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Urgent Alert SANRAL - Illegal roadblocks

SANRAL with assistance of the Metro Police are setting up Illegal roadblocks, forcing people to register for E-tags.

For the ETOLL system to work SANRAL needs 78% compliance.

On Tuesday of the +-900 000 cases of vehicles passing through the William Nicol plaza only +- 1300 cars were E-tag registered.
 
Don’t be scared, they can’t force you to do anything.
 
If you do get pulled over in a roadblock as described above, please call:

the “Justice Project of South Africa” on 087 809 0399.
Alert them of the roadblock and they will send some personnel to shut the Roadblock down.
 
Alliance against urban tolling statement at 5pm yesterday reported that their in-situ electronic sensors confirm 985,322 vehicles passed through William Nicol gantry, and only 1,339 of them were SANRAL registered with an e-tag.

This is a massive setback for SANRAL. On day one at one toll gate alone, they now have to send out almost a million accounts.
The system is close to collapsing folks.

Lets persist to resist!

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Stage 8 - Uyuni to Calama

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Sunday 12th January:

It was the first day of the marathon stage, Riaan finished 11th on the stage just 12 minutes 15 seconds behind stage winner Juan Barreda, improving his overall position again to 13th. Riaan said the stage was not too technical, the roads were tight and twisty and in good condition. The last 20 Kilometers were muddy and in they rode up a river. He spent most of the day riding behind Olivier pain, cleverly ensuring that he didn’t make any navigational mistakes. The entire stage was at high altitude and they will slept at 3500m,

Juan Barreda won the stage 4 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of KTM Red Bull Factory rider Marc Coma. Kuba Pryzgonski finished 5TH and Jordi Viladoms in 10th, moving him 3rd overall.

Monday 13th January: Unyuni to Calama

Liaison section: 24 km   Special stage: 462 km  Liasion section: 215 km

Today we crossed the Andes and the border into Chile, it was also the second half of the second marathon stage. Broadlink KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk rode another blinder of a day finishing the stage in 7th today, proving that he has the pace to stay with the world’s best rally riders. He was not affected by the altitude as much as some of the others but still suffered from a headache and some nausea, throughout the stage. By CP1 he was laying second overall just 48 seconds behind stage leader Cyril Despres. Riaan explained that the first section of the race suited him down to the ground, it was rough and bumpy, where the latter half of the 462 km stage was much faster and he rode at a more cautious pace to ensure the arrival at Calama without any incidences.

The bivouac we are in at the moment is a living hell, it is situated in the middle of nowhere, in the sand and it is always windy. There is no escape from the fine dust and sand and you have to wear goggles when you walk around. The riders are weary, the second marathon stage has taken it’s toll. Marc coma has been a bit sick and has lost his voice at the moment, he is still controlling the race at the moment with a 38 minute and 8 second lead over danger man Barreda. Alain Duclos lost some 35 minutes this morning due to a mechanical issue, securing Jordi Viladoms’s spot on the podium for now. The stages in Chile are going to be fast and dusty, with lot’s of tricky navigation, Riaan will stay focused and concentrate on riding smoothly and not making costly navigational errors

Brett Cummings finished in 29th today, he suffered a crash and has hurt his leg and will go for a few stitches under his eye. He is tired but will be ready for tomorrow.

Cyril despres won the stage, 2 minutes and 9 seconds ahead of Juan Barreda on the Honda. Marc Coma finished 3rd just 2 minutes 15 seconds off the leader.

Tuesday 14th January: Calama to Iqueque

Liaison section: 37 km   Special stage: 422 km

The 2014 Dakar will reach its most northern point in Iqueque, where competitors will see the ocean for the first time. Riders will once again experience the Atacama dunes after the first part of the special stage. Dune specialists will be in their element with 150 kilometers of dunes. The finish will take the competitors down a massive dune with a 3 kilometer descent into the bivouac.  

Sound Clips : Stage 8

Riaan van Niekerk - http://goo.gl/MZ9ue9 

Darryl Curtis - http://goo.gl/Y7GrAI

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Stage 7 - Salta to Uyuni

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Saturday 11th January

The competitors were relieved to see the rest day, the first half of this years Dakar has been more intense than normal putting around 100 of the 180 bikes out of the rally. We woke up to an overcast sky, welcoming the cooler weather and in the afternoon the rain came, slowly at first and then a downpour sending crews scrambling to shelter mechanics and equipment. The bivouac turned into a mud bath and whilst the bike teams had finished their work, the car teams worked right through the night.

Marc Coma has a 42 minute 17 second lead over Honda’s Juan Barreda. Jordi Viladoms holds fourth 1 hour and 8 minutes behind Marc. Riaan is 14th overall and Brett Cummings is 29th overall.

Sunday 12th January: Salta to Uyuni

Liaison section: 334 km   Special stage: 232 km  Neutral section: 8 km  Special section: 161 km Liasion section: 33 km  

Broadlink KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk left the bivouac at 4:30am this morning to start the first leg of the second marathon stage, which will take them into Bolivia. It would be a high altitude stage and they will sleep tonight at an isolated bivouac in Uyuni at 3500m. The start of the special was delayed due to heavy cloud cover preventing the helicopters from taking off, the special was also shortened by around 104 Kilometers and started at CP3.

The second half of the rally started with Marc Coma holding a 42 minute 17 second lead over Honda’s Juan Barreda. Jordi Viladoms holds fourth 1 hour and 8 minutes behind Marc. Riaan is 14th overall

Riaan rode another steady day finishing in 11th on the stage just 12 minutes 15 seconds behind stage winner Juan Barreda, improving his overall position again to 13th. Chatting on the sat phone, Riaan said the stage was not too technical, the roads were tight and twisty and in good condition. The last 20 Kilometers were muddy and in they rode up a river. He spent most of the day riding behind Olivier pain, cleverly ensuring that he didn’t make any navigational mistakes. His rear marathon tyre is in good shape, but he amongst a few other riders are showing the effects of high altitude. The entire stage was at high altitude and they will sleep at 3500m, Riaan felt that it was not so safe to race in these conditions, he is feeling light headed and a little nauseous. After servicing his bike, Riaan will do the normal road book, briefing, take some more altitude medication and try and get an early night.

Juan Barreda won the stage 4 minutes and 3 seconds ahead of KTM Red Bull Factory rider Marc Coma. Kuba Pryzgonski finished 5TH and Jordi Viladoms in 10th, moving him 3rd overall.

Brett Cummings finished in 26th , moving him up to 30th overall.

Monday 13th January: Unyuni to Calama

LiasIon section: 24 km   Special stage: 462 km  Liasion section: 215 km   

The Salar de Uyuni is simply the biggest salt flat in the world, riders will be in awe as stage 8 will take them right around this gigantic stretch. The route will be marked out and across the salt flat, a marvel stretching more than 400 kilometers. They will pass by some islands which makes this site so exceptional. The stature of the Tunupa volcano (5300m) will be a spectacular feature on the landscape.

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