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>> Grade 12 Kuswag pupil selected to attend the Applause Rising Talent Showcase in Orlando, Florida SONJA NELL

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ISING star Angelique Janssen from Athlone Park is preparing to take Hollywood by storm. Angelique, a Grade 12 pupil at Kuswag Skool, was selected to attend the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (Arts) in Orlando, Florida in June. Artsisaweek-longconventionwhereaspiring artists attend workshops and competitions and are judged by agents and industry leaders with the possibility of landing contracts. Angelique has been preparing for this incredible opportunity since her selection. “Mygoalistogivemybestineachofthecategories so agents will notice me and sign me to theiragency.IamhopingtoimpressDisney,the NewYorkFilmAcademy,MGMWeberCastings and BMG Records,” she said. “In January I attended a two-and-a-half day workshop in Johannesburg where I received training in singing, modelling and acting by top coaches. “Ihavebeenbusywithphotoshoots,modelling exams, beauty pageants, charity events and private lessons every afternoon and am trying my best to keep up with my school work. “During the first week in April I will receive 12 hours of acting coaching in Johannesburg. I am also busy with final preparation for Miss Teen KZN as I believe the title will provide me

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Aspiring actress and model Angelique Janssen from Athlone Park will audition in front of Hollywood agents this year.

with a bigger platform to reach out to more people through my charity projects which forms part of my preparation for Arts.” When Angelique heard her school had old tables and chairs it wanted to get rid of, she asked if she could give them to Embokodweni Primary in Umlazi. She got Trevor Vilares, owner of Do It All Contractors, to deliver them last Friday. “I have grown a lot as a person on this journey. “I realised through this process how passionate I am about being a performer and how dedicated I am to make my dream a reality. “I recently met inspiring actor and Survivor 2011 winner Hykie Berg when he shared his testimony with us at school. “Afterwards I told him how inspired I was when our principal encouraged me to tell him of my upcoming auditions in the U.S. “I almost fainted when he took both my hands, looked me straight in the eye, and told me to follow my dreams, no matter what happens. I will carry those words with me forever.” Her proud mother Yvonne will accompany her to America. “Angelique has always said she will be in Americasomeday,strivingtomakeherdreams a reality. “And now, it is less than 100 days before our departure to the U.S. Even when people laughed at her dreams, she persevered, worked hard and kept going,” Yvonne said.

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>>ucnews1@feveronline.co.za ARE Umdoni’s ANC municipal bosses playing games with the protesters from the Umzinto Testing Centre Action Committee (Uteca)? The drawn-out battle between the two groups recently moved from the council chamber to the ANC’s Umzinto offices and there are those in Uteca who are saying “they will never fire Luthuli. They are tying us up in meetings to find out how little they may have to give away to our other demands in order to keep Luthuli inhisseatasmunicipalmanager”,onedelegate told the Fever. Not everyone agrees with that assessment. Some from Uteca’s hierarchy insist: “We have not conceded a millimetre, least of all over the firing of Luthuli. We have sent them back to the ANC’s caucus to decide how best they can meet all our demands especially the Luthuli issue.” But as several local political commentators have observed, all the groups demanding Luthuli’s head should be looking at the clout or lack of clout they pack. The upcoming election is not for the municipality so no councillors’ seats are on the line.

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Chaired by Umdoni Mayor Siyabonga Khwela (head of table), the Umdoni district ANC meets with Uteca members at the local ANC offices.

Even if disenchanted locals sent a message at the polling booth, it will probably not create a discernible dip in the ANC’s national or even provincial majority. “Over a long period of time, consistently ignoring its supporters’ wishes could harm the ANC, but such is Luthuli’s status in the party that it may carry the day and keep his job intact in the meantime,” an ANC source told the Fever.

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Bernadotte Road has been reduced to a single lane while 320m of sewer line is replaced.

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ORK on replacing the problematic Bernadotte Road trunk sewer line in Amanzimtoti is under way. A permanent work site has been erected by the contractors at the corner of Kort and Bernadotte roads for their site camp. The traffi c along the affected portion of Bernadotte Road is now limited to a single lane until the job is completed. The problems started two years ago when sinkholes appeared on the verge as a result of collapse of the pipe.

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These sinkholes were repaired by exposing the pipe and building a manhole over the collapsed pipe. The holes became more frequent and ended up bigger in size. The design department was asked to assist in a method of repairing these large breaks. During this process, Wastewater Networks was unable to contain the high flows coming from the Commercial Road pump station and, as an emergency, contractors were invited to submit prices for the diversion of the Commercial Road rising main (which discharged into the Bernadotte Trunk Sewer) and connect it directly into the Umdoni Road pump station. Itwashopedthatthereductionofflowwould enable Wastewater Networks to clean the trunk sewer and re-establish flow in the trunk sewer, however additional collapses prevented this and the flow has been contained since then by over-pumping. It was decided, as an emergency, to invite tenders for the repair and replacement of the trunk sewer, with a smaller diameter pipe. The work entails excavation and removal of 320m of the 750 mm diameter sewer and replacing this with a 315 mm diameter sewer pipe. The excavation depths range from 2.5m to 6m. The insitu material is very sandy and there is a high water table, requiring closed couple shoring for the excavations. The balance of the sewer will be sliplined, which requires the pulling of a 355 mm diameter, thermally welded HDPe pipe through the existing pipe and the annulus will be filled with sand.

Following the death of Martin Felix, the previous chairman of the Scottburgh Cluster Policing Forum, Derek Gravett has been elected chairman. At the announcement are (from left) Peter Brittain (acting chairman) Colonel Naicker (station commissioner, Scottburgh Police Cluster and Derek Gravett.

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>>ucnews1@feveronline.co.za SERIOUS crime in the Scottburgh police cluster area declined by about seven percent on an annual basis in February, but several categories of crime continue to show worrying levels of incidence. Notable among them are burglary, armed robbery and theft of motor vehicles with Scottburgh,Amandawe,ParkRynieandPennington among the most affected areas. Bazley also remained a concern, particularly burglaries at holiday homes. Security company spokespersons have stressed that failure to have alarm systems regularlymonitored, particularlythebatteries, is contributing to the higher incidence of burglary. It is recommended that homeowners test the system periodically by switching off the transformer and checking if the system remains active. If not, the probability is that the battery is defective. In the KwaCele area, stock theft has been at

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disturbinglevelsbutpolicefocusintheareahas seen a marked improvement recently. Freedom Park was reported as quiet in respect of all serious crimes. Theftofvehiclesandfromvehiclesisaworry with thieves focusing on older vehicles, especially Toyota Tazz and Mazda brands. Inferior security features and the fact that such vehicles often belong to elderly and less cautious people, are some of the attractions. Younger perpetrators are becoming more common, aggravating police problems because of limitations on bringing them to book. Two juveniles, recently charged for alleged attempted vehicle theftnearthebeachfrontpavilion,were reportedly discharged by the court. Changes to the liquor laws became effective on28Februaryandincludedrevokingdrinking in public as an offence. However, Scottburgh police are invoking municipal by-laws which determine it as illegal in specific areas. Police efforts will have to focus on the upcoming election, and training in crowd management is being extended.


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A METRO Police dog was killed in the line of duty and his handler injured on Wednesday, 12 March. Initial reports are sketchy, but it appears Officer Shawn Jooste and his dog Khulu, both well-known in the Amanzimtoti community, were in pursuit of a copper-theft suspect in Malvern. Khulu apparently tackled the man and they fell on a live wire and both died after being electrocuted.

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HEcuttingback—ifnotdown—ofa100plus-year-old Umdoni tree on the pavement in Taylor Street, Scottburgh, opposite Scottburgh Golf Club, has triggered a major row which is taking on racial and violent connotations. According to local environmentalist Adrienne Edgson, the tree, which is rated as a “champion of its kind” may not be damaged without special permission and certainly not on the strength of the blessing of the local

authority which reportedly was given. Of more concern are reports that a man, who appeared to be the owner of the adjacent house, swore and used racial insults at various people who remonstrated with him. Another man accompanying him, allegedly produced an unholstered 9mm firearm, claiming he was a police officer and entitled to shoot anybody who “threatened his colleague’s rights”. One charge has been laid as a result of these allegations,butseveralcomplainantsarealleging that police are showing disinclination to pursue the issue.

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OTOR distributor Halfway Toyota gave the new Toyota Corolla Marque a resoundingsend-offatitsParkRyniepremises on Thursday, 13 March. Clients and prospective clients turned out in force to ogle the newest generation in the life of one of the most popular icons on the road. Greeting them at the entrance were sales manager Travis Clarke, sales executive Jenny Richardson and dealer principal Hubert Bergh. A sideshow was the “vetting” of contestants in the Tour Natal Rally

Halfway Toyota launches new Corolla which started the following day in Scottburgh and guests were able to mingle with some of the crews. The Corolla Marque comes in 11 models covering four engine sizes — 1.3 litre, 1.6 litre and a new 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel — with power outputs ranging from 73kW to 103kW. Among the customers was Umzinto veteran Ticka Ally who related to the Fever how he had bought his first Toyota — a 1971 Hilux oneton bakkie — from owner George Baikie’s father for R1 695 “out the box”. He wished Halfway well and urged it to “keep up the good work”. • See more photos on Upper Coast Fever’s website www.uppercoast fever.co.za

VOX POP DEREK HAGAR ‘No, it’s not clean and kept. There appears to be a complete lack of control over the car guards, a lack of visible policing — more specifically by Metro — and the town is not well kept in general.’

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Greeting Halfway Toyota’s guests at the launch are (from left) Hubert Bergh (dealer principal), Jenny Richardson (sales executive) and Travis Clarke (sales manager) with the new Corolla (back).

>> ‘Fever’ reporter SONJA NELL asked Amanzimtoti residents if they thought Amanzimtoti was clean and well looked after. PHOTOS: SONJA NELL

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‘I have been here for five years and have seen how the town has deteriorated. Holidaygoers, who I personally know, rather go further south these days because the town is not what it used to be.’

‘The verges in residential areas and the main roads aren’t cut, and when they are, the municipality don’t clean up immediately. The state of the post-office boxes in the CBD is also terrible.’

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>>ucnews1@feveronline.co.za PENNINGTON Peoples’ Market recently changed its market dates from the end of the month to the beginning. Unfortunately, the first such market on 1 March at Relton Hall

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THE almost eyeball to eyeball confrontations between citizens being reported to the Fever by parties who have become involved in the issue of cutting down a 100-year-old tree in a Scottburgh suburban street is clearly another example of culture differences. As such, it is another barrier that South Africans have to overcome if harmony is to prevail in our country. Neither side is likely to accept that — each clearly thinks that their view is right. Unfortunately, the support base for each side is largely predicatedbyrace.Itappearsthatbothcanargue that authority was on their side. One says the tree was a threat, the other says it was not and that its benefit to the environment was substantial. The authorities will have to act very circumspectly to limit the fallout.

Dear Fever, I HAVE been a Toti resident for nearly 60 years. I have witnessed many radical changes in the area, both good and bad. I read with powerful memories the comments in your paper two weeks ago on the issue of the name change to Andrew Zondo from Kingsway. I must say I fully agree with the sentiments of the writer. I also wonder why people from opposition parties have never used photos of the paramedic carrying little Isabella van Wyk to the same effect as the ANC used the Hector Pieterson picture. It is election time and pictures like the Zondo bombing and the innocent women killed by Robert McBride, who continues to be rewarded for the deed, still appear. Why is there no equally powerful propaganda being wagered just as effectively in the continued fight for true democracy which is yet to be accomplished in South Africa? I have to give maximum credit to the ANC for being the absolute champion of propaganda. There are many atrocities committed and continue to be committed (Marikana) by the ANC against innocent women, children and the public that should be used to enlighten and create balance in the world in the context of that article and the ANC celebrating the murder of innocent women and children. Eyes wide open Amanzimtoti

Mayor’s office response to ‘job allocation disunity’ Dear Fever, IN response to the report entitled “Job allocation causes disunity” which appeared in the Upper Coast Fever of 14 March, the following refers: Firstly, one should put it into perspective that the meeting was attended by the Umdoni mayor and the deputy mayor. These were suggestion that were raised by the people who attended the meeting. It is wrong what’s being said that the mayor made such suggestionsstatement. This clearly means that the people who were part of this meeting are clearly undermined. The community from the informal settlements stated themselves that has always been a practice that they are represented by the Top 15 whenever there are employment opportunities. They said this happened since long even during the time when Madam Mayor was the Ward 6 councillor. After a lengthy debate about the Top 15 the house agreed that the CLO should liaise with both parties whenever there are job opportunities. One the of the duties of a CLO is to provide information to the beneficiaries as well as the community regarding the project. Whoever is saying the mayor instructed the CLO to report to the Top 15 is misleading the public and should come forward so that this matter can be put to rest. The Umdoni Municipal Mayor was not there to give instructions but was there to assist the community in making sure that the matter is resolved urgently with both parts reachinganagreementandprojectcontinuing smoothly. Umdoni Municipality Mayor’s Office • Published verbatim.

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Dear Fever THE report headed “Clean-up or coverup?” in the Fever of 7 March refers. Inasmuch as my part in it is concerned, I would like to express the following facts: >> All my contributions at the council meeting related directly to the agenda, reports, facts and legislation. I did not make any allegations. >> Arising from my objection to the speakers interference at Exco meetings, and the fact that he is not an Exco member (supported by national and local legislation), the MM was tasked with getting clarity from Cogta. He would not disclose Cogta’s response when questioned at the council meeting. It was also the speaker himself who previously insisted other councillors should not to attend Exco meetings. >> I used my prerogative to have my

comments entered onto the record and the speaker refused to acknowledge my request. Instead he launched into a very long and personal series of attacks on myself. I therefore raised a point of order. >> He declined to hear the point of order and pressed on regardless. I had it noted that I required a verbatim recording of the proceedings at that stage. >> I have not commented that Cogta will conduct an investigation in any specific way. I expressed reservations about transparency and independence and the fact that the intention is for Cogta to report its findings to council. Edwyn Baptie Caucus leader Democratic Alliance Umdoni Council

Storm-water control, sewage spillages Dear Fever, THE existing pump stations at Dolphin Drive and Botha Place in Pennington have been a matter of increasing concern for residents as there are sporadic, but frequent overflows of raw sewage into the Nkomba wetland and Makamati stream — both ending up on the beaches. Besides the obvious environmental and health impacts, there is an offensive “stench”. InSeptember thePenningtonRatepayers’and Residents’ Association (PRRA) engaged with the Ugu and Umdoni municipalities in an effort to find a solution to the ongoing problem. The fact that the overflows occur when it rains and not in dry periods made it obvious that there was a link between rain and the overflows. The Ugu and Umdoni municipalities agreed to work closely with the PRRA on the issue. To date we have not made the expected progress, mainly due to outstanding data from the Ugu Municipality.Weareinformedthatrelevantequipmentisbeing acquired (that will also detect illegal or unrecorded connections). The PRRA has assisted in determining which properties — including residential complexes — can be connected and which actually are connected to the Pennington sewer system. The inspection of properties will take time and in the meantime the storage capacity at both the pump stations is decreasing as they fill with sand and silt brought in by the storm water. The PRRA appeals to Pennington property owners and bodies corporate to check and ensure that their storm-water runoff is not entering the sewage system. Olive Goll PRRA secretary

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BOUT 50 kilometres from Durban is the coastal town of Umkomaas. Aside from the story of how Umkomaas got its name (named by Shaka), there is another, more realistic tradition. Umkomaas is a derivative of the majestic Mkhomazi River. The Mkhomazi River is Zulu for “the river of the chiefs”. During the 1860s, it was a river abound with crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Before 1924 when the town was named Umkomaas, the land was referred to as the South Barrow. The forces that underlie the creation of an organisation like a company or town, are mainly economic — the economic force that added to the creation of Umkomaas was sugar. This is to say that the uMakhosi River was a busy port of entry for sugar, and today sugar still plays a central role in the success of the region. Aside from the sugar trade, Umkomaas is known because of a spatter of events throughout its history. The first of the historical events was the establishment of a business in the fifties

to manufacture chemical cellulose—anessentialrawmaterial for the textile, cellophane, and acetate industries. It was an Italian group that investedinUmkomaasandbuilt a huge plant near the river. Many Italians moved to Umkomaas to work in the plant and eventually they stayed permanently. Today, the Italian community in Umkomaas is largest in South Africa. The role of Saiccor in building the town cannot be diminished.However,whenthegroup sold the plant around the nineties, health conditions began to surface. Children were getting sick and the source was pinpointed to come from the plant. One pollutant, effluent, was being dumpedintotheseathroughthe river. In this case, the charge against the plant was that untreatedeffluentliquidwasbeing pumped out to the water. The company has since gone through some changes even though, officially, it has never admitted to any wrongdoing. Saiccorcontinuesitsupward

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growth, and is now seen as the world leading supplier of chemical cellulose. More than 1 000 people work in the plant. During World War II, a Kitty Hawk air force plane crashed into the south side of the Mkhomazi River near Umkomaas. The presence of quicksand in that area sunk the plane, the result was that neither the plane, nor its passengers, have ever been recovered. An attempt to dig the plane out was conducted during the eighties, but unsuccessfully and no one can determine the exact location of the wreckage. For a small coastal town in South Africa, Umkomaas has produced its share of world talent — the most famous example would be PGA golfer Tim Clark. Although born in Durban, and living in the United States, Clark has a place in Umkomaas. He is credited with the design of the best golf course in this part of South Africa, the Umkomaas Golf Course. The course has tremendous challenges, and is set in the

midst of a forested area. It boasts its own waterfall and bush walks. Clark has won the PGA Tour once, the European Tour three times, and the Sunshine Tour twice. Clark’s preference for Umkomaascouldbeconsidered slightly unusual given the fact that South Africa plays host to Claremont property, mansions in Clifton and world-class Hermanus accommodation. Given these options, it is to Umkomaas’s credit that a world famous figure holds it so close to his heart. While Swedish tennis player MatsWilanderisnotfromSouth Africa, he is rumoured to have invested in Umkomaas, in particular, a major hotel in Reynolds Street. TheAliwalShoalhasbecome internationally recognised as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Tourism in Umkomaas and Aliwal Shoal has grown over the pastfew years as more divers flock to Umkomaas to experience the incredible attractions that Aliwal Shoal has to offer.

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KLEINE Caylum Erian is skaars twee en ‘n half, maar hy swem al sedert hy agt maande oud is. Hy het onlangs die Professional Baby Swimming Teachers Association (PBSTA) kursus by Landie’s Swim School voltooi.

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Kleuter swem soos vis Diekursusbestaanuitviervlakkeenom dit suksesvol te voltooi moet die kind die volgende kan doen: meer as vyf meter in die swembad kan swem, homself kan omdraai en na die kant toe swem en uitklim as hy sou inval, op sy rug draai en dryf as hymoegraak,onderwaterswemenopkom om asem te haal en iets onder uit die swembad uitduik. “‘n Mamma se hart is darem ‘n bietjie rustiger as jy weet jou kind kan homself in die water help indien hy dalk in die moeilikheidbeland,”sêsytrotsemamma,Maritsa.

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Amanzimtoti High School junior sports prize winners of 2013 with trophies at prize giving on Friday, 7 February. With them is AHS sports director Kurt Nero.

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By die quiz (agter, van links) Margie Stella, Cynthia Tiddy, Barry Currin en Jessie Young van Pennington en (voor, van links) Tina Strachan, Soeks Grobelaar en Jenny Carrin.

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Grade 2 pupils (from left) Mikashnee Naidoo, Marissa Ruthnum, Tashmika Kozakiewiez, Nevaeh Maduray, Beau Oosthuizen and Kaitlyn Shaw ‘geared up’ for chemical reactions in the Discovery Club.

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ABOVE: Warner Beach Prep U13 mixed relay winners at a recent gala are (from left) Carla Schubach, Tristan Vermaak, Bradley Smith and Lara Hogan with Mr G. Harrison.

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Any skeletons in the cupboard? Athlone Park Primary Grade 5 pupils Sonaria Dundraj, Erin Joseph and Sean Britz have fun labelling the skeleton during a natural science lesson.

With their donation of food are junior campus pupils (from left) Brayden Hewitt, Amber Thomson, Retaria Govender, Mrs Nicky Tischendorf, Jeremy van Niekerk and Charlene van Zyl (Amanzimtoti Cares).

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ANNY Singh’s 50 years of loyal service was honoured by Kingsway High by naming the science centre after him in a ceremonyonMonday,10March,theanniversary of Singh’s 50th year at the school. Singh and wife Reena were guests at the function where hwe unveiled two plaques, one at the entrance and one on the inside of the Danny Singh Science Centre. Past principals, teachers, pupils and current principal of Kingsway High School, Geoff Harrison paid tribute to Singh. “How can one do justice or sum up adequately 50 years, 600 months or 18 250 days of hard work and dedication? “The presence of past associates illustrates the high regard and esteem folk hold you with. We pay tribute to you for the self-sacrifice, the myriad jobs you have done, the loyalty and com-

mitment you have to Kingsway. The number of times in your unflappable way you resolved all those crises with the fields, classrooms and sound systems will never be forgotten. Pupils, teachers and principals have come and gone, but the science practical have continued unabated,” Harrison said. Singh started at the school on 10 March 1964. He took up a position in the science lab as assistant to the lab technician. Over the years he was promoted to senior and chief principal technician. He was not only involved in the science department, he got involved in all the school’s activities. Although Singh officially retired in 2009, the school was not ready to let him go and he stayed on. His workload has lessened however, and he now only works in the science centre. “I am honoured that the school named a building after me and I thank everyone for their kind word, comments and congratulations,” Singh said.

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HE Natal Tour Rally 2014 was off to a great start with plenty of drama and action as five competitors were out within the first nine kilometres of this season’s first stage. Taking place in Scottburgh, the rally involved dust, narrow roads, tight corners, limited visibility and the expected high speeds. The organisers from SA National Rally Championship were pleased with the conditions around the rally and the weather. This year’s rally was slightly different to previous rallies, in that one sponsor supplied the tyres. After winning a tender process, in an effort to curtail expenses, Dunlop was named sole supplier of tyres to the rally. “We decided to stick with a single supplier to ensure minimum spend on tyres by competitors,” says Hein Lategan, chairman of the technical working group, who headed the tender panel. Day one was led by two Team Castrol Toyo-

ta’s cars. First place was taken by Leeroy Poulter and Elvene Coetzee followed in second place by Hergen Fekken and Carolyn Swan. In third place were Volkswagen Sasolracing’s Henk Lategan and Pierre Arries. With 17 seconds between the third-placed Polo and second-placed Yaris, the competition between the teams remained heated throughout the rally. As day two drew to a close and the points were tallied, it was apparent that Castrol Toyota had taken the first two podium spots when Lategan and Arries lost time in the second stage. The Volkswagen dropped too far behind the leaders and settled for fifth position. Castrol Toyota’s Poulter and Coetzee finished first in their Yaris with a time of 02:21:22:0. Second placed was the other Yaris with Fekken and Swan finishing in 02:22:05:9, a well- deserved second spot. Volkwagen’s second team, Hans Weijs Jnr. and Bjorn Degandt came in third overall at 02:22:58:0, after making great time on the hairpin bends.

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Amanzimtoti High school’s 1st team and the oldies had great fun at the school grounds. With the teams is sports director Kurt Nero (back).

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