Nissan Charity Cheetah Karting Day to Raise Funds for Cheetah Preservation

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Zwartkops Kart Circuit will once again host the 9th annual Charity Cheetah Karting Day in aid of the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on Saturday, 14 October. Nissan South Africa is partnering with the organisation for the second year as the official partner in an effort to raise even more funds for the centre – last year’s event raised over R50,000.00.

The annual event pits local automotive organisations against each other in a fierce race on the karting track. Three Nissan SA teams will be joined by Jaguar Land Rover, Suzuki SA, Liqui-Moly SA, Motul Oil SA, Conti-Tech SA, Locost Racing, Snake Pit Racing, BESA Learning Academy and EV Dynamics. It’s not just fun for the drivers though. The whole family can enjoy PlayStation consoles while the teams race on track.


There will be a special appearance by Centre ambassador cheetah, Yeats, who will personally thank each entrant for their generous contributions and participation during the awards ceremony. Also supporting the event will be RunRideDive, the event’s official photographers, as well as the team from Magnesium to help with all the design work for the day. Furthermore, the Voice of Motorsport, Roger McCleery, has once again donated his time to be the MC for the event, adding to what makes this event particularly special.

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Xavier Gobille, Nissan SA Managing Director of Marketing, Sales & Aftersales on the event:

“We are very proud to once again be able to support the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, as the centre’s commitment to animal conservation in South Africa is a cause very close to our hearts at Nissan. It is not just a sponsorship opportunity for us, but an opportunity to contribute to the sustainable welfare of an inspirational animal in terms of speed and swiftness, which directly relates to our vision of being a competitive leader within the automotive industry.”

Clare Vale on the event:

“Our racing team has been associated with the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre since 2008, when we first came up with the idea of using motorsport to support a positive environmental cause. We are so proud that this event has become such a success over the years! It has become hugely competitive for the regular teams, but remains an event where each and every driver has a huge amount of fun. We are very grateful to have partners such as Nissan SA onboard that has helped us to build the event from strength to strength each year – at the end of the day, the biggest winners are the cheetahs and the dedicated team at the Centre, who do so much for conservation with so little funding.”

The funds are used to help the Centre with various projects, where the educational programme CHEETA, which visits schools, particularly in rural and under-privileged areas, in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife, the environment and recycling, is a particular focus area for the centre. For more on the Centre, please visit

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