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October

2018

Spur Series Finals


From L to R: Sanele Mkhunya, Siyobonga Njiva, Alan Hatherly and Mncendisi Mkhize at the Spur MTB League National Finals

It’s a wrap on the 2018 Spur Schools MTB League and what a year it was!

Thanks to our new VW Crafter Van from Hoopers VW, we were able to transport more riders to the provincial races this year, including primary school kids and girls, which marked an important milestone for the academy. During the season we achieved seven podium finishes, five of those in the female categories.

Overall in the KZN series, the GO!Durban Cycle Academy was placed 3rd on the High School log and 6th on the Primary School log. Two of our riders, Mncendisi Mkhize (Northwood High School) and Sanele Mkhunya (Bheki High School) were selected to represent KZN at the national finals event in Magaliesburg on the 5th and 6th of October, which provided another great opportunity for the boys to be exposed to a national level of riding and also to socialise with riders from other schools and provinces.

“The Spur Schools MTB League is always a highlight on our calendar and we are very proud of all our riders who participated this year,” says Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy. “A huge well done and congratulations to our deserving coaches who work tirelessly throughout the season to get the riders race-ready and co-ordinate logistics on race day. We also wish to thank Tim Keep, KZN Schools MTB and Spur Sports for making the series possible and for sponsoring the entries for our riders this season,” Shaun concludes.

Summary of Podium Results:

Race 1

  • Mncendisi Mkhize: 3rd Place Youth Boys
  • Ongezo Mini: 2nd Place Youth Girls
  • Nomfundo Mtshali: 3rd Place Youth Girls

Race 3

  • Amahle Cane: 3rd Place Sub-Junior High Girls
  • Aphiwe Goge: 3rd Place Sub-Junior Primary Girls

Race 4

  • Aphiwe Goge: 3rd Place Sub-Junior Primary Girls
  • Phumelela Mkhunya: 3rd Place Sub-Junior Primary Boys

31

October

2018

Cycle Academy – KwaMashu Moms Complete Their First Cycle Race

It was an exciting day for four KwaMashu moms as they braved the Durban roads on two wheels for their first cycle race on Sunday, 21 October 2018. With the help of their Coach, Thobani Bhengu – who has been training them for two months leading up to the big event and riding the race alongside them on his BMX – the ladies successfully completed the 35km route of the Amashova Classic!

“One of the goals of the adult coaching programme is to build confidence in the riders to compete in races,” explains Thobani. “The ladies did very well for their first event, there were no mechanicals or injuries and we had a lot of fun along the route – they were even dancing when we stopped at the water tables!”

Their commitment to the classes and hard work is already paying off and, with a little bit more training, Thobani is confident that the riders will be able to take on longer and more technical races soon.

“I am so proud of the ladies for completing this challenge. Their fitness has improved a lot and we will continue training to be ready for the next one!”


26

October

2018

Notice of Temporary Road Closures for the Moja Cruise Taxi Incentive Parade & Programme Launch

Businesses, residents, motorists and commuters in Durban’s central CBD are to be mindful that Dr Pixley KaSeme Street (formerly West) will be closed to traffic from Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street (formerly Grey) where the N3 intersects, up to Samora Machel Street (formerly Aliwal) at the City Hall on Monday, 29 October from 8:30am to 09:30 . Thereafter, limited lanes on Dr Pixley Kaseme Street outside the City Hall will be available from 09:30 to 11:30.

The closure is to enable a parade of 150 Mini-Bus Taxis through the central CBD to the City Hall, to mark the beginning of the City’s public transport transformation.

Last year in October the Ethekwini Municipality launched its Taxi Incentive Scheme, named Moja Cruise, an innovative programme aimed at uplifting the Mini-Bus Taxi Industry and improving their business operations.

The scheme was designed in collaboration with the Ethekwini Management Taxi Council (EMTC) – the official partner of the programme, and includes, improved customer care, assures roadworthy vehicles and promotes better driving.

Whilst the parade is taking place, Metro police will indicate alternate routes for motorists, however, citizens should also be mindful of a longer commute time on the roads that the vehicles will travel on to get to Dr Pixley KaSeme Street. The route the vehicles will take to the start of the parade is from the ICC into Bram Fischer Road, left into Soldier’s Way, then right into Monty Naicker and left into Yusuf Dadoo and left into Dr Pixley KaSeme Street.