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The property in Shongweni where the alleged murder took place. PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

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ESIDENTS from Hillcrest, Inchanga and Kloof held an urgent meeting on Thursday night (7 November) to discuss safety concerns after the murder of an elderly couple in Shongweni Valley. John (72) and Hester Noble (68) were murdered during a home invasion on Wednesday night. The police said John had been strangled with a piece of wire and his wife with the piping from her oxygen tank. A neighbour made the grisly discovery after being alerted by the couple’s gardener and domestic worker. It is understood that provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni has assembled a task team to track down the killers. Hillcrest Community Policing Forum acting chairperson Monica Bruun said authorities were pushing to make headway with the arrests of suspects as fast as they could. “Our community is deeply disturbed about the brutal murder of the couple,” Kloof CPF chairperson Corné Broodryk said. “I think this is an isolated incident, but I have heard that the provincial police commissioner pulled together roleplayers last night [Thursday] to discuss it, so it is being taken very seriously.” Continued on page 4

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>> Pet owners urged to keep animals secured Dogs photographed prowling at the reserve recently. Owners face prosecution if dogs are left to roam the area.



ATAL dog attacks on duiker and other wildlife at the Springside Nature Reserve are still on the increase, and the Hillcrest conservancy is warning pet owners that stray dogs will be shot on sight and owners prosecuted. A few weeks ago the Hillcrest Fever reported on the number of duiker drastically dropping due to attacks by dogs. According to George Victor, chairman of the Hillcrest Conservancy, many dogs are sneaking into the reserve. He said the conservancy has sent numerous warnings to residents and pet owners, but all pleas have fallen on deaf ears. “The by-laws for conservancies include that no dogs are allowed in the reserve - not even dogs on leads. These dogs frighten away wildlife such as bushbuck, duiker, mongoose and owls in the gardens and bushlands,” he said. “Because the area is a sensitive, highly biodiverse area with all the development, we are trying desperately to maintain the balance of nature. But these dogs are upsetting this horribly,” said Victor. The council has now warned that if dogs are found roaming in the reserve, they will be shot. “As aconservancy,we are trying desperately for that not to happen Shaun Lyle, chairman of the Hillcrest Park Neighbourhood Watch (HPNW) said the only

way the attacks will stop is if residents living thereservestart workingtogether.“Weallneed to take responsibility for our neighborhood.”




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The consequences of feeding bones – the oesophagus SOME people still insist on feeding their dogs bones. Bones have poor nutritional value and cause everything from dental to rectal trauma. But in between is the hapless oesophagus. Only yesterday I had to try retrieve a bone from a patient’s oesophagus, using an endoscope (initially). The trauma this bone caused was so severe, we decided to euthanase the pa-


Task team hunts killers He said having the elderly move in with their children is not the solution, because circumstances do not always allow it. “In our area we tell the elderly to make sure they are connected [to a security company or neighbourhood watch], but also to their neighbours. “In fact, we encourage families to take responsibility for their elderly neighbours. “Not only for the crime aspect, but also because of the health risks, like when an elderly person falls in the home.” Local resident Andrew Walford, who owns Shongweni Pottery Gallery, said people were shocked at the brutality of the crime. He said at Thursday’s meeting that the local homeowners said they feared for their safety. “We are wondering if the killers are known in the community, and if they were let in because of that,” he said. “The community is fearful.” Walford (70) said the incident had reminded him of his brother’s murder a few years ago. “The first time the suspects broke in and shot his wife … she was left paralysed. “The second time they shot my brother dead. My brother had a cattle farm in Peacevale.” He said they had to trace the suspect through a cellphone number and eventually the community caught him. “But the case was thrown out because we didn’t follow due procedure. Only after a top lawyer friend of mine helped did we manage to re-open the case and mete out justice to the suspect,” said Walford. The Nobles’ neighbour, who did not want to be named, had first turned to former reservist and neighbour Dave Leslie when they did not answer her calls. “Their gardener and house-

keeper were pressing the bell and calling out to them, but there was no answer.” Leslie, the owner of wedding venue Stonehaven Castle and a police reservist for 20 years, described the murder as one of the worst he had ever seen. Leslie said he had forced his way through the closed gate and the Nobles’ staff followed. “I checked in the garage and saw John’s body. I stopped the staff and I said ‘get back, don’t even look’.” He then called the police and the couple’s security company before he entered the house. “That house was trashed beyond belief.” He said he started searching for Hester because they could not find her. “We found her in her bedroom — she had been buried under a heap of clothing and strangled with her oxygen pipes. Hester had been suffering from emphysema for months.” “She was killed with her own life support and then they emptied all the cupboards on top of her,”saidLeslie,addingbothHester and her husband were badly beaten up. “They didn’t kill them, they tortured them. They beat the hell outofthem.Theywerenothreat.” The neighbours said they heard the couple’s two dogs barking on Wednesday night at around 9 pm. However, they did not think much of it because the neighbourhood dogs were always barking at stray cattle in the area. The couple lived alone — their daughter lives in Cape Town and their son is apparently overseas. Another neighbour Lollet Smith described the couple as generousandkind-hearted. Anyone with information can contact the Hillcrest SAPS on 031 765 9116 or email private investigator

tient. A2007 article in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency &CriticalCare describes 60 cases of some of the consequences of foreign bodies in the oesophagus, oesophageal stricture (narrowing); perforation; necrosis; diverticulum formation; aspiration pneumonia; pneumothorax (collapsed lungs); severe tracheal compression. Interestingly, dogs with mild

>> ‘Financial data retrieved … amounted to about R2 million’

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EMBERS of the Durban Flying Squad, together with a team of bank investigators, arrested a 24-year-old man for fraud in Klaarwater on Saturday 9 November. According to provincial police spokesperson, Captain Thulani Zwane, members had been following information of a card cloning syndicate which has been operating in and around the Upper Highway area. “A breakthrough was made when the members acted on a tip-off and

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searched a house in Klaarwater and found 28 bank cards from various banks in the country,” said Zwane. He said that when the cards were verified by the bank investigators it was established that all of them were counterfeit. Police also found a card encoder device in the house. The card encoding device is allegedly used by the syndicate to transfer information from an authentic bank card to a counterfeit one. The counterfeit cards are then used by the suspects to withdraw funds from the unsuspecting victims’ account.

Zwane said that a laptop that was allegedly used to download information from a skimming device before it is encoded into a new card was also confiscated. Police found paper pieces which had details of bank card numbers and amounts allegedly withdrawn from each card. “The financial data retrieved from the confiscated laptop together with the amounts on the paper pieces amount to approximately R2 million,” said Zwane. The suspect was charged with fraud and will appear at the Durban Commercial Crime Unit Court soon.

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ed that 70% of patients with mediumsevere oesophagitis required placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube – a feeding tube directly into the stomach. When clients tell me “but he loves his bones” I tell them that people love cigarettes, that doesn’t mean they are healthy or safe! Be safe and not stupid. Just. Don’t. Feed. Bones.

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oesophagitis were more likely to present to the hospital for gagging. Dogs with more severe oesophagitis tended to be smaller. Recovery times (after removal) were as long as 37 days! As oesophageal necrosis is related to the duration of pressure, early retrieval is critically important; surveying the oesophagus by endoscopy is the technique of choice. The authors also report-

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HILLCREST and Kloof residents are urged to attend their local Community Police Forum (CPF) meetings. The CPF is the forum where issues can be raised directly with the local SAPS leadership, who are present. The Hillcrest CPF meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm, Hillcrest Library hall.The next meeting will be on 27November. The Kloof CPF meets on the second Monday of every month at 6pm at the Kloof Junior Primary School, the next meeting will be on 9 December. Hillcrest CPF acting chairperson Monica Bruun said, “Crime levels are still high and we, as a community, need to work together as well as with the SAPS (South African Police Service) to ensure that crime reduces further in our community,” she explained. Bruun said that this is, in a nutshell, what CPFs do. “We are a partnership between the SAPS and residents of an area to rid their area of crime,” she said. Corne Broodryk, the Kloof CPF deputy

HILLCREST CPF MEETS 27 NOVEMBER. KLOOF CPF MEETS 9 DECEMBER chairperson, added that police cannot be patrolling everywhere at once, and the more eyes and ears that are in the community the better the chance of reducing crime. He urged the community to attend meetings and be informed about what it going on. Rick Crouch, councillor of Ward 10 added that the CPF is a vital part of any community. “People must report every crime no matter how trivial, this is how the SAPS decision makers allocate manpower and vehicles to a SAPS station, if the reported crime rate is low they allocate less,” he explained. For more information on CPF meetings, contact councillor Crouch on 031 764 1178.



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o: The Publisher (Erotic-romance section) Please allow me, through this communiqué, the opportunity to be blunt…as blunt as a chilled spatula on a smooth, toned bottom in a well-lit Hillcrest kitchen. The on-going global financial crisis has taken its toll on my savings, acquired through the organs-forcash exchange and a brief stint in the Republic of Cape Town as a freedom fighter. Today, I am relegated to the position of impoverished KZN columnist living in a crappy Durban suburb

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Synopsis: Spent love-nectar on Council’s floor This soul-eviscerating tale straddles the hot, sticky suburbs of Hillcrest and the rounded, tender hills of Nkandla. It is here that lust, deception and heartbreak play out in the lives of KZN’s politicians. Blain Hung is a strapping young Hillcrest-based DA councillor with nutmeg hair, cayenne pepper eyes, cinnamon skin and parsley breath. Angel Breasted is his pouty-lipped assistant. Breasted had her chance at political fame thwartedafter a disastrous love affair with senior parliamentarian, Chisel Chin. ANC stalwart Chin, native to Nkandla, left Breasted a broken but beautiful shell-of-a-woman-child after realising she could not amply satisfy his foot fetish. The eight day relationship between Breasted and Chin took place six months before Breasted, once an ardent ANC supporter, signed-up with Hung and the DA. The Breasted Chin romance blossomed over a vetkoek and wooden-

paddle combo at Kings Park Stadium, but ended in slow rolling tears of anguish in the deli section of Woolworths. It was here that the couple parted amidst accusations of fetish incompatibility while trying to choose between organic butter lettuce and humus for that evening’s foot fest. But now, with elections fast approaching, the trio find themselves thrown together in a political love triangle - nay, erotic storm - as Chin is sent to investigate allegations that Hung has his hands in the office cookie jar, so to speak. Breasted is understandably torn, and at the perky-bottomed age of 25 is faced with her first moral dilemma that does not involve a rash. With whom will she side? Will it be the senior parliamentarian with salt ’n pepper hair and a foot fetish who broke her fragile, waif-like heart, or the hard-bodied councillor that she carries a phallicky torch for? The book traverses the entire South African political spectrum, summed up in 30 hot, sweaty law-

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Another senseless killing THE killing of Shongweni Valley couple John and Hester Noble, as reported in our page one story, has left the community outraged, and once again the provincial commissioner has taken action. Residents from Shongweni and surrounding areas met

with role-players to discuss the tragic incident last Thursday. Members of community policing forums, police and the public discussed ways to protect the community’s elderly, as the incident has left many concerned. However, many feel the jus-

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tice system has failed , which means crime will remain a concern. Social media is abuzz with comments from around the province following the attack. Residents are saying that the government of the day is spending more time worrying about T-shirts (referring the art T-shirts created by a Westville school pupil) rather than this heinous


crime. Many are using this opportunity to start campaigning after all it is election season. While almost no political party has officially released any statements yet, commenters are banking on visits from high ranking officials in the next few day. Locals feel that this will happen because of the upcoming elections, but know it will not improve their safety. Tell us what you think. email:


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suits, 200 allegations of cookie-jar shenanigans, 203 sex positions and nine sex-tapes. The climax takes place at a highbrow political function on uMhlanga beach, where various councillors from both parties gather to throw cake at each other. All comes to a head when Chin declares his love for Breasted publicly and asks for her razor-nailed hand in marriage. However, unbeknownst to Breasted and Chin, Hung has uncovered evidence that puts the cookie jar shenanigans squarely at the often-bound-feet of Chin. Readers soon learn that it was in fact Chin who orchestrated the fraud and corruption set-up so that he could award a tender for a ridingcrop factory to his brother in-law. Who is the fragile hearted and rubber thighed Angel to trust? Who indeed! Eagerly awaiting your response, dear publisher, and so hoping it will be on pink paper! Des xoxoxo

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Selfish act destroys 50-year-old Hillcrest indigenous trees IT was with utter horror, disbelief and outrage that I drove past the Hillcrest Caltex and saw the five 50-year-old Erythrina, Celtis and Ekebergia indigenous trees cut down. These trees were on council owned land. Some questions: Was permission sought from the Outer West council? Were neighbouring businesses consulted, or the Hillcrest community? These trees are an irreplaceable community asset, which have been destroyed through the greed of a businessman. I have had many equally incensed Hillcrest citizens contact me to express their extreme unhappiness and like all of them, I will no longer support this businessman’s newly-acquired garage or any of his other business interests in the area. The taxi passengers who of-

ten stand under the trees for shade that I spoke with shortly after this dastardly environmental deed, all felt his actions were racist - not wanting them to make use of the shady trees. They also expressed outrage and would no longer support his businesses and intend to put pressure on the local taxis to do the same. A quick check with the local police station also indicated this area is not a high crime spot so his apparent argument that he had the trees removed to improve security is simply not valid. Sadly the damage is done and the centre of Hillcrest now looks like an empty wasteland. As a local resident I call on the relevant local authorities to press charges against this individual. Steve Camp

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Is bad debt the order of the day? ACCORDING to news reports, African Bank has decided to cancel debts to the value of 2.2 billion. These loans were granted to low income earners who cannot service their debts because they are now unemployed. How can loans be approved



N Friday night, my car was stolen outside a recommended booze-buying spot, where my friends and I were picking up supplies for a fun-filled night. Upon leaving the store, we were laden with enough wine to render a vineyard barren and sufficient braai meat to make a vegetarian cry. Having spent enough money to pay the lobola of three royal brides, we proceeded to stagger back to the car,whichwasnotwherewehadleft it. Who, I puzzled, would want to steal my car. Not being a Toyota, it would not provide a taxi owner with the parts required to continue running amok. Being an unashamed “chick’s car”, no self-respecting male will be

to people when their employment status is not secure? Just over two billion is the amount that the Minister of Finance is expecting to save with the new cost cutting measures that comes into effect in the new year. How can low income earners


be given loans when their earning potential mitigates against them? Anybody that cannot balance their budget with the amount they earn will inevitably end up in debt if given the opportunity to source money via loans. That was the very reason

why the Consumer Protection Act was promulgated. If government-owned banks do not improve their background checks on their clients, bad debts will continue to be the order of the day. Mr Vijay Surujpal

The unbearable paranoia of being South African seen dead driving it, let alone stealing it. Inaddition,beingbashedup,having a plumbing pipe where its aerial should be, the vehicle is worth less than the combined cost of our shopping spree and a tank of fuel. I began to get excited, thinking about the possibility of buying a bicycleratherthananewcar,andthus no longer contributing to the Nkandla fund by buying endless petrol. Panic, however, set in when I pondered the distance and number of hills that lie between my home and the Fever offices, and remembered that my fitness levels are greater only than Jacob Zuma’s. The experience got me thinking, and I have developed an entire busi-

nessplanforanentrepreneurblessed with technological savvy greater than mine. At the press of a button, a car parked by a driver with a faulty memory should light up like the Christmas lights in the festive aisle at Game. Upon hearing the voice of a panickedowneremittingexpletivesand uttering the words “car stolen”, the exhaust of any equipped vehicle should belch loudly and emit a fireworks display to rival the front lawn of a drugged-up pyromaniac on Guy Fawkes night. The night took a turn for the better when, upon dialling 10111, the operator answered in under three minutes. When asked to describe the

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colour of my car, I detailed the patches of BMW blue, Audi silver and Ferrari red, souvenirs of my expensive taste in fender-benders. The operator audibly doubled over with mirth and had to put me on hold while calling her supervisor. At that moment, the car guard, overcome with glee at the prospect of a hefty tip and muttering something incomprehensible about stupid white chicks under his breath, took my arm and led me directly to my car - exactly where I had left it one level lower than where our futile search had been taking place. Being South African often means being neurotic, paranoid and downright stupid. Let’s hope we leave these characteristics at home when heading to the polls in 2014.





Thank you for being considerate MUCH has been covered in the media about fireworks on an ongoing basis, be it for Diwali, Guy Fawkes or New Year. Our elderly dog, like so many other animals, is terrified of loud bangs (storms and fireworks included). It is truly awful to witness such animal distress from fireworks; a totally unnatural, climatic phenomenon unnecessary for whatever reason. This year in Hillcrest Park (Ridge & Hilltop Street) area, there were no fireworks of any description over the early November period. Our thanks therefore to all the residents in the area who heeded the call to refrain from setting off fireworks. May the same apply to New Year’s Eve as, for the last 2 year-ends, it was truly horrific. There were large firework “bombs” emanating from one home only in Northern Road (Hillcrest Park) over a long period of time with the residual debris scattered into neighbouring properties. May they too read this and take heed also of the fact that it is actually illegal to set off fireworks in undesignated locations and refrain from so doing this year-end. We live in hope! Mitch

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Latholakala kanzima ilungelo loku ‘VOTA’ akali kahle umbala walo. Uma ngimbuza ukuthi ungihlolela mhlola muni ezongithela ngezinyembezi kwami kungafile muntu, uthule isikhashana ehlezi ebhentshini elingaphandle kwegalaji, wase ethi: “Angikhali. Ngeqiwa ukucasuka nokudumala ngendaba yoku ‘vota’. Ngisheshe ngasiqonda kahle isizathu sokucasuka nokudumala okumlethela izinyembezi. Kunabantu abadala abahlale befaka umoya wokungavoti ngoba bengagculiswa yindlela uhulumeni oshaya ngolonwabu ngayo ekuhlangabezaneni nezidingo zomphakathi. Kulula nje ukuthi umuntu athi: “I-African National Congress (ANC) ngeke iphinde ilithole elami ivoti ngoba ayingenzeli lutho.” Ake sikuzibe kancane ukuthi yiANC ehola uhulumeni obusayo, sikhulume ngo ‘HULUMENI’ oholwa ngabantu abamnyama.

Bambalwa abantu abadala abangazi ukuthi latholakala kanzima kangakanani ilungelo lokuvota lapha eNingizimu Afrika. Akekho ongazi ukuthi kwaphuma imiphefumulo eminingi kangakanani, kulwelwa leli lungelo lokuvota. Kukhona abavalelwa emajele iminyaka eminingi, bancama impilo yabo ngoba belwela ilungelo lokuvota. Ngeshwa elikhulu, leli dimoni lokungafuni ukuvota selidlulela nasezinganeni. Ngiphonsela inselelo noma ngubani ophikayo ukuthi ziningi izinguquko ezilethwe uHulumeni oholwa yi-ANC. Lokhu akuchazi ukuthi iANC ayinawo amaphutha.. Kodwa angikholwa ukuthi lokho sekungadala ukuthi umuntu athi ngeke avote. Kwasayona le ntsha ethi ngeke ivote, iningi layo lifunda ezikoleni ezazingafuni ngisho ukubezwa nangephunga abantu abamnyama, ingasaphathwa eyokubabona begudlana

nabelungu emagcekeni esikole. Kukhonaabaqhoqhobeleizikhundla okwakungaphushwa nakancane ukuthi kuyoke kube ngezabantu abamnyama. Ngike ngizwe sekulula nje ukuthi umuntu aphumele obala agxeke uhulumeni ngokukhululeka, bese ngizibuza ukuthi kwakwenzekani ngenkathi kusabusa ondlebezikhany’ilanga, lapho wawuqale uqalaze ngaphambi kokuyokoza ngohulumeni wamaBhunu. Angikholwa wukuthi kukhona umuntu ophile saka, ofuna ukuthi izwe libuyele ezandleni zabacindezeli. Loku kungavinjwa ukuthi wonke umuntu avote. Noma ngabe umuntu akavoteli i-ANC, kubalulekile avotele iqembu lakhe ngoba ukulahleka kwevoti elilodwa nje, kungadala enkulu inhlekelele. Ivoti yilona elilungisa izinto. Abaningi bazokhumbula ukuthi iNingizimu Afrika yaphunyukwa

yiqatha emlonyeni lokusingatha imidlalo yebhola yeNdebe yoMhlaba yango-2006 ngoba uCharles Dempsey waseNew Zealand engavotanga. Cabanga-ke ukuthi ivoti elilodwa nje, lenza inhlekelele engakanani. Khohlwa wukuthi uCharles Dempsey kwakungesiyena owaseNingizimu Afrika. Sikhuluma ngevoti. Uyothini unembeza wakho sewubona abamnyama sebephindele Gibhithe ngoba wena ungavotanga? Uma ungazi ukuthi ilungelo lokuvotalalwelwakanzimakangakanani, buza kwabadala. Ake sikhohlwe ukuthi kuphethe uHulumeni oholwa yi-ANC, sikhulume ngohulumeni jikelele, oholwa ngabamnyama. Asivoteni madoda. Kukude lapho siphuma khona. Mhlambe uNyikinyibhoxo ukhaliswa wukubona izithukuthuku zakhe elwela inkululeko ziphelela obala ngenxa yakho ungafuni ukuvota.

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Kwaphela iminyaka emibili uNkulunkulu wasibusisa ngamawele, uAphiwe no-Aphelele.” Ngeshwa ihhotela ayesebe nza kulo lavalwa waphelelwa umsebenzi, kodwa wabanenhlanhla wokuqashwa nguNkk Barbara Zietsman, ongumphathiwe-BarbzCaféandDeli eNottingham Road ngaseMooi River maphakathi nesifundazwe. Wazinqumela ukuwonga umholo ukuze aziqalele elakhe ibhizinisi. “Kwakuyiphupho lami ukuba nebhizinisi, ngakho ngabona kukuhle ukuqala ibhizinisi lokuhlela imishado kusukela kwingubo kamakoti, ekuphekeni, ekubhakeni ikhekhe lomshado nase kuhlobiseni indawo ekushadelwa kuyo,” usho kanje. Wabe esesungula ibhizinisi lakhe ngo-2010, waliqamba ngokuthi iKuhlekwethu Catering. Uthe waqala ngokuthenga indwangu engamamithaangama-50,walandelisangem immese, izimfoloko, izipuni nazo zonke izitsha ezidingeka emshadweni. Esehlanganise konke okudingeka ebhizinisini lakhe, waxoxela uNkk Zietsman, owawuthokozela umqondo wakhe omuhle waze wanikela ngendawo yokugcina izimpahla zakhe ziphephile esitolo sakhe. UNkk Zietsman, uthe: “Ngajabula engitshela ngebhizinisi lakhe, ngachazwa yindlela azikhuthaza ngayo, okukhombisa ukuthi wayezimisele kanti vele ukhuthele futhi uhlakaniphile. Nganikela ngendawo esitolo sami yokuthi abeke zonke izimpahla zakhe. Ngiyamsiza ngemoto yokuthutha izimpahla uma enomcimbi ngimsize nangokukhangisa ibhizinisi lakhe.” Aura Men’s Oly Sandals Angels UNkk Dlamini uthe: “Ngiyabonga ngendlela angisize ngayo umphathi wami. Sengihlela imishado njalo ngezimpelasonto okukhomba ukuthi ibhizinisi liyadlondlobala, futhi ngifisa abantwana bami baqhubeke nalo uma sebekhulile.” Abadinga usizo New Pierre lweKuhlekwethu CaGrasshoppers Cardin Phelan tering, bangashayela Hillcrest Stockists of: Tsonga, Angels, Step-on-Airs, Klink, Natural Steps, Bronx, New Balance, Hi-Tec, School Shoes, inombolo ethi: 033 Grasshoppers, Hush Puppies, John Drakes. Leading Stockists of Mens and Ladies Bowling Shoes and Childrens Shoes SHOE 266 6773. CENTRE 42 Old Main Road, Tel: 031 765 1127

thando lokupheka selumenze waba umphetha wokuhlanganisa izibiliboco uNkk Anna Dlamini (36) odabu-ka Balgowan ngaseMooiRiver, maphakathi neKwaZuluNatal, owaqala ukusebenza ngokuhlanza amahhotela, kodwa namhlanje usenebhizinisi lakhe iKuhlekwethu Catering. Uthe lelikhono walifunda ngokubuka abapheki uma behlaganisa izithako ekudleni kanti kuzogcina sekuyingxenye enkulu empilweni yakhe. Uthe waqeda umatikuletsheni (matric) eJabula High School ngo1998, eLiegetton maphakathi neKwazuluNatal, wathola umsebenzi wokuhlanza amagumbi nezitsha ehho-

tela ngo-1999. Ngenxa yokulangazelela ukufunda izinto ezintsha wazithola eselekelela abapheki . “Ukupheka ngiyakuthanda,” kuchaza yena, “kodwa angiqalanga njengo mpheki, ngoba umsebenzi wami wokuqala kwaku ngowokuhlanza ama hhotela. Kodwa ngoba ngithanda ukufunda izinto ezintsha, ngangilokhu ngisiza abapheki uma sengiqede umsebenzi wami wosuku.” . Ukuzimisela kwakhe kwenza wathola isikhundla sokuba umsizi wompheki ngo-2000. Wazithuthukisa wenza izifundo zokupheka ekoliji yase Westville, entshonalanga yeKwaZulu-Natal. Uthe wabona kungcono ukufundela izifundo zokupheka ukuze abe nolwazi oludingekayo khona ezokhula njengo mpheki. Kodwa ngenxa yokungabinayo imali akaqhubekanga nezifundo. Ngenxayokuzimiselakwakheemsebenzini, yize engaqedanga esikoleni, ngo-2001 wathola isikhundla sokuba yinhloko yabapheki base Woodridge Estate. Uthe: “Angikholwanga sengithola lesikhundla, ngabona lifezeka iphupho lami.” Emva kokusebenza eWoodridge Estate, uNkulunkulu wambusisa ngomshado owawu kuyo lendawo ngo-2003. Uthe wazihlelela yena mathupha umshado wakhe kusukela ekuphekeni, ekubhakeni ikhekhe nokunye. “Emva kokushada,” eqhuba, “ngathola umsebenzi eWhistle Duck ukuze ngibe seduze komyeni wami.



Protect the Arum lily HILLCREST Conservancy urges residents to report anyone buying or selling illegally-harvested Arum lilies. The beautiful lilies are illegally harvested in wetlands throughout Upper Highway, particularly in the areas of Springside Nature Reserve and Kassier Road.

Arum lilies are ‘specially protected’ plants that play a vital role in nature’s life-cycle and are ecologically very important. Constant removal of the blooms which produce their seeds has led to a drastic reduction in numbers and even disappearance in their natural areas. Aslongaspeoplecontinuetobuythem, the harvesting will continue. If you are aware of any illegal harvesting contact Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on 031 274 1150. Hawkers can also be reported to Metro Police on 031 767 1222.

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Elsie Narainsamy: “Congratulations Des and Shaun Quin, this just goes to show that determination, perseverance and hard work will always make dreams come true.”

Innocent Busuku: “Hats off to the Spar owners for bringing such an amazing store to our door step.”

Mpume Cebekhulu: “I am so pleased with the Waterfall Superspar, it has everything you need and more. Congratulations to you both.”

Doctor’s mystery thriller a hit KALISHA NAICKER


HE Cure, by Doctor Morad Zaffron, was launched at CNA Hillcrest corner recently. At the age of 17, Zaffron left his hometown in Durban to study at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. After graduating, he worked at a private practice for several years before completing his master’s degree in creative writing at UCT. His poetry and short stories have appeared in international publications. He is currently working on his next novel - The Valley - two chapters of which are included at the end of The Cure. Zaffron describes his book as a medical drama that will appeal to all book fanatics. “The Cure is a conspiracy thriller, partly futuristic, partly medical drama, romance, and police thriller,” he said. The book is set is New York City and Washington DC telling the story about Dr Susan Conner, a beautiful, traumatised

Charlmari Kronmoller, Rasell pillay, Morad Zaffron and Shaheda Moosa. drug-dependent widow, and Dr Vincent Bach, a maverick medical cyberscientist whoisimplicated in the nefarious activities of a global drug company. Zafforn said that death stalks in every chapter as test patients are murdered by the corporation.


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“ There are plots and counterplots, as well as back narratives, all neatly meshed,” he said. “I assure you, once you start reading the book, you would not want to put it down.” The Cure is available at all leading book stores.

Father and son duo, Des and Shaun Quin, offically opened the brand new Waterfall SUPERSPAR in the new Watercrest Mall in Waterfall last Thursday. Customers lined the aisles taking advantage of the opening specials. Pictured are Des and Shaun Quin (centre) with management and staff of the Waterfall SUPERSPAR.

Zandi Marabeni: “Des and Shaun, you have really out done yourselves. Congratulations on this beautiful store. You really had the customer in mind.”



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PREPARING a meal for family and friends can be enjoyable but tiring and stressful at the same time. Some tips to reduce the stress of Christmas cooking include: If you are cooking lunch at home, delegate tasks. You don’t need to do everything yourself. Consider keeping it simple–forinstance, you could always arrange for a ‘buffet’

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9 November Meercats Pub and Grill are having their monthly Flea Market (Second Saturday of each month) this Saturday, 9 November, 10am at 12 Forest Hills Road, Waterfall 3. Phone 031 776 3872, 079 878 8051 or 071 624 1305 for more information. 15 November Kloof Library will be hosting the roadside geology book launch titled “Geological Journeys” on Friday 15 November, 5.30pm. For further information, visit the Kloof Library.

15 November Kloof Home Network will present their annual mini meander over the weekend of 15, 16 and 17 November. There will be tea or coffee on sale in aid of KidzAid charity. Contact Sarel Broodryk on 083 284 9022. Weekly No Fly Zone live at Meercats in Waterfall every Friday night from 7.30pm. Lance Goldman plays every Sunday from 12.30pm – Free entry. For more information, contact Jill Schoeman on 031 776 3872 or 079 878 8051

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Jolene and Donovan Naicker, Clive and Valencia Moodley, Ryan and Alisha Nundeekasen. Eugene Havemann, chairman of the Highbury Parents Association with his wife Debbie.

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Merlot 2010 This is 100% Merlot. It has a minty whiff can be discerned on the nose as well as in the mouth. Ripe musky plums with aniseed and black cherry richness. There’s an oak presence in the form of a cedar flavour and well-managed tannic grip. Beautiful red colour. Some spice and tobacco on nose. Palate is full and well balanced with some beautiful spicy undertones coming from selected French barrique.

Book fanatics flock to Hillcrest Corner DOCTOR Morad Zaffron launched his debut novel, The Cure, at CNA Hillcrest Corner recently. Seen at the launch are:

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WINNER 127: Neriska Dickson, Gillitts Closing Date: November 30, 2013

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Crossword Solution 127 Across 1 Cabaret, 5 Sever, 8 Veracious, 9 Rap, 10 Lava, 12 Baseball, 14 Vacant, 15 Aspire, 17 Reviewer, 18 Beam, 21 Air, 22 Verbosity, 24 Trail, 25 Similar. Down 1 Cavil, 2 Bar, 3 Rich, 4 Trojan, 5 Suspense, 6 Versatile, 7 Repulse, 11 Vice versa, 13 Interval, 14 Variant, 16 Debris, 19 Mayor, 20 Loom, 23 III

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Gayle force returns to Durbs WEST Indian all-rounder Chris Gayle returns to Sunfoil Dolphins for the Ram Slam T20 competition this season after his early departure in the 2011/2012 season due to the injury. Over two seasons in the IPL tournament, he became easily the most feared batsman in the T20 format, smashing more hundreds and sixes than any other

batsman. Jesse Chellan, CEO of KZNCU said, “It isexcitingtohaveChrisjointheSunfoilDolphins for the T20 competition. He is a truly world class performer and a cricketing superstar. Together with Graham Onions, he becomes our second overseas professional for this competition.” Lance Klusener, head coach of Sunfoil Dolphins said, “I’m looking forward to having the biggest gun on the planet at our disposal”. President of KZNCU, Faeez Jaffar said, “The signing of Chris Gayle by the board

Chris Gayle

and management of the Sunfoil Dolphins is a great scoop for the Franchise. “Chris Gayle adds a great deal of international experience and adds depth to the teams’ batting. The younger players will learn a great deal from the experience and exploits of a batting master.” “We believe that a player of the caliber ofChrisGaylewillhelpre-ignitethespectator support that we once enjoyed and at present miss at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. “We, at the board and at council, are committed to bringing world class per-

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formers to play for the Dolphins” he said. The ecstatic Gayle said, “I am really excited to have joined the Sunfoil Dolphins for their 2014 Ram Slam T20 campaign.” “I feel there’s some unfinished business for me as I didn’t get to play for them back in 2012 due to injury,” he added.

Heading for a grand prize >> Hillcrest High pupils are determined to show off their excellent cricket skills and walk away with the grand prize of an outdoor gym for their school at the Coca-Cola 30 Minute Heroes Challenge

Pupils practicing their catching skills.



ILLCREST High School was one of the schools that competedintheCoca-Cola30Minute Heroes Challenge - a competition introduced to schools participating in the Coca-Cola T20 schools challenge and aimed at getting pupils to participate in physical activity recently. Hillcrest High invited all pupils from grade eight to 11 to participate and sports manager, Conrad Schultz, was encouraged at the number of pupils, boys and girls that arrived in their sports gear to compete. The concept encourages as many

pupils as possible to complete a five drillcircuitwithina30minuteperiod. The scores will only be made public once all schools have completed their challenge. The school that completes the most circuits in the allotted time frame stands a chance to win a prize of an outdoor gym to the value of R200 000, which will be installed at the winning school. "What I learnt from the exercise is that our boys cannot skip," said Schultz. "The school has produced some gifted sports persons in the past year,” he added.

“Robin Smith has been selected to play for the KZN under-17 cricket team - he is our leading hockey goal scorer and in 2014 he will be leaving for America to play baseball after receiving a scholarship. “Jo-Anne Van Der Veen has been selected to play for the ladies under-17 provincial cricket team," said a proud Schultz.

Paddling for a cause UPPER Highway surfski ace Danica Bartho became the first woman to complete the gruelling 162km surfski paddle from Richards Bay to Durban for her "Lettie Paddle" campaign to raise funds for close friend and cancer patient Nikki "Lettie" Heyns. Bartho was the first female paddler to complete the DaReal Richards Bay to Durban Challenge, which concluded last weekend with a tough 40km paddle from Suncoast Pirates SLC to Salt Rock. She, like many of the competitors, was dumped in the big waves at the finish at Salt Rock main beach, finishing in pain with more than a dozen blisters on her hands, but elated at having completed the race, and at the support that her fundraising and awareness drive attracted. Through pledges, sponsorships and donations Bartho has raised more than

R70 000, with several more donations expected after the completion of her paddle, which will nudge the final amount close to R100 000. "I have been totally blown away by people's generosity," said Bartho. "And it has come at just the right time because their medical aid has run out! The paddling community has been just brilliant, but it has been much bigger than that," she added. Bartho, who won the women's race while her husband Brett won the overall race with his brother Daryl, has been swamped with congratulations. "What I have done is nothing to what Lettie is doing every day. She is a real legend," Bartho said. Anyone interested in making a donation can do so via the campaign’s website ( or by contacting Danica via email ( From left, Ty Heyns, Danica Bartho and Nikki "Lettie" Heyns celebrate the completion of her gutsy "Lettie Paddle" campaign. PHOTO: GAMEPLAN MEDIA

Both pupils participated in the Coca-Cola 30 Minute Heroes Challenge. Schultz is hoping the school wins the outdoor gym.

"We have been raising funds for a gym and if we win our goal will be achieved faster than expected,” he added.

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Sharks Trail Adventure returns

>> Scores expected to attend challenge

Sharks mascot Sharkie with young riders at last year's event.


FTER a popular debut last year, the Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure returns at the start of the year-end holidays when the MTB ride and trail run family day takes place at Shongweni on Sunday 8 December. The mountain bike trails are accessible and rewarding for the experienced MTB enthusiasts entering the 40km and 18km races, while the 10km family ride and the 2km Sharkie Kids Rideisahitwiththeyoungstersandlessexperienced MTB riders. Lastyeartheeventattractedasignificantentry from the elite MTB fraternity, eager for a serious outing before the end-of-year break in the MTB calendar. Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) emerged victorious in a keen tussle that left all the pro racers beaming. For the trail runners, the day will once again offer a choice of 9km or 18km options, winding through the picturesque Summerveld countryside.

The Sharks players will be there to spend time with their fans, and their larger-than-life mascotSharkiewillalsobeindemandamongst fans keen to have their photo taken with the friendly icon before he boards his bike for his 2km race with the smaller children. Based at the Summerveld estate in Shongweni, the day has been designed around families, with a rare Sunday opportunity to visit the Shongweni Farmers Market, Participants are encouraged to bring braais and picnic baskets to enjoy after the racing is completed, with live music and a distinctly Christmas theme to the day. “It is an opportunity for The Sharks players to spend some time with their fans who are keen MTB racers and trail runners, to thank them for their support during the year,� said the Sharks marketing manager Mike Ablett. Entries can be submitted at

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