document : Malalane community throws its weight behind Nkomazi 450

Malalane community throws its weight behind Nkomazi 450
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 22 April 2014


The Malalane community has again thrown its weight behind the Nkomazi 450, round three of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in the Mpumalanga town on May 16 and 17.

The event made its first appearance on the Donaldson calendar last season, and won the Event of The Year award at the end of year awards ceremony. With Malalane Toyota dealer principal Johan Horn and his staff again to the fore, the local community has rallied around what is a major event in the region on the fringes of the Kruger National Park.

Race headquarters and the designated service park will again be located at the Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of Malalane, while the start of the race on Saturday, 17 May will be at Malalane Toyota. The race will finish at the Riverview school and the local committee set up to co-ordinate events and services at the event has been overwhelmed with support.

More than a dozen outlets, including church groups, have registered to provide catering facilities. These range from prawn and chicken dishes to hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, hotdogs and frozen yoghurt to the traditional South African braai.

A beer garden, tea garden and tuck shop will also be in operation. These will be operated by parents of children attending the Riverview school, with two additional entertainment areas set aside for children between the ages of two and six and seven and 14.

For the kids there will be plenty of fun on offer. Playground equipment, swings, a sandpit, pony rides, jumping castle, rodeo bull, a magician, face painting and paint ball will be some of the attractions to keep them amused.

Riverview will also make use of the opportunity to market the school and information brochures and parent supporter t-shirts and flag will be on sale. Also on sale at the souvenir and information stall will be Malalane Toyota memorabilia, t-shirts and photographs of teams and drivers.

A local band will provide additional entertainment at the post event prize-giving. Part of the marketing operation surrounding the event also includes a local media advertising campaign.

A camp site will be in operation at the school from May 15 through to the end of the race on May 17. This will cater for both competitors and enthusiasts who like to add a little extra outdoor adventure to their weekend.

There will be plenty of parking on offer with the school car park and areas alongside the N4 to be utilised. Two golf carts will be used to provide a shuttle service from the car parks.

Public entrance to race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service park is free of charge. There is also free public entry to spectator points along the route, and spectator guides will be available at Malalane Toyota and race headquarters.

The qualifying race to determine grid position will start at 11:30 on May 16 and the race at 08:30 on May 17.

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