Fans are Back!

The fans are allowed back! The South African government has recently lifted all Covid-19 restrictions, which means sports events will return to normal. The Treble Group is welcomes this announcement and we are thrilled to be getting back to business.

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Treble thrilled by opening up of stadiums

More tickets to the Springboks’ six home Tests – starting with the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Wales next month – will be released following the news that more COVID restrictions have been lifted in South Africa.

South Africans welcomed the good news that the Government had gazetted new regulations that included the dropping of limits on both indoor and outdoor gatherings, which means rugby stadiums can now sell all available tickets instead of the only 50% capacity that had been permitted.

The response from fans was instant, with the first match expected to feature a full stadium in more than two years set to be Saturday’s Carling Currie Cup final in Kimberley, where Windhoek Draught Griquas host the Airlink Pumas from 15h00.

“It feels like we’ve been set free,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “Certainly an additional 80 000-plus tickets for major rugby events have gone into the market today.

“The news comes just in time for the Carling Currie Cup final and the three Springbok Tests against Wales next month.

“We saw the massive appetite for returning to live sporting events with the playoffs in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in Cape Town and Pretoria in the last few weeks and, as a sport, we are delighted with the news that we are moving back to normal.

“Our loyal fans have not been able to see the Springboks play in South Africa for almost three years, and we are expecting them to arrive in droves for the Tests against Wales in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town next month.”

As part of the lifting of the regulations, South Africans are also no longer expected to wear masks indoors, while mask wearing and presentation of vaccine certificates or negative COVID tests are no longer mandatory to enter any venues.

“Even though the restrictions have been lifted, we would still like to urge everyone who attend matches and events to keep their own personal safety, and those around them, in mind when entering venues and take the necessary precautionary steps, and we would also like to strongly encourage vulnerable people and those with underlying medical conditions to take appropriate health precautions,” added Roux.

Information on tickets to the Springboks’ home Tests can be found here, while tickets to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town in September are available here.

HSBC Cape Town Sevens back with a bang in December

The ever-popular HSBC Cape Town Sevens will return to the Mother City on the weekend of 9-11 December this year, when the best men’s and women’s sevens teams in the world will return to the DHL Stadium for the first time since 2019.

The 2023 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule was announced on Tuesday, with 11 men’s tournaments – four of which will be standalone events – while all seven women’s events will be played alongside the men.

Both the Springbok Sevens and Springbok Women’s Sevens teams will be playing in Cape Town in December, with another sell-out crowd anticipated, while there is also a return to Hamilton in New Zealand and Sydney in Australia early next year.

“After missing out in the last three years, we are thrilled to see the HSBC Cape Town Sevens back on the schedule, and combined with the Rugby World Cup Sevens in September, it means local rugby fans will have another opportunity to experience some of the best entertainment available on the global rugby calendar,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Ever since we first hosted the South African leg of the World Series in Cape Town, it has become one of the most popular events, not only for supporters, but for the participating teams again, and we can’t wait to welcome them back to the Mother City in the summer.

“It’s great for the game to be returning to some form of normality after a few seasons of disruption, and after playing 14 consecutive World Series tournaments abroad since Cape Town in 2019, we know our players are looking forward to playing in front of their families, friends and fans yet again.”

Ticket information for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens will be released in due course.

The 2023 season will start in Hong Kong in November, but only with men’s teams, with a return to the Chinese city in March 2023, where both men and women will compete. Vancouver will also be a combined event in 2023, meaning that the traditional women’s tournament in Langford, Canada falls away.

Los Angeles (February), Singapore (April) and London (May) will be the remaining standalone tournaments for men, with the latter closing out the 2023 season.

Olympic qualification will be pretty much on top of anyone’s agenda during the season with the top four women’s and men’s teams in 2023 World Series securing their tickets to Paris 2024.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule for the 2023 season:

4-6 November 2022: Hong Kong (men only)

2-3 December 2022: Dubai (combined)

9-11 December 2022: Cape Town (combined)

21-22 January 2023: Hamilton (combined)

27-29 January 2023: Sydney (combined)

25-26 February 2023: Los Angeles (men only)

3-5 March 2023: Vancouver (combined)

31 March-2 April 2023: Hong Kong (combined)

8-9 April 2023: Singapore (men only)

12-14 May 2023: Toulouse (combined)

22-21 May 2023: London (men only)

 

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Catch the Prescient Freedom Paddle on SuperSport

Don’t forget to catch SuperSport’s screening of the 2022 Prescient Freedom Paddle on DSTV Channel 206 this evening at 6pm, with repeats running till 14 June. The Treble Group is delighted to see this great and ever-growing event premiering on SuperSport for the very first time since its inception in 2018.

Now in its fifth year the Treble-owned property, in which sponsorship, event management, marketing and operations of the Surfski event are fully managed by our award-winning team, sees competitors paddling 27kms around the iconic Robben Island – a symbol of South Africa’s miraculous journey to democracy and freedom.

Always seeking to raise the bar with every passing year, the Treble Group, along with the organisers and sponsors, endeavoured to expand the event and make it even more accessible to a wide variety of ocean paddle crafts, while promoting shorter alternatives for the less skilled and novice paddlers.

That desire to raise the bar has resulted in an even bigger push to embrace the digital changes in how content is viewed on multiple devices. Along with a dedicated highlights insert on SuperSport, expertly delivered by White Hot Media, there was a live streaming of the main contenders on event day to showcase Surfski paddling and promote the beauty of Cape Town’s unique coastline, while honouring Nelson Mandela’s long struggle and triumph to freedom.

WATCH: The Prescient Freedom Paddle SuperSport teaser.

Welcome Back!

The Treble Group welcomes the return of a familiar face in Vincent Heyns who joins our team in a new Account Manager role. ‘Vinny’ is well known in the corridors of the Treble offices as he spent several years at the company, growing from an intern to fast becoming an asset to the Treble Team.

With a strong skillset rooted in Sports Marketing, Sponsorship, and Event Management, Vincent worked on high profile accounts at Treble, such as the Springbok Supporters’ Club, Boktown, Club Newlands, and the Discovery Big Walk.

His pathway in the industry led him to the City of Gold, where he worked for Openfield Marketing in Johannesburg. A rewarding experience where he was part of the Account Management of Vodacom’s rugby sponsorship of the highly popular Super Rugby competition.

His time in Jozi saw him playing a role in several award-winning campaigns and it took him pitch-side to the electric atmosphere of the 2017 Super Rugby final between the Lions and the Crusaders at Ellis Park – and the rematch in the following year’s showpiece final in Christchurch, the untamed wildness of Leopard Creek – the most unique golf course on the planet, and the high-octane surrounds of Kyalami Racetrack.

A proud DHL Stormers and Western Province fan, Vincent has always had a long-standing love for rugby. From playing the game, to idolising his heroes from the Railway Stand, and later working with them, it’s no surprise that Vincent has forged a career in sport.

Vincent and his wife are embarking on their new journey together with the arrival of their first child, which balances perfectly with the new chapter in his career, as he grows into his new role and takes the next steps in his growth as a person, and a more importantly, a father.

Blending a vast knowledge of the sporting climate in South Africa, Vincent is an asset to our team as we look forward to new beginnings in the South African sporting landscape.

The Treble Group team wishes Vincent all the very best with his return to our offices in Newlands.

Prescient Freedom Paddle 2022 ready to make waves

On Freedom Day, 27 April, the cream of SA’s ocean paddlers will once again converge in Cape Town for the 2022 edition of the annual Prescient Freedom Paddle – a 27km race around the iconic Robben Island and Africa’s biggest ocean paddling event.

Since its inception in 2018, the circumnavigation of the island, which housed former President Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners, has become an event in celebration of our nations’ freedom.

Always seeking to raise the bar with every passing year, the Treble Group, along with the organisers and sponsors, have boldly moved to make the event accessible to a wide variety of ocean paddle crafts, while promoting shorter alternatives for the less skilled and fit paddlers.

This iconic event provides a platform for people from all walks of life to engage with Nelson Mandela’s legacy, backed by the race’s loyal title sponsors, Prescient – a leading financial management & investment company based in Cape Town.

“As proud sponsor of the Prescient Freedom Paddle, we appreciate that paddlers are fastidious about details, from training to preparation and execution. Similarly, we at Prescient are meticulous in our methods, determined in our approach and steadfast in our commitment to growing and protecting our clients’ assets,”  says Willie Venter, Chief Executive Officer at Prescient. “Certainty comes from consistency, a trait we share with paddlers”.

The main event has been dominated by Hank McGregor, the 11-times world marathon champion, who has won the title three times in succession, and always against a field loaded with some of the world’s best exponents of surfski racing.

The same is true of the women’s division, and with South Africa currently boasting the surfski world champions in the senior, U23 and junior ranks, the racing for the women’s laurel’s will once again be a standout feature of the event.

To make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible, the organisers have retained the two shorter course distances and opened the event to a wide variety of different ocean paddle-powered craft for the 2022 edition. The traditional surfskis will be joined by stand-up paddle boarders, prone paddlers, ocean sculls and ocean kayaks.

“Any paddle powered craft that is seaworthy enough to complete the racecourse in a reasonable amount of time is eligible,” said event organisers Robin Tindall.

To get more paddlers involved in the milestone day, the event will once again offer a 15km and a novice-friendly 8km option to the day’s event programme.

“The response has been exciting,” said Tindall. “There has been great interest from younger paddlers who have come through surf lifesaving ranks, who aren’t up to the demands of the 27km race, but desperately want to be involved in this significant day.

While Prescient enters its third year in succession as the race’s title sponsor, its matched by a three-year commitment from the City of Cape Town to back the landmark event on Freedom Day.

“The City of Cape Town is proud to commemorate Freedom Day by hosting the annual Prescient Freedom Paddle,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith.

“This is a special day for many people in the country and as the City we are honoured to be associated with Prescient Freedom Paddle, which pays homage to the legacy of the heroes who made it possible for South Africans to have this democracy.

“It is also pleasing for us to welcome athletes and their families to the Mother City, and we hope they will use this opportunity enjoy the many attractions of Cape Town has on offer.”

Prominent steel and aluminium supplier Euro Steel has been part of the event since its inception, adding another key consistent support foundation to the event.

“It is significant that we have a legacy of loyal support from a number of well-known brands and businesses, helping us through the tough times of the past few years with loyalty and consistency,” said race director Robin Tindall. “The event would not be what it is today without the buy-in of Dunlop, Peninsula Beverages, Carbonology, Brian’s Kayaks, Mocke Paddling and Devils Peak,” he added.

WATCH: Robin Tindall and Richard Kohler run through all the details you need to know if you are competing in the 2022 edition of the Prescient Freedom Paddle.

A First for DHL Lifesaving SA Champs

The 2022 DHL Lifesaving South Africa National Champs broke new ground this year with a dedicated daily live streaming broadcast that showcased the ultra-competitiveness of the sport and allowed even greater reach on a global scale.

With the Treble Group exclusively managing Lifesaving South Africa’s (LSA) communications solution, there was a notion of going one better at this year’s Champs by delivering the live stream to the digital media mix.

As Covid-19 created a new normal that saw key live events being played out in front of zero spectators, there has been a high demand for live streaming for family and friends to support their loved ones, while staying at home.

With a daily highlights package produced by White Hot Media already in place, which includes SuperSport inserts, the decision to go ‘live’ was inevitable – especially with the high-quality athletes that were on show at the DHL LSA National Champs.

White Hot Media delivered three to four-hour live daily crossings with expert commentary from world surf ski paddler Dawid Mocke, renowned SuperSport presenter Dave McLeod, and LSA commentator Stanford Slabbert. which gave viewers a birds-eye view of the big finals of the premier events that happened on Kings Beach and Newton Park Pool in Gqeberha.

The results were remarkable, and the Treble team is delighted to share that as of 29 March, over 23 000 views with a total of 2 500 hours viewed with a reach of 145 000 impressions have already been recorded.

Across LSA’s social media channels, there has been positive feedback from lifesaving fans – and sports fans alike – who have enjoyed tuning into the livestreams from around the world. Their enthusiasm is reflected in the positive numbers on Facebook Live with over 26 500 views and 14 900 viewers.

Audiences from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and Germany tuned in daily, and the content can be rewatched at any time on LSA’s official YouTube channel.

This is invaluable exposure for the lifesaving sport in general and shows the added value that live streaming brings to the table in ensuring your brand reaches a wider digital audience that transcends traditional boundaries.

Rugby welcomes 50% fan attendance

SA Rugby on Tuesday welcomed the announcement by State President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa that rugby venues would be permitted to accept up to 50 percent of its capacity for vaccinated or COVID-19 negative attendees.

The change in the regulations means that the requirement that only 2 000 vaccinated fans would be allowed into venues has been relaxed for Vodacom United Rugby Championship and Carling Currie Cup henceforth.

It’s just over two years since South Africa’s rugby venues were last able to host an unrestricted audience, but the revision in the existing regulations was welcomed by SA Rugby.

“This is a major relief for our sport,” said Mr Mark Alexander, president of the South African Rugby Union.

“These have been two incredibly tough years for our teams, and we are excited to welcome more people back into stadiums for all levels of the game, from the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, and Carling Currie Cup, to club level.

“We have seen in the response to the ticket launch of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town in September, that there is an appetite to share once again great rugby occasions with our friends and family.

“We have six Springbok test matches to look forward to across the country from July and it will be great to see the Boks running out in front of a proper crowd in South Africa for the first time since 2019.”

Mr Alexander said rugby would continue to observe the necessary protocols applicable to venue attendance in relation to public health and safety.

“We’re very grateful for the good news from President Cyril Ramaphosa tonight,” he said. “Rugby remains in ICU as we battle for sustainability but there is now a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Springboks kick off their season with a three-Test series against Wales, starting at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 2 July.


Issued by SA Rugby Communications

DHL Lifesaving South African Championships to heat up Gqeberha

The 2022 DHL Lifesaving South African Championships will take place from 20-26 March in Gqeberha, home of action and adventure sports.

With more than 1500 of the country’s lifesaving specialists competing in the surf and sand at Kings Beach, and at the pool events at Newton Park Swimming Pool, the Championships draws families from across the country in a celebration and culmination of the Lifesaving season.

The LSA Federation’s executives Craig van Rooyen (LSA Director of Sport) and Helen Herbert (LSA General Manager) together with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality; and Lifesaving SA’s sponsors and partners, DHL, Treble Group, National Lotteries Commission, Department of Sport and Recreation and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA, collectively have worked to ensure that all the championship events – both surf and pool – go ahead safely.

It will be the first time since March 2019 that the seven-day event will take place on its usual date, which occurs during the school holidays to accommodate the Junior and Nipper divisions. There were no spectators permitted last October at the 2021 Championships, but for the first time since 2019 a limited number of fans – in accordance with Government Gazetted regulations – will be allowed to cheer on their lifesaving heroes.

The competition will be tightly contested with several of LSA’s top athletes, who were part of the Proteas squad that were recently crowned as African champions at the 2022 Lifesaving Africa Championships held in February in Egypt, all in action at King’s Beach.

The bulk of the youthful LSA national squad will also gain much-needed competition with the ILS World Championships looming later this year in Italy. With a relatively inexperienced team, South Africa dominated the water events and was the main catalyst in the Proteas finishing the event in Egypt as champions of Africa, which bodes well for LSA’s high performance athletes in Italy and perhaps there may be one or two new members in that squad following the DHL Lifesaving Championships in Gqeberha.

Apart from the high-performance surf squad and elite pool squad on display at the DHL Lifesaving South African Championships, there will be stiff competition in the tightly contested Senior division, with Clifton Lifesaving Club out to defend their Senior title and further strengthen their dominance in the Junior division.

Last year’s overall champions – Gqeberha’s very own Summerstrand Lifesaving Club – will be a tough act to follow with the club’s powerful Nippers squad that completely dominated their division and will be looking to maintain their strong depth of talent, and grip on proceedings. The Nippers crushed the opposition in the surf and pool, scoring more than double the next best in totalling 710 points in the surf and 611 in the pool in the most comprehensive and complete collective display ever seen at the DHL Lifesaving South African Championships.

The absence of many KZN stars in 2021 due to Covid restrictions impacted on the overall club performance, with the KZN clubs of Durban Surf, Marine and Umhlanga finishing outside the top three. However, with the World Champs in Italy in October, the stakes will be high with several big KZN stars returning and the level of competition on display will be one of the major highlights come 20 March in Gqeberha.

Programme of Events:

20 March: Masters Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

21 March: Opening Ceremony (Kings Beach)

21 March: Masters Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

21 March – 23 March: Nipper Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

21 March – 23 March: Juniors and Seniors Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

24 March – 26 March: Nipper Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

24 March – 26 March: Junior and Senior Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

24 March – 26 March: Surf Boat Competition (Kings Beach)

For more information visit www.lifesaving.co.za

Bonanza of Bok Test tickets to go on sale

Ticket sales for all of the Springboks’ domestic Test matches will go on sale to the greater public at 12pm on Wednesday 9 March in a unique, coordinated launch.

Hosting venues for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Wales and the Castle Lager Rugby Championship matches have aligned their on-sale dates for the first time.

Virtual card holding clients of Springbok partner, FNB, will have an “early bird” window to snap up seats on 7 and 8 March, with public sales opening at 12h00 on 9 March for most venues.

In the past, the hosting venues have launched their ticket sales in an ad hoc manner, but this year SA Rugby and the host unions have aligned on a coordinated approach, considering the significance of the season.

The announcement offers light at the end of a long dark tunnel as rugby supporters have been barred from attending home Springbok matches in South Africa for the past two years because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The last time a Springbok fan attended a Test in South Africa was more than two and a half years ago – a 24-18 victory over Argentina on 19 August 2019 at Loftus Versfeld.

The Springboks did not play at all in 2020 because of the pandemic and in 2021 the Castle Lager Lions Series and two tests against Argentina in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship were played behind closed doors.

Fans have been permitted to return to matches in 2022 and the expectation is that the current limit of 2,000 per match will be relaxed over the coming months.

That means:

  • The Boks’ season opener against Wales at Loftus Versfeld (2 July) will be the first time in six weeks short of three years that home fans will have been able to see the team live;
  • It will be four years since the Boks played in Bloemfontein (9 July v Wales);
  • And the third Test against Wales (16 July) will be the first time the team has played at DHL Stadium in Cape Town in front of a crowd.

Those matches are followed by the double header against New Zealand – at Mbombela Stadium and Emirates Airline Park on 6 and 13 August respectively – before the home season closer at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on 24 September.

Tickets are priced within a broad range with all venues offering an entry level price of R150 (R200 at Emirates Airline Park) with top-priced tickets at R1,500 for the mouth-watering mini-series against the All Blacks.

Tickets for the three Welsh Tests in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town as well as the match against New Zealand in Johannesburg are available from Ticketpro by clicking here.

Tickets for the All Black Test in Nelspruit are available from Computicket by clicking here.

Tickets for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Durban in September will go on sale within the next month.

SA Rugby is hopeful that the current restrictions on crowd size will be relaxed in the coming weeks to bring to life the exciting prospect of seeing the Boks run out once again in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Government’s prevailing health and safety requirements at the time of the matches will be in place and rugby fans are urged to make sure they’re vaccinated to ensure entry into the venues.

Bonga Sebesho, FNB Brand Experience Head, said: “FNB has been a proud partner of the Springboks since 2017. We are super excited to offer pre-sale tickets to our clients before anyone else as part of the Castle Lager Incoming Series and Rugby Championships 2022 tickets, on 7 and 8 March.

“We encourage our customers to grab this opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets by using their FNB Virtual Cards and RMB Private Bank Virtual Cards to show support to the Springboks and to also enjoy the games live with their loved ones.

“For the match on 6 August against the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, they can also buy tickets with eBucks if they go through the eBucks website,” added Sebesho.

SA Rugby and the host unions again urged supporters to only buy from authorised outlets (Ticketpro and Computicket) and no other ticketing outlets, suppliers or re-sellers, to avoid being ripped off at massively inflated prices. These tickets cannot be guaranteed.

The full local Test schedule with ticket price range is:

 Castle Lager Incoming Series fixtures (kick-off times TBC):

  • Saturday, 2 July: Springboks v Wales – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – R150 to R1,000
  • Saturday, 9 July: Springboks v Wales – Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein – R150 to R1,000
  • Saturday, 16 July: Springboks v Wales – DHL Stadium, Cape Town – R150 to R1,250

 Castle Lager Rugby Championship fixtures (kick-off times TBC):

  • Saturday, 6 August: Springboks v NZ – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – R150 to R1,500
  • Saturday, 13 August: Springboks v NZ – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg – R200 to R1,500
  • Saturday, 24 September: Springboks v Argentina – Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban – R150 to R800