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Celebrating a decade of caring PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com
HE Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) commemorated the 30th anniversary of Worlds Aids Day as well as the 10th anniversary of their own Respite Unit over the weekend. The Respite Unit was started in December 1, 2008, with the aim of assisting patients who have been affected by many diseases, which includes Aids, cancer, and tuberculosis. The Hact Respite Unit is a 24-bed facility offering around-the-clock care to people in advanced stages of Aids and or cancer. Most of their patients are bed-ridden and are suffering from opportunistic infections such as meningitis, TB, and pneumonia. Hact CEO Candace Davidson said that their Respite Unit ward, which is also known as Othandweni, meaning the “Place of Love”, is where they take care of patients who are terminally ill. “Today we are honouring those who’ve been affected by these illnesses and have passed on,” she said. At the event they lit candles in remembrance of those who have been lost. In conclusion, Davidson said that, as Hact, they pledge to continue to teach people about the illnesses regardless of the colour of their skin, age, and gender.
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Kelly Kidgell and swimming partner Murray Clark are aiming to raise funds in order to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni Township.
Hoping to build a brighter future for disabled children PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com COMPARED to what disabled children have to deal with daily, qualifying for one of the toughest swims, The Cadiz Freedom Swim, to raise funds to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni was nothing according to Kelly Kidgell and her swimming partner Murray Clark. The annual 7.5 kilometre open water swimming event, considered to be one of the toughest in the world, has athletes swimming from Robben Island to Big Bay, Cape Town. The event will take place on April 23, 2019. To qualify for the event, Kidgell and Clark participated in a 5.4km race in Cape Town in September. Kidgell said that they are super happy to have been able to qualify for the event because they are not doing the swim for themselves, but rather for the children. “My swimming partner and I are aiming to raise funds in order to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni Township. “The building has already start-
ed and that’s so exciting,” explained Kidgell. The couple will be raising funds to assist disabled children in the area by building a safe place where they can learn and grow. “They can’t be left at home when their parents go to work as their disabilities make them vulnerable to rape and abuse. So our school aims to provide a safe place where they can play and learn,” she said. In conclusion, her message to the people is that it’s possible to do what you love whilst simultaneously making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. “No challenge is too big with determination, support from our families, not overthinking life, or sweating the small things; our bodies (mixed with strong minds) are capable of almost anything,” she said. “Life is so precious and we need to live big, face fears, conquer challenges, laugh a lot and ultimately leave a lasting print on the hearts and souls of others,” concluded Kidgell.
HE Watercrest Mall Angel Tree Initiative saw two deserving animal rescues, KZN Valley Dogs and the Mazarat Animal Rescue, receive donations as their official beneficiaries this December. This year the Mall donated R10 000 to the initiative, with a R1 000 from Waterfall Spar and other donations that were brought in by the public. Centre Management spokesperson Charis Chearlton said that the Angel Tree initiative ran from November 12
until November 30 and saw them gather the needed necessities for the charities. “We are just grateful to lend a helping hand to the charities that were chosen this year,” she said. Chearlton said that the amount of work that these rescues do for the animals is amazing: “You can imagine what’s it like, taking in a stray animal, and you have to take care of it like a young baby. “As a centre, we thought that it will be much more easier if we help them with the food because there are still other things that need to be done for
the animals besides feeding them.” Waterfall SuperSpar store manager Marius Muller said that, due to their love for animals and being in a community that loves them too, they had to lend a helping hand. “We have an obligation to look after the animals so that’s why we decided to help in anyway we can,” he said. Muller also added that they assist in donating or sponsoring many animal rescues because they feel the need to help such organisations. Chearlton said they appreciate the donations from both the community and also the Waterfall SuperSpar.
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Celebrating the differently-abled PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com
DISABILITY does not define a person, rather it just means that the person affected needs to be given more attention to realise their full potential. This is according to Founder of T’shinga College Belinda Padbury, who shared her insight on people with special needs as the world commemorated the International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3. “People think having a disability is an inability to do things which that is not true at all,” she said. “T’shinga College is a place where we develop and nurture the potential of young people with
special needs, preparing them for life.” Padbury explained that living with a disability doesn’t mean you’re not a human being, but you just need a little bit more attention to make you realise what you are really interested in and what’s best for you. “If they are given the chance to prove to the world what they are capable of, the public will realise that they are also people like them but the only difference is that they need someone to give them love and attention,” she said. She further said that her students all have their own strengths and abilities. “If anything, their disability has given them more determination as they have more challenges to deal with,” said Padbury.
Padbury mentioned that two of her students will be swimming the Midmar Mile in February: “This also proves that, if given a chance to show what they are capable of, they do it with passion.” “We don’t use the label ‘disability’ as everyone is uniquely-able, differently-abled. People who
are differently-abled just want to be accepted and treated equally, like anyone else,”said the founder. In conclusion, Padbury advised that people should look for the “able”in people not the “label”. “The only disability is a person’s negative perception of others,” she said.
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S we approach the very hot and humid summer days, the chances of coming across a snake are significantly increased. One of the more beautiful but also dangerous snakes is the Vine Snake, which is also sometimes called the Twig or Stick snake because it looks like a stick and is exceptionally well camouflaged. It is a slender snake with a long, pointed head which is greenish and has a distinct white and dark strip running from the tip of the head and tapering off at the end of the head region. It has a keyhole shaped pupil. The length of the body is blotchy.The tongue is red and black.Each snake has its own unique and identifiable markings, It is a very graceful, swift moving snake,which although is timid and retiring, will inflate its head when disturbed or threatened, displaying bright
orange skin between the scales. It is largely arboreal; found in bushes and trees where it can camouflage. Residents should take care when picking up sticks on the ground as it can lie dead still. The snake actively hunts during the day by approaching prey in short spurts before lunging forward and seizing the prey firmly in its jaws whilst injecting venom. It feeds on lizards (including chameleons), frogs and, occasionally, birds and other snakes. No antivenom is available for this snake. The venom is hemotoxic, causing disturbance to blood-clotting and, like the Boomslang, it is a back-fanged species. Luckily it is quite a docile snake and not prone to bite, but nevertheless extreme caution should be exercised. Deaths from its bite are exceptionally rare. -Supplied.
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Power cuts and your alarm — being safe during load-shedding WITH load-shedding being experienced by large parts of the country in recent days, a private security company has warned South Africans to make sure their alarm systems are tested and working properly. “Many people are under the incorrect assumption that their home alarm system is deactivated when the power supply is interrupted. However, if you have a stable and correctly programmed system coupled with a battery that is in good condition, it will continue to protect the premises during a power outage — regardless if the outage is because of load-shedding or not,” says Charnel Hattingh, National Marketing and Communications Manager at Fidelity ADT. The only time it may not function correctly is if there is a technical issue, or the battery power is low. “Most modern alarm systems have a backup battery pack that activates automatically when there is a power failure,” says Hattingh.
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She adds that there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to ensure security is not compromised during power cuts. Hattingh advised on the most important tips to remember when preparing for a power cut · It is important that your alarm system has an adequate battery supply. Batteries should be checked regularly. · Alarms should be checked during extended power outages to keep systems running. · Power cuts can impact on fire systems and fire control systems; so these also need to be checked regularly. · The more frequent use of gas and candles can increase the risk of fire and home fire extinguishers should be on hand. · Above all remain vigilant during a power cut; be on the look-out for any suspicious activity and report this to us or the SAPS immediately. — Supplied.
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NPO shares the Christmas spirit
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31 Club ladies, MG Club KZN, and Hillcrest Government Hospital workers with the gifts they brought for the patients. “Every year as the MG Club we do something to help the underprivileged people and we were more than happy to donate to the hospital when we heard that the 31 Club was going to host a Christmas party for them,” he said. The MG Club donated basic toi-
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PHINDILE SHOZI HE 31 Club ladies hosted a Christmas party for the patients at the Hillcrest Government Hospital on Friday, November 30. 31 Club is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to raise money for charities around KwaZulu-Natal. 31 Club Charity Outreach spokesperson Anne Collinge said that the reason they planned to do a Christmas party for the patients was because they wanted to bring some joy to their lives. “The patients are usually used to the same thing and we wanted them to feel the Christmas spirit,” she said. She further said they also wanted them to see new faces as they are used to seeing their caregivers and family members. “This was done for them to feel special and know that the outside world also loves them dearly,” said Collinge. The 31 Club didn’t only do a Christmas party for the patients, but they also brought gifts, some of which some were sponsored by Morris Garage (MG) Club KZN MG Club KZN spokesperson Lawrence Sysum said that this is their second year running that they have donated to the Hillcrest Government Hospital.
letries and the 31 Club donated a deep freeze and cooking pots. The Hillcrest Government Hospital patients expressed their gratitude to the 31 Club ladies and MG Club KZN for everything that they’ve done for them. “We really appreciate the donation,” they said.
BEING involved in a brass band and being part of a choir made Upper Highway resident Mxolisi Mdlalose, popularly known as Mxolisi M in the jazz industry, realise his love for music. Talking to the Hillcrest Fever, Mxolisi M said that he’s the child of the highest God, a musician, family man, and educator. “I realised my love for music at the age of 12 when I started picking up a euphonium and a trombone,” he said. He said that even though he had a love for music, there were musicians that he looked up to and they inspired him to get into music. “A couple of musicians inspired me, such as McCoy Mrubata and Jonas Gwangwa who really played a huge role in me getting into the industry,” said the musician. “I was born and raised in the Johannesburg township of Katlehong; then I decided to relocated to KwaZulu-Natal to further my studies after matriculating, which is where I studied music,” he said. Mxolisi M, who holds a degree in Jazz and Popular Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Diploma in Advise in Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said he may have been inspired by the two musicians but it was a great honour for him to be mentored by the US saxophonist and lecturer Professor Salim Washington. Mxolisi M released his new single, titled KwaZulu, on Friday, November 30. “In life you need to be determined and never allow any negativity to pull you down. Respect yourself and those around you,” he concluded.
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Teaching skills to unemployed youth PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com SEEING that many South African youth don’t have many opportunities after completing their matric due to a lack of financial resources inspired Sabelo Mabida to start an NPO to provide skills development to those in need. Mabida’s NPO, Multibenefit Organisation, is a non-profit organisation that equips the people of Molweni, especially the youth, with the skills to acquire their learner’s license, farming skills, and business mentorship. In explaining why he started this NPO, Mabida said that when he matriculated he was faced with the problem of not being financial stable, to the point that his family couldn’t afford to pay for his university fees. “I was faced with an ordeal of not being able to go to the university due to our financial situation and I thought to myself: What I can do to change that situation?” he explained. Rather than going around complaining about his situation, the young man came up
with a solution to try and help others who are also going through the same problem. “I knew that complaining wasn’t going to help me, because I knew that other people are also going to have the same issue.” “I registered the organisation last year, and I use farming to earn an income, to take the people to write their learner’s test. “I also teach farming skills and ways to save money,” Mabida said. He said that his initiatives go a long way in equipping those less fortunate to be self sufficient. In conclusion, he advised the youth to not always point out problems, rather they should come out with solutions, even if they must sponsor it with their own money. “Also, I’m urging the matriculants to not do anything to their uniforms; they could donate it to their schools because there are people who might need it,” he concluded. Molweni residents are urged to contact Mabida to donate their school uniforms at 076 9525 298.
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Sabelo Mabida started an organisation to try and help the youth of his community acquire skills that will help them in the long run.
Finding the beauty in our differences PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com
O end stereotypes and to create awareness about albinism, human trafficking and the LGBT community, Embo Ward 8 held a beauty pageant on Saturday. The chairperson of the sport community for Ward 8 in Embo, Kwanele Mhlakwane, said that they heard the cry of community members about being excluded and treated unfairly due to them not “fitting in” and created a sport for them. “Many members in the community are treated differently; and we do have sports such as soccer, netball and rugby; however some don’t like much of these sports, rather they prefer being on the ramp. “That’s when we saw the need to establish our very own Miss and Mr Ward 8,” he said. “Even though we had the resources to have the beauty pageant, we needed an expert to help us carry this through and that’s when we contacted Lifestyle Fashion Models (LFM) to help us.”
LFM spokesperson Gugu Mkhasibe, who’s also the chairperson for the Human Victim Friendly Centre, said they were more than thrilled to be part of this initiative because they deal with people, especially girls, who’ve been through a lot and many of them seem to be interested in doing just one thing — modelling. “Some of the girls we deal with have been involved in human trafficking all in the name of becoming an inspiring model, because the people who pose to be modelling agencies promise to put them at the top,” she explained. Mkhasibe said they are not only dealing with those who have been victims of human trafficking, but also people who are living with albinism, and the LGBT community. “People living with albinism are always discriminated because of the colour of their skin, same as the people from the LGBT community who are seen as a shame to their families. With this [event] we want to let them know that they are also not different from others,” said the spokesperson.
Support needed for Jes Foord’s 16 Days of Activism initiative PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com THE Jes Foord Foundation, which commemorates the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children all year round, is partnering with Pinetown Courts as well as Rotary Westville to host a party for the brave children who are witnesses in court. The event will take place on December 13. Founder of the foundation Jes Foord explained what the 16 days of Activism means to them: “We are 365 days of Activism and appreciate the extra focus over these 16 Days. We use this time to work with our various partners in strengthening the message of empowering rape survivors.” She said that the reason they are hosting this party is to support the amazing children who have been brave enough to go to court as witnesses to crime but that: “the event is not only for the children but to support the
staff at Pinetown Court who work with these children in preparation for court.” As they are an NPO, Foord says they would like the public to lend a helping hand in sponsoring them with small snack packs (chocolates, biscuits, small juice and small chips) for 72 children. “Anyone who is able to donate the usage of a jumping castle for the day would be appreciated,” she said. The message she wants to leave is that the public should treat every case as if they were the victim. She also stated that we should all become ambassadors of important information by knowing where the closest Thuthuzela Centre is, know that you have 72 hours to get medication, don’t bath after an assault as your body is the crime scene, and talk to someone if you are being abused. “Our message to pupils when we do an awareness talks is about understanding consent; ‘no means no’ and ‘my voice my power’,” she concluded.
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OCAL Zero2Five trust partnered with Lionsraw UK and spoilt Steven Davison Primary School (SDPS) pupils with a wonderful school backpack by Uzwelo Bags that was filled with Futurelife meals and stationary. According to members of Zero2Five, it brought them great joy to see the teachers’ and children’s happiness over the bags, which will ease their start into the 2019 academic year. Steven Davison Primary School was established in 2010 after two classrooms and a kitchen/storage area were built for 80 children plus staff by these committed Lionsraw NGO UK volunteers. Before SDPS was built, the closest school was a steep 6km walk away on the top of Botha’s Hill. The walk was dangerous, with an average of five children a year being killed by cars while getting to school. The school was named after Steven Davison, a Lionraw SA member who was on the original building project at the school and has since, along with local labourers, built the three newest classrooms and toilet block. The Steven Davison Primary School was officially registered in April 2014 with the Department of Education and has since gone from strength to strength. In the years that followed, nine more class-
Teachers Andre de Beer, Knowledge Vilakazi, Roland Lacock, Rohan Henderson, David Burns, Trevor Stone, Jaundre de Beer, and Rory Woods joined the carolers on stage for O Holy Night.
Highbury Annual Carol Service ONCE again the Highbury family celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus with the annual Carol Services, presented by the Foundation Phase and Senior Primary choirs.
Mrs Gill Scott, Head of Music, says a highlight of the evening was when a group of male teachers and the headmaster himself joined the boys in singing O Holy Night.— Supplied.
Zero2Five trust partnered with Lionsraw UK and all 630 Steven Davison Primary School pupils were spoilt with a wonderful school backpack by Uzwelo Bags that was filled with Futurelife meals and stationary. rooms, a library, and a block of septic tank flushing toilets were built. SDPS is a non-fee paying school and the school relies heavily on Lionsraw SA and other donors. In 2010, the school started with 80 children in Grade R and Grade 1. In 2016 they had 525 children from
Grade R to Grade 7. This number grew to 630 in 2018. The same volunteers return at least once every year for further upgrades / maintenance at the school, and they are visiting the Valley of 1000 Hills this November. — Supplied.
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House & Home Five ways to add value to your home S
OUTH Africans have faced a challenging year as rising fuel and living costs have undoubtedly had an effect on household budgets. As a result, holidays and entertaining for the holidays have become costlier and out of reach for many. If you’re feeling the pinch, one way to make your holiday season worthwhile is to invest in your property and make it the staycation of your dreams, says Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate. Greeff advises homeowners to make the best of their home environments, and with these additions make their summer holidays one to remember. 1. Build a treehouse One of the age-old but still popular forms of entertainment for children are treehouses. Depending on the size of your property, building a treehouse may require nothing more than some skilled handyman work, enough materials, and a few hours of your time. Treehouses provide the perfect hideout for children to read a book, have sleepovers with their friends, and even pyjama parties with their parents and siblings. 2. Invest in a comprehensive gameroom
Game-rooms are understated as investments and could be a wonderful way to spend time together without leaving home. Game-rooms can cater to the needs of the whole family — no matter their interests. With the addition of a football table, big screen TV, gaming section, board games table and basketball hoop, the holidays are sure to be a success. 3. Hammocks are perfect for lazy days The addition of a hammock is guaranteed to make even just unwinding an activity you’ll enjoy. Hammocks are inexpensive and can be used by the entire family. Summer evenings camping out in the backyard will take on a whole new dimension with a hammock. 4. Fairy lights add atmosphere Summer soirees and dinner parties are made easy with the addition of fairy lights. These lights can be draped along walls or trees in your backyard to add a whimsical theme to your home. Fairy lights are also easy to manage and arrange when in use, and can be taken down just as easily once they are no longer in use. 5. Outdoor entertainment areas for the whole family
Hammocks are perfect for lazy days. With summer days firmly on the way, outdoor seating and entertainment areas will add value to your property and make holidays more enjoyable — even if it is just for
the novelty of it. Outdoor entertainment areas can consist of seating areas, braai areas, and a dining table. The purchase of these items is an easy
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mestic workers, says Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal Ivan Govender, play an integral part in any home security system and it’s critical that they are empowered and equipped to look after their own safety, as well as the safety of anyone else on the property. “Everyone wants and deserves to be safe, no matter who they are and where they work. In the same way that you should share safety
tips with your friends and loved ones, you should also share it with anyone that works on your property,” he said. He urges domestic workers to ask themselves: What would you do if someone tried to break into the house that you are working at? Do you know where the panic buttons are, and how to call for help? If not, discuss it with your employer as soon as possible. Govender offered some pointers to share
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they have a legitimate reason to be there, and your employer confirmed it for you • Exchange cell phone numbers with domestic workers at nearby properties so that you can alert each other of suspicious activities Talk about security and safety issues with your domestic worker and/or gardener. Teach your domestic worker how to arm and disarm the alarm; ideally they should have their own password and code — Supplied.
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Report dog fighting PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com
NIMAL abuse comes in many forms. One form of abuse which encapsulates both physical and emotional abuse is dog fighting. Dog fighting is an act which involves 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 often 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 a criminal record for breaking these laws. The loss of personal assets and denial of future animal ownership of animals are further penalties that can be faced when convicted of dog fighting.
A resident who wished to remain anonymous stated that recently 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 the boy admitted that he was attempting to steal the dog for use in a dog fighting ring in a nearby community. This incident was confirmed by 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 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 at 011 907 3590, or via e-mail at
email@example.com SIGNS OF DOG FIGHTING - Dogs 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, especially late at night. Flyers regarding dog fighting that will be distributed by SAPS. PHOTO: PURNAL POONUSAMY
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LEADING up to the festive season rush, the SPCA highlighted the importance of pet owners micro-
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chipping their beloved pets. According to the SPCA, microchipping is very important and invaluable on many levels. These microchips help vets, shelters, and organisations such as the SPCA inform pet owners that their pets are in their care. In addition, microchipping can act as a proof of ownership in the event of a pet being stolen. The SPCA stated that there are several instances whereby microchipping has assisted in reuniting pets with their owners over both time and distance, as every shelter and vet is equipped with a scanner. Speaking on this, PRO of the Amanzimtoti SPCA Michelle Hannan said: “When your dog or cat gets lost, the animals are brought into a shelter or get injured. They will be scanned for a microchip, which has a link-up to a computer system with a code, which has the owner’s details. This will help to contact the owners.” The process of microchipping a pet is relatively quick and mildly painful for pets. The microchip, which is smaller than a grain of rice, is injected under the pet’s skin, and cannot be removed, unlike a collar. Puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks can undergo the microchipping process. The SPCA is equipped to microchip mammals, but if a bird or reptile is required to be
microchipped, it is preferable to take them to a vet. The organisation noted that when travelling internationally with a pet, it is a requirement to have them microchipped beforehand. As an additional warning, the SPCA cautions members of the community to leave their pets under the care of reliable and responsible individuals if they are travelling away from home during the holidays. “It is not enough to just have your neighbour going over and feeding your dog, you need somebody living there. You’ve got things that animals are afraid of, like thunderstorms and fireworks. They get anxious, they’re going to hurt themselves, and they’re going to try to get out and get away,” said Hannan. The SPCA’s boarding facility still has available space. Interested pet owners can call and query. The facility is a safe space, and the pets will be looked after. Dog walkers and people come in and give these pets affection and attention. The SPCA stresses the fact that they always have full staff contingency present during festive season. The SPCA also cautions against giving pets as presents without full prior knowledge of what is required to look after a pet. The organisation wants to remind people that pets do not stay babies forever, and require an expensive 12- to 16-year commitment.
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THE Hillcrest Conservancy is set to host a guided birding and nature walk to raise awareness about the Springside Nature Reserve on Wednesday, December 12 in Hillcrest. Hillcrest Conservancy is a non-profit group of volunteers which relies on the publics’ support to protect the environment. Hillcrest Conservancy spokesperson Beryl Draper explained that the aim of the guided birding and nature walk is to share and raise awareness of Springside Nature Reserve with the public, as it is an ecologically important oasis in the heart of Hillcrest, offering a rich bio-diversity in 20ha of forest, grassland and wetland. “We are doing this to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy a morning of observing and appreciating nature with like-minded folk,” she said. Draper said that the community will benefit from this walk because they will learn more about the birdlife in Springside Nature Reserve. “Not only the public will benefit from it on the day but all the funds from that day will go towards the conservancy projects to try and make it more beautiful for the public,” said Dra-
per. She said that they would really appreciate it if the public came out in numbers to support this event because they will get to participate in the guided walk and learn a lot about the beautiful gardens. In conclusion, Draper encouraged newcomers and experienced nature walkers to come and enjoy a morning of observing and appreciating nature with likeminded folk.
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December 4, 2018
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Stand a chance to ‘Win a Car’ this festive season SHOPRITE and Checkers are again giving away 150 brand new VW up! cars this festive season. Between Monday, November 5 and Monday, December 24, a minimum of three customers will win a car every day in South Africa’s biggest car giveaway. One of the lucky winners already chosen was Nauveen Walsch, who won a brand new VW up after shopping at Checkers Watercrest Mall. To enter, just spend R100 or more at any Shoprite, Checkers or Shoprite/Checkers LiquorShop store (excluding Usave and MediRite) or buy any of the over 50 participating brands. These products can be found in the clearly marked “Win a Car” displays at the end of the shopping aisles in stores. For example, a customer who spends R100 and buys Pampers nappies as well as Sasko bread will receive three competition entries — one for the R100 spent and two additional entries for purchasing participating products. “To ensure a fantastic festive season for our customers, Shoprite and Checkers is
new musical festival is set to takeover South Africa’s playground, Durban, over a two-day period with an exciting line-up of the country’s top hip-hop, house, afro-soul and jazz musos. The inaugural Capitec Live Better Festival will take place at Kings Park Stadium — Outer Fields, in Durban on December 15 and December 16. On day one, South Africa’s hip-hop royalty Nasty C, Kwesta, AKA, and Zakwe will join leading house and gqom artists DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz, and Okmalumkoolkat for an all day party that promises to be the definitive place to be over the festive long weekend. Joining them onstage, and getting their big festival break, are hometown favourites DJs Junior De Rocka, King Sfiso and Mario. The rhythm changes on day two, which features multi award-winner Zonke performing alongside the “Collide” hitmaker, Lady Zamar. Afro-soul singer-songwriters Vusi Nova and Zamajobe will bring their soulistic sounds to captivate the crowd. “Capitec is excited to be part of this festival and we are looking forward to two fantastic days of music, food, and fashion. “Bring your family and friends and enjoy the Live Better festival with us,” says Sbusiso Kumalo — Capitec Head: Brand Marketing — Marketing and Corporate Affairs Tickets are available via Ticketpro and at all Edcon stores from R250. A 15% discount is offered when using a Capitec Card to purchase tickets. Selective lounge packages are also available For more information, visit the website www.livebetterfestival.com. Follow the conversation on official social media pages using the hashtag #LiveBetterFestival
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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 ECHO, in conjunction with the Capitec Live Better Festival, is giving away two sets of tickets to two lucky readers for the Saturday and Sunday events (one set per day). To win, like the ECHO’s Facebook page and tag three friends in the post. Winners will be chosen via a random draw. Competition closes on Monday, December 10. Ts & Cs apply.
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ILLCREST local Andrew Hill romped to a sixth title in seven years with his empathic win in the 40km MTB marathon at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure at the Summerveld Estate on Sunday. Riding on trails that he regularly trains on, the TIB Insurance ace was able to assert himself early on in the race, climbing away alone in the first quarter of the tough outing through the Shongweni farmlands to win by almost four minutes. His power on the hills and his speed on the single-track and roads through the sugar cane fields were pleasing for him as he has come off a gruelling week of long distance training and intense hill climbing in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. “I have just come back from a three day training camp where we did about 6 500 metres of climbing, so I was really feeling it! But it was encouraging to able to muster up some speed today,” said Hill. “The only year I haven’t managed to win this race was when I was beaten by Alan Hatherley, but I can deal with that!” he added. Hill heaped praise on course designer Ewan Cochrane, who made a lot of changes to the routes, taking the riders and runners to higher vantage points, and bringing them back on wellthought out contour roads that managed the necessary climbing on the return leg. “Ewan (Cochrane) really put a lot of effort and thought into this year’s track,” said Hill. “That brought in some climbing along the way but it helped with the climb back to the finish at the end. “He added in a lot of new sections, smoothed some out and actually added in some sections that I had never ridden before, which is unusual because I train here all the time,” he added. Shelley Higgo took the women’s title from Nadine Nunes and Gisela Stephens. The well supported 20km MTB ride was won by Nick Burczak, well clear of a scrap for second
between Chad Smith and Justin Swanepoel. A last minute decision to enter the 18km trail run panned out well for two Valley of a Thousand Hills athletes who are team mates in Martin Dreyer’s Merchants Change A Life Academy. Twenty-six-year-old Mthobiso Mzolo showed his class on the hilly run to take the overall line honours while just behind him Puseletsdo Dladla provided arguably the stand-out result of the day, winning the women’s title and finishing second overall. “I called him last night at five o’clock and we started making plans to get here to do this race. So we were a team before this race even started,” said the bubbly Dladla. “The route was fantastic and the weather was amazing, so it was a great day for my first time at this race,” she added. Mzolo was delighted with his win, which brings down the curtain on his competitive year. “There was plenty of climbing, and I worked hard on the climbs and then kept the power going on the flatter sections. It was a superb route,” said Mzolo Dladla has been enjoying success as the only woman in the Merchants Change A Life Warrior racing team, taking part in the Commando Elite races. Kevin Shozi took the 9km title with Tracey Allison snaring the women’s equivalent. The festive day wrapped up, from an athletic point of view, with the easy 10km MTB ride before the signature Sharkie Kids race, where youngsters, accompanied by their parents, get to run or ride their own race with the Cell C Sharks mascot. Members of the Cell C Sharks squad were kept bust all morning handing out cold aQuellés to every finisher and posing for photos with their fans. Families then relaxed under the shady plane trees, browsed through the pop-up edition of the Shongweni Farmers Market while the Kickstands performed live on stage.
Netballers aim for international gold PHINDILE SHOZI >>Phindile.Shozi@media24.com AFTER proving their dominance at home, the Luthayi team from Pinetown District Schools Netball League got the chance to travel to Singapore to represent South Africa at the 10th International Netball Challenge, which took place from November 24 to November 30. Pinetown District Schools Netball secretary Kwanele Mhlakwane said that the U15 Luthayi netball team had to play against every school in the city that was participating in the netball challenge, managing to beat them all to move on to represent the province and then the country.
“After they had won all the games against the schools, they then had to represent KwaZulu-Natal, which required them to play against all 11 districts, and they won again. They then went to Nationals, playing against all the nine provinces in South Africa, and again they won — which ultimately made them the team to go to Singapore to represent the country,” he explained. He further said that the team has been doing really well ever since it got to Singapore and they are hoping that they continue doing so. “The team has been winning one game after another and we are hoping for them to bring the trophy back home. However, even if they don’t, we are just excited that they were able to represent the country in a very good way,” he concluded. The Luthayi netball team that represented South Africa in Singapore at the 10th International Netball Challenge. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Andrew Hill rode away to claim his sixth title in the 40km MTB Marathon at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, December 2.