#NewRangerLaunch has heightened my love for Ford’s Ranger

Last week I got to hang out with some of my favourite people, in one of my favourite provinces in SA, and all to mark the new car launch of one of favourite motoring companies around, Ford. The Ford South Africa team have officially launched the new Ranger, and I was one of the lucky few who got to test drive these new beauts from Cape Town International, all the way through  to the Aquila Game Reserve in Cederberg. A little bit of road driving, coupled with some intense 4×4 driving was done, and man oh man if my love affair with the new Ford Ranger even bigger now. Check out some of my pics below:


You may recall I went to Namibia earlier this year for the Ford Ranger Odyssey, in which I got to drive the Ranger around the Namib Desert and surrounds for some eight days. I’m not a motoring journalist, or an expert in that department by any means, but I do know this car is incredible. It handles the open road beautifully, but off-road is where it really excels. It’s smooth, can handle almost any terrain thrown at it. It’s easy to drive and just a very comfortable vehicle.

I drive a VW currently, and while I love it, it is time to upgrade. Ford’s Ranger is high up on my list and I’ve already started investigating. The reason? I lead a very active lifestyle now, participating in a lot of on road and mountain bike races. That requires transporting my bike to and from training and racing venues. I also love to travel, especially into the bush and I think a car like this is economical when it comes to fuel consumption, it’s great for game drives. It doesn’t hurt that the car is a nice looking one too, so it ticks all the boxes for me 😉

Are you a fan of the Ranger? Do you drive one already? Holler at me if you have some tips, tricks and recommendations.

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Idols season 11 – down to 29

Last night we were introduced to some of the #IdolsSA hopefuls, who managed to score golden tickets from the judges in the initial city auditions. These peops are usually the best, but damn were they battling last night. I’m not sure if it was a severe case of nerves that just rolled through many of the groups, but damn it was bad. I thought the judges were being harsh, but they were on point.

78 made this round, only a few actually made it to Sun City and now we’re down to just 29. These 29 will go on to sing in the individual performances round. Let’s hope they bring their a-games.

Wanting to know who they are? Here’s a list of those who made it through:
Amanda Antony (21) from Port Elizabeth
Amy Lombard (29) from Cape Town
Bridgitt Leahy (18) from Creighton
Busisiwe Mthembu (22) from Springs
Chrystal Worship (26) from Cape Town
Daniel Minnie (19) from Port Elizabeth
Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg
Elwira Standili (22) from Cape Town
John Niel (24) from Pretoria
Karabo Mogane (23) from Nelspruit
Lihle Buthelezi (27) from Ladysmith
Loyiso Gijana (16) from Uitenhage
Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Cape Town
Mandla Bacela (29) from Butterworth
Matthew Kent (22) from Cape Town
Mlondi Mkhize (25) from Illovo
Mmatema Moremi (22) from Pretoria
Nadia Herbst (20) from Paarl
Ndumiso Mahlangu (21) from Carolina
Nina Terblanche (17) from Nelspruit
Nonhle Mhlongo (29) from Durban
Phila Madlingozi (25) from Johannesburg
Rhema Vairrie (20) from Alberton
Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Cape Town
Shenay O’ Brien (24) from Johannesburg
Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban
Sizwe Mthalane (20) from Cato Ridge
Tebogo Louw (23) from Stellenbosch
Thami Shobede (26) from Johannesburg

catch Idols on M-Net and Mzansi Magic every Sunday at 17:00.


Interview: Jason Von Berg – 41 Days to Half ;)

Rad Dad Things

Good Morning Champs 🙂

I caught up with Digital content producer/blogger/entertainment journo Jason Von Berg this week to chat about Triathlons. What a jol. If you have your own questions for the man get him at http://jasonvonberg.me

When and how did you get into Triathlons?

I got into triathlons by default in 2011. My friends were all gunghoe and keen and so was I. They all dropped out at the 11thhour and I decided to push through. My first triathlon was on a mountain bike and it was challenging to the say least, but I loved the challenge and I love the different disciplines so now I’m in it for the long haul.

What gear do you prefer;

Running shoes – I’m a big Nike fan. I’ve tried other brands and while New Balance offered a good running shoe a few years back, I haven’t been able to find…

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Miss SA Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

Rolene Strauss is Miss World

22 year-old Rolene Strauss is the new Miss World! The reigning Miss South Africa and medical student was crowned the winner during Sunday night’s live finale from London in the UK. A big congratulations to her. She’s smart, driving and proof that if you set your mind to something, you can fully achieve it if you work hard, play smart and keep your eye on the prize.  Check out the press release below:


Rolene Strauss takes the title

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss has been crowned Miss World, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Anneline Kriel’s reign in 1974.

An ecstatic Rolene beat 124 contestants from around the globe and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win.

This fourth year Volksrust medical student was also the bookmakers’ favourite to win the title and she didn’t disappoint.

In her acceptance speech Rolene said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become reality: “My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it.”

When Rolene won the Miss South Africa title in March this year she said in her acceptance speech that she had goose bumps thinking just thinking about the title.

“In my country we are all here from different backgrounds and cultures but we have one thing in common – we are South Africans. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to represent such a diverse nation.”

Rolene is remembered for her drive, what she brought to the title and how she has represented South Africa not only nationally, but also internationally.

She says: “Not only has the Miss South Africa title taken me places, but I have also learnt from the women who walked this path before me.  Together with my visions and dreams, I can catapult the meaning and relevance of the Miss World title to an even higher level.”

Throughout her reign Rolene has emphasised her passion for health and fitness. “It’s is all about living, loving and giving.”  She has emphasised the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. “We are capable of so much more when we are healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally.

“As I stand before you my dream is now a reality, my journey now at its beginning. I am part of something bigger, part of a beautiful picture painted with different colours, cultures, backgrounds and dreams. We are all part of the painting.”

Say Chief Executive Officer, Jose Dos Santos of sponsors Cell C: “We at Cell C are delighted with Rolene’s amazing win at the Miss World Pageant. As Miss South Africa she has shown the resilience and determination to make a difference in the world and we are convinced that she will prove a wonderful ambassador for the Miss World brand. We also know she is carrying the South African flag with pride. Congratulations!”

It was a sentiment echoed by Graeme Stevens, CEO of Sun International: “Sun International would like to congratulate Rolene on being crowned the new Miss World which is a massive achievement. We are convinced that she will make as superb ambassador and inspire a generation of young girls who wish to reach for a dream.”

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Gallery – Spud 3 stars at the autograph signing and premiere

It’s one of the most loved stories in South Africa and clearly the fans of the movie franchise are a very dedicated bunch! On Saturday afternoon, Times Media Films hosted an autograph signing session with Troye Sivan, Caspar Lee, Alex McGregor, Blessing Xaba and the rest of the Spud 3 stars in Nelson Mandela Square. As the hours passed and the news of their favourite stars being in town spread, the crowd numbers grew. I saw many tears, lots of screams and just an overwhelmingly positive response to the movie and its stars. Later that night, the Spud 3 stars hit up the premiere in Sandton, and again the fans turned up in their numbers. I instigated a bit, by getting Troye, Sven, Caspar and Travis to get the fans revved up and screaming… Naturally the obliged and naturally their fans reacted positively.

Step aside Justin Bieber, the YouTube sensations are in the building and ready to shine! I’ve got some videos to post too, but here are some pictures from the premiere and autograph signing.

Pics from the Survivor SA: Champions finale

Here are a few pictures from the #SurvivorSA finale, which took place a little earlier.

During the live production it was Capetonian Graham Jenneker who walked away with a whopping R1million. Terrible hey? A worthy and deserving winner indeed!

Santana coming to SA this February

Santana - 3 10 Credit Timothy SaccentiThis will be amazing:

Big Concerts is pleased to confirm that Santana will be performing 3 concerts in South Africa on Tuesday 25th February 2014 and Wednesday 26th February 2014 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town and Saturday 1st March 2014 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Presented by 94.5KFM, 567CapeTalk, Talk Radio 702 and M-Net. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Tickets go on sale for Johannesburg and Cape Town on Wednesday 13th November at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.

Carlos Santana, who first became famous in the late 1960s with his band Santana, pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. His first Top 10 hit ‘Evil Ways’ stayed on the Billboard chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics and Billboard number one albums ‘Abraxas’ (“Oye Como Va”, “Black Magic Woman”) and Santana III (“No One to Depend On”, “Everybody’s Everything”). To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards including a record tying nine for a single project with 1999’s blockbuster Supernatural (“Smooth”, “Maria, Maria”, “Wishing It Was”) which featured many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill and others.

Among many honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor as well as Billboards Century Award in 1996. Having sold over 100 million records to date Santana has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is listed in the top 20 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Currently Santana is headlining at a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas and on December 8th, Carlos Santana will be the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award.


From Santana’s earliest days as a ground breaking Afro-Latin blues rock outfit to the mega chart topping collaboration of ‘Supernatural’. The sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best know musical signatures. Don’t miss the chance to see him perform live for the first time in South Africa.






Tour Itinerary


Cape Town

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Wednesday 26th February 2014

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price:  R510 – R850

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 9am



Saturday 1st March 2014

FNB Stadium

Ticket Price: R350 – R1030

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 9am



Tickets from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket




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Justin Bieber to tour SA in May 2013


Belieb it because it’s true… It has officially (finally) been announced that Justin Bieber will be heading to South Africa is May 2013. Cape Town and Jozi get ready because Bieber will be rocking out in your cities on the 8th and the 12th of May respectively. They’re both stadium tours, so moms and dads, if you’re taking your daughters… best you go and purchase your earplugs now because it’s going to get LOUD in there.

Tickets go on sale on the 10th in Jozi and the 11th in Cape Town, just in time for Christmas. Clever Big Concerts, clever… Let’s hope Computicket can handle the load. I expect this to be one of the fastest selling shows in history.

Side bar, Gaga was the first female artist to perform at Soccer City this past weekend. Bieber will now become the youngest… History being made again. I really am looking for ward to seeing him performing. I think it’ll be a great show! Official press release below:

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