May 2006

GPS Training 

The first group of club members left on a rainy Saturday morning to attend a GPS training week-end. Six vehicles left the Cato Ridge Ultra City in convoy at 07h00 Saturday morning for Mike Lauterbachs farm. (Two more vehicles joined us later)  It was raining and cold. (We always pick the best weather for camping and outdoor week-ends). With the arrival at Mike’s farm we set up camp in a beautiful grass garden – those gardens you only read about. Mike introduced us to his lovely wife Gudrun and steaming hot coffee. At about 9h00 training started. 

The theory was about 2hrs (running through the basics – like how to switch on the GPS). After this session, being bombarded with new information, we seemed to be more confused than at the beginning, but practice makes perfect. The first practical sessions started and the fun and confusion began. All the trainees were given the same routes and way points to follow, but everyone went in a different direction, which confused me more. But midway through the route and a lot of trail and error I clicked for the first time how the GPS really works and there after it all fell in place. 

At the end of the day I believe that the majority of trainees had a much better idea of how the GPS works. We ended the day with a braai and a few laughs about the day. On Sunday we all went for a drive to see 4 different waterfalls in and around the area of Wartburg. We used the GPS and our ‘new’ knowledge to navigate us to and from the waterfalls. The scenery was beautiful, so peaceful and quiet. At the same time we discovered a lovely new campsite with a view you cannot describe. We must definitely put a weekend aside to camp there.


Many thanks to Mike and Gudrun for the hospitality, and the use of the bathrooms and kitchen.


Hennie Cochrane12/04/06 


Remember it’s your club and you will get out of it what you want to. You have purchased THE BEST 4 x 4 x FAR and now its time to use it. See you at the next club event. 

Justin and Patricia Willmers                  Glenwood                      Freelander TD4

Martin and Maxine Hunn                       Kloof                             Defender 110 TD5

Paul and Rozanna Stone                      Westville                       Defender 110 TD5

LROC Club Dates For Your Diary 


What, where

More Info.


Sunday 21 May

Cars in the Park PMB

It’s Cars in the  Park – PMB again. We need the old Land Rovers, the odd ones, the modified, the standard, and the new, in fact we need then all. Give Rob de Robillard  a call for more info.


16 - 18 June

St Bernards Peak

Swartberg area of the berg. We will camp over at the St Bernards Peak Hotel which offers camping or hotel accommodation.. We will drive up Ramatseliso on one of the days and braai at the top. Camping at R25.00 per person per night. Bookings are essential and to be done with  Gary.

2 - 3

July / Aug

Lesotho Snow

A weekend trip in Lesotho as soon as the snow falls. Put your name down with George and get a short notice call to drive into Lesotho in the snow. Give Gary or George a call for more info.

3 - 5

21 – 23 July

Shu Shu Hot Springs

Shu Shu is on the Tugela river below Kranskop. Its rustic camping, which means bring all. Give Gary a call for more info.

1 -  3



It’s a fun event for the whole family. This year it’s going to be big. More info to follow


Sunday 10 Sep

3rd Gates event

Venue to follow.

3 - 5

23 – 25 Sep

Camp over trip

More info to follow

1 - 3


Camp over

Eagles View, Wartberg area. Give Gary a call for more info.

1 - 3

Sunday 12 Nov

4th gates Event

Venue to follow.

3 - 5











TRAIL GRADING All our events from now on will have a Trail Grading according to the 5 grades below. 

1.        Complete novice soft dirt road trail, no low range required. Suitable for all Land Rovers including the Freelander.

2.       Limited low range required but suitable for the novice driver. Suitable for all Land Rovers with certain trails not suitable for the Freelander.

3.       Low range and limited off road knowledge required. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

4.       A low range technical trail suitable for the experienced. The inexperienced will be able to do the trail, as assistance will be available from the more experienced members. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.

5.       Extremely technical, suitable for the experienced only with the possibility of vehicle damage. Only suitable for "Series" Land Rovers.  Ha Ha

Jozini Dam.  27th April – 1st May

With Freedom Day falling on a Thursday and the May Day holiday on the next Tuesday, what better excuse to bunk work on the Friday and head to points North in the Landy.

Venue – Fishing camp on the southern end of Jozini Dam,

Purpose – Meet up with LROC members for a long weekend of Landies, Fishing, Scenery and (some) liquid refreshment.

Altogether 17 members and 2 children made the trip, most arriving on the Thursday lunchtime & afternoon.

Gary & Cheryldene                                 110 TD5 + Boat +Dingy

Gavin & Sue                                          90 Tdi

Wayne, Tristan & Tyne                           90 3.9 V8

John & Sandy                                        Disco Tdi

Peter & Rebecca                                   110 Tdi

John & Dorothy                                      90 Tdi

Steve & Katherine                                  110 V8

Willy & Joanna                                      IIB FC 4.1 Chev + Boat

Thursday evening was spent getting everything sorted out and finding the booze. Early arrivals had a couple of hour entertainment watching Steve & Katherine try to remember how to put up the big frame tent that hadn’t been used for a couple of years, along with helpful suggestions from John & Dot. 

Another camping Domestic!

It was the start of the weekend of birthdays, with Steve on the 27th. Despite the howling gale off the Lebombo Mountains at night; Cheryldene still managed to initiate members, but forgot to put any tequila into Katherine’s drink and it was only after Katherine licked the salt and ate the lemon that she informed Cheryldene.

Friday saw us all heading off to the dam wall on Gary and Willy’s boats and Wayne and the children in the towed dingy.    Two boats and a rubber dingy into the teeth of a stiff wind blowing down the dam, and raising quite a chop. Most on Gary’s rubber duck got a good soaking, but Willy’s Aluminum boat stayed dry – why can’t Aluminium Landrovers keep the water out that well?  The water became much calmer when we turned the corner into the branch of the dam leading to the actual dam wall.

That evening we celebrated Tyne’s birthday.  One of her pressies was a music system and this resulted in a rather noisy and extended party, probably keeping half the campsite awake.  At midnight we celebrated Gavin’s birthday and it was touch and go whether Sue was going to let him back into the tent after the party!

Despite the previous evening, Saturday morning we headed off bright and early on a trip to Sodwana & Sibaya.  The convoy set off to Jozini town to see the dam wall from the top,  with a stop along the way halfway up the Lebombo ridge to take in the breathtaking view over the dam, with a tiny campsite way below us. Thence to Sodwana for a rare chance to drive on the beach, and swimming.

Seemed like every 4x4 in Gauteng was already there, including a fair assortment of Land Rovers.  After finally rounding up Willy and Gavin, who had wandered off like naughty schoolboys, we caught up with friends of Wayne’s and were shown a ninja route through a forestry track to pick up the Lake Sibaya road.  This gave us all a chance to check that the difflock still works!  On a serious downside, we were being led by a Toyota.  We had a braai on a beautiful white sand beach full of small shells on Lake Sibaya, overlooked by dense bush and a large colony of White-breasted Cormorants, who had turned the trees quite white with their guano. A couple of hopeful crocs and hippos in the deeper waters did not deter the adults and kids having a splash in the shallows, always with a couple of us keeping an eye out for old Ngwenya.

Steve, Peter and John C recorded the roads traveled for Tracks4Africa, although very few new roads were added to the map.  The local dogs, cows and goats did their best to get under the wheels, but all were avoided.  Returning home was celebrated a more subdued version of Gavin’s birthday.

On Sunday John, Dot, Steve & Katherine went to Mkuze GR, which was rather disappointing in terms of sightings; the highlight being vulture chicks in a nest and a wonderful braai spot with malingi hippos.  Others spent the day fishing on the dam or generally lazing. Willy and Joanna caught a Tigerfish apiece, which of course became larger every time they were discussed.  The wind got up again in the night and a couple of light rain showers fell, but we avoided the heavy rain that fell on Durban on the Sunday.

Monday. Break camp and head off home.  Funny how after a weekend of eating and drinking there always seems to be more to go back into the Landy than came out!  It would appear that this quirk of nature applies to all Landy owners and it must be noted that the only box, which is always empty, is the booze box.  Mostly we travelled home in convoys, with the 29 Mhz radios keeping us in touch – we were all driving Landrovers of course and one can never tell what will happen. 

Here’s awaiting the next expedition!

Hidden Valley    Don Erwin 

On a hot December morning I got up early to finish packing for a trip to "Out of Africa" a game guest farm in the Weenen district. Needless to say, by the time I had finished packing I had to have another shower as I was pouring with sweat already, a cold one this time!!

On schedule, I set off to meet Hennie and Robbie whom I had told not to wait for as a precaution against Murphy's law.

Sure enough my T.D.I. started overheating up Fields Hill, in comes Murphy's!! Out goes my scheduled meeting! I Stopped, checked the water and waited for the engine to cool and set off once again, now late!!

Kept a sharp eye on the heat gauge and sure enough it really started overheating going up Town Hill! Don't take chances with T.D.I's so I pulled over and had lunch while waiting for the engine to cool Joy to the world, I also noticed my fan belt was disintegrating!

When everything was cool I wended my weary way, calling in at Rosetta to check water and replace the fan belt so finally arrived at very late afternoon.

Next morning we set off on an exploratory drive and when Hennie and co turned back Mike Cullen and I carried on and eventually arrived at Horse Sceleton Hill. It looked familiar and once we began the descent I realised that this was the same road we had taken on our last visit, once committed you have to do down as there is nowhere to turn around and this year was worse, so down we went! Holding thumbs for no washaways.

Eventually we arrived back at Camp and joined the others in the river and spent a leisurely afternoon floating on tubes, getting bitten by horseflies, some of us sinking frosties and other pleasant things

Saturday we went on another drive seeing some game and some people said they saw this huge Python, I personally only saw it's hole,

That night we had a communal braai, which was enjoyed by most, some hugely!

Sun everyone packed furiously and in that L.R.O.C phenomenon, bomb shelled by 10a.m so I was left alone which didn't worry me as I had other plans.

Eventually after trying to fix my fan belt, I set off at a leisurely pace via the back roads to Hidden Valley. This was a wonderful adventure on its own with the road sometimes no better than a track. As usual I missed the turnoff and was lost when I saw the dust clouds of two vehicles approaching. I decided to stop them and as it happened it was Rob Grobler and Bro in law in their Rangy and 110, so I landed up having a fine escort to Hidden Valley.

WANTED                  WANTED                       WANTED

We are about to depart on a trip from South Africa to Kenya, arriving in early August. We are looking for someone to drive our Land Rover IIa Series back down to South Africa, on loan, or indeed to buy her. The time limit for arriving in South Africa is May 2007, and she would be available in Kenya at a friend’s house at any time from August onwards.

She is a 1971 Series IIa Land Rover, 4-cylinder petrol, 2250cc (Right hand drive, 109 Inch wheel base), which was completely rebuilt in 1999 on a new galvanised chassis. Since then, she has done two trans-Africa trips and one four-month round-trip from Cape Town to Nairobi.

She is in very good working order and is perfectly suited for overland travel. She has an Echo roof tent, solar panel and battery management system, power inverter and compressor, long-range fuel tanks, spotlights, jerry cans, fridge, winch, water cans, strongbox, hammocks, and a lot more kit besides.
If you are interested in doing this trip or are in need of a Land Rover please send me an email at and put Puff as the subject of the email


Ian Laing requires 1 or 2 Series1 / 11 land Rover’s to a be used in his daughters wedding pictures. The wedding will take place on 15th July in Ballito. If you can help give him a call. 

Ian Laing  0837787765


Please take note that in terms of recent legislation all persons operating craft in these waters must be in possession of a valid skippers ticket. This applies to all estuaries and lakes connected with the sea. As this law is now going to be enforced please make sure the operator of the craft is licensed before dragging your boat all the way to your destination on the coast. The legislation also applies to inland waters, though it is not currently being enforced on our dams. This is just a timely warning to boat owners to start planning to acquire a Skippers Ticket!

NATIONAL Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has accepted four proposals from the 4x4 industry self-regulating body, the National Off-road Workgroup (Now) to control 4X4 trails.
The proposed recommendations were submitted to government after a national workshop held in George at the end of 2005. The mechanisms for self-regulation must be in place by October 2007. 
All trails will have to be registered with a self-regulatory body. To be registered, trails need to comply with environmental legislation and be graded in terms of difficulty and vehicle requirements. They will also
have to have an approved environmental management plan. 
A special 4x4 driving licence will also be required and this can be obtained by attending a specialist 4x4 training centre, where different grades of licenses will be available. 
“It is also likely that trail admittance will be linked to the grading of licences. For example, you won’t be allowed access to a very tough trail if you don’t have an advanced off-road driving licence,” said Drive Out Editor Andrew Nunneley.
All 4x4 vehicles will also have to be registered in order to go off-road, just as boats are permitted to be on the water. This permit will have to be displayed prominently on the vehicle to make identification and therefore enforcement easier. Furthermore, areas of particular sensitivity will be identified by government.

“The 4x4 industry has grown so fast that it is vital that it becomes a more regulated place. Drive Out welcomes these positive steps to ensure responsible and sustainable use of our wilderness areas by owners of
off-road vehicles and encourages all readers and trail owners to embrace the process going forward,” Nunneley added.


Hammer : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive car and body parts not far from the object we are trying to hit. 

Vice Grips : Use to round off the heads of bolts. 

Drill Press : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat pieces of metal from your hands so that it smacks you in the chest, skins your knuckles and flings your beer across the room. 

Two Ton Hydraulic Engine Hoist : A handy tool for testing the tensile strength of ground cables and hydraulic clutch pipes you may have forgotten to disconnect.








Ryan at Eston Gates May 2006 about to snap a front axle Universal joint.

Zane at Eston Gates May 2006

Hayes Manual Translation

Haynes: This is a snug fit.
: You will skin your knuckles!

Haynes: This is a tight fit.
Translation: Not a hope in hell mate!

Haynes: As described in Chapter 7...
: That'll teach you not to read through before you start, now you are looking at scary photos of the inside of a gearbox.

Haynes: Pry...
Translation: Hammer a screwdriver into...

Haynes: Undo...
: Go buy a tin of WD40 (catering size).

Haynes: Retain tiny spring...
: "Jeez what was that, it nearly had my eye out"!

Haynes: Press and rotate to remove bulb...
Translation: OK - that's the glass bit off, now fetch some good pliers to dig out the bayonet part.

Haynes: Lightly...
: Start off lightly and build up till the veins on your forehead are throbbing them re-check the manual because this cannot be 'lightly' what you are doing now.

Haynes: Weekly checks...
: If it isn't broken don't fix it!

Haynes: Routine maintenance...
: If it isn't broken... it's about to be!

Haynes: One spanner rating.
: Your Mum could do this... so how did you manage to botch it up?

Haynes: Two-spanner rating.
: Now you may think that you can do this because two is a low, tiny, 'ikkle number... but you also thought the wiring diagram was a map of the Tokyo underground (in fact that would have been more use to you).

Haynes: Three spanner rating.
: But Nova's are easy to maintain right... right? So you think three Nova spanners has got to be like a 'regular car' two spanner job.

Haynes: Four spanner rating.
: You are seriously considering this aren't you, you pleb!

Haynes: Five spanner rating.
: OK - but don't expect us to ride in it afterwards!!!

Haynes: If not, you can fabricate your own special tool like this...
: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Haynes: Compress...
: Squeeze with all your might, jump up and down on, swear at, throw at the garage wall, then search in the dark corner of the garage for whilst muttering "bugger" repeatedly under your breath.

Haynes: Inspect...
: Squint at really hard and pretend you know what you are looking at, then declare in a loud knowing voice to your wife "Yep, as I thought, it's going to need a new one"

Haynes: Carefully......
: You are about to cut yourself!

Haynes: Retaining nut...
: Yes, that's it, that big spherical blob of rust.

Haynes: Get an assistant.......
: Prepare to humiliate yourself in front of someone you know.

Haynes: Turning the engine will be easier with the spark pugs removed.
: However, starting the engine afterwards will be much harder. Once that sinking pit of your stomach feeling has subsided, you can start to feel deeply ashamed as you gingerly refit the spark plugs.

Haynes: Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal.
: But you swear in different places.

Haynes: Prise away plastic locating pegs...
: Snap off...

Haynes: Everyday tool kit
: Ensure you have an RAC Card & Mobile Phone

Haynes: Index
: List of all the things in the book bar the thing you want to do!  

source: Jim Attril on the za-lro list

2002 Discovery GS TD5 It is in excellent condition with FSH ( Landrover PMB) and has done 117 000 Km .It is metalic blue and has towbar and CD shuttle. All I want for a speedy sale is what I owe on it which is about R155 000.
I would also like to buy a used roof rack for the Defender as well as roof top tents.  John Christie Tel:     033-8459700   Fax:    033-8459740   Cell:    083 631 1303
110 Land Rover Hard Top - 1989 4.6L V8 Overtech Conversion - 139 000KM  Asking Price R55 000 Neg.  Extra's included - Spares and Tyres.  I'm in the Pretoria region.   Cell - 084 553 7315
2000 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TD5 ES Blue 130 000 km, Diesel, 4x4, 5 Doors,Manual, Premium Stereo, Immac. Cond. Alarm, FSH, Air con, CD, PS, factory fitted heavy duty Tow Bar, 2 X Sunroof, Immobiliser, Central Locking, E/Windows, Alloys, one careful owner. Tracker installed.
Kwazulu Natal.  Tel: 0837837383 or 0317647046.   Price R149000.00 onco  Robert
I have 4 std mag wheels from my previous Defender with Bridgestone 285 / 75
all terrain tyres. They have at least 90/95% thread left on them. I am asking R2500.00 each = R10 000.00    Dave James   0825583216   031 20251451 W
Zero 35 litre 3-way (220v/12v/gas) Fridge/Freezer.   Excellent condition and hardly used (now have a Waeco).   R1500.    Phone Peter Tiedt 083 409 5956 Defender Bush Bar good condition, new value R3300, my value R1500  Contact Shaun Palmer on 0723649800
2.25 lt Land Rover Petrol Engine  Low Mileage  R 4000.00
2.5 lt Land Rover Petrol Engine in Good Nik Complete (Carb a bit suspect) R5500.00
Tom Geldart   082 920 9134
A friend of mine sold his Range Rover and has 4 rims for sale:  Here are the hard stampings on the rims  --Tubeless STC 8516  - 8x18x57  AH2 -E-Dot -AWI/K Land Rover 430 -BS AU 50 PT 25.5 -Max Load 920 kg    -Price / set: R 4,000.00      Ron Claassens   Tel/fax: 0317675544   Cell: 0824454010
UK IMPORTS.  Are you considering importing some Land Rover parts from the UK. If you are give Mike Cullen (0824473699 or 031-7673557 h ) a call and cut down on the shipping charges by sharing transport cost.  

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