MALALANE GEARS UP FOR NKOMAZI 400 An initiative to promote the Nkomazi 400 in Mpumalanga on April 12 and 13, round two of the Donaldson Cross County Championship, swung into action over the Easter weekend.
The Nkomazi 400 is a new event on the cross country calendar and is based at the farming town of Malalane on the fringes of the Kruger National Park. A route made up of two loops of 170kilometres each takes in Radley Estate, Kaluga, the Timrite Forests and the Three Sisters in the Holnek area. With Malalane already abuzz over the event, the Easter initiative was aimed at making communities in outlying areas more aware of the race. The initiative was sparked by Malalane Toyota dealer principal Johan Horn senior and saw the distribution of posters and flyers making people in the Timrite Sateco forest, the charcoal works, Tjwankie staff quarters and Opdraend local villages along the route aware of the race.
Food hampers including daily commodities were distributed to people in these areas with the Nkomazi 400 a major boost for local tourism and businesses. With more than 60 competitors and their support teams taking part in the race, the event provides a windfall for lodges, bed and breakfast and self catering establishments, restaurants, fast food outlets and fuel stations. “The race has created a great deal of excitement in Malalane, and we have had tremendous support from local authorities and landowners,” said route director Adri Roets. The Toyota Hilux Dakar replica has been on display at the Malalane Spar and has been a major centre of attraction in the town.
Various vintage motor clubs and the Harley Davidson Club will also take advantage of the hype around the race with exhibition stands at the Riverview Preparatory School. Race headquarters and the designated service park will also be located at the Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of Malalane. Public access to all these areas and spectator points along the route is free of charge.
A camp area has also been established at Riverview Preparatory School at a charge of R100 per person per night. The camp area will be administered by staff from the school and provision has been made for adequate shower and ablution facilities. There will also be a display of Malalane Toyota products as well as the Force Fuel tanker which supplies fuel to competitors. A kiddies play area features the Donaldson jumping castle and a variety of other attractions to keep the youngsters entertained. The playground will be supervised by Riverview school staff. The prologue to determine grid positions for the race will start at 12:30 on Friday, April 12 and the race at 08:30 on April 13.