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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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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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Dear Readers, TODAY marks the end of another year for the Hillcrest Fever, and as the festivities kick off for this season, let us reflect on moments that touched our lives and the community this past year. 2014 has been marked by persistent challenges in our economy with price inflations (food, electricity, fuel, etc.). We had weather catastrophes and crime
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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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>> FACEBOOK COMMENTS Geraldine Van Wyk How do kids even know how to use these products as drugs?? I am an adult and this has not even crossed my mind!! Very worrying. Raelyn Hammond To them there is nothing wrong with drinking the stuff because it’s cough mixture ...they aren’t even afraid to say they drink it.... Because “it’s not a drug” Allen Gerald Carpede Well done this thing is really getting out of hand & it is not only a problem in Woodlands but also a problem in Eastwood Kevin Louis Protect our kids...protect our future!! Joan De Vries Mahomed Well done. Problem in Eastwood as well. In the vicinity of East wood supermarket, bottles strewn all over. Who is selling this to our children?? As parents and residents we need to put a stop to it. Sabiha Abbubakar Thank you for standing up for our children we will support you Moreen Isaacs Proud of you Merle. EVERY Kind of cough medicine should only be made available on prescription only, and identification should be requested even if Adults have prescriptions especially for
babies and children. This will enable pharmacists to monitor how many times this product is being prescribed. Odelle Andrea Vd Merwe They should not let under 18s buy medication the same way they do with cigarettes. Adults must go get their own medica tion or ask another adult to get it Shazia Pixie Akoo We stopped selling them complete ly or we ask them for doctors scripts...and it’s not only the young kids that have this addic tion it’s the elderly people too...anything with codeine is now becoming an issue for phar macies to sell Santie O’Connell I didn’t even know that school children are allowed to buy medication. Mfundo Pearl Mkhize This has been going on for years in PMB.....I know a particular pharmacy which opens till late and sell the med....they buy 34 bottles each at a time especially at night. This has bothered me a lot. Thank you for taking the stand!! Noninzi Nonny Mngoma I have noticed those bottles on the streets myself and have heard about its use as a drug,
Massive response to #BCMustFall article well done We need more of your character Zama Nxumalo I think they should have age restrictions on purchasing medicines with co deine just as in alcohol because then if they stop the selling of theses medicines we suffer the most when faced with the flue and colds. In fact they have stopped giving out cough syrup at the woodlands clinic, I suspect because of the this frightening trend. If u have a bad cough they give u some Pando (don’t know how that helps) and they give u some antibiotics (and doctors and nurses argue about the use of antibiotics with flu).I love rap music I really do but truth be told its messing up our children Elise Neizel What they do to get drugs and then some kids are not even ashamed to remark on this. Well done. At least there is someone that is looking out for all our children. I hope other pharmacies take note. Leeànne Steele Thank you for taking the stand our kids need help it’s also the music that they listen to. BC MUST FALL. Lord help our kids, government, communities and parents to stand for their kids no matter what the struggle god is in the boat with us. Jay Mota Novac True future chemists but wasting their lives getting high.
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AST week’s article in Maritzburg Fever titled “#BCMustFall” made history on social media after being shared over 900 times with over 150 comments from concerned community members showing their support of the removal of BronCleer from Royal Hospital Pharmacy. Many comments expressed residents’ concern about the use of the cough mixture as a way for the young to get high, others expressed their shock over the fact that this was a problem in the community. Many also mentioned that they had seen empty bottles of BronCleer strewn all over city streets, but never knew what or why this was the case. Merle Williams, who began the “#BCMustFall – our kids must rise” online petition was overwhelmed by the response from the community. “I am deeply moved and humbled by the response to last week’s article with 905 shares when I last checked. “I am also saddened by some of the young people’s responses, especially those who find it amusing. I received numerous calls at my workplace from parents who are pleased that I have taken a stand. “One mother was very emotional and shared her son’s codeine addiction and experience with me. I remain committed to the cause and I will
BronCleer continue the fight. A placard demonstration is on the cards ... to be held at pharmacies that continue to aid our children’s addictions,” said Williams.
Diarise TWC’s Open Day THE Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) in Pietermaritzburg is an independent school for girls from Grade RRR to Grade 12 that offers boarding from Grade 4 to Grade 12 for girls from South Africa and beyond. The school has a comprehensive range of amenities that include state-of-the-art computer and sports facilities and TWC is also one of the few schools in South Africa to offer sport and exercise science as a subject from Grade 10. “Education is about helping pupils identify, ignite and develop their passions and TWC provides an environment in which girls can grow, learn, take risks and discover more about themselves. Education is not only about the acquisition of academic, cultural and sporting skills, it is also about the development of social skills and
emotional intelligence. “By the time girls leave TWC, they should have a good understanding of who they are. We aim to develop compassionate, confident leaders who are capable of developing positive relationships in all areas of their lives. We teach girls about accountability and about choices having consequences, positive or negative. We teach them to value and embrace diversity. We also teach them resilience and to see setbacks as opportunities rather than as failures,” said lady principal, Sue Tasker. TWC helps every pupil to fulfil her potential and to be as prepared as she can be to take her place in society. The TWC Open Day will take place on Saturday, 25 February at 8.30am. - Supplied
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OORTREKKER High School pupils and staff stood in unison in support of a much loved and respected teacher at the school, Fiesta Korsten, who is fighting cancer. During her years at Voortrekker High School Korsten, well known in Pietermaritzburg teaching circles, became a mother for pupils and young teachers alike, as well as a sister to friends. Former pupils are now her colleagues, including her daughter, Carmia, who teaches in the same department. At the end of last year, Korsten was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and shock waves crashed through the Voortrekker community. She is currently undergoing treatment in Hilton, and remains positive and upbeat. The school participated in the activities on Wednesday, February 8 in the true spirit of the school motto “Aanhou Wen”. The “Vories” showed that nothing will drag them down. The Cansa presentation gave pupils valuable information about contributed to social awareness. The event also welcomed members from the public who wanted to make a donation to Cansa and have their hair shaved or sprayed. Principal Jan Nel, a cancer survivor, said it was important for him that the school held a cancer awareness campaign. “Although doctors gave Mrs Korsten a tragic diagnosis, we must always keep on hoping and having faith. “We hope Mrs Korsten and others battling cancer in Pietermaritzburg know that the Vories are in this battle with them,” he said. All the money raised at the event was donated to Cansa.
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Save Supermarket ablaze SAVE Supermarket at Truro Plaza was closed on Sunday due to damage caused by a fire at the shop in the early hours of the morning. It is assumed that the fire started at about 3am on Sunday morning. Management confirmed that the fire caused extensive damage to the shop’s bakery section, also affecting fruit and vegetables. Paramedics attacked this weekend PARAMEDICS attached to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were attacked in the Slangspruit area in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend. According to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), the EMS paramedics were responding to a maternity call in Slangspruit on Saturday at around 11pm when they were attacked by four men, who approached them and tried to force their way into the ambulance. One of the attackers allegedly climbed onto the roof of the vehicle and smashed the windscreen while the others banged on the doors, insulting the paramedics, said Nehawu spokesperson Mazwi Ngubane. He said they eventually managed to drive away with one men hanging onto the windscreen wipers. After about two kilometres, the ambulance stopped at a traffic light and the man tried to escape, but other motorists noticed and helped to catch the man. Nehawu has instructed EMS employees to suspend all operations in Slangspruit and Sinathing area with immediate effect. Weekend storm leaves residents in darkness SATURDAY night’s severe storm left a trail of electricity outages in its wake, but caused no serious damage in the city. According to Msunduzi Municipality about 10 areas were affected and remained without electricity well into Sunday.
The northbound carriageway of the N3 was closed at Balgowan this week after two crashes involving six trucks occurred. RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said one driver died due to his injuries. She said after the first crash occurred involving three trucks, a secondary accident took place in volving another three trucks.
A Chase Valley father and son embraced the ‘silver lining’ in a messy situa tion when a burst pipe flooded the verge outside their home. The flooding in Silverdale Crescent was due to a technical issue at a construction site in the area. Instead of complaining, resident Russel Ferguson and his son Dale de cided to have a bit of fun in the water. Best Midmar Mile after many years THIS year’s 44th edition of the aQuellé Midmar Mile at the weekend was hailed by many as the best yet. This was not because the men’s race was deemed to be an exciting classic that saw seven-time champion Chad Ho narrowly beaten by Matthew Meyer, or Ashley Twitchell show her
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Wait your turn I SEE that Cleland Road in Hayfields is sporting a nice new long, solid white line. The problem is that it doesn’t deter those who feel it necessary to overtake the drivers waiting patiently to get to their destinations. What makes those errant drivers more special than myself and other lawabid ing drivers? We all have pla ces to go and a time to get there, and more importantly, would like to arrive safely. By driving into oncoming traffic, and taxis are the big gest culprits, the errant driv ers are severely increasing the chances of an accident. Wait your turn. DAWN KIMBLE Hayfields
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HE death of 94 mentally ill patients in Gauteng is a national disgrace. This is not just death, but murder. The authorities went to great lengths to lie and ignore reports alerting them to substandard care conditions that ultimately lead to the tragedy. Former MEC Qedani Mahlangu should be criminally charged
with the murder of those patients. The Health ombudsman reported that 27 of the NGOs Mahlangu entrusted with the care of the patients were illegal. Mahlangu abdicated her duty to those patients for financial profit. What is worse is the ensuing cover-up and failure by her and her officials to take responsibility. This is
symptomatic of a wider neglect in the health service. The impact of lost funds through corruption is exacting its full effect on society now. However, we cannot rely on the ruling party so we look to the courts to drive home this message. WARREN OLIPHANT Bellevue
Parents must make time for their children PARENTS with children of all ages should relish any time they can spend with them. With lives as busy as they are, even a few hours can be valuable, and days spent together are golden. Hence the time that families spend together should be enjoyed and not wasted. Any time together should be considered quality time. Some families have parents who both work. In this situation parents rush to work in the early morning and sometimes don’t return until after dark. A quick stop at a drive-thru for dinner or a frozen pizza are often con-
sidered dinner since neither mother nor father have time during the week to cook, let alone clean or run errands. Other families have a stay-athome mum and a career dad. In these homes, the mother may spend the day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and maybe running a few errands. However, in both cases the time that parents actually get to spend with children is usually limited, especially during the week. Many youngsters participate in extracurricular activities, with their time after school each day divided between these activities, homework and supper.
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What time is left for sharing with parents? How can parents relate to their children and keep track of them if they only spend a few minute with them on a daily basis? Even if it is true that parents only get a few minutes with their children every evening, this time should not be overlooked. In fact, those golden minutes can prove to be precious in the long run. However, it is up to parents to modify family time activities according to the age and interests of the children. A.S.E AMEEN Mountain Rise
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The Community Chest bid farewell to its executive director, Michael Deegan, at the end of last month. The Community Chest thanked him for all his efforts during the six years of his service. Deegan plans to return to the Cape to join his family there, and to pursue his passion for community service and charity work. At the farewell are (back, from left) Liza Dickson, Mala Maharaj, Sma Sokhela, Christian Dlamini, Mirriam Mngwevu, Angie Narayanan, and (front) Deegan and Simon Gushu (Community Chest chairperson).
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S the date for the fifth annual Happy Earth Festival draws closer the organisers are grateful to organisations that are participating. Providing the venue and also one of the organisers, Sanbi’s KZN National Botanical Gardens will enable pupils to get in touch with nature. Their biodiversity education directorate offers a garden-based programme where schools are invited to explore the garden and take pride in South Africa’s indigenous plants and animals. The Botanical Society of South Africa, a national NGO, aims to “know, grow and protect” indigenous flora. The Midlands branch focuses on botanical issues in the area and hosts an annual open wildlife and indigenous gardens event, talks and walks focused on indigenous plants and gardening.
Sunshine Bakery is not only one of the sponsors, it is also committed to looking after the country and the environment by promoting recycling of their bread packets through their schools competition. They have a stand at the festival and will run exciting activities. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will offer several hands-on activities with the pupils and will participate in a mini-excavation and get their hands dirty by learning digging up artefacts, how to identify these artefacts and discover what time period they come from. The museum will also showcase their new “Museum in a Box” programme where pupils interact with items from the collections, and learn about various topics at the same time. Pupils will be taught how to make a worm farm and the role earthworms play in our eco-system.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Community Conservation unit, responsible for environmental education and awareness, will also be exhibiting at the event. This unit aims to create awareness of endangered species and the importance of the preservation of the species and their habitats as well as the cultural and historical significance and the economic and other benefits of conserving the natural heritage. The Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) champions the health of the Msunduzi and uMngeni rivers. Duct has 32 river care teams working on alien weed eradication, solid waste removal and rehabilitation of riparian areas in the uMngeni catchment. Duct Howick supports the UMDM Mpophomeni Enviro-Champs, which includes a community education programme and street theatre sanitation drama. The Duct Education teams support
river health and cleaning and greening projects in the uMngeni Catchment. The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation is an independent non-profit group that seeks to reverse the dwindling spiral of the plant and animal kingdoms and our environment through education and action. With 23 branches internationally they bring practical and specific education to pupils. In addition to this they run
a number of projects that drive the preservation of natural areas to provide range land for wildlife. Working on Fire in KwaZulu-Natal, a Department of Environmental Affairs-funded programme aimed at implementing integrated fire management in South Africa, promotes saving lives, protecting the environment and restoring dignity. It educates the community about how to stay safe during fire season and why it is important to protect the environment. They also provide volunteer services at the festival assisting with the smooth running of the festival over the two days. The festival is on 20 and 21 April. Registration closes on 28 February. Bookings are filling up quickly, schools are urged to register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the registration form. — Supplied.
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FEVER Cape Town guitarist to perform in PMB POPULAR Cape Town-based guitarist James Grace will be performing in two Music Revival concerts in Pietermaritzburg. Grace, who recently performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Kirstenbosch to more than 7 000 people, will join forces with Christopher Duigan for the recitals at the Tatham Art Gallery at 3 pm on 19 February and Casa Mexicana at 35 Montgomery Road on 21 February. The programme will include duo arrangements and improvisations on classic melodies and jazz standards. Fans can expect to hear Fields of Gold, Tico Tico and Duigan’s composition Indigo. Tickets for Tatham Art Gallery’s concert are R80. Booking is preferred. E-mail email@example.com or SMS or WhatsApp Music Revival at 083 417 4473. Secure parking is available on Chief Albert Luthuli Street. Café Tatham will be open for lunch — booking is essential at 033 342 8327. Tickets for the concert at Casa Mexicana are R150, including wine and refreshments from 7 pm. Booking is essential via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS and WhatsApp at 083 417 4473. For more about the Music Revival concert series go to http://www.musicrevival.co.za. — Supplied.
Maritzburg Philatelic So ciety Exhibit This awardwinning display, comprising stamps, post cards, commemorative envelopes and other memorabilia, celebrates the changing philately of Pietermaritzburg. This city has been the capital of the Republic of Natalia (1836 1844), the Colony of Natal (18441910), the Province of Natal (19101994), and is now that of KwaZulu Natal. It spans the period from the arrival of the Voortrekkers to the present, and includes street and place names, early transport, and educa tional institutions. Also featured are regular events such as the Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Race, Royal Agricultural Show, and aspects such as Victorian architecture, pla ces of worship, Maritzburg United Football Club, the Natal Carbineers and pro vincial Nature Conservation, the Zulu War of 1879, and the two world wars. Dr Mike O’Connor, wellknown genealogist with expert knowledge about our city, will present a series of talks. The exhibition takes place until Saturday 25 February. For more information or to book phone Kobie on 033 3922 819 or email Kobie.venter@ msunduzi.gov.za
Uys comes to PMB
PIETER-DIRK Uys takes over Pietermaritzburg next week with a stint of two shows at the Hexagon Theatre. The Echo of a Noise runs from 21 February to 25 February. Uys will transform into his alter-ego in An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout on Thursday, 23 February. All shows start at 7.30pm. Uys presents The Echo of a Noise, a one-man memoir in which the satirist talks about his private and public life, leading the audience into his inner sanctuary with stories that can evoke surprise, laughter and tears. The second show, An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout , will be for one night only. Bezuidenhout will focus on the need to move from the fearful negative that has infected society to optimistic hope and excitement for a successful future for all. Spend time with the most famous white woman in South Africa, a legend in her own lunchtime thanks to her cooking, an icon who can confront any aikhona and share with her the optimism and fearlessness that has made her one of the most respected voices in our wilderness of free speech. - Supplied.
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PieterDirk Uys will be performing at the Hexagon Theatre next week.
What’s on in PMB Ovarian cancer talk and tea An ovarian cancer talk and tea will take place on Saturday, 25 February at 9am at Msunduzi Hospice Conference Centre at 200 Zwartkop Road. Guest speaker will be Dr Hasinah Asmal from Hopelands Cancer Centre. The cost is R50 per person. All pro ceeds will go to Msunduzi Hos pice.
‘Green Man Flashing’ The Hexagon Theatre stages Mike Van Graan’s Green Man Flashing until Thursday, 16 February at 7pm. Trump is president and DlaminiZuma may be South Africa’s first female head of state. Politics have never been so frightfully exciting. Van Graan’s Green Man Flashing takes us back over a decade into the terrain of South Africa’s political history and yet it asks much of the same questions persist ent in present day conversation. Moira Filmer, Sabelo Cele, Sibusiso Nzama, Louise Buchler and Fran cis Menningke are a formidable cast, seducing us into courting the complicated psyche of transform ing South Africa. Ultimately, the play beckons us to search, even in the most impossible of times, to find traces of South Africa’s rainbow. Email email@example.com for tickets.
Alleyn Diesel Throughout the year various lectures and talks take place in the gallery’s lecture theatre. A regular feature has been Dr Alleyn Diesel’s illustrated talks on the first Saturday of every month, which con tinue in 2017. The funds generated through these talks are used to buy handmade craft for the gallery shop. Diesel has selected the following interesting topics for the next two talks 4 March: Sacred Cit ies of the World and 1 April: Pilgrimages. Each talk will take place in the lecture theatre in the Tatham Art Gallery and will last approximately one hour. Cost is R30 per person per talk, and booking is es sential. To book phone Reena on 033 392 2823 or email reena.bhoodram@msun duzi.gov.za or phone or the gallery shop on 033 392 2828. Safe parking will be available in the Legislature grounds.
Philatelic Exhibition Saturdays 18 and 25 February at 11am, Dr Mike O’Connor will talk on the city’s historic buildings referencing the Philatelic Ex hibition on show in the Lorna Ferguson Room from 14 May.
Linpark High School reunion This reunion is open to all who attended Linpark High School in the 80s and 90s. It also marks the 20year reunion of the class of 1997 and the 30year reunion of the class of 1987. Partners are wel come. The event will take place on 25 February at The Club House in Ashburton from 4pm. Entry is R60. Drink and food available all night long. Music supplied to take you on journey of the 80s and 90s. Theme: 80s/90s dressup or come as you are. Accommodation available close to venue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Weekly yoga classes YOGA classes for women take place on Wednesdays at 9am with a qualified instructor. Guided meditation is at 10am on Wednesdays. Music classes on Wednesdays at 6pm. Phone 079 880 3924, 083 262 4926 or 083 578 8020 for more information.
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Maritzburg Phila telic Society Ex hibit This awardwinning display, comprising stamps, postcards, commemorative en velopes and other memorabilia, cele brates the changing philately of Pieterma ritzburg. This city has been the capital of the Republic of Natalia (1836 1844), the Colony of Natal (1844 1910), the Province of Natal (1910 1994), and is now that of KwaZuluNa tal. It spans the period from the arrival of the Voortrekkers to the present, and includes street and place names, early trans port, and educational insti tutions. Also featured are regular events such as the Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Race, Royal Agricul tural Show, and aspects such as Victorian architec ture, places of worship, Maritzburg United Football Club, the Natal Carbineers and provincial Nature Con servation, the Zulu War of 1879, and the two world wars. Dr Mike O’Connor, wellknown genealogist with expert knowledge about our city, will present a series of talks. The exhi bition takes place until Sat urday 25 February. For more information or to book phone Kobie on 033 3922 819 or email Ko bie.venter@msundu zi.gov.za
Valentine’s Ball THE KZN Blind and Deaf Society will be hosting a postValentine’s Ball on 17 February at the PMB Rehab Centre (corner of New holmes Road and Olympia Way, Northdale). Tickets cost R50 per person. For more information phone 033 397 9720.
Paraphernalia of Suffering Paraphernalia of Suffering will be taking part in this year’s Hexagon MiniFest at the Hexagon Theatre in PMB on 17 February at 8.30pm. This will be the local pre view performance of the work before it travels to Dance Umbrella in JHB where it will be part of their Young Artists Programme on 5 March. Email hexa firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
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HE annual Welcome to Key function will take place today, 15 February at the Key Pietermaritzburg dealership and staff and dealers are looking forward to meeting potential clients. Started 43 years ago, the Welcome to Key has always been a cornerstone of Key’s commitment to maintaining close relationships with all their customers. Every 90 days Key holds a “Welcome to Key” customer evening where we invite all customers
who purchased a car from that quarter to attend a celebration of these new relationships. The Welcome to Key evening has always enjoyed some success as it is not only a meet-and-greet for the full Pietermaritzburg team for new customers, but it also tries to have some fun built in from local entertainers to lucky draws, and of course, the great food and refreshments. Also involved in the evening are presentations on new products that we have, giving an idea to our
new customers what product to purchase next. Key encourages its recent customers to attend this great introduction to the Key family, get to know all the various people and teams who will look after you and your transport needs and hopefully make a few friends in the process. This event is also a great networking opportunity for local business owners, who are already customers at Key, to come through and meet others. - Supplied.
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How safe are older drivers really? HENRY SPENCER
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HERE can be no hard and fast rule as to when seniors should move over to the passenger seat. The majority could continue driving happily and safely forever, while others (dependent on their health), may experience problems earlier. The TV presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, once said: “ … pensioners are by far the worst drivers. They are spiteful, dithering, old, and in the way.” And Clarkson never even set foot in Howick.) Before sharpening the Zimmerframes, we need to acknowledge that many of us might need to start adding some adaptive techniques to our arsenal of driving skills. The man who turned right instead of left Lao Tzu once said: “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading,” and so it was for an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer who lived in Sandown, a Pinetown retirement village. He unwisely still drove and used to collect his wife each afternoon from her place of work in Westville — some eight kilometres away. One afternoon he turned right instead of left and ended up in Harrismith, 330km east of Westville.
At 6pm that evening his distraught wife received a phone call from a Harrismith shop owner, informing her there was an elderly man in the store, who appeared confused and didn’t seem to know why he was there, or even who he was. The song of an unhappy vehicle clutch On another occasion, while having my vehicle repaired, I was given a lift back to our village by the local motor mechanic, as he dropped me off, looking at a black VW Golf parked near our cottage, he asked … “Is that Lizzie’s car?” On being told that it was, he confided how they had repaired her vehicle’s clutch four times in the last three years (the sound of an over-revved and unco-ordinated clutch is a scream for help from a suffering and abused vehicle). With the advent of the baby-boomers, there are now countless seniors driving. International First World statistics show people over 80 are 250% more likely to die in an accident and have more accidents per kilometre than any other cohort, despite retired people tending to travel less. In the UK, insurance statistics show fatalities increase exponentially after
65. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also say that drivers over the age of 80 are more likely to cause a mishap, often being attributable to underlying health conditions and medication side-effects. Even a small bumper bashing could result in rib and sternum fractures from the seat belt due to the brittleness of the senior bones. How safe are ‘Seffrican’ seniors? The Arrive Alive organisation maintains that the elderly often compensate through their adaptive driving behaviour: • They tend to drive when roads are less busy. • They generally choose to drive during daytime and dry weather. • Experience enables them to anticipate problematic situations. • Their desire for excitement and sensation is usually less. • They generally drink-drive less and obey traffic rules more than their younger counterparts. It is important for seniors to adapt both their vehicles and their driving habits, but most importantly to recognise their limitations. - Supplied.
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Motoring events in KZN • 25 February — Team Alky’s Birthday Spin Bash in Scottsville. Entry is R60 for adults and R30 for children. There is strict security to ensure this will again be fun for all ages. • 19 March — the second KZN 4x4 Team Chal lenge will be hosted at Shakaskraal. Teams compete in four vehicles to win the best in
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Maritz’s Noah’s Ark artists Allandale Gert pupil’s exceptional achievements
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St Anne’s announces 2017 head prefects
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St Anne’s recently announced their head girls for 2017 Mbali Shongwe (left, head) and Felicity Noge (deputy head). PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Epworth School’s Abigail West was selected as deputy head girl of the KZN Midlands Youth Choir.
Displaying their Noah’s Ark illustrations are Grade 2 pupils at Gert Maritz (from left) Ashlin van Staden, Yikhokonke Mlangeni, Kuhle Dlamini and Mcebo Dladla.
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St Charles Senior Primary 2016 dux
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LLANDALE Primary School Grade 7 pupil, Thaufeeq Mohamed Patel, was awarded dux at the school’s recent prize giving. Thaufeeq received English, Afrikaans, mathematics, creative arts, natural science, EMS, social sciences and technology subject awards. He placed second in the country in the SAASTE Science Olympiad,
‘Knot’ for the faint hearted at Cordwalles
Recently Scottsville participated in the Dante Italian Quiz received placed another third. School and placed second in the Vatswa also completed the two Le recycled Thaufeeq plastic Meetsi Poster Competition at district Mile and the Cordwalles benches, Midmar and 20 recycled level. Mudman plastic planks from Triathlon Enviro his year and has He also received recognition for The beenprocess part of an Timbers. of initiative that involves his participation in soccer at circuit teaching visually impaired children making these recycled level and was named goalkeeper of items the basics plastic is that of swimming. the tournament. He was awarded He has also obtained his second Scottsville pupils recycle KZN development colours in karate badgeat ofschool, seven levels for archery plastic bottles and represented KZN at the South Af- are from South African Archery Aswhich then the collected rican National Karate Developsociation for the Feathers and Arby Central Waste, and ment Championship where hedelivered rows to programme. - Supplied. then Enviro Timbers before returning to our school as a bench or planks. With recycled items are (back, from left) Luke Wahl, Blessing Hlatshwayo, Samkelo Biyela and Milan Naidoo and (front, from left) Ha na Jeremiah, Jazmyn Mar ian and Rachel Carpenter.
Tharik Gurahoo was named the 2016 sen ior primary dux the St Charles College Senior Primary Recognition Ceremony.
The Cordwalles Preparatory School Environmental Class room is in full swing. Learning to tie knots are some of the Grade 6 boys (front, from left) Michael Sara, James Gil son and Luke Reynolds, and (back) Michael John van Selm).
St John’s DSG blazer honourees make history Never in the 119year history of St John’s DSG have so many girls in one grade qualified for Honours blazers. To achieve an Honours blazer, the girls must obtain an average aggregate of 85% over three terms or more and this year, 10 girls were awarded Honours blazers. ABOVE: The girls (back, from left) Kathryn Green, Kirsten Hay, Michelle Niebuhr, Simon Moore (principal), Leah Suchet, Bronwyn Muir, Aeron Grenfell, and (front, from left) Kelly Pearson, Justine Raw, Ilne du Toit and Rebecca Kiln.
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St John’s DSG Grade RR Eaglet, Alushe Nghaamwa, enjoys her time in the playground.
YouthForLions recently visited Michaelhouse to screen the awardwinning Blood Lions documentary. YouthForLions aims to create awareness about the captive breeding and canned hunting industry in South Africa. YouthForLions is made possible by support from Marching Animal Welfare Trust. Schools are welcome to request a screening of Blood Lions. Email Amy Webster on PHOTO: email@example.com for more information. At the show were (from left) SUPPLIED Shane Maartèns, Murray Judge, Amy Webster (YouthForLions campaign Academy driver), Emanuel Zuloumis and Tom Price. PreSchool Crèche and Aftercare held their graduation on 6 December. The gradu ates (from left) Amelia Singh, Arvish Dur gaparsad and Michayla Kalika, and (back) PHOTO: SUPPLIED Matric heads of the leadership programme at Russell High School teacher — from Mrs Jai Jai. Grade 8, each class appoints representatives to participate in the leadership
Cordwalles Preparatory School is proud of all the boys’ achievements. At the final speech and prize giving (back, left) Lance Veenstra (head master) and Graham Evans (chairman of the board)m, and (front, from left) Thomas Co nolly (All Round Sports man of the Year, The Libie van Heerden Tro phy), Xilombe Tlakula (guest speaker and Cordwalles Old Boy Class of 2011), Mark Laithwaite (Headmas ter’s Award for Leader ship), Mhleli Khuzwayo (John Fowler Good Fel lowship Award) and PHOTO: SUPPLIED Richard Karlson (dux). PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Hayfields Neighbourhood race a great success NONDUMISO ZAKWE ORGANISERS of the first Neighbourhood 10km race, presented by Abasubathu Athletic Club, hailed the event in Hayfields a great success. The annual event - sponsored by Spar - took place on Saturday, starting and finishing at Roy Hesketh Race Track. The event, which seeks to highlight the social ills of communities around the city, drew close to 1 600 runners who took part in Saturday’s 10km and five-kilometre fun run. Mdu Zondi won the men’s race, and Xoli Madida took the women’s title. Race director Sipho Mncube told The Witness that despite some challenges there were no major incidents. “The race was very well attended. We had a few hiccups, but nothing major. “The weather was not good so we had to delay the race by 15 minutes to make sure it was safe for everyone to run. “We’re happy with the attendance and how people responded to it. They enjoyed it and loved the atmosphere and support along the route. “As with any other running event, there is a possibility that something might go wrong, but we had our medical team on board all the time to take care of things and on the road as well. “We can’t wait for next [year] and hope this makes a huge statement and a difference for our communities,” he said. Results: Open men: 1. Mdu Zondi — Save Orion — 36:17 2. Phumlani Dlamini — Eskom A C — 36:40 3. Ntokozo Nchunu — SAPS — 42:19 Open women: 1. Xoli Madida — Natal Carb — 43:11 2. Hlobie Madida — New Harr — 45:12 3. Maritza Erasmus — Natal Carb — 48:18. - Supplied.
College, Saints T20 derby thriller
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Maritzburg College first XI cricket captain Scott Steenkamp and St Charles Col lege skipper Lawrence Lawlor at the City Oval in Alexandra Park.
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the delightful City Oval in Alexandra Park this Wednesday afternoon. It’s the Coca-Cola National Franchise T20 cricket competition KZN Inland region final between the Maritzburg College first XI and their St
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Charles College counterparts, and the 2.30pm start is set to launch a humdinger of a contest. “Yes, it’s going to be a thrilling battle between two evenly-matched sides and what makes it extra-special
is that not even the most knowledgeable schoolboy cricket fans can come up with an objective assessment of the outcome,” was Maritzburg College first XI coach Dave Pryke’s summing up of this much-anticipated clash. And there’s a massive carrot dangling in the wind for these talented outfits. “The prospect of representing KZN Inland schools at the KZN Dolphins Franchise final against KZN Coastal champions Glenwood at Kingsmead on Friday afternoon will obviously be in the back of the Saints’ boy’s minds but they appreciate only too well that their aspirations will only come true if they manage the Maritzburg College hurdle first,” was the opinion of the St Charles College first XI mentor Murray Cole-Edwardes when contacted by Maritzburg Fever on Tuesday. And the winners get to take on KZN Coastal region winners Glenwood at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday afternoon. The victors there advance to the National Franchise Finals at the University of Stellenbosch next month so there’s plenty to play for. Pryke agreed that the immediate business at hand was about the St Charles College challenge. “Look, Saints have a good side that is well balanced in all departments so the boys know they must bring their A-game to the Oval for the Saints test.” Cole-Edwardes and Pryke have established themselves in a very short time as canny cricket mentors and the battle of tactical wits between the two adds an additional flavour to this mouth-watering showcase of the cream of Pietermaritzburg schoolboy cricket talent. In captains Scott Steenkamp of the Maritzburg College first XI and his opposite number Lawrence Lawlor of St Charles College you have two intelligent skippers and quality cricketers in their own right while each team is also blessed with potential match-winners such as College fast bowler and explosive batsman Brad Sherwood and Saints paceman Brandon van Zyl, so it’s anyone’s game. Whoever turns up with their A-game come the 2.30pm start Wednesday will likely win this one.
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Classic lowwater race Former FNB Dusi win ner Mark Perrow will be paddling his 30th Dusi, partnering his daugh ter Alice on her first Dusi. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
N among the well over 1 000 paddlers who will start the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon at Camps Drift on 16 February are a handful of die-hard enthusiasts who have completed the race dozens of times and are itching to get stuck into what is likely to be a “classic Dusi challenge”. With the weather conditions and the effects of the harsh two-year drought set to define a tough, low-water race, many of the Dusi aficionados who are targeting their 30th and 40th medals say this is what they want from the country’s premier canoeing event. “We’ve been spoilt, there no doubt about that,” said four-time Dusi winner John Edmonds, who will be eyeing his 40 medal. “The essence of this race is to take it on as you find it, water or no water.” Whether racing hard for a top position or racing socially as many of the older paddlers do, the challenge of completing the 120 km, three-day classic remains the same for every participant. With the dams in the uMngeni catchment area severely depleted, there is no water release likely from Nagle or Inanda dams, and the race will be carried by the water coming out of the obsolete
Henley Dam outside Pietermaritzburg for the first two days. Add to that the encroachment of water hyacinth and the participants in this year’s race may well find themselves doing more running than usual on the Dusi. For master paddler Alan France, who is aiming for his 30th Dusi medal, this comes with the territory. “This is the Dusi! You never know what you are going to get, and the fun part is just having to deal with it. “When I think back to the Dusi in the eighties, one of us ran most of the way while the other paddled the double through the empty river!” he said. “Whether it is in flood or bitterly low, there is such a great vibe about this event that it is a ‘must-do’ in my eyes. “The race is more about the spirit and camaraderie than times and results,” said France, who will be paddling with longstanding partner Russell Solomon. Mark Perrow is another former winner of the race who is going for his 30th Dusi medal. Originally part of a strong Gauteng racing group, Perrow is now settled on the KZN North Coast and says the Dusi is in his blood. “I have done five with my father-inlaw, two with my wife and now I want
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