Latest News! 27th December, 2018

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Shiyalongubo Dam Shiyalongubo Dam - Photo: Tracks4Africa

2018 - It's a wrap!

The final newsletter of 2018 is always a time to reflect and take stock of our achievements and failures for the year. We had both of those in abundance and for those of you that read all the way to the bottom of the page, our 'Thought for the day' quote mostly reflects what is happening at MPSA at the time.

This year we have been successful in completely avoiding politics and we have been singularly focused on remaining in a positive space, despite all the doom and gloom that gets fed into our head space on a daily basis. The end of year gives us an opportunity to reflect on where we were a year ago versus today. [But more of that lower down...]

Is this your lucky day?

One of our guests for the Ben 10 Official Tour in March next year, has had to withdraw due to health issues. There is one space up for grabs. Book tour online (Late edit - Sorry, this spot has now been taken)

First tour of 2019

We still have a few tickets available for our first tour of 2019, which is the Tower to Tower Tour between Moorreesburg and Piketberg in the Western Cape. We have amended the entry requirements from 4x4 only to 4x2 with good ground clearance (as we can use a safe escape route for 4x2 vehicles if necessary). This tour involves an ascent and descent of the Koringberg, followed by a visit to a mission station tucked away in a hidden kloof, then down an historic pass where the first concept of a looped flyover was invented 130 years ago by a South African farmer. Book tour online

Featured pass of the week:

We remain up north as we take you for a cyber drive on the gravel surfaced Shiyalongubo Pass. A pass once driven, will long be remembered. [More lower down...]

The year 2018 in review:

  • New passes added to the database in 2018: 119 (Total now on 816)
  • First page (other than the home page) to top 100,000 views: Sani Pass
  • Page views for 2018: 763,128
  • Number of page views since inception: 4,322,658
  • News Letters for the year: 52
  • Number of people who read the newsletter in 2018: 18,147
  • Number of page views on new passes indexed for 2018: 22,435
  • Number of MPSA videos on You Tube: 1314
  • Number of YouTube views since 2012: 1,938,134
  • You Tube Subscribers: 2,043

*Made the decision to get rid of all Google Ads to enhance viewer enjoyment in a clean and uncluttered format. From 2019 we will only host advertisements from direct MPSA advertisers.

*Migrated our main video hosting platform from YouTube to Vimeo as the quality is much better plus there are no embedded advertisements. We still duplicate all our videos on YouTube for that specific subscriber group.

*Made the decision to institute automatic subscription renewals as a user convenience for all card paying customers.

There is much more to crow about, but the short story is that MPSA has grown in leaps and bounds in 2018. Our plans for 2019 include expanding on the concept of tour type filming trips, where YOU can join us and discover the new passes at the same time that we do. 2019 will also be the year that we will be going full time into the MPSA project. A huge leap of faith, but as we always say ~ Live your dreams.

This week's podcast

Listen to a discussion on SA's Top 12 Tourist Destinations

Featured Pass of the Week:

A winding, steep and muddy gravel pass that winds through the gold bearing mountains of  Mpumalanga. Join us as we take you through the twisting corners and explore the pioneering history of this big pass.


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New passes added this week:

Witkophoogte - A moderate gravel pass near Jamestown in the Eastern Cape. (Provisional video)

Botha's Pass - A seriously steep and rough gravel pass in Limpopo close to the Sacred Forest and Lake (Provisional video)

Witpoort - An easy but attractive gravel poort near Willowmore (Provisional video)


Trygve Roberts

Thought for the day: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence" ~ Helen Keller

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