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A  number  of  reasons  to  celebrate MANY people either look forward to the festive pe­ riod and begin their countdown to Christmas in Oc­ tober, while others are left running for the hills to avoid  the  ‘silliness’  that  comes  with  the  season. As we get ready to wind down and take a breath­ er, we decided to reflect on some of the wonderful reasons  to  celebrate  the  year  that  was. Yes,  we  can  talk  about  some  of  the  lowlights as well (no pun on the word ‘lights’), but that would not  be  very  festive  at  all. The team at the Fever has had a wonderful year and has shared some truly remarkable memories with  you.  We’ve had an action­packed year from meeting wonderful  individuals  who  are  slowly  changing their communities one step at a time to covering campaigns that shows a proactive community who are willing to fight for their beloved home towns. To those people who are continuously going the

extra mile to serve others, we would like to salute you and thank you for allowing us to share your sto­ ries. This year South Africans voted hoping for the best – many are now glued to the parliament ses­ sion coverage because you never know what to ex­ pect. In 2015 we will be joining the queues for the by­elections  and  once  again,  hoping  for  positive change. We know we live in a beautiful city and another reason to be a proud Durbanite is Durban has been voted  an  official  new  Seven  Wonder  City  of  the world.  The  picturesque  beaches,  rolling  hills  and breath­taking skyline together with a host of won­ derful  inhabitants,  sets  us  apart  from  the  rest  of South  Africa. After  40  years,  the  Miss  World  title  is  held  by a  South  African. 


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continues to destroy some of our communities. However, the one thing that continues to stand undefeated is the spirit of the Upper Highway community. Through the difficult times, our readers have once again proven that we are, without a doubt, among the most resilient and strong-willed. We have weathered all the storms that came our way and have demonstrated that we can be a community to be proud of - from our disabled horse rider achieving his goals to a local woman beating breast cancer and becoming an inspiration to others - our community stands together proud! We are confident that 2015 will be better than ever. We, at The Hillcrest Fever, have faced our

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Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World at the weekend and now features in a long list of remarka­ ble women who continue to make a difference to the  countries  they  live  in  and  the  world. South Africans also took time through out the year to remember Nelson Mandela and do their bit to  fulfill  his  legacy.  It’s been a year since his death and many ques­ tioned the stability and patriotism of South Afri­ cans.  The good news is, it seems as if communities are  now  more  united  than  ever.  Many  believe  his spirit still lives on calling it a sprinkling of ‘Madiba magic’. Clearly  South  Africans  will  continue  to  make great strides despite the negative news that some­ times  comes  to  the  fore.  The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic cli­ ents and readers a wonderfully happy festive sea­ son  and  here’s  to  welcoming  2015  in  style.

Dear Readers, TODAY marks the end of another year for the Hillcrest Fever, and as the festivities kick off for this season, let us reflect on moments that touched our lives and the community this past year. 2014 has been marked by persistent challenges in our economy with price inflations (food, electricity, fuel, etc.). We had weather catastrophes and crime

own challenges this year, but as we enter 2015 we renew our pledge to you to do our very best to continue to be the most accurate, fair and balanced source of news, opinion, features, sports and entertainment in the Upper Highway Area. We will continue to be open and honest with our readers and we assure you that the new year will be one never to be forgotten. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones this year and those experiencing difficulties of all types this holiday season. We extend sincere and warm wishes to our Hillcrest Fever family for a safe and peaceful festive season, and a happy and prosperous 2015. Kalisha  Naicker Senior  Journalist Hillcrest  Fever




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HOUSANDS of matriculants will begin their final exams next week, and pupils in and around the Upper Highway area say they are set for their papers and hope for smooth sailing. “We’ve had a lot of extra classes and really put in the effort for these exams as it determines our future. I want to thank my teachers for the countless hours of tutoring and extra classes because they always go the extra mile for us,” said Grade 12 pupil, Melisha Stevens. “We will do ourselves and our school proud. I want to also thank my mom for all the nagging [to study], I

may not show it all the time, but I do appreciate it.” Rekha Singh asked the community to be considerate during Diwali festivities and keep noise to a minimum. “This is our final year at school and it is crucial that we concentrate 100%. “I am appealing to those who celebrate Diwali not to let off loud bangs during the week as this is a major distraction when studying. I also ask the community to keep noise to a minimum, and this includes loud music and socials gatherings.” Waterfall College principal Jeanette van der Merwe wished the Class of 2016 well and told them never to give up hope, even when times get tough.

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“Set aside time to prepare, have your exam timetable visible, make a study timetable and have a comfortable study area.

“Eat well, especially breakfast, exercise, as it helps you to de-stress, practice exam skills by going over past papers and summarise notes into lists

or mind-maps rather than highlighting old notes.” “I wish the Class of 2016 all the best,” she concluded.

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Manhunt  on  for  armed  home  invaders 

THE Camperdown Regional Court con­ victed and sentenced a  37­year­old fa­ ther to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape last  week. It  is  alleged  that  on  25  December 2013, the accused called  his 13­year­old daughter, who lives near his house, and told her that there was  traditional heal­ er at the house who was going to heal KALISHA  NAICKER took a wedding ring off Mrs Peel’s the  family.  hand. He then asked which car the set When  the  child  went  to  the  house OLICE and SA Community Crime of keys in the room belonged to. her father told her to go to  his room and Watch (SACCW) have launched a “Peel pretended that he could not he  followed  and  raped  her.  manhunt for three men who see and sat up. He noticed that the bedThe child told her aunt and they re­ robbed and assaulted a family in room door was open and the key was ported the incident at Inchanga  SAPS. Forest Hills last week. in the lock. He then heard a commotion The  docket  was  then  transferred  to According to Steven King, SACCW in the passage and the man turned, Pinetown Family Violence, Child  Protec­ founder, the home owner, Rod Peel which is when Peel jumped up, closed tion and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS)for and his family were asleep at about the door and locked it. He then started further  investigation.  4am and were awoken by a noise in the beating the man.” The suspect was arrested, appeared house. King said the in  court  and  was  granted    bail.  On  24 “Peel found three men in his bed- man tried to get September 2016 the suspect was re­ar­ room and one man pointed a firearm out by pulling rested after he failed to  appear in court. at Peel’s mouth and said, ‘keep quiet, the burglar He was found hiding under his bed at his this is a robbery, don't make a noise bars, but Peel home in Inchanga and was sent back to and you won't get hurt’,” said King. pulled him back court. He made several court appearan­ “The other man was standing over and continued ces  until  he  was    convicted. Peel’s wife and the third by the foot of to hit him. The In  the  other  incident  Camperdown the bed. Three children were also in man tried to Regional  Court  convicted    and  sen­ the room. The men asked if there were grab the leg of tenced  Msizi  Xaba  (22)  and  Minenhle any other people in the house and two one of the chilGwala  (26)  to  20  years  each  for  rape went to find them. The man, who was dren to use as a and  11  for  robbery.    On  28  September, left in the room with the Peels, asked shield but Peel 2014 both accused were sitting on the them for money and jewellery and hit him again, to side of  the road when a 26­year­old  victim  was on her way home when she came across the  sus­ pects. They asked her if she would have sex with them and the victim  re­ fused. They pulled her to the  grass  where  they gang  raped  her  before With lift access • Aircon • DSTV • All En Suite taking  her  cellphone.  A 1. Delightful bedsitters consisting of bedroom bedroom alcove, alcove,lounge loungearea areaand andprivate privatebathroom. bathroom. case of rape was opened at  Inchanga  SAPS  and Can accommodate accommodatesingle singleorordouble double the    matter  was  trans­ 2. Single spacious rooms roomswith withprivate privatebathrooms. bathrooms. ferred  to  Pine­ 3. Semi frail section single rooms with basins. frail section single rooms with basins. town  Family  Violence, 4. Frail care care private privateororsharing, sharing,with with2424hour hournursing nursingcare. care. Child  Protection  and Sexual  Offences  Unit 5. Stepdown facility facility available available (FCS) for further investi­ gation, which resulted in All other accommodation on ground level the    conviction  of  the in a lovely secure garden setting-includes two. full board & laundry.   KZN  Acting  Provin­ cial  Commissioner,  Ma­ 5 Fairlea Close, Pinetown jor    General  Bhekinkosi Langa  commended  the Tel: 031 702 3030 investigators  for  their Email: dedication during inves­ tigation.  ­  Supplied * Terms and conditions apply  

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VIBRANT news cycle is what keeps journalists gainfully employed. But there are some weeks when there is simply too much news and checking into a monastery in the Himalayas seems an attractive option. On Monday, as the protests over university fees intensified, I was distressed to learn that a Catholic priest

I know, Father Graham Pugin, was shot in the face by a rubber bullet. He had been standing at the gate of his church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to stop a police Nyala from entering the premises. Students have used the church yard, which adjoins the University of Witwatersrand, as a refuge whenever there are violent clashes with police on the campus. Police fired rubber bullets randomly and several times into the church yard. Pugin was hit in the leg first and later in the mouth. The images of Pugin in his blood-spattered vestments went around the world as a stark depiction of South Africa again in turmoil. When I went to interview Pugin on Tuesday, he was sore and traumatised, but recovering from his injuries. On my way to the interview, my phone beeped with a message that brought more distressing news. A colleague got wind that a sum-

mons had been issued for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay. I had a feeling of dread as I knew what would follow: shock across the country, panic in the markets, a plunge in the value of the currency and major financial losses for the country. Later that morning, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams announced the news to the world. As expected, mayhem ensued. After being pursued by the Hawks for months in relation to the operation of a special investigating unit at SARS, Gordhan is now being charged for fraud over an administrative and human-resource matter. The charges relate to the signing off of Pillay’s retirement package and him being rehired on contract. The agenda behind the move is transparent and brazen. It is now

tour  to  wherever,  of  little  significance. The expected normal spin talk ema­ nating in the aftermath of this rout will

widely known that a group in the state and ANC, egged on by a certain wellconnected family, want Gordhan out of his job so that they can have control of the national Treasury. Because they were unable to piece together a case on the SARS unit that could stand up in court, the NPA opted to scrounge around for another way to prosecute Gordhan. The NPA certainly had a busy week. On Thursday, it served Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema with two summonses for contravention of the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act. Malema is being charged for comments he made in 2014 and in June this year, inciting the occupation of land. Malema has said many inflammatory things during his eventful career in politics. It would be interesting to find out why the NPA opted to bring the charges now, when the country feels under political, economic and social siege. It also emerged on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma and Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen have applied for interdicts to

But we’ve heard this a million times before, and next year will be no different: just  a  case  of  more  of  the  same. Oh, how I wish I was an All Black sup­ porter.

Frustrating  Springbok  season AND so, yet another frustrating and dis­ appointing  season  for  the  Springboks comes  to  an  end,  with  the  end­of­year

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be that this tour will be used as a “learn­ ing  curve”,  a  stepping  stone  to  better things  to  come.


Fault  of  the  coach WITH reference to the critique on the Boks’ performance and coach Allister Coetzee, I disagree with Lunga Biyela’s comment that firing Coetzee won’t achieve a thing. If the problem is not Coetzee, the inference is that it lies with the players, but that’s simply not true - they are as good as any in the world, in spite of recalling oldies who might have passed their peak. So if neither of those are the prob-

lem, it has to be our style and tactical play, and that’s the fault of the coach. We need to adopt the five essential differences between our and the All Blacks’ game: • speed - to react, initiate, pass, get the ball out of rucks/scrimmages and speed in feeding the back line; • run the ball and stop kicking away possession; • stop taking the ball to the ground at every tackle - it kills our move-

Court  action THE sudden appearance last Friday of Minister Des van Rooyen in defence of the president’s bid to stop the release of the public protector’s interim report, speaks volumes. When considered, in conjunction with the veiled threats by the Guptas,

I cannot help but feel that the courts would be fully justified in throwing out the president’s bid to stop its release to the public.

coach and if he’s not introducing these tactics, find someone who can, ergo - Johan Ackermann. Personally, I was in favour of his appointment even before Heyneke Meyer and again before Coetzee was appointed. We can either win games or have a coach to please the politicians, not both.   WERNER  EHLERS

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Another  look  at  recycling THERE was a time when household rubbish was put into bags neatly and despatched to the bins. Now, with recycling merchants criss-crossing our streets, some jutting into our fancy autos, the residue left on streets and on kerbs is overwhelming, and an environmental risk. While recycling has changed the way we live in the 21st century, one cannot but wonder how we, as fastidious beings, can actually drink or eat out of a container that has just been

ments; • stay on our feet and try to break tackles, but if tackled, pass before going down; • stop individual players trying to break through the centre and around the scrum. Again I say, pass and run the ball! When the All Blacks get possession, they seldom relinquish it and move by move make forward progress. These are all the province of the

picked up from a dingy corner, dustbin or pavement, and some of it lying in waste-deep muck, contaminated with the most ghoul rotting stuff imaginable! So, while recyclers will tout the argument that all is heated and treated, the original thought of devouring your daily snack and drink from a pavement’s waste is just unappetising. A.R.  MODAK

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stop Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her preliminary report on the involvement of the Gupta family in state affairs. The country needs to know the truth whether this family has undue political influence and has used this for financial benefit. Zuma failed to comply with Madonsela’s request for information from March, and at the last minute decided to prevent her from releasing her report. He does not seem to care about the dire state of our nation. He has made no effort to intervene to calm violent clashes between police and students. The financial turbulence of this week spells trouble for our economy as a ratings downgrade looms. Yet the president is concerned with his own issues. We need to find a way to stop the ground constantly moving below us. And some downtime from endless chaos would be welcome. • Ranjeni Munusamy is a political journal­ ist and commentator for the Daily Maver­ ick.

Coetzee  not  up  to  the  job WITH all due respect, sports editor Lunga Biyela’s pieces are all decidedly one-sided, especially with respect to the dreaded transformation issue. I understand it is simply his opinion and that is fine. He cites All Black legend Laurie Mains, who lambasted the quota system and rightly so. He is not the only pundit, who has echoed the exact same points. Some have labelled the Springboks as rugby’s “dead man”, while others have likened us to the West Indies of rugby. Surely these “outsiders’” views can only be seen as objective? The bottom line is that they are 100% correct in their assessments. Biyela immediately takes such comments personally or as a racial attack and tries to shy away from admitting that they are right. The same critics also derided the likes of Heyneke Meyer, who is white. His backing of Allister Coetzee is laughable. He is not cut out for the job, no matter his race. Pieter de Villiers was the one who was treated badly as he actually produced results. Coetzee was not given an “old, beat-up Ferrari” (the players), as Biyela implies. We have the best talent in the world. I urge Biyela at least to have some sort of objectivity in his writing. Try to see the criticism of non-whites such as Coetzee for what it is, instead of seeing it as a race thing all the time. KEVIN  MAHARAJ

Time  to  step  aside  I HEARD that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he will not resign, but logic dictates that the minister must do the honourable thing and step aside. He is facing serious allegations and the country cannot afford to have the Treasury run by a person facing such allegations. I am in no way claiming the min-

ister is guilty of anything, but the interests of the country and Treasury are more important than his. Those close to Gordhan say he is a man of unquestionable integrity and this is an excellent opportunity for him to clear his name. The matter has dragged on for a long time at the expense of our economy. It is time for this matter

to be resolved once and for all. I want to warn those who criticise the Hawks that what they are doing is uncalled for. We are all equal in the eyes of justice, regardless of race, gender, religion or standing, and law enforcers should be able to carry out their responsibilities without intimidation. ROMANIUS  ZULU



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Keeping  Hillcrest  beautiful THE village of Hillcrest is very grateful to Miles Steenhuisen of Mass Landscapes who has spent much time and resources on his two adopted spots – the on-ramp and off-ramp to the M13 of Hillcrest. His staff at the Adopt-A-Spot area are Wiseman Sithole, Lucky Glamuka and Geoffrey Shabalala who work tirelessly to beautify the village entrance and exit. Marge Mitchell the chairperson of Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association (KHBA) said: “KHBA is enormously grateful to Miles for his selfless commitment to keeping the area in which

we live and visit and work beautiful. “The association would ask and encourage other businesses to please consider adopting a spot – your reward is free advertising and a beautiful environment.” She said that the association also makes an appeal for sponsorship. “These appeals have been very well responded to in the past and for that we thank you. Just look at the gardens on Inanda Road on either side of the railway bridge to see what your sponsorship has created. “We appeal for cobbles stones, cement and sand, specifically for the two adopted areas that Miles is maintaining. Miles will be entering this area into a competition for Garden of the Year, a competition which he has won previously. With the help of the community we can ensure he wins again. “Thank you to those who continue to support the Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association in either cash or kind,” she added. To find out more about Adopt-ASpot, contact Jean Jooste on 082 895 0540. To donate stones, gravel or cement contact Marge Mitchell on 083 419 3807.

Musical  icon  bids  Hillcrest  farewell >> Music maestro celebrates career with free concert  KALISHA  NAICKER


OCAL choral conductor, singer and colourful personality, Judith Hawthorn, bids farewell to the Highway community on 20 October at a farewell musical extravaganza. The musical icon celebrates 35 years of music making in the area, and will hold a concert celebrating highlights of the music she has been involved in over the years. She will conduct her choirs, the Curro HCA FP and IP choirs, Durban Girls High Choir and Hillcrest High Glee Choir, joined by special guest artists. Hawthorn takes up the post of director of music at the new Drakondale Girls’ Choir School in Howick in January and invites everyone who has made music with her over the years to come along to send her off with a song. “Growing up surrounded by classical music, I have been studying, making and teaching music in various ways my entire adult life. “From strong roots in church music, to pursuing a musical theatre career as a mature performer. Music has provided an opportunity for me to express my unique voice, and to impact my world. In recent years, my passion for music has been directed to choral conducting and teaching private singing lessons,” she added. Some of her achievements include conducting the junior primary and


Judith  Hawthorn  will  hold  a  concert  to  bid  farewell  to  the  Highway  community senior primary choirs at Curro HCA, the Hillcrest High Glee Choir and the Durban Girls’ High Choir. She is the artistic director of the Festival in the Hills, a national arts festival for primary school children and their families, and she is also a voice coach. Her acting career included her

playing Sister Berthe in Sound of Music, Mrs Eyensford Hills in My Fair Lady, Mrs Hopkins in My Fair Lady and Ensemble in Cinderella, to name a few. Everyone is invited to join Hawthorn in her free choral farewell at the City Hill Auditorium in Hillcrest, on Thursday 20 October from 6pm.


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life i In  this  edition ‘Carpe  diem’  ­  seize  the  day See  page  12


  Upper  Highway women  (from  left)  Alexis Yapp,    Adélle  Botes  and  Ronelle  Sterkenburg  have  fought  breast  cancer  and  aim  to  live  life  to  the fullest.  Read  their stories  inside.

Meet  three  inspirational  breast  cancer  survivors        

Cancer  is  not  a  death  sentence See  page  13 

Breast  cancer  myths  you  should  know See  page  15

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Walking  the  road  to  recovery >> Mother­of­two beats cancer  KALISHA  NAICKER



Ronelle  Sterkenburg  fought  breast  cancer.

OR Upper Highway resident, Ronelle Sterkenburg, being diagnosed with cancer was a long uphill battle. She read statistics about the number people who had succumbed to the dread disease, but never did she think she would become one of those statistics. “When I discovered a lump on my breast in February 2013, I was not that concerned as I was committed in my belief that cancer was something that happened to other people, not me, yet I was sadly mistaken. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of February 2013 and was soon undergoing the first round of

treatment - four doses of chemotherapy at three weekly intervals. “I then underwent a mastectomy at the beginning of June, followed by another 12 weeks of weekly chemo. My treatment concluded with eight weeks of radiation with my last session ending a week before Christmas,” said Sterkenburg. She said that having breast cancer has taught her many life lessons. “I have always been an independent individual, one who is reluctant to rely on others, but it soon became evident that I had no option, but to let others take charge. “I was very fortunate because I had the most amazing support group family, friends, colleagues and even strangers, who had heard about my diagnosis.” Sterkenburg said that she was

‘Carpe  diem’  ­  seize  the  day KALISHA  NAICKER MOTHER-of-two, Adélle Botes, was 32 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 2A inflammatory breast cancer. “For me breast cancer had to happen. In December 2004 I was just living. I had a good marriage, two lovely children aged nine and 12. I was a Sunday school teacher and home cell leader [at church], a make-up artist and I helped my husband, Herman, in his photographic business. “It was the end of November 2004, a few days after my youngest daughter turned nine, and as always we woke up and the children got in my bed for a cuddle while Herman made coffee. “We did Bible study together and then I leaned over to pick up my cup and the back of my left wrist just fleetingly touched my right breast. I will never be able to explain that in one split second I knew that nothing will be the same again.”

She said it was like a movie, but in slow motion. “All I could hear was my heart beating in my ears. I just knew this was serious. I looked up at my husband and said I have a lump on my breast. “My doctor laughed our concerns away saying that at 32 it will only be hormonal and cancer lumps don’t just pop out, they grow bit by bit. “So she gave me antibiotics and sent me home.” However, three weeks later Adélle’s breast was double in size, and inflamed “It was like I was breast feeding, but again the doctor didn’t worry, but this time I insisted I wanted it tested. We had no medical aid, but I could not go to a state hospital. I was booked in to see a surgeon at Entabeni Hospital the following day. The doctor did a biopsy and sent Botes for a breast scan because she was too young for a mammogram. “Although I was officially diag-


Adélle  Botes  was  32  when  she  was  diagnosed  with  stage  2A  inflamma­ tory  breast  cancer. nosed in November reality set in that December morning and while the nurses were singing Christmas carols I wanted to run as far from this as possible, but my fighter spirit did not allow

grateful for the daily messages on her cellphone, the phone calls, the visits, the meals her colleagues and friends delivered on a rotation basis - the list is endless, she said, but every deed helped her to cope and walk the road to recovery. Sterkenburg said people deal with situations differently, but she found that talking about hers helped. “I met the most amazing people while sitting through the endless chemotherapy sessions and we swopped stories of our aches and pains, our reaction to the various medications and what lay ahead for us – it was reassuring to hear that what I was experiencing was ‘normal’ and that others had walked a similar road. “I now belong to a chat group called ‘Soul Sisters’, and it is rewarding to share my experiences and relevant in-

formation when new members join the group looking for advice, or they simply just want to share their story.” Sterkenburg said that cancer is rife in today’s world, and her advice is to take out dread disease cover. “I was in the very fortunate position of being able to give up work for the nine months of my treatment, but this did cause financial strain and dread disease cover would have helped alleviate this. “Chemotherapy is expensive and debilitating and is difficult to continue functioning as a normal human being, so to have that extra financial backing during treatment is a must, as far as I am concerned, and please don’t think it can never happen to you – rather be safe than sorry,” she concluded.

me too. “I met with my oncology surgeon who did another biopsy - the lump by then had grown another one centimetre - and sent me for numerous tests, including a bone scan, a bone survey, chest X-ray and brain CT scan, and while waiting for the results, my rock, my husband Herman, sat next to me holding my hand. “I was diagnosed with stage 2A inflammatory breast cancer. This is a rare type of breast cancer. Only one in four breast cancers out of every 100, are this type. It is called ‘inflammatory’ because the breast tissue becomes inflamed, and the cancer cells block the smallest lymph channels in the breast. “It was decided to first start with chemo. On 6 January I started three treatments, 21 days apart. I decided from the start that I would not allow my

feelings and fear to rule, but that my faith in Christ would be my strength. “When my hair started falling out we had a hair party. As I had long hair my youngest daughter cut it in a bob and then my oldest daughter shaved it in a Mohawk. “We took photos, had cake and celebrated us as a family. Then Herman shaved it all off. “In April the inflammation and swelling was under control and I went for a mastectomy. “I chose immediate reconstruction - in hindsight I would have not done that as the inflammation risk was too high - and woke up six hours later with a little bump where my breast had been. “Cancer taught me to never put things off - during chemo I promised myself to never say ‘one day’ again, but to always seize the moment.”

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FEVER Who  is  at  risk  of  developing  breast  cancer? DO you think you stand a high chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer? Take a look at the factors to find out. Every woman is potentially at risk of getting breast cancer. However, there are certain factors that would put women in a higher risk category. The r Risk  factors  include: Age Over­ The  risk  of  de­ weight  or  obese veloping  breast  cancer women increases  as  one  gets  older. Research  has  shown  that  being However,  one  out  of  eight  overweight  or  obese  increases  the  invasive  breast  cancers  are risk  of  breast  and  other  cancers.  Now,  a found  in  women  young­ larger  study  suggests  that  overweight  er  than  45. and  obese  women  diagnosed  with  early­ stage,  hormone­receptor­positive  breast  cancer,  have  a  higher  risk  of  the  cancer coming  back  (recurrence)  and  are Family less  likely  to  survive  the  disease. history Healthy  eating  and  weight Breast  cancer  risk  is  higher management  is among  women  whose  close  blood very  important.  relatives  have  this  disease.  Having  one  first­degree  relative  (parent,  sib­ Dense ling,  child  or  maternal  grandmother)  breast  tissue with  breast  cancer  approximately  dou­ Women  with  dense bles  a  woman’s  risk.  Having  two  breast  tissue  (as  identified  on  a first­degree  relatives  increases  her mammogram)  have  more  glandu­ risk  about  three­fold. lar  tissue  and  less  fatty  tissue,  and  have  a  higher  risk  of  breast  cancer.  Unfortunately,  dense  breast  tissue Hormonal can  also  make  it  harder  for  environment doctors  to  spot  problems Women  who  haven’t  had  a on  mammograms. full­term  pregnancy  or  have  their first  child  after  age  30,  have  a  higher risk  of  breast  cancer  compared  to  women who  gave  birth  before  age  30.  Breastfeeding can  lower  breast  cancer  risk,  especially  if  a  woman  breastfeeds  for  longer  than  a  year.  Radia­ Women  who  started  menstruating  (having  pe­ tion  to  chest  be­ riods)  younger  than  age  12  have  a  higher  risk  fore  age  30 of  breast  cancer  later  in  life.  The  same  is  Radiation  to  the true  for  women  who  go  through  meno­ chest  to  treat  another  pause  when  they’re  older  than  55.  Cur­ cancer  (not  breast  cancer),  rent  or  recent  past  users  of  HRT such  as  Hodgkin’s  disease  or  have  a  higher  risk  of  being  di­ non­Hodgkin’s  Lymphoma,  re­ agnosed  with  breast sults  in  a  higher­than­aver­ cancer.  age  risk  of  breast  can­ cer. Race­ Personal ethnicity history White  women  are A  woman  with  cancer  in slightly  more  likely  to  de­ one  breast  has  a  three  to  four velop  breast  cancer  than  Af­ times  increased  risk  of  developing rican­American,  Hispanic,  a  new  cancer  in  the  other  breast  or and  Asian  women.  ­ in  another  part  of  the  same  breast. Women24 This  is  different  from  a  re­ currence  (return)  of the  first  can­ cer. Lifestyle factors Excessive  alcohol  use, little  to  no  physical  activity, smoking  and  diets  high  in  saturated  fats  increase  the  risk  of  breast  cancer.   ­  Women24

13 Cancer  is  not  a  death  sentence KALISHA  NAICKER


T 23 Alexis Yapp was in the prime of her life and going through a lifethreatening illness, let alone cancer, never crossed her mind. However, in October 2004 she felt a lump under her arm which the doctor told her was glandular fever, and sent her home with antibiotics. Yapp could not shake the feeling that something was not right and when she went back to the doctor the second time he sent her home with a stronger antibiotics. Yapp’s symptoms did not fade and at her third visit she told the doctor that the lumps had spread to her neck and she was very concerned. “Although I felt uneasy I never once thought I had cancer. The doctor sent me for blood tests, which strangely came back clear, and a ultrasound, which showed 13 lumps under my arm and two in my neck. “I got the news that I had non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was booked in for a biopsy. “On 14 November I was told by surgeon Dr Teichardt that I had cancer,” she said. Yapp was alone in the doctors’ rooms when he told her and it was the worst moment of her life. “I will never forget phoning my mom to tell her I had cancer. “On 15 November my family and I headed to Wilgers Oncology Centre in Pretoria to meet Dr Alberts and go through a series of tests - bloods, CT scans, X-rays, bone marrow, cardiologist check-up, and so on. “On 19 November my results came back and I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. “My treatment included six months’ chemo - two hours every three weeks. “My last chemo date was 20 April, 2005, and one month of radiation, May 2005,” she said. However, since her treatment Yapp now suffers with Lymphedema in her right arm, which is incurable, but says she is blessed to be alive.

>> Over­coming cancer with a good support  structure

Alexis  Yapp  ­ beating  breast cancer  and  lov­ ing  life.   PHOTO:  SARAH BRAUNS

• Non­Hodgkin  Lymphoma  is  a  cancer that  starts  in  cells  called  lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune sys­ tem. • Lymphedema  refers  to  swelling  that generally  occurs  in  one  of  your  arms  or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.  Lymphedema  is  most  commonly caused  by  the  removal  of  or  damage  to your  lymph  nodes  as  a  part  of  cancer treatment.




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INDING out that you have breast cancer can be a shock and a set back. A Durban mother and grandmother shares her experiences with the Hillcrest Fever. Joyce Govender (63) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 at RK Khan Hospital at the age of 40. She went for a surgical procedure (lumpectomy) to remove an underarm lump near her right breast. “I was diagnosed at RK Khan Hos-

pital in 1997 in Chatsworth. When doctors told me that I had breast cancer, I was very upset and depressed because I was under the impression that cancer is a death sentence. “I wept and prayed in hospital. I had surgery on my right breast and an underarm lump was removed,” she said. She told the Fever that she has become a living testimony in her community as she defeated breast cancer in its early stages. Govender is spreading a message of hope to senior citizen clubs around

the city and encourages others to go for regular cancer check-ups to the clinic. Despite all challenges she encountered in her life, she is now volunteer raising breast cancer awareness in her community. “I offer counselling to people regarding breast cancer. My intention is to give people hope and encourage them to live a positive life. I started doing counseling a year after I found out that I had breast cancer. “Perhaps the support that I received from my family and friends is

what motivated me to be optimistic and conquer the disease. “I go for checkups every year to hospital and the results so far have been have been good. I can say with no doubts that I am a breast cancer survivor,” she said. In 2010 she was one of the volunteers at Hospice participating in community outreach projects. “Breast cancer is not the end of the world and people must not lose hope. Prayer changes everything and you can overcome anything if you have faith as little as a mustard seed.


“I am so glad that I can be a living testimony and set an example that life goes on despite all obstacles I encountered in my life,” she said.

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FEVER Breast  cancer  awareness  ­  not  just  an  ‘October’  thing KALISHA  NAICKER


S many communities and businesses embrace pink in October for breast cancer awareness, many survivors feel the campaign is a money-making strategy and said that awareness should be all year around, not only one month of the year. Breast cancer survivor Portia Fete from Molweni said she doesn’t support the pink campaign. “The ‘pinkification’ does not help women, in fact it just makes them a spectacle and people feel sorry for you when they know you have, or have had cancer.

“Cancer is an illness that can attack one at any time, and I feel that making a hype about it for just one month in a year is not enough. “This is not like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, where we buy a small ribbon and think we have done the campaign good, and forget about it. “Cancer awareness needs to be ongoing and funds for research to find a cure needs to be raised all the time,” she said. Fete asked the community to “think before they pink”. “Let’s continuously support the fight against breast cancer and make a change all year round,” she added.

>> With so many myths and  preconceived notions on the  internet and in our minds, it is  often difficult to determine  what is fact and what is  fiction.Are mammograms really  painful? Do smokers actually run a higher risk of developing  breast cancer? Professor Justus  Apffelstaedt, Associate  Professor at Stellenbosch  University and Head of the  Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic,  helps to set the record straight. 

Two-time breast cancer survivor Rita Pillay said she is also not a fan of the pink campaign. She said although it encourages people to get tested and brings awareness to many, breast cancer is a serious illness and should be highlighted all the time. “There are many women who have the illness and who have died from it. Let us not make only October a month for awareness, rather let’s have regular drives and support groups to give women the strength to fight the illness.” However, PinkDrive says their campaigns are all year around and travel to semi-urban and urban areas



The  PinkDrive  offers  facts  about  breast  cancer: • when breast cancer shows up on a mammogram, it may have been in your body for  six  to  10  years;  • breast  cancer  mortality  rates  are  declining;  • we  don’t  know  how  to  prevent  breast  cancer;  • risk of breast cancer increases with age ­ 50% of breast cancer occurs among wom­ en  aged  62  and  older;  • most people think they have a higher risk of breast cancer than they actually do; • the mortality rate from breast cancer is higher for African­American women than for  Caucasian  women;  • hormone  replacement  therapy  (HRT)  increases  your  risk  of  breast  cancer;  • I  can  make  a  difference; • Monthly  breast  self­exams  save  lives;  and  •  mammograms  can  only  help,  not  harm  you. with the aim of enabling medically uninsured access to women’s health services. These services include free educa-

tion about women’s health, free mammograms, free pap smears, free clinical examinations and how to do breast self-examinations.

Breast  cancer  myths  you  should  know Myth  1  The incidence of breast cancer in younger women is increasing.  Truth  Breast cancers in younger women who are of celebri­ ty status is resulting in increased media coverage of their cases, but typically, breast cancers develop in women between  the  ages  of  50  and  70.  Myth2  The contribution of chemotherapy to reducing mor­ tality  is  significant.  Truth  A multidisciplinary approach that combines a num­ ber of treatment options that include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy,  hormonal  and  biologic  agents  is  most effective. Specialist centres, which see more than 150 cases of breast cancer per year will achieve the best re­ sults as here the most accurate diagnosis will be made and  the  most  appropriate  treatment  options  chosen. Myth  3  Smoking  increases  your  risk  of  breast  cancer.  Truth  Breast cancer is one of the few cancers where risk is  not  increased  due  to  smoking.  Myth  4  A  mammogram  is  a  mammogram.  Truth  The accuracy of mammographic diagnosis in screen­ ing,  which  forms  the  bulk  of  all  mammography  per­ formed  in  South  Africa,  is  dependent  on:  1. Optimal equipment used to produce the mammo­ gram  –  these  days  full­field  digital  mammographic equipment  is  regarded  as  state  of  the  art. 2. The optimal image as produced by a radiographer specialised  in  mammography.

3. The optimal reading of the image is usually provid­ ed by doctors who specialise in breast imaging and who have possibly received overseas training in mammogra­ phy  interpretation. 4. A process of rigorous quality control, where all out­ comes  are  recorded  and  regularly  analysed. Only where all of these conditions are met, will the promise of lowering the mortality rates from breast can­ cer and the increase in breast conservation be realised. Myth  5  It doesn’t make a difference where you are treated. Truth  A  very  important,  but  often  overlooked  factor  is where  a  patient  is  treated.  It  has  been  shown  that  dependent  on  where  the woman  is  treated  for  breast  cancer,  the  risk  of  death within 5 years can be up to 60% higher in environments where only few breast cancers are treated versus envi­ ronments where more than 150 breast cancers are treat­ ed  per  year. 

This effect is larger than any chemotherapy, hormo­ nal  therapy  and  radiation.  Myth  6  Removing the entire breast is better than breast con­ servation.  Truth  Breast cancer metastasizes to places outside of the breast. The tumour in the breast will not kill you – the spread  of  the  cancer  to  the  brain,  lungs  etc.,  will.  As breast cancer often does that early in the course of the disease,  a  mastectomy  will  not  guarantee  you  better survival  than  breast  conserving  therapy.  Should a radical mastectomy be necessary, breast reconstruction can take place during the same session that the mastectomy is performed. A multidisciplinary treatment approach involves: The oncologic surgeon, a radiation oncologist, a medical oncologist and a plastic surgeon to optimally time and sequence the individual treatments.                                                                                                     ­  Women24  

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HE Village Mall Spar in Kloof donated tinned dog food to the value of R5 000 for the animals in the SPCA's care. "A heartfelt thanks to the Village Mall SPAR for their ongoing support of our SPCA, the animals in our care and our work in animal welfare. The animals are fed twice a day and we use the tinned food, mixed together with the dry pellets to ensure the dogs get

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KALISHA  NAICKER WORLD Diabetes Day is on 14 November and Fever reporter, Kalisha Naicker, chatted to Jenny Russell from Diabetes Durban to find out more about the what diabetes is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, how we prevent it, and Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes means. KN: What is Diabetes South Africa? JR: We are an NPO that provides support and educates diabetics and communities. KN: What is diabetes? JR: When you have diabetes, your body is either unable to make enough insulin, or it is unable to correctly use the insulin it does make. So what happens is the glucose in your bloodstream can’t move into your cells to be used as energy, and this glucose builds up in your bloodstream. KN: What is Type 1 and Type 2? JR: Type 1 is when your body attacks the beta cells in your pancreas, and they cannot produce insulin. Type 2 is when your body either cannot produce enough insulin, or it is not able to use it correctly. KN: What are the symptoms of diabetes? JR: Thirst, frequent urination, loss of weight, tiredness, often hungry, blurry vision, itchy skin and thrush. KN: Are there problems associated with diabetes? JR: Top of the list is cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower limb amputation, sexual dysfunction, high BP and cholesterol. KN: How do I check to see if I have diabetes? JR: Go to your doctor or clinic for a blood sugar test.

For more information contact Dia­ betes SA, Durban office, 204  Wheeler House, Stamfordhill  Road, Greyville or call 086 122 2717,  084 717 7443 or email durban@di­

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ILLCREST High senior speech night had all the ingredients of laughter, talent, nervous tension and excellent speeches by all speakers which made it an excellent and memorable night. The guest speaker, Dr Kasambala spoke to the senior pupils and reminded them that though they may feel they have come to the end, it really is “just the beginning”. Dr Kasambala highlighted the qualities that would help them to lead full and productive lives which, included focus, perseverance and courage. The top achievers for 2016 included third placed in Grade 12 pupil, Bryce Foster, Proxime Accesit Dux Emily Goode, and Dux of the school, Brittany Graham – who scooped up academic awards for accounting and the trophy for excellence in accounting, Life

sciences, mathematics, physical science, and the trophy for excellence in mathematics and science. Best senior all-round sportsman went to Calvin Benton and best senior all-round sportswoman went to Londeka Zuma, 2016 Head Girl – who also collected the well deserved awards of academic honours, dramatic arts, IsiZulu, good service to the school, the important Itshweele Lempangele Award for “Spirit of togetherness” – given to the person who has shown respect for humans, harmony and unity as well as the Cobb/Muller Shielf for the best all rounder. Elma Akob (deputy head girl of culture) also carried off an armful of awards, including academic honours, the business studies subject prize, the Price Waterhouse Cooper trophy for

excellence in commerce, the Rygill trophy for public speaking Grade 11 and 12, the Evelyn Forrest Cup for the greatest contribution to cultural affairs, the trophy for being the best ambassador of the school (amongst her many other achievements, Elma became the first African female to chair the GYLC UN Global Summit meeting in New York), as well as a very aptly deserved Walsh Trophy for the Pursuit of Excellence. The night ended, with many different emotions, with the announcement of the new Student Leadership Team for 2017. Deputy Heads for 2017 are Joshua Stroebel, Dylan Barnard and Hlengiwe Zondi (Sport), Georgia Gifford (Culture), and finally, Craig Dowdall and Esai Reddy were announced as head leaders for 2017. - Supplied.

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hillcrest ‘Raving’  FEVER breakfast  party  hosted ON Heritage Day, The Morning Rave got together with Tomy Takkies for a breakfast party. They joined forces to collect shoes for the Robin Hood Foundation's “Choose Your Shoes campaign”. This initiative will be putting shoes on the feet of over 1 000 underprivileged children in Amaoti, Inanda. Morning Rave fans were asked to trade pairs of good pre-loved shoes for a new pair of locally-made genuine Tomy Takkies. The response was amazing with over 400 pairs being collected. The shoes will given to Kim Griffith Jones, The Robin Hood


Foundation co-ordinator this week. Jarod Grossberg, Tomy Takkies brand manager said: "The Morning Rave was amazing. We are grateful we could be involved such a great initiative and support The Robin Hood Foundation." “We are incredibly grateful to The Morning Rave and Tomy Takkies for supporting our Choose Your Shoes campaign with their Heritage Day event. What a fantastic contribution towards blessing these children,” added Griffith Jones. To get involved or find out more about the foundation and how you can help, email or contact Griffith Jones on 076 612 9060. - Supplied.

Brittany  Graham  with  her  Dux  award. PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

Deputy  head  girl  of  culture  Elma  Akob  with  her  award.


At  the  awards  (from  left)  principal  Mr  Girvin,  Proxime  Accesit  Dux  (runner  up  to  Dux)  Emily  Goode,  guest  speaker  Dr  Kasambala,  third  in  Grade  12  Bryce  Foster,  Dux  of  the  school  Brittany  Graham  and  special  guest  Mr  Shezi.

At  the  breakfast  (from  left)  Shelley­Ann  Taylor,  Tracy  Short,  Tasha  Goven­ der,  Kim  Griffith  Jones  and  Jarod  Grossberg.

Community  supports  International  Animal  Week INTERNATIONAL Animal Week is celebrated every year from 4 October to 10 October. The purpose of this week is to recognise and celebrate the role that animals play in our lives and the need to treat all animals with compassion and respect. Lisa Mörck the PR and outreach officer of the Kloof and SPCA said that it has been an amazing week with 15 of the animals in the SPCA’s care being adopted by their new families during International Animal Week. “It is so heartwarming to see our animals getting a second chance at a happy home and we thank every single person and family for adopting from their local SPCA. “There are so many ways you are able to contribute and show support for your local SPCA. You can support your local SPCA by adopting, donating and or getting involved by volunteer-

ing your time. Speaking up and reporting cruelty to animals. “Taking a stand and insisting on free range and humanely produced foods. Avoiding any activities, that in any way compromises the welfare of an animal or animals. And above all, treating every living creature with the love, compassion and respect they so deserve,” she added. For more information on how you can help and get involved, please contact us on 031 764 1212/3 or visit

‘The  Cows’  raise  R150 000  for  Choc THE Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Natal (Gabran) once again took place in August and started at the ATKV in Drakensville and saw cyclists making their way back to Hillcrest over three days.

Overnight camping will be the order of the day, with the first stop at Wagendrift Dam and the second night at Midmar Dam. “This year was a cold and wet Gabran, but it did not dampen our spirits,” said The Cows Durban Daisy, Iris Varty. “Ganbran is not a race - it is an experience.” Next year’s event will take place from 18 to 20 August, 2017. For further details, email


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Alix  Johnson  with  her  new  adoption.

Loving  her  new  pup  is  Helen  Gow.

All  smiles  are  (from  left)  Tersia  Tas­ kes  and  Donee    Standeaven  with  Mr.Humphrey  Wiggle  and  Tuli.

With  R150 000  cheque,  that  was  raised  by  The  Cows  on  their  an­ nual  three­day,  300km  Gabran  for  Choc  (from  left)  Julia  Varty,  Lau­ ren  Varty,  Lynne  Macrae  and  Iris  Varty.

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DVENTURE, outdoors, health, fitness and family are very difficult to fit into the same sentence when considering weekend activities for everyone. Now a wonderful solution, right here on the doorstep in Botha’s Hill, has been opened up by Jason Pachon and Bryan Peek at Infinite Adventures. They have created an Obstacle Course Race, called Waterra, with options for all ages and levels of fitness, to be held on the 22 October. It will be a significant challenge for those who want to take on the 12km event, but there is an option of doing it in a team of up to eight members, making it feasible for a group to have a fun, but muddy, day out. If that is too far then the 6km event, with less technical obstacles, is an option, which can also be tackled as a team event. The kids are catered for with a safe and yet do-able route for them to ex-

perience the obstacles, more in line with their normal daily play activities. The course and route has been a labour of love for the past 18 months for Pachon and Peek who have invested significant time, energy and resources into producing a course which is both challenging and yet safe. Pachon commented: “All obstacles are engineer certified, ratified and fault free and only materials of the highest grade being used.” With the area itself not suitable for housing, due to the steep gradients, the team came up with a brilliant solution to combine the wonderful African landscape with obstacles to create an event that uses both man-made and natural obstacles. At the pilot, test event this past weekend, the participants were raving about the extreme beauty of the area, the obstacles themselves and the proximity of the venue to Durban. Added to these benefits are the availability of a Kids play

area and an in-house “Adventure Café” to provide the mandatory coffee or refreshment after an exciting adventure. Peek was happy with the outcome of the test event and said: “We are thrilled to hear the response from the athletes. When we work on the route for so long, we are not too sure if it’s just right for the athletes, but everything we have heard is positive, and we are thrilled.” The growth in their social media platforms and rush of entries has been testament to this positivity spreading about the event. The first race is on 22 October, with online entries open to all, from an Inter-School team challenge, to Individual athletes in the “Hero for a Day” event which covers the full 12km. Many local fitness gyms and training groups are grabbing the opportunity to be there and encouraging their members to sign up for the team event to test their training methods. All corporates are welcome to enter a team

to assist in developing team spirit and that sense of working together to achieve the task at hand. With the combination of venue, logistics, safety and convenience this looks set to be a winner for all who participate and get involved. Be sure

to be part of the first one as the waiting list will fill up quickly once the word gets out. Experience the thrill of the adventure in completing this challenge for yourself and be part of it. For further event information log on to


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