Wednesday the 20th of May marked the official launch of The Greatest Train Race 2015.

Not even sudden load shedding could dampen the spirits on the evening! The Middelburg Chamber Auditorium was filled with business men, -women and distinguished guests, Mayor of Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, Mike Masina and the Rotary District 9400 Governor Annie Steijn who all came together celebrating the launch of the Train Race with Rotarians.

Pictured here is (front) Mr Lawrence Maroos (GC Construction and Mr Vusi Zwane (Glencore), (back row) DG Annie Steijn (Rotary District 9400) and Mr Max Köhler (GTR Chairman)

The main sponsors, Lawrence Maroos from GC construction and Vusi Zwane from Glencore, signed the sponsorship agreement together with the Chairmen of the Train Race Committee, Max Köhler.

Köhler explained that although more South Africans have access to social welfare services, electricity and water, 65% are still very poor with 30% being jobless. This is the reason why it is so heart warming to be associated with the Train Race, the sponsors and volunteers being involved and making a difference, Köhler said.

The mayor of Middelburg, Mr. Mike Masina said that the well planned Greatest Train Race has been a part of the Middelburg community for a long time and will remain a part of the community for many years to come with the full support of the Municipality.

There are still a number of opportunities for companies and individuals to become sponsors or volunteers at this great fun event.

The Greatest Train Race will take place on the 22nd of August 2015. It starts at the Witbank Train Station and finishes at the Middelburg Municipality. Entries have already opened. You can choose to take part in the 4.9km, 15km or 28Km individual events or the ever popular relay race comprising of 5 members per team over a 28km distance. Entries can be submitted online at or by hand at the Middelburg Information Centre in Walter Sisulu street and the Highveld Mall Info Kiosk in eMalahleni. The race office can be contacted on 086 11 TRAIN (87246) or