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>> Skin lighteners containing hydroquinone can cause disfiguring and have potentially carcinogenic effects NQOBILE MTOLO
ANNED skin bleaching products have poured into the Pietermaritzburg market and are openly available to the public. These creams have been sold on the streets for around a year now but the Msunduzi Municipality say they are not aware of this. The sellers target black women and promise them a lighter complexion. The products, which include creams, soaps and lotions, are sold by informal traders along Church Street and prices range between R30 and R120 per item. Maritzburg Fever understands that these products are similar to the oneswhichtheeThekwiniMunicipality confiscated last year as they contain hydroquinone, a substance with is banned under South Africa’s Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and
ening soaps remains a field which needs to be urgently investigated by local authorities. Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said that on numerous occasions over the years, the municipality’s environmental health unit have tried to remove these products from the streets. He said that the unit is currently unaware that these products have once again entered the informal market. “The environmental health unit is responsible in ensuring that products containing hydroquinone are removed from the shelves of formal business, as well as informal traders, with the assistance of both the informal trade and security sub–units. Whenever products containing hydroquinone reach our streets and shop floors, the national Department of Healthnormallynotifiesallhealthauthorities to look out for these products and seize them,” said Zuma. Zuma said that skin lighteners containing hydroquinone first appeared in the country as imports in the sixties and by the mid–seventies, the South African medical fraternity
Apart from hydroquinone, Mkhize said that people use topical and systemic steroids to become lighter. She said that side effects of topical creams steroids include acne, pimples, warts, darkening of skin, facial hair, redness, and stretch marks. These products are Lemovate, Persivate, Elocon, Advantan, Topi vate, Dovate, Repivate, Dermovate, Carrot, Carrolite, white pink, green cream, pink cream and Gentle Magic.
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Disinfectants Act No.54 of 1972. Some of the products which are reportedly banned by South African authorities, include Extra Clair Lightening Beauty Cream which is made in India, Caro Light Lightening Beauty Cream, Caro Light Lightening lotion and Caro Light Skin lightening oil from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bio Claire Lightening Lotion from Cote d’ Ivoire, Extra Claire body lightening soap from Kinshasa and Rico complexion cream which is from England. Hydroquinone is a skin bleaching ingredient with side effects such as the dryness or cracking of skin, hyperpigmentation, rash, difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, blistering and darkening of the skin. Moreover, with the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that “the main adverse effect of the inorganic mercury contained in skin lightening soaps and creams is kidney damage”, the sale of skin light-
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had begun warning of the disfiguring andpotentiallycarcinogeniceffectsof it’s use. He said that these products are smuggledintothecountryandbypass port and customs checks from the national health department’s port and customs authorities. “South African consumers generally seem to apply skin lighteners more frequently and over much longer periods of time. In view of this, South Africa initially limited the concentration of its use and eventually banned the complete use thereof,” said Zuma. Zuma said that the environmental health unit would liaise and work together with the municipality’s informal trade and security sub–unit, while making immediate contact with the KZN Department of Health in addressing this matter. Dermatologist and University of KwaZulu–Natal (UKZN) lecturer Dr Zamambo Mkhize, said that it’s unfortunate that some black women have been brainwashed to think that beauty is synonymous with being light skinned, hence there is a huge
“The sad thing is that some doctors issue these products irresponsibly at patients’ request. I was shocked to learn that some people use steroid injections and steroid tablets such as prednisone to lighten the skin. Sys temic tablets and injection of ster oids have a place in medicine, but have to be used under a doctor’s su pervision. Side effects include weight gain, water retention, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, kidneyproblems,thinningbones,im
pairment of immune system and in fertility,” said Mkhize. Mkhize said that to maintain your natural complexion, people need to stayawayfromthesun,usesunblock or sunscreen everyday and even on cloudy and winter days, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid smoking and get a good night’s sleep. “Fruit and vegetable are rich in vi tamin C which protects the skin and organs from toxins; Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production
market for skin lightening products. “Bleaching your skin puts you at risk of premature ageing and skin cancers. I strongly discourage people from changing their complexion. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin a brown colour. White people also have melanin but the chemical composition is different from the melaninfoundinblackskinandtheyhave less of it,” she said. Mkhize added that melanin protects people from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. “Lack of melanin accelerates the skin’s ageing process and also puts you at risk of developing different types of skin cancer,” explained Mkhize. A local user of products, who preferred to remain anonymous, said thatshehasbeenusingsuchproducts for over 10 years and was not aware of the harm she was causing to her skin. The veins on her face are clearly visible, especially around her cheeks. “I only wanted to be beautiful and be light skinned,” she said. Her face is now four shades lighter than the rest of her body. which slows down the aging process. If you have blemishes or dark marks that need any lightening, I recom mend you consult a dermatologist. It is usually a very slow process but safe. If something works very fast it is very likely to damage your skin in the long run. Most of the time the damage from long term use of these skin lightening products is irreversible, you end up having a frog skin which is not a good thing,” she said.
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Vally wins 2013 BBQ Award
FARHANA Vally of Growing Parks in Pieter maritzburg recently won a Black Business Quarterly award for Community Builder of the Year 2013. Growing Parks rehabilitates and maintains parks to create safe, open spaces for children to play. TheNPOprovides24–hoursecurity,de velopmentally stimulating play equip ment and continuous maintenance for the public to utilize parks for a better quality
>> SA Express sees the new route as a growth strategy that is aimed at expanding operations into untapped markets which exist in and around South Africa
A view from the traffic controllers tower at the Pietermaritzburg airport looks onto the first SA Express plane at the airport. PHOTO: JONATHAN BURTON
of life. The BBQ awards is aimed at recog nizing BBBEE companies and entrepre neurs who have redressed inequality, boosted economic growth and created a better life for all. This was the twelfth annual install ment of the awards which are held at Em perors Palace in Johannesburg. “The award was unexpected. I have never won any award before and this was the first time that I was nominated for the BBQ award. I won a teddy bear in a Hospice raffle once, but that doesn’t compare,”
said Vally. Sheaddedthattheworkshedoesisnot for recognition or awards, but because she has a passion for the purpose of the project. However to be recognised at such a high level is overwhelming she said. “Dr Mampele Rampele said she loves theworkthatwedowhichinspiresme,and her acknowledgment adds credibility and value to the project and ideals that we strive towards. All I’ve ever wanted was a place for children to play freely; a simple concept that has had a profound impact
in uplifting the community,” said Vally. When she and her team opened the park, only four people had used it in that monthhoweveron24Septemberthisyear, over 1 500 people visited the park. Schools have also used the park for their school outings, including special needs schools. “This project depends entirely on com munity support for its sustainability,” said Vally.
S AE xpress SA Express llaunches aunches P MB tto o JJHB HB PMB rroute oute NQOBILE MTOLO
A Express has launched a new route between Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg. Msunduzi Municipality Economic Development Deputy Municipal Manager Dr Ray Ngcobo, said the route is needed as Pietermaritzburg is growing at an alarming rate and has all the features of a fully functional metro. “This fact has made the city significantly moregloballycompetitiveandattractivetoeconomic activity of various types. We have seen a significant increase in business tourism – especially government related business – as well as events tourism. It is for this reason that our city economic development strategy identifies the airport precinct as a strategic area for investments, in order to keep up with the growth of global business in the city,” said Ngcobo. SA Express sees the new route as a growth
strategy that is aimed at expanding operations into untapped markets which exist in and around South Africa. Strategic developments of the precinct will see an improvement in access and movement, anintegratedopenspacesystem,theestablishment of a human settlements unit for Oribi and introducing rental housing in the area. “The improvement of access and movement in the precinct is basically to address traffic, as well as movement through the precinct being the gateway into the city. There is thus a need to enhance accessibility into the precinct, with the main structuring elements within the precinctbeingPelham,Oribiandtheneighbouring industrial areas in Mkhondeni,” said Ngcobo. He said that in the Oribi area, there will also be an addition of new rental stock and mix–use housing developments. The precinct will also be a revenue stream, especially in the fields of tourism and hospitality, so that the municipality can continuously upgrade the airport. “Inourview,thefutureisbrightandwehave a committed public sector that would lead private sector in investing into strategic economic infrastructure,” said Ngcobo.
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OF the 325 women who were raped from July to September this year in the Umgungundlovu district area, 106 were girls under the age of 12. This shocking revelation was unveiled by Umgungundlovu District Municipality health representative, Sthembile Dlamini, at a recent ‘anti–sugar daddy’ campaign event held at the City Hall. The campaign was organized by various stakeholders, including the Umgungundlovu District municipality, Msunduzi Municipality and the KZN Department of Health. “Our survey shows that in the age group of 15 to 21–year–olds, there are more girls living with HIV than boys of the same age group. This makes us realise that these girls do not have sexual relations with boys their age, but with older men who give them HIV. Around the age of 25, the numbers of females and males living with HIV are almost similar because at that age, most females are working and they no longer look for sugar daddies who will buy them cellphones and clothes,” said Dlamini. He added that the local HIV prevalence shows that out of 100 pregnant women, 39 are HIV positive. “The lifestyle and mindset of young people leads to high risk behaviour, exposing young people to a range of social ills such as HIV/ AIDS, alcohol, drugs teenage pregnancy, gender based violence and the catastrophic phenomenon of sugar daddy syndrome,” he said. Acting Msunduzi municipal manager Dr Ray Ngcobo said that young girls are not doing well in school because they are busy focusing their attention on sugar daddies, purely because they want material things. He said that it is important that young girls do not miss out on their youth. Last year the MEC for KZN Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo launched a comprehensive campaign to fight trans– or cross–generational sex. “Cross–generational sex is the practice of exchanging sex for goods, or for financial or lifestyle rewards, usually in the context of an ongoing relationship. The idea behind the campaign is to challenge the acceptance of cross–generational relationships as the norm and to introduce an element of community leadership and a stigma of older men who seek sex with young girls,” stated Dhlomo.
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>> In the past few months, the award winning members of the Pietermaritzburg Detective Services have sent 15 men to a total of 189 years behind bars NICOLE JOHN
RIGADIERJohanReynders, SAPS Pietermaritzburg Police Station Commander, and his team at the Loop Street station recently received top
honours for the outstanding achievements and results at the station. The station won the awardforBestStation in Crime Investigation under a Brigadier level in KwaZulu–Natal, Best Contact Crime Station in the province, Best Station within the Pietermaritzburg cluster as well as being named the number one station in KZN. In the
past few months, the award winning members of the Pietermaritzburg Detective Services have sent 15 men to a total of 189 years behind bars. The members whohaveworkedtirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice and secure convictions, were rewarded for their outstanding achievement at an awards ceremony which was held at the SAPS KwaZulu–Natal headquarters in Durban recently. “I am very proud of my detectives and their achievements. Although we have been rec-
ognized for this we are not above criticism and we are trying to give the best service we can,” said Reynders. Healsoemphasizedthatshould any members of the public have any queries, they can find an open door at his office. Between September and October, the Pietermaritzburg detectives have successfully secured convictions for 11 accused, six of which are awaiting sentencing. The other five have already been jailed. Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the membersinvolvedintheeffectiveinvestigation of the crimes. “The members will continue their good work to make sure that all suspects who disobey the law are brought to book to face the consequences of their actions, therby making our province safer”.
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HE Pietermaritzburg community is catching the Christmas Fever with a number of schools and businesses getting involved in the campaign. Members of the public are encouraged to get their office, church or school to buy R10 tickets which could win asurpriseinthe24–dayAdventLuckyDrawer.Formore information, or to take part in the campaign, contact Lara Edmonds of Just Boutique at info@justbou tique.net. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
St John’s Girls pose with the CHOC cow (back, from left) Elizabeth Lee, Hlengiwe Mkhabela, Amanda Walton, Amy Botha, Rebecca Groom, Raine Booy and Frith Malherbe with (front, from left) Isobel Dyson, Talia John, Jamie Santoro.
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The Christmas Advent House has been embraced by Cas cades Lifestyle Centre who will not only give it a home, but are filling the advent drawers with surprises gifts. Pictured are (back, from left) Nicole John (Maritzburg Fever) Cathy Doherty–Bigara (Cascades Life Style Centre) Lara Edmonds (Just Boutique) and (front) Chilufya Pikiti (CHOC PMB).
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WEDNESDAY, 20 November promises the ladies of Maritzburg a stunning opportunity to enjoy a Breakfast with a Cause – in support of Esther House – which will be hosted at Redlands Hotel with MC Ingrid Roberts. Abrina Esther House opened on September 1 in 2001 at 11 West Street, the home of founders Ivon and June Grindley–Ferris, as a temporary shelter for abused and vulnerable women and their children to recover from physical and emotional troubles. Since then, the couple bought 4 West Street, which became their home and the official address of Esther House, they have reopened theirCrisisCentreat11WestStreetandinJune 2011, they opened a wood workshop at 7 West Street, which they are building up to help finance Abrina Esther House. “Thereisalsoasecond–handshopinthegarageat4WestStreeteveryWednesdayandFriday to help fund the house and we take anything that is offered,” said June. She said that so often, people speak of the size of their carbon footprint that they inevitably leave behind. “But I would personally like to leave a heart print behind so that in the future, as a servant of God, I may be remembered as a woman who loved enough to change the lives of women and theirchildreninPietermaritzburg.Tothisend, I have a burning desire to purchase a property for Abrina Esther House to be kept in perpetuity as a place of safety for the women of this city and their children who are victims of abuse or rapeoranyoftheotherthingswhichsadlysteal away our lives. I have trained up a team who do the job better than I can, but they need the solid foundation of a base that belongs to them free and clear, to ensure that the work we have done over the last 10 years may not be lost,” said June. Activities for Breakfast with a Cause will begin at 8.15am with some pop up shops and the first cup of coffee for the day. At 9am, the event will officially begin, focusing on the theme of “A woman served, is a woman saved”. Nadine Smith of Nadine Smith & Associates, a Westville based accountancy firm, will info–tain with tips and techniques on how to become financially savvy as a woman. She will be followed by Lynn Reynolds, a mother of six girls and a business owner of art decor and linen shop Lime and Roses in NottinghamRoad,whowillsharesomeofherlife’s journey entitled “Life, Beauty and 2nd chances”. After breakfast, the keynote speaker of the day will be Iris Francis, CEO of the SABC Foundation and woman leader extraordinaire. Francis hails from a small rural village on the southern coast of KwaZulu–Natal and is the daughter of Morris Fynn, one of South Africa’s struggle veterans. A marketing and communications specialist with varied experience, ranging from tourismandFMCGtomotorretail,Francisbelieves she was born to be of service to others. Her corporate experience includes leading up marketing communications for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Unilever, MTN and more recently, her role as group international communications and corporate social investment manager for McCarthy Group. She is a true South African example of how someone from grass roots level can achieve enormous success and recognition through sheer hard work and incredible passion. Those attending the breakfast will have the opportunity to assist in fundraising for Esther House by participating in an auction for one of three fantastic prizes, including two return SA Airlink flights to Johannesburg and a safari getaway to the exclusive Springbok Lodge, tucked away in the Nambithi game reserve. Tickets are are R180 per person and are extremely limited – only 70 available. For bookings, contact June at 072 713 1285. – Supplied.
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Handel’s Messiah venue change for 2013 FOR the last few years, the annual per formances of Handel’s Messiah have been attended by capacity audiences. This year it will be the first time that the Messiah has been sung in the Seth Mokitimi Chapel at 115 Golf Road, next to Epworth School. A performance of Handel’s Messiah brings people together all over the world at Christmas time.
Many places hold an annual perform ance but there are only a few where the time span of this tradition stretches over a period of more than 140 years. One of these is Pietermaritzburg. Mary Anne Hartley from Maritzburg College, when reviewing a previous per formance of the Messiah by the same mu sicians wrote “Messiah has always been about shared communal experience and
tradition. This conductor, so loists,choirandorchestrahave an understanding of what an in volvement in music can do for people. It enriches us and unites us for those few hours reminding us of our humanity”. The 2013 Messiah performance will be held on 17 November at 2.30pm.
The singers will be the PAMS Choir accompanied by the PMB City Orchestra under the baton of Robin Walton and four profes sional musicians will sing the solo roles. The orchestra will be augmented by professional musicians Christopher Cock burn, Nigel Fish and Malcolm McKinley. Tickets are R90 and are available by phoning
033 347 5464 or at the door. Itwouldbewisetobookearlyaswhere as the Cathedral seated 400 people, the Seth Mokitimi Chapel only has 350 seats (with cushions). Tea and scones will be available at in terval for R10.
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IT’S official. The Durban Exhibition Centre will set the stage for the December 6 second an nual National Choral Music AchievementAwards(NAC MA) 2013 The Durban Exhibition Centres lavishly designed space will be transformed into an ambience that is simply irresistible for this year’s red carpet event. Withfocusonextending the entertainment offer ing and showcasing an outstanding lighting and sound stage affair, the ven ue will certainly set a new bench mark for the event. For more information log onto www.nac ma.co.za. Ticketsareavailableat Computicket for R250pp.
Fyouwouldliketowinoneoffive hampersfromtheKwaZulu–NatalMuseum,thenmakesurethat you visit the museum’s Victorian gallery which has been transformed into a Halloween setup. The museum’s marketing manager, Viranna Frank, said that to win one of the five hampers, people need to visit the Halloween inspired–Victorian gallery, write down five things that scared them the most and then drop off the entry form at reception. She said that there will be a draw this Friday where all the winners will be announced. The Halloween gallery will be up forpublicdisplayuntilthisFridayas well. The gallery is decorated with cobwebs, spiders and pumpkins. “The plan was to do something fun around Halloween. Next year weareplanningtohaveasleepover,
almost like the night at the museum,” she said. The museum is open to the public weekdays from 8:15am to 4:30pm, on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 3pm. To see more photos from the gallery, please visit Maritzburg Fever’s online photo gallery by logging on to www.pmbfever.co.za The KZN Museum is running a Halloween competition which is ending this Friday. PHOTO: NQOBILE MTOLO
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Emotional intelligence in children
Generally, emo tional intelli gence refers to the ability to read, understand and control emotions – both your own and those of others.
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MOTIONAL intelligence, or “EQ”, is a term that is being bandied around in manyspheresatthemoment.Forbes Magazine recently published an article stating that “emotional literacy can make you a better leader!” What is emotional intelligence, and why is it so important? Generally, emotional intelligence refers to the ability to read, understand and con
trol emotions – both your own and those of others. This ability has a direct impact on your life, your productivity and your achieve ments – and the good news is that these skills can be learnt. Salovey and Mayer (1990) proposed a modelthatidentifiedfourdifferentfactors of emotional intelligence: the perception of emotion, the ability to reason using emotions, the ability to understand emo tion and the ability to manage emotions. Bearing this in mind, it is clear to any
parent of a toddler in the midst of a full blown tantrum that EQ is not highly devel oped at this stage of ones’s life. However, if we don’t start to teach this skill from a young age, the number of cases of road rage, child and spousal abuse and homicide will become even worse than it is at the moment. We, as parents, can start this process very simply, just like we do in our Singak wenza crèches, with helping the children to start identifying clear emotions like happy and sad.
These are depicted pictorially (we use the cardboard from cereal boxes) and the child chooses the face that shows how he is feeling. Wethenstarttohelpthechildtoidenti fy how others may be feeling and find the face that represents that emotion. There needs to be a lot of interaction between the parent and the child, with the parent giving the child the vocabulary which the child may not have at this stage. This education is not restricted to “for mal learning” time. The parent will help
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>>the need of a child to maintain a connection with his or her family. The following factors are also to be considered: (i) age, maturity and stage of development; (ii) gender; (iii) background; and (iv) any other relevant characteristics of the child. Applying the principle of the child’s best interests is not limited to parents, but applies equally to a care–giver or any relevant person in the child’s life. The Act stipulates the importance of the nature of the personal relationship between the child and parent, any other care–giver. TheActdoesnotspecifytheabilitytoprovide economic security, but puts a strong emphasis on the emotional, intellectual and spiritual well–being and stability of the children. It must also be remembered that every child must be given the opportunity to participate in any proceedings regarding that child. When determining the best interest of a child, courts must focus on the individual child andexamine‘thereallifesituationoftheparticular child involved’ The best interest principle is a child–centred approach aimed at protecting the needs and entitlements of children. The unique circumstances of a particular child will then determine the different factors to consider in order to secure the best interest of that child.
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Maritzburg Christian School recently hosted their annual prize–giving. After a time of worship and a message given by Stella Pretorius, awards for sport and academics were handed out to celebrate individual achievements. The 2013 prefect body were then called up to hand over their badges to the prefect body of 2014 and Eugene Burger announced the heads. Toni Volsum and Simone van Niekerk were an nounced as deputy heads and Michael Pretorius and Sheila Volsum as heads. Pictured are the heads from 2010 to 2014 (from left) Eloff Pretorius, Musa Mnguni, Stephan Oosthuizen, Sandile Khambule, Michael Pretorius and MCS headmaster Eugene Burger.
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Celebrating the opening of the Cordwalles Centenery Pavilion
The staff, pupils and parents of Cordwalles Preparatory School witnessed the opening and blessing of the Centenary Pavilion at Gibson's Field. Funds to build the pavilion were raised by the Cordwalles Parents' Association from aQuelle Cordwalles Mudman events (from left) Graham Evans (chairman of the Board), Kevin Holton (chair man of the Parents' Associa tion), The Reverend Nic Denny–Dimitriou, Simon Weaver (headmaster) and The Reverend Julia Denny– Dimitriou. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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St Nicholas Dioce san School recently held their annual Grade 11 ball. After months of prepara tion for some, the event finally came into being. It was a joyous occasion which everyone en joyed. Pupils came out in their tailor made suits and beautiful dresses. Great food was served followed by speeches and danc ing. This event was definitely one of the high lights of the year (from left) Buyisiwe Mchunu, Yoliswa Zondi and Owethu Kleinbooi.
(From left) Eunice Ntshangase, headmistress of Ashburton Primary School, was presented with a cheque for R5000 from Andrew Pratt, chairman of the Parents’ Association for St John’s DSG, as a contribu tion from the proceeds of the Stihl Bun du Bash held at Bishop stowe recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Grace College pupils make Rage Festival Nag Lan semi–finals Grace College matric pu pils (from left) Liam Forder, Daryn Houston McMillan, George Williams, Cameron Tilley and Warren Viljoen, aka “Team Opulens Potens”, were selected as finalists in the Nag Lan at the Rage Festival held at the Coca–Cola Dome in Johannesburg recently. Nag Lan is a three day gaming competition. The team competed against the top 16 teams in the country and were the youngest team to be selected. They made it into the semi–finals and are now officially ranked fourth in South Africa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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HE Mitchell Centre has been started for children suffering from Epilepsy and who have been badly affected because of it. It is named after Mitchell Buxton Forman, who is the son of Donna and Murray Buxton Forman. Murray grew up in Pietermaritzburg and his roots go very deep here. His friends decided to join forces and, with the combination of all their talents, they managed to raise over R70 000 for the Mitchell Centre by holding a dinner/dance at Maritzburg College. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals who gave of their time and their resources to make this fundraiser happen. Robynne Mills from Dixie Recruitment, who co–ordinated the whole event, Sherree and Renzo Hamblin from Hamblin’s Catering and Muirhead’s Hiring for the wonderful meal provided at the dinner/dance,
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NITE MOUNTAIN BIKING EVERY Wednesday and Thursday night at Bushview Bike Park from 5.30pm. In quiries : Gill at 072 665 7442. CROQUET THE Maritzburg Croquet Club wel comes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2pm. The club is in Alexandra Park near the Oval and the club provides equipment. In quiries: Tim at 033 344 3368) or Richard at 033 396 6204.
ATHLETICS HERMAN’S Delight time trials are held every Tuesday by Collegians Harriers at CollegiansClub,381BoshoffStreet,at5.30 pm. All runners and walkers are welcome. Choice of distances, 2,8 km, 4,4 km or 7,3 km. ORION Athletic Club time trials every Wednesday at 5.30pm from the Protea Sports grounds, Raisethorpe. Choice of ei ther a 2,7km or 5,4km. NATAL Carbineers AC members gather
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ROTHERS Hemal (12) and Dhruv (7) Heeralal, who have just come back from participating in the karate world championships which were held in Poland last month, believe that the experience they have gained from the championships will see them taking part in the 2020 Olympics. ThiswasHemal’sthirdtimefighting internationally and it was Dhruv’s first international tournament. Hemal came fourth in his age category and Dhruv, who had to compete with bigger boys in the eight to nine year age group because there were no younger opponents, gained sixth position. The brothers go to Allandale Prima-
ry School and during the championship, they competed against 40 countries. “The competition was very tough but we are proud that we were able to represent our country. The experience was awesome because we met people and other karatekas from diverse backgrounds and religions, and we definitely made lots of international friends,” said Hemal. He said that through this experience, he has learnt that karate internationally is very competitive and tough. “The competitors eat, sleep and drink karate,” he said. He noted, however, that the experience has made them stronger and enthusiastic to want to train harder to be selected to represent South Africa again and to be number one in the world.
“When I was a little boy, I confided in my grandfather that I wanted to be like Bruce Lee. He told me that if that is what I wanted, I would achieve it. He advised me to focus on my goals and that if I dream big, success would follow. I live by these words everyday to achieve my success,” said Hemal. Hemal’s goal is to wear Protea colours by 2014 and he also wants to not only be the first South African karate champion to put the country on the map, but also to be an inspiration to younger generations who have an interest in karate. “Karate teaches you discipline, self motivationandselfdefence.Eachchild in South Africa has the opportunity to achieve his or her goals. This country hasalotofhiddentalents.Astheyouth, we just need to focus on our goals and fight social ills,” said Hemal.
Ryan Harrison, a Carter High School pupil, competed in the gymnas tics senior national competition recently in Pretoria. He was awarded two silver medals and one bronze medal, ranking him third in South Africa in his level and age group.
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RAVIS Teasdale (16) from Grace College has just been crowned the 2013 junior national off– road motorcycle champion of the open motorcycle (250cc) class after having to fight from the back to win the championship title amongst tough competition. Teasdale, a former motocross rider, has been competing in the Husaberg Alfie Cox Racing TLB Plant Hire Portable Shade team in the junior national motorcycle championship for riders younger than 17 years of age, and has clinched his second consecutive nationaltitleashealsowonthe125ccmotorcycle class in 2012. It was, however, not easy as Teasdale had to stomach the disappointment of not finishing the season opener, the Junior Roof in March in Lesotho, due to a small technical issue with his new Husaberg bike while he was leading quite comfortably. This resulted in Teasdale having to start at the back of the field at the next round of the series, the GOC Rysmi-
erbult junior national outside Ventersdorp in the North–West Province. Buthefoughthiswaytothetop,beating his closest opposition after a dry and dusty race. Round three of the championship took the young off–road motorcycle riders to the mountainous Hankey area in the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape, where Teasdale proved that his previous victory was not only luck. He won the open class by three minutes and 37seconds, but although he crept closer to the front, he was not out of the woods yet and the battle would continue at the final two rounds of the series. The final two rounds, the Kamberg junior national that took place in Nottingham Road, tested the riders in more ways than one. Not only did they have to compete for two consecutive days, but rainy and cold conditions greeted them on the second day. All the pressure was on Teasdale as the open class title could have gone to any of four riders. The defending 2012
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Performance Radials: 185/60 14 HR 185/65 14 HR 185/60 15 HR 185/65 15 HR
R499 R513 R620 R620
Hi Performance Radials: 195/50 15 VR 195/55 15 VR 195/60 15 VR 195/65 15 VR 205/60 15 VR 205/65 15 VR 205/55 16 VR
R560 R627 R620 R638 R627 R627 R698
205/45 16 WR 205/40 17 WR 225/45 17 WR 235/45 17 WR 225/40 18 WR
COMMERCIAL 155/80 12C 195/80 14C 195/70 15C 195/80 15C 215/80 15C 245/75 15C 255/70 15C 245/70 16C
TYRE ’N TUBE 171 GREYLING STREET PHONE: 033 394 6988 Hi-Q Bird Sanctuary 9 Armitage Road Bird Sanctuary Tel: 033 342 5036
SHOCKS 50% LESS 50%
R783 R676 R912 R961 R948
R436 R699 R738 R848 R999 R1 277 R1 201 R1 282