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This Mandela Day help our four-legged friends PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com
STABLISHED approximately four years ago, local non-profit organisation Friends of K9 trust was started by a group of ladies who embarked on a project to re-home and rehabilitate dogs that were homeless. In a three-year period they managed to home approximately 40 dogs. The issue of overbreeding in disadvantaged areas was brought to the attention of the organisation, whereby pet parents either didn’t have access to a veterinarian or did not have the funds to sterilise and vaccinate their pets. The trust then decided to step in to assist with curbing overpopulation. The organisation commenced with their sterilisation project called SNIP (Spay Neuter Inoculate Programme) in mid-January with a target of 50 animals. To date, the organisation has sterilised 81 dogs and cats from rural KwaZulu-Natal.
This Mandela month, the organisation has embarked on a project where by the community can donate R67 towards the trust. Speaking on this, Debbie Smith from the organisation said: “Friends of K9 have for years been running a Mandela Day campaign of sorts. [We] used to collect dog food for the underprivileged. Then we thought this year we would be slightly different — if we could get people to donate R67 to our trust account. “We actually had a lady donate R670 so that covers a snip. It’s up to whatever people can afford,” said Smith. The organisation is also open to receiving donations for the families of their four-legged beneficiaries. “It’s not just about the animals, we try and support the families too. We continue to feed those dogs and support those families that sterilised the animals,” added Smith. The organisation gives the families a holistic pack composed of a bag made of reusable fabric that contains items that range from a
dog bowl and food to collars, treats, blankets — whatever fits in. “We decided not to just sterilise dogs but provide an educational booklet for the families in English and Zulu. “Donations for more items to go into the bags are welcome,” added Smith. The organisation is also looking for a drop-off point in Hillcrest for the donations they receive. For further information, send a WhatsApp message to Debbie Smith at 074 187 7325 or Michelle Brown at 084 518 2997. Michelle Brown (left) and Debbie Smith of the Friends of K9 trust with some of the items from their holistic pack. PHOTO: PURNAL POONUSAMY
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A day in the life of a dog walker PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com
Sharon Petzer. head up to Marilyn’s Tea Garden for a well-deserved cappuccino. PP: In your opinion, what is the
best thing about volunteering at the SPCA? SP: For me, the best thing about volunteering at the SPCA is the amazing people you meet. From staff to volunteers, everyone is there with one goal in mind: to make animals’ lives better. To see the sheer joy in those animals’ faces when they know they are getting out for a little while and how relaxed they feel going back into the kennels is priceless. To be able to give them love, which many of them have never felt, and see them responding is the most amazing feeling. PP: What are some of your best memories as a volunteer? SP: Some of my best memories as a volunteer are, of course, the fun times I have had walking many different dogs; being dragged into trees, through mud, up and down hills, stepping on a snake (which surprised both me and the snake — no snake was harmed during that walk), and making it back with one happy pooch, and getting “locked”
in a kennel because the dog you walked loves you too much and will not let you out, so other walkers have to come to your rescue. Lots of laughter, as many tears, bumps and bruises have made dog walking, for me, worth every step! PP: Do you have a message for the community to motivate them to volunteer at the SPCA? SP: If anyone is considering volunteering at the Kloof & Highway SPCA my advice is to go for it! No matter which area you volunteer in, you will be appreciated and made to feel like part of the most amazing team. Just giving up a few hours of your time a week can make a huge difference in the lives of another. You will meet incredible people and make firm friendships along the way…you will laugh and of course you will cry but at the end of the day you will know in your heart that you played your part and made a difference to the many neglected animals that, although they aren’t able to voice how they feel, you’ll see it in their eyes.
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REGULAR volunteer at the SPCA, Sharon Petzer shares what a typical day is like for her at the organisation. PP (Purnal): Can you tell us a bit about yourself? SP (Sharon Petzer) My name is Sharon Petzer and I am 47-yearsold. My hobbies include gym, running, organising play dates for my four-year-old and, of course, volunteering. PP: How long have you been volunteering at the SPCA? SP: I have volunteered at the Kloof & Highway SPCA since 2012, where I began as a dog walker. PP: What are some of the activities you engage in as a volunteer? SP: I began as a dog walker but now I also get involved in their many amazing events; such as the Mutt Mile, Ales for Tales and Mandela Day. The activities can include marshalling, face painting or manning the kiddies play area to name
a few tasks. PP: Can you tell us what a typical day is like for you? SP: For me I have to say that Tuesdays and Thursdays are my favourite days of the week — this is when I get to hang out with the many gorgeous dogs (and sometimes cats) at the SPCA. I meet my fellow dog walkers in the kennelling area where we get allocated our dogs which we are to walk that day. There is mass excitement and energy to get going and that’s just from the dog walkers, so you can imagine how excited the dogs are! Once we have managed to secure our charges, we set off around the amazing property, enjoying all the smells and sights that are on offer that day. The dogs absolutely love it and pull very enthusiastically on the leads, so you definitely need keep a firm grip! Walking can take anything from an hour to two hours, but honestly to be able to take back tired, happy dogs to their kennels makes all the hard work worthwhile. Then, when we are done, we
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House break-ins on the rise PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com
SPIKE in house break-ins has been noticed in the Upper Highway area recently. In a recent incident, a Blue Security armed response officer interrupted a gang of armed robbers who were traumatising a Kloof domestic worker. Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said a gang of four suspects gained entry to the property at around noon. “Fortunately, a neighbour spotted the suspects running across the property and alerted our control centre to the scene. The suspects, one of them armed with a panga, accosted the gar-
dener and domestic worker on the property and started pushing the domestic worker around. The gardener then tried to intervene to help her. “Our armed response officer arrived at the scene and jumped over the gate to get inside the property. He spotted one of the suspects in confrontation with the domestic worker and yelled. The suspect then alerted the rest of the gang, who were in the process of ransacking the house and loading valuables into a bag, and they turned and fled out of the house. They ran to their escape route — a hole that had been cut in the fence of the property — and fled the scene on foot,” Mathios said. “The suspects disappeared into nearby bushes. SAPS K9 unit members
and neighbourhood watch patrollers arrived at the scene. Police were unable to trace the suspects but recovered the bag which had been loaded with stolen goods, including a laptop, that they had dropped as they fled,” Mathios said. No injuries were reported. Mathios commended the alert neighbour for his vigilance and the armed officer, the police and the local neighbourhood watch teams for their swift response. “Fortunately, due to the strong team work that played out, the stolen goods were recovered and no one was injured. We hope this sends a strong message to would-be criminals that we will not tolerate crime on our watch,” he said.
Speaking on the rise of house breakins in the Upper Highway area, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said: “Hillcrest police have noticed an increase in house breakings and house robberies. We are pleading with the community to be more vigilant in putting equipment and items like bicycles etc. away and not [leaving them] visible in the yards. “Thefts are also on the increase as items are left in full view — this amounts to a precipitating factor in allowing perpetrators to come onto properties and take these items, including garden furniture. “If doors and security gates are left open it allows easy access. At night, keep security gates locked if leaving
doors open whilst watching TV. “Another tip is to try and keep the entrance to the property and fencing clear of shrubs and bushes, allowing more visibility and more lighting. “We are also asking if you could please clearly number your houses. Our vehicles sometimes find it difficult to find a specific house when attending or responding to complaints as the houses aren’t clearly marked. It becomes very frustrating, especially when it is a progress we are attending. We already have to police a vast area of over 400km2 with the same road names in different suburbs. It just makes it easier to find an address quicker if it is numbered properly,” she said.
‘Vigilantism shows disrespect for law, order and human rights’ — SAPS PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com WHEN it comes to crime, taking matters into ones own hands is not the answer as it can have serious consequences. Vigilantism is an illegal act that has the potential to hinder ongoing investigations. In a recent incident reported by the SAPS KZN Media Centre, three vigilantism suspects recently appeared in court for the alleged torture and murder of a man suspected of stealing items from one of the vigilantism suspects. The suspects were formally charged with kidnapping and murder. Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said: “Vigilantism is a social movement giving rise to premeditated acts of force or threatened force by the community. It arises as a reaction to the transgression by individuals or groups, or to their potential or imputed transgression or acts.” According to SAPS, the model of vigilantism is a compound concept built upon six different elements:
“We cannot solve crime by creating more crime — and most often the crime committed by the vigilantism act is even more violent or serious than the alleged offender’s initial crime. “There will always be criminals in society, this does not give us the right to try and eradicate crime with crime. This will result in a vicious circle of criminals running the streets.” -”Planning, premeditation, and organisation - Private voluntary agency - Autonomous citizenship - The use or threatened use of force - Reaction to crime and social deviance - Personal and collective security.
“Acts of vigilantism will not [be] tolerated by the police,” said Smith. “SAPS will make sure that such cases are properly investigated and those involved will be charged accordingly. “When the public, criminal or not, are attacked and killed by a few members of the community, this shows a complete disrespect for law and order and the human rights of all persons in South Africa. “SAPS cannot not allow chaos and unfair judgment to be made on those who have not yet had a fair investigation and trial. If the suspect was any community person’s son, daughter, father, mother, sister, brother or friend; one would naturally want them to have a fair investigation and trial,” added Smith She further stated: “We cannot solve crime by creating more crime — and most often the crime committed by the vigilantism act is even more violent or serious than the alleged offender’s initial crime. “There will always be criminals in society, this does not give us the right to try and eradicate crime with crime. This will result in a vicious
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12 years of giving back to the needy PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com
EDICATED Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) volunteer Beverly Oosthuisen shared her passion for helping others with the Fever’s Purnal Poonusamy. PP (Purnal Poonusamy): Can you tell us a bit about yourself? BO (Beverly Oosthuisen): I am Beverly Oosthuisen. I love reading and knitting and the outdoors — when I can get outdoors. I have come here (Hact) every Thursday for a number of years, I think its about 12 years. I’m retired, I was in accounts, a credit controller. PP: What do you do here at Hact? BO: I’m usually in the dispatch but, when there is no work there, we come and help with the fabric. We cut the fabric up and put it back. The donations that come in — we have to sort through that. We are here for three hours — I don’t know about the ladies during the rest of the week because there is somebody different every day. There is a lot of work in here because of the donations — [we are] very blessed with donations and we have to sort through them, whether it is fabric or all sorts of wools, cottons, all the braiding, everything. PP: How did you start at Hact? BO: Somebody approached me — there was a lady working on a
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Hact volunteer Beverly Oosthuisen. Thursday morning and she had something else to do (she now comes on a Monday) — she asked me if I’d like to come and help and I said that would be wonderful. So I did, and I really enjoy it because
you’re giving back, you know, and there is a lovely bunch of people we work with. PP: Can you tell us a bit about your history volunteering at Hact? BO: When I started here there was the feeding scheme — we used to pack groceries for the people in the valley. That closed down and then I went to work for dispatch, where they do all the beading — the Woza Moya side. PP: What’s a typical day like for you? BO: It’s always different. Today [last Thursday] they’re taking the fabric off rolls and cutting it into 2m lengths. There are buttons, knitting needles and zips. There are things from old people that have passed away that you cannot believe – press studs, and stuff that I don’t know if you could even buy anymore. It is very interesting. PP: Is there a memory from during your years there that sticks out to you? BO: There isn’t really a best memory, its just wonderful because you’re giving back, you’re helping somebody somewhere. [I love] the lovely people who run the place, and the people that we work with. PP: Do you have a message for those who would like to volunteer? BO: If you have got time to give, give it because you’re giving back and helping somebody, especially in the community.
See Colleen Deetlefs’ recycled tyre tube jewellery on display at Embocraft.
Creating beauty from waste PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com THE LAUNCH of Colleen Deetlefs’ recycled tyre tube jewellery and accessories exhibition will take place at Embocraft, 327 Bothas Hill, from 10.30 am on July 11. Speaking on the exhibition, Paula Thomson of Woza Moya – Hillcrest Aid Centre Trust’s economic empowerment project — said: “We stock Colleen’s products in our shops on consignment and we have been working with her for over two years. We set up the exhibition in our Woza Moya shop based at Embocraft. “We wanted to show off the variety of Colleen’s work as she has been working on new samples.” The exhibition is for members of the community who are interested in recycling or upcycling. People will be inspired by how Deetlefs can get a tyre tube to look and feel like leather and her use of unusual materials together — like crocheted video tape and tyre tube — to make items such as handbags. People who have bought her products all comment that they are long-lasting. “People can expect an inspiring talk on her process and starting a business from literally waste. “I think, in these challenging economic times, we need inspiration and Colleen
is just that,” added Thomson. Deetlefs’ business started when she saw a pile of tyre tubes and from there the concept was born on how to create a sustainable business from the waste. She learnt how to re-work the tyre tubes plus other waste to make them into products that are of a high standard. Her years of experience in the clothing industry and manufacturing helped her to create market-worthy products. Anticipating the exhibition, Thomson said: “We are very excited about the exhibition as Woza Moya is very passionate about recycling and has its own upcycling centre. Wherever we can we try to use waste to create something beautiful. Examples of this are our roses made by Mxolisi Ngwane out of milk bottles, and Francis Ngeje’s bags made from old maps. So when we saw the variety and quality of products made by Colleen, we were excited and inspired. “Colleen is so humble about what she does. She is so knowledgeable about recycling and her talk will be about the inspiration behind her business. I love it when something can be created out of nothing, that is true artistry.” The Woza Moya Embo Gallery hosts regular exhibitions. Previously on exhibit were paintings by Nomusa Ngwane where over 10 paintings were sold.
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HE Kloof and Highway SPCA’s Mutt Mile 2019 was held recently under the theme of “Lumo”. According to the SPCA, both dogs and owners were dressed for the occasion, wearing fun, bright colours.
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MC Rory Petzer and his beloved SPCAadopted pooch Pongo hosted the walk which included activities such as lucky draws, owner and pet look-alike competitions, and the ever-popular Mutt Mile of the year. The event saw 249 people and 186 fourlegged friends join in to help raise R15 000
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HE Robin Hood Foundation (RHF) are thrilled to have Vusi Thembekwayo as a keynote speaker at the upcoming free, worldclass Entrepreneurs 4 Africa Conference taking place at City Hill Church, Hillcrest on July 23 and July 24. The dynamic Thembekwayo is the youngest JSE director in South Africa, a Dragon on Dragon’s Den Africa, has won several international awards and is highly passionate and experienced in sales, strategy and leadership. The Entrepreneurs 4 Africa Conference aims to equip and inspire more than 1 000 aspirant and existing entrepreneurs with knowledge, skills and advice in this free, jam-packed, two-day event. “The aim of this conference is to create optimism and highlight opportunities and options to the delegates, encouraging people to start where they are with what they have in their heads, hearts and hands,” explains RHF founder Cindy Norcott. Applications are pouring in and, due to public appeal, the deadline for applications has been extended to July 18. This free conference is open to either aspirant or existing entrepreneurs aged 16 years and older. To request an application form, please contact Kim Griffith Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application form from www.robinhoodfoundation.co.za — Supplied.
Drink coffee for a cause this July IN honour of Nelson Mandela Day, participating coffee shops will donate 67c from every cup of coffee sold in the month of July towards clothing the children at Ingane Yami with warm winter clothes. PARTICIPATING COFFEE SHOPS INCLUDE: - Bellevue Cafe - Jooma - Lineage - La Verdure
- Makaranga Garden Lodge - GoFresh Cafe - Ngwenya Coffee Shop Play a part in rewriting stories at Ingane Yami. Don’t forget to take a selfie and post your photo with #67c to create awareness for this lifechanging campaign. Check out www.inganeyami.com for more information. — Supplied.
These handmade scarves are made with love to help keep people warm in winter and are always distributed in July in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Anyone is welcome to assist at the various venues in tying the scarves to trees and poles. There is still some time to make and donate scarves — contact a local ambassador via the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day website www.67blankets.co.za for more information. One of these missions will take place at Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill at 3 pm today, July 9. — Supplied.
IT’S that time of the year again where 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is preparing for their annual Secret Scarf Mission, fondly known as the #SSS. KnitWits for Madiba around the country have been knitting and crocheting beautiful scarves to distribute today, July 9. Now in its sixth year, this nationwide initiative has proved to be hugely successful, whereby thousands of scarves are draped around trees and poles and hang resplendent for the taking by passers-by in need. A note is attached to each scarf that reads — ”I am not lost, if you are cold and need me, please take me.”
Top SA director set to inspire
Sixth annual scarf mission underway
Vusi Thembekwayo will inspire entrepreneurs this July.
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SPORT Rachel Dempsy with General Atso. PHOTO: PURNAL POONUSAMY
Cycling for a good cause PURNAL POONUSAMY >>Purnal.Poonusamy@media24.com CYCLISTS participating in the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic later this year can dedicate their race to a good cause; raising funds for Friends of K9 Trust’s Operation SNIP (Spay Neuter Inoculate Programme). Friends of K9 Trust, a registered non-profit organisation, currently has seven cyclists dedicating their race to the organisation, and they are anticipating more to come. Debbie Smith of the Friends of K9 Trust stated that her husband, Gary, came up with the idea to create a back-a-buddy account to raise funds for the organisation’s programme, saying: “[Gary’s] been dying to do the Amashova. He woke up one morning and said ‘we need to cycle for Snip. We got to do it’ — I said let’s do it. “We started to speak to people, and the enthusiasm was overwhelming.” The organisation has allocated a target of R4 000 to be raised per cyclist, but Smith stated that the amount is not set in stone and each cyclist should just do their best. The sterilisation project started in mid-January and to date they have exceeded their target of 50 animals for the year and have sterilised 81 dogs and cats from around rural KwaZulu-Natal. The organisation is super excited and overwhelmed that they are nearing 200% of their target in just over six months and are hoping to reach 300% by the end of the year.
Gary Smith on the trail. As the name SNIP suggests, the organisation also inoculates the animals in the project as well. Smith stated that the project has gained a lot of momentum as they have been contacted by organisations in the south coast, north coast, and central Durban. She further said that the project averages five to six animals per week, and that number is anticipated to increase as they branch out to other areas, thus making funding crucial for the project. “If there are cyclists who would like to dedicate their race to SNIP, that would be amazing,” concluded Smith. For further information, WhatsApp Debbie Smith at 074 187 7325.
Riding for the top spot
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ACHEL Dempsy (14), a member of the Amanzimtoti Horse Riding Club (AHRC), recently took part in the fifth South African National Equestrian Schools Association (Sanesa) Qualifier which was held at Galloping Winds in Ballito. Rachel participated at the Sanesa Shongweni and Galloping Winds Qualifiers in the hopes of progressing to advanced levels next year. At Galloping Winds in Ballito, Rachel, astride General Atso, was placed first in dressage and equitation. At the Shongweni qualifier prior to that she was placed second to fellow club member Mallory Stone and Ferrari. Rachel, an Amanzimtoti High School Grade 8 pupil, has been riding at AHRC for approximately two years. She started off her riding career at the
Bhengu stables on Rummy — who has since passed away — and she now trains at the Toti Ranch. Rachel used to be involved in various activities but now horse riding takes up a lot of her time — she is at the ranch at least three times a week. When she was younger, Rachel always wanted to attend lessons but she was not able to due to the times of the lessons and her parents’ working schedules. Then she learned about the lessons provided by Kirsty Klopper (equestrian manager of AHRC) on the weekends. Speaking on how she started competing, Rachel said: “When I started riding we had the home shows. When I started riding in April two years ago, I knew there would be a little show at Bhengu the next month. It starts with very entry-level stuff then it advances to the jumping and preliminary dressage. But I was still learning, so I re-
member doing a little pose on the ground and just had to walk with Rummy. As soon as you start progressing in your riding, and you start advancing, you start doing more shows.” “It’s very rewarding to do shows. The rosettes don’t matter to me. I feel that you put so much time and effort into it, to get that result of ‘well done’ — I enjoy that, and I also enjoy the whole atmosphere of it, also doing it with your friends. “It is fun to go away from home and do something different,” said Rachel. Speaking on her future with General Atso, Rachel said: “I don’t know yet, I might outgrow Atso. Right now I’m really enjoying Atso — I might be able to compete on him for another year. “He’s such a fail-safe pony, he has so much character to him, I’d be sad to move on from him, but you need to grow and I’m enjoying him now. I hope to do more competing next year.”
CAN local trials/ foot-ups ace Devon Mackenzie, from Kloof, close the gap on South African champions Brent and Bruce Le Riche in this year’s National Trials rounds three and four, to be held at Killarney 4x4, Shongweni Valley, on July 13 and July 14? Mackenzie has been number three in SA for the last two years and he is rapidly closing in on the top two, putting in lots of practice time, including exhibition events. Come and support Mackenzie and all the riders taking part in this spectator-friendly event. Riding starts at 10 am on both days, finishing at about 4 pm. Trials are not all about the top proclass, there are three other classes of different skill levels — Experts, Intermediate and Clubman — where there are many thrills and spills, tears and smiles and, at the end of the day, great friendships are formed or reinforced.
Trials is an observed event, the object is to complete the 12 marked sections per lap for four laps without putting your feet down, hence the term foot-ups. There is an exciting new rule introduced this year which is a time limit per section — this puts more pressure on the rider because if they exceed the time limit they will drop five points (which can make a huge difference to the final scores). All sections are within easy walking distance, we have some really big rocks and river sections which will test the skill and courage of all our riders. You will be amazed where these riders can take a motor bike, it sometimes defies gravity, and you have to see it to believe it. So, come and join us — bring the family for a great day out. All refreshments will be available on site. Contact Colin at 084 404 7152 or Bruce at 082 656 2323. — Supplied. SA’s third ranked rider Devon Mackenzie. PHOTO: SUPPLIED