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FTER two hours of chaos and chanting at the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home in Woodlands last week, management of the home, the home’s child representatives and board members sat down to find solutions to grievances raised by the children. The children, in their respective school uniforms, had locked the main gate at the home and were not prepared to open it until their grievances were addressed. More than 40 children were seen inside the premises. They carried placards with slogans such as ‘enough is enough’ and ‘we are tired of eating rotten food’ and chanted ‘amandla, awethu’. “They do not buy us school uniforms, as you can see our shoes and school uniform are worn out. We are tired of eating rotten food. We do not have the right to practice our own religion and we are not allowed to do extracurricular activities. We are not allowed to pray for one another. They do not allow us to do our assignments. They take our worksheets and do assignments for us. We are being treated like prisoners,” said a child. The home currently accommodates 66 children. Someofthechildrencomparedthe hometoaprison,whilesomesaidthat they were treated like pigs. Some of the young girls said that they were not getting proper sanitary pads as the ones they are given are of poor quality. One of the managers said that

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Children at the Pietermaritzburg Children's Home protesting to have their griev­ ances heard; One of the placards carried by the children; Police broke open the locked gate.

‘THERE MUST BE CIVILITY ON WHAT IS HAPPENING’ what the children did was inappropriatebecausethereareproperchannels of communication. Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home board member Dev Naidoo,

said that the allegations made by the children were of a serious nature. “We do not expect any human being to be treated that way. This institution does not exist because

someone makes money out of it. There are financial constraints and we have been calling on our trust to pay for salaries. We struggle to meet our daily needs. Every child who

enters these premises is treated with respect and dignity. There are proper channels of addressing these concerns and some of them were dealt with during the course of the week,” said Naidoo. Naidoo said that as a home, they are struggling and that they would appreciate support from interested business people and individuals from the community. The children have four representatives, who are slightly older children, who serve as a communication channel between the children and management. The younger children said that they were scared to be vocal about their complaints because other children who had raised similar issues wereallegedlyevictedfromthehome. One of the managers said: “We never give the children rotten food. We sort the bread according to expiry dates. We allow them to practice certain things, but we have to control it. Last year there were prayer sessions which were out of control and it appeared as though some of the children had demonic spirits. The children would pray for about two hours. Prayer is now controlled for a certain time. We cannot allow another child to pray over another child,” she said. Naidoo added: “There must be civility. Locking the gate - we don’t do that in the modern era,” he said. KZN Social Development Department spokesperson Ncumisa Fandesi said that an investigation is being conducted and upon conclusion, appropriate action will be taken to protect the interests of the children.


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Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently hosted a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) ‘mas­ ter class’ on Tuberculosis (TB), accred­ ited by the Health Professions Council of SA. The talk was held in the week in which World TB Day was celebrated (24 March). It was conducted by an independent safety and quality man­ agement specialist, Helen Loudon, and was attended by nurses from various local private hospitals and other organ­ isations. Pictured at the talk were MMC infection control officer Rhoda Bowles (L) with Helen Loudon.

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Varsity College recently hosted children from a local children’s home for an Easter party and Easter egg hunt. Fourteen children were welcomed by bachelor of education students and were presented with gift bags and colouring books. Children and students bonded over colour­ ing and playing games together. A story explaining the significance of Easter was read to the children. Lunch was served and then it was the exciting moment of the day ­ the hunt. Each child was paired with a student and given a map of where the eggs were and off they went. Pictured enjoying the picnic are students Kelly Day (L) and Kelly Martin with some of the children.

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OCALgraffitiartistGasak,recently returned from the United States after completing his peace and awareness campaign, Face the Peace. “The experience has been overwhelming and humbling, but I have achieved my vision for visually attacking the biggest criminal organization in the world. I have no words to describe the feeling of this project,” said Gasak. He completed painting four faces in Juarez, Mexico, and was only able to do one face in El Paso due to time constraints. Gasak said that his time in America was filled with many interesting experiences. “When I was faced with my first wall to paint in Juarez, nerves, the atmosphere and the sense of making a difference all came to me at once. After that I just let the paint flow,” said Gasak. He said that the Mayor of Juarez provided him with three to eight municipalpoliceatcertaintimeswhilehepainted. He was also given permission to paint without the military or police arresting him. “He also turned a blind eye for two hours so I could paint on the Rio Grande. He told all border patrol officers to leave for that time period. The Rio Grande is the river that splits Mexico from America, and is very well protected. People have been shot and killed by US border

patrol for being in the Rio Grande,” said Gasak. He did however have a few close encounters with crime. “I painted Benito Juarez’s face three blocksfromthebiggestdruglord’shouse in Juarez. While I was painting, a vehicle pulled up next to me and spun its wheels and drove off. One of the principals from a nearby school told me that was a warning from the cartel to leave the area, but I carried on painting. I ended up with eight municipal police with AR15 machine guns protecting me while I painted,” said Gasak. He said that on the night before he painted Mahatma Gandhi, there was a body that was cut up into pieces and dumped in a dust bin one block from where he was painting. “There were many things that happened, but my aim was to make a bold statement and listen to what my gut said.” He was featured on American media channels, including FOX news, ABC news and was documented by Channel5 in Mexico. Unfortunately he ran out of time so was unable to paint the last three faces, however he completed his work in the main area he targeted which was Juarez. “I have had a great amount of support from both sides. So many people helped me achieve this and I had so much support from so many different people. I just wish I had more time,” said Gasak.

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DOCTORS Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), recently visited the Midlands Mall to talk about MSF’s emer­ gency medical work around the world and to show South Africans how they can support the cause. MSF is a global, independent medical humanitarian organization that provides medical care to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man­made disasters. The tour, which targets the province of KwaZulu­Natal, started on 1 April and will end on 26 April. In Durban, MSF will visit the Gateway,

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Morcom said that the classrooms had been onherwishlistforabouttwotothreeyears,and it was something that never got the attention of any person or organization until Sheila Breedt, occupational nurse at Illovo Sugar Eston, approached the company to help realise the dream. Morcom said that the classroom cost about R30 000 to build and the furniture that is being used in the classroom was donated by various members of the public. She also said that girls from the St John’s Diocesan School interact club visit Assist on Friday’s to help where they can with the children, or cleaning around the premises. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, St John’s pupil Paige Howland said that there is a box placed at her school library for people to donate items of furniture or clothing for the children at Assist. Morcom does the teaching herself following a syllabus. “I have complete lessons including physical educationandIgivethechildrenswimminglessons now as we were donated a pool,” said Morcom. Gavin van Schoor, general manager at Illovo Sugar Eston, said that this project was very close to his and his staff’s hearts. “We try and give back to the communities in which we operate in. We do a lot of work where we can to help with educating children,” said van Schoor. He added that Thandi House and the Assist Foundation are not the first beneficiaries who have received a new classroom. They have done similar projects in other areas as well. “We would just like to give credit to the Morcom’s. They have dedicated their lives to helping children in need,” said van Schoor. He added that he would like to appeal to the community to offer them help in terms of their time and labour services. “It’s all well and good for people to donate items, but what they need now is physical assistance,” he said. For more information about the Pietermaritzburg Assist Foundation, contact Rene Morcom at 033 3457 5544.


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THE local Eastwood community recently decided to take back their streets by taking part in a declaration walk, Arise and Shine. A community development group in Pietermaritzburg organized the walk. The group was established to develop impoverished and neglected youth by teaching them life skills, promoting sports and various arts. After the walk, the community met at the

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URRENTLY, there are mil- eggs or fresh salad vegetables in lions of young South urban areas of East London? The local community could Africanswhoarefrustrated because there are no jobs for now go to these urban microthem. There are also millions of farmers to buy their eggs etc. The projects would be small middle-aged people who are still able to contribute economically, enough to be housed in an ordibutareretrenchedandhencealso nary back garden, and the young farmers would be licensed to unemployed. This is coupled with the in- produce and supply the supercrease in the price of food and fuel markets and other markets with and energy. A recipe for disaster. their produce. This would have multiple The government is always looked upon to provide employ- results, among them the decrease in the price of ment, but they food, job-creation cannot absorb on a sustainable five million or basis, and direct more people into reduction in government secunemployment. tors. And next The young year it will be six unemployed now million,andsoon. have an income; There is also they can buy greater demand clothes and goods for social grants, THIS IS COUPLED and further conhand-outstoquell tributing to the murmurs of WITH THE INCREASE economic unhappiness improvement. from the masses IN THE PRICE OF They are not a that remain and will remain FOOD AND FUEL AND burden on the government. unemployed for After the great the duration of ENERGY. crash in 1929, the their lives. US Government The solution is employed millions to work on invery simple and logical. Take the millions of young frastructure upgrading. This took people who are unemployed, and a few years, and helped to stimuinduct them into micro-scale late the economy. But food profarming projects, ones which are duction on a small scale is better, versatile in what they produce because it is ongoing and does not require an advanced university and where they produce it. Remember that it costs money degree to accomplish. Any government wise enough and fuel to transport food and to adopt this simple idea would be goods over any distance. So what would happen if, for very popular. instance, the young unemployed PIETER PIETERS in (for example) East London Via email were given training to produce

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the airport procedures lurk menacingly, waiting to gobble you up and spityououtintothedeparturelounge, in such a state of nervous exhaustion that you are happy to pay for the overpriced coffee on offer. I read recently that fear of flying has been over-taken on the phobia hierarchy by fear of airports. Actually, credit where it’s due, South African airports are a lot better than European in my experience (and my son assures me that the Indian sub-continent airport systems are preparation for the fifth circle of hell). However, still we queue for security, for passport control and, eventually, at last, for the loo. Then we get on the plane. Virgin Atlantic in this case, but no different to any other for those of us who can’t afford the expensive seats. Thereare240passengers,majority crammed into cattle class and 90 percent of those, on this flight at least, touring British pensioners (I can say that now, Bridget, as I am officially an old retired person myself).

They have been told that to avoid deep vein thrombosis, they should walk about the plane. So they do. All night. Lurching onto the knees of sleeping fellow passengers every time the plane hits a bit of turbulence. And the queues for the toilets are amazing - dicey bladders on planes, not good. A bright blip on the otherwise bleak landscape of this journey was the lovely, young South Africans sitting close to me who spontaneously offered to put my hand luggage in the overhead compartment, and to lift it down again, thus ensuring that I didn’tdecapitateanyfellowtravellers by dropping it on their heads. Oh to be tall.... And Virgin Atlantic cabin crew are a genuinely helpful and friendly lot, and could teach SAA and BA a thing or two. Ok, have to shut down now, as we are landing in London. Will update you next month, dear readers, with some Eurogrumps.

The mechanisms in our body THE human being is one of the living beings with the most excellent and sophisticated systems in nature. We are fashioned in due proportion by the Creator. The skills of the body are very impressive. Each one of the five senses is a miracle and man gets to know the external world through these senses. The miraculous structures of the human body are not limited to the five senses. Each of the organs facilitating our lives is a separate miracle. Let’s just imagine how hard life would be if wewerecreatedwithouthands.What would happen if we did not have legs. Man is not aware of many things, such as the time digestions starts or ends in his stomach, or the rhythm of his heart. The five senses are arranged entirely according to the needs of humans. For instance, the ear can only sense those sound vibrations

EACH ON OF THE FIVE SENSES IS A MIRACLE AND MAN GETS TO KNOW THE EXTERNAL WORLD THROUGH THESE SENSES. that are within certain limits. And now the sense of touch. The nerves sensitive to touch lying under the human skin are made sensitive in the best possible way and are spread all over the body. Think about hair and eyelashes. Although both are ultimately hair, they do not grow equally in the same period. Suppose that eyelashes grew as fast as our hair. They would impede our sight and go into our eyes. The newborn baby’s skull bones

are very soft and can, to a limited extent, move over one another. This flexibility facilitates the emergence of the baby’s head from the womb without harm. If these skull bones are inflexibleduringbirth,theywouldcrack and cause serious damage. Finally, if we examine the systems andorgansinthehumanbody,wewill witness intimately he evidence of a flawless and balanced creation. ASE AMEEN Mountain Rise

Do you care, Mr President? DEAR Mr President, Good leaders lead by example, they influence others. Why is it that you take advantage of whatyourofficeseeminglyallowsyou? Do you see this as an ANC prerogative? Do you care about South Africa and

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Women of colour THE Drama and Perform­ ance Studies programme is proud to present the first of this year’s season of post graduate New Directors plays. When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. But when women are oppressed it’s tradition. ‘For Women of Colour’ is based on the stories of four South African women who are facing some form of oppression by the community, employers and even fami­ ly. Through the use of sto­ rytelling and music, the director and writer of the play, Terece Swartz, explores the stories of these particular women and the different types of oppression they come up against. Through their stories, the play also reveals how they learn to deal with their circumstances as black women living in today’s demanding socie­ ty, and leaves us with the question “Can women indulge in freedom?” ‘For Women of Colour’ will feature at the Hexa­ gonStudioTheatre,UKZN on 23 and 24 April at 6pm. Tickets are R20 at the door.

Concert’ on Easter Monday, 21 April. Featured are The Clermont Community Choir who have held the prestigious title of winner of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival since 2009. The concert will see the choir joining the celebrated KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of choral music suitable for an Easter Monday concert. The KZN Philharmonic and Clermont Community Choir together withsoloistswillbeperformingunder thebatonofMaestroDanielWalshaw.

The ‘Easter Choral Concert’ takes place at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Leinster Road at 3pm. Parking is secure. Tickets at R80 and are available from Parklane SuperSpar at 033 342 3487. As part of the project, the Clermon Community Choir and Absa will collectclothesandfoodparcelsforthe Pietermaritzburg SOS Children’s Home. Those attending are encouraged to take donations along to contributetothiscause.Aspartofthis drive, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will donate 100 blankets.

An additional feature of the day is a free masterclass by soprano and choir member Nozuko Teto. Teto will share some technical insight from what she has gained in the last three years of study based in Italy. School soloists, young opera singers and choir enthusiasts are encouragedtoattendthismasterclasswhich will start at noon at the venue. For further information, contact Wiseman Mkhize at 083 976 7040 or Msizi Mnyandu (Choir Manager) at 078 349 5550.

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HE Top Gear Festival Durban continues its celebration of racing, stunts and all things motoring at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this year. This award winning event is once again giving car owners a chance to be a part of the festivities with this year’s instalment of “Show & Shine”. Organisers are calling all South African car owners - if you think you have the hottest, most modified wheels around, or a car souped up to the max and worthy of the attention ofthousandsofmotoringenthusiasts, then the team at Top Gear Festival Durban want you to be part of the revelry for this year’s show. The Top Gear Festival takes place from 21 to 22 June, and you stand the chance to be a valued part of the action. All you need to do is visittheTopGearFestival Durban website, upload between two and five images of your ‘souped up’ car and then wait for the call from the festival headquarters to let you know if you are one of 80 lucky winners who will have their car on display at this year’s festival. So, what do you win? You and your car will be invited to attend the festival and display your rip-roaring wheels in the “Show & Shine” enclosure. You will also be photographed and interviewed by the media. Don’t miss out - enter today competition closes on 15 May and winners will be announced in the press later that week.

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Cat Simoni does things her way Cat Simoni does Barbra Streisand ­ her way. ‘The Way We Were’, written and directed by Paul Spence, will feature at the Hexagon Dive UKZN on 25 and 26 April at 7 for 7.30pm. They are picnic evenings, so bring food but no drinks. There is a cash bar. Musicals, movies, anecdotes and unforgettable songs. Simoni's astoundingly pure voice is just perfect for the timelessly beauti­ ful Barbra standards, from ‘The Way We Were’ to ‘Woman in Love’. Quite simply nobody does Barbra better. Tickets are R95 and bookings can be made at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za or phone 033 260 5537. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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The Atlantic Giant pumpkin, grown by KZN composting company Farmyard Organics, has reached 60kgs. The pumpkin, planted in December 2013 and grown in Farmyard Organics' premium organic compost as part of an experiment, was reaped at the end of February 2014 when the plant reached maturity. Atlantic Giants are a variety of pumpkin that have been known to reach weights in excess of 200kg’s, and are commonly grown for competitions all around the world. John Kidger, the owner of Farmyard Organics, kneels next to his prized pumpkin.

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Izincithabuchopho zeVangeli zivame ukuthi alikho iZwi eliyink­ inga njengaleli. “Kusafanele ngelinye ilanga kube nenkonzo enkulu yokuthan­ dazela bona abefundisi uqobo lwabo,” kusho uNyikinyibhoxo, “ngoba unzima lo msebenzi wabo. Abezwa abantu. Izinceku zikaNku­ lunkulu zikhuluma zize zikhihlize amagwebu kuze kushe amazwi, zishumayeza abantu abanenkani. Kungena ngapha, kuphume ngapha,” isho ikhomba into kaMa­ gaye, iNkom ‘esengwa ilele. Uthi uma nje abantu bengase balalele abefundisi uma beshu­ mayela ngokuthanda umakhel­ wane, izingane zihloniphe abazali, kungabi khona ukubulalana, uku­ zondana, umona, zingaphela zonke lezi zinxushunxushu ezikho­ na emhlabeni. Umfo kaCele ungikhumbuze umthandazo wamaWeseli othi: “Nkulunkulu Somandla ongun­ aphakade, owenza izimangaliso ezinkulu. Hlisela bonke abefundisi beVangelilakho,naphezukwama­ bandla abawaphetheyo umoya ophilisayo.” Kube khona nomunye othi: “Nkulunkulu Somandla, Mthom­ bo wakho konke ukulunga, siya­ kuthandaza ngokuthobekileyo ukuba ubusise onke amakhosi nezinduna, nalabo abanamandla okwahlulela zonke izindaba zale lizwe. Bahambise kukho KONKE OKULUNGILEYO uze ubangenise embusweni wakho ongun­ aphakade.” Ngiyamvumela umngani wami ukuthi uma nje singase sibambel­ ele kule migomo yokuphila, sibambelelekuyongeqiniso,kung­ aba nokuthula emhlabeni. Nez­ inceku zeNkosi, zingaphumula ekuphenduleni imibuzo ethi: “Up­ hi loNkulunkulu enimthandaza­ yo?”


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ASTER Sunday, falls on April 20 this year and the holiday, which has become associated with eggs and rabbits, is the oldest Christian holiday. Traditionally,Easteristhecelebrationoftheresur­ rectionofChristthreedaysafterhisdeathandassuch, is considered to be the most important Christian holiday. Here are some fun facts about Easter: 1. Easter marks the end of Lent, which begins the day after Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday). The week before Easter is called Holy Week and it includes several important days, including: Maundy Thursday (honouringJesus’lastsupperwithhisdisciples),Good Friday (the day of his crucifixion), and Holy Saturday (commemorates the time between the crucifixion and resurrection). 2. Easter is celebrated differently around the world.InGuatemala,peoplemakecarpetsofsawdust and flowers that measure up to a mile in length. The carpet is incredible in detail and takes weeks to make. People walk over the carpet on their way to church. 3. Curious what the Easter bunny has to do with Easter? According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the Easter bunny dates back to the 13th­century when people prayed to multiple gods and goddesses. Eostra, the goddess of fertility and spring, was symbolized with the rabbit and is believed to have crossed over. The first mention of an Easter bunny wasn’t until the 1500s and it was in the 1680 that the story of the bunny was published. 4. Eggs first became associated with Easter in Medieval Europe. The Church forbade people to consume eggs during Lent and as such, the eggs laid during the 40 days would be preserved and stored. With an abundance of eggs, they would be consumed on Easter.

5. Germany first made chocolate eggs for Easter in the 19th centu­ ry. The Easter egg is symbolic of rebirth, but using eggs to celebrate is a tradition that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans andtheZoroastri­ ans in Persia who dyed eggs to celebrate the start of spring. The Chinese also dye eggs when a newborn enters the world. 6.East­ er is one of the biggest holidays for consuming sweets. I n fact, if you exclude Halloween, Easter is the biggest sweet consuming holiday with120millionpoundsof sweets and chocolates bought each year. ­ www.latintimes.com.

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Many families today aim to simply have fun with Easter eggs, adding a bit of colourful joy to the holiday.

S Easter approaches, your family may be one of the many families around the world that celebrates the holiday with eggs. Many families today aim to simply have fun with Easter eggs, adding a bit of colourful joy to the holiday. But did you know that, by using eggs to celebrate Easter, you can do much more than just have fun? Throughout Christian history, believers have celebrated a myriad of Easter egg traditions.Learning and practising some of those traditions with your children can deepen their appreciation for the Easter story. Here are some historical Easter egg traditions: Red eggs: Christians first began using eggs to celebrate Easter in ancient Mesopotamia, when they dyed eggs red to symbolize the power of Jesus’ blood to give people new life. Pysanky eggs: These elaboratelydecoratedeggsreflectastyleofart called “Pysanky” that originated in Eastern European countries. Pysanky emphasizes writing or drawing on eggs with wax in between dyeing them different colours in progressively darker shades. Traditional Pysanky colours represent faith concepts that relate to Easter: white (purity), yellow (light and joy), orange (strength and endurance), red (the passion of JesusontheCross),green(hopeand spiritual growth), blue (spiritual health), brown (Earth), and black

(eternity). Eggrolls:Thetraditionofrolling Easter eggs down hills began centuries ago in Europe as a way for children to celebrate how the stone that had sealed Jesus’ tomb rolled away on the day of His Resurrection. Egg gifts: Early Christians often distributed eggs to the poor on Easter, and sometimes also to their familyandfriends.AnancientIrishEaster custom involves families count-

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Epworth Preparatory and High School pupils collected 18 900 Easter eggs as part of the school's annual Easter egg drive for charity. Each member of Epworth's estates staff received a box of eggs and the rest were distributed to Nichols Primary School in Edendale, Youth for Christ and the Reach Out Foundation, which supports the France settlement just outside Pietermaritzburg. Pictured is Robyn Naidoo handing a box of eggs to estates staff member, Margaret Mtshahe, while other prep school pupils (from left) Jordan Howells and Lungi Kunene, look on.

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TUDENTS and staff of Varsity College Pietermaritzburg, and Reach for a Dream volunteers, recently accompanied 13 boys from Ethelbert Children’s Home on a trip to Groovy Balls, a zorb ball and outdoor adventure park in Cliffdale. VarsityCollegehostedtheeventfor these young boys who are between the ages of eight and 14 years, all of whom have a life-threatening illness. Groovy Balls Adventure park offered a special rate and, more importantly, ensured that the children had a fun-filled day. The boys experienced an exhilarating ride in a ‘zorb ball’, which is a large, transparent ball which is rolled down a path or groove.

Despite initial fears, the boys were ready for a second ride. The boys also engaged in various team building activities and, to round off the day, weregivenanopportunitytodrivethe go-karts. At the end of the day, 13 excited, albeit tired, boys returned to Ethelbert Children’s Home armed with goodie bags, medals, T-shirts and memories. Goodie bags were kindly sponsored by Save Cash and Carry, Pietermaritzburg. Varsity College’s philosophy is to encourage students to engage in good citizenship and positive community involvement. For the past seven years, Varsity College has partnered with Reach for a Dream

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Having fun whilst supporting a noble cause (from left) Siphelele Mhkize, Lance Shuttleworth, Zama Mhkize and Kerry Bustin.

Record open day at Laddsworth Primary

Exchange student at Carter

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Laddsworth Primary School hosted a record number of over 160 prospective parents at their annual open day recently. Headmaster Gavin Lambooy welcomed everyone and introduced them to Laddsworth’s history, culture, and the multi­faceted education that this 111 year old school offers. Pictured at the event are (from left) Liesel and Wayne Coertze with Gavin Lambooy.

Prestigious scholarship for Grace past pupil Grace College past pupil, Jenna Kennard, has been awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to do an honours year in English at the University of Cape Town. Kennard matriculated from Grace College in 2009 with four distinctions and went on to complete her degree in English literature at UKZN. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Gabija Vysniauskaite, an exchange student from Lithuania, Northern Europe, is attending Carter High school for the next two months. Her aim is to improve her English and learn about different cultures. Vysniauskaite said that she comes from a school of about eight hundred pupils, “Carter High is much bigger and nicer.”


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THE MSUNDUZI MUNICIPALITY TOWN PLANNING SCHEME SPECIAL CONSENT APPLICATION Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 67 bis (2) of the Town Planning Ordinance (Ordinance No. 27 of 1949, as amended) that it is the intention of The Msunduzi Municipality to consider an application for permission to: Installation of a 35m monopole mast and associated telecommunications infrastructure on a relaxed rear and side space In respect of this site, being: PTN 1157 of Erf 1692 Pietermaritzburg Street Address: 60 Tarentaal Road, Eastwood Plans and particulars may be inspected during normal office hours at the Corporate Asset Management Public Enquiry Counter, 5th Floor, Professor Nyembezi Centre, 341 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg. Interested parties may lodge written objections and representation relating thereto with the Manager (Forwarding Planning and Development Management) at 5th Floor, Professor Nyembezi Centre, 341 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg (PO Box 1393, Pietermaritzburg, 3200) on or before: 22 May 2014. Any party who fails to lodge written objections and representations and response to this notice by the aforementioned date shall be precluded from further participating in the process with regard to the application. Mr M.A. Nkosi Municipal Manager City Hall Pietermaritzburg

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GOLF KHARINA Kharina Secondary School willbehostingits8thannualgolfdayfunc­ tion at Sakabula Golf Club, Howick on 4 May at 8 for 8.30am. The cost is R200 per player and the format is Four Ball Better Ball – Stableford. Snacks will be served. In­ quiries: A D Roopan at 082 842 2207 or the school at 033 3914 551 ACTION CRICKET KZN Midlands Action Sports is proud to be hosting the Over’s inter­provincial tour­ nament in May 2014. The Over Tourna­ ment consists of the following categories: ladies Over 30 and Over 35, men Over 30,

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 O at 033 396 6204. ver35,Over40andOver45.Ournewaction ATHLETICS cricket league starts on 27 January and any HERMAN’S Delight time trials are held ladies or men looking to play action cricket every Tuesday by Collegians Harriers at should contact Jannetta at 033 346 2936 CollegiansClub,381BoshoffStreet,at5.30 or email jannetta@actionsportskzn.co.za. pm. All runners and walkers are welcome. We have the following leagues available: Choice of distances, 2,8 km, 4,4 km or 7,3 mens, mixed and ladies. km. CROQUET ORION Athletic Club time trials every THE Maritzburg Croquet Club wel­ Wednesday at 5.30pm from the Protea comes visitors and new members on Sports grounds, Raisethorpe. Choice of ei­

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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: Anthony at 072 8586 121 or Julie at 083 262 9179. 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

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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.

TWC tennis achievers The Wykeham Collegiate have over 100 girls who play tennis in the senior school, with eight teams entered into the schools league. The first team recently returned from a successful tour to Johannesburg where they participated in the St Mary’s Waveley tennis festi­ val against seven top schools in the country. Amongst the strong base of players, a couple of individuals have performed at a higher level and were selected for the KZN midlands tennis teams. Nine girls were chosen for the KZN midlands teams, including two non­traveling reserves. Four girls have been chosen to represent the KwaZulu­Natal team (back, from left) Rachel Taylor (KZN midlands non­travelling reserve), Jodie Conolly (KZN midlands non­travelling reserve), Jemma Veenstra (U19 KZN midlands), Kate Dunton (U15 KZN midlands), Yasha Nair (KZN U15B and KZN midlands U15) (front, from left) Kirsten Moody (KZN U19B and KZN midlands U19), Nicola Deenik (KZN midlands U19), Cheney Firman (KZN U19A and KZN midlands U19), Samantha Yeats (KZN U15A and KZN midlands U15). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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IKHIL Gopal (13) is the youngest person to have won the B Division in the Victoria Country Club Golf Championships with a gross score of 165. The St Charles Preparatory School Grade seven pupil completed the two day tournament and was the youngest to compete in the division. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Gopal said that he began playing golf at the age of four, when his father introduced him to the sport. “My father taught my about golf and then I began to train with professional coaches.” He is currently coached by Luke Kelly at the Golden Horse Driving Range. When asked why he chose to pursue golf, Gopal said that it was something that came naturally to him. “One day my father took me to the driving range and I began hitting the balls and it was just something that stuck with me,” he said. His mother, Seetha, said that she remembers her son’s passion for golf began at a very young age. “He used to watch all the Tiger Woods DVD’s and memorize the words,” she said. Gopal said that if an opportunity came along he would seriously think about playinggolfonaprofessionallevel,buthewould make that decision in the years to come. His current golf icon is Adam Scott, who he described as a great player, nice person and a humble sportsman, someone he wishes to emulate on the greens.

Powering towards the try line Hayden Van Zyl powers his way forward as the Claren­ don U9 team advances to the opposition try line at the recent U9 midlands rugby tournament held at Cowan House. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE world’s leading CPU chip manufacturer, Intel Corporation, have announcedthereleaseofa‘20thanniversary’Pentiumprocessorwhich will be unlocked. For those of you who are unsure of the meaning behind the previous statement, let me explain: Computer Speed enthusiasts often like to ‘overclock’ their PC components, allowing them to increase the speed of the machines. Over clocking is the term used to describe the action of increasing the clock rates of computing components. As I mentioned previously, this can greatly increasethespeedoftheoverclockedcomponent,butwhatIdidn’tmention was the negative impact on the temperature. Thehigheryourclockratesareset,thehigherthetemperatureoutput becomes. This is why overclocking enthusiasts often spend more effort on designing a better cooling system inside their pc’s. Getting back to the new Pentium processor, it is the first unlocked entry level processor released in years! Unlocked meaning that it can be overclocked. This will allow new enthusiasts to ease into the hobby without risking a unit worth an arm and a leg! On a related note, Computer World does not endorse over-clocking on any of your equipment. It is a dangerous procedure and can be very costly if mistakes are made.

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HE South Africa men’s hockey team hopefuls gather in Pretoria atAprilendforthefinalselection camp ahead of June’s 2014 hockey worldcupinTheNetherlands-andone of those in contention is UKZN Maritzburg business studies graduate Jethro Eustice. “Jet”, as the popular Eustice is known, finds himself in a very good place, having been at the centre of the green and gold’s defence since February 2013. Yet he takes nothing for granted. Havingspentclosetoeightyearsout of the national set-up since selection for the SA U16 team in 2005, Jet has sweatedbloodtogetbackinandknows only too well it’s never a done deal until your name is read out. The Jeppe High School for Boys product captained Southern Gauteng

to the SA U18 interprovincial title in 2007, but was overlooked for the national schools’ team. The biggest blow was not being included in a 40-player training squad preparing for the 2009 junior world cup. Atthetime,Jet,now24,wasplaying with success for a strong KZN Inland team. “Not being recognised made me question my future, but club coach and team-mate Darryn Gallagher said the opportunity would come.” Have stick, will travel, became Jet’s philosophy. “Iwentoverseastodecideformyself whether I had the goods to step up to the next level.” Jet joined Pembrooke Wanderers in Dublin, who had qualified for the Euro Hockey League, and playing EHL, with the best clubs in Europe was inspirational. “That, along with moving to a small

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but strong province in KZN Inland. I might have struggled to break in at SouthernGautengastherearesomany more options for the selectors there. The move to the KZN capital enabled me to leapfrog guys from the bigger provinces who had gained national age-group recognition when I didn’t.” Another catalyst for Eustice’s progress came when his provincial coach, former SA playmaker Charlie Pereira of Curry’s Post in the KZN midlands, took the reins as national head coach for a year. “Charlie said, ‘Jet, you’ve had a rough deal and I want to give you the chance at international level to see if you can handle it’.” The rest is history - but April 27 to May 3 at St Albans College in Pretoria presents another date with destiny for the ultimate team man. It certainly couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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