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I create. I capture moments. In photographs, as well as in words. As a photojournalist, I use tools – a camera and a computer – in order to freeze-frame short-lived instants in time. To make sure they are remembered long after the passing of the actual moment. There’s duality, a shit-load of it, in fact, as the image I capture utterly depends on where I point my camera. And the words I write depend on my mood, my state of mind, my rapport with my subject, my agony and my ecstasy. But I’m more craftsman than artist, and busting my gut goes hand in hand with that occasional flash of blinding insight.

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Rhino Facts Trip 2016


For six days last week, I traveled with a group of international journalists on a fact-finding mission around southern Africa’s key rhino conservation ranges. Funded by the neutral#Comanis Foundation, the focus of the trip was to meet with as many conservation specialists and rhino custodians as possible and – based upon their professional input – generate [...]

Trans Baviaans #2 2016 – All the Guts. All the Glory.


There may be a few other pretenders to the throne, but the#TransBaviaans 24HR MTB Marathon remains the original and one hundred per cent proof ‘Mother’ of all the single-stage Mountain Biking Monster events here at the southern tip of Africa. If you’re brave (or fool-hardy) enough to dare line up at the start, you had better [...]

Trans Baviaans #2 2016 – A Sneaky Peek at some of the 24hr Action


Guts, glory and bucket loads of grit. Believe me, you’ll need that if you roll up to the start line of this long-standing #MTBroller-coaster ride from #Willowmore to #Jbay. Along the 230km route you will ascend 3550m, all the while slugging it out with rutted descents and rambunctious climbs. If you survive #MAC (Mother of All Climbs) and #BigDipperand the #NeverEnder, there are [...]

Trans Baviaans #1 2016


Seriously sleep-deprived after this year’s #TransBaviaans #1 … All I can say at this stage is what an incredible event! I will expound in more detail about the various factors which makes this 230km / 24hr / 3550m ascent ride such an incredibly gruelling undertaking. Right now, I need my bed. Huge kudos to Zane Schmahl, Carmen Schmahl, Wikus Van [...]

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