Kouga to host Adventure Racing World Championships

Kouga to host Adventure Racing World Championships

The 2023 Adventure Racing World Championships hosted by Expedition Africa will be held in the Kouga region in October next year.

The race will be the 18th Adventure Racing World Championships, and the first to be held on the African continent.

This announcement, which promises a huge boost for tourism in the Kouga and Eastern Cape regions, was made at a launch event held at Lombardini Game Farm on Tuesday evening. The launch was live streamed via facebook to a global audience

The 700km race will be the culmination of the 2023 Adventure Racing World Series, which unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at the premier expedition adventure races around the world. The Race Directors of Expedition Africa, Stephan and Heidi Muller, said at the launch that they are honoured and delighted to be chosen by the Adventure Racing World Series to host the most prestigious race in the adventure racing calendar.

“When we staged our first Expedition Africa 11 years ago, we never dreamed of this, and over those 10 races we have met wonderful athletes and teams from all around the world.”

“Our race is always as much about the people as the place, and it has become a global family and we want them all to share in our African World Championship in Kouga next year.

“It will be a celebration of all that is good about adventure racing; exploration, achievement, teamwork and connecting people from around the world.”

The first Expedition Africa was held in 2011 in the Western Cape and the race has visited most provinces of the country, as well as neighbouring Swaziland.

In 2019, the island of Rodrigues played host to Expedition Africa, and this year’s 10th anniversary race took place in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

During the launch at Lombardini Game Farm in Jeffreys Bay Stephan spoke about the exciting possibilities for the course in Kouga and the Eastern Cape, which he has already begun scouting and planning.

“For an Adventure Race of this magnitude we need to find an area which is far away from any human development, to ensure teams have a true wilderness experience and race in unique terrain. At the same time we have to be able to deliver fast and dependable logistics, transition areas that offer a welcome respite from the wild and accommodation with strong internet facilities for the world’s media,” said Stephan.

“The Eastern Cape has all that, and so much more. It has a comfortable climate in October, a UNESCO World Heritage site, world class game reserves, and a rich culture. It’s an exciting and diverse area, and the perfect location for an Adventure Racing World Championships.

“We believe the variety of landscapes, coastlines, wildlife and peoples which teams will experience in the Eastern Cape will make the race a fitting and memorable World Championship.”

He added, “We will do everything we can to make it the best ever.”

Teams will fly into Gqeberha, and it’s then a 90 minute transfer to the race venue. The Kouga Local Municipality and the Sarah Baartman Municipality will host the race and the venue will be the Cape St. Francis Resort.

The resort has world class facilities and a magnificent beach side location, and played host to Expedition Africa in 2017.

The resort’s owner Fasie Malherbe said, “Cape St Francis Resort being the host sponsor for the Adventure Racing World Championship 2023 re-enforces our commitment to bringing sports tourism to the Kouga region.”

“This event will be a big boost for this region as 600 competitors from all corners of the planet travel here with media, medics, volunteers, friends and family members. It’s been a privilege to work with our co-sponsors, Kouga Municipality, Sarah Baartman Municipality and Merrell to put this event together. However, none of this would be possible without Stephan and Heidi and their passion for adventure racing.”

Speaking at the event launch the Sarah Baartman Municipality Mayor, Deon de Vos said, “Sarah Baartman District is proud to be part of the Adventure Racing World Championships, which will be hosted in a true African style.

“Adventure awaits in our beautiful and diverse district, home to the 7 Wonders; The Addo Elephant Reserve, Baviaans and the Gamtoos Valley, Makhanda, Jeffreys Bay and St Francis, Karoo, the Sunshine Coast as well as Tsitsikamma and the Langkloof.”

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, welcomed the event and said, “With its international appeal, the Adventure Racing World Championships is a powerful marketing tool, which helps to keep our region on the tourist map.

“We are ready to welcome the teams to our shores in October next year before they tackle one of the toughest races ever and the Kouga Municipality wishes all the participants the best. We hope that the event – the first of many to come – will be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.”

For more information about Expedition Africa and details of the 2023 Adventure Racing World Championships, including entry pricing visit www.expafrica.net and www.arworldseries.com.

Entries for will open on November 1, and places will be limited. Interested teams are advised to sign up for the ARWC 2023 mailing list on the website, and follow @expafrica.net on Facebook and @expafrica on Instagram.

Kouga Car Wash Business To Only Use Recycled Water

Kouga Car Wash Business To Only Use Recycled Water

ALL car-wash businesses in the Kouga region are required, with immediate effect, to only use recycled water in the operation of its business.

“The stricter restrictions follow due to the severity of the ongoing drought, rapidly dwindling water resources and continued high water usage in Kouga,” said Kouga Municipal Manager, Charl du Plessis.

“It is essential that we continue to sustain our combined efforts of keeping water usage low, because that will assist us in defeating Day Zero – the day the municipality will be forced to shut off taps and residents will need to line up at water distribution points.”

The combined level of the dams (Impofu Dam and Churchill Dam) that supply water to the region – Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis – totaled just more than 10% earlier this week.

“The municipality’s law enforcement officers will closely monitor the operations of all car-wash businesses in the region to ensure that the businesses adhere to this requirement in an attempt to save water,” said Du Plessis.

“Strict penalties will be imposed on non-complying businesses.”

According to Du Plessis, the municipality sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.

What’s On At The SUPERSPAR – Weekend Price Cuts, Father’s Day Recipes and Our New Fridges

What’s On At The SUPERSPAR – Weekend Price Cuts, Father’s Day Recipes and Our New Fridges

Father’s Day Month

Father’s Day is on Sunday the 19th of June, but we think that maybe we should dedicate the whole month to all the dads out there. All the guys who work hard, play hard and deserve a little bit of extra attention at this time of the year.

We have two excellent SPAR-inspired recipes that might be enough for the dad in your life. Which dad out there can ignore a three cheese and onion quesadilla? Or, who could ever turn down a yummy bacon and meatball pasta? 

If you want to cook the dad in your life something special, then look no further; we have the recipes for you. 

Three Cheese & Onion Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp SPAR Sunflower oil
  • 2 SPAR Freshline onions, finely sliced
  • 2 cups SPAR Freshline baby spinach
  • 8 medium wraps
  • 1 cup grated SPAR cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated SPAR Edam cheese
  • ½ cup SPAR cream cheese
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp SPAR olive oil
  • Fresh tomato salsa (or ready-made jar salsa) for serving
  • SPAR Freshline Limes for serving

METHOD

  • In a medium-to-large pan, slowly caramelise the onion in the oil – it should take about 15 minutes.
  • Add the baby spinach and let it wilt.
  • Spread four wraps with cream cheese, then divide the other two cheeses. Them top with onion and spinach, and season well with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.
  • Top with the remaining wraps.
  • Add ½ Tbsp oil to the pan and carefully cook each quesadilla for about 2-3 minutes on a side or until golden and flip.
  • Serve with either fresh tomato salsa or a ready-made jar of salsa.

This Week’s Price Cuts

some great specials are happening this week, with price cuts on low fat and full cream milk, butter and rump or sirloin steak. There are other price cuts as well; check them out below. 

 

New Fridges

We are also very proud to announce that the installation of the new freezers and fridges is now complete. As a result, we have some new frozen products and others coming in. We will be expanding our cheese, frozen and vegan ranges over the next few weeks and months, and we will advise accordingly.

Also, we are on Facebook. Come on over to keep up to speed with what other specials and announcements we might have during the week.  

 

Bacon Meatball Pasta

Our second Father’s Day Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g SPAR Select mince
  • 200g SPAR bacon – either back, shoulder or streaky – finely chopped
  • 1 SPAR Freshline onion, super finely diced
  • 2 SPAR Freshline garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp chopped SPAR Freshline basil *optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp SPAR olive oil
  • 1 jar (400ml) of your favourite tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 400g pasta of your choice, cooked according to the packaged instructions
  • SPAR Marksbury Select Parmesan cheese and SPAR Freshline basil for serving

METHOD

  • Mix all the meatball ingredients well.
  • Divide the mix into 20 and roll into balls.
  • Heat the olive oil—Cook the meatballs over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until cooked.
  • Add the pasta sauce to the pan and heat through – at this stage, you can also add ½ cup of the pasta cooking water (after the pasta has been cooked) if the sauce is too thick.
  • Serve on pasta with a scattering of parmesan and fresh basil.