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It was the fourth time that the Woodley’s had to endure the trauma of a home invasion on their property just off the R71 between Tzaneen and Letsitele. In fact it had occurred so often that they have made peace with terror-attacks being a “part of life and we deal with it as we go”. Not enough is being done to proactively prevent these attacks which are becoming more and more frequent. The Tzaneen police are making very little arrests in these matters and their investigations seem to yield even less results. Read the exclusive interview with Ian Woodley (pictured above) on page 2 in this edition. Photo: Joe Dreyer


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A 56-year old man valiantly defended his elderly parents during a terrifying home invasion on Monday morning at their family home outside Tarentaalrand. Ian Woodley (56) and his mother, Suzanne (79) had been up late, lounging in the living room. At around 01:30 that morning they retired to their bedrooms. “I had just switched off my light and climbed into bed when I was startled by an immense crash coming from the living room side of the house. I heard glass shatter as it hit the floor and I knew that we were being attacked,” recalled Ian. “I grabbed my phone and dialled for help, I couldn’t get through and so I ran to the kitchen to arm myself and prepared for the worst.” In the meantime, Suzanne, who had also been startled by the loud bang had climbed out of bed to investigate. Initially she thought it may have been her son who had dropped something in the kitchen. “I took my phone and peered out of my bedroom door. That’s when Ian came up to me and said there is trouble, we had better get to the bathroom.” Ian woke his father, Sonny (89) and rushed the pair to the bathroom before approaching the lounge, armed with a kitchen knife and a machete from the pantry. As he entered the narrow passageway leading to the front of the house he heard a window in one of the bedrooms shattering. Then another window on the opposite end of the house and still a third window was smashed in one of the guest bedrooms - intruders were entering the house from all sides simultaneously. “Chaos rained down around us as windows started shattering all around the house. I could hear the rocks hit the floor inside the rooms and I heard the guys running outside the house. The first guy who broke the window in the lounge was busy removing the smaller bits of glass from the frame in order to climb through, when I ran at him and screamed for him to get out. He was armed with a machete and knobkerrie but he backed off briefly. I could see he was surprised.” At the same time a second intruder was climbing through the window in one of the rooms closest to the bathroom where his parents were hiding. Ian turned and ran to the room and chased the second assailant back through the window. The first intruder seized the opportunity and climbed through the window into the lounge. He started towards the bathroom but was confronted by a knife wielding Ian in the passage way. “The guy looked at me for a few seconds and then grabbed one of our bookshelves and tried to ram me with it. It was too heavy for him to move, but I thought to myself this was a clever idea and so I toppled the bookshelf over. It wedged in between the walls of the narrow passage and acted as a barrier separating him from me.” The bookshelf was too broad for the intruder to jump over and the


backing board too slippery from him to climb onto and risk receiving a blow from Ian. “Suddenly he started hurtling ornaments and ashtrays and basically anything he could find at me. He grabbed the bricks from one of our other makeshift bookshelves in the lounge and threw those at my head. When he ran out of ammo, he started breaking chairs and coffee tables and throwing the pieces at me. The guy went berserk!” By this time Ian had been running between the passage and the two bedrooms fending off attacks coming at him from three sides simultaneously. Between dodging missiles from the front and assailants at his flanks, Ian sustained a number of cuts to his arms, hands and face. Suzanne had managed to contact the Letsitele Neighbourhood watch and a number of friends who all sounded the alarm. “We shouted at the guys that the police on their way, but they seemed little phased

ABOVE: Ian Woodley stands beside the bookshelf that was dismantled and thrown at him during the attack. BELOW LEFT: The pieces of broken furniture that an attacker used as missiles. MIDDLE: The passageway and bookshelf Ian used to stand his ground against the three attackers. RIGHT: Suzanne Woodley recounts the ordeal from her perspective.

by this and the attacks persisted. It was only when they saw the lights of the neighbourhood watch vehicles that they immediately jumped out through the windows and ran off.” According to the Woodley’s, the entire attack lasted no more than 20 minutes. Suzanne recalled that the neighbourhood watch men arrived at their home in less than 13 minutes after she made the call. The three intruders fled into the bushes and a search was immediately conducted ,but they managed to escape. Ian was treated in hospital for his wounds but was back home that same evening. The motive for the attack is not clear and though one can only speculate, it would appear, as in the case of Ben Pretorius at Mapietskop, that these attacks could more likely be acts of intimidation rather than house robbery. The intruders in the last attack were young men which the Woodley’s guess to be in their twenties judg-

ing by their voices. Their faces were covered by balaclavas or masks and were rather brazen in their actions. This was the fourth time in the last 28 years that this family suffered an attack on their home. They recalled the first attack having occurred roughly four or five years after they moved into the house. July 2017 was the second attack. This time the intruders entered the farmstead in broad daylight at 09:45 and tied up both Ian and Sonny before dragging Suzanne into the house where they assaulted and bound her. In this instance a shotgun and three cell phones were stolen before they fled. The third attack on the Woodley’s occurred at the start of this year when a group of intruders invaded their home in January. In this instance Ian was assaulted as he tried to defend his parents. Nothing was stolen. What is shocking is that in all the cases above, no arrests have yet been made and no feedback has been giv-

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en to the victims on the progress of the investigations. The Woodley’s were attacked four times and Ben Pretorius’ farm at Mapietskop suffered eight robberies in the space of just six months and yet there are no arrests and no further information. In contrast, three doctors were assaulted and wounded at their residences on the grounds of the Letaba Hospital and the very next day a high-powered delegation which included the Minister of Police and the Minister of Health accompanied by an SABC camera crew travel to the hospital to investigate the scene. A reward is offered for information which could lead to the arrest of the suspects and the crime is labelled an atrocity. What about the Woodley’s and others like the Pretorius’ or the Westley’s or the Wilson’s and the Nel’s? What about the countless others Minister Bheke Cele?

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“Those are not our Guard trampled by elephant lions” – SANParks ■ Joe Dreyer

■ Joe Dreyer The lions that were spotted around the premises of the Foskor mine in Phalaborwa did not escape from the Kruger National Park. National and some local media outlets sensationalised a pride of around 14 lions that were spotted in the vicinity of the mining community as having escaped from the Kruger. SANParks have denied this statement saying that the 14 lions formed part of a roaming pride which has not escaped from either the Kruger National Park, or any of the adjacent private reserves. It is believed that this pride has been residing in the Phalaborwa area for a number of years and that they seem to move along the Selati River system which is most likely why they have always been spotted near the premises of Foskor or Palabora mining companies. It is because of this fact that SANParks have cautioned it would be unwise to introduce these lions into the existing lion population as prides are extremely territorial. The disease status of these lions are also not known and the risk should therefore be avoided. “Those lions originate from the Grietjie-area which now forms part of the Kruger’s property,” said one long-time resident of Phalaborwa. “There have always been lions and other wild animals in the Phalaborwa area which is part of what makes our town so unique. Those of us who have lived here our entire lives know and love this aspect of living here.”

Elephants, hippos and even the occasional leopard are regular sights in Phalaborwa. There have been a number of incidents related to wild animal and human confrontation in the past too. In October of 1998, a German tourist, Rita Hahn, was killed instantly by an elephant bull while playing golf with her daughter at the Hans Merensky Country Club. In March 2005 a security guard was mauled by lions near the Kruger National Park gate in Phalaborwa, and his remains discovered near the Kruger Park Spar complex the following morning. During the last three decades there have been many reports of pets disappearing from residential properties near the Hendrik van Eck (now Kruger Park) airfield. In fact, it was finally discovered in the late nineties that a leopard had made his home in the area and the pets were easy prey.

The family of the security guard trampled to death by an elephant bull on the premises of Foskor mine in Phalaborwa last week are allegedly claiming financial compensation from the mine. According to reports, they were not satisfied with the security on the mine and therefor want to be compensated as the deceased was the only breadwinner in his household. He had four children, the last of which his wife had only just given birth to a few weeks prior to his death. Eric Kgatla (45), a security guard employed by private contractor Samson and Reuben Security to guard the Zirconia plant on the mine, was found dead at around 04:00 on Saturday morning. It is believed that he was patrolling the grounds at the time and that he was found a distance away from his guard

house. International news agencies, in an effort to attract visitors to their websites, have in the meantime romanticized the incident by claiming that Kgatla was “protecting the miners from a pride of lions that had escaped from the Kruger National Park”. In reality this is most likely not the case as one of the surviving family members stated in an interview that he most likely left his guard house to go to the toilet when the surprise encounter with the animal occurred. A colleague that was also on shift with Kgatla said that he heard the sound of an elephant outside the guard house and he ran for safety. This is allegedly when he realized that his partner was not in the guard room. The deceased’s body was recovered behind the guard house. He will be buried this coming Saturday. At the time of going to print it was not clear whether the elephant in ques-

tion had escaped from the Kruger, or whether it was one of the many wild animals which often roam the premise. In a similar story, a father is mourning the death of his toddler after the two year old boy was mauled by a leopard on that same Friday evening. It is reported that 2-year old Courtney Ntimane and his mother Cebile Nuku had travelled from their home in Bushbukridge to the Kruger Park to visit father and husband, Isaiah Ntimane (35) who is employed by the park. They were visiting him at his cottage in the staff quarters when a leopard attacked the child while they were enjoying a braai that evening. The animal scaled the fence and disappeared but was allegedly later tracked down and killed in order to prevent it from harming other people. The incident was confirmed by the KNP spokesperson, Ike Paahla.

Learner crashes into learners ■ Roelof de Jonge A Grade 12 pupil from Mohlatlego Machaba High School in Ga-Motupa near Tzaneen, who was allegedly late for a Sepedi exam, ran over a group of fellow learners on Wednesday the 5th of June. The 18-year old grade 12 learner, who is also the president of the school’s Student Representative Committee, apparently borrowed the vehicle from his father. The speeding vehicle injured nine of the pupils whilst Koketjo Raholane died upon arrival at the hospital. They were

all waiting to write exam later that day. According to the school’s principal, Emanuel Motshinye, teachers from the school rushed to the scene to assist the injured grade 8 pupils. He said the teachers then took the learners to various hospitals in the area. Motshinye further stated that the pupils were all gathered together just outside the school’s premises when the incident occurred. They were waiting for the school to start as they were also going to write exams later that day. According to Col Moatshe Ngoepe, provincial spokesperson for the SAPS in Lim-

popo, a case of culpable homicide was opened against the driver of the vehicle and a police investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident. The MEC for the Limpopo Department of Education, Ms Polly Boshielo, extended her condolences to the families of the learners. “This is no easy matter for the families and the school community. No amount of words can ever soothe the pain as a result of this accident. Our department has accordingly dispatched the psycho social unit team to conduct the necessary counselling of this tragic incident.”


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Mandela Park pleads for running water ■ Roelof de Jonge


‘Residents of Mandela Park in Kgapane, received two water tanks on Human Rights Day on Saturday the 21st of March this year. There is no running water for households in the area and these residents have to collect water from a nearby stream for their daily needs. These water tanks were organized by Desireé van der Walt, DA Member of Parliament for Public Service and Administration, and handed over by DA provincial leader for Limpopo, Jacques Smalle. According to Van der Walt, when the two tanks of 5 000 litres each were handed over, it was filled up by the DA. The village falls under ANC governance and since then these tanks have never been refilled since. This allegedly is because the ANC refuses to refill the tanks as they were donated by the DA and therefore considered to be this party’s responsibility. “The irony of the matter is that the village is named after Nelson Mandela who was in many ways the bastion of freedom and equality for all in this country,” said Van der Walt. “But despite this, the very party meant to ensure Madiba’s goals are brought to fruition has neglected these residents, yet the residents still view the ANC as their liberators.” She further stated that the DA will once again ensure that these tanks are filled with water, but she is however determined to lay a case of negligence at the Human Rights Commission and report the matter to Parliament. Lawrence Lebea, a DA member and resident at Mandela Park, alleged that the ANC councilor, Stephen Kgatla, is never to be seen when needed and negligence to fill the water tanks is just one of the many incidents hampering this community. Van der Walt and Lebea both agreed

that collecting water from a stream for human consumption is inhumane and nothing but political games being played by the Ward 8 ANC

Residents of Ward 8 at Mandela Park, in Kgopane, busy collecting water from a nearby stream. Photo: Roelof de Jonge

bushes surrounding the stream, but it is also not healthy to use this water. We cook the water to kill the germs, even if we are afraid of diseases like cholera, and hope by cooking the water will help to sanitize it. We have no choice to use the water from the stream”, she said. Spokesperson for the Greater Letaba Municipality (GLM), Lovers Maenetje said that the request from the residents has been noted and a commitment has been made and will be fulfilled. “It has nothing to do with politics, we are just experiencing a bit of a delay. Our water tankers programme is very long and we have very little resources to attend to all the requests. We assure the residents of Mandela Park that those tanks will be filled and we sincerely apologize for the delay in this matter’, Maenetje said.”

leadership. Bulletin accompanied van der Walt to Mandela Park on Tuesday the 4th of June. Arriving at Mandela Park, women were seen collecting water in plastic buckets from the stream. One of the residents, Nelly Mathlaba, said she has to walk quite a distance to collect water from the stream. “Not only is it unsafe because of the dense

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Granny’s Grumbles - THE WEDDING

A few months after the “no milk for the coffee´episode” we were invited to Johannesburg for a wedding. The daughter of some very good friends was marrying the second son of a Scottish lord. Anybody with a British background will tell you, the second son is not about to inherit anything of consequence but nevertheless all and sundry from all over the world was flying in to attend the wedding. Obviously one must put ones best foot forward for an occasion like this so I hauled out the outfit which had been especially made for me when I attended my son’s wedding Not only was it the first outfit that had been made especially for me but it was also the most expensive outfit that I had ever had. Two piece dark turquoise brocade

outfit fashionably loose and with a built in petticoat/lining. After my son’s wedding it was sent off to the drycleaners and had been sitting in my wardrobe swathed in plastic since then. We arrived in Johannesburg on the Friday and bearing in mind that we are from the country and regularly get lost in cities – this was before the advent of the GPS – I decided that we should start getting ready early on the Saturday as the wedding was taking place at three o’clock and quite a long way out of the city. Just after one o’clock I removed my outfit from the plastic – it was fairly obvious that something peculiar had happened since it was last worn. The bright pink lining was hanging about two inches lower than the skirt. Horror of horrors!! What on earth had happened? I yelled for my spouse who assured me that it was the way it was placed on the wire hanger. Two minutes later it was realised that the outfit had obviously shrunk at the dry cleaners – everything except the lining which was bright pink. Since the outfit itself had been fashionably loose and fairly long it was not a disaster except for the lining. “Not a problem” said my spouse “It can be stitched up – we have loads of time”. Guess what? My darling daughter did not have a needle or thread. I couldn’t believe it – AND said so. She was quick to point out that at the end of twenty years of marriage all I had in the way of a sewing box was a rusty biscuit tin with a couple of needles and numerous buttons that had fallen off clothes throughout the years. Hubby stepped in – what about some

safety pins? None in the house. Stapler?? Of course not. I had nothing else to wear and was feeling more than a little distraught. My visions of hob-nobbing with the aristocracy that afternoon were ruined and when my ever-tactful husband told me I should have examined the outfit when it was picked up from the dry cleaners I nearly threw a tantrum. Helpful hubby then suggested maybe a pair of scissors – just cut the lining – nobody’s going to see it. My daughter agreed – only problem being that the only scissors she had were curved nail scissors. I disappeared to sort out my hair while father and daughter attempted to cut the lining shorter than the skirt – the end result was pretty awful – don’t know what sort of material it was but it frayed very easily. Eventually we got to the wedding which was a very nice affair and I felt fairly good about my outfit. However when we got to the reception and I crossed my legs a vast amount of brilliant pink frayed lining appeared which I fortunately did not notice but my husband made frantic signals which I eventually understood. Off to the “ladies” and attempted to pull the offending frayed ends off. I did not realise that certain types of material just go on and on frayinhg. To be honest I felt distinctly uncomfortable – every time I danced, crossed my legs or moved my body more frayed ends appeared. Fortunately the champagne was flowing and I imbibed enough to enjoy the last couple of hours which was a relief. Since then I have never owned any clothing that needs dry cleaning – one can never be too careful. Also never criticize your children for being just like you!

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Rev Ron Reiners Anglican Church In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit I greet you. Thursday was Ascension Day in the past it was a public holiday and many would go to church to celebrate this day, as it is no longer a public holiday many have forgotten that this day exists. We fail to remember the significance of this day, Christ had risen from the dead and He ascended into heaven to be re-united with His Father, to take His rightful place at the right hand of God. He was fulfilling the scriptures. The Old Testament prophets told of His coming and that He would die, rise again and ascend to the Father. Have we perhaps become too worldly, a fallen nation? We see statues being erected in honour of human beings and we often pay homage to these, are we not falling into idolatry? We get upset when these statues are removed for political reasons, to please those who offer reasons for their removal. Yet we fail hopelessly to acknowledge the existence of Jesus and what He did for us. I am not suggesting that we erect statues for Him, He never wanted to be humanized, but to be believed in. We remember what people did for the good of the nation sometimes elevating them to heights that seem above God. I believe often people do good as directed by God and therefore we should give God the glory as He raised these people to do His work here on earth. Yet we often forget this and think that it is by their own power that these works are done. 1 John 2v15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The wonderful fact is that Christ did amazing things while He was here on earth and we acknowledge this. He is still doing these things today but we fail to see what He is doing, rather, we believe that it is the world that is giving us all. God is merciful and forgives us for our failing, does the world do the same? We need to truly get down on our knees once again and give God the glory. Acknowledgement for things we have done will be our ultimate aim when we come before Him once again and He says “My good and faithful servant”

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Sabatier re-elected Guests and members of the Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club gathered keenly around the warmth of the make-shift fires to help keep the cold away on Saturday evening during the annual presidential induction dinner at Platform 9 in Tzaneen.

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The Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club held its annual induction dinner for its newly elected president on Saturday the 8th of June. Rodney Sabatier, current president of Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club, was re-elected as president for another consecutive term. The event was a cowboy themed affair with Lion members and guests dressing in Western style outfits. A number of Lions club members also received awards for 100 percent attendance and certificates


During the annual presidential induction dinner of the Letaba Lions Club on Saturday evening, several members received awards for their commitment and dedication for the past year. Left: Louis Venter. Right: In front is Annelize Rossouw. At the back are Letaba Lions Club president Rodney Sabatier, Bernard Froise, Martin Froise and Christa Koekemoer.

of Appreciation. Martin Froise and Annelize Rossouw received awards for Lion of the Year. The purpose of Lions club International is simply to serve and it has been since it was first established in 1917. Lions clubs are places where persons join together to give their valuable time and effort to improve the lives of communities and the world. The mission of Lions Clubs is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through the network of Lions clubs around the globe.

Left: Letaba Tzaneen Lions Club president, Rodney Sabatier, congratulates members Martin Froise and Annelize Rossouw with their Lion Club of the Year awards during Saturday evening’s presidential induction dinner.

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Legals NOTICE OF SALE OF BUSINESS Notice is hereby given in terms of section 34(1) of the Insolvency Act No 24 of 1936, as amended, to interested parties and creditors of Silicon Smelters Proprietary Limited (Registration Number 1998/019036/07) (the “Company”) with business address at Beyersnek Road, Witkop Quarry, Polokwane, Limpopo Province, of the intention of the Company to, as soon as possible after the 31st day after the date of the publication of this notice but before the 60th day after the date of the publication of this notice, transfer all of the Company’s rights, title and interest in and to its business in respect of the planting and harvesting of timber on its timber farms situated in the Limpopo Province for sale to third parties and which is conducted by the Company under the name and style of SILICON SMELTERS and all its assets, including its immovable properties (comprising several timber farms situated in the Louis Trichardt / Makhado, Haenertsburg, and Morebeng areas, including the plantations of standing timber and improvements situated on such properties), movable assets, water use rights and water permits, to Mphome Agric Proprietary Limited (Registration Number 2019/094424/07). All enquiries, court processes, notices or other documents or communications of whatsoever nature must be addressed and delivered to: Werksmans Attorneys, Block D, De Wagenweg Office Park, Stellentia Road, Stellenbosch Tel: (021) 809 6000 ; E-mail: ; Fax: (011) 535 8600 Reference: Mr Pierre le Roux KENNISGEWING VAN VERKOOP VAN BESIGHEID Kennis geskied hiermee in terme van artikel 34(1) van die Insolvensiewet Nr 24 van

1936, soos gewysig, aan geïnteresseerde partye en krediteure van Silicon Smelters Eiendoms Beperk (Registrasienommer 1998/019036/07) (die “Maatskappy”) met besigheidsadres te Beyersnekweg, Witkop Quarry, Polokwane, Limpopo Provinsie, dat die Maatskappy van voorneme is om, so spoedig moontlik na die 31ste dag na die datum van publikasie van hierdie kennisgewing, maar voor die 60ste dag na die datum van publikasie van hierdie kennisgewing, oordrag van al die Maatskappy se reg, titel en belang in en tot die Maatskappy se besigheid ten opsigte van die aanplant, oes en verkoop van hout op sy houtplase geleë in die Limpopo Provinsie en wat deur die Maatskappy onder die naam en styl van SILICON MELTERS bedryf word en al sy bates, insluitend sy onroerende eiendom (bestaande uit verskeie houtplase geleë te Louis Trichardt / Makhado, Haenertsburg en Morebeng gebiede, insluitend die plantasies van bestaande hout en verbeterings op sodanige eiendomme), roerende bates, watergebruiksregte en waterpermitte, aan Mphome Agric Proprietary Limited (Registrasienommer 2019/094424/07) te verleen. Alle navrae, hofprosesse, kennisgewings of ander dokumente of kommunikasie van watter aard ookal, moet aangespreek en afgelewer word aan: Werksmans Prokureurs, Blok D, De Wagenweg Kantoorpark, Stellentia Straat, Stellenbosch Tel: (021) 809 6000 ; E-pos: ; Faks: (011) 535 8600 Verw: Mr Pierre le Roux Jun201___________________________


EXECUTION CREDITOR and MHAGERO AGRICULTURAL PRIMARY CO-OPERATIVE EXECUTION DEBTOR (Registration number: 2015/02361/24) AUCTION PURSUANT to a judgement by the magistrate TZANEEN granted on 19 FEBRUARY 2019 the under mentioned goods will be sold at 10H00 on 04 JULY 2019 by public auction to be held at the SHERIFF LETABA’S STOREROOM, MAIN STORE NO 2, 20 INDUSTRIA ROAD, TZANEEN by the sheriff for the Magistrates Court of TZANEEN to the highest bidder for cash, namely: 1 x WHITE HINO 300 TRUCK (REG: DRJ 026 L) 1 x FORD RANGER WHITE (REG: CLK 604 L) 1 x TRAILER WITH WATER TANK 2 x BLUE LANDINI TRACTORS 1 x TOYOTA RUN X (REG: CHW 832 L) 4 x FARM IMPLEMENTS 1. This sale is a sale in execution pursuant to a judgment obtained in the above honourable Count. 2. The rules of the auction is available 24 hours prior to the auction at the office of THE SHERIFF LETABA’S STOREROOM, MAIN STORE NO 2, 20 INDUSTRIA ROAD, TZANEEN. 3. Registration as a buyer is a pre-requisite subject condition, inter alia. 4. Subject to the Directive of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 which can be read on www.saica. LegalAndComplience/ GG3180%20CPA%20Regulations.pdf 5. FICA legislation in respect of proof of identify and address particulars; 6. Payments of registration deposit of R500.00 in cash required; 7. The office of the Sheriff will conduct the sale with the auctioneers being Mr. A Mkhonto; 8. Goods will be sold for cash

only to the highest bidder or sold subject to confirmation as per the Consumer Protection Act upon instructions from the execution creditor. SIGNED at TZANEEN on the 7TH day of JUNE 2019. ATTORNEYS FOR EXECUTION CREDITOR STEPHAN VAN RENSBURG ATTORNEYS RENCOLE RIDGE BUILDING 11 LOOP STREET P O BOX 720, TZANEEN Tel: (015) 307 4458 Email: Ref: WK0137/yh/SJVR Jun202___________________________

IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF LETABA HELD AT GA-KGAPANE CASE NO: 103/2019 In the matter between: ADAM ALI OSMAN EXECUTION CREDITOR/ PLAINTIFF and R & A INDUSTRIAL SERVICES (PTY) LTD EXECUTION DEBTOR/DEFENDANT NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION In execution of a judgment of the above Honourable Court in the abovementioned suit, dated 15 April 2019, a sale will be held by the SHERIFF OF THE MAGISTRATE COURT BOLOBEDU at the following address: Number: 01 Hans Merensky Street Modjadjiskloof On 28 June 2019 at 10h00, of the given property hereunder of the Execution Debtor / Defendant subject to the conditions of sale which are available for inspection at the sheriff ’s store being Number one(01) Hans Merenskry Street, Modjadjiskloof. Terms: ITEMS LISTED IN INVENTORY WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, CASH ONLY – NO CHEQUES WILL BE ACCEPTED. INVENTORY: 1 x FORK LIFT 1 x NISSAN NAVARA 2 x COMPRESSORS

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TZANEEN AMENDMENT SCHEME 426 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT OF THE TZANEEN TOWN-PLANNING SCHEME 2000 AND CONSENT FROM THE CONTROLLING AUTHORITY IN TERMS OF REGULATION 18(1)(a) OF THE SPLUMA REGULATIONS, 2015 AND SECTION 57 & 58 OF THE SPLUMA BY-LAWS OF GREATER TZANEEN MUNICIPALITY 2016 I, Willem Johannes Jacobsz of Omniplan CC Town Planners, being the authorised agent of the registered owners of Portion 18 Langbult 580-LT hereby give notice in terms of Regulation 18(1)(a) of the SPLUMA Regulations 2015 and Section 57 & 58 of the Greater Tzaneen SPLUMA By-Laws 2016, that I have applied to the Greater Tzaneen Municipality for consent from the Controlling Authority and the amendment of the town-planning scheme known as the Tzaneen Town Planning Scheme, 2000 by the incorporation of the property, situated in Agatha, south of Tzaneen town, into the scheme and allocation of “Special” rights, subject to Annexure 267. Particulars of the application will lie for inspection during normal office hours at the office of the Municipal Manager, Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen, for a period of 30 days from 14 June 2019 (the date of the first publication of the notice). Objections to or representations in respect of the application must be lodged with or made in writing to the Municipal Manager at the above address or be delivered to room 257, Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen before 14 July 2019, by quoting the above-mentioned heading, the objector’s interest in the matter, the ground(s) of the objection/representation, the objector’s property description phone number and address. A person who cannot write may during office hours visit the abovementioned Municipality requesting assistance to transcribe his/ her objections, comments and representations. Contact person: Mr. M J Mathye (015-307-8031) Address of Agent: Omniplan Town Planners, P.O. Box 2071, TZANEEN, 0850. Tel. 015-307 1041. Ref. J214 Jun204___________________________

TZANEEN WYSIGINGSKEMA 426 KENNISGEWING VAN AANSOEK OM WYSIGING VAN DIE TZANEEN DORPSBEPLANNINGSKEMA EN TOESTEMMING VANAF DIE BEHERENDE GESAG INGEVOLGE REGULASIE 18(1)(a) VAN DIE SPLUMA REGULASIES 2015 EN ARTIKELS 57 & 58 VAN DIE SPLUMA BY-WETTE VAN DIE GROTER TZANEEN MUNISIPALITEIT 2016 Ek, Willem Johannes Jacobsz Van Omniplan CC Stadsbeplanners, synde die gemagtigde agent van die geregistreerde eienaars van Gedeelte 18 Langbult 580LT gee hiermee ingevolge Regulasie 18 van die SPLUMA Regulasies 2015 en Artikels 57 en 58 van die Groter Tzaneen SPLUMA ByWette 2016, kennis dat ek by die Groter Tzaneen Munisipaliteit aansoek gedoen het vir toestemming van die Beherende Gesag en vir die wysiging van die Dorpsbeplanningskema bekend as die Tzaneen Dorpsbeplanningskema, 2000 deur die insluiting van die eiendom geleë in Agatha en suid van Tzaneen by die Skema en die toeken-

ning van “Spesiale” regte, onderworpe aan Bylae 267 Besonderhede van die aansoek lê ter insae gedurende gewone kantoorure by die kantoor van die Munisipale Bestuurder, Burgersentrum, Agathastraat, Tzaneen vir ‘n tydperk van 30 dae vanaf 14 Junie 2019 (die datum van eerste publikasie van die kennisgewing). Besware teen die vertoë ten opsigte van die aansoeke moet skirftelik voor 14 Julie 2019 gerig word aan die Munisipale Bestuurder by bovermelde adres of afgelewer word by kamer 257, Burgersentrum, Agathastraat, Tzaneen, deur die verwysing na bostaande opskrif, die beswaarmaker se belang in die saak, die gronde/redes vir die beswaar, die beswaarmaker se eiendomsbeskrywing, telefoonnommer en adres. Enige persoon wat nie kan skryf nie mag gedurende kantoorure die bovermelde Munisipalitiet besoek en hulp versoek om sy/haar besware kommentare of voorstelle op skrif te stel. Kontak persoon: Mnr. M J Mathye (015307-8031) Adres van Agent: Omniplan CC, Posbus 2071, Tzaneen, 0850, Tel. 015 307 1041. Verw. J214 Jun205___________________________

IN THE MAGISTRATES COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF GIYANI HELD AT GIYANI CASE NUMBER: 499/2018 In the case between: LESITHO MILLING CO (PTY) LTD SA EXECUTION CREDITOR and CHISOMO INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD T/A QUICK FOODS 1ST EXECUTION DEBTOR REGISTRATION NUMBER: 2012/016586/07 SYLVIA JUMA – ID NO. 700502 0462 083 2ND EXECUTION DEBTOR NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION – AUCTION PURSUANT to a judgement by the magistrate GIYANI given on 3 December 2018 the under mentioned goods will be sold IN FRONT OF THE SHERIFF’S STORE – LIMDEV (NPDC) BUILDING, MAIN ROAD, GIYANI, on 4 JULY 2019 by public auction to be held at 13:00, by the Sheriff for the Magistrates Court, to the highest bidder for cash, namely: 1 X STOCK IN TRADE 1. This sale is a sale in execution pursuant to a judgment obtained in the above honorable court. 2. The rules of the auction are available 24 hours prior to the auction at the office of the Sheriff, 13 Naboom Street, Phalaborwa. 3. Registration as a buyer is a pre-requisite subject to specific conditions, inter alia. 4. Directive of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008; (Url za/view/downloadfileaction?id-99961). 5. Fica legislation i.r.o. proof of identity and address particu-

lars; payment of registration deposit of R500.00 in cash. 6. The office of the Sheriff will conduct the sale with the auctioneers. 7. Goods will be sold for cash only to the highest bidder or sold subject to confirmation as per the Consumer Protection Act upon instruction from the execution creditor. DATED at TZANEEN on 11 JUNE 2019 (sgnd) J STEYN ATTORNEYS FOR EXECUTION CREDITOR JOHAN STEYN ATTORNEYS OFFICE NO. 203 & 204, 2ND FLOOR OLD MUTUAL BUILDING GIYANI Tel: 015 307-5792 / 5694 Ref: JS/sdj/GA3464 Jun206__________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT OF THE TZANEEN TOWN PLANNING SCHEME, 2000, IN TERMS OF SECTION 57 OF THE SPATIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT BY-LAW, 2017 OF THE GREATER TZANEEN MUNICIPALITY TZANEEN AMENDMENT SCHEME 417 I, Floris Jacques du Toit of Jacques du Toit & Associates, Town and Regional Planners, being the authorized agent of the registered owner of Part of the Proposed Portion 82 of the farm Mohlaba’s Location 567LT, hereby give notice in terms of Section 26 of SPLUMA 2013 and Section 57 of the SPLUMA Bylaws, 2017 of the Greater Tzaneen that we have applied to the Greater Tzaneen Municipality for the amendment of the Tzaneen Town Planning Scheme, 2000, by the rezoning of proposed Ptn 82 of the farm Mohlaba’s Location 567LT situated at Xikwambana Village from “Rural Settlement” to “Business 1” with an Annexure for the purpose of developing a filling station and ancillary uses. Particulars of the application will lie for inspection during normal office hours at the office of the Municipal Manager, Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen, for the period of 30 days from 14 June 2019 (the date of the first publication of the notice). Objections to or representations in respect of the application must be lodged with or made in writing to the Municipal Manager at the above address or be delivered to Room 257, Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen on or before 15 July 2019, quoting the above mentioned heading, the objector’s interest in the matter, the ground(s) of the objection/representation, the objector’s property description, phone numbers and address. A person who cannot write may during office hours and within the objection period, visit the abovementioned Municipality requesting assistance

to transcribe his/her objections, comments or representations. Contact person: Mr M J Mathye (015-307 8031). Address of Agent: Jacques du Toit & Associates, PO Box 754, Tzaneen, 0850 Tel. 015307 3710 Jun206__________________________

XIKOMBELO XA REZONING LEXI NGA ENDLIWA EKA XIPHEMU XA 82 PURASI RA MOHLABA’S LOCATION 567LT HI NAWU WA TZANEEN TOWN PLANNING SCHEME, 2000 LEYI HLAYIWAKA XIKAN’WE NA SPATIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT BYLAW OF GREATER TZANEEN, 2017 KU SUKA KA “VUTSHAMO BYA MATIKO-XIKAYA” KU YA KA “MABINDZU 1” SWA XIKONGOMELO XA FILLING STATION NA MABINDZU LAWA FAMBISANAKA NA SWONA. TZANEEN AMENDMENT SCHEME 417 Floris Jacques du Toit of Jacques du Toit & Associates, Town and Regional Planners, ni nga loyi a nga nyikiwa mpfumelelo hi n’wini wa xitandi xa xiphemu xa 82 xa purasi ra Mohlaba’s Location 567LT eka Shikwambana , vo endle xikombelo eka Greater Giyani Local Municipality ku ya hi nawu wa Tzaneen Town Planning Scheme, 2000 na xipemu xa 57 xa Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bylaw ya Greater Tzaneen, leyi hlayiwaka xikan’we na xipemu xa 26 xa Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013, ku ncinca matiriselo ya xitandi lexi ku suka eka “Vutshamo bya matiko-xikaya” ku ya eka “Mabindzu 1” hi xikongomelo xa sku aka Filling station xi kan’we na mabindzu lawa fambisanaka na swona Vuxokoxoko bya xikombelo lexi byi nga voniwa hi nkarhi wa ntirho ehofisini ya Mininjhere wa Masipala, Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen, ku ringana masiku ya 30 ku sukela hi ti 14 June 2019 (ku nga xiku ra sungula ra ku humesiwa ka xiviko lexi). Vanhu lava va kumbekaka hi xikombelo lexi ma komberiwa kutsala hansi ku kaneta ka n’wina hi nkarhi lowo ka wunga hundziki masiku ya 30 ku sukela ka siku leri boxiweke, mi kongomisa eka Mininjhere wa Masipala ku nga se fika 15 July 2019, mi tsala hi ku kongomisa mi tirhisa nhoko-mhaka le tirhisiweke laha henhla. Lava tsandzekaka ku tsala ma amukeleka ku ya ehofisini ya mufambisi wa ku Pulana Madoroba mi ta pfuniwa hi Tatana M J Mathye (015-307 8031), hofisi ya 257 Civic Centre, Agatha Street, Tzaneen. Vuxokoxoko byo enta mayelana na xikombelo lexi byinga kumiwa Jacques du Toit & Associates, PO Box 754, Tzaneen, 0850 Tel. 015307 3710 Jun207__________________________


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Plasie voorlopers onvang intensiewe opleiding ■ Merensky Magoebaskloof Ruskamp het die naweek die Hoërskool Merensky se nuwe Uitvoerende Kommitee vir 2019/2020 gehuisves. Die groep leerlinge het, soos gebruiklik, ‘n intensiewe opleidingskamp, vanaf die 6de tot die 9de Junie bygewoon. Die 32 leerders is ondersteun deur die leiervoogde, Ada Venter en Seph Oosthuizen, terwyl die skool se bestuurspan ook hul insette gelewer het. Spanbousessies, logistieke beplanning en ander uitdagings het gesorg dat die geesdriftige leierskorps min geslaap, hard gewerk en baie pret beleef het. Projekbeplanning vir hul termyn het ook aandag geniet. Nadat die groep hul vergewis het van elkeen se sterk- en swakpunte, kon ‘n visie en leierskapsleuse, waarin elkeen deel, die lig sien. Hierdie dinamiese groep het besluit op die Latynse Ducere Exemplo, “Lei deur jou voorbeeld”. Die hoogtepunt van die kamp was onomwonde Sondag se hoendervleisseremonie waartydens die vorige hoofleiers die groep besoek het om hul te bemoedig. Uitsonderlik is die feit dat die groep, na al die saamstoei tot sukses, dan self hoofleiers aangewys het. Die Plasies se voorlopers vir 2019/2020 is Gerhardus Fourie en Jamie Robertson. Die onderhoofleiers is Duan Gubitz, Jason Janse van Rensburg, Suandrie Corbett en Dominique Blandin de Chalain. Duan Gubitz en Suandrie Corbett is ook as koshuis hoofleiers verkies. Hiér is Tiaan Tönsing en Meggan Cloete as adjunkte aangewys. Die groep se formele inhuldigingseremonie het op Woensdag, 12 Junie, in die skoolsaal plaasgevind.

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Larries wys talent op verhoog ■ Roelof de Jonge Maandagaand die 10de Junie was weer tyd vir die jaarlikse talentaand by Laerskool Tzaneen. Hierdie geleentheid is volgens die skool se onderwyser en media skakelpersoon, Beaulah Pretorius, een van dié skool se grootse geleenthede jaarliks waar leerders die geleentheid kry om hul talent ten toon te stel. ‘n Verskeidenheid van items word aangebied deur hierdie talentvolle leerders. Riétte Rossouw, onderwyser en organiseerder van die talentaand, is volgens Pretorius al soveel jaar betrokke by hierdie aand. Rossouw het vertel oor haar betrokkendheid as organiseerder die afgelope paar jaar. “Die eerste wat ek met die talentaand te doen gekry het was 2001. Die leiers het toe portefeuljes gehad en dit is die kultuurleiers wie ‘n oop talentaand gehou het. Enige leerder wie gedink het hulle het talent kon hul gawe ten toonstel”, sê Me Rossouw. “Dit was nie so georganiseerd soos nou nie en bonop het almal dit nie baie ernstig opgeneem nie. Die aand het drie ure aangehou en daar was geen struktuur nie. Ek het gevoel dit moet meer georden geskied en ek organiseer hierdie geleentheid nou al vir die afgelope 15 jaar.” Sy sê leerders moet ‘n inskrywingsvorm voltooi en ‘n klein fooi betaal. Die leerders moet self tuis voorberei en geen afrig-

ting word by die skool gehou nie. “Ons probeer om die leerders te beperk tot een item, sodat soveel moontlik leerders die geleentheid kry en ook om ‘n groter verskeidenheid van items op te voer. Sonder om ‘n uitgerekte program aan te bied”, sê Rossouw. Sy vertel hoe oudisies eers gehou word om die leerders leiding en raad te gee en te verseker die leerders is goed voorberei om hul beste te kan gee. “Daar was ‘n tydperk waar dit slegs tweejaarliks gehou is, maar dan het daardie jaar se graad 7 leerders uitgemis op die geleentheid. Daarvandaan dat die talentaand nou jaarliks aangebied word. Die leerders is altyd baie opgewonde oor die geleentheid en ‘n program van hoë gehalte word gehou”, sê Rossouw. “Dis vir my heerlik om in die leerders se opgewondenheid te kan deel en hierdie platform vir hul te bied. Kultuur vloei deur my are, dus is my wens dat hierdie geleentheid vir altyd mag voortleef”, sê Rossouw.

Fine third for Pelo Rugby pomp deur die larries se are ■ Roelof de Jonge

Op Dinsdag die 4de Junie het rugbyspanne van Laerskool Tzaneen aan die Limpopo kampioenskap by die Forever Oord in Warmbad meegeding. Larries rugby spog na afloop van hierdie kampioenskapstoernooi met twee Limpopo kampioene en drie naaswenners. Die derdespan wen die halfeindstryd teen Laerskool Krugerpark met 24-0.

In die eindstryd teen Laerskool Pietersburg-Oos wen hul gemaklik met 47-0 om as Limpopo kampioene gekroon te word. Die tweedespan wen in hul halfeindstryd teen Laerskool Krugerpark met 5-0. In die eindstryd kom die Larries teen Pietersburg-Oos te staan en verloor met 17-12. Die O/11-span wen hul halfeindstryd nouliks teen Laerskool Thabazimbi met 12-10. Dié span speel egter gelykop in die

eindstryd teen Laerskool Pietersburg-Oos met die telling op 17 punte elk. Hierdie twee spanne deel dus die titel as Limpopo kampioene. Die O/10-span wen hul halfeindstryd gemaklik teen Laerskool Bosveld met 34-7. Die Larries het in die eindstryd teen Laerskool Pietersburg-Oos te staan gekom en moes die knie buig met ‘n rugbyles van 42-0.

Tzaneen Primary School learner Pelo Makoti took third place in the category for boys U/10 at Saturday’s KFC Kiddies Kremetart Race in Louis Trichardt. Photo: Supplied.

■ Roelof de Jonge Pelo Makoti, a learner from Tzaneen Primary School, participated in the KFC Kiddies Kremetart Cycle Challenge in Louis Trichardt on Saturday the 8th of June. He competed in the category for boys U/10 and achieved a third place. This fun race for children took place over a distance of about two kilometres.

Hier is die derdespan van Laerskool Tzaneen wie die afgelope naweek die Limpopo kampioenskap verower het teen Pietersburg-Oos. Voor is Rivo Mahunisi, Tumelo Mmola, Musa Nkuna (kaptein), Magaboke Mohlatlole, Ruhan de Bruin en Mathunya Malatsi. In die middel is Christo de Beer, Carel Jacobsz, Neo Moswatse, André Liversage, Carel Volschenk, William Kiapway en Elidio Venter. Agter is Jan Venter, Jan Joubert, Mnr Stefan de Beer (afrigter), Leruo Molemane, Juan van Heerden en Prince Mamorobela.






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Bernard conquers Comrades

■ Roelof de Jonge

Bernard van den Dool from the Ofcolaco Harriers Club qualified and competed in six Comrades Ultra Marathons. His first race in this world famous marathon was in 2013. Bernard finally managed to finish his first Comrades in 2016 on the downhill run. The 2019 Comrades must surely rate as his finest outing yet when he finished the gruelling uphill race from Durban on Sunday. Still recovering from broken ribs and a bruised kidney he obtained unfortunately, Bernard showed some relentless determination to run in this year’s Comrades Ultra Marathon uphill version from Durban. He managed to cross the finish line in a time of 10 hours, 55 minutes and 19 seconds, earning him a well-deserved bronze medal. Here is his story on this amazing feat and of all the other great encounters of the previous Comrades he competed in. “I spend three nights in hospital and the vision of my Comrades up-run dream gone in tatters. But after five weeks of no training in the Comrades peak training period, I started training again. Although I was still sore and slow in practice. I thought that there was no way that after such a lay off, a general anaesthetic (painkiller) and plenty of medications that I would be able to take on the Comrades from Durban to Pietermaritzburg under 12 hours”, he said. “But an amazing coach Paul persuaded me to give it a go. Once I arrived in Durban, I was committed and would do my best regardless of the outcome. But I would not give up. I hardly heard the Comrade’s rituals like the Anthem, Shoshaloza and The Chariots of Fire. I was just praying.” “I have to put this down to hard work, my biggest supporter and wife Tracey, Proffesor Tim Noakes, Dr Charles Lubbe, Paul and his Dou Trappers and many other supporters and friends. But especially to the Big Guy up there and his band of Angels”, said Bernard proudly. “I believe that the good things in life don’t come easy. I started long distance road running when I was 34. I always battled with my feet until Run/Walk for Life was established in Tzaneen”, he said. “I joined up and this is where I learnt how to overcome some of my over-pronation (also referred as flat feet) challenges. I felt in love with running and found it to be one of the best de-stressing treatments ever. I needed to stay fit and healthy. My late dad, Hugo, was not this fortunate and died of lung cancer when he was just 57 years old. I was not going to let this happen to me if I could help it”, said Bernard. He said that running for him is a form of exercise where he gets the most return on quality time spent. For many years Bernard ran short distances of about 30 kilometres a week and competed in many half marathons. “I have never even considered running in a marathon or God forbid, the Comrades Ultra Marathon. That was for purely for athletes and I never regarded myself an athlete.” Then during a very difficult time in my life,

this changed completely. “I needed some serious time out. Many times I heard fellow runners said that every runner should run the Comrades. So I took up the challenge at the age of 54. With the support of my partner, Tracey, I ran my first marathon in 2013 in Mokopane and barely managed to qualify for the Comrades that year”, said Bernard. He said that a huge number of athletes from Tzaneen then attempted this enormous challenge. Bernard recalled that conditions on the day were the worst ever and he was simply not prepared enough to take on the huge challenge of the Comrades up-run. “I did not make a cutoff time, nearly 60km from the finish. I had to get on a ‘bailers’ bus which is terrible for any runner to happen. Just to put things into perspective, the first 42km of the Comrades up-run is countless up hills after another. I would rate the Comrades, especially the up-run, as one of the toughest marathons to compete in”, he said. In the 2014 Comrades down run Bernard did not start due to injury. In the 2015 up run race, he cramped badly about 70km into the race and again did not manage to make the cut-off time. In 2016 was the down run race from Pietermaritzburg and recorded his first finish in a time of 11 hours and 45 minutes. “This was the best feeling ever”, he recalled from the 2016 Comrades. He contributed this also to Professor Tim Noakes who enlightened him with a healthy eating life style which had a big influence on his running endurance. “The 2017 race was an uphill run. I planned to propose to my beautiful partner, Tracey. Again the uphill race was a mere 30 seconds out of my reach. I had the infamous position of being the first runner to not make the end of Comrades. I spent about two hours in the medical tent, looking like a wreck”, said Bernard. He proposed nevertheless and Tracey said yes. Not being able to finish the Comrades was devastating for Bernard, but to propose to his sweetheart made up for the disappointment. They got married that December of 2017. “In 2018 I started training with Paul Zaayman and the ‘Dou Trappers’. Paul and other fellow athletes helped pushing me to new levels I have never imagined possible. This was a downhill run and I finished in 10 hours and 35 minutes claiming a bronze medal”, said Bernard.

Plaaslike atlete stuit nie vir strawwe Comrades ■ Roelof de Jonge Lang asems oftewel marathon atlete van dié dorp en omgewing het Sondag die 9de Junie aan die mergelende Comrades Ultra Marathon deelgeneem. Die voorste atleet is van Tzaneen Marathonklub. Evans Lefophane het dié Comrades in ‘n tyd van agt uur, 38 minute en 43 sekondes voltooi. Sodoende is hy ook met ‘n Bill Rowan medalje vir sy prestasie beloon. Atlete van Tzaneen Marathonklub, Le’Club Tzaneen en Ocolaco Harriers Klub het ondermeer hierdie wedloop voltooi. Vanjaar se wedloop, die opdraende weergawe, is vanaf Durban se stadsaal tot by die Scottsville Wedrenbaan op Pietermaritzburg beslis. Hierdie wedloop is oor ‘n afstand van 86,83 kilometer gehou. Die ander atlete van Tzaneen Marathonklub wie van-

jaar se Comrades Ultra Marathon suksesvol voltooi het is: Johannes de Kock – 08:46:11 (Bill Rowan medalje) Derek Donkin – 08:47:09 (Bill Rowan medalje) Mark Alcock – 09:31:33 (Robert Mtshali medalje) Cor van Heyningen – 09:52:16 (Robert Mtshali medalje) Cecil Baloyi – 10:37:08 (brons medalje) Paul Zaayman – 10:53:38 (brons medalje) Alida Opperman – 10:59:32 (brons medalje) Thoba Matsepane – 11:24:04 (Vic Clapham medalje) Daniel Mabulana – 11:30:26 (Vic Clapham medalje) Edward Mathebula – 11:36:18 (Vic Clapham medalje) David Chauke – 11:54:48 (Vic Clapham medalje). Bernard van den Dool van die Ofcolaco Harriers Klub het in ‘n tyd van 10:55:19 oor die wenstreep geëindig en is met ‘n brons medalje beloon. Greta Bekker van Le’Club Tzaneen ‘n Vic Clapham medalje ingepalm toe sy die wedloop in ‘n tyd van 11:25:23 voltooi het.

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