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Integrity, Respect,  Accountability,  Courage

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PUBLISHER: Neil Tapinos

Hillcrest Fever 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 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  press­

                 KZN LOCAL NEWS July  to  September  2014:  19950





EDITOR: Valene Govender REPORTER:  Kalisha Naicker SALES REP: Sarah Brauns: 0836574427 Debbie Williams CLASSIFIEDS ADS:  Lynne Mathiesen: 031 533 7601 PRINTING: Paarl Coldset, PMB. COPYRIGHT: Copyright of all editorial, advertising layout,  design and photographs is vested in Hill­ crest Fever and may not be used without  the permission of Media24 News in writing.  DISTRIBUTION: For all distribution queries, please contact  Mpume Sithole at 031 533 7614

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A number  of  reasons  to  celebrate 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

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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Gail and Jim  Hawkins  share  secrets  of  a  happy  marriage.   PHOTO:  LISA  MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY


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.

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

14 February 2017

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

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

Couple share          happy  marriage  secrets FEVER  REPORTER


N the  1970s,  when  Gail  (62)  and  Jim  (63) Hawkins  frequented  the  Pinetown  Drive­in, little  did  they  know  that  their  lives  would change  forever  then. From  high  school  sweethearts,  to  best friends  to  life  partners  the  couple  has  spent more  than  40  years  together. “It was love at first sight,” says Jim and for Gail dating the captain of the first rugby team was  a  dream. The couple dated for six years and got mar­ ried  in  1976. “Our honeymoon was backpacking through Europe for two months, which was the start of the  adventurous  side  of  our  marriage.  “Since  then  sky  diving,  paragliding,  micro­ lighting, white­ water rafting, wilderness trails and  many  more  have  been  added  to  the  list,”

says Gail. The  couple  have  two  children  and  three grandchildren and both say that every day is Val­ entine’s Day for them because they are blessed with  a  loving  marriage. “We don’t need a specific day to celebrate our  love,  we  do  that  every  day,”  says  Jim. When asked what their secret to their long and happy marriage is they says couples need to  “keep  life  simple”. “Work  together  towards  long­term  goals. Tell each other that you love them daily. Hold hands. Have a silly little ritual ­ we kiss on escala­ tors, and most of all, [there is] no jealousy,” they say.  Another  tip  they  impart  is  that  couples shouldn’t  try  and  keep  up  with  the  Joneses. “Do  what's  best  for  your  relationship  and make sure you have balance in every aspect of your  life,”  they  added.



New abuse  survivor  NPO  opens 

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Project Dignity  praises  KZN  DoE THE non-profit distributors of reusable sanitary pads, Project Dignity, has heaped praise on the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the launch of its recent initiative which provides sanitary pads to thousands of high-school pupils. In a circular distributed by the department, the project is outlined whereby Grade 4 to 12 pupils in 2 992 schools throughout the province will receive packs of sanitary pads. All relevant pupils from these schools, situated in impoverished areas, will receive a new pack of sanitary pads every month. The circular states: “The initiative seeks to reduce the drop-out rate of girl pupils caused by missing out on school, due to not being able to afford sanitary pads.” Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and its non-profit extension, Project Dignity, congratulated the Department of Basic Education on this forward-thinking project which shares Project Dignity’s vision of empowering young women through education. “It is so heartening to learn that the provincial Department of Education has identified this life-changing need of so many South African pupils,” said Barnes. “We really applaud them for embarking on this bold initiative which is certain to positively affect the lives of these women. “We hope the next step will be to invest in reusable sanitary pads which will prove more cost-effective, freeing up the Department of Education to channel funds into other priority areas. The reusable pads are also more beneficial for our fragile environ-

Sue Barnes  (left,  founder  of  Subz  Pants  and  Project  Dignity)  and  Brenda  McCann  (Subz  Pants  and  Pads).   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

ment.” In 2012 Barnes established Subz Pants and Pads, a reusable sanitary pad which attaches to a specially designed cotton panty. “The product is completely environmentally friendly, easy to use and can be reused after washing for up to five years, depending on product care. “Through Project Dignity, in collaboration with corporates, thousands of packs of Subz Pants and Pads have been distributed to schools across the country in an effort to prevent school absenteeism. “One particular organisation, The Sibaya Trust, has partnered with

Project Dignity, sponsoring some 7 500 Subz Pants and Pads packs to pupils over the past three years. “Many young women are forced to miss school for a week every month because of a lack of proper sanitary products,” explained Barnes. “There are often insufficient funds in the home for the purchase of what is considered a ‘cosmetic’ product. “The absence at school accumulates, the learners fall behind, resulting in an increase in failure rates. This gives them very little chance of improving their current situation.” For more information or to get involved, visit

Raleigh bicycle  winner UPPER Highway resident Andy Morgan was the lucky winner of a Raleigh bicycle in the Food Lover’s Hillcrest competition which ran from 23 to 29 January. - Supplied

At the  bicycle  handover  (from  left)  Food  Lover’s  owner  Gilbert  Rocha,  Thomas,  Luke  and  Andy  Morgan.   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

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ILLCREST mother of two, Julie Muir Vivier, is a businesswoman who has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors for more than 25 years. Her areas of expertise include financial management, governance, corporate report writing, fund-raising, communications and marketing, focusing of elements of social development issues, child abandonment and HIV management. She has used her experience as an abuse victim and launched an NPO, The Julie Muir Vivier Anti-Abuse and Empowerment Trust, to assist those in need. Through the NPO there will also be national support groups, Survivor and Victim for Survivors and Victims. “The groups are led by survivors of abuse across the country and will be held every two months in various

cities. The aim of the meetings is to assist others with referrals to services that may be required and to provide a compassionate and caring space to listen or share circumstances. “The inaugural launch meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 February in the Upper Highway area and will be facilitated by myself.” Further meetings will be undertaken by other survivors. Victims and survivors of abuse over the age of 18 are invited to attend, however, space is limited to 20 per meetings. Confidentiality and security are of the utmost importance and venue, details and bookings for the initial meeting can be discussed Vivier on or by phoning 071 316 9783. Attendance is free, however, donations to the work of the Trust are welcome. - Supplied.




Two January  mall  winners  announced



Julie Muir  Vivier  has  launched  an  NPO,  The  Julie  Muir  Vivier  Anti­Abuse  and  Empowerment  Trust  to  assist  those  in  need.


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TWO lucky Upper Highway residents, Cynthia Gilbey and Ncamisile Zuma, were both randomly drawn as the first two winners of the Watercrest Mall Grocery Giveaway competition. They have each won R12 000 in grocery vouchers to spend at the mall. Two more winners will be drawn and an-

nounced on 1 March. To enter simply spend R150 or more at any Watercrest store, fill out an entry form, available in all stores, attach your till slip and you could be a winner. Competition closes 28 February. Ts and Cs apply. Winners are drawn in the presence of a commissioner of oaths. - Supplied.

Cynthia Gilbey  with  her  prize. PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

Hillcrest Fever

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Correction and  apology AN  article  in  the  Hillcrest  Fever,  ‘Protesting  for  clean,  clear  air’  (7  February,  page  3),  was  credited  to  Kalisha  Naicker. 

This was  incorrect.  The  content  was  written  by  Desiree  Erasmus,  who has  been  working  with  Lauren  Johnson  from  the  Up­

per Highway  Air  NPO.  The  Hillcrest  Fever  apologises  to  the  writer  and  the  organisation  –  the  error  is  re­ gretted.

Students fume  as  Zuma  skips  ‘fee  must  fall’ SABELO  NSELE

Risking lives  to  make  a  living >> Blocking the emergency lane can delay fire and rescue department when lives are at stake FEVER  REPORTER


HILE going to work and returning home one might see makeshift stalls along the emergency lane on the M19, with vendors selling anything from fruit to confectionary. And although a quick stop at the roadside stand may save time and money, it might also cost lives. These illegal vendors have sprouted up all over Hillcrest and in particular the emergency lane along the M19. Concerned motorists are appealing to Metro Police to fine these traders as they could be the cause of a fatal accident, or block emergency vehicles from getting through in a life and death situation. Hillcrest resident Marge Mitchel said she was in infuriated when she saw women at their stall in the emergency lane. “I could not believe my eyes when I saw this. These ladies are just sitting there waiting for customers blocking off the emergency lane, not only is this illegal, it is dangerous. “If an ambulance needs to pass quickly through in a life and death situation they can’t as these ladies have nowhere to go. “I complained to Metro Police about this, yet I still see the same ladies illegally selling at that spot. I am appealing to the community not to support such traders as they cause more harm than good,” said Mitchell.


Illegal street  vendors  sell  fruit  along  the  M19. Another concerned motorist, who contacted the Fever under anonymity, said he was travelling along the M19 when the car in front of him suddenly swerved over into the emergency lane to buy fruit from one of the traders. “The car did not even indicate to pull over. I almost crashed my car trying to avoid him. When I looked in my rearview mirror I saw the driver buying fruit. “I do understand these ladies are trying to make a living, however, they

are putting a lot of lives at risk by selling their fruit on a busy road, not to mention blocking off the emergency lane. “There are proper permits for people who want to trade, and specific places they can trade at. “These ladies need to be removed from the M19 before a fatality occurs.” According to the eThekwini Municipality by-laws, no street trader shall conduct their business on any public road or public place or create a traffic

hazard. The municipality called on residents to report illegal street vending to their local Metro Police, with the correct location of the area where the vending is being conducted. To report illegal street vending in the Upper Highway area contact the Metro Police Outer West on 031 767 1222.

STUDENT movements  and  Fees  Must Fall activists are fuming at President Ja­ cob Zuma for his “failure” to address the “elephant  in  the  room”. They  criticised  Zuma  last  week  for not speaking about free tertiary educa­ tion while delivering his State of the Na­ tion  Address  on  Thursday. In his address, Zuma said the govern­ ment  will  look  at  increasing  the R122 000 household income threshold for students needing full National Stu­ dent  Financial  Aid  Scheme  (NSFAS) loans. Student  unions  reminded  Zuma that  NSFAS  was  not  free  education. “It [NSFAS] is a loan shark. When we graduate,  we  have  debts  because  of NSFAS,”  said  EFF  Student  Command leader and prominent Fees Must Fall ac­ tivist  Chuma  Wakeni. Sasco  secretary­general  Tembani Makata  said  she  was  disappointed  by Zuma’s  speech. “There  was  nothing  about  educa­ tion  in  his  speech.  It  is  disappointing that after we have been to a ministerial task team [appointed by Zuma to look into the feasibility of free higher educa­ tion  in  SA]  we  are  still  talking  about NSFAS,”  she  said. Makata  said  Zuma’s  speech  was  a missed  opportunity  to  address  the  is­ sue.  “It  is  something  that  needs  to  be addressed  urgently.  “We  will  meet  and  discuss  how  to approach  it,”  she  said.  The Democratic Alliance Student Or­ ganisation  (Daso)  KZN  head  Hlanga­ nani Gumbi said Zuma’s announcement was  not  enough.  He  said  there  were  still  funding shortages  in  tertiary  institutions  and more  still  needed  to  be  done.                                                           ­  The  Witness

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Nompilo Kunene


HAT is the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning? For most people, it is to check their phones. Some may argue that it is just to check the time or date — big difference. Are you aware that your beloved smart phone has replaced your camera, alarm clock and calendar? If one is not careful, you’ll become an addict and your phone will replace many other aspects of your life. Apparently also 70% of drivers use their smart phones while on the road worldwide. Before I started driving, I used to think using a phone while driving looked so cool. I could not wait to learn how to drive and try it out. I remember before I started driving I was involved in a minor car accident because the person who was driving was texting while driving. At the time I did not see anything wrong about it.

Apartheid by another  name? READING about the Preferential Procurement regulations makes one feel like we are going back into the apartheid era. When you prefer one race over the next or exclude a race, surely this is exactly what we are trying to get away from? Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Our people will not be relegated to beggars, bystanders and onlookers to the economy.” I surmise that he is not referring to all South Africans but to black people, more to the point, Africans. Awarding tenders to blackowned small enterprises will enrich the already wealthy as many have political connections and backers who are gifted with tenders. It is the upperand middle-class black folk who are making easy money, just like many whites did during apartheid, with strong connections and little competition. We as the taxpayer get less bang for our taxes and generally get worse services or products at inflated prices. This equates to less money in the coffers, money that could be spent on training, development and education. It is in these areas that the poor and forgotten will be given the lifeline they are crying out for and that the ANC is too blind to see. LESTER DAY

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 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  press­

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Put your  phone  down The reaction of the person we had rear-ended was what changed my mind about using the phone while driving. He was fuming because he had seen that the elderly gentleman who I was driving with was on his phone when he rear-ended his car. He was on the verge of physically assaulting him on the street, but other motorists intervened and calmed him down. I realised that as much as people casually do this, it is extremely distracting and equally dangerous. Cellphones can be highly distracting. No doubt the smart phone is one of the most wonderful technologies invented. It has helped us immensely to stay in touch effortlessly with our friends, families and colleagues. Although are we constantly told about its harm and dangers. I have a few friends who are constantly on their phones. They can never get their thumbs and eyes off the screens of their phones. It is quite irri-

tating and annoying to try to have a decent conversation with people who are only paying attention to their phone. One second they are listening, but once their phones peep or vibrate, they’re gone. You can carry on talking but their attention is long gone, you’ll be lucky to get an “mmh” or a “what?” from them. The smart phone has become a very divisive thing. I personally get offended when I text and don’t get an instant reply from such people considering that they are glued to their cellphones. How many social gatherings have you attended where people just opt to take out their cellphones instead of greeting and making friends? Scientists have warned that we are no longer masters of our phones but we have become slaves to them and involuntarily respond to their every peep and vibration. Apparently our obsessive phone-checking behaviour is affecting our brains. It destroys our

physical and social relationships, and stops us concentrating on anything. This fomo — fear of missing out — turns some of us into petty criminals as we go around stealing other people’s phone chargers just to stay connected. Many of us cannot bear the thought of being separated from our smart phones even for a few minutes; some people even sleep with them under their pillows constantly gazing at them whenever they wake up during the night. Some go as far as taking their phones into the bathroom with them. Smart phones and the Internet are the climax of modern information technology and are immensely useful, but they are beginning to get me down as well. I feel quite lost without my smart phone, but at the same time increasingly irritated by other people’s addiction to theirs. I also feel overwhelmed by e-mails. I don’t get many that matter much, but

so many that don’t that it can take hours sorting them out, deleting them or filing them away in mailboxes. The urge of checking every peep on your phone is so intense that people cannot help checking their phones while driving, walking or crossing at the traffic light. All of these can be extremely dangerous and can and have resulted in tragic incidents where people have lost their lives but still people continue to risk checking their phones in any situation. I just urge people to transform with modern times but also bear in mind that they have to be above technology and not allow technology to control them. Be in touch online but also connect with people around you as those are the more authentic relationships we build. Phones are only as distracting as you allow them to be. • Nompilo Kunene is a reporter at The  Witness.

The job  of  watching  women­owned  businesses  blossom MARGARET  HIRSCH WHEN I won the BWASA Businesswoman of the Year (entrepreneur) South Africa in 2012 it was fantastic, both for me and for Hirsch’s. It put us in the spotlight, it was wonderful. At the time I thought: isn’t it strange that when you need help there is no one to give it to you. However, when you have made it, everybody wants to help you. This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an organisation for women who are starting their businesses, and this is how my Women In Business Networking events – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year competition evolved. We have ladies who are starting out in business or have small businesses they want to grow and sometimes don’t know how to go about it. A lot of the ladies are still in corporate, but want to start their own

This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an or­ ganisation for women who are starting their businesses,  and this is how my Women In Business Networking events  – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of  the Year competition evolved.  businesses, but don’t know how to go about it. The ladies networking events are held on the second Thursday of every month in all Hirsch branches. As well as established business women, we also welcome women who have ideas of what they want to do. It has been like being presented with a test tube - adding sperm to the egg, and watching it grow. We take those little embryos of businesses and we help to grow them. We introduce women to people who can help them. We point them in the right direc-

tion and help them get everything going for them. As soon as the embryo is ready to be born, we take the business woman to the Standard Bank incubator with Jayshree Naidoo and Melanie Hawken from Lionesses of Africa and they incubate the business until it can stand on its own two feet. From there they go to Standard Bank to accelerate where they help the business get up and running. This is how it actually works. Together we have birthed the most amazing businesses across the board from interior decorators to

cookery schools, to music sales, to accountants, to lawyers, etc. If you have an idea for a business, if you want to start a business, if you have just started a business, come and join our ladies club. Send me your email address, I will make sure that you get updated emails of what’s happening. We have a guest speaker who has something aligned to what you do, mostly something to grow you as a person because we found that as you grow so your business grows. At Hirsch’s we are committed to starting young entrepreneurial businesses in this country because I believe that if we have enough good, strong entrepreneurs in this country we can take them and help them grown - from strength to strength. We live in a country of wealth and abundance and it’s up to us to utilise everything we have at our disposal before others do.

Hindu Dharma  Sabha  supports  Hate  Speech  Bill THE South African Hindu Dharma Sabha last week made a high level submission to the national Department of Justice and Constitutional Development regarding the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill 2016. Racial and religious hate crimes and hate speech have become rampant recently hurting many people and harming our new democracy. If the Sabha has its way and the Bill is signed into law perhaps this year anyone using “slanderous, disrespectful, abusive or insulting” words against a person or persons

belonging to another religious group may be fined and/or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding three years (as a first conviction) and 10 years (for any subsequent conviction). No one may “stir up violence against, trample upon sensitivities, undermine, make wrongful assertions constituted by untruths, distortions and concoctions, or bring into contempt, denigration or ridicule, any person or group of persons”. Furthermore, no one may “subject any person or group of persons to unfair discrimination and overt

or covert suppression in the quest for domination”. The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha quoted as a legal precedent the charging with crimen injuria of a Christian person Johannes David Kriel by the ruling party, the ANC as well as the official opposition party, the DA. On Diwali night last year in a rant on Facebook, Kriel wrongfully labelled Hindus as “idol worshippers” and “devil disciples”. Kriel pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. It is imperative that the Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate

Speech Bill 2016 focusing on religious and racial hate crime and hate speech is passed as soon as possible in the best interests of South Africans of all religious and racial groups. The Bill will sterlingly enhance inter-religious harmony, inter-racial goodwill, tolerance, unity in diversity, peaceful co-existence, social cohesion, nation building and human solidarity. There will be peace, progress and prosperity in our beloved country South Africa. Ram Maharaj  –  South  African Hindu  Dharma  Sabha  president

in politics is officially a thing of the past and the next four years are bound to be very interesting, if nothing else. Trump put aside a life of luxury and his billions to travel to each state, make

his case and do the hard yards. Remember, our very own country voted in a man far worse, so why the shock? Have no sympathy for the U.S. (ce-

lebrities seriously need to stop their futile protesting) — the process was fair and you get exactly the government that you ask for MALUSI MAGWAZA

You get  the  government  you  vote  for INCUMBENT U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be getting more criticism than congratulatory messages. Kindly allow me to wish the big man everything of the best.

He went after the biggest job in the world and was successful. Who are we to hate him for that? He won fair and square, and is here to stay, so get used to it. At the very least, the “bore” factor

‘Coda’ adult  climbs  to  new  FEVER 5 Share  love  heights wrapped  in  a  hug 14  February  2017



FEVER REPORTER WE will all experience the “circle of life” and inevitably reach old age and it is important to note that at this stage in one’s life, nothing matters more than love, so why not shower seniors with buckets of love? Tafta calls on you to share your love this Valentine’s Day through its Hug Therapy Campaign. The campaign aims to turn attention to the elderly who have little to look forward to on this day of love and Tafta invites the community to give the ultimate gift of goodness by spreading the love and sharing a hug with a resident. For many, a hug is a common exchange, one that is easily taken for granted, but for hundreds of lonely, sick or stressed senior citizens, it is a powerful emotional gesture that offers immeasurable comfort and joy. A single embrace offers numerous therapeutic benefits, including decreasing stress and reducing depression. A sense of appreciation has also proven to stimulate happiness. Tafta plans to spread the love through the comfort of cuddles with the help of local celebrities and public generosity. “For our residents, love is a place of hope and a feeling of belonging. Through this campaign we hope to give these special members of society the love and sense of inclusion they long for. A hug, which is a seemingly small gesture, is one of the interactions our elderly citizens miss most,” says Tafta CEO Margie Smith. Join Tafta in the month of love and share the comfort of a cuddle or hug with an older person. You can also share the love by SMSing “Donate” to 40555. SMS charged at R20. Free SMSes do not apply. — Supplied.


ORMA Millar is a 44-yearold mother of three, she is also what is known in the deaf community as a Coda, Child of a Deaf Adult, because both her parents are profoundly deaf. When asked how she coped growing up, Millar says it was the only reality she knew. Looking back, she now realises she matured quickly and became a very early communicator, being the spokesperson for the family. “One of the first things people ask when they know my background, is how I learnt to speak growing up, and I can never answer because as far as I am concerned, I had a normal childhood and learnt to speak like everybody else. “I remember being five and having to phone the doctor, dentist and hairdresser to make appointments for myself, my Mom and Dad,’’ says Norma, who has a sister six years younger. “To this day, when I go to a restaurant, I order for the whole table. My husband has given up placing his own order,’’ laughs Millar. She says that people who are deaf and hard of hearing make up the biggest handicap group, and that if someone temporarily loses their ability to hear they need to readjust to sounds when this sense returns, as the auditory processing parts of the brain need to be constantly stimulated. This is not the case with sight. Millar’s father Bobby is 100% deaf while her mom Jean is profoundly deaf, and wears a hearing aid that alerts her to noises, although she cannot process speech sounds. “My mom seems to have developed an ‘extra’ sense. She doesn’t sleep with her hearing aid, and when I was little I would get up and just stand by her bed and she would wake up instantly. She always seemed to know when us children needed her.’’ “The deaf community is the closest-knit community I have


Norma Millar  with  her  children,  Daniella,  Ben  and  Matt. been exposed to. It is very difficult for people who are deaf to be fully part of a hearing social event, as it is difficult to lip-read unless someone is facing you squarely, so group conversations in a hearing environment are incredibly strenuous and difficult. “If more people knew sign language, people who are deaf or hard of hearing would not feel so isolated and lonely in this environment. “In addition, if people are made aware of the best way to communicate with deaf people, for example,

Moscow circus  is  in  town ROLL Up! Roll Up! The Great Moscow Circus is going to Suncoast on March 3 with all the fun that the big top brings. In association with M-Net and East Coast Radio, the new spectacular world-premiere show promises two hours of breathtaking, high-flying action and laughs-a-minute. With no animal acts, the world-class circus performers include daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils and hilarious clowns. Best of all, no seating is further than 11 metres from the ringside, so you are up close to the action. For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.greatmoscow — Supplied. One  of  the circus performers  at  the  show.   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

making sure your mouth is visible for lip-reading, not covering your mouth, it would also be of great value.” She said she struggles when people make excuses for not being able to achieve something. “Four years ago I studied hearing-aid acoustics through the University of Pretoria. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with cancer, and had to have surgery that left me unable to speak for a few months. “Six months after my recovery I was determined to create some

sort of awareness about the importance of sign language and to assert myself as being very much alive and still capable. “So my best friend and I climbed Kilimanjaro in support of the Talk Sign Campaign, and raised a healthy contribution due to the kind support of many people.” Millar asked the community to support the Talk Sign Campaign. To order stickers to sell at R10 each at your business or school, e-mail - Supplied.

Hact 2016  Employee  of  the  Year  announced HILLCREST Aids Centre Trust’s (Hact) much loved respite unit nursing sister, Nokuphila Khanyile, was announced the organisation’s Employee of the Year for 2016. Khanyile’s love and dedication for her work knows no bounds and she is regarded as an angel by patients, staff and visitors. “From the care and compassion that Khanyile affords all our patients to her calm and professional approach to her duties, she was an obvious choice for our 2016 Employee of the Year award. “The dedication that Khanyile has showed to her nursing studies and to uplifting herself over the past two years has been an inspiration to us all,” said Hact CEO, Olivia Myeza, at the awards ceremony. Earlier in the year the 47year-old, single mother of three qualified as an Enrolled Nurse following two years of intensive study at Chatsmed Candlelight Nursing School. Khanyile’s exceptional patient care and nurs-


Ruth Pretorius  and  Themba  Ngcobo  are  some  of  the  senior  citizens  who  will  enjoy  the  com­ fort  of  a  cuddle  through  Tafta’s  Hug  Therapy  Campaign.

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The 2016  nominees  and  winners  (from  left)  Sphe  (Hact  Respite  Unit),  Phindiwe  (granny  support  groups  programme),  Sthombe  (prevention  programme),  Syliva  (finance  department),  Nokuphila  (respite  unit),  Nu  (reception),  Dudu  (counselling  department)  and  Pieter  (Hact  car  guard). ing skills were also recognised in October 2016 at her graduation ceremony where she was awarded not one, but two trophies for her outstanding performance over the past year - one for the distinction she received for her practical work and the second for being the most compassionate nurse in her class. Khanyile, was selected for

Hact’s 2016 Employee of the Year award by the organisation’s senior management team. In total 10 staff members were nominated for the award, with Sthombe from the Hact prevention programme and Dudu from the Hact counselling department being named our 2016 runnersup. - Supplied.

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KLOOF High School hosted an official opening ceremony of the newly renovated engineering graphics and design classrooms last week. Management, staff, members of the governing body, Department of Education officials, and Grade 10, 11, and 12 Kloof High pupils were in attendance. Department of Education, Mr Leon Lambert (Deputy Director: Technical Subjects) did the honours of cutting the ribbon. The upgrade was made possible by the generosity of the Albert Wessels Trust, who were unable to send a representative to the opening. Since 2002, Kloof High has been a leading school in teaching computer aided design (Cad) to teachers and pupils in the Pinetown district. The Argus Community College operates at Kloof High in the evenings giving adult education. One the classrooms has now become a fully functional AutoCad room. This room is equipped with 35 computers linked to the internet, a 3D printer, air conditioning, etc. It is also fully secured by armed response and CCTV cameras.

Kloof High  opens  new  classrooms Kloof High has been a leading school in teaching computer aided design


Leon Lambert  with  Dawn  Lefort  at  the  ribbon  cutting. The project of upgrading the rooms was handled by the school’s governing body and staff. AutoDesk has allowed


The new  computer  aided  design  room.

for 3 000 pupil versions of AutoCad The pupils of Kloof High will now leave school better equipped with a

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‘Keyboard Killers’  at  Sneddon RETURNING for his second run after a sold-out season last year, Ian von Memerty is back at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with Keyboard Killers from 28 February to 5 March. Von Memerty takes eight of the greats - Stevie Wonder, Noel Coward, John Legend, Irving Berlin, Freddy Mercury, Fats Waller, Cole Porter and Billy Joel - and the driving percussion of Bronwen Clacherty and the double

bass of Andrew Warneke, and shares his love for these iconic creators. The show will feature Bohemian Rhapsody, I Get A Kick Out of You, Don’t Put Your Daughter On the Stage Mrs Worthington, the romance of Ordinary People, the showbiz razzledazzle of Puttin’ On the Ritz, Isn`t She Lovely and Ain’t Misbehaving. Booking is through Computicket. - Supplied.


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Robin Hood  Foundation’s  Love  to  Read  campaign A FRIEND to The Robin Hood Foundation, Dr Gcina Mhlophe has been writing and performing on stage and screen for Dr  Gcina  Mhlophe. over 20   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED years. She does her most important work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South African languages - English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa. Ma Gcina - as she is known in the community - heads the Nozincwadi project. "The Nozincwadi Project is about making books come alive, making them exciting. In each page there are words, rhythms, images, smells, colours, and voices that want to come out and touch our lives. Now they sit in closed books – yearning for us to let them out, to let them reconnect us with the treasures we continue to overlook in our everyday lives.” If you’d like to get involved and help us #MakeADifference email today. - Supplied.

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Who needs  a  supplement I

S it really necessary to take vitamin and mineral supplements if you follow a balanced diet? Well, it depends on your situation, really. Here’s some sound advice from DietDoc. Recently it was reported in the media that Oxford experts had found that taking supplements of vitamins E and C, and beta-carotene had no effect on the risk of heart disease over a fiveyear-period. The media, therefore, concluded that taking vitamin and mineral supplements is not necessary if you eat a balanced diet. Storm in a teacup This type of reporting could be viewed as irresponsible, because it only gives half the facts and jumps to conclusions without presenting the reader with sufficient information to make a balanced judgement. It is a veritable storm in a teacup which may sell more newspapers and make a sensational story, but does not do the public any good. Historical perspective Ever since the first vitamins were

discovered early in the last century, nutritionists and dieticians have told their patients and the public at large that it is not necessary to take supplements if you have a balanced diet. So there is nothing new in the conclusion the media presented to the public a few weeks ago. What the media did not state, however, is that countless studies have produced evidence that there are many population groups, especially in countries like South Africa, that suffer from what is known as “subclinical deficiencies” of some, if not all vitamins and minerals. Studies are also showing that certain vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and bioflavonoids can protect the body against a host of so-called “degenerative diseases” (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, impaired immunity, Alzheimer’s Disease) and developmental deficits (spina bifida, low birth-weight, poorly developed nervous system and eye problems). The question of a balanced diet

I believe that the statement “vitamin and mineral supplements are not necessary, if you eat a balanced diet”, is true, but then we must define what a balanced diet is, and each and everyone must find out if they are really eating in a balanced way. A balanced diet consists of the following: Unprocessed or whole-grain cereals and starches; fresh fruit and vegetables; milk and dairy products; lean meat, fish and eggs; legumes; poly- or monounsaturated fats and oils, and nuts. If you eat plenty of these foods, you will probably not require any additional supplements. Who needs supplements? Unfortunately many populations and people in certain age groups do not eat in a balanced way. If any of the following factors apply to you, then the chances are good that your diet isn’t balanced and that you may require additional vitamins and minerals: Poverty: Anyone living on, or below, the so-called breadline, most likely doesn’t have a balanced diet and doesn’t obtain all the protective nutrients we require for optimum health.

Monotonous diets: Populations that subsist on a single refined staple food, like sifted maize meal, polished rice, or white bread, and individuals who eat only some of the foods listed above, don’t have a balanced diet. Eating disorders: People with selfimposed abnormal eating patterns, such as anorexia and/or bulimia, are literally starving themselves to death, and certainly don’t have a balanced food intake. Special diets, such as strict vegetarian or vegan diets, are known to be deficient in certain nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Allergy diets: If you are allergic or sensitive to any one of the food groups and have to avoid this food group, your diet is probably unbalanced, e.g. people with milk allergies or intolerance, who have to cut out all milk and dairy products, tend to have calcium and vitamin B deficiencies unless they take the necessary supplements. Chronic medications: People taking chronic medications often have associated deficiencies because certain medications interfere with the uptake of micronutrients or increase the requirement for them

Impaired digestion: Individuals with impaired digestion - this can range from lack of teeth to bowel resection - in fact any condition that hampers digestion and uptake of food, can lead to deficiencies. Special groups with increased nutrient needs: Infants, children, teenagers, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly, all have increased nutrient requirements and often don’t have balanced diets, e.g. teenage girls have an increased requirement for iron and calcium, but often avoid milk and dairy products, meat and fish, because they are perpetually trying to lose weight. The list goes on and on. There are countless examples of people who do need additional vitamin and mineral supplements because they really don’t have balanced diets. So if you do have a balanced diet and are in the peak of health, you certainly don’t need to take supplements. However, if any of the above-mentioned factors apply to you, then you may require supplements. - Dr I.V. van Heerden, DietDoc, Health24.

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Don’t use  your  cell  phone  while  exercising D

O you really need your mobile when you’re working out? Researchers say talking and texting during exercise can cause all sorts of problems. Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. Divided attention In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase your risk of injuries. “If you’re talking or texting on

your cell phone while you’re putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided between the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries,” study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 19 percent. But, if you want to pump up your workout with some tunes, go right

ahead. Listening to music on a cell phone had no significant effect on postural stability during a workout, according to the study of 45 college students. The studies about the effects of cell phone use during workouts were published in the journals Computers in Human Behaviour and Performance Enhancement & Health. - Health24

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Why we  lose  our  appetite  when  we  are  ill RESEARCHERS from Stellenbosch Univer­ sity  are  calling  for  a  reassessment  of  the medical  practice  of  force­feeding  ill  pa­ tients. They argue that loss of appetite may be  one  of  nature’s  bug­fighting  mecha­ nisms.  Are  we  suppressing  one  of  Mother Nature’s  oldest  and  most  effective  bug­ fighting mechanisms by force­feeding pa­ tients  when  they  have  lost  their  appetite during  an  infection? Cellular  recycling  A PhD student in physiological sciences from  Stellenbosch  University,  Gustav  van Niekerk, argues this might be the case and is  calling  for  a  reassessment  of  this  stan­ dard  medical  practice. In  an  article  published  in  the  high­im­ pact journal Autophagy this week (6 April 2016),  Van  Niekerk  and  researchers  from the Department of Physiological Sciences at SU argue that appetite loss during infec­ tion or sickness has a very important func­ tion. And that is to enhance the ability of cells to perform autophagy, a process which literally  means  “eating  of  self”. Under normal circumstances the cells in your body use autophagy (a kind of cellular ‘recycling process plant’) to clear the gar­ bage generated by the wear and tear of the parts in a cell. Through autophagy, the cell is  able  to  recycle  the  debris  or  junk  that could otherwise have caused damage to the cell. The degraded material is then used as fuel to generate new parts. In other words, all the cells in your body are continuously

being regenerated in order to function opti­ mally. Van Niekerk and co­authors argue that short­term fasting during an infection can be beneficial, since cells which are deprived of nutrients are forced to upregulate the re­ cycling process (autophagy). In turn, bacte­ ria and viruses invading the cell can be de­ graded by the very same recycling process. A  cell’s  self­defence  mechanism  Van Niekerk explains: “The immune sys­ tem is often seen as the ‘army’, while ‘nor­ mal’ cells such as liver cells and neurons are seen as ‘civilians’. In this view, invading bac­ teria or viruses harm the ‘unarmed civilian’ while  the  ‘military’  (the  immune  system) are  dedicated  to  fight  off  an  infection.” However, “normal” cells are not quite as defenceless. “We  argue  that  an  upregulated  auto­ phagy acts as a cell’s self­defence mecha­ nism and that it plays a critical role in the body’s  immune  system. “In this way, ‘civilian’ cells are in fact act­ ing like ‘partisan forces’ halting the spread of the infection while the ‘professional for­ ces’  (immune  cells)  are  mobilised.” Professor Anna­Mart Engelbrecht, head of the Department of Physiological Scien­ ces and one of the co­authors, says this new way of understanding the role of autophagy has important implications for the medical field: “It has also been shown that cancer patients who fasted before chemotherapy experienced less harmful side effects usual­ ly  induced  by  chemotherapy  such  as  fa­

tigue, weakness, headaches, nausea, vom­ er, that shorter­term nutritional withdraw­ iting  and  diarrhoea.” al should not be confused with the well­es­ Shorter­term  nutritional  withdrawal tablished immune­inhibiting effect of long­ Firstly,  the  researchers  argue  for  a  re­ term  starvation.  They  also  point  out  that evaluation of nutritional support in the con­ there  are  a  number  of  circumstances  in text of controlled underfeeding, where en­ which  nutritional  supplementation  may hanced  autophagy  may  provide  superior provide a therapeutic benefit. As an exam­ support. Upregulating autophagy  may also  have  addi­ tional  benefits. FAMILY PHYSICIAN Chunks  of  bacte­ ria  and  viruses processed  by  the cell’s  recycling plant can also be passed  on  to  im­ • Occupational health medicals mune  cells.  In turn, the immune • Travel Vaccines (Yellow Fever) cells  can  be • Diving Medicals “trained”  to  rec­ ognise the bacte­ • Aesthetic Medicine (Botox/Fillers) ria  and  viruses • General Family Physician and  form  anti­ bodies  against TEL: 031 765 4528 them. This would CELL: 083 285 7869 suggest  that  up­ regulating  of  the EMAIL: recycling  plant ADDRESS: Suite 4, Centenary (autophagy) may be  an  effective Medical Centre, way  to  enhance 55 Old Main Road, Hillcrest 3610 vaccine  efficacy. The  research­ Prac No 0363715 - MBChB (Medusa) FCFP (SA) ers stress, howev­ MMED FAMMED (UKZN) DOH (UKZN)

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Moving ceremony  for  Joost Sarel  van  der  Walt PRINGBOK rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen yesterday afternoon laid claim to Loftus Versveld for the final time. There was sadness on Van der Westhuizen’s home turf where he entertained so many Blue Bull and Springbok supporters, but their farewell was conducted in a sombre and stylish manner. The 45-year-old Van der Westhuizen died on Monday afternoon after he had been diagnosed in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an aggressive form of motor neurone disease (MND). At the instruction of President Jacob Zuma, the ex-Bok captain was given a provincial funeral ceremony in recognition for his contribution to sport in South Africa. His plain coffin was carried by team members and officials of the Springbok team which won the 1995 World Cup when they beat the mighty All Blacks. Francois Pienaar, the captain of the

team, and former Bok captain Morné du Plessis, the manager of the ’95 team, led the procession and carried the coffin on to a catafalque which had been earlier erected on the field. Former fly half Joel Stransky, the man who received Van der Westhuizen’s pass in the closing stages of the match and put the winning drop goal between the posts, was one of the pallbearers, who all stared straight in front of them. On the stand officers of the police draped the South African flag over the coffin. Former Springbok Stefan Terblanche, who acted as master of ceremonies, was forced to start singing the national anthem after technical problems were encountered with the music system. According to those present, Terblanche did an excellent job. At the request of Gavin Varejes, executive chief of the South African Rugby Legends Association, the thousands of people present, dressed in green and gold or the blue of the Bulls, gave a standing ovation for one minute in honour of Van der Westhuizen. The


crowd also gave a standing ovation to Van der Westhuizen’s older brother Pieter, who cared for his brother the past few years while the scrumhalf battled the disease. Rugby legends such as Naas Botha, Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez were among the spectators. Kevin de Klerk, a former Springbok lock and president of the Lions Rugby Union, and Thelo Wakefield, rugby boss of Western Province, were also present as well as a number of wellknown coaches — among them Heyneke Meyer and Eugene van Wyk. “Joost was a legend but also a brother, a father and a family man,” said Pieter van der Weshuizen. He cried when the music group Touch of Class later sang Hallelujah. Van der Westhuizen’s wife Amor Vittone, from whom he was separated and who also had been on the stage, comforted him. Many people could not hold back the tears but there was a big applause when Pienaar started his speech in Afrikaans by saying: “Joost was a Bull, a

Joost van  der  Westhuizen’s  widow  Amor  becomes  emotional  during  the  me­ morial  service  at  Loftus  Versfeld  yesterday.  PHOTO:  JOHAN  RYNNERS/GALLO  IMAGES)

fearless Bull.” The singer PJ Powers sang the 1995 World Cup tournament theme song World in Union. Sumari Botha, a cousin of Van der Westhuizen from Australia, sang a song, Mr No. 9. Sports Minister Fikele Mbalula praised the former Bok and said he had represented SA rugby with “dignity and pride”. While police officers removed the

flag from Van der Westhuizen’s coffin and handed it to his parents Gustav and Mariana, the thunder of an electric storm could be heard behind the eastern pavilion of Loftus. It sounded like a gun salute. Close to 3 pm, Joost van der Westhuizen disappeared for the final time down the players’ tunnel of Loftus Versveld while bystanders shouted: “Joost, Joost.”

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Hillcrest Fever

14 February 2017

Page 11


The Mitsubishi  ASX.   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

New design  language  for  Mitsubishi M

ITSUBISHI’S popular compact crossover, the Mitsubishi ASX, is getting a refreshed look for the 2017 model year. In addition to the company’s new Dynamic Shield design language, the Mitsubishi ASX range now includes a new 2.0 MIVEC six-speed CVT derivative coming in at under R400 000. Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, states: “We have to address the current affordability needs of our customers. Today’s economy often forces buyers to opt for lower-spec vehicles, but our new ASX 2.0 GL CVT derivative offers the comfort and efficiency of Mitsubishi’s CVT transmission as well as its impressive standard specification in a truly attractive package. When you consider Mitsubishi’s world-class safety ratings, the new ASX 2.0 GL CVT is easily the best sub R400 000 vehicle on the market.” The new 2017 Mitsubishi ASX, which goes on sale immediately, is the first model in South Africa to feature the company’s new Dynamic Shield design language. The striking new design is centred around a new front grille, which is significantly more

prominent than that of its predecessor and will soon be seen on other models, such as the new Mitsubishi Outlander and the much anticipated new Pajero Sport. The Dynamic Shield grille combines the previously distinctive “Safety” and “Performance” treatments of the Mitsubishi front-end design. Models such as the Pajero have always been styled to appear imposing, whilst still conveying a sense of safety and protection. The ASX and Outlander, on the other hand, feature a grille with a more aggressive and sporty design. In the ASX, the Dynamic Shield grille connects the upper and lower sections of the bumper into one single air intake. The black section of the intake links the headlights and fog lights, and is surrounded by eye-catching chrome details that widen towards the middle of the Dynamic Shield grille. The grille is rounded off by a lower chromed section, which mimics the design of a strike plate and hints at the ASX’s SUV family tree. Mitsubishi is using the introduction of its new design language to effect other, smaller tweaks, while the popular items and high specification level re-

main unchanged. Changes to the new ASX include redesigned seat cushions that are fashioned with long-distance passenger comfort as the main priority. The new Mitsubishi ASX line-up consists of five derivatives all featuring the frugal and highly reliable 2.0 MIVEC petrol engine. This engine is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System (MIVEC) and multi-point injection that produces 110 kW at 6 000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 4 200 rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or CVT transmission with six pre-programmed gear steps. The 2.0 MIVEC engine is well known for being very fuel efficient, with an average fuel consumption of 7.5 litres / 100 km for the manual models and 7.6 litres for the CVT equipped versions. Fitted with a 63-litre tank, this gives the ASX a range of around 800km. Mitsubishi’s popular CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers drivers the smooth comfort of an automatic gearbox, but with fuel efficiency similar to a manual vehicle. In short:

a CVT transmission is designed to be more sensitive than a standard automatic gearbox and optimises engine output to deliver the best possible fuel consumption under all driving conditions. The ASX is one of the safest vehicles in its class and boasts a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. All ASX models feature Mitsubishi’s proprietary Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body shell, no less than seven airbags, Isofix child restraint mountings and a range of dynamic safety systems that include ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (BAS). In the new 2.0 ASX GL CVT this means unsurpassed value for a price tag under R400 000. In addition to the above-mentioned specification, the Mitsubishi GLS derivatives feature LED running lights, electronic active stability and traction control (ASTC) and hill start assist (HSA) as standard. Luxury features abound in the ASX, including Bluetooth with voice control, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, electric windows, air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers,

Mazda BT­50  Facelift  available  in  South  Africa THE KODO design inspired Mazda BT50 was first introduced to the South African market in 2012. It was launched as an “Active Lifestyle Vehicle” with modern and refined styling that defied the conventional workhorse image of a bakkie. The intent was to not only attract traditional business users but to extend the appeal to a wide range of customers, including families and pleasure-seekers. The Mazda BT-50 Facelift is being introduced to further cater to these recreational buyers who enjoy both the outdoor and urban lifestyle. The Facelift bakkie maintains the versatile practicality and exhilarating driving performance of the current model while the design has been updated to give it a sportier and more powerful presence than ever before. New exterior styling incorporates a newly designed front face, redesigned

side steps, rear combination lamps and 17 inch aluminum wheels. The interior has also been refined to give a higher-quality feel with the addition of Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches and Cruise Control from the SLX model. The SLE model picks up new features that include a rear-view camera, an auto diming mirror and electrical driver seat adjustment. The BT-50 Double Cab will be available in the following derivatives: 2.2L 4x2 6MT SLE, 3.2L 4x4 6MT SLE and 3.2L 4x4 6AT SLE as well as new model derivatives 2.2L 4x2 6MT SLX and 2.2L 4x2 6AT SLE. Produced and fully imported from the Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT), plant in Thailand, the facelift offers seven exterior colour options; True Red, Aluminum Metallic, Cool White, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Blue Reflex and Titanium Flash.

The refined BT-50 has expressive styling, high quality interior and outstanding driving dynamics that reflect Mazda’s DNA. Mazda Care The BT-50 Mazda Care plan is now aligned with that of Mazda passenger vehicles; with a three-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty, threeyear service plan and three-year roadside assistance. For complete peace of mind motoring, a customer service guarantee on pre-arranged repairs is also included. - Supplied.

The Mazda  BT­50.   PHOTO:  SUPPLIED

rear park distance control and automatic lights as standard on all models. GLX and GLS derivatives also offer a full-length panoramic glass roof, keyless operation, a full colour touchscreen infotainment system, heated leather seats in the front, and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a rear-view camera. Over and above all these luxuries, two GLS derivatives feature powerful Rockford Fosgate sound systems, whilst the CVT version of the GLS boasts high-impact discharge lights. The Mitsubishi ASX continues to score highly as a practical crossover, thanks to its 1,193 litres of storage space with the rear seats lowered and its 195mm ground clearance. ASX is sold with a comprehensive 5-year / 90 000 km service plan and 3-year / 100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty. “We are extremely proud of our 92% customer loyalty figure – once people join the Mitsubishi family, they tend to stay. “This says more about our brand, our products and our excellent dealer network than we could ever convey in a brochure,” says Campbell. - Supplied.

14 February  2017


hillcrest FEVER

Following a  harrowing  build­up  to  the  2016  FNB  Dusi,  Euro  Steel’s  Banetse  Nkhoesa  is  in  a  much  better  place  physically  and  men­ tally  going  into  the  2017  FNB  Du­ si  Canoe  Marathon,  which  runs  from  Thursday  to  Saturday.



Goal­driven Nkhoesa  scoping  out  FNB  Dusi  top  5 I

N what was one of the inspirational stories of the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, Banetse Nkhoesa recovered from a stabbing incident to finish on the podium in his K2 and in 2017 he hopes to replicate that form and push for a top-five position when the FNB Dusi gets underway on Thursday. Nkhoesa was the victim of a horrific stabbing incident in his house in Shongweni in December 2015, which set him back hugely in his preparation with his partner Sbonelo Khwela for the K2 Dusi in 2016. The pair’s incredible determination and help from the Prime-based Elite Athlete Development Pro-

gramme got Nkhoesa (24) back into a boat and onto the FNB Dusi podium where they finished in third place overall — a remarkable feat after such a telling ordeal. “Last year’s preparation was incredibly tough,” Euro Steel’s Nkhoesa said. “My race was seriously jeopardized after the incident but I gave myself a chance and it paid off. “This year I have been so much more prepared and I am really looking forward to racing the Dusi!” The three-day adventure race takes its toll on most paddlers, with a plethora of factors to take into consideration when tackling the ulti-

mate canoe challenge. Nkhoesa’s belief is that he has grown from his ordeal and is ready for anything. “Last year’s performance has really given me so much more confidence going into this year’s race. “I was amazed that myself and Sbonelo could pull off the result that we did in the end with such a difficult build-up. “That motivates me to strive to do just as well if not better in my K1,” he added. Nkhoesa and training partner Khwela have been working hard and have been in solid form in the buildup to the start of the 2017 Dusi, with Nkhoesa trying to soak up as much

knowledge from the Dusi veteran as possible. “I have learnt so much from Sbonelo since we have been training together and he has helped me understand the race and how to race much better. “I have got to the stage now in my preparation where I am trying to polish aspects of my paddling and not learn too many new things,” he stressed. With one of the deepest men’s fields assembled for this year’s edition of the race, Nkhoesa appreciates the experience passed on to him by the other top paddlers and hopes to make up for his lack of experience in

dedication and preparation. “The field for this year’s Dusi is really exciting with so much talent. “I know that it is going to be an incredibly tough race so if I get any sort of chance during the race I have to take it otherwise I will be under pressure. “The other guys have all done over 10 Dusis so they know how to put you under pressure so I need to hang on and keep working hard if I get the chance. “If I can finish in the top five I will be really happy but anything higher is a bonus for me!” Nkhoesa said. With rains over the KwaZulu-Natal region not providing enough relief from the on-going drought, Nkhoesa has prepared himself for the varying conditions that the race will throw at him. “If there is more running then I think that that will work for me a bit more. “The running on day one is always quite close and I think if we have to run more than usual on day three then it will be level because everyone is tired by the third day,” he said. More information can be found at — Supplied.

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