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Water baby graduates to trainee SA Navy diver Kailene Pillay

Far right: Savaniya Williams performing a single handed push- up will be South Africa’s first Indian female diver

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ocal swimmer Savaniya Williams will be South Africa’s first Indian female diver in the South African Navy when she completes her divers’ training in Simon’s Town next year.

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Williams, who was invited by the SA Navy to attend the pre-divers selection in Durban in 2010, said she believes it is her calling to be a part of the navy. Williams has always been a water baby as both her parents are swimming instructors and hold classes at the Olympic Swimming Pool in Northdale. They put her in the water at the age of two. As the years went by she began competitive swimming and then social long distances such as the Kapital K and Midmar Mile. “I also had my brothers to keep up with”, she added. Williams, one of 47 trainees to make it through, said that everyday experiences are both physically and mentally challenging. “Here, they

are said to break and make their subject,” she said. Williams, also a keen Indian classical dancer, said swimming and dancing always vied with each other in her life. As luck would have it, just before the call from the navy, she was cast in Ronnie Govender’s latest show, Too Muckin Futch. But she isn’t giving up on dancing completely. “I still plan on dancing my weekends away,” she said. “The closest most people come to their dreams is watching them on a 64 cm television screen. I have been given the opportunity not only to live my dream but my late brother’s as well, which is the biggest honour for me”, she said.


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Toyota 86

A nt idote for Prius By Gavin Foster

eing a buyer at Toyota’s Head Office must have been fun a few years ago. Who wouldn’t enjoy getting an e-mail saying, “Here’s a couple of zillion dollars - nip out and buy us a chunk of Subaru, please.”? Anyway, Toyota’s 16,7 percent share in the other Japanese manufacturer bore fruit with the launch of the jointly developed Toyota GT 86 earlier this year. The gorgeous looking Toyota version, sans the GT appellation in South Africa, fell into my sweaty palms earlier this month, and not a moment too soon. After driving the 86 – pronounced eight-six - for

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a week I’m convinced that the collaboration has produced an instant classic in the mould of the Toyota 2000 GT of 50 years ago. Unusually for anything Toyota’s had a hand in, a fair amount of practicality has been sacrificed in the quest to create a real drivers’ car. The back seat is a joke, the boot is taken up largely by the spare wheel, the ride is firm and the steering is precise to the point of being twitchy. And, of course, there’s rear wheel drive. But enough of the background stuff. What’s it like to drive? Well, the engineers got it right. They’ve produced a small, light car with adequate but not enormous

Toyota 86 handles beautifully and demands to be bullied along winding roads.

power that handles beautifully and demands to be bullied along a winding road while averaging less than 10l/100km fuel consumption. I’ve always maintained that it’s a lot more enjoyable driving a slow car – or bike – fast than it is to drive a fast one slowly. The Toyota isn’t by any means slow – its 147kW naturally-aspirated engine hauls it up to 100km/h in 7,6 seconds, and top speed is claimed to be 226km/h for the manual version – but it’s not blindingly quick either, so you can drive it hard without attracting too much attention, and the more aggressively you drive it, the better it feels. The car weighs just 1,250kg, with a very low

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centre of gravity and this, along with the firm suspension and responsive steering gives it the feel of a real thoroughbred in the classic mould. I had the six-speed auto version and would have preferred the manual, but I still enjoyed the 86 more than anything else I’ve driven in yonks. Think of it as a poor man’s Nissan 370Z. It certainly qualifies for that comparison on price because the Toyota will set you back just R298,500 for the base model and R346,500 for the betterspecced but mechanically identical High version with an auto gearbox. There’s also a six-speed manual 86 High at R329,400.


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Fiat Fiorino

Practically cute By Gavin Foster The little Fiorino panel van that Fiat offered to me for evaluation recently didn't initially appear to have much going for it in terms of fun. Being a workhorse, it lacks street cred, and the 1.4-litre petrol engine in the entry-level model offers an uninspiring 54kW at 5,200rpm and 118Nm at 2,600. That's what I thought, anyway, until I drove the little van. It's surprisingly lively and entertaining to zip around the city in, thanks to its nimbleness and compact dimensions, while being extremely practical as a workhorse. By the time I gave the test vehicle back I was picturing it in a vibrant colour with a lowering kit, a set of alloy rims, an aircon, perhaps a performance exhaust, and a race-team sticker kit to show that I still haven't really grown up. The interior of the Fiat impressed with its quality. The trim fitted neatly and felt classier than that off many passenger cars. The spec level isn't too bad either. You get driver and passenger airbags, ABS brakes, cup-holders, a passenger seat that folds away level with the floor when you need the space for cargo, lots of stowage bins and cup holders, and a 12-volt accessory socket. The options list is long and includes aircon, parking sensors, load area partitions, and various sound systems with or without steering wheel controls and Bluetooth functionality. Interestingly, there are all sorts of possibilities for doors and windows; the load area has various templates built in for easy fitting. The test vehicle had no side doors at all and no windows in the back ones, so the factory saved on the cost of including an interior mirror. Pricing of the Fiat Fiorino is pretty good for what you're getting. The petrol-engined van retails for R129,900, and if you're a VAT vendor you can claim almost R16.000 back. The 1.3-litre Multijet diesel model seems an even better buy with 55kW at 4,000rpm and much healthier torque of 190Nm at 1,500rpm. Included in the diesel's extra R20,000 price tag is a sliding door on the left side of the load

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The Fiorino is suprisingly lively and entertaining to zip around in. Pic by Gavin Foster.

area. I think the little Fiat van should appeal to many buyers because it can deliver the goods, literally and figuratively, in much the same way that the popular 3/4 ton pickups do for many South African families. There's 2.5 cubic metres of stowage space, and it can easily handle items that wouldn't fit into a 3/4 ton bakkie with a canopy. It comes with a threeyear 100,000km warranty and an optional service plan is available.

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GWM unveils new H6 in Durban G WM had an impactful presence at the recent Durban Motor Show in November, introducing its brand new H6 SUV to the public for the first time.

Hailed South Africa’s most successful regional motor exhibition, the first Durban Motor Show took place 20 years ago. KZN residents are developing a growing appetite for motor entertainment, as the relocation of the Top Gear show from Johannesburg to Durban testifies. As such, the Durban Motor Show

provides an effective and popular platform for motor manufactures to showcase their latest vehicle ranges and interact with the public each year – and GWM is no exception. GWM Gateway, the latest dealership to join GWM’s network of 78, welcomed visitors to the visually striking red and white GWM exhibition stand. Apart from well-known favourites like the Steed 5 pick-up range, H5 SUV and the newly launched C10 compact hatch, show visitors feasted their eyes on the new H6 SUV.

This newcomer was China’s bestselling SUV in September 2012. If the South African public’s response is anything to go by, the H6 promises to be a worthy addition to the GWM vehicle range. Design-wise, the H6 boasts refined lines and sportier contours, making it a highly attractive alternative for both male and female SUV connoisseurs. Comfort and safety features abound, and visitors were delighted by its super spacious boot and luxurious interior. The GWM H6 will be available at GWM dealerships early in 2013.

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Tony Pinfold, Chairman of GWM South Africa, says: “Every opportunity to interact with existing and potential GWM customers gives us great insight into our market. Needless to say, we find events like the Durban Motor Show highly valuable brand building exercises. Seeing the public’s increasingly positive response to our affordable quality proposition, and new vehicles like the H6 in particular, makes us even more determined to exceed their expectations.” In 2013, GWM will celebrate its sixth year in South Africa and is planning more new vehicle launches to mark the occasion.

The GWM H6 unveiled at the Durban Motor Show. Pic by James Siddall.


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Sponsor a globe on the Hospice Tree of Light T

he Hospice Tree of Lights remembrance service will be held at Hospice House on Friday, 30 November at 6.30 pm in the Hospice Conference Centre. The lights will be switched on thereafter. Everyone is invited to attend. A tea garden with a selection of quick meals will be open before the ceremony. Friends, family and the public are invited to sponsor a globe in remembrance of a loved one, in recognition of the work done by Hospice or to celebrate life. Hun-

dreds of globes on the tree will shine brightly during December, each globe representing a loved one. Msunduzi Hospice provides palliative care and support to patients and their families, in the comfort of their own home. No charge is made for any part of the services we provide. We rely on donations to continue to provide this valuable service that has brought comfort, care and dignity to so many people over the years. If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of loved ones,

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Above: Panjali Pillay (left) Navamoney Phillips (right) receiving their gifts from chairman of the NSNS, Sri Vijay Segran Phillips.

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Allandale Primary gets A gold at Amesa

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From Left; Allandale Primary Mathematics teachers, Mr V Panday and Mr SRP Ramdutt, with Sumaiya Vawda and Yusuf Akoo who were awarded gold medals at the Amesa Maths Challenge at advanced level.

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