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A tomorrow we waited for

Volume 02, 06 May 2014, Week 19

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Golden Walk commemorates Human-Rights Day


To deny people their Human Right is to challenge their very humanity – Nelson Mandela When the time came to take a stand, the 1994 generation of eligible South African voters stood and ushered us into a democratic society. Twenty years later, the many individual steps taken then, now allow us the opportunity to plot the future of South Africa - our beloved country.

Over the past week many of our countrymen stationed all-over the globe made their mark towards that future (see page 8 and 9), tomorrow is your chance to make your voices heard. Make 7 May 2014 a day which future generations look back on with gratitude, get up and go vote. Send us photos and share your experiences with us – email voice@ or tweet us @tametimes

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TylaBelieve- the miracle child

Laurelle Williams Tyla Thorne, a five-year old-girl from Walkerville has taken social media by storm due to her fighting spirit after having a brain tumour removed. Her parents Donovon and Michelle Thorne found out she had a 4.3cm x 7cm x 7 cm tumour after she lost her balance and fell hitting her face on the couch. Tyla was taken to the hospital on 22 March for a brain scan as the following day after she fell she started vomiting. After the doctors broke the news to her parents, an operation was set for 26 March. The surgery took seven hours and the doctor assured the Thorne family he had removed all of the malignant tumour. Five days after the operation Tyla shocked everyone including the doctor by sitting up, her fighting spirit was visible to all and she was given the name miracle child. A week after the operation Tyla got to go home which she was very excited about as she could see her younger brother Blakey. Tyla is still on her road to recovery this type of cancer Ependymoma does not respond to chemo or radiotherapy. “The pathology has shown it was an aggressive cancer. There will be constant check-ups with neurosurgeon with the next MRI in two months. Any sign if regrowth of the tumor would require resection. We pray for this not to reoccur and have to believe she has beaten cancer,”Donovon explained Various fundraisers have been organised for TylaBelieve, please take part and help

MIRACLE CHILD: Tyla Thorne. TylaBelieve: • Celebration fundraiser- 7 Mayheld at Thaba Ya Batswana at 12:00. R150 for adults- includes lunch and entertainment-R50 for children under12. Cash bar available. A portion of the proceeds will go to Cupcakes for children with cancer. Booking essential: 083 455 0415 • 5Km walk and picnic- 1 June: this will be held at Rietvlei Zoo at 9:00. Dress Code:  Pink and Grey.  Adults R30 and Children R20, Walkers/Runners R10.  Families can picnic. Contact Michelle Grant at 079 429 6617. or TYLABELIEVE FUND: ABSA Trusave 9293570421 Branch: 632005

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A note from the editor DIRECT FROM PARLIAMENT

Huigend hert daar is omtrent nie n tydskrif of koerant wat jy oopmaak waar mens nie vertel word wat om te eet en wat om nie te eet nie. Daars druppels en pille, daars rome en inspuitings wat jou daardie perfekte 18 jarige lyf belowe. Hulle vergeet dat as gravitasie en hormone klaar is met ‘n vrou se lyf dan is die “Kry jou bikini-lyf in 2 weke” ‘n saak van onmoontlikheid. Gysie lees toe vir my in die oggendkoerant van Tim Noakes en sy wonder dieet. Hyself is al aan die verkeerde kant van 50 en tog het hy 25kg afgeskud – Niks se gekaloriee tel nie of weeg tot op die laaste desimale gram nie – niks duur poeiers en melkskommels wat soos Polifilla proe nie (die storie oor hoe ek weet hoe Poliffilla proe is ‘n storie vir ‘n ander dag) – net gewone kos sonder al die koolhidrate en suiker verduidelik Gysie vir my nadat hy die boek deurgelees het. Oor die jare saam met ons gestoei met die skaal is dit die eerste keer wat hy so opgewonde raak. Wat dan nou van die lae vet en Lae GI diet van die dieetkundiges – maar Gysie se oe blink want daar is die skaaptjoppies en biltong en room en lekker volroom melk op Tim Noakes se dieet– en ek wonder wat eet mens as jy nie mag brood of rys of aartappels eet nie? Waaraan kou jy as jy die blokkiesraaisel invul of die ou twee blokkies sjokolade na aandete? Maar Gysie is ‘n man met ‘n missie – Ons kry ‘n Paleo kookboek . Die koskaste word gestroop van alles wat ons nie mag eet nie. Ons gaan koop kruideniersware met ‘n lysie uit die kookboek en ek voel sommer weer senuweeagtig oor die nuwe kokery wat op my wag. Laat ons sien of alles so maklik en wonderlik is as wat die Dokter belowe – miskien sal ons wel Kersfees op Plett se strand onder die sambreel kan uitkruip in ons nuutgevonde lank verborge Bikini en Speedo (spaar my dit) lywe.

By Ndu Ngwenya Will we ever see an end to these holidays? Welcome to week 19; a week in which history will be made. It is the week of our countries fifth democratic elections and the first election since the passing of our country’s first democratically elected president; Nelson Mandela. This coming Wednesday has been a date may South Africans have been waiting for, I have been waiting to visit the polling stations in our area to witness for myself the initiative of the youth; in particular the bornfree generation. I refuse to believe that this generation couldn’t be moved by the vision if a South Africa which they can build though their actions. In this past week and weekend was full of politically inclined activities one can just hope that the same language we have been exposed to will transcend the election period and will actually be realised through real work and real results. The good news before the elections, Executive Mayor Gungubele launched the newly revamped Ekurhuleni Call Centre, after going through a R7million upgrade, we look forward to a bettered service in our city. Laurelle and I bring you a review of EFC29 on page 5. Give us what your thoughts are on the piece; do you think this is something we should carry on? We have a lot of entertainment packed into this edition including Tamia’s concert review, the SAMA Awards and more. Remember to take photos of your voting experience tomorrow and share the photos with us at voice@tametimes or @tametimes. Stay Blessed

Tieghan’s charity drive Over the next week, Alberton Figures Modelling Agency Intern Tieghan Griffin – Coetzer, will be running a community based charity drive as her giving-back-to-thecommunity initiative. Tieghan would like to invite everyone to donate any form of animal food for the Alberton and Germiston SPCA’s, as well as blankets and books for an old age home in Raceview and the Family and Children’s Welfare in Alberton North. All donations can be dropped off at the Alberton Figures office at 110 Fuhri Street, Randhart. The donations will be handed over to the various charities on Friday 9 May.

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Ekurhuleni’s improved call centre unvailed will be staffed by 250 agents and eight supervisors. Before the upgrade the facility had the capacity to host its 50 agents at 12 agents per shift, one of the benefits of the upgrade is the extension of its capacity from 12 to over 40 agents per shift. “It is a matter of fact that our call centre has been an archiles heel for this Metro for a long time.

community expects a particular service from the centre and if they cannot get it, their perception is that the institution is failing them and therefore they can no longer see any good that the city is doing, said Gungubele “Right now the municipality is finalizing the process of recruiting the new call centre agents, who will be employed there. This will improve the turnaround times to

If your call centre is dysfunctional it clouds all the good work that you are doing as an institution – because, rightfully so, the community expects a particular service from the centre

250 Call Center agents parade outside ahead of the opening of the revamped Call Centre On Friday May 2, the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni; Clr Mondli Gungubele, officially opened the new Ekurhuleni Services Call Centre at a ceremony held at the Metro premises in Bedfordview.

The previously troubled call center received an overhaul to the tune of R7million. According to Clr Gungubele, the newly revamped Call Center, located in Bedfordview,

There was a time when there was no week that would go by without our people complaining about the poor quality of service they experienced from the facility,” said Clr Gungubele. He added that common complaints were that calls were going unswered, long holding times and delays in the dispatching of troubleshooting teams among others. “If your call centre is dysfunctional it clouds all the good work that you are doing as an institution – because, rightfully so, the

life threatening and services emergencies,” Gungubele added. In addition to the revamped Call Center the Mayor also made mention to the innovation of creating a twitter account (@EMM_Call_Centre) through which the people of Ekurhuleni can interact with the Call Centre. In closing Clr Gungubele thanked the people of Ekurhuleni for their patience during the difficult and challenging times and asked for further understanding whilst new facility goes through its teething problems.

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Golden Walk commemorates Human-Rights Day Ndu Ngwenya

Thembi Khambule (Nedbank), Sinethemba Ncube (African Bank), Hester Stokes (ABSA), Fiona Tseeke (African Bank), Kenosi Maruapula (FNB), Tshepiso Mabaso (Golden Walk), Hloni Kgabo (Standard Bank), Lerato More (Standard Bank). In celebration of Human Rights Day, Germiston’s Golden Walk Mall organised a bank exhibition in which customers were exposed to the offerings of various banks. The exhibition took place in the Mall, but outside of the banks’ branches, the exhibition which took place on Wednesday 30 April also featured entertainment by a local talent. tame TIMES attended the exhibition and had the opportunity to engage with Mall’s marketing manager and the various stakeholders. Speaking to tame TIMES, Golden Walk’s Marketing Manager; Tshepiso Mabaso, explained the objective behind getting all the banks together in one courtyard as motivated by the need to expose the offerings of the various financial institutions and also by the objective of encouraging customers to make use of their right to the services they offer. Standard Bank’s Hloni Kgabo applauded the centres initiative, saying “being here, outside of the branch and the desks gives the people access to a friendlier and better accessible bank, some people are still intimidated and scared to walk into a bank. We have had a lot of interest from people needing to access our products such as opening accounts.”

Kenosi Maruapula of FNB emphasised the importance of connectivity with the public. “As a bank we serve the people, so it is important to have contact with those we serve through all available means. Being in the built up structure inspires confidence in the Bank, but when we participate in such expo’s we show the human side of the institution and find time to advice people,” said Maruapula. Hester Stokes of ABSA spoke of the benefits of tailor-made banking solutions and allowing the customers the opportunity to compare between the different institutions. “It is amazing how many people (through engagements) we have managed to help save. Some from the other institutions and others from ABSA, just by listening to what products they use compared to their individual needs, said Stokes. An obviously excited Thembi Khambule from Nedbank said, “assisting the people in such an exciting and live atmosphere gives us, and by the looks of things our customers a different experience. The face to face interactions made promoting the Nedbank brand and the products we offer in this fashion has allowed us to impact more people.”

Speaking on the rights of the consumer Fiona Tseeke of African Bank said it was humbling to meet people where they are. “hopefully as a result of this activation we have cleared any bank related fears people

may have had.” The crowd around the banking expo were kept entertained by the sounds of an African music ensemble; Omkhozi featuring Doubleup.

Members of the Nedbank staff at the Golden Walk Mall.

Sinethemba Ncube and Fiona Tseeke of African Bank

Team ABSA from Golden Walk Mall

ENTERTAINMENT: Artists of Omkhozi featuring Double-up.

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4281 consumer complaints In the first nine months since the appointment of the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman, Advocate Neville Melville, in June 2013, the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO) dealt with 4281 cases against retailers and suppliers. Between 1 June 2013 and 31 March 2014, the office closed 71% or 3049 of these cases. “It is pleasing to note that since opening our doors we have been able to help thousands of consumers resolve disputes with suppliers across a range of sectors,” Melville said. “It shows the need for an independent mediator, outside of the expensive court system, to seek fair resolutions for all parties.” On average, it took the office 16 days to close a case, although more complicated cases took around 74 days. Melville added, “There is no doubt that consumers are becoming more aware of their rights and also more demanding, which leads to more time-consuming cases. The challenge is in striking the balance between the rights and responsibilities of both consumers and suppliers.” The furniture sector topped the list of complaints, with 600 complaints lodged during the period. Telecommunications companies followed with 444 complaints; motor vehicles (378); appliances (387); clothing (208) and financial services (166). The types of complaints received by the office were mostly around the delivery and quality of goods or defects in goods; food safety; incorrect pricing; availability of advertised specials; performance of services; lay-by; and contractual arrangements. Complaints which related to credit and motor vehicle industries were referred to the relevant ombud scheme.

“It’s been three years since the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) was implemented and businesses have responded by improving their customer service, while consumers are more demanding when it comes to disputes,” he added. “There has definitely been a stepchange in the way that many companies treat their customers; however the response to the CPA differs from industry-to-industry and size of organisation.” He believes that many big suppliers have come to grips with process of complaints and returns and, with the exception of cell phone companies, are not insisting on are pair instead of a replacement or refund. “There will always be leaders and it’s now about encouraging others to follow their good example.”

Why was CGSO set up? The CGSO was set up in 2013 to reduce the burden of consumer complaints on the National Consumer Commission. Amongst its main work, the CGSO seeks to ensure that suppliers uphold the Code of Conduct for the Consumer Goods and Services Industry, which sets minimum standards of conduct for industry when dealing with consumers. Meville believes that consumers are more aware of their rights when it comes to complaining, but said they still tend to cling to the myth that they have a cooling off period in terms of every transaction. “There is still a need to educate consumers about this in particular and of their responsibilities in general,” Melville explained. “We’re working towards a situation where suppliers appreciate the value of independent third party dispute resolution as an extension of the customer value chain and where customers feel they are getting a fair and equitable deal in the process.” He emphasises that the growth of social media as a channel for customer engagement– both positive and negative - has spurred many bigger businesses to improve their customer relations. “Ina connected world, it’s much easier and quicker for negative publicity about the way they handle their customers to impact their reputation and bottom line,” Melville said. “Most sales agreements are now in line with the legislation and most companies have set up the necessary processes and procedures for dealing with consumer complaints.” But smaller suppliers remain hostile to CPA. “They seem to be denial or angry when their customers complain.” CGSO share call helpline (0860 000272)

EFCfighting HE said:

She said:

As a male sport is one of those things I’m expected to understand and be obsessed with so naturally I have dedicated most of my adult life to thoroughly understanding those things. When the opportunity presented itself for me to experience EFC, which I must admit was a first experience, I took it. Perhaps the competition element (having to tell my experience Vs that Laurelle) had something to my eagerness to take up the challenge. Arriving at EFC29 I realized that this was a far different sport to what I have become comfortable with. I’m a soccer lover, yet I do not own a pair of soccer boots, but walking into Carnival City I had to tell my colleague that perhaps watching the spectators would also be entertaining. Confessions are good; so here is mine, I expected a lot of violence and blood and a squeamish female colleague who would before the end of the first bout beg that we leave. However what I did receive was nothing to that tune. I have a lot of respect for the sportsmanship of these athletes as a result. Let’s be honest guys, sport and emotion is synonymous; if the game doesn’t evoke emotion, it’s not for me. So the fights began and there was none of that Fight Club violence, instead the fighters displayed discipline and a diligent adherence to technique. I mean if someone were to kick me in the face, there would be a lot of rage involved in my retaliation; so just forget that there would be a hand shake from me at the end of the round. Anger I realised was not welcomed in as it would inevitably cloud judgment and lead to a dirty loss - So on that I respect these athletes. I enjoyed the fighters who anchored their approach on boxing and its fundamentals and I will be watching EFC30, I now have a favourite fighter- Wade Groth, all I have to say about this guy is what talent and skill. I’m a newbie to the sport but I know talent – Groth is talent and the EFC girls are talent.

I am from the south yet EFC29 was my first ever viewing of this sport. I decided to go and see what all the hype is about. While there it brought back memories when I was a child and my parents took me along to watch boxing matches -only there we could afford front row seats, where we would experience boxers’ sweat splat on our faces when they got punched. Pricing for the Hexagon side seats range from R2 900 to R4 900. Who pays that amount? I really expected there to be a much more rapturous atmosphere however the arena filled up closer to the main bout however in my mind I thought it was always a sold out event. I did find some of the matches boring especially when the two opponents were wrestling on the floor, in some of the most compromising positions, however I believe this is part of the skill. It is much more exciting when there is a hard hit and someone falls to the ground, which makes me question myself why I enjoy such violence. Nonetheless I found myself applauding and jumping ecstatically for some of the victories. However my stomach turned when I saw one fighter had been taking out on a stretcher. It must be so hard for the EFC fighter’s partners to watch, knowing there is great potential for their loved one to get badly hurt. Another thing that caught my attention is that nearly every EFC fighter is covered in tattoos- now I have tattoos myself but just want to know is it criteria or uniqueness- it is not that individual if every ‘Pit-bull’ has one.The second thing is song choice when the fighters come out, now many had awesome songs that got the crowd going and I am sure got them psyched up but Katy Perry- Roar- seriously?? Ndu, Dineo (his girlfriend ) and I all agreed it was a bit soft. I think song choice is imperative as it sets the tone for what type of fighter you are. All in all; I enjoyed it and understand the hype now and will go watch it again.

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National Hijack Prevention SSHCS Winter Collection drive Academy on Vehicle Highjack Prevention You are tired from a long day at work and the traffic was heavy. You pull up outside the front gates of your house, press the remote – and suddenly a man stands next to your window, holding a gun at your head. You are being hijacked. Today, hijacking is a very emotional subject in South Africa and it has taken its toll on most people’s sense of safety in the country. Join the Lambton Klip Community Policing forum (Germiston Sector 4) for a presentation by Mr. Richard Brussow from the National Hijack Prevention Academy on Vehicle Highjack Prevention (NHPA). The CPF will be holding this month’s community meeting on the 8 May 2014, at Afrikaans Hoër School, Big School hall. c /o Webber and Sinclair Rd, Lambton, Germiston, 19:00. NHPA was established in 2001, mainly conducting Hijack Prevention training countrywide. Currently they specialise in advanced driver training aimed at improving driver skill and as a result, improve road safety and vehicle safety for all. The Lambton Klip Sector CPF includes the following suburbs: Hazeldene, Hazel Park,

The Southern Suburbs Hindu Cultural Society is once again embarking on their yearly winter collection drive. The collection will end on 31 May. The drive includes the collection of: blankets, old and new clothes, groceries, cash donations or any usable items. The beneficiaries will be The Love of Christ Ministries (TLC), Adishankara Ashram (Lenasia), The Salvation Army, Ramakrishna Centre, Johannesburg Children’s Home, Lenasia Old Age Home and other charity organisations

MD of the National Hijack Prevention Academy on Vehicle Highjack Prevention (NHPA): Mr. Richard Brussow. Lambton, Denlee, Webber, Klippoortjie and Parkhill Gardens. Our meetings are held every second Thursday of the month. Contact the Lambton Klip CPF on their info line Number: 072 193 8496

Help us find: Boitumelo Brightness Bhengu Boitumelo Brightness Bhengu (24) from Tokoza, was reported missing by her mother at Germiston police station on 17 April 2014. She alleges that she last saw her daughter during December 2013 and since that day has not heard from her. Her daughter used to work at a tavern in Germiston but left during November 2013.

Please contact the following person/s for drop off points or collections: Naresh Kuverjee (Alberton/Meyersdal)083 287 4760 Rohit Desai (Glenvista/Bassonia)- 072 373 2389 Rhada Makkan (Mulbarton/Bassonia-072 228 1126 Navin Narotam (Robertsham/Mayfair083 375 3454 Rohit Patel (Winchester Hills/Gillview)082 321 3909 Vinod Chiba (Winchester Hills)-082 445 8249 Yasvant Mistry (Alberton)-082 454 0050 Raju Patel (Robertsham/ Mayfair)-082 418 5948

Missing Tumela Gomo She went missing on 25 August 2013 from the Germiston area. She is 36 years old and likes shopping, she frequents EC Qumbu rural area. Her clothing worn at the time is unknown. She is Xhosa speaking. If you have any information contact Sgt Buthelezi at Alberton SAPS on 078 623 2995 or 011 861 6800.

Ladies Tea Ladies Tea with Sonja Herholdt on 10 May 2014 at 10H00. NG Cachet Church, Primrose R100 p/p Stalls available at R200 Contact Angie 082 553 2539 or Bettie 083 651 8234 Horticultural Society14 & 28 May 14 May 19:30 - a talk by Dawid Klopper on Wild Gardens and Eco-friendly swimming pools, at the Roosevelt Recreation Centre, Preller Drive, Roosevelt Park. Phone 082 951 1432. 28 May 09:30 - a talk by Karin Spottiswoode about Kloofendal Nature Reserve’s Abundance at The Floreum, Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, Olifants Road, Emmarentia. Phone 082 951 1432. Alpha Course- 14 May St Paul’s United Church will be running an Alpha course at the church (10 Tehore Rd, Mulbarton) and all are invited. Commencement: Wednesday 14 May Time: 18:30 For more information and to book, please contact: St Paul’s Admin: 011 432 2895/6 Free Tax Workshop The South African Revenue Service would like to invite all interested parties to a series of free tax education sessions to be held at the Edenvale branch office. E@syfile and Efiling (Employer) Venue: C/o Hendrik Potgieter and van Riebeeck Road, Edenvale Date: 15 May 2014 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 For more info or to reserve your seat contact: or call: 011 861 5503/5610/5502/5572

Persons with information can contact   Lieutenant Colonel Andy Pieke at Germiston on 011 871- 5037. The National Missing Persons Bureau can also be contacted on 08600 10111.

St Catherine’s Founders Day St Catherine’s Founders Day invitation to all past pupils and parents. Date : 16 May Time : 09:30 – 12:30 Place : 31 Piercy Ave, Parkhill Gardens, Germiston Contact: or 011 827 4102 29th Ghandi walk- 18 May This 29th Gandhi Walk is dedicated to the

memory of MADIBA and will take place in Lenasia. The 10km commences at 9:00 and the 5km walk at 9:15.The first 3000 walkers to complete the walk will receive a free T shirt. Winners in each category will be presented with trophies. Miss .SA. , Miss India S.A and Miss Earth S.A. will be gracing the walk, and will be seated in open cars and will ride with the walkers. As customary in the previous Gandhi Walks free health tests for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol will be administered by Lenmed Private Hospital. Free HIV testing will be administered by MAP. Contact Mahendra Modi on 083 288 4178.     KNRA Guided walk- 11 May Time: 09:00 Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park Bird walk- 17 May Time: 07:30 Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park What to bring: Binoculars! Booking: It will be appreciated if you could RSVP via sms to 083 267 3494 if you will be coming. Just type in: “bw” (birdwalk) followed by the number of people attending. Saturday stroll24 May Time: 08:00 Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park Annual long walk25 May This is an excellent opportunity for serious hikers to test their fitness against some of the really demanding trails in the nature reserve. The total distance is approximately 20km. For those hikers who do not wish to walk the entire distance, ‘escape’ facilities will be offered at various stages along the trails. Water will be supplied at various points along the trail but hikers should ensure that they carry an additional supply together with any food that they may require. KNRA guides will be available at strategic points along the trail to ensure that hikers are safe and also to assist where necessary. Time: Registration is from 08:00 - 09:00. Once registered participants Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park


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Pirates for good

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St. Catherine’s School’s Grade 4 class spent the first term in the first term under the theme ‘Pirates.’ The class ended the term with a similarly themed dress up day.

Learning on the move Holy Rosary Grade 12 Geography tour girls recently spent a few hours at the top of Table Mountain, enjoying a magnificent Cape Town day and lots of learning too. The girls began their tour in Cape Town and then headed to Namibia.

Ruth Farrer, Kirsty-Lee Bird, Chantelle Smith, Jazmyn Joubert, Hannah Kempe, Mrs Oosthuizen and Kim Ransom. Front row: Natasha Dixon, Kayleigh Welch and Cassidy Meredith.

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thevote ByNietoHernandez

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors - Plato. Over the past five years the ANC has been engaged in several campaigns to clean up the public image of its president. In all it’s efforts I believe that the ruling party has consciously or unconsciously compromised its own identity and ultimately lost it. It is very difficult to, without referencing or making mention of previous victories, state the ruling party’s core stance and this leads me to the following questions - Has the ANC lost its identity in the process of saving Zuma’s and do we still have an ANC? Opposition campaigns have latched on to this failure to weigh up issues and prioritize. Many have gone to the point of stating that Jacob Zuma has become larger than the ANC. Leading up to the elections on Wednesday I can certainly say the ANC will emerge victorious and that is all well, but I question if we can afford another five years where we are constantly unsure about the direction our ship is sailing in? There are many questions to consider, and all can only be answered by the ANC... Supposing it still exists under all the clout. Can the country afford another five years of an identity-less ruling party? The conduct of public affairs for personal gains seems to be the one thing which is the obvious current identity of the former liberation movement. I have heard many arguments about this, but I maintain that we cannot be content with victories of the past whilst we all agree this nation is yet to reach its full potential. One positive that the ANC has managed to pull off is the ability to control the political environment in the country, this is the same control which will see them emerge victorious after the 7 May polls. There are three critical areas which will see ANC retain power as far as I’m concerned. One; many people believe that voting will change nothing and thus abstain from voting. Two; fears have over the years been cemented in the minds of the voting constituency, and these fears still result in defensive voting patterns as opposed to (progressive) votes informed by policy and the political party’s will to serve the indignant. Three; the opposition has also fallen into the trend of Identitylessness - opposition parties are very vocal about what the ANC is doing and forget to tell us what they are about, and by so doing miss out on a major opportunity to present what they offer. As mentioned in many previous discussions, I don’t write because I have answers, but I write to find out from you what possible solutions could be forged. One problematic solution which was presented to the voter some few weeks back was that voters should consider foregoing the elections. I personally don’t understand how protesting by refusing to vote will positively affect the state of things, in my mind all this would achieve would be to give more power to the undesired. The way I understand democracy is that the people are periodically given the opportunity to choose their leaders through a vote. Votes are tallied and the party with the most votes leads until the next voting period, so in essence abstaining from voting in protest is like shooting yourself in the foot because you will end up governed by someone you had no say in choosing. A better option would be to give the vote to another party, in that way the protest better reaches the objective by diluting the power of the party you are not content with. Another key to Wednesday’s election is the youth vote, while many members of the pre 1994 generations may still vote on the bases of the defensive vote or a vote influenced by sentiment, the post 1994 voters introduce a fresh variant to this election. The born-free vote has been a subject of many discussions, and rightfully so because this segment of the population will give us insight into the future voting trends in the country. It is interesting how history repeats itself, there are one very significant similarities between the 1994 generation and the youth of 1967; both were presented with circumstances which placed them right on the threshold of change. We know what action the 76 generation took, now we wait to see whether the 94 generation has what it takes to stand. Wednesday may seem like an end, but in reality it is a beginning and I’m interested more in the attitude of the constituency after the election. For me an ideal situation would be one where the people of South Africa remain sensitive to the political environment, I don’t believe that regressing into politically carefree state of existence will be to the benefit of the country, we need to constantly demand responsibility and accountability from those we delegate the task of leadership to. Voters need to realize that the power is theirs and that our leaders are only stewards responsible for executing the will of the people. Let’s chat, share your opinion on any of the raised ideas, also let us know of your voting experience. Email voice@tametimes. or tweet @nietovoice.

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Ignoring e-toll bills- A day out with a criminal offence

lion cubs

Many people who are against the e-toll system use e-toll roads frequently without paying their accumulated e-toll bills. However, the reality is that refusing to pay e-toll bills is a criminal offence for which one could be imprisoned. According to Dino Montepara, attorney at Malherbe Rig & Ranwell Inc., there is a lot of speculation surrounding the legal implications of dodging e-toll bills, as no arrest for avoiding bills has been recorded as of yet. However, were SANRAL to decide that they want to arrest those who refuse to pay, one could face a six-month jail sentence. “SANRAL is empowered through legislation to create tolling facilities on roads and to collect levered tolls. The legislation puts a requirement on us to pay e-toll. If not, it is a criminal offence,”

explained Montepara. Apart from the taking legal action to recover the toll levies, SANRAL may also give civil fines, which are equivalent to the South African consumer right index; and increases in relation to this index. The current ratio of e-tag users versus those who do not have e-tags is approximately 500:100; which works out to five times the original amount for those without e-tags. Those without e-tags who pay within the seven day grace period can get an 82% discount, among others for certain time periods, but the reality remains that not only is it much more expensive to be a non-registered user without an e-tag, but avoiding to pay altogether could result in a jail sentence; should e-tolls become permanent.

Children from St Mary’s Children’s Home, which is situated in Rossettenville, were spoiled by Thaba Ya Batswana last week. The children got to spend the afternoon at the Eco Hotel playing in the outside area of Kraal Kombuis. They were treated to a delicious meal and the best of all they visited Lombardi Lions where they interacted with lion cubs. The children were placed in groups of 10 when visiting the lions. They heard a predator educational talk on lions before they had the once in a lifetime experience of coming face to face with a lion cub. Some of the children were scared at first however once one child held a cub the rest quickly followed, not wanting to miss out on the fun. “This day was just about spoiling the children,” Marguerite Erasmus, Thaba Ya Batswana’s marketing manager said. Lombardi Lions is situated at Thaba Ya Batswana and houses eight lion cubs. Retha Lombard, the marketing director of Lombardi Lions explained to tame TIMES that they have had a lion breeding farm in the North West for the past 16 years. The lion cubs will come from the farm to the facility in Johannesburg for a period between six to 12 weeks then go back to the farm. The lion cub can’t be younger than 4 weeks or older than six months. “We don’t just put the lions on show we also offer and education predator programme,” Lombard said.

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ROARING SMILE: A child from St Mary’s Children Home holds Zuri, a pure genetic white lion who is 6 to 7 weeks old. For more information on Lombardi Lions please contact Retha Lombard on 071 887 5656.St. Mary’s Children’s Home is situated at 42 Zinnia Street, Rosettenville. Contact: 011 435 3820

PREDATOR EDUCATIONAL TALK: The children learn about lions.

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Where do I vote

National Orders for Stalwarts

Ruth First was one of the stalwarts who were bestowed with the Order of Luthuli for their contribution to democracy, peace and human rights. On the 20 anniversary of a democratic South Africa, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation congratulates the 54 individuals who have received National Orders from the Presidency. The fact that today, South Africa can celebrate the successes of people for their contribution to society, and not on the basis of race, should in itself be celebrated. The Foundation particularly recognises the accolades bestowed

on struggle veterans for their contribution to a democratic, nonracist and non-sexist state. Former Robben Island prisoner, Ahmed Kathrada, who serves on the Advisory Council on National Orders, was especially happy that the list of recipients in the political component cut across a wide spectrum of people, with diversity in ideology, gender and race. Kathrada, who has always been of the opinion that the unsung heroines

and heroes of the struggle should be recognised, believes that today’s event has contributed towards that. “It is our hope that the sacrifices of these individuals is not only recognised through the National Orders, but that their life stories can be captured in more detail, and retold to young people,” Kathrada said. “We hope that youth from across the country, take the stalwarts who were honoured today as role models. If it were not for these and other individuals, South Africa may not have been marking its 20th anniversary of freedom,” he added. Some of the recipients included: Order of Mendi: Shirish Nanabhai, Reggie Vandeyar and Indres Naidoo Order of Luthuli: Abdulhay Jassat, Ruth First, Wolfie Kodesh, Popo Molefe and Zephania Mothopeng Order of Mapungubwe: Ismail Mohamed Order of the Companions of OR Tambo: Alfre Woodard and Gwendolen Carter.

Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll and to find out which voting station you’re registered at, please check your voter registration status online or SMS your ID number to 32810. You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. However, if you’re outside your voting district on Election Day you may vote at another voting station in South Africa. If you’re outside the province where you’re registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election, and you’ll be asked to complete a form (VEC 4) at the voting station.

Shembe calls on churches co-operation Inkosi Phakama Shembe calls on Gauteng Shembe members to vote ACDP On Saturday, at Fundisizwe Hall in Johannesburg, Bishop Phakama Shembe of the Nazareth Baptist Church in Gauteng announced that Shembe Church members wanted a permanent cooperation with the ACDP. He called on all members to vote for the ACDP on 7 May, so that they could – with ACDP MPs as trustworthy representatives of their needs – have a say in Parliament. Together with the ACDP, he said. Christian voters, he said, need a political party they can trust to act in their best interests. They do not deserve to be misled by politicians who “arrive only when it is voting time and then change the rules of the Most High.” The Bishop also called on Nazareth Baptist Church members in other provinces, as well as the Zionists, the Apostolics and followers of Tata Modise to vote ACDP on 7 May.

Bishop Phakama Shembe told his congregation that the Church wanted to deal with pressing social problems such as unemployment and poverty.

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Registered parties 2014 The total number of registered parties participating in the 2014 elections is 200 parties The number of Parties which are registered nationally is 152 while the remaining 48 are registered provincially – Gauteng is represented by 7 provincially registered political parties.

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Should ex-pats be allowed to vote? There was a lot of activity on social media last Wednesday with South Africans who live in South Africa viewing their opinions on whether ex-pats should be allowed to vote in the elections. Some SA Citizens feel if they have run away they shouldn’t be allowed to vote but if they are on holiday they should. Another said they most ex-pats who are negative about South African wouldn’t care to vote and most probably didn’t. Ex- pats also had their say saying they have family in SA and vote in hopes to make it a better country for their family to stay in while others vote in hopes to come back to South Africa. Other interesting point that was brought up was if convicts should be allowed to vote. Share your thoughts with

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Voting is a birth right tame TIMES spoke to ex-pats living abroad and asked them about their voting experience and why they think they should be able to vote. Andrew Preston has been in the United Kingdom for almost 12 years. Voting experience My wife and I arrived shortly after 7:00. There was a tube strike on so we walked part of the way. A number of our friends chose to cycle in. We joined the queue in Trafalgar Square. The majority of people seemed happy to wait to be able to vote. The officials were friendly and were in good spirits. I did find it a bit odd that so many checks were done before I could actually vote. I found it a lot easier voting in the UK and EU elections. The whole process took about 2 and half hours. I had reports of friends taking up to 3 and half hours. Overall I was very happy to have the opportunity to vote and have my say in how SA is governed - I feel a part of process. Why do you think as an ex-pat you should be able to vote? I consider voting a birth right that all South African citizens should have. Any talk of limiting voting rights to those that only live in SA is rather short sighted. There are numerous examples of people that still contribute to SA even though they don’t live there. I worked for a start-up company in SA while I was based in London. The company now employs over 100 people. Should I not have some say? On a related note around voting abroad, I read some reports that in the UK over 250K people were eligible to vote but only around 10K registered to do so online. This is rather disappointing. Why can’t there be postal votes or electronic voting to encourage

The queue Andrew Preston stood in at Trafalgar Square to cast his vote. higher rates of voting participation. Would you come back to South Africa? My wife and I are considering coming back to SA for family reasons this year. The level of crime and opportunities for work still concern us. We hope that the new government does more to stop crime and crack down on corruption.

Ex-pats make their mark

Proud to cast my vote Ashleigh Jackman has been living in London for 11 years I set off early to vote and make my mark at 7:00. The doors had just opened and I was surprised to see a cue of hundreds of eager South Africans already there. In typical SA style we took the 2 and half hours in the queue to catch up with friends and make new ones. Once inside the South Africa house the process was pretty slick and quick. The officials being mostly friendly and helpful. South Africa will always be home. I visit family a couple of times a year and often spend most of my holidays in South Africa. I was so proud to cast my vote and play my part in South Africa’s future.

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN: The colours of the SA flag being worn proudly.

The first votes in the 2014 national elections were cast on 30 April as voters abroad voted at South African missions around the world. Some 406 South Africans who successfully registered to vote at the South African High Commission in Auckland, New Zealand were the first to vote when polling opens at 7:00 on 30 April which is 21:00 in South African time. They were followed by more than 26 000 voters who applied successfully to cast their ballots at 116 missions around the world over the next 33 hours. The final votes were cast in Los Angeles where polls closed at 6:00 South African time on 1 May. All voting stations in 123 cities were reported ready for voting in the national elections having received all materials and training. Once completed, the ballots from each voting station were collected in secure, sealed bags and transported to Pretoria where they will be counted for inclusion in the national results. The city with the largest number of voters is London where 9 863 voters applied to cast their votes. The city

with the smallest number is Bissau, Guinea Bissau where just a single voter applied. Responding to concerns that South Africans abroad had not been adequately informed of the process to apply for overseas votes, Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya said the Electoral Commission had worked closely with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in promoting overseas voting among eligible voters.“Electoral prescripts provide that all registered voters who are registered in voting districts in the Republic as well as those registered against the international segment of the voters’ roll must notify the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to vote at the mission at which they intend voting within 15 days of the proclamation of the election. This period ended on the 12 March 2014,” Mr Moepya explained. The Electoral Commission had in conjunction with DIRCO run a dedicated communication campaign aimed at registered citizens who are ordinarily resident outside of the Republic.

The top 10 largest overseas voting stations are: • London •  Dubai •  Canberra •  Kinshasa •  The Hague •  New York •  Doha •  Dublin •  Khartoum

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Mafikizolo clean GrandDesignsLive upatSAMA20 Grand Designs Live brought to you by DionWired, the most extensive, inspirational and downright fabulous home and garden show, returns to the Coca-Cola Dome from 23 to 25 May. Now in its fifth year, it’s become an annual pilgrimage where home lovers can browse through the absolute best innovations on offer in the home and garden worlds. Grand Designs Live Home & Garden Show has developed into an all-encompassing experience where visitors can enjoy the delights of many different areas and specialist stands.

This year sees the return of some of the most popular of these, as well as some very special additions. Time: 10:00 – 18:00 on Friday 23May 09:00 – 18:00 on Saturday 24May 09:00 – 17:00 on Sunday 25 May Price: R85 (Pensioners and Students: R60, children under 12 are free) Contact: 011 835 1565 Visit

Afro-pop duo, Mafikizolo, collected a total eight awards at SAMA 20.

Tamiaabeautifulsurprise Canadian-born R&B singer Tamia Hill (38) arrived in South Africa a full week before her three-city tour (Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth). Tamia said she felt at home whenever she visited South Africa. The visit to the country was the singer’s third visit to South Africa. Tamia performed two shows at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena. The purpose of Tamia’s visit was to promote her latest album Beautiful Surprise. Although this was tour was meant to showcase the new album, Tamia mixed up the repertoire occasionally taking fans on a nostalgic journey down memory lane with songs like ‘Stranger in My House’ and ‘Still.’ Tamia was supported by local artist; Leanne, who was noticed when she made the Top 20 in X Factor UK in 2012. The Eldos born songstress had the crowd on their feet and adequately warmed up and Tamia Hill at her first night’s performance at Carnival City’s ready to receive Tamia. Big Top Arena.

Mafikizolo sealed their comeback in triumphant style at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards – winning five awards at the main ceremony on Monday (28 April 2014) to add to their three trophies at the industry awards earlier on the same day. This brought the popular Afro-pop duo’s total haul to an incredible eight awards at SAMA 20. They scooped an armful of trophies for Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year, Best Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Best Selling Ring-back Tone, Best Selling Full-track Download and Best Selling Mobile Music Download of the Year and in the most hotly contested category of the night - the Kia Record of the Year, The star-studded event at the Sun City Superbowl marked 20 years of the SAMAs – held, fittingly, on the Freedom Day public holiday commemorating the country’s 20th anniversary of democracy – and saw the beautiful and talented people of Mzansi coming out to play in their glad rags, to celebrate SA music’s finest. Zahara bagged a brace of awards, the songstress was crowned Female Artist of the Year for Phendula, which was also named the Best Selling Album of last year. It was an exceptional night on which South African music was the big winner, and the countdown has already begun to SAMA 21 – when the awards truly come of age. Some of the other awards collected on the night: Best Selling Album Zahara Phendula

Remix of the Year Oskido  Tsa Ma Ndebele

Lifetime Achievement Awards Ladysmith Black Mambazo Phuzekhemisi

Highest Airplay of the Year 2013 DJ Kent ft. The Arrows    Spin My World Around.

Best Alternative Album Nakhane Touré  Brave Confusion Best Live DVD Zonke  Give and Take Live 

New comer, Nakhane Toure announced his arrival on the music scene with a SAMA for the best alternative album.

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Russian Ballet

The Crown of Russia Ballet at Emperors Palace is the perfect entry to the world of ballet with its dynamic showcase of the classic and contemporary take on the refined art form; seasoned ballet supporters will know from the line-up and quality of the Russian Ballet Company that this is one of the productions not to be missed. Venue: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace Dates: 07 to 11 May 2014 My Boetie Se Sussie Se Ou Ray Cooney’s come laugh a minute show is back with the hilarious “My Boetie Se Sussie Se Ou” show. Come laugh together over the antics of john Smit and his two families, that are blissfully unaware of each other’s existence. Venue: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace Dates: 12 May to 1 June 2014 Kings and Queens of Comedy It’s a Nationalized Comedy Royal Flush! The Blu Blood, Kings and Queens of Comedy is South Africa’s leading comedy brand and is set to take the Nation by storm. The masses

have called for the royal court of The Kings & Queens of Comedy to take a national tour this 2014. With a royal flush of SA comedy giants, featuring Riaad Moosa, Marc Lottering, Darren Simpson, Darren Maule, Anele Mdoda, just to name a few, it is guaranteed to be a show of hysterically proportions! Venue: Centre Court, Emperors Palace Dates: 30 and 31 May 2014 Really Good Weekends Join Micasa as they set the tone for a day of chilled-vibes and Afro-pop diva, Unathi, as spoils the crowd with her sultry voice at Really Good Weekends. Really Good Weekends is a monthly music and lifestyle event series aimed at mature, urban music enthusiasts, where music lovers can enjoy top live local performances by award winning bands in a comfortable, safe and relaxed environment. Bring your chair and your umbrellas and gather some friends for great fun! Bookings essential! Venue: Garden of Vespasian D’oreale Grande Hotel-Emperors Palace Dates: 25 May 2014 Time: 12:00 For More information, ticket prices & Bookings please contact Emperors Palace on 011 928 1297/1213 or Computicket on 0861 915 8000.

TinkerBellandthePirateFairy With another public holiday and the schools closed for this week, many youngsters were happily entertined by the delightful Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, which was released nationally at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Thursday, 01 May. In order to get the job done, the country’s leading cinema chain made the release of the movie even more fun for the children by hosting a variety of events at select sites. The animated movie, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, will also release in 3D at select sites. All sorts of fun, games and activities created an interactive experience coupled with wonderful prizes. Children received prizes for

dressing up or having their faces painted as their favorite fairy. The cinema activations took place on Thursday, 01 May at various Ster-Kinekor cinemas including Eastgate. For more information about Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy, and to book your tickets, visit: or call Ticketline on 082 16789.

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Spider-Man amazes at Truly one of the most anticipated movies of 2014. We were last introduced to Spider-Man in 2012 with the reboot The Amazing Spider Man. We now have The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro. Starring Andrew Garfield who plays nerdy sarcastic Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy the original love interest of Spider-Man. The story continues with Peter Parker as he juggles his personal life along with his super hero life. We are introduced to a number of new characters such as Electro played by surprisingly by Jamie Foxx, as well as Paul Giamati as Rhino. We were introduced to Harry Osbourne played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man; we now have Dane De Haan previously seen in Chronicle.

With a number of great actors and special effects that is a feast for the eyes The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro delivers much more than its predecessor. Also if you read the comics you will be ok, but for those who haven’t, surprise at the end! Oh and if you are a Marvel Fan, be sure to stay tuned through to the credits. Make sure you see this one at your nearest Ster-Kinekor.

Wherewordsfailmusicspeaks The Alter Fan Cam is a new brand that Darryl Putter and ZukhumNan Emmanuel launched that brings life to live music events. The duo aims like to show people what the music has with visuals. Alter Fan Cam visits music events by choice or by request and video record at songs song, take pictures and enjoy the show as any fan would. The equipment used is minimal, one good camera and lens. They record the songs in one take, moving between the crowd and stage. “We get up close and personal, the camera is hand-held which only adds to the authenticity. The idea is to give the fans perspective on a gig, for two reasons, the fan watching can relive the moments and the band can show its fans the experience they’re in for. We even dance with the camera or get knocked around by the moshers. We try to re-frame the shot as quickly as the eye see’s new or interesting things. The result is a rather simply

made, yet effective video,” Putter said. The Alter Fan Cam is accessible to anyoneevent organisers, fans, advertisers but the bands get first choice. Previews are posted which features clips from each band after which bands can request full recordings and photos included. Their most recent work is compilation pieces of events such as LCNVL and Break the Silence 3. Other good examples are videos for Ultra Fest South Africa, Haezer, WEAREONE, Among the Clouds and Bought By Blood. Alter Fan Cam also offers full set recordings, live music videos, music videos, lyric videos, interview videos, announcement videos, documentaries, band photography and editing services. You can view the Alter Fan Cam on For more information Darryl Putter Photography  on 074 062 7383 or

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South Africans score big in the USA

Juniors primed for All-Africa Junior defence The young quartet tasked with keeping South Africa’s winning record alive at the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship at Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka departed in high spirits for Zambia on Saturday (26 April 2014).The 19th edition of the prestigious junior team championship tees off on Monday and will showcase the talent of Southern Africa’s finest junior golfers from countries such as Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Namibia and Mauritius. The country’s under-19 side includes Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo, Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula, Altin van der Merwe from the Western Province and Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie. “The team is determined to emulate the side

that claimed a 58 shot victory over Zimbabwe at Le Touessrok in Mauritius last year,” said team manager, Kevin Stone. “One thing is for certain; the boys have done the work and they are ready for the challenge ahead. All four players have proven their individual prowess and team playing abilities this season.” Stone added. Stone and his family have a long history with junior golf in South Africa and the professional was pleased to be asked to guide the team to the country’s 16th consecutive victory. “Our family has been involved with junior golf in this country for more than 40 years, my dad went with Ernie Els to the World Junior in San Diego in 1985 and now, 30 years later, I am going to Zambia with Ernie’s nephew, Jovan. It’s a real privilege and honour for me to accompany this team,” said Stone.

Ashleigh Simon. * Photo by: Dale Boyce. South Africans Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto enjoyed a fortuitous fortnight in the United States, as both players cashed in at the last two events on the LPGA Tour. LPGA rookie Reto claimed her first cheque with a tie for 22nd at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii last week, while Simon wrapped up a top 15 finish at the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday 27 April. Simon had a short week in Hawaii, and was on the reserve list in in San Francisco. However, the three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner got the call and barely had the time

to find a replacement for regular caddie, David Buhai, before she had to tee it up at Lake Merced Golf Club. Simon made excellent use of the opportunity, though. “It’s just crazy how things happen in life,” said an elated Simon from San Francisco after adding a welcomed $24,595 to her bank account. “I had an absolutely awesome week in San Francisco. I went from being second reserve on Thursday morning to getting into the tournament, had 20 minutes to find a caddie and to tee it up and ended up having my best finish so for on the LPGA Tour.

The SA U-19 team depart for the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship in Lusaka, Zambia. From left to right - Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula, Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie, Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo and Altin van der Merwe from the Western Province. Photo by: Desiree Stone.


Leaders all round Hello to all of you passionate cricket lovers out there. I trust that you have all enjoyed the last few weeks of the IPL which is filling the void of International cricket at the moment. It would seem that we are oblivious and nothing else is of any importance in the cricketing world at this time, so we say. The cricket fraternity is currently experiencing an equivalent of the British Premiere Soccer League, -alla-, the “Window Period” where we appoint coaches, captains, sell and loan players; and put structures in place that will benefit particular National, Provincial or Franchise teams.I want to bring to your attention, that we at this time, do not know who will be the new Proteas Test Captain going forward. As far as I am concerned, there is only one player that can and will take over from Graeme Smith, as the Test Captain; and that is AB De Villiers, who I am sure will do the role of the Proteas skipper admirably. DeVilliers has proven that he is arguably the best natural cricketing brain at the moment in South Africa; and one of the best all-round batsman in the world in all formats of the game who leads from example and would be the obvious choice to lead the Proteas for at least the next ten years. He has consistently shown with both the bat and the gloves that he would be the man to take the Proteas forward. We are very fortunate in that AB’s former AFFIES School Boy team mate, in Faf Du Plessis, could and

should be appointed as the Vice Captain for the Proteas. Faf has certainly grown in popularity with the South African public, in recent times in terms of his consistency in all formats of the game. By Craig Norris Both of these players, I am sure will certainly bring a new brand of cricket going forward. Across the other Test playing Nations, ex Sri Lankan opening batsman, Marvan Aatapattu has been appointed as the Sri Lankan coach, due to Paul Farbrace opting to join Peter Moores as the England assistant coach. Moores is now in the seat for a second stint and I wonder if he would consider Kevin Pietersen as a trump card in his future plans. Moores and Pietersen fell out with each other a couple of years ago, but this could be the pair that takes English cricket back to the top of the pile. I must take this opportunity and wish Lawrence Mahatlane all the very best on his appointment as the National u/19 Coach. Good luck to all the public as you cast your special vote tomorrow, ensuring that this great country lives on for ever. God Bless South Africa.

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New EFC Welterweight champ Laurelle Williams Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) 29 smashed Carnival City last Thursday with the eleven bouts on the fight card however it was the much anticipated clash between Welterweight Champion Dino Bagattin and contender Henry Fadipe that had the crowd roaring. The short lived fight ended when the 22-year-old Nigerian born Fadipe, who fights out of Ireland, knocked out Bagattin in the first round, winning both countries(Ireland and Nigeria) their first ever EFC AFRICA championship belt. Fadipe made his way to the title shot in less than a year. At only 21-years-old, he crossed the continent to face the might of Tumelo Maphuta. He delivered a split draw after knocking Maphuta down repeatedly. He went on to demolish Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden with punches and an ankle lock in the first round. After that he laid Michiel Opperman out cold with two elbows clubbed straight to the jaw. Bagattin got a taste of Fadipe’s punch when he was dropped by Fadipe’s straight right. Morne Prinsloo was taken out on a stretcher after Mark Hulme pounded him however Hulme was disqualified due to illegal strikes and Prinsloo was announced the winner. The Ricky Misholas vs Dewald Botes bout as well as the Wade Groth vs. Alexandra Cheboub bout proved to be entertaining. The heavyweight Misholas won by a technical knock-out (TKO) and lightweight Gross also won by a technical knock-out (TKO). The Smith vs Opperman bout was highly contested with both being champions and it showed in the fight. Smith bled through most of the fight with a cut on his eye and was the clear crowd favourite however it was Opperman who won in the end by points in a split decision. Brendon Katz was pinned under Barend Nienaber most of his fight and was clearly disappointed when Nienaber won. Nienaber went on to stay that was his game plan to keep Katz on the floor as he knew he was a striker. Henry Fadipe won the knock out of the night award for his stone cold KO of the former champion, Dino Bagattin, and Michiel Opperman and Jeremy Smith won the fight of the night award for their sensational three round bouts. In addition Wade Groth and Alexander Cheboub won performance bonuses for their supreme back and forth clash. EFC AFRICA 29 full results are: Tyson Chelin defeated Mbulelo Swekile via unanimous decision. Saxon Delafield defeated Pietie Coxen via submission (armbar) 0:31 into round 1. Gordon Roodman defeated Pupanga Tresor via submission (armbar) 2:29 into round 2. Ricky Misholas defeated Dewald Botes via TKO 4:28 into round 2. Morne Prinsloo defeated Mark Hulme via DQ (illegal strikes) 1:49 into round 1. Francois Groenewald defeated Leo Gloss via TKO 3:32 into round 1. Gareth Buirski defeated Peter Nyide via TKO 4:36 into round 1. Wade Groth defeated Alexander Cheboub via TKO 4:06 into round 2. Michiel Opperman defeated Jeremy Smith via split decision. Barend Nienaber defeated Brendon Katz via unanimous decision. Henry Fadipe defeated Dino Bagattin via KO 3:09 into round 1

HERCULEEZ: Henry Fadipe roars after his win. *Photo taken by EFCAFRICA.

PERFORMANCE BONUSES: Wade Groth and Alexander Cheboub were awarded for their supreme back and forth clash.

STEEL EYED: Ricky Misholas before his fight.

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