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After some of our subscribers raised the issue of public access to Sanbona Game Reserve, near Barrydale in the Western Cape, we have investigated the matter, and we bring you a full report on this thorny situation. We also have three diverse passes for you to cyber drive.

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My jaw dropped when I saw this old Isuzu bakkie (ute) carting an entire car (sans engine) on its load bay, attached with a single webbing strap. The Isuzu's front wheels were barely on the ground and the driver was clearly having some difficulty controlling his steed. Not a traffic officer in sight. Photo taken on Giel Basson Drive, Parow, Western Cape.

The first long weekend is done and dusted. Next is the school holidays. This week we have a very interesting mix of passes for you.

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The long weekend is here! Hundreds of thousands will take to the roads for the long weekend break and of course, it's school holidays as well. Will this be another annual road slaughter, or will those impatient drivers take a chill pill and think about the safety of others? I'll let you decide.....

We have been covering some of the exquisite passes in Mpumalanga again this week and there's still plenty more to come. The Drakensberg escarpment is something of a pass fest and the area around Sabie, Grasnek and Pilgrims Rest is a national gem. You can check out another three of these passes below.

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Over the next few weeks our focus will be on the little province of Mpumalanga - also gently known as the 'Slow-veld' for the relaxed pace of life there. It has many assets including minerals, forests, fruit and nut farming,  mountains with fast flowing rivers, towering waterfalls, adventure sports, ghosts towns and a rich history of pioneering characters - the whole package wrapped up in a sub-tropical climate. Ah yes, it also has a lot of mountain passes. This week we will take a look at a trio of those,

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Just yesterday, we spoke about the vast volumes of rain in Gauteng. Whenever we do river crossings, we always issue a cautionary, which might sound like overkill, but we have experienced the savage power of water and seen the consequences thereof, which is frequently fatal. This video clip below has just been released, which shows a truck crossing a submerged bridge this week, with shocking consequences. If the driver of this truck had complied with the basic rule of "If you cant walk it, dont drive it", this would never have happened. What intrigued me about this video clip is - where was the videographer standing?

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