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According to the editorial policy of the Hillcrest Fever, readers are invited to comment about the newspaper’s contents, and significant errors will be corrected as soon as possible. Please send information about correc­ tion  of  mistakes  in  the  newspaper  to  the  ombudsman  of  Media24’s Community Press, George Claassen, at george.claassen@media24.com or call him at 021 8513232 or 083 543 2471. Readers can also complain about  the  contents  to  the  South  African  Press  Ombudsman.  In  that case,  please  phone  011 788 4829  of  788 4837,  send  a  fax  to 011 788 4990  or  e­mail  to  press­ombudsman@ombudsman.org.za

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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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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

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-Don’t be a victim of crime this festive season - Christmas centrepieces kids can make -Think when buying a Christmas gift -Mobile hospitals roll out -KZN’s tight security plans -Measles sweeps across South Africa

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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

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CHOING the words “Count me in! Count me in! Count me in!” were the eThekwini Outer South Cluster SAPS members when the 16 Days of Activism campaign was launched recently. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children launch took place on November 27 at Mega City Mall, Umlazi. Mega City Management, PT Alarms, Community Policing Forum members, and eThekwini Outer South Cluster Stations released 16 orange, white, and green balloons to usher in the beginning of the campaign. The campaign started with an operation with two road blocks, thereafter, pamphlets on sexual abuse, domestic violence, and 16 Days of Activism were handed out. A huge motorcade then left Mega City and drove around all the hotspots, showing huge police visibility and unity. The campaign started on November 25 and will finish on December 10. Captain Carmen Rhynes, EOS Cluster communication Officer, said: “The fight against violence should be everyone’s business, not only during these 16 days assigned for activism but something that should be a part of our lives daily throughout the year. Education and participation is key!” What can be done? There are many ways to make a little difference in this fight against violence against children and women in the community • Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities in your community. • Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children. Many organisations need assistance

from the public — you can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions. Help plant a garden at a shelter, sponsor plastic tables and chairs for kids at a clinic, or join an organisation as a counsellor. Use your skills and knowledge to help the victims of abuse. • Speak out against woman and child abuse. • Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help. • Report child abuse to the police. • Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities. • Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour. • Seek help if you are emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline at 0800 150 150. • Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against the abuse of women and children. • Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence. • Spread the message on social media. • Join community policing forums (CPFs) — The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. You may want to also become a reservist, a member of the community who volunteers his/her services and time to support local policing efforts to fight crime. For more information on how to join, contact your local police station. Together, violence can be removed from communities, and we can help those that are victims of violence and abuse. — Supplied.

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eThekwini Outer South Cluster members support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign launch at Mega City.

Bikers stand against drug abuse PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com THE Bikers Against Drugs (BAD) campaign; a joint anti-drug awareness campaign conducted by MAC’s motorcycle club, Amanzimtoti SAPS, and Councillor Andre Beetge; kicked off in midNovember and organisers are asking for assistance from the public and fellow bikers. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about the selling of drugs to the youth. It is the sole focus of the campaigners to protect the youth from becoming caught in the web of addiction. The campaign hopes to identify hot spots and gather information on drug dealing within the neighbourhood. The first drive took place in November, whereby the bikers, together with SAPS, visited various establishments in order to gain support and commitment to the cause. In addition to this, a drug awareness display

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NIMAL abuse comes in many forms, one such form of abuse which encapsulates both physical and emotional abuse, is dog fighting. Dog fighting is an act which is the encouraging and inciting of two dogs to attack and fight each other until one is either killed or too injured and exhausted to continue. This underground activity takes place in both rural and urban areas across the country, and the dogs used in these fights end up with terrible injuries and are caged and kept in bad living conditions for their whole lives. According to the law, dog fighting is illegal, and supporting the act by allowing it to take place in your area, promoting the act for money or entertainment, or being in the place where such an act is taking place is a criminal offence. One can face imprisonment, fines and criminal record for breaking these laws. The loss of personal assets and denial of future animal ownership are further penalties that can be faced when convicted of dog fighting. One Toti resident, who wished to remain anonymous ,stated that there was an attempt to steal his dog by a group of youth. One of whom, a 12-year-old boy, was caught by the resident’s son. The son then alerted his father who then took this boy to the local SAPS, where they boy admitted that the purpose of stealing the dog was for it to be used for dog fighting ring in a community nearby. This incident was confirmed by the Amanzimtoti SAPS. According to the National Council of SPCAs

(NSPCA), dog fighting affects all, as it forms part of a circle of violence, as animal abuse often links other criminal activities such as the violence and abuse of vulnerable people. The NSPCA states that dog fighting promotes a lack of respect for the law, insensitivity to suffering, an enthusiasm for violence and involvement in other crimes such as illegal gambling, drugs, illegal weapons and theft. THE NSPCA offers a reward for information that leads up to the arrest and conviction of dog fighters. To report dog fighting (whistleblowers can remain anonymous) the NSPCA can be contacted on 011 907 3590, or e-mail specialinvestigations@nspca.co.za SIGNS OF DOG FIGHTING — Dogs that kept on heavy chains or confined to small areas such as alleys, garages or cages. — Residences or properties with multiple dogs that are unsterilised, unsocialised or unfriendly to other animals. — Dogs that have evidence of repeated injuries (multiple scars or injuries on their bodies, especially their faces, front legs, chests, hind legs, thighs and ears). — Purpose-built fighting pits or makeshift fighting areas with blood stains on the walls and floor. — The presence of training equipment (such as slat mills, treadmills, springpoles or break sticks); veterinary drugs or supplies and steroids. — Frequent or regular changes in dogs at a specific property. (As dogs are killed, new animals are purchased or stolen). .......— Groups of dogs being walked at unusual hours.

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HE SAPPI Abashintshi Awards Day Celebration took place recently at the Protea Hotel by Marriot Karridene Beach. The Abashintshi Project is inspired by Sappi, which uses social mobilisation and Asset-Based Community Development to uplift and empower local communities. After noticing a high unemployment rate and need for social intervention and enterprise development within the communities that Sappi Southern Africa’s Forestry division in KwaZulu-Natal operates in, the 12-month project known as Abash-

intshi was conceived. Abashintshi, which means “changers” in IsiZulu, was established in 2015 by Sappi in conjunction with development agency Devcom. The project saw the appointment of 18 unemployed youth, called the Abashintshi, and helped activate their entrepreneurial skills using the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) methodology. The Abashintshi go through a programme that consists of life skills and entrepreneurship training, as well a programme with the elders in their communities, known as Ifa Lethu, whereby they gain an appreciation for heritage, culture, and offer holiday programmes for school children.

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Motorists warned of the dangers of rubbernecking PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com IT is human nature to be curious, but as tempting as it is, slowing down to stare at accidents as one drives past is considered dangerous on various levels. This act, which is known as rubbernecking, causes drivers to lose concen-

tration on their own journeys, which can cause immediate harm to those around them, this according to Amanzimtoti SAPS communications officer Captain Charlene Van Der Spuy. “You would rather be safe than sorry. Slowing down without thinking can put you, your passengers, and the drivers around you at immediate risk of further accidents, especially at blind

spots where the driver behind you will not be aware that you have stopped,” said Captain Van Der Spuy. “The services deployed to attend to the first scene will now have a second incident to attend to. If you cannot pull off to the side to assist the initial accident, then it would be best to keep going and concentrate on your travels.” One driver, Amit Persad, who trav-

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IN November, World Diabetes Day was commemorated under the 2018 theme of “The Family and Diabetes”. According to Minister of Health Dr Sibongiseni­ Dhlomo, non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, kill millions of people worldwide, and have reached epidemic proportions in South Africa and worldwide. He also touched on the fact that not many people are aware that, if they have diabetes, it also affects their immune system, which has an impact on other diseases such as tuberculosis. “Diabetes mellitus was the second leading cause of death in the country, according to a 2013 Statistics South Africa report. Yet, Diabetes is one of those diseases that could be significantly reduced, with millions of lives saved through the reduction of risk factors, early detection, and timely treatment,” he said. Dhlomo said diabetes can be controlled through lifestyle changes such as desisting from excessive consumption of fat and sugar, smoking, alcohol abuse, and bad dietary choices. “We therefore urge you to help us encourage our fellow compatriots to get involved in regular exercise, adopt healthy lifestyles, and eat properly,” said the minister. While research has provided no solid proof that diabetes can be solely hereditary, genetics do play a part in increasing the risk of diabetes, especially when coupled with other indicators. Toti Resident Annet Reddy, who has been living with diabetes for several years, stated that she felt it was inevitable for her to suffer from the condition as her parents and grandparents are also diabetic. Speaking on living with diabetes, Reddy said: “I was generally never really into too sweet things, and my sugar intake was not exorbitant, yet I still ended up with diabetes.” “I believe that I could have prolonged this diagnosis if I made the correct lifestyle changes at a younger age. When my mother was diagnosed, there wasn’t enough awareness and education going around, it was a learning process for the whole family.” “Living with diabetes requires change in habits, and a stringent set of rules. You must watch your intake of carbs and sugar, because there is a lot of hidden sugars in food. I don’t take insulin but I do take my medication properly. The prospect of taking insulin is very daunting, because who wants to be injected daily?” remarked Reddy. She also stated that she worries about the future of her children, saying: “I try to lead them to a healthier lifestyle and exercise regime. We as a family try to keep an open dialogue regarding diabetes and the effects of it, it’s not just about keeping your blood glucose levels low.”


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Opposition not  Customer service is king This week serving  O N L I N E the  people

Tough times A  number  of  reasons  to  celebrate

increase, workers are going to demand higher salaries, which will lead to decreased productivity THE common sentiment ex- as they engage in industrial action. MANY people either look forward to the festive pe­ extra mile to serve others, we would like to salute Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World at the pressed by the government is that The impact of the drought will riod and begin their countdown to Christmas in Oc­ you and thank you for allowing us to share your sto­ weekend and now features in a long list of remarka­ consumers need toble women who continue to make a difference to tighten their compound rising prices. And the tober, while others are left running for the hills to ries. belts as the economy intothey  a live  volatility of theworld. rand has become a avoid He the was ‘silliness’  that  comes  with  the  season. the goes countries  in  and  PAUL DORRIAN were customers? often heard especially those in the This year South Africans voted hoping for the retail sector, fail the economy, the government or a ingless. The the  sales assistant proceeded to challenging patch. major talking point due to dubious As  w e  g et  r eady  t o  w ind  d own  a nd  t ake  a   b reath­ best – many are now glued to the parliament ses­ South Africans also took time through out the chatting to customers to gauge their lev- to close the gap between the behaviour plethora of other excuses for difficult show me a selection of trainers, and In his budget year to remember Nelson Mandela and do their bit speech, the decisions made by the president. er, we decided to reflect on some of the wonderful sion coverage because you never know what to ex­ MY first lesson in customer service ocel of happiness with the quality of the of their sales staff and the level of sales trading times. Yet, even during adverse then stood by passively while I looked at finance minister highlighted a The Hawks and Minister of celebrate  year  that  was. Buying frenzies pect. In 2015 we will be joining the queues for the to isfulfill  curred when I was 16. I had a part-time merchandisereasons  and theto  service theythe  experiachieved. such as Black economic conditions, money to behis  legacy.  them. In all five stores, it was apparent O not tell me you are a better their five- percent increase. people who gave you your job. rangefor  of commodity price increas- Police, Nathi Nhleko, seem to be Yes, we can talk about some of the lowlights by­elections  and  once  again,  hoping  positive It’s been a year since his death and many ques­ job at a local bakery where I was reenced. Friday and the Christmas rush aside, made by proper selling and good custhat the staff had not been trained to option than the ANC. Do not tell You all (opposition parties) voted so easy show how many jobs, es. As the target range of the gov- intensifying their bid to extract well (no pgreeted un  on the  ‘lights’),  bItut istcustomer hat  wouldto change. tioned the stability and patriotism of South Afri­ sponsible for keeping everything clean The shopas  assistants allword  their good service, together with tomer service. deal with customers or how to sell. the people of South Africa to against Zuma’s increase of approxischool, RDP houses, etc., can be creaternment’s three to six percent information about an alleged be  very  at  all. and tidy. The business was owned by Mr customers bynot  name, andfestive  were encourprofessional selling, ironWe know we live in a beautiful city and another out the fluctuaFor example, during thecans.  The good news is, it seems as if communities Great DeHighly successful retailers start off by revote for you because you will change mately R120 000, but how many ed or built with Zuma’s salary or the inflation margin is exceeded, “rogue unit”Many  that was inhis SARS. The team at the Fever has had a wonderful year reason to be a proud Durbanite is Durban has been are  now  more  than people ever.  Smith, a former police constable, whose aged to upsell. For those loyal customtions created by these phenomena. pression, Warren Buffett’s father made a united  cruiting with believe  the right attitude, it for the better. Do not tell me you care South Africans know of the five Nkandla costs, but voted  what about you,new  the Seven  Wonder  interest rates are going to rise to Consumers must brace themand has shared some truly remarkable memories an  official  City  of  the spirit still lives on calling it a sprinkling of ‘Madiba sense of discipline and public service was ers, something extra was often added A case in point highlights a common lot of money by selling bonds. Locating who really want to please customers, for the poor and unemployed of this percent increase you all got? The five opposition? bring inflation under control. selves for further devaluation of you.  world. customers. On apparent in his management style. gratis to theirwith  purchase, as a way of saycomplaint aired by many one’s store in a world-classmagic’. mall such as not just to turn up for a job. Then they country, because you are lying. percent increase for all MPs equals Are you truly thereThe  for the people of beaches,  rolling  The National Energy Regulator the rand the rift to  between Tom We’ve had an action­packed year from meeting picturesque  hills  and Clearly  South  Africans  will ifover continue  An imposing but kind man, he was ing thank you for their business. At the a recent trip to Liberty Midlands Mall to Liberty Midlands Mall, with commensuget trained, and overmake again. The reason why South Africa is in about R18,6wonderful  million - that is excluding South Africa or justbreath­taking skyline together with a host of won­ there to tell us how of South Africa has allowed Eskom Moyane and Pravin Gordhan is left individuals  who  are  slowly  changing great strides despite the negative news that some­ dedicated to his staff and customers. end of every week, providing that the purchase a pair of trainers, I tried five rate high rentals, spending large sums of They are taught to sell proactively. this economic, social and moral crisis MPLs, city their communities one step at a time to covering councillors and mayors, bad the ANC is. Ifderful inhabitants, sets us apart from the rest of you really want to to increase electricity tofore.  simmer without constructive times tariffs comes  by to  the  Decades before terms such as staff enbusiness had done well, each member of specialist shops before I could find money on store design, merchandising, Their incentives are linked to performis because most of our public repre- and if you campaigns that shows a proactive community who are a chairperson of a work for the people, you will take your 9,4%, an above-inflation increase intervention soon. South  Africa. The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic cli­ gagement, ghost customers, add-on sell- staff left with a box of goodies. Without someone to serve me. in-store promotion and advertising is ance. Not just sales but their ability to News sentatives (opposition included) are committee, are willing to fight for their beloved home towns. you get even more. salary increase and put it backyears,  into the thattitle  is going eat into the World  held  fail by totoents and readers a wonderfully happy festive sea­ ing and customer programmes it, Smith was following PearI would walk into a After  store 40  and be ig-the  Miss  wasted if salesis staff do everything please customers. An increase in sales -Don’t bethe a victim ofloyalty crime this season knowing part of problem. Yes, I festive am angry, Do you really work for the people? community you serve. disposable income son  of consumers. SURUJPAL To those people who are continuously going the a  South  African.  and  here’s  to  means welcoming  in  VIJAY  style. entered thecentrepieces modern business lexicon, son’s law, which states: “When performnored. Sales assistants walked past, in their power to serve the customer that,2015  ceteris paribus, profits im-IChristmas kids can make am very angry, but more saddened by How can we rebuild Mzansi if you do When you chose to become a public As commodity prices begin to Phoenix Smithwhen had already perfected these techance is measured, performance improves. looked at me and said nothing. No one with conviction. prove as well. As the Christmas season -Think buying Christmas gift the fact that whilea we put our trust in not represent the people? representative, you did it because you niques,hospitals albeit in roll his out own way. When performance is measured and reapproached when I went to the display A lackadaisical approach to customwill soon be upon us, now is the time for -Mobile these people to represent us they do Your salary increase in total is wanted to serve the people of South AfPeriodically, all the bakery staff were ported back, the rate of improvement and started handling the samples, a ers means that the cost of sales rises in retailers to rethink their sales and service -KZN’s tightjust security not, they takeplans care of their own about 155 times more than Zuma’s rica, not for the money. If you did it for marched out to the front of the shop to accelerates.” clear signal of my intent. I walked out of real terms. Retailers need to squeeze as strategies. personalsweeps survival. increase. Have public representatives the money then your heart is in the -Measles across Africa inspect the products onSouth display, where Customers were happy. The business four stores without uttering a word to much efficiency out of each square meAll four of the biggest opposition thought about what they can do with wrong place. I willcontinues end with this batho to destroy communities. own challenges•this butisasa we enter 2015conhe would proceed to interrogate us. Did made good money. Jobs were secure. anyone. Imagine how many other cus- some treofofour floor space. Paulyear, Dorrian management parties inGalleries Parliament opposed Presi- their increase? pele — people first. However, the one thing that continues to we renew our pledge to you to do our very best Picture we like what we saw? Would we be preCustomer service and selling are a tomers have done the same. The At the fifth store I was greeted by sultant and the author of Dancing with dent Jacob Zuma’s salary increase and If just the opposition used their stand soon undefeated of the Upper Hightocareful continue to bethe the most accurate, fair and bal- Sermust beyou?”, fore reaching cashier. -Tis the season to be pared to exchange ourgiving hard-earned marriage made in heaven. They compleamount of lost business adds up.is the spirit theCONSUMERS perfunctory “Can I help a and Customer, 101the Lessons Towards put up a big fight in Parliament last increase to help SA, it would amount IGOR  SCHEURKOGEL way community. Through the difficult source news, opinion, features, sports at the vigilant purchasing goodsofvice The problems experienced -Launch of Talk Sign 2015 money for the products on display if we ment one another. Yet many businesses, Often, the store management will blame question thatwhen is sotimes, passé asanced to be meanSupermacy. week, but how many of them opposed to more than R7 million. The exact Via  email our readers have once again that we and entertainment in the Upperare: Highway Area. fromproven our supermarkets. supermarkets are, without a doubt, among the resilient Werefers. will continue be open and honest withalways Mymost personal experience I •toadvertised items are not Events and strong-willed. our readers and we assure you that the new recently purchased a 7,3 kg bag of available, even when you arrive at -Maynards Beach Festival Dear Readers, We have weathered all the storms came year will be onethe never to be Husky dogthat food that was advertised stores asforgotten. the doors open; and -KZN Music Imbizo spite of for the the turmoil and almost TODAY marks the end of another year our way anduniverhave demonstrated that webut canI wasOur hearts go out to those who available lost lovedto help at R149,99 charged • staff are never sal devastation his country, manaHillcrest Fever, and as the festivities kick off for inbe a community to be proudR199,99. of - from our disa- ones this year and those you withexperiencing the advertiseddifficulitem on sale. 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LWAYS willing to give and help, the ladies of the Sezela Bowling Club donated R600 from their “Bowling-in-Pink” fundraising event that was held in October. “Khanya Hospice was the charity of their choice because of the wonderful work the Hospice nurses are doing in a very large area. “Hospice nurses are Palliative trained and are excellent with pain and symptom control. Your donation will go a long way,” said Hospice CEO Neil McDonald. Hospice offers free palliative nursing care to people who request it within their admission criteria. People who would like to contact hospice can do so at 083 597 8985 or hospice@scottnet.co.za — Supplied.

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SHEREEN Paul and her committee, together with the ladies from the Ultimate Dance Fitness group, made their annual donation to Khanya Hospice at a function in Park Rynie Paul said her team worked very hard during the year, and said: “We are

going to make a record donation.” Speaking about the donation, CEO of Khanya Hospice Neil McDonald said: “The blessings are falling from the sky, wow. This was the most we have ever received in my time as Hospice CEO.” “A big thank you to all who so kindly

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Child safety this holiday season SAFETY takes precedence as the end of year school holidays lay waiting just around the corner. A private security company has urged parents to ensure that they teach their children about personal safety. This will also help parents who fear for their children’s safety after the constant news of missing and abducted children that has made news over the past few months. Agreeing with this sentiment, parent Prash Gounder said: “Especially now during the festive season, and with the child abductions being at an all time high, child safety precautions must be taken. Parents need to be extra careful and very vigilant as criminals are ruthless. Rather stay home than risk the malls. It pays in the long run to take the extra measures.” National Marketing and Communications Manager at Fidelity ADT, Charnel Hattingh, said: “Making sure your children know exactly how to look after themselves, how to avoid risky scenarios, and what to do when things go wrong, is something that simply has to be part of their education. Teach them these skills so that they know how to be safe these holidays. These are also skills that can protect them as adults.” It starts at home, she says.

Children must know to always keep all entrances and gates closed and locked and that nobody is allowed to enter without permission from either parent. If you have a home security system installed, teach them how to activate and deactivate it and how and when to use other security devices like panic buttons. Hattingh adds that it is a good idea to have a list of emergency contact numbers available and that your children know who to contact if they need help, saying: “The telephone numbers for the local police station, your private security company, the emergency number for your neighbourhood watch, and possibly a trusted neighbour should definitely be on that list.” If your child must leave the safety of your home for whatever reason, make sure they tell you where they are going and when they are expected to arrive. “We recommend testing any routes with your children ahead of time to make sure they don’t inadvertently choose a road or area that is fraught with potential risks. Try and identity any ‘safe spaces’ (such as a trusted neighbour) along the route where your child could call for help in case they

need it,” says Hattingh. Public spaces — such as shopping malls — are also an area for which your children should be prepared. “Teach your children to memorise their name, surname, home address, and contact details for one of their parents. Also make sure they know that if they do become separated from you, that they immediately look for mall security and give them the information they have memorised,” says Hattingh. She also recommends agreeing on using a code word which would be used in a situation where someone else needs to fetch them from home or from a place they had been visiting: “This code word would be a sign that the person collecting them has genuinely been sent by a parent and could be trusted,” she said. Finding fun ways to test that your children understand these safety tips and know how to look after themselves, she says, will be a productive way to prepare your children for the possible dangers they might encounter. It also means you can relax, knowing that you have equipped your children with everything they need to be able to follow good personal safety habits. - Purnal Poonusamy


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December 5, 2018

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Family dining at the Terrace THE Terrace Restaurant, which is situated at 40 Elizabeth Avenue, Illovo Beach, (50 metres away from ATKV Natalia Resort) is an affordable family eating destination, with seating for 150 guests, and is fully licensed. The Terrace’s menu is as reasonably priced as it is varied. Open daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm, breakfast from 8 am to 11.30 am and lunch from 12 pm to 3.30 pm, with snacks, cakes and light meals available all day.

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Lady Zamar will be sharing the stage with other award-winning artists, afrosoul singer-songwriters, local DJs and more at the inaugural Capitec Live Better Festival. WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN The Fever newspapers, in conjunction with the Capitec Live Better Festival, will be giving away a set of tickets to two lucky readers for the event. To win, log onto the Amamzimtoti Fever Facebook page, like the page, and tag three friends in the post. A winner will be chosen via a random draw. Competition closes on Monday, December 10. T’s & C’s apply.

The Terrace’s barista serves espres­sos, cappuccinos and lattes while tea lovers enjoy a pot of brew all day. Breakfasts: Range from traditional to maxi and mega; with omelets and wraps; as well as health and vegetarian options. Lunch: The legendary lamb and beef curry; salads; fish and chips; chicken schnitzels and wraps; steaks and ribs; with bunny chows for the ad-

venturous. All day: Toasted sandwiches; pies; burgers; prego rolls and Portuguese steak; or maybe just a plate of slap chips? Cakes: Cheesecake; lemon meringue; apple crumble; scones — baked fresh daily; specialty cakes such as Mozart gateau, carrot cake, bar one and red velvet are continuously available. Refreshments: Milkshakes; double thick; frulata; floats; tizers; and carbonated drinks. Desserts: Waffles, ice-cream with sauces; or choc fudge Sunday. Pensioners Lunch: Specials on Tuesdays. Ladies with ladies: 10% discount on Wednesdays. Exceptional Value: Sunday roast with pudding. For the past seven years Bradley and his dedicated team and friendly waitresses have invited all locals and visitors to enjoy their hospitality.

Mooi Hawens Fete RESIDENTIA Moow Hawens Winklespruit will be hosting their Summer Jol on Saturday, December 8. The event will consist of a threemile fun run, Summer Essence beauty

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SCHOOL SCENE School annual Christmas party RECENTLY Kamalinee Primary School hosted their annual Christmas Party. This yearly function has become a massive highlight for the pupils. They were treated to an incredible party filled with music, dancing, food and fun. The school would like to place on record our sincere thanks and appreciation to all sponsors who donated meals, toys and many other wonderful items to brighten the Christmas of the pupils. — Supplied.

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School group donates to SPCA AMANZIMTOTI SPCA would like to express their gratitude and thank the male leadership group from Kingsway High School for the donation of cat food. — Supplied. Seen with the donations are (back, from left) Gabriel K. Mensah, Christopher Wasserman, Aaryikh Rawthee, Dagan Beugger, (front, from left) Mpilo Ngcoya, Asanda Mngadi, LiYang Chuang, Hridhay Somera, and Michael Jordan.

Swimming Club partners with Toti High AMANZIMTOTI High School is very pleased to announce that the South Coast branch of the Seagulls Swimming Club will be joining the AHS sporting family. The club, founded by Olympic swim coach Graham Hill, will be offering lessons in the Penny Heyns Swimming pool five times per week. Their aim is to establish a senior elite swimming squad in the Amanzimtoti area, that offers local swimmers the same opportunities as the bigger Durban schools. The junior club at Warner Beach

Preparatory is already growing from strength to strength under the guidance of coach Luke Isemonger, with over 50 swimmers. Clayton Jimmie, two-time Common Wealth Games and African Games 100m Freestyle medalist will be coaching the swimmers at AHS and welcomes all swimmers, from those who are just learning through to the serious competitors. For further enquiries, please contact Isemonger 082 530 8629 or Jimmie 071 679 5999 or email seagullstoti@gmail.com — Supplied.

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AS matriculants celebrate the end of a tough exam period there is much anticipation of the holidays and planned parties. Several big parties and festivals are planned across the country for matrics to mark the end of their school careers. “Sadly, every year there are incidents of matric deaths through road accidents, drinking, drug overdosing and more. There are also numerous incidents of theft of valuable items and vandalism. We are appealing to matrics to party responsibly and never neglect their own personal safety,” says Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communications manager at Fidel-

ity ADT. She offers these easy safety tips for matrics who will be celebrating away from home in a possibly unfamiliar area. • Before leaving your accommodation for the day or night, ensure that anything valuable is locked away in a drawer or safe. • Never carry large amounts of cash or go out wearing flashy or expensive jewellery. • If your accommodation is a holiday house or apartment, make sure all the doors are locked, the windows are properly shut and that the alarm is activated if a system is installed. • When out at different events and activities, be aware of

your surroundings and arrange with your friends to keep an eye on each other and your belongings. • If you are approached by a suspicious individual; walk away and report it to the closest security or to the police. • Do not accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drinks unattended. Spiking of drinks is still rife. When it is time to return to your accommodation after a night out: • Never leave without your friends. • Do not accept a lift from a stranger; rather use transport provided by the event organisers. • Driving after a few drinks is

never an option. Call a cab or use event shuttles if they are available instead. • Consider appointing a designated driver or someone who agrees not to drink and will be responsible for getting everyone home safely. “Parents, please speak to your kids and share these tips with them. The reality is that matrics will be partying. Let’s encourage them to do it as responsibly as possible. It may also be worth speaking to your security provider about personal safety apps that are available as well as services such as Meet and Greets to ensure peace of mind,” she concludes. — Supplied.


AMANZIMTOTI WEEKLY

December 5, 2018

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ASSA grant recipients who still use the old SASSA card are advised that these cards will expire on December 31 this year. SASSA will not be able to deposit any payments for January into these cards. Beneficiaries who still use the old white SASSA card must therefore get the new gold SASSA card as soon as possible, but no later than December 15. According to SASSA, there are approximately 500 000 SASSA beneficiaries nationally who have not yet switched to the new gold SASSA card. Getting the new gold SASSA card is simple. Visit any Post Office branch, present an identity document and you will be issued with the new card within minutes. The new SASSA card can also be obtained at SASSA offices nationwide. Special arrangements are made for disabled beneficiaries who cannot visit a post office. These beneficiaries (or their relatives) should call the SASSA toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 to arrange for a home visit.

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The new gold card offers one free cash withdrawal per month over a Post Office counter and unlimited free swipes at all retailers to pay for purchases. It is necessary to use your PIN when swiping your card at a retailer, but the Post Office also caters for beneficiaries who are not comfortable using a PIN. These beneficiaries can present

their ID document to make a withdrawal inside the Post Office branch using biometric authentication instead of PIN to withdraw funds. The partnership between SAPO and SASSA has freed millions of social grants beneficiaries from unauthorised and unwanted deductions, as the new gold Sassa card does not allow any illegal deductions. — Supplied.

Toti tees off FEVER REPORTER TOTI Rotary recently held their annual Golf Day at the Toti Golf Club. President of the Rotary Neil McDonald said: “Golfers have come from near and far for this annual Rotary Golf Day. “Supporters from far and near made a special effort to come and do networking and, at the same time, support the great and wonderful work that the Toti Rotary Club is doing in the area.” “A big thank you to Rotarian Jay Ramsunder for all the arrangements and work behind the scenes to make sure this is going to be a great day to remember,” added McDonald. Former president of Rotary Aneska DuPont said: “Toti Rotary has a golf day once a year as a fundraiser to help fund some of their community projects. A big thank you to all who so kindly supported our golf day. We are always looking at sustainability and the continuation of a project.”

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Surf’s up at Winkle Beach WINKLE Surf Lifesaving club will be hosting the Winkle Toti Winkle event on December 16 from 8am. The Surfski will run from Winkle Beach to Toti Beach and back (12.6km); the Long Course Beach Run runs from Winkle Beach to Toti Beach and back (12.6km); and the Beach Walk and Run will take place from Winkle Beach to Warnadoone Rocks and back (4.8km). The entrance fee for participants 14-years and older is R100. Under-14s entrance is R50. There will be cash prizes for the winners and loads of lucky draw prizes. Registration will take place at the Winkle Surf Livesaving club on December 16 at 7am.

Tennis club notices THE Amanzimtoti Tennis Club’s midweek ladies held their Christmas lunch at the clubhouse on November 28. A wonderful get together of past and present tennis players and good friends was had. Lunch was excellent. Thanks to all who contributed to the great success of this annual function. The club’s Christmas spit braai held on Saturday evening, December 1, was a roaring success. A huge thank you to all who helped to put this event together. Special thanks to Robbie and Chantelle who were involved in cooking the meat to perfection. To all the members who brought along salads and desserts for the table, a big thank you. Fifty people enjoyed a sit-down meal in the clubhouse. The rain was unexpected, but it certainly didn’t damper any spirits. A wonderful time was had by all. Social tennis will continue throughout the holidays on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The development clinic will close after Saturday, December 8, and re-open when the 2019 school terms begins. — Supplied.

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Some of the supporters at the annual Golf Day.

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MEL Greyling received his Comrades Green blazer at the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club prize giving that was held on Saturday, November 17. Greyling has started 25 comrades ultramarathons and completed 20. -Supplied

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IND, committed, and competitive, is how swimming prodigy Monica Botha (11), who is also known as Mica, describes herself. Monica, who hails from Kingsburgh, was recently named a 2019 SA National Junior Championships qualifier in 100m, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke. The championships will take place in March 2019. While enjoying regular activities suitable to an eleven-year-old, Monica also uses her amazing swimming ability to make a difference in the world. She said: “I volunteer to create awareness for childhood cancer. Every year during September, we make gold ribbons for the swimmers to wear at KZN Junior Champs in support of Gold in September, an international childhood cancer non-profit. Gold in September raises funds to support researchers working to find a cure for childhood cancer.” Speaking on her life as a swimmer, Monica said: “I live a very healthy lifestyle as a swimmer. In order to compete for five days and sometimes swim 26 events (heats and finals) in total as well as relays, it is of utmost importance to eat right, train right and sleep or rest enough to build up the energy to last the whole swim meet.” Monica trains at the Aqua Lifestyle Centre (ALC),

where she was recently named as brand ambassador: “It is this lifestyle that I have in common with Aqua Lifestyle Centre,” added the swimmer. Some of the achievements held by Monica include the Top female KZN Junior swimmer title since 2015, as well her recent qualifications for the National Junior Championships 2019. Her achievements are one of the reasons why she was asked to become the ALC’s first brand ambassador. Prior to training at ALC, Monica used to train on her own at a gym in Amanzimtoti, but thereafter joined the Aqua Swimming Academy’s training sway in May 2018. Speaking on being a brand ambassador, Monica said: “Being a brand ambassador means that I embody the brand that I endorse. It is a leadership role and gives me responsibility. As a home-schooled pupil, I do not have the opportunity to become a leader in a school. However, being a brand ambassador gives me the real-life experience to represent a business and it teaches me how to be a leader.” Speaking on why they chose Monica to be their ambassador, ALC’s owner and head coach Nicki Franken said: “Monica’s swimming achievements, her humble approach and willingness to help everybody during training, at galas and on a daily basis, made her the logical choice to represent our brand. “We are still building the brand and it is appropriate at this point in time to name a brand ambassador

Weekly athletic report AMANZIMTOTI Athletic Club participated in the BMG Stainbank held on Sunday, December 2, and the following results were recorded: 10km Walk Only: I. Bohmer 1:16:31; J. Williams 1:36:47; B. Wagner 1:36:47 15km: M. McCalgan 1:03:12; T. Pletinckx 1:03:47; W. Gibson 1:14:35; M. Gumede 1:16:05; J. Enemuwe 1:16:35; J. Momberg 1:19:19; C. Botha 1:21:49; P. de Bruin 1:23:43; G. Schenck 1:25:25; S. Grobler 1:28:30; R. Jenkin 1:33:10; M. Kapp 1:34:40; C. Warren 1:34:40; N. Hlengwa 1:37:41; M. Mzimela 1:39:30; T. Kleinhans 1:39:31; D. Taljaard 1:41:24; C. Booysen 1:43:51; R. Gilpin 1:43:52; L. Dlamini 1:45:20; R. Anderson 1:45:36; M. Botes 1:48:39; N. James 1:50:08; A. Romani 1:50:16; F. Botes 1:56:24; T. Koll 1:59:49; B. Els 2:00:03; L. Els 2:00:03; M. Jansen v Rensburg 2:06:05 Upcoming Races The Illovo Sugar 15km Christmas Challenge will be held on Sunday, December 9, starting at 6am. The Big Hill Challenge will be held on Sunday, December 16, starting at 4.30pm. Time Trials Twenty-four athletes participated in Time Trials on Wednesday, November 28. The following results were recorded: 4km Walk: I. Bohmer 35:40; G. Young 35:40; L. Radford 37:55; B. Wagner 37:55; J. Williams 37:55; H. Liv-

ingston 38:20; A. Olivier 45:41; M. Carson 45:41 4km Run: D. Swart 18:03; S. Msomi 19:02; J. Duvenhage 19:41; K. Barnard 24:55; D. Taljaard 25:02; M. Botes 25:08; H. Stewart 25:42; 8km Run: K. Cele 30:51; R. Hamilton 35:05; D. Smith 35:50; J. Annels 39:40; S. Dlamini 42:22; R. Sayer 49:45; C. Farrimond 49:45; N. Saville 50:01; B. Hamilton 50:01 Please note that reflective belts are mandatory for time trials. Weekly time trials are held on Wednesday — starting at 5.30 pm for walkers and 6 pm for runners (4km or 8km route). Please meet at the clubhouse at Hutchison Park. On Saturdays there is an 11 km run and walk from the club house at 5.30 am for walkers and 6 am for runners. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided afterwards. Visitors are welcome to join in and keep fit. Club Membership / Social Membership are open for 2019. To become a member of the club, please visit the club on the first Wednesday evening of the month from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Alternatively, e-mail toti.ac.secretary@gmail.com or visit our website www.totiac.co.za for more information. Contact Club Chairman Erich Luckfiel at 083 474 7206. For junior track and field queries, call Riaan Vosloo at 078 457 1936. For New Membership queries contact toti.ac.secretary@gmail.com — Supplied.

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Members of the Amanzimtoti Athletic Club who participated in the BMG Stainbank race, held in Yellowwood Park.

for ALC. “This will help us grow from a junior swim club to one of the clubs that represents the South Coast with pride and put our swimmers on the map.” Speaking on her future, Monica stated that she would like to become a competitive swimmer and attempt the European Circuit, such as Mare Nastrum, and even the World Cup. “That should give me enough experience to try to qualify for the Olympics one day — the qualifying times are very fast and it will take a lot of work to become that fast and strong. I do believe that anything is possible through hard work and commitment. My career dream is to become a veterinarian,” elaborated Monica. In addition to swimming, Monica plays the piano and is an avid online gamer, where she plays with her best friend. “We also jay board around our houses and swim in our home pools for fun. Nowadays there is not much time for anything else in the day, other than school and training. We also go for a swim at our local beach when we have time and are not busy over the weekends,” added Monica. Some of the people Monica looks up to include Michelle Weber and Erin Gallagher, whom she exclaims are her local heroes: “They are always kind and supportive to us junior swimmers. Internationally I admire Katie Ledecky, and Sarah Sjöström,” said Monica.

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Potatoes Pocket 7kg

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GALLERIA MALL COMBO

69800

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Baker Choice assorted Biscuits 2kg, Cocorico Large Eggs 30’s, Sunfoil Pure Sunfoil Oil 5lt, Ace Super Maize Meal 10kg, Aunt Caroline Rice 10kg, Sasko Cake Flour 10kg, PnP White Sugar 10kg, Orange Grove Long Life Milk 6x1lt, Bokomo Corn Flakes 1kg

COMBO

24900

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Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Sunflower Oil 2lt, Aunt Caroline Rice 2kg, Sasko Cake Flour 2,5kg, Ace Super Maize Meal 5kg, Selati Brown Sugar 2,5kg, Bokomo Weetbix 450gr, Oros 2lt, Nestle Ricoffy 750gr

COMBO

14000

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3x Rhodes Baked Beans 410gr Wellingtons Tomato Sauce 700ml 2x Saldana Pilchards 400gr 2x Polana spaghetti or Macaroni 500gr 2x Rhodes 100% Juice 2lt

EARLY BIRD Specials Saturday 8/12/2018 8am to 11 am

6900

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PnP Bulk Frozen Back Bacon 1kg

7900

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Aunt Caroline Rice 10kg

7900/kg

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Bulk T-Bone Rump and Club Mixed Steak Pack

6900

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Dairy Maid Country Fresh Ice Cream 5lt.

Prices Valid From 05/12/2018 to 09/12/2018 AVAILABLE AT PNP GALLERIA MALL ONLY. Promotional stocks are limited. Prices include VAT, where applicable. Smart Shopper terms and conditions apply. No traders. E&OE. Selected products may not be available at all stores. Visit www.picknpay.co.za, or call 0800 11 22 88. Cellphone rates apply.

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