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FAREWELL ‘NP’ >> Plans have been approved to change the current town–based number plates used in KZN to provincial ones NICOLE JOHN



F you are one of those people who get excited to see NP registration plates when you are out of town – this will eventually be a thing of the past. The provincial cabinet has recently approved the Department of Transport’s plan to change the current town–based number plates used in KwaZulu–Natal to the provincial ones currently used by seven other provinces, in an effort to have PROVINCIAL LOGOS


uniformity throughout the country. The only other province without provincial plates is the Western Cape, andthistoowillsoonbeontheagenda to change. Registration plates in KZN have remained unchanged since before 1980. The plates identified the town intheprovincethecarisregisteredto, for example Natal Pietermaritzburg (NP) or Natal Durban (ND). The proposal from the transport department is to change the plates from plastic to aluminium plates and have a provincial registration, which PLATE

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isthecasewithpersonalizedregistration plates in KZN. The new plates will also have a provincial logo. According to Zurika Louw, director of the South African Number Plate Association, the main reason for a change in registration would be if there are no number sequences left for the registration of new cars. “In the current climate there are a significantly higher number of people able to purchase cars. This boom in the motor industry means that now there are more registration plates

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The South African Number Plate Association said that the main reason for a change in registration would be if there are no number sequences left for the registration of new cars.

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required, but not enough number sequences left,” she said. Louw added that there are fewer security risks with an aluminium plate because it is harder to clone. “Thechangewillincreasethesafetybecausetheplatescannotbecopied orburnt.Theyareharderto destroy”. The plastic plates are usually attached with double sided tape or velcro which makes them easy to remove, however the aluminum plates are fixed onto the car permanently.

“Even though there are plans to change the number plates in KZN, there will be a phasing out period which can take up to ten years,” said Louw. According to media reports, Kwanele Ncalane, Department of Transport spokesperson, said that with the permission, the roll out of the number plate change will begin. Currently basic registration plates cost in excess of R150 with the registration of vehicles at an estimated R500. Details of the change are yet to be announced.

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>> Sigh of relief as life goes back to normal for affected businesses

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USINESSES along Chief Albert Luthuli Road, who for months lost out on revenue due to the upgrade of the precinct, are relieved that the road is finally opened to the public. From the corner of Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street and Chief Albert Luthuli Street, down to the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli and Pietermaritz Street, the road was closed off because parts of this precinct were being upgraded. Since April last year after the Public Urban Renewal Programme (PURP), a project expected to face–lift the streets of Pietermaritzburg, was launched until last December, the closure of this busy precinct was a thorny issue for businesses in the area. Last year, Maritzburg Fever reported on how the closure financially crippled the operation of the Tatham Art Gallery Café, called Café Tatham. The café was on the brink of closing its doors and had offered free coffee as a last resort to increase the foot count. Café manager Rob Boyd said that he is happy that the road has been opened. On whether or not the upgrade will be a financial benefit to the café, he said that only time would


The newly revamped section of Chief Albert Luthuli Street has finally been opened.

tell. Another business which suffered a huge financial blow was Café Bavaria, which is located at the cornerofPrinceEdwardStreetandChief Albert Luthuli Street. Café Bavaria owner Robert Henderson said that there was very little transport going down the road and that affected business immensely. “As soon as the road opened, it was a big relief for us. Our delivery was also affected often traffic officers barricaded the road and our delivery guys could not turn into Chief Albert Luthuli Street. Things have gone backtonormalandIcouldnotbehappier,” said Henderson with a grin. Not only did the construction affect some businesses, but it was alsoamajorinconveniencetodrivers due to traffic congestion. Apart from the recent road upgrade, the PURP project also deals with fixing street paving and road infrastructure, unmarked roads and non–working street lights, unregulatedparking,streethawkersandthe regulating of outdoor advertising. Solarstreetlightshavebeenerected along parts of Langalibalele Street and Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street and street furniture has also been erected at the corner of Church Street and Timber Street.

Curbing and catching criminals NICOLE JOHN

>> THE Pietermaritzburg police have reported a large decrease in crime in the city compared to the 2012 festive period. However business robberies and hijackings in the northern suburbs, and muggings in the city centre, seemed to have remained areas of concern for the police. “More than half the robberies in the city centre are caused by persons neglecting to safeguard their personal belongings. Victims are being caught off guard and robbed while talking on their mobile devic­ es,”saidpolicespokesperson,CaptainThulaniZwane. He reported that over 40 suspects were arrested for various armed robberies, burglaries and theft of

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motor vehicles. A large number of suspects were arrested for possession of drugs, liquor and Road Traffic Act related crimes. All of which helped with the notable decrease in serious crimes in Pietermar­ itzburg. “Some suspects have also been linked to other robberies and thefts in the city,” said Zwane. He said that the police did receive a report of the alleged five–minute gang operating in the suburban areas of Town Hill. “However, although the modus operandi of these break–ins is very similar, police cannot confirm that these incidents are committed by the same five– minute gang”. No arrests have been made and police are still investigating the incidents. Lucas Holtzhausen, Safe City director, said that the organization had also noted a decrease in serious street robbery cases in the city centre. “Our detection rate for robberies was quite good. The decrease can be attributed to the increase in police presence during the festive period in the city and also the quick response we had from them on detected robbery incidents. These swift actions certainly send out a warning to criminals that law enforcement agencies, which includes municipal traffic and security, were on full alert,” said Holtzhausen. He added that the municipal traffic department, in conjunction with Safe City, conducted a number of roadblocksintheCBD,whereoutstandingtrafficwar­ rants were executed and outstanding traffic fines collected. Holtzhausen said that the most serious crime detected over the festive period was a robbery inci­ dent where a couple stabbed a man outside a fast food outlet in Church Street and robbed him of R200 and his cellphone. “We detected the incident and alerted the police who responded within a few minutes and arrested both suspects. We used our PA system to advise the victim to remain on the scene whilst we dispatched an ambulance to assist him”. The ongoing problem of tavern brawls and related crimes in the city centre was a priority for them during the festive season, given that most violent crimes be­ gin due to an abuse of liquor, Holtzhausen said He reported 28 fighting incidents in the vicinity of taverns, all of which were responded to by the police which prevented the fights escalating into serious bodily harm or murder. “Policepatrolsandoperationsareconducteddaily to help curb crime in the city,” said Zwane.

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Registrations at academic institutions

NOW OPEN >> The release of matric results saw hundreds of people queuing for registrations at the University of South Africa (Unisa) campus as well as the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Riverside campus NQOBILE MTOLO



EGISTRATIONS across academic institutions in Pietermaritzburg have already taken off for the 2014 academic year. Last week, the release of matric results saw a pool of people queuing for registrations at the University of South Africa (Unisa) campus along Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street. Registration at Unisa opened on 25 November for first semester registrations and on 6 January for second semester and year end registrations. At the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Riverside campus, registration processes kicked off on Monday. Three friends, Nosipho Nxumalo from Mpolweni, Bonisiwe Linda from Chesterville and Andile Dlamini from Sweetwaters, were among hundreds of students who came to inquire about registration processes. The three of them will be first year students at DUT. “I will only get to register on 22 January and I look forward to passing and getting four distinctions in all of my subjects. Initially, I wanted to do a Bachelor of Education degree at Unisa but I couldn’t because my marks were very low. As soon as I have completed my diploma, I will head back to Unisa to do the course so that I can be a successful lecturer,” said Nxumalo. Linda said that although she has not decided what course she will be doing this year, she said she is passionate about accounting. Dlamini said that she arrived on campus at 7am on Monday morning to register for a National Diploma in Public Management and already, thereweremorethan30studentswhohadjoined the queue for registration. “I have come here with a clear head, I am determined to pass and ultimately obtain my diploma,” said Dlamini. DUT’s senior director for corporate affairs Alan Khan said that the full registration time–table is available at, and he urged all students who are registering at DUT to ensure that they are familiar with the time–table. Hesaidthatthisyear,studentsfromallsixDUT faculties can also register online. “Open week for late registrations for semester studentsbeginsonMonday,20January2014and ends on Friday, 24 January 2014. Open week for late registrations for annual students begins on Monday, 27 January 2014 and will end on Friday, 31 January 2014,” said Khan. Khan added that DUT will not accept walk–in

applications. “However, inquiries can be made telephonicallytothedepartmentconcernedandifthereare still spaces available at the end of the registration period,thenstudentscouldbeallocatedplaceson those academic programmes. If you would like to make inquiries, phone 033 845 8800.” For this year, DUT plans to register 7177 first year students, and it received over 76 000 applications for first year and semester places for 2014. At the University of KwaZulu–Natal Pietermaritzburg campus, Martin Kabange, a masters in economicsstudent, saidthathisbiggest achievement will be to accomplish his thesis. When asked if he has any plans of furthering his studies in the near future, Kabange said: “The idea is to push as far as I can. First year students should know that the journey is not easy. No matter what they may go through they need to hold on and they should have God as their supporter,” he said. Vishal Katpaul, who had come to apply for a part– time Bachelor of Business Administration degree at UKZN, said that it is important for students to take up business–related courses so that they are able to open up their own businesses in future.


Registrations are underway at various aca­ demic institutions and prospective stu­ dents lined up to secure their place.





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Walsh funding for FEVER SA organizations January 15, 2014


Pictured at the hando­ ver are (back, from left) Fathima Sheik (Young Natalians Sport Club), Dan Moodley (Love to Live), Sanele Mdlalose (matriculant from JL Dube High School), Sipho Magwaza (princi­ pal JL Dube High School), Mervyn Abra­ hams (PACSA), Viddy Naidoo (Sports Veterans Association KZN) (center, from left) Niki Lee (Zisize Education Trust), Patsy Pillay (New Be­ ginnings), Sue Singh (principal Northdale Primary School) (front, from left) UMgungundlovu District Municipal Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and Hanef Bhamjee (ACTSA secretary).

Woodhouse Road bridge is closed

>> Entry is barred by barricades of sand and a boom gate




ACTION for Southern Africa (ACTSA) in Wales recently donated over R60 000 to 11 recipients inthecountry,witheachorganizationorschool receiving R5 500. ACTSA is a successor organization to the Wales Anti–Apartheid Movement which began in 1959. Hanef Bhamjee, ACTSA secretary, has been a member since 1965 and said that it has beenanuphillstrugglefortheorganizationand its members. He said that people abroad recognize the plight of some South Africans and, although was illegal to send money from abroad to the country, ACTSA has been doing it long before democracy in 1994. Each year, ACTSA donates a sum of money to recipients in need of financial assistance. Many of the recipients have been on the ACTSA list for a number of years and have used the money for various projects and research. JLDubeHighSchoolinDurbanisthelongest serving recipient of the award and has received funding since 2006. Situated in KwaMashu withlimitedresources,theschoolproducedthe

top pupil in KwaZulu–Natal, Sanele Mdlalose. He was also third in the country for physical science. Sue Singh, principal of Northdale Primary School, said that the money received in 2012 was used to buy new computers for the pupils and in 2013, the water leaks in the school were fixed. This year, the money will be invested in a project to address the social ills, specifically drug abuse, which the school is facing. MervynAbrahams,directorofPACSAinPietermaritzburg, said that their funding has allowed the organization to invest in research regarding food price monitoring, which is an important focus for them. This research has sparked international debate among South Africans and was discussed on various radio stations provincially and nationally. During the event, Yusuf Kajee of AmalgamatedTobaccoManufacturing(Pty)Ltd,wasso moved by the donations from ACTSA that he donated a further R2200 to each of the organizations. “If we continue in this spirit, we will make some difference in someone’s life,” said the district mayor.

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ITH all Msunduzi Municipality council members resuming their duties this week, talks and plans on improving the infamous Woodhouse Road low–level bridge are expected to take centre stage during the course of this year. The bridge is permanently closed off with barricades of sand and a boom gate. Over the years during rainy seasons, this low–level bridge has been a hazard to its users as it gets flooded, causing vehicles to be swept off the bridge. This has led to damage to vehicles, injury and a loss of lives. In November last year, the body of Lihle Mthiyane, who went missing after his car was swept off the bridge, was found six days later at the Grimthorpe Road low–level bridge. Barely a month down the line, a car was swept off the bridge, but all five people who were in it survived. Over the years, there have been a number of similar cases reported. At the last Executive Committee (Exco) meeting of 2013, Exco member Mergan Chetty said that the municipality should not support a local music event with funding of R900 000,

but they should rather use the cash to build a proper bridge. The music event took place in December. “We should rather spend this money on core business. The intention to spend this money is disrespectful to both the families of the deceased and many others whose lives have been claimed by the Woodhouse Road low–level bridge. Council should prioritise the amount fortheexcavationandconstructionofthemuch promised, and needed, Woodhouse Road bridge. The people of Sobantu have long been crying out for the city to address this,” said Chetty. At the meeting, councillor and Exco member Thulani Vincent Xulu said that the infrastructure committee had agreed that the bridge needs to be sorted out. Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said that they are talking to other departments for the fast tracking of the process. Ward 35 councillor Thandi Matiwane urged residents to be patient as the bridge is closed off. “The plans to upgrade the bridge will be discussed further at council. A lot of people use the bridge as a short cut to get to Sobantu, the northern suburbs and Scottsville. People need to be patient because using the bridge will only put their lives in danger,” she said.

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Readers are invited to share their views, news and issues with the Pietermaritzburg community. Only letters with an address will be considered for publication. There is no winning letter this week. Winners of the best letter must take their ID book, as well as this letters’ page, to Krish Naidoo, at Jonathan’s Spar at City Square, Langalibalele Street, in order to claim their prize.

Encouraging parents to show respect, peace and love to their children


T the start of 2014, KZN Capital 104 FM would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Maritzburg Fever staff. Sincere appreciation to the team for the confidence placed in KZN Capital 104 FM and for the support provided throughout the year. We would also like to express special appreciation to all 24 media groups based in Pietermaritzburg

for their dedication to serve and to inform communities. Without them, we would not have been able to meet the aspirations of our communities. I humbly pay tribute to our fellow board members, the Sizwe Community Radio–Stakeholders Forum, who have been supporting, guiding and working diligently throughout the years. As KZN Capital 104 FM, we are

particularly encouraged by the commitment shown be the religious community (KZNCC), those in the business community such as the PCB, AHI, Sakerkamer District Municipality, Msunduzi Municipality, the Howick and Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Mooi River and Midlands Lions International Club Regional and our national government. We are grateful for the enriching

experiences that communities of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas have shared with KZN Capital 104 FM, and we have no doubt that we will make 2014 even better. Together, lets make this city a more peaceful one that cares for its communities. Let us encourage parents to show respect, peace and love to their children because a peaceful

and loving community is a community that produces young people who will grow up and become responsible citizens. During the year of 2014, let us maintain the spirit of ubuntu. Lets all promote the human value of respect peace, love, generosity, caring and compassion. JERRY JONES KZN Capital 104 FM

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I WISH you all a happy new year, full of smiles and free of irritations. Is it just me, or does each year bring the prospect of even more to be grumpy about? Is this a symptom of ever decreasing standards or just, perhaps, a symptom of ever increasing aches and pains and more noisy Americans shouting at us on DSTV? This first column of 2014 is a grovelling apology to any of you who read my Computer World column a long while ago, and followed my advice that online shopping was safe, convenient and reliable. It is still safe. When I wrote said column, having had only good experiences with UK online retailers, I was all in favour of online shopping. Oops! A well known South African internet retailer sent out a R75 voucher as an inducement to buy Christmas gifts from them, with a promise that deliveries would be in time for Christmas. “That’s nice” thought I, let’s take them up on their offer and order two gifts. Only one arrived, and two days before Christmas I called to ask about the other (note, I called, they did not have the courtesy to call me), to be told it was unavailable. They refunded my money – less the R75

inducement! This inducement was what made me order from them and get let down so badly. Much social media moaning resulted in them “applying a voucher to my profile” as an apology (I was quite afraid of this, sounded painful). Apparently this means that if I wish to take advantage of their monetary apology, I have to use their services and risk getting let down again – nice one! Last year I had a go at ordering the Christmas food from a well known retailer with an online presence, and it was a disaster. Ever the optimist, and having in my care a blind 90 year old, a four year old, a 16 month old and a visitor from the UK, the chance to avoid the Christmas shopping scrum was so tempting and, surely, they’ve had a whole year to get it right, I decided to give it another try. I think I will change this column from Grumpy Old Bag to Gullible Old Bag….they let me down badly again by delivering half of the Christmas food order, telling me they did not, among over half of the ordered items, have turkey in stock! Hello, Christmas, turkey – kind of go together, don’t they? There’s a clue there Mr Buyer, that more people than usual may be ordering this product in December. I girded my loins and went to their retail store on Christmas Eve, towing the halt and the lame behind me (well, the babies, the blind and the visitor) to find it overflowing with said bird and everything else they had been unable to supply. To give them their due, they refunded the cost of the little they actually delivered, but I had to smile at the email I got asking me to be patient as they had “a lot of refunds to deal with”. No, really, wonder why? I would love to hear from any of you who had a stunning experience with online shopping. I hesitate to say I’d love to hear from those who had online shopping disasters; my mailbox only has so much space. Until next time, remember Caveat Emptor, a very old fashioned phrase, still applies in the high tech world of online commerce.

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IKEForsyth,thesoleproprietorofMGF Attorneys, has released a Conveyanc­ ing Costs Calculator App for use on Android phones, iPhones and iPads, free of charge. Forsyth identified the need for an ac­ curate and convenient calculator amongst es­ tate agents and mortgage originators in their dealings with clients. “Up until now, agents have had to rely on complicatedchartswithcomplexcalculations to determine the costs of a transaction, or have had to rely on websites to obtain the figures,” he said. The MGF Attorneys Conveyancing App now allows professionals in the real estate industry the convenience of a mobile costs calculator for instant access whenever they need it. TheAndroidAppisavailableforfreedown­ load from apps/details?­ The iPhone and iPad App can be down­ loaded from the Apple Store by searching for MGF Attorneys – Bond/Conveyancing Calcu­ lator. – Supplied.

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LAW CORNER Look after your title deed JOHN CHRISTIE DO you own immovable property – a vacant pieceofland,adwellingorasectionaltitleunit? If so, do you have the original title deed to your property in your possession? If you have one or more mortgage bonds registered over your property, you will, in all likelihood, not have the original title deed as it will, most probably, be with the bank or other bondholder which holds the bond. When the bond has been repaid in full, and has been cancelled by the bondholder, the bondholder will usually send the title deed to you. If you do have the title deed of the property in your possession, it is important that you take good care of it by keeping it in a safe and secure place. Replacing a lost or damaged title deed cancostmanyhundredsofrandasthiscanonly be done for you by an attorney, and it makes sense therefore to ensure that your title deeds are not lost, destroyed or damaged. It is equally important not to deface your title deed in any way – by writing anything on it or by allowing it to be stained, by removing pages, tearing off parts of pages and especially by not laminating it. If a title deed is defaced or damaged in any

way (including missing pages) the Registrar of Deeds will rule that the title deed has become “unserviceable”andcannolongerbeused,and you will be faced with the same expense of applying for a substitute copy of your title deed. Bear in mind that the deeds registration system is not as secure as it once used to be. While you might always be able to obtain a substitute copy of your lost or damaged title deed – at a cost of several hundred rand – what wouldhappeniftheDeedsRegistrycopyofyour title has also been also lost or destroyed? This could be a major expense for you as there is a special procedure which would then need to be followed in order to enable you to obtain a duplicate original. This could also take several months and it could cost you thousands of rand. The delays in obtaining the substitute copy of your title deed could also be very frustrating if you are wanting to sell and transfer your property, register a mortgage bond or a servitude over it or deal with it in any other way. What do you do if your title deed has been lost,damagedordestroyed?Iwilldealwiththis in the next article. For more expert advice on the topic of title deeds please feel free to contact John Christie at

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THE MARITZBURG PHILATELIC SOCIETY meets on the third Monday of each month at the St Mathews Parish Hall, Hes­

keth Drive, Hayfields at 4pm. Our next meeting is on 20 January at 4pm. Visitors welcome as well as stamp collectors at all levels, old and young. Always interesting talks, exhibits, ad­ vice on care of collections, buying and sell­ ing and swapping between members and guests. Inquiries: 033 386 8912 or 082 558 0283. THEALEXUpmarketwillbeheldonJanu­ ary 26 at Alexandra Park. Inquiries: 033 396 2807. THE SALVATION ARMY Joseph Baynes Children’s Home provides a compassion­ ate,safeandsecurelovingenvironmentfor 82 children, from babies to the age of 18. Alldonationsareappreciated.Youcanfind us at 89 Trelawney Road, Southgate. In­

quiries: Captain Michael or Amenda Doubell at 033 386 2326 during office hours. HEAD INJURY. The Headway carer’s sup­ port group meets termly to support those caring for someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke. Inquiries: Rowena at 072 435 4963. WEEKLY MEDITATION classes on Tues­ days from 6 to 7pm at 27 Kitchener Road, Clarendon. Classes are R30 donation. All welcome. Inquiries: 031 764 6193 or medi­ THE RAISETHORPE Arya Samaj Senior Citizens Group, based at the Aryan Hall at 137 Khan Road in Raisethorpe, meets on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm. Inquiries: Mrs Sabitha at 033 391 2633 or 084 879

3875. FREE COUNSELLING. Marriage prob­ lems, problems with children, health, ad­ dictions etc. originate from the emotional spectrum – contact us and we will help you to resolve you problems. Inquiries: Pastor Chris Pieterse at 033 345 6409 ­ English and Afrikaans. ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT group meets on the first Friday of every month at River­ side Park Home, 450 Bulwer Street at 10 am. This group is for people who care for people with dementia and would like to know more about the illness and its man­ agement. All interested people are very welcome. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607. THE MSUNDUZI HOSPICE Coffee Shop

is open daily, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Treat yourself by choosing from our selection of mouth­watering sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas an coffees. Our airy venue has both indoor and outdoor seating and overlooks the Hospice gardens. The venue is wheelchair friendly. In­ quiries: 033 344 1560. FARMERS/FLEA MARKET opposite Harry Gwala Stadium in Princess Margaret Ave every Thursday from 6.30 to 10.30am. Good place to buy fresh veges, plants, seedlings, compost, home baking, rusks, koeksisters, knitware, honey, nuts, bric­a­ brac and plenty more. Inquiries: Roger at 083 513 3227.

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ARENTS and grandparents spent an educational day at the KwaZulu–Natal Museum with their children, before the youngsters returned to school after their December holidays.

Nkululeko Buthelezi (18) wanted to spend the day enjoying the exhibits at the museum.

Jayden (6) and Amy (3) Gray were excited to get their toys from the museum shop. PHOTOS: NICOLE JOHN

(From left) Senzekile Ndlovu, Jessica Duch and Nosipho Dladla, Youth For Christ volunteers who brought a group of pupils from the Khayalethu Shelter to spend a day at the museum.

(From left) Piyal Ramkhelawan (11), Kushi Goghul (9) and Kajal Mungaldave (16) at the stadium replica in the 2010 Soccer World Cup exhibition.

(From left) AJ Watson (6) and Kiara Sierra (3) having a rest on the animal painted chairs.

(From left) Andrew (5) and Joshua (4) Black at the shark shaped donation box.

(From left) Callum and Imogen Kirby having fun with the hippopotamus at the museum.



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NITE MOUNTAIN BIKING EVERY Wednesday and Thursday night at Bushview Bike Park from 5.30 pm. Inquiries : Gill at 072 665 7442. CANOE POLO PRACTICES are held every Monday and Wednesdayfrom6pmto8pmattheUKZN swimming pool. All men, women and chil­ dren 14 years and older are welcome. In­ quiries: Kevin Meier at 033 341 1281 or 082 454 5686. 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 every Wednesday at 5.30pm at the Car­ bineers’ Drill Hall, Geere Street. All wel­ come. There are training groups from nov­ ice to speedsters in running and walking. Inquiries: John at 082 491 7679 or Eileen at 082 495 1118. SELF DEFENCE SELF defence classes, including Wing

ChunKungFu,EskrimaFilipinoMartialArts andvariousothercombatsystems,offered for men, women and teenagers every Mon­ day and Thursday at 6.30pm at Eddels Sports & Social Club, Dartnell Road, Moun­ tainRise.Inquiries:GusHornsbyat083638 0801. RUGBY YOUNG Lions Lions Rugby Club trains at the Woodlands Rugby Stadium on Mon­ days to Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. All welcome. Inquiries: Joe at 078 799 8386 or Edwin at 074 465 5172. FOOTBALL SHAMROCKS FC at the Golden Horse Casino community fields. Juniors training on Friday from 5 to 6pm, seniors U17 and U15 training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from5to6.30pm.Inquiries:DanielHaswell at 083 792 3668.

NATAL Carbineers Football Club invites youtoenrollyourchildintoitsfootballclub. Players aged four to 12, both experienced and potential are welcome. Training ses­ sions take place on a Friday evening from 5.30 to 6.45pm at the Natal Carbineers grounds (Geere Street). Inquiries: Justin Tocknell at 079 870 0455 or Dawn Tock­ nell at 082 553 9716. SAVAGES Savages Football Club holds junior training every Friday from 5pm at Collegians Club. All welcome. Inquiries: Raymond at 072 908 1370 or Veronica at 072 212 1067. PIRATES Junior FC trains at the Wood­ lands rugby grounds. Divisions from U6 to U15. New and old players welcome. Inquir­ ies: 072 329 1645 or 033 260 5156. EASTWOOD Lads Football Club has training at the Eastwood Primary School

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KIME AND MBANJWA boost Dusi confidence >> The pair took to the water in the hope of getting further race practice and invaluable time in the boat together


USI Canoe Marathon 2014 title hopefuls Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa got their year off to the perfect start when they cantered to victory in the Popes Canoe Centre Alan Gardiner Memorial Challenge, a key Dusi seeding raced in tough, desperately low conditions on the middle uMngeni River from Ibis Point to Dip Tank. Kime (Best 4 Healthcare/Euro Steel) and Mbanjwa (Build it), already talked up by many as possible victors of February’s iconic K2 Dusi showdown, took to the water in the hope of getting further race practice and invaluable time in the boat together under their belts and, having finished well over a minute ahead of Computershare Change a Life Academy’s second placed Lucas Mthalane and Mmeli Cele, they achieved just that. “It’s always nice to win a race, especially with this one being a Dusi seeding race. It’s great to have so many pre–races before Dusi and to be gettingacoupleofgoodresults,especiallyatthis stageofourbuilduptoDusi,isgreat,”saidKime. While many of KZN’s rivers enjoy near full


(From left) Thulani Mbanjwa and Lance Kime in action.

conditions, a dry few days in the build up to the race produced an exceptionally low water level, adding to the day’s challenge. “It is a race known for being quite low but this year the river was probably lower than ever before and, with it being a doubles race, it really was tight and technical,” said Kime. “We had to get out and push over things a couple of times but it was a good outing for us nonetheless. Training together, which in a way this race was for us, is always far better than training on your own so we definitely still got a lot out of it,” he said. The majority of Dusi 2014’s top female contenders took to the water in a K1, opening the doorway for the evergreen pairing of Debbie Germiquet and Carmen Donald to take the women’s spoils ahead of Jordan Peek and Brittany Petersen. With their Dusi partners all out of town it was AbbyAdiewholedhomeRobynKimeandHilary Brussinthewomen’sK1section,whilstthepairing of Sboniso Shonzi and Nokukhanya Shange claimed the mixed doubles victory. – Supplied.

Sand mining posing problems for paddlers ahead of Dusi Canoe Marathon PADDLERS preparing for the upcoming Dusi Canoe Marathon that starts at Camps Drift on 13 February are wrestling with the problems caused by the ever increasing sand mining operations on the two rivers that play host to the famous canoeing race. Many of the dedicated athletes who have entered the race spend the summer months tripping the river to study lines down the major rapids, but have reported that the environmental impact of unscrupulous sand miners, particularly on the uMngeni river, is becoming severe. Sand mining takes on two forms – legalandillegal– withtheillegalsand mining operations creating the biggest problems for the paddlers as well as for authorities. Keeping tabs on these operations poses a major problem because the mining takes place within a few weeks.

“These guys come in and do their thing and get out,” Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) field manager Bart Fokkens said. “They don’t spend much time at a particular place and when they leave, they disregard the river completely which poses problems for both the environment as well as for paddlers”. According to Fokkens, one of the most detrimental effects that sand mining has on a river is that it alters the natural course of the water flow when they erect causeways and weirs in order to dam up the water. “It is a serious problem when they set up their weir’s in the river where there used to be rapids, and it causes a number of problems for paddlers because there was never flat water or a weir there before and it often tests the canoeists skills when they ap-

proach these obstacles. It is advised that they get out and scout the river beforemovingonduetothechanges,” Fokkens mentioned. Thesandminingoperationsonthe uMngeni River create a huge environmental problem if not done correctly, and with the demand for housing on the rise, people are mining the sand to create concrete blocks in order to try and meet the demand. Fokkens said he understands that there is a place for sand mining and it is needed in certain areas of water systems, but even these operations need to make sure that they are not adversely affecting the river. “Sand mining is needed at the headwaters of dams and that is what they are doing at the top of Inanda Dam in order to remove the silt from the dam. The problem comes when they, like the illegal operations, create

causeways across in order to get their machinery to the other side. This coupled with leaking diesel and petrol

CF Tennis stars welcome in the new year CHRIS Folker Tennis started the new year with another successful junior tennis tournament. The Hilton Village Tennis courts hosted 50 very enthusiastic young players from near and far, with the weather playing ball for the first time, and eight enthusiastic parents joining in and making their own doubles tournament. “We have great plans for 2014, with

the employment of additional coaches, growing the CF Tennis Holiday Club activities and introducing CF Sport Star’s, where the focus will be on introductory techniques, sportsmanship and, more importantly, having fun for ages four to six,” said Folker. WINNERS: Singles: Ollie Cornish, Brooke Veenstra, Robyn–Brooke de Klerk, Matt Bray, Chloe

Morton, Ruben Jacobs, Megan Newlands, Nathan Andrew and Kaila Jacobs. Doubles: Ollie Cornish and Max Gilson, Ro­ byn–Brooke de Klerk and Nicole Bennett, Bandile Gumede and Matt Bray, Alex Can­ dler and Chloe Morton, Ruben Jacobs and Matt Veenstra, Megan Newlands & Hannah Saunders, Matt Holt and Nathan Andrew, Sophie Holt and Kaila Jacob. Parents Doubles: Jon Moodie and Jacqui Veenstra and Paul and Lisa Candler.

threatens the environment as well as the paddlers,” said a concerned Fokkens.


IS my laptop safe? Laptops are designed to be mobile, they are easy to carry around, small enough to pack away and require few peripherals to function. Unfortunatelytheseconvenienttraitsarealsoveryconvenientforthe less reputable population who can easily snatch them when you turn your back. Fortunately there is a solution to this. All laptops are built to a standard that requires them to have a Kensington Slot on the side. The Kensington Slot is designed for a Kensington Lock that allows you to lock down your laptop to any other object, the same principle as a bicycle chain. Kensington Locks are also quite cheap averaging at R79 at most computer stores. Unfortunately there are people who can steal chained-up bicycles, and therefore there are people who can steal chained-up laptops. Future proofing your data against this is therefore very important. Password protecting your laptop is key, as most people cannot remove a password without knowing it. Also, leave a document on your desktop with your contact details in case of theft. If the laptop is taken to a computer store to have the password removed, a technician could run across the document and contact you. Lastly, keep important documents backed up. The biggest loss you experience when your device is stolen is the loss of your hardearned data. If you have a backup, you will save many a tear and even at times, many a dime.

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Much talent in KZN midlands >> The four day camp revealed a group of budding junior cricketers lapping up the advice from the group of qualified coaches


Prize winners with coach Naveen Ramdarain are (from left) Luke Truter (St Charles), Jeremy Foss (Clifton), Caleb Hibbert (Merchiston), Callum Shaw (Merchiston) and Ross Boast (St Charles).



TRIP down to the latest coaching clinic at Merchiston in the KZN capital last week, run by the recently launched Cricket School of Excellence (CSE) franchise, made one immediately aware of the wealth of talent that exists at junior level in the midlands. The four day camp for these youngsters from schools all around the midlands of KZN, revealed a group of budding junior cricketers, including girls for the first time, ignoring the pressing heat and lapping up the advice from the group of dedicated, qualified coaches under Cricket South Africa level three mentor, the vastly experienced Naveen Ramdarain. Intensive batting, bowling and fielding training took place over the four days, both in the Merchiston nets as well as on the immaculate cricket

fields, culminating in competitive matches on day four that proved to be the highlight of the clinic, along with the awards ceremony. Addressing the players and their parents at the prize–giving last Thursday, CSE head of management in KZN Jay Mannikam, made particular mention of how proud the cricket school was to see girls at a clinic for the first time. Simone and Danielle van Staden, both of Clarendon Primary, as well as Meghan Stainthorpe of Laddsworth, matched the boys in their age group shot for shot with the bat, and brought their feminine savvy into the bowling and fielding disciplines as well. “CSE has now become a household name in the cricket community in Pietermaritzburg, as the boys and girls are exposed to well structured and high–level programmes,” said

Mannikam, who has been in sports administration in his professional capacity for years. Each boy and girl received a certificate, which included a full report on their batting, bowling and fielding performances during the clinic. “Due to popular demand, Cricket School of Excellence KZN will be hosting many more clinics of this nature, as well as group coaching, and we must thank Merchiston plus our sponsors, Sportsmans Warehouse, GM, Let’s play, Katz Breskal, Glider, ADT, School Sports News, XCO, Powerade and S&HM for their support,” Mannikam added. CLINIC AWARDS Coaches’ Player of the Clinic: Luke Truter (St Charles). SeniorBatsman:CalebHibbert(Merchiston. Senior Bowler: Callum Shaw (Merchiston). Junior Batsman: Jeremy Foss (Clifton). Junior Bowler: Ross Boast (St Charles)

Learn the slalom ski course at Inanda Dam THE Inanda Water Ski Club held a very successful mini– league competition at Inanda Dam recently, with perfect conditions for tournament waterskiing. There were 19 skiers from the greater Pietermaritzburg, Highway, Durban North and Umhlanga areas who entered the competition, five of which were newcomers to the slalom course. The one particular performance that really stood out was that of Robyn Lowe, a junior skier from Pietermaritzburg whose style and strength through the slalom course was evident.

Members of the Inanda Water Ski Club.


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