31st Run of the Forever Resorts Loskop Ultra Marathon

The Forever Resorts Loskop Series, comprising of the traditional Loskop Marathon and the 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, is taking place on Saturday 22 April 2017 and there is just 8 days to go before entries close on 4 March 2017.

This year marks the 31st Loskop Ultra Marathon and the 11th run of the Wild Challenge.

The 50km Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon which is a favourite amongst seasoned road running athletes and is also a Comrades Marathon qualifying event, has been voted as the 3rd best marathon in South Africa on numerous occasions. The start, 06:00 at the Steve Tshwete Municipal Buildings in Middelburg, takes place in the highveld at an altitude of 1540 metres above sea level and ends in the lowveld at an altitude of 930 metres above sea level.

The 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge starts at 06:30 and will be run through the scenic Loskopdam Nature Reserve, which should not only offer a challenging and picturesque route, but also offers a “wild” experience that will tempt athletes to want to return for more year after year.

Entries close on the 4th of March 2017, and athletes can either enter online at www.loskopmarathon.co.za or submit an entry form directly to the Race Administration Office, Contact: (013) 243-2683 or Cell: 064 771 5967 / 064 772 9183

The Rhino fun run (4.9km) is also again presented this year. This Family Fun Run takes place on the same day from the start of the 21.1km Wild Challenge (near the Dam wall). This unique run will be towards Loskopdam, A Forever Resort along the dam. Entries to the Fun Run can be done on race day at the start at R35-00 per entry. Proceeds will contribute towards the “Friends of Loskop Conservation Fund”. No prize-money will be awarded, but all finishers will receive a medal. Walkers are also welcome. The Fun Run starts at 06:45.





Celebrating Our Lilizela Tourism Awards

2016 Lilizela awards provincial finalists announced

We would like to congratulate the various Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats properties on their nominations for the provincial 2016 Lilizela Awards. We wish them luck with the Provincial Awards in September and hope to see them all the national awards ceremony.

Badplaas, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Hotel
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Blyde Canyon, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Forever Hotel @ Centurion (4-Star)

  • Hotel
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)

Gariep, a Forever Resort (3-star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Loskopdam, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)

Matombu Wild, a Forever Lodge (5-star)

  • Self-catering Exclusive 

Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge (3-Star)

  • Lodge

Plettenberg, a Forever Resort (3-star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Swadini, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping
  • Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation
  • Scenic Beauty

Thsipise, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping 
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Warmbaths, a Forever Resort (3-Star)

  • Caravan & Camping 
  • Self-catering Shared Vacation

Waterfall, a Forever Lodge (3-Star)

  • Lodge

Forever Resorts announces the relaunch of Mount Sheba

PILGRIMS REST MPUMALANGA - Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats proudly announced last night, at a grand launch event, the relaunch of Mpumalanga’s “Grand Old Lady” Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge. Following recent upgrades and renovations, this luxurious Lodge now boasts a fresh new look that will amaze you like never before. This Mpumalanga Lodge, 22 kilometres east of the legendary gold digger’s town of Pilgrims Rest, exudes elegance, style and charm coupled with warm hospitality.


The building of Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge; which overlooks a magnificent indigenous tree covered Nature Reserve which is home to the endangered Samango Monkey; was started in 1968. Nearly a hundred years before the early prospectors, miners and timber cutters knew the area well and the first roads across this tract of Country were built by the transport riders supplying Pilgrims Rest, in the 1880’s. In fact the main entrance road to the Lodge follows part of an old wagon trail which was an alternative route from Lydenburg to Pilgrims Rest. Legend has it that the famous “Jock of the Bushveld” slept on the site of the Lodge with his master, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.

In 1983 it was decided to deal with the 846 hectare Mount Sheba project as two separate elements. Firstly the Lodge was sold as a private enterprise. The Cottages on the other hand formed part of the Mount Sheba Share Block Company. The Lodge Property was purchased by Forever Resorts in 2003. And in 2015 Forever Resorts embarked on a refurbishment project to return the “Grand Old Lady” of the mountains to her former glory.

Situated within a lush indigenous rain forest, Mount Sheba beckons Guests to relax and enjoy luxury at the three-star Lodge with its majestic setting. A blanket of mist usually enfolds the Property in the morning and it is not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day. Well-appointed rooms, gourmet meals and log fires give a magical feel to Mount Sheba.


14 King Suites offer king size beds draped in down feathered duvets. Ten Family Rooms with a downstairs lounge and a loft bedroom with a queen size bed. And an Executive Suite with an open plan bar and lounge area, separate en-suite bedroom that leads out through double glass doors onto your own patio. Each Room features its own fireplace that is lit each evening while the Guests enjoy their supper in the Chandelier dining room.

Activities available on the Property are trout fishing, crazy croquet, horseshoe toss, gold panning, mini boulet, giant chess or a round of tennis. There is also a new exciting kiddies playroom that offers Playstation consoles, movies and games to keep the young busy while Mom and Dad enjoys massage treatments at the Spa.


Mount Sheba is a renowned “get away from it all” location, offering two Conference venues. When it comes to weddings, Mount Sheba provides the ultimate setting. Ceremonies take place in the natural rain forest at a romantic spot about 200 meters away from the Lodge.

Take in the breath taking scenery, laze away in front of a log fire on a chilly night or explore the fauna and flora of this magical landscape. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, blissful forest wedding or conference, the search is over: Mount Sheba is a rare find.

“Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge is graded three-star; but our Guests can experience upper-class five –star treatment as we spoil them in the true old-fashioned hospitable way” – said Fanie Fick, Hotel Manager at the Property.

Top Field Predicted For the 30th Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon

The 30th Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon, taking place on Saturday 16 April 2016, has again attracted a field of over 3 500 athletes that include previous Comrades winners, gold medallists, TV personalities, and a bunch of local and foreign athletes looking to boost their winnings with the R 100 000 incentive for breaking the course record.

The weather forecast for Saturday’s running will please the athletes. The long term prediction is a mostly sunny and warm day, with a light breeze of 6km/h from North-Northwest. A slight chance for thundershowers in spots has been predicted.

The Loskop Ultra is a Comrades Marathon qualifying event and has a similar overall profile to that of The Comrades. The expletives expressed on Varaday’s at Loskop mirror the cursings muttered under limited breath on Polly Shorts. This makes the Loskop Marathon an attractive challenge to both the elite and the run-of-the-pack competitor preparing for Comrades.

POSSIBLE ELITE MEN’S WINNERS

As runners go under the start gun the question is whether the title can be retained in South Africa or whether it will find its way to another African Country. The men’s race will sport previous Loskop Marathon Winners Graham Malinga (2004), Phillip Molefe (2012) and Samuel Moleshioa (2011 Loskop Marathon Winner and 2007 & 2008 Wild Challenge Winner). Other top Contenders to keep an eye out for are 2015 Comrades Champion Gift Kelehe (5 x Comrades Gold Medalist), Charles Tjiane (2 x Comrades Gold Medalist), Raymond Phaladi (2014 Om Die Dam 50km Winner), David Gatebe (2008 42.2km SA Champion and 2013 Two Ocean’s Marathon 56km Champion), Samuel Ongaki (Kenia) (7th 2011 Loskop Marathon and 2015 3rd IAU DOHA 50km World Championships), Shebbas Chirchir (Kenia) (2014 SASOL Sasolburh Marathon Winner), Rufus Photo (Double Comrades Gold Medalist and 2014 3rd Loskop Marathon).

OUTSIDE TOP TEN PREDICTIONS

Potential athletes to look out for that could possibly be placed in the top 10 are Best Ngwenya, Petoro Gaebetse and Phuti Mohale.
Interesting to note is the participation of Phillip Bandawe (Zimbabwe) (2007 Stockholm Marathon Winner with a time of 2:15:51).

LADIES RACE:

The ladies race could prove to be another exciting event to witness unfolding to the finish. Athletes to the likes of current reigning Champion Jennifer Koech (Kenia) (2013 & 2015 Loskop Marathon Winner), Sharon Chinokuya (Zimbabwe) (2016 4th SASOL Sasolburg 42km), Julaine Basson (Triple Comrades Gold Medalist and Multiple Two Ocean’s Marathon 56km Gold Medalist, Lesley Train-Austin (Double Comrades Gold Medalist) and Belinda Waghorn (2009 Comrades Gold Medalist) will be competing for the title.

A most interesting entrant on the day is multi-discipline, low racing star runner in sublime form for the last few years, Yolande Maclean (Loskop Marathon 50km Winner in 2004 & 2005 and also previous record holder in 2003. This lady also sports an impeccable resume in the Comrades Marathon boasting 5 Golds in 5 starts spanning from 2003 till 2007 with a best position of 7th in 2004, 2006 & 2007! She won the extremely testing Deloitte 42.2km in February with a time of 02:50:40 bettering her own record set in 2005 by nearly 5 minutes. This bodes well for Yolande resulting her being in much more formidable shape than the years when she achieved multiple Golds in Comrades. She also sports 4 x Gold Medals in the Two Oceans Marathon between 2003 & 2007.

With many runners using the race for seeding and qualification for the Comrades Marathon, the new upstart Buks van Heerden (running in Nedbank Running Club Vaal Triangle Colours), will no doubt be guiding novices and back runners to a safe 6 hour Comrades qualification time. The cut off time for the race is 7 hours.


Full Field for Loskop Marathon Series


The Forever Resorts Loskop Series, comprising of the traditional Loskop Marathon and the ever popular 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, which is taking place on Saturday 16 April 2016, has been fully subscribed on its closing date on 11 March 2016.

“As we are celebrating the 30th run of the Loskop Ultra Marathon and the 10th run of the Wild Challenge this year we expect some of Southern Africa’s top athletes to participate” said Hein Koch - Race Director. The Loskop Ultra is a Comrades Marathon qualifying event and has a similar overall profile to that of The Comrades. Koch further mentioned “The expletives expressed on Varaday’s at Loskop mirror the cursings muttered under limited breath on Polly Shorts. This makes the Loskop Marathon an attractive challenge to both the elite and the run-of-the-pack competitor preparing for Comrades”.

“The Loskop Ultra normally only allows for 3500 athletes and the 21.1km for 1 500 runners, but we have allowed for over subscription this year and currently have 87 more entries on the 50km and 107 more entries on the 21.1km.


Although the first Loskop Marathon was run in 1979, it started off as a shorter 46km Ultra and only in 1987 was changed to a 50km Ultra run. This was also the first year that the marathon ended at Loskopdam, A Forever Resort. The 21.1km Wild Challenge was then introduced in 2007 and the Rhino Fun Run in 2013.

The 50km Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon, is a favourite amongst seasoned road running athletes. The start, in Middelburg, takes place in the Highveld at an altitude of 1540 metres above sea level and ends in the Lowveld at an altitude of 930 metres above sea level.

The 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge will be run through the scenic Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, which should not only offer a challenging and picturesque route, but also offers a “wild” experience that will tempt athletes to want to return for more year after year. This half marathon has constantly been rated a favourite amongst the trail runners.

Entries for both events are closed and athletes with enquiries can contact the marathon administrative office on Tel: (013) 243-2683 or Cell: 060 358 8546.

30th Run of Loskop Ultra Marathon


The Forever Resorts Loskop Series, comprising of the traditional 50km Loskop Ultra Marathon and the 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge, is taking place on Saturday 16 April 2016 and there is just 9 days to go before entries close on 11 March 2016.

This year marks the 30th commemorative Loskop Ultra Marathon and the 10th run of the Wild Challenge.

The 50km Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon is a favourite amongst seasoned road running athletes and is also a Comrades Marathon qualifying event. The start, 06:00 at the Steve Tshwete Municipal Buildings in Middelburg, takes place in the highveld at an altitude of 1540 metres above sea level and ends in the lowveld at an altitude of 930 metres above sea level.

The 21.1km Forever Resorts Wild Challenge starts at 06:30 and will be run through the scenic Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, which should not only offer a challenging and picturesque route, but also offers a “wild” experience that will tempt athletes to want to return for more year after year.

Entries close on the 11th of March 2016, and athletes can either enter online at www.loskopmarathon.co.za or submit an entry form directly to the Race Administration Office, Contact: (013) 243-2683 or Cell: 060 358 8546.

The Rhino fun run (4.9km) is also again presented this year. This Family Fun Run takes place on the same day from the start of the 21.1km Wild Challenge (near the Dam wall). This unique run will be towards Loskopdam, A Forever Resort along the dam. Entries only on race day at the start at R30-00 per entry, which will contribute towards the “Friends of Loskop Conservation Fund”. No prize-money will be awarded, but all finishers will receive a medal. Walkers are also welcome. The Fun Run starts at 06:45.

Compiled by: Ziska Haak – Cell: 079 523 3250; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
On behalf of: Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon and Department of Culture, Sport & Recreation – Mpumalanga Province, Sibongile Nkosi – Cell: 082 492 4886

All set for Tour De Force

PRETORIA – Everything is set for the inaugural Mpumalanga Cycle Tour that takes place over six stages from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 January 2016. The Tour, generally referred to as the “Tour de Force”, is expected to draw some 120 riders. This will include a Lady’s Team from Namibie as well as an All-African Woman’s Team.

“After a thorough recce of the full route of 752 km, supported by all the relevant safety and security authorities of Mpumalanga, we have all systems set to offer a pristine road cycling event to showcase some of the most scenic areas in South Africa” said Mr Hendrik Wagener, Mpumalanga Cycle Tour Organiser and Vice President Cycling SA.

In thanking the comprehensive support from these sectors Wagener said that the road conditions are generally very good. He explained that all safety and security measures have been detailed to ensure a safe ride for the cyclists. The race will consist of four categories: Elite Men, Veterans, Ladies and an Open Category. Teams will compete for five jerseys on each of the six stages, i.e. King of the Mountain, Tour Leader, Points Jersey, Best Young Rider and Best Mpumalanga Rider; as well as a prize pot of R200 000.

The King of the Mountain (polka dot) will compete over 12 sectors with a total climb of 11 500 m, whilst the Points Jersey (green) will be contested over 15 Hot Spots and six finishes. The Leader’s Jersey (yellow) will be awarded to the rider leading in general classification.

Wagener also said that on Sunday 24 January an optional Criterium (Kermesse) for the professional riders will take place around the Mbombela Stadium. “This will form part of a family cycle day with various distances at the stadium on the same day which will start at 07:00” said Wagener.

The race stages will be:

  • Day 1 – Monday 18 January 2016: Loskopdam, A Forever Resort to Badplaas, A Forever Resort – 193 km.
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 19 January 2016: Badplaas, A Forever Resort to Mbombela – 98 km.
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 20 January 2016: Roundabout Mbombela; Kaap Muiden; Baberton; Mbombela – 132 km.
  • Day 4 – Thursday 21 January 2016: White River / Hazyview to Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge via Pilgrim’s Rest – 109 km.
  • Day 5 – Friday 22 January 2016: Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge; Origstad to Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort – 78 km.
  • This stage will be dedicated to the late Ertjies Bezuidenhout.
  • Day 6 – Saturday 23 January 2016: Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort; Graskop; Sabie; Forever Hotel @ White River – 133 km.
  • The final prize giving will take place at the Forever Hotel @ White River on the evening of Saturday 23 January.

“The Tour forms part of our extended partnership with the DCSR (Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation) of Mpumalanga, that was formed around the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon into growing Tourism to Mpumalanga through major sporting events” said Christo Wagenaar, Marketing Executive of Forever Resorts SA. He also acknowledged the comprehensive participation of the various Government Departments and stated that road users will be properly informed of rolling- and related road closures to ensure the safety of the cyclists.



Issued by:
Ziska Haak
Relationship Manager
Forever Resorts SA
On behalf of the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour
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12 January 2016

FOREVER appoints Loskop Country manager

PRETORIA – Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats announced the appointment of Meiring Prinsloo as Loskop Country Manager. He will oversee the Operations at Loskop Country, A Forever Collection including Matombu Wild, a five star Lodge, Amanzi Mountain Reserve, Isiyala Game Lodge, Ruby Cliff Horse Ranch, Silver Falls and Leopard’s Trail.

Meiring Prinsloo

Meiring Prinsloo grew up on a farm and attended school in Marble Hall and Groblersdal. He matriculated in the year 2000 at Ben Viljoen Hoërskool, Groblersdal. He started his Diploma in Nature Conservation in 2001 at the Technikon Pretoria (currently Tshwane University of Technology). During 2003 he finalized his studies as a student at Kruger National Park, Letaba Rest Camp. After successfully completing his studies he was offered a position as Field Guide at Kruger National Park, Satara Rest Camp and was then promoted to Mountain Bike Field Guide at Olifants Rest Camp. During 2006 Meiring was offered a position at the Southern African Wildlife College as a Senior Field Coordinator. This position covered a number of aspects from Hospitality to Conservation Management and the training of SADC and International students.

As a Conservator by qualification he was offered a position as Reserve manager in the Madikwe area in 2008. To improve on Management and Conservation skills, he enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology and obtained his Baccalaureus Technology degree in Nature Conservation (cum laude) in 2011. As Reserve Manager he managed all aspects of the Conservation, Rural Community Support, Hospitality, Hunting and Intensive Breeding Programs.

“We at Forever Resorts welcome Meiring on board and are very excited about his unsurpassed skills and knowledge that he brings into the organisation” said Andrew Mathebula, Training and Development Executive of the Group.

Corporate Cycle Challenge with Tour de Force


Mpumalanga Cycle Tour

Pretoria – Non-professional Road cyclist will have an opportunity to participate in the Mpumalanga Cycle tour that takes place around the Panorama Route in January next year. The organisers of the event today announced that a Corporate Challenge for all 6 stages of the event have been added.

Non-professional teams can join the pro’s on each of the stages covering a total of 749 km around Mpumalanaga. The route has climbs of more than 11 500 metres and takes riders from Loskop Dam, through Badplaas and Barberton to Hazyview, Pilgrims Rest and all along the Panorama Route including Blyde Canyon and Graskop to end at the Forever Hotel @ White River. The tour starts on Monday 18 January and ends on Saturday 23 January 2016.

TEAM CHALLENGE

Companies or groups may enter a team of any size and all riders need not ride every stage. The best time of a team rider for each stage will be taken into account in determining the teams overall time for the Tour. “We trust that companies will take up the challenge to allow their riders to participate in this tour de force and have the opportunity to ride in the tracks of the late Ertjies Bezuidnhout and other well-known South African Cyclists” said Mr Hendrik Wagner, Tour organizer. The challenge will be known as the Forever Corporate Cycle Challenge as Forever Resorts, together with the Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation and Europcar is the main sponsors of the event. The Forever Corporate Cycle Challenge will carry a first prize of R10 000, second prize of R5 000 and the team finishing third will get R3 000. The Mpumalanga Cycle Tour carries a total prize fund of R200 000.

Tour de Force Corporate Challenge will cost riders R100-00 per rider per stage and is presented in aid of Miss Deaf SA. The current Miss Deaf South Africa, Janie Erasmus will assist at the start of the Race at Loskop Dam, a Forever Resort.

Rules

  • All 6 stages are in play.
  • No restriction on number of riders per team.
  • Best time of a team member on each stage to count.
  • Best team time to win the corporate tour prize of R10 000
    • 2nd R7 000
    • 3rd R3 000
  • A minimum of one rider per team per day.
  • At least one team member to complete each stage to qualify for official time.
  • Entry R100 per stage per rider
  • Entries on registration day 17 Jan 2016 at Loskopdam, A Forever Resort.
  • ONLY membership and day license holders can be part of the corporate challenge.  No full license.  (no professional riders)
  • Enquiries Race Organiser Hendrik Wagener 082 741 1514


Issued by: Christo Wagenaar on behalf of the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour
Tel:  (012) 423 5632
Cell: (083) 628 2059
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