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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
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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Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World at the weekend and now features in a long list of remarka ble women who continue to make a difference to the countries they live in and the world. South Africans also took time through out the year to remember Nelson Mandela and do their bit to fulfill his legacy. It’s been a year since his death and many ques tioned the stability and patriotism of South Afri cans. The good news is, it seems as if communities are now more united than ever. Many believe his spirit still lives on calling it a sprinkling of ‘Madiba magic’. Clearly South Africans will continue to make great strides despite the negative news that some times comes to the fore. The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic cli ents and readers a wonderfully happy festive sea son and here’s to welcoming 2015 in style.
continues to destroy some of our communities. However, the one thing that continues to stand undefeated is the spirit of the Upper Highway community. Through the difficult times, our readers have once again proven that we are, without a doubt, among the most resilient and strong-willed. We have weathered all the storms that came our way and have demonstrated that we can be a community to be proud of - from our disabled horse rider achieving his goals to a local woman beating breast cancer and becoming an inspiration to others - our community stands together proud! We are confident that 2015 will be better than ever. We, at The Hillcrest Fever, have faced our
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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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own challenges this year, but as we enter 2015 we renew our pledge to you to do our very best to continue to be the most accurate, fair and balanced source of news, opinion, features, sports and entertainment in the Upper Highway Area. We will continue to be open and honest with our readers and we assure you that the new year will be one never to be forgotten. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones this year and those experiencing difficulties of all types this holiday season. We extend sincere and warm wishes to our Hillcrest Fever family for a safe and peaceful festive season, and a happy and prosperous 2015. Kalisha Naicker Senior Journalist Hillcrest Fever
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Head Girl of St Benedict School, Jaylene Govender, shares the love with Grade 1 pupils (from left) Eben Coetser, Khanyisile Mdluli and Xavier Naicker and wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day
ATER interruption in the western inner and outer regions has been a frustrating for residents, churches, schools and businesses. According to a KwaNdengezi resident Nomusa Dlangamandla the water problem has been going on since last year. “The municipality does not care about us. We have had this problem since last year. “We had no water on Christmas Day as well. How can we live without water? Sometimes the water tankers don’t come to our area. The department must do something about this.” Lyndhurst Primary School acting principal Bruce Whillier said the school was affected by the water shortage recently. “On Friday 20 January there was no water and as a result I contacted our circuit manager, Mrs Sikosana, who told me to close the school for the day. “Our security guard, Mr Mnikathi, was in contact with me to inform me of the outage. I also contacted our school governing body chairlady to inform her of the outage. All the staff turned up and as parents arrived [to drop their children off] we informed them that there was no water and they took their children home again. “We contacted the parents via an SMS system we have at school so many got the message that the school was closed,” said Whillier. “Since then, however, the school has had no further outages and is carrying on as normal. At the moment the water is flowing so the school is operating as normal. “Although I do not live in New Germany some of our teachers do. They complained they have had a few problems with water for some time.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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DoE’s sanitary pad initiative praised THE nonprofit distributors of reusable sanitary pads, Project Dignity, has heaped praise on the KwaZuluNatal Department of Education for the launch of its recent initiative that provides sanitary pads to thousands of highschool pupils. In a circular distributed by the depart ment, the project is outlined whereby Grade 4 to Grade 12 pupils in 2 992 schools throughout the province will receive packs of sanitary pads. Pupils in impoverished areas will receive a new pack of sanitary pads every month. The initiative seeks to reduce the drop out rate of girl learners caused by missing out on school, due to not being able to af ford sanitary pads. Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and Project Dignity, congratulated the Department of Basic Education on this forwardthinking project. “It is so heartening to learn that the provincial Department of Education has identified this lifechanging need of so many South African pupils,” said Barnes. “We applaud them for embarking on this bold initiative. We hope the next step will be to invest in reusable sanitary pads which will prove more costeffective, free ing up the Department of Education to channel funds into other priority areas.” In 2012 Barnes established Subz Pants and Pads, a reusable sanitary pad which attaches to a speciallydesigned cotton panty. The product is completely environ mentally friendly, easy to use and can be reused after washing for up to five years, depending on product care. Through Project Dignity, in collabora
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tion with corporates, thousands of packs of Subz Pants and Pads have been distrib uted to schools across the country in an effort to prevent school absenteeism. One particular organisation, The Sibaya Trust, has partnered with Project Dignity, sponsoring some 7 500 Subz Pants and Pads packs to pupils over the past three years. “Many young women are forced to miss school for a week every month be cause of a lack of proper sanitary prod ucts,” explained Barnes. “There are often insufficient funds in the home for the purchase of what is con sidered a ‘cosmetic’ product. The absence at school accumulates, the pupils fall be hind, resulting in an increase in failure rates. This gives them very little chance of improving their current situation.” For more information or to get in volved, visit www.subzpads.co.za Supplied.
KUZAMENI Crisis Centre was established in 1998 by a Clermont resident, Joyce Mathoni Mchunu. At the time she worked at KwaDabeka Clinic and came across many abused women, some of whom had been raped. “We used to give them information on what to do when one has been abused and we gave them blankets and counselling. Seeing these women broke my heart and I wondered what I could do to help them. “I then spoke to one of the nurses at the clinic and told her I wanted to open a crisis centre. The nurse advised me to speak to the councillor, the late John Mchunu.” Mchunu was stationed at the KwaDabeka police station to help abused women, orphans and vulnerable children. “I recruited four volunteers. It was hard at the time because I was still employed at the clinic and I had to monitor the volunteers in my lunch time. “The Victim Empowerment Task Team from the Department of Social Development kept visiting me and wanted me to resign and be trained at the University of Natal in community development programme - this was in 1999. “We used to have a crisis centre in Hillcrest, but criminals broke into the centre and took everything, the value of which was R100 000. “At the crisis centre we had perma-
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Ekuzameni founder Joyce Mathoni Mchunu (left) and Luyanda Nonkeneza. nent staff who were paid by the Department of Social Development, however, it hasn’t been a pleasure working with them because they still have not paid the staff since August last year.” After Mchunu received her certificate in community development she said she was more informed on how to run the organisation. “I started to do my own fund-raising for the organisation. In 2005 we had to move to Sibusisiwe Organisation in Clermont because we couldn't use the office at the Clinic therefore we had to find premises. “It was tough because we worked in one room where we attended to victims, counselled them and did office work. “In 2006 Community Care Centre, now called Jump Start, donated a plot of land to us and built a centre - the Ek-
uzameni Crisis Centre for us near the Sibusisiwe Organisation in Clermont.” The centre helps abused women, orphans and vulnerable children. It runs a feeding scheme from Monday to Friday and helps HIV and Aids victims and has various support groups. “When we have funds we teach life skills to primary and high-school pupils. In 2005 the National Development Agency gave us a funding that enables us to teach life skills at 17 schools and at that time we identified many rape victims. “Our biggest challenge now is funding. We haven’t received funds from the National Lottery for two years and this has resulted in a backlog caused a backlog in terms of funds and the organisation expenses.” For more information, contact 072 796 4628.
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Water shortage affects western region eThekwini Municipality communication officer Tozi Mthethwa said the drought has resulted in the level of Albert Falls Dam dropping to 26.1% since 20 January. A proactive decision was taken by
the Department of Water and Sanitation to impose restrictions to the greater Umgeni River system by 15%, which has not been achieved for domestic, industrial, commercial consumers and 50% for farming and irrigation
Affected reservoirs and areas: • Mt Moriah Reservoir Pinetown CBD, New Germany Industrial, Parts of West mead, Ashley, Sarnia, Paradise Valley • KwaNdengezi Reservoir Kwandengezi and Coffee Farm • Tshelimnyama 3 Reservoir Tshelimnyama, KwaNdengezi, Dassenhoek, Kwalinda, Emansenseni and Stockville • Tshelimnyama 2 Reservoir – Tshelimnyama • Tshelimnyama 1 Reservoir Tshelimnyama, Mpola, Thornwood, Marian Park, Pine View, Mariannridge, Nagina, Birchwood Park and Madiba valley • Intake Reservoir Klaarwater, Luganda, Intake, Khoselini and Welewele • Birch Road Reservoir Mariannridge Industrial Park and Nirvana Hills
with effect from December 2015. “The municipality warns people to refrain from using the sprinklers, the hosepipes, filling their swimming pools, washing vehicles using hosepipes, etc, during this dire drought situation. The city will deal with illegal connections, high consumption and illegal car washes. Penalties will be imposed
on those who do not adhere to the restrictions imposed. “We urge the public to report all leaks, illegal use of water and bursts on the following platforms,” said Mthethwa. For more information contact the customer care line on 080 13 13 013 or WhatsApp the fault report line on 073 148 3477.
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• Washington Heights Reservoir Umshinini, St Wendolins Ridge, Phumuphele and Savannah Park • Berkshire Downs Reservoir – Clermont • KwaDabeka 1 Reservoir KwaDabeka and Wyebank kwaDabeka Clinic, KK hostel and Old age home • KwaDabeka 2 Reservoir – KwaDabeka • KwaDabeka 3 Reservoir – KwaDabeka • Wyebank Reservoir Wyebank, Molweni, Fannin Road, New Germany, Motalabad and KwaDabeka • Methven and Mountain Ridge – Westville • Club House and Hocking Place Westmead
Unorthodox ‘healing’ shunned KALISHA NAICKER and NOSIPHO MKHIZE
ROM spraying Doom on the congregation, to making them drink petrol and Dettol, many pastors are following the latest trend of unorthodox “healing” practices. The recent trend was reported by eNCA South Africa stating that a so-called pastor from Pretoria is feeding his congregants with water laced Rattex, a poison used to kill rats and mice. There was an outcry in the community when social media circulated images of these pastors spraying people with Doom or pouring disinfectant down their throat. Preachers and Christians want these “false pastors” to stop this practice. Pastor D. Paul said that such healing is uncalled for in the Christian faith. “These false prophets and pastors are preying on the innocent and gullible. “It baffles me why they are resorting to such tactics. Drinking Dettol and petrol could fatally harm a person. To go to such an extreme in the name of God is wrong. “This needs to stop immediately and people should also not believe everything they are told. Read the Bible,
read God’s word and pray. Nothing is an easy fix,” he added. Pinetown resident Nomvula Dlamini, also a Christian said: “These fake pastors are taking this too far. It all started with that pastor in Johannesburg that made his followers eat grass, then it went on to drinking petrol, Dettol, and eating snakes. “Nowhere in the Bible does it say that people must be healed with disinfectants, I mean which sane person would allow another human being to spray them with Doom in order for them to be healed. “But then again the book of Revelations states that there will come a time where people will be fooled by fake pastors and the world will be filled with incurable diseases. “I think now we are living in those times.” KwaDabeka resident Sibusiso Goba said: “This is just madness, I also think that the people who follow these pastors are crazier than the pastors themselves. From what I know prayer heals and some religions use pure water when they pray over water and let the sick person drink it, not Dettol or petrol. “I don’t know where these pastors get these ideas from, but one day someone's going to die and they will be
The image that was circulated on social media of a pastor making one of his congregants drink Dettol. held accountable.” Nosiphiwe Jozi from Clermont said: “The government should look into this, why are these pastors still operating? Why are they not in jail? “If police conduct a proper investi-
Uncle and father sentenced for rape THE Pinetown Regional court recently convicted and sentenced a 21-year-old uncle to 21 years imprisonment last week for raping his six-yearold niece. On 27 May 2016, the victim was at her home in Hammarsdale sleeping when her uncle came to her room, undressed and raped her. After he was finished he instructed the victim not to inform anyone and promised to buy her sweets. When the victim was bathing her mother noticed that she was bleeding and took her to the clinic where it was confirmed that she was repeatedly raped. The matter was reported to Hammarsdale SAPS and the docket was transferred to Pinetown FCS for further investigation. The accused was arrested and made several court appearances before he was convicted and sentenced. In another separate incident a father was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Pinetown Regional Court for raping his 19-year-old daughter. On 11 June 2014, at about 6pm, the victim went to meet with her father who was going to take her to his place of residence as she wanted to visit him. They then proceeded to KwaNyuswa where he resides,
on their arrival in the house her father turned on her wanted to have sex with her. When she refused he forced himself on her and repeatedly rape her. She informed her grandmother and a case was opened at Hillcrest police station. The docket was transferred to Pinetown FCS for further investigation and the accused was then arrested for rape. He made several court appearances the Pinetown Regional Court convicted until he was convicted. The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the Pinetown FCS for dedication shown during investigation which took only nine months to finalise the case. “We hope the sentence will send a strong message to other criminals who abuse children and women instead of protecting them,” he said. - Supplied.
gation on them they might find they don’t even have a certificate to be a pastor. “Rumours have it that most of these pastors are devil worshipers and they are here to mislead God’s followers.
“People must be careful, they must not be fooled by these fake pastors.” To have your say on the story and pastors who practice unorthodox healing, email nosipho.mkhize@me dia 24.com
Released suspect rearrested A HOUSEBREAKING suspect (22), who had been re leased with a warning by Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 19 January was recently rearrested by Pine town police after being caught breaking into a house in Ashley, Pinetown. The suspect was caught by the owner who alerted the neighbours. The Ashley Neighbourhood Watch chased and arrested him and handed him to the police.
The suspect was released by Pinetown Magistrate’s Court facing five cases of housebreakings at Sydenham. He was also wanted by Westville SAPS for similar housebreaking cases. The suspect had been terrorising Westville, Pinetown and Sydenham breaking into homes. He will be appearing at the Pinetown Magis trate’s Court soon for housebreaking and he will be linked to other cases. Supplied.
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HAT is the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning? For most people, it is to check their phones. Some may argue that it is just to check the time or date — big difference. Are you aware that your beloved smart phone has replaced your camera, alarm clock and calendar? If one is not careful, you’ll become an addict and your phone will replace many other aspects of your life. Apparently also 70% of drivers use their smart phones while on the road worldwide. Before I started driving, I used to think using a phone while driving looked so cool. I could not wait to learn how to drive and try it out. I remember before I started driving I was involved in a minor car accident because the person who was driving was texting while driving. At the time I did not see anything wrong about it.
Apartheid by another name? READING about the Preferential Procurement regulations makes one feel like we are going back into the apartheid era. When you prefer one race over the next or exclude a race, surely this is exactly what we are trying to get away from? Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Our people will not be relegated to beggars, bystanders and onlookers to the economy.” I surmise that he is not referring to all South Africans but to black people, more to the point, Africans. Awarding tenders to blackowned small enterprises will enrich the already wealthy as many have political connections and backers who are gifted with tenders. It is the upperand middle-class black folk who are making easy money, just like many whites did during apartheid, with strong connections and little competition. We as the taxpayer get less bang for our taxes and generally get worse services or products at inflated prices. This equates to less money in the coffers, money that could be spent on training, development and education. It is in these areas that the poor and forgotten will be given the lifeline they are crying out for and that the ANC is too blind to see. LESTER DAY
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Put your phone down The reaction of the person we had rear-ended was what changed my mind about using the phone while driving. He was fuming because he had seen that the elderly gentleman who I was driving with was on his phone when he rear-ended his car. He was on the verge of physically assaulting him on the street, but other motorists intervened and calmed him down. I realised that as much as people casually do this, it is extremely distracting and equally dangerous. Cellphones can be highly distracting. No doubt the smart phone is one of the most wonderful technologies invented. It has helped us immensely to stay in touch effortlessly with our friends, families and colleagues. Although are we constantly told about its harm and dangers. I have a few friends who are constantly on their phones. They can never get their thumbs and eyes off the screens of their phones. It is quite irri-
tating and annoying to try to have a decent conversation with people who are only paying attention to their phone. One second they are listening, but once their phones peep or vibrate, they’re gone. You can carry on talking but their attention is long gone, you’ll be lucky to get an “mmh” or a “what?” from them. The smart phone has become a very divisive thing. I personally get offended when I text and don’t get an instant reply from such people considering that they are glued to their cellphones. How many social gatherings have you attended where people just opt to take out their cellphones instead of greeting and making friends? Scientists have warned that we are no longer masters of our phones but we have become slaves to them and involuntarily respond to their every peep and vibration. Apparently our obsessive phone-checking behaviour is affecting our brains. It destroys our
physical and social relationships, and stops us concentrating on anything. This fomo — fear of missing out — turns some of us into petty criminals as we go around stealing other people’s phone chargers just to stay connected. Many of us cannot bear the thought of being separated from our smart phones even for a few minutes; some people even sleep with them under their pillows constantly gazing at them whenever they wake up during the night. Some go as far as taking their phones into the bathroom with them. Smart phones and the Internet are the climax of modern information technology and are immensely useful, but they are beginning to get me down as well. I feel quite lost without my smart phone, but at the same time increasingly irritated by other people’s addiction to theirs. I also feel overwhelmed by e-mails. I don’t get many that matter much, but
so many that don’t that it can take hours sorting them out, deleting them or filing them away in mailboxes. The urge of checking every peep on your phone is so intense that people cannot help checking their phones while driving, walking or crossing at the traffic light. All of these can be extremely dangerous and can and have resulted in tragic incidents where people have lost their lives but still people continue to risk checking their phones in any situation. I just urge people to transform with modern times but also bear in mind that they have to be above technology and not allow technology to control them. Be in touch online but also connect with people around you as those are the more authentic relationships we build. Phones are only as distracting as you allow them to be. • Nompilo Kunene is a reporter at The Witness.
The job of watching womenowned businesses blossom MARGARET HIRSCH WHEN I won the BWASA Businesswoman of the Year (entrepreneur) South Africa in 2012 it was fantastic, both for me and for Hirsch’s. It put us in the spotlight, it was wonderful. At the time I thought: isn’t it strange that when you need help there is no one to give it to you. However, when you have made it, everybody wants to help you. This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an organisation for women who are starting their businesses, and this is how my Women In Business Networking events – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year competition evolved. We have ladies who are starting out in business or have small businesses they want to grow and sometimes don’t know how to go about it. A lot of the ladies are still in corporate, but want to start their own
This led me to coming up with the idea of starting an or ganisation for women who are starting their businesses, and this is how my Women In Business Networking events – and the Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year competition evolved. businesses, but don’t know how to go about it. The ladies networking events are held on the second Thursday of every month in all Hirsch branches. As well as established business women, we also welcome women who have ideas of what they want to do. It has been like being presented with a test tube - adding sperm to the egg, and watching it grow. We take those little embryos of businesses and we help to grow them. We introduce women to people who can help them. We point them in the right direc-
tion and help them get everything going for them. As soon as the embryo is ready to be born, we take the business woman to the Standard Bank incubator with Jayshree Naidoo and Melanie Hawken from Lionesses of Africa and they incubate the business until it can stand on its own two feet. From there they go to Standard Bank to accelerate where they help the business get up and running. This is how it actually works. Together we have birthed the most amazing businesses across the board from interior decorators to
cookery schools, to music sales, to accountants, to lawyers, etc. If you have an idea for a business, if you want to start a business, if you have just started a business, come and join our ladies club. Send me your email address, I will make sure that you get updated emails of what’s happening. We have a guest speaker who has something aligned to what you do, mostly something to grow you as a person because we found that as you grow so your business grows. At Hirsch’s we are committed to starting young entrepreneurial businesses in this country because I believe that if we have enough good, strong entrepreneurs in this country we can take them and help them grown - from strength to strength. We live in a country of wealth and abundance and it’s up to us to utilise everything we have at our disposal before others do.
Hindu Dharma Sabha supports Hate Speech Bill THE South African Hindu Dharma Sabha last week made a high level submission to the national Department of Justice and Constitutional Development regarding the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill 2016. Racial and religious hate crimes and hate speech have become rampant recently hurting many people and harming our new democracy. If the Sabha has its way and the Bill is signed into law perhaps this year anyone using “slanderous, disrespectful, abusive or insulting” words against a person or persons
belonging to another religious group may be fined and/or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding three years (as a first conviction) and 10 years (for any subsequent conviction). No one may “stir up violence against, trample upon sensitivities, undermine, make wrongful assertions constituted by untruths, distortions and concoctions, or bring into contempt, denigration or ridicule, any person or group of persons”. Furthermore, no one may “subject any person or group of persons to unfair discrimination and overt
or covert suppression in the quest for domination”. The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha quoted as a legal precedent the charging with crimen injuria of a Christian person Johannes David Kriel by the ruling party, the ANC as well as the official opposition party, the DA. On Diwali night last year in a rant on Facebook, Kriel wrongfully labelled Hindus as “idol worshippers” and “devil disciples”. Kriel pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. It is imperative that the Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate
Speech Bill 2016 focusing on religious and racial hate crime and hate speech is passed as soon as possible in the best interests of South Africans of all religious and racial groups. The Bill will sterlingly enhance inter-religious harmony, inter-racial goodwill, tolerance, unity in diversity, peaceful co-existence, social cohesion, nation building and human solidarity. There will be peace, progress and prosperity in our beloved country South Africa. Ram Maharaj – South African Hindu Dharma Sabha president
in politics is officially a thing of the past and the next four years are bound to be very interesting, if nothing else. Trump put aside a life of luxury and his billions to travel to each state, make
his case and do the hard yards. Remember, our very own country voted in a man far worse, so why the shock? Have no sympathy for the U.S. (ce-
lebrities seriously need to stop their futile protesting) — the process was fair and you get exactly the government that you ask for MALUSI MAGWAZA
You get the government you vote for INCUMBENT U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be getting more criticism than congratulatory messages. Kindly allow me to wish the big man everything of the best.
He went after the biggest job in the world and was successful. Who are we to hate him for that? He won fair and square, and is here to stay, so get used to it. At the very least, the “bore” factor
Cast aims to end food insecurity >> The organisation is planning to use the ‘poverty stoplight survey’
Warrant pinetown officer FEVER remembered on Police Day 14 February 2017
Cast assists the poor via its food parcel programme.
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email@example.com PINETOWN police station held a Station Commemoration Day for the late warrant officer, Norman John, in line with the Na tional Police Day, which is celebrated throughout the world on 27 January. The day was filled with heartache and sorrow as officers remembered the day when Warrant Officer John died. He was killed when a suspect, Siyabonga Mdunge, went on a shooting spree on Saturday 13 October, 2014 at the Pinetown SAPS holding cells. The memorial was attended by the John family, stakeholders, the Cluster commander Brigadier Mgobozi, Pinetown Station Commander Brigadier Mhlongo, the Pinetown CPF, Pinetown neighbour hood watches the Pinetown community.
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Brigadier Mgobozi said: “Police officers are there to ensure that the community lives in a safe environment. “Police officers risk their lives when on duty. Community members must work with police officers in order for everyone to live in a safe environment.” Pinetown Neighborhood Watch spokesperson Andreas Mathies described John as being positive and productive. “Mr John sacrificed his life and gave his best at work. He was positive and produc tive. He played a big role and was loved by his colleagues.” According to the SAPS website, Na tional Police Day began on 27 January, 1995 when the SAPS Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995) was promulgated. On 27 January, 2005 the SAPS cele brated its 10th anniversary as a service to the SA democracy and since then Nation al Police Day has been celebrated. National Police Days are also celebrat ed in Russia, the U.S., Singapore, England, Wales and Australia, annually giving recognition to the services rendered by their respective policing agencies.
Pinetown Station Commander Brigadier Mhlongo speaks at the event.
HE Church Alliance for Social Transformation (Cast) Hearts to Hands food parcels programme helps 300 families in five communities in KwaZulu-Natal. Cast spokesperson Laura MbuguaMwaura said: “This year Cast’s aim for
the Hearts to Hands programme is to end food insecurity in every community we partner in. “Our goal is that each household will have access to enough of the right kind of food to ensure healthy lifestyles. “To achieve this Cast is planning to use the ‘poverty stoplight survey’ to assess both current food parcel recipi-
ents and other families living in the communities where Cast works. “The aim of this survey is to help families develop a personal strategy to lift themselves out of poverty.” Cast's relief services are intended as a first step towards empowering these households and it is the organisation’s aim to only have them on the food parcel programme for one year. “This is made possible by offering a holistic solution within Cast where families can be supported by the local church through other Cast programmes such as sport and youth development, education and children’s development and business development. “In addition trained facilitators, volunteers and mentors walk alongside families on their journey, making sure they achieve their goals.” Cast’s intention is to help churches in poor communities to find ways to bring the gospel and social transformation to people in their neighbourhood. “The key to this process is developing solutions together and helping to resource and develop the projects in the long term. This means we are creating a family of churches that work together to support each other in our effort to transform poor and dark communities into happy, healthy neighbourhoods, where God is worshiped and honoured.” To get involved, email Sandy Reid firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 071 267 1716.
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sections in Pinetown. Main Spar at Sandy Centre caters for a range of people, from the general grocery shopper to the person on the go who pops in to grab a quick lunch. Main Spar at Sandy Centre boasts a fresh produce department offering combo specials, a fullyfledged butchery and gro
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Municipality launches first solar energy project
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The city’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the uShaka Marine World Theme Park. IN line with eThekwini Municipality’s commit ment to reduce its carbon footprint and use natural energy to produce electricity, the re cently City launched its Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the Ushaka Marine World Theme Park. The project has seen the installation of So lar PV panels on five municipal buildings as a pilot project that aims to promote the use of embedded rooftop solar PV generation in eThekwini and reduce the dependence on the national energy grid. The project also serves as an example for the private sector and other municipalities to learn from. eThekwini Municipality, as a leader in cli mate change mitigation and adaptation pro jects, launched the project to also provide op portunities for learning about PV installations. The project will allow for learning around various aspects such as electricity generation profiles at different times of the day and year of the various technologies and sizes, quality control, monitoring and evaluation of electrici ty. The lessons learnt will feed into policy devel opment to expand the number of renewable energy installations in eThekwini. Cllr Thando Khumalo, Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, who represent ed the mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede at the launch said the City remains committed to cli mate change mitigation and adaptation. “Such installations go a long way in further ing awareness on the benefits of renewable en ergy. In the long term, the city hopes to expand the programme and hopes that residents and more business will take up the use of renewable energy that will place out city on a truly sus tainable path,” she said. Project manager Sbu Ntshalintshali said the pilot installations are expected to save the City 426.75MWh a year. “This translates to R337 396 in the first year alone. It is expected that the benefits will rise incrementally as time goes by. This project will allow the municipality to test its own policies and practices,” he said. The installation at uShaka Marine World Theme Park boasts the largest installation of solar PV with a capacity of 165.4MWh per an num. Other building installations include the Mo ses Mabhida Stadium Sky Car, People’s Park restaurant, Metro Police Headquarters and eThekwini Water and Sanitation Customer Ser vice Department. The energy generated by the solar PV Sys tem is consumed by operations of the said buildings resulting in energy saving by reducing building energy demand. Metro Police, Sky Car, People’s Park and Water and Sanitation De partment are expected to save 137.4MWh, 6.84MWh, 40.43MWh, and 76.68MWh respec tively in a year. How the system works The Energy Office Solar project consists of rooftop mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels which are made up of cells that convert sunlight to Direct Current (DC) electricity. The DC power is converted to Alternating Current (AC) by inverters and the AC power is used on electrical equipment/loads within the buildings. The system is a gridtied system with no batteries, meaning any power produced by solar panels subtracts from what the buildings are using from the grid/eThekwini Electricity. This is achieved by specialised and advanced inverters. The project aligns with Plan Eight in the City’s Integrated Development plan which creates a financially accountable and sustaina ble city. Renewable energy programmes such as these decrease dependence on the national electricity grid and facilitates market transfor mation in the energy sector. Supplied.
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Pinetown Eagles Netball Club chairperson Talent Hlongwa and manager Nathi Mnguni.
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OST people assume that netball is a female sport, however netball is changing as it is now played by both females and males. Pinetown Eagles Netball Club (PENC) chairperson Talent Hlongwa said: “The team is managed by Nathi Mnguni and I believe that netball is a sport that does not discriminate. there are men who play netball and that does not mean they are gay. There are gay people who play netball and we do not discriminate against their homosexuality, we consider ourselves equal and disciplined. “The club was established in October 2014 when we played friendly matches. In 2015, when we joined the eThekwini Metro Netball League, there were eight clubs in the
league, and we managed to achieve fifth on the log at the end of the league. “In 2016 we had 16 clubs in the regional league and we came third. There were clubs in the Inner and Outer West before PENC but there was not a netball club in these areas which can compete with best clubs from north and south areas.” The aim of the club is to ensure that games are played regularly. “This will be achieved by having more netball clubs that are properly managed with the necessary resources to enable it to make it through to international netball games. “When we first started the club focused on certain areas, Pinetown, KwaDabeka, Clermont, Dassenhoek, KwaNdengezi, Klaarwater, Hammersdale and Mariannhill. “We now have stretched into the ‘Ink’ area [Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMa-
shu] and have players that come from the iLembe district.” Hlongwa said the club has many players who also play for school teams and five of his players went to Singapore last year with their school teams. “Some players are playing in Provincial and National teams. We have three players that are in a provincial squad, the Kingdom Stars, and one of our girls from Clermont plays for the under 21 SA squad.” He said they have great plans for 2017. “We want to enter tournaments that are outside KwaZulu-Natal. We want to take the presidency cup this year. “We are also working on strengthening team management such as keeping the club records in order and marketing our club for sponsors because ever since we started the club we have been using our own
money for club expenses.” PENC also has players who come from poor backgrounds and some even live in informal settlements. “We make sure that a player comes to practice even though they don’t have money for transport. Sometimes we fetch them or give them bus fare.” He believes that netball is a sport that unites people. “Our motto is ‘learn, play, succeed’. A netball player must decupled and it is a sport that has mostly female players and lacks sponsorships. “The Department of Sports and Recreation is taking netball to rural areas and hosts tournaments in those areas, and the area that wins will have a proper netball court built, sponsored by the Department of Sport and Recreation.” For more information about PENC, contact 078 116 5192.
Stamp celebrates 50 years of Krugerrands THE SA Post Office (Sapo) regards its stamps as little ambassadors for the country. The company has now issued a stamp to celebrate another “ambassador” for the country - the Krugerrand. Apart from three international letter-rate stamps, Sapo issued a first-day cover to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Krugerrand. The stamps, designed by philatelic artists Rachel-Mari Ackermann, depict the development of the Kruger-
rand in three stages - 1967, 2000 and 2017. The coin designs are relief embossed onto gold foiling and the only other colour used in the design is black ink. The stamps are available at the Post Office’s Philatelic Services and on line at virtualpostoffice.co.za They are also available at the South African Mint. As part of the 50year anniversary of the Krugerrand, SA Mint has included the stamps in
their exclusive Krugerrand products range. The Krugerrand coin was initially referred to as a “Trojan” in reference to one Troy ounce (oz) of gold content. The public was then invited to suggest a new name for the one ounce coin, and credit is given to a Mr Maré who suggested the name Krugerrand. It referred to President Paul Kruger and the name of the newly introduced currency (introduced in
1961), became the “rand”. The Krugerrand was introduced on 3 July, 1967 as a vehicle for private ownership of gold and was first offered to the public at the Rand Easter Show in 1970 at a selling price of R27.40. A one-ounce coin today sells for more than R16 000. The stamp sheet features the original 1967 1 oz Krugerrand, the 2000 1 oz Krugerrand and the 2017 1 oz Krugerrand. - Supplied. The stamp to celebrate an other ‘ambassador’ for the country the Krugerrand. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Ruth Pretorius and Themba Ngcobo are some of the senior citizens who will enjoy the comfort of a cuddle through Tafta’s Hug Therapy campaign.
E all experience the circle of life and will inevitably reach old age. It is important to note that at this stage in one’s life, nothing matters more than love,” says Tafta CEO Margie Smith. Tafta is calling upon the public to share their love this Valentine’s day through its Hug Therapy Campaign. The campaign aims to turn attention to the elderly in our community who have very little to look forward to on this day of love. “Tafta invites you to give the ultimate gift of goodness by spreading the
love and sharing a hug with a resident. For many people a hug is a common exchange - one that is easily taken for granted - but for hundreds of lonely, sick or stressed senior citizens, it is a powerful emotional gesture that offers immeasurable comfort and joy. “A single embrace offers numerous therapeutic benefits including decreasing stress, reducing depression. A sense of appreciation has also proven to stimulate happiness,” said Smith. Tafta plans to spread the love with the help of local celebrities and public
generosity. “For our residents, love is a place of hope and a feeling of belonging. Through this campaign we hope to give these very special members of our society the love and sense of inclusion that they long for. A hug, which is a seemingly small gesture, is one of the interactions that our elderly citizens miss most.” Join Tafta in the month of love and share the comfort of a cuddle or hug with an older person. For more information contact 031 332 3721. - Supplied.
Temporary deviation CBD COMMUTERS, residents and businesses in the Pinetown CBD are advised that there will be a temporary deviation on the St John’s and Qashana Khuzwayo (Shepstone) Road intersection to allow for asphalting of the roads overnight beginning at 6pm on Tuesday 14 February and ending at 7am on Saturday 18 February. Work will take place during the evening to minimise inconvenience. Motorists will have access along St Johns Avenue at all times. Anyone wishing to cross over St John’s Avenue will have to turn left at the closure and a traffic safety team will help motorist to make U-turn to
gain access to the other side of the closure, as shown in the diagram.The closure will be taken down at the end of each shift to allow the intersection to function normally during the day.Motorists are requested to use the alternative routes on the affected days. The eThekwini Transport Authority requests your patience and understanding as final touches are made to the various roads for the eThekwini Municipality’s GO!Durban dedicated bus lanes.For more information on the construction work call 073 293 5144 (business hours) and for information on GO!Durban visit www.godurban. co.za - Supplied.
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Moving ceremony for Joost >> Blueeyed Bull has last lap of honour at Loftus Sarel van der Walt PRINGBOK rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen yesterday afternoon laid claim to Loftus Versveld for the final time. There was sadness on Van der Westhuizen’s home turf where he entertained so many Blue Bull and Springbok supporters, but their farewell was conducted in a sombre and stylish manner. The 45-year-old Van der Westhuizen died on Monday afternoon after he had been diagnosed in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an aggressive form of motor neurone disease (MND). At the instruction of President Jacob Zuma, the ex-Bok captain was given a provincial funeral ceremony in recognition for his contribution to sport in South Africa. His plain coffin was carried by team members and officials of the Springbok team which won the 1995 World Cup when they beat the mighty All Blacks. Francois Pienaar, the captain of the team, and former Bok captain Morné du Plessis, the manager of the ’95 team, led the procession and carried the coffin on to a catafalque which had been earlier erected on the field. Former fly half Joel Stransky, the man who received Van der Westhuizen’s pass in the closing stages of the match and put the winning drop goal between the posts, was one of the pallbearers, who all stared straight in front of them. On the stand officers of the police
draped the South African flag over the coffin. Former Springbok Stefan Terblanche, who acted as master of ceremonies, was forced to start singing the national anthem after technical problems were encountered with the music system. According to those present, Terblanche did an excellent job. At the request of Gavin Varejes, executive chief of the South African Rugby Legends Association, the thousands of people present, dressed in green and gold or the blue of the Bulls, gave a standing ovation for one minute in honour of Van der Westhuizen. The crowd also gave a standing ovation to Van der Westhuizen’s older brother Pieter, who cared for his brother the past few years while the scrumhalf battled the disease. Rugby legends such as Naas Botha, Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez were among the spectators. Kevin de Klerk, a former Springbok lock and president of the Lions Rugby Union, and Thelo Wakefield, rugby boss of Western Province, were also present as well as a number of wellknown coaches — among them Heyneke Meyer and Eugene van Wyk. “Joost was a legend but also a brother, a father and a family man,” said Pieter van der Weshuizen. He cried when the music group Touch of Class later sang Hallelujah. Van der Westhuizen’s wife Amor Vittone, from whom he was separated and who also had been on the stage, comforted him. Many people could not hold back the tears but there was a big applause
Joost van der Westhuizen’s widow Amor becomes emotional during the memorial service at Loftus Versfeld yesterday. PHOTO: JOHAN RYNNERS/GALLO IMAGES)
when Pienaar started his speech in Afrikaans by saying: “Joost was a Bull, a fearless Bull.” The singer PJ Powers sang the 1995 World Cup tournament theme song World in Union. Sumari Botha, a cousin of Van der Westhuizen from Australia, sang a song, Mr No. 9.
Sports Minister Fikele Mbalula praised the former Bok and said he had represented SA rugby with “dignity and pride”. While police officers removed the flag from Van der Westhuizen’s coffin and handed it to his parents Gustav and Mariana, the thunder of an elec-
tric storm could be heard behind the eastern pavilion of Loftus. It sounded like a gun salute. Close to 3 pm, Joost van der Westhuizen disappeared for the final time down the players’ tunnel of Loftus Versveld while bystanders shouted: “Joost, Joost.”
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14 February 2017
MOTORING New design language for Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi ASX. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
ITSUBISHI’S popular compact crossover, the Mitsubishi ASX, is getting a refreshed look for the 2017 model year. In addition to the company’s new Dynamic Shield design language, the Mitsubishi ASX range now includes a new 2.0 MIVEC six-speed CVT derivative coming in at under R400 000. Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, states: “We have to address the current affordability needs of our customers. Today’s economy often forces buyers to opt for lower-spec vehicles, but our new ASX 2.0 GL CVT derivative offers the comfort and efficiency of Mitsubishi’s CVT transmission as well as its impressive standard specification in a truly attractive package. When you consider Mitsubishi’s world-class safety ratings, the new ASX 2.0 GL CVT is easily the best sub R400 000 vehicle on the market.” The new 2017 Mitsubishi ASX, which goes on sale immediately, is the first model in South Africa to feature the company’s new Dynamic Shield design language. The striking new design is centred around a new front grille, which is significantly more
prominent than that of its predecessor and will soon be seen on other models, such as the new Mitsubishi Outlander and the much anticipated new Pajero Sport. The Dynamic Shield grille combines the previously distinctive “Safety” and “Performance” treatments of the Mitsubishi front-end design. Models such as the Pajero have always been styled to appear imposing, whilst still conveying a sense of safety and protection. The ASX and Outlander, on the other hand, feature a grille with a more aggressive and sporty design. In the ASX, the Dynamic Shield grille connects the upper and lower sections of the bumper into one single air intake. The black section of the intake links the headlights and fog lights, and is surrounded by eye-catching chrome details that widen towards the middle of the Dynamic Shield grille. The grille is rounded off by a lower chromed section, which mimics the design of a strike plate and hints at the ASX’s SUV family tree. Mitsubishi is using the introduction of its new design language to effect other, smaller tweaks, while the popular items and high specification level re-
main unchanged. Changes to the new ASX include redesigned seat cushions that are fashioned with long-distance passenger comfort as the main priority. The new Mitsubishi ASX line-up consists of five derivatives all featuring the frugal and highly reliable 2.0 MIVEC petrol engine. This engine is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control System (MIVEC) and multi-point injection that produces 110 kW at 6 000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 4 200 rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or CVT transmission with six pre-programmed gear steps. The 2.0 MIVEC engine is well known for being very fuel efficient, with an average fuel consumption of 7.5 litres / 100 km for the manual models and 7.6 litres for the CVT equipped versions. Fitted with a 63-litre tank, this gives the ASX a range of around 800km. Mitsubishi’s popular CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers drivers the smooth comfort of an automatic gearbox, but with fuel efficiency similar to a manual vehicle. In short:
a CVT transmission is designed to be more sensitive than a standard automatic gearbox and optimises engine output to deliver the best possible fuel consumption under all driving conditions. The ASX is one of the safest vehicles in its class and boasts a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. All ASX models feature Mitsubishi’s proprietary Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body shell, no less than seven airbags, Isofix child restraint mountings and a range of dynamic safety systems that include ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (BAS). In the new 2.0 ASX GL CVT this means unsurpassed value for a price tag under R400 000. In addition to the above-mentioned specification, the Mitsubishi GLS derivatives feature LED running lights, electronic active stability and traction control (ASTC) and hill start assist (HSA) as standard. Luxury features abound in the ASX, including Bluetooth with voice control, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, electric windows, air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers,
Mazda BT50 Facelift available in South Africa THE KODO design inspired Mazda BT-50 was first introduced to the South African market in 2012. It was launched as an “Active Lifestyle Vehicle” with modern and refined styling that defied the conventional work-horse image of a bakkie. The intent was to not only attract traditional business users but to extend the appeal to a wide range of customers, including families and pleasure-seekers. The Mazda BT-50 Facelift is being introduced to further cater to these recreational buyers who enjoy both the outdoor and urban lifestyle. The Facelift bakkie maintains the versatile practicality and exhilarating driving performance of the current model while the design has been updated to give it a sportier and more powerful presence than ever before. New exterior styling in-
corporates a newly designed front face, redesigned side steps, rear combination lamps and 17 inch aluminum wheels. The interior has also been refined to give a higherquality feel with the addition of Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches and Cruise Control from the SLX model. The SLE model picks up new features that include a rear-view camera, an auto diming mirror and electrical driver seat adjustment. The BT-50 Double Cab will be available in the following derivatives: 2.2L 4x2 6MT SLE, 3.2L 4x4 6MT SLE and 3.2L 4x4 6AT SLE as well as new model derivatives 2.2L 4x2 6MT SLX and 2.2L 4x2 6AT SLE. Produced and fully imported from the Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT), plant in Thailand, the facelift offers seven exterior colour options; True Red, Aluminum
Metallic, Cool White, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Blue Reflex and Titanium Flash. The refined BT-50 has expressive styling, high quality interior and outstanding driving dynamics that reflect Mazda’s DNA. Mazda Care The BT-50 Mazda Care plan is now aligned with that of Mazda passenger vehicles; with a threeyear unlimited kilometre factory warranty, three-year service plan and three-year roadside assistance. For complete peace of mind motoring, a customer service guarantee on pre-arranged repairs is also included. - Supplied. The Mazda BT50. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
rear park distance control and automatic lights as standard on all models. GLX and GLS derivatives also offer a full-length panoramic glass roof, keyless operation, a full colour touchscreen infotainment system, heated leather seats in the front, and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a rear-view camera. Over and above all these luxuries, two GLS derivatives feature powerful Rockford Fosgate sound systems, whilst the CVT version of the GLS boasts high-impact discharge lights. The Mitsubishi ASX continues to score highly as a practical crossover, thanks to its 1,193 litres of storage space with the rear seats lowered and its 195mm ground clearance. ASX is sold with a comprehensive 5-year / 90 000 km service plan and 3-year / 100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty. “We are extremely proud of our 92% customer loyalty figure – once people join the Mitsubishi family, they tend to stay. “This says more about our brand, our products and our excellent dealer network than we could ever convey in a brochure,” says Campbell. - Supplied.