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HE Highway Art Group Annual Exhibition will take place at the Watercrest Mall, upper level, from November 9 to November 18 to

help raise funds for the Watercrest Mall’s Angel Tree Project. This project is in aid of the KZN Valley Dogs and Mazarat Animal Rescue.

A total of 118 paintings will be exhibited, in all mediums, and 27 artists will participate. All paintings are for sale. The Highway Art Group was started

over 50 years ago. Members include well-known artists as well as those artists who enjoy painting as a hobby. Meetings are held bi-monthly at the

Westville Methodist Church. At each meeting, an experienced artist is invited to demonstrate painting in the medium of their choice.


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Passionate about healthy living PHINDILE SHOZI The founder of Brookdale Health Hydro, Wendy Somers-Cox­.



HE Fever’s Phindile Shozi had a one-on-one chat with the founder of Brookdale Health Hydro, Wendy Summer-Cox, who gave some insight into her experience as a businesswoman. Phindile Shozi (PS): Tell us a bit more


The significance of Diwali — the Festival of Lights

about yourself. Wendy Somers-Cox (WS): I am Wendy Somers-Cox and I am the founder of Brookdale Health Hydro. I am in a unique business where we can be instrumental in changing people’s lives. PS: What encouraged you to start your own business? WS: There was a gap in the market PS: What challenges have you come across in your journey to success? WS: Challenges of any successful business are hard work, perseverance, leading by example and a passion for health related issues. We try to increase our guest’s awareness of all health issues; being primarily exercise, nutrition, stress and supplementation; and, together with our passionate, dedicated staff, we are able to achieve this. Most people in South Africa have

the perception that Health Hydro’s are places that deprive you of food so marketing Brookdale was a challenge as we serve our guests healthy and nourishing meals as well as encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle. The other two Health Hydro’s did not run a registered Lifestyle Management Programme whereas Brookdale does. PS: Can you please share with us how you overcame your challenges/ obstacles. WS: By working hard and diligently PS: What are your aspirations? WS: To make sure that we maintain our very high standards and continue to be the best Health Hydro in South Africa. PS: Who inspires you to do better? WS: The actual guests who come to Brookdale inspire me with the

healthy choices learnt while staying with us PS: What is your message to young women out there? WS: My message is life is for living, our health is our most precious asset and we do not invest in it nearly enough. It does not really matter how much money we have, we cannot always buy back our health — it is a priceless commodity. So be kind to you, assess your health risks and take action to improve those factors. TIPS TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE - Manage your stress - Be kind to yourself - Eat healthy and nourishing food - Go for a nice brisk walk - Be around loved ones - Laugh a lot - Embrace life — it is wonderful and awesome

Church raises funds for the needy PHINDILE SHOZI >>

PURNAL POONUSAMY >> FOLLOWERS of Hindu faith around the world will be commemorating a day of colour and light as they will be celebrating Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. A five-day festival in India, Diwali is observed over two days in South Africa, this year being November 6 and November 7, but only one of the two days is usually allocated by the South African Hindu Maha Sabha as the day to officially celebrate the festival. The word “Diwali” (or Deepavali) means row of lights in the ancient language known as Sanskrit, and this festival denotes the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The celebration mainly goes hand in hand with the Indian lore known as the Ramayana, whereby Diwali coincides with the moonless night in which the exiled King of Ayodhya, Rama, returned home with his companions after defeating the evil Ravana. Leading up the celebration, Hindu devotees thoroughly clean out their homes and offices, and sometimes decorate the floor by the entrance of their homes with colourful patterns known as rangoli. This is done to welcome deities into their home and also to bring good luck. On the night of the celebration, temples, homes, shops and buildings are illuminated with bright lights. Diyas (lamps and candles) are lit with prayers offered to Lakshmi (goddess of pros-


Eliana Naicker and the management and staff of the Hillcrest Fever wish all those celebrating a Happy Diwali. perity). Devotees also partake in family feasts and distribute sweets and gifts. Hindus also celebrate by lighting fireworks in order to illuminate the night sky. Celebrated annually, Diwali, which also marks the start of the New Year for some Hindu denominations, usually takes place between the period of midOctober and mid-November, and the ever changing date is pre-determined by the position of the moon. The Hillcrest Fever would like to wish all its Hindu readers a blessed Diwali.

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REACHING out to the public and sharing the message of love and caring is the aim of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, whose Market Day will be held on Saturday, December 1 in Hillcrest. The market is being held to raise funds to underwrite the Church’s support of charities and community projects. The theme for the day is “Outreach” under the goal of “Reaching out to other parishioners and the wider Hillcrest community”. Holy Trinity Anglican Church parish councillor Jenipher Lavender explained that the main reason they are having the Market Day is to reach out as a church to the community, saying: “We are doing this in order to show the people who think they are abandoned that there are people who still care and love them no matter what, also they are willing to do everything possible to help them better their situation.” Church warden Toni Hanrahan said that, as part of their ministry work, they try and help the unemployed. “The church is doing everything possible to try and fight unemployment, which is why we are doing this so that we will be able to take them to where they are supposed to be,” she said. Lavender said funds raised on day would be distributed to different NPO’s that they support. These include The Diocesan Orphanage, 1 000 Hills Community Helpers, Fulton School of the Deaf, Hillcrest Advice Bureau, Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Zikwanele House of Hope and Hillcrest Government Hospital. To conclude, Lavender encouraged the community to come and support the Market Day as it will make a huge difference to the people they are raising funds for.


Holy Trinity Anglican Church parish councillor Jenipher Lavender and church warden Toni Hanrahan.

Focused on helping child-headed households PHINDILE SHOZI >> FOCUS on the Family Africa launched the Give the Gift of Family campaign on October 29 to raise funds for their Tales of Hope Programme. Focus on the Family Africa is a non-profit organisation whose focus has been to serve families in Africa since opening its doors in 1992. The campaign, which is in its third year, helps to raise funds for the Tales of Hope Programme, which is aimed at providing much-needed assistance to child-headed house-

holds. Communications Director Valerie Govender said that Give the Gift of Family is an annual campaign which started in 2015 because of the struggles that children in child-headed homes are faced with. “The funds raised are used for the Tale of Hope programme, which is a child-headed household and is one of our orphan care programmes, where we support families that do not model themselves on a normal family — like having a mom, a dad, and children in a normal home. “These are child-headed homes where the ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ are chil-

dren that are still in school,” she explained. She said that the funds raised are used to buy the children school uniforms, stationery packs and even food. To conclude, Govender said that there’s no time like the present: “If you want to make a difference in the lives of orphaned vulnerable children, you must invest it in an organisation that is willing to go the distance for them and make their gift go the distance for them.” For more information visit their website at or call 031 716 3300.


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BREAK in the case of the Crinkley Bottom murder was made on Thursday, November 1, as South Africa Community Crime Watch (SACCW) operations received valuable information with regards to a person wanted in connection with the shooting that took place that day. The shooting, which occurred in May, saw manager Adrian van Wyk murdered in seeming cold-blood. SACCW founder, Steven King, confirmed that they received information about the wanted individual in connection with the murder

case. “Information was relayed and the suspect’s vehicle was seen by the police. He then tried to run away, which resulted in him causing an accident in the process. “The suspect was then found in the Pinetown area after he had fled and crashed into another vehicle and ended up on his roof,” King said. King confirmed that the man was then arrested by the police and a firearm was recovered. The suspect is being detained in police custody and will appear in court soon. King said he would like salute the SACCW members and police involved for the great work on the arrest.

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Residents advised that new appliance packaging may attract crime PHINDILE SHOZI >> THROWING away new appliance boxes and packaging without first putting them into a plastic bag is thought to cause thieves to target certain houses. According to Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith, the Hillcrest police have noticed an increase in house break-ins and house robberies. “The increasing numbers are being created by the public’s negligence when taking out their trash, especially boxes of appliance that ‘invite’ thieves to break-in and steal the newly-bought appliances,” she explained. “We are pleading with the community to be more vigilant when disposing of packaging of their newly bought appliances,” she said. Smith also urged the public to keep valuables locked away safely. “Always put equipment and items like bicycles away and not visible in the yard. “If possible, we are asking the community to keep records of all serial numbers of appliances like TV’s, microwaves and other items of value with serial numbers, including jewellery,” further explained Smith. Doing so will make their investigation a little easier when property is recovered. “When items with serial numbers are stolen we circulate each item. When anything is recovered, it will reflect the owner’s details on the system,” Smith explained. She reiterated that leaving boxes of newly purchased items like TV’s, XBox’s, and PlayStation’s out on the verge is also the same as putting


Boxes left out on the verge let thieves know what is worth stealing in your house. a notice up for suspects patrolling around to see. Smith advised that residents should fold all boxes up or dispose of them without leaving them in plain sight so that they do not contribute to be precipitating factors for future house break-ins or robberies. “By leaving those boxes in plain sight, you are inviting the thieves to break into your house then rob you of all your newly bought appliances,” advised the captain. For more information contact Captain Linzi Smith at 031 765 9124

Fighting crime in the neighbourhood PHINDILE SHOZI >> ON THURSDAY afternoon, the SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) received information related to a house robbery which took place in Westriding. SACCW founder Steven King said that the information led the SAPS to the suspect in KwaNyuswa, where he was arrested and some of the items taken during the robbery where recovered. “We would like to thank the SAPS members from Pinetown and Hillcrest for the outstanding work and commitment shown in the perform-

ance of their duties and their commitment to the safety of the communities,” said King. “We are heading into the festive season and, from past history, we all know that the crime will increase. “We urge all our community members to join hands with the SAPS in a concerted effort to keep criminals out of our neighbourhoods by applying the basics of personal safety around the home, business and while travelling,” he said. In conclusion, he advised community members to stay vigilant and report any suspicious persons and activities to SAPS on 10111, to their neighbourhood watch or WhatsApp SACCW at 082 920 5799.


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SARS: a broken institution

In the Gorge with Kloof Conservancy — ‘Cussonia sphaerocephala’ or the Forest Cabbage-Tree


THIS is one of the less common trees to be found in Krantzkloof. The Forest Cabbage-Tree is an emergent forest tree with large, dark green, complex compound leaves clustered in distinct round heads, hence the Latin name sphaerocephala or round head. C. sphaerocephala is a regional endemic confined mostly to KwaZulu-Natal, where it grows mostly at low to medium altitudes. Large specimens have minor buttressing at the base and corky stems. The flowers are arranged at the end of the long stems in dense spikes clustered in umbels, which are in turn arranged in a larger umbel, thus forming a twice-compound inflorescence. The inflorescences take two seasons to develop. The greenish-yellow flowers are very attractive to insects, especially flies, and the fleshy, coneshaped, purple fruits are eaten by birds and monkeys. Cabbage-trees make excellent landscape feature plants, but they shouldn’t be grown where their roots can damage built structures. Some of the other local species, such as Cussonia spicata and Cussonia paniculata, are smaller and better suited to small gardens. In Krantzkloof, Cussonia are found on the grassy slopes of the gorge where they are exposed to a lot of sun. — Supplied.

SHORTLY after Tom Moyane completed the purge of SARS’s top management in January 2015, Adrian Lackay, the taxman’s veteran spokesperson and a consummate professional, went to Moyane’s new office. He had been battling to get an audience with the relatively new commissioner since Moyane assumed office in September 2014, and after a series of bombshell “rogue unit” reports started appearing in the Sunday Times. Lackay, who as SARS’s senior communicator used to have ready access to both the commissioner and his deputy, had been frozen out and Moyane seemed unfazed about the catastrophic narrative that had taken root in the public domain. Moyane, it seems, was content to have the Sunday Times publish smear after smear without any inclination to counter it. After making his way through security and past Moyane’s aides — Moyane had moved to a new office in another building after being appointed — Lackay confronted his new boss. What is the plan? What do you want to do about this? Why are you here? he demanded to know. After exchanging words, Moyane threw his hands up in the air and said: “I want to clear the air!” The implication was clear: Moyane was there to clean up. SARS was established in 1997 when the former departments of Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise merged. According to Trevor Manuel, the fledgling democracy not only had to stabilise its internal and external debt and expenditure levels but had to

ensure that the new government had enough revenue to ensure its independence from expensive loans and imposed structural adjustment programmes, the bane of post-liberation African states. Between 1997 and 2009, SARS, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan, established itself as one of the foremost revenue services in the world, embracing technology and an approach centred around the taxpayer as a valuable customer. It became the subject of many an academic study and was lauded the world over as efficient, transparent and modern. When Gordhan moved on, he left behind a jewel in the state’s crown, and even though there were bumps along the road, including the ignominious end of Oupa Magashule’s tenure as commissioner, SARS regularly overshot revenue predictions. The government even ran a budget surplus which enabled SA largely to weather the shock of the financial meltdown of 2008. But SARS, different from other state institutions and managed along professional and corporate lines, made powerful enemies in its relentless pursuit of tax dodgers and smugglers. It first confronted Jacob Zuma before the ANC’s national conference at Polokwane in 2007, when the then deputy president of the ANC struck a deal to regularise his tax affairs. He owed hundreds of thousands of rands in taxes. SARS then started clamping down on associates of Zuma, who in 2009 was elected president. The illegal dealings of friends and associates came under scrutiny from SARS and its specialised investigation and

forensic units. By 2014, SARS had extensive information about illicit and illegal operations run by many in or related to Zuma’s inner circle. Moyane, who seemed to have fallen out of favour and having retired as commissioner of Correctional Services, was suddenly brought in. He had no experience in tax affairs and no financial background. But he was close to Zuma in exile in Mozambique. His impact on SARS was destructive. Within the first four months of his tenure, he suspended or replaced the whole of SARS’s top structure, commissioned organisational reviews and instituted bogus investigations into the so-called “rogue unit”. Within 10 months, many of SARS’s most experienced and respected executives had left and its institutional memory had been gutted. By 2017, more than 45 executives had left, and by 2018, hundreds of senior officials had gone. SARS’s information technology was left to stagnate, it started missing revenue targets, specialist investigation units were disbanded, innovations like the Large Business Centre were shuttered and millions paid to predatory consulting firms to weaken the revenue service further. Like the disembowelling of the NPA and the Hawks, SARS had to be contained to ensure that the Zuma state-capture project could flourish. Moyane carried out his mission with aplomb and leaves behind a broken and frightened organisation. His dismissal is long overdue and well-deserved. — Fin24.

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Stokvel savings assist communities PHINDILE SHOZI >>


TOKVELS differ in a lot of communities; some save money to have a lump sum payment at the end of the year, while others are saving money to buy food in bulk for the festive season. Founder of the Angel of God Stokvel Group Nompumelelo Mthiya said that she started the stokvel group to help the underprivileged by donating food at the end of the year. “It’s not a nonprofit organisation, rather it’s a stokvel group because we meet once a month to discuss things that we might buy with the money we are saving every month,” she explained. The founder also revealed that they are not only donating to the underprivileged families but they also use the money to buy groceries to have parties for children from different orphanages, just to remind them that they are also loved and cared for. “Rather than asking for sponsors, we saw it fitting to take money from our own pockets and make the families and children that need help happy at least once a year,” she said. Mthiya said that each member donates R100 per month, to be put into the savings account which will be used at the end of the year to purchase the food. “When we started the stokvel, back then it was almost like a bonus from yourself to yourself but, as time went by, it changed,” she further explained.


Angel of God Stokvel Group members Dudu Jeza, Nompumelelo Mthiya, Nge Jeza, Gugulethu Mthiya, Nokuthula Sibisi, and Zodwa Gumede. She said the other reason they are doing it is because some of the ladies which are part of the stokvel are not working full time jobs and they are only called in once a week to come and help. With that small amount of money

they are given, they are able to put into their stokvel group and they know that, during the festive season, their families will also have a feast because they are able to buy food with the money from the stokvel.



Break the silence around domestic violence “We encourage all wom- them in every possible way and en to report cases and they shouldn’t be >> not to be afraid. We are afraid to come to us if they have isHILLCREST SAPS here to help them, not tosues,” she said. warned that all The captain forms of violence make them a laughing said the police against women stock but we want them have a no tolerand children will ance policy on donot be tolerated to feel safe and loved” mestic violence, PHINDILE SHOZI

in the community. This warning was issued ahead of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which will be celebrated later this month. Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said that the 16 Days campaign is held at this time of year as the festive season brings families, friends, and relatives together to celebrate the year end. Often during this time, spouses may feel ignored and neglected and that may lead to them being violent towards their partners. Smith said they are hoping for a very good festive season where women are kept safe, saying: “It is always assumed that women are being abused by their partners whereas their children and brothers can also do it, which is why we are begging for women to not be afraid to come and report the incident if ever it takes place,” she said. “With this we are reminding them that we are here to assist

saying: “We encourage all women to report cases and not to be afraid. We are here to help them, not to make them a laughing stock but we want them to feel safe and loved which is why we are encouraging them to come forward with anything that may be a suspicion of violence,” said Smith. She added that they should let the police help them as they are there to protect them, saying: “We have a crisis centre that does trauma counselling and also assists with advice on protection orders and court interdicts.” She reiterated that domestic violence is a vicious circle and the only way that it can be mended is by reporting the cases. In conclusion, she said those who are afraid to come to the station can contact her and she will be able to direct them to the right person to talk to. Captain Smith can be reached at 031 765 9124.

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Make Christmas count by donating to the SPCA PHINDILE SHOZI >>


HRISTMAS is a time of giving; giving to a cause that can help the many abandoned and stray animals that get left and forgotten about. That is why the Kloof and Highway SPCA started the Reverse Advent Box campaign. Kloof and Highway SPCA marketing and fundraising spokesperson Brigitte Ferguson explained that the Reverse Advent Box campaign aims to encourage people to donate their unwanted/unused household goods, linen, curtains, and clothes which they will be able to sell in their various thrift stores to generate much needed funds during the very busy festive season. “Think of all the things you do not use any more; the teddy bear at the bottom of the toy box, the shirt that no longer fits and the pots and pans that have been replaced by the shiny new ones,” she said. She said that it’s not the SPCA that’s going to benefit, rather the unwanted and stray animals in their care, saying: “We have tons of animals at our Inspectorate department which we assist every day and in fact it benefits our fight against animal cruelty.” “We encourage everyone to be a


Pictured is Charlie, who was adopted from the Kloof and Highway SPCA, and marketing assistant at the Kloof and Highway SPCA Liz Harrison. part of our Reverse Advent Box campaign. We also felt it would be a goodway for children to learn to give back and not just receive,” she added. In conclusion, Ferguson encouraged the public to make their Christmas count, not because they received their 100th bar of soap, but because

they touched an animal’s life. “The Kloof and Highway SPCA are here for the animals and you can be too by collecting your box and making your unwanted goods count,” she said. For more information contact Ferguson at 031 764 1212 or email

Safety tips to remember during the festive PHINDILE SHOZI >> CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and the festive season shopping has also began. This is, however, also the time of year when robbers are on the lookout for easy targets. Kloof CPF chairlady Nikki Molhmann said that it is impossible to believe that Christmas is almost

upon us. “Please be aware that you are not the only ones considering doing your Christmas shopping – criminals are also on the lookout and there is usually an escalation of crime in the build-up to the festive season,” she warned. She reiterated that the public should ensure that burglar alarms are in good working order before they leave their homes unattended.

“If you are going away on holiday, make sure that you make arrangements for the collection of mail from your post-box, suspend delivery on your newspapers, etc. “Please remember not to place packaging such as TV boxes etc out on the side of the road, as this is such a great way to advertise to the ‘scouts’ on what you have just recently purchased,” said Mohlmann.

Modelling in support of the underprivileged PURNAL POONUSAMY >> DURBAN born and bred teenager Robyn Hill (16) was recently selected as one of the KZN Top Model finalists for 2018. Robyn , who is currently a grade 11 pupil at Kuswag Skool, is a lover of various genres of dance, and has a keen interest in athletics and modelling. Having entered a few pageants over the course of this year, Robyn decided to go for the KZNTMSA after she found out that the pageant aids the underprivileged youth, an issue she feels very strongly about. After being selected as a finalist, Robyn embarked on charity work to raise funds for the organisation. If she wins, she hopes to continue her charity work. She would also like to encourage the youth to enter pageants, as it is a good platform to get involved within the community. Some of the charities Robyn has worked with, together with her agency Zeit Models, includes fashion shows at the Malvern Children’s Homes, Mooi Hawens Old Age Home, GMO Fashion show with the disabled at Virgina airport, and Cupcakes for Kids with Cancer with Fables and

Fantasies. Something already on the cards for Robyn is a pageant at Mooi Hawens old age home. At home, Robyn is the youngest in her family with two older sisters who live away from home. Speaking on how she juggles school, family, pageant life, and charity work, she said: “I believe that if you are passionate about something you would always have time or make time for it. So for me, who has a busy schedule, I still always have time for my family, school, friends, the competitions and charity work.” Looking to the future, Robyn aims to finish school and further her studies with art. When asked to give a message to the community, Robyn said: “Mothers and fathers, get involved in your child’s passions, because they can’t do it without your support. “My message to others is, if you are passionate about something — practice like you never won and perform like you’ve never lost. “You have only one life, live it. Embrace each day, because you never know what might come the next day. My dance partner was diagnosed with blood cancer a few days ago, and that made me realise again, do as much as you can while you can each day.”


KZN Top Model finalist Robyn Hill.

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Make a positive impact this festive season PUPPY DOG eyes, wagging tails, cuddles, nuzzles and purrs. It’s hard to think about all those pets less fortunate than our own, living out the prime of their lives without a family to call their own. What if one simple act of kindness could help many this festive season? One of the most effective ways to make a difference is as simple as paying for a spay. “Spaying and neutering is a relatively quick surgical procedure, with a long-lasting impact on animal welfare and overpopulation,”says Bianca Bresler, General Manager at TEARS Animal Rescue. In their research, TEARS has found that spaying one cat can prevent up to 370 000 cats from being born in seven years and one dog sterilisation prevents the birth of up to 67 000 dogs in six years. “The extreme need associated with animal welfare is often overwhelming, but by securing sponsorship for even one sterilisation, at a cost of just R350, we’re able to make an immediate impact and alleviate the negative effects of pet overpopulation,” said TEARS Animal Rescue Chief Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Patti Foster. Through their biggest donation to date, over R1 million to TEARS, Hill’s is encouraging businesses and pet parents nationwide to get into the spirit of giving this holiday season and help “Pay-For-A-Spay” at local animal shelters. “We’re incredibly proud to be keeping tummies full and bodies in tip top shape at TEARS Animal Rescue. Our recent donation equates to 82 000 meals and frees up funds to sterilise


Bring the end to pet overpopulation one step closer this Christmas. close to 2 500 pets,” says Carla Bath, Hill’s Marketing Manager. “The biggest challenge to sustaining the medical support we provide, and free sterilisation services, remains funding,” says TEARS CoFounder and Director Marilyn Hoole. Share in the gift of giving this festive season. Donate to the “Pay-For-ASpay” campaign and assist the work that TEARS is doing. Just R350 will cover the cost of a sterilisation and bring the end of pet overpopulation a step closer.

Human trafficking in SA PHINDILE SHOZI >> WITH the festive season approaching, Hillcrest SAPS is encouraging the community to be cautious at all times and be alert to human traffickers. According to Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith, trafficking has reached alarming levels throughout the country, with KZN ranked among the highest statistically. She said that, during this time of year, children are out and about enjoying festivities and that is when traffickers can get easy targets. “Students, pupils, and parents should be aware of the dangers of trusting strangers who offer them lifts; offer them fast paying jobs, or free scholarships. “For pupils, it’s after their exams, they are excited and want to have fun so they will be the most targeted ones because they go out at night without any supervision from their parents or guardians,” she said. She further advised that people need to guard themselves and know that if an offer seems too good to be true, most often it is. “Usually people who are involved in human trafficking, lure young girls and boys with money, then send them off to other countries where they become slaves of cheap labour or get involved in forced prostitution and drugs,” explained the communications officer. She said that youngsters

need to be careful of befriending strangers on social media. “With the modern technology today, the criminal can hide behind any false identity and can meet you in the safety of your bedroom, behind a screen on the computer on Facebook or Skype,” she said Smith further explained that often these underground human trafficking syndicates hide behind false identity profiles with fake photographs. “Never meet a stranger from the internet alone, as most often it is dangerous and can put one in a very vulnerable situation and can result in one being kidnapped for human trafficking purposes,” advised the captain. She further said that young girls should seek advice and do proper research before accepting any job offers that seem too good to be true, so as to make sure that the offers are legit. In conclusion, she said that the community is encouraged to work hand-in-hand with the police in combatting the increase in this crime. “Children should not fall into the trap of peer pressure and being bullied into doing unlawful criminal activities,” said Smith. She said those who might suspect anything may contact Crime Stop Tip on 08600 10111. “Any suspicious activity or person you suspect that could possibly be involved in human trafficking should be reported and can be investigated,” she added.


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A space to call their own D

OGS need a lot of love and attention, but they also like their own space. Dogs are territorial animals, so it’s important they have areas in “their” home set up for them to sleep, play, and hide out if they feel the urge. And, while most pet parents would love to spend their days at home with their dogs, or take them to work with them, the reality is that most have to leave those sweet faces behind every weekday morning. Don’t stress, says Dr. Guy Fyvie, Nutritional Advisor at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, “the truth is, your dog can handle short periods of alone time just fine, especially if you set up a ‘dog-safe zone’ to keep them comfortable and entertained.” THE AREA ITSELF A dog zone doesn’t have to be huge. In fact, many dogs prefer smaller spaces. Quiet, comfortable, enclosed spaces remind them of their ancestral dens. Plus, limiting your dog’s access to the rest of the house may prevent unwanted behaviour like chewing and toilet accidents. Almost any spare space in your home can double as a dog room; just make sure it’s spacious enough for dogs to do what they like to do — you don’t want your pup to feel like he’s being locked up. If you live in a small apartment, a baby gate or playpen provides a secure boundary, but can be folded up and stashed out of sight when you’re at home. SAFETY FIRST Once you’ve chosen your doggy zone, it’s time to make it safe and comfortable. If your dog is older and settled, you won’t need to do much beyond the obvious cleaning up and creating a stimulating and comfortable environment.

If you have a young, rambunctious, or anxious puppy or older dog, you’ll want to take steps to dog-proof the environment • Store cleaning materials and food in another room, or high up behind closed cabinet doors • Ensure cupboards are not able to be opened • Tape down electrical wires, or hide them behind furniture — this is especially important for younger dogs and those prone to chewing things • Remove dustbins • Put away shoes, clothing, kids’ toys, and anything else you wouldn’t want your dog playing with or chewing while you’re not around • Turn off unnecessary heaters • Ensure sufficient ventilation A PLACE TO LAY THEIR HEAD Dogs spend about 50% of the day sleeping, so comfort really counts. Make a soft, relaxing bed the focal point of your doggy zone. Add a blanket for burrowing, and perhaps one of your old T-Shirts for a sensory reminder of you. KEEP WATER ACCESSIBLE Make sure your dog always has fresh water. Keep a bowl of water in or near your dog’s space, or make sure they have easy, unobstructed access to where you regularly store their normal food and water. SOOTHING SIGHTS AND SOUNDS You may have heard some pet parents leaving the TV tuned onto Animal Planet for their dog when they’re not home. Well, they may just be onto something. Dogs may not be able to follow plot lines on TV shows, but the colour and light can provide welcome entertainment for them during the day. Sound is another good addition to your doggy zone, as


Dogs also need space of their own. soothing classical music or nature sounds may calm anxious dogs. SOMETHING TO DO Dogs need both mental and physical exercise, and just because you’re not home doesn’t mean you can’t challenge their brains. No dog zone is complete without things to keep your dog busy. Toys will offer your dog stimulation as well as emotional comfort. Make different types of toys available to your dog such as chew toys, fluffy comforting toys, interactive toys, or treat balls which can be filled with their regular Hill’s food.

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Or how about a “seek-a-treat” puzzle toy? This will challenge your dog to use their nose and paws. It’s also extremely important to rotate your dog’s toys to maintain stimulation and keep boredom at bay. CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION If you’re going to set up a doggy zone, you might as well get creative. How about a puppy palace? Or a secret doggy hideout filled with all their favourite things? Again, make sure the space is roomy enough. Of course, dogs don’t need anything fancy. The most important thing is that

your dog zone is a safe, comfortable place for your best friend to hang out while they await your return at the end of the day. So, they may not need anything fancy but as pet parents we like to give our dogs the best, and of course, Hill’s Pet Nutrition agrees. That’s why, from November 1, whenever you buy two qualifying bags of Hill’s Science Plan, Prescription Diet, or Ideal Balance dog food you’ll get a plush, beautifully designed dog bed. Available at selected participating vet outlets around the country, while stocks last. — Supplied




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An education for all children ANDILE SITHOLE >>


HERE is growing concern about the high number of disabled children that are not part of the South African education system. Children with disabilities face many hurdles when trying to access the schooling system in SA, this according to recent studies conducted by Autism South Africa. The estimated figure of children with disabilities that are currently not part of the system is close to 500 000. Speaking of some of the challenges they face, Director of Autism South Africa Sandy Usswald said: “These include stigma in our communities, physical barriers such as no wheelchair access, or toilets at schools, attitudinal barriers. “There is a misperception that children with disabilities are more difficult to teach or include in the classroom, or that they will bring down the

learning environment for other children, when in fact studies have proven that the learning experience actually improves in an inclusive classroom, both for the children with and without disabilities.” Some of the other barriers include knowledge and skills barriers among the teachers that are illequipped in appropriate teaching methodologies to facilitate a meaningful learning environment for all, and practice barriers such as children with disabilities who are unable to use the toilet independently and who are excluded from the mainstream and even special school system. Usswald said: “These are just a few of the challenges that our children face, which are easily overcome with a change in attitude and an inclusive education mindset. We are currently on a country-wide campaign to collect the names and details of these children so that we can approach the Department of Education to demand that

these children are placed into beneficial learning environments to suit their needs. Unfortunately, teacher training does not cover inclusive education or strategies to provide access to the curriculum for children with disabilities. “We strongly encourage teachers to reach out to relevant and accredited training organisations who work within the disability sector to support them to increase their knowledge and skills and provide on-site classroom support for them. I have found that teachers with passion and a positive attitude towards children with disabilities really make the difference. “Resources come second to a passion and belief that our children are able to succeed with the support that they as individuals require,” Usswald said. Usswald added that they have been inundated with complaints from parents of children with disabilities who are currently out of school. These

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Free business seminar a success Congratulations to Hillcrest High School’s newly appointed student leadership executive team for 2019. From left: Adam Parker, Priyashnee Reddy, Thembalethu Mzobe (head leader), Ayla Nutall (head leader) Kyle Buick and Nikitha Govender.

A ‘spooktacular’ time was had by all last weekend when uShaka Marine World hosted their annual Halloween festival which saw ghosts and ghouls and all things scary join in on the Halloween fun. Halloween festivities included trick or treating, a scary aquarium tour and, ending off the day in true uShaka Halloween style, a special Halloween show in the dolphin stadium featuring uShaka’s much loved dolphins. Seen all dressed up in their ghoulish gear were:

LOCAL business owners recently attended a free business seminar at Makaranga Garden Lodge entitled “How to get your business to work without you”. The event was pre-

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parents reported on difficulties they faced when trying to enrol their children into mainstream or special needs schools. “We are now working on collecting information to present to the national Department of Education in order to demand that they place children with disabilities into a school suited to their needs. “In order to do this, we need parents to fill out a form telling us about their children and how long the child has been out of school. We can provide parents with the form if they email us,” she said. Autism SA said the intention is to get the Department of Education to take their demands seriously when they show the department how many children with disabilities are out of school. Parents who wish to participate in the campaign can call Autism SA at 011 484 9909 or visit or e-mail

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What first-time car buyers should know W

HETHER it is new or used, buying your first car can be an amazing experience, if you are properly prepared and aware of all the potential pitfalls. Juan Wheeler, Chief Financial Officer at FCA South Africa provides some tips for first-time vehicle buyers. The first step on the journey towards buying your new wheels starts off with creating a budget in order to establish affordability and price range of the vehicle. This budget has to go beyond the potential instalment costs that you are going to have to pay to aspects such as car insurance, your potential monthly fuel cost, toll fees, maintenance costs, and future interest rate increases if and when they occur. In order to obtain finance from a bank, you

will need to have a good credit history as it is one of the main considerations for financial institutions when it comes to the decision to provide you with a car loan. New graduates who have just started working and paying their own bills may have to work for a while before they are eligible to apply for vehicle finance. However, FCA offers Graduate Jump-Start Finance that has been specially designed to enable new graduates to own a new car, making a credit history less essential. This offer also provides additional benefits such as not having to pay a deposit and included car insurance for a year. A FEW MORE TIPS TO CONSIDER • Purchase the vehicle you need, rather than the

one you want (but can’t afford) — Be realistic when it comes to the short list of cars you are considering. SUVs might be very popular and highly aspirational, but affordable, fuel efficient vehicles will serve you well if you are financially stressed, and you’ll thank yourself for your decision every time you have to fill up after a fuel price hike. • Always maintain your vehicle and limit the chances for unforeseen car-related expenses — For buyers of used or second-hand cars, look out for vehicles that come with a warranty, and if it is possible, try to extend the warranty and maintenance plan (if the vehicle comes with one). • Pop the car buyers’ bubble — Be cautious of balloon payments. While this option may pro-

vide you with more affordable monthly repayments up front, it ultimately includes a parting gift in the form of a substantial outstanding amount to repay at the end of your loan period. Always ensure that this outstanding balance will be covered by the value of your vehicle when you opt to trade-in/sell your car for a new one. • While it may be a grudge purchase for many, car insurance should be a mandatory inclusion in your car budget. If the vehicle is written off in an accident, you will still need to pay it off. Insurance will also help to cover potential thirdparty claims. These tips should ensure that your journey of owning that dream car doesn’t take an unwanted sho’t left to turn into a financial nightmare. — Supplied.

All-new Opel Combo coming to South Africa MORE great news for Opel fans — Opel just announced that their range of Combo commercial vehicles will be brought to South Africa in early 2019. And, as if that wasn’t good enough news, the Opel Combo Cargo has received the coveted Ivoty (International Van of the Year) Award. EACH WITH ITS OWN PERSONALITY — WHILE OFFERING A SIMILAR LEVEL OF PRACTICALITY After unveiling the family-oriented Opel Combo Life recently, the PSA Group subsequently also introduced its commercial counterpart — the Opel Combo Cargo. This award-winning light commercial vehicle is embracing a new generation of Opel vehicles, introducing some all-new design changes inside and out, along with more practicality than ever before. The Opel Combo Life, on the other hand, is being described as “the family’s best friend” thanks to a spacious cabin and a high level of flexibility. Indeed, you can have it with five or even seven seats, one or

two rear sliding doors, and with a choice between short (4.40m) and long (4.75m) lengths. The new Opel Combo Vans were designed as part of a cross-business programme in which services were systematically tailored as closely as possible to the needs of business customers in terms of convenience, driving assistance systems, and safety. Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the Ivoty jury, described the new Opel line-up as “the most significant small panel van development in years”. Commenting on the jury’s decision, he added: “The Opel Combo is well future-proofed, packed with technological advancements to aid the driver and offering substantial financial benefits to the owner or fleet manager. The creation of its new ‘overload alert system’ is a great initiative, as it will ensure compliance and enhance safety. The availability of two wheelbase versions is another step forward, as is the introduction of an allwheel-drive variant, considering that an increasing

number of utility companies are looking for 4x4 traction in a smaller van. All in all, an excellent package, well put together. ” The new models were developed using the EMP2 platform and accommodate the latest generation of powertrains and driver assistance equipment. They offer a range of services for business/commercial customers, meeting the highest standards on the market in terms of spaciousness and modularity, including a load capacity of 1 000 kg. To cover all customer needs, the vans will come in two lengths and will be available in two-, three- and five- seater versions. With each generation, Groupe PSA has brought useful and major innovations to the segment, now proposing two technologies that are unique on the market: the “overload indicator” and “surround rear vision.” With this new offering, Groupe PSA intends to

consolidate its already leading position in the European commercial vehicle market. Opel is one of the oldest car brands operating in Southern Africa, and the brand has built a solid reputation over the 80+ years that Opel has been in the country. The South African Motoring Guild voted the new Opel Astra as the South African “Car of the Year for 2017” after the new Astra was awarded “Car of the Year” in 12 European countries, as well as “Overall European Car of the Year”. Opel won the prestigious “Car of the Year” award in South Africa on a few previous occasions as well — in 1991 (Opel Monza), 1994 (Opel Kadett) and 1995 (Opel Astra). OPEL cars are known for offering luxury level specifications that packs stamps a German engineered punch high above their price category — hence the brand’s pay-off line: “The Future is Everyone’s”. — Supplied.


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EMBO resident Alex Luthuli has always been a gym fanatic, however getting introduced to Strongman strength athletics affected him so deeply that he wanted to start helping others fall in love with it too. Luthuli said that he was introduced to this sport by a man he called Vuyani. “Growing up, I’ve always been a gym fanatic just not on the strongman side,” he said. “I fell in love with Strongman the day it was introduced to me and I just kept on training so that I could get better and start competing,” said Luthuli. After training for almost two years, Luthuli finally got his chance to compete in the strongman competition that took place in Durban. Even though Luthuli didn’t win at the event, he said that the competition motivated him to do something for his community. He decided to start a gym where everyone could go to let out all their frustrations. “I started the gym because I saw my community, especially the youth, losing their lives to drugs and leaving school for no good reason. “That’s when I realised, when I went to the competition, that this sport can teach you a lot of things besides competing and it gave me the courage to help them by starting a gym that they could go to when they feel like they can’t just take it anymore and have a need to let it all out,” he explained. “Empowering my community is what I want to do, as well as teaching them to live a healthy lifestyle.” To find out more about Strongman or Alex Luthuli’s gym, contact him at 079 087 5916.

Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ Jasper Mocké (left) grabbed the SA single surfski crown at the SA Singles Surfski Championships on Saturday in East London from team mate Hank McGregor (right) and Kenny Rice (centre).

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ASPER Mocké and Hayley Nixon were crowned the SA single surfski champions at the Pete Marlin surfski race on Saturday morning in sharply contrasting races that ended at Nahoon beach. Mocké was locked in a titanic duel in a fast-paced three ski front bunch that included Hank McGregor and Kenny Rice in what was always going to be a flat-out sprint, given the short distance and following seas. Mocké, who came into the race as the defending champion after winning the crown at the FNB Durban Downwind last year, opted for a deep sea line with Nick Notten, while McGregor and Rice stayed closer inshore. “I got into a great rhythm in the middle section of the race and got ahead of Nick, who had taken off at a hundred miles an hour,” said Mocké. “After the Yellow Sands point I de-

cided to shift tactics and head back inshore and we started to catch some decent groundswell coming into Nahoon. It was quite messy going inside the Three Sisters reef. “I didn’t know it but Hank caught the same wave as I did coming into the finish, but he was a couple of hundred metres further down the beach. “It was a repeat of what happened at Marine at last year’s race where I managed to paddle right to the finish and Hank was left running up the beach,” said Mocké. McGregor duly wrapped up the silver medal and Kenny Rice the bronze, edging out Notten who had stayed on a deep sea line for much of the fast outing. Nixon, in sharp contrast, was able to assert her dominance early on and the current world champ cantered home to take the women’s title unchallenged. The Euro Steel/Vaikobi/Carbon-

ology athlete started keeping a close eye on a strong women’s field that included Nikki Birkett, Bridgitte Hartley and Jenna Ward. “Bridgitte (Hartley) started really well and I stayed with her, and after four or five kilometres I was very conscious of Jenna Ward, who was racing brilliantly in a new ski and always seemed to be just over my shoulder,” said Nixon. She pulled away after the halfway point in the short race, racing with some of the elite men who had started catching the B batch paddlers. “It was quite fun because I was pacing myself with Andy Birkett for a while and then Gene Prato,” said Nixon. “I was lucky to have an East London local with me at the end so I could follow his line into the finish at Nahoon, which rounded off an awesome race,” she said. The win was particularly gratify-

ing for Nixon, who has now finally managed to win the SA surfski title, some time after she won the world title. “We have all been having a good laugh about that,” she said. “But this means a massive amount to me. “I am so stoked. I feel like I have finally earned my stripes,” Nixon said. She heaped praise on the race organisers for getting the balance right between delivering an exciting downwind race and ensuring the safety of every participant. The race was contested over 19km from Glen Eden beach to Nahoon, and the early start delivered moderate North Easterly winds and swell for the big field of singles paddlers. The double ski race takes on Sunday morning. More information can be found at — Supplied.


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