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Two new names will be engraved on the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon winner’s trophies as Hank McGregor and Abby Adie claimed memorable victories in the hotly contested men’s and women’s 2014 clashes respectively on Saturday while Nic Burden, Adam Nisbet and Jean-Luc Mauvis were crowned 2014 SA K3 River Marathon champions.
Five time Canoe marathon World Champ McGregor narrowly edged out a flying Andy Birkett in the dying meters of the 82km encounter from Grassridge Dam to the Cradock Sports Complex to add a maiden K1 title to his five consecutive K2 victories at the Eastern Cape event.
“I am double [marathon] world champion and now two weeks later I’ve won the Fish, the one race that I have wanted to win for a long time, to end off a great season for me!” said the well-pleased Team Jeep/Kayak Centre star.
“It was a tough race for sure; I was pushed all the way to the finish.
“Fortunately I had a bit of a buffer because I hit a bit of a bad patch at Gauging Weir and when Andrew (Birkett) caught up I just stuck to him like glue before I managed to pass him on the flat and then it was just a matter of holding him off pretty much like how Len Jenkins did to me two years ago,” he added.
McGregor landed back in South Africa two weeks ago a tired yet satisfied man after winning gold in both the senior men’s K1 and K2 events at the ICF Canoe marathon World Championships however he was adamant the illusive K1 Fish title was still very much on his radar.
With his wife Pippa and son Thorsten on the river banks throughout the two days of racing, McGregor was over the moon to have achieved the feat.
“We all came down to the Fish together and it has been a successful family trip! To see (Pippa and Thor) along the race route and here at the finish was really great!” said McGregor.
“It was also great to come in with a huge crowd here at the finish this year!” he added after the race’s introduction of the reverse start order which proved so popular at the Dusi Canoe Marathon earlier this year.
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SUID-AFRIKA (Oktober 2014) – Die finale aanloop lê vir die nie-winsgedrewe organisasie Pienk Bome vir Pauline voor. Daar is slegs ‘n week oor voor totdat die nasionale feesvieringe van Pienk Bome vir Pauline op 17 Oktober 2014 plaasvind en meer as 50km van die kenmerkende pienk materiaal is reeds om duisende bome, pilare en geboue gedraai… enigiets waaraan jy kan dink! Die pienk golf wat gedurende 2013 oor die land gerol het is besig om momentum op te tel, maar hierdie jaar is dit groter en die impak daarvan op die land en sy mense beduidend kragtiger.
Adri van Nieuwenhuizen, besturende direkteur van Pienk Bome vir Pauline, bevestig dat die aflewer van kilometers materiaal oor so ‘n kort tydperk ‘n enorme logistieke uitdaging is wat bykans onmoontlik is om te verduidelik. “Ons maak staat op die harte van mense wat regoor die land reis na veraf plekkies waar koerier maat-skappye nie vining uitkom nie. Aesthetic Concepts & Gifts help enorm baie met die verspreiding in Gauteng. Op die nasionale roetes vervoer die wonderlike mense van Anton le Roux Vervoer, Golden Harvest, Aramex en Triangle Couriers die meerderheid van die materiaal. Maar om materiaal vanaf Johannesburg na plekke soos Stutterheim, Pniel, Grabouw, Outjo, Theunissen, Koster, Melkbosstrand, Velddrif te vervoer moet ons staatmaak op mense wat hul harte en voertuie vir ons oopmaak.” Van Nieuwenhuizen verdui-delik dat die toedraai van bome so ‘n emosionele proses vir mense is dat hulle nie kan bekostig om iemand teleur te stel deur nie af te lewer nie. “Of dit ‘n bestelling van 500m of 2m is, jy moet ‘n plan maak en dit is dit”
Die oorspronklikheid waarmee mense die projek vanjaar aanpak blyk duidelik uit die ver-skeidenheid feesvieringe wat beplan word vanaf 17 Okober regdeur tot aan die einde van November. Die vurige dames van Hangklip het vroue van hul gemeenskap uitgedaag om in pienk materiaal toegedraai te word vir ‘n stylvolle fotosessie…alles darem heel kuis!
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the best with their final exams

The Democratic Alliance would like to wish all the Matrics of 2014 in the Eastern Cape well as they embark on their final exams which begin in a few days. We wish them success and believe that they will represent the Eastern Cape well.
There have been numerous demotivating situations that some of these pupils have been faced with this year, including:
•Those that have had severe teacher shortages within their schools which often meant that many classrooms were overcrowded;
•Unpleasant learning environments which included dilapidated school buildings with little to no school furniture (desks, chairs etc.);
•A shortage of classrooms in some schools which resulted in two or three subjects being taught in one classroom concurrently.
Despite all of the dispiriting conditions under which some of our pupils have had to study this year, we believe and trust in their abilities to achieve outstanding results nonetheless.
We commend all of our educators in the Eastern Cape for their hard work and dedication to our learners, this has not gone unnoticed.
With 11 days left until their final examinations, we urge the grade 12 class of 2014 to work hard, burn the midnight oil and make their parents/guardians proud. We believe in you.

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  • Statement by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional
  • Development, John Jeffery, MP: October 2014
  • Middelburg – Kom in rat vir die Blommefees
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