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Tzaneen women stuck onboard cruise ship ■ Joe Dreyer

Two local women are currently onboard a cruise ship heading towards the coast of France. Onboard this ship, the Costa Luminosa, which is owned and managed by Miami-based Carnival Corporation, it is estimated that around 50 people, including passengers and crew have been confirmed as sick and are under quarantine. According to the Miami Herald newspaper, the ship has already dropped off three of it’s passengers in Peurto Rico and the Cayman Islands who were diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. At the first port of call in Peurto Rico the ship was completely evacuated, and it was rumoured that one passenger was suspected to be infected with the COVID virus and had to be tested. Only after the passengers and crew reimbarked the vessel was it announced that there may be some concerns and that the itinerary could change accordingly. The original itinerary for this cruise was 10 days, round-trip of the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale which started on the 24th of February and was scheduled to end on the 4th of March. The ship’s itinerary for March was 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Marseille in France, (in all it was a 29-day cruise which the two local women had booked) but since word of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is suspected that the ship diverted from its original schedule and headed towards France instead. It stopped over in Italy. This is where the first messages from Sonia de Wit and Anmari Engelbrecht made their way onto social media regarding their quarantined status onboard the luxury vessel. “Hi we are on the cruise ship, Costa Luminosa from the 22nd of February and had a wonderful time, and not expected for things to turnout the way it did,” De Wit wrote in a WhatsApp message to Bulletin. According to a Youtuber who was a passenger onboard and streaming daily live video updates from the Luminosa, the ship was docked in Italy from where Italian residents and their partners were allowed to disembark and non-Italian citizens would remain onboard to be taken to Marseilles, France. It could have been a very bad situation for De Wit and Engelbrecht if they were indeed forced to stay over in Italy considering the current travel bans to and from that country. Ever the optimistic humanitarian, De Witt said that they are enjoying the cruise and are being

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well taken care of by the cruise staff. “Detail and facts, we are not 100% sure of and can only speculate from all the things we have received from all over. We are concerned for the people around us and their wellbeing, especially for the crew of the ship who still has to perform their normal duties through it all and the health risk to them and their families when they go back. We loved seeing all the beautiful things and meeting wonderful beautiful people and we will talk about this adventure for many, many years to come.” At the time of going to print on Thursday afternoon (yesterday) the Luminosa was approaching

the port of Marseille. The last message posted on De Wit’s Facebook timeline read “Nature is greeting us, what a beautiful quiet calmness it shows us, we have a great desire to go home and we are approaching Marseille at a fast pace. We are positive for a good outcome. We will arrive at 21:00 tonight keep all positive thoughts and prayers going. Seeing you soon South Africa.” It is not clear whether the two local women will be quarantined upon their arrival back in South Africa, but in a statement released by Carnival, the cruise line stated that all their passengers will be screened when disembarking any of their cruise ships.

Religious, social and sport gatherings banned ■ Jeff Jackson In an unprecedented move, President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered that schools close two days early and reopen after a month, churches stop congregating including the pilgrimages during Easter while people of more than 100 are banned from gathering. Union meetings and marches by the red dressed members of Cosatu will also take a back seat along with service delivery protests to name a few. This is in response to the growing number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus in South Africa. The decision was announced after a cabinet lekgotla called by the president at the Union Building on Sunday. After deliberating with the minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize (who shockingly called for mass prayer to combat the virus) the President held back-to-back meetings with various stakeholders to announce the decision of the cabinet before it was made public. During the address by the president the number of people infected with the disease was standing at 61 with the numbers increasing to 85 at the time of going to print yesterday (Thursday). This followed reports that Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had visited the Moria headquarters near Haenertsburg to plead with them to postpone the Easter pilgrimage due in two weeks.

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Limpopo though might have had 14 students who just returned from China unexpectedly according to Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba, and the 114 that had been evacuated from Wuhan there were no reports of infection reported. The students who some of them last week were saying that they were checked medically were during the weekend sing from the same hynm book with Dr Phophi Ramathuba. Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba, who on Sunday was singing loud at a church in Vhembe, said that she would as from Monday hit the road in an awareness campaign to teach people about the disease. She was seen distributing masks in church. Some of the local churches in Tzaneen have announced that they will be livestreaming their Sunday sermons via Facebook until further notice.

The address by the president came on the heels of Limpopo province agreeing to provide a venue for the national quarantine process in the form of the Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane. Approximately 114 people who were evacuated from the province of Wuhan in China were provided with accommodation at the Ranch Hotel under the supervision of doctors, soldiers and the police. They were confirmed to have tested negative for the virus. Among the decisions of the cabinet include travel restrictions within the country and its borders and the closing of schools as from Wednesday 18 March until after the Easter weekend. People should implement social distancing measures and help flatten the curve of the spread of the virus. Other measures to this effect included the banning of gatherings of more than 100 people and large scale celebrations of national days cancelled, for example human rights and May day. In Limpopo the three clubs in the premier Soccer League, Polokwane city, Black Leopards, and Baroka will now play without spectators. The annual pilgrimages to Moria will this year take a back seat until further notice while the many Nazarene revival faithful will not travel to Green Valley in Bushbuckridge for the annual hajjes. Business will be affected at these gatherings as there will be no millions this year going to Boyne for praying at Moria.

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Am I infected with the Coronavirus? How do I know? Should I rush to the hospital to get checked? Bulletin spoke to two medical professionals from Tzaneen on Monday afternoon, regarding the risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how residents of our area can prevent infection and spreading of the virus, or be treated in the event of a positive diagnosis. “The first step in dealing with this outbreak is to understand that while the virus in itself should by no means be downplayed, it should be noted that a decent measure of calm should be applied in dealing with a possible infection,” said Dr Ig van Rensburg at Peacemed medical consultation rooms. “We are currently experiencing a flooding of the hospitals, consultation rooms and emergency rooms by people who think they have contracted the virus after they developed a cough. This is causing congestion at these medical facilities with people demanding to be tested for the Coronavirus while they exhibit very little cause for concern.” Fear mongering and fake news over social media and the international press may have caused some undue panic among communities. This in turn, has caused people to rush over to their local hospitals and clinics and demand to be tested “just to be sure” that they are safe. “What we need to make clear to our communities is that the tests for the Coronavirus is not free and is rather expensive at R990 per test. If you rush to be tested because you have a cough, you will be wasting not only your own time, but also that of the medical practitioner or laboratory as well as spending money which you may not have had to spend.” There is a way to test yourself to be sure that you have reason for concern, however. “People who think that they might be infected need to self-isolate themselves by staying at home rather than rushing to the doctors’ rooms, hospitals, emergency rooms or clinics,” explained Dr Gary Middleton. “From home, you should phone your GP’s consulting rooms and explain your symptoms. The doctor will then be able to asses your situation and determine whether you have cause for concern. Your GP will then refer you to the correct lab should there indeed be some concern. If you test positive for the coronavirus and need to be hospitalized, Mediclinic does have the necessary resources to keep you isolated while you are treated for the virus. Otherwise, even if positive, you will be isolated at home and the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) will then contact you directly. They will then handle the situation according to the proper protocols.” To assist in determining whether you have cause for concern and need to contact your GP, the NICD has released a quick reference guide. According to this guide, you may be at risk if you experience

a sudden onset of a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or a measured fever equal to or higher than 38°C or history of fever (subjective) irrespective of admission status AND meet at least one of the following criteria; • Were in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of SARS-CoV-2 infection. • Had a history of travel to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of SARSCoV-2; i.e., China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Hong Kong, Italy, and Taiwan (NB Affected countries will change with time, consult the NICD website for current updates). • Worked in, or attended a health care facility where patients with SARS-CoV-2 infections were being treated. • Admitted with severe pneumonia of unknown aetiology. A “history of travel” does not include your trip to Nelspruit or Johannesburg this past month. It literally means that you were abroad in a country known to be a confirmed Coronavirus centre. From the hospital group’s side, Mediclinic Tzaneen has now reinstated strict visiting hours to further prevent the possibility of infection. Mediclinic Tzaneen previously did away with standard visiting hours to improve the patient experience at the hospital. Visitors were able to spend time with their loved ones whenever they felt like it during the day or at night, but the new visiting hours will be between 15:00 and 16:00 and 19:00 to 20:00 effective immediately. Only one visitor per patient will be permitted. This is an attempt to limit interaction between people. The Mediclinic group has also published an online tool with which you can stay informed and even self-diagnose for symptoms of the coronavirus infection. This user-friendly web-based tool will help with self-diagnosis and information on the virus while simultaneously keeping users updated on the latest news regarding the spread of the virus. The service is free to use, and members of the community are encouraged to make use of it before rushing off to their doctor, clinic or hospital. It can bee accessed through www.mediclinic.co.za. “One last appeal which I would like to make to the public is that when they are admitting someone to the Tzaneen Emergency Care ER, to please limit the number of people that they bring with into the waiting area. Overcrowding of the ER places all the other patients at risk and could hamper our efforts when dealing with trauma patients in life threatening situations,” added Middleton. At the time of going to print, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases were 62. This after 2 405 tests were conducted and 2 343 turned out negative. Though the number is expected to rise, it is through the enforcing of discipline and good hygiene practices that the curve can be controlled. Use the tools at your disposal and make informed decisions.


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As fears send the residents of Tzaneen into a stage of utter panic, the pandemic seems to have yielded some positives including the forging of a united front against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This week the municipality and Tzaneen’s Chamber of Commerce held an urgent meeting to discuss the plans in place to prevent further widespread panic and ensure that essential services are still operational and available to the public. The Greater Tzaneen Municipality has instated strict control measures at its offices in Agatha Street. All persons entering the building will be compelled to enter their name and contact details into a register and have their hands sanitized by the guards at the entrance. Control measures include limiting the number of people in the queues for the tellers to just five at any one time. Residents wanting to do business at the municipality are requested to take a seat outside under cover of a gazebo

until the guard announces that the next person in the queue may enter. Ironically this has resulted in a spike in efficiency as most people described their experience in paying their rates and taxes and licensing fees as pleasurable and “quick and easy”. “We need to implement decisive measures to limit the effects of this outbreak on the inhabitants of our municipality and insure that we can still render services to our citizens without placing anyone in danger of infection,” said Maripe Mangena, Mayor of Tzaneen. Mangena was addressing the executive committee of the Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce in the GTM boardroom on Wednesday morning. The emergency meeting was aimed at finding ways in which the business community and the municipality can construct a unified effort to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the community at large. During the meeting the municipal manager, Thapelo Matlala stated that the biggest problem facing municipalities currently, is the shortage of hygiene products, sanitizers particularly, which is caused by the onset of widespread hysteria. It was also mentioned that members of the public were buying up all the retailers’ stock and then reselling the products at an overinflated mark-up as they take advantage of the mass-hysteria. The Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce chairperson, Llandi van der Walt assured the full cooperation of her executive committee in any efforts aimed at curbing the panic and ensuring the safety of the community at large while still maintaining ethical business practices. For regular updates on the Coronavirus in your area, like and follow our Facebook page.


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Robbers fire shots at police station in Lenyenye ■ Jeff Jackson Security officers doing their rounds about hundred metres from the Lenyenye Magistrate’s court and the Maake police station, were not swallowing saliva while relating the dramatic incident on Tuesday morning when an ATM at one of the bar lounges in the CBD was bombed and emptied of its cash. The incident according to witnesses occurred early in the morning. According to one of the security officers working at the post office at the CBD, there was a huge blast which shook the ground. After a while another blast was heard which was later followed by a sound of a gun similar to the AK47 with sparks and bullets flying through the air.

Land committee on hold ■ Jeff Jackson

The Adhoc Committee on the Amendment of Section 25 of the constitution has put on hold its Limpopo leg of hearings aimed at soliciting inputs from the public on the contests of the legislation to expropriate land without compensation citing the coronavirus as its reason. The hearings were supposed to have started on Monday but were halted on the same day. The decision was announced by parliament on Monday after the committee was in the past week touring the Eastern Cape where reportedly they were welcomed by the communities in the area. The announcement followed the proclamation of a ban on meetings of more than 100 people at a time by the president as well as the restriction of travelling in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus virus. The workshops were preceded by the extension of the deadline for the public participation from January 31 until the end of last month. Angie Motshekga said “the orderly and mature way in which the hearings are conducted bodes well for the principle of participatory democracy which is one of the anchors of South African democracy.” So far, among the inputs presented was that amendments to the constitution needed to be drafted in a clear and ambiguous way that will need not be questioned and terms such as “nil compensation” should be replaced with “no compensation”. Furthermore that the Land Claims Court (LCC) should be the only court to have jurisdiction on disputes to do with the land question. It could not be ascertained when the hearings will resume.

“The shooting originated at the centre and thereafter there were more shots coming from the northern and southern side of the centre with sparks sometimes seen in the direction of the police station. Though it was still dark outside, the birds could be heard flying for their lives. If I was in the toilet at the time it would be hard to return into the house. It was like a movie.” When this reporter arrived at the scene some hours after the crime, the area was closed off with the police busy with their investigations, while members of the public were standing about 50 meters from the scene. The ATM was completely blown away with some of its debris scattered on the street. There was a car parked in front of the bombed ATM with registration numbers blurred out with a white paint.

Other reports are that before Lenyenye was hit, the robbers hit at Nkowakowa where reportedly an ATM was blown up in that CBD too. The shootings in the air by the thieves is thought to have been aimed at threatening the police since the bombing happened about 100 metres from their doorstep. It is reported that police officers arrived at the scene long after the robbers had left. The thieves shot randomly all the way until they exited the township. Residents told the Bulletin that it was not the first time that an ATM was blasted in the area. They said a year hardly past without an ATM being tampered with, but they say this was so different as there was also some shooting which had never been the case in the past. The car was later collected by a towing truck procured by the police and will now form part of the investigations.

Where is the CLO actually from, ANC? ■ Jeff Jackson

Members of the steering committee for the construction of the Moime-Khujwana access road have described the utterances by the provincial secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Soviet Lekganyane that, to prove that locals and volunteers of the organisation are being taken care of, the local councillor had appointed a man from Khujwana to be the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) as misinformation. Soviet was responding to an outcry from the ANCYL that veterans of the organisation are not taken care of by the deployees of the ANC which sent the wrong message to the communities. The message, they claim is clear that all might not be rosy in the party described by its own members as the “glorious movement”. Lekganyane admitted that veterans might not be taken care of and threw the blame at the door of councillors who handle community related appointments. Steering committee member, Sabina Mocheki told Bulletin that the CLO for the project which recently folded its arms before the drainage system could be completed was not from Khujwana and instead resided at either Lenyenye or Moime. She said that the misinformation might be due to a briefing session with the provincial

leadership before they addressed the community. The matter emanated from a memorial service for a member of the Mkhonto We Sizwe military Veterans association (MKVA) at the Lenyenye community hall. Mocheki said though, it would not be wrong if the CLO did not come from Lenyenye as the project involved more than four villages, the assertion was not a reflection of the truth. Former contract workers for the project confirmed that the CLO was not from Khujwana as Lekganyane claimed but from Lenyenye and not to mention that the appointment was politically motivated. The main task of the CLO is to serve as a link between the community and the contractor as well as to defend the workers against issues such as non-payment of wages and similar issues which may arise. Attempts to obtain comment from Lekganyane were not successful by the time of going to print. Lekganyane, in his speech became hostile towards councillors and accused them of not taking care of the volunteers of the ANC, but during the election they would be sought so they could help the party with garnering votes from people in remote areas. He also hit hard at corruption not excluding the corruptee and the corruptor.



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Granny’s Grumbles -BOBBIE THE BABOON

Many years ago my younger brother who was unemployed and was desperate for a job that was in the bush came to stay with us. Jobs were pretty scarce but I had a friend named Rita Miljo who ran a Baboon Rehabilitation Centre. Very few people have neutral ideas about baboons – most people dislike them intensely, some people accept them and then there are the very few who actually love them. Rita was one of the very few and the amount of baboons that landed up at her centre each had a story - some had been caught in snares and many had been caught (or otherwise obtained) to be kept as pets until the “owners” realised that baboons could be difficult pets. Anyway Rita accepted them all – she even got 12 from a medical laboratory that had been kept for years in small cages whilst used as guinea pigs to study the effect of asbestiosis on humans. These animals had to be kept apart from the others due to the fact that

they were grosly overweight having been fed unsuitable food and having had no form of exercise for years…they were unable to climb on any of the swings or other implements that were used to keep the baboons active. Baboons that came to Rita as youngsters and depending upon their age and sex were put into large enclosures in the hope that they would become a “troop” and could then be released into the wild. This was a long-winded affair and she needed many helpers – one of her acquaintances did a lot of overseas advertising asking for volunteers to assist with the rehabilitation process. Many young people arrived (mainly girls) – they had to find their own way and received a paltry wage and I think many a starry-eyed young lady arrived with visions of handsome young game rangers and cute little animals. Unfortunately it was not really like that at all – changing the nappies and bottlefeeding baby baboons is a rather smelly job and many a young lady left after a few months. My brother who was very handy at fixing things met Rita and decided to try a couple of months at the rehab centre fixing cages and doing the many maintenance jobs that needed doing, albeit with no pay. At least he would be in the bush because Rita was really in the middle of nowhere. Now at the centre was a female baboon which had its own enclosure. This was due to the fact that she had been raised in a human environment, trained to do lots of tricks and had eventually become a movie star. She had been in a few South African films and was well loved by her owner. Prob-

lems arose when owner died and nobody in the family was keen on adopting a baboon that acted like a human. Bobbie thus ended up with Rita who was keen to diagnose the impact she might have on the other baboons. It soon became apparent that Bobbie did not know she was a baboon and hated the others who returned the compliment. One wonders if Bobbie had ever had the opportunity of seeing herself in a mirror! Anyway, Rita made sure that Bobbie had human interaction on a daily basis – apart from Rita herself spending time in the morning and afternoon in the cage and giving her titbits, all the volunteers had to have a chat with her as they passed by. Rita persuaded my brother to spend some time with this baboon one morning on the grounds that she had a lot of bookwork to do. He was given a plate of chopped up fresh fruit and ordered to feed her pieces whilst talking to her and generally making her feel good. Everything went well until the food was finished and Bobbie started undoing Pete’s shirt buttons – he was somewhat alarmed but it transpired that she merely wanted to groom the hairs on his chest. Whilst the grooming carried on she made happy little noises and Pete thought he had one happy baboon on his hands. Suddenly she pulled back his boxers shorts and dropped her paws lower – there was no mistaking what was on Bobbie’s mind. My brother tried to remove her paw and looked straight into some bared teeth. Oops! What to do with a fruity female baboon which has more than titbits and conversation on her mind? He tried sliding along the bench closer to the cage door but the snarling got worse. Fortunately for all concerned one of the volunteers happened along, saw what was happening and called Rita. She calmed the baboon and told Pete to quietly (and quickly) make his escape. Pete avoided Bobbie’s cage for the rest of his stay with Rita but our family got a lot of mileage out of that story…




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Seges vir dié hokkiemeisies ■

Roelof de Jonge

Die meisies hokkiespelers van die Hoërskool Ben Vorster het Saterdag die 14de Maart op sy tuisfront teen die spanne van die Hoërskool Menlopark slag gebied. Dit was veral die O/16A- en O/15A-spanne wat met klinkende oorwinnings van die veld gestap het. Die O/16Ameisies het Menlopark met 3-2 gewen. Die O/15A-span van Ben Vorster het die besoekers ‘n les in hokkie gegee deur met 5-1 te seëvier. Die afwagtende wedstryd op die meisies se hokkieprogram Saterdag was natuurlik tussen dié skole se eerstespanne. Na ‘n verbete stryd wat die spanne se afrigters en ondersteuners se naels heelwat stomper gelaat het, het beide spanne met drie doele elk die aftog geblaas. Ben Vorster se tweedespan het teen ‘n gedugte Menloparkspan met 4-0 verloor. Die O/14A-span van Menlopark het sy wedstryd met 1-0 teen die gasheerspan gewen.

Die meisies hokkiespelers van die Hoërskool Ben Vorster se O/16A-span wie Menlopark geklop het. Voor is Mixo Nxumalo, Michelle Ackermann, Cassandra Machethe en Joalize Smit (kaptein). Agter is Winnie Maluleke, Amukelani Nkanyani, Nicole Aucamp, Nachandré de Lange, Anisa Verster, Heiletjie le Roux, Elzet Toerien, Renschie Engelbrecht, Chanté Labuschagne en Mienke Pretorius.

Legals NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Estate of the Late Susan Ettmayr, Identity Number 500921 0037 08 7 formerly of No 7 Troutwaters, Haenersberg, who died on 12/07/2019, (Estate Number 000411/2020). All persons having claims against the above Estate are called upon to lodge their claims with the undermentioned within Thirty (30) days from the date of publication hereof. Gary brain McLean c/o Charteris and Barnes CC

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APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVTT IN TERMS OF REGULATION 68(1) OF THE DEEDS REGISTRIES ACT, 47 OF 1937 I/We, the undersigned ABRAHAM JOHANNES VAN LOGGERENBERG ldentity Number 890728 5108 08 8 Married out of community of property the registered owner/s of a

Unit consisting of :(a) section No. 6 as shown and more fully described on sectional plan No SS21/1985 in the scheme known as AQUA WOONSTELLE in respect of the land and building or buildings situated at ERF 876 TZANEEN EXTENSION 12 TOWNSHIP: LOCAL AUTHORITY : GREATER TZANEEN LOCAL MUNIGIPALITY, of which section the floor area, according to the said sectional plan is 160 (one hundred and sixty) square metres in extent and (b) An undivided share in

the common property in the scheme apportioned to the said section in accordance with the participation quota as endorsed on the said sectional plan. HELD BY Deed of Transfer Number ST 3139/2017 do hereby declare under oath:1. That the said Deed has been lost and cannot be found. 2. That the said Deed has not been pledged and is not being detained by anyone as security for debt or other-

wise, but has been actually lost and cannot be found though diligent search has been made by me/us therefor, and if the original Deed is found, I/we will surrender it to the Registrar of Deeds. 3. I/We hereby apply to the REGISTRAR OF DEEDS LIMPOPO, at POLOKWANE in terms of the abovementioned regulation, for the issue to me/us of a certified copy of the said Deed, and l/we undertake that if same should come into my/our possession or custody, l/we shall deliver or transmit it to the said Registrar. SIGNED and SWORN/AFFIRMED to before me at m on day of , the Deponent having acknowledged that he/she knows and understands the contents of this Affidavit, which is deposed to in accordance with the regulations governing the administration of an oath as more fully set out in Government Notice R 1258 of the 21st July 1972, as amended by Government Notice 1648 dated the 19th of August 1977 and Government Notice 903 dated the 10th July 1998. COMMISSIONER OF OATHS Mar302__________________________

LOST OR DESTROYED DEED Notice is hereby given in terms of regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, to the intention to apply for the issue of a certified copy of Deed of Transfer T131682/2000, passed by



PETRUS JOHANNES CILLIE, Identity Number 490927 5002 00 2 and MARTHA CATHARINA ELIZABETH CILLIE, Identity Number 531001 0027 00 9 Married in community of property to each other, in favour of ARELEBOHENG TRUST Registration Number IT. 11276/99, in respect of certain PORTION 41 (A PORTION OF PORTION 5) OF THE FARM DEER PARK 459, REGISTRATION DIVISION LT, LIMPOPO PROVINCE, which has been lost or destroyed. All interested persons having objection to the issue of such copy are hereby required to lodge the same in writing with the Registrar of Deeds at Polokwane, Limpopo, 101 Dorpstreet, Polokwane Central within two weeks from the date of the publication of this notice. Dated at Tzaneen this 17th day of March 2020. Applicant: Thomas & Swanepoel Attorneys / Ref: M4368 / J Jacobsz Address: 19 Peace Street, Tzaneen E-mail address: judy@tslegal.co.za Contact number: 015 307 1027 Mar303__________________________

LEGAL NOTICE In the estate of the late VERA SEARLE, Identity Number 340804 0019 08 7, who resided at TZANEEN and died on the 28th of FEBRUARY 2011, Estate Number 52/2020. Notice is hereby given to all creditors and debtors in the

above Estate to lodge their claims and pay their debts to the undersigned within 30 (thirty) days from date of publication hereof. (SGD) W F BASSON STEWART MARITZ BASSON INC Attorneys for the Executor Lex Numeri 32 Peace Street P O Box 242, Tzaneen, 0850 REFERENCE: WFB/EM/EST. SEARLE Mar304__________________________

IN THE MAGISTRATE’S COURT FOR THE SUB-DISTRICT OF TZANEEN HELD AT TZANEEN In the matter between: Case Number: 626/2019 STEPHAN VAN RENSBURG ATTORNEYS EXECUTION CREDITOR and MOSES RIKHOTSO (ID No: 770712 6975 08 5) EXECUTION DEBTOR NOTICE OF SALE IN EXECUTION – AUCTION PURSUANT to a judgment by the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court, granted on 1 October 2019 the under-mentioned goods will be sold at 10H00 on 27 MARCH 2020 by public auction to be held at the SHERIFF RITAVI’S OFFICE, 2946, THAMBO STREET, NKOWANKOWA, 0870 by the sheriff for the Magistrate’s Court to the highest bidder for cash, namely: 1 x HISENSE FRIDGE 1 x SONY MUSIC SYSTEM 1 x LG MICROWAVE OVEN 1 x DEFY WASHING MACHINE 1 x COFFEE TABLE

1 x 3 PIECE LOUNGE SUITE 1. This sale is a sale in execution pursuant to a judgement obtained in the above honourable Court. 2. The rules of the auction are available 24 hours prior to the auction at the office of the Sheriff, 33A Pieter Joubert Street, Tzaneen. 3. Registration as a buyer is a pre-requisite subject to a specific condition, inter alia. 4. Directive of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008; (Url http://www.info.gov. za/view/downloadfileaction?id-99961) 5. FICA legislation in respect of proof of identity and address particulars, payment of registration deposit of R500.00 in cash. 6. The office of the Sheriff will conduct the sale with the auctioneer being Tertius Robertson or any representative of his office. 7. 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 4th day of MARCH 2020 (signed) S. JANSE VAN RENSBURG ATTORNEYS FOR EXECUTION CREDITORS STEPHAN VAN RENSBURG ATTORNEYS RENCOLE RIDGE OFFICE PARK , 11 LOOP STREET TZANEEN Tel: (015) 307 4458 Email: invorderings@vanrensburgprok.co.za Ref: WS0231/eb/SJVR Mar305__________________________


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Ma luma Symposium hits 10th year milestone

■ Press Release The annual Maluma Symposium, now in its 10th year, was held on the 11th and 12th of March at the Allesbeste Farm and at Merensky High School. The Maluma symposium is open for all avocado farmers. On the first day, the symposium’s consisted of discussions on various relevant topics through presentations and workshops in the form of open discussions from a panel as well as attendees. On the second day the 12th of March the attendees headed into the orchards where different orchard practices and production techniques were discussed. Aside from the various presentations and workshops were there various exhibitors that showcased their latest products on offer. Zander Ernst, director of marketing and production at Allesbeste and one of the main presenters at the Maluma Symposium, explained amongst others the importance of trellising in avocado as well as other vegetables and fruit farming. Trellising fruit and vegetables is a gardening

technique that keeps plants off the ground, improves production and increases usable space. It also prevents your harvest from rotting. Ernst firmly believes trellising in avocado orchards takes the boundaries of production to a whole new level. Allesbeste is one of South Africa’s major avocado producers situated in the area of Tzaneen. “One of the core successes to the production is a higher level of densities and trellising provides an important step in the process of micromanagement. With avocados, we have experienced increases in production densities over the past few years. The mind shift to trellising avocados was needed as a new generation of cultivars are being developed. The new generation of cultivars are semi-dwarfing that are very advanced and can start producing in the first year”, said Ernst. “By planting on an eight by four or seven by 3.5 spacing is not giving us that return on investment advantage. High density orchards make the decision-making process easier by simplifying things”, said Ernst. Ernst said that one of the other purposes of mi-

cromanagement is to increase production to the point where he has accuracy of tasks, such as looking at individual branches, and pruning specifically. “By preventing or managing alternate bearing, so by selecting branches that are rejuvenating constantly, you are theoretically removing any branches that would not be productive in the next year, making space for shoots that will be productive,” according to Ernst. Ernst said that what makes trellising avocados different from other crops is that it is evergreen, and precocious trees often need support systems because they start bearing early, the branches get pulled down beyond 90 degrees which can have an effect on production. Ernst said at Allesbeste they believe in trellising because it pushes the boundaries of production and improves the harvest per hectare. “The many advantages of trellising includes increasing efficiency of production, increasing your return on investment, improving production capacity of the tree and speeding up the time for full crop potential”, said Ernst.

“You don’t need to wait six to seven years to get full potential, when it can happen in one or two years’ time”, he said. “The way forward is that we are going to go full commercial, with the Tatura and Vertical Trellising, and it will be a 50-50 split over the hectares because we believe the sense in both systems”, Ernst said. “I think there is still a lot of work to be done. We are very busy researching and will improve the methods we use here”, he said.

Zander Erns from Allesbeste

Evergreens: Hervé Bezuidenhout and Isabel Redelinghuys

Afgri John Deere: Muis Thornhill and Herman Smalberger

SA cooking star represents Viavi brand ■ Press Release Izelle Hoffman is SA’s newest rising star in the culinary industry. Although she never formally trained as a chef, growing up in a household where great food was always of comfort and a source of nourishment, it seemed a natural progression for her to take inspiration from the dishes she grew up with and turn them into a modern, playful and healthy culinary experience. Hofmann was recently announced as the brand ambassador for Viavi and was one of the special guests at the 2020 Maluma Symposium. At the 10th Maluma Symposium, the owners of the cultivar announced that from this year, the top class 1 fruit from certified packhouses will be presented as Viavi, the top-tier Maluma avocado. This will go into ripening and triggered programmes for the consumer brand on the shelf. Viavi avocados will be exclusively available at Woolworths stores in South Africa, while there are trial shipments lined up to “key European supermarkets”, announced Allesbeste brand

manager Donovan Lewis at the first day of the Maluma avocado symposium. The Viavi brand could still make its European debut during the 2020 season Born with Congenital Hip Dysplasia and 14 operations later, Hoffman is adamant to make people aware of the health benefits of eating the right foods and choosing a life of wellness that is closer to traditional African styles of cooking, where raw ingredients and freshness are a priority. Like so many South Africans, growing your own vegetables and experimenting with different flavours has always been a part of her upbringing. With both her grandmother and her mother boasting a world class vegetable garden and her aunt, who was the moderator of Home Economics for the North West province, Hoffman’s development into a ‘’conscious foodie’’ was inevitable. Having already proved herself as a formidable businesswoman with a penchant for marketing, Hoffman has found creative ways of combining her passion for food and people with solid strategies to bring those three com-

ponents together through projects she is involved with around the country. She is no stranger to television and print media and can now be seen as the lifestyle chef on one of SA’s largest television breakfast shows, Die Groot Ontbyt and Real Health on The Home Channel. She also hosted several cooking inserts on SuperSport where she created her mouth-watering signature dishes with the assistance of SA’s top PSL Soccer Players. Hoffman also loves sharing her knowledge and recipes in the fitness industry and is the food editor for Muscle and Fitness Hers and Mens Fitness Magazine and writes for the Afrikaans Woman’s Magazine Finesse. As Hoffman explains, time and health are some of the most important aspects that money can’t buy, making it two of the most precious commodities in your life. “We only live once, and we only have one body to live it in”.

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Local torch bearers honoured by Chamber ■ Joe Dreyer Humility. If asked to describe the man awarded as the Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year, “humility” would certainly be apt. At a prestigious awards luncheon held at Hotel@ Tzaneen last week, Milaan Thalwizer, patriarch of the Komati Group, was honoured for a lifetime’s achievement in business as he spearheaded the growth and expansion of a once modest family farm, to one of the most prolific commercial farming groups in the country. Komati Group is one of the largest exporters of citrus in the Southern hemisphere with more than 70% of their produce shipped internationally. Since its humble beginnings in the mid-1950’s on a farm in the Letsitele valley, the group has grown to acquire commercial lands in Hoedspruit, Hectorspruit, Burgersfort and Malalane on which they grow citrus, macadamias, bananas, blueberries, avocadoes, mangoes and sugarcane. In total, the Komati Group employs 1 500 permanent staff and provides close on 3 500 seasonal jobs to local workers during the picking seasons. This bears testament to their most important cultivar – people. “It is truly a great honour for me to be presented with a reward amid all my peers who all work as hard, if not harder than I, to grow our business and uplift the people of our region,” Thalwizer said as he received his award from Chamber chairperson, Llandi van der Walt and Greater Tzaneen mayor, Maripe Mangena. “I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented people who have made this award possible and so I would like to dedicate this accolade to everyone of the members of this chamber. You all deserve recognition for your ef-

forts in this community. Thank you for this privilege, I graciously accept with heartfelt thanks.” Each year the Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce hosts their Prestige Awards during which they pay homage to those members of the local business community

who play a pivotal role within their communities and take pride in the manner by which they conduct their business. The recipients of awards in the various categories are nominated by members of the community and seconded by members of the chamber. The

nominations are then discussed and voted upon by members of the executive committee to decide who the top awards will be presented to. This year’s awards ceremony served as a fitting platform to bid farewell to one of the founders and longest serving members of the Tzaneen Chamber, Lukas Groenewald, who retired from his position as manager of the Letaba Herald after more than 30 years, in December last year. Groenewald was considered to be one of the most influential members of the chamber over the last few decades where he served as chairperson and executive committee member during that time. He stepped down earlier this month and will be pursuing other avenues which will undoubtedly include enjoying his retirement. Pest Control Specialists, a household name in pest control both locally and nationally, received a special gift of appreciation from the members of the chamber for their generous sponsorship of hampers and gifts to the guest speakers at the monthly luncheons. Leonie Roux received the certificate of appreciation on their behalf. Petra Andersen of El Olom Community Services and Deon van Tonder of EVAC911 were both honoured for their outstanding service to the community while Madeleine Saunders of Momentum Financial Wellness Practice was bestowed with the award for the Secretary or Receptionist of the Year. For her tireless efforts in organizing, managing and growing the annual Tzaneen Show and her behind the scenes gathering of the troops when times call for community involvement to support those at the frontlines of runaway veld fires or other emergencies that threaten the wellbeing of the community, Naomi Excell of Agri Letaba was named Tzaneen’s Manager of the Year. Vixtrix Signs was unanimously named as the Business with the most Outstanding and Friendliest customer service – a reward the owner of the this outstanding enterprise, Martin Froise, happily accepted. Part of the ethos of the Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce is to grow and support the emerging businesspeople of the region. It was in light of this that Henco Pretorius of Bricks@Tzaneen was named the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year for the work his accomplishments in job creation and supplying an ever increasing demand to the construction sector through his well-managed brick yard just outside the CBD. For saving the citizens of Tzaneen in excess of R40 million by cancelling a roads project off the back of tender irregularities uncovered by his office, and for taking the necessary stance against poor service delivery and corruption within the municipality, Thapelo Matlala was awarded as the Public Official of the Year. Since taking office in April 2018, Matlala has already brought about significant change within the GTM and earned himself the nickname “Ironhide” for his unwavering drive to restore Tzaneen as the jewel of the north it once was known for. “Congratulations to all our achievers. Every one of you have done your community and your business family proud and have shown that through diligence, humility and sound business ethics, one can truly make a difference,” concluded Van der Walt.

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Discovery Sport now in South Africa Land Rover’s premium compact SUV, the Discovery Sport, has been enhanced with the latest technologies, new levels of interior quality and increased space for families with a spirit of adventure. The latest addition to the Discovery family is now available in South Africa. New vehicle architecture ensures the fastest-selling Land Rover ever produced is now more technologically advanced and versatile than ever, keeping its occupants safe and comfortable in all conditions. With new features and the very latest technology, the new Discovery Sport delivers superb interior space and refinement, while its optional 5+2 interior features a new infotainment interface with the latest connectivity. Plus, a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 combinations for enhanced versatility in the optional seven seat configuration. The new body is 13% stiffer than its predecessor, with rigidly mounted subframes that reduce noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin, improving comfort and providing maximum safety in the event of a collision. The trademark Discovery design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution. The proportions have been optimised to project a more striking visual with new signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside a new front grille and bumpers. Inside, the arrival of the digital Touch Pro infotainment system and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a high quality yet practical space. The new Discovery Sport is available in South Africa in Base and S trim levels, or the sportier R-Dynamic variants in S, SE and

HSE trim which feature Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels, unique front and rear bumpers and Shadow Atlas script on the bonnet and tailgate. Inside, Ebony seats with contrast stitching, black gearshift paddles and unique treadplates provide an edgier character. With the option of Land Rover’s Activity Key, a wearable waterproof wristband that allows customers to lock and unlock the vehicle without using the traditional keyfob. The Activity Key is an ideal solution for adventure hunters who may enjoy sports such as surfing or mountain biking where a conventional key may get lost or damaged. Designed to meet the digital demands of a modern family, the latest Discovery Sport is available with a ClearSight Rear View mirror that transforms into a video screen at the flick of a switch to display what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. It offers a wider (50-degree) field of vision and visibility in low light conditions from a camera mounted above the rear window. The mirror also ensures rear visibility is not compromised by the second-row passengers or bulky items in the boot. The ClearSight Ground View technology has been introduced to help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen. Effectively making the bonnet invisible, this is the realisation of Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet technology and was first previewed in 2014. Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is introduced for the first time within the lower centre console, while a 4G WiFi hotspot, alongside USB and 12-volt connectivity points on

every row, ensure passengers remain charged and connected. The second and third row occupants also benefit from individual heating and ventilation controls to make their space more comfortable. The latest Discovery Sport is every inch a Land Rover, combining assured all-terrain handling with all-weather capability, including a wading depth of 600mm, All-Wheel Drive and a second-generation Active Driveline system. The Terrain Response 2 automatically detects the surface and adjusts the torque delivery to best suit the conditions, while Advanced Tow Assist makes reversing with a trailer (up to 2 500kg) more intuitive and safer than before. There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Other active safety features include Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor. In South Africa the diesel engine option is covered by an efficient Ingenium 2.0 litre four-cylinder (badged D180) with 132kW, and is capable of an average combined fuel consumption of 5.8l per 100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 9.7 seconds and the top speed is 202km/h. The petrol power is provided by an Ingenium 2.0 litre unit with 184kW and the fuel consumption is as low as 8.0l per 100km. The P250-badged Discovery Sport can reach 100km/h in 7.6 seconds and the maximum speed is set at 225km/h. All Land Rover vehicles come standard with a 5 Year Care Plan with a 100 000km warranty and servicing within in 5-year period, whichever comes first.


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New customer care app now from Mahindra Mahindra has launched a new after-sales promise statement across its entire dealer network to create a delightful service experience and a closer relationship with its customers. Called #GreatValueGreatService, the campaign combines industry best-practice and a brand-new app interface to ensure that its diverse range of customers all receive a seamless and friendly experience when servicing or repairing a vehicle at an affordable price. “The new #GreatValueGreatService promise is built on three primary aspects of a customer’s expectations. These are #1 ease and convenience, #2 the quality of the service or repair process and #3 overall affordability,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. With the new after-sales statement, Mahindra promises its customers that their interaction with Mahindra will always be courteous, polite and as quick and convenient as possible. At the heart of this promise is the new Mzanzi Mahindra app and dedicated Customer Care line. Through this app, customers can easily book an appointment, locate their nearest dealer, navigate through the Mahindra range of products and accessories and learn about any retail special offerings. Customers can even use the app to notify emergency services, if required. As part of this promise, Mahindra has also created a new dedicated service contact centre at its head office in Pretoria, where customers can request service assistance. This number is 012 865 0171. Lastly, customers are assured that their vehicle will be delivered back from service on the same day it was booked in, for at least 90% of all cases. “Fixing a vehicle right the first time, and with the right equipment, parts and lubricants, are the key differentiator between a Mahindra dealership and a non-authorised workshop. That is why the qual-

ity of repairs made are such an integral part of our #GreatValueGreatService promise,” says Pratyush Bose, Head of Aftersales at Mahindra South Africa. By focussing on the quality of repair in its service promise, Mahindra commits to use genuine Mahindra parts and its approved Maximile range of lubricants, while also following up with all customers after their service to find out how the experience was and what Mahindra could improve on in future. Using the Mahindra Mzanzi app, customers will have a seamless link with dealers to enquire about the costs of repairs and vehicle maintenance. The app also allows Mahindra owners to calculate the average cost of their upcoming service. Linked to this ability is Mahinda’s #GreatValueGreatService commitment that the company will keep all repair and maintenance costs competitive and affordable, regardless of whether an owner’s Mahindra still has an active service plan or not. To celebrate the official launch of the #GreatValueGreatService campaign, Mahindra will launch a nationwide marketing campaign and special deals on vehicle services. Many dealers have created their own special offers as well to add to and further sweeten the Mahindra service campaign offers. Last year, Mahindra completed the WesBank Fuel Economy Tour as one of the three most fuel-efficient brands, and its KUV100 NXT ranked as the compact SUV with the lowest cost of repairs and services in the authoritative 2019 AA Kinsey Report. This year, Mahindra introduced free vehicle insurance for most KUV100 NXT models financed through Mahindra Finance and also an improved four-year or 120 000km mechanical warranty and five-year or 90 000km service plan for its upgraded S11 Scorpio. It is the same service plan that is now on offer with its range of double cab models.

Mitsubishi Outlander offers more for less Following in the wake of Mitsubishi Motors SA’s landmark year with its fantastic 2019 sales in a shrinking domestic market, the 2020 Outlander is the third of various new model launches for the company in the first quarter of the new year. Originally launched in South Africa in September 2003, the new Outlander now has a fresh, modern and stylish look, many new features and a host of visual improvements all over. This seven-seater family SUV comes standard with a high level of equipment, powerful 2.4-litre petrol engine and an automatic six-step CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The new Outlander also boasts with Mitsubishi Motors’ unique S-AWC (Super All-wheel Control) offering dynamic handling and providing ultimate safety for the driver and passengers. The spacious new Outlander is priced at R499 995 and complements the rest of the Mitsubishi range on offer. First impressions are lasting impressions, and the new Outlander will keep heads turning thanks to its stylish looks. With its distinctive redesigned front grille, newlook alloy wheels and stylish shape, the Outlander’s contemporary overall design speaks of style and practicality, offering outstanding comfort for families in the urban environment as well as on the open road and out in nature. Standard features include dusk-sensing headlamps that automatically switch on when visibility drops. The electric tailgate, which automatically opens and closes at the touch of a button, is just one of the many convenience features that are part of the Outlander’s DNA, making loading and unloading of luggage or shopping bags so much easier. Boasting seven seats and designed for versatility and flexibility, the roomy interior offers a new feature in the rear, new storage space for the tonneau cover behind the third row of passenger seats when it is not in use. The enhanced interior with its new features for the driver is designed to provide maximum comfort and postural support. Drivers can now adjust and tailor their perfect seating position with both power and manual controls as well as new dual zone air-conditioning with rear vents. The driver also benefits from advanced features such as the new Electric Parking Brake with Auto-Hold, a very handy feature on inclines, especially in tight parking spots. The Outlander also comes fully equipped with Climate Control and a new Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA), which includes Bluetooth and

Handsfree Voice Control integrated into the Multi-function leather steering wheel. The biggest visual difference is found in the centre of the front console housing the cabin controls featuring Mitsubishi Motor’s improved new Smartphone-link Display Audio system. The SDA boasts a new eight-inch WVGA full-colour display with touch controls as well as USB power supply for mobile phones. The system also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with extra features to mirror your smart device. With this feature you can get directions, make and receive calls, send and receive messages and listen to your favourite downloaded music. Most importantly, you can do all of this without fumbling around with your full attention staying focused on the road. The Outlander uses the latest version of the 2.4L MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control) DOHC 16-valve engine with ECI Multi-point fuel injection offering 123kW at 6 000rpm and 222Nm of torque at 4 100rpm. For Mitsubishi Motors, nothing is more important than occupant safety, starting with Super All-wheel Control which is the DNA of this SUV’s safety. Another new safety feature in the new Outlander is the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto-Hold which prevents the vehicle from rolling back on an incline. The latest Outlander retains its array of advanced passive and active safety technology. This includes a seven-airbag system for increased safety for every seat, while Mitsubishi’s advanced RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction utilises crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions. This leads to improved safety for all occupants, regardless of impact direction. Side Impact Protection Bars in the doors add to the vehicle’s impressive passive safety features which include ISOFIX child seat anchors and Hill Start Assist allowing the driver to take off at an incline without the vehicle rolling back. The new Outlander also boasts a touch-to-operate keyless Smart Key System that takes care of fumbling for your car keys with your hands full. It works within a 70 cm radius from the vehicle for easy locking and unlocking, including the electric tail gate, and once behind the wheel, the driver can start the engine with the touch of a button. The Mitsubishi Outlander is covered by the original Mitsubishi Motors’ Manufacturer’s Warranty of three years or 100 000km, a five-year or 90 000km Service Plan and a five-year or unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are scheduled at every 15 000km or once a year.





20 March 2020


Olifante word deur die magtige Blou gestuit ■

Roelof de Jonge

Die jaarlikse Wintersportbyeenkoms teen die Hoërskool Frans du Toit van Phalaborwa, wat as een van die grootste geleenthede op die jaarprogram van die Hoërskool Merensky beskou word, het Saterdag die 14de Maart plaasgevind. Hierdie jaar se geleentheid is veral oorheers deur die glansryke opening van Merensky se langverwagte dog indrukwekkende nuwe astro-hokkiebaan. Met die opening van dié nuwe Astro-baan, was die toeskouers bederf met aanskoulike sewe aan ‘n kant (sewes hokkie) wedstryde deur die loop van die dag. Selfs ‘n reënbui later die dag na die snikhete hitte kon nie die gees van die talle hokkiespelers in aksie verhoed om die nuwe baan ten volle te benut nie. Die Plasie-bokkies hokkiespan oftewel die O/14-span het gespog met ‘n 5-0 wen. Die O/15-span het met 6-0 gewen en die eerstespan het in albei hul wedstryde met 3-1 en 4-0 oorwinnings gespog. Alhoewel Merensky se twee sokkerspanne die spit moes afbyt teen Frans du Toit, het die rugby- en hokkiespanne hul seisoen op ‘n wennoot begin. Op die rugbyveld het die Plasies se eerstespan na ‘n harde fisieke wedstryd die span van Frans du Toit nouliks uitoorlê om met 15-11 die wedsyryd in hul guns te swaai. Merensky se puntemakers was Tiaan Tonsing, Brett Richter en Ruan van der Schyff. Die tweedespan het hul wedstryd oorheers en het ‘n oorwinning van 45-22 behaal. Die O/14A-span het eenvoudig rugbylesse gegee deur hul wedstryd met 59-5 te wen. Die O/15A-span het met 27-7 in hul wedstryd geseëvier. Die O/16A-span het Frans du Toit se span met 45-15 geklop. Foto’s: Roelof de Jonge Rain Terblanche (flank), Tiaan Tönsing (stut), Kadin Albertus (slot) & Breet Richter (haker).

Kadin Albertus (met bal), Ruan van der Schyff (links) en Jan Naudé (regs).

Trophy’s Hornbills decimate Giyani Cricket Club ■

Roelof de Jonge

On Sunday the 8th of March the Trophy Toyota Hornbills came up against the side of Giyani Cricket Club at the oval at Unicorn Preparatory School. For the Hornbills, this limited premier fixture match was a mere formality as they went on to win by six wickets, chasing down a target of just 70 runs. Initially, Giyani won the toss and elected to bat first, setting just 69 runs on the board after 22.3 overs. The Hornbills needed only 11 of the allotted 50 overs to reach the required target. For the Giyani side their batting let them down and only two batsmen made double figures of 11 and 12 runs respectively. What helped Giyani’s run-scoring along was the number of extras, 28 in total, which the Hornbills handed them on a platter. The Hornbills’ bowlers had a field day, but the number of extras as mentioned, should be a concern when they face the more established teams in the league. Tapiwanashe Kuhlengisa took 3/18 in his six overs spell. He was well supported by Emile Kruger (2/18 in six overs), Gavin Pirie (2/14 in five overs) and Rynier de Jager (1/0 in 1.2 over). Wian Fourie was also economical with his bowling that kept the Giyani batsmen anchored in their creases. Fourie’s bowling figures were 0/7 in his four overs spell. In reply, the Hornbills opening batsmen, Wilhelm Groenewald and Douglas Pirie, seemed more than capable for the task at hand of scoring the required runs to clinch the match. But, that was certainly not the case as both openers were sent back to the changeroom once they acquired double figure scores. Groenewald departed first for 17 runs, coming off just 10 deliveries. Pirie followed soon after having made 14 runs from eight balls. Adolf Smith’s time at the crease was a

short lived one as he had to depart for just three runs, coming off 12 balls. Aubrey van Reenen was the fourth wicket to tumble, having contributed 12 runs from 16 deliveries. It was then up to Marnus Nel and Emile Kruger to wrap up the innings and the match for the Hornbills side. Nel scored 10 runs from 19 balls and Kruger smashed a six from just one ball to clinch the win. Although the Giyani batting let them down, their bowlers provided the Hornbills batsmen with some tense moments with some blistering and accurate pace bowling. Nsuku Mathye took 3/35 in six overs. He was well supported by Lavani Mlambo (1/23 in three overs) and Katekani Ngwana (0/10 in two overs). The other match on the day was between the side of Louis Trichardt who hosted the side of Nashua Aces Cricket Club from Polokwane. Aces won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 152 runs after 41 overs of the allotted 50 overs. Louis Trichardt in reply, chased down the required winning runs reaching 153 for the loss of eight wickets. High School Merensky’s avid speed bowler, Gerhardus Fourie, was influential in the Louis Trichardt victory. Fourie took 3/24 in eight overs with an economy rate of 3.1, which certainly helped to limit the run scoring opportunities for the Aces batsmen. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

Rynier DeJager

Adolf Smith

Tapiwa Kuhlengisa

Sport 20 March 2020

Pitch perfect Plasies

Joe Dreyer

After what has been described as one of the high school’s most ambitious projects to date, Merensky High now boasts a world-class water-based astro turf at the entrance to their already revered facilities. Headmaster, Magnus Steyn and his school’s governing body chairperson Christo Pretorius proudly cut the ribbon on Saturday morning and opened the flood gates to 160 eager hockey players who streamed onto the field moments later. The teams consisted of hockey players from Stanford Lake College, Merensky High, Frans du Toit and various primary school and club players who competed in rounds of friendly seven-aside games which lasted until late in the afternoon. “This astro pitch has been in the pipeline now for roughly two years,” explained Pretorius, project manager for the construction of the pitch. “Initially we planned to construct this facility next to the cricket oval on the field opposite this one, but soil samples said otherwise and so we opted for this location and that’s when the serious work started.” And serious it was indeed. According to Pretorius roughly 60 000 cubic metres of earth had to be moved around and a series of intricate stormwater drainage systems had to be constructed before the arduous process of the actual pitch kicked off. After allowing the earthworks to settle over the course of two rain seasons to ensure a solid base to build upon, 60 tonnes of chalk and around two tonnes of gravel was spread over the top layer of the soil and compacted to form a solid base before being sealed with a thick layer of asphalt. The actual playing surface of the pitch (yes that striking blue mat that jumps at you as you round the corner to the entrance of the school), is constructed from an advanced synthetic material which covers a very specialized 25mm thick shock pad known as an e-layer. The water layer in the hockey pitch has LSR (low slide resistance) and

shock absorbance properties for excellent player safety. Unlike some sand dressed hockey pitches, the surface will remain soft even at low temperatures thereby reducing the risk of friction burns. The water also has a cooling effect and provides a protective layer between players and the pitch. The pitch is fully irrigated with a layer of water which results in an extremely fast and professional game. Due to the absence of sand, the blades of artificial grass are free moving which enables players to get their hockey stick under the ball. The state-of-the-art popup sprinkler system was installed by Nato Loock and a team from ZZ2. “These sprinklers will cover the entire pitch with a 4mm thick layer of water before every game and at regular intervals after that in just under six minutes,” said Pretorius. Not to worry about water wastage though. Pretorius explained that the water (between 8 500 and 20 000 litres per cycle) which is spread over the pitch, is recaptured and channelled to an underground drainage system which feeds the water to the irrigation dam used to irrigate the two cricket ovals and soccer pitches across the road. “This results the minimum water wastage possible.” The artificial mat was constructed by Belgotex Sports and installed under the watchful eye of a team of international professionals from the Netherlands who boast a combined 500-pitch pool of experience between them. On their website the company states that Belgotex Sport water-based hockey systems have the FIH Global classification for Olympic and

international tournaments. This is very exciting news for the local players who will now have three fantastic pitches on which to enjoy their lifestyle throughout the year.

Covid-19 halts Great Mile

The popular Ebenezer Mile Swim event that was supposed to take place this Saturday the 21st of March, has been postponed due to the Corona Virus.

Roelof de Jonge

Sport events around the world have seen cancellations and postpones because of the Covid-19. In South Africa this has also been the case with many major events like the international recognised Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race being cancelled. The latest major sports event in Limpopo to be postponed because of this virus is the much-anticipated Ebenezer Mile Swim that was supposed to be held this Saturday the 21st of March at the Ebenezer Dam. Earlier the year there were concerns whether the dam level because of the low rain fall experienced over the

Summer months will be adequate to host the race. The race organisers from the Rotary Club of Haenertsburg was adamant that the race will indeed take course as planned albeit on an altered because of the lower water levels. But the organisers did not expect the Covid-19 Virus to interfere in hosting this year’s Ebenezer Mile Swim event. “We are advising all stakeholders, media, sponsors and swimmers that the Ebenezer Mile Swim will not take place on Saturday the 21st of March”, said Anne Harman, president of the Rotary Club of Haenertsburg and fellow Rotarian Daria Gorbaszewicz, who is the event convenor of the

Ebenezer Mile Swim event. Harman and Gorbaszewicz said they asked Swim South Africa to look at their events calendar for a new date later in the year when the Swim can take place. “We thank everyone for their support and understanding and ask that this message is shared with all your contacts who are likely to be affected by this event being cancelled in the short-term”, said Harman. “We will keep all stakeholders informed as we go forward, and new information will be published on our Rotary Club of Haenertsburg’s website and Facebook pages”, added Gorbaszewicz.

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