We raised R66,000 for songo.info

It feels like forever since I communicated our efforts and what we’ve been up to, probably because it has!

We raised just over R66,000! An amazing effort, with great support from our corporate contributors, pushed us well beyond the R50K goal I had in mind. A huge thank you again to Penetron, DVT, SMSPortal, Mango Moon and many others for your contributions and assistance!

So what happens next? Well we have a list of school subjects, and how many children are in each age group, so we’re going to spend the money on books that the children can enjoy for years to come.

The school subjects currently taken by the songo.info children:
• Isixhosa
• English
• Life Orientation
• Mathematics
• Mathematics Literacy
• Natural Science
• Technology
• Economic Management Sciences
• Arts and Culture
• Social Science
• Geography
• History
• Tourism
• Economics
• Business Studies
• Life Orientation
• CAT
• Religious Education
• Creative Arts

If you have any text books for the above subjects that you’re not using any more please let me know! We’re also collecting any books for children from ages of 5 to 24.

Once we have collected and bought enough books to stock the library, we will be building shelves and putting in the books creating the songo.info library!

If you’d like to join us also please let me know.

2015 Grabouw XTERRA entries are open and we’re building the teams. If you’re keen to get involved again let me know ASAP as spaces will be limited!

http://www.stillwatersports.com/news/totalsports-xterra-buffelspoort-grabouw-entries-open/

Totalsports XTERRA Full:

Date: Sunday, 22 February 2015
Venue: Grabouw Country Club
Format: 1.5km swim,
27km mountain bike
11km trail run

Thanks

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Sponsored post – THE GREAT GETAWAY

Win a Getaway for you and 3 mates.

THE GREAT GETAWAY

Need to escape the grind of the office? A weekend away is probably just what you need to recharge the batteries. We’re talking lazy afternoon braais, drinks under the stars and hey, some new gear wouldn’t hurt either. Grab your bikes and head off to the berg, bush or the coast!

 

Mr Price have an epic collection of winter menswear featuring long-sleeved tees, fleece pullovers for easy layering, and sherpa-lined jackets – ideal for those chilly days after a long ride. There’s also loads of printed and check shirts that will take you straight from the office and onto the road in style. Mr Price also have a great selection of distressed detailed jeans and paneled button-ups with worn-in washes.

Just about ready to hit the dusty trail? Then, you’ll want to enter this! Mr Price are offering you the chance to win a weekend getaway for you and three mates.

Head to MRP.COM and let them know if you’d prefer a ‘Berg, beach or bush experience. No matter which one you choose, one thing’s for sure – this will be an adventure to remember.

Good luck – and don’t forget the bikes!

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Sponsored post – Win one of 2 R1000 shopping vouchers from MR Price Sport each month.

This is a sponsored post. I don’t normally write about this kind of promotion but    MR  Price Sport has great kit and to win a R1000 voucher would be great to go buy some winter gear.

Sign up and you could win a R1,000 Mr. Price shopping voucher

Win one of 2 R1,000 shopping vouchers from MR Price Sport each month by signing up to their newsletter.

Why sign up? Be ahead of the crowd and receive the monthly MRPSports “Get into it” magazine as a digital edition. Issue 10 is out now and is full of great content for outdoor lovers with features ranging from camping tips to hiking trails or simply what to pack for padkos! Check it out here.

You will also get the latest on new arrivals, whats hot, once-off promotions, exclusive giveaways, behind-the-scenes footage and top tips from your favorite sports stars. So what are you waiting for – enter the competition now! You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

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My Racing Machine for the 2014 Grabouw XTERRA.

2014 EPIC – THE GOLD STANDARD REDEFINED

Image courtesy of Specialized .com

Somewhere on the Grabouw XTERRA MTB course.

Somewhere on the Grabouw XTERRA MTB course.

I had the pleasure of riding this bike for the 2014 FULL Grabouw XTERRA (1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike (on which i rode the S-works Epic) and a 12km trail run).

I cannot rave about this bike enough! Compared to my high spec, 2008 Merida Mission 3000-D, 26″ wheel diameter, full suspension bike, this bike is a Range Rover Sport to my Land Rover Defender 90.

The Brain suspension is unbelievable in how steady it keeps the bike over the bumps and under pedal pressure. The bike is almost impossible to bunny hop using shock compression to launch. The whole bike weighs next to nothing and the SRAM XX1 was a dream to ride, though a little above my current punching weight. The 95mm travel was plenty for me, I never had the feeling of needing more.

I had the pleasure of riding the medium though should have chosen a large if one was available for my 1.82m height. Even though the bike was slightly too small there is plenty of space in the cockpit. The shorter wheel base of the World Cup series and the smaller frame did catch me off guard a couple of times and the fact the bike weighs nothing means there is very little keeping it on the ground if you’re heading over the falls!

I kept thinking “I’m getting closer to the end of the ride, I don’t want this to stop”. The bike course is great, but on a machine like this, it is AWESOME!

My test bike didn’t have the S.W.A.T option to reduce as much weight as possible but is available as an optional extra. Harry, the mechanic who set me up on the bike said that the guys that race these machines at short course XC events have a mechanic in the pits with a spare set of everything, and can effect a change of equipment in double quick time, the rider therefore needs no tools on the course.

This is a race machine for those winning races or those wanting to win races, or those that can afford it.

Thank you Specialized for an opportunity to race a bike I would normally never have had the opportunity to ride!

Please read the official Specialized product info below (see if you can spot my pics in the mix).

GROUND-BREAKING

After a decade of dominating XC mountain bike racing, the world championship and Olympic gold winning Epic breaks new ground. An array of innovations—lighter and stiffer frames, advanced suspension technology, new Roval wheels, SWAT storage systems, and more—make the fastest bike on the trail even faster.

To build the next generation of the Epic, the largest and most talented team of engineers, designers, product managers, and riders was assembled. Meet the people that brought the new Epic to life.

2014 Grabouw XTERRA S-Works Epic World Cup Edition

This was my ride for the 2014 Grabouw XTERRA.

PURPOSE-BUILT. XC racing has evolved. When the Epic was first launched, race formats were fairly consistent. Now, what’s described as “cross-country” can be anything from a one hour short track event, to week-long stage races like the Cape Epic. To make sure XC racers have the fastest bike possible for such diverse conditions, the Epic now has a fraternal twin: the Epic World Cup.

Image Courtesy of Specialized.com

FACT CARBON FRAME. It’s all about the fastest ride. The new Epic frame is lighter & stiffer, features better suspension action, and can carry everything you want right on the frame. An entire team of engineers and designers spent years squeezing every bit of performance and cutting every non-essential gram. What remains is a purpose-built race bike that looks the part not that looks matter.

Image courtesy of Specialized .com

SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY. Naturally, all Epic bikes take advantage of FSR 4-bar linkage. This patented and proven system is fully active always able to respond to bumps and fully independent virtually unaffected by rider’s pedal input or braking forces. FSR is enhanced by an all-new and finely tuned Mini Brain rear shock. When a rider encounters a bump, an inertia valve disengages, allowing oil to flow and the shock to immediately transition from firm efficient to fully active compliant.

Image courtesy of Specialized.com

NEW ROVAL WHEELS. Apart from the frame, the most important component on any bike is the wheel. Many Epic models feature Roval carbon wheelsets that are lighter, stronger, and stiffer than their alloy counterparts. Weight is critical, not just in climbing performance, but also in how the bike handles. New technologies like Zero Bead Hook keep wheels in-true longer and make them better able to absorb impacts.

Image courtesy of Specialized.com

S.W.A.T. Storage. Water. Air. Tools. More than a clever acronym, every new Epic bike features some level stage of SWAT, allowing fully integrated transport of critical items that every rider needs before hitting the trail and can reduce/eliminate the need to wear a pack. The SWAT items are strategically placed to distribute weight and allow easy access. For example, a chain tool is securely tucked beneath the stem cap.NEW S-WORKS

Image courtesy of Specialized.com

CRANKS. We set out to shave every possible gram through integrated designs of frames and components. The completely new FACT carbon crankset sets the benchmark for stiffness and is sleeker and lighter than before, thanks to a new spider design that partners with either single or double chainring setups.2014 Epic Up-Close

Some additional photos from Specialized.com

The Brain

The “T” in S.W.A.T.

The “A” in S.W.A.T.

via Specialized Bicycle Components.

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Africa’s Western black rhino officially declared extinct

gonemtb:

This is sickening. How can anyone willingly be involved in the hunting and desecration of a species?

Originally posted on The Extinction Protocol :

November 8, 2013AFRICA- Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network. The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006. The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation. “In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement. This update offers both good and bad…

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