Latest News! 18th December, 2014

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This sign might be coming down soon This sign might be coming down soon - Photo: Photo: Trygve Roberts

Its been a funny month, but it is after all, the silly season. On the positive side we've seen the biggest drop in the oil price ever, with the pundits figuring a local drop in the fuel price of R1.05 per litre. For mountain pass affecionados that is very good news indeed and for your camera team that drives a 3 ton SUV, it is even better news! On the dark side....


(pun intended), we have the Eishkom fiasco playing itself out; hostage dramas in Sydney; the Russian Ruble in free fall and general religious mayhem around the world. The key is to maintain a positive outlook on life and spend time focusing on things that are important to you.

We promised you some big pass features this Christmas season - and we keep our promises. Today we zoom in on South Africa's most iconic pass - The Sani Pass!

Even with the Sani Pass, there is good news and bad news, depending on your outlook and what car you drive. There can be no question that the Sani Pass is scheduled for a tarmac surface in the very near future. Despite the wide range of loud objections from a variety of well meaning organisations and individuals, it seems there is no stopping the wheels of progress. If you are one of those drivers who has always wanted to experience driving up South Africa's highest, biggest altitude gaining pass, on good old fashioned gravel -  then your time is limited. We estimate the time left to drive Sani on gravel in mere months.

We filmed the Sani Pass in October 2013 and were astonished to find a major tarred highway being built on the Lesotho side of the border. It made no sense for that vast amount of Chinese money to be invested with the road ending at the top of a 4x4 only road. We knew then already - and forecasted the imminent tarring of the Sani at that time. Soon you will be able to drive up in an Audi.

Experience the gravelly magic of the Sani right here in our two part video series by clicking on the blue hyperlink: Sani Pass

Drive safely. We want every last reader back with us for the next dynamic phase of our progress through 2015.

Merry Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New Year to all of you.

Trygve Roberts

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