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Aliya Hoosen represented Springhaven Primary at the GET excellence awards in English. She recited a poem titled ‘Ants’ and emerged first in this category at district level. Well done Aliya! Aliya is pictured in her ant costume.

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Prayers for Madiba


rayers for Madiba will be held at the Woodlands Community Hall starting at 7pm on Thursday (27 June). The former President of South Africa was admitted to cardiac hospital in Pretoria two weeks ago for a lung infection. On Sunday his condition became critical and serious.

Thousands have gathered at his rural home in the Eastern Cape and outside the hospital maintaining a constant day and night vigil. All are welcome to attend Prayers for Madiba in Woodlands. Contact 072 118 0034 for more information. Bring a candle.



Drug scum not drug lords says Bantham Kailene Pillay

Why are we praising these people who are killing our children?Brigadier Francis Bantham


rug Lords should be called ‘Drug Scum’, said Mountain Rise Station Commander Brigadier Francis Bantham in a fiery speech at the launch of Operation Sakuma Sakhe in Truro Hall on Wednesday. “Lord is the name we use to praise. Why are we praising these people who are killing our children? They are scum! They are far from lords,” bellowed Bantham. She was speaking against the social ills that have engulfed the northern areas. Bantham, passionate about the eradication of social ills, particularly drug abuse, urged locals to be aware of their own children as well as others who may be using drugs. “Education is key. You need to learn about drugs and know what they look like so that you can identify what drugs your kids may be using. We need to claim back

our children,” said Bantham. She had the packed Truro Hall clapping and cheering her on when she vowed that Mountain Rise Police Station has declared a zero tolerance against drugs in the area. “Help me help you, so that we may get rid of these drug scum’s,” she said.

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Reward to catch gold chalice thieves Kailene Pillay


substantial reward of R10 000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the successful arrest and conviction for those who have stolen the Raisethorpe Catholic Church’s pure gold ciborium (a goblet shaped vessel used for Holy Communion bread and wine). The church’s 67-year-old ciborium that has gems on the stem and base of the cup was stolen from the church in March this year. According to police, the pure gold antique

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Kailene Pillay

hen Father Alfred Igwebuike of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church in Raisethorpe walked into church for Tuesday morning mass, he certainly did not expect to ¿nd their most valuable possession to be stolen. The resident priest, Father Alfred expressed his deep sorrow and anger after the church had been broken into and robbed of the pure gold ciborium (a hand-crafted chalice, a goblet shaped vessel used during Holy Communion ). “They have desecrated our church and disturbed the resting place of a lost loved one,” Father Alfred told Public Eye on Tuesday morning after discovering that one of the memorial plaques were used to break the stained glass window of the church to gain entry. The ch rch’s 67 ear old cibori m as

Above: Father Alfred Igwebuike of Our Lady of Good Health Catholic Church points to the window that the intruders forced. Left: The damaged tabernacle in which the ciborium was kept. (Inset: A typical ciborium)

a part of the church since 1946. Church of¿cials gathered on Tuesday morning to inspect the aftermath of the robbery. According to them, the intruders seem to have jumped over the wall from the parking area of Kara Nicha’s which is adjacent to the church on the busy Chota Motala Road (Old Greytown Road). “There were shoe prints found in the gar-

is worth approximately R25 000. “We are pleading with the robbers or anyone who has seen this cup to please return it to the church, even if it is done anonymously,” said chairman of council Kelvin Peters. The ciborium has been a part of the church since 1946. Police are making an appeal to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects or the items to contact the Inves-

they were looking for valuables or maybe they just needed something to break the window. The plaque was found lying by the broken window,” said Peters. The thieves broke the doors of the small sacred storage place, the tabernacl which is used to house the ciborium as well as the Holy Communion wine and wafers. According to Father Alfred, some of the church’s sound equipment was also stolen. “They broke the cabinet and took the ampli ¿er speaker and three microphones ith

tigating Officer, Detective Warrant Officer Mduduzi Gwamande of the SAPS Mountain Rise detective services on 033 – 387 9600 or on his cell at 073 769 0003. Any person wishing to supply information but remain anonymous may contact Crime Stop on their toll free number 08600 10111. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and informants’ identities will not be disclosed.

Left: A ciborium like the one stolen from the Our Lady of Good Health Raisethorpe Catholic Church. A reward has been offered for the capture of the thieves

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Hindu faith leaders gather for World Vedic Conference fund raiser


he Arya Samaj SA hosted a dinner attended by the ‘who’s who’ in the religious and cultural world at the Kendra last week, to raise funds for a World Vedic Conference to be held later this year. In a rare gathering of so many leaders from different Hindu faith based organisations in one place, all pledged support for the conference. The event aims to address contemporary social issues and search for practical solutions based on the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas (meaning ‘knowledge’), reputed to be the oldest scriptures in the library of mankind, offer advice and guidance to all humanity. South Africa is to be the first country outside India to host the World Vedic Conference. Conference topics such as domestic violence, prostitution, drug abuse, neglect of the aged, same sex marriages, green issues etc. will be discussed along with topics like the God particle, Vedic mathematics; astronomy versus astrology and reincarnation. A key objective of the Conference is to mobilise support to address burning issues affecting the community across the religious divide. The ‘1 000 Men against Domestic Violence March’ is planned for the morning. A communal ‘Agni hotra’ (Fire ceremony) will take place in the afternoon where everybody will participate. The day closes with an acclaimed laser show from India


Above: The Arya Samaj SA hosted a dinner attended by leaders of different Hindu faith based organisations to raise funds for the World Vedic Conference to be held later this year.

on the tireless campaign of Swami Dayanand (founder of the Arya Samaj) against superstition, oppression of women and the promotion of an enlightened, scientific and rational view of the Vedic religion. Sanskrit scholar and Conference Director, Dr Bisraam Rambilass, says the challenge to host a conference of this nature and magnitude with limited resources is huge but there is enough goodwill and enthusiasm in the community to make it all possible. The conference is scheduled to take place from 28 November to 1 December 2013. For further details on the conference, visit

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Local Djs at Durban’s Aquafest beach party


quafest SA held an online competition on Facebook with the top-voted eight Dj’s being selected to battle it out at Vogue nightclub earlier this month. Three of the Djs were from Pietermaritzburg - Dj Ashy, Dj Rowan and Dj Wezzo. Dj Ashy was judged overall winner by a panel of judges and awarded the opening slot on the Main Stage at Aquafest, from 12-1pm. Dj Wezzo will be on from 2-3pm. Aquafest is SA`s biggest beach party and is held bi-annually on Durban`s New Beach. This edition, Aquafest White Winter Wonderland, takes place from 12 noon

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(until late) on Saturday (29 June). It will see South Africa’s top Djs performing on two massive dance areas. DJs like Fresh, Euphonik, Gareth Cliff, DJ Kent and Dino Bravo. Dj Wezzo plays at Pietermaritzburg’s Empire and Kaskaade. Other major events he has played at includes Vogue’s Battle of the Dj’s 2012, which he won, and Empyre Durban’s 5fm takeover weekend.

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Dining in the dark - a light hearted glimpse into the world of the blind


ining in the dark was an eye opener that guests at Saturday night’s Natal Blind and Deaf Society dinner are unlikely to forget

in a long while. Apart from spilling drinks over and losing cutlery, guests had the first hand experience of living in a world of darkness. Natal Blind and Deaf Society, Pietermaritzburg TESTIMONIAL OF FAITH Region chairman David Gengan said apart from “Solomon who predicts things that are really anything else “the expegoing to happenâ€? rienceâ€? provided people With many years of happiness we started falling apart.Our business went down we lost our houses, with sight a glimpse into FDUVP\KXVEDQGDQGZHVWDUWHGĂ€JKWLQJHDFKRWKHU a world very few actuand his family turned against me. Our two children ally understand. He used left the house, I picked up a rash all over my body, we started hearing noises in the house, our lives the occasion to welcome turned upside down, I didn’t know where tp go to. retired constitutional judge One day I was listening to a radio station I heard Zac Yacoob as the Sociesomeone testify about Solomon, who helps people, in darkness to light of happiness. ty’s new president. I contacted him to book an appointment , he told The keynote speaker me to come after two days, I was scared to go there was former Arthur Blaxbut when I arrived, I found a lot of white and indians waiting to get help. I went to the shrine, he charged all pupil Dr. Praveena me R100 to read my fortune. I was touched and Sukhraj-Ely who is a grateful when he picked every point of my life, he senior advocate at the also picked up my sickness that I have, all in a dish of water. He prayed for me and washed my feet with national department of oil and water then he blessed me and told me within justice. She Gave a hilari3 days time, everything in my life will fall into place ous yet poignant account and which truly happened. of her experiences. He is truly one of the God’s servant. Bring your worries to Solomon, he will iron them out. He “At university, as I DOVRKHOSZLWKUHODWLRQVKLSVSUHJQDQF\GLIĂ€FXOW\ would walk past people business, etc Scottsville (PMB) call 071 048 2795/ 033 818 9249

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would stop talking to each other and go silent. It was difficult but I also realized that people need time to adjust. There are many things we take for granted, like even smiling at one another. Remember for us as blind people we don’t know whether a person is smiling or not‌whatever you do don’t leave a blind person without saying goodbye instead of waving. If you don’t say goodbye I’ll think you’re still there and will end up talking to myself,� said SukhrajEly drawing much laughter from the audience. She encouraged society to embrace the blind and provide room for partially sighted and blind people to make a full contribution to society. Guests at the dinner were blindfolded and led into a darkened hall for the dinner which was a four-course meal prepared by SA Master Chef Runner- up, Manisha Naidoo. Using only the senses of touch, taste, smell and sound, guests had to not only navigate the

Above: Guests being guided into hall meal but use their senses to navigate socially with people they could not see at their table. City doctor Baboo Akoo who is fairly aware of issues affecting the blind having worked closely with the International Blind Madressah in Cedara described the dinner as a “remarkable experienceâ€?. “A simple thing such as eating can be so difficult if you cannot see‌I always say that there are none so blind as those who refuse to see,â€? said Akoo. City speaker Babu Baijoo said the Natal Blind and Deaf Society

“really thought outside the box “ by arranging the event. Hazel Rajah said the evening enabled her to respond better to blind people. “I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was a very good ‘eyeopener’ and I have learnt to appreciate the blind. Dinner in the dark enabled me to become much more attentive to people and my surroundings. I strongly believe that the community needs to get involved with the Natal Blind and Deaf Society and give back in some way or the other,� she said.

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Locals make pillows and blankets for crèche Kailene Pillay


he SAPS Bishopstowe Women’s Network and Men for Change, together with the ladies from The Saint Vincent de Paul Society based in Raisethorpe donated blankets and pillows to the chil-

dren of Kanyisani Crèche in Table Mountain. “We identified several crèches in the area and found that this one needs help and support. Our Station, together with the help of a group of ladies from The Saint Vincent de Paul Society based at

Raisethorpe Catholic Church have decided to donate these items to uplift the community. We want to show people around that we are not just fighting crime in the area but are also concerned about the well being of the community, something called Social Crime Prevention,” said Reverend Sean

Singh, also a member of the SAPS Bishopstowe. Coordinator of the sewing and preparation of the blankets and pillows, Thelma Rajah, said that she and a group of ailing pensioners meet weekly at the church to sew and knit various items to be sold.

“We usually sell what we make but when we heard of the plight of this crèche, then we immediately began sewing and stuffing pillows and we bought material to make the blankets for them. It is all done with love,” said Rajah.

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Station Commander of the SAPS Bishopstowe, Captain Phakathi, Reverend Sean Singh, Loshni Naidoo and Constable Mthalane of Women’s Network, and Thelma Rajah of Saint Vincent de Paul Society handing over the blankets and pillows to the caregivers of the Kanyisani Crèche.

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Grey’s Hospital unveils new cardiac equipment

The Philips Allura Xper FD 10/10 at Grey’s Hospital kind in a government hospital in the city. According to Dr Ben Bilence, chief executive officer at the hospital, the machine will assist doctors and staff of the catheter laboratory when treating and examining people with heart conditions. The first patient on the new unit was examined on Wednesday 5 June. The equipment was used to generate a coronary angiogram using X rays to trace the movement of a special injected dye as blood flows through the arteries in the heart. BUSINESS STUDIES According to Herbert Oberrainer, a FULL-TIME REGISTRATION modality sales speSemester 2 – 2013 cialist at Philips Healthcare, the Msunduzi Campus Northdale Campus Plessislaer Campus machine greatly Programmes offered: Programmes offered: Programmes offered: reduces X-Ray doses N5 – N6 Management Assistant N5 – N6 Financial Management N5 – N6 Public Relations to which patients and staff are exposed. N5 – N6 Human Resource management N5 – N6 Public Relations N5 – N6 Business Management “This machine N5 – N6 Marketing Management N5 – N6 Educare has new intervention tools like a StentRegistration will be as follows: th th Boost which is a N6 programmes: 9 & 10 July only simple, cost effecN5 programmes: 11th & 12th July only tive tool to enhance stent visualization in Registration times: Tuesday – Thursday 08:00 – 14:00 and Friday 08:00 – 12:00 the coronary arteries. Registration Requirements: It is also equipped 1) Register at campus where the programme is offered. with a 160KVA UPS, 2) Original and certi¿ed copies of : South African Identity Document tp ensure continuous Quali¿cations/Statement of results power to the system 3) Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent. for about 20 min4) Fees utes in the case of a Business Studies: N4 – N6 Full Fee – R 1880.00 Minimum deposit – R 1410.00 power failure.” Educare: N4 – N6 Full Fee – R 2284.00 Minimum deposit – R 1713.00 Nokthula Khanyile new state of the art cardiac machine to assist doctors performing complex heart procedures was handed over at Grey’s Hospital last week Friday. The Philips Allura Xper FD 10/10 which cost about R15 million was shipped to the country from The Netherlands and installed by local engineers in May. It is the first of its



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he Mercedes Benz A 45 AMG has to be the most anticipated hot hatch of the year, if not the most anticipated car of the year, and this of course means that it has some serious iving up to the hype created to achieve this in reality. To put this statement to test, we were invited to drive the A 45 AMG and the more niche CLA 45 AMG in and around the Bad Driburg area of Germany. We were let loose on the all new Bilster Berg Drive Resort track in the A 45s. Bilster Berg is no stroll in the park, the track is 4.2km long and has 19 corners, many of them blind and weaved between some serious changes in elevation. Mercedes-AMG is embarking on a new era, and for the first time in the company's 45 year old history, hey are offering an AMG car with a four-cylinder engine and at a price point that sees the A 45 AMG being offered at R555,000 when it gets here in September. And typical of the brand, it is not just some make do attempt, they have brought the world's most powerful and fuel efficient 2.0-litre turbo motor o the hot hatch table. The basis for these impressive figures is provided by the high-tech package put together by MercedesAMG. As a high performance engine belonging to he BlueDIRECT family, the AMG 2.0-litre fourcylinder turbo engine features spray guided direct petrol injection via piezo injectors positioned cenrally in the four combustion chambers with an njection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel utilisation and ncreases thermodynamic efficiency substantially, eading to low exhaust emissions and a claimed combined fuel consumption of only 6.9 litres / 100km. Best I saw was around 10 litres / 100km. Other basic technical highlights include a gravity-

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THE CLA 45 AMG follows the philosophy of the successful CLS 63 AMG - the trend-setting four-door high-performance coupe. It offers a unique combination of a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality. Mercedes-AMG appeals to the tech-savvy and flexible attitude to life adopted by both target groups by offering a wide range of equipment, colour and material options for the new models. The CLA 45 AMG will be shown at this year's Johannesburg's International Motor Show in October and released for sale from November. Pricing is expected to be above that of the A 45 AMG and will be announced closer to the time.

Pricing From: A 45 AMG R555,000; A 45 AMG "Edition 1" R624,000 die sandcast all-aluminium crankcase, weight-optimised crank assembly with forged steel crankshaft and forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings, NANOSLIDE cylinder wall technology, airto-water intercooler, alternator management and ECO start/stop function. The numbers on paper are enough to make all the other hot hatches sit up and take notice. Boosting a heady 1.8 bar at peak, you get a maximum output of 265kW of power and up to 450Nm of torque, which translates into a supercar like 133kW per litre to go BMW and Audi bashing with. Okay whether this is 100% true will obviously depend what happens when we finally get the A 45 AMG in SA and I can run it against my VBox at Gerotek, but it sure felt up to the task and very impressive on first introduction. I say this because you are always expecting some wheelspin that will rob you of time, but the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive

system fitted as standard takes care of this in a straight line and when through the twisties or even on the track. The claim is 0-100km/h in a mere 4.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Add the AMG Driver's Package for R22,900 and the fun will only stop at 270km/h. And for those that want to know, the 4MATIC allwheel drive system is variable, with 100% power going to the front wheels when there is no loss of grip and in normal everyday driving situations, but hit the go pedal hard and up to 50% of the power is moved to the back wheels where you now have 50:50 ratio hatch that knows how to get the power down onto the tar. Making sure you don't miss any gear changes, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission comes as standard. You have three drive modes, Controlled Efficiency, Sport and then Manual, and most importantly for the off the line times, you have Race Start too. I used what I called Comfort

mode for normal driving, but the lure of Manual mode was too much for me most of the time, especially as the cars were running the optional R6,500 AMG Sports Exhaust, and this meant some seriously politically incorrect crackling and popping was to be heard every time you down shifted or up shifted in this mode. You also get the AMG Electronic Stability Program that is configured in three stages - "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" - so driving to work is as easy as going to the odd track day. Talking of that, the ride of the A 45 is a firm as hell, but you almost kind of expect this in a high performance car of this calibre. The slightly more family orientated CLA 45 on the other hand is a bit softer. You can't but wish that when in Comfort mode the A 45 would just settle a little more and keep the hardcore stuff for when it is required. This would result in a better all round car in my opinion, especially since I am sure most owners are going to opt for the R8,500 AMG Performance suspension and lightweight 19 inch wheels that will add either R7,900 for grey or R10,500 for matt black to your bill, and further stiffen up the daily ride. Inside too, the A 45 AMG boasts hallmark Mercedes-AMG dynamic spirit and exclusivity. High-quality touches include sports seats finished in ARTICO man-made leather /DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts, a multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles along with instrument panel trim in carbon fibre look. Going one better than this though, our test cars had the cool optional R19,900 AMG Performance seats fitted. If you still want more, you can always opt for the Edition 1 derivative, pictured above, for a further R69,000 over the suggested standard retail price and get many of the options spoken about thrown into the package.

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Nitro power rife in Rossburgh

t’s easy to get caught up in the temper of nitro powered radio controlled car racing as these highly technical machines scream around the track at 125km/h. This weekend the South African Championships for Fuel powered Radio Controlled Cars takes place at the permanent race circuit alongside the Southway Shopping Centre in Rossburgh. Those with a passion for motorsport will find these nitro/methanol powered cars are a far cry from toys,


being capable of 0 to 100km/h in under two seconds. These machines rev to 44,000rpm and, as said, have a top speed of around 125km/h. The cars are four-wheel-drive and are fitted with disc brakes, two speed gearboxes and fully independent suspension systems, making them as hitech as full size race cars. Top Durban drivers’ Andrew Plint and Dave Wiseman, will be well to the fore with Gauteng’s top driver, Wayne Joelson and Border’s champs, Darryn

Entrance to the SA Championships for Radio Controlled Cars is free for spectators and access to the track is via the Southway Shopping Centre parking, off Edwin Swales Drive.

Green and Dawie van der Merwe, expected to provide the stiffest opposition for the local boys. The programme for Saturday, 29 June, starts at

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An Audi-rageous price tag By James Siddall

ars are highly emotive things - so naturally one can fall in love with them instantly. A good example is the Golf 7 TSI DSG that I had on test earlier this year. Even before driving it, I knew it would be simply superb. It didn't disappoint. Other cars I warm to after a couple of days in a slow-burn love affair. And yet others I'm instantly attracted to, but the infatuation quickly fades. Take the sleek, slick Audi Q5 3.0 TDI SE S tronic here, with its quattro drive and turbodiesel powerplant. The Q5 has just been uprated and upgraded with some mild interior and exterior enhancements, and this familiar machine includes a new electromechanical power-steering setup, while fuel consumption has been cut by up to 15 percent. The six-model range also comes with direct fuel injection and a start-stop system as standard on all models, and I was pleased to get the rangetopper for a week. I liked it too, what with its 180kW and 580Nm on tap, as well as a top speed of 225km/h, and an ability to surge from rest to 100km/h in a claimed 6.5 seconds, with the whole show running through a smooth seven-speed S stronic selfshifter. But the affair quickly palled. I did a lot of running around in the Q5, and soon realised that while the number of buttons and knobs in the cockpit has been slashed, as is the case with most


Audis, so making for an elegant-looking area, this comes at a cost. One night I almost crashed the Q5 because of this. Why? Well, the multi-function rotary knob that governs the fan speed of the climate control is the same that governs the temperature control. To switch between those two functions on that rotary knob, you have to activate a separate switch. And it was while fumbling for this separate switch so as to lower the temperature while wafting along a Durban night-time freeway at 120km/h that I almost wandered into another lane and messily met up with a heavy-duty truck. And it took me two days just to work out how to play a CD in this "mid-sized" SUV, as its makers term it. This could be vaguely excusable, and I suppose most owners would become accustomed to the intricacies of the controls after a bit.

Then I saw the price and the initial infatuation further chilled, like it would when one's partner starts developing the verbal equivalent of diffwhine. For this machine Audi charges R637,500. The Q5 I drove weighed in at R727,400 - a price that caused my jaw to take up residence on my chest thanks to the addition of optional extras such as a navigation system (R22,200), and a panoramic glass sunroof (R18,100). Even the admittedly attractive 20-inch wheels were another R16,030. For that price I'd want a Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L CRD Overland which carries great gravitas and comes with most imaginable luxuries as standard - down to a heated steering-wheel and climatised front seats. And it costs about R35,000 less than the optioned Q5 here, while unlike the Audi it also has low-range and is a proper offroad machine. But that's a silly, subjective thing

to say as the Grand Cherokee is a different class of car. Instead, in much the same category you can get a Kia Sorento CRDi AWD - I have one in my driveway right now. It packs a little less firepower than the Audi, and while the German vehicle sounds a bit like a WW2 torpedo boat under acceleration, the Kia sounds more like a lowing cow when pressed hard. But the 2.2-litre turbodiesel Kia is superbly built, starts at a whisker shy of R400,000 - or R480 000 for the exceptionally well-equipped seven-seater version that I have on test right now - and even comes with a five-year warranty. The only thing it lacks is the Ingolstadt rings on the grille. So. Nice car Audi. And hopefully no owners will end up assaulting that crushingly frustrating centre console with a brick. Pity about the price though.

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All this and beauty too By Gavin Foster

fter living with the Kia Optima for a week last year I gave it a - for me - rave review, with my only criticism being that it was let down a little by its 131kW / 231Nm four-cylinder engine. It wasn't a slug, though, with a claimed op speed of 210km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint ime of 9,5 seconds. When you consider that the average South African motorist has never been quicker than 180km/h in his or her life and doesn't give a fig about what speed-crazy motoring journalists say, the car still delivered acceptable performance. This year, after testing the car exhaustively under South African conditions with local fuel, the Kia actory gave the South African importers the goahead to bring in the car with their new GDI Gasoline Direct Injection) 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated engine that burns cleaner, uses less fuel and ups power and torque to 148kW and 250Nm espectively. This means that the car now has the steak to go with the sizzle provided by its stunning looks, good handling and excellent build quality. The factory claims the same 210km/h top speed as they did with ast year's engine, but makes no claim as to acceleration time to 100km/h. My seat-of-the-pants accelerometer tells me that it's considerably quicker han the older engined version though. The Kia Optima is basically a superb expensive German luxury car without the "German" and expensive" bits. It's solidly screwed together and he quality of the interior fittings is better than is often found in real German cars. It's also very generously equipped and many of he features that come standard in the Korean car would cost you tens of thousands of rands as options n its rivals. These include a rear view camera that displays in he interior mirror, auto headlight control, auto on/off self-levelling Xenon headlights with washers, electrically heated and cooled ventilated leather


seats with two memory functions and electrically adjustable lumbar support, a massive panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, park distance sensors for when you don't trust the camera, proximity key locking and starting button, an Infinity six CD sound system with Bluetooth and all the other communication gubbins, a glovebox that's cooled by the aircon system, and an alphabet soup of electronic driving aids such as ABS, EBD, NAS, ESC, TC and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control). There's a very short option list with just one item metallic paint. The interior of the Optima is attractive and exudes quality. There's loads of space all round and the boot is truly enormous. The car is available only with a six-speed auto transmission with steering-wheel paddle shift for when you're in the mood, and the engine and gearbox combination work well together. Sound levels are low with the exception of some tyre rumble from the low-profile 225'45-R18 rubber. Fuel consumption was 11,4l/100km around town and 8,3 at 110-120km/h on the freeway. There is one decidedly Germanic element in the new Kia. It was designed by Peter Schreyer, who left VW / Audi after three decades to kick the Koreans' design department into shape. I don't usually comment much on styling because I realise everybody has their own opinion on what looks good, but I reckon Herr Schreyer earned every penny he'll ever get from Kia just for his work on this one model. Ten years ago the marketing guys at South African Hyundai and Kia launches regularly stressed that their Korean management had Toyota firmly in their sights in terms of quality and value. I think they've already achieved that, and the Germans had better start watching their mirrors. The Kia Optima is in my book a very worthwhile alternative for anybody looking at the entry-level C Class, A4 or 3 Series offerings. The Kia comes with a five-year/150,000km warranty and a five-year /90,000km service plan. It retails at R336,995.

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Bargain-basement brilliance By James Siddall f all the overused, insidious marketing and advertising terms out there, none is quite so guaranteed to have one discreetly vomiting in one's mouth as "bargain." As in "it's a bargain!" and derivatives thereof. It's a vile and ghastly term. And yet when it comes to Great Wall Motors' H5, I can think of no better way to sum up this machine. Last week an H5, in 2.0 VGT 4X4 Auto guise, making it the top-range model in the six-vehicle line-up, took up residence on my driveway. It was factory-fresh too, with but 86km on the clock. Now bear in mind that this is no cut-rate Chinese machine using old technology and dodgy, derived styling. Rather, it's a handsome, imposing, large machine with a turbodiesel powerplant that's developed and designed by GWM themselves. Output is a credible 110kW at 4,000rpm, with a maximum torque of 310Nm at 1,800 to 2,800rpm, which translates into lots of low-down lugging power. Running through a five-speed auto gearbox, expect a zero-to-100km/h time of 13.5 seconds, and a top end of 165km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at seven litres per 100km, and kudos to GWM for pointing out that this was achieved "under controlled testing." It's a spacious machine, too, with leg room for basketball players in the back, while equipment levels are high. Expect auto lights, electric windows, an electrically operated driver's seat, and a radio/CD/DVD/MP3 player with steering wheel audio controls, while the seats are covered in durable leather. You also get a very handy reversing camera, Reverse Park Assist, and rainsensing windshield wipers. Ride quality is pliant. The big H5 wafts along with almost the same soul-soothing comfort as a large luxury car, while handling is rather com-


mendable, considering it's a full-size SUV, with all-wheel-drive available at the flick of a button. And there's power-steering, of course. But it's just too light at speed. A speed-sensitive set-up would be preferable. But what about those bugbears that have given so many Chinese (and Indian) cars an awful name, to wit, build quality, safety levels, and smell? Yes, smell. I'll expand in a second. Well, first, off, the H5 - like all GWM products I've encountered in the past year or two - is quite impeccably assembled. No panel gaps. No loose trim. Just the sort of solidity that you'd expect from a manufacturer that in only a few short years has exponentially increased the quality of its vehicles. As for safety, the H5 gets ABS with EBD, airbags, and child-seat ISOFIX fixtures. More importantly, it has been awarded an Australian ANCAP 4-star rating. That makes me feel so much happier throwing this big machine into corners. As for smell, I've had at least a couple of Chinese cars with the most awful interior pong. The new MG6 I had a while ago (and yes, it's now Chinese-owned and built) had such an overpowering reek in the cabin that I had to drive with the windows open. The H5 - and remember I got mine with just 86km on the clock - had a wonderfully neutral interior atmosphere. But I do digress. I was getting to the price. The H5 range starts at R226,900. And the topend model here? It clocks in at R292,900, which not only causes disbelief among onlookers, but if you care to do a bit of comparative shopping, makes it possibly the most outrageous automotive bargain on our market. Plus you get a three-year/100,000km warranty and twoyear/24-hour Roadside Assist service. And you wonder why I expect to keep this particular H5 as a long-term test vehicleâ&#x20AC;Ś



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Popular over the top relay back


he popular Over The Top Nashua Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business Enterprise Relay is back on July 19 at the Royal Showgrounds. It is once again a chance for local businesses and their staff, clients, friends and families to get together, let their hair down, and have fun in the winter sun. The event is open to everyone who is happy to be a little over the top and corporate/school/club/family team entries are encouraged. Enter your team and book a corporate marquee as soon as possible to ensure a good spot on the main arena. Based on last year’s shenanigans, the Getting in the mood for the popular Over the Top relay to ben held at the Royal Showgrounds on July event is guaranteed to be fun, is great for 19 are, from left: Musa Sibisi (Nashua), Lungi Nkabinde (PCB), Priscilla Pandither (RAS), Sudhateam building, inter-company networking shan Naidoo (Nashua), Melanie Veness (PCB), Ursula Neizel (Maritzburg Sun), Lorna Jones (PCB), Brian St John-Ward (Thule Towing Systems) and JP du Toit (Nashua) with Fred the Penguin. and brand awareness. So popular was it last year that some teams asked for it to As always, sponsor support is vital to Royal Agricultural Society and Thule be staged twice a year! A “local is lekker” make this event possible as they, at the Towing Systems. theme will dominate proceedings this year, end of the day, subscribe to the importance Entry forms are available from the but in the spirit of being otherwise, the PCB of building good relationships in our Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business at will be going Irish. community. Sponsors this year include 033 345 2747, . Nashua Maritzburg, Capital Newspapers,

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will be recited 108 times for each of the 9 sessions in the programme and on each recital, participants of the hawan will make their oblations of ghee offerings into the sacred fire. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is an ancient Sanskrit mantra chanted to purify the karmas of the soul at a

deep level. It is said to be very beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. The great Rishis and Yogis propagated the chanting of the mantra and have said that it is extremely potent when chanted in large groups. The organizing committee of the Pietermaritzburg Sanathan Ved Dharam Sabha have drawn up a special programme for the Maha Mrityunjaya Mass Hawan to be held on Sunday, 7th July 2013. The event will commence at 8am and conclude at 2pm at the Sabha hall, 123 Bombay Rd. The Sabha hall will be setup with 10 Hawan Kunds and seating will arranged for 8 devotees per Hawan Kund. For each session, a total of 80 devotees will perform the Hawan. Participation is free and will be reserved for devotees who send us their names in advance. All ingredients for the Hawan have been sponsored by members of the Sabha. Prasadum, refreshments and meals will be provided throughout the programme. The Sabha extends an invitation to all members of the community to attend and participate in the Hawan. Kindly confirm your participation by contacting Sabitha Samlall on 0832275261 or Cindy Bhikha on 033 3910862.



Tribute to Ganasen ‘Gunston’ Padayachee


t is with a great sense of loss and sadness that the Sports Veterans Association pay tribute to the late Ganasen ‘Gunston’ Padayachee who died of a heart attack earlier this month (on 18 June). Padayachee left behind a proud legacy of ubuntu, empathy, selflessness, humility and industry. He lived his life to the full and touched so many people during his time here with us. He was a courageous champion and superb role model for the youth. We all have a whole lot of memories that we will always carry with us – memories that defined Padayachee; memories we will always hold dear. Born on 2 June 1960, Padayachee was an educator, sportsman, organ donor recipient, cancer survivor and international sports medallist. He was first selected to represent South Africa in 1998 at the World Transplant Games that took place in Budapest in Hungary. Although he finished fourth overall at that games, he broke the World Record in the 5 km walk. He continued to represent the

country, captaining the South African team at five world events. Padayachee was honoured by the SVA at its Awards Presentation Function in January this year for his fortitude, his faith, his magnificent courage and his insistence on simplicity in all things. Padayachee was a talented all-round sportsperson. His sporting prowess was noted at school where he excelled at all codes of sport, especially in athletics. He was an athletic sprint champion. Padayachee graduated as an Educator from the University of DurbanWestville as a Physical Education Specialist. He taught at Woodlands Secondary School before his promotion as Head of Department to Kharina Secondary School. Padayachee was also a very accomplished sports administrator. He held many positions of trust, confidence and honour. His devotion to the South African Transplant Sports Association was strong and impassioned. He was a life member of that organisation. At the time of his passing, Padayachee was the Chairperson of the KZN Transplant Sports

Association. He played a major role in realising his dream to bring the World Transplant Games to South Africa. These games will take place in Durban in just over a month’s time. Padayachee is at peace now and free of pain. He lived a life of service to his profession, his family, his friends and his community. He was in the true sense of the term – a people’s person. Padayachee was a man of rare personal attraction, of a genial, generous nature, and full of kindness. We salute him!


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Moon joins Brazilians Right: The local golden boy and the former Pirates player (Maritzburg and District Football Association affiliates), Bryce Moon is a new Mamelodi Sundowns player


ocal golden boy and former Pirates player Bryce Moon has joined Mamelodi Sundowns. The signing was confirmed by the Pretoria based outfit this week. The Woodlands-born former Bafana Bafana defender made an unexpected but expensive move when he joined one of the richest teams in the country and PSL giants from Bidvest Wits. It is understandable why his

municipal councillors sent congratulatory text messages or contacted his father, Patrick “Bryce is one of our local well disciplined boys who always hoist the City Of Choice flag high. We are proud of him,”said former Pietermaritzburg and District Soccer Association President, Joe Gengan. Moon thanked those who wished him well.. In April,he was found guilty of culpable homicide by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court relating to the death in 2009 of pedestrian Mavis Ncube in Katherine Street, Sandton. He was fined R60 000 or two months’imprisonment. Magistrate Vincent Pienaar also suspended Moon’s driver’s licence for six months. Moon was acquitted of other charges of murder, attempted murder, drunk driving and reckless or negligent driving. Marriage problems [Jerry Barnes To fasten divorce issues To win Lotto and Casino is a local freeTo bring back lost lover lance journalTo take away your enemies ist with 20 years’ To pass exams & experience. He interviews Financial problems has worked for Separate Lovers The Witness/Echo Stop Drinking & Smoking and Sunday Sun/ CALL 076 445 4350 Daily Sun ].

imminent new move has been celebrated in local soccer circles, especially around Pietermaritzburg. City Of Choice spokesman and admirer of Moon, Brian Zuma, said “I wish him good luck and one day he will go back to the national team. He’s a disciplined boy and down to earth. This boy belongs to one of the big teams in the country,”said Zuma. Supporters from Edendale, Eastwood, Woodlands, Northdale as well as local

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