Market on Penford – 4th of August

Uitenhage Homemade Market Homegrown Penford ChurchLooking to get out of the house and over the winter blues?

Market-on-Penford is a vibrant family market happening in Uitenhage on Saturday 4th August, with plenty to see, eat and buy. 

Market-on-Penford is primarily an outdoor market, and specializes in “Home-made, Home-baked, Home-grown” by hosting hand-picked stalls that sell a variety of arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, dried fruits, preserves, and plants to name but a few.

The market’s vision is to support the local community without compromising on quality products. 

There will be plenty of freshly prepared food to eat for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

You can also treat yourself to an early dessert and cappuccino.

Seating is provided for those who wish to enjoy a meal or just take a break from browsing through the stalls.

The venue is child-friendly with a jungle-gym for children to play and enjoy as well as a number of activities for children. 

The market started in February of this year, and has been running successfully ever since, proving to be a popular community event. 

So make your way to Philadelphia hall, 31 Penford Ave, Uitenhage.

The market starts at 8:00 until 14:00.

Market-on-Penford will take place on the first Saturday of every month. 

For more information or to enquire about a stall, please contact Estelle at 084-651-1865 or

You can also search for “Market-on-Penford” on Facebook.

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Volkswagen plant gets additional export order

Volkswagen South Africa’s Engine plant in Uitenhage is again operating at full capacity after receiving an additional export order from China. 

The plant is scheduled to produce 107,200 engines in 2012 of which 50,200 engines are for the locally built Polo and Polo Vivo models, while 57,000 engines will be produced for three export markets, namely India, Mexico and China which is Volkswagen South Africa’s biggest export market for engines.The additional order of over 12,000 engines means that the Engine plant will now run at full capacity with three working shifts for the remainder of the year.

“Exports are a key element of our business model and whilst our Polo exports tend to grab the headlines, engines and components form an integral part of our export strategy,” said David Powels, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.

“This additional order confirms our ability to supply our Group customers. With the uncertainty in world markets at the moment, it is a welcome additional order for our plant,” concluded Powels.

The Engine plant, which opened in 1980, has to date produced over 1,662,000 engines. These include engines for icons such as the Citi Golf and T3 Bus apart from the other various cars produced at the Uitenhage manufacturing plant in the last three decades.

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Toyota bringing Giniel to VW rally

From the IOL Motoring website

Giniel de Villiers, in the driving seat, tries out his brand new S2000 Toyota Auris.

The Volkswagen Rally, one of the most demanding on the National calendar, promises yet another close contest – and an unexpected new challenge – when the cream of the country’s special-stage racers line up for the start of the two-day rally in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape on – you guessed it – Friday, 13 July.

After three rounds the championship is delicately poised, with five crews covered by just 10 points and the sixth crew only a further four points adrift. There have been only two winners thus far, but seven different stage winners, and most of the top contenders have performed consistently well.

Leading the official entry of 18 four-wheel drive Super 2000 cars, 14 two-wheel drive Super 1600s and nine S20 regional competitors, are championship leaders Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton in an S2000 Ford Fiesta.

With wins in the first two rounds and 16 stage victories out of 38 to their credit to date, they have 60 points and lead Toyota’s Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan (S2000 Auris) by just three points. They’re also looking for a second consecutive successive victory in the Eastern Cape event.

Gemmell, like Cronje, is looking for his first overall championship after being runner-up three times and finishing third last year. He’s also looking for a rally victory that has eluded him since he won the VW Rally in a Toyota in 2010. He has finished second five times since then.


Between them, Cronje and Gemmell have dominated the stages this season, taking 25 between them.

Only four points behind Gemmell and Swan are Jon Williams and Cobus Vrey, winners of the Gauteng Rally five weeks ago in the second works Fiesta. Breathing down their necks are former champions Jan Habig and Robert Paisley, in a privateer Fiesta, who are just two points behind.

Fifth with 50 points are the Dutch/Belgian combination of Hans Weijs Jnr and Bjorn Degandt, who are impressing in their first season in South Africa in a works Volkswagen Polo – and they’re just four points ahead of Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Grant Martin in a Team Total Toyota Auris.

But the top crews will be looking over their shoulders in Uitenhage because, out for the first time this year in a brand new S2000 Auris built for them by Toyota motorsport head honcho Glyn Hall, will be Dakar legend Giniel de Villiers and vastly experienced regular navigator Ralph Pitchford.

De Villiers finished a remarkable third overall in the Dakar Rally in South America in January in the South African-designed and built Toyota Hilux’s first attempt at the world’s longest and toughest motor race.

He said: “I’ve been keen to get back into rallying after my debut year with Ralph in 2011 – we have unfinished business there and we were just getting into our stride when the season ended.

“Racing a four-wheel-drive rally car over loose gravel roads at high speeds is also a great way to sharpen my driving skills and keep me focused between Dakar Rallies!”


Making up the top 10 in the championship are Charl Wilken and Greg Godrich (Ford Fiesta), Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin (VW Polo), Hein Lategan and Johan van der Merwe (Peugeot 207) and Mohammed Moosa and Andre Vermeulen (Toyota Auris).

Also serious contenders for an overall win in the Eastern Cape are the works Volkswagen team’s former champions Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries, winners of the 2009 VW Rally, and Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson.

The works Volkswagens have recorded an uncharacteristic three DNF’s as their new-for-2012 Polos have suffered teething problems and they’re 12th and 15th respectively in the points standings.

Similarly, Toyota’s hot young crew of Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee, who won two rallies in 2011, in their debut S2000 season, have only finished one rally so far this year and are languishing in 20th position.

Nevertheless, write them off at your peril.

Zulu and Peskin have impressed in their first year in the premier class in an old-specification VW Polo, in which they are leading the newly created S2000 Challenge, ahead of Wilro Dippenaar and Morne du Toit (Toyota RunX), Henk Lategan and Barry White in a Polo and the RunX of Werner Koekemoer and Etienne Lourens (Glasurit Toyota RunX).

Former champion Craig Trott and Robbie Coetzee are leading the Two Wheel Drive Championship for S1600 cars with 46 points from a win in the opening round and second in the recent Gauteng Rally. Four points adrift are Nic van der Westhuizen and Henry Dearlove in a Ford Fiesta R2), class winners in Round 3, with Matthew Vacy-Lyle and Schalk van Niekerk (Toyota RunX) third on 38 points.

Competitors in the 30th Volkswagen Rally will contest 12 stages – five on Friday and seven on Saturday – over about 200km in the Gamtoos Valley, the Longmore Forest, Uitenhage and at Port Elizabeth’s oval track in Greenbushes, ending with the traditional Kings Beach spectator stage on Saturday afternoon.

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Instrument techies pass with honours

Sithandiwe Velaphi

The Goodyear company is determined to improve the engineering skills pool and has received a boost with the successful qualification of new apprentices in Uitenhage recently.

Instrumentation technician at Goodyear, Everton Fischer, is one of just two people to have qualified in this field of engineering in the Eastern Cape in the past few years, after being trained through Goodyear’s apprentice school.

Goodyear plant engineer Titch Booth said the company had closed its original school in 1995 after the government withdrew funding, but had reopened it after noting the resulting nationwide shortage of critical industry skills.

“We needed electronic and instrument mechanicians at Goodyear’s factory in Uitenhage, but there were none to be found and no suitable courses were available.

“We realised in 2008 that we would have to provide our own training. This group of candidates is the first to have successfully passed their trade tests,” Booth said.

“Fischer is an exceptional talent, developed and nourished by Goodyear. We are proud of his achievements and pleased to have him on board in a permanent position from this year. Not only did he pass his trade test certificate after three years instead of the usual four, but he also achieved the highest marks in the country,” Booth added.

Fischer and the other successful candidate, Pheliswa Kohliso, were the only two apprentices registered outside Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. “This underscores the serious shortage in the Eastern Cape. There is simply nobody offering instrument mechanician training, other than Goodyear,” Booth said.

Fischer said: “Growing up, I always loved machines and went to a technical high school. My long term goal is to complete the government certificate of competence and qualify as an engineer. I love the tyre industry. This is where I see a long-term career unfolding.”


Potgieter’s fairytale Bok journey

By Vata Ngobeni

Just 10 months ago, Bulls flank Jacques Potgieter was sitting in the stands at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium cheering the Springboks to victory over the All Blacks.

Then, Potgieter was a 25-year-old Port Elizabeth boytjie playing rugby for the Eastern Province Kings and dreaming of playing Super Rugby and turning out for the Springboks.

Well, for the better part of this week Potgieter has been pinching himself, trying to separate a dream from reality.

On that day 10 months ago, Potgieter and his friends made a promise to watch every Springbok game played in Port Elizabeth.

Now he will truly live his dream when he makes his Springbok debut against England on Saturday

Potgieter’s approach to rugby is simple: he runs in where angels fear to tread and does so at high-octane speed, with no regard for life and limb.

His meteoric rise to the pinnacle of rugby has happened in the same year Potgieter made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls – and it took only nine matches to convince Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer that he is worthy of the jersey.

Potgieter joined the Bulls in the middle of last year and played in the Currie Cup after being bought from Eastern Province.

“It has been a huge roller-coaster ride. Last year I was still playing First Division rugby and sitting in the stands. My friends said we should go and watch every Bok game. I said ‘ja, ja’ and we said next year we should watch a game together.

“It is just an amazing feeling and when we played in the Nations Cup for the SA Kings in Romania, that was the first time I sang the national anthem and that is when I said I can’t wait to play for the Boks. Obviously it was only a dream then but here I am,” said an upbeat Potgieter this week.

Potgieter, who was schooled at HTS Daniel Pienaar in Uitenhage, has often been likened to French international Sebastien Chabal – with his long black hair and a beard to match – but Potgieter has lived up to the comparison of having the power of Samson.

In his debut Super Rugby season, Potgieter was one of the outstanding players for the Bulls and when he was not making bone-crunching tackles and flying into rucks, then it was his powerful forays over the advantage line that made him one of the favourites at Loftus Versfeld.

While Potgieter was not expected to feature much in this year’s Super Rugby competition because of a healthy supply of loose forwards at the Bulls, he found himself being thrown in at the deep end when Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter got injured in pre-season.

Potgieter has not looked back and his elevation to the Springbok starting line-up has now come through injury to Willem Alberts.

He has promised to grab the opportunity with both hands. “I think Willem had an amazing two games, he is an amazing player. It is going to be big boots to fill because he just bashed those England okes very hard. It won’t be easy but I am looking forward to the challenge.

“I always throw myself in front of anyone in front of me, I mean that is the way I play. I just see it as a challenge to be as effective as he (Alberts) was.

“He always got us over the advantage line to give our backs ball and that is what I will try to do,” Potgieter said.

There is a concern, though, about his battle readiness as he has not played in five weeks after injuring his knee during the Super Rugby season – but the Bulls man has laughed off suggestions that he might be a pace or two slower than his teammates and adversaries.

“If you don’t play for that long, you are really hungry to get hold of someone so I think if I see a white jersey it doesn’t matter if it is the ref who is wearing white, I am just going to go for it,” joked Potgieter.

Judging by how he has single-mindedly gone for his dream and lives it to the fullest in the past 10 months, there is no doubt this fairytale Springbok story is one that can only have a happy ending for a player who wears his heart on his sleeve.

And he does it all with a smile. – The Star

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Last Volksie Bug lives to drive another day

by Duncan Reyneke

The completely rebuilt Beetle

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The last Volkswagen Beetle to roll off the Uitenhage production line in 1979 has been restored to its former glory after being virtually destroyed in a crash in 2006.

The popular Beetle became the benchmark for affordable, mass-produced cars after the Second World War and was one of the most recognisable cars on roads around the world.

Uitenhage’s Volkswagen Auto Pavilion manager Johan Wagner said the 1979 Beetle had been destroyed in a carrier crash after a 2006 show in Cape Town.

The car, along with eight other historic cars from the Auto Pavilion collection, was crushed when the carrier they were being transported on overturned.

“Being such a special vehicle, the last Beetle was restored over a period of two years and returned to its former glory,” Wagner said. “All the mechanical [parts] and most of the interior from the original car could be used and were transferred to another body of the same era.”

The car has a range of features not available on standard models, such as Bilboa cloth upholstery, black fender spats, taper-tip exhaust pipes, a centre tunnel console and Rostyle wheel rims.

“[The car] was built with most of the luxury features of the higher specification and limited edition 1600s like the Fun Bug, Lux Bug, Jeans Bug and Snug Bug,” Wagner said.

The historic Beetle features a plaque that reads “The legend lives on”.

Source : Times LIVE