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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

Call Julie at 033 own 342 2042this year, challenges but as we enter 2015

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

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

Massive response  to  #BCMustFall  article

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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.

>> Many comments expressed residents’ concern about the  use of the cough mixture as a way for the young to get high NICOLE  JOHN >>


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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At their  Cansa  Awareness  Day  are  (from  left)  Nandipha  Ndlovu,  Akhona  Mkhize,  Aphiwe  Ngubeni,  Thobeka  Dludla,  Thuli  Mazibuko  and  Sinenhlanhla  Mncwabe.

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

class and pedigree in the women’s race, but the near-perfect conditions, unmarred by any serious incidents. Despite a big thunderstorm on Saturday night, the weather at the dam was stifling, and on the water a slight breeze wasn’t enough to deter the swimmers or change any gameplans.

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SHAUN and  Jennifer  Garnett  are  the  winners  of  the  Valen­ tine’s  Fever  with  Maritzburg        Fever  and  Solé  Salons  and  Spa  competition,  which  ran  on  Maritzburg  Fever’s  Face­ book  page.  The  couple  won  with  552  likes  on  their  photo.  They  win  a  King  and  Queen  of  Hearts  spa  treatment  val­ ued  at  R4 000  as  well  as  a  Spalicious  Scrub  and  Butter  set  valued  at  R300  from  Spalicious.

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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

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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

THE latest  abomination  against  animals  being  the  capture  and  skinning  of  donkeys,  adds  to      reports  of  dogs  being  farmed,  kept  in  cages  until  they  are      cruelly  slaughtered  often  by  live  skinning  or  having  their  fur  re­ moved  with  a  blow  torch  to  be  eaten,  and  even  a  dog­eating  festival  being  held,  bears  kept  in  small  cages  for  years  while  hav­ ing  their  bile  extracted  frequent­ ly,  sharks  being  caught,  having  their  fins  cut  off  and  released  back  in  the  sea  to  flounder  until  they  die,  rhinos  slaughtered  for  their  horns  and  many  endan­ gered  species  captured  for        medicinal  or  personal  satisfac­ tion,  etc. A  common  thread  in  this  is almost  all  of  it  is  carried  out  for  or  by  the  eastern  Asian  nations. Why  is  this? Please  someone  explain  the fixation  with  these  pointlessly  cruel  and  barbaric  practices. D.  BOULS Hayfields

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Community Chest  bids  farewell  to  director



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 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 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 or SMS and WhatsApp at 083 417 4473. For more about the Music Revival concert series go to — 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@

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.

Win tickets Maritzburg  Fever  will  be  giving  away tickets  to  The  Echo  of  a  Noise  on  the  opening  night.  Visit  the  Maritzburg  Fever  Facebook  page  for  more  details,  and  to  enter  the  competition.


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  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  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  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

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  for  tickets.

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Invitation to  ‘WELCOME  TO  KEY’  function  today T

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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15 February  2017





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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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. 

Recycling with  Scottsville  School  pupils

St Charles  Senior  Primary  2016  dux 




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.

Playground fun  at  St  John’s  DSG 

YouthForLions visit  Michaelhouse


Academy young  ones  graduate


Cordwalles Prep’s  achievers 

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:  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

Russell High  2017  leadership  heads


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 


Maritzburg College  first  XI  cricket  captain  Scott  Steenkamp  and  St  Charles  Col­ lege  skipper  Lawrence  Lawlor  at  the  City  Oval  in  Alexandra  Park. 


HE cooler boxes have already been stocked with ice-cold cans of orange juice, the deckchairs are in the boot as all journeys head to

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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>> ‘It’s going to be a thrilling battle between two evenly­matched sides’


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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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Twelve school  teams  across  the  province  recently  took  part  in  the  annual  KwaZulu­Natal  Inter­Schools  Smythe  Tennis  Tournament  at  Kershaw  Park.  The  tournament  first  began  in  1934  and  has  received  continued  support  over  the  years.  The  play­off  pools  proved  to  be  extremely  tough  with  a  number  of  matches  going  into  tie  breaker  sets.  It  was  Megan  McDonald  and  Sophie  McDonald  from  St  Anne’s,  who  were  the  deserved  winners  of  the  Natal  Girls’  Schools  Doubles  Championship  for  2017.  The  winners  of  the  tournament  are  (from  left)  Durban  Girl’s  College’s  Caitlin  Lloyd  and  Paige  Wise  (B  Section),  St  Anne’s  Megan  McDonald  and  Sophie  McDonald  (A  Section)  with  Howick’s  Kelly  Kendall  and  Wendy  Nzimande  (C  Section). 

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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

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