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African Heritage: Safe spectating in Limpopo

The Africa Heritage Cross Country and Ford Motorite 400 off road events will be run in Limpopo Province between August 2 and 5, and the organisers are keen to ensure that both races run smoothly and safely with maximum enjoyment for competitors and spectators.

Motor racing is dangerous, however, there are some golden rules that need to be followed to ensure safe and enjoyable spectating. It is also important that people living in areas through which the race passes, should be aware of safety precautions.

"Motorsport is dangerous, but forward planning can eliminate unnecessary risks," said chief organiser Willie Prinsloo of the Koepel Club. "A little common sense will also go a long way to making spectating both safe and enjoyable."

With this in mind the organisers have drawn up guidelines that will go a long way towards safer spectating.

- Plan ahead and obey all instructions from race officials and marshals, SAPS and traffic personnel
- Do not enter prohibited areas
- Keep young children under observation at all times
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not light fires and do not litter
- Make sure that pets and other animals are safely locked away

Prinsloo added that spectator guides would be published in local publications prior to the event, and would also be available at race headquarters at Ysterberg Oord. It was important that residents in areas through which the events are to pass, familiarise themselves with routes and timing.

"We would also ask locals in areas through which the races pass not to tamper with route markings," said Prinsloo. "These are there for the safety of competitors and spectators alike. We are looking forward to successful events, and know we can rely on the co-operation of the people of Limpopo."

2006/07/11 I 14:38 CET I Editor:

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