Newtons was one of the sponsors to the 13 Mangaung Metro Chess teams who participated in the 2017 Southern African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) in Johannesburg from the 3rd to the 8th of January 2018. The SAJCC is one of the premier chess events in South Africa and hosts in excess of 2,500 junior chess players and officials. The team tournament features regional teams of between 6 and 10 players who compete in age categories ranging from u/8 to u/20.
One of the greatest highlights of the tournament was Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura’s presence at the tournament. He officially opened the SAJCC, played in the public finals of the Speed Chess Championship against GM Magnus Carlsen, then later on gave a chess lecture. He rounded off his visit by holding an impressive 101-game-simul, one of the biggest ever of its kind on African soil and then decided to assist and sponsor two lucky chess players who impressed him with their talent.
Not just a pretty face
Meet Sané van der Watt,
Third year SAICA trainee accountant at Newtons and resident fitness guru. Sané has been an inspiration to us all with the dedication and hard work she put into preparing for the NABBA Free State / Northern Cape Provincial Competition that took place on 16 September. Here she came 3rd and qualified for the SA’s in the Sportsmodel category which took place in Pretoria on 7 October where she placed 6th.
Well done Sané!
Congratulations to our “Toasted Sandwiches Making” team who raised the most money during our breast Cancer Awareness Month Fundraising Challenge!
Thanks to their efforts they raised R800!
In second place, we had the “Guess how many Marshmallows in the Jar” team.
Congratulations Lucha on wining a delicious Carrot Cake by guessing the closest number!
In third place was the “Brownies and milkshake” team.
Thanks for all the initiative, effort and work that went into these weekly Friday events during October! In total, we raised R2129.00 for Breast Cancer Awareness!
The Walvis Bay endurance is the African Championships and this takes place every year at the end of August, this year it was their 21st year of existence. Riders from all over the world participated. Danie Saayman, a trainee at Newtons, represented the international barbarian team in this championship, where they competed against the South African and Namibian team. It is a 120km desert ride, and is considered one of the most challenging rides in the world. The ride starts at 4 o’clock in the morning and successful riders finish late afternoon. It was the 4th time that Danie completed this ride successfully, but the Namibian team unfortunately prevailed. It’s always an incredible privilege to ride Walvis Bay, and it’s one of the rides you can truly say, “TO FINISH IS TO WIN.”