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HERE is a new chief in town. The outspoken Thobeka Mafumbatha is the new marketing and communications manager for Msunduzi Municipality. “I want to make the city of Pietermaritzburg a brand. People have said a lot of things about coming here. I am a Christian and I believe that God will not take me where He will not be able to sustain me. I am here to give it my best,” said Mafumbatha. She said the first few days have been very hectic. “On my first day I had to hit the groundrunning.Therewasnotimeto catch my breath. There is support from the people I work with which is amazing, and everybody is doing

their best to assist,” she said. Mafumbatha was born on 5 December 1982 in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape. “That is where I did my primary school education. I then moved to Durban where I did my high school at Ridge Park College. I then studied at the Durban University of Technology (Dut) where I obtained my diploma in public relations management. “I then furthered my studies by enrolling at Damelin where I did fundamentals of project management,” she explained. Mafumbatha has worked for O.R. Tambo District Municipality as the senior communications officer for five years, and the KZN South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) as the assistant manager for communications and marketing since 2007.

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Thobeka Mafumbatha is the new marketing and communications manager for Msunduzi Municipality. “I am really humbled by the opportunity given to me by the municipality. My major focus will be on marketing and promoting the city of Pietermaritzburg as the city of choice.Iwouldliketocreateapositive image for the city, position the city as one of the top cities in the world and start attracting investors and tourists in making this city an economic hub,”

she said. Mafumbatha’s current projects include the Golden Horse Sprint, the 175th Pietermaritzburg celebration and Ukhozi FM’s 54th birthday. “I believe that the marketing and communications unit is the heart of every organization. We have such iconic landmarks and such wonderful events that are taking place. I want

the municipality’s marketing and communications department to be positioned at the operations of the municipality. “That will take some time because first we need to have a marketing and communications department that is fully fledged. The experience has beenoverwhelmingbutexciting,”she said.

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>>nicole@pmbfever.co.za THE annual bread distribution took place at Jonathan’s City Spar recently, with 17 welfare organizations receiving their portion of the 2 200 loaves which were donated by Kay Makan. Makan has been making this contribution, with the help of the Community Chest, for the last 23 years. He appeals to his customers to donate towards the cause and each year, the bread is given to him at cost price by Jonathan’s City Spar. “Mr Makan always strives to lend a helping hand to the disadvantaged children and adults in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas and holds the work of the Community Chest close to his heart,” said Angie Narayanan. She explained that the Community Chest manages and coordinates this community upliftment venture, ensuring that only the most needy welfare organization receive the bread. “This is the 23rd year that we have been donatingbreadtowelfareorganizationsviathe Community Chest. “We want to thank all role players in this initiative who make this bread distribution possible,” said Makan.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Coetzee added that the PMB Airport has become a viable alternative to the King Shaka International Airport.He said that the numbers will double in less than five years from now. “The money that we have spent on the airport is worth every cent. From the local municipality to private operators and provincial government, they have all spent money on that airport. The numbers contradict what a lot of people have previously said about airport upgrades being a waste of money. “There is life in that airport. The numbers may have increased but we have not seen half of it. There are big plans that are geared for that airport. Unfortunately we can’t at this stage say too much,” said Coetzee. Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) director Dumisani Mhlongo said that the municipality plans to assist in the positioning of the PMB Airport as a convenience for Pinetown and Kloof residents. He said that the growth in the airport passenger figures indicate a positive outcome for the city’s economy. Mhlongo said that he is excited that at one of the meetings that he attended at the recent Tourism iNdaba, which was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, one of the airlines vowed to contribute to the improvement of the PMB Airport passenger traffic. Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) CEO Melanie Veness, said that as Pietermaritzburg is the capital city of the province, it is an important city from a government perspective and as a centre of business. “It is good news for the whole region. It also highlights the strategic importance of the Pietermaritzburg Airport, which plays a critical role in facilitating economic development in the district,” said Veness. It has been reported that the PMB Msunduzi Airport, previously known as Oribi Airport, was first licensed by the Civil Air Board in March 1931 and it was officially reopened in July 1967 after extensive renovations. “What we have seen is the doubling of rental cars at the airport and there has been an increase in overnight stay accommodation. The services industry around the airport are starting to benefit, and these are mostly established businesses. “One needs to look and see what opportunities are available,” said Coetzee. Coetzee said that the airport needs to get 200 000 passengers a year for them to see a lot of economic growth in the city. “Oncewegetto200000,wewillseesparksflying.What that will mean is that we will have to prioritize conference facilities,” he said. As the airport is growing, Coetzee said there will be no reason to relocate it elsewhere. “For the next 20 to 30 years there is absolutely no reason why we need to relocate the airport.”

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OODLANDS Primary School received 30 new toilets to help address the derelict state of the toilets in the school. The school also received two Jojo tanks, with an additional two on the way. The toilets have been revamped, are all currently functional and are undergoing minor tests to ensure that there are no leaks. The school principal, Alfonso Jasson, said that they are very grateful all those who contributed to both the repair of the toilets and the new toilet donations. “Wearethrilledthatourcryhasbeenheard and that people have responded in this way.”

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ELUDLULILE ukhetho. I-ANC ikuphindile eyakuqala ngo1994, ukudla umhlanganiso. Kuyiqiniso elingenakuphikiswa ukuthi baningi kakhulu okubajabulisile ukuwina kwayo. Kodwa nanxa kunjalo, izibalo zabavotileziyakhombisaukuthiisasasa lokuvota lehlile kunalokho ebeliyikho eminyakeni edlulile. Izizathu zokwehla kwesasasa nomdlandla wokuvota zisobala. Abantu bakhala ngokuthi intuthuko abaqala uku-

thenjiswa yona mhlazane kuphela umbuso wobandlululo kungena owentando yeningi, nanamhlanje basayizwa ngendaba. Nalapho isifikile khona intuthuko, ishayangolonwabu.Yilezizizathuezidala ukuthi ezindaweni eziningi kubonakale abantu bavuke umbhejazane bacekele phansi impahla namabhilidi kahulumeni namabhizinisi alabo abaqhamuka emazweni angaphandle kwaseNingizimu Afrika. Abaningi abavotile abalimise ngembaba elokuthi nanxa bengagculisekile yindlela uhulumeni aqhuba ngayo, bavote ngoba bangafuni ukubona izintambo zombuso ziphindela kubacindezeli. Lokho kukodwa nje, kufaka enkulu ingcindezi kuhulumeni we-ANC ngoba kuzodingeka angakubukeli phansi ukwethenjwa kwawo wuquqaba. Kwezinye izindawo intuthuko iya-

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During Tim Barry’s presentation to parents during the Singakwenza Talking Parenting series, parents were challenged to facilitate the ideal conditions in which children naturally explore, grow and are stimulated. The next talk in the series will be in August. Follow Singakwenza on Facebook to find out more details or visit www.singakwenza.co.za. Pictured at the talk are (from left) Julie Hay (Singakwenza director), Tim Barry, Sonya Voigts, Chrissie van Niekerk, Linda Hill (Singakwenza fundraiser) and Andre Voigts.

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IDAHO was commemorated by the Gay and Lesbian Network with a march through the city on 17 May.

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>>nicole@pmbfever.co.za A MARCH celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) took place for the first time in Pietermaritzburg recently. IDAHO is internationally celebrated throughout the world by all homosexuals who have braved the ridicule of society as a homosexual person. On this day, those who have been victimised because of their sexuality and those who continue to combat homophobia and hate crimes are remembered. The first IDAHO took place ten years ago and has since established itself as the single most important date for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed (LGBTI) communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale. The celebration is not centralised to one event, but rather is focused on being a moment and incorporating itself into every community to raise awareness.

The date, 17 May was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) commemorated IDAHO, remembering the many LGBTI people across the world who face ongoing discrimination, hate crimes and even murder as a result of their sexual orientation. “We cannot forget the black lesbians in South Africa who are brutally assaulted, raped and even murdered because of their sexual preferences. It is hoped that this march highlighted the plight of LGBTIs in our society to the Pietermaritzburg community and created awareness of what LGBTI people go through every day,” said Anthony Waldhausen, GLN director. He added that the march also created a space for LGBTI’s and the rest of the community to stand up against all forms of homophobia and hatecrimesbutmostofalltobeunited in the cause of the LGBTI people.

HERE are many changes happening at Netcare St Anne’s Pietermaritzburg. The most recent is the appointment of Ashika Norman and Felicity Basson as nursing manager and deputy nursing manager respectively. Norman has been at the hospital since 1998, when she was a brand new registered nurse. She moved through the ranks as the years went by and last year, was appointed as deputy nursing manager and was quickly promoted to nursing manager in January this year. “All I can say is that when you stay in this company, you grow and becomemoreempowered.Iamhappy to be a part of the change that is taking place here,” said Norman. She said that they have a good team of highly specialized nurses and that she plans to capitalize on that by offering a mentorship programme to empower younger nurses. Norman is joined by Basson who has over 25 years of experience in the nursing field. Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Basson worked as a staff nurse at the hospital in 1993. She recently returned from East London where she was managing two hospitals and was appointed deputy nursing manager at Netcare St Anne’s at the beginning of April. “Thisisstillmyhomeanditisvery nice to be able to come back here. It is the biggest honour to come back to the hospital in a different capacity. I come with more experience and

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Pictured outside the new block at Netcare St Annes is new nursing man­ ager Ashika Norman (L) with hospital manager Louis Joubert and newly appointed deputy nursing manager Felicity Basson (R). different ideas and it is exciting to be able to implement some of them. I know there will be challenges but I am eager to begin,” said Basson. Hospital manager, Louis Joubert, said that they are slightly ahead of schedule in terms of the building expansion project, which includes an increase in the number of beds at the hospital. He said that they will be offering an enhanced service of disease

profiling which will cater for patient’s individual needs. Parking, which remains an issue at the hospital, will also be addressed during the project developments. “We are the most specialized hospital in the midlands area and we want to thank the people of Pietermaritzburg for the patience and support during the developments at the hospital,” said Joubert.


Simon Weaver, headmaster of Cordwalles Preparatory School, hosted a successful and well attended workshop on ‘Creating Hurt­Free Schools’. The workshop was designed for teachers from many schools throughout KwaZulu­Natal to share ideas and develop strategies that assist children to become responsible and respectful citizens who do not purposefully hurt and bully others. Their aim through all of this is to develop a schooling en­ vironment where children are happy, safe and secure, which in turn results in the opportunity for optimum learning to take place. Seen at the workshop are (from left) Richard Stanley (Highbury Prep), Brendan Brady (Clifton Nottingham Road School), Rob Odell (Cowan House), Simon Weaver (Cordwalles Prep) and Allan Laing (Michaelhouse).

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The birthday cake cel­ ebrating ‘100 Years on Harwin’, the current St John’s Diocesan School campus.

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St Charles College celebrated mothers day in their pre­primary recently. Carryl­Anne Schwegmann is pictured with her son Rourke Schwegmann (Grade 00).

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The Tatham Art Gallery will be hosting a retrospective exhibition to pay tribute to well­known ceramicist, Juliet Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. Close to 70 pieces of her work covering the evolution of her career will be on display. The exhibition has opened and will run until 17 August, 2014. During the three­month period, several artists and ceramicists with whom she worked closely will be conduct­ ing walkabouts at the Tatham Art Gallery. For more information, contact Kobie Venter at the gallery on 033 392 2819 or 033 392 2812.

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Flying the PMB flag >> Siyanda Khoza is currently a member of Johannesburg­based rap trio Pyramid Skeem! NQOBILE MTOLO

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OCAL hip-hop artist Siyanda Khoza, famously known in the music business as ‘StyleZ’, recently shot his first music video in Pietermaritzburg. The video shoot was for his debut music single, Money Right. The music video was shot over two days in April. The first day of the video shoot was at the Scottsville Mall fashion store Fierce, and the second day of the shoot was spent in the vicinity of Theatre Lane, right at the heart of the city. Khoza is from Imbali and in 2000, he matriculated at Carter High. “I shot the music video in

Pietermaritzburg because I am from the city. By doing this, I am raising the PMB flag. Money Right will be available in summer as a musicsingle.Arapperandproducer named Phatmouse Da Grindsmith and Stha ‘Star’ Mkhize assisted in directing the music video,” said Khoza. Khoza currently resides in Gauteng where he is not only pushing his music business, but he also sells advertising space for a local website. He also coaches academy soccer for Maritzburg Sport Academy of Excellence (MSAE). In 1996, Khoza was part of a local hip-hop group called Rhyme n Reazon. Over the years, he has achieved greatsuccessbycollaboratingwith

other South African artists such as Maggz, Omen, Rashid, Kruna and M.X.O. In 1999, Khoza took second place on the now defunct YFM radioshowcalledRapActivityJam ,which was then hosted by Rude Boy Paul and DJ Oskido. In 2002 he performed at Durban’s Red Eye 5 festival, and the following year he was part of a radio jingle for Cape Town’s free hip-hop publication called CORE, where he sang alongside South African hip-hop starts such as Hip Hop Pantsula, Amu and Lebo Mashile2003. In 2004, Khoza took first prize at YFM’s annual ESPN and DSTV’s MultiChoice hip-hop and basketball event. In 2006 he won 5FM’s

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Demothon contest for upcoming unsigned artists for the best song by public vote. Khoza is currently a member of a Johannesburg-based rap trio Pyramid Skeem! And their first single, The Come Back ,achieved 1000 downloads during the first week on mp3twit.com “I look up to excellent stage performers such as JayZ, The Roots, Tumi, Reason, Amu and Skwatta Kamp. South Africa is getting there in being the home for hip hop music because these days, hip hop artists can now pay rent and sustain themselves with the music they make,” he said. On 31 May, Khoza will be performing at the Winston PHOTO:SUPPLIED Churchill Theatre for the PMB Pietermaritzburg hip­hop artist Stylez has just Rap Festival event. shot a music video in the city.


Hidden Doors CD launch in PMB RECORDING artist, Rowan Stuart, will be launching his Hidden Doors album in Pietermaritzburg at Music Revival on 23 May. Audiences have seen Stuart

progress from respected session guitarist to singer-songwriter. His alternative acoustic music has been showcased on three previous albums with Hidden Doors his most authentic album yet. Hidden Doors has 10 original acoustic tracks, recorded and mixed by Stuart at his home studio, and mastered by awardwinning engineer Matthew Fink. The lyrical themes of the album range from the human

condition, romance, conspiracy theories and paranormal. The album is best classified as ‘alternative folk pop’. Jaspar Lepak, Stuart’s longtime friend and co-collaborator from America, will make a guest appearance. Doors open at 6.30pm. Entrance fee is R100 per person. CDs will be on sale at the venue. To book tickets phone 033 342 3051 or email booking@musicrevival.co.za

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Annual Art in the Park begins today

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Prime Circle will be performing at the 2014 Royal Show which starts on 23 May.

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HE gates to the 2014 Royal Show will open this Friday, 23 May at 9am. Over 1 500 livestock will be on site and the Show will host the Border Leicester, Hampshire Down and Suffolk National Championships. There will be a range of exhibitions, including a milking parlour, display of indigenous goats, sheep shearing, a wool and fibre exhibition and more. There will also be a bird and rabbit show. The nine halls of the show will see a mix of commercial and industrial exhibitions, and a wide range of services including the Mercury Hall of Fine Living. In partnership with the South African Police Services, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,

the Departments of Justice and Correctional Services, as well as Safe City, the hall of safety and security is expected to host interesting information. The entire show is a package deal of entertainment, industry, livestock and more and is often regarded as ‘second to none’ on the annual provincial calendar. There will also be a host of musical performances by the KZN Symphony Orchestra, Watershed, Gangs of Ballet, Prime Circle, Steve Hofmeyr, Carla Botha, Tuis die Bosveldklong and Jak de Priester, as well as the popular Radio Hindvani Eastern Extravaganza and the Ukhozi FM concerts on the final weekend. Gate entry charges are R50 for adults and R35 for children under 12 and pensioners.

Mi Casa at Golden Horse SOUTH African house band, Mi Casa, willbemakingtheirthirdappearance at the Golden Horse Casino, headlining the Sprint Day after party on Saturday, 24 May at 9pm. The band is the proverbial cherry on the cake of what promises to be the biggest Golden Horse Sprint Race event. Entrance to the after party, taking place at the casino’s Grandstand, is R120 per person. Tickets are available at the casino’s customer service desk. Pre-booking is advised. The members of Prime Circle and Good Luck are also expected to make an appearance. Fans are urged to bring along memorabilia for auto-

graphing. Entrance to the Golden Horse Sprint Race Day is free. The Marquee Village is the hospitality and entertainment hub of the race day. Golden Horse Casino and Gold Circle Racing will offer exclusive links with fashion icons,musicalartistsandothercelebrities at the specially-erected Marquee Village. For more information visit www.goldenhorsecasino.co.za PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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Pictured at Alexandra park getting ready for Nashua Art in the Park are (from left) Nivi Ramothan (Nashua), Thembeka Ngcobo (Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association), Phil Hodgson (Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association) and JP Du Toit (Nashua).

FEVER REPORTER THE 52nd edition of the Nashua Art in the Park begins today, 21 May and will run until 25 May, a little earlier than usual. This year there are 55 artists exhibitingtheirwork,someofwhom havebeendoingsoforoveradecade. Among the talent will be top selling artists from last year, Ingrid and Lean Fouche’ as well as a comeback from renowned sand-painter, Mat Louwrens. One of the new additions to the exhibition is the inclusion of developing artists identified by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts

and Culture. Another addition is the school competition where, in partnership with Lifeline Pietermaritzburg, 20 schools from underprivileged

communities competed for a chance to exhibit their work at the event. Children were judged based on their artistic interpretations of the theme ‘happiness’.

Gates are open from 10am to 8pm from Wednesday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. Entrance fee is R30 per person, children under 12 go in free and strictly no dogs are allowed. For more information, contact Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association at 033 3451 348.


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HE Inanda Water Ski Club welcomes skiers and their families to come along on Sunday, 25 May for the next mini league slalom water ski competition. The Club is situated in a secluded bay north of the dam wall at Inanda Dam. There are good facilities for competitors and spectators, overlooking the new world class slalom course, which is set up within a buoyed-off area, designated for the Inanda Water Ski Club. This is the perfect opportunity for all who are interested in the

sport to come and see the basis of competition waterskiing. The mini leagues are fun competitions, open to all, and designedspecificallytoencourage new-comers to the sport. So if you can get up on a single ski, and if you can try and cross the boatwaketogetaroundthebuoys, then you should enter the mini league. For more information about the Inanda Water Ski Club, the minileagueandskicoaching,contact Wayne Cammidge at 082 414 4398 or wayne@aquatechmarine.co.za. - Supplied

Natal Combat Rifle results NATAL Combat Rifle Association results for the league shoot held on 26 April 2014: X Class 1.Archie Smythe Natal Carbineers 421 2.Gill Sage Natal Carbineers 389 3.“Mort” Mortassagme UMR 372 A Class 1.Nick Noome NMR 359 2.Malcolm Wight DBN Reg 349 3.Mike Rowe NMR 316 Ladies 1.Gill Sage Natal Carbineers 389 2.Maureen Mortassagne UMR 312 3.Marieta Grove DCS 219 Veterans/Masters 1.Archie Smythe Natal Carbineers 421 2.Gill Sage Natal Carbineers 389 3.“Mort” Mortassagme UMR 372 Development 1.M Potas SAPS 297 2.Adriaan van Jaarsveld SAPS 259 3.Roland Winters 84 Sigs 224

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IS Windows 8 really that bad? Often at our store, we hear phrases that run along lines of: “Is it running Windows 8? I don’t want it, Windows 8 is terrible”. It has been a source of worry to us for quite some time as we all use and love it. We started asking people what their problem is with Windows 8, and have been given very few straight answers. Most people who avoid Windows 8 have been told to do so by a friend. The only reasonable issue we have been faced with regarding Windows 8 has been a lack of understanding. Windows 8 has a new interface and a new way of doing things. When using a new interface on any kind of system, you are often slowed up during the learning process, which in turn can be very frustrating when you are under pressure or in a rush working against the clock. What is important in this understanding is that newer systems are also optimised systems. Windows 8, coupled with the latest Intel hardware, will out-perform any other older device in actual hardware speed and user performance. Our advice regarding Windows 8 is to visit Computer World for a 10 minute crash course on Windows 8. Once you realise, understand and reap the benefits, there will be no going back!

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Pinboard 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 gathereveryWednesdayat5.30pmat 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 SELF defence classes, including Wing Chun Kung Fu, Eskrima Filipino Martial Arts and various other combat systems, offered for men, women and teenagers every Monday and Thursday at 6.30pm at Eddels Sports & Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Gus

Hornsby at 083 638 0801. 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 training 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

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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. PIRATES Junior FC trains at the

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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.

St John’s win hockey tournament

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The St John’s U16A hockey team played in the inaugural St Mary’s U16 tournament in the Easter holidays. They ended up winning the pool and played The Wykeham Collegiate in the semi­final, which St John’s won 3 – 1. The final was a very tight match against St Mary’s U16A ­ at full time the score was a 1–1 draw. After the eight second sudden death penalty shootout, St John’s won the tournament. Pictured are the team (back, from left) Amy Karlsen, Sasha­Lee Tamsen, Kirsten Hay, Kelly­Ann Fjellvik, Kelly Pearson, Skyler Lupton­Smith, Bethany Long, Carla Widlake, Dale du Preez (front, from left) Aspen Henriksen, Lisa le Roux, Katelyn Fyvie and Tayla Wynne.

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Cordwalles first team's Siyabulela Khoza and Gavin Veenstra (both at the back, running) and (from left, in the pack) Kyle Holton (light green scrum cap), Gary Pitt (black scrum cap), Sen­ zelwe Sibisi, Hayden Hankinson (scrum cap, standing up) and Christopher D’Oliveira take on Pelham’s (from left) Nkosi Ngema, Philas Maphanga and James Barnard last week Saturday.

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HERE has been much huff and puff recently by the powers that be expressingdispleasureatwhatisconsideredthe slow pace of transformation in players of colour into our senior provincial and national sports teams. Yes, it is true, but the reason why is largely because the incorrect model is being used at senior level to effect that change and for this, the powers that be should look at themselves. Yet at junior, grassroots level, the answer has been easily found. At high school there are an ever-increasing number of outstanding players of colour (POCs) in those establishments’ first teams. Go and watch primary school sport and the number of POC is even greater - the result is a natural transition brought about by a simple, consistent policy. Merit is all that matters - and as far as is practical, every child is given the opportunity to prove themselves. The consequence is that no child, POC or white-skinned, can legitimately claim they have been discriminated against. Yes of course there will always be the disgruntled few, white or POC, who feel they should be in a higher team. That is healthy - it

indicates the degree of competition that drives standards of play up. My own son feels he is B team material, not C. That’s what will make him try even harder to become better. I have seen it numerous times over recent years but it never ceases to thrill me. At Pelham last Saturday, the rugger against Cordwalles was hectic and I saw black ladies screaming their delight when Sipho took the ball at pace to cross the gain line. The vociferous Zulu support for the Pelham lads was highly amusing, even though I didn’t understand a word. There was a Zulu-speaking lady congratulating her Cordies boy in English on the great game he had. There was plenty of white support, too, and the crowd vibe was convivial and generous. There were some very promising white boys showing their skills but, my word, it never ceases to thrill me when I see a POC effecting a technically perfect tackle or pick-and-drive. Sadly, many children of colour will never ever know if they might have had the talent to excel in, say, cricket, rugby or hockey because there is absolutely nothing to offer at these schools. Atthatistherealtragedy,ohpowersthatbe. You have got to start at grassroots - and there will be more on this subject next week.

Howick High School are proud to have three girls selected to play in midlands hockey teams in 2014 (from left) Wendy Nzimande was selected for the U16C mid­ lands team and Kimberleigh van Jaarsveld and Sindy Mwelase were both selected for the U18 midlands team. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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