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Monaco royals at Sun City amid fire scare

───   11:00 Sun, 17 Sep 2023

Monaco royals at Sun City amid fire scare | News Article
Princess Charlene of Monaco graciously hosted the Water Bike Challenge at Sun City on Saturday. Photo: PCMFSA

“Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and guest accommodation remains unaffected.”

A fire broke out at the Sun City's Cabanas while Monaco's royalty visited the resort to launch a new fundraising event.

The Sun City resort confirmed the fire, which broke out in the Cabanas kitchen on Saturday (16/9) and said it had been successfully extinguished.


“The quick response of our food and beverage staff, along with the prompt action of Sun City’s fire and rescue services, ensured the situation was under control in less than an hour.

“We are currently unclear on the source of the fire, and investigations will continue. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and guest accommodation remains unaffected.”


Arno Jordaan posted this video on Facebook. He was involved at the Water Bike Challenge launched by Princess Charlene of Monaco this weekend.

Zimbabwean-born Princess Charlene of Monaco, accompanied by Prince Albert, are in South Africa for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa's (PCMFSA) inaugural Water Bike Challenge that took place at Sun City on Saturday. The event was to raise funds for PCMFSA. Under the leadership of Princess Charlene of Monaco, the foundation is dedicated to transforming lives through swimming and water safety education. Charlene Lynette Wittstock was born on the 25th January 1978 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, but moved to South Africa at the age of 12.


This was the debut of the renowned Water Bike Challenge in South Africa, previously held with great success in Monaco. Previously, the Water Bike Challenge in Monaco saw Formula 1 stars such as David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, alongside legendary South African sporting icons John Smit and Percy Montgomery, take part in the gripping race covering a 21km stretch between Nice and Monaco on the Riviera. The Water Bike Challenge is an official fundraising event for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. To date, events have been staged in 2017, 2018 and 2022 on the Riviera, racing 21km between Nice and Monaco.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa (PCMFSA) proudly launched its inaugural Water Bike Challenge at Sun City on Saturday. She also participated previously. Photo: PCMFSA

“PCMFSA is thrilled to bring the Water Bike Challenge to South Africa and create an exciting platform for raising awareness about water safety,” said Chantell Wittstock, CEO of the Foundation’s arm in South Africa, ahead of the event. “The event showcases our commitment to saving lives and instilling a water safety culture in our communities. We are also deeply honoured that His and Her Serene Highnesses, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, will attend the event, supporting the Foundation’s cause.”

The Water Bike Challenge featured mixed teams of professional athletes and amateurs competing on Schiller S1-C water bikes in a relay race. Participants covered a 1,2km-loop, completing it 21 times. Each loop featured a different participant, adding to the excitement and unpredictability of the event.

“Sport has the power to inspire young people and transform lives. This is the central idea that prompted Princess Charlene of Monaco to launch a Foundation that would work to end death and disease caused by water fatalities.”


The primary recipient of the event’s proceeds is Lifesaving South Africa (LSA), one of PCMFSA’s long-standing partners. With a membership exceeding 8,000 individuals, including 4,000 devoted volunteers who carry out lifeguard duties, Lifesaving South Africa operates across 65 coastal (surf) clubs and 22 inland (pool) clubs nationally. As the authoritative body for lifeguarding and the promotion of Lifesaving Sport in the country, they aim to prevent drowning incidents and nurture a thriving community of lifesaving athletes.

The renowned Water Bike Challenge was previously held with great success in Monaco. It saw Formula 1 stars such as David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, alongside legendary South African sporting icons John Smit and Percy Montgomery, take part in the gripping race covering a 21km stretch between Nice and Monaco on the Riviera. The Water Bike Challenge is an official fundraising event for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. To date, events have been staged in 2017, 2018 and 2022 on the Riviera, racing 21km between Nice and Monaco. It debuted in South Africa this weekend.

“PCMFSA is thrilled to bring the Water Bike Challenge to South Africa and create an exciting platform for raising awareness about water safety,” said Chantell Wittstock, CEO of the Foundation’s arm in South Africa, ahead of the event. “The event showcases our commitment to saving lives and instilling a water safety culture in our communities. We are also deeply honoured that His and Her Serene Highnesses, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, will attend the event, supporting the Foundation’s cause.”

The Water Bike Challenge featured mixed teams of professional athletes and amateurs competing on Schiller S1-C water bikes in a relay race. Participants covered a 1,2km-loop, completing it 21 times. Each loop featured a different participant, adding to the excitement and unpredictability of the event.


The primary recipient of the event’s proceeds is Lifesaving South Africa (LSA), one of PCMFSA’s long-standing partners. With a membership exceeding 8,000 individuals, including 4,000 devoted volunteers who carry out lifeguard duties, Lifesaving South Africa operates across 65 coastal (surf) clubs and 22 inland (pool) clubs nationally. As the authoritative body for lifeguarding and the promotion of Lifesaving Sport in the country, they aim to prevent drowning incidents and nurture a thriving community of lifesaving athletes.

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