DHL Feeds a Million

Our valued client, DHL, the global leader in express logistics, supported two iconic food distribution charities, FoodForward SA and Mother Soup, as part of its goal to prepare and deliver a combined total of 1 000 000 meals to various communities in need by December.

DHL realised the devastating consequences the Pandemic was having to food security across South Africa and wanted to help communities by assisting reputable charities distributing food across the country by donating DHL volunteer time and money to the causes.

Treble investigated the different charities working across the country to see which ones would accomplish DHL’s ultimate objective to provide at least one million meals and allow DHL staff to volunteer their time in a safe and secure environment. An impressive combined total of 1,056,418 meals were prepared and delivered to communities in need across South Africa.

“We enjoyed every minute of getting to know and work with the representatives from FoodForward SA and Mother Soup,” says Megan Collinicos, VP Marketing, DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa. “Their passion for their work and helping those in need is clearly visible and truly inspiring.  We are not surprised by the impressive total number of meals that have been prepared to date.  Hard work and dedication reap rewards.  We are proud to support these two initiatives and are really excited to enter the final stretch of the campaign.”

“We are thankful to both DHL and its employees for the selfless support that they have shown FoodForward SA.  It’s been an absolute pleasure showing them the ropes as volunteers.  Their eagerness to get to know more about what we do and how they can help is heart-warming and really appreciated. We were motivated more than ever to reach DHL’s goal by December.”


DHL announced as Official Logistics Partner for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series

Treble is proud to announce that DHL Express, an international leader in the logistics industry, has joined the family of official global partners for the Castle Lager Lions Series 2021.

Partnering with the British & Irish Lions – a major global rugby brand – and the world champion Springboks is a massive coup for the world’s leading logistics company. Both teams will rely on DHL’s key and tailored logistics services as part of a unique partnership,

For the first time ever, the agreement sees all players involved in the series sporting the DHL logo on the back of their jerseys, meaning that DHL are backing the Lions and the Springboks – three-time Rugby World Cup winners – both on and off the pitch with both teams reinforcing DHL’s brand message; Excellence, Simply Delivered

Treble is excited about the prospect of being aligned with one of rugby’s greatest touring sides and exposure that such an event represents for the DHL brand on a global scale. Our award-winning team look forward to executing world-class on-the-ground activations both on and off the field.

The CEO of DHL Express, John Pearson, is thrilled to be adding the Springboks as a partner to DHL’s existing partnership with the British & Irish Lions Tour next year and further building on their global ties with the rugby world.

“Rugby represents many important values such as teamwork, passion, speed and respect, all of which are core qualities that resonate very strongly with our DHL brand values. With both, we further highlight our commitment to rugby and to keeping the world connected. We look forward to engaging with the teams and fans of both the Lions and Springboks before and throughout the Tour.”

As ‘The Team Behind The Teams’, DHL will provide specialized and tailored logistics solutions to both teams on and off the pitch ensuring delivery of all equipment – such as crucial coaching, training and technical gear for a touring party of over 100 people. From coaches, support staff and management, to DHL employees and fans, they all play a key part in ‘The Team Behind The Teams.’

Jurie Roux, SA Rugby Chief Executive Officer, adds: “DHL is a brand that is synonymous with delivering excellence so today marks the partnership of two teams who strive to be the best. DHL have consistently been a supporter of rugby here in South Africa, so we are delighted to have their expertise behind us as we bid to defend our turf against the Lions.”

DHL has been a key partner of the Lions since 2005 delivering the last two Tours to New Zealand in 2017 and Australia in 2013, adding to its longstanding partnership and association with rugby on a global and local level. DHL as a brand is synonymous with rugby globally, thanks to existing partnerships with Rugby World Cups, World Rugby Sevens Series, DHL Stormers in South Africa, Ireland Rugby and Harlequins in England.

“We are thrilled to support both the Lions and the Springboks in the build-up and during the Tour,” said Hennie Heymans, CEO Sub Saharan Africa at DHL Express. “As official logistics partner, we leverage our logistics expertise to help deliver the teams off the field so that they can focus on delivering success on the field. With the addition of the DHL logo on the back of each team’s jerseys, it truly reinforces our commitment of being “The Team Behind The Teams.”

RWC Trophy Tour – One year later

Humbled and over-awed was the reaction of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi when he walked out of customs to a united South Africa exactly a year ago. Thousands of Springbok supporters had been waiting many hours to welcome their heroes at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

It was only the beginning of scenes reminiscent of the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cups. The Treble Group were honoured to be once again tasked with ensuring that millions of South Africans got to see their heroes parade world rugby’s greatest prize.

The planning of this project was mammoth, with very little time to waste. But Treble’s experienced team ensured that the logistically-demanding project ran smoothly and that South Africans got to share in this special moment with their heroes.

Treble had previously worked closely together with SA Rugby to successfully organise the Trophy Tour after Jake White and John Smit brought the Webb Ellis Cup following the Boks’ 15-6 win over England in Paris. The 2019 vintage was extra special, though, as they overcame significant odds against them to achieve the unbelievable.

No rugby team on the planet can eclipse the unification and nation-building that this little golden cup brings to South Africa. Treble had had first-hand experience of this for the entire duration of the tournament, with its management of Boktowns across the country.

We saw South Africans from all walks of life unite. The atmosphere at the Boktowns were electrifying and it gave a real glimpse into what South Africa can achieve as nation if they work together. Hopefully the fruits of 2019 will long remain as we navigate through a pandemic that has turned the world on its head.


Treble bids farewell to Springbok Supporters’ Club

On behalf of the Springbok Supporters’ Club, the Treble Group would like to thank every single member for their valued support over the past 18 unforgettable years.

Launching soon will be a brand-new Springbok Supporters’ Club, which is going “in-house” and will be managed directly by SA Rugby. This brings a whole new exciting experience for Springbok supporters as the Boks look to defend their Rugby World Cup title in 2023.

Since the Springbok Supporters’ Club was launched in 2002, Treble has travelled a long road that has seen the Boks claim two Rugby World Cups and a lifetime of memories. We are honoured to have been part of that incredible success for nearly two decades.

Rugby in South Africa is more than just a sport, it transcends all walks of life, and you, the supporter, are the heartbeat that makes the Springboks the unique nation-building team they are.

Treble has been at the forefront of the popular Boktown experience since 2003, while also managing two Rugby World Cup trophy tours, and we are proud to have been associated with the hope and joy the Springboks bring to millions of South Africans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges, but with the support of all South Africans our country can overcome such obstacles. The Treble team wishes SA Rugby all the very best on their new journey as we look forward to the Springboks taking on the best in the world, backed by the best supporters in the world.

Keep an eye on the website for the latest news and updates, and follow the Springboks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for an exciting Springbok Supporters’ Club announcement in due course.

A Race with a Difference

The Treble team has been challenged during a pandemic that has caused unprecedented disruption in the Sports and Entertainment space. This year has provided nothing “normal” and so with a great shining light, Treble is looking forward to the 2020 edition of the Prescient Freedom Paddle – one of the first events taking place in Cape Town since the introduction of the hard lockdown in late-March.

South Africa’s top paddlers will race for line honours and the prestige of finishing a 27km paddle around Robben Island. Previously set for Freedom Day on the 27th April this year, the race was put on hold until a green light to go ahead was granted. The current date, along with all the compliance requirements, is the day the paddlers will celebrate their freedom by circumnavigating the iconic island.

Among the top contenders in the Doubles (or S2) category will be Hank McGregor (Euro Steel) and Josh Fenn (19), who is proving to be a top ocean paddler. Exposed to the ocean and paddling from a young age, thanks to a family deeply involved in the sport, Fenn is the perfect fit to the legendary McGregor – an 11 times World Marathon Paddler, winner of the previous Freedom Paddle race and winner of the famous Molokai Crossing in Hawaii.

McGregor partnered with another talent youngster at the recent SA Marathon Championships, Hamish Lovemore, where they took the K2 title, while Lovemore took the K1 title, showing that there is a changing of the guard. McGregor offers an incredible amount of experience and brilliance, so any combination with him would be a potential winner. The Cape crew of Kenny Rice (Euro Steel), a winner of the Cape Point Challenge, and Nic Notten will be looking to claim the title for a local crew and keep the major Surfski titles in the Western Province.

Rice had a breakthrough year in 2019, winning four World Cup Surfski events and was looking forward to a stellar 2020 until the global pandemic put paid to those aspirations. Regroup and rebuild has been the order of the day for many contenders for honours on the world stage. Given a lack of competitions this year, there is much unknown about the current form of the athletes. It does mean that the Prescient Freedom Paddle will mean so much more to these athletes than the title. It will indicate where each athlete is physically and mentally as they finally return to racing.

The top Ladies crew will have a similar pairing of youth and experience with Jenna Ward and Saskia Hockly (16), a young talent with great potential. Ward is no stranger to the open ocean or racing on the world stage, being a World Marathon Championships silver medalist and holding multiple Surfski titles. The two have combined to create an exciting partnership, which has seen the two gel quickly. Hockly will benefit from the massive experience that Ward will share as she drives them home on the 27km trip around Robben Island.

There will be many rivalries and competitions amongst the field as many will be vying for the right to claim a personal best or fastest time around the Island. Despite all the challenges this year, the event is proving to be a relief for many, and the outcome is eagerly anticipated.

It is with thanks to the partners of the event; Prescient, Euro Steel, City of Cape Town, Dunlop, Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages, Devil’s Peak, Mocke Paddling, Department of Culture and Sport (Western Cape Government), Carbonology Sport and Brian’s Kayaks that the 2020 Prescient Freedom Paddle will indeed be a great success.

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We have appointed Event Plan and Medics in Motion to assist with the entire event compliance and safety plan. CSAs Covid-19 protocols have been provided and we have engaged with the City Health and Safety Officer and National Health Department to ensure the event is complaint. The events application has been accepted for consideration by the City of Cape Town and we await approval. We are being guided by the National Government and National Health Department Covid-19 regulations throughout the process and all measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of all participants and crew. At this time, we are confident that the event will go ahead as planned, however final confirmation can only be determined closer to the event in line with National Governments adjusted risk assessment protocols.


Prescient Freedom Paddle secures key partnerships

The Prescient Freedom Paddle, set for the 24th October 2020, is partnering with local businesses to support its competitive journey around Robben Island for surfski, SUP, prone and Ocean Skull paddlers.

Treble has been integral to the operations and securing sponsors that have ensured the seamless planning and putting together of this event during these testing times. The synergy of these partnerships has proven invaluable to ensure the safety and success of all those competing in the Prescient Freedom Paddle, which was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

One of the most important partnerships is with the City of Cape Town (COCT), who have allowed the event to proceed under strict compliance protocols, while still being mindful of its significance. Alderman JP Smith (Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security) has been encouraged by the magnitude of putting this event together and the added value it brings to the Mother City.

“The Freedom Paddle is one of the new, exciting additions to our annual events calendar and in such a short space of time it has become popular among enthusiasts as well as professional kayakers.  The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with and support the Freedom Paddle, an event that honours the history of this city. We look forward to hosting the competitors in our beautiful city and for them to experience the magic of the Cape Town surf.”

Treble is mindful of the difficult current circumstances and are extremely grateful for the contribution of all parties including welcoming Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages on board as a new partner, along with the continued support of the event partners in Euro Steel, Dunlop, Mocke Paddling, Department of Culture and Sport (Western Cape Government), Carbonology Sport, Brians Kayaks and Devils Peak.

Race Director, Rob Tindall, has been overwhelmed by the positive support from all sectors. “It’s really not possible to host these events without the support of local authorities and business and we are just thrilled to have kept past partnerships and even secured new ones, giving us great hope that we are putting something together that stands for more than the physical achievement of circumnavigating the island. We wish to showcase the Freedom of ALL South Africans.”

Tindall also echoed his gratitude for the new race title sponsor, Prescient, who have ensured they stayed the course during uncertain times and have provided much needed support to ensure the race can proceed.  Those who are fortunate enough to be there and earn the 2020 finishers medal will remember this race for more than just one reason.

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Prescient Freedom Paddle Sponsorship Announcement

Organisers of the Freedom Paddle are pleased to announce that Prescient has partnered with them as the title sponsors of an iconic event that has become a firm favourite on the paddling calendar. In a celebration of the freedom of Surfski paddling, Prescient’s core values are in alignment with the resilience and team camaraderie required for competitive paddling.

Already in its third year, the Freedom Paddle sees competitors paddling around Robben Island – South Africa’s symbol of freedom. Having Prescient on board will further enhance the magnitude of this event, which was scheduled to take place on Freedom Day (27 April) – a day that celebrates our country’s unique journey to freedom.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions implemented by the President of South Africa, the Freedom Paddle was postponed to a later date and we are glad to announce that it will now take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The Freedom Paddle takes place from the Oceana Power Boat Club at the V&A Waterfront, around Robben Island and back, a distance of 27 kilometres. The journey around the Island will hold major significance for those who complete the race as it will acknowledge the restrictions of the past few months and give them the opportunity to recognize their freedom from restrictions and restraints.

Prescient believes slow and steady wins the race – an approach that will serve the paddlers well if they want to make a strong finish – and is core to their business approach, which allows them to remain surefooted and steadfast in their mission to serve their valued clients.

The Freedom Paddle organising committee extends its heartfelt gratitude to Prescient for its overwhelming support to take the Freedom Paddle to a whole new level. “We are over the moon to have Prescient join the team. Freedom Paddle has always been about paddlers supporting paddlers and Prescient fits that philosophy well,” says Race Committee Head, Robin Tindall.

“Several of the Prescient guys are long-time members of our paddling community. The Freedom Paddle is about celebrating the freedom this country has achieved after a long struggle and against all odds. It is about connecting with that struggle with a tough Surfski paddle, pushing through and achieving the goal of finishing.

“Prescient has the same values with their objective of staying the course and delivering results through commitment and follow-through. For me personally, this partnership makes it possible for us to stage a Surfski race that is world-class and something every South African paddler can be proud of,” Tindall said.

Over its 22-year journey Prescient has grown from humble beginnings to a multinational company that spans sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. It services a broad range of clients across several disciplines around the world.

“Prescient has always believed in the power of partnerships – with its staff, community, clients and companies. Their client-centric philosophy, approach and process, combined with a strong competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, has resulted in substantial growth” says Craig Mockford, Executive Director Fund Services.

When others zig and zag, Prescient stays in formation – delivering exceptional results for their clients, to remain on course to achieve their goals, even during the most turbulent market conditions and when others falter.

The organisers of the Prescient Freedom Paddles intention is to hold the event on 24th October. We have appointed Event Plan and Medics in Motion to assist with the entire event compliance and safety plan. CSAs Covid-19 protocols have been provided and we have engaged with the City Health and Safety Officer and National Health Department to ensure the event is complaint. The events application has been accepted for consideration by the City of Cape Town and we await approval. We are being guided by the National Government and National Health Department Covid-19 regulations throughout the process and all measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of all participants and crew. At this time, we are confident that the event will go ahead as planned, however final confirmation can only be determined closer to the event in line with National Governments adjusted risk assessment protocols.

All hands on deck for the Freedom Paddle

The Treble Group is excited to share the news that the Freedom Paddle will be staged on 24 October 2020. The announcement took place on Friday 4 September after the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Already in its third year, the Freedom Paddle has become a firm favourite on the paddling calendar and is normally held on Freedom Day (27 April). It sees competitors paddling around Robben Island – South Africa’s symbol of “Freedom” and celebrates our country’s unique journey to a free and open society that includes all South Africans.

Treble Group MD, Kyle Nel, is excited that the Freedom Paddle will be staged in 2020 after its initial postponement.  “Treble is very proud of what this event represents and how it has grown to become a firm favourite in the SA paddling community,” says Nel.

“It’s been a tough couple of months in the sporting industry, and CSA and the Freedom Paddle team have been hard at work to try and put us in a position to stage this year’s event.  With Level 2 restrictions we are seeing a gradual return to a semblance of normality and look forward to being one of the first events to be staged.

“As partners of the Freedom Paddle team, we at Treble look forward to making this year’s event on the 24 October very special.  There are a few exciting announcements and initiatives in store for the Freedom Paddle 2020. Look forward to seeing you on the water!”

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Richard Kohler’s Ocean X

This passionate South African is at it again! After becoming the first person to paddle the entire circumference of South Africa, Ocean X is Richard Kohler’s odyssey to paddle unsupported from Cape Town in an eight-metre paddling torpedo across the Southern Atlantic Ocean to Salvador in Brazil.  Later this year Richard will embark on an unsupported paddle in aid of raising funds for his charity of choice, Operation Smile. The Treble team has been hard at work behind the scenes supporting Richard as the countdown begins in earnest.

Sailing has always been in Richard’s blood. He began that journey at the age of six, and has sailed at international level, including the 2007 Americas Cup for South Africa aboard the Shosholoza. Kohler has also taken part in numerous competitive paddling events, achieving his provincial colours twice, until a back injury forced him to paddle less competitively.

Kohler is certainly no stranger to the ocean, which is why Ocean X is a story about endurance, courage against the odds, and the indomitably of the human spirit. As the world shrinks and the opportunities for adventure diminish, it takes a man of unique vision to be the first person to paddle a kayak solo and unsupported, across the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

Treble is excited and privileged to have secured the premium publishing house, Highbury Media, as Ocean X’s official media partner. Highbury will assist with the content generation and PR strategy leveraging their extensive digital and print magazine portfolio.

Preparations are underway to secure everything Richard Kohler’s needs for this tough and uncompromising expedition. Treble is very aware of the current challenging economic environment, but has taken up the challenge to assist Richard to raise the funds to make this odyssey every success both for Richard personally and for Operation Smile.

Treble looks forward to Richard successfully completing the experience, with some local corporate partners in the team and first hand being able to witness the real effect of their efforts to raise awareness and funding for this great initiative. If you would like to get involved please contact Treble, as we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you to come onboard and assist. For more details please contact [email protected] or [email protected]


The remarkable aspect of this journey into the unknown is the vessel that will carry Kohler along the way in achieving his ultimate goal of paddling from South Africa to Brazil. An 8m paddling torpedo allows very little leeway to move around after 15 hours and 100km of paddling every day, and every single inch of space needs to be utilised for optimal performance and comfort.

Seaport Supply, Cape Town’s largest boating retailer are supporting Richard with the equipment for the boat build, safety equipment and supplies for his craft. “The design brief was to keep it as close to a traditional kayak but that it should include a sleeping area that can protect me from the uncompromising elements typical of being out at sea,” says Kohler.

“The kayak is 8.5m long and 90cm at its maximum width. Considering an average shoulder width is around 50cm, it does not leave much room on the inside for me and my gear.” The cramped conditions are one of Richard’s biggest challenges. Avoiding leg cramp and debilitating salt sores are daily requirements to ensure he remains at optimal levels to complete his heady task.

From the outside there is a large array of solar panels with the two forward side panels that can lift upwards to present better solar absorption of the sun for drinking water. Research indicates that having enough electrical power to make water is one of the highest priorities. In Kohler’s survival of this mammoth task that awaits him; water equals life.

It remains a stiff challenge nonetheless, but Richard Kohler certainly has the drive and determination to succeed in his endeavours. Having been attacked by a shark during his trip along the entire coastline of South Africa, nothing will stop this brave man from dipping his toes into the cold Atlantic Ocean yet again and raising money for Operation Smile.

To stay updated and follow Richard Kohler’s journey click here or check out his social media handles and subscribe to his Youtube channel: Richard Kohler
Facebook: @RichardKohlerAdventures
Twitter: @AdventureRich
Instagram: @richardkohleradventures


‘Light a Fire for DHL Newlands’

On Saturday, 4 July, which would have been the first Test between the Springboks and Scotland in Cape Town, BrightRock, along with the DHL Stormers, Times Live and the Treble Group held a live broadcast from DHL Newlands.

“Light a Fire for DHL Newlands” included some favourite memories and stories shared by the likes of Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe, Robbie Fleck, Gert Smal, John Dobson, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff, Corne Krige, Jean de Villiers, Breyton Paulse and some special DHL Stormers fans.

The event was hosted by none other than Bryan Habana, Elma Smit and the always funny Siv Ngesi. Fires were lit and the many tales were shared around South Africa’s favourite meeting place, the trusty braai.

Fans were encouraged to join the live stream and getting their coals ready for an unforgettable virtual experience at DHL Newlands with the DHL Stormers’ rendition of Johnny Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’ rounding the event.

Here are some of the highlights. Enjoy!