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Integrity, Respect,  Accountability,  Courage

@Hillcrest Fever

Ombudsman of  Hillcrest  Fever

PUBLISHER: Neil Tapinos neil.tapinos@expressmedia.co.za

According to the editorial policy of the Hillcrest Fever, readers are invited to comment about the newspaper’s contents, and significant errors will be corrected as soon as possible. Please send information about correc­ tion  of  mistakes  in  the  newspaper  to  the  ombudsman  of  Media24’s Community Press, George Claassen, at george.claassen@media24.com or call him at 021 8513232 or 083 543 2471. Readers can also complain about  the  contents  to  the  South  African  Press  Ombudsman.  In  that case,  please  phone  011 788 4829  of  788 4837,  send  a  fax  to 011 788 4990  or  e­mail  to  press­ombudsman@ombudsman.org.za

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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

A house  for  the  poor Hillcrest Fever


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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A number  of  reasons  to  celebrate

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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Candice Leigh  King  and  her  mom  will  help  build  a  house  for  a  family  from  Molweni. PHOTO:  SUPPLIED



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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.

The QuadPara  Association  of  South  Africa  has  launched  the  ‘Eish’  Campaign  to  encourage  the  community  to  act  when  disability  discrimination  occurs. PHOTOS:  SUPPLIED

Friends forum  hosts  Matthew  Willman


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. 


Matthew Willman  worked  closely  with  Nelson  Mandela  for  many  years.


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Friends of  Kloof  Library  Forum  hosts  Matthew  Willman.

Keep on  recycling,  residents  asked


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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ANIMAL RESCUE Kloof  &  Highway  SPCA:  031  764  1212/3 Monkey  Helpline...........................................: 082  411  5444  or  082  659  4711 COUNSELLING Life  Line...............................033  394  4444 Open  Door  Crisis  Centre:  031  709  2679 Jes  Foord  Foundation:  0861  333  449 Careline  Crisis  Centre:  031  765  1314  or  082  787  6452

AMBULANCE ER 24:  084  124 Netcare  911:  082  911 VEMA:  083  630  0000 Ambulance  &  Emergency  Medical  Centre: 10177

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JOB seekers are urged to be wary as em­




A drug  addict  can  easily  obtain  marijuana  to  feed  his  or  her  habit.

Hillcrest police  urge  vigilance KALISHA  NAICKER kalisha.naicker@media24.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.




Fighting the  SCHOOL drug  war KALISHA  NAICKER

2 May  2017


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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PUBLISHER: Justin Watson justin.watson@media24.com

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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.  ranjeni.munusamy@gmail.com

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


A caracal.

The scourge  of  drugs

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.”

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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.


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





It’s birthday  time  at  Watercrest  Mall


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.


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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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.



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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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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. 

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