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arrested for double murder >> Suspects remain in police custody KALISHA NAICKER/ GABISILE NGCOBO


HE fourth man accused of murdering an elderly couple from Shongweni last week appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Friday with botharmsbandaged.KhulekaniWonderboy Mathonsi was clad in black pants and a bloodstained white T-shirt. Answering magistrate Zinhle Mnguni, Mathonsi said his arms were bandaged

because he was mauled by police dogs on the day of his arrest. Mathonsi was arrested by the Shongweni K9 unit, working with Hillcrest detectives, on Wednesday, the day his co-accused — Philani Shange (20), Siyabonga Xaba (24) and Scelo Mathabane (30) — appeared in court. The men are charged with killing and robbing John (72) and Hester Noble at their home. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2.

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Relief for community >> Police commended for swift action


DUDUZI Sishi (30), Skhumbuzo Sithole (39), Jabulani Mthombeni (26), Sihle Dlamini(21)andNdodaNgcobo(35) are facing charges of possessing stolen property and also appeared in court on Wednesday. Noble was strangled with a piece of wire and his wife with pipes from her oxygen tank. Mathonsi was remanded following a short appearance. Last Wednesday, the Noble family held an intimate memorial service for the couple at Shongweni, with another to follow today in Knysna. John Noble jnr said earlier this week that he forgave his parents’ killers. He said his family believe in love and forgiveness, but want justice to be served.

John and Hester Noble in happier times

Meanwhile, the Shongweni community will hold another meeting in the area to discuss ways of improving security. Resident Lolette Smith welcomed the progress in the investigation. “We’re pleased that something has been done. We’re hoping justice will prevail,” she said, adding that

the double murder had served as a wake-up call for the valley’s residents. “We’ve all been aware of crime and we had measures in place. But when something like this happens,

Khulekani Wonderboy Mathonsi is the fourth man accused of killing John and Hester Noble of Shongweni valley PHOTO: MATTHEW MIDDLETON

you see that your measures were not good enough.” The Provincial Commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni was ecstatic with the swift arrests as well as recovery of the stolen goods. “I commend the residents for working so closely with police and standing behind police to deal decisively with criminality.”

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ILLCREST Police are looking for witnesses to assist with information after a 64-year-old was hit on Inanda Road, Hillcrest last month. According to police Mrs M Mkhwanazi was apparently crossing the road when she was hit by a vehicle on 6 October. “I fell on to the road, and the driver did not even stop to assist,” explained Mkhwanazi. “UnfortunatelyIwasinshockanddidnotget a good look at the driver or the vehicle.” Mkhwanazi said that she is hurt and angry

at the carelessness of the motorist. “If this could happentome,Iwonderhowmanyotherpeople have been severely hurt as well,” she said. Hillcrest SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant France Mkhize said the matter is being investigated. “We are appealing to anyone with information, that might have seen what happened, or description of the vehicle to please come forward. Any information that we receive will be of assistance in the investigation,” said the policeman. Anyone with information can contact the Hillcrest police on 031 765 9116.

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Feline injection­site sarcomas – how real is the risk? SOME of you might have heard of the phenomenon of cats developing sarcomas or malignant tumours at the sites of previous vaccinations. Certain individuals and websites may even have used this to terrify you into not vaccinating your cat. Let’s talk facts then: 1) Rabies is a 100% fatal disease of HUMANS transmitted mainly by dogs and much less frequently by cats; annual vaccination is MANDATORY in KZN 2) Feline leukaemia is rife in SA

amongst sick cats; some overseas studies show low prevalence (<2%) in the general cat population that jumps to 20% in sick cats; so being FeLV negative protects cats from trips to the hospital for many causes 3) Only 4% of animals in KZN are vaccinated against rabies – thus the risk to animals and humans is IMMENSE. SA isn’t Surrey (UK) or Copenhagen – there are no boundaries between urban and rural populations (of humans and animals) and thus we are all at risk and vaccina-

tion is immensely protective 4) In a study of feline sarcomas, over 744,993 feline visits to the vet, there were 0.00036 cases/cat 5) Injections of long-acting cortisone and possibly also long-acting penicillin suspensions was as likely to cause sarcomas 6) Microchips are NOT a cause of sarcoma 7) Early diagnosis of a sarcoma – any lump >1 cm in diameter, or doubling in size within a month of being noted being risk factors – and refer-

raltoaspecialist–canresultinacure in 70% of cases There is NO excuse for not vaccinating your cat against rabies and FeLV, and maintaining this. A cat exclusively kept indoors that only goes to the vet once annually can forgo the FeLV vaccination subject to it’s lifestyle remaining constant. The 3-in-1 against snuffles and panleukopaenia has never been reported as a problem, lasts only a year, and must be continued into later life as immunity wanes.

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ILLCREST residents are now breathing a sigh of relief as the Inanda Road Bridge has finally been repaired and opened for use. The bridge and road collapsed

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during heavy rains two weeks ago, which caused motorists to use alternateroutestravellingtoandfromWaterfall via Hillcrest. The Department of Transport's Nathi Sukazi says he is pleased that the department was able to reach its target.

Hesaysconstructionontheexpansion remains on-going. He has thanked Hillcrest community members for their patience. "We really have to thank the members of the community in the Hillcrest area for exercising patience during the repairing of the road,” he ex-

plained. “A lot of work went in to it in spite of the rain, but we are very aware that it’s a busy road so it had to be done as quickly as possible," he added. Renita Smith a resident of Waterfall was extremely pleased with the swift reaction by the department in

completing the bridge. “The traffic on the inroads during peak hours was a nightmare. I am so pleased that the repairs have been done;nowwecanallgobacktotravelling on our normal routes.” Smith thanked the department for their speedy action.


THE property at 29a Anthony Drive in Gillitts continues to be an eyesore and a problem for the local community and neighbours. The property was first brought to the attention of the building inspectors by DA Ward Councillor Rick Crouch on 12 June 2013. According to Crouch, he was driving past and noticed the incomplete construction and immediately notified the building Great gift ideas for everyone in the family. We have an extensive range of inspectors. gifts covering arts and crafts, educational, practical and leisure categories. "The contractors conStock tacted me six now days later to

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The incomplete property on Anthony Drive. inform me that a 90 day notice had been issued to the property owner," Crouch explained.

However, since then there has been no follow-up by the contractors and the property is in virtually the same condition that it was in back then. "It should not be mine or local residents responsibility to again contact building inspectors five months later, to the day, and prompt themtofollowup.Theyshouldhaveaschedule of follow ups needed on these properties, of which there are many in Ward 10. Since my original complaint I have received numerous complaints from residents regarding this property," said Crouch. "There is a lack of communication in this municipality, there is no follow up and no report back to the complainant from the relevant department. They really need to work on this." If people have complaints about half finished construction sites in their area they need to email their complaint to the building inspectors at and cc Councillor Rick Crouch in on the email at



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N an effort to beautify the town, uMhlanga bans ugly people and fatties. Grunts and women with body fat of 5% or more are roundedup and placed in tented camps south of the uMgeni. Toddlers with stretch marks are force-fed Vitamin E and sent for emergency skin peels. Jacob Zuma makes a guest appearance at Matric Rage Ballito. He is banishedforstagedivingintoanorgy. A despondent Zuma resigns and returns to the private sector where he is voted in as CEO of Nkandla (Pty) Ltd. HeappointsthecastofTakalaneSesame to Nkandla’s Board. Paternity tests indicate that 3/4s of Hillcrest’s population are related. The news eclipses the town’s 1999 inbreeding scandal, when only 50% of residents were said to be “close in a special way”.

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Gwede Mantashe falls into a coma after the ANC only manages 59% of the vote in the general election. No one can tell the difference. Zapiro pens a cartoon about a black,balding,Jewish,lesbian,midget, freedom-fighter who has a fireworks’ fetish. Afrikaners are outraged that they have yet again been marginalised. In protest, Steve Hofmeyr leads a band of faithful to the Voortrekker Monument. The ossewa breaks down three times, but they eventually complete the trip in 74 days. Helen Zille overdoses on botox but survives. She blames the ANC. The ANC blames Apartheid. The ghost of Apartheid blames ANN7. ANN7 blames the ghoul of good jour-


nalism. The New Age runs a detailed graph depicting how Zille is responsible for the botox shortage of 1973 to 84. Julius Malema spawns a fashion label known as The House of Imperialist Capitalist Bastards. His signature label, Rooi-kappie, creates a Fez trend amongst FF+ followers. They accessorisetheirnewlookwithhandstitched safari-suits and koeksister stains. Millions of SABC 2 viewers are elated that Riaan Cruywagen returns to host the news. Sadly, Cruywagen suffers a breakdown on set. His hair finishes the broadcast and is promoted to the position of lead news anchor. Cruywagen is left to recover in a jar of

LAST weekend, I decided to take a break from being a stick-in-the-mud and try to be one of those intrepid outdoorsy types that everyone likes so much. I joined a friend on a bass-fishing weekend in the berg. Through this experience, I came to understand something new about a card game I used to play as a child. When your opponent tells you to “go fish”, itmeansyou’recomingupemptyhanded.When you go fish, with a rod, bait and ever-decreasing patience, the end result is exactly the same. EarlyonSaturdaymorning,Iwastaughthow to cast and reel. I was also issued two very firm instructions from my fisherman friend. Firstly,

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I was not to fish anywhere near him. Secondly, I was not to make a noise under any circumstances. No shrieks of glee when I caught a fish. This was not going to prove to be a problem. He set me up in a spot and proceeded to set up camp upstream. After what seemed an interminable period of time, probably between three and four minutes, boredom set in. I noticed that there was a fair amount of bird activity on the other side of the dam, which led me to believe there would be aquatic life there too. I made my way around the dam, part walking, part sliding and part mud-bathing, before bundu-bashing my way through an assortment of reeds and weeds to get back to the water’s

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edge. After fruitlessly casting five or six times, I noticed two disturbing things. My reel was irrevocably trapped in reeds and no amount of pulling was extricating it, and I had sunk, boots and all, up to my knees in mud, bringing a whole new meaning to being a stick-in-the-mud. Remembering my orders, I waved frantically at my friend, who merrily waved back and skilfully recast his rod. Help, I realised, was not at hand. I gingerly attempted to extricate my right foot from the mud, and to my surprise I lifted it out quite easily. I looked down and quickly realised why – if you’re ever fishing in the Bushman’s Nek area andhappenacrossapairoffossilisedDocMartens aside a dam, please return them – a reward commensurate with a journalist’s salary will be given. Edging gingerly into the water, reminding myself that this was not the Americas, and there were thus no piranhas or alligators anibbling, I found the bush with which my reel had copulated. Miraculously, this was close to the waters edge and I achieved success while becoming muddied only to the base of my shorts. Fourthorns,numerousskidsandcountless curse-words later, I made it back to my friend, onlytobetoldthatthefishingherewas“bloody useless” and that the person who’d recommendedthespotwasbeingdefriendedandunfollowed. Intrepidandoutdoorsybedamned–I’mgoing to read adventure stories, watch the travel channel, and live vicariously through the “carpe-diemming” of others.



November 22, 2013

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Staying healthy this festive season

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Christmas Feature


FEVER IN just a few weeks, the official start of holiday shopping will kick off and once again, we will be faced with the “must have” deals, the “I can’t live without that” deals, and let’s not for­ get the “buy one, get one XX% off. As you shop for your loved ones, try not to get your emotions involved. When shopping, keep in mind that the stores are not out to help you shower your love ones, but to make money. Try to avoid these traps: >>In­store layaway: Be sure to read the fine print. Some stores will charge you a storage fee or a percentage of your total to hold on to your goods. >> In­store credit cards: Around this time, stores will offer large discounts if you open up an in­store credit card.Most in­store credit cards have very high interest rates, higher than normal credit cards. >> Mail­in rebates: There are some great deals that are offered by mail­in rebates.Theonlytroubleis,aroundthis time of year we get really busy and for­ get to mail in the rebates.

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WITH the much awaited arrival of the warm weather and increased abundance of food, the ‘snake season’ is well and truly upon us. Pat McKrill, author of Getting to Know the Neighbours will present a twohour course on common species recognition, typical snake behav-

Dealing with the fear of snakes iour, and how to deal with those thatcomeintothegardensorhouses. The course is designed to help people to overcome their fear of snakes and to educate home and landowners and their staff as well as those involved in the service industry, security personnel or invasive alien plant clean-up staff. The course will be held at

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IKE Hardwich is a dedicated vet who has worked with wild and do­ mestic animals for more than forty years. He assists whenever the need arises and has an extraordinary rapport with all living things. This is perhaps best summed up by the late Sam Ngwena, who spent 40 years in all working for various vets as an assistant and the last six of his life working with Hardwich: “Mike is a white African who under­ stands animals like no other. His spirit calms them; he knows no fear and never panics. He makes our really difficult work seem easy. We seldom have to restrain an animal patient; there is a calming spirit in our practice because of him.” As a country vet whose territory covers the rich valleys and farmland of KwaZulu­

Natal, his clients range from cattle farmers to owners of domestic pets, from game ranchers to circuses. The demands on a vet areconstantandoftenarriveatveryincon­ venient times. Called upon day and night, Hardwich brings to each case his skills, in­ genuity and years of experience, and al­ though he never loses sight of his aim of preserving and improving the lives of the animals he is called upon to treat, some­ times he is sorely challenged by their own­ ers. Whether he is describing the difficult birth of a two­headed calf, discovering sheep scab on the Isle of Man, caring for Dorothy the elephant in her declining years, or helping Reggie the rat’s grieving owner accept his impending demise, Hard­ wich’s compassion and pragmatic humour never seem to flag. HisenjoyabletalesinTheRhinoandthe Rat ­ Further Memoirs of a Vet, detailing

the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a veterinarian, who always sleeps with one ear cocked, will leave you wanting more. Hardwich has also started a non­profit organisation called the Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation. He said that approximately 80 per cent of South African pets have no access to veterinary care. “This is a fright­ ening figure, and with this comes the un­ controlled breeding of unwanted puppies and to a lesser extent kittens,” he said. “I was made aware of the need to steri­ lise animals in underprivileged areas. The figures given to me were of great concern, with many of the welfare organisations in KwaZulu­Natal sterilising less than 100 animals per month. This means that the impact, in real terms, is minimal.” It was then that Hardwhich and his vet­ erinary assistant began the sterilisation of up to 20 animals per day. “The hospital wasundernopressureandbestprocedures

were followed – every animal was steri­ lised using the same procedures used for any other operation and in accordance with parameters laid down by the South African Veterinary Council,” he said. “In ad­ dition the animals were all vaccinated and dewormed. Where mange was found they were also treated for this with follow­up treatment.” “The cost to the pet owner was NOTHING – and no further visitations were necessary because all sutures used were dissolvable.” The foundation’s purpose is: >>To vaccinate and deworm the pets be­ longing to the disadvantaged. >>To sterilise such pets at no cost to the owners. >>To reach out to the school children in underprivileged areas and educate them with regard to the care and husbandry of their pets.

If you would like to know more about the foundation, or make a donation, please email Mike onmikelowry@herita­ You can read Hardwich's animal story blogs on www.mike­ and like him on Facebook ­www.face­

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>> FOR Miles Steenhuisen gardening is more than a hobby. “I’ve been gardening my whole life. I’ve always been considered the gardener in the family,” he said, laughing. Steenhuisen’s grandmother got him started with a small patch in their yard, and, he’s been hookedever since. His prize winning garden transforms an average-sized urban backyard into a tropical oasis. He enjoys mixing indigenous plants with tropicals, and the most beautiful floral arrangements with large pots that one can expect. There is a rock pool which doubles asawaterfeatureandriver,thatmakes

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‘Bless a Baby Spring Charity Drive’ a Huge Success KALISHA NAICKER THE ‘Bless a Baby Spring Charity Drive’ was initiated by Tula Baby and ran nationally from September to mid­October 2013. Communities rallied behind this initia­ tive by purchasing and donating over R20 000 worth of new baby items from participating Baby Boom, Toys R Us and Reggies stores. All items were donated to the Robin

Leon and Leigh Jacobs from Tula Baby hand over more than R20 000 worth of new baby goods col­ lected during the ‘Bless A Baby Spring Charity Drive’ to Kim Griffith­ Jones from the Robin Hood Founda­ tion (middle). Hood Foundation – an NPO who as its name suggests, takes resources from more fortunate families and redistributes those

directlyintothehandsofthepoorestofthe poor in disadvantaged communities. Kim Griffith­Jones, the Robin Hood Foundation coordinator, was overjoyed with the generous donation and explained that the new baby items will be used in their Love The Babies bags which are dis­ tributed to underprivileged mothers from AIDS affected communities. “Many of these needy mothers go into hospital to have their babies with not even a blanket

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or baby­grow,” she said. “Thank you to each and every person who contributed to the success of this charity drive.” added Griffith­Jones. Leigh and Leon Jacobs from Tula Baby added that it was an honour to be able to give back to those less fortunate.

She is a singing sensation >> Hillcrest musician wins annual Rotary club competition KALISHA NAICKER


INGER, violinist, pianist, song writer, recording artist, session singer and performer, Shylo Pereiraisthisyear’swinneroftheRotary Club of Kloof annual song writers competition. The only criteria for this year’s competition was that the isiZulu word, "Siyakhanya" meaning “We are Shining’’ needed to be incorporated in the song. Pereira also performed this song with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the 30th Celebration of the Rotary Club of Kloof’s Durban Pops in Association with Adapt IT. According to Pereira, it was easy to come up with the subject matter for the songwhichfocusesonthefuturegeneration of South Africa coming together as one. She was nominated for the World

Youth Choir, but turned this opportunity down to join the SA Orchestra who participatedintheWorldYouthGames, held in Russia in 1998. AppearingonTVasasoloistwiththe KZN Youth Choir, receiving a master class from world-renowned pianist, Isabelle Stengall, obtaining the highest Royal School of Music grade 8 marks in the province as well as being the recipient of the Silberberg Violin Loan are highlights of Pereira’s music career. Other achievements include winning the International Roodepoort Festival of Arts competition for her violin recital. Pereirawentontoreleaseasingleinthe UK in 2008 for a children’s charity and being interviewed by Radio Hampshire. She then performed at the Cobden Club and Sound Café in London.

Pereira is currently the owner and director of The Music Studio in Hillcrest and this year has been made a Director of the KwaZulu-Natal area for the South African Championships of Performing Arts. All profits from the Great Gatsby themed event will be allocated to projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Kloof, with the main beneficiary being S.M.I.L.E (St Mary's Interactive Learning Experience). S.M.I.L.E is a community-based organisation that evolved as a result of an urgent need in education to develop the English language skills of isiZulu speaking learners and their teachers. For more information visit To donate to SMILE please contact, 031-7646336, or visit 15 Robertson Avenue, Kloof.

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20 November FRIENDS of Hillcrest Library will hold another speaker event on Wednesday 20 November at 10am in the library hall. Gavin Whitelaw will talk about Hillcrest's Iron Age Residents. Entrance charge is R10, and tea and biscuits will be served. 30 November KNIGHTS of Da Gama present a Christ­

WHAT’S ON mas Craft Market at Pinetown Catholic Church Maurice Nichols Road on Saturday 30 November from 8am to 2pm. There will be food, toys, trinkets, pre­ serves, cakes and clothing on sale. To book a table, contact Mike Smith on 083 366 6027 or Mike Laing on 073 021 1917. Table area is restricted to the church piazza only. Weekly SOUTH African Senior Fitness Associa­ tion(SASFA)willholdseniorfitnessclasses

for those aged 50 and over every Wednes­ day at 8.30am to 9.30am at the Highway Age, Sunnyside Lane in Pinetown. Contact Gill on 031 702 6522. Weekly NoFlyZoneliveatMeercatsinWaterfall every Friday night, from 7.30pm and Lance Goldman plays every Sunday from 12.30pm – Sunday roasts and a la carte menu avail­ able. Free entry. For more information, contact Jill Schoeman 031 776 3872 or 079 878 8051

Hirchs Hillcrest turns three KALISHA NAICKER

Welcome to Vergenoegd Vergenoegd has been owned by the Faure family for six generations. Historic “Vergenoegd”, the Dutch word meaning “satisfaction has been achieved”, was granted land rights in 1696 and the Faures have been on the farm since the 1820’s. The Cape Dutch homestead is a historic monument and dates from 1773. The business is now in the capable hands of John Faure as Winemaker.


IRSCH’S Hillcrest celebrated their third birthday offering their loyal customers the very best of entertainment, excitement, service and excellent prizes recently. Customers of all ages joined in the

festivities at the store, thoroughly enjoying the entertainment by "Elvis" (Andrea Giglio from Ellies) who entertainedtheaudiencealongsidesinger and entertainer Belinda Dolphin. Parents shopped, children had their faces painted, decorated cupcakes and danced to the music. CEO of Hirsch's Margaret Hirsch

spent some time meeting the customers and welcoming them to the Hillcrest Branch. “The Birthday was a huge success,” said Pam Gaddiah, branch manager. “We would like to extend our thanks all our customers who have all contributed to the growth and success of our branch.”

Vergenoegd 2004 The Vergenoegd is a classic Bour­ deaux blend reflecting the unique terroir and winemaking philosophy of Vergenoegd. Usually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The vines are plantedinamixtureoffertilealluvial soils along the banks of the Eerste River and more sandy soil with cal­ careous layers. The wine is Rich al­ most inky appearance with nice ripe red berry and plum fruit. It has spicy vanilla scents with a hint of coffee and chocolate on the nose. It is a sweet structured forceful wine, but with characteristic ele­ gance and finesse. Big smooth tan­ nins with good length.

Margaret Hirsch, Hirsch’s CEO with Elvis and Pam Gaddiah, Hillrest Hirsch’s manager.

Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 This wine is blended from various Cabernet Sauvignon blocks ageing from 10 to 17 years planted in sandy top soil over a deep clay base layered with calcareous deposits. This re­ stricts yields naturally and together with the cooling False Bay winds the grapes ripen easily without losing too much of their natural acids. The win is complex, full bodied with seamless tannins.The wine is dark fruitsfollowingthroughtothepalate andfinishingwithalonglingeringaf­ tertaste.

Jordyn Buchanan, Belinda Dolphin and Sne Chonco.

Margaret Hirsch (COE), Pam Gaddiah (Hillcrest manager) Paul Brown (Hirsch’s KZN regional manager) and Charlene Pitman (assistant manager). Winner of the Defy Micro­ wave Sonette Dreyer with Hirschs Man­ ager Pam Gaddiah.

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Hillcrest Corner cares BREAST cancer is a disease that regularly affects millions of people across the world. While the disease can be treated, the long term effects of the disease are traumatic and prevention is always better than a cure. Since October was International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HillcrestCornershoweditssupportbyhanding out free self - examination shower guides to all shoppers every Saturday at

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CURRO Hillcrest Christian Academy held their Save the Rhino Art Fundraiser last Thursday. Pupils from foundation phase to grade seven created magnificent art work, from recycled materials. Head of arts and culture, Kerry Robert said that the art pieces the children created showed their love for one Mother Nature’s big five and also the pupils, creativity and talents. Parents and teachers were asked to purchase the work and all funds raised will be donated towards the South African Wildlife Fund.



>> Pupils participate in school exchange programme German pupils from left: Alina Reichlig, Vivien Beck­ man, Franziska Kaiser, Tobi­ as Noeker, Mara Hester and Tobias Vente with their hosts (front from left) Erin Geldart, Lily May Roberts, Julia Schauerte, Bronwyn Hall and David Wright.

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FOR the third consecutive year, a successful exchange programme has taken place between Hillcrest High School pupils and those from Lennestadt's Gymnasium der Stadt in Germany. In April this year, four pupils from Hillcrest High visited the beautiful town of Lennestadt and the school is currently playing host to six pupils from the Gymnasium. This programme has enabled pupils from both countries to experience family life in anoth-


the centre. The guides provided step-by-step instructions on how to detect early signs of breast cancer. Even though the month of awareness is over for this year, Hillcrest Corner values all its shoppers and encourages everyone to have regular medical check-ups.

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er country, the different school environment, as well as the language and culture. The visiting pupils have a jampacked itinerary ranging from visiting schools in the area as well as rural areas, through to seeing the sights of Durban. The visit also included attending a Sharks rugby match. Hillcrest High is the only schoolintheUpperHighwayarea that offers German as a second language from Grade nine through to matric. German teacher, Ilse Bothma, said that pupils returning from

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their visit to Germany had proved to be mature, worthy ambassadors for the KZN region. She added that Germany awards a generous number of scholarships annually as well as other support to study in Germany. Workingholidayvisasareavailable to the youth and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals. If any pupil in the Highway area is interested in taking German as an additional matric subject, they can contact Bothma at Hillcrest High on 031 765 1215 or email

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From left, Hillcrest High's top Grade 12 pupils ­ Thembelihle Magutshwa (Proxime Accesit Dux), Sinmiloluwa Onyebilanma (Dux) and Priyanka Sivlal (3rd in Grade 12). HILLCREST High School held its Senior Awards evening at which it celebrated the achievements of its senior pupils recently. Guest speaker, Matthew Willman, freelance documentary photographer and commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Trust, delighted his audience with snippets from his illustrious career as well as his moving story of his own life journey. Sinmiloluwa Onyebilanma is this year's Dux of the school, receiving nine academic awards,followedbyThembelihleMagutshwa, Proxime Accesit Dux and Priyanka Sivlal who placed third in Grade 12. All three pupils were re-awarded with Honours cum Laude. Bianca Westwood was also re-awarded Honours cum Laude while Bathandekile Ntuli, Guy Salomon and Caylin Sprighton were awarded Honours cum Laude for 2013. This year's Best All-Round Sportsman is Robin Smith, Best Senior All-Round Sportswoman is Vanessa Atkinson. The trophy for excellence in a sport not offered by the school is Bradley Fenton, Motocross champion and winner of the 2013 FIM Motocross of African Nations Intercontinental event.

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PPER Highway’s 16-year-old Travis Teasdale has competed in many forms of dirt bike racing in his short career – from motocross to the Junior Off-road Championship and enduro races. However, he will tackle the ‘Roof of Africa’ which takes place in Lesotho for the first time this year. This extreme enduro race is renowned as one of the toughest and most gruelling motorcycle events in the world and is the race for many riders – young and old. Racing for Team Brother Broadlink KTM, Teasdale has dreamed about competing in the ‘Roof of Africa’ from an early age, but he had to wait until after his 16th birthday in July for his dream to materialise. This year he won his second Junior National Off-road Championship title (he won the 125cc ClassChampionshiptitlelastyearandtheOpen ClassChampionshipthisyear)andclinchedthe E2(200cc)ClassatthefinalroundoftheLiquorland SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championship at Matatiele where he finished third overall. About 600 motorcycle riders have entered for this three-day race – only 400 entries were accepted – that consists of various mountain

passes and routes where no motorcycle competitor has ventured before. Teasdale will be one of 120 entrants from all over the globe who will tackle the race in the Gold Class where riders have to complete the full race distance. After the exhilarating street race, the youngster will travel with his crew to Bushman’s Pass to the north-east of Roma where all the racing action for the next three days will take place. He will not only aim to finish the race, but he will hope to prove himself against some of the world’s best extreme enduro riders including the 2011 race winner from the UK, Graham Jarvis, as well as former triple winner from New Zealand, Chris Birch. He will also compete against his good friend and rival from Paddock in KwaZulu-Natal, Wade Young, who made history last year when he became the youngest winner of this event at the age of 16. The ‘Roof of Africa’ is about the rider and his machine versus nature and some of the most feared mountain passes where even the goats and donkeys tread with care, but Teasdale is prepared and ready for the challenge. The event kicks off this weekend in Lesotho..

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