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It was late Thursday afternoon when Ash and I decided to change our flights from a 6am Friday morning flight to an early afternoon flight on Friday. I was determined to get to Buffelspoort dam on Friday morning to be able to ride the bike route and get a feel for it. Ash on the other hand wanted the much-needed sleep on Friday morning as well as an easy spin in Cape Town before catching our flight to Johannesburg. Looking back now, I realize how experienced Ash is with these sorts of pre race situations and how narrow-minded I can be at times. Changing our flight to a later time was certainly the right decision, as one was not allowed to see the bike leg in advance.

The start of the Totalsport Buffespoort Xterra was only at 9:30am on Saturday morning. This gave us some extra time to sleep in and make our way to the Buffelspoort dam from Pretoria, where we had spent the night with family. Ash had to be designated driver as my credit card had expired and the car had to be rented out in her name. Its not often that I get to sit back relax and enjoy my lunchbox porridge while my beautiful wife drives me to my race start. It felt strange that she was the one that would be supporting and I would be the one that would be racing, however it was the best feeling to have her by my side for my first comeback in multisport.

The morning was perfect and the water was like a mirror, reflecting its beautiful surroundings. There were over 1400 participants lining the waters edge, ready to tackle the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and a 12km trail (rock climbing) run. I was surprised how relaxed I felt and how ready I felt for the race. It was a fast start as always and I soon found myself just off the feet of Conrad Stoltz and Dan Hugo. I settled in and soon found some good rhythm alongside fellow competitor Stuart Marais. I exited the water in 7th place, 1min down on the likes of Stoltz and Hugo. After only a month in the pool I was certainly happy with my swim and I know it can only get better from here.


After exiting transition 1 for the bike leg I felt great and slowly began to catch guys up the road. Before I knew it, I found myself in 3rd chasing Stoltz and Hugo. With the top five athletes all on 29er bikes, I felt a little out on my well worn in 26er. The terrain was best suited to a 29er bike and while battling over the loose rocky climbs I had lost a few minutes to the leading two. I entered transition 2 with Tyronne White and just over a minute behind us was Stuart Marais. I knew it would be difficult to hold off a fine runner such as Marais.


I exited transition 2 in 3rd and from the start struggled to find the rhythm I was looking for. We were soon greeted with great scenery and steep embankments, as we had to make our way up and down Buffelspoort Dam wall. The run course was grueling and represented a typical Xterra run route. There was very little opportunity to find rhythm on the two-lap 6km run route. After lap one Marais had passed me and I kept him in sight. With 3km to go in the run I hit a real bad patch and soon was passed by White. In the last km I found my feet again and soon a few meters separated Marais, White and myself. It was however to late and I finished in 5th.

The race is certainly one to remember and I will definitely be back to give it another bash. I learnt a lot from the race and now have a better idea of what is needed to be even faster. The Totalsports Xterra at Buffelspoort Dam is definitely a race that an Xterra warrior should put on their race calendar for 2013.

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This weekend saw Team RSAWEB Mountain biker Renay Groustra race back to back races in Barberton and Cape Town. Unfortunately the Barbeton Ultra Marathon did not go to plan and due to a severely cut rear tyre he had to abandon the race. Not one to let this temporary disappointment upset him, he refocused and boarded a place for Cape Town to ride the WP Cross Country(XC) race held in Durbanville.

Here are his thoughts from the race:

With the 40degree heat, and a tough technical course, it was going to be an extremely hard race. Even the competition was at a level higher than normal with an on form Philip Buys in attendance and a super quick Dominic Calitz and Louis Knipe there to mix it up.

For the first two laps all I could do was hang on as I got used to the pace of XC racing again. By lap 3 Philip had lost some time to mechanical issues, which left me to give stick to the rest of the field.  I rode off the front of the field after one or two hard accelerations and stayed out for most of the race, doing my best to survive the sweltering heat and stay upright on such a challenging course.

Towards the end of lap 5 of 6 I could see Philip clawing his way back into the race. The last lap was basically an all out sprint to stop him coming back, but try as I might, I couldn’t hold him off. With half a lap to go the cat and mouse games began, and after a few brutal attacks from Philip I could no longer respond. It was a great first outing and felt good ofter Barberton’s disappointment.



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We’re pleased to announce that we’re once again raising the bar in South Africa Cloud technology with the launch and immediate availability of our Cloud Servers now with Microsoft Windows!


Last year we pioneered South Africa’s first true Cloud hosting platform, allowing users to deploy and provision fully operational Linux servers in seconds. Our customers have deployed more than 1,250 Linux Servers to date.

We value all the feedback we receive from our loyal customers, and we have seen an unprecedented demand for our Linux Cloud Servers, but Microsoft Windows still remains the most requested features. So, after several months of internal trial and testing phases, we are very excited to finally release Microsoft Windows on the platform.

The technology behind our Cloud Servers allows users to buy Linux or Microsoft Windows servers from the web with full control over the server resources and operating system. CPU, RAM and SAN Storage can be added to the servers on the fly as usage or demand requirements change. Users are also not bound to lengthy contracts with us, and servers are purchased on a month to month basis.

Our Cloud Servers with Microsoft Windows are available in the following configurations or resources – all of which include FREE setup:

RAMCoresSAN StorageTrafficMonthly Price *

Server 512 512MB 1 vCPU 10GB 2GB R 395
Server 1G 1GB 1 vCPU 20GB 5GB R 595
Server 2G 2GB 2 vCPU 50GB 10GB R 995
Server 4G 4GB 4 vCPU 80GB 20GB R 1,495
Server 8G 8GB 8 vCPU 80GB 50GB R 2,795

*Pricing excludes monthly Windows licensing fees, which are as follows:

  • Windows Server Std 2008: R141 p/month
  • Windows Web Server 2008: R171 p/month

Our Cloud Servers give you – the user – complete control with full administrator access to your server, allowing you to select you choice of operating system, applications and configuration.

We’ve got a special little something for those of you who are curious to experiment with Cloud Servers – a free trial! Simply click here and sign up.

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You know the Internet isn’t only on your screen. It’s also not controlled from Google’s HQ; nor is it controlled by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). So the question is: Where is the Internet?

The answer: Down below! We’re diving into the depths of the ocean, where all the fiber-optic cables live… where the Internet is.


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This weekend saw the inaugural Msunduzi Road Challenge – part of the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) – held in Pietermaritzburg. This mass-participation road event serves a dual purpose by offering enthusiasts an all-new road cycling challenge, and offers seasoned cyclists the opportunity to qualify for the once-off UWCT Final in 2012 (previously known as the UCI Masters Road World Championship).

The weekend’s races started off with great success as Team RSAWEB took gold (Neville Cragg) and silver (Rob Quinn) in the Individual Time Trail, which took place on Saturday. The celebrations continued when Edward Greene made a crucial break in the closing stages of the 126km Msunduzi Road Challenge, and secured the victory.

Greene was part of an eleven rider breakaway that split the front peleton shortly after the halfway point at Dalton, and made his move as the contenders reached the outer city limits and reached the finish at Alexandra Park alone after a gutsy solo break. His break splintered the front bunch as individual riders tried to catch him, but to no avail.

The team almost secured a second podium spot, but missed it by a mere 6 second resulting in Jos Le Roux in 4th position – not a bad result considering Le Roux raced in the Durbanville High School PCS the day before!

Team RSAWEB continued their Pro Classic Series campaign by representing at the Durbanville High School Race, which took place this past Saturday. Carl Pasio secured yet another podium position for Team RSAWEB in second place, behind Theuns van der Bank.

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We’re at it again… first, we introduced SA’s lowest ADSL line rental prices; then we slashed the prices of our 30GB and 50GB Super DSL, and now we’ve lowered the prices of ADSL lines on our business-grade ADSL packages – comfortably making the ADSL line rental prices on both our consumer and business ADSL products the cheapest in South Africa.

We received an overwhelmingly positive response when we announced our ADSL line price-cuts – an indication that the broadband war is still raging. Well, we’re taking it to the next level – we’re taking the price cuts to the businesses.

In addition to lowering the line rental costs, we’ve also adjusted our data prices to be more competitive, and we’ve implemented extra features. Our Business DSL products offer a true business-grade service, with lower contention ratios, higher redundancy, network prioritization for business uses and business features like static IPs and soft-capping.

Here’s how our new pricing compares to the competition:

RSAWEBTelkom*Annual SavingsSavings %

384kb/s R129 R152 R276 15%
1Mb/s R211 R289 R1 056 30%
10Mb/s R322 R413 R1 092 22%

*Telkom prices as of 17/10/2011 & include VAT.

We’ve noticed that the majority of the customers who have moved across to us since we launched our cheaper line rentals, are frustrated Telkom users who are looking for a better deal; and we fear that a large portion of the market is unaware that they can have their ADSL line hosted with an ISP other than Telkom… like us, for example. Transferring your ADSL line to us is quick, easy and involves no additional costs, simply speak to one of our Helpdesk Consultants and they’ll take care of the rest.

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Yip, you read correctly – we’ve slashed our prices, this time on our 30GB and 50GB Super DSL packages.

Super DSL Package New Price Old Price Monthly Savings Annual Savings
30GB R499 R570 R71 R852
50GB R699 R850 R151 R1 812

These new prices are effective immediately, so it will apply to all our existing customers on 30GB and 50GB Super DSL packages. If you’re not an existing customer, feel free to hop over to our website to check out our latest offerings.

If you already are a RSAWEB customer, and this offer seems particularly enticing, you can upgrade in MYRSAWEB or contact our Help Desk and one of our friendly consultants will take you through the process.

Super low line rentals

Don’t forget, we also offer SA’s lowest ADSL line rental prices, with savings of up to 30% per annum over our competitors.

ADSL Line Speed New Price Monthly Savings Annual Savings % Change Monthly
384kb/s R129 R23 R276 15%
1Mb/s R211 R88 R1 056 30%
10Mb/s R322 R91 R1 092 22%

Want one point of contact? Why not transfer your line over to us.

Moving your ADSL line from Telkom to us is quick and easy, with no additional costs involved. We’ll fully support your line and save you money. Simply contact us and we’ll do the rest.

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The men of Team RSAWEB had a very busy and successful weekend with stage 2 and 3 of the Pro Classic Spring Series being held on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Saturday saw the second stage of the series, the Hill Climb, an approximate 2.2km individual hill climb whereby cyclists climb from the bottom of Malanshoogte to the top. Team RSAWEB rider, Jos Le Roux, took first place and fellow team rider, Edward Greene secured 3rd place – a mere 1 second off the pace, and 0.1 second short of 2nd place.

After leading the Team Competition after Stage 1 (Orbit Tour de Worcester), Team RSAWEB entered the next stage with a firm grip on the competition. Jos’ win also gave him enough points for the General Classification lead and thus receiving the Pink Leader’s Jersey.

Sunday’s Circuit Race was a challenging course for the Team, amidst wind and undulating terrain. Team RSAWEB had 3 riders representing to defend Jos’ lead and control the peloton. Late in the second lap, a convincing group – which had Team RSAWEB rider, Edward Greene, in the mix – broke away and managed to stay away. This group fragmented before the finish line, and it was Edward that put himself in the lead to secure the win.

Back in the peloton, Jos – in the Leader’s Jersey – managed his own break away in pursuit of the lead break. He soloed for two and a half laps without catching that break, but managed to claim 7th position for the day – enough to comfortably defend his points lead of the Pink Leader’s Jersey.

An overall successful day with all Team RSAWEB riders finishing well and defending their lead in the Team Competition.

The Aca Joe Pro Classic Spring Series continues with Stage 4 on 23 October 2011 for the Tiletoria West Coast Express race, but in the interim Team RSAWEB will be focusing on a few national races.




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As with any stage race (like the Tour de France) there is competition within competition. Some race just for the stage win, while others race for the overall win. Last weekend, Team RSAWEB lined up for the Orbit Tour de Worcester – first race of the 2011 Aca Joe Pro Classic Spring Series – and kicked off the season with a 3rd place podium position for Jos Le Roux, and 5th place position for team mate Robert Quinn.

Team RSAWEB rider, Jos Le Roux, shares the team’s experience:

On this warm, sunny day for 98km Team RSAWEB spared no energy attacking to get a successful break off the front of the peloton. By half way, 7 riders formed this successful break and opened a 2 minute gap. Once through the 3.2 km dirt section (a shallow climb), the break was down to 4 riders: Jos Le Roux (Team RSAWEB), Leonardo Van Onselen, Danie Marais and Theuns Van Der Bank.

In the chase-group, teams that had missed out were in pursuit of the break. Over the dirt section the peloton split, but then shortly rejoined once on the tar again.

Jos could feel the peloton creeping back to the break (now at 30 seconds) and made a large effort over the final 12km to assist the break. This in turn weakened his sprint against his companions and managed 3rd place for the stage. This, however, has kept Jos in close contention going into the next stage.

As the bunch came in to finish, 30 seconds behind the break, Team RSAWEB lead out the field. Robert Quinn (Team RSAWEB) claimed a small win with 5th place, which has given Team RSAWEB the lead in the team competition, and again, going into the next state, the team is in a strong position.

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[Updated: 2017]

Pay less for your ADSL line rental with us! We are proud to announce the release of our updated ADSL line rental prices. ADSL lines can be rented directly from us when you sign up for your Capped  or Uncapped ADSL package. As an added bonus, when you order your ADSL line from us we will deal with Telkom for you. Additionally, if you compare our ADSL line prices to Telkom’s you will see that you can make a significant saving when ordering directly from us!

SA's lowest ADSL line rental
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