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MANY people either look forward to the festive pe riod and begin their countdown to Christmas in Oc tober, while others are left running for the hills to avoid the ‘silliness’ that comes with the season. As we get ready to wind down and take a breath er, we decided to reflect on some of the wonderful reasons to celebrate the year that was. Yes, we can talk about some of the lowlights as well (no pun on the word ‘lights’), but that would not be very festive at all. The team at the Fever has had a wonderful year and has shared some truly remarkable memories with you. We’ve had an actionpacked year from meeting wonderful individuals who are slowly changing their communities one step at a time to covering campaigns that shows a proactive community who are willing to fight for their beloved home towns. To those people who are continuously going the
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Dear Readers, TODAY marks the end of another year for the Hillcrest Fever, and as the festivities kick off for this season, let us reflect on moments that touched our lives and the community this past year. 2014 has been marked by persistent challenges in our economy with price inflations (food, electricity, fuel, etc.). We had weather catastrophes and crime
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VER since she was a child, Upper Highway’s Candice Leigh King wanted to break the cycle of poverty. She never saw the poor and homeless as a statistic, instead, she saw people who she could help and make a difference in their lives. Today, King (24) heads A House for the Poor project and aims to raise funds to provide shelter to those in need. She said that the housing project started when she and her mother took a drive to Mol weni. “I came across a family of nine that lives in a tworoomed tin house that has no flooring, kitchen, bathroom or toilet. “The roof is not attached to the walls, causing extreme flooding when it rains. Water streams in from beneath the walls too,” said King. “This broke my heart and I wanted to do something to help this family.” King’s aim is to raise enough money to buy the family a four roomed wooden house that will
keep them warm and dry during winter. “I’d like to raise at least $2 631 (R35 000). It’s not enough to include a bathroom and toilet, but it’s enough to pro vide the family with shelter. “The reason the online project reflects dollars is be cause the dollar is an interna tional currency and I haven’t wanted to exclude anyone from getting involved. Funds can be collected in any currency and they will be automatically con verted into rands,” said King. When asked why she got in volved with such a project, King said: “I got involved with this project because I see the poor and I stop for them. If one person stops for the one in front of them, Africa will change. “My favourite part about this whole project is that I get to em power people and change one life at a time.” The community can contrib ute financially to this initiative through https://gogetfunding. com/ahouseforthepoor/ and builders can contact King at 082 465 0582 if they would like to be involved.
Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World at the weekend and now features in a long list of remarka ble women who continue to make a difference to the countries they live in and the world. South Africans also took time through out the year to remember Nelson Mandela and do their bit to fulfill his legacy. It’s been a year since his death and many ques tioned the stability and patriotism of South Afri cans. The good news is, it seems as if communities are now more united than ever. Many believe his spirit still lives on calling it a sprinkling of ‘Madiba magic’. Clearly South Africans will continue to make great strides despite the negative news that some times comes to the fore. The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic cli ents and readers a wonderfully happy festive sea son and here’s to welcoming 2015 in style.
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extra mile to serve others, we would like to salute you and thank you for allowing us to share your sto ries. This year South Africans voted hoping for the best – many are now glued to the parliament ses sion coverage because you never know what to ex pect. In 2015 we will be joining the queues for the byelections and once again, hoping for positive change. We know we live in a beautiful city and another reason to be a proud Durbanite is Durban has been voted an official new Seven Wonder City of the world. The picturesque beaches, rolling hills and breathtaking skyline together with a host of won derful inhabitants, sets us apart from the rest of South Africa. After 40 years, the Miss World title is held by a South African.
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continues to destroy some of our communities. However, the one thing that continues to stand undefeated is the spirit of the Upper Highway community. Through the difficult times, our readers have once again proven that we are, without a doubt, among the most resilient and strong-willed. We have weathered all the storms that came our way and have demonstrated that we can be a community to be proud of - from our disabled horse rider achieving his goals to a local woman beating breast cancer and becoming an inspiration to others - our community stands together proud! We are confident that 2015 will be better than ever. We, at The Hillcrest Fever, have faced our
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own challenges this year, but as we enter 2015 we renew our pledge to you to do our very best to continue to be the most accurate, fair and balanced source of news, opinion, features, sports and entertainment in the Upper Highway Area. We will continue to be open and honest with our readers and we assure you that the new year will be one never to be forgotten. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones this year and those experiencing difficulties of all types this holiday season. We extend sincere and warm wishes to our Hillcrest Fever family for a safe and peaceful festive season, and a happy and prosperous 2015. Kalisha Naicker Senior Journalist Hillcrest Fever
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UBSEQUENT to the article published in the Hillcrest Fever last week, and the common misuse of paraplegic parking bays, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (Qasa) has launched the “Eish” Campaign, to encourage the community to take action when disability discrimination occurs. Ari Seirlis, CEO of Qasa, said that the campaign uses a wheelchair Lego man in various environments, identifying problems and issues experienced by those with physical disabilities. “The word ‘eish’ is used in South African English and Afrikaans to express exasperation or disbelief. The word was first translated from the Xhosa language to Afrikaans, and then into South African English. “The key issues and themes are: justice, transport, access parking and employment, as people with disabilities need to be able to exist in a barrierfree environment, free of infrastructure barriers, free of any limitations and discrimination,” he said. In terms of justice, Seirlis said that access to legal support, policing agencies, the judicial system, human rights commissions and correctional services are essential for the success and implementation of the Equality Act for people with disabilities. He said that access to transport is a human right and inaccessible transport in South Africa is the biggest barrier that people with physical disabilities, especially wheelchair users, face. In terms of parking, Seirlis said: “Universal design and accessible environments are a human right and inaccessible buildings and infrastructure in South Africa are some of the major barriers facing people with physical disabilities, especially wheelchair us-
Qasa launches “EISH” campaign ers”. In addition, he said that no person other than a disabled person or a driver of a vehicle conveying disabled people, which has been issued with a sticker for conveying disabled people, shall park in a parking bay reserved for disabled people. “Qasa believes that wheelchair parking facilities designed as 3 500 mm wide, are for the use of wheelchair users only. “This is to ensure that a wheelchair user has the required width in order to get in or out of a vehicle safely, and the campaign is meant to rectify and highlight such issues.” He said that if the community has an “eish” moment or experience in the justice environment, they should communicate this to Qasa, which will investigate further. To lodge a complaint, discuss an issue, seek advice or be heard, contact 0860ROLLING (086 076 5546) from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Qasa will take note of every call, will interrogate the issue, provide a solution, have a call to action and respond to the caller.
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Friends forum hosts Matthew Willman
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THE Friends of the Kloof Library Fo rum will host internationally recog nised documentary photographer and publisher of four bestselling books, Matthew Willman, on Thurs day at 6pm in the Kloof Junior Pri mary School hall. As a young man with his roots in the province, Willman has used his exceptional talent in visual art to capture the essence of many em inent global personalities. Some of these personalities in cluded 12 presidents, eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates and a large number of sports personalities, mu sicians, politicians and philanthro pists. His commissions have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, United States of America presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and WHO (World Health Organisation) and Oxfam International leaders, to
mention a few. Perhaps one of Willman’s great est achievements and one that plays a significant role in contribut ing to the recording and preserving of South Africa’s democratic change, is his work as a commis sioned photographer for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and for 10 years for Madiba himself. Over the years, he worked close ly with the former president and icon, documenting the life and times of the man and creating an intense historical archive that is central to the Mandela Centre of Memory and Presidential Library in Johannesburg. Tickets are R50 and R35 for paidup members of Friends of Kloof Library and are available at the library at 031 764 5743.
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WHILE the eThekwini Municipality has been experiencing an interruption to the supply of orange recycling bags, over 75% of households remain unaffected and are receiving their bags on time. Households affected by the interruption are encouraged to use clear plastic bags provided by the city to recycle in the inter im. They are requested to place plastic, cardboard and paper in one clear bag and glass and cans in a separate clear bag. Residents are urged to contact Durban Solid Waste and let the company know if they would like to receive the clear bags. They will have to supply their address and will be notified when the clear bags will be delivered to them. The orange bag delivery and distribution has been disrupted due to a shortage of
bags caused by issues with the current supplier. The issue is being addressed by DSW management. Due to these challenges, DSW asks resi dents to use clear bags in the interim for recyclables. The orange bag distribution has been disrupted for a few months. However, it is expected to resume its original supply and distribution shortly after the issue has been resolved. And as much as supply has been disrupt ed, almost 75% of eThekwini households are still receiving their orange bags. DSW thanks the public for their participa tion in the Kerbside Recycling Programme, more commonly known as the Orange Re cycling Bag Programme, over the years. To learn more about recycling and how
to make a difference, the public can con tact the DSW education section for assist ance. Residents who are not getting or ange bags can phone the DSW Helpline at 031 303 1665, 031 322 7080 or 031 311 8804, or email kdbarec@durban. gov.za DSW education officers will take down their details and arrange for delivery of the clear bags if the orange bags are unavaila ble. Residents can also phone or email the above numbers if they have any com ments or questions about DSW’s recycling programme. eThekwini Municipality appreciates resi dents’ participation and partnership in this project, and looks forward to their con tinued support. — Supplied.
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Hillcrest police urge vigilance KALISHA NAICKER email@example.com THE Hillcrest police are urging the commu nity to be proactive and practise safe habits ahead of the winter season. According to Hillcrest police communica tions officer Constable N. Manqele, crimi nals look for quick and easy ways to break into homes and vehicles. He said that the community needs to be cautious with their belongings. “Householders and car owners should be thinking ahead as a house that looks un occupied and a car that is left unsecured are tempting to criminals,” said Manqele. He said Hillcrest police officers will be in creasing their highvisibility patrols during the hours of darkness over the winter months in a bid to cut crime, and they are encouraging residents to put a greater focus on their home and car security. Manqele said that darker evenings and
any lapse in security present fresh opportu nities for the speculative thief. “We do not want the darker evenings to provide an opportunity for criminals and the easiest way for someone to avoid be coming a victim of crime at this time of year is to make sure their property is well lit and windows and doors are all secured with the appropriate locks,” he said. “Cars need to be in a locked garage or properly secure with an alarm system. Mag rims should be secured with lock nuts.” He added that homeowners should not leave garden tools in their yard as these are often used to break into homes and attack homeowners. Manqele said that the SAPS will be of fering advice to the community on simple and costeffective measures they can take to maximise security during winter. Anyone requiring information or to re port a crime, can contact the Hillcrest Police Station at 031 765 9116.
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HE rise of drug use in and around the Upper Highway area is escalating at an alarming rate and residents are now concerned that the legalisation of marijuana (dagga) will add to this problem. Residents feel that marijuana is a “gateway drug” and can be linked to nicotine use as well as harder substances down the line. Concerned parent Bernard Hunter said that he hopes his teenager never tries smoking marijuana. “For some, smoking weed is an occasional thing. For others, it can become a daily habit that drags a person down. I have seen many ‘smokers’ whose lives were destroyed in months due to this drug. “With the widespread use of dagga, our community needs to guard against becoming complacent about this drug. I honestly feel that dagga is a passage drug to more hardcore drugs,” he said. Waterfall resident Michelle Naidu also feels that the legalisation of marijuana was a step in the wrong direc-
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tion for the country. “As it is, the drug use in our community is so high and families are suffering. With the legalisation of this drug, more families will be destroyed. “I feel that only the use of the oil should have been legalised and not the drug itself, as it can be controlled. I think this was just another way for our government to bring our country down,” she said. Anti-Drug Forum’s Sam Pillay also feels that the legalisation has had a negative impact on their efforts to fight drug use in communities. “We have had regular campaigns educating people on the use of drugs including marijuana and we want to reiterate that dagga is a drug, and it has detrimental effects on the body. Those who use this drug need to be cautious. The Anti-Drug forum will endeavour to fight drug abuse in the community and urge those with information and tip-offs to contact the police,” he said. To report drug abuse or offer tipoffs to the police, contact the Hillcrest SAPS at 031 765 9116.
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Being proactive can decrease breakins into homes.
ployment scams are becoming rife. A case was heard in the Amanzimto ti Magistrate’s Court recently where a job seeker reportedly paid R1 500 for a job at Correctional Services. Earlier this month, eThekwini Munic ipality released a statement saying that the public should under no circumstan ces pay money in return for employment in the municipality. According to the municipality, the ombudsman and the head of the inves tigations unit have received a number of complaints regarding this issue. Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mo fokeng said: “A number of people have approached the ombudsman’s office to lodge complaints. All these complain ants are people who have applied for jobs advertised by the municipality. “They allege that after submitting the job application, they were called by a person pretending to work for the mu nicipality. “This person then made reference to the job application and offered to en sure the applicant got appointed, and demands a fee.” Mofokeng said people have been asked for exorbitant amounts of money. “Applicants have been charged amounts ranging from R2 000 to R6 000. “The scammer usually asks that the money be paid through money markets. After paying, the applicants never sees or hears from the scammer again. “Needless to say, they don’t get the job either.” Applicants are warned that the mu nicipality does not charge any fees for jobs. Any applicant who pays to secure a job is engaging in an unlawful act. Applicants are warned not to pay anyone for municipal jobs and should report the scammer to the ombudsman immediately. Approved vacancies are advertised every second Friday in the municipality’s staff vacancy circular, which is placed on municipal notice boards, as well as be ing published in the municipal publica tion Metro eZasegagasini. Applications can be submitted via email or to the postal address provided in the advertisement, or people can hand in their application to their nearest Sizakala Centre. If you have come across such a scam involving a municipal official or council lor, report it to the city manager or the ombudsman and head of investigation at 0800 202020 or 031 311 4002. — Supplied.
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OR those who think public protests are a waste of time, let us not forget that the nine months of protests in Libya in 2011 led to the end of 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorial rule. The grass-roots rebellion was, of course, fuelled by foreign meddling, but Gaddafi ignored the tell-tale signs that the people of his country were fedup. Gaddafi had a number of colourful ways of dismissing the protests and was convinced that he was invincible. He called the protesters “rats” and “cockroaches”, and accused his opponents of being under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs that were put into drinks and pills. Gaddafi vowed to chase down the protesters and cleanse the country “house by house”. “Those who don’t love me do not deserve to live”, was one of the more memorable quotes of the Brother Leader. It was this disconnect from the society he led and his refusal to hear the voices of his people that led to his downfall. South Africa under President Jacob Zuma is a far cry from Libya under Gaddafi. We have a fully fledged democracy with credible elections, functional institutions and a Constitution that protects our nation. But we are a society in a state of crisis where our elected leaders are no longer serving the interests of the people and are abusing their access to power to benefit a few wellconnected individuals. Last month’s Cabinet reshuffle was evidence of this and had the effect of sabotaging our economy, prompting two ratings downgrades.
Because of the callous actions of our president, the people of this country will be exposed to greater hardship. South Africa’s junk status means basic survival will be even more difficult for millions of South Africans. Public anger has led to a wave of protests against the president. In reaction to the countrywide protests on April 7, Zuma claimed they were a demonstration of racism. “Many placards and posters displayed beliefs that we thought had been buried in 1994, with some posters depicting black people as baboons,” the president said. “It is clear that some of our white compatriots regard black people as being lesser human beings or sub-human.” Besides this being a contradiction of what he has said previously, that South Africa does not have a problem of racism as there are only a handful of racists in the country, it is alarming how the president insulated himself from the messages being conveyed at the marches. Despite the marches receiving widespread media coverage, it is also bizarre that only Zuma noticed racist posters. But it is also distressing that the president took refuge behind a serious phenomenon besetting our society with the aim of churning up emotions among his supporters against the protesters. A march to the Union Buildings led by opposition parties on April 12 drew an estimated 100 000 people, the majority of whom were black. Zuma’s narrative changed when there was no evidence to back up his claim that the protests were driven by
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RANJENI MUNUSAMY racism. At a church service in Umgababa on Easter Sunday, Zuma claimed the protests were against radical economic transformation and land expropriation without compensation. He said people are trying to remove him from power because he is trying to transform the economy and for “telling the truth”. “Now you must be removed because you are trying to make black people wiser,” Zuma said. “You saw the people in those marches‚ the type of people who have never marched before.” It must take special qualities for Zuma to shut off the voices of thousands of people in society, including those of religious leaders, veterans and civilsociety activists. He should remember that history is replete with examples of leaders who refused to pay attention to the discontent of the people and paid the price. Delusional excuses for popular rebellion do not make public anger go away. Gaddafi found that out the hard way. • Ranjeni Munusamy is a political journal ist and commentator for the Daily Mav erick. firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS month we feature the caracal (Rooi kat, nDabushe) the largest predator to be found in the Kloof Gorge. The caracal is a medium size cat, nor mally golden or sand in colour although in some areas they are grey. It has very dis tinguishing black edge to the ears with long tufts which give them an unmistaka ble appearance. It is often incorrectly called a lynx, but it is not related to the lynx family. Caracal are active during the day and at night. They are solitary, territorial ani mals and fearless hunters and will not hesitate to hunt a prey bigger than them selves. The caracal has also been known to leap into the air to catch and kill flying birds. Their diet consists mainly of rodents, rock hyrax, birds, including ostrich, small antelopes and rabbits. In Krantzkloof their primary diet is most likely to be rock hyraxes.
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The gestation period is approximately 6881 days, and females produce a litter of one to four kittens, with two being the average. They are weaned at 10 weeks, and will remain with their mothers for up to a year. It is believed that the name is derived from a Turkish word karakulak, meaning “black ear.” Caracals are excellent acrobats and jumpers and can land safely. In the Middle East caracal were often trained to hunt game birds. Caracal are relatively new to Krantz kloof and the first sightings were recorded in 2010. Since then they have been fre quently recorded on camera traps and fe males with kittens have been seen by visi tors to the reserve. Caracals are not known to be a threat to humans. Security: walking in the reserve is safe — normal precautions apply when walk ing in isolated areas
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THERE has been much to say about the South African Police Services (SAPS) and its April 1 firearm amnesty, which was, then wasn’t. We need to remember earlier issues concerning firearms and our organs of state. In 2009, the Western Cape High Court declared on August 31, that the failure by the state to establish guide lines for the compensation of those who handed in their firearms is “unlawful and inconsistent with the Constitution”. Strangely enough, Judge Azhar Cach alia sat in the appeal of this compensa tion case despite having commissioned the Firearms Control Act (FCA). In 2010, Dianne Kohler Barnard of the DA stated that 4 000 new pistols or dered by the SAPS were “mostly to re place lost and stolen firearms”. In 2011, the media stated that ac cording to a “report by the auditorgen eral, an estimated 82 000 weapons be longing to the South African National
TODAY we live in a world full of technological wonders. Colour television, supersonic jets and personal computers are common things. We enjoy a high level of living that our ancestors never even dreamed of. However, hand-in-hand with this affluence is a scourge that is also unparalleled in history. Drugs have become a menace and a destroyer of lives in this modern world. Many people in this and other countries are victims of drug addiction. For whatever reason, they have allowed their lives to be ruled by drugs. Maybe it is because they first tried taking drugs out of curiosity and then got sucked unwittingly into the trap. Or maybe it is just a means to escape from their unhappy lives. The easy availability of drugs, though illegal, has contributed significantly to the rise of drug addiction. Drug addicts are a liability to soci-
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Firearm ownership Defence Force (SANDF) and the navy are unaccounted for”. In 2012, the SAPS threatened legal gun owners with incarceration if they did not comply with the new FCA. Tens of thousands of lawabiding firearm owners handed in their guns with the hope of being compensated for doing so, as stip ulated in the act. They were disappoint ed. Now, expired licence holders are be ing intimidated. The SAPS is treating an administrative issue (expired licences) as a criminal offence. Yet three firearmre lated court cases are on the cards, which should give clarity on policies regarding firearm owners and this issue. From parliamentary answers in 2014, it was shown that there was negligence with regard to lost firearms, of 0,007%, by private legal firearm owners. The citizens are enslaved by the FCA, yet the SANDF and SAPS are exempt.
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ety as they are unproductive and burdensome. In order to support their drug habit, they can resort to any means. Begging, stealing and engaging in criminal activities are common among them. They just do not care what they do or who gets hurt as long as they get their next “fix’’. They have lost all their integrity and responsibility. For them, life is merely a series of escaping into the dream world induced by drugs. Reality is too harsh for them. Rehabilitation centres have to be set and maintained so that addicts have a chance to kick their habit and return to society. The common people have to take preventive measures against possible robbers and petty theft. Families break up. Jobs are lost, tears are shed. Millions of lives are thrown into despair and all because of the fine
powder derived from the opium plant. Drug trafficking is a lucrative trade. It has reached epidemic proportions in all parts of the world. Even the death penalty does not seem to deter the traffickers. They make huge profits out of the misery of other people, and all they want is the money and the more the better. This trade is controlled by criminals and crooks. The law enforcers simply cannot cope with this epidemic. For every trafficker who gets caught, there must be many who escape to enjoy their ill-gotten gains. So the police are overworked, the streets are filled with pushers, drugs kingpins grow richer and the addicts multiply ominously. What can be done to stop this scourge? Most of the methods employed so far seem only to treat the symptoms and not the cause, as we try to rehabilitate the addicts and do not make enough effort to educate young ones so that they do not become addicts. A.S.E. AMEEN
Time to elect the best for the job WE, the citizens of the country, voted for the elected to hold positions of power, be it as a ward councillor or president. It’s not uncommon for voters to stick to the party that has had a following in their family or community, and ethnicity is still a huge persuader in South Africa. The many incidents that have made headlines in the media recently are proof
that we have not transcended the racial divide. As long as we don’t address this apartheid injury, race, ethnicity and cul tural tribalism will remain at the fore front of our minds. President Jacob Zuma is hugely criti cised. The growing discontentment among citizens doesn’t seem to faze the ANC too much. It doesn’t matter if you
support the ANC, DA or EFF, Jacob Ged leyihlekisa Zuma remains the biggest op position drawcard. The blinkered view that hinders many a voter also stifles the opportunity for the best person to be elected and to occupy political office, resulting in a loselose situation. This problem is evident even at local level, with poor service delivery being an
issue that is decades old. If we elected the best councillors, mayors and manag ers, surely as ratepayers we should be better serviced now than during apart heid? This is not the case in my suburb. So why are we being shortchanged? It seems as if party politics and the hunger for political power mean resi dents are used as pawns and our sub
urbs are the chess board. It is time that we demand accounta bility at every juncture, from our ward council to the highest office in the land. Already, a more vociferous approach by citizens to the burning issues is being witnessed and one can only expect more of the same in the days to come. RIKESH ISHWARLALL
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EATHER work is Upper Highway’s Themba Shezi’s calling. He has spent over a decade mastering the fine arts of crafting just about anything that can be made from leather. He produces a fairly wide range of work, including: shoulder-bags and belts, small leather goods, and shoes for both men and women. In the past, he has also reupholstered seat covers. For this 47-year-old, life was far from easy. He had to work hard to make a name for himself in the industry and owes his success to diligence and determination. Today Shezi is the proud owner of his own business, Inkabi Leather Work, in Themba Shezi owner of Inkabi Leather Work. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Madimeni — in the heart of Crestholme and has a small staff as well. He has also passed down the trade to his daughter Londeka Ndlovu, and feels that if one has a talent they should make use of it. “I am so proud when I see my finished product. I often think back to the days when I struggled to find work, but now my craft has enabled to be busy all year round,” he said. However, Shezi said he is saddened by the sight of beggars in his community and wishes everyone could find their talent and earn a living. He said he is also willing to teach people the trade if they are willing to learn. “My philosophy is, when I have work to do, I do it, as laziness gets you nowhere in life. We need to work hard and make it in life. One cannot stand with an outstretched hand for handouts.” He said: “If one wants to pursue leatherwork as a career they must first be dedicated to learning all that they can to perfect their skills.” “They must constantly strive to improve their work, and to excel. They must also be willing to often work long hours for a return on their investment. Often, the satisfaction of having done a job well done is the greatest feeling ever. If people want to learn they are welcome to call me.” For more information contact Themba Shezi or to learn the trade contact him on 073 242 4320 or 071 752 9264.
Upper Highway bag initiative KAMERS/Makers, the biggest pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity in South Africa, identified an opportunity to support the Durban-based Uzwelo Bags initiative. The Uzwelo Bags initiative, spearheaded by Expand a Sign, sees thousands of metres of their waste textile fabric donated to teams of sewers from underprivileged backgrounds to make unique and truly South African bags and earn a living that puts food on the table for their families, funds education and provides dignity and upliftment for their communities on a longterm basis. KAMERS/Makers ordered ten thousand Uzwelo shopper bags per show.
“Visitors will receive one of our new #KAMERS2017 shopper bags and a magazine with their show ticket. We are extremely proud to support the talented team of Uzwelo sewers at LIV Village and strongly believe in the sustainability and entrepreneurial ethos of this wonderful initiative,” says Magdel Kemp — KAMERS co-owner and COO. Tanya Bailey, Uzwelo COO, thanked KAMERS/Makers for their support and encouraged people to attend the upcoming KAMERS/ Makers shows and visit the Uzwelo Bags stand. “We are so grateful for the support and look forward to participating in the upcoming KAMERS/Makers Autumn shows.”
Uzwelo sewers busy at work making #KAMERS2017 shopper bags.
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From drug addict to ‘saviour’ of addicts
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NOSIPHO MKHIZE DISAPPOINTMENT and hatred caused by her ex-lover turned Nomfundo Cele (31) into a drug addict and alcoholic, however, Cele is now a born-again Christian whose mission is to save drug addicts from destroying themselves. “As a teenager I used to hang out with boys. At school we used to smoke and drink at school events, however, when I met the father of my children I was exposed to a lot of things, including drugs. “I fell pregnant by him at the age of 15 — he was 25. We would go out and drink at parties, but my relationship with him was not stable. He left me for long periods of time, and when he came back, and we reunited, I always fell pregnant, resulting in us having three children. Eventually he officially left me when I was 21 and got engaged to another woman. “I was completely wrecked because I loved him and had no other man in my life. I was emotionally abused so I started to take drugs and drink. I became a party animal. I didn’t care about life. I hung around with gangs. I got a job in Pretoria as an intern, but left after five months because I wanted to come back to Durban and party. “I was arrested twice for being violent. The worst was when I messed up things with someone I was in a relationship with. He really loved me but left because I was ‘busy’ with drugs.” Cele’s turning point came when she realised everyone was turning against her. “My friends turned against me, everyone I thought I loved became my enemy and that gave me a wake-up call. I first decided to move away from bad people and began my spiritual journey and accepted Jesus in my life under the Everlasting Glory of God Church. I then registered a company that was initially for tenders, however, God gave me another idea, which was to convert the company into an NPO called Favoured Footprints and help drug addicts get back on track. “Favoured Footprints assists in helping people held captive by drugs and alcohol and other social and personal glitches to become free and
Founder of Favoured Footprint, Nomfundo Cele. liberated by empowering the mind, thus realising their full potential.” Favoured Footprints works from an office sponsored by Councillor Bhekimuzi Mvubu in Ward 19 in KwaDabeka and Wyebank. Favoured Footprints has clients in KwaDabeka, Clermont, KwaNdengezi, Molweni, KwaNyuswa, New Germany, Nazareth, Hammersdale, Both’as Hill, Chatsworth, Umlazi, Newcastle, KwaNdegezi, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma. Cele invites drug addicts, who want to live a drug-free life, to contact her. “I also ask for sponsors to support us and help change the lives of the youth.” For more information, contact 063 460 6548.
A night to remember at Hillcrest High A
LWAYS a highlight on the annual calendar, Hill crest High’s glamorous matric dance for 2017 took place last Saturday evening. Their 190 mat ric pupils and their partners arrived in showstopping style in luxury vehicles, limousines, motorbikes and ve hicles decked out in unique décor for the night, includ ing a jeep covered in jungle foliage and a shopping trol ley, plumed with roses. Even the shyest of boys puffed out their chests and held their heads especially high, as they made their way down the red carpet, to each shake their tire less headmaster Mr Girvin’s hand, with their ladies by their sides, looking uniquely exquisite. Mr Girvin said he was happy to see even some indi vidual arrivals making such a confident entrance on their own, as it gave him a sense of pride that the school had empowered pupils in this way. Hillcrest High’s school hall was transformed into a “Bohemian Rhapsody” theme and dancing opened with the student executive committee, of heads and deputy heads of culture and sport. It was quite a change from the classrooms and sports fields. The Grade 11s and teachers in charge of organising the event outdid themselves with all their hard work in putting the event together, as well as the parents who helped and to whom Hillcrest High is always grateful for their hard work. The night encapsulated Hillcrest High’s “HHS” maxim of Honour, Hard Work and Service and was spectacular. Now it is back to the books for the matrics,
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Kloof’s hockey stars off to Europe AT the Fairmont Hockey Festival in Cape Town during the recent holiday, Kloof High School’s Kaelin Hartog, Dashal Naidoo and Kimberly Janssens were selected to be part
of a team of 16 girls to represent an U19 international team travelling to the Netherlands and France in October. The school congratulates them on this fine achievement.
so they can concentrate on doing well in their final studies. The school wishes them the very best and en courages them with the 2017 school theme: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” See more photos on page 10.
Congratulating the hockey stars is Kloof principal Mrs Dawn Lefort (second left), with the players Kaelin Hartog, Dashal Naidoo and Kimberly Janssens.
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Climbing to new heights
Kyle Green and Caitlin Hood.
Kloof High School’s Christopher Wallace is excited about his achievement. KLOOF High School congratulates Christopher Wallace who participated in the National Boulder Series Championship at City Rock in Cape Town in April, and was selected to represent
South Africa in the U15 Sport Climbing (boys) event in the boulder discipline, at the 2017 IFSC Youth World Championships, which are to be held in Innsbruck, Austria.
Toy store partners with Tekkie Tax in support of National Tekkie Day UPPER Highway residents can step into action for charity by donning their favourite pair of takkies in support of National Tekkie Day 2017. Toys R Us, which has partnered with Tekkie Tax since 2015 as a national distributor of the charita ble stickers, will this year also make the campaign’s “funky” shoelaces available at stores nationwide. The annual campaign aids 11 national benefici aries, which represent more than 1 000 local non profit organisations. “Toys R Us is committed to giving back to the community, so we are proud to participate in a campaign that benefits so many worthy causes,” said Nicole Annells, marketing manager, Toys R Us South Africa. “Tekkie Tax has made an immense contribu tion towards sustaining the good work done by various nonprofit organisations and it is inspiring to note the sense of unity and shared support that the campaign evokes,” added Annells. Through the campaign, which was launched in
2013, the public can support the charitable cause closest to their heart by purchasing a sticker or trendy shoelace to wear on May 26. Participants can make their selection from five stickers — each representing beneficiary sectors, that are committed to children, animals, disability, poverty alleviation and education. The campaign’s beneficiaries include Be Wise Sterilise, Kuruman Animal Welfare, Meals on Wheels, SOS Children's Villages SA, Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, Special Olympics SA, Imisebeyelanga Services and CANSA. Tekkie Tax stickers and shoelaces are available at Toys R Us, Reggies and Babies R Us stores na tionwide at a cost of R10 per sticker and R35 per pair of shoelace. Tekkie Tax stickers and shoelace are also avail able at over 200 participating nonprofit organisa tions nationwide. For more information visitwww.tekkie tax.co.za Supplied.
Celebrating World Health Day
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O commemorate World Health Day, Compass Medical Waste Services staff from in and around the Upper Highway area held their annual wellness day last week with a particular focus on education and saving a life. Staff had the opportunity to undergo Discovery Health assessment screenings (blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, cholesterol, BMI and voluntary HIV test), get eye tests by Westville EyeCare and attend a blood drive by SANBS, where 11 new blood donors were recruited. In light of their “saving a life” theme, it was great to know that a pint of blood can save up to three lives. SANBS is a customer of Compass, so it was a great opportunity for the company to partner with them for such an event, and based on the success of the day, future blood drives at Compass are on the cards. In addition, The Sunflower Fund educated staff on blood stem-cell donation and encouraged them to enrol on the SA Bone Marrow Registry so that they could be a one in 100 000 match for a recipient. One of the highlights of the day was the CPR, Heimlich manoeuvre and fire safety training held by Amandlolwazi Training Centre, one of Compass’s training service providers. Staff enjoyed the interactive sessions and could even try their hand at extinguishing a fire once they learnt more about the different types of fire and fire extinguishers. They were also told how they need to be as vigilant at home as in the office environment about fire hazards and risk assessments.
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Melanie Marcelino donates blood for the first time. One pint of blood saves three lives.
Jayshree Paltu and Christopher Chet ty complete their Discovery Health assessment.
Lionel Doble becomes a firsttime blood donor. A total of 22 staff members donated blood on the day, of which 11 were firsttime donors.
Watercrest Mall’s Minnie Khumalo and Thuli Shabalala at the birth day celebration.
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Charlene Naidoo, Promise Miya and Heather Young fill in their SANBS forms to become blood donors.
Amy Govender from NMG with Com pass Wellness Day event coordinator Taryn Murdey from Compass Medical Waste Services.
WATERCREST Mall celebrated its second birthday on April 23. Shoppers were delighted as they each received a very sweet treat — a beautifully iced cupcake biscuit. Children and teens spotted in the mall on the day also received a complimentary box of Loom Bands, courtesy of Bargain Books Watercrest. The mall thanks all its loyal shoppers for their continued support and looks forward to celebrating many more years with the community in the future. — Supplied.
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Restaurant Guide Can coffee naps help you get through the day? 8
CHIN MOI CHOW CAFFEINE and napping have something in common. Both make you feel alert and can enhance your performance, whether that’s driving, working or studying. But some people are convinced that drinking a coffee before a nap gives you an extra zap of energy when you wake up. How could that be? Is there any evidence to back the power of these socalled coffee naps? Or are we better off getting a good night’s sleep? If you don’t get enough sleep, you incur what researchers call a sleep debt. You can build up a sleep debt without realising it, on purpose or when you feel you have no other option, like to meet work or other deadlines. Taking a nap is a common way of overcoming your sleepiness and repaying your sleep debt. Drinking coffee can also help us get through the day. And since the nineties, researchers have been studying how combining the two might help. In a 1997 study, 12 sleep-deprived people drank the equivalent of one large cup of brewed coffee and five minutes later had the chance to nap for 15 minutes. They then did some driving tests in a simulator to check their alertness. Although drinking a coffee (without a nap) helped their driving performance, combining caffeine with a nap (a coffee nap) improved it even further. People who took a coffee nap were
less likely to drift out of their lanes on a two-hour monotonous simulated drive, compared to when they just drank a coffee (and had no nap) or when they had a decaffeinated coffee (and without a nap). A coffee nap even helped performance if people dozed during their nap time rather than falling into a deeper sleep. A coffee nap also reduced sleepiness once people got up, with people remaining alert for a couple of hours. However, this early, small study raised many questions. For instance, we don’t know how much coffee the people in the study were used to drinking or if they were what researchers call caffeine-naive and so more likely to experience a greater caffeine “hit”. To understand how a coffee nap might work, we need to look at how the body processes caffeine. When you drink a coffee, the caffeine stays in the stomach for a while before moving to the small intestine. It is from here that caffeine is absorbed and distributed throughout the body. This process, from drinking to absorption, takes 45 minutes. But caffeine’s alerting effect kicks in sooner, about 30 minutes after drinking. So, drinking a coffee just before a short nap of less than 15 minutes doesn’t affect the nap as your body hasn’t yet experienced the caffeine hit. Once you wake up from your nap, not only do you experience the hit, your body feels the effects of the caffeine hours later.
Authentic North Indian cuisine on your doorstep NEW Gate of India, authentic North Indian cuisine, settles at Gillitts Shopping Centre in the Winston Park/ Gillitts area. The New Gate of India team have many years of experience in preparing authentic Indian cuisine and are each experts in their fields. They have wowed the Upper Highway area with their incredible signature dishes and affordable prices. Customers can expect excellent service and delicious food prepared with only the finest ingredients. Owner Kuldeep Singh invites you to come in and taste their ex-
quisite meals, including their famous butter chicken and lamb or chicken korma, and new tasty editions chicken chilli, lamb badami, and Indo-Chinese meals. The restaurant also welcomes parties or functions, bookings essential. Trading hours: Monday-closed and Tuesday to Sunday 10 am —10 pm. Visit us at Shop 8, Gillitts Shopping centre, Gillitts. Contact us at 031 764 1517 www.gateofindia.co.za Facebook page: New Gate of India — Supplied.
Drinking coffee just before a nap could energise you when you wake up. than we need. Drinks containing caffeine are on our supermarket shelves (such as Red Bull and other energy drinks) and in over-the-counter medicines (such as Panadol Extra). You can keep an eye on your caffeine intake by checking the caffeine content of common drinks, foods and medicines. If you are drinking too much caffeine and want to stop, withdrawal can cause headache, sleepiness and decreased alertness. So, given the addictive properties of caffeine, “caffeine
use disorder” has been classified as “a condition for further study” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. While coffee naps will power you for a couple of hours, they’re not the best way to pay back your sleep debt. Getting enough sleep on most days is a better solution for alertness, performance and productivity. — The Conversation. • Chin Moi Chow is an associate professor of sleep and wellbeing, University of Sydney.
Some of the delicious food at New Gate of India.
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A sushi sensation TAKAIMI Sushi Bar Takeaway and Restaurant has been in business in the Waterfall and Gillitts area for the last two years. The restaurant and takeaways are currently located at the Link Hills Centre in Waterfall and the Gillitts Centre in Gillitts. Chef Even Wang serves fresh sushi platters daily at the Waterfall branch. The restaurant also caters for functions upon request and preorders are a must, for collection only — no deliveries. Enquire about the daily discounts that they have on offer. Also available are delicious springrolls and other delicacies. Visit the restaurant and takea-
Although caffeine is broken down in the liver, half of it remains in the blood for four to five hours after drinking a moderate amount (equivalent to two large cups of brewed coffee). It takes more time to eliminate greater amounts of caffeine from the body. It is this caffeine hit after you wake up and the “long tail” of caffeine in your body that helps you power through the day. But if you mistime your nap, for instance taking it after the caffeine hit and not before, this will mess up your sleep and your performance. This can happen if you wait too long after drinking your coffee before taking your nap. While there’s evidence that coffee naps work, are they safe? If we consider caffeine consumption, doses of 300 to 500 mg a day (equivalent to two to three large cups of brewed coffee) seem safe, as about 70% of caffeine is converted into paraxanthine, which has no apparent toxic effects. But drinking too much caffeine (more than 500 mg a day) can produce symptoms of nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and body effects of restlessness, palpitations, agitation, chills, tremors and increased urine flow. Food Standards Australia New Zealand says 95 mg of caffeine a day (about two cans of cola) in children aged five to 12, and 210 mg a day (about three cups of instant coffee) in adults increase anxiety levels. It’s easy to consume more caffeine
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Coughing pets C
OUGHING is very common during the winter months and can be due to many factors. Coughing usually isn’t too serious, but it can also be a sign of a bigger problem with your pet’s health. Coughing is very common during the winter months and can be due to many factors — it is important to seek your veterinarians opinion because sudden onset coughing can be the sign of a more serious problem. During the winter months we often catch respiratory infections which cause us to cough and sneeze. Some of the viruses and bacteria which affect us have their counterparts in cats, dogs and other species that we keep as pets, but our pets do not seem to be as susceptible to infection during the winter months, and veterinarians do not see the seasonal epidemics of viral colds or flu that are so common in humans. Outbreaks of respiratory disease in large numbers of dogs or cats tend to occur during holiday periods (often during the summer) when pets go into boarding kennels or catteries and come into contact with other animals that pass on the infection. So, if your pet does develop a cough it may well not be due to a simple respiratory tract infection. It could be the sign of more serious problems so you should seek veterinary advice as soon as possible. There are numerous causes of coughing in cats and dogs, and some of the
Getting rid of flies
most common are: · Foreign material entering the airways (food, drink). · Inflammation — infections (eg kennel cough in dogs), smoke, chronic bronchitis. · Compression of airways — heart disease, cancer. · Collapse of airways — tracheal collapse in toy breeds of dog, laryngeal paralysis in older large dogs (eg retrievers). · Excess mucus secretion. · Trauma causing haemorrhage. · Other causes of lung haemorrhage e.g. warfarin poisoning. · Causes of fluid on the lung — eg acute cardiac failure. — Health24
CAN’T think for all the flies buzzing around? You might want to get pots of these plants. We all know flies are super irritating. They buzz around, land in your food, in your drink, etc. They’re just pestilent pests. Plus, they can carry diseases. And we’ve all had those days where you’re chasing one around the kitchen trying to get it away from your food. The folks over at Stodels suggest these five plants to encourage flies to buzz off. Bay Although not always readily available, this herb produces a subtle scent that flies (as well as moths, roaches, earwigs and mice) hate. You can grow fresh Bay plants in infested areas, but dried bay leaves work just as well. Lavender You might think of lavender as a lovely scent, but its sweet smell repels flies and moths. Grow it in your garden to repel outdoor flies or hang some dried lavender inside near the infested area. Mint A useful and inexpensive herb that also can repel flies whether fresh or dried. Apart from flies, mint is also helpful against mosquitoes, ants and mice. Keep crushed mint leaves in a shallow bowl to keep flies away. Alternatively, fill a few muslin teabags with dried crushed mint leaves and keep them in the infested areas. Lemon grass We’ve all seen citronella candles in shops to keep mosquitoes away,
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well citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass. This grass has wonderful culinary benefits, but is equally useful as a fly repellent. Lemon Thyme This hardy herb is very adaptable and will thrive in your herb garden, a rock garden, a front border or a pot as long as these are in sunny locations. The plant itself will not repel flies, to release its chemicals you must first bruise the leaves. Simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. — Health 24.
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Back to nature with Hillcrest Conservancy
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At night to remember at Hillcrest High
>>Guided birding and general nature walk through the reserve planned for May FEVER REPORTER
HE Hillcrest Conservancy is the area from Acutts Drive in the north and the M13 in the south, the ridge above West Riding, Kassier Road on the west and Ashley Drive on the east, including Springside Nature Reserve, an ecologically critical green lung that runs through Hillcrest Park. Springside Nature Reserve, the flagship of Hillcrest Conservancy, was proclaimed in 1948 and encompasses 20 hectares of rich biodiversity: forest, grassland and wetland. The forested areas provide shelter, nest sites and food for many bird species. The grassland nurtures a multitude of indigenous wildflowers, and the natural wetland, among the few remaining in KZN, filters the stream, conserves water in droughts and reduces flood damage whilst sustaining a vital wildlife habitat. The nature reserve was seldom used until the 1980s when a group of Hillcrest residents, mainly from Rotary and Lions Clubs, Scout Group, primary and high schools and Wildlife Society, formed a steering committee to manage the reserve, backed by the Hillcrest Town Board. The current Hillcrest Conservancy
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Head leader Esai Reddy and deputy head Dylan Barnard.
Join the Conservancy for a beautiful guided walk. voluntary committee, together with eThekwini Department of Natural Resources, continues to ensure the preservation of this valuable natural asset for all to enjoy. Apart from the beauty of the reserve itself, Springside offers easy walks on well maintained and clearly marked trails, a shady picnic area, a resource centre for environmental education and presentations, and regular guided walks with knowledgeable
leaders, talks by experts, children’s programmes, and more. The conservancy’s next project — a guided birding and general nature walk — will be held on May 10, at 8.30 am There will be easy walks on well-maintained paths. There will be a donation of R20 per person and tea or coffee and biscuits will be served after the walk. For more information contact Sue at 031 765 6809.
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Hyundai Santa Fe conquers Antarctic
YUNDAI Motor Company made history when a nearstandard 2.2-litre diesel Santa Fe became the first passenger vehicle to be driven across the continent of Antarctica from Union Camp to McMurdo and back again. The Santa Fe was driven by Patrick Bergel, the great-grandson of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The journey, which took place in December 2016, was timed to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s heroic trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914 to 1916, and has been made into a short film by Hyundai which was shown for the first time at an event on April 20 at the Hospital Club in London. Scott Noh, head of overseas mar-
keting group at the Hyundai Motor Company, said: “We were aware of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s story, and as a company felt a resonance with his courage and pioneering spirit. “Our film celebrates this spirit and through Patrick, his great-grandson, completes his dream to cross Antarctica, just a hundred years later. We hope that it showcases Hyundai as brand that is more than just a means of transportation.” The 30-day expedition saw the Santa Fe production vehicle, which was modified only slightly to fit giant low-pressure tyres, take on almost 5 800 km of icy terrain in bitter conditions. It not only had to cover extreme distances at temperatures down to minus 28°C, but it had to plot new paths on floating ice caps that have not been
travelled by a wheeled vehicle before. Bergel said: “The journey was incredible and the car was a pleasure to drive. Sometimes it felt less like driving and more like sailing across the snow. It was a proper expedition with a challenge to accomplish that nobody else had done before. It was about endurance, not speed — we averaged only 27km/h — and success was about how we and the car handled it “I’m very reluctant to make direct comparisons between what my greatgrandfather did and what we’ve done recently. But it is quite something to have been the first to do this in a wheeled vehicle.” One of Antarctica’s most experienced driving experts, Gisli Jónsson from Arctic Trucks, was tasked with managing the vehicle’s preparation
before the event and he then led the expedition out in the Antarctic. “It was a pretty standard Santa Fe. The engine, the management system, the transmission, front differential and driveshaft were all completely standard,” said Jónsson. “We did have to fit big, low-pressure tyres though. They are important as it is all about getting the vehicle up on top of the snow rather than ploughing through it. We were running on one-tenth of a normal road tyre pressure — it’s so soft you can drive over someone’s hand and it won’t hurt them. The car ‘trod’ so lightly that all our tyre tracks were gone by the time we came back.” To fit the tyres, the car’s body had to be raised with new sub-frames and the suspension and gears were fitted
inside the wheel hubs to cope with the different forces and the need to turn slower to run at the same speed. The only other modifications were to increase the fuel tank capacity to convert the car to run on Jet A-1 fuel, which is the only fuel available on the continent, and to install a pre-heater for the cold. “People who have a lot of experience of Antarctica know what it does to machinery — basically, anything and everything falls apart,” said Jónsson. “Even the big machines crack up and break apart. This was the first time this full traverse had ever been attempted, let alone getting there and back. A lot of people thought we would never make it and when we returned they couldn’t believe we’d actually done it,” he said. — Supplied.
Isuzu celebrated its 80year anniversary with its customers across SA IT is a year of celebration for Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan as it commemorates the establishment of the company in April 1937. Locally, Isuzu celebrated with customers at Isuzu dealers across the country on April 22. Isuzu National Dealer Day saw customers and fans of the brand descend on partici pating Isuzu dealerships all over South Afri ca. In addition to celebrating this key mile stone, Isuzu revealed the recently intro duced XRider model to customers. “Isuzu has a strong heritage and a firmly established reputation as a manufacturer of rugged and reliable commercial vehicles. This year, while we are celebrating the brand’s long history, we are also focused on the future as we reveal the new XRider. Is uzu continues to charge ahead in pursuit of reliability, durability, and ecofriendliness. Engineered in South Africa, the Isuzu KB continues to set new standards of durabili ty, balanced design and meticulous atten tion to detail,” said Mlungisi Nonkonyana, Isuzu brand manager. Isuzu is a Japanese vehicle and engine manufacturing company with headquar ters in Tokyo. The company’s roots can be traced back more than a century to 1916, when the To kyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engi neering Company Limited was formed. It started out building trucks under licence from British company Wolseley. There were various acquisitions and mergers in the thirties and forties, resulting in the eventual formation of Isuzu Motors Limited — Isuzu also being the name of a Japanese river. Translated into English it
means “Fifty Bells”. Isuzu established a diesel research com mittee in 1934 and poured its energies into the development of diesel engines, a tech nology that had not yet been commercially established even in the nations of Europe and North America. In 1936, the company introduced the air cooled 5,3litre DA6 diesel engine, followed three years later by the DA4, which went on to serve as the foundation of all later gener ations of Isuzu diesel engines. These were Japan’s first commercial diesel engines and marked a breakthrough in the history of diesel engine development. Automobile Industries merged with two other companies into Tokyo Automobile In dustries Company Limited in 1937, and in 1941, the Japanese government designated the company as the only one permitted to manufacture dieselpowered vehicles. The company was renamed Isuzu Mo tors Limited in 1949 and established itself as an industry leader in diesel engine tech nology. Since then, the company has supplied industrial engines for various types of appli cations, including construction machinery, generators and even snow vehicles to be used for expeditions in the harsh and pre carious conditions of the South Pole, main taining a strong reputation among industri al machinery manufacturers both in Japan and overseas. The South African Isuzu story started in the early seventies with the launch of the Chevrolet LUV (light utility vehicle), in es sence the first Isuzu bakkie, which was im
The Isuzu. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
ported from Japan. Local production of the LUV com menced in 1972 at the Kempston Road plant in Port Elizabeth and in 1973, Isuzu based trucks were introduced for the first time. The KB nomenclature that is unique to South Africa was first introduced when the facelifted LUV was released in 1979, but this time branded as an Isuzu KB.
The following year saw the South Afri can introduction of the Isuzu KB40, the first petrol and diesel powered fourwheeldrive pickup from Japan. By the start of the eighties, Isuzu led the global industry in the field of directinjec tion diesel engines for light trucks, and in 1981 introduced a design that featured both high output and low fuel consumption, and led the way with technology that made die
sels more userfriendly. Now in its sixth generation, the Isuzu KB continues the legacy established by the LUV as a refined and dependable product engineered to suit the fastchanging needs of South African consumers. Isuzu has produced almost 25 million diesel engines and its pickups are available in over 100 countries. — Supplied.
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HE fourth installation of Durban’s iconic five-kilometre ocean swim — the Four Elements Ocean Challenge — will set off from the Point Yacht Club on May 13. “We are really looking to boost the number of competitors participating in this year’s event, which is set to be another exciting and challenging swim,” said Olivia Taylor, founder of Four Elements Conservation NPC. “The aggregate swimming distance of the previous three events swum by 229 participants, is 1 192 km, and we are hoping to exceed 1 800 km for all four swims with this year’s event.” Taylor established Four Elements Conservation NPC, a non-profit environmental preservation organisation, five years ago, at the age of 14. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is one of the NPC projects that raises funds for, and awareness about, ocean conservation. The event is
held as a celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8), calling for international collaboration in the preservation of oceans. This year’s World Oceans Day is themed “Our Oceans, Our Future”, with a focus on plastic pollution prevention and the cleaning of all marine litter. “The funds raised from this year’s swim will go towards the launch of our exciting new initiative, an online education programme focusing on environmental entrepreneurship for youth,” said Taylor. “Conservation cannot be a sideline project practised by a select few. We are beyond that now. It needs to become a part of everyone’s consciousness, propelling all decisions going forwards.” The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is a point-to-point swim, setting off from the Point Yacht Club for about five kilometres to Country Club Beach (Bike and Bean), with the prize-giving following the race
completion. Participants are afforded spectacular city views and occasional dolphin sightings while competing in the longest ocean swim event on the east coast of Africa. The entry donation of R375 per swimmer includes a cap and T-shirt in the men and women’s open, 30 years to 49 years, 59 years and over categories. The Four Elements Ocean Challenge is designed to test the toughest swimmers, so although wetsuit swimmers are permitted, they are not eligible for prizes. “Prizes are awarded for the winners of the various categories,” said Taylor. “While it is important to honour these achievements, the Four Elements Ocean Challenge is also about celebrating all the stories of human endeavour experienced throughout the race.” Online entries can be found at http://www.fourelementsconser vation.org
Busy winter ahead for Dolphins stars WITH Hollywoodbets Dolphins players either enjoying a well-earned break or taking on cricketing challenges around the globe in the offseason, a handful of their stars will represent South Africa in various forms in the United Kingdom during the local winter season. The ICC Champions Trophy is second to the ICC Cricket World Cup in terms of 50-overs prestige, and for the Dolphins trio of Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir and Keshav Maharaj, it presents an opportunity to help overturn many years of limited-overs disappointments for the national side. The newcomer to the limited overs squad is Maharaj. The leftarm spinner has made a name for himself in the Test side after he almost single-handedly dismantled New Zealand in the second Test in Wellington last month. He has taken 26 wickets in seven Test matches, including two fivewicket hauls. The 27-year-old also took five for 40 in his final outing of the Momentum One Day Cup for the Dolphins before joining the Test squad in New Zealand. “It has been a really special last six months for me after getting my call-up to the national Test squad in November,” Maharaj said. “My selection for the Champions Trophy came as a bit of a shock, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity. “I always knew that I wanted to play all three formats of the game for South Africa, but didn’t think that I would have played Test cricket and be in the national ODI squad this quickly. “I am really looking forward to the challenge.” His impressive statistics caught
the eye of convener of selectors Linda Zondi, who also listed Maharaj’s batting as another of his assets. The clean-hitting lower-order batsman has two first-class hundreds to his name. “I played a few seasons of club cricket in the UK and I really enjoy the conditions – except for the cold!” he quipped. “Being selected to make my debut in a competition like the Champions Trophy makes it a little more special I think and we would really like to win it because it has been so long!” Phehluk wayo, who at the age of 21 has already represented South Africa in 14 ODIs, will be taking part in his first tournament for the senior national side. The all-rounder was a member of the famous SA U19 squad that won the World Cup in 2014. The Glenwood old boy joins evergreen Tahir, who sits atop the limited-overs bowling rankings in both T20I and ODI cricket. Tahir has been a vital cog in the South African limited-overs game for a number of seasons and with 74 ODIs to his name, 127 wickets and a strike rate of a wicket every 30 deliveries, it is clear how important he is to the Proteas’ white ball efforts.
Following an impressive season with the bat and at the helm of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins after Morné van Wyk stood down as captain, Khaya Zondo will be in action for the South Africa “A” side during their tour of the United Kingdom. Zondo was prolific with the bat in both the four-day and limitedovers competitions during the 2016/17 season, and another opportunity has come for the calm right-hander to stake a claim for higher national honours. The 27 year-old has been included in both the four-day and the limited-overs squads and will lead the SA “A” side in their 50-over series against the England Lions. More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za — Game plan Media.
Keshav Maharaj. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Ready for the Four Elements Ocean Challenge are (from left) Sanele Nxumalo, Olivia Taylor, Ayanda Maphumulo and Thando Thusi.
Fishing expected to pick up in a few weeks but prepare for the cold weather THE carp fishing has not changed a lot since last week, with reports of a few carp being landed. That’s because the carp are still acclimatising to the cold weather coming through. The fishing should start picking up in about three to five weeks from now. Now would be the time to start pre paring for long sessions in the winter by stocking up on highprotein feed and highvisibility baits. It would also be a good idea to prepare for spending many days and nights in icecold tem peratures. You can never take enough wood with you to your camping grounds as you will often stay awake all night and need to burn wood the whole night to keep warm. The bass fishing has slowed down drastically with the colder weather that has come a bit quicker than antic ipated. It hasn’t made it impossible to catch something but does make it a lot more challenging to get a bite. When fishing for bass in consistently colder weather one would start using braid as a main line as the bass don’t bite aggressively at all in comparison to the warmer months. In terms of lures, one would start looking at using creature baits and brush hogs with a very slow retrieve on the bottom. Bass see this as an oppor tunity to eat a rather large bait while using minimal energy as the bait is moving very slowly. The braid allows you to feel the smallest of bites and allows you to cast further, giving your bait a lot more time on the bottom before lifting dur ing your retrieval. Jozini is looking promising as the water is starting to clear up near the dam wall and guys have started catch ing tigers on artificial baits again. With offcolour water, one would use loud and visible lures. When fishing for tiger
fish in winter, try fishing a bit deeper as the water tends to be warmer. Craig from The Complete Angler in Kloof sent in this report: “Bass fishing has been a bit tough at the local dams over the last week and Inanda has produced some small fish. The odd larger fish has been taken on flukes being fished slow and deep. Hazel mere, Mearns and Baynesfield have been producing lots of fish under one kilogram. Some good carp have been caught at Inanda dam on popups. The Mooi and Bushmans rivers are still fish ing well with decent browns reported. The Dargle Valley dams are also re porting good catches, along with Not tingham Road. A float tube is a good option for many of these dams which still have a lot of the summer weed growth.” Don’t forget the Durban Ski Boat Festival is on today and Sunday. There are R1,5 million worth of sponsorship and other prizes. Visit www.durbanski boatclub.co.za or phone 031 337 9506 for details and entry forms. The St Lucia area has picked up for the ski boaters since last week as cou ta and snoek have been coming out. The guys targeting the snoek have been throwing bullet spoons, twisties and trolling a fillet with a flasher over it. The couta coming out have been coming out rather shallow as there are still reports of them being picked up right on the backline. Moving over to Richards Bay, big tuna have been com ing out as well as big couta, with the occasional snoek being picked up. Most of the bigger tuna have been coming out in the deeper water on live bait and poppers. The Fish Eagle trading hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, Sat urday 8 am to 1 pm, and closed on Sundays.