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Armed robbery “rife” in Eastwood >> Residents are afraid to report robberies to the police because they fear they may be targeted by the intruders NQOBILE MTOLO

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ASTWOOD residents say that armed robberies are a frequent activity in their area. This information surfaced after a shoot-out between the police and three suspects last week. At that time, the police received a complaint of a house robbery in Samana Road in the Mountain Rise police patrol area. The police said that it was reported to them that three suspects entered a residence through the back door of the home and were seen leaving with items. The Pietermaritzburg flying squad responded to the call and the suspects were spotted in a green Neon Chrysler vehicle in Birmingham Road. “Armed robberies are on the riseinEastwood.Alotofpeopleare also afraid to report the robberies to the police because they are

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This photo was taken moments after a shootout between suspects and the police in Eastwood recently. The suspects had robbed a house in Mountain Rise. Above photo: An empty cartridge found at the crime scene. afraidthattherobbersmighttarget them.Peoplearelivinginfear.Most of the people think that the police just take down statements, they never actually follow the cases. If you talk back or argue with the rob-

bers, you put your life in danger as you run the risk of being stabbed or shot at,” said Eastside Community Forum chairperson Fred Wagner. The suspects, who had robbed the Mountain Rise house, drove in

the direction of Eastwood. They crashed the car at the intersection of Starling and Tarentaal Roads in Eastwood,andcametoastandstill. After a dramatic shootout between the police and the suspects, two of

the suspects were injured. One of the witnesses to the shootout said that two armed robberies have taken place at her home. She said that she does not feel safe. “They just come inside our houses with their big guns and demand money and cellphones. You cannot argue with them otherwise they will kill you,” she said. With two suspects currently in hospital under police guard, and the third detained in police cells, police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that all three suspects are linked to other cases in the Mountain Rise area. “The police recovered a firearm, ammunition, a television set, a laptop, jewellery and four cellphones in the vehicle. All the property is suspected to be stolen. All suspectswillappearincourtsoon,” said Naicker.

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FIVE unknown, armed men wearing balaclavas recently entered the China Mall Discount Hypermarket and held up the manager and staff before fleeing with R40 000. The store is located along Barnsley Road next to Makro. One of the store managers, Simon He, said that the robbers were travelling in two separate cars. “We were getting ready to close the

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shop when they entered. They took money and cellphones. Fortunately no one was injured,” said He. Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said that a case of business robbery was opened at the Alexandra Road police station for investigation. “Five unknown, armed men wearing balaclavasenteredtheChinaMalldiscount hypermarket along Barnsley Road and held up the manager, Wenhui Chen (32) and other employees. They tied them with ropes and forced the victim to open the safe. The suspects then demanded money and gathered the employees, tied them up

and assaulted them before fleeing with R40 000 in cash and a tablet,” explained Zwane. The suspects then fled the scene in their getaway vehicle, said Zwane. He added that no shots were fired, no injuries were sustained and the stolen items have not been recovered. No arrests have been made. “Policearemakinganappealtoanyone who can assist with information regarding the incident to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Ablon Majozi, at 072 818 4145,” said Zwane. Investigations are still underway.

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process, and as part of this there was an agreement that we need to hire people. The department is in the process of doing that. There are people who work at other transport department regional offices who would like to relocate to PMB. We will train those people and transfer them to the Mkondeni centre,” said Sukazi. Last week, scores of people who had come to renew their drivers’ licencesorbookforalearners’license test at this licencing centre were sent

back home as the administrative staff were on strike over staff shortages. The Maritzburg Fever visited the premises and public notices apologised for the issue, and read that “...due to operational challenges, we are operating at reduced capacity...” One local woman, who had come torenewherdriver’slicence,saidthat this was a huge inconvenience for her as she was due to leave for Saudi Arabia on 6 May. “Only a few people were allowed to

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Palliative care is specialized medicalcarefocusedonprovidingpatients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. He said that the HPCA prepared materials which provided the traditional healers with introductory information about palliative care. “I sat in on the meetings as I was interested in finding out more about it,andIrealisedthepotentialimmediately for Msunduzi Hospice. The idea is to empower the traditional healers in order for them to recognise when the need arises for the patient to be referred to Hospice,” said OxfordHuggett. At the beginning of 2013, OxfordHuggett tried to implement the initiative at Msunduzi Hospice by assigning one staff member to act as liaison between the hospice care givers and the traditional healers. “Of course, as with any new project, there were teething problems, however the primary focus of the relationship is referral,” he said. By the end of 2013, the traditional healers were looking for more so

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HE KZN Department of Transport has promised that things will go back to normal at the Mkondeni licencing centre by this week. KZN Transport spokesperson, Nathi Sukazi, said that the centre is understaffed for the quantity of work that needs to be done. “Internally we had a restructuring

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MSUNDUZI Hospice Association has formed a new relationship with traditional healers in the UMgungundlovu district. This is as part of its approach of overall holistic treatment to the community. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, director of Msunduzi Hospice Association, Warren OxfordHuggett, said that the relationship was in its very early stages but that there is huge potential. “We have found that almost 80% of our patients seek help from traditional healers at some stage during their illness,” he said. Oxford-Huggett said thatattheendof2012,the Hospice national body, Hearing Tests (FREE Screening Test) Hospice Palliative Care • Hearing aids (All leading international Association (HPCA), brands) organized funding to host • Medical Aid rates – we claim. a conference to train • FREE trial period on all hearing aids traditional healers in palliative care. • Hearing Aid batteries R24,95 (pack of 6)

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get inside. They did not tell us what was happening. I work overseas so I have to make sure this gets sorted out while I am here,” she said. The security guard stationed at the entrance to where the learners’ license test room is located, confirmed that only people who had come to sit for their learners’ tests were allowed inside the building. Gugu Ngubane, who was fuming and ready for a fight, asked for the centre manager to come out and

explain the status quo. “I can’t waste my money for nothing. The manager must come here and explain to us. This shows a lack of respect for the public. I have used money to get here. Will they give me my money back?” she said. Ngubane had come to renew her driver’s licence. One driver who had lost his driver’s licence said that he was thinking of going to the Mooi River licence centre.

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Pictured are (from left) Warren Oxford-Huggett (CEO of Msunduzi Hospice Association), Zodwa Sithole (public affairs manager at HPCA) and Cyril Vilakazi (traditional healer). Oxford-Huggett offered them the opportunity to join the monthly training and meetings that the Hospice care givers have, allowing them to gain a better understanding of caring for and treating patients. “Wearestillintheveryearlystages but what is important to note is that the traditional healers want to be a part of the relationship,” he said. Oxford-Huggett said that Hospice looks after about 350 patients on a monthly basis, all of whom are treated at their homes. He said that the benefits of this particular relationship will onlybeseenoverthelongterm, but that the wheel has been set in motion. “It is important to remember that we at Hospice are working with the traditional healers, they are not working for us. Together we will enhance the quality of palliative care for our patients,” said Oxford-Huggett.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Cyril Vilakazi, one of the traditional healers in the programme, said that he has learnt many valuable things. Vilakazi, who operates in Howick West, has been a traditional healer for over 20 years and sees, on average, 20 people a week. He said that with the help of the programmes that HPCA has implemented, he is now able to better understand and identify the illnesses people who he consults suffer with. “Before the programme, I had misconceptions about how Hospice works, however with the training, I can better understand how palliative care works and I am able to use different approaches from my private practice whichenhancesmywork,”saidVilakazi. He said that he is now able to identify who the appropriate people are and refer them immediately to Hospice so they can get the care that need. He has already referred five people to Hospice


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TRIOofCarterHighSchoolmatricpupils havebeen praisedbytheirschool,family and friends for saving Louisa Boshoff (83) and her two dogs from her burning home in Montrose. Terrel Gous (17), Calvin Scannell (18) and LukePieterse(18)wereontheirwayhomefrom school when they noticed the burning house. Gous said that Scannell and he were at the back of Pieterse’s bakkie when they saw smoke comingfromahouse.TheyquicklytoldPieterse to turn around so they could go back and help. When the boys got to the house, they could not see anyone outside so they jumped over the gate to check what was going on. “When we got there, we saw an old lady standing outside the house. She was burnt and in shock. We asked her if there was anyone else

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the roof. By then all the windows had burst and smoke was coming out of every direction and the fire department and the police took over,” said Gous. The boys said that only after the adrenaline had worn off did they realize that their lives could also have been in danger. “Whenweallgothomewerealizedhowserious it was. We’re just glad that everyone is safe and that no one was seriously hurt,” said Gous. The boys were honoured at a special assembly at Carter High School and were awarded service to the community certificates. “We did this for them because it was out of pure humanity that they rushed in to help. We are very proud of them,” said Jenny Rogers, marketing manager at the school. “We are grateful to everyone for their well wishes and thanks but we didn’t do it for the praise. Nothing went through our minds. We just went with our instincts,” said Gous.

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Maritzburg College awarded two scholarships to Laddsworth Primary School pupils. Brogan Tedder (L) received the Laddsworth closed scholarship and Scott Butler (R) was awarded an all-rounder scholarship. This is the first year a closed scholarship has been made available to Laddsworth Primary School, an increasingly strong feeder school for Maritzburg College. The pupils are pictured with Gavin Lambooy, headmaster at Laddsworth Primary School.

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HE Happy Earth Festival recently took place at the Botanical Gardens. Hosted by the Happy Earth Forum, the festival offered opportunities for school pupils and teachers to experience different experiential environmental lessons from participating organisations. Over 750 pupils from pre-school to high school attended the Friday schools event. The WESSA awards ceremony was the highlight of the day, when 20 schools from the city and inland areas received awards for implementing successful eco-schools environmental programmes. Yvette Taylor of The Lawrance Anthony

Bunny hops Clarendon Primary celebrated Easter by inviting various pre-primary’s to join them for a morning of hopping fun. The children listened to an Easter story, created some bunny hats and then participated in a hopping race to each receive an easter egg. Great fun was had by all. Riley Van Zuydam (Jacaranda PrePrimary) is pictured hopping towards the finish line. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Earth organization was keynote speaker, and reminded all the young people in the audience about the many careers that there were in the biodiversity sector, and how the earth needs ‘doctors’ to help heal it. On Saturday, students from the Durban University of Technology, together with eager school pupils, entertained the audience with the DUT Upcycled Fashion Show. Over 30 students modelled outfits made from recycled materials according to strict criteriathatadheredtoanenvironmentalcode. Members of the public also enjoyed the Happy Earth Film Festival with various other shows and displays on site. - Supplied


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OW hard should you push yourself? Does more sweat mean you burned more fat? A sports scientist addresses some of the most common exercise myths. I will burn more fat if I exercise longer at a lower intensity So you’ve heard about the “fat burningzone”.Inotherwords,ifyou want to lose weight, you need to exercise at a low intensity. What few people realise is that you actually burn the highest proportion of fatwhileatrest(around70percent of your energy comes from fat) and by now we know that being a couch potato doesn’t make you thin. The most important focus in exercise and fat weight control is not the percentage of energy coming

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The faster you walk, step or run, the more calories you use per minute.

from fat during exercise, but the totalenergycostofexercise,orhow many calories are burned during the activity. The faster you walk, step or run, for example, the more calories you use per minute. Therefore at low exercise intensity, you need to exercise for a very long time (far more than an hour per day) to match the total energy expenditure of a high intensity workout. I can get my dream body if I just train hard enough Both weight gain and loss is impacted by many factors, including dietary intake, your environment and genetics. All individuals will not lose the same amount of weight on the same exercise program. Some individuals will actually respond very little to a regular exercise regimen in terms of losing fat weight (these individuals are called non-responders).Thisisgoodevidence to show that exercise per se doesn’t make you thin, especially if you’re not endowed with the right genes. Losing body fat is a complicated matter, and it goes far beyond a regular training progra mme. The goodnews,however, is that research has shown that being overweight and fit is much better than being thin andsedentary,as fitness is directly related to a lower risk of all-cause

mortality. Weight training makes women big and bulky Weight training can make you bulkup-ifyouhavetheXYchromosome and it is your distinct intention to build huge muscles. Even then, it is no easy feat to gain muscle. It takes time and effort, a carefully compiled scientific training programme and finely tuned nutritional strategies. For women, however, these sound strategies will not be enough. The reason being that women have nowhere near the required testosterone levels to put on any significant amounts of muscle mass. If you do see women with bulky muscles, you know for sure that their dietary habits include illegal substances such as anabolic steroids and other designer drugs. There is just no other way. The truth is that strength training approximately two to four times a week, doing a variety of exercises for the major muscle groups, will help women to achieve a lean and toned appearance, and strengthen bones and joints. In fact, since women are more prone to osteoporosis, it could be said thatwomenmightactuallybenefit more from weight training than men. If you’re not drenched in sweat, you’re not working hard enough The harder you work out, the more calories you’ll burn within a given period and thus the more fat you stand to lose, but how much you sweat does not necessarily reflect how hard you’re working. Some people tend to sweat bucket loads while others don’t sweat much at all, regardless of their fitness level or degree of exertion. Your sweat rate is related to your body weight, your genetic makeup and external factors such as environmental conditions and clothing.

Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in modern society. Acne or acne vulgaris affects both males and females especially teenagers but can also affect adults. Acne is caused through an over excretion of the sebaceous or oil gland. This is normally due to a hormonal imbalance in the body however there are other factors that contribute to the formation of acne. These include stress, pregnancy, neglect or improper product use. Studies show that there’s an increased risk if an individual has a family history of acne. During puberty, there is an increase in the production of the male hormone, testosterone, in men and women which leads

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GOLF KHARINA Kharina Secondary School will be hosting its 8th annual golf day function 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. Inquiries: 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 inter-provincial tournament in May 2014. The Over Tournament consists of the following categories: ladies Over 30 and Over 35, men Over 30, Over 35, Over 40 and Over 45. Our new action cricket league starts on 27 January and any ladies or

PINBOARD men looking to play action cricket should contact Jannetta at 033 346 2936 or email jannetta@actionsportskzn.co.za. We have the following leagues available: mens, mixed and ladies. NITE MOUNTAIN BIKING EVERY Wednesday and Thursday night at Bushview Bike Park from 5.30pm. Inquiries : Gill at 072 665 7442. CANOE POLO PRACTICES are held every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm at the UKZN swimming pool. All men, women and children 14 years and older are wel-

come. Inquiries: Kevin Meier at 033 341 1281 or 082 454 5686. CROQUET THE Maritzburg Croquet Club welcomes 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. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368) or Richard at 033 396 6204. RUGBY YOUNG Lions Lions Rugby Club trains at the Woodlands Rugby Stadium on Mondays 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 train-

ing on Friday from 5 to 6pm, seniors U17 and U15 training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6.30pm. Inquiries: Daniel Haswell at 083 792 3668. NATAL Carbineers Football Club invites you to enroll your child into its football club. Players aged four to 12, both experienced and potential are welcome. Training sessions 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 Tocknell 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.

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PIRATES Junior FC trains at the Woodlands rugby grounds. Divisions from U6 to U15. New and old players welcome. Inquiries: 072 329 1645 or 033 260 5156. EASTWOOD Lads Football Club has training at the Eastwood Primary School grounds on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 5.30pm for U11 and U13. All Welcome. Inquiries: Donovan at 073 274 5565 or Lance at 084 548 5758.

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LUB rugby is the bedrock of the sport post-school, no question. The KZN Rugby Union is not able in providing grants to clubs, but it is not enough to produce a professional, competitive edge that is so vital these days if one is to keep up, and better the other provinces in providing a healthy stability at the lower rungs of the game. Clubrugbyhasproducedthelikesof SpringbokandSharkslooseheadprop,

the popular Beast Mtawarira, who came through the ranks from U20 level at College Rovers. Grassroots rugby needs more money - strapping alone is a huge expense. To this end, Fidelity Security, a seasoned company conceived - and owned still - by former Sharks and Springbok loose forward Wahl Bartmann, a law graduate from the then Rand Afrikaans University himself,decidedtoputsomethingback into the game and his generous sponsorship has made great strides in

adding value to the game in the province. Bartmann, who graduated through club rugby, knows the value of grassroots rugby and also supports various Durban clubs. (Time for a Maritzburg club now, hey Wahl?). The Sharks have repaid Bartmann’s support by having the company name branded on the Sharks match jersey. Meanwhile, the Maritzburg Premier League clubs, Varsity and Collegians, have busy seasons ahead. Watch this space.

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There was a lot of swimming taking place recently at Ridge Junior Primary School, with the pre-schoolers doing a ‘show and swim’, the Grade one children doing a fun swim and individual Grade two and Grade three galas. Ridge, under the tutorship of well known swimming coach Odette Randelhoff, is committed to ensuring that all children are water-safe. All these swimming events were well supported by parents, grandparents, siblings and friends and the children were very proud to show off their swimming skills. Grade three pupil Connor Sayers is pictured at the start of a race, and was awarded the most promising swimmer award donated to the school by Randelhoff.

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SOME of you may have heard the term heartbleed in conversations regarding internet and security over the last few weeks. Most people don’t understand the details of it, so let me explain it in a simple manner. Everything we do on the internet is a series of communications between your computer and another computer somewhere else. Now for obvious reason, we have to be careful with what information we send over the internet. We protect this information by encoding it with an encryption. This stops people over the internet from “listening in”onourconversationswiththeothercomputer,astheywillnotunderstand the information that was intercepted. Now someone was very clever and found that they don’t need to try andlisteninontheconversationbetweenyouandtheserver.Theycould start a different conversation with the server, and then trick it into giving more information than asked for. It uses an exploit categorized as a buffer overflow. In easy terms, this is similar to me asking you to forward me an email that I sent you a month ago, but my instructions aren’t very clear as to what email, and you therefore accidentally send me all of the emails in your inbox with my name on it. Obviously there may be some emails with my name in the mail that are not intended for me, and this is where the vulnerability lies. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Grace College matric pupils, Matthew Luksich (L, first team cricket captain and KZN U17 inland team member) and Conrad Lilje (R), rewrote the school’s cricketing record books in a match against St Charles fifths earlier this term. Luksich scored an impressive 101 runs not out, off 108 balls and Lilje produced some splendid bowling, taking nine wickets for 32 runs. This is the first time in Grace College history that a century was scored and so many wickets taken by a single bowler in one match.

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development program will be officially launched on 26 April from 9am to 4pm at Eastwood Primary School. “For starters this day (April 26) is designed for females of all ages only. We are saying to our senior citizens and young girls still in primary and high schools, come play indoor footballwithyourfriendsorfamilymembers. In short it will be a women’s futsal day.”

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Hossen’s said that a male only event will follow later at a venue to still confirmed. The Eastwood event is expected to be attended by a couple of South African FA executive members. * Nearby schools interested in beingpartoftheeventaretourgently contact Hossen at 033 345 5707 (office) or 073 264 4288 or 086 677 7203 (fax).

Dave Crewe Brown (L) and Stephen Burrow will be riding the three day Sani2C Mountain Bike event to raise funds for Tembaletu Trust.

RIFLE results for the Natal Combat Rifle Association for the league shoot held recently. All scores are of a maximum of 500 points. X Class 1. Archie Smythe Natal Carbineers 414 2. Bruce Keller NMR 404 3. Arnold Fortmann Natal Carbineers390 A Class 1. Richard Caine NMR 391 2. Nick Noome NMR 364 3. Malcolm Wight DBN Reg 345 Ladies 1. Maureen Mortassagne UMR 338 2. Gill Sage Natal Carbineers 325 3. Urasha Ramkusen 84 Sigs 224 Veterans/Masters 1. Archie Smythe Natal Carbineers 414 2. Bruce Keller NMR 401 3. Richard Caine NMR 391 Development 1. M Potas SAPS 316 2. S Shangase 84 Sigs 273 3. AN Mazalem 84 Sigs 251

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TEPHEN Burrow and Dave Crewe Brown will be riding the three day Sani2C Mountain Bike event from Underberg to Scottburgh to raise funds for the Tembaletu Trust in Pietermaritzburg. Burrow, a sales manager for Africa at Cummings Filtration, is fairly new to mountain biking and said that he took on the challenge of the race to do something different. Brown, his partner and a supply chain development manager for South Africa Breweries, is an experienced rider and has completed three Sani2C races before. He is also a Cape Epic finisher. “He has been riding for a long time but this is his first big ride in a few years as he is actually a cancer survivor as

well,” said Burrow. Burrow said that they are doing the ride to raise money for the Tembaletu Trust, in order to help them continue with the work that they are currently involved in. “They would be able to use it for programmes they run, maintenance on facilities, anywhere that it would really help ease the burden,” said Burrow. He added that Tembaletu Trust have been partners with Cummins Filtration on corporate responsibility for the last two years, and have been excellent partners who supported initiatives. In turn, the company has been able to offer them some financial support as well. “Tembaletu makes a difference in the community. They help prepare leaders of tomorrow, today. If no one stops and does something, then noth-

ing will ever change,” said Burrow. Burrow and Brown are in need of sponsorships and donations towards their cause. “Essentially, we are not in need of a few people who will donate thousands, but we are in need of many people to donate a R100 or R50. Critical mass. That is what we are after,” said Burrow. “Tembaletu Trust would like to wish Stephen Burrow and Dave Crewe Brown all the best for the Sani2c race in May. We hope that members of the public support Stephen and Dave in their endeavours,” said Richard Rangiah, director of Tembaletu Trust. To make a contribution to the pair, visit the Back a Buddy website http:// www.backabuddy.co.za/do-it-againtembaletu or contact Vicky Robertson from Tembaletu Trust at 033 394 7807 or visit www.tembaletu.co.za to find out more about Tembaletu Trust.

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