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ITH the general election only six days away, it seems the embattled Pietermaritzburg Home Affairs office is slowly sliding back to its daysofpoorpublicservicedelivery and long queues. Last week, when the Maritzburg Fever, visited the Home Affairs offices along Church Street around midday, there were more than30peoplequeuingoutsidethe main entrance. The queues were split into two. One queue was for people who had come to apply for their identity documents and passports and the other queue was for those who had come to fetch those documents. Pensioner Vela Sithole (79) said that he applied for a new smart card in February. “Wehavetostandtheentireday without proper service. I don’t know how we are going to vote if it takes us more than three hours just to collect our smart cards. The officials don’t seem to care about the fact that we are pensioners and some of us have disabilities,” said an agitated Sithole. Two other pensioners, aged 71 and 64, who refused to give their names, said that they had been standing in the queue since 9am that day. They were both from Northdale. “We came here at about 9am and we have not received our IDs. Last week we were here at 4am and by 3pm, we were sent home. Wehadtocomeagainthefollowing day at 4.30am but the home affairs officialsdidnotassistus.Thisisthe third time we have come to fetch our IDs and still we are standing in queues. They only told us that the computers are not working but there has not been any feedback since this morning. I have a backache and I am tired of standing,” said the pensioner.

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>> Agitated pensioners made to stand for hours for their documents Aside from the queues and slow service, another major blow for people waiting was the unavailability of a public toilet. Zipho Mchunu said that if people go outside to look for a toilet, officials do not allow them to rejoin the queues on their return. The acting provincial manager for the KZN Department of Home Affairs, Nosipho Shandu said that there is a queue management system in the morning and clients are screened when entering the office.

“The number of people allowed to enter the public hall is monitored so as to not cause a stampede. This happened during a period when the department was inundated with many clients. When they are in the hall, they utilise seating facilities in the form of terminal benches and floor walkers. Security personnel assist clients who are leaving and entering the office to ensure that they do notlosetheirturn.Themodernisation project, which incorporated Smart ID cards and passports

under one system, meant that the aforementioned offices had to be integrated for efficiency purposes,” explained Shandu. She went on to say that the PMB office was selected as one of three in KZN to issue the new Smart ID cards. Even though the demand of Smart ID cards has increased, the green identity documents are still valid. “Rumours are going around that the old ID is going to be abolished and will not be valid, which is not the case,” said Shandu.

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MSUNDUZI Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA), in partnership with the Isisekelo Youth Development Organisation, recently launched a programme called the Imbalenhle Tourism Education-

Encouraging tourism entrepreneurship al Awareness programme at the Msunduzi FET College campus. This programme encourages entrepreneurship among tourism students across all tertiary institutions. Other stakeholders that MPTA are working with include Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) uMgungundlovu, Alliance Française and Midlands Corridor. MPTA’s tourism education and developmentcoordinatorSduNdlovu,said

that tourism students should have entrepreneurship skills as this will create more jobs in future. “Tourismstudentsneedtobeproactive in achieving their career objectives. We are promoting young entrepreneurship and urge students to finish their qualifications with a mentality of being self-employed. Seda uMgungundlovu has come on board to advise students on how they can open their own businesses. In our presentations,

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we introduce different tourism stakeholders to the students so that they know what to do should they need assistance while trying to open their own tourism ventures,” said Ndlovu.. Ndlovu said that students should be able to spot tourism business opportunities in their communities so that they can take advantage, thus boosting the local economy. “Township tourism is neglected in

Pietermaritzburg. If we want people to tour our townships we should have something unique to show them. Within MPTA, we have community tourism forums where we engage with the community on how they can establish gaps in township tourism. According to the National Development Plan, tourism is one of the six key growth economic sectors. There was a lot ofexcitementfromtheFETstudentswhen we launched this project and we would like to thank FET College for their support. This was the start of a long-term relationship,” said Ndlovu.

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Renovations have started at Publicity House. This historic building, which is located next to the new Tourism Hub, is being renovated to complement the new Hub building. At this stage it is not clear how much the renovations will cost. The Publicity House building is located at the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street and Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street. It houses the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) offices.

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T has been over two months since the paid parking system has been implemented at Liberty Midlands Mall and, for the most part, customers have become familiar with and accepted the changes implemented. “As expected, we have received some feedback, both positive and negative. Many customers have acknowledged the growing trend for shopping malls to charge for parking,” said Umi Khan, centre manager. Khan said that the largest challenge faced was not having enough pay stations available when the system went live. However this was recognised and more machines were ordered. Khan said that another problem is with some customers trying to pay at exits, therefore holding up the exit queue. “Wearedoingeverythingpossibletoaccommodate shoppers, however we strongly encourage shoppers to make use of the parking machines before proceeding to their cars.” Anotherchallengefoundwasthecongestion at the third exit gate due to the proximity to the N3. This gate is favoured by customers and, with the newly developed traffic routes, results in congestion at the gate. “We are conducting a number of activities in order to encourage shoppers to make use of the

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Ten Jika Joe fire victims whose IDs were burnt in the recent fires might not be able to vote next week. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Melissa Vurovecz is one of the finalists for the Mrs SA competition.

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EN Jika Joe informal settlement fire victims, whose belongings, including their ID books, burnt in the recent shack fires, might not be able to vote come next week Wednesday’s general election. The fire, which engulfed about 42 shacks, affected around 68 people. All of the ten affected people had already registered to vote, and they are appealing to local authorities

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LOCAL woman, Melissa Vurovecz, has made it into the Top 24 of the Mrs South Africa pageant. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Vurovecz said that the journey so far has been amazing and that she is more confident now that she can bring the title home. Vurovecz, born and raised in Pietermaritzburg and currently living in Hilton, is the only representative from the province. She is involved in Cansa Pietermaritzburg and has helped raise fund, and also does volunteer work. She will also be organizing events for Cansa in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds. “I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting me because I wouldn’t have made it this far without you. I would greatly appreciate further support so I can finish this race with a crown on my head,” she said. To vote for Vurovecz, sms ‘MELISSA VUROVECZ’ to 35959 at a cost of R3 per sms. Also visit the Mrs South Africa Facebook page and like her pictures. Visit her website for more information at melissavurovecz.wix.com Mrs SA 2014 will be announced on 8 August during the finale held at Emperors Palace.

and political parties to help them get special IDs. They also do not know where the money will come from for these special ID’s, as they cost around R240 each. One of the affected Jika Joe residents, Zinhle Mchunu, said that there were people who had come to get the names of those whose IDs were burnt, but to date there has not been any correspondence as to when and how they will be assisted. Mfanfikile Mzukwini, who had gone to get a special ID, said officials

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VER 170 youth from the uMgungundlovu and eThekwini municipalities have graduated from the Youth Environmental Services (YES) programme hosted by the National Department of Environmental Affairs and the Wildlands Conservation Trust. The main objectives of the YES programme is to expose youth to the green economy, build capacity through training, enable future employment through education, provide experiential learning in the workplace and create eco-entrepreneurs. In 2012, the department called on non-profit organizations and training institutions to get involved in the community as implementing agents in the YES programme. The Wildlands Conservation Trust responded to the call to enable youth participation in the Green Economy in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. A year later, Wildlands and DEA are proud to have hosted the graduation of 179 youth participants of the YES programme. Graduates receive a National Certificate in Nature Conservation Resource Guardianship from the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA). “There were challenges along the way but we managed to overcome them with good mentorship. Thanks to Wildlands and the Department of Environmental Affairs for the opportunity. I am looking forward to the future after this programme,” said Nikiwe Gcabashe, one of the graduates.


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OWESIFAZANE osedayise izithombo iminyaka engama-22 uthe kubalulekile ukuthi abantu abadayisayo badayise izinto ezidingwa ngamakhasimende abo. UNksz Busisiwe Thoko Ngema (46) odayisa izithombo maduzane nomthombo wolwazi iBessie Head Library eyakhelene nomgwaqo uChurch Street enkabeni yedolobha laseMgungundlovu, uthe wakhetha leli bhizinisi ngoba lihlukile kunamanye aseke wawabona. UNksz Ngema ulandise intatheli yephephandaba iMaritzburg Fever wathi: “Ngiqale ukudayisa izithombo ngin-

gakamtholi umntwana wami wokuqala. Ngaleso sikhathi umasipala ubungakasisikeli indawo yokudayisa futhi ubungakasiniki nemvume yokudayisa ngasemgwaqeni.Bonkeabantwanabamikanyenabazukulu bami bakhulele lapha ngaphansi kwalelitafula engidayisa kulo. Into eyangenza ukuthi ngiqale lelibhizinisi ingoba abantu babedayisa izinto ezifanayo. Angithandanga neze ukuba nebhizinisi elifananelabanye.Ngangithandaukuhlukakulokho engikwenzayo.” Izithombo eziyi-8 uzidayisa ngo-R6. UNksz Ngema waba nenhlanhla wahlangana nomuntu owamkhombisa ukuthi izithombo azidayisayo angazithenga kuphi nendawo. Uthe: “Kwabe sekuwukuqala kwami ukudayisa izithombo njalo. Namhlanje ngidayisa izaqathe (carrots), isipinashi, amaklabishi, u-beetroot, u-broccoli, ama-cauliflower, u-anyanisi, amashaladi, ulethisi, i-parsley nopelepele. Njengoba sekuqala ubusika kukhona izithombo engingazidayisi ngoba zitshalwa ehlobo. Awutshali noma yini noma ingasiphi isikhathi.Kumelewaziizithomboezivume-

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UNENGOMA eyayivame ukudlalwa nguMnuz Welcome ‘Bhodloza’ Nzimande emsakazweni wesiZulu uKhozi FM, enezinhlamvu ezithi: “Umbulalelani omunye umuntu ngoba ngelinye ilanga uzomdinga?” Lo mbuzo awudingi ukutolikwa ngoba usobalanjengezinqezeselesele.LesisilomosakoMphephethe sasidume ngamancoko anongwe ngobukhulu ubuhlakani oKhozini FM uma sisakaza. Sashiya emsakazweni sesingumphathi sangena emabhizinisini. Sasivame ukuyidlala le ngoma ngesikhathi kusabhidlange udlame kulesi sifundazwe iKwaZulu-Natal. Nanamhlanje ngisamkhumbula kahle uBhodloza uma esekhuza udlame ethi: “Hhayi bo bafana bakithi nabulalana kangaka kwenze njani? Yini le engaka eniyibangayo engeke ilungiswe ngomlomo? Wena nsizwa ophethe isikhali njengoba ngikhuluma nje, uyakhohlwa yini ukuthi lo muntu olindele ukumbulala udalwe nguNkulunkulu njengawe? Uzokwenze njani kusasa uma usubhekene nesimo lapho uzodinga khona usizo lwalomuntu ocuthele ukumjuqa?” kubuza lesi silomo sakoMphephethe. Yini eyenza ngikhulume kanje ngoBhodloza?Isizathuukuthiimpiloyakheibenomthelela omuhle, owakhayo emphakathini. Angivumelani kahle hle nalaba bantu abavame ukuthi uBhodloza wazakhela udumo ngomculo kamasikandi emsakazweni. UBhodloza ubenguthisha ngaphambi kokusebenza emsakazweni. Ababefunda naye KwaDlangezwa High School, bathi wayevele eyisilomo kwasesikoleni, kanti nangesikhathi esefundisa wayengaconsi phansi kubafundi nakozakwabo. Indaba kaBhodloza ibuye emqondweni ngilalele intshumayelo kaMfu Armstrong Makhanya wase-United Congregational Church ngePhasika. Uthe wonke umuntu kufanele azi ukuthi indlela aziphatha ngayo inomthelela kwabanye, kanti kunjalonje, nendlela abanye abantu abaziphatha ngayo, inomthelela empilweni yakhe. “Ngakhoke,” kuqhuba uMfu Makhanya, “kufanele sonke siqikelele ukuthi siziphatha kahle ukuze kusizakale nabanye. Kukhona abaphila ngendlela elimaza abanye, kube khona nalabo

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UNksz Busisiwe Thoko Ngema (46) udayisa izithombo nomgwaqo uChurch Street enkabeni yedolobha laseMgungundlovu.

Inamuphi umthelela impilo yakho emphakathini? abaphila ngendlela ebaphilisayo abanye. Veleke impilo injalo, inezimo ezimbi nezinhle. Futhi ngeke siziqede izimo ezimbi. Ziyohlale zikhona ziyizinselelo. Okubalulekile ukuthi sibe nobuchule nobuhlakani bokubhekana nazo sizinqobe.” Uthe neNkosi uJesu akazibalekelanga izinselelo, wabhekana nazo ngqo, wazinqoba esizwa nguNkulunkulu. Uthe akulona iphutha ukuthi empilweni kube khona izimo ezinhle nezimbi. “Umazonkeizintozihambakahleempilweni yakho,” kuqhuba yena, “ubokwazi ukuthi kukhona okungalungile. Kanjalo futhi uma konke kungahambi kahle, kusuke kukhona okungalungile. Abanezimoto bayazi ukuthi ibattery lidinga u ‘positive no-negative’ ukuze libe namandla, likwazi ukuhambisa imoto.” Uthe kuzokhumbuleka ukuthi kwasekuqaleni impilo yoniwa ngumuntu oyedwa ensimini yase-Eden, kodwa yabuye yalungiswa ngumuntu oyedwa, iNkosi uJesu. Yingakho ethi impilo yomuntu oyedwa inomthelela kwabanye abaningi.Ulinganisengabantuokubhalwengabo eBhayibhelini njengo-Abraham athe ukulalela kwakhe uNkulunkulu kwamenza wabusiswa kwaze kwabusiswa nezingane zakhe nesizukulwane. Uqhubeke walinganisa nangoSawulu owayewuhlupho ebulala amakholwa kodwa ngokugcina elalele iZwi likaJesu ngesikhathi eshaywa ngumbani, laphendulwa igama lakhe waba nguPawulu wase enza okuhle emphakathini okwaphendula izimpilo zabaningi. Ngaphandle kwalaba okukhulunywa ngabo

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with equal vigour. This also applies to the likes of Mike Hale who stole millions from local pensioners, some of whom are now living inabjectpoverty.Althoughhiswhereabouts in England have been published, there has not been the same determined effort to prosecute him and recover their money. Our citizens, who foot the bill, deserve at least equal treatment.

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EVERY year, pupils die and are injured on the roads because they don’t have any knowledge of what to do when the traffic is moving. They just stand on the road and expect the vehicles to stop for them. This has to be eliminated by spreading road safety information in schools. The Department of Transport must conduct information campaigns, as it did previously, by visiting schools and teaching pupils the rules of the road. This information will enable them to be safe on the roads. XOLILE HADEBE Pietermaritzburg

THE trouble with keeping secrets, is that they are just too good. Most of us have enjoyed the position of being the one entrusted with another’s confidential information. Protecting a secret is like protecting ones’ chastity. Those who spread secrets endanger their honour and reputation by leaving them unguarded. When it comes to personal matters, we should make every attempt to keep our secrets to ourselves. Doing so makes sure that we remain masters of ourselves. There are times when we feel that there is no choice but to share certain secrets with others. It is best to choose one person to confide in, as sharing a secret with more than one person increasesthechancesthatitwillbe revealed.Theonewithwhomwe choose to confide should be well chosen. They should possess wisdom and be trustworthy and honest. The damage that can result from sharing anothers secret can range from mild embarrassment to extreme devastation. Revealed secrets, done so carelessly or with malice, have destroyed lives, families and futures. When you are asked to keep a secret and pledge to do so, yetlaterrelentanddivulgeit,you commit a breach of confidence and of the pledge you made. This places you into the same category as a transgressor, much like hypocrites whose hypocrisy is made known by certain despicable acts. ASE AMEEN Mountain Rise

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Comrades Miles 4 Marrow Five runners from the Hilton Harriers are getting ready for the Sunflower Fund’s 56Miles4Marrow Campaign. Each runner is involved in obtaining sponsorship per mile run, to raise funds by getting each mile they run for the Comrades Marathon sponsored. The greatest ultra-marathon is approximately 56 miles between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Pictured are (from left) runners Paul Laing, Lauren Corcoran, Julia Thompson, Paul Hopeful and Jonathan Riby-Smith. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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Talking parenting with Tim Barry Thrilling racing ahead HORSERACING enthusiasts, fashionistas and socialites can brace themselves for exhilarating racing and pulse-raising entertainment at the Golden Horse Sprint Race Day set to take place on 24 May. This year, the theme is ‘Run Wil’d, and is said to be the biggest and most exciting in the event’s 13 year history. The Golden Horse Sprint Race Day is the country’s oldest, largest and richest sprint race, with stake money of over R2 million and some of the country’s fastest sprinters competing. “Prizes will be bigger than they have ever been, with R1, 3 million to be awarded in the two main sprints. “Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked for more exciting announcements about the 2014 Golden Horse Sprint Race Day as we countdown to a spectacular event,” said Maureen Kivits, operations director and general manger at the complex. In conjunction with Gold Circle Racing, Golden Horse stages the annual Sprint Day which attracts over 15 000 people to the city of Pietermaritzburg. In addition to being the largest sprint race event in South Africa, it is the only one to feature four Grade One sprint races. - Supplied

TIM Barry will be presenting “Back to the Woods – a guide to idle parenting” hosted by Singakwenza at Cordwalles Preparatory School on 8 May at 6pm. The talk covers research on “fertile neglect” and how children are hard-wired to grow. It covers the ideal conditions in which their natural urges towards exploration and growth are stimulated. It also looks into how some of the most widely accepted parenting practices hinder this process. Barry is a psychologist in private practice. He has a particular interest

in finding alternatives to the prevailing consumerism that typifies Western life. The talk will include how access to technology and pop culture impact children. The talk costs R50 per person and R80 per couple. All proceeds from this presentation go towards ensuring the sustainability of Singakwenza’s health and early education programmes. For more information, or to book tickets, contact Linda Hill at 082 3211 283 or email linda@singakwenza.co.za - Supplied

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RIAN Khoza is excited about his first released album titled PMB Poison Personal Moral Regeneration. Khoza said that the 18-track album is about his life. From love, betrayaltosuccess,thealbumtellsall. “This is the first album. All these songs are very old but the lyrics have been upgraded. This album is my timeline from 1999 to 2004. When I was 19-years-old, I was in university and I did not have money, so in order for me to eat I had to be creative. The album talks about my hustles and how I overcame obstacles in life. “My friends and I used to write songs all the time and we did not have a real studio to record the music. The lyrics were more hardcore, but then I grew up and I polished up some of the content. That was when I came up with PMB Poison Personal Moral Regeneration as a subtitle. In this album I am talking about the rough side of life and how you can get out of it,” said Khoza. In this album, Khoza said that he has worked with the best hip-hop artists and producers in PMB such as Mylooe, Zoox, Arifani Moyo and Mfanelo Mchunu. “In 2010 I was getting ready to release the album and after I paid the producertoworkonthemusic,hejust disappeared. The person who was handling my website also dropped everything. I guess I trusted people too much.” Khoza’s album is available at Sophie’s Choice supermarket in Imbali Unit 1 and at Easy Eating on 55 Alan Paton Drive. The album is R60.

Cowan House Zumbathon COWAN House Co-educational Preparatory School will be hosting a Zumbathon on Saturday, 17 May at the indoor sports centre in Hilton from 2pm to 4pm. The event aims to raise money for The Sunflower Fund, which pays for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. The more donors on the registry the more hope leukaemia patients have of finding their life-saving donor match. The dress code for the Zumbathon is yellow, black or white, or all three colours, in keeping with the Sunflower Fund colours matching bandanas will be on sale for R25. Entry fee is R50 with live music provided by Sdudla Productions. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. To enter or sponsor a lucky draw prize, contact Kenwyn at 083 632 3224 or kenwyn@sunflowerfund.org.za. For more information on The Sunflower Fund, visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za or phone toll free at 0800 12 10 82. - Supplied.

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LAST YEAR, HCP RAISED OVER R90 000 AT THE EVENT. THE FUNDRAISER THIS YEAR WILL ONCE AGAIN FOCUS ON ANTIPOACHING INITIATIVES IN THE ZULULAND GAME RESERVES. about conservation and the sustainable use of wildlife and their habitats. The group of seven enthusiasts raises funds to financially support specific conservation projects. Lastyear,HCPraisedoverR90000 at the event. The fundraiser this year will once again focus on anti-poach-

ing initiatives in the Zululand game reserves. There is a private guest list of over 100 supporters who are charged a R120 entrance fee. There are lucky draw prizes up for grabs during the event and raffle tickets for various items including generators, half

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ing initiatives. Our function is also a great social and fun filled afternoon,” said Coenraad Vermaak of HCP. Vermaak also said that cash donations would be greatly appreciated. For more information on the event or HCP, contact Vermaak at 083 419 1585 or email hcpzapi@gmail.com.

Cannes nod for local film >> ‘A Shot at the Big Time’ was chosen from more than a million entries and could win a Palme d’Or if it impresses the short films jury at the Cannes Court Metrage

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FILM produced and written by Pietermaritzburg and Durban filmmaker Janet van Eeden, A Shot at the Big Time, has been selected for the Cannes Court Metrage, the short film corner of the Cannes Film Festival 2014. It was chosen from more than a million entries and could win a Palme d’Or if it impresses the short films jury. “This honour is something my co-producer, Magda M. Olchawska, and I have dreamt of since we joined forces to make A Shot at the Big Time, the short,” said Van Eeden. “We met online when I ran the Indiegogo.com crowd-funding campaign in 2011. I’d given up on the dream recently and am working hard at presently raising funds to make the feature film by the end of the year, so when Magda let me knww that we’d been accepted, I was over the moon.” Van Eeden launched the crowdfunding campaign for Shot on Remembrance Day 2011, in memory of her brother, Jimmy, who was killed on the border in mysterious circumstances after being there for only three days in 1979. “I’d never been able to forget Jimmy’s tragic life, and after being challenged by film and theatre critic Robert Greig to write about my own life instead of writing plays about literary greats, I finally had the couragetoputpentopaperandtackle one of the saddest experiences of my life,” she said.

“Jimmy was my idol in the small town of Odendaalsrus. He was a rock star in the eyes of all the youngsters as he was the lead singer in a band, which dreamed of making the big time. When he received his call-up papers when he was only 17, his dream was put on hold. A terrible accident happened and Jimmy had a breakdown, and was classified as mentally unfit for military service. He tried to put his life back together again, but he was broken by the events. “Three years later the army forgot about the fact that they’d classified him as unfit and called him up to do border duty. He was part of the infantry but he did not want to kill anyone. There are conflicting stories of what happened to him on the border on that fateful

day, but all we know for sure is that three days after arriving on the border, my parents received a phone call telling them that Jimmy had been killed by a ricochet bullet.” When Van Eeden couldn’t get funding for the feature film without givingawaytherightscompletely,she decided to do a crowd-funding campaign and to produce the film herself. She didn’t raise enough money for the feature on Indiegogo.com, but did find gifted young director Stephen de Villiers, who lives in Australia but is originally from

KZN, and London producer Olchawska. Together they decided to shoot a short film instead. De Villiers flew out in July 2012 to film Shot, the short. A Shot at the Big Time was later selected for the Durban FilmMart in 2012 and the short film premiered at the Durban InternationalFilmFestivalinJulylast

year. It was also awarded an eThekwini Film Award in November 2013. Olchawska will represent Shot at Cannes. as there has not been enough time to raise sponsorship for Van Eeden’s visit, but hopes the whole team will represent Shot next year when they enter the feature into the festival.

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The Carter High School cheerleaders travelled to Collingwood Primary School in Durban to compete in the first of four league competitions scheduled to take place this year. The squad took first place in the All Girls’ Stunts category and in the All Girls’ Cheer and Routine category. Pictured are (back, from left) Nokwanda Mlangeni, Chole Dickens, Owami Mbense, Luhle Shange, Nonkanyiso Danisa, Siphuxolo Ntuli, Lusanda Mthlane, Asanda Zuma, Siphokazi Cekwana, Lulu Yaka, Nolutando Gabuza, Samukelisiwe Ngcobo and (front, from left) Phumele Mkhize, Thembeka Msomi, Sanelisiwe Zondi and Asanda Mkhize.

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A day of books at Clarendon

HE Wildlands Conservation Trust recently hosted an awards ceremony for its school recycling initiative at Russell High School, to recognize and reward the 89 local schools for their recycling efforts of 2013. The Recycling for Life project rewards each school for its recycling efforts in the form of a financial rebate, based on the value of the waste collected. Deccan Road Primary School collected the most waste and was awarded a cheque of R23 337 for collecting 50 917kg’s of recycling in 2013. St John’s DSG collected 41 548kg’s with Epworth in third collecting 35 815kg’s. Siva Gounden, Deccan Road Primary principal, said that the funds received from the recycling collection will be used towards building a facility at the school that incorporates a library, classrooms and a staff room. Gounden said that the school

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Pictured at the ceremony are (from left) Natasha Maharaj (teacher at Deccan Road Primary School), Siva Gounden (principal at Deccan Road Primary School) and Lauren Laing (Wildlands Conservation Trust) allocates different days of the week to each grade, and runs inter-class competitionswhichmotivateswaste collection. “This allows the community and

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Clarendon Primary celebrated World Book Day for their sixteenth year, by allowing their staff and pupils to come dressed as their favourite book character. Pictured with Julie Dawson, Clarendon’s librarian, are a few of the children who dressed up (front, from left) Megan Williams (The tin man), Courtney de Villiers (Thing 1), Julie Dawson (Old Mother Hubbard), Jordan Shuttleworth (Harry Potter), Mohammed Hoosen (Peter Pan) (back, from left) Thulisile Kunene (Thing 2), Rivek Himwanth (Bilbo Baggins), Jadine Sam (Thea Stilton), Sphokazi Zuma (nanny McPhee), Simon de Jager (Huckleberry Fin), Emma Williams (The tin man), Tarlin Padayachee (The Riddler) and Damian Rautenbach (Chief Po Hatten from Pocahontas)

Athlone junior primary pupils and staff produced a wonderful musical, "Hats Off!". This celebration of music and dance was written and directed by Ronel Wood. Ballerina's from Brenda McLachlan's School of Dance performed a tango choreographed by Di West. Gerrit Coetzee (principal of Athlone Primary) is extremely proud of all the children - their hats and costumes added to the success of the musical, and their enthusiasm and hard work certainly paid off. The teachers added glamour and laughs to the show by appearing on stage as celebrities such as Goldilocks and Cruella de Vil. Lots of fun was had by all (from left) ‘The Mad Hatter’ Simosenkosi Mbhele, Ronel Wood and ‘Cat in the Hat’ Kelton King. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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OLLOWING two hugely successfulyears,theawardwinning Top Gear Festival is bolstering its team to ensure it delivers one hell of an event for the third part of its trilogy in Durban. In a bid to create the best street circuit yet, popular and respected motoring media personality, Marius Roberts has joined the Top Gear Festival Durban team bringing with him the promise of more motortainment than ever before. The bar is set high for the local self-proclaimed petrol head, as previous Top Gear Festivals have seen the likes of Formula 1 stars and cars including two-time World Drivers’ Champion Mika Häkkinen, four-time World Constructors’ Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing and their hugely successful RB7 car all taking part in the motoring extravaganza. Roberts said of his appointment; “I am a huge fan of Top Gear, a huge fan of cars and a huge fan of Durban, so when I got the call regarding the position of content manager for the Top Gear Festival 2014 in Durbs, I didn’t have to give it much thought. I plan to combine these passions to put together the best festival content to date”. The new layout has additional benefits, including bringing the street circuit action even closer to the spectators. Withthecircuitloopingbackon itself along Battery Road, the new grandstand positions create a stadium feel around the Street Circuit, allowing Top Gear fans to get even more bang for their buck. From the moment the sun rises on 21 and 22 June, to the time the sun sets, there will be non-stop action right in front of them. On track there is plenty for

spectators to get excited about, with more competitive racing action. The newest and most exciting action takes the form of an all new Time Attack Invitational, where 30 of South Africa’s bravest drivers take each other on in 30 of South Africa’s fastest cars. In addition, The Stig will be unleashed in a variety of cars as he completes power laps synonymous with the Top Gear television shows. Also new this year, the street circuit introduces an incredible parade of Porsches and Ferraris thanks to local clubs here in KwaZulu-Natal, and lucky competition winners will be able to experience hot laps around the infamous Durban Street Circuit. Festival-goers can expect a day packed full of entertainment both on and off the track as this year’s Top Gear Festival Durban in ‘the warmest place to be’ offers a true celebration of all things motoring. Visitors are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out on the most exciting event on this year’s entertainment and motoring calendar. Visitors with grandstand tickets are required to attend their respective Street Circuit Shows at either 8am or 1.30pm on 21 and 22 June. Grandstand seats are included in the SuperSport Elite and Superior Ticket Packages and are available for sale now for those with Standard and Basic tickets at R200 per person via the all new festival website. For more information on ticket prices or to book visit www.topgearfestivaldurban.co.za


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

PINBOARD 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 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. 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. ATHLETICS HERMAN’S Delight time trials are held every Tuesday by Collegians Harriers at Collegians Club, 381 Boshoff Street, at

5.30 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 either a 2,7km or 5,4km. NATAL Carbineers AC members gather every Wednesday at 5.30pm at the Carbineers’ Drill Hall, Geere Street. All welcome. There are training groups from novice to speedsters in running and walking. Inquiries: Anthony at 072 8586 121 or Julie at 083 262 9179. SELF DEFENCE

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Grade 10 and 11 Epworth sprint canoeists, Donna Hutton (L) and Kayla de Beer, will represent South Africa at the African Youth Games in Botswana at the end of May as members of the SA junior sprint canoeing team. The duo will be part of a four member sprint canoe team which will also consist of two South African boys. They will join 4000 junior athletes from 54 countries, participating in more than 14 sporting codes. Hutton has also been selected for the SA junior Olympic sprint canoe team which will compete in China in August for the junior Olympics.

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IVE Laddsworth boys and six girls were selected to represent the Lions River Ward. They will attend a circuit trials festival in May. (Back) Tyler Francis (L) and Brogan Tedder, (front) Waa Ndlovu (L) and James Muggleton. Absent: Siyanda Nxele. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

(Back, from left) Emily Anders, Leah Kriel, Lilla Gopp (front, from left) Rebecca van der Merwe, None Zondi and Gemma Hickinbotham.

Carter High judo champ Carter High School Grade eight pupil, Matthew Delis, has being training in martial arts since the age of nine. Delis, a member of the Carbineers Judo Club, has won a number of awards, including the SA Judo School’s championships last year, and was placed first in the 2014 KZN Judo competition in Pinetown. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

TECH TALK

WHY upgrade to Windows 8.1? For those of you who are currently running Windows 8, there is a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 which is downloadable through the Store application on your start screen. Since this update has been released, we have had a few clients ask us whether it is worth doing the upgrade or not? Well the answer is a simple one: Yes! The 8.1 upgrade is one of the smoothest upgrades Microsoft has ever released. In this upgrade, Microsoft have addressed a massive amount of user requests and have thusly created a much friendlier Windows package. For starters, your start button on the bottom left hand side of your task bar is back, and shutting down is as easy as right-clicking the startbutton,oropeningupyourstartscreenandclickingthepowersymbol on the top right corner! For the desktop users, you can now boot directly to Desktop instead of having the start screen open up, as well as pin applications from the Modern UI (previously known as Metro) to your taskbar. Along with all of these obvious updates, there are huge improvements in the compatibility area as well as in security sector. Windows 8 has been very secure from the get go, but now it boasts massive improvements with enhanced encryption. One other thing worth mentioning is the improvements on power usage, allowing your laptops and tablets to last much longer.

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wide since the inception of the league, mountain bike tracks are being built around the country in association with regional municipalities, schools and land owners, to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the sport on a regional basis. “We would love to see mountain biking acknowledged as an official school sport. “Being nominated as a finalist for the 2014 Discovery Sport Industry Awards earlier this year is confirmation that there is merit in this endeavour,” said Andrew Cronje, Spur market development manager. For entry details and a complete event calendar from 4 to 5 October, visit http://www.spur.co.za/aboutus/event/spur-mtb-league. - Supplied

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ANNO Langehoven will begin his Barefoot Comrades run from Johannesburg to Durban to raise funds so that he can plant vegetables at underprivileged schools, orphanages and community centres in South Africa. Langehoven will leave from the city hall in Johannesburg on 1 May and make his way down to Pietermaritzburg completely barefoot. He will end the first leg of his journey at the City Hall, which will also be the beginning of the second leg down to Durban when he runs the Comrades Marathon, barefoot as well. Fever, Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Langehoven said that he had run the Comrades Marathon in 2000 and decided to tackle it again. “This prompted me to ask how I can combine such a pursuit with living barefoot, whilst at the same time creating awareness of social and eco-justice issues.” Langehoven said he has been living barefoot since 1 January, 2010, to make people aware of social and eco- justice issues and to create

awareness that people need to slow down and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He said that for the most part, his feet will remain bare however he might need to strap them with plaster when it gets unbearable. “As young kids, we use to run with our front foot strapped when we raced on a track; the same goes for the journey down to PMB.” His preparations included a lot of running barefoot to get him used to the feel of the road. “I think what helped was the first few years of living and walking barefoot, so when I started running barefoot my feet were already used to the absence of shoes,” said Langehoven. Langehoven will be running alone with the support of his wife, Maretha and two daughters. “We are really excited about the project and can’t wait to get on the road,” he said. People can sponsor gardens at R300 per person or R20 per meter; every 15 meters plants a garden for one person. Anyone interested in sponsorships of any kind can contact Maretha Langehoven at 082 779 6579. For more information, find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for live updates @bfcomrades2014.

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