place at Soccer City at 16:00 on Fri 11 June 2010. That same evening, Cape Town will host its first match, a Group A encounter.