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Old February 22nd, 2007, 05:15 PM   #861
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Regarding the A1 the track is looking great I am fortunate to overlook it (sorry unfortunate) Last year I had a group of friends around for the main race It was enjoyed by all unfortunatly this year I am restricted to have only two guests each day.

Locals along Snell Parade are very unhappy with this dictatoral attitude we are have been inconvenianced since January with parking and dust and will not be back to normal untill middle march if we are lucky. They stopped a friend from walking past Pirates Lifesaving Club along the waters edge today.

To sum up general logistics and set up fantastic. Public relations a total disaster. Locals taking about putting on pressure to move the straight on Snell Parade to the road infront of the old drive in.

It will be a pity when one thinks of the Manaco Grand Prix Wher people wathing the event from hotels and apartments is a feature. TV coverage of the event last year featured the residents of Snell Parade and their guests watching the race from the building overlooking the track
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seems odd that they restrict the people visiting the buildings..maybe parking concerns?? it is a big inconvenience to the people of the area no doubt
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:10 PM   #863
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Guess i am too young bud...you have a good 10 or more years on me...
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 09:12 PM   #864
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Durban abuzz with excitement ahead of Grand Prix

S A 's Vulindlela A1 team will be hoping to take advantage of home crowd

February 22, 2007, 17:15

The city of Durban is abuzz with excitement ahead of the A1 Grand Prix taking place this weekend. Hotels are expected to be full to capacity - accommodating many foreign visitors over the next few days. However, the road closures seem to have taken their toll on local motorists, who have to schedule their driving time around alternative routes.

The A1 Grand Prix is giving Durban an economic boost, but it is also giving many local motorists a headache. Ayanda Msweli, a Metro Police spokesperson, says they have been receiving numerous complaints because of the many road closures. "We try our best to inform the public on time that the roads are closed," says Msweli.

Msweli has urged motorists to be patient, as they will start opening some of the roads again on Monday. She says the latest road closure will mostly be affecting drivers from Umhlanga and Durban North. The Metro spokesperson says the M4 has also been shut down, so the alternative route is Walter Gilbert to NMR.

Hawkers, vendors to cash in
Meanwhile, Gerhard Patzer, the general manager of the Hilton Hotel in Durban and spokesperson for Fedhasa, the hospitality umbrella group, says most hotels in Durban are already fully booked. He says unfortunately discounted rates - normally available over weekends - will not be applicable during this busy period.

Patzer says the A1 Grand Prix will not only boost Durban's hospitality industry, but should also give smaller players such as hawkers and vendors on the Beachfront a chance to up their profits. He says it is not just for the hospitality industry.

"I think it is for Durban as a whole - even the ladies on the beachfront will probably make extra revenue." Patzer says. Fedhasa says they are looking forward to the fact that the A1 Grand Prix will be held in Durban for the next three years.

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Mariannhill landfill wins a platinum award
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February 22 2007 at 10:26AM

The eThekwini Municipality's Mariannhill landfill site has won a platinum award at the Impumelelo Innovation Awards for having "the most beautiful landfill in the world".

The site boasts a wetland, picnicking area, leachate waste treatment centre, bird hide and an internationally recognised methane gas-to-energy system.

The landfill is also the only landfill conservancy in Africa and contributes to the sustainable development of Durban's unique landfill development methods.

The Mariannhill landfill site has been in operation since 1997 and accepts about 850 tons of solid waste a day.

The site, which is frequented by school groups and other visitors, also has a plant nursery and an amphitheatre where visitors are educated about how the site works.

Impumelelo, which is an international non-governmental organisation, gives awards for innovative programmes implemented by various municipalities in the country.

Similar programmes have been implemented in Mexico, China, Brazil, Chile, the Philippines, Peru, Kenya and the United States, whose purpose is to encourage innovative governance.

Impumelelo Executive Director Rhoda Kadalie said the eThekwini Municipality had been a perennial winner at the awards ceremony, showing a particular prowess for innovation in water and sanitation.

"Many municipalities can and should learn from what eThekwini is doing to solve problems such as water delivery and environmental problems,"he said.

Previously, Teddy Gouden, Manager of Councillor Liaison and Community Education, won two gold and one silver Impumelelo awards. Ethekwini's customer services intervention regarding water use management walked away with silver in 2005. The eThekwini water and sanitation programme scooped gold in 2004. In 2000, Durban Metro's water sewerage disposal education project won gold.

This article was originally published on page 8 of The Mercury on February 22, 2007

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And had those eat as much prawn nights for R29.95. I remmber being so sick evertime cos I ate like 3 buckets of the garliiest prawns known to man washed dowen by buckets of black label ( well I was much younger then)
On behalf of the garlic, prawns, and Gordon's, I think we should blame the Black Label.

I wasn't old enough to drink by the time my family stopped going there, unfortunately. But that place was crazy. There were a few small huts out back that people would disappear into two-by-two. I swear that was a brothel operation. Then Gordon's ran a fly-by-night casino operation until the govm't cracked down and regularised that sector. Yes, just a little bit of Las Vegas right there on humble Lagoon Drive!
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 08:26 AM   #867
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lol, "back in the day" hey boy's? flip me 1985, I was just born that year!

Ya I also think its pretty shite that the A1 organisers are only allowing 2 guests per flat, I think 5-6 would have been a better number, I was there last year, & the view from the stands to see all the people on top of the buildings & in the flats with the flags & all the colour really looked cool.

Hey Norman, do mind taking some pic's this weekend & posting it next week? Im sure the view from your flats must be wicked. Im not going this year got other comitments
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 11:24 AM   #868
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Club Med is heading for KZN...at last!

Club Med moves into SA
--------------------------------------------------------------------------CLUB Méditerranée intends to build a resort in SA and plans to have completed the project before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, said Henri Giscard d’Estaing, president director general chairman and ceo, at a press conference held earlier this week.
“Club Med believes that SA could offer a bush and beach experience second to none. We are looking at KwaZulu Natal, however an announcement of the exact location will be made before the end of 2007,” he said.
Club Med is repositioning itself as an upmarket, family resort group.

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Old February 23rd, 2007, 12:00 PM   #869
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Wow...club med would be a very good addition and provide a proper beach resort to the SA public, in competition with the Fairmont in Zimbali, however at a lower market target. Good going. would like to hear more on this. I'm sure it would be on the north coast (might even be in the Sibaya precinct for there are 2 beach resort sites on offer
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 12:58 PM   #870
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I think Club Med would be great for tourism to KZN as it's a very well known and well marketed brand associated with desirable beach locations. International beach tourism to SA has been somewhat neglected so this will be a catalyst to make inroads into huge market. It would bring in "new tourists" who would otherwise have visited Thailand, Carribean etc. As a result we should also see a number of new direct air charter services to DUR from Europe.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 05:10 PM   #871
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A1 Grand Prix ready to roll
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February 23 2007 at 02:27PM

After months of construction, anticipation and hype, one of the biggest sporting events on the continent - the A1 Grand Prix, the World Cup of Motorsport - is finally here.

And as more than 120 000 spectators watch the world-class event on the Durban beachfront street circuit, a massive global audience in 162 countries will tune in to the thrills, the fun and the inserts of what else the city and the province can offer visitors.

"This race will entrench our city in the minds of people throughout the world," said deputy mayor, Logie Naidoo, on Thursday night.

2006's race which had "knocked everyone's socks off" according to Tony Clements, the seat holder of Team Great Britain, had gone on to get the award for the best run race in the world - and all the predictions are that this weekend's A1 is going to be bigger and better than in 2006.

Out-of-towners are continuing to pour into the city and hoteliers are predicting a bumper weekend.

South African Airways said on Thursday that it was having to add one extra flight from Johannesburg on Friday to cater for the high demand for the Durban route.

And while all roads lead to the A1 - the ones that are not blocked off because of the street closures anyway - there is good news for aspiring racing drivers.

Tony Teixeira, the chairperson of A1GP said in an interview that plans would be unveiled soon for the launch of a development series.

"At the moment the sport is inaccessible to the poor, but our dream is to make it accessible to every single child in the world with the talent to race. We would like it to be as affordable as football."

He hoped that the series would start in 2008-2009.

The idea was to start with go-carting, then move to regional and national championships, with the ultimate step being to represent the country.

He said that the competing countries were taking this series more seriously and bringing in their best drivers.

The excitement had grown and the series had got bigger much quicker than he ever imagined. And now, more countries wanted in, he said. Negotiations were going on behind the scenes and he could foresee the day when there were back-to-back events.

The demand to stage A1 races in other countries had grown because there "wasn't a single boring second".

And in terms of safety, there was been some "fantastic'' crashes, but no one had been injured.

The F1 were also looking at several A1 drivers, he said, adding that the German A1 star, Nico Hulkenberg was the "next Schumacher".

It would cost R240-million to stage this weekend's event, but this would be written off as part of the marketing budget, Teixeira said.

While some people had felt that the tickets were pricey, they were actually cheap, and 20% less than an F1 ticket. (The R850 tickets, the most expensive, have all sold out).

A1 was clearly subsidising the tickets to make them even affordable to South Africans and to keep the race in the country, he said.

Dana Cooper, the chief executive of A1GP Team SA, said there would be 14 screens throughout the site: the most ever put up at a single event in the country.

The drivers will be doing just under 300km/h on the track, a business breakfast organised by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Trade and Investment Network of Switzerland-Southern Africa heard on Thursday.

Twenty-year-old Adrian Zaugg, who gave South Africa its first A1GP victory in the Netherlands in round one in October, will be at the wheel of the nation's car, Vulindlela.

The A1 Team India seat holder, Yohann Setna, said that the team was looking forward to welcoming their driver Narain Karthikeyan, to Durban and they were expecting to see some Indian flags in the grandstands.



Access to the Suncoast Casino is via Blue Lagoon and Snell Parade.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Daily News on February 23, 2007

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I like the the Club Med news. My bet is somewhere on the North Coast. Beach and bush seems to suggest it has to be near to the game reserves.
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Durban's Toyota plant is climbing the rankings. Bring on the 2nd harbour at the current airport site...

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Globally, SA becomes Toyota's seventh-biggest market

Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) has jumped from being the twelfth-biggest market outside Japan for its parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), to the seventh largest.

Japan-based TMC owns a 75% share in TSA.

TSA sold 151 056 units last year, placing it behind the US, Chinese, Thai, Australian, Canadian and Saudi Arabian markets. This means South Africa was a bigger market for Toyota in 2006 than all of Europe, including countries such as Germany, the UK and Italy.

TSA achieved record production of 148 507 units in 2006, made up of 50 410 cars, 96 072 light and medium commercial vehicles, and 2 025 Hino trucks. The company’s manufacturing output placed it in tenth position among Toyota’s plants outside Japan. Four of the top plants were in North America, being Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in Kentucky (1st), New United Motor Manufacturing, in California (3rd), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (4th) and Canada (5th). The other plants placed above South Africa’s Durban operation were Thailand (2nd), England (6th), France (7th), China (8th), and Turkey (9th).

The total number of Toyota cars and commercial vehicles manufactured in South Africa has now risen to 2,813-million units, made up of 1,478-million cars and 1,334-million commercial vehicles. In addition, the plant has assem-bled 30 701 Hino trucks, 454 Peter-bilt trucks and 39 508 Renault 5s. The latter were marketed by TSA between 1975 and 1983. This brings the total number of vehicles manufactured and marketed through TSA and its dealers to 2,884-million units.

TSA’s manufacturing facilities belonged originally to the McCarthy group and operated as Motor Assem-blies, building a wide range of vehi-cles under contract. Production of other cars and commercials built since the plant opened in 1948, until contract assembly ended in 1978, amounted to 324 973 units, consisting of 202 432 cars and 122 541 commercials. This brings the grand total of vehicles manufactured at these facilities in 58 years to 3,209-million units.

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In addition to the A1...

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Durban duel for production cars

Fri, 23 Feb 2007
The 2007 Bridgestone Production Car Championship kicks off this weekend (24 and 25 February 2007) with the series heading down to Durban for the first time ever as a support race to the A1 Grand Prix of South Africa.

One of the teams lining up on the grid is BMW SA Motorsport with their Class A BMW 330i. Returning to do battle against a host of Nissan 350Z, Audi A4 and Subaru competitors, Anthony Taylor and Etienne van der Linde will be joined in Class A by 2006 Class T champion, Clint Weston, who was promoted within the team after clinching last year’s title in the sister Class T Castrol MINI Cooper S.

“We have an incredibly strong driver line-up for 2007,” explained BMW SA Motorsport Manager, Danie Human.

“And with the extensive development and testing we’ve completed in the off-season, we’re confident we’ve got the car to take BMW to the top step of the podium in front of a Durban crowd where we expect to have strong support.”

However, Human is quick to point out that there are many unknown factors for this race and for the season.

Firstly, the Durban street circuit, which will play host to the A1 Grand Prix of South Africa, is an unknown quantity to all competitors in the series. “We’ve never raced here before and it will take some time for all of the teams to find the sweet spot. However, we’ve made a number of set-up and development changes to the car, all of which have shown positive results in testing, and we’re expecting good things in Durban.”

Significantly, the series has also adopted a performance equalisation system similar to that used in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Basically, drivers will now incur weight penalties to a maximum of 40 kilograms with first, second, third and fourth place incurring 20, 15, 10 and 10 kilograms respectively. In addition, 5 kilograms of weight will be allocated to each driver for every 10 championship points scored to a maximum of 20 kilograms.

“This means that it will be much more difficult for one team to win consistently from race event to race event and that will bring a significant strategy element into play. It will also ensure that the racing is even closer and more exciting than it was in 2006,” Human explains.

The drivers are also expecting the 2007 season to live up to even greater levels of excitement than last year’s championship delivered.

“Last year’s title race went right down to the wire and this season I’m expecting more of the same,” explains 2003, 2004 and 2005 Class A champion and 2006 runner-up, Anthony Taylor. “But we’ve really worked hard in the off-season and have made some good changes to the car. I’m 100 percent confident that I can go one better than I did in 2006. I’m also particularly excited about racing in Durban, firstly because we’ve never raced there and secondly, because a street circuit brings with it another set of challenges.”

His team-mate, Etienne van der Linde, is also optimistic that the 2007 season, and the first race of the championship, will be successful ones for BMW but is also wary of the proximity of the concrete barriers on the road course.

“One thing’s for sure, we’re definitely going to be fast in Durban following our very successful Kyalami test last week. But unfortunately, it’s going to be very difficult for us, and all the other teams, because the street circuit is lined with concrete and walls and Rounds 3 and 4 of the Championship take place at Kyalami the following weekend. Our pace is strong but I’m hoping for clean racing because if there are any major incidents we won’t have much time to affect repairs before the next race in the championship.”

Class A newcomer Clint Weston is also geared up for a big year. “I’m incredibly excited to be in the premier class this year and although it will take some time to get used to the new car, I’ve already run at a strong pace in pre-season testing. The team has done a great job at making me feel very comfortable in a car that’s new to me and I’m confident we’ll run right at the front of the field on Saturday and Sunday.”

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South Africa: A1 Grand Prix Revs Up Tourism Spending


Business Day (Johannesburg)

February 23, 2007
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Edward West
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The A1 Grand Prix being raced on Durban's seafront streets this weekend is placing KwaZulu-Natal high on the list of top tourism destinations, said Tourism KwaZulu-Natal's acting CEO Ndabo Khoza.

The event, which is the second in SA, attracts thousands of spectators. Research has shown that last year's Durban leg was rated the best, said Khoza.


About 75% of the spectators were from the province and the rest were visitors, including 4% from overseas.

The spectators spent on average of three nights in the province.

A1 Team SA spokesman Peter Burrows said that last year's inaugural street race in January had been a "sell-out success".

It was voted the best round of the 11-race 2005/06 A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport.

SA is one of 22 countries competing in this race which pits nation against nation in identical vehicles. "We're expecting another bumper crowd.

"We have more grandstands, more giant television screens and we've tightened up security and access systems," said A1 Team South Africa CEO Dana Cooper.

Khoza said the AI Grand Prix might bring up to R200m to the city, creating many spin-offs. Tourism KZN will also expose some of the drivers and international media to the region's tourism products, such as safaris.

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I think Club Med would be great for tourism to KZN as it's a very well known and well marketed brand associated with desirable beach locations. International beach tourism to SA has been somewhat neglected so this will be a catalyst to make inroads into huge market. It would bring in "new tourists" who would otherwise have visited Thailand, Carribean etc. As a result we should also see a number of new direct air charter services to DUR from Europe.
I totally agree! The brand will definately propel the local tourism market, specifically in the international package holiday market. For the europeans will be presented with options of beach holidays in Thailand, Mauritius, Bali and South Africa at basically similar rates. Combined with the allure of visiting game parks in one tour and the hold africa has it could be a very powerful marketing tool playing off the global allure of Club Med. It would be a very good thing for KZN to get
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Guys visit this site about club life and fashion stuff in Durbs. Lots of videos, hot girls and events.

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Am writing from freezing friggin' cold Toronto and wish I was in Durbs. Seems as if the A1 was a huge success. Accolades are already flowing in. This from Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland:

"...this is a dream race in front of so many spectators. After its second year, it is now possible to compare this Durban street race to Monaco’s traditional glamorous race.”

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Durban delivers a hot A1 Grand Prix
February 26, 2007 Edition 2

CARVIN GOLDSTONE, NTOKOZO MFUSI & BRIAN SPURR

DURBAN has pulled off another spectacular A1 Grand Prix with most fans and competitors pleased with the event, despite Team SA's early exit from the feature race yesterday.

German driver Nico Hülkenberg stole the show with an overwhelming victory in the sprint and a 10-second win in the feature race to take maximum points.

This was the eighth consecutive win for Team Germany in this season's A1 series and makes Hülkenberg the best A1 driver since the inception of the competition. The SA team salvaged some pride after returning late in the main race to achieve the fastest lap.

The feature race was preceded by a colourful opening ceremony which included Zulu dancers, drum majorettes, bicycle tricksters, roller skaters and kart drivers.

The parade was led by a motorcycle parade and an uShaka Marine World float with sea animal mascots.

Organisers also used the race as an opportunity to showcase Durban's culture and unique attractions like the colourful rikshas which brought the drivers on to the track in true Durban style.

The ceremony had the crowd hyped up for the main race which was eventful, with high-speed crashes and technical breakdowns.

Local music and the South African theme song Vulindlela, originally performed by the late Brenda Fassie, could be heard all around the track.

The famous Bala brothers also gave a stirring rendition of the country's national anthem.

Residents in nearby buildings watched the race from the comfort of their homes.

Some of the cars participating in the races were visual spectacles with their colourful exteriors. The Irish team used its car to rub in Ireland's rugby union win over England and, sportingly, the English car also carried the result.

South African driver Adrian Zaugg received a tumultuous reception from the crowd as he disembarked from his riksha, but was forced off the track twice on the first bend. It went from bad to worse and SA's race was over minutes after starting.

Among the dignitaries spotted at the race were former deputy president Jacob Zuma, Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba, Premier S'bu Ndebele, Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo and University of KwaZulu-Natal Vice-Chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba.

Zuma had predicted a South African win, but this was not to be.

Tokyo Sexwale, the South African seat holder, said hosting an event of such magnitude showed that the country was capable of producing world-class events.

The crowd appeared to be slightly smaller compared to last year's event with a few gaps in the stands.

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