Councillor Sakkie du Plooy, MMC for Community and Social Development Services in Tshwane, has confirmed he will address cyclists before the start of the Ultimate Office National Diamond Classic next Sunday at the Baviaanspoort Correctional Centre in Pretoria.
Du Plooy is well-respected within the mayoral committee for his role in promoting and facilitating mass participation sporting events in Tshwane. He has done incredible work to showcase the hosting capacity of the city, which is underpinned by the establishment of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic two years ago.
His presence at the Diamond Classic is to celebrate the first staging of the event, which has already attracted almost 2000 cyclists in its inaugural year, and to pay tribute to Andrew Randall and Dr Willie Fourie, who were tragically killed while out riding their bikes over the past month.
In Du Plooy’s address the spotlight will also fall on cyclists’ rights as road users and their safety on our roads. Du Plooy will hand over a memorial sculpture to Randall’s wife, Tracy, and to Fourie’s wife, Trudie, before the start.
The medal design for the event has been dedicated to Randall’s memory and the event will observe a moment silence before the start.
The Tshwane Metro has pledged its full support of the Diamond Classic to create safe passage for riders on race day. “We are extremely thankful for this,” said race organiser Mauritz Meyer.
“It will enable the event to create a safe cycling environment and to ensure cyclists don’t feel intimidated on the roads. We care about cyclists.”
Meyer confirmed that the Bestmed Road Rangers motorbike marshals will wear black armbands for the day. “These marshals work extremely hard to keep our cyclists safe on the road. They do amazing work,” added Meyer.
The success of the Diamond Classic in its first year has been nothing short of a fairy tale. According to Meyer it has taken many hours of hard work from a dedicated team and some passionate thought leaders in Tshwane.
“We are very fortunate that various officials and public benefit organisations in Pretoria and Cullinan are supporting the event.”
He singled out Gauteng MEC Adriana Randall and the wonderful work she is doing in Cullinan.
“Besides creating a new cornerstone sporting event within the Tshwane Metro, the event is also aimed at promoting tourism in the Cullinan area, alleviating poverty in the communities and to continue to increase the reach of our current charity projects in Tshwane,” said Meyer.
Randall, the Democratic Alliance elect in the Cullinan, added: “Before the Diamond Classic, sporting events in the Cullinan area have largely been limited to school sports and golf days.
“My dream to start a cycling race in the Cullinan/Roodeplaat/Baviaanspoort area is born out of the need to highlight this part of our country as a tourist destination. Cullinan has great potential for day trippers and visitors can experience the bush and nature on their doorstep, without having to travel hundreds of kilometres.
“Attractions include guided tours in the Cullinan Diamond Mine, art galleries, restaurants and historical monuments such as the Zonderwater Italian Prisoners of War Museum. We also boast beautiful game farms and lodges in the vicinity of Dinokeng Nature Reserve.”
According to Randall unemployment under local young people is high and a stated aim of the Diamond Classic is to be a significant enabler of tourism and employment creation.
“We will pull out all the stops to ensure that, when cyclists have completed the Diamond Classic, they put it down as one of their must-do rides annually.”
Randall is involved with various community-based projects in the area in collaboration with Hectic Promotions. “We are involved with schools with the provision of stationary, tables, chairs, school clothes and toys.
“The schools also benefit from the Hectic Promotions Winter Woolies project aimed at keeping kids warm through winter. Other charities that are involved in our initiatives are Toys for Africa and Changing Lives SA,” she concluded.
Entries for the Diamond Classic will be accepted at the following registration venues:
Cycle Lab Megastore,
Fourways;Thursday 23 May 2019, from 10:00 – 16:00or
The Bicycle Company, Centurion;
Friday 24 May 2019, from 10:00 – 16:00
Solomons Cycles Pretoria North
Saturday 25 May 2019, from 09:00 – 13:00
For more information about the race, go to www.hecticpromotions.co.za
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