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MANY people either look forward to the festive period and begin their countdown to Christmas in October, 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 breather, 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 action-packed 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 remarkable 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 quesHosking Road, Athlone, 3201 tioned the stability and patriotism of South Africans.  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 sometimes  comes  to  the  fore.  The Fever would like to wish all our fantastic clients and readers a wonderfully happy festive season  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 stories. This year South Africans voted hoping for the best – many are now glued to the parliament session coverage because you never know what to expect. In 2015 we will be joining the queues for the by-elections  and  once  again,  hoping  for  positive 75 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 breath-taking skyline together with a host of wonderful  inhabitants,  sets  us  apart  from  the  rest  of South  Africa. After  40  years,  the  Miss  World  title  is  held  by a  South  African. 


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Dear Readers, TODAY marks the end of another year for the Hillcrest Fever, and as the festivities kick off for this season, let us reflect on moments that touched our lives and the community this past year. 2014 has been marked by persistent challenges in our economy with price inflations (food, electricity, fuel, etc.). We had weather catastrophes and crime

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continues to destroy some of our communities. However, the one thing that continues to stand undefeated is the spirit of the Upper Highway community. Through the difficult times, our readers have once again proven that we are, without a doubt, among the most resilient and strong-willed. We have weathered all the storms that came our way and have demonstrated that we can be a community to be proud of - from our disabled horse rider achieving his goals to a local woman beating breast cancer and becoming an inspiration to others - our community stands together proud! We are confident that 2015 will be better than ever. We, at The Hillcrest Fever, have faced our

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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New man at the helm BYRONE ATHMAN >>


HE South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) held a media briefing on Friday to introduce Sanral’s new Eastern Region manager, Dumisani Nkabinde. Taking over from former manager Logashri Sewnarain, Nkabinde said that he had big shoes to fill. “I have big boots to fill, however, I have worked with Logashri and many other experts within Sanral for some time and will accept my new responsibilities as a challenge,” said Nkabinde. Speaking at his first media briefing in Pietermaritzburg as regional manager, Nkibande emphasised the importance of the Freeway Management System (FMS). “FMS consists of technologies and strategies to monitor, control and manage freeway traffic more effectively,” said Nkibande. Nkibande explained that FMS used Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies such as CCTV and communications technology which benefitted the road user through improved congestion management, faster detection, verifications and response to road incidents such as accidents and so on. “These benefits directly result in safer roads, savings in travel times and fuel costs, as well as contributing to a cleaner environment,” said Nkibande. Nkibande said that they are currently in the process of expanding the FMS but that it was very costly.

Margaret Webb stands next to a banner in her shop highlighting the 125 year anniversary of Bernina. PHOTO: BYRONE ATHMAN

Sanral Eastern Region manager, Dumisani Nkabinde addressing the media. PHOTO: BYRONE ATHMAN

“To roll this out in every area is very costly but the FMS is a huge benefit to all motorists and pedestrians lives,” said Nkibande.

Bernina celebrates 125 years LOCAL business owner Margaret Webb together with representatives from Bernina RSA will be hosting a fun day in honour of the international celebration of Bernina turning 125 years. The event will be held at the Maritzburg Bowling Club Balmoral Drive, Alexandra Park on May 18 starting at 8.30 am. The eventstakes the form of a fun day for all including a lunch, tea and demonstrations/displays of various quilts at the cost of R200. The Webb’s who took over the business in 2014, after the opportunity arose for Margaret to follow her passion surrounding sewing, Bernina, which is a Swiss sewing and embroidery machine manufacturer, has been in South Africa for over 70 years and in Pietermaritzburg for over 60 years. Driven by the passion of Margaret, Bernina

has established itself as a leader in the sewing industry internationally and locally, with Margaret hosting an array of informative classes from quilt, embroidery, pattern making and sewing lessons at her premises on 266 Prince Alfred Street. Bernina PMB offers a comprehensive range of Bernina, Bernette and Nina sewing, embroidery and overlocking machines in a price range to suit all pockets. Margaret has undergone extensive training on the entire product range and is well versed in all aspects of sewing and embroidery. “My wife is very passionate and skilled in the sewing field and we are very positive about our store and the Bernina brand in general,” said Stan. Those wanting to attend the fun day can contact Stan and Margaret via email at

Call for entries for SA’s best school choir THE search is on for South Africa’s best school choir with the Big Voices for Little Garden competition. It’s super easy to enter; school choirs just have to learn the Checkers Little Garden song and get creative with their performance. Schools who believe their choir has what it takes are invited to enter by Sunday, May 20 to stand a chance of winning their share of R60 000. The winning school will walk away with R30 000, while second and third place will receive R20 000 and R10 000 respectively. How does the competition work? School choirs must learn the Checkers Little Garden song and film their choir performing the song using any instru-

ments of their choice. Entries can be submitted via Facebook by tagging Checkers SA and using the hashtag #CheckersLittleGarden, by e-mailing it to or by uploading their video to The competition will really heat up when the top 10 entries have been selected and the public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite school choir by Sunday, June 3. Entry details and more information about the competition can be found on Terms and conditions apply. — Supplied.

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Speedy Stephen saves the day BYRONE ATHMAN >>


ONTROSE resident, Stephen Higgins came to the rescue after he was first to respond to Leisle Williams urgent plea for help on the Montrose Community Watch group after her kitchen had caught on fire on Saturday. Williams managed to safely evacuate the house with her children. After Higgins wife alerted him of the problem, he sprung to action and rushed into the house where he extinguished the flames in the kitchen with his fire extinguishers The kitchen in the house on Davenport Road was left to burn for 12 minutes until Higgins put out the fire. “As soon as I heard there was a house on fire I knew I had to go help because of a past experience. About a year and a half ago our house had caught on fire and our neighbours helped us,” said Higgins. Higgins said that when he got to the house he saw that Magma Security was on-site trying to connect a hosepipe to dose the fire but he knew that that would take too long so he rushed

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inside with his fire extinguishers. dents to get involved and help out just “After the fire I switched all the as Stephen did,” said Nicol. mains off and moved the pet dog into Williams said that the fire started the back of my bakkie because the after she left ingredients on the stove house was engulfed with smoke,”said to melt because she wanted to bake Higgins. and went to her room. Higgins advised that everyone Once she got back to the kitchen should have a proper fire extinguish- she saw that the pot and extractor fan er in their homes because should a was on fire which triggered her to fire break out it is better to put it off press her panic alarm and send out an early rather than have the fire claim SOS on the community group. multiple items while waiting for “Stephen arrived earliest and was help. able to put off the fire with his two ex“So much was lost in the 12 min- tinguishers,” said Williams. She conutes that the fire was allowed to firmed that everyone in the house at spread. Had there been a good fire ex- the time was safe and unaffected haltinguisher there we could have saved ing Stephen as her hero. much more,” said Higgins. Megan Nicol, founder of the Montrose Community Watch Group and head of the PAWN - BUY - SELL Community Policing Forum “Lending a helping hand since 1999” for Townhill, hailed Higgins efforts and said that with the Toolset help of the community they could prevent many bad incidents from occurring. “I hail him as a hero and Inverter want to emphasise the power of connecting as a commuMon-Fri: 8 am-4 pm • Sat: 8 am-12 noon • Sun: Closed nity. I encourage all our resiTelephone: 033 394 0570. 240 Hoosen Haffejee (Berg Street), Shop 1


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Four lives claimed in bus crash BYRONE ATHMAN >> Drugs recovered from the drug raid on Leinster Road, Scottsville. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Scottsville house raided for drugs BYRONE ATHMAN >>


FFICERS from Alexander Police Station discovered 59 bottles of Bronchleer cough syrup,R5 061,59 in cash and dagga to the value of R150 000 at a house in Scottsville last Wednesday. The house on Leinster Road was raided by a team of police officers comprising of Lieutenant Colonel N.J. Mchunu, who led the operation, Warrant Officer Mishen Khandran, Captain Mandlenkosi Khambule, Warrant Officer Musawenkosi Mchunu, Sergeant Mlungisi Mzobe and Constable Sthuthukile

Cekwana. Alexandra Police Station spokesperson, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said that they noticed suspicious activity going on around the area and when they entered they found a 25-year-old man who they suspected was dealing in drugs. Mhlongo said that they were tipped-off by various sources citing suspicious activity happening in the vicinity of the house, and that numerous students frequented the house. “It is a very concerning issue because students often come here according to neighbours and most likely, purchase drugs from here,” said Mhlongo. The man was arrested and taken

into custody where he was charged with dealing in drugs. “The bust is a huge success for the station as the house is in the vicinity of the varsity and the suspected target market for the man we arrested is the students,” said Mhlongo. Many teenagers and young adults use Broncleer cough syrup found during the raid as a way to get high by mixing the cough syrup with cool drink. It is considered to be the most abused over the counter cough syrup in South Africa. The cough syrup has had a huge impact on teenagers in and around Pietermaritzburg with many seeking rehabilitation from overuse.


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A FATAL vehicle accident claimed the lives of four family members from Copesville, near Ashburton on Saturday, while another is fighting for her life in Edendale Hospital. While driving back from a trip at Winkelspruit beach, the family’s vehicle a bus travelling in the opposite direction veered across the road and hit the car the family was travelling in. Dolly Govender, Shanelle Govender, Hannah Padayachee and Linton Mahommed were all declared dead on the scene by the ER24 paramedics. Sharlane Govender was quickly rushed to Edendale Hospital after being treated on site where she is in

a very critical state. “We suspect that the bus clipped the back of a bakkie while travelling to Durban and after that resulted in the bus hitting the car with the five family members head on,” said ER24 paramedic Andrew Brown. After hitting the car head-on, the bus then went through a roadside barrier and down an embankment injuring three passengers [from the bus] who were all taken to Northdale Hospital. Four females and one male were in the car at the time of the accident and the family members had to be removed from the wrecked vehicle using the Jaws of Life”. Brown described the scene as horrific and tragic and confirmed that the bus driver and bakkie driver were uninjured.

The remains of the car that was involved in a head-on collision on Saturday with a bus that left four dead. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


May 16, 2018



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IETERMARITZBURG KFC manager leads the way for Add Hope KFC teams at the tills play a key role in KFC’s unique Add Hope initiative. They’re on the front line, asking customers if they’d like to add a donation to their bill — which can be a big ask when money is tight. Desmond Singh manages the bustling KFC at The Capital Centre in Pietermaritzburg, and under his leadership, the team at this KFC has raised the most nationally for Add Hope for three successive years. Singh is also a previous winner of the overall restaurant general manager of the year at KFC’s annual event, showing how highly the brand values his passion for Add Hope. “Add Hope is incredibly important and it’s become part of the way we work here,” says Singh. “I believe in giving 10% of what you earn to charity, and Add Hope makes it easy for people to give to a cause where you know the money is going to be well used and will reach children in our own community.” The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home, SOS Children’s Villages Pietermaritzburg and the GIMRF Help Centre are some of the local NGOs that benefit from the efforts of Singh, his team and the donations of KFC customers. According to Singh, success with Add Hope is all about training, making it real and keeping it visible. “Some customers aren’t sure about where the money goes, so we show them by displaying pictures of the homes we support. Many of my staff have also been able to visit the NGOs and see the impact in our local community first hand. They’re very happy to tell customers about it.” Singh also takes the ap-

proach of rewarding and encouraging staff. “Every day, we post the total amount raised and the percentage of customers who contributed on our noticeboard. It gets quite competitive and we want to raise the most!” Each KFC also donates a percentage of their overall profits to Add Hope, with donations from KFC restaurants around the country amounting to R25 million last year. “What makes Add Hope work is the partnership, we partner with our customers, contribute our own Corporate Social Investment money and dedication and together we’ve been able to contribute over R400 million to the fight against hunger to date. I’m proud to be part of feeding 120 000 kids around South Africa, and happy to contribute to those who are right here on our doorstep. At the end of the day, Add Hope is a simple way to make a real difference to children, and so many are suffering in our communities. Good meals can change a child’s future, and we can all be part of that,” said Singh. “We’re very proud of what Desmond Singh and his team in Pietermaritzburg are doing to lead the way for Add Hope and we appreciate every customer donation,” said Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC corporate affairs director and Add Hope champion. “It’s very important that all our KFC team members have the opportunity to be part of this and can see the money going to local communities. With inspired and passionate people behind the cause, we can make a great contribution to turning the tide on hunger in our communities and helping children thrive.” — Supplied

Hannah-Rose Milton (21-years-old, youngest Mothwa in KZN) presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Avis Goudie (95-years-old, oldest Mothwa in KZN). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

70 Years of dedicated service AVIS Goudie recently celebrated 70 years of dedicated service to the Mothwa (The Memorable Order of Tin Hats Women’s Auxiliary) at Up North Shellhole at the Pietermaritzburg and District Dugout Moth hall in Grosvenor Road.

Clarification THE Maritzburg Fever printed a story titled “Principal retires after 42 years of service” on May 2 (page 3). The story indicated that the acting principal of Ester

Payne Smith Secondary is Yuven Gounden when it is, in fact, Mr M. Singh. The Maritzburg Fever apologises for any inconvenience caused.




May 16, 2018

School dreams of international tour BYRONE ATHMAN >>


HE Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Wind Band are dreaming of Vienna nights and the sound of their classical music filling the air as they attempt to raise enough funds to attend the Suma Cum Laude Festival in Austria’s capital. Wanting to make their mark on the world of music, the all-girls band are hoping they raise enough funds so that all the girls in the band get the opportunity to display their love for music on a grand stage. “We have divided ourselves into four different task teams namely; sponsorships, advertising, logistics and fund-raising,” said Laikyn Tyler, who is part of the fund-raising committee. Tyler said that they have sent out various sponsorship letters out to businesses in hope that these businesses will recognise their hunger and passion for music and provide them with any kind of donation to help their cause. Since embarking on this initiative, the girls have hosted a cake sale at their school where they brought their own ingredients, made the goods from scratch and sold them to raise funds.

“We plan on doing many more activities to raise funds and are available to perform at birthday parties, weddings and other festivals,” said Zibusiso Ndlovu. The girls have been performing together since Grade 8 and have grown from strength to strength with most of the girls not having played an instrument before Grade 8. “Before high school, most of us had not touched an instrument but now we are ready to display our talent and love of music on the worldstage,” said Nolwazzi Nkwanyana. Band manager Gert Van Rooijen said that he was very proud of the girls for all they had achieved since he started teaching them. “Some of these girls The Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Wind Band in their music room. had not picked up an instrument PHOTO: BYRONE ATHMAN before coming here and now they want to perform internationally,” said Van Rooijen. forming, especially, since they’ve been also be attending the International When asked if they were nervous to performing together since Grade 8 and Youth Music Festival in Bratislava, Sloplay overseas, the girls simply replied want to make their competitive mark vakia. that they are very comfortable per- on an international stage. The girls will Anyone looking to make the dreams

of these musical girls come true can visit the Girls High School’s Facebook page or contact the school directly at 033 386 9271/2/3.

Sanral’s freeway management system alerts about trouble ahead MOTORISTS using KwaZulu-Natal freeways can make smart decisions to remain safe and avoid congestion, thanks to the implementation of the Freeway Management System (FMS). The system relays real-time information to alert motorists about incidents that are unsafe and most likely to cause build-up of traffic and subsequent delays. “A freeway can have six lanes but a single incident such as a breakdown or collision can have a major impact on the flow of traffic in both directions,” said Nkabinde Dumisani, regional manager (Eastern region) for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). Nkabinde said that the FMS consisted of technologies and strategies to monitor, control, and manage freeway traffic more effectively. SANRAL first embarked on the implementation of the FMS on strategic road sections in KZN during 2009 following the successful pilot FMS implementation on the Ben Schoeman Highway in Gauteng. The FMS system entails the active management of road networks using Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies. ITS involves the integrated deployment of communications technologies, traffic management software and control devices such as closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), variable message signs (VMS) and traffic detectors to enable the active management and monitoring of freeways. “The many benefits to the road user on such a managed network include improved congestion management, faster detection, verification and response to road incidents such as accidents, road obstructions and road hazards and provision of real time traveller information to road users. These benefits directly result in safer roads, savings in travel times and fuel costs, as well as contributing to a cleaner environment,” said Nkabinde. The FMS in KZN currently covers around 120 km of the busiest sections of the N2 and N3 — from the Prospecton interchange on the N2, northward to the Watson Highway interchange, and on the N3 from the Candella Road bridge to the Market Road. Further expansions are in the process from Market Road to the Cedara Inter-

change which includes the high accident zone at Town Hill. These freeway sections are equipped with 147 CCTV cameras, 26 VMS units and 57 radar vehicle detection units, all linked through a fibre optic communications backbone to a Traffic Management Centre (TMC) located at the SANRAL offices in Pietermaritzburg. Nkabinde said that incident detection and verification of times in KZN were impressive, with the average detection time down to 76 seconds. “This is in large part accomplished by an efficient TMC operations team and an effective performance monitoring regime. “The TMC works closely with and provides real time traffic and accident information to the various authorities involved in road incident management, such as police and emergency services. “To further improve the response to traffic incidents, officers from KZN provincial police are currently collocated at the TMC.” The SANRAL TMC operates on a 24/7 basis and has 23 staff involved in road network monitoring and incident management. It deals with an average of 800 traffic-related incidents every month. Stationary vehicles on the network (mostly heavy motor vehicles) account for just over half of all the traffic incidents detected. Approximately 17% of the total trafficrelated incidents are vehicle accidents — which equates to an average of 140 accidents per month. Most of these accidents (over 70%) involve light motor vehicles either in single or multiple vehicle collisions. The freeway sections around the EB Cloete systems interchange (Spaghetti Junction) and the Umgeni interchange on the N2 record the highest number of traffic incidents. A traveller information website is also available to the public and provides useful information such as traffic conditions, road works, road conditions, congestion and traffic alert information. Users can also register on site and subscribe for free SMSes and e-mail traffic alerts. There is real-time viewing of the various camera feeds along the routes. Traffic information is also posted via social media via the @i_trafficKZN Twitter account, which currently has around 175 000 followers. — Supplied

Sanral held a tour of their offices on Friday showing the media how they monitor the freeway. PHOTO: BYRONE ATHMAN


May 16, 2018



Gopio launches in Pietermaritzburg BYRONE ATHMAN >>


HE Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (Gopio) launched for the first time in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday with international vicepresident Ishwar Ramlutchman making an appearance at the launch held at Pafta Hall, Northdale. The organisation, which began in 1989 in New York, has bases in 37 international countries and aims to fight injustices against people of Indian origin around the world. The purpose of the launch is to introduce the organisation to Pietermaritzburg and hail a few of its Indian people who do good work for the community. After the chapter was officially unveiled as the country’s fourth fellowship behind Gopio Durban, Gopio Johannesburg and Gopio Pretoria, several awards and certificates were handed out to local recipients involved in serving the community via the political and educational institution and hu-

manitarian NGOs. Awards were presented to local community members, ANC ward councillors Rachael Soobiah and Najma Ahmed who is also a volunteer presenter on Al-Ansaar Radio, youth activist Ra’eesa Razak, Radhi Aheer and Kanthi Naidoo, and Dr Jane Premjeeth. Razak said that she was honoured and grateful to be receiving the award from the international organisation. “Through volunteering, the youth become part of a national solution and are able to identify strategies to alleviate problems in their communities. “We are the change to the future success of our country,” said Razak. Gopio International spokesman Marlan Padayachee said that the colourful launch of the local chapter, especially in the presence of senior community members, augured well for the organisation to spread its wings to the northern towns of Newcastle, Ladysmith, Escourt and Dundee, all heritage sites with a strong history of the involvement of early In-

dian migrants in developing farming, agriculture, mining and business since the 1860s. “We are extremely proud of the work that went into starting a chapter in the capital city. Ahead of 160 years celebration of Indians in the country in 2020, it is vital to mobilise and galvanise the community to be unified to observe this milestone and also kick start the dialogue of contributing to a better, safer, secure and economically stronger society based on the Gandhi-Mandela principles of peace, non-racialism, non-sexism with social cohesion becoming the new rallying point of all race groups,’’ Padayachee said.

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A day to value nurses INTERNATIONAL Nurses’ Day was celebrated on May 12. Staff at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg took the time to recognise nurses who chose the career of caring. The hospital awarded Nicole Govender the annual Nursing Excellence Award in recognition of the dedication she invests into caring for her patients and support-

Nicole Govender with her Nursing Excellence Award for 2018. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

ing her colleagues. The award is most significant because nominations are made by nursing peers who work tirelessly alongside each other ensuring the best possible patient outcomes. Govender has been with Mediclinic for years and works in the critical care unit. She is compassionate, supportive and always goes the extra mile for all her patients. Govender is a vital part of the CCU team. She was selected as Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg 2018 award winner because she is a shining example to her colleagues. Our nurses make it their life’s mission to help others recover and maintain healthy lives, or to support them and their families where recovery is not possible. The specific date is chosen as an international tribute to the profession that coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday and allows us to celebrate the valuable work our nurses are doing. Mediclinic believes that nurses are a vital component of a healthy community. Nurses are born to care and we believe in training and nurturing them to fulfil this role. “Mediclinic’s Nursing Excellence Award is an opportunity to recognise those nurses who give of themselves daily in caring for others; nurses who believe that delivering on patients’ expectations is an essential part of who they are,”says Estelle Coustas,nursing executive at Mediclinic Southern Africa. “We are constantly investigating how we can better meet our patients’ expectations, and this year we have identified the opportunity of strengthening communication between our staff in the nursing units and our patients, allowing us to better serve our community.” — Supplied.

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The auspicious month of Ramadan FASTING is not a mindless exercise of torturing the body by remaining hungry and thirsty. It is extremely meaningful and produces tremendous benefits for the fasting person. Increased Ibadah and devotion in Ramadan makes a Muslim feel closer to the creator, and generate appreciation for all his provisions. Food, water etc, as a boon and blessing from Him. By becoming more charitable in this month, feelings of generosity, soft heartedness and goodwill towards others are developed. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was more generous than the swift blowing winds in this month. Through self-control and

the discipline of fasting a Muslim develops tolerance, patience, contentment good manners, kind words and good habits. Because fasting is a collective activity, it creates a sense of belonging to the global family of believers and strengthens family ties and Islamic brotherhood on a local level as well. One of the outstanding benefits of fasting is that a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and thus identifies with the daily plight of the hungry and poor. In this way it generates a real and intense degree of sympathy and concern for the underprivileged who have so little to survive on. This in turn makes Muslims

reach out to the poor and the hungry. Ramadan is a very special month, but it is important for the benefits of this month to remain throughout the year. The spirit of piety and spiritual elevation experienced in Ramadan should stay on during our “normal” lives in the prevailing eleven months. And when the spiritual batteries begin to weaken, again comes the next Ramadan to give a full charge. Ramadan Kareem to one and all and a happy and joyous Eid Mubarak in advance. A.S.E AMEEN Mountain Rise Pietermaritzburg

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Violence not the way to push for change SUPRA Mahumapelo must fall on his assegai like his patron Jacob Zuma. It is inevitable that drivers of the “ANC renewal and new dawn” are ready to uproot the Zumafication of the ANC and state, even if it takes sleeping with an “enemy”. At the funeral of Nokukhanya Luthuli, wife of Chief Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela said: “In all political parties, there are good men and women”. We must never use vulgar politics, the destruction of property, the stoning of cars and looting of shops to get rid of disciples of Zuma but we must be revolutionary, as we were in the 1952 Defiance Campaign, and the Alexandra bus and potato boycotts in the fifties and eighties when we made apartheid “ungovernable”. The sentence given to Andile Lungisa (three years’ imprisonment

by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, for smashing a glass jug over the head of former member of the mayoral committee Rano Kayser during a Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting in October 2016) must be a lesson to violent protestors, soccer hooligans and the likes of Mduduzi Manana. A Groutville councillor who assaulted three women has not been investigated by the ANC and Commission for Gender Equality, but the ANCYL has not taken a hard stance similar to that taken against Oscar Pistorius, why? The sentence given to Lungisa is a reminder that even ANC deployees must behave in a non-violent way. SIYANDA MHLONGO KwaDukuza

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Music at The Royal Show E

NJOY The Royal Symphony at The Royal Show featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with Naum Rousine (conductor) and soloists Federico Freschi (baritone) and Myfanwy Price (oboe) on Sunday 27 May at 10 am in the main arena of the Royal Show Grounds, Pietermaritzburg. Some of the world’s most beautiful music comes to The Royal Show this year when local audiences are to be treated to a magical compilation of timeless, emotionally stirring classics. Featuring the music from the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Africa’s leading orchestral ensemble and crown jewel of KZN Arts and Culture, those attending the Royal Symphony Concert at The Royal Show will get a taste of the world’s most beautiful melodies. Take this opportunity to unwind, sit-back and relax while listening to the rich tapestry of emotions under a sparkling blue African sky, a performance is not to be missed.The Royal Symphony Concert, now in its seventh year,is presented by The Royal Show in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Revival, takes place on the morning of Sunday 27 May from 10 am on the great stage of the main arena. The programme is conducted by Russian-born Naum Rousine and introduced by Andy Capostagno. Wellknown as Super Sport commentator on everything from rugby to netball, Capostagno has a love for the classics and all things relating to musical trivia. The powerful baritone voice of pop-

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WHAT’S ON? • MAY 18 Mandela Centenary Lecture at the Msunduzi Museum from 10 am to 12 pm delivered by CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang.

The programme will be conducted by Russianborn Naum Rousine. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

ular favourite Federico Freschi will be featured along with young musician Myfanwy Price (oboe). Both have been promoted extensively in recent years as part of Music Revival’s ongoing efforts to further the careers and performance opportunities for local musicians. Numbers to be included in this memorable selection include Figaro’s comical aria Largo al factotum from the Barber of Seville, On the street where you live from ‘My Fair Lady’ and the emotionally uplifting You Raise Me

Up. Myfanwy Price will be heard in the sprightly Allegro from Mozart’s Oboe Concerto.Price,a graduate of the Royal College of Music,was recently appointed Principal Oboe to the orchestra. These pieces are complemented by grand orchestral moments including the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. Extensive seating will be provided in the main arena and on the grandstands. It is recommended that hats and/or umbrellas should be carried, should it

be a warm day. The concert has been made possible with support from First National Bank, The Witness and Coca-Cola. Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply; Adult (12-59 years) — R65, Junior (6-12 years) — R45, Pensioner (60 years + with ID) — R45, Children (under 5 years) — no charge. Tickets are available at the gate, or on the website: Ticket sales are now open. — Supplied.

• MAY 19 Mandela Centenary Walk starting at the Msunduzi Museum and concluding at the City Hall from 9 am.

• MAY 26 The 56th Tsogo Sun Sprint at Golden Horse Casino will begin at 11 am. For enquiries contact Laven at 033 395 8182 or

• MAY 25-JUNE 3 The Royal Show is Africa’s largest mixed agricultural show, boasting an extensive entertainment programme and a broad mix of public interests exhibits. This year’s Royal Show takes place at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.


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Health tips for Ramadan B

EFORE delving into the dos and don’ts of Ramadan diet habits, let us first ground ourselves in the different categories of food content we come across. • COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES: starchy foods that release energy slowly throughout the day, as they take longer to digest and absorb into our bloodstream. This helps to keep us active through the day. These include potatoes, wheat, rice, couscous, grains, oats, cereals, fruits, and many vegetables. • SIMPLE SUGARS: high sugar content foods that rapidly absorb into your bloodstream. They can be used to release instant energy when we are exercising or active. However,when taken in excess they remain mostly unused and are subsequently stored as fats in the body. High amounts of sugar in the blood can cause us to become less sensitive to the insulin our body produces, thus increasing our diabetes risk. • PROTEIN: these form the building blocks of our body, involved with growth and repair. Studies have also linked dietary proteins to in-

creased satiety, keeping hunger at bay! • FATS: in small amounts, they are important to many bodily functions and are a source of energy. An excess of saturated fats, however, increase harmful cholesterol levels, contributing to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Obesity is also associated with some cancers and diabetes. • FIBRE: important in maintaining a healthy digestive system. They add bulk to our food and help us feel less hungry for longer. They are found in vegetables, fruit, wholemeal grains, cereals. Where possible, eat vegetables and fruit with their skin, more fibre to your diet. • VITAMINS AND MINERALS: we need these in small amounts to keep healthy and they serve a huge number of functions in our body. Easily found in a combination of fruits, vegetables and meat/poultry. In light of the information above, the following are general pointers related to our fasting. • Begin iftar with dates, providing you with an immediate source of energy. Rehydrate your-


self with plenty water. • Natural juice drinks when breaking the fast are a good source of minerals, salts, and vitamins. • Resist the urge to feast as much as you can, as quickly as you can.After a day of fasting and discipline, resist this instinct and illusion — aim to eat in moderation. • Avoid high-fat, high-sugar content, and highly-processed food. By iftar time, our bodies are working to preserve as much energy possible. Excessive fatty food and sugars will be rapidly added to body fat reserves. • Salty food at iftar and suhur will cause dehydration and make you feel increasingly thirsty.

• After Maghrib salah, have a well-balanced meal containing all of the food groups mentioned in this article. • Meals with slow release carbohydrates will keep you well energised for a night of ibadah. • Fibre and proteins keep you feeling full for longer — an important part of your meal plan. •Staying well hydrated and eating sources of fibre will help prevent constipation in Ramadan • Cereals, salads, fruit and vegetables are excellent replacements for oily curries and fried snacks. • Physical exercise immediately after iftar may not be a good idea,as our blood flow is be-

ing directed to our digestive system at that time. • Please be mindful of the sugar content in caffeinated energy drinks. With tea and coffee, again moderation is key. • Take the strength and discipline developed during fasting to give up smoking. • Do not skip suhur, an important sunnah and opportunity to nourish your body with a balanced diet . • If you are taking any regular medication, have any health conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is very important to consult with your GP first before planning your fasts.




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Medical File Hooked for life T

HE Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) partners with the World Health Organisation to highlight risks associated with tobacco use as part of World No Tobacco on May 31. The aim is to advocate for effective policies to lower tobacco use. Elize Joubert, CANSA’s CEO said: “Globally the focus is on the link between tobacco and heart, also other cardiovascular diseases including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death. “In South Africa, we’re concerned about the burden of tobacco and especially about the tactics adopted by the tobacco industry to target youth. Research shows tobacco use is often initiated and established during adolescence and young adulthood.” Smoking remains a major preventable cause of disease and premature death globally. Annually, the global tobacco epidemic kills over 7 million people. South Africa’s comprehensive Tobacco Control

strategy over the last 20 years has been effective in dropping smoking use per capita — according to the SA National Health and Nutrition Survey 2013. It showed 32.8% of men had ever smoked compared to 10.1 % of females. The initial success of legislation of the past 20 years such as the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act No.12 (1999), hikes in excise duty on cigarettes, and health promotions to educate on risks of tobacco use have led to a 30% decrease in smoking among school children. However, a recent increase in smoking has been noted among youth (particularly girls) in SA from 2008 to 2011, according to the Global Youth Tobacco Surveys. Tobacco companies are engaged in systematic market research generating data on population trends, smoking patterns and attitudes towards smoking. Research revealed that 90% of smokers start the habit by age 18 and 99% start by age 26.

By altering the taste, smell and other sensory attributes of products, tobacco manufacturers entice new users, mostly youth, to start and continue smoking. They maximise the appeal of tobacco products in this age group, by means of introducing the following chemical additives: • Levulinic acid to reduce harshness of nicotine; make smoke feel smoother and less irritating. • Flavourings, such as chocolate and liquorice, to boost sweetness of tobacco; mask harshness of the smoke. • Bronchodilators to expand lungs’ airways, making it easier for tobacco smoke to pass into the lungs. • Menthol to cool and numb throat, reducing throat irritation; making smoke feel smoother. “CANSA appeals to young people, be aware of these tactics and understand that these alterations to products, while enhancing the experience, do nothing to reduce the long-

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term negative effects of smoking or the risk for several cancers,” said Joubert. Furthermore CANSA warns against the use of hubbly bubbly, hookah pipes or water pipes http:// Popular among youth when socialising with friends, it’s important to note that tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe than in other tobacco products. Water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do, because of the large volume of smoke inhaled in one smoking session. The sale of hookahs and products is prohibited by law to anyone under the age of 18. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and similar devices are frequently marketed as aids to quit smoking, or as “healthier” alternatives to tobacco.

Joubert said: “However, this has not been proven. They contain nicotine, so they’re addictive and may encourage novice users to later switch to combustible cigarettes. They’re particularly harmful and addictive to people under the age of 25, as their brains are still developing. This makes it easier for them to get addicted to nicotine after using even small amounts of e-cigarettes, which also contain other harmful chemicals. It’s rather recommended to quit smoking by proven treatments.” CANSA encourages young smokers who have started using any tobacco product to get support to quit. CANSA has a free online eKickButt programme that helps with quitting smoking ( and medication can more than double the chance of a smoker to succeed when attempting to quit. For more info: World Health Organization ( CANSA ( avoid-tobacco

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Cannabis patch for pain I

S 2018 the year of the cannabis transdermal patch? Curious about the new buzzword? Afraid of the stigma associated with cannabis? Who can blame us for doubting the notorious “drug”. The smell, the smoke, the high and the taste are deterrents to cannabis use. If you hate the idea of smoking anything, the popular alternative is a cannabis transdermal skin patch. Using the CBD Patch is as quick and easy as sticking on a BandAid, a tiny patch that delivers pain relief and relaxation throughout the body. Transdermals use the same slow release dermafusion scientific principles as the nicotine or opioid patches. The nanotechnology enables the cannabinoids to transfer more easily from the skin into the bloodstream. The product is odourless hence discreet enough for use at work or school. The patch does not cause the lift in

mood such as the “euphoria” one gets from smoking the THC-rich flower. Cannabis has been used as a homeopathic remedy for centuries. Patients use the CBD Patch to manage many conditions such as psycho-neurological disorders, breast cancer, rheumatism, sexual disorders, painful complications related to childbirth, fibromyalgia,diabetic nerve pain,chronic pain, muscle spasms, inflammation and sports injuries. With some forms of pain, it is easy to determine the root of the problem, but with conditions such as fibromyalgia, it is often hard to understand the cause of the pain. The pain associated with these types of conditions will often appear out of the blue, sending a sharp and tingling sensation. Without knowing the exact cause of the pain,patients are constantly left seeking solutions that are most of the time non-effective.

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SCHOOL SCENE Jazz pianist performs at Carter High Melvin Peters (seated) with pupils of Carter High School, principal Ashwin Ramgoolam (second from right) and music teacher Matthew Hoffman (right). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

TWC girls selected for netball Congratulations to The Wykeham Collegiate girls who have been selected for KZN Netball teams.

(from left) Funekile Nyathikazi (U15 training squad), Mia van der Westhuizen (U15), Kayla van der Westhuizen (U18), Jemma Fox (U18) and Natasha MorbySmith (U18). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Rhythmic gymnastics selection LADDSWORTH pupils, Lily Smit (Grade 3) and Kendra Tongue (Grade 5), took part in the Umgungundlovu District Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition held in Hilton on Saturday, May 5. Lily was placed first in the under 9, level 1 age group and Kendra was placed first in the under 11, level 3 age group. Both the girls received gold medals. Lily and Kendra have been selected to be part of the Umgungundlovu District team to take part in the regional competition on Saturday, May 12 in Durban. The school wished the girls well.

Kaden is tops WEMBLEY College in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal is proud to announce that Kaden Moonsamy in form four achieved the top, Cambridge IGSCE mark in South Africa for Information and Communications Technology. His teacher Dewald Wolmarans said: “Kaden is one of the brightest ICT students I have ever had the privilege of teaching. He is a dedicated and hardworking student, Kaden Moonsamy poses next to a computer. with a passion for computing and technolPHOTO: SUPPLIED ogy. I always knew he was capable of achieving such an amazing mark. I am so proud of him.” Information and Communications Technology practical studies focusing on the ability to use comis a Cambridge subject worldwide and regarded as mon software application to solve problems, ina new “literacy” alongside reading, writing and nu- cluding word processors, spreadsheets, databases, meracy. The Information Communication Technol- interactive presentation software, web browsers ogy syllabus encourages students to develop life- and website design. Students analyse design imlong skills and prepare them for future employ- plement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring ment. The syllabus combines theoretical and that they are fit for purpose.

Encouraging the youth SIPHIWE Sibiya, Radio Personality at Umgungundlovu FM recently addressed the learners of St Nicholas Diocesan School.

(From left) Hanock Berhe (head boy), Shanta Dlamini (St Nicholas old girl), Siphiwe Sibiya and Zewe Mung’omba (head girl).

Lily Smit (left) and Kendra Tongue. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


Wembley places second in science compo (From left) Paige Schofield, Renuka Nair and Pia Steyn in form 5 at Wembley College, achieved 2nd place in the Aqualibrium Science competition held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzbug recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

SAVIP mobile eye care WARTBURG Kirchdorf School (WKS) recently hosted the South African Vision Improvement Project (SAVIP) who provided free eye screening and affordable vision improvement solutions. We are very grateful for the time and effort SAVIP put into our school, as many learning difficulties caused by vision impairments will be avoided. Jarryd and Kristen provided their service for the school and the community for two days and due to popular demand, will be back at WKS on May 21 and 22.


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Maritzburg United ready for the final BYRONE ATHMAN >>


E believe in our game.” These were the words of Maritzburg United centre back Siyanda Xulu ahead of the Nedbank Cup final against the Free State Stars this Saturday in Cape Town.

United players were jovial to say the least during a media briefing while the team held an open practice session. The team completed various drills and exercises before speaking to the press. “Throughout the season players have started to believe in how good they are and that is why we are where

we are today,” said Xulu. Xulu said that Free State Stars are a very aggressive team and they would have to work just as hard as them to win the match. “In terms of combination play and the way we pass the ball around, we are doing very well as a team and we will use this to try and win on Saturday,” said Xulu.


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SPORT 16 May 2018


s e l c y c d l o r a e y 83 KAP sani2c O

N Friday May 11, Arthur Duncan, aged 83, from Howick completed the 260 km Adventure in the three-day KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race. Arthur took up cycling seriously at the age of 65, and has completed the KAP sani2c race five times previously, but not since 2010. “My son-in-law invited me to ride with him. I had never thought of doing another sani2c because of my age, but when the opportunity came, I thought I am going to take on this challenge, because I do keep myself fit throughout the year. It was a challenge, but I got through it with Stuart who pushed me and motivated me, and it’s been wonderful.” The KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race started on Tuesday, May 8 when the Trail version departed from Glencairn farm in Himeville in the southern Drakensberg. The adventure started on Wednesday with Duncan in the saddle, and on Thursday the race event started, which attracts the top elite mountain bikers in the country. All riders travel south on the same path through the beautiful southern Drakensberg, down into the Umkomaas Valley, through Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve and to the coast at Scottburgh. With over 4 200 riders taking part, it is the largest mountain bike stage race in the country. Duncan decided at the age of 65 that he was going to cycle from the sea to the highest peak in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana in Lesotho. The three-day ride had him hooked, and he has become a multiple national champion in both road cycling and time trial in his age category. Duncan has represented South Africa in road cycling and went to the UCI Road World Championships last year. Not sat-

isfied with being an accomplished cyclist in his retirement, Duncan took on the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon when he

was 72, and at the age of 77 he did a second Dusi as the oldest competitor that year. The race component of KAP sani2c finished on Sunday in Scottburgh, with Nico Bell and Matt Beers taking top honours in the men’s race, and Amy Mc Dougal and Samantha Sanders winning the women’s race. Yolandi du Toit and Ben Melt Swanepoel were first among the mixed teams. — Supplied. Arthur Duncan (83) finished the KAP sani2c Adventure mountain bike stage race from Himeville to Scottburgh over three days.

Natalians win with room to spare BYRONE ATHMAN >> YOUNG Natalians ended their season on a high, mauling Maritzburg Hotspurs 9-3 on Friday to take first place in the National Futsal League (NFL) at the end of a remarkable season that sees them at the top of the table by five points. In a total of 12 matches played throughout the season, coach Greg Nair’s team took 32 points out of a possible 36. With a second successive championship in three seasons, Natalians coach was full of praise for his side but also reflective on what could have been. “We are happy to finish five

points clear but would have liked to have gone unbeaten. Unfortunately we had to settle for one loss and one draw which isn’t that bad,” said Nair. Nair said that it was a very good season for them and that they worked hard and will continue to work hard ahead of an upcoming knockout competition they will compete at in July. “We will continue to train hard ahead of the knockout competition because we really want to win that,” said Nair. Renalod Donnelly of Natalians finished the season as top goal scorer after netting four against Hotspurs to put his season tally at 17 goals to make it three seasons in a row that he had finished as top scorer.



Young Natalians celebrate their successful season around their trophy. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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