Entries by Dirk Vale

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio Interview

We were fortunate enough to be able to interview International Professional South African Cyclist Ashliegh Moolman Pasio, recent winner of the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.   Well done on winning this year’s 94.7! Tell us about the race? How confident were you coming into the race?   Thank you, it really was a very special […]

Spur Trail Series

Having taken on the less gruelling, but thoroughly enjoyable, the monthly Jackal Run, we wanted to challenge ourselves with something a little further and more difficult. My wife and I started really enjoying the challenge of running together and more importantly overcoming the challenge together. We started looking at races to do and after a […]

Silver Cup Win for First Lady

Port Elizabeth – This weekend saw the First Lady, Clare Vale pick up the winner’s trophy in the Silver Cup section of the final round of the SupaDrift Series. Clare qualified her Liqui-Moly Mustang in 17th position and thus pole position in the Silver Cup section of the competition. The Aldo Scribante track proved challenging […]

Be Brave!

I’ve done four warriors this year and each one has been as much fun as the last! We only have one more locally in Gauteng this year and we’ll definitely be doing it without a doubt! We’ve stuck with the rookie courses so far as we have been roping in friends and family members each […]

Jackal Creek Run

September saw myself and Taryn do our first night trail run at Jackal Creek Golf estate. They do a monthly night run, they have a 4km and an 8km. We did the 4km race as our starter – first night run so wanted to make sure we managed ok! The vibe was awesome leading up […]

2015 Charity Cheetah Karting Day

Pretoria – Sunday the 13th of September 2015 will see 12 karts racing for a good cause at the Zwartkops International kart circuit. Twelve corporate teams will compete to help raise funds for the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, De Wildt. Teams from RAM Automotive, Team Snake Pit, three from Bridgestone SA, two from Jaguar […]

The 2015 L’Ormarins Queens Plate

I was fortunate enough to be invited by event sponsor Anthonij Rupert Wyn as their guest to this year’s running of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate – one of the world’s greatest horse races. I decided to make a long weekend of it as Tyron, the Jabu of All Things Jabu, was able join me as […]

Mark Winterbottom Interview

All Things Jabu were extremely lucky this week as we were given the opportunity to interview Monroe Shocks V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom! Firstly Mark, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat to us. ATJ: You’ve raced against Jamie Whincup since Formula Ford days. Did racing in Formula […]

The Pit Wall – Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won a major mental battle this weekend, and it was spectacular to watch. Hamilton looked strong all weekend, especially in qualifying where he was clocked an amazing 15km/h faster than his teammate through the Lesmo’s, but it was his tenacity on race day that makes it a special victory. Lining up on […]

Jabuview with BG Smit

BG Smit is well known within the drifting community as one of the nicest drifters around. His car known as ‘Barney goes Sideaways’, and is always a crowd favourite! ATJ: Tell us about your drift car? BG: I have a purple MK4 Toyota Supra named “Barney” with a 2JZGE-T motor Running at 324kw and 600NM […]

The Jabuveiw with Jim McFarlane

All Things Jabu chatted to the Godfather of the national SupaDrift series, Jim McFarlane. He is a highly talented drifter and one of the driving forces behind the success of the SupaDrift series. ATJ: Tell us about your drift car? JM: Nissan 350Z Specs: Tein Super drift coil over suspension Custom F & R strut braces […]

The Pit Wall – Belgian Grand Prix

There’s trouble brewing in Paradise, and it’s not going to end well. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were involved in a crash yesterday during the Spa Grand Prix which has left more questions than answers in everyone’s’ minds. The clash, which seemed innocuous enough, on the second lap of the race saw Rosberg […]

Mikey Skelton Interview

Mikey Skelton Interview Mikey Skelton is one of the biggest characters of the national Supadrift series in South Africa, and one of the organisers as well. He has thus played a massive part in growing the series into what it is now. ATJ: Tell us about your drift car? MS: My car is a Nissan […]

KAPPA Prizes on Offer on All Things Jabu

KAPPA Prizes on Offer on All Things Jabu This year KAPPA have come aboard to offer a prize to the winner of this year’s English Premier League All Things Jabu Fantasy League. The league is on the official English Premier League site and is a lot of fun, the competition will run the entire season […]

The All Things Jabu Springbok Matchday 23

New to the All Things Jabu team is Sean Wilson (@SimplySean_) gives us his views on the Springbok team. Looking at the Rugby Championship, here’s a suggested matchday 23 selection for the South Africa’s opening game against Argentina. 15 Willie le Roux It’s becoming hard to remember a time when Willie le Roux wasn’t your […]

Kiehl’s Charity Cheetah Karting Day

Pretoria – This Sunday the 22nd of June saw 12 karts racing for a good cause at the Zwartkops International kart circuit. Twelve corporate teams came together to help raise funds for the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Teams from Tata Africa Holdings SA, Tata Automotives Corporation SA, Tata Accordian Investments SA (Pty) Ltd, Jaguar […]

The Jabuview with Tomas Scheckter

Tomas Scheckter was born in Monte Carlo, the home of the greatest Formula One race, to one of the great Formula One racers Jody Scheckter. With racing in his blood, Thomas set about establishing a career of his own. He started off, like so many, in karting and in 1995 was the South African Karting Champion. […]

The Jabuview with Michael Morton

Michael Morton rose through the ranks at Orlando Pirates and Wits University before moving on to Maritzburg United. It was here that he really starred and was rewarded by earning the captaincy while playing alongside seasoned veterans like Delron Buckley, Shu-aib Walters & Dillon Sheppard. Morton has now signed a pre-contract with Supersport United and […]

The JabuView with Mignon du Preez

Mignon du Preez recently led South Africa to their first semi-final at the World T20. The 24 year old captain is a product of Mini Cricket in South Africa and is a batting specialist for the National team. Having played provincial hockey, table tennis and tumbling as well, it is clear that Mignon is an […]

The JabuView with Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson emerged as a name in South African racing when he had an outstanding season representing South Africa in the A1GP season. The country finished 17th overall after a third place finish in Dubai and a fifth placed finish in South Africa.. After a short time off he is back in the hot seats […]

Jared Moore Crowned World Champ in Arizona

The 2013 IJSBA Jet Ski World Finals were held from the 7th to the 13th of October 2013 in Lake Havaus City, Arizona, USA. A South African team of 6 riders participated in various classes with exceptional results, including two World Championships. Jared Moore, from Benoni, Gauteng, competed in two classes during the week long […]

Drifting – The Art of Sideways

You may remember from last year in the Sideways Experience that we ventured down to a Supadrift event and were taken around the track. The excitement of drifting has since continued its meteoric rise in quality and support. We thought it would be great to learn a little bit more and so we enlisted the […]

The Jabu View with Grant Glutz and Ross Gonsalves

All Things Jabu’s Bianca got her hands on some more of South Africa’s best Hockey players – Grant Glutz and Ross Gonsalves. It’s not all too often that you get to play sport at a top level nevermind for your country alongside your best friend. Two such lucky lads are Grant Glutz and Ross Gonsalves. […]

The Jabuview with Alviro Petersen

All Things Jabu got the opportunity to interview South African cricketer Alviro Petersen. Alviro has been a star for the national test match team in recent years. ATJ (All Things Jabu) Hi Alviro, thanks for the chance to chat. How are you feeling after the Sri Lankan tour? AP (Alviro Petersen) A bit disappointed with […]

The Jabuview with Meyrick Pringle

We were lucky enough to interview Meyrick Pringle for All Things Jabu. He was a legendary cricketer for South Africa and one of the true characters of the game. ATJ (All Things Jabu) – What has been keeping you busy since you retired from playing cricket? MP (Meyrick Pringle) – I was running a private […]

What Signing Ozil Means for Arsenal

When Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal, it sent a message about the club to it’s supporters. What was this message though and does Ozil signing for Arsenal really mean? ATJ got @AndreasKosh – Andreas Koshiaris a Gunner to the core to give us his verdict on this question. So it wasn’t all just a dream… […]

The Tight Head – Where to for the Currie Cup?

Sport romantics the world over live for traditions. From small anecdotes of a cricketer duct taping his bat to the ceilings of the change room until it was needed, to administrators of massive teams choosing to play in a smaller, older stadium as opposed to a newly built high capacity world class facility just a […]

Dirk’s Corner – The Top 10 EPL Transfers this Window

After everything has settled on quite a frantic transfer window, I thought I’d put together my thoughts on the 10 best transfers that happened in the English Premier League. Hard choices as there were a lot of excellent signings happening, and so expensive ones too! 1-Jesus Navas Jesus was one of Manchester City’s early signings […]

The Tight Head – Is Rugby Becoming Softer?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you’ll be well aware of the controversial refereeing calls made during the Boks vs All Black Test this past weekend. Almost every rugby scribe has penned their opinion on the Test and, in particular, the yellow cards shown to Bismarck du Plessis, Kieran […]

Jabuview with Clinton Panther

We got All Things Jabu regular Bianca Brower to interview one of SA’s Men’s Hockey Teams best, Clinton Panther. Towards the end of 2011 I started working the senior South African Men’s Hockey Team.  From the word go, one of the nicest guys has always been Clinton Panther.  It’s such a treat to be able […]

Contribute For The Love of The Game

The official charity of the Springbok Rugby Team, The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, steps in to offer help and hope when rugby players suffer catastrophic and serious rugby injuries.  It currently cares for 105 quadriplegics across South Africa, and implements initiatives to make the game safer and reduce the number of injuries taking […]

The Tight Head – A Second Coming?

Well, that didn’t take very long. In fact it took all of 20 minutes. To be fair though it was a pretty decent 20 minutes. The dust had hardly settled at the FNB Stadium after the Boks’ first win over Argentina, thanks in part to a seemingly evergreen Fourie du Preez, and SA Rugby appeared […]

The JabuView with Michael Makings

One of the most exciting visual sports is Gymnastics, and the gymnasts that perform in this support are truly amazing athletes. We were lucky enough to meet South Africa’s best, Michael Makings, and find out more about him and his sport. Gymnastics is unfortunately not given the coverage it deserves. Hopefully we’ll be attending a […]

The JabuView with Jaco Taute

  Jaco Taute is part of the exciting future of the Springbok team. This year, his season was cut short due to injury. As he has now formally signed for the Stormers, he will have a chance to deliver on the promise again next season! A player with bucket loads of potential. Dirk had a chat with […]

The JabuView with Wits Keeper Ryan Harrison

Wit’s new Goalkeeping acquisition has had an interesting career thus far, having travelled quite extensively. Started his career as a school boy at Sheffield United and played at Swansea City, Wrexham, Santos and now settled in at Bidvest Wits – he’s had quite the interesting career. Dirk Vale was lucky enough to have a chat with him. […]

Is the PSL bad for Bafana Bafana?

Watching Bafana Bafana go out against Mali in the AFCON, and looking at the squad we have together, I started wondering why so many of our players are locally based, more so why so many of them have returned from very brief contracts abroad. Looking at the 2002 squad that almost made the World Cup knockout […]

2012 in Retrospect

Now that 2013 has really got going and Jabu has let his lists out into the public spectrum, I’ve been thinking on what made 2012 a great sporting year. I decided I’d put together and package my highlights and lowlights on the year that was, and then look ahead into the very exciting 2013 that’s started with […]

The JabuView with Sean Roberts

  Sean Roberts is a very well-travelled goal keeper having plied his trade from England to Singapore and now back here in South Africa. Now at Ajax Cape Town, he’s played with some of the best keepers South Africa has ever produced. Now challenging for the national team, expect to see a lot more about […]

The JabuView with Pat Cilliers

All Things Jabu has afforded us many great opportunities over the past two years. Another one that we were presented with was the opportunity to chat to Springbok Pat Cilliers. Dirk Vale sat with the 2011 Currie Cup winner and spoke to him about his time at the Lions, his pending move to the Stormers […]

The State of the Game

Rugby Union in South Africa seems to be at a cross road. Not just in the Springbok team but also in the local game with the Lions/Spears Super Rugby fiasco dominating headlines, rather than on-field brilliance. What we’ve seen over the last few weeks is a good Springbok side playing with an out-dated strategy and […]

The JabuView with JJ Gagiano

JJ Gagiano has done a lot in his relatively short playing careers thus far. He was the captain of Ikey’s in the inaugural Varsity Cup, he played in the Rugby World Cup for the USA Eagles and in the process scored a very memorable try  against Australia! He now plays in Cape Town for Western Province after […]

The JabuView with Mike Rhodes

The last few seasons have seen some of the talent that has graduated from the Sharks academy move North to the Lions. One of these talents is Mike Rhodes. He spoke to us about his rugby life thus far – but expect to see more from this developing talent! All Things Jabu (ATJ): What are […]

Dirks Corner: The London Olympics

This year’s Olympics seem almost subdued. I think it might be the hangover from the Euros, but suddenly the Olympics is upon us and our nights will be spent watching highlights and live track and field events! Unfortunately SASCOC has been in the news and it hasn’t been for the best reasons, as athletes have […]

JabuView with Mike Makaab

The first FIFA accredited agent in South Africa and ex-Orlando Pirates coach, Mike Makaab, has a clear passion for football and spends his time securing the best career paths for his clients. He is responsible for global football contract negotiation, sponsorships and endorsements, and travels the world extensively to promote African football and footballers alike. […]

The JabuView with Mark Fish

Growing up as a young white boy in South Africa, we had a distinct hero like view of Fiiiiiiiiissssh! You see the brilliant footballer made everything seem possible and easy at that. Mark Fish was part of the legendary Orlando Pirates team that won the African Champions League and the AFCON winning Bafana Bafana, he […]