Michele du Plessis
The most memorable aspect of the Round Table White River 64 Sabie Tube Race is the vibe. There are other aspects, as well that make this event spectacular, like the superb organization by Gert Delport and his team, good food and lots and lots of entertainment. If you’ve missed the 2018 Tube Race, you really missed out on great fun and a very relaxing weekend.
Pre-event registration, 1600 of them, was just the beginning of a really awesome weekend. More than 2500 entries were received by Saturday, and many day visitors enjoyed floating down the Sabie River in the beautiful sunshine. Many a sunburnt visitor attested to the fact that not everybody visited the CANSA stall where Rika Knoetze and her CANSA debutants provided free sunscreen and sprayed people’s hair for a donation in aid of CANSA.
One of the nameless food stalls sold samosas and Prego’s, as well as the quite ordinary pancakes, chip and dip and coffee and tea. Mini doughnuts were also on sale for those with a sweet tooth. Pizza and potato twisters, stalls that sold entertaining junk for kids and adults alike and the RT64 stall selling collectibles. At the Collectible stall, people could by T-shirts and caps, commemorating the RT64 Sabie Tube Race 2018.
Many charity organizations benefitted from the RT64 Tube Race. Ondine Cowell, vice chairlady of Dasha School in Nelspruit sold raffle tickets as a fundraiser for the school that teaches children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. York Timbers made it possible for 13 third-year students from Tshwane University of Technology to experience the Sabie Tube Race. They also sponsored a meal for the students.
People were kept safe with all the security guards – Phoenix, SAPS Divers from White River and Swift Ambulance Service was on standby the whole weekend to see to wounds and sprains.
MC Nico Swartz entertained the crowd in between the bands. “What an event! Hope to see your next year.” The Zionruts Family, a reggae band from Pretoria, was well worth the listen. The crowd just loved them and they contributed to the laid-back feel and amazing vibe that the whole weekend carried. Catharsis, a band from Nelspruit, entertained with old and new favorites. DJ Dwergie, Richard the Kid and Fortune kept the party alive on Friday night. Die Horries was the main act on Saturday night.
Southern Africa Round Table president, Andrew Lee, said: “Sabie Tube Race is an event that has been organized for more than 40 years. It is a great event, and great weather, and we have more than 2900 people here. That is without the local people supporting the event. This is just a fantastic day. With the profit made from this event, we plough 50%” back into the little town of Sabie. All the accommodation in Sabie has been booked out; the majority of it for this event. Please do come and join us next year. We hope to see you on the river.”