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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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534 / 550 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg Contact Ash 083 786 3377 • Rafik 083 786 3311 Tel: 033 342 4717 / 033 345 1971 Email: • 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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Auto Fever One  of  the highlights  on  the Cordwalles  Preparatory  School’s calendar  card  is  a  go­kart  race  for the  Grade  7  boys.  The  boys  were  split into  groups  and  had  to  design  and  make  their  own  go­karts.  Conservative  and  hi­tech  go­karts  were  made  and  the  boys  had            tremendous  fun  in  getting  their  go­karts  from  the  top  of  the  school  down  to  Gibsons  field  at  the  bottom,  through  the  school  forest.  ABOVE:  Flying  along  (from  left)  Ross  le  Seur,  Thoba  Buthelezi,  and  Gary  Gold­ ring,  being  driven  by  Jack  Edmonds PHOTO:  DLG  PHOTOGRAPHY

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Tensions ran hi gh burg  Magistra  last week at the Pietermar tes  Court  whe itz­ n  between  fam ily  of  the  accu a  fight  broke  out sed  students,  were  denied  who ba covering  the  co il  and  journalists  who  w ere urt  case.  While journalis on  camera,  so ts rushed to capture the sc ene m that they were  e  family  members  were  an gr being photogra phed and video y by  journalists.  ed SAPS membe became  enra rs tried  to calm the group w ged.  The  inci ho dent  was  sw brought  unde iftly r  allowed  to  leav control  and  journalists  w ere e  the  courtroo police.  m  surrounded  by






Students outside  the  Pietermaritzburg  Magistrate’s  Court  last  week  in  support  of  the  11  UKZN  students,  who  were  arrested  during  violent  protests  last  month.

>> Strict bail conditions handed down to four of the 11 NICOLE  JOHN >>


TRICT bail conditions were handed to four of the 11 University of KwaZulu-Natal students who were granted bail of R1 000 by Pietermaritzburg magistrate M. Boikhutso last Thursday at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court. The four who were granted bail are Minenhle Sibisi, Ntabankeka Kopedi, Lindokuhle Hlongwa and Samukelisiwe Lubanyana. The seven remanded in custody are Chuma Wakeni, Siyathemba Magwaza, Mayibongwe Ngcobo, Mbali Langa, Thembeka Mpanza, Nobuhle Shabalala and Siyabonga Mbambo. Boikhutso said the students were granted bail on condition they do not return to the campus residences, where they currently live, and find alternate accommodation. They are

also not allowed onto the university premises unless it is for their tests and/ or exams or to attend lectures. They need to have police escorts should they need to return to their residence to collect their belongings. They are also forbidden from engaging in any protest activities. The students were arrested and charged with public violence, failure to comply with the police, interference with SAPS duty, assault of the SAPS and malicious damage to property. During her judgment, Boikhutso said all the accused were confirmed as students at UKZN and were between first year and masters students who are all currently studying on bursaries. One of the female accused is a mother of two who’s children live with their grandmother out of town. While the state vehemently opposed bail of the accused, the defence argued that keeping the accused in jail

will inhibit them from writing exams and completing their year of studies. Video footage, which was captured on the day of arrest 22 September, was submitted to the court, which showed some of the accused engaging in the violent protests. While the defence requested that the footage not be taken into consideration in the case, Boikhutso said she had already seen the footage and “cannot pretend” that she had not seen it. Boikhutso said the accused had exercised their right to silence and pleaded not guilty. “Violence must not be tolerated. All the accused are funded and therefore have nothing to lose financially. It cannot be said that the state does not have a case, the state has a strong case,” she said. She added that everyone has a constitutional right to gather and demonstrate.

“We have rights that we have never had before and with these rights come responsibility. “Any group or mob will not be allowed to hijack and violate the rights of other students and residents around the university.” Boikhutso said that the students were in direct violation of the high court order which is currently in place stating that anyone who causes damage to university property will be prosecuted. The student’s defence teams said that the students were unaware of the High Court order. “This is where the court must step in, particularly if there if there is sufficient evidence. There are other students who need to be protected and allowed to complete their studies. The safety of other students and residents

will not be taken lightly. “We must also have sufficient evidence indicating who the culprits are. In this case, there is,” said Boikhutso. She went on to announce who the students were that would be granted bail cautioning them to adhere to the bail conditions and reminded them that their names and photographs would be given to the university security. Cries from the parents, family and supporters of the accused could be heard as Boikhutso announced that bail was denied for the seven students. The case will continue on 2 December at regional court.


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HILE the drought has affected food prices drastically in the last year, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) stated, in its recent food price barometer, that food availability is not the issue, the problem is food price affordability. Low-income households cannot make it through the month on their income and find themselves having to take loans to buy food for their families. “Households with no savings to draw on cannot absorb shocks by spending more, they absorb it in their bodies by cutting down on expenditures and taking on debt to cover food and other expenditure shortfalls,” the report read. This contributes to the low level of the health of individuals, who

Soaring food  prices  weaken  the  poor cannot afford basic food in order to have a healthy meal. In turn, this leads to decreased well-being and productivity. Many South African households rely on the earning of one individual and this wage is coming under enormous pressure because of the rising cost of goods. According to Pacsa, food baskets, which contain only the most basic and necessary goods, have increased drastically since November 2015 when the effects of the drought started to kick in. “Low-income households are really struggling. It is becoming more difficult to put food on the table. The drought and high temperatures has had a significant impact on food prices,” read the report. This means that households have to either cut down on some of the staple foods or get into further debt to be able to afford the core staples, which

include maize meal, rice, cake flour, white sugar and cooking oil. The foods driving  Further to this they compromise on the quality of other essential foods inflation on the  such as meat, vegetables and dairy Pacsa Food Basket  products. In the period of review, September are the foods that  2015 to September 2016, the Pacsa women term ‘the  food basket has increased by R243,63 from R1 616,97 to R1 860,60. big foods’ which  Core staple foods now cost just over R600 while nutrient rich foods like are maize meal,  meat, eggs, fish, vegetables and dairy rice, cake flour,  products, also went up. These are foods that people tend to compromise white sugar and  their spend on, which means they will cooking oil. They  compromise their nutritional diversity. are relatively price  In 2016 there have been major changes in the way that women inelastic and must  structure their debt in order to survive be purchased       through the month. “It is important to recognise that regardless of their  while women are managing their debt cost. Together ‘the  very well, it is their cleverness that is keeping their households afloat, but it big foods’ in­ is similarly important to note that the savings, which allow for these ingencreased by 25%  ious debt arrangements are coming (R120.54) year­ not from a kitty of extra money, but from cutting back on on­year. They basic expenditures reDry cost  quired for health, wellbeing and dignity. It is and canned R602.45 in their deprivation that beans         allows for savings September and consequently increased by  (up from their ability to keep households functionR481.91 a ing,” the report             year ago).  stated.

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>> Yali is in its fourth year and was developed to form bonds between the U.S. and SA NICOLE  JOHN >>


PPLICATIONS for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (Yali) will close on 26 October.

Mark Carr, public relations officer for the U.S. Embassy, said that Yali is in its fourth year and was developed to form bonds between the U.S. and South Africa to allow people of like minds to learn from each other and offer South Africans the chance to study

at some of America’s top universities. Two of the Pietermaritzburg 2016 fellows spoke at the Bessie Head Library last week promoting the programme. Mondli Zondo and Pierre Buckley went to America earlier this year as part of Yali and descried their With two  Pietermaritzburg  Yali fellows  from  2016  (from  left) Mark  Carr  (U.S.  Embassy),    Mondli  Zondo,  Pierre  Buckley  and  Thula  Ngcobo  (U.S.  Embassy).  PHOTO:  NICOLE  JOHN

experiences as “priceless”. Both fellows said that Yali opened up opportunities in the working environment for them as well as build a strong network of contacts with organisations across countries. “It was truly something I would encourage people to be involved in. The benefits it has for you as a person, and your career is amazing. “The experience is something I would never have been able to get in another programme,” said Zondo. Buckley said that Yali leaves a lasting impact on a person’s career, which does not end once the fellows return to their home country.

“We have made contacts and links with other countries that will help us with the work we are doing, not only in Pietermaritzburg, but the country as a whole.” Yali is open to people across Africa and not only provides participants with an opportunity of learning about the U.S., but also engages with and learns from others who live in different parts of Africa. The fellowship includes academic course work, leadership training, and the highlight was meeting President Barak Obama. Applications and criteria for selection are available online at youngafr OKLB 113334/66/E


Bus shelter  donated  to  Eastwood  Secondary At  the  new  bus  shelter  (from  left)  Garth  Rampaul  (Eastwood  Second­ ary  principal),  Hans  Coertse  (Anderson  Engineering  manag­ ing  director)  and  Trevor  Govender  (Anderson  Engineer­ ing,  engineering  planner  and  head  of  social  responsibility).

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NICOLE JOHN >> EASTWOOD  Secondary  School  was  the  recent recipient of a bus shelter at the school, courtesy of An­ derson  Engineering.  Initially  designed  and  conceptualised  to  protect children from the weather while waiting for transport, these  shelters  are  proving  to  be  more  than  just  a waiting shelter, and offer pupils a secure place to wait. The waiting shelter project began six years ago and six schools, including Forest Hill, Woodlands Primary, Alston Primary, Eastwood Primary, Tetelegu Primary and Eastwood Secondary, have been beneficiaries of Anderson Engineering’s corporate social responsibility initiative.  Eastwood Secondary, which has over 1 500 pupils, faces a number of challenges, including limited funds to support the high running costs of the large school, a high level of poverty for many pupils and the threat of  substance  abuse  and  teenage  pregnancy.  Garth Rampaul, principal of Eastwood Secondary,

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Red is  for  go,  green  is  for  go  for  taxis TWO months ago our car broke down and I  have  been  walking  to  work  every  day.  I never  noticed  it  before  ­  when  one  drives one  just  follows  the  normal  route,  and obeys  the  traffic  laws. In these eight weeks I have nearly been run over seven times, every time by a taxi racing  through  a  red  traffic  light  or  at  a traffic  crossing.  Just  this  morning  [14  October]  I  was almost  killed  by  two  taxis  both  racing through a red traffic light. When I pointed to the lights to show the driver he was in the wrong, he just opened the windows and swore  at  me  in  Zulu. I  guess  they  never  had  to  pass  any driving  tests. I have witnessed twice in two weeks, a traffic car with a uniformed traffic officer in­ side, parked by these same traffic lights and on both occasioned he just watched as the taxis  raced  through  he  red  traffic  lights. I don’t know if he wasn’t on duty yet, or if  he  just  didn’t  care. I  am  left  with  the  conclusion  that  it’s okay  to  break  the  traffic  laws,  and  place pedestrians in danger, as long as you are a taxi? Please can someone who cares, some­ one of authority in the traffic department do something, especially at the crossing op­ posite the post office in Longmarket Street, where they love to play racing taxis through red  traffic  lights. Innocent  people’s  lives  are  in  danger, and the traffic laws are being ignored, with­ out  consequence. PIETER  PIETERS Pietermaritzburg

Wilful destruction  of  property  is  despicable T HE letters in Fever of 28 September by V. Surujpaul, G. Grantham and UKZN Student all bear reference. The wilful destruction of property, burning of irreplaceable resources, and the smearing of faeces in lecture rooms are arrogant acts of vandalism. Those engaging in such grossly despicable acts should not be in an institution of higher learning in the first place. By committing such ghastly acts students are advertising to the world their depth of barbarism, and the baring of their upper bodies by some females is public indecency. All these are illegal, punishable offences, yet video footage show law enforcement agencies just watching

- no one was arrested for public indecency. Their inaction is puzzling to law-abiding citizens. Grantham’s letter makes good sense, but unfortunately, not many parents have the time to be with their children as most are employed and contributing to the economy. Our Constitution guarantees “free basic education”. Some political parties are mischievously adding tertiary education to gain political acceptance among the masses. Most democratic states assist top students to achieve their full potential, with the anticipation that such students’ expertise will be beneficial to the future advancement of the country as a whole.

Letters to  the Editor  must  be  received  by no  later  than  Friday  4pm  to  be considered  for  the  following  edition.. Letters  and  e­mails  should  be  addressed  to The  Editor  and  e­mailed  to  editorial@pmbfe­  or  posted  to  PO  Box  362,  PMB,  3201.  Letters  should  not  be  longer  than  350  words.  While  pseudonyms  are  allowed,  writers  must  still  include  their  full  names  and  contact  de­ tails  or  letters  will  not  be  printed.  The  Editor  reserves  the  right  to  not  run letters  or  to  alter  letters  so  they are  legible.

The majority of South African students, who are currently in tertiary institutions with a bare minimum of a 30% pass, are neither top performers, nor will they develop expertise to benefit the country positively. Their behaviour is developing exactly the opposite. It is a pity that some political parties cannot realise the long-term damaging effects of their current short-sightedness. DALEEP SAN Mountain  Rise

Hurtful to  see  our  suburbs  like  this IT is Sunday 8am. I am walking my German Shepherd down Ridge Road, down Alan Paton Avenue, and left behind Nando’s. Security staff in full riot gear are patrolling the campus. Police vans are patrolling the area

around the university. The roads are littered with broken bottles, burnt remains of rubbish and uprooted road signs, and a broken security boom lies on a pavement. Gates are secured with chains. It hurts to see our suburb like this,

and I have to wonder how much of the money that has to be spent on security and repairs could have contributed to the reduction of student fees. KARIN VAN  DONGEN Scottsville

Honour Public  Prosecutor,  Madonsela MANY of us note with sadness the retirement of Public Protector Dr Thulisile Madonsela at the conclusion of her seven-year term of office. I feel that it would be fitting if she were to be invested with an order to commemorate her outstanding contribution to the life of our nation.

What comes to mind is the Order of the Baobab, traditionally awarded to South Africans who have distinguished themselves in say, nationbuilding or community service. In the opinion of some, however, two things militate against such an award.

Firstly, her term of office did not have the longevity normally associated with the baobab. And, secondly, the award would have to be made by the president. R.S. QUERIPEL Clarendon

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‘Fever’ reader  donates  to law  student  after  article


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FTER reading an article in Maritzburg Fever, titled “Determination knows no bounds” on 7 September about a Pietermaritzburg man, Khetho Nzama from Howick, resident Moira Stuart (83) has spent the last month collecting clothes from friends and family for Nzama. Nzama is a third-year law student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and grew up in the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home and was determined to make something of his life, and stopped at nothing to make his dream of becoming a lawyer come true. Moira, a retired nurse at Amber Valley, contacted the Maritzburg Fever the week the article appeared, determined to help Nzama in some way. “Being a granny I am happy that this young man has made something of himself and I wanted to help him in some way,” she said. After contacting the Maritzburg Fever, Nzama was asked what he needed most and said he needed formal clothes for his upcoming moot trials at

Thank you to everyone who gave me the  clothes, and especially to Mrs Stuart. I am  so grateful to you the university. Moira then contacted family members and the women at the Howick Lions Club, who contributed to the clothes donation. She received a new pair of formal shoes from her niece, who also donated her son’s formal shirts and jerseys, Moira bought him a white shirt and

socks, and the Howick Lions Club assisted with another new shirt and formal pants. Nzama was very grateful and thrilled about the donations. “Thank you to everyone who gave me the clothes, and especially to Mrs Stuart. “I am so grateful to you,” he said.


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Rhumbelow Theatre  RHUMBELOW Theatre Pietermaritz­ burg  presents  Miriam  —  My  Life,  My Song, by Miriam Erasmus, on Sunday, 23 October at 2pm and 6.30pm. This musi­ cal memoir takes the audience on a folk journey.  The  venue  opens  90  minutes before the show for picnic dinners. Book­ ing at  Computicket or contact Roland at  or 082 499 8636. Film  club  at  Tag FILM screenings will take place at the Tatham  Art  Gallery  lecture  theatre weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm. For R35 The Tatham  coffee  shop  will  be  open.  For more  information  email  AntonvdHov­

Comedy Night  Banquet  DO  something  different  than  the same old same old and blow off some steam  at  the  Comedy  Night  Banquet hosted  by  Hebron  Christian  Fellowship on 4 November at Aryan Hall. There will be good food, plenty of laughs and many of  prizes  to  be  won.  Tickets  cost  R100. For more information find the event on Facebook.

Markets THE SPCA Pietermaritzburg Village Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Outside stallholders welcome. Phone 033 386 9267. The Pietermaritzburg Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays from 6am to 10am at the PMB Botanical Gardens in Mayors Walk. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687. The YMCA Sunday Market takes place on the first and last Sunday of every month at the YMCA, Scottsville, from 9am to 3pm (weather permitting). Phone Jenny at 073 500 1244. Thursday market from 6.30am to 10am in Princess Margaret Avenue. Inquiries: Roger at 083 513 3227.

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Mountain View  Halloween  Bash MOUNTAIN View Entertainment has teamed  up  with  DJ  KZN  (DJ  Mark Burnett) for its Halloween bash held on 29 October at 7pm. Exciting games and lots of prizes to be won. Accommoda­ tion available for those who do not want to  drive  home.  Parents  can  bring  their children along to be entertained later on with.  Mattresses  will  be  put  down  for the sleepy heads. For more information find the event on Facebook. Adults cost R25  and  children  R15.  For  more  information  phone 076 985 4303  or  033 940 0155.

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One of  the  donated  art­ works,  Full  Moon,  felt  (needle  felting)  by  Annette  McMaster.  Fabulous  Picture  Show  2016  THE  Friends  of  the  Tatham Art  Gallery  (Fotag)  committee invites  all  artists  to  submit  art­ works  for  the  Fabulous  Picture Show  2016.  The  submission deadline  for  A4  donations  has been extended to Friday, 21 Octo­ ber. For more information phone 033 392 2825 (mornings), email  or  visit 

Cancer patients  support  group NETCARE St Anne’s and The Cancer Association  of  South  Africa  (CANSA) extend  an  invitation  to  all  cancer patients,  their  family,  friends  and  all caregivers to its fourth edition of the cancer support group. The topic will be ‘stress  and  stress  management’.  The event  will  take  place  on  Tuesday,  25 October from 3pm to 4pm at the Net­ care  St  Anne’s  boardroom.  To  book your seat contact Shubnum Ismail on 082 360 2590  or  033 897 5013  or email or  Connie  Zuma  on  033 342 9837  or email

Save­Orion Race SAVE­ORION Athletic Club’s annual race takes place on Sunday, 6 Novem­ ber. The race will start and finish at Save Hyper,  Victoria  Street  starting  at 5.30am.  This  year’s  race  will  have  an added  edge,  apart  from  the  R50  000 prize money across the field, it also in­ corporates  the  KZNA  Half  Marathon Championships  and  will  attract  the KZN’s top athletes as well. Athletes are urged to enter early as the first 2 500 entrants will receive t­shirts and goodie bags.  Entry  Fee  for  the  21km  event  is R120 and the 10km is R90. Temporary licences  for  non­licensed  athletes  at R25 and R10 respectively will be also be available. Online entries are now open. Entry  forms  can  be  downloaded  and will  also  be  available  at  Save  Hyper, Save Truro Plaza, as well as at Poobie Naidoo  Sports.  Athletes  can  log  onto  or  drop  off their  manual  entries  at  Save  Hyper.  For more information contact Ajith on 083 659 2732, Shaun Meiklejohn on 083 439 7497 or Muhammad Paruk on 033 347 1632.

Open Midlands  Gardens  HARCOURTS  Open  Midlands  Gar­ dens 2016 presents a selection of local gardens  every  weekend.  See  for the  calendar.  On  29  October,  the Midlands  Rose  Society  Rose  Show presents a series of talks at the Fairfell conference  centre  at  Yellowwood Cafe,  Howick.  This  is  a  charity  event. For  more  information  phone 082 924 5892.

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HE Pink Mynah Festival - “Pietermaritzburg’s Pride” - is taking place from 22 to 29 October. The programme includes an arts and film festival, a cheese and wine evening, the Pink Mynah Pageant, the street parade and Pink Picnic, all of which will be held in Pietermaritzburg. The Pink Mynah Festival is organised by the Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network and is the main fund-raising event for GLN, sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture and endorsed by KZN Tourism and the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association. The The festival begins with the arts Pink Mynah and film festival at the KwaZulu-NaFestival  ­  Pieter­ tal Museum and explores different maritzburg’s  Pride  ­  forms of art, including theatre, mutakes  place  from  22  sic, photography and poetry. to  29  October.  On display will also be some of PHOTO:  SUPPLIED the exhibitions from last year’s hatecrime exhibitions and images and short films from our photography and using ambrotype, a 160-year-old form film competition, which feature local of “alternative photography”. members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, The Pink Mynah Pageant will be transgendered and intersexed held at the Aha Imperial Hotel on 28 (LGBTI) community. October. This event is one of the There will also be the premiere highlights of the festival, as aspiring screening of I am Rose, the fourth film young people from all walks of life from My Name is Rose. This is a plat- come to compete for the titles of Mr form to engage artistic narratives of and Ms Pink Mynah 2016. the LGBTI realities in South Africa The pageant is one of a kind as there The cheese and wine evening will are both the Mr and Ms categories. be held on 22 October at the Aha There are no restrictions on entries in Imperial Hotel, where you can taste these categories. There will also be a some great wine and cheeses. There fashion show by local designers and will also be an auction of selected drag queen performances by My pieces by internationally renowned Name is Rose. photographer Michael Ashby. Tickets are R50 at the door. Ashby’s “Alternative”, is a collecOn 29 October, members and suption of portraits that have been shot porters of the LGBTI community will

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march with pride from Freedom Square to the YMCA. This year’s parade promises to the best and we invite everyone to join in the celebrations, which also helps raise awareness of LGBTI rights. Once at the YMCA, the Pink Picnic will begin. There will be entertainment from Kwesta, Joocy, Qadasi and Maqhinga, Klutch Kollective, DJ Le Soul, ADJ, Joey Drumz, Trinity Drag Queens, and more. There is also a raffle for limited edition Pride Shoes, which are made in Spain, so be sure to buy a ticket. - Supplied. For more information, visit www.gayles  or  phone  033 342 6165.

ARTWORKS are  rolling  in  to  the Tatham  Art  Gallery  for  the  seventh edition of the The Fabulous Picture Show, the  Friends  of  the  Tatham  Art  Gallery’s (Fotag) annual fund­raising auction and fun  event,  on  Friday  25  November. However, not all artists had their work completed  by  the  first  submission deadline,  and  submissions  will  now  be accepted  until  21  October.  So,  artists,  get  busy,  and  take  your masterpiece to the Tatham. Reena will be accepting them, either on Tuesday after­ noons, which is the official time for sub­ missions,  or  during  normal  office  hours. It’s all for a good cause, enabling Fotag to raise money for buying new work for the gallery’s permanent collection. Last year, over  200  donated  artworks  were  sold, raising  over  R83 000,  and  it  would  be

wonderful to  top  that. The call is out for artists to donate up to three unframed, original artwork ­ art­ ists can check details and dimensions on the  Fotag  website  at  All works in the prescribed size will be framed  by  Fotag  before  the  auction.  3D works are welcome, but not bigger than the  A4  dimensions.    ­  Supplied.

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ONDA is known for its finely­crafted cars  and  SUVs  to  which  adjectives like durable, reliable and practical are often  applied.  These are the very qualities that appeal to older car owners and worldwide Honda drivers  are  usually  mature.  Such  is  Honda’s  popularity  in  gated communities in the Howick area, for exam­ ple, that Honda Fury in the city provides a free  service,  which  collects  and  delivers Hondas  requiring  servicing.  Honda’s  reputation  as  a  car  for  older drivers  is  a  mixed  blessing.  On  the  one  hand  Honda  cars  have  a stable  market  and  much  repeat  business. On the other hand the brand, with the exception of the Civic Type R, does not really appeal  to  younger  buyers.  It  must  certainly  have  posed  a  conun­ drum for the newly appointed president of Honda  SA,  Toshiaki  Konaka,  and  he  has every  reason  to  be  grateful  for  the  new Civic, a car seemingly designed to lower the average  Honda  ownership  age.  We recently drove the new Honda Civic 1.5T Sport CVT, courtesy of Des­Marie Victor, the new car sales manager at Honda Fury in Pietermaritzburg, for which we thank her. Styling The  new  10th  generation  Honda  Civic comes to South Africa fresh from winning the  North  American  Car  of  the  Year  title. It  has  a  sleek,  fastback  design  and  a steeply­raked  front  window.  The Honda designers have also ditched the  somewhat  frumpy  front  quarter windows on the previous model, enhancing the  sporty  appearance  of  the  car.  The front fender feature bulges over the wheel  arches  and  the  body  is  sculpted.  The  distinctive  headlamps,  the C­shaped tail­lights and tapering windows,






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make this  a highly  styled auto­ mobile.  It  appears that after some years  of  sleepy aesthetics,  Honda  de­ signers  are  now  wide  awake  and  have produced a car that makes a distinctive and powerful  statement.  The  car  has  also  grown  larger  and projects  an  imposing  presence  underlined by  its  modern,  17­inch  alloys. Interior The  interior  is  a  big  improvement  over the  previous  model.  It  is  both  more  modern  and  more intimate. The finishes are in rich, soft­touch plastics,  with  all  seats  covered  in  a  high quality  leather.  The  driver’s  seat  is  fully adjustable.  Unfortunately, the somewhat low front passenger’s seat has no height adjustment, although  both  front  seats  are  heated.  The interior has grown substantially and is   now   almost   as   large   as   the   Accord. The  leather­trimmed,  multifunction steering wheel is pleasing to handle and has a  tilt­and­telescopic  adjustment.  The steering is also the operating base for the audio system, Bluetooth and speed control functions and, if you have a smart phone  with  GPS  function,  it  is  possible  to pair  the  phone  to  the  centrally­placed seven­inch touch screen, which becomes a built  in  GPS  system.  There are also the usual plugs and USB port  for  your  electronic  toys.  The  dashboard,  when  switched  on, behaves  like  a  computer  game  and  the brightly lighted, colourful instrument panel features  a  digital  speedometer  within  an

R99 999

After some  years  of  sleepy  aes­ thetics,  Hon­ da  designers  are  now  wide  awake  and  have  produced  a  Civic  that  makes  a  dis­ tinctive  and  powerful  statement.  It  drives  very  well  too.                PHOTO:            QUICKPIC

analogue rev  counter.  The tall, two­tier centre console cossets front  passengers  and  contains  audio  and air­conditioning  controls. The  car  seats  five  adults  comfortably and  has  family  accommodation  for  both short  and  long  journeys.  The boot is generous with 430 litres of luggage  space  on  offer  and  this  almost doubles if the rear seats are folded down. Rear seat release levers are mounted in the boot  and  are  simple  to  operate. Safety  and  security The  new  Civic  is  packed  with  safety features besides the usual ABS with EBD, six front side and curtain air bags, child seat anchors  and  seat  belts  for  all.  I found the Hill Start Assist most useful. There  are  also  parking  sensors  and  a  rear view camera. Vehicle Stability Assist, Lane Departure and Forward Collision Warning, as  well  as  an  electric  parking  brake.  The car has the usual central locking and alarm system.  For those who enjoy toys, the car can be started  from  the  outside  by  depressing  a



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button on the electronic key and, while you are saying your goodbyes, the air­condition­ ing system will either cool or warm the car to  a  temperature  of  your  choice. Performance  and  handling The Civic we drove comes with a 1,5­litre, turbocharged,  four­cylinder,  VTEC  engine, that  powers  the  two  top  models.  Feisty  outputs  of  127 kW/220 Nm  are good for a claimed 0­100 km sprint in 8,2 seconds  making  it  competitive  with turbo­charged  rivals  like  the  Opel  Astra, Ford  Focus  and  VW  Jetta.  Fuel consumption also appears to have improved  with  a  claimed  5,9 litres  per 100km  for  the  1,5T  engines.  The old 1,8 litre engine used in the two entry­level  models  puts  out 104 kW/174 Nm  and  it  is  claimed  delivers 6,2 litres  per  100 km. The  Civic  is  an  enthusiastic  performer and  an  easy  cruiser.  The  ride  quality  is  excellent  and  roads are reduced to an academic quantity, as the car  glides  over  potholes  and  ruts.  Acceleration is immediate and whether

in town or the open road you feel you have the power required to move out of danger. On “D roads” the Civic is stable at speed and  I  felt  I  could  trust  the  vehicle,  which moves  through  corners  efficiently,  backed by its variable­ratio electric power steering, which  is  well  weighted.  Town  parking  is  easy  and  the  rear camera is a great help, while the vehicle’s ability to manoeuvre in traffic made me feel safe, even in the late afternoon rush hour, punctuated  by  traffic  light  tramps  and sunglasses  sellers. Costs  and  the  competition The  Civic,  despite  having  the  largest cabin  in  its  class  has  a  high  price  tag.  The  entry  1.8  Comfort  CVT  costs R330 000  and  the  range­topping  1.5T Executive  CVT  R460 000.  The  1.5T  Sport  CVT  we  drove  costs R430 000  and  comes  with  a  five­ year/200 000km  warranty  and  a  five­ year/90 000km  service  plan.  Also  look  at  VW  Jetta/Passat,  Subaru Legacy, Lexus CT, as well as the Opel Astra 1.6T  and  the  Ford  Focus  1.5T.



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Jack’s Jack’s Tyres  Tyres in  in Pietermaritzburg  Pietermaritzburg is  is at  at  The  Edge  Centre  in  Victoria  Road . The  Edge  Centre  in  Victoria  Road.

Vision behind  Jack’s  Tyres

Our values  at  Jack’s  Tyres Customer focus Serving the customer is the  reason for our existence and  we consistently deliver as  much benefit as possible in  order to create lifelong rela­ tionships with our customers. Honesty All of our practises and proce­ dures are aligned with the  best practices in the industry.

Integrity We constantly strive to provide  our customers with maximum  value­for­money service and  products.


Technological awareness We constantly stay abreast of  all technological develop­ ments and general trends in  the industry, in order to       improve our service delivery

120 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. Tel: 033 342 2889 We stock these and other leading brands

JACK’S Tyres vision is to  mee t global standards of delivering a super ior cus­ tomer experience in the industr y, while simultaneously  being  the  market leader in the sale of a wide  vari ety  of high quality tyres, mag rims and  other vehicle  accessories  and  compon ents. We have become the forerunners  i the  field  by  forging  lifelong  rela n tion­ ships  with  customers,  pro viding unrivalled  customer  service,  giving customers maximum value for m oney and  high  quality  produc ts  and constantly  adopting  the  indu stry’s best practises  in terms of tech nology, policies  and  procedures. Our colossal success has stemm ed from an empowering environmen t for our employees, thereby creatin g high­ ly proficient and motivated staff.  They have also conjured equitable m utually beneficial  relationships  with reputable  suppliers  and  con stantly monitored  industry  developmen ts.  ­  Supplied.


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Getting to  know  Jack’s  Tyres  F

AMILY business, Jack’s Tyres, is celebrating 25 years of success. Started by Jugthaw Rajkissor in 1986 in Jacobs in Durban, Jack’s Tyres has become a household name and is more than a business, it is an institution that has grown into the preferred supplier of all brands of

passenger, SUV, truck and earthmover tyres, mag rims, shocks, exhausts, tow bars and batteries. In addition, the company also performs car and truck puncture repairs, car and truck wheel alignment, mag wheel repairs and free suspension and brake checks as well as general vehicle repairs and services.


Jack’s Tyres provides unrivalled customer service and high quality products, all at affordable prices. Products are sourced from reputable suppliers in order to guarantee a consistently high level of quality. The company prides itself on being staffed by knowledgeable and friendly employees, dedicated to

helping customers. This has led to the company enjoying a consistent positive growth rate. Jack’s Tyres has 40 tyre fitment ramps, eight wheel alignment bays, a fully equipped workshop with state-of- the-art precision machinery, a large customer base and widespread recognition for its constant ef-

forts to deliver superior customer service and value. The majority of our customers have long-standing relationships with us that span many years, this is proof that we are committed to looking after our most important asset, you, our customer. - Supplied.


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The SsangYong  Tivoli  Air  shows  that  Korea’s  designers  now  totally  get  Eurocentric  design. 

Car of  2016  nominees Audi  A5/S5  Coupé Audi  Q2 Audi  Q5 Buick  LaCrosse Buick  Envision Chevrolet  Cruze Chrysler  Pacifica Fiat/Abarth  124  Spyder Honda  Civic Hyundai  Elantra Hyundai  Genesis  G80 Infiniti  Q60 Jaguar  F­Pace Kia  Cadenza Kia  Rio Kia  Sportage Mazda  CX­9 SEAT  Ateca Skoda  Kodiaq SsangYong  Tivoli  Air/XLV Subaru  Impreza Toyota  C­HR Volkswagen  Tiguan

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World Car  nominees >> Half a dozen Korean models listed for global top vehicle and design awards

World Urban  Car  2017 BMW  i3  (94 Ah) Citroën  C3  Citroën  E­Mehari Ford  KA+ Smart  Brabus  Range Smart  Cabriolet Suzuki  Baleno Suzuki  Ignis


Suzuki’s Ignis  is  a  supermini  with  seri­ ous  attitude.

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With the  new  Nissan  GT­R  shining  in  its  absence  among  the  World  Car  2016  nominees,  our  money  is  on  the  Audi  R8  to  claim  an  overall  win.


RGANISERS of the annual World Car Awards have released the nominations for the best cars. The nominations were based on Prime Research’s 2016 media report. Now entering its 13th year, the annual awards were inaugurated in 2003 to reflect realities in the global marketplace, as well as to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programmes.

The cars on the lists are tested by 73 international motoring reporters, who will vote for their favourites in a secret ballot in January. A slew of crossovers appear in the list, with the Audi Q2, Mazda CX9, Toyota C-HR and Volkswagen Tiguan all looking good, but the real surprises come from the Korean stables, with the SsangYong Tivoli and Kia Sportage competing against the usual names, while the Hyundai Elantra sets new benchmarks for sedans. In the Urban Car category, the Suzuki has two affordable models which will make their way to SA and the new Toyota Prius Prime has addressed

all the issues green petrolheads had with this first hybrid car. But on paper, it looks like the new Chevrolet Bolt will nevertheless trump the venerable Prius and even the Telsa X in terms of affordable, ecofriendly driving. In the notable absence of the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R on the lists, our money at Wheels has to be on the Audi R8, which deserves a win as the first affordable supercar that is equally comfortable on the school run as it is around the track. The jurors’ evaluations of the World Car of 2016 nominees can be seen on

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Car parts  cost  much  more

>> MALCOLM  KINSEY  reminds  it  pays  to  shop  around  when  sourcing  replacement  car  parts



After stripping  cars  for  their  parts  for  over  a  decade,  Awembe  Sili  advises  the  cheapest  car  to  maintain  is  still  either  a  Mazda  323  or  Toyota  Tazz,  but  not  a  Citi  Golf. Results  in  categories Again we have nine categories, looking at 34 prices of common parts needed in servicing, repairs and crashes.  Obviously  different  categories  interest  buyers with different budget constraints, and I have tried to give a reasonable spread within the limitations of  space  allowed.  Crossovers are again one of the most popular vehicle choices due to their versatility, and the three categories containing crossovers cover the greatest number  of  “similar”  vehicles,  from  fairly  basic  to high  end  luxury.  The  prices  in  brackets  are  the equivalent  prices  in  2015. City  cars  and  entry­level  vehicles This  spans  cars  priced  from  just  under  R120 000 for  the  cheeky  little  Datsun  Go  to  the  Ford  Figo Hatch  at  close  on  R174 000  and  obviously  the specifications  for  these  two  are  substantially different and not surprisingly at opposing ends of the parts basket cost.  The results mirror those of last year — the Datsun is the winner with R43 193 (last  year  R37 631)  followed  by  the  Nissan  Micra with  R55 071  (R44 479)  and  VW  Polo  Vivo  with R56 968.  (R49 805).  Service costs are lowest for the Datsun Go and next  best  for  the  Chevrolet  Spark  (which  suffers from  comparatively  high  crash  parts  prices  and comes in with the highest overall basket price of all).  The repair parts prices are best for the Go and Micra and the Datsun Go scores top points ahead of  the  VW  Polo  for  crash  parts. Super  minis  Prices  here  vary  from  just  on  R163 000  for  the Renault Sandero to R243 300 for the VW Polo.  The Sandero has been demoted to second place in the parts basket total this year with an overall cost of R83 783  (R65 517),  pipped  by  the  Peugeot  208, which  scored  a  winning  basket  price  of  R79 690 (R67 463).  VW  Polo  1.2  TSi  is  in  third  place  with R90 161  (R82 583). The Sandero has the most competitive service parts basket at R3 016, closely followed by the Polo at  R3 279.  Repair  parts  leaders  are  the  Polo  and Chevrolet Sonic, pretty much on a par at R14 500 and  R14 700  respectively.  Peugeot  208  with  R58 781  leads  the Sandero with R61 631 and the rest in the crash parts section. Chevrolet again falls down on crash parts prices.  •  More  on

Y 2016 Kinsey Report covers 69 vehicles and this year and with a few exceptions, there have been increases in the cost of the 2016 basket of 34 parts - some of which are quite astounding. All prices in this study were sourced in July and almost exclusively from dealers in the Durban, Pinetown, and Umhlanga. Wheel rims in some cases are over R20 000 each, doors in excess of R15 000 and if your car is fitted with “intelligent lights” a replacement may be in the R30 000 to R45 000 bracket. Many manufacturers offer these in place of the relatively affordable halogen for their upmarket vehicles. These components are in the crash parts category and in general this is the area where there has been the steepest price increase. Service parts have remained more affordable probably because the manufacturer is paying during the life of the service or maintenance plan. Repair parts also, have remained somewhat in check. Fan belts have got expensive for some

Committed to  solving  vehicle  issues  CAPTAIN Spares specialise in all Indian and Chinese makes of vehicles. These parts can be very hard to find and when you find them very expensive, but not with the Captain, we do our best to supply quality spares at fair prices. Captain Spares is owned by Darryn and Henk, but run by Henk and Hemanth. The shop has recently moved from its old location in Manchester Road, where it was formerly known as Etata Parts, to Shakile’s Centre in Rosedale Road. All staff have extensive knowledge and experience with vehicles such as Chana, Mahindra, Tata, and all of their specialist range. Committed to solving any of your vehicle issues and willing to go the extra mile, do not hesitate to contact them for anything you may need. Captain Spares has recently expanded, now introducing Captain truck spares for all your heavy motor vehicle parts. - Supplied.

Find us at Shakile’s Centre 20 Rosedale Road Pietermaritzburg 033 817 8608 033 817 8609 033 817 1186


brands because they are now more technical - almost like a large rubber band that will never need tensioning. Accident and crash parts are a valid concern for all vehicle owners and can impact the finances from day one, whatever insurance policies you may have. Aluminium clad vehicles are very expensive to repair and the doors, headlights and rims already mentioned add up to an alarming amount - affecting excess, write-off points, etcetera. As I stress every year, if you are costing your own vehicle parts, it pays to shop around if you have more than one franchise dealer available. Manufacturers only recommend a selling price - they do not enforce it so prices can vary. If your vehicle is out of warranty, you may consider alternative parts, but this can be a minefield and buying from other than large reputable parts chains could prove a great deal more expensive than buying the real deal.


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The staff of  Bidvest  McCarthy  Renault  Pietermaritzburg  take  great  pleasure  in  making  customers  happy. PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

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Renault launched  the  Kadjar  in  April  and  the  Kadjar  Dynamique  4x2  is  the  latest  in  this  model  range.  It  features  Renault’s  EDC  transmission  and  the  globally  acclaimed  and  proven  1.5  dCi  81kW  turbo  diesel  engine.  Thanks  to      renowned  F1  techno­transfer  to  production  cars,  Renault’s  downsized  1.5  dCi  Turbo  power  plant  outperforms  several  rival  models  with  higher  capacity        engines  in  SA’s  highly  contested  crossover  segment,  delivering  exceptional  com­ fort  and  significantly  reduced  levels  of  fuel  consumption  and  CO²  emissions.                                                                                                                                                                             PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

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IDVEST McCarthy  Renault  Pietermaritzburg  is celebrating  10  years  of  trading  in  the  City  of Choice. The  dealership  sends  its  appreciation  to  its  loyal patrons  and  suppliers  for  their  unwavering  support over  the  years,  and  with  trained  management  and staff,  best  service  is  guaranteed. “We are committing to providing ongoing customer service  in  all  departments. “Our  vision  is  in  line  with  our  holding  company, where we aim to be the first­choice provider of quality, service  and  value  in  all  the  markets  in  which  we operate,” said Bidvest McCarthy Renault Pietermaritz­ burg  general  manager,  Venesh  Sewsunker. The  dealership  is  at  9  Armitage  Road,  opposite McCarthy  Toyota. “Visit our new vehicle showroom to view the latest that  Renault  has  to  offer. “Our  highly  skilled  sales  management  team  will ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience with tailor­made professional financial advice,” Sewsunker said. When  buying  a  new  vehicle  from  McCarthy,  by default  the  customer  becomes  a  member  of  Club McCarthy, which gives the client a passport to a world of convenience, expert advice and complete peace of mind. “Our used vehicle department carries a wide range

of quality pre­owned vehicles. We also have a selected range of approved Renaults from the factory, as well as  other  popular  makes. “Bring your vehicle in for an evaluation and make a  decision  on  our  latest  range  of  demos. “We have a fully equipped workshop with factory­ trained  technicians  to  work  on  your  vehicle. “All  parts  fitted  in  our  service  department  are guaranteed  for  12  months. “Our  parts  department  ensures  that  stock  is available  or  easily  accessible,”  added  Sewsunker. Renault  Pietermaritzburg  boasts  an  experienced parts  department  team,  who  ensure  vehicles  are roadworthy. “Renault SA has recently set up a parts warehouse which carries an inventory of over 160 million [items], ensuring  your  Renault  stays  on  the  road. “All administration is managed at the dealership by  our  efficient  and  competent  team,”  he  said. Founded   in   1899,   by   the   Renault   brothers, Renault’s  magnificent  journey  through  time emphasises  progress,  style  and  comfort. Its  trend­setting  models  have  been  eye­catchers through  the  decades. “Bidvest McCarthy Renault is home to your every Renault desire, and we invite you to come with us on the  unforgettable  Renault  journey,”  said  Sewsunker. ­  Supplied.

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Ridge Primary  holds  mathematics  Olympiad


The Epworth  Grade  7  class  (pictured)  handed  over  a  R50 000  cheque  to  iThemba  Trust  at  the  culmination  of  their  year­long  endurance  outreach  challenge. 


Ridge Primary  recently  held  its  first  maths  problem­solving  Olympiad  and  challenged  Grade  3  pupils  to  solve  as  many  maths  problems        correctly,  in  a  limited  time  period,  as  possible.  A  huge  amount  of  fun  was  had  by  all.  Ridge  would  also  like  to  thank  Waltons  for  their          donation  of  prizes.  ABOVE:  Enjoying  the  problem­solving  challenges  are  Jared  Apps  (left)  and  Keira  Springolo. 

St Anne’s  and  Wildlands  plant  trees

Gert Maritz’s  ‘green  fingers’  bloom  tops Gert  Maritz  Primary  School  pupils  were  awarded  first  place  in  the        primary  school  category  for  Young  Garden  Designers  at  ‘The  Witness’  Garden  Show.  At  their  stand  (from  left)  Werner  Janse  van  Rensburg,  Nathan  Deysel,  Belinda  Steenkamp  and  Cherilynn  Naudé.



Greenhill pupils  dress  up  for  Readathon  Day

Wildlands Community  Hub  at  Insika  Secondary  School  in  Sweetwaters  was  a  hive  of  activity  recently  as  girls  from  St  Anne’s  Enviro  Club  joined  pupils  from  Insika  to  plant  three  orange  trees  next  to  the  well­established      demonstration  vegetable  garden  at  the  hub.  Planting  an  orange  tree  is  (from  left),  Thulasizwe  Zulu  (future  farmer  intern),  Sipho  Nkabinde  (Insika  principal)  and  Jodie  Simmans  (St  Anne’s  Enviro  Club  member).

New deputy  head  for  Grace  College  PHOTO:  SUPPLIED


pupils  enjoyed  Greenhill  Primary  School en  they  got  a  wh y  Da   their  Readathon their  favourite  chance  to  dress  up  as  ir  storybooks. the of    one character  from 

St John’s  hold  ‘Charlie  and  the  Chocolate  Factory’  Day PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

St John’s  DGS  Grade  3  pupils  went  all  out  with  their  costumes  for  their  annual  Roald  Dahl’s  ‘Charlie  and  the  Chocolate  Factory’  Day.  They  not  only  had  fun  with  themed  activities,  they  also  watched  the  movie  and  indulged  in  chocolates  and  sweets.  At  the  event  are  (from  left)  Phelo  Mkhize,    Lauren  Roseveare,  Yanhle  Mkhize,  Gabriela  Do  Vale,  Isabella  Zondi,  Yuresha  Moonsamy,  Amanda  Masikane  and  Rookaya  Gafoor.

Grace College  welcomes  Henko Jansen  (left),  who  has  taken  up  the  role  as  deputy  head  at  the  start  of  this  term.  He  comes  with  a  wealth  of  experience  and  we  are  ex­ cited  about  the positive  impact  he  will  make  at  the  school.  Principal  Vin­ cent  Luksich  welcomes  him.


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INCE 2009, Pietermaritzburg has been the recognised hub of international cycling events in South Africa and this trend continues with two UCI 1.2 races exclusively for women being staged in and around the city on 16 and 17 November. The two races - Queen Nandi Challenge and the Queen Sibaya Classic - have attracted the attention of local, national and international teams. The first race of the series is the Queen Nandi Challenge on Wednesday 16 November. The UCI Category 1.2 race is a 100km loop starting at Midmar Dam before sweeping through the Edendale Valley and climbing back through Hilton and returning to Midmar. The race is named after Queen Nandi, mother of Shaka Zulu, recognised as the mother of the Zulu nation. The second race, the Queen Sibaya Classic, which takes place on Thursday 17 November, is a 118km race again starting at Midmar Dam and will see the peloton climbing to Mooi River before racing back to the finish at Midmar, passing through Howick. Although a road race, close to 4.5km of it is on a hard gravel road, an African twist on the iconic Strade Bianche race in Italy. The race is named after Queen Sibaya, who stood up to an abusive husband, one of the first historical steps leading to the empowerment of women in the country today. Currently four UCI women’s teams will competing - Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Tibco, Silicon Valley Bank, Hitec Products and Bizkaia-Durango and this will see riders from as far as the U.S., Spain, Holland, Ukraine, Britain, Ger-

many, Finland, Denmark and Canada coming to compete. While there have been women’s races in South Africa before, they have always been linked to men’s races. Now for the first time, women-only races will be staged and this is part of Cycling South Africa’s plan to develop women’s cycling in South Africa. As part of this plan the organisers have also been working with the UCI, the African Cycling Confederation and the UCI African Cycling Centre to ensure that this opportunity will benefit as many riders and nations as possible. JP van Zyl and his team at the African Cycling Centre will be holding a training camp for riders from all over Africa in the weeks leading up to the KZN Summer Series races, then these riders will compete in the races under the African Cycling Centre banner. This will boost the international list at the races, and apart from the South African ladies, so far there will be also riders from Algeria, Botswana, Central African Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe all fighting to raise the stakes for African cycling. - Supplied.

For the first time,  women­only races will be staged and this is part of Cycling South Africa’s plan to develop women’s cycling in South Africa

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Local players  and  coaches  spent  time  learning  from  SA  21  women's  hockey  coach,  Lindsey  Wright  (second,  left),  as  part  of  the  Investec  Hockey  Academy's  Courses  held  at  St  Mary's  Diocesan  School  for  Girls  this  past  weekend.  With  the  coach  are  (from  left)  Alli  Hanger  (Thomas More  College),  Kayler  Hulett  (Ashton  International  College),  Jodie        Conolly  (The  Wykeham  Collegiate)  and  Amba  Brown  (Durban  Girls’    College).



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19 October  2016






In a  highly  contested  match  that  went  into  extra  time  and  then  a  penalty  shoot­out,  the  St  Charles  College  Senior  School  staff  team  emerged  victorious. 

Laddsworth soccer  girls  do  well  in  festival

Hilton College  gymnast  brings  home  gold  and silver Hilton  College  pupil  Jack  Youens  won  gold  overall,  gold  for  rings,  gold  for  floor  and  silver  for  vault  at  the  SA  Gym  Games.  Aside  from  this  excellent  achievement,  his  sportsmanship  was  exceptional.  He  supported  and  applauded  his  competitors,  comforted  them  when  they  did  badly  and  was  generally  respectful  and  friendly. PHOTO:  SUPPLIED


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Two riders  from  The  Wykeham  Collegiate  excelled  in  the  South  African  National                      Equestrian  Schools  Association  (Sanesa)  National  Championships  in  Gauteng  recently.  Chanel  Lötter  (right)  and  her  horse,  Elana  Madeira,  placed  ninth  in  the  90cm  jumping  class.  Robin  Martin  (left)  and  her  horse,  Rasputin,  came  second  in  two,  one­metre                jumping  classes.  Robin  was  also  part  of  the  KZN  A­team  for  the  one­metre  jumping  class  and  their  team  was  placed  second.  Robin  also  received  a  silver  and  a  bronze  medal  for  her  excellent  performance  in  the  one­metre  jumping  classes. 

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