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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

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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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extra mile to serve others, we would like to salute Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World at the you and thank you for allowing us to share your sto­ weekend and now features in a long list of remarka­ ries. ble women who continue to make a difference to This year South Africans voted hoping for the the  countries  they  live  in  and  the  world. best – many are now glued to the parliament ses­ South Africans also took time through out the The pride of Africa sion coverage because you never know what to ex­ year to remember Nelson Mandela and do their bit pect. In 2015 we will be joining the queues for the to  fulfill  his  legacy.  by­elections  and  once  again,  hoping  for  positive It’s been a year since his death and many ques­ change. tioned the stability and patriotism of South Afri­ We know we live in a beautiful city and another cans.  The good news is, it seems as if communities reason to be a proud Durbanite is Durban has been are  now  more  united  than  ever.  Many  believe  his voted  an  official  new  Seven  Wonder  City  of  the spirit still lives on calling it a sprinkling of ‘Madiba world.  magic’. The  picturesque  beaches,  rolling  hills  and Clearly  South  Africans  will  continue  to  make breath­taking skyline together with a host of won­ great strides despite the negative news that some­ derful  inhabitants,  sets  us  apart  from  the  rest  of times  comes  to  the  fore.  South  Africa. The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic cli­ After  40  years,  the  Miss  World  title  is  held  by ents and readers a wonderfully happy festive sea­ a  South  African.  son  and  here’s  to  welcoming  2015  in  style.



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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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Counselling seminar in Toti PURNAL POONUSAMY THREE international experts in the leadership and counselling fields will be visiting Amanzimtoti for a morning seminar set to take place on Wednesday, May 22 at the Reconciliation Road Church at 8.30 am. Speaking at the event will be Nicole Williams (USA), Courtney Richards (Jamaica/ USA) and Dr Theo Williams (USA). The speakers will cover topics such as transformative and ethical frameworks in the counselling context; intercultural communication and will include an interactive session as well as a panel discussion. According to the facilitator, Gail Schreiner, the seminar is aimed at anyone serving the community either as a (lay) counsellor, professional, leaders in NPOs, volunteers or church context. To book a seat contact Gail Schreiner on 082 824 6756 or e-mail m or Gail.socialworker@gmail. com Nicole Williams from the USA will be covering an interactive session at the seminar. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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TEMMED from the hearts of psychologist Paul Bushell and radio personality Jane Linley-Thomas, their joint project, Kindness Can, is aimed at spreading kindness across the world. Most notably known for her work on East Coast Radio, Linley-Thomas was approached by Bushell to write a foreword for his book. Bushell later made an appearance on the radio station and the two of them became fast friends. Kindness Can is what Bushell describes as a movement, started by Linley-Thomas and himself, where they want to share the message and power of kindness with people, but also give people ways and tools for being kinder, by hosting workshops and talks, activations and content, etc. Speaking on where the idea of the project came from, Linley-Thomas said: “Paul and I both love people, and I would say that, probably, in all the years I’ve been at East Coast Radio and in all the stories that I’ve covered, that if kindness was in play, circumstances and hardships would have been different. So, that for me was a really powerful thought, as well as realising that, I think a lot of the time, I would take my best self to work and the people in my home would get the scraps of my tolerance, attention and love. It was a common thing my mom said: ‘Sometimes I feel like your listeners get the best of you’, and I was like, ‘Flip, that is what is happening right here, right now’, and I decided to change my life and put kindness into the front seat of my decision making.” When describing the aim of the project, Bushell said: “I think we really want people to be kinder

to themselves, want them to be kinder to the people around them, and kinder to the world; that’s really our goal. “We really do believe that kindness has the most incredible ability to connect us and bind us, as opposed to drive wedges over how different we are; and just unify. It crosses creed and religion and status, and you can do it. It can be implemented in your family, your business and your life today, and it is free,” said LinleyThomas. Thus far, Kindness Can has rolled out facilitations in schools and corporate spaces, and is involved in some community projects as well. They hope that the projects through Kindness Can will filter through to different aspects in life, into all sorts of spaces and places, as well as reach people globally. For further information on Kindness Can, visit their Facebook page, instagram or the website

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SOUTH Africa’s sixth democratic general elections have come and gone, and citizens have exercised their democratic right to say who they want to be led by. After weeks and months of campaigning by the 48 political parties that registered for the elections, it was up to the country’s Independent

Electoral Commission (IEC) to ensure a free and fair election process. The election results, according to the IEC, which were announced on Saturday, saw the African National Congress (ANC) win 57,51% of the votes, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) followed with 15,01%, and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 10,79%. Provincially, the ANC won by 54,22%, followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) with

Fight against plastic pollution PURNAL POONUSAMY >>


OLLOWING the recent devastating floods in eThekwini, another crisis surfaced — literally. A deluge of plastic waste washed down rivers into the harbour and onto our beaches. For years, environmentalists have been warning about the growing concern over plastic pollution in our oceans. But for most — out of sight, out of mind, until now — stated South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR). As carbon emissions continue to influence climate change, hugely disruptive and often tragic flooding will become more frequent. We need to make sure that mountains of plastic are not lurking in communities just waiting to be washed to the ocean and rivers when the next heavy rains fall. SAAMBR stated that although the floods of Domoina in 1984 were even more devastating when comparing photographs taken during that very traumatic time, there is a stark difference. In 1984, the debris that was washed down rivers was mainly organic — logs, weeds etc. Now in 2019, the organic debris has been surpassed by enormous volumes of plastic waste. In just 35 years, plastic has become the leading item washed down rivers during floods. Although many generous eThekwini residents as well as crews from disposal companies hired by the municipality and Transnet have helped clear up the initial mountain of plastic waste, there is still so much to be done. SAAMBR states that we can no longer hide from the fact that humans are creating a mountain of waste plastic. The tons of discarded plastic soft drink

bottles, pieces of polystyrene, pill bottles and other items that clogged the harbour and piled up on the beautiful beaches cannot just disappear. Plastic never degrades, it only disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces. Closer to home, the Clean Surf Project conducted a clean-up at Twini Beach. Assisting them with the clean-up was the Ridge School from Johannesburg; Sizwe and Shiloh Sibotshiwe and Mulalo Selamolela; Seafood Market; Pro Skip Hire; Jace Govender, Beach Management, Parks and Andre Beetge; Wildlands Recycling; Kingsway High School; Durban Bay Clean Up; Warner Beach Preparatory; and Sapphire Coast Tourism. Speaking on the clean-up was Romy Wenzel of Sapphire Coast Tourism and Clean Surf Project, she said: “Unfortunately, we have lost count of how many bags have been collected taking the recent strike into account. Nevertheless, it is more than appropriate to state that tons and tons of plastic waste have been removed up to date.”

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SYCHOLOGIST, author and cofounder of the movement Kindness Can, Paul Bushell, chatted to Fever’s Purnal Poonusamy on the importance of spreading kindness. PP (Purnal Poonusamy): Can you tell me a bit about yourself? PB (Paul Bushell): My name is Paul Bushell, I’m a psychologist in private practice. I’m also the author of the book #Raisingkids to Thrive in a Constantly Changing World. I’m a regular commentator and facilitator on all things emotional intelligence; and I’m a cofounder of the Kindness Can movement. PP: Tell us a bit about your family life. PB: People often ask me, ‘do you have kids of your own?’, which I don’t have. but through my work I have been so lucky to be part of raising so many people’s children. In my work and private practice, my community work, and my work as an author, and I feel very lucky to be doing this kind of work. PP: What are some of your interests and hobbies? PB: I love writing, so I feel very passionate

about developing creative content and tools that people can use to grow kinder relationships with themselves and others and be more emotionally intelligent. I love swimming and running, and I am mad about my dog, Petals, who is a gorgeous Scottish terrier. PP: Can you give us a brief history of the work you do? PB: I’ve been in private practice as a psychologist for about 10 years. I’ve also spent time working in Japan and Italy in education. I like to keep a 50/50 balance between being in the chair and also doing fun and exciting group work things, so, through my book, through Kindness Can as a movement, through community projects. PP: What do you love about your job? PB: Wow, what do I love about my job? I never ever get tired of the fact that people trust me. That they trust me with their stories, they choose me to share some of their vulnerability with. I think that’s an incredible honour that people would take a chance on that, and I feel very lucky to have that in my life. PP: What would you say is the best memory of your career thus far?

PB: Best memory? Oh my gosh, today [speaking at the Robin Hood Foundation’s Mahala Tea]. It was so wonderful to be a part of this talk this morning. Sharing a message of kindness with big groups of people just feels like such an incredible thing to do. PP: Can you tell be about your book? PB: My book is not a ‘book’ book; it’s very low on text, but very high on beautiful graphics and practical activities for adults to do with the children in their life, to grow their emotional intelligence. The book has cut out and pull-outs at the back. It’s got really cool QR codes that break away to videos which explain the concepts in more detail. Its based on the idea that we’re raising children for jobs that don’t exist. But that people are a constant in this constantly changing world. And if we really want to give our children something valuable in the 18 summers that we have to raise them, emotional intelligence is really it. PP: What do you do when you are not working? PB: Spend time with Petals, my dog. I’m very lucky to have a wonderful partner and

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HE Robin Hood Foundation (RHF) held its Mahala Tea event at Butlers Restaurant recently. Guest speakers at the event were RHF’s chairperson Cindy Norcott, RHF trustee Liesl Kriegisch and Kindness Can’s Jane Linley-Thomas and Paul Bushell. Guests were requested to either make a donation or take along a bag filled with pre-loved clothes, which will go towards the foundation’s Mahala Markets. The ‘Market’ is to allow the Gogo’s in the community to shop for free and choose over five outfits each and other accessories for themselves – basically fill the Robin Hood bags they are given with preloved goods. Guests also had the opportunity to

view the foundation’s mini expo while networking and enjoying refreshments. Speaking at the event, Kim Griffith Jones, co-ordinator of RHF, said: “These Mahala Teas are the beautiful brainchild of our founder and chairperson, Cindy Norcott.“ “Her view has always been to connect the community, so how better than to bring everyone together for a morning of networking, shopping at the expo of local businesses as well as incredibly inspiring speakers?” “We were just thrilled at the tremendous response to this event, we are so grateful to Butlers Hillcrest for so generously sponsoring our Mahala Tea Hillcrest, to raise awareness and rally community support around our Mahala Markets,” added Jones. “A massive thank you as well to each and every prize sponsor and

guest who attended!” “Our amazing volunteer team loaded up five vehicles filled to overflowing, with the donations of clothing, linen and other goodies from the guests in support of our #wearsharecare drive for our Mahala Markets,” said Jones. The RHF is encouraging the community to get active with their #wearsharecare drive. Any items of clothing, linen, accessories, for all ages and sizes, that you have and no longer wear, you are encouraged to share and we are especially calling out for children’s clothing (aged five to 15 years) for the Mandela Day Mahala Kids Market they’re hosting on July 18 at Lalelani Primary School for 700 children. For further details, contact the RHF team at 076 612 9060 or e-mail info@

At the event (from left) RHF co-ordinator Kim Griffith Jones, Paul Bushell and Jane Linely-Thomas of Kindness Can, RHFD chair Cindy Norcott and trustee Liesl Kriegisch. PHOTO: PURNAL POONUSAMY

a wonderful family; and I just love living in Durban, because there are so many cool things for us to get up to. PP: As a cofounder of Kindness Can, what does kindness mean to you? PB: Well I think kindness, for me, is a gift, it’s a wonderful gift that we can give ourselves and a wonderful gift that we can give other people. But its also a very powerful tool that I think can see the world change, and that’s why I really believe in it. For more information on Paul Bushell and his book, visit his website

Psychologist, author and co-founder of the Kindness Can Movement, Paul Bushell. PHOTO: PURNAL POONUSAMY

May’s anti-tobacco campaign month: kick the habit FEVER REPORTER AS tobacco smoking is the main cause of unhealthy lungs, lung cancer and over 20 other types of cancer, during May’s anti-tobacco campaign month and World No Tobacco Day on May 31, CANSA is urging smokers to consider quitting the use of tobacco in any form. This forms part of the association’s 365-day health challenge, which leads up to World No Tobacco Day. CANSA CEO Elize Joubert said: “Smoking is also a concern among the youth in South Africa. Nearly 28% of pupils from Grade 8 to 11 and most (over 80%) aged between 14 and 18 years reported to having smoked, in the 2011 South African Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. The youth are led to believe that hookah smoking or using hubbly bubbly is not harmful and that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, but hookah use has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking and the safety of e-cigarettes has not yet been scientifically shown. Testing has highlighted that e-cigarettes vary widely in the amount of nicotine and other chemicals they deliver, and this is not communicated to buyers. Nicotine exposure also negatively affects brain development in teens and young adults.” CANSA is funding a master’s student’s research project involving young adults at the University of Cape Town, to explore knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and behaviour regarding e-cigarettes. Results support the need for raising greater awareness around e-cigarettes, as well as the need for the adequate regulation of these products. According to CANSA, the global health burden caused by tobacco smoking is responsible for over two thirds of lung cancer deaths and accounts for one in five cases of tuberculosis (TB). Even if someone isn’t a smoker, second-hand smoke from people smoking around them can increase their risk for lung cancer. Tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke can also trigger inactive TB infections. Those with active TB may risk disability or even death by smoking.

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Smokers with HIV have three times the chance of getting TB, compared to non-smokers with HIV. e-Cigarettes must be included when considering health risk, because the use of these products leads to the emission of fine and ultrafine inhalable liquid particles, nicotine and cancer-causing substances into the air. Joubert added: “Ten years after quitting smoking, personal cancer risk is half that of a smoker, and immediate health benefits may be experienced. “Although e-cigarettes have been marketed as aids to help quit smoking, the evidence that they help is unsupported. In fact, they may encourage the more regular use of nicotine. They’re also more expensive than cigarettes, and smokers may return to cigarettes to save money.” CANSA encourages smokers to #StartWhereYouAre and acknowledge that smoking is harmful to you and decide to quit and find support. Those wanting to quit can subscribe to CANSA’s eKick Butt programme that provides a series of tools to help you quit through a series of e-mails. Or phone the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) Quit Line at 011 720 3145 or


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ORLD Hypertension Day will be observed on May 17, with the theme “Know your Numbers”, and coupled with May Measurement Month, high blood pressure awareness is on the rise. The aim of the day is to create awareness regarding high blood pressure (BP) all over the world, and was created by the World Hypertension League. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease, and according to the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS), 44% to 46% of adults over the age of 15 in South Africa have high blood pressure (hypertension) but only 50% know they are affected. Known as a silent killer, hypertension, accord-

ing to SAHS, can present no indications or symptoms of ill health, but this invisible illness can potentially, if left unchecked, lead to serious heart disease, stroke and even death. HSFSA states that high blood pressure is when the blood pressure in your arteries is elevated and your heart has to work harder than normal to pump blood through the blood vessels. It is important that you have your blood pressure checked regularly by your health-care provider. THE RISKS Explaining the contributing risk factors of the disease, Professor Brian Rayner, nephrologist and director of the Hypertension Institute at the University of Cape Town, said that hypertension is most often caused by a combination of hereditary influences and poor lifestyle. Despite genes, one can still live healthily by exercising, reducing salt intake, following a good diet high in fruit and vegetables, no excessive alcohol consumption,

maintaining an ideal weight, managing stress and not smoking. BP MEASUREMENT Also according HSFSA, blood pressure is a measure of the pressure or force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels (known as arteries). Blood pressure reading is based on two measures called systolic and diastolic. The systolic (top) number is the measure of the pressure force when your heart contracts and pushes out the blood. The diastolic (bottom) number is the measure of when your heart relaxes between beats. Blood pressure categories: (Systolic/Diastolic = top number/bottom number) Low risk: 120 / 80 Medium risk: 121-139 / 80 - 89 High risk: 140+ / 90 HSFSA said that there are some exceptions to these categories, such as diabetes.

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warm-up with Ceri Hannan, train like a beast with Mapule a.k.a. Queen Fitness, Bollywood Fitness with Veena Sukha, a gumboot dance workout with Mpho Kunene, Rockingnheels with Takkies and the S.W.E.A.T.1 000 crew returns to end your night on a high. Your goodie bag will include the latest issue of Women’s Health magazine, a limited edition workout vest, a water bottle and more. Happy sweating. Happy socialising!

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They state that with diabetes, the high risk category for the blood pressure is slightly lower. The affected person’s blood pressure should be less than 130 / 80. A health-care provider must be consulted if blood pressure level is higher than 130 / 80 on more than one occasion. A doctor or health-care provider must be consulted to get proper blood pressure measurement as they will also consider the other factors before deciding on the right blood pressure level for the individual. QUICK AND PAINLESS TEST Usually, the health-care professional will use an electronic device that is strapped to the upper arm. The cuff or band squeezes the arm for several seconds, cutting off blood flow, and then releasing. It’s important that some simple rules are followed when checking for hypertension: sitting calmly, feet flat on floor and not having eaten in the past hour. WIN WIN WIN The Fever/Weekly newspapers will be giving away a set of tickets for the Women’s Health Fit Night Out. To win, log onto the Amanzimtoti Fever Facebook page, like our page and post, and tag your friends in the comments section. Winners will be chosen via a random draw. Competition closes on May 24. Ts & Cs apply.




Prasa reinstates train services NKOSINATHI DUBE >>


HE passenger rail agency of South Africa and Metrorail have reinstated train services in the province after being suspended last month due to damage caused by flooding. Train service had to be suspended on all operating corridors due to heavy rains which resulted in flooding on all corridors and falling of trees and mudslides on rail network. According to a statement by Prasa spokesperson Zama Nomganga, provincial executive, engineers, Prasa KZN executive members and UCV members held meetings on a daily basis to discuss the mitigating factors and strategies to speed up the processes of getting all the required resources to do the repairs in the areas affected so the service can resume. “Most corridors will begin to operate by Monday, May 13, but the South Coast corridor won’t run its required service due to some places that have been severely damaged between Amanzimtoti, Phahla and further down to Kelso and Doonside. “New line is under construction by Transnet and it will be operated on a single line and commuters must expect excessive delays on that corridor”, he said.

“We thank our community and commuter members who have been affected by the suspension of the service by Prasa for their tolerance and understanding of the situation from all our operating corridors. “Commuters who are monthly and a week 17 [weekly] ticket holders will be permitted to travel free the week from May 13 to 18 provided the above-mentioned tickets can be produced at the access gates.” Detailed information on train service can be found at the stations and some information will be shared on the commuters’ WhatsApp groups. Prasa’s regional manager, Dumi Dube, said: “We once again would like to pass our sincere gratitude to the commuter forums for assisting in this time. We urge our communities to respect the rail and this new behaviour of dumping refuse on our tracks is uncalled for and this will lead to Prasa minimising its services to those places where we experience these challenges of dumping,” he added. Prasa has as of Monday resumed train services across KZN. PHOTO: NKOSINATHI DUBE

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Freeway chase leads to arrest of ATM card thief SWIFT team work by Blue Security and Amanzimtoti’s Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) led to the arrest of an alleged thief who robbed a shopper of an ATM card last Friday afternoon. Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said members of the team chased down and arrested a suspect after a CCPO committee member witnessed a gang robbing a customer of an ATM card at a supermarket in Warner Beach. The incident occurred at around 3.20 pm. “The suspects robbed the victim and then jumped into a getaway vehicle, a white VW Polo, and drove to a mall in Winkelspruit, where they attempted to withdraw money from an ATM using the stolen card. “They then jumped into their vehicle and fled along the R102 in the direction of Umgababa,” Mathios said. “An alert Blue Security armed response officer spotted the suspects and a chase ensued. “The suspects then headed onto the N2 northbound and after driving about one kilometre they crashed their vehicle

into the back of another car on the freeway. “Two suspects then jumped out of the getaway vehicle and ran into the sugar cane on the side of the road,” Mathios said. Mathios said a Blue Security officer and his CCPO partner then chased the suspects on foot and managed to apprehend one of the suspects. “Members of the Umkomaas SAPS who were travelling on the N2 southbound stopped to assist the officers and the eThekwini Metro Police K9 unit and ET Security also attended the scene and attempted to track down the second suspect, without success,” he said. Metro Police transported the suspect to the Amanzimtoti Police Station for further processing. Mathios commended the officers for their vigilance and swift team work in bringing the suspect to book. “We hope this latest arrest sends a strong message to criminals that our officers have got the Amanzimtoti area under surveillance and that we will continue to work together with the CCPO and other security firms in the area to effectively fight crime,” he said. — Supplied.

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Is your property protected in a flood. ny before removing items to ensure that you’re not affecting coverage. Always photograph the flood-soaked items. Rugs, for example, may be dried and then cleaned professionally. Large pieces of furniture that are saturated will likely be difficult to dry effectively, and often should be discarded. Mould growth can be controlled on surfaces by cleaning with a non-ammonia detergent or pine oil cleaner and disinfecting with a 10% bleach solution. Always test this solution on a small area of the item or area you’re cleaning to be sure it doesn’t cause staining or fading. Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach products as the resulting fumes can be highly toxic. SECURE THE PROPERTY As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Again, take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage. If the home is habitable, take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from injury. Use torches to move around dark rooms, for example. If the home isn’t habitable, don’t try to stay there. Move to alternate location. Consult your insurer to find out what provisions the company will make for temporary housing while your home is being repaired. — Property24.


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Choices for Life high tea The Forum Discussion Team (from left to right) were Zandri van den Berg, Katelynn MacKinnon, Nombuso Shandu, Kindra Londt and Sunitha Singh (forum discussion convener).

PURNAL POONUSAMY >> CHOICES for Life (Pregnancy Resource Centre) recently held its fundraising tea at the Reconciliation Road Church. At the event were ...


Toti High participates in Forum Discussion competition AMANZIMTOTI High School’s Grade 9 Forum Discussion Team participated in a Forum Competition which was held at Durban Girls’ High School on May 6. The pupils competed against sev-

Sharon-ann Theron, Charlene van der Spuy, Stella van Eeden, Gail Rittles and Mavis Magwaza.

Jess Odendaal, Lindy Botha, Sharon Venter and Sarah McMullen.



eral schools from the greater Durban area, winning this prestigious event which is held annually by the Speech and Drama College of South Africa. — Supplied.

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Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, Elsa Hughes and Gail Schreiner.

Olive Hadebe, Arteeqa Lawrence, Esmerelda Bar, Liz Shun and Thandeka Yokwe.



Chrissie Oberholster, Joan Hill, Chrisa van Niekerk and Liezl Cornelius.

Kelly Chutergun, Lauren Shun, Sharon Chutergun and Brenda Pather.



JASON Londt en Robyn Hill is op Donderdag, 02 Mei 2019 gekroon as Mnr & Mej Kuswag. Gehoor Gunsteling 2019: Joshua Hatting (seuns), Mnr Kuswag Prins 2019: Darius Joubert, Mnr Fotogenies 2019: Ruan Swart, Mej Fotogenies 2019: Cailin Botha, Gehoor Gunsteling 2019: Jolene Lombard (meisies) en Mej Kuswag Prinses 2019: Ashleigh Lombard. -Verskaf.

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Kamalinee players shine at interschools girls’ volleyball tournament KAMALINEE Primary School’s girls’ volleyball team recently participated in an annual inter-schools tournament. After an excellent effort, the girls advanced to the final match and played against Primrose Primary school. The team played an outstanding final match which had spectators and match officials on the edge of their seats and the girls emerged victorious. This marks the fourth sporting code that Kamalinee Primary has secured this year; the other three being mini-cricket, formal cricket and swimming. — Supplied. The team, together with their coaches (back, from left) Akshar Moonoo (assistant coach and former pupil), Venessa Briglal, Swariksha Jalim and Trivani Govindsamy. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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LOCAL Amanzimtoti track and field coach showed how it’s done by bagging two gold medals at the SA Masters Athletics Championships held in Outdshoorn from May 2 to May 4. After five months of hard training, he has shown that hard work equals success. Riaan Vosloo travelled to the town of Outdshoorn for the annual SA Masters Athletics Championships. His first event was on the Friday morning, when he competed in the 400 m hurdles event. He had a smooth run over all the hurdles and finished first in a time of 60:14 seconds. His second event was on the Saturday morning, when he competed in the 400 m sprint event. With a slight head wind coming down the home straight he managed to outrun his competition and finished first in a time of 56:45 seconds. Vosloo competes in the 40 to 44 year age group. Masters Athletics is based on athletes older than 30 years and goes up to 100+ years. They compete in fiveyear age groups and can achieve provincial and national colours and can further compete in Africa and at the Masters World Championships. Another Amanzimtoti club mem-

ber achieved podium positions at the SASAPD National Championships for the Physically Disabled 2019, in Stellenbosch from March 15 to 21. Mthoko Maphumulo, a visually impaired athlete, travelled with the KZN disabled team to compete at the annual SASAPD National Championships for the Physically Disabled 2019 in Stellenbosch. His first event was on the Sunday where he bagged a silver medal in the judo. He then turned his focus on the track and field events at Coetzenburg Stadium, where he achieved another three silver medals, in the 200 m, 400 m sprints and the long jump, and a bronze medal in the discus. Mthoko has partial visibility and competes in the T 12 category. With his “nothing is impossible and never give up” attitude, he has shown that goals can be achieved no matter what your physical abilities. The Amanzimtoti Athletic Club congratulates both these athletes on their achievements. Anyone interested in track and field training, even speed work for road running, is welcome to join the club from Monday to Thursday between 4.45 pm and 6 pm, in front of Lords and Legends. — Supplied.

Night golf at Kuswag Skool KUSWAG Skool will be hosting a funfilled evening of night golf for the first time in Amanzimtoti, on May 24 at 6.30 pm, on the school’s premises.

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For further information, contact Natalie Hatting of Kuswag Skool at 031 903 5434. — Supplied.

Brave swimmers conquer Lake Malawi for charity THREE gutsy members of The Cows have successfully completed the nonstop 24 kilometre crossing of Lake Malawi in treacherous conditions, raising money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. The trio were part of a group of five swimmers, Chris and Polly Stapley, Jay and Ruth Azran and Australian Andrew Stevens, who flew into Lilongwe intent on swimming from Makanjila Point to Senga Bay. Lake Malawi is the fourth largest fresh water lake in the world by volume, the ninth largest lake in the world by area and the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. As they left on April 25, after having camped the night prior on a sand bank by the start point, the experienced support crew stated that the weather and water were the worst conditions they had encountered for a crossing to date. “’The wind was blowing with purpose from the south east, with the weather forecast predicting this to settle down after midday,”said Jay Azran. “The surface of the lake felt like a washing machine as we all battled the troughs and crests of the waves for over six hours.” “I felt sorry for the first swim group as they had close to an extra hour of these conditions, but we had to take the gap as the forecast predicted the weather to get worse over the coming days.” The plan was for the second group to pass the first group of slower swimmers but due to the conditions, they passed 500 metres to the south of

Avid open water swimmers (from left) Andrew Stevens, Jay Azran, Ruth Azran, Chris Stapley and Polly Stapley after their successful crossing of Lake Malawi to raise funds and awareness for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

them. Despite the winds, Chris Stapley and Jay Azran seemed to be close to a record time for the first 21 kilometres of the crossing. Then they swam into strong currents swirling all directions around an island south of the point at Senga Bay called Namalenje Island, which threw serious doubts into the swimmer’s minds as to whether they were going to finish. ‘’At one point we were swimming next to each other,’’ Chris Stapley said. ‘’Then suddenly Jay was a few hun-

dred metres ahead as he managed to get through the current. I changed direction swimming at 45 degrees across the current and managed to catch up with Jay who seemed to be stuck in another off-shore current. “The last four kilometres took us close to two hours.” The two men finally reached the rocky outcrop next to Senga Bay in a time of eight hours, 40 minutes, having swum a distance of 25,3 km.... See full story on the Amanzimtoti Fever facebook page.

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