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  • Hisense, TGN Racing co-develop ‘first 4K racing simulator in Africa’

    Hisense and TGN Racing Simulators are joining forces to build the "first 4K racing simulator in Africa". The rig will be used by professional drivers during practice and training sessions while at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria. "The simulators have been engineered to provide a precise racing environment, each complete with advanced force feedback steering wheels, racing pedals and bucket seats, with some specially imported to South Africa," the press release explains. The rig will also boast three 55-inch 4K screens, to simulate the view from the racing cockpit. "At Hisense we are committed to products that can keep up with the high demands...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • Watch Ayrton Senna’s ‘message’ for Brazil’s Olympians

    Three time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna may have died over 20 years ago, but he still managed to deliver a 'message' for Brazilians competing at the Olympics. In a partnership between the Ayrton Senna Institute, JWT and Le Cube, a video was produced, chronicling Senna's epic 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix win. In that race, the F1 legend managed to take victory despite being stuck in 5th gear and suffering from shoulder spasms. The video was meant to inspire Brazil's athletes to win at home as well. "Ayrton Senna lost eight times before winning the Brazilian GP, and when he did, it was with...

  • South Africa sees 17% drop in new car sales in July 2016

    According to aggregated sales figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA), the new vehicle industry sales dropped by 17% this past month. In total, only 44 883 new vehicles were sold in July 2016. "This is the biggest sales decline since 2009, at the height of the global economic recession. Despite the Rand’s recent strength, what we’re experiencing now are the after effects of the currency’s weakness in months prior," said the CEO of WesBank Motor Retail, Simphiwe Nghona in a press release. "This is compounded by distressed household budgets and low economic growth that is also trending downwards." According to the...

  • 3 car innovations that we could see on highways very soon

    Every aspect of our lives is now subject to a digital facelift -- from the watches we wear to the massive processing engines we now carry around in our pockets, the world today would be a virtually unrecognisable place to someone visiting from 2006. Given the rapid technological evolution, vehicle manufacturers are also working hard to up their game and fit out their latest offerings with the types of digital advancements that could keep them ahead of their competitors. With Bluetooth and on-board navigation now somewhat standard offerings in today’s market, what does the next generation of smart cars hold? In...

  • Want to get into endurance racing? WEC now has a feeder series

    Finding a path to Formula One usually means being successful in GP3 and GP2, but what if you want to join the World Endurance Championship (WEC)? The route to the championship has become a lot clearer with news that the Formula V8 3.5 open-wheel series will serve as a feeder series from 2017. The deal will see Formula V8 3.5 races taking place in support of WEC events. "The agreement includes a minimum of three overseas rounds in Mexico, Japan and Bahrain, the last being the final event of the endurance championship, in addition to three of the four European events on the WEC...

  • Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped for ransom – reports

    Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil. According to Brazilian magazine Veja and other reports, Aparecida Schunck (67) was kidnapped in Interlagos, with the captors demanding a ransom of 120 million reals (US$36-million). Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who met Ecclestone at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix and married him in 2012. If paid, the ransom could be the biggest ever paid in Brazil. Unfortunately, the Ecclestone family is no stranger to plots of this nature. In 2012, Martin Peckham was jailed for demanding £200 000 from Ecclestone to prevent daughter Tamara from being kidnapped. Peckham, a dental technician, claimed that he...

  • The new Ford Figo: beware the lag

    When Ford first launched the Figo into the South African market back in 2010, it was pretty clear that it had VW's Polo Vivo firmly in its sights. Even the formula was the same: a cheap, basic car based on an older version of an existing model and rebadged. But after a week in the newest Figo, I'm not so sure that's the case any more. Between the looks, features, and tech, you get the feeling that the current Figo is aimed less at the "I can afford a new car too" market and more at the kind off...

  • BREAKING: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip

    South African race driver Gugu Zulu has died before the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and wife Letshego were taking part in Trek4Mandela, an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that sees several people climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro," the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced in a statement. The foundation added that not much was known about the circumstances surrounding his death just yet. "Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu...

  • What should you expect from the SA Festival of Motoring?

    The SA Festival of Motoring aims to become the biggest motoring show in South Africa, establishing itself as SA's official motoring show. Its roots lie deep within its predecessors, Auto Africa and the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The refurbished Kyalami Raceway, which has held many historic races, will now play host to the festival. The show will include on-the-spot test-drives, performance demos and experiential exhibits. It will also celebrate the first car to land on South African shores 120 years ago, the Benzo Velo which was imported by local businessman John Percy Hess. The SA Festival of Motoring will also include dedicated...

  • Who will replace Chris Evans at Top Gear?

    The reboot of the critically acclaimed Top Gear has quickly come to an end. Not more than six episodes have aired since it went on a break early this month. The show has had a decline in views since its revival, from 4.3 million viewers initially to 2.68 million viewers last month. Many credited the decline in numbers to host Chris Evans, with social media users posting about how the previous seasons became more than just the cars they showcased, focusing on the witty trio that presented them. Chris Evans, the top draft pick for the Top Gear hosting position, resigned just days after...

  • What’s new and overhauled in F1 2016 video game?

    Codemasters has quite the motorsports pedigree and its previous F1 games were rather fantastic. So some people were rather disappointed with the way F1 2015, the first current-gen F1 game, turned out. It wasn't necessarily a bad game by any stretch, but fans lamented the loss of features compared to previous entries. Fortunately, F1 2016 looks like it's on the right track (heh) at the very least. So here's what you should expect from the new game, which is set for an August release. Upping the simulator ante The latest F1 title seems to be going all-out in an attempt to win over...

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