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HE Concerned Swimming Fraternity (CSF) and Msunduzi Municipality are at logger heads with each other regarding the condition of public swimming pools which were opened earlier this month. “The CSF, formed in October 2012, is the voice that ensures public swimming facilities are up to standard. For years, all pools under the jurisdiction of the Msunduzi Municipality have been plagued with problems and poor planning,” said Jay Jugwanth, CSF member. Last year, Maritzburg Fever reported that the pools had opened late and that most of them were in poor condition. Berg Street pool was, and still is, in complete disarray and will take millions of rands to repair. Alexandra Baths, Woodlands, Eastwood, Sobantu and Olympic

swimming pools were reported to have been opened on time this year, however all have since been closed due to repairs needed as well as a lack of staff and qualified lifeguards. On20Augustthisyear,Maritzburg Fever queried the state of the swimming pools and expected opening date with the municipality and was informed by spokesperson, Brian Zuma, that the community services portfolio members were visiting all pools on 21 August. Zuma said only after the inspections took place would he be able to comment on the state of the pools. A week later, The Witness, reported that all pools (including Buchanan Street and excluding Berg Street) were set to open at the start of swimming season, 1 September, for the first time in three years. Thearticlefurtherreportedthatall pool repairs were completed in June this year. Although the article stated that the pools had been opened on time, this

was not the case. Jugwanth then appealed to the municipal parks and recreation department to convene a meetingwiththerelevantroleplayers and the CSF. The meeting, suggested by Community Services Portfolio chairman councilor Manilal Inderjit, took place last Thursday. The concerned members of the swimming fraternity pointed out that the pools were far from complete as publicly stated by the manager of parks and recreation, Thomas Roux. Incomplete paddling pools, clogged toilets, dirty pool water and overflowing pools were just some of the issues. Roux further stated that there were more issues with the pools and that work was to be outsourced by the municipality. Due to the delay of the finalization of contracts, the cashiers’ offices at the pools were managed by temporary staff who had previously worked during the cemetery clean up. Members of the CSF also pointed

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CSF and councillor Inderjit personally visited the pools on Sunday to ensure that they had in fact been closed, however Jugwanth reported that the pools remained open with voluntary lifeguards and grass cutters as cashiers. “Our community is swimming at their own risk. A drowning is waiting to happen,” said Jugwanth. Unwar Rawat, ex–lifeguard and CSF member, has also expressed his concern about the state of the pools. “The question asked every year, is what were these officials doing during the months of May, June and July? Why is it that preparation to provide these services only commenced in August?” Maritzburg Fever approached Brian Zuma for comment to determine what transpired during the site inspections and what the plan of action is to repair the pools. However he had failed to respond at the time of going to print.

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THE residents of the Jika Joe informal settlement have started piecing their lives back together after a fire gutted about 100 shacks last week Sunday. When the Maritzburg Fever visited the informal settlement on Monday, many shacks had been put up. More than 40 tents, and mobile toilets, provided by the uMgungundlovu Municipality lined the Tatham sports ground. One resident, Nonkanyiso Mjwara, said the extreme temperatures inside the tent meant that it was not a healthy living option for her two month old baby. She has asked her neighbours to rebuild a shack for her. “We lost everything. There are many people staying in one tent and that is also not healthy,” she said. Meanwhile, Lindiwe Mbatha has also had enough of living in the tents. She is sharing one with her seven–month old daughter, mother and sibling. “It’s not enjoyable and I have had enough of this. It is extremely hot in here. We cannot pack up and leave because we do not have building material. We are stuck where we are at the moment,” said Mbatha. Said Hoswat said that he also lost everything and was grateful that donations from various businesses and government departments have enabled him to start over. Jika Joe community leader Thembinkosi Magagula said that the community is grateful for donations which included two plate stoves, blankets, tents, food and clothing. “If there are more people who would like to help us, we would appreciate it,” he said.

FROM street trading to thriving small take–away outlets, all businesses under the Msunduzi Municipality will soon be regulated through proper licencing. Thisisexpectedtoregulatebusinessconductandenhance revenue in the city. Addressing the Executive Committee (Exco), deputy mu­ nicipal manager for economic development, Dr Ray Ng­ cobo, said that business licencing is a legislative mandate that the municipality must ensure comes to life. “We as the city have a delegated authority in terms of the Provincial Business Act, that anybody who is doing busi­ ness in our city must be licenced. Currently, the database of businesses that we have is not authentic. We have busi­ nesses that are trading in our city without licences and they are trading in areas that are not zoned for business,” said Ngcobo. He said that they are preparing to implement the new act that is being introduced by the Department of Trade In­ dustry (DTI). “So we want to re–licence everybody. Those who have got valid licences will not be paying but those who do not have licences will be issued with one. In that way, we will be able to pick up some lost revenue and have a comprehen­ sive database so that we know who is doing what. This will also include licencing of informal traders,” said Ng­ cobo. Ngcobo added that there will be additional licences for businesses trading in hazardous material, which includes service stations. He said that businesses which trade in foodwillhavetogetalicencefromthemunicipality’senvi­ ronmental health section. “But the base licence is the one that gives you the right to operate in our city,” said Ngcobo. Mayor Chris Ndlela said that the information will be com­ municated to the public in a form of advertisements. “Those who run businesses illegally, or not in terms of how they are supposed to run them, will jump sky high. The intention is not to punish but to regulate,” said Ndlela. The Business Act 71 of 1991 states that any businesses op­ erating in the country must have a trading or business li­ cence, and local municipalities are mandated to regulate that process.

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The Msunduzi Municipality does not want to see any informal trading around the Premier’s Office, the City Hall and KZN Legislature.

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NFORMAL street traders in the city, who have been in business for years, say that the Msunduzi Municipality is messing with their only source of income by making them move. At the last Executive Committee (Exco) meeting, the municipalitymadeitclearthatinformaltrading in the vicinity of national key points such as the Legislature, the City Hall, the Supreme Court and the Premier’s Office buildings, will be eradicated. The deputy municipal manager for economic development, Ray Ngcobo, said that the municipality will use a “carrot and stick” ap-

proach in order to structure informal trading. “The database we have is not authentic because informal traders come and go. The carrot is obviously going to be registering them, helping them in terms of street infrastructure like shelters, whilst at the same time eradicating informal trade in certain areas, especially in areas which are identified as national key points,” he said. Ngcobo added that there shouldn’t be any trading on the pavements of those areas. Mayor Chris Ndlela said that there have been complaints from informal traders who say they are being victimized by municipal security staff. “We came across many com-

plaints from people saying that they have been harassed through our security guards in terms of the enforcement of bylaws for street traders. Some of them complain that they have made the applicationsforlicencesandsoareillegally trading, not because of their own sins so they say, but because of our slow movement in service development,” said Ndlela. Both Mathemba Shabangu from Tembalihle informal settlements near Glenwood and Zo Ngcobo, from Edendale, said that for years, municipal officials at AS Chetty building have told them that they could not accept their informal trade applications because there is no space available. Ngcobo, who started trading in

1998, said that space restraints have caused them to resort to informal trading. She sells sweets at a cost of 30 cents each, cigarettes at R2 each and maintains a public mobile phone for which she charges 90 cents per minute. “On countless ocassions, municipal security have confiscated my stock and each time, I am required to pay R105 to get my stock back. This is how we have been feeding our families for years. The municipality should then give us jobs. Life is hard,” said Ngcobo. A few months ago, the municipality passed bylaws which abolish unregistered informal street trading, prostitution, street children and beggars.


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HE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike, ongoing since last week Monday, has turned violent with police currently investigating two incidents of assault on employees of two service stations in the city. “It is alleged that on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 at about 8.30am, a 27–year–old man was at his place of employment at the BP Garage along Church Street in the CBD when he was allegedly confronted by a group of unknown men who assaulted him with sticks, seriously wounding him on his head,” said police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane. He said that on Saturday, 14 September 2013 at about 5.20pm, a 28– year–old man was performing his duties at the Total Service Station along Hoosen Haffejee Street when he was confronted by a group of men and women who allegedly assaulted him by kicking and punching him on his

head and body. “Both victims were taken to hospitalformedicaltreatment,”saidZwane, adding that no arrests have been made. On Monday, the Maritzburg Fever drove around town to inspect the status quo at various service stations and it was noted that most filling stations had called in private security companies to safeguard premises. Another affected filling station is the Engen branch in Mkondeni. Management said that last week Monday, about 20 Numsa members wearing union t–shirts and carrying sticks cametotheservicestationandallegedly intimidated non–striking staff into joining the strike. “Some of the staff members wanted to work but they were told that should they continue working, they would be in trouble with the union members. Some of the striking members even called me a bi**h and threatened to beat us up. That was insulting and scary. Some of the members went to our car wash, chased the employees

out the premises and closed the gate. By Wednesday there were no petrol attendants on site and the family had to maintain everything on their own. We didhowevermanagetogetthingsdone with the help of temporary employees,” said one of the managers. At BP in Edendale, cases of intimidation were also reported. Regional Numsa shop steward, Petros Buthelezi, told the Maritzburg Fever that no cases of intimidation or assault from Numsa members had been reported to Numsa. He said that Numsa is against the intimidation and victimization of non–striking employees. “We know that a lot of service stations have called for extra security because they say they are afraid. Intimidating other employees is not allowed. Numsa doesn’t support that. Generally, we would like everyone to join the strike but if there are workers who did not join, our mandate is to beg them to join without any intimidation or victimization. If they do not want to, then that is not a problem. It is their right,” said Buthelezi.

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The national Numsa strike began last week Monday as members took to the streets to demand a R30 an hour pay increase and a total ban of labour brokers. Buthelezi said that today there will be a Numsa shop stewards meeting held in Durban to discuss the outcome of the strike and proposed feedback from employers. He said that as soon as shop stewards have been informed of the outcome, they will then revert back to Numsa members.

THE Msunduzi Municipality is requesting property owners to allow data collectors to access their properties for the purpose of collecting correct informationforthegeneralvaluation roll. It is the law that every four years, the municipality must prepare a general valuationroll.Theyarerequired to have a register of properties on which a valuation will be based. The municipality has to satisfy itself that the information on which it bases its property values is accurate. Data collectors, wearing clearly visible and identifiable name tags, will be visiting properties. Anyone with queries on the authenticity of data collectors, and any other property data related matters, should contact the call centre at 033 392 2499. The call centre will deal with data collection andvaluationrelatedqueries. The Msunduzi municipality appeals to all residents to co–operate with this process. – Supplied.

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>>nqobile@pmbfever.co.za KZN Museum celebrated Arbour Week last week by planting 15 trees at various schools in Pietermaritz­ burg. AmongtheschoolsvisitedwereGomanePrimary, KwaKhetha Primary and Masimdumise High School. KZN Museum’s information officer, Sandile Cele, said this educational project aimed to teach pupils about the value and importance of trees. “We identified five schools from rural communi­

ties where we did a power–point presentation about the importance of trees and thereafter, we planted trees with the pupils. We want to encourage planting indigenous trees and also to make schools aware of the KZN Museum. We want them to know more about our educational programs and in the process, encourage them to visit us,” said Cele. Arbour month is celebrated throughout Septem­ ber and during this period, stakeholders are encour­ aged to raise awareness and teach about various greeningactivities.ArbourDayiscelebratedannually on 1 September

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Celebrating Pharmacy Week Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital celebrated Phar­ macy Week recently – an aware­ ness week celebrated nationally between 1 and 8 September. Mid–Medic Pharmacy, the insti­ tutional pharmacy of the hospi­ tal, celebrated by hosting a number of events, including presentations for staff and pa­ tients on generic medicines. The week also featured a fun day at the paediatric ward. Pictured at the fun day are (from left) Jun­ aid Essa (MMC Pharmacy Man­ ager), Lufuno Mndaweni and en­ tertainer, Jeremy Bartle. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HE first Platinum Life CHOC House in Pietermaritzburg was officially opened recently at 29 Carnoustie Road, Montrose. The only other CHOC House in the province is in Durban. Last year, the Maritzburg Fever reported that CHOC Pietermaritzburg hadbeengiventheopportunitytoopen a CHOC House in the city following the decision by Grey’s Hospital to open a full time hematology service and pediatric oncology unit. Dr Neil McKerrow, head of paediatrics in the province, said that up until February this year, there was no holistic picture to treating, housing and diagnosing children with cancer. He added that there are only 12 beds available at Grey Hospital for treating children with cancer and that the CHOC House comes at a critical

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time as it will help the hospital cater to the demand for beds to treat children. “The role of the house is essential because it allows us to increase our capacity,” said McKerrow. Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Chris Ndlela was also present at the opening, and said that this house will allow cancer patients and their parents to receive the necessary support and care during this stressful period. “We commend CHOC for their assistance to children and their families and we pledge to pool our resources and commit to assisting in any manner we can,” said Ndlela. Dr Beverley Neethling, paediatric hematologist at Grey’s Hospital, said

that the hospital was seeing many more children than they were capable of, which was putting a strain on their resources. “What CHOC has done is alleviate the strain on our resources. They have provided a home away from home for patients who have to travel very far to receive treatment,” she said. The opening of the Pietermaritzburg CHOC House was only made possible by the generous donation from Platinum Life who bought the house and donated it to CHOC. To see who was at the opening and inside the CHOC House visit www.pmbfever.co.za

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mibono eyehlukile mayelana naloludaba bakwazi ukuphakamisa uvo lwabo. UMnuz Ray Ngcobo ophethe izintambo zempucuko emkhandlwini woMsunduzi, uthe iNedbank ibatshele ukuthi ayisazidingi lezizindlu ezingama-70. Uthe: “Ophenyweni olwenziwe yiNedbank kuvele ukuthi kukhona abahlali abathathe umhlaba bakha imizi yodaka ngokungemthetho. Nathi ngokwethu njengomkhandlu sesilwenzile uphenyo ukuze sazi kahle izindleko es-

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THE Gay and Lesbian Network, and Marshall Music Midlands, will be bringing the first PMB Got Tal­ ent show to the city on 4 October and are calling for all potential tal­ ent to enter. The focus of the competition is to identify and showcase local tal­ entwhowillperformattheannual Pink Myanh festival taking place in December

Some of the participants who have already entered the PMB Got Talent contest are (from left) Africa Dlamini (poetry), Zama Maseme (African dance) and Pierre Buckley (singing). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The talent competition com­ prises five categories: dance, sing­ ing, rapping, poetry and musical instrument. Participants wishing to enter can do so either as a solo or group act. Auditions for the competition will take place on 28 September at 10am at the Allan Wilson Shell­ hole, 5 Alan Paton Avenue (next to the YMCA).

Entryformsareavailableatthe Gay and Lesbian Network offices at 187A Burger Street, Marshall Music Midlands at Cascades Life­ style Centre and Msunduzi Pieter­ maritzburg Tourism Association. For more information contact Sdu Mncube or Anthony Wald­ hausenat0333426165oratdirec­ tor@gaylesbiankzn.org. – Sup­ plied

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The surreal artwork of Mary Sibande will be showcased at the Tatham Art Gallery.

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HE Tatham Art Gallery is currently showcasing the artwork of the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for visual arts, Mary Sibande. The dramatic and surreal artwork of Sibande portrays Victorian clothing, uniforms of domestic workers, overalls of labourers and the robes worn by Zion Church worshippers. Sibande’s eye for creativity has taken her to France, Switzerland, the USA and Germany,andherworkhasbeenshowcasedinvarious countries including Paris, Venice, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro and Dakar. Tatham Art Gallery assistant director,

Bryony Clark, said that the Gallery is excited tobehostingSibande’spiecesandinvitedthe public to visit the gallery and see the work. “We are very excited. Mary is very talented and her work is phenomenal. We would like people to come out in great numbers to see her work. We encourage people to come and soak up this rich heritage at the Gallery. As the custodians of cultural programs, we always welcome people at the Gallery,” said Clark, adding that there would be no entry fee. She said that the Tatham Art Gallery is a national art museum and has a collection of ninetienth, twentieth and twenty–first century artwork from the British, French and South African cultures. “We have exhibitions taking place every

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year. For schools that do not offer art classes, we do offer classes at R60 per pupil. We have a waiting list so schools need to phone in to find out when they can come,” said Clark. She said that interested schools should contact Kobie Venter at 033 392 2819. Access to the Tatham Art galleryisthroughtheparliamentary parking along Langalibalele (Longmarket)Street,justbeforeChief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street. To see more photos of Mary Sibande’s work, please visit Maritzburg Fever’s website www.pmbfever.co.za.

Mary Sibande … She has an eye for crea­ tivity that has taken her to France, Swit­ zerland, the USA and Germany PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A contest for those batty about baking THE first Great Midlands Bake–off will be taking place at Howick High School on 1 October and all proceeds will be donated to the Sunfield Home in Howick. The Midlands Women’s Forum, together with The Oyster Box in Durban, have joined forces to bring this event to the Midlands. The competition is open to all paid– up members of the Women’s Forum. The Oyster Box’s executive chef, Kevin Joseph, and general manager, Wayne Coetzer, will judge the entries based on appearance, consistency and aroma. There are seven categories, including cakes (Victoria sponge), cakes (other cakes and loaves), tarts and flans, sconesandmuffins,rusks,biscuitsand shortbread, pastries and the most amazing cupcake. The cost is R20 per entry, per category and each entry has to be given a name and a short story of how the baked item earned that name. For their efforts, bakers will be in line to win a selection of prizes from the Oyster Box, including a two–night stay

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Getting their tastebuds ready for judging in the Great Midlands Bake–off are (from left) Wayne Coetzer (hotel general manager), Barbie Hamilton and Kevin Joseph (Oyster Box executive chef). for first place, lunch at the hotel for six peopleforsecondplaceandhighteafor four people at the Oyster Box for third. All prizes include return transfers from Howick. All cakes baked for the event will be

sold after the competition, the proceeds of which will go to Howick High School. For more information on the Great Midlands Bake-off, contact Mary Carlisle at carlisle@sai.co.za – Supplied


Searching for the best talent in PMB NQOBILE MTOLO

Auditions have already taken place in the Vulindlela and Edendale areas and the Truro Hall auditions will be the last leg be­ fore all the finalists battle it out on 27 Sep­ tember at the Market Freedom Square. Five winners will be chosen from five cate­ gories– kwaito,hiphoporrap,poetry,Ind­ lamu (Zulu dance) and dance. Project leader for the competition, Lungelo Sithole, said that ballroom and latin dance have been excluded from the

>>nqobile@pmbfever.co.za IF you think that you have what it takes to be a star, then make sure that you get to the Msunduzi Rising Stars Talent Search auditions which will be held on 21 Septem­ ber at the Truro hall in Northdale. The Msunduzi Municipality is currently scouting Pietermaritzburg for the best tal­ ent for the competition.

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competition and said that in future, they may have to consider a broader spectrum of dance categories. “This is our way of reaching out to the youth and empowering them to do posi­ tive things in society. This is how we are cel­ ebrating Heritage day, by bringing out the talent that exists within the city. The main event on 27 September will coincide with the municipality’s 175th anniversary carni­ val. So far the experience has been great

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IGGERandbetterthanbefore, the Pecanwood Oktoberfest boastsanarrayofactivitiesto keep the crowd entertained the en­ tire festival, including live musical entertainment and gaming activi­ ties. This year, the festival will host the beer pong championships. where the winning beer pong team will win a trip to Germany to the original Oktoberfest in Munich, sponsored by Student Flights and First Festival. MRJ events will be re­ leasing the third issue of the Pecan­ wood Oktoberfest calendar, which features 12 beautiful girls from

day, 5 October and close at midday on Sunday, 6 October. All tickets in­ clude free camping in an effort to discourage drinking and driving. Pre–booked tickets are available at Computicket at R120, online or at any Checkers or Hyper Market stalls. Tickets are available at the gate at an increased price. For more infor­ mation, visit the web­ site at www.oktober­ festkzn.co.za or phone 074 821 1144.

as we have had a huge turnout from the public. We have been excited to also see ward councillors giving messages of sup­ porttotheyouth.WehavetheKZNDepart­ ment of Arts and Culture, uMgungundlovu municipality and the Msunduzi Pietermar­ itzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) on board,” said Sithole. Sithole said that the event on 27 Sep­ tember will see the likes of rapper, actor and SABC 1 presenter Zulu Boy, Pietermar­

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itzburg’s dance stars Spar10z and Gagasi FM DJ Collen Zondo making a special ap­ pearance. For any more information on the audi­ tions, please contact Sithole at 033 392 3085 or email lungelo.sithole@msundu­ zi.gov.za.

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Maritzburg Fever will be giving away ten tickets to this year’s Oktoberfest! To enter, simply visit our website www.pmbfever.co.za and enter under the competitions tab. Entries close on Sunday, 29 September 2013. Winners will be contacted via email. Kelly Jo Day of Pietermaritzburg is Pecanwood Oktoberfest 2014 Miss March, and will be one of the hosts at the event next month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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The Grade seven pupils at Laddsworth Primary School in Hilton have been presenting the play, Bugsy Malone, to appreciative audiences. Set in New York City in 1929, the musical recaptures the ambience of the prohibition in the United States. The original 1976 musical gang­ ster film was made with an all–child cast that featured Jodie Foster, who was then 13. Pictured are the dancers who entertain guests at Fat Sam’s speakeasy (back, from left) Bianca Santoro, Kerryn Fourie, Danielle Confait, Unathi Mavundla, Julia Jarvel, and Ntokozo Zondi (front from left) Josie Grubb, Lauren Knobel, and Candace Swart.

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USSELL High School has won the district and regional sections of the Youth Citizens Action Program (YCAP) and will be representing the province at the national competitions on 28 September in Cape Town. YCAP was launched by non–profit organization Afrika Tikkun in 2010, and challenges Grade 10 pupils to show what it means to be an empowered citizen with positive thinking. A small team of Grade 10 pupils, under the guidance of their teacher Glynnis Podmore, entered the competition. They identified littering as an ongoing problem, both in the school and the surrounding area. “Their theory was that people with bad intentions were often attracted to dirty, unkempt areas, therefore making it unsafe and undesirable,” said Moria Potter, school marketing coordinator. She added that this hypothesis was supported by the increase in muggings, particularly in the early mornings or late afternoons, near the school property. Russell High School is actively involved in many environmental campaigns, both internally and externally. The school is also involved in recycling programs and recently spent the day at the Botanical Gardens as part of a clean–up day. The team objective was to restore dignity and pride to the school by encouraging other pupils not to litter. They created posters around the school to increase awareness. The YCAP competition requires schools to present a portfolio of evidence in relation to the issue they were investigating, and the possible solu-

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Pictured with their awards for winning the district and regional sections of the Youth Citizens Action Program (YCAP) are (from left) Thando Ngubane, Glynnis Podmore (teacher) and Siphiwe Ntuli. tions to the problems. The team presented their investigations to the school before rolling their plan of action out. Once this was done, they cleaned up the area around the school on a regular basis. They attempted to build a relationship with the community in the immediate block surrounding the school, as well as with the Msunduzi Municipality,togetthemtocomeonboardand support the anti–litter drive, which was successful. “Dumping of rubbish on the verges outside the school and along the road continues to be a problem, but the schoolisdeterminedtoidentifytheculprits. The girls recently staged a silent

protest at the intersection outside the school. The aim was to create awareness around the problem,” said Potter. The protest was successful and yielded response from community members who made generous donations towards the project. “Thepupilshopethatthecommunity and businesses in the area around the school will support this worthwhile stand as it will be a win–win situation for all,” said Potter. The team has already won R5 000 in the regional round which is to be used for the expansion of the school property. They are hoping to bring back the grand prize of R10 000 if they win the national round.

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The Grade four boys from Cordwalles Preparatory School, accompa­ nied by their parents, took part in the Parklane Super Spar Ready Steady Cook evening. With skottels of food sizzling, water boiling, cream whipped and strawberries being chopped frantically, each group had 45 minutes to produce a mouth watering main course and dessert, using only the ingredients provided in their mystery basket. Much fun and many a joke was shared by all. Parklane Super Spar provided an assortment of food, aprons and chef hats. Pictured are (from left) Nicholas Thomas, Zipho Dhlomo and Dean Pitts.

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The Wykeham Collegiate junior school girls enthusiastically participated in a quiz on the history of the school set by old girls Lindsay Wayt and Gill Lotze (front, from left) Diya Naidoo, Sigrid Aadnesgaard, Paige Mackenzie, Kate Archibald (back, from left) Samantha Gilson, Emma Griffin and Yona Gwiliza.


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Orient Heights deputy head boy, Jayden Nelson, participated in the Department of Education GET ((General Education and Training) excellence awards. Earlier this year, he wrote the examination at circuit level and obtained first place. He then represented his school circuit at district level and again grabbed first place, with an outstanding score of 96%.

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ITH eight matches a day involving a group of the finest cricket schools in the country, the 2013 edition of the prestigious Oppenheimer Week promises to provide local fans with champagne cricket from Saturday to next Tuesday. It forms part of Maritzburg College’s 150th birthday celebrations, and adding further fizz to the occasion is that this festival, of all that is good in schoolboy cricket, sees the first three days’ matches being 50– overs–per–sideaffairsthatbringbighitters, brilliant fielders, crafty run stealers and foxy bowlers into the limelight, with the last day featuring the hugely popular T20 format. The 16 school first XI’s are Maritzburg College, St Charles College, DHS, St John’s (Johannesburg), Glenwood, St Alban’s, Hilton,KES,PBHS,Kearsney,Affies,StDavid’s, Michaelhouse, St Stithian’s, Northwood,GreyCollege, HudsonParkandWestville. On day one this Saturday, Maritzburg College face the powerful St Stithian’s first XI before the hosts meet St John’s, Affies andPretoriaBoys’Highonthedaysthereafter. All College’s matches are on the premier Goldstone’s ground at the school. The daily start time for all matches is 9.30am. St Charles meet St Alban’s, then St Stithian’s, Hudson Park and St David’s over the four days. All their matches are on the St Charles Oval. This Saturday, Hilton meet Hudson Park on College’s Barn’s cricket field, which is closest to the school buildings, before facing Affies at Richmond, King Edward VII School (KES) at Eston Country Club, and St Alban’s (Maritzburg Oval) on the following days. Go to www.sachoolsports.co.za for all the fixtures.

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Maritzburg College paceman Lwandiswa Zuma lets one go against Hilton College on Goldstones this year. Both schools'are taking part in Oppenheimer Week in PMB from September 21 to 24.

TECH TALK

INTEL recently released their latest series of Central Processing Units (CPU’s). The fourth generation of i–series CPU’s, codenamed Haswell, boasts a long list of feats over the second and third generation of i–series CPU’s (Sandybridge andIvybridge).OneofthebiggestchangeswiththeHaswellCPUistheincreased variety of platform support. Haswell now caters for laptops, tablets, worksta­ tions, servers and is out to make the ARM chip run for its money. The Haswell chip, although using the same 22 nanometre Tri–Gate transistors as Ivybridge, runs at an incredible 100mW in idle, with Ivybridge running at 3W. This coupled with the Windows 8.1 update can give an entry level Haswell laptop up to nine hours battery life. Another boost is the built–in graphics chip on the CPU. Intel has also added an additional 128MB slab of eDRAM to Haswell which actually operates as a shared L4 cache for both the graphics and processor cores. The last addition, a very important addition, is the added support for DDR4 RAM (DoubleDataRate4thGenerationRandomAccessMemory)inEnterprise/Serv­ er systems (Haswell­EX) and also in the Enthusiast–Class Desktop Platform (Haswell­E). DDR4 was first manufactured and announced in January 2011, and released in September 2012, however there are still very few systems that can make use of the lightning fast memory. With DDR3 memory clocking at an aver­ age 1066MHz­1600 MHz, DDR4 clocks up at an average of 2133MHz­3200MHz with an average memory transfer rate of 38.4GB/s. For the enthusiasts and the gamers out there, this is a game changer. We will now be able to increase our RAMperformancebymorethan100%.ThenewHaswellCPU’sarehere.Wheth­ er they are worth it, only time will tell, however the stats are looking promising.

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Breaking records

St John’s hosts athletics day

MCS canoe champ

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Merchiston Preparatory School recent­ ly held their 100th annual inter­house athletics meeting where several records were broken (front, from left) Zola Sokhela broke three records – the U11 800m (2 min 22,38s), the U11 150m (21,00s) and the U11 1200m (3min 51,68s), Owen Higgins broke the U10 1200m (back, from left) Trent le Roux broke the U12 shot put record (10,75m) and Seth Goebel broke two records – the U10 shot put (8,91m) and the U10 cricket ball throw (equalled record: 53,63m).

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The St John’s junior and senior prima­ ry recently hosted a most successful athletics day. Competition was rife and much fun was had by all. Pic­ tured concentrating on her egg and spoon is Angel Okoli.

Maritzburg Christian School pupil Bryan Leroux recently competed in the College’s Upper Umgeni canoe race and placed first in this event. Leroux has not only placed first in many events and recently triumphed in the world championships, he has also now managed to come first in a race hosted by one of the biggest sporting schools in Pietermaritzburg, Maritzburg College, which is tradition­ ally won by College students.


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Bronze for U23 action cricket team The KwaZulu–Natal Midlands U23 mixed cricket team recently brought home bronze in the action cricket in­ ter–provincial tournament in Nelspruit. The team showed unbelievable courage and determination during the tourna­ ment, winning the bronze by one run on the last ball of their final against Eastern Gauteng. Ryan Sclanders was best overall player and was named as an all star player at prize giving. Pic­ tured are the team (back, from left) Mishaan Maharaj, Ramon Pienaar, Chase Strachan, Suvir Sivenanan, Kyle Barkley (vice captain) and (front from left) Ryan Sclanders, Jesse Van Wyk, Gareth Gardner (captain), Jannetta Hunt (manager) and Gareth Rall. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

100 Capital Classic to be held this weekend THENatalCarbineerswillbehostingthe100 Capital Classic on 20 and 21 September. The 161 km circuit foot race will begin in the tar courtyard outside the Drill Hall of the carbineers and will walk, or run, along the city streets and return to the starting block inthecourtyard.Thedesignatedrouteistwo mileslongandwillberepeateduntilthepar­ ticipants reach their goal of 100, 50 or 20 miles. The race begins at 7pm on 20 September andthecutofftimeforalleventswillbe7pm on 21 September. There will be entertainment at the Car­

bineers Drill Hall to help keep everyone mo­ tivated. Secure parking will be available on Parade Ground within the venue. Route: Start: Tar courtyard outside the Drill Hall Exit the gate and proceed around Geere Street, (which will be closed from Chief Al­ bertLuthulitoMillarStreetfromFridaynoon till Saturday midnight) Left into Miller Street, (which will be cut in half at Bulwer Street and accessed from each end) Right into Bulwer Street, (which will be one way from Millar Street to Boshoff Street)

RightintoBoshoffStreet,acrosstheriver and up Surrey Road (the lane nearest Mer­ chiston and Woodburn Rugby Stadium will be designated runners only) Right at Woodhouse Road. (Woodhouse Road will be closed to traffic from Surrey Road traffic lights to New England Road. ResidentswillhavecontrolledaccessatNew England Road.) Then Right at Alan Paton Avenue and across the river to turn Right at Geere Street and Right into the gates and around the courtyard to complete a lap of two miles.

Entries pour in for

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>> Over 5000 entries have already been received for the ultra–marathon

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HE 2014 Comrades Marathon entry process is upon us. The 89th edition of the world’s leading ultra–marathon is all set to showcase South Africa’s, and the world’s, ultra-runners once again come 1 June 2014. Over 5000 entries havealreadybeenreceived. Being a ‘downrun’, the traditional gunfire goes off outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 5.30am and again 12 hours later at The Sahara–Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban, to signal the end of the 89km road–running challenge. Prospective entrants have until 30 November 2013, or as soon as the cap of 18000 entries has been reached, to get their entries in. No entries will be

accepted after this. With its 2014 campaign, ‘Hard Is What Makes It Great’, Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) race director, Johan Van Staden has advised runners to train hard and prepare themselves well for next year’s race. “This past race has been a wake– up call for many runners. The Comrades Marathon is tough and demands adequate training,” he said. Van Staden encouraged all South African Comrades runners to enter by 30 September to be eligible for the early bird entry fee of R320. “It is our South African athletes who have catapulted the Comrades Marathon onto its premier status on the

road–running scene, hence, the early bird entry fee for our local runners,” he said. ThenewincreasedentryfeeofR350 will kick in on 1 October 2013 until the entry process is closed. The entry requirements, which are clearly indicated on the entry form, must be adhered to at all times or runners risk losing their place at the start. Entries may be effected as follows: • Online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com; • By posting the completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office at P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209. • By handing in the completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg. Please note that runners may enter before running a qualifying race (minimum qualifying distance of 42.2km). Qualifying details must be submitted to the CMA by 6 May 2014. – Supplied.

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