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Subscribe to SA4x4 now and stand a chance to win an awesome battery system courtesy of Enertec Batteries. Sign up or renew before 30 July and pay just R360 for 12 print issues, or R210 for 12 digital issues. The hamper includes: Discover 105Ah MIXTECH Battery The perfect replacement cranking battery for vehicles that have regenerative braking and/or start-stop systems. This unit boasts three time the cycle life of conventional flooded-cell batteries, weighing 26kg. CTEK MXS 7.0 Battery Charger This fully-automatic 8-step charger delivers 7 amps to larger 12V batteries in the output range 14-150Ah, and is suitable for maintenance

Join SA4x4 and Simon Steadman of Ultimate Adventures for a fully-catered training weekend that combines Level 1 accredited training, a night’s camping and a day’s 4×4 outride. Whether you want to get the basics just right or brush up on your skills, this is the right place to ask the questions and get the right answers. 4×4 driving and recovery skills will be covered, and you get the chance to put your new skills to the test in a safe, guided environment before you venture out into the bush on your own. Four training sessions have been scheduled throughout the

In our second desert encounter with the Cooper Dust Series, competitors who’d come from all over the country, and in all sorts of vehicles, lined up on November 30 for the grand finale of 2018’s seven-region event to test their mettle against the elements. Deep within SA’s rural heartland, the venue chosen for the final – Vanwyksvlei – lies in a region called the Dorsland, accessible only by gravel road. Surrounded by many kilometres of apparently featureless Karoo desert and mud flats, the area is barren and dry, just as organiser Gerrie van Eeden likes it. This middle-of-nowhere town may

With the backing of CTEK Sweden, ENERTEC has launched the CTEK Accreditation program in South Africa, whereby specific dealers in the outdoor and leisure market have been awarded an Accreditation Certificate. What this means to the public is that these fitment centres have received advanced product training and product knowledge on CTEK chargers as well as ENERTEC and DISCOVER batteries – including battery maintenance. Both sales and workshop personnel undergo the advanced training sessions to ensure clients will get the best solution for their vehicles. Between May and June this year, three dealers have been awarded this Accreditation Certificate: Front

There are few people who touch our lives only briefly but still leave a lasting impression. Far-sighted entrepreneur and avid adventurer, Adolf Waidelich, who died tragically by suicide in November 2017, was one of those people. His passing left a legacy which can be measured by the impact he made on the lives of others. He was very practical engineer who, with his comprehensive range of innovative equipment and accessories designed and made for off -road travellers, contributed materially to making dreams of travelling to far-flung parts of Africa a reality for thousands of people. But Adolf was also a

Born out of a deep love for engineering and thousands of kilometres’ worth of off-road experience, RATAU Hard Canopies has emerged as one of Mpumalanga’s premier vehicle metalwork manufacturers. Operating out of Middelburg, the company is directed by Quereshini Naidoo, Gerhard Holtshauzen and Herman Brümmer. They manage a team of 10 multi-skilled workshop staff, as well as four administrators who handle everything from sales to marketing. Where did it all begin? Several years ago, says Naidoo, the company’s founders, mechanical engineers and avid 4×4 enthusiasts, decided to turn their hobby of designing and custom-making canopies for their own vehicles into

Do you have a magic shot in your photo collection that captures the essence of overland travel? SA4x4 is keen to promote adventure travel the world over, and to share those amazing memories with all our readers. Trawl your image banks and share those moments in time on SA4x4’s Facebook or Instagram pages, along with your name and a short description of what you are seeing and where. Action, wildlife, landscapes – we want to see it all! Tag @SA4x4 on Instagram and SA4x4 magazine on Facebook, and use the hashtag #SA4x4OverlandImages to enter. If Instagram is too 21st Century, email your

The Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa is returning to De Wildt 4×4 in Hartebeestpoort for some more family-friendly, four-wheel-drive fun. The trail is suitable for all Land Rovers, including soft-roaders like the Evoque and Freelander, but there will be plenty of tough obstacles for the more experienced drivers seeking more of a thrill. The day starts with an early driver briefing, after which the group will take on the trail. Afterwards, proud owners can discuss the day’s triumphs and mishaps over some tasty braaivleis and a cold one at the facility’s lapas and picnic areas. Places are limited,

Toyota’s Prado is a strong, capable, bodyon- frame mid-size SUV with all the trimmings, for families who don’t want or need the immense Land Cruiser 200 Series in their driveway. The fourth-generation J150 has now come in for a mid-life refresh that has ushered in plenty of neat upgrades and changes, but not the one every previous Prado owner has been hoping for. In other markets, for some time, it’s been gifted the 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel allied to a sixspeed automatic transmission; but here, a combination of factors including the low quality of fuel in Africa, the cost or time

Back in 2007, Mike Voss, founder and Managing Director of Rock Solid Industries (RSI), had just started a fledgling business spraying bakkie bed linings. The bed lining business was successful, but somewhat dead-end, and Mike needed more of a challenge. The mining industry was first port of call and RSI began building roll-over protection systems for mine bakkies. RSI is blazing the way when it comes to canopy technology and the latest innovations in roof racks Unfortunately for Mike, the auto industry also got in on the act, and when the T6 Ranger was released with an NCAP rating that

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