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SAPS unit needed at Chota Motala and Bombay roads

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he residents of Northdale humbly ask the Commander of the Mountain Rise Police Station to have a unit at the corner of Chota Motala and Bombay roads. Then, when complaints come, they will

be able to arrest criminals quickly after a crime is committed. Coming all the way from Mountain Rise Police Station the police arrive too late. Burglaries are continuing and increasing. I had a meeting with Colonel

Govender at his office about what is happening in our area and gave him all the details. On 09 May this year an Indian man was stripped naked, and all his belongings stolen at 8.30pm when he went to a shop a day after a teacher was

caught by two blacks. Luckily a car was passing and gave chase. These criminals come after 5 pm until 2 or 3 am. We need police patrolling during those times. There is a vacant house in the corner of Sanjay and Madurai roads

which is used as a hiding place. We need police patrolling in this area. R M Govender

SAPS members should study to be professional

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he South African Police Services (SAPS) has been portrayed in quite a negative way with the brutality of a taxi driver been dragged, the Marikana killings, and police members losing their jobs over corruption and bribery. In my opinion, I feel that the SAPS should now have members that are educated about their jobs. Members that have studied their degrees in the police service should be given posts as high ranking officers so that proper instructions can be given in tense situations where spontaneous decisions have to

be made and carried out. Members that have years of experience in the police and possess a degree are most of the time working under the supervision of members that have not studied at all, therefore improper instructions are given and carried out. As in any profession, such as a doctor, lawyer, or accountant, a person must study to achieve a degree to start practising in that particular field. If All SAPS members were forced to study in order to be promoted, then all members of the SAPS would be professional and fully educated about their jobs and

what’s required of them. It’s veryimportant that SAPS members are accurate and confident without a doubt in their minds that everything they do is correct because other people’s lives are in their hands. This can only be achieved if every SAPS member has a diploma or degree to their name. Those that have already studied and have the knowledge should be on top, guiding supervising, empowering and leading regardless of race and sex. That alone would surely make a difference in the SAPS! Mrs. M. Naidoo

Shocked by learners’ rowdiness at university open day

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n Saturday the 18 May I took my daughter to the University Of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, for their open day. It was shocking to observe disrespect and lack of consideration for others. There were various announcements regarding the rowdiness and appealing for silence.

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Certainly this was not what one expected from representatives of educational institutions. Let’s all exercise respect and the principle of working together for each other. Selva Govender Bombay Heights


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Life sentence for Egret Road killer T

he family of murdered Egret Road widow, Venotha Ince (51), can now finally find closure to the brutal killing of their well loved aunt after her killer was sentenced to life plus 15 years imprisonment last week. Convicted killer, Sikhumbuzo Mkhize (33) initially pleaded not guilty to the murder. He claimed that he had walked in on a robbery taking place by two men he named as Rasta and Themba. He said he had complied with their orders out of fear.

However when Mkhize was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances he broke down and confessed to his guilt. He said he had been ‘misled by others’. “I would like to apologise to the family of the deceased and to the court for lying,” said Mkhize, adding that the confession he made to the police in his initial statement, which he later denied in court, was in fact an accurate reflection of what had taken place that day. He said he’d been “called” on

the day in question by two men, Themba and Rasta, who were doing tiling work at Ince’s Egret Road home. Rasta told him Ince had a lot of cash and they had begun planning to rob her. Rasta had stabbed Ince 13 times while Mkhize and Themba held her legs. After taking her bag and cellphone, Themba used a remote control to open the gate and they fled. Mkhize’s attorney, Ishi Khan argued that Mkhize deserved a lighter sentence as Mkhize, the father of five children, was a first

Murder comes le after husban versary of his death approached. Mrs Ince’s kitchen was being renovated. The carpenter Vees Ramkilowan had called much earlier to con¿rm he would be arriving at the time he did. He honked the hooter and rattled the gate but noone responded. Mrs. Ince’s car was in the yard so it was unusual for her not to answer back or to ignore his repeated announcements of having arrived. Eventually Ramkilowan turned to the neighbours and asked them to check on her. They allowed her gardener Thomas who was also waiting outside the property to hop over the fence to investigate. That is when the gruesome discovery was made. The backdoor was apparently ajar. They called for her again and then Thomas moved aside her curtain to peer in. That is when he saw Mrs Ince slumped in a pool of blood on the Àoor with her head leaning against the bedroom door. There was blood on the bed, the telephone was off the hook and her bedroom slippers were on the bed where police believe she was attacked. “I’ve been working here for the last four weeks and I have also

went unanswered. He a her home approximately utes later. As police crime scen ists sealed off the area s family members began outside Ince’s home, co each other as they tried what had transpired. Th smart face-brick house, way Àanked by towerin trees, overlooks a neigh park. It is a well-secure with automatic gates an tional palisade fencing boundary wall. Police a tigating exactly how the gained access as there w visible signs of any forc One of the neighbou Ince was so soft-spoken one would have even he scream. As the body w from the scene Ince’s si other distraught relative to contain their grief an eral quietness of the are ken by their weeping. Despite her gentle an spoken nature police at believe Ince did put up and did ¿ght for her life woman Lieutenant Joey said manner in which th

offender, had been employed as a carpenter for 11 years and had proved to be a “trustAbove: Vino Ince ednesday was a worthy” employee. warm, cloud free April morning. In He had also eventuevery sense, the start of a perfect autumn day. As the birds chirped and the butterÀies Àuttered from ally “come clean” over garden to garden death stalked the quiet streets of Mountview and his crimes and shown whether by chance or purpose, it ¿xed its gaze on a young widow remorse and was thereMkhize acted out of ‘greed’ as he fore capable of rehawas not destitute. He ordered that bilitation. the sentences run concurrently. However the judge said that

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Msunduzi refuses storm claims Sicebi Mbanjwa

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sunduzi municipality has refused to pay for damage caused by the storm of January 6 this year. The decision was taken at an Msunduzi Council executive committee meeting last week (May 16) where a report tabled at the meeting revealed that the damage to council property from the storm amounted to R809 100. The report further revealed that claims from the residents amounted to R99 599.00. The municipality, however, believes that it cannot be held liable for individual claims since the damage was the

result of a natural disaster. “We do not understand why the people are logging their claims to us because we are not liable for a phenomenon like a storm. Instead they should claim from their respective insurance companies”, said municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi. The municipality also raised suspicions over some of the claims, citing an individual claim of R9 500 for groceries. According to the manager it is not normal that someone bought household groceries costing so much. Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert dismissed the claims saying some people

thought they had found a way of milking the municipality: “I think it has become a culture with people to try to gain some kind of income whenever there is insurance involved and most of these claims are not watertight,” said Lambert. Mayor Chris Ndlela insisted that the exorbitant claims were suspect. “It is simply not normal for any household to buy groceries for that amount of money,” said the mayor. The municipality compared a claim by Mndeni Meats for R8 247.31 for damage to perishables with individual claims which ranged from R960 to R9 500.

Msunduzi Crematorium and Cemeteries Concerned Citizens Committee

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Orient Heights Arya Samaj bags awards at Provincial Eisteddfod

The junior Team which who won their dance category

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The senior Team which who won their dance category

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W.A Lewitt celebrate International Museum Day

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o celebrate International Museum Day, the KZN Museum invited schools to a very special “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Museum. Learners from various schools were taken ‘behind the scenes’ to visit the Museum’s Research Library, Human Science and Natural Science Departments. These learners were also very fortunate to get a sneak preview of a brand new display on Freedom and were guided on this very special tour by the Museum’s Exhibitions staff. Copesville High, WA Lewitt Primary School, Mashaka Primary School and Alston Primary School and Gateway Christian School have visited the Museum this week. Learners from WA Lewitt Primary School on a guided tour of the Archeology Department at the Museum

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“Fifty Shades Of Pink” women’s convention

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Shivyog Satsangh

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Raisethorpe Arya Samaj Flea Market

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he Raisethorpe Arya Samaj Flea Market will be held at the Aryan Hall grounds at 137 KHAN RD on the first Saturday of every month commencing from the 1st June 2013. Stall holders are open to the public at R40 per day from 8am to 4pm. Ample parking and space provided. You may bring your goodies and equipment. Variety on sale example fruits, vegetables, clothing, toys, toiletries, cooked foods and snacks, face painting, entertainment for children, etc. Open to the Public. Your support is vital to ensure future such events as fundraisers. For details contact Sabitha on 033-3912633 or 084 879 3875, C M Pillay on 033-3875501 or Dinesh on 079 670 0162.


Hosts Midlands scooped top honours at the SPAR KZN Primary Schools’ Rugby Tournament

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t was a tight game from start to finish showing the talent that primary school boy rugby has to offer. Midlands were the first team out the blocks with a quick try scored through some impressive play from flyhalf, William Norton. Soon after they were back on the Durban Coastal’s try line through the explosive pace of their hooker Brandon Nel, with a converted try they seemed to be running away with the game. Durban Coastal’s eighth man, Thabisa Mdletshe was able to barge his way through the Midlands defence and register a try for the Durban side and added a second in the opening minutes of the second half. A lapse in concentration lead to another impressive try being scored by Midlands hooker, Brandon Nel registering his second for the game and putting Midlands back in a comfortable lead before another try was scored in the dying seconds sealing it for the home side and putting the result out of reach for the Durban side. Founded in 1995 after the discontinuance of the Hosking Week Sports Festival, Midlands Primary School decided to host an InterDistricts Rugby Tournament which is split into six different districts competing in three different age groups. Namely; Northern KwaZuluNatal, Southern Coastal, Durban Coastal, Pinetown and Districts, Zululand and Midlands, the districts compete against one another

over the three day period of the tournament on an annual basis and have done so for the past 17 years. This year over 350 boys descended on Woodburn Stadium for some exhilarating school boy rugby with each team compromising of 20 boys in age groups of U13A, U13B and U12. An astonishing 27 games were played over the three days with the worst injury being a dislocated shoulder. At the conclusion of the tournament three teams are selected to represent KwaZulu-Natal at Craven Week, Inter-Provincial U13B at Sasolburg and U12 Inter-Provincial at Vryheid. Tournament Director, Louis Botha commented saying “It was an excellent tournament that we had here at Woodburn Stadium, the rain that we had on Friday was the first we had since 2005 during this tournament and even it was not enough to dampen the boys spirits. I am very proud of the boys, they showed great gamesmanship and great discipline and took the game seriously but also took care of one another on the pitch regardless of team. Thanks to SPAR for making this tournament possible and we hope to do it next year once more”. Rob Philipson, Managing Director of SPAR KZN said “We saw great rugby out on the pitch today, the support by the parents was phenomenal and the camaraderie was excellent. It really is a testament to the growth of the rugby in our province

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Circumcision centre of excellence Nokthula Khanyile ulu king Goodwill Zwelithini has issued a veiled warning of the continuing risk of the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses for women and truck drivers, singling them out as the most vulnerable groups. He was speaking at Northdale hospital to mark the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Medical Male Circumcision centre of excellence in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday. “Our roads are traps to women. We have a problem in KZN on the

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N2 and N3. Truck drivers have to deliver goods to the Durban harbour, Richards Bay, Gauteng and some of them go to SADC countries and we know what they are exposed to,” said the king. The king said he owed it to himself to say this, adding that public representatives would shy away from the subject, afraid of not being elected. “The question is all of these drivers, don’t they get lonely?”said the king to the audience adding that they would understand what he meant. In December 2009 the king

called for the re-introduction of male circumcision, saying this could help in curbing the spread of HIV infections in the province. Since then 300 000 young men have been circumcised under the KZN health department. KZN Health MEC Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo told the audience on Thursday that there had not been any casualties. KZN premier Dr. Zweli Mkhize said the success of male circumcision and the reduction of infections was an illustration of good working relations between traditional structures and government.


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t's just the Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI DSG, and the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport. The two cars that I've driven no more than a few metres before realising that they're rather special indeed - as well contenders for my own best cars of 2013, even though the year isn't halfway through yet. The Golf 7, of course, is just a gentle evolution of the Golf 6, at least in terms of styling. But the AClass! It sits as much as 18 centimetres lower than the outgoing car, so has a much lower centre of gravity. And while the cruel might have termed the old AClass a bit of a Mommy-mobile, albeit a cleverly engineered one, the new model swings heads like Huey rotors. It's clearly aimed at a younger market. Gone, gone, gone are the days when even the automotively illiterate could decry Mercedes-Benzes as "old men's cars." Indeed, in the press material, Mercedes itself shamelessly uses the term "young and individual." The halo model of the range - at least until the arrival of the fire-breathing A 45 AMG - is the A 250 Sport here, which is distinguished by the new diamond grille. Something that its makers are rather proud of.

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It also gets lovely 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels - which the pessimist in me fears would rapidly get chewed up by potholes - and red-painted brake calipers, while it comes standard with an AMG-developed front axle and suspension. But its acoustics let it down. This car looks like a hungry wolf and so should sound like one, and while Mercedes refers to "the emotionally appealing sound of the modified exhaust system," it's not terribly inspiring. Or at least not nearly as inspiring as the suck and thrum and rasp of the Opel Astra OPC I tested the other week, and which has a similar-sized, force-fed motor as the Mercedes - even though the Opel puts down a lot more power. On the A 250 Sport, hints of red on the AMG front and rear aprons further underscore its taste for eating up tarmac, while in conjunction with the Intelligent Light System or bi-xenon lights, the headlamps also have red highlight rings. The redness continues inside, with red accents and red seatbelts. And it all works rather well, not being nearly as garish as it might sound on paper. Even the highlight rings of the air vents are finished in red. In what Mercedes terms "the democratization of safety," a lot of the high-tech safety devices from more expensive, bigger Benzes have filtered through to the A-Class. So as standard you get - and

Mercedes insists on spelling these systems in upper case - the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system, PRE-SAFE, and the very clever, drowsiness detecting ATTENTION ASSIST. A device that alerts drivers when they're getting sleepy behind the wheel, and which is quite impossible to fool. I know. I've tried on several Mercedes. Equipment levels are high, across the range, while the higher you go in choosing appointment lines - namely Urban, Style and AMG Sport - the more kit you get. Under the A 250 Sport's comely bonnet lives a turbo-charged, petrol, four-cylinder, 1,991cc motor. Yes, it has been quite some time since MercedesBenz nomenclature corresponded to engine capacity. Turbo-lag on this motor is almost completely absent, with 155kW at 5,500rpm on tap, and 350Nm of torque pouring on from 1,200 to

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illustrating the food chain from farm field to dining table. 2013 will see the inclusion of a number of dedicated halls including those of Safety and Security; Technology; Food preparation; Education and Health and Beauty. The official opening ceremony is on Friday 24 May at which time Pietermaritzburg’s 175h anniversary celebrations will be formally launched and will conclude with a celebratory fireworks display. Show highlights include the RSG concert on Sunday 26 May featuring Die Heuwels Fantasties, Elvis Blue, Nadine and Ray Dylan. SANDF paratroopers performing sky-

diving stunts on several days during the show. Freestyle Motocross demonstrations; Pro rally vehicle drifting teams; Hindvani FM Concert including an electric mix of music and entertainment Ukhozi FM Concert on Sunday 2 June; Equestrian and canine programme and the province’s largest funfair with international ridesthat will appeal to young and old. Gate entrance is R50 for adults and R35 for senior citizens and children under 12. Wednesday 29 May provides a special concession for all visitors at a rate of R35 per person. Tickets for the Ukhozi FM Concert are R55 for all persons. Parking is R15 per vehicle.

Don’t miss the Toyota stand at the Royal Show. You will see the latest models like the refreshed Yaris range and the new hybrid models which will be on demo plus exciting exhibitions.


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PIETERMARITZBURG 24 May 2013

Audi A5 Cabrio

Business as usual By Miles Downard

'm going to let you in on a little secret. I don't like Audi. I've tested a number of them now and the A6 was the only one that has really impressed me. Yes the S3 and 4 were immaculate in every way and are as good to drive as I imagine Charlize Theron is to kiss, but they lack all the excitement that may come with the latter. The problem appears to be that everyone at Audi takes life too seriously. I imagine long service award gifts are carbon fibre plated protractors, handed out at a ceremony where the guest speaker waffles on about how he managed to improve the efficiency of his fuel injectors by 0.000001%. And this is exciting in Ingolstadt. Head south across the border to France (they should know their way) and you find mad companies like Citroën and Renault. The former of which produces the C4 which has a steering wheel that appears to be stationary at all times and a couple years back their luxury models had buttons for indicators, found not on the steering column, but on the centre console. Whilst the latter squeezed a V6 into the back of a Clio. There's some lunacy for you. Now head east across the Mediterranean to Italy. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia. See all I had to do was list some names and I tickled every single one of your fancies. The Italians really know how to charm the senses with a whirlwind of fiery automobiles. Say, "Audi" and all I think of is some sleek looking running lights and unrivalled attention to detail. Hardly gets the blood flowing anywhere exciting does it? And initially I thought the same of the A5 Convertible. Step inside and you're met with unblemished perfection - business as usual then. Based on the amount, and quality, of leather I can safely assume 100 cows sacrificed their lives for each car. And if you ask President Zuma, that's about five wives worth. From there everything else follows

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Vehicle specs Price: R667,500 Engine: 3.0T FSI Power: 200Kw Torque: 400Nm Acceleration: (0-100km/h): 6.3 seconds (claimed) Top Speed: 250km/h (claimed) Fuel Consumption: 8.5l/100km (claimed) suit. I mean if Range Rover's suddenly became "too obvious" for fraudster politicians I'd recommend they have a look at the A5. The ride hardly disappoints either. It really is a quiet, comfortable, spacious and relaxing place to be. If it's a hard-and-fast racer you're after however, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, plant your right foot and a hammer from Thor himself strikes the earth where the A5 used to be before it shot off into the distance. But the numb steering and typically understeery Quattro system prohibit this cabrio from breaking into the sports car category. So it all sounds very, very Audi-ish right? Brilliant, yet painfully boring. But there's a big "but" in here. The A5 Convertible doesn't have that lacklustre Audi-ness about it. It's not something I can put my finger on though. With the roof cut off the A5 is transformed into a tickle-my-fancy-drop-top. And as much as I hate the phrase, it seems to have an "X" factor - a little something that made me feel excited about going for a sunny Sunday afternoon cruise. My only recommendation would be to save a few pennies and buy the 2.0-litre, non-Quattro model. The extra power on offer in the 3.0-litre, along with the extra grip, is wasted when you consider the A5 Cabriolet's true strength lies in a gentle, sunny afternoon, top down cruise.

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PMB Beliebers trek to Joburg for concert

Seen at the Justin Bieber Concert at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg are Pietermaritzburg sisters Priyanka and Upasana Nunkumar

Honouring Mother Durga

The PMB Shri Sanathan Mandal held its annual Durga Pooja. Pictured are devotees Premilla and Prakash Bridgmohan

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show in Alexandra Park on Sunday. Attention-drawers were the large number of Rolls Royces, modern BMWs and Jaguars, as well as the motorbikes. The car

club members took the opportunity to renew friendships and share their passion with fellow enthusiasts and the fascinated public for their magnificent machines. Amongst the exhibitors was Abu Habib of Northdale who was there to showcase his 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV. Habib is a diehard lover of motoring glitz, glamour and nostalgia. He says his Alfa, which won first prize in the ‘show and shine’ competition in Durban last year, is the fastest car he has rebuilt.

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across the country. Chief organizer Fred Rascher said this year`s event was different from last year`s show in that it had more Porsches than had yet been seen in the city. “This year`s show also attracted a lot of Rolls Royces and Bentleys, as well as racing cars and 4x4s of past and present. Car club members came from as far afield as Gauteng to take part,” said Rascher. The rarest car of the show was “Houtie”, a wood-clad Ford bakkie belonging to a Midlands owner.

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