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31 August 2011
KZN philharmonic in Greytown
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Sunday 11th of September at 14h30 at the Greytown Town Hall. Anyone who would like to attend and has not yet booked please fax details to Oscar Zondi at 0866 13 15 10 or e-mail ozondi @oldmutualpfa.com.The concert is free of charge
On Monday the concerts for the schools will be held at Greytown Community Centre. First concert starts at 10h00 and the second and final concert at 11h30. The Playhouse Company will also do educational stage plays. Schools that are interested in attending, must also forward their details as above.
ARMED ROBBERY FOILED
Prompt action by an alert SAPS member in Wartburg last Friday resulted in the arrest of 3 “would-be “ armed robbers who are also wanted hijackers.
Last Friday morning, 26th round about 8:45, a member of SAPS Wartburg Detective Services was driving in the town when he noticed a silver VW Polo Classic, occupied by four males, driving slowly along the main road. His suspicions were aroused when a short while later the vehicle stopped and two of the men got out and walked to an ATM at a nearby shopping center. The vehicle then drove up the road toward the school but stopped on the side of the road. The other two went towards the FNB ATM but the detective noticed they were continuously “casing” the area.He realised there could be a problem and immediately radioed for back up..
Wartburg SAPS personnel responded immediately and three males were arrested, one fled on foot. An unlicensed .38 special revolver containing five live rounds and several registration number plates were recovered inside the vehicle. Upon circulating details of the vehicle it was discovered that it had been hijacked in Jacobs area earlier this month.
The three appeared in New Hanover Magistrate’s Court one Monday - one is wanted in connection with a hijacking in Durban area and the other two suspects also have hijacking cases pending against them
The Wartburg SAPS team involved in the arrest of would be armed robbers and the items recovered.
HARBURG CHURCH TO CELEBRATE 125 YEARS
Sunday 23rd October will be a day of joy with the culmination of the founding of the Harburg Lutheran Church 125 years ago.
During the 1880’s, immigrants from Germany settled in New Hanover, Wartburg and Harburg and in August 1886 the farmers around Harburg requested regular church services for their area. Monthly services took place in Noodsberg until members built their own and the Harburg church was inaugurated in 1887.
During the weekend in October the Church Synod will take place in Harburg and the centenary of the founding of the Hermannsburg German Evangelical Lutheran Synod will also be celebrated.
Harburg School which was started in 1890 played a vital role in the congregation but unfortunately closed its doors for the last time on 30th November 2005.
The congregation took the decision to convert the school buildings into a Retreat Centre which has acquired an excellent reputation being used by individuals and groups from far and wide.
More information on the Harburg Church will be published in the buildup to its 125th celebrations.
TRIBUTE TO MARY SLATTER contributed
Regarded by many as “Queen Mother of Greytown, the death of Mary Slatter on 15th August brought an era to an end in Umvoti.
Born in the Free State in 1926, educated at Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg, Mary came to Greytown when her father, a magistrate was moved here.
At the age of 20 she married John Slatter and with their two daughters created a warm and loving home first at Deasenne, then Holme Lacy. Together with John through his involvement in timber and the military, Mary was renowned for her gracious and lavish hospitality over the years.
She was a tremendous support to all members of her family throughout her life -a loving and dedicated mother to her two daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. But there was always time to be involved and active in various community organisations. She was passionate about St James Church and was a dedicated member of the Women’s Guild for many years.
Loved by so many young and old, Mary generated great respect through her genuine interest in people, her willingness and commitment to getting things done; her impeccable manners and elegance; and her down to earth approach to the extent of writing out how her funeral service was to be conducted with no sermons and one tribute only!
Family and friends from near and far gathered in St James Church on Monday 22nd August to say goodbye
President Zuma at gala dinner
President JG Zuma in his capacity as the Chairman of the Zuma Royal Council together with Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma of Mpendle and Inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma of Nkandla, will be hosting the third Inkosi Matomela Memorial Lecture and gala dinner in the Greytown Town Hall on this Saturday. The event commemorates the life of Inkosi uMatomela, a contemporary of King Shaka the founder of the Zulu Nation.
The Three leaders hosting the event are descendants of Inkosi Matomela, and they believe that for any Nation to move forward and build for the future, it is imperative for it to understand its past and learn from it.
Minister of Rural Development Mr G Nkwinti will deliver the talk at the event to be attended by Government, politics, business, academic and Traditional leaders.
To participate in this important event please contact Nokuthula Ngubane on 031 3326561 (Tel); or on 031 3326241 (Fax).
ALL ABOUT ARBOR DAY
by Jen Cowie
Arbor week is celebrated in the first week of September and it has become a tradition to plant the “Tree of the Year”. Because South Africa is a country of such great diversity of climatic conditions, soils and plant habitats, more than one indigenous tree is usually named as the “Tree of the Year”. This year’s selected trees are the Pavetta species and Pappea Capensis.
Pappea capensis is a small to medium sized tree which favours the drier conditions of bushveld and wooded grassland. Its common names of “Jacket-plum”/Doppruim or umQhokwane refer to the delicious fruit it produces. However, because male and female flowers are found on separate plants at least three need to be planted within fairly close proximity. Only female trees will bear fruit, which can take five to seven years after planting out. Although not a striking beauty in a nursery bag, Pappea Capensis is a rewarding tree to plant in the right conditions because it is a butterfly host plant and the fruit is relished by birds and humans alike.
Better suited to garden conditions in and around Greytown are some of the Pavetta genus, commonly known as Bride’s Bush family. Both Pavetta lanceolata (Weeping Bride’s Bush) and Pavetta gardenifolia (Common Bride’s Bush) do occur locally on forest margins, thickets and amongst scrub on rocky outcrops. While Pavetta gardenifolia grows into a stiff, craggy little tree or multi-stemmed shrub, Pavetta lanceolata is usually more upright and shrubby, making it suitable where space is limited. Both bear masses of sweetly scented white flowers that all but cover the plant and are reminiscent of confetti, hence the common name. The vigorous flowering is followed by a profusion of small black berries relished by birds. Both Pavetta species recommended for this area will tolerate a fair amount of frost but, because they are inhabitants of forest margins it is best to plant them on the edge of a bush clump where they can benefit from some light shade and shelter from the harshest conditions.
“Trees of the Year” of the past five years which would grow in most of the Greytown area are: Burchellia Bubalina (Wild Pomegranate); Rhus pyroides (Common Wild Currant); Diospyros whyteana (Bladder Nut); Halleria lucida (Tree fuschia) and Rothmannia capensis (Cape gardenia) or Rothmannia globosa (September bells).
NGK TENT BAZAAR
Its time for the popular NGK annual tent bazaar which takes place on Friday 2nd September with a number of new look features.
In the newly built section next to the Church hall the popular pancake production line with 220 litres of dough prepared will be supplying pancakes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. Tea, coffee and cakes will also be sold in the cafeteria from 11 to 2 p.m. In the same venue beef curry will be available for lunch from 12.30 to 2 p.m.
Official opening of the Bazaar is 5 p.m.-with a wide variety of goods -cakes, breads, preserves, jams, fresh veg, plants, needlework -there will be a meat market, white elephant table, second hand books and CDs offering free coffee and tea etc. For the youngsters -home made sweets and lots of entertainment to keep them busy.
Evening takeaways include curry and rice, wors rolls, chicken, pork and veg meals and puddings as well!
GARDEN CLUB ON THE MOVE
Garden Cub is on the move again- next meeting on Tuesday 13 September will take place at Bethany Nursery in Darnall on the North Coast roughly 1 ½ hours journey from Greytown. Bethany Nursery specializes in growing Gerberas for the cut flower market and is a supplier to many of the large chain-stores throughout the country.
Gerberas always make a bright statement -anyone wanting to take a bunch of Gerbera sunshine home will be able to purchase a bunch of cut flowers after the meeting.
Because this meeting is away from Greytown, transport has been arranged using the Arcadia bus at a cost of R50-00 per person. . Teas will also be provided at a minimal charge. Members and guest wishing to make use of the bus transport must please book with Sheila Redfern on 082 486 7541 and notify Lee Odendaal of numbers on 082 579 3877 by 6th September.
Strawberry fun run
. Despite cold and rainy weather on Saturday there was a good turnout for the fundraising fun walk hosted by Strawberry Oak. Many thanks to Origin Water, TWK, RTS, Platt Plant Hire, Ginny van Rooyen, Cath Pringle, Bridget Holmes, Lisa West, Jilly Hull, Rochelle Buchan, Zelda, Bodo Orthmann and Ian Hill for their donations. Countless cash donations were made in addition to the entry fees -all proceeds have been given to the Umvoti Aids Centre to use in to rebuild a family’s home in Khamanzi out of Earth Bags. The Umvoti Aids Centre has reached only 50% of their initial fundraising goal of R 10,000. So anyone there who would still like to contribute in cash or kind, please contact Justin at 072-830-5961.
Winners were:10K – Men:1. Kwenza Ngubane;2. Lindelani Ximba;3. Themba Dlamini
10K – Women:1. Noeleen Reineke;2. Vimla Naicker;3. Navoni Naicker
5K – Men:1. Sithembiso Sokhabase:2. Lindo Zakwe;.3 Sihle Sokhabase
5K – Women;1. Michelle Possi; 2. Theresa Hohls;
3. Vernon Hohls
For more than a billion Muslims around the world Ramadan is a month of blessing marked by prayer, fasting, and charity retaining its focus on self sacrifice and retaining its focus on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah (God).
Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam.
At many mosques during Ramadan, about one thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited each night in prayers known as tarawih. In this way, by the end of the month the complete scripture will have been recited.
Fasting is practised for the entire month of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. .And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.
Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj) Eid al-Fitr is a day of thanksgiving which Muslims offer their gratitude to Allah for helping them to fulfil their spiritual obligations .
Eid is day of remembrance ,of forgiveness and peace.
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
Misty and wet conditions greeted the golfers taking part in the Farmers Agri - Care Monthly Mug played on Saturday 27 August , there was dressing up with beanies, raincoats, umbrellas and longs johns - the most important golf equipment for the day. The pie and gravy went down well at half- time and another few sales of OB’s put the golfers in the right frame of mind for the second nine holes.
Playing to the new 12th green prompted the Ref for the day to call a two putt rule on it and with other greens just having had their second light scarifying after winter, made for some interesting putting strokes.
All golfers must note some time during the year scarifying or de- thatching is a part of greens management and must not be seen as greenkeepers revenge. Also note, that the same greenkeeper that causes these bumpy conditions also has to putt on these same greens. Comments on the new twelfth green were what was expected....interesting, beautiful and it must get a lower stroke for that hole.
1st : Merwe Rabe Nett 65
2nd : Paul Els Nett 73
3rd : Dieter Meyer Nett 75
Captains Putter : Sandile Ndawonde
Nearest to Pin 9/18th : Lawrence Kimble
Lucky Draw : S Khumalo (Meat Hamper donated by Hannes du Plessis from the July Mug)
Other notable scores Marc Rommelspacher Nett 79
Rikus Kloppers Nett 83
Apologies were received for not being able to play, from the Big Five: Piet Coetzee, Barry Oehme, Carl Groenewald, Rob Martin and Steve Nel.
The HMB Golf day is drawing players and slowly the field is filling up - this Golf day is on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September .
Our Sanlam Cancer representatives played at Prince’s Grant on Sunday 28th yielded a non advancing ticket for any of our players to going through to the finals at Sun City later in the year.
A Div Paul Els 31 points; B Div Piet Coetzee 20 Points (suffering from a back injury; C Div Mike Harrison 28 Points
St Cathryns will be closed for private functions on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September - golfers still welcome to come and play golf.
GREYTOWN SECONDARY VALLEY VIEWS
5…4…3… Yes, citizens of Greytown, as of today there are just three Sleeps to go until Greytown Secondary School’s Family Fun Day on September 3rd.
Just a reminder of what you can expect: For the little ones, there will be a jumping castle, fish pond, face-painting, temporary tattoos, pop-a-balloon (lucky ticket draw with a mystery prize to be won). There will also be a darts and thunee competition. For the more adventurous, there is nail art, head/shoulder and hand massages as well as manicures.
On the sporting front, teams have entered for netball and the 5-a-side soccer. If there are other out there keen to pit their strengths against some tough competition, get your team together and enter the tournament.
If you are a car enthusiast, you will be happy to note that there will be a sound competition and drifting towards the afternoon. Drifting requires a lot of skill in maneuvering the vehicle side-wards and many out of town drivers will be visiting us to burn some rubber.
A notice goes out to all those who prepare for their family meals… Go on strike on the 3 September and let your family have breakfast/lunch and supper with us. Popular items include: Mutton curry and rice (R20); Kebaabs and roti (R15); Chicken Breyani (R20); Hot-Dogs (R10); Vegetarian Prawns and Roti (R15). Towards the afternoon, braai packs will be available (braai chops/sausages) at R30. The school will provide the braai stands/ coal – all you need to bring along is your picnic basket with your tongs, paper cup/plates, salads, sauces and rolls. The atmosphere will be unbeatable as the sun sets, the smoke from the braais curls into the sky and the smell of meat wafts into the air.
Our fresh produce stall will be stocking a variety of fresh veggies (broccoli/cabbages/spinach). Canned food will be on offer, as well as live chickens. All items must be sold so get ready for bargain prices.
Arena event include a fashion show, song and dance items, poetry recitals and the Mr and Ms GSS pageant. Some visiting dance crews, who want to exhibit their spectacular moves, are Nzando Crew, L. T. D and HG Star Productions.
The school would like to thank all those who have already contributed in some way towards the event without you; the function would not be possible. Once again, we invite you to come and share this day with us and get to know all those at Greytown Secondary School. We promise fun, laughter, enjoyment and more fun.
FROM THE COURTS
Saturday’s cold and wet and weather kept tennis players indoors and only the brave and fit were out walking!
The finals of this years championships sponsored by SUPAQUICK will be held on the weekend of the 10th and 11th September.
Matches to be played this Saturday 3rd September :
2pm. Men's Singles Handicap Finals: Mike Barrow vs Herman van Rooyen
Ladies Singles handicap:Corne Nefdt vs Erika Gevers
3 p.m: Men's doubles handicap finals: Bill Comins and Clive Edkins vs Herman van Rooyen and Mark Thomas
Friends and players do come along and watch these matches - there will also be social tennis.
AUTUMN GNOMING !
A big apology for the long delay...the gnome has been gnoming in Australia but is now back in the land of the living!
I question the latter as on return I thought the garden was dead. Terrible frost damage even my trees that have been wrapped in winter woollies look as though they are dead.
Gardening is a leveler... when you think you have got it right it goes wrong on you!
All the roses have been pruned, sealed and fertilized. Those that have not done well have been removed. Often a rose does not thrive because of the position they have been planted in -do not throw the poor old rose out try another position. A rose needs lots of morning sun and will also tolerate afternoon sun but will not be happy in the shade or under the eaves of a house as they do need a lot of moisture.
Make sure your roses are well mulched and watered from now on. I commence spraying once the leaves appear.
Plan your summer garden and prepare soil for planting from the end of the month. Daisy bushes are so rewarding as they give such a burst of colour right through the season.
Frost after frost after frost, this has been the scene this winter and such a lot of damage. Do NOT cut back anything that has frosted until all danger of frost has past by. The dead wood and leaves do protect the plant, if removed the roots will be badly damaged if a heavy frost occurs.
Fruit trees should also have been pruned, dig around the trunk right out to the drip line and thoroughly water after a thick layer of mulch has been laid. A good soaking once a month should be beneficial at this stage.
Vegetables should be doing well - cauliflowers, broccoli, cabbages looking so good now. Herbs can be planted ... a bed next to kitchen is a good idea. A raised bed for herbs and vegetables has become very popular and looks so attractive. Plant spinach, lettuce, carrots now Potatoes can also be planted but I would be careful if the frost should persist.
It has been pointed out to me that water is a treasure NOT a right, so on that thought,
24 August 2011
NO STRIKE STATEMENT BY UMVOTI MAYOR
Umvoti Mayor, Councillor P.G. Mavundla, this week released the following:
“We are proud to announce we had a meeting with the work force of Umvoti to discuss issues pertaining to Umvoti itself, not Johannesburg Durban or Capetown, and it was agreed that our own problems are unique to other parts of the country , as a result we agreed that there was going to be no strike in Umvoti but we would pay what ever is agreed at SALGA level.
As a results of the consultative meeting with all our workers we have agreed that there will be no strike in Umvoti and there is nothing to be scared about this as we or our workers have no influence over the wage negotiations being negotiated in Johannesburg .However we are going to resolve issues that the workers have brought to our attention as their genuine concerns. Further to this we can assure the people of Umvoti that we will do what ever it takes to keep stability in our town and the surrounding area. of Umvoti.
Finally we also want to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff of Umvoti Municipality for work well done”
VEHICLE TESTING CENTRE CLOSED THIS WEEK
Greytown Motor vehicle testing Centre will be closed from today, Wednesday 24th August to Friday 26th August for installation of new equipment by Neffcon.
Any queries please contact Mr A. Maharaj at 033 413 9134 during office hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
From the courts
As predicted it was perfect weather for the nine teams playing in the 4-a-side tournament played last Sunday.This popular fun filled annual event was generously sponsored by Daddy’s Service Station.
Lots of imagination and creativity goes into team names and dresses -best dressed team went to the Illuminators, Barbara, Siumon, Hannah Pride and Sven Bruss whilst best named team was The Tequila Shots -Carol Phipson, Maike Barrow, Gordon and Hilary le Roux.
Tournament winners were Clive and Wendy Edkins, Trish Kohne and Ingrid Surendorff playing as ”The String Beings” with Pink Panthers, Linda Tarr,Dawie Ferreira, Andrew Merson and Kirsty Deane as the team.
Only 1 match was played this weekend. Pierre Steyn & Pam Paul advance to the handicap finals after just beating Kobus Uys & Trish Kohne 7-6.
This years Supa Quick Finals will be held on the weekend of the 10th & 11th September.
We would like to see all players that entered this years Handicaps & Championships to be at the courts for the finals on 10th & 11th September.
Matches to be played before the 3rd September.
Dieter Meyer & Ingrid Surendorff vs Martin Platt & Lynne English
Matches to be played on 3rd September:
Champs semi Finals: 14h00 Clive & Kelsey Edkins vs Dieter Meyer & Jenny Tedder.
Matches to be played before or on 10th September.
Mike Barrow vs Herman van Rooyen
Corne Nefdt vs Lynne English
Erika Gevers & Jenny Tedder vs Sue Thomson & Ruth Drew
Pierre Steyn & Pam Paul vs winners: Dieter Meyer & Ingrid Surendorff vs Martin Platt & Lynne English
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
Our weather pattern has changed to our normal August conditions- Berg winds, making for fast running fairways and greens. Golf balls are pushed into all sorts of directions - up higher, much further, fading left and drawing right. As the golfers playing on Sunday found the going difficult and abandoned the game after only 9 holes.
This Saturday 27th August, we will be playing Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug from 10h00 onwards - all those who would like to play please contact Piet. From September onwards we go back to “Summer “ time and will tee-off from 10h30 onwards.
Sunday 28th August the men will play the next round of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge, A div : Paul Els, B div: Piet Coetzee and C div: Mike Harrison. The men will play at Princes Grant and we wish them luck. Previous St Cathryns golfers that have gone through to the finals are -Mo Wulfsohn and Eddie Conradie.
Our star lady golfer, Liekie Steyn, played at Victoria Country Club, on Sunday in the second round of the ladies Sanlam Cancer Challenge, and at the time of going to press was lying second in the B division.
Preparations are under way for the Hermannsburg Golf Day to be played on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September. All those who would like to play - please contact Piet or the school.
On Friday 26th there is curry and rice for supper- to book please phone Cathy 082 555 2661.
To book for golf please phone Piet 083 269 1661.
TRIBUTE TO RADAH LILY KARIEN contributed
Wellknown and loved volunteer worker of the Greytown Feeding Project, Lily Karien passed away in the early hours of 8th August. Born in Ladysmith in 1957 she married Danny Karien in 1984 and moved to Greytown.In 2002, the couple, and their son Vashen joined the Greytown Feeding Project as volunteers . Despite having a leg amputation Lily persevered and continued as a committed worker for those less fortunate. She helped and supervised every Tuesday and Thursday in the kitchen and knew everyone who came in for a plate of hot nutritious food. Her smiling face and hard work will be sadly missed by all involved with the Greytown Feeding Project.
A caring and fun loving person Lily was respected and admired by young and old alike being always willing to share what little she had and always ready to listen to anyone who needed a shoulder to cry on.
Family and many friends attended the funeral service at Assembly of God on 9th August
IMANA WILD RIDE...RACING THE TIDE!
On Monday 1st August a group of 160 determined mountain-bikers left Kei Mouth to ride, push, climb and swim with their bikes 200 km of some of the most dramatic, pristine and remote coastline of the Wild Coast to finish 4 days later at Umngazi River. This year, to add to the challenge of the event the rivers were swollen with snow melt from the previous week’s snowfalls, a recipe for some adrenaline charged swims. The Imana Wild Ride is an unsupported, unmarked route with riders quite literally racing the tide for optimal beach riding surface and river crossings.
This year the green and blue colours of Greytown Mountain Bike Club were well represented with five members participating . Adding an international flavour to was another Greytown linked rider. Phillipa , younger daughter of Gordon and Hillary le Roux, who now lives and works in England, flew out with three friends to take on the challenge of The Wild Ride. “The Poms” as this contingent became known survived the African sun, river swims, the “Mother” portages up near vertical inclines and a fair share of bruising falls to offer up a rousing rendition of this year’s Imana theme song “Shosholoza” at the finish line!
Although dramatically beautiful, many of the areas traversed are also some of the most impoverished settlements along this section of coastline. In an effort to put something back and make a difference to the lives of the people living in these areas monies collected from participants of this event and sponsor Imana, have been utilized in the construction of classrooms, the supply of desks and other educational equipment. In the twelve years since the Imana Wild Ride began eighteen classrooms have been constructed giving children in these areas the opportunity of education.
Despite the challenges and aching muscles, the Imana Wild Ride is 4 days of whales, dolphins camaraderie and pure mountain-biking heaven enriched by being able to contribute to the future of the children of these areas.
MUSIC...KZN ORCHESTRA NOW IN SEPTEMBER
For many youngsters it will be their first exciting introduction to the magical world of music through a performance by a real live orchestra. As part of its outreach programme the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is to visit Greytown and Eshane in September..
Performances which were to have taken place next week have now been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances to Sunday 11th September in the Greytown Town Hall at 2.30 p.m. and Monday 12th for schools - venues to be notified.
Members of the public who have already booked for the Town Hall concert will have their seats re-allocated -if you have not yet booked please fax details to 086 613 1510 or email Oscar Zondi, who is co-ordinating the tour on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that members of the audiences are required to be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance
The tour is sponsored by KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Playhouse Company as an edutainment and community outreach Programme. PANNAR has also come on board as a major sponsor of this very important cultural event .
MAJOR DIASTER AVERTED!
It could have been a major environmental disaster but thanks to several factors this was avoided.
On Friday afternoon a local resident who had gone to the Dundee road waste dump to offload rubbish noticed a pile of old containers on the ground and a pool of standing water just beyond which had turned red and another pool blue. This immediately rang alarm bells that the poison containers had been dumped and leaked with very serious consequences.
The Municipality was immediately alerted.
Another fortunate factor was as the Municipal staff has decided not to join the strike there was staff available to take prompt action. Acting Municipal Manager Martin Swanlow and Waste Manager Skumbuzo Dlamini were rapidly on the scene.
It was established that containers and bags of Chopper;Paraquat;Pyrinet,Lindaan had been dumped and the contents had leaked into pools. There was considerable concern that this could develop into a major environmental disaster if the poisons seeped through to the underground water. Because of the level of danger these poisons could not be sold without the purchaser, having a competency certificate. It is understood some have been taken off the market.
Another major concern was that a number of people who live near the dump scrabble through the rubbish daily in the hope of finding something that can be sold. If the water or containers were touched -death could occur.
The Municipality contacted the Department of Environmental Affairs and on Monday the poisoned areas and containers were bagged and removed.
According to information received by the Greytown Gazette the illegal waste was dumped on Friday afternoon when a local sports club storage shed was cleaned out! The Municipality was able to identify who had dumped this waste through the gate register.
From the ditch
The Pannar Sponsored Mixed Trips held recently brought many outside bowling clubs to our town. 18 Teams enjoyed the magnificent greens and the beautiful sunshine. Our most grateful thanks to Pannar for once again sponsoring this very popular annual event. Unfortunately none of the magnificent meat hampers stayed in Greytown as all prizes were won by visiting teams.
The club champs has started albeit at a slow pace with various matches being played over the weekend. Hopefully this will now gather momentum as all our club tournaments are now over.
Cherry Wulfsohn is regaining his strength after his heart op and should be back on the green within the next month or so.
A very big thank you!
The Umvoti People with Disability would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the following people:
*Mr and Mrs Gangai who donated refreshments during the time of training for cane weaving.
*Mr and Mrs Ngoloyi of Greytown Beer Distributors who donated an industrial sewing machine.
*Colin Hollenburg for the fabric and T shirts donated. We hope that they will continue to support us.
If any member of the community would like to donate anything to The Umvoti People with Disability, or assist in anyway, please contact Siyanda Mthembu on 076 515 4620
17 August 2011
SAVE THE CHILDREN
It was an impressive and rewarding networking "hi tea" organised by Futhi Ndlovu of the Office of the Premier to gather Umvoti roleplayers working to give every child a safe and secure environment and future. In the photo Futhi Ndlovu, Dr May Mkhize, who is an active patron of Save the Children, Mari van der Merwe who heads Save the Children in KZN and Reena Gangai of Greytown.
GRAND OLD LADY OF 105!
Tante Minchen and daughter Irmgard
Tante Minchen Kassier, who was born on the 10th August 1906, celebrated her 105th Birthday last Wednesday! Minchen, (nee Köhne) who had two brothers and a sister, grew up in the Hermannsburg district, and attended a small school at Eshede between Hermannsburg and Kranskop. On 28th February 1935 she married Hans Kassier with whom she shared 58 happy years, and had 6 children. Tante Minchen has 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, 16 of whom have moved overseas. Böhling’s Supply Store, the family owned shop, was Tante Minchens place of work for 30 years!
A wonderfully loving person who has always put her family first, she has given much joy to all in her extended family during her long life. Her table, famous for her home-made bread and jams, always had a place for one more person! She still lives on the family farm at Hermannsburg where she is cared for by a wonderful team, eating her wood-stove cooked porridge every morning, and not missing her Old Brown Sherry nightcap!
Her 105th birthday was celebrated in style, with family and friends attending from as far afield as Cape Town. Tante Minchen hardly believed her grand old age, remarking that it felt like her 80th birthday! The day ended with her being serenaded by the Hermannsburg brass band and men’s choir with this wonderful lady singing along!
WHERE HAVE ALL THE TRAINS GONE?
On Thursday evening driving between Maritzburg and Greytown we counted no fewer than eight huge timber lorries with flashing roof lights, thundering along the poor R33.
Of late we have become used to huge loads of earth moving equipment being transported along the R33 on the way to somewhere. These loads are however, controlled and have an escort in front and behind them.
The timber monsters have no such control, happily overtake and cause general mayhem particularly in the poor visibility.
I find it difficult to believe that such vehicles are permitted on what is no more than a provincial feeder road, which could never have been designed for the likes of these. The R33 in our parts has a reputation as “the road of death’, and these monsters thundering along at sunset do nothing for road safety.
Have we not a perfectly sound railway system, with timber sidings all over the county? Why not use it.?
Tranquili-tea, at the Country Nursery , has in the short time since it opened become a popular meeting place for breakfasts, teas and lunches-all of which take place against one of the most outstandingly beautiful views of Umvoti. Apart from a range of delicious and tasty eats, Pippa Harris has started a Saturday morning home made market to give local crafters a venue to display and sell their wares. To date goods being sold include cakes, cheese, veggies, eggs, olive oil, handbags, chicken, jewellery and lots more. If you have home made goodies this is a good way to sell -phone Pippa on 082 789 6333.
Further specials are for pensioners on Tuesdays - tea and cake for R10; Bok Fridays in the 30 days to the World Cup and for any special occasion just phone and arrange.
While enjoying the tasty food and relaxed atmosphere there is a quaint wendyhouse for the children to use as a secret hideout from the old folks!
TRANQUILI-TEA helpful and talented personnel: Janet Scott; Hlengiwe Sikhozana; Pippa Harris; Ryan Perry and Cynthia Mpotwane
SPATE OF ROBBERIES OVER WEEKEND
When the alarm went off at Spar Greytown on Friday night a security guard on duty also heard noises coming from inside the store round about 10 p.m. 911 Ops Centre was contacted and the SAPS, BSecure and Field Security responded. Four suspects were found in the supermarket -cash and cigarettes were taken. It is reported that the gang entered through the back door and made their way to the front where they took 2 laptops from the office.
A security official reported that they found cash stashed items such as pencil cases - probably the thieves intended to return the following day and “purchase” the items with the stolen cash stashed inside.
The four were arrested by the Police and appeared in Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Monday - their case was remanded.
While the security firms and Police were busy at SPAR they received a second call out of a break in at T.W.K. Landmark in Voortrekker Street. One of the large display windows had been broken - a guard at a nearby business reported seeing two males running away. Two minors were subsequently arrested. T.W.K. manager Michael Nair said that over R50 000 worth of goods had been stolen - he said there must have been more than the two minors involved as bulky items had been removed.
A third “break in” on Friday was at Tholinhlanhla Primary School where the guard had called on his radio to Field Security that he had chased suspects who were trying to break in to the school computer section. Nothing was taken.
On Wednesday morning, 10th August, 4 armed men held up the office staff of Hermannsburg School and a security guard at gunpoint - no shots were fired. The gang took cash from the office safe.
It was reported that they fled the scene in a black BMW which allegedly stopped at the Ahrens garage for petrol before raiding Hermannsburg. Kranskop Police are investigating the robbery - anyone with any information is asked to contact Lieutenant Colonel Minnaar or Warrant Officer Sibiya at 033 444 1604.
FIRE AND ICE by Danielle Dedekind
Fire and Ice
The land of fire and ice was my destination. Learning about climate change was my mission.
After winning the Hermannsburg branch of the International Ice-Climate Education competition, I had the privilege of travelling to Iceland to represent South Africa at the annual Ice-Climate Education Camp organised by Arved Fuchs Expeditions. After four flights – almost two days of travelling, I arrived in Húsavík, a small town on the north coast of Iceland.
Spending ten days with nine other participants – all strangers at the beginning of the camp - from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Turkey, England and Uganda was an exciting experience. The aim of this camp was to learn about climate change. It took place in the Arctic, as this is where the effects are more pronounced and dramatic than anywhere else in the world. We were given several informative lectures on climate change and various other environmental topics and often held some thought-provoking discussions on these topics.
” The effects of global warming” was a subject that we often discussed and something that surprised us all, as it is an alarmingly current issue and something that is already affecting us all. By the end of the camp we all left informed, inspired and as good friends.
While in Iceland, we also went on several outings. Going on hikes in the beautiful surroundings and having our breath taken away by the spectacular views created an opportunity for us to spend time together as well as see areas and sights that one would not normally see. Snow covering the mountain tips in mid-summer, hillsides shimmering with greenery, flowers of all colours and the Arctic Ocean were the landscapes and views that we enjoyed on our hikes.
The time that I spent in Iceland was life-changing and invaluable. The lessons I learnt are not something that one can learn from a book. Climate change is an increasingly impending problem and if something is not done about it, beauty like that which I experienced will not exist in the future.
Danielle is the grandaughter of Heinz and Cheeky Kaiser.
RIDE AND RUN WITH THE RHINO
An adventurous outing with a difference of mountain bikers and runners - including their families and supporters of course - its the Husqvarna Weenen Game Reserve Classic which takes place on Sunday 4th September as a fund raiser for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The event is organised and run by Weenen Honorary Officer Group, with the assistance of Honorary Officers from all over KwaZulu-Natal. This includes the setting up and clearing of the tracks, registration and marshalling .
A 10 km adventure run has been included this year in this very popular annual classic. The cycle rides and adventure run take place in the Weenen Game Reserve, so there is the extra excitement of possibly finding oneself riding or running in close proximity to a rhino!
Categories are: 42km Classic, 20km intermediate, 10km fun ride and 10km adventure run. Registration commences at 06:00 and closes at 08:00. Please log on to www.lionsriverho.co.za for pre-entry, forms, costs and further information or phone Charles Henderson 082 373 1957
Cycling enthusiasts and families are invited to spend a fun day at Weenen, and at the same time support a worthy cause.
With the death of Mary Slatter on Monday another important era in Umvoti history has ended. 84 year old Mary, with her late husband John lived on the farm Home Lacey on the outskirts of Greytown and contributed so much to the community over the years. A funeral service will be held at St James Church on Monday 22nd August at 11 a.m.
Strawberry fun run
On Saturday 27th August there will be a special fun run at the Strawberry Festival which is being held on El Shammah farm just outside Greytown. The Strawberry fun run (or walk) over a 5 km or 10 km course will take participants through the beautiful farm lands and open country of Umvoti. It's an opportunity for all ages to compete in a relaxed atmosphere and not feel guilty about indulging in juicy strawberry snacks after some healthy exercise!
The proceeds from the 1st annual Strawberry Fun Run will be donated to the Umvoti Aids Centre to help rebuild a home for a family in Khamanzi. The house burnt to the ground in a recent lightning storm and the family have been left destitute.
Umvoti Aids Centre will use an exciting new building technique of EarthBags in the rebuilding of the home. EarthBags are inexpensive, extremely durable, structurally sound, provide superb thermal insulation, environmentally friendly and builder-friendly. The Umvoti Aids Centre has already received a R5,000 donation that will go toward building materials and are looking to raise a further R10,000 for the purchase of the EarthBags.
The race will begin at 8am and is open to all...entry fee is R20. Prizes will be presented to the winners of the 5K and 10K and there will be a raffle for all participants. So come out and enjoy the Strawberry Festival this year, compete in the Strawberry Fun Run/Walk and help a family build a new home out of EarthBags - a festival, a fun run/walk and fundraising all rolled into one! Even for those who are not keen runners, the event is a great excuse to come out and support a good cause.
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
With the very unseasonal wet and cold weather and the Boks seasonal losses -golfers have kept off the course. Perhaps if they had known the Springboks would lose, more may have braved the weather.
The new look 12th green is taking shape -repositioning and re-planting is progressing well with some new features added. The shot to the green will now have to be precise! This hole, known as Rudi’s loch, par 4, stroke 12 will command a lower stroke in future. The designers hope to have the hole in play by Hermannsburg golf days on 16th and 17th September - please contact Piet on 083 269 1661 or 033 444 1945 if you wish to play. It is alway a fun day with good prizes, delicious meals and German gemutlichkeit!
This Sunday, 21st, our lady golfer, Liekie Steyn competes in the Sanlam regional final round at Victoria countrey club - we all wish Liekie the best of luck.
Best wishes to Paul and Tanya ,who have been running the Fairway restuarant , in their new careers.
FIREARM LICENCES READY
Greytown SAPS Firearm Office has various firearm licences and competency cards for collection.
Members of the public who applied for such firearm licences / competencies at Greytown
SAPS Centre are asked to contact the station at (033) 4139003 / 4139067 or visit the station between
8a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Fridays. They must please take along their IDs.
As from 1 April this year all firearm related matters were dealt with by the nearest police station, and the public is therefore requested to visit their nearest police station for applications etc.
10 August 2011
There’s a deathly hush in Erskine Street as the shell of the Forensic Mortuary looms menacingly still in all its 22 million rand lone glory. The grounds have that desolate abandoned look of a haunted forgotten residence Building debris is spread on the pavement in between the overgrown grass.
Interestingly enough the Department of Works which is responsible for the building of this Mortuary started a similar one in Dundee at the same time-guess what they took occupation in December last year! But obviously the Department is very protective of this dead end - there is a guard house which is manned on shifts 24 hours 7 days a week.
According to reliable resources tenders have now been awarded for a completion contract for the Greytown Mortuary which was supposed to be in operation in January 2009!
In 2008 the Greytown Gazette pointed out in an article on 22nd August - no environmental impact assessment;no consultation with Municipality or residents; no IDP investigation. Strangely the Department of Health communication section replied that all this had been done -only problem none of the role players in Greytown knew about this unilateral approach. Just a site plan had been submitted to the Municipality -nothing more. The Department even said the Hospital Board had been informed in detail -again strangely three senior members had never heard of it!
Three years ago the Greytown Gazette commented on the total lack of transparency on the part of the Departments concerned -this lack of concern of the interests of the residents of Greytown is being compounded by the apparent inability for any officials to publicly state what are the problems, hold ups etc of this very costly and wasteful exercise .
TRIBUTE TO TERRA CRAIG 21/01/1918 - 29/07/2011
Wellknown Umvoti personality, Terra Craig slipped quietly away on Friday 29th at the age of 93 . Respected,admired and loved by young and old alike Terra, a remarkable and dynamic lady impacted on many lives. Through her love of language, music and teaching many youngsters with hearing and speech difficulties learnt to cope through her commitment to teaching and children.
A wonderful raconteur tales of her youth in the Free State and then at the University of the Witwatersrand where she was one of the first women graduates , her many travels here and overseas entertained friends, family and pupils at Greytown Junior school and St David’s. Amidst all this she raised three strapping sons and looked after her ailing mother.
Terra and her husband Jim eventually settled on their farm Mtonjeni on the outskirts of Greytown where they built their dream home and over the years with much love and hard work developed the farm into a beautiful and peaceful focal point of their lives.Her love of gardening was reflected in the prize winning gardens she developed on the farm and at Jacaranda Lodge when she moved into Greytown.She loved to swim each day summer and winter in this quiet solitude.
After Jim’s death and her hijacking experience, Terra moved into Greytown where she became even more involved with the community, being an active member of St James church and Women’s Guild. Her flair for wearing clothes and always looking stylish and elegant made her a popular model at fundraisers. Terra’s deep interest in politics and human rights led her to become an active supporter of the Democratic Alliance - she enthusiastically worked tirelessly at elections, garnering support and entertaining politicians from near and far.
Over the last few years Terra still managed her daily walk and loved reading and doing crossword puzzles. She was a very generous friend who loved entertaining , was a good listener and mentor who shared in her many friends’ good news or sadnesses.
She will be sadly missed.
Final goodbyes were said at the funeral service held on Saturday 6 August at St James church attended by a large crowd of family and friends .
CPF RE-LAUNCH IN GREYTOWN
Greytown Community Policing Forum was officially re-launched on 22nd July at a well attended meeting in Greytown Town Hall .Representatives of all community stakeholders were invited including Government Departments, traditional leaders, taxi associations, businesses, faith based organisations, NGO’s,youth desk, disabled and individual community members.
A representative committee was elected as follows:
Chairperson: Mr Strike Buthelezi ( 0783475159) and deputy chair :Mr Dlamini (072 869 7127);Mrs Malinga, secretary and Mr I Moola PRO.
Representing the various sections: Mrs Maharaj -security; Mr L. Chonco -Ward Councillor; Mr M. Nzama -ANC; Mr M. Zondi - IFP; Mr Z.Xaba -Deputy Mayor: Indunas representing Traditional leaders Ngome: Mr P.P. Zon di and Mr D. Zondi and Indunas Mr N. Ph ungula; Mr S.G. Ndlovu; Mr S.J. Zuma; and Mr T.D.Zuma;Mr K Maphanga : youth desk Mr MJ Malevu : Umvoti local municipality; Mr MK NZimande :Correctional services; Mr T. L. Mvubu and Mrs L.P.Mkhawanazi : Department of Education;Mr Sduduzo Ngcobo : Department Social Development.
Objectives of the CPF is to inform, guide and sustain all policing activities together with the participation of the SAPS in community policing and problem solving, capacity-building and in skilling of SAPS personnel and members of the community to ensure constructive participation in addressing the problem of crime; enhancement of the accountability of the police to the communities ; shared responsibility and decision making as well as sustained commitment from both the police and the community with regard to safety and security needs ; creation of understanding and trust between the police, the community and other relevant role players and special attention to be given to vulnerable groups who are most likely to become victims of crime, such as children, the elderly, women, the disabled ,gays, and lesbians
CPF meeting are open meetings to all Greytonians and all are encouraged to attend the meetings to ensure for improved service delivery.
UMVOTI FIRE PROTECITON ASSOCIATION UPDATE
Umvoti FPA annual general meeting was held on Tuesday 2 August ...and there was a changing of the guard. A newly formed committee was voted in with Dieter Meyer elected as chairman. Dieter’s first action was to thank the previous chairman Murray Mason for his many years of service to the community as chairman of the Association.
Greytown, Seven Oaks, Ahrens and Kranskop Fire Control committees each have two representatives on the main committee whilst Mondi, Sappi, Masonite and the smallholders each have one.
A fulltime position for a Fire Protection Officer (FPO) will be advertised shortly.On behalf of all the members and the community the Chairman also thanked Dave Carroll for standing in as part time FPO over the past few years.
At the meeting a flat rate of R3.50 per deed hectare was set for the coming year with no capping. There is a minimum annual rate of R250.00 per property for smaller properties if the owner is a member of an Agricultural society and a Fire Control Committee. If the owner is not a member of these organizations then the minimum rate will be higher.
In response to a query as to why a landowner should belong to the FPA, the chairman quoted the relevant law :
“Where a Landowner’s land falls within an area controlled by an FPA and such Landowner is not a member of such FPA then, in the event of a fire occurring on such Landowners land and spreading to that of an adjoining Third Party’s land, the Landowner is presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have been negligent in having allowed the fire to spread to the land of the Third Party”. Secondly there are benefits such as training and possibly fire belt preparation for paid up members.
Anyone who would further information on the UFPA is asked to contact the chairman ,Dieter Meyer on 082 877 9576
ENJOY OUTDOOR LIVING!
A very well attended meeting of the Garden Club was held at the home of Tommy and Amanda Crowe on Tuesday 2nd August with interior designer, Paula Hattingh talking on”Versatile Verandahs” . Paula presented her talk as she would a personal consultation to a client and this format worked very well
. Backed by her considerable experience in this field Paula outlined what factors need to be considered when planning a veranda with very practical ideas that can be incorporated as far as size, lighting furniture, fabrics, floor finishes, aspect and most important taking into account the end use and requirements. She emphasized how fortunate we are to be living in South Africa where we can entertain and virtually live outdoors for most of the year. She also mentioned how important it is to combine your garden with the verandah remembering not to block the view but enhance it with plants chosen to meld the two.
Paula, a newcomer to the district , is married to Lawrence Hill.
Next meeting on Tuesday 13 September, is an outing to Bethany Nursery where Martin and Tracey Albourer grow Gerbera for the cut flower industry. It is on the North Coast - about one and half hours from Greytown. Friday 2 September is the deadline for arranging transport and catering - please contact Lee (082 5793 877) for further information. or Sheila (082 4867 541) for transport arrangements.
LOCAL LINK TO UK IRONMAN CHAMPION!
Congratulations to the Ironman UK age group champion, Fiona Siemelink, perhaps better known to Umvoti residents as Fiona, daughter of Sue Swan of Seven Oaks. Making this achievement even more impressive Fiona has qualified to take part in the Ironman Triathlon world championships to be held in Kona Hawaii in October - despite thyroid cancer and chemotherapy!
An Ironman triathlon constitutes a 2.4 mile swim in open water, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then a 26.2 mile run .. All within one day, non-stop, and a 17 hours cut-off time. To qualify for the annual world championship, a triathlete has to win her age group in an official Ironman triathlon sometime during the year, somewhere in the world...and the UK Ironman was chosen
On July 31st the World Championship dream became reality when Fiona was crowned an Ironman UK age group champion in a time of 11 hrs 9 minutes. With 20 ladies in her age group, some of them past winners and Kona participants, the field was strong and the win was sweet, especially after a gruelling bike course.
The World Championship is on October 8th and she will be ready no doubt.
FROM THE DITCH
The “Mufti” Wednesday bowls last week was very encouraging as most of the members turned out and enjoyed the afternoon of social bowls.
Saturday’s dismal weather ensured that there were no bowlers on the green! We did however have a function at the club when our oldest playing club member “Mac” had his 95th birthday celebration - well done Mac and keep them rolling!
Still lots more Club Champs to play - please check the notice board and play your next round!
Easy ways to exercise!
Even small amounts of physical activity will help reduce heart disease risk, and the benefit increases as the amount of activity increases, according to a recent review reported in Circulation, journal of the American Heart Association. Individuals who engage in 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity leisure activity have a 14 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to those who reported no exercise or physical activity. The study also notes a significant interaction by gender, as these results were stronger in women than in men!
Easy ways in which to increase your physical activity:
· Park as far from the front door as possible. Whether you’re at the mall, work, or school, parking the car at the edge of the parking lot forces you to walk just a little bit further than you are used to. It will only add a few seconds to your trip, but if you do it every day it could add years to your life
· Clean your home regularly. Most people do not realise what a good workout cleaning can be, especially if you have a large home. Cleaning involves plenty of walking, lifting, and stretching - all of which are very good for your body. Washing dishes by hand can also be an easy way to burn a few extra calories.
· Gardening and yard work. Yard work is great because not only does it increase your physical activity, but it also gives you an excuse to be outside. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedge, and raking leaves are all very physically taxing and like cleaning, they use a range of muscle groups.
SOURCE; Priya Seetal ;Nutrition Information Officer ;S.A. Sugar Association
From the Courts
Due to the cold but very welcome rain on Saturday no tennis was played . Players are therefore reminded to play the Handicaps and Championships matches by 3 September as the finals of the various sections will take place over the weekend of 10 September.
Matches to be played are:
Ian Redfern vs Herman van Rooyen(h) and winner vs Darryl Evans;Lynne English and Corne Nefdt vs Jenny Tedder and Erika Gevers ;(C) Martin Platt and Lynn English vs Peter and Maggie Hardy (H);
Our Popular 4-A-side- family Tournament sponsored by Daddy’s Garage will take place on 21 August. Make sure to get your teams together not to miss this fun event.
See you all at tennis on Saturday!
FORGET FAKE MATRIC CERTIFICATES!
Going price for a fake matric certificate in Durbs is R3 000 but the consequences total up to far more. Greytown Station Commander, Lieutenant Col. Maphalala has issued a warning to anyone purchasing a fake matric certificate that they will be prosecuted. Two people, who attempted to have their fake certificates certified have been charged for fraud - they admitted to purchasing these certificates in Durban for R3 000.
The Police have issued a warning as to the severe penalties which will be imposed on anyone trying to make use of a fake matric certificate.
3 August 2011
Investigation into pyramid scheme
An investigation into the outlawed TVI Express , the multi-level marketing venture, has been launched by the Reserve Bank through the appointment of a temporary inspector. It is claimed that TVI could be one of the biggest pyramid schemes in South Africa involving billions of rands.
Umvoti "investors" who lost money through TVI are asked to contact the inspector, who is an attorney, John Kruger on his website , email@example.com with details of how much they had invested and into what bank account they had deposited the money. TVI, also known as Travel Ventures International, started operating in Greytown last year and continued until May this year. The scheme, which is banned in several overseas countries, targetted public servants in KZN - about 50 000 are estimated to have invested with a total of billions of rand.
Agents who marketed the scheme, accepted deposits from the public for what its claimed were valueless travel vouchers which allegedly have no intrinsic value whatsoever.
In May this year the Greytown Gazette reported that Dudu Mabaso Shangase, PA to former Umvoti Mayor, Petros Ngubane had been arrested and appeared in the Kwa Dukuza magistrate's court on charges of fraud. This followed complaints lodged by two "investors". According to a report in the "New Age Online" in 14th April headlined "scammed in get rich schemes" two investors had claimed that they had borrowed money to invest R21 600 and had not received a cent. Shangase had shown them a bank statement revealing hundreds of investors from the area -she had told them that loans were being raised to pay investors and appealed for them not to lay charges against her. Police are assisting Mr Kruger with the investigations - information can also be faxed to 086 657 1360.
HOT LINE OPERATIVE...JUST CALL 0800 204 975
A reminder to members of the public to make use of the hot line set up by KPMG to assist in the forensic audit currently underway to investigate reported irregularities in Umvoti Municipality prior to the take over by the new Council in May.
Any members of the public and municipal staff with factual information is asked to phone the independent KPMG hotline on 0800 204 975 - calls are free; totally confidential and if so required, the caller may remain anonymous.
It is understood that a number of service providers have not yet received payment for service provided prior to June 2011 - they are urged to contact the hotline with full details so that these can be investigated.
Following many allegations made by the public this hotline was set up by the Municipality in consultation with KPMG to investigate and to assist in curbing the perceived corruption. Callers to the hotline reporting incidents of fraudulent, corrupt or unethical practices are asked to provide factual details as to whom was involved, details of the incidents, how often carried out , monetary value and any other information available.
Anyone with any such information who does not take this opportunity to report such misconduct is actually condoning the perpetrators by allowing them to get away with it. Input from the public is essential so that any form of corruption which might have been taking place is rooted out.
WOMEN’S DAY - TUESDAY 9TH
As Tuesday 9th August is the public holiday, Women’s Day, the Greytown Gazette offices will be closed that day.
However the issue of Wednesday 10th will be on the streets as usual early Wednesday morning. Deadlines for display advertising 1 p.m. Friday ; 9 a.m. on Monday for classifieds; but copy please by 10 a.m. latest on Monday .
Banks, Post Office, etc will be closed - Monday is a school holiday but all businesses will be open.
Happy Women’s Day!
HEAVY WIND AND RAIN CAUSE DESTRUCTION
Umvoti Disaster Management personnel swung into swift action last week when over 200 people suffered through the strong winds and heavy rains which destroyed a large number of houses in four Umvoti wards.
Protection Services manager Mr K.Simelane who heads the Disaster Management team told the Greytown Gazette that, together with the Mayor, Speaker and Ward Councillors, families affected had been visited to assess damage and what could be done to assist.
Altogether over 80 homesteads were seriously damaged -in Matimatolo a young child died when the hut burnt down.
In the past week Umvoti Municipality has distributed 196 blankets, 22 tents and 16 heavy plastic sheeting to the 200 people affected. Department of Social Welfare has provided food parcels.
But a lot more is need to assist these families in rebuilding their homes and lives.
Anyone who can assist in anyway -building material; cash donations; clothing; food etc. is asked to contact acting Municipal Manager, Mr Sakkie Archer on 033 413 9100
COLDEST WINTER IN YEARS!
It's confirmed! For all who have been shivering and shaking stating that “its never been this cold”...you were right. Not since 1996 has the temperatures in Greytown dropped to these depths!
According to the round up of July weather given to the Greytown Gazette by Dr Rikus Kloppers, Weather Sensors, Pannar Research, the maximum temperatures July 2011 were almost four degrees lower than last year and the average temp was 2.9 degrees lower.
Coldest morning to date this winter was minus 3 degrees centigrade which was recorded at the research weather station between 6 and 7 a.m. on 1st July.
In July last year the average minimum was 11.3 degrees -minimum was 3.4 and maximum 20.7 degrees C.
In July 2011 the average temperature was 8.4 -the minimum being 1.8 and maximum 16.7 degrees C.
Taking ;an average of July temperatures for 13 years from 1997 to 2010 -minimum 3.4 and maximum 19.5 degrees C.
Another interesting statistic - 37 year average rainfall for July -16.08 mm. Average rainfall for July 2010 was 10 mm and July this year a whopping 76 mm. Whilst this unexpected rain was much appreciated and welcomed by many it was not good news for farmers who still have to harvest late maize.
SIXTH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL COMING UP!
For the past eight years Andy and Rochelle Buchan have been growing strawberries on their farm El Shamah just outside Greytown As the bulk of the crops are supplied to Durban outlets they decided that the local community be given the opportunity to also enjoy this tasty fruit .So six years ago the first strawberry festival was held on the farm.This has become a popular annual fixture on the Greytown calendar .There a lot more exciting new stalls this year including homemade cheese, german meats, local boerewors and patties, fresh farm cream, wholesome precooked meals, seedlings, fresh vegetables, biltong, fruit and nuts, strawberries, jams and more.
Once again there will be a tea garden run by Jilly Hull, selling delicious tea time treats and light lunches. Other stalls will be selling handmade jewellery, crochet and embroidered items, handcrafted homeware, toys etc..
Dates are Friday 26 August 10am-4pm and Saturday 27 August 9am-2pm on the farm on District Road 220.
Rochelle Buchan 084 404 1234 for further information.
Greytown Country Club news
The Monthly Happy Hour took place on Friday, 29 July. Thank you to Corne Hattingh and his team from Mascor for putting together a very successful event. Richard Cyrus walked away with the prize money and Guy Platt took the Chivas Regal. Pete Koller and Grant Gifford took the consolation prizes. Thank you to everybody who attended. The evening was great!
The next attendance draw will take place on Friday at 18:30 sharp. You have to be at the club to be in the running for the R300 that is up for grabs.
FNB Golf Day is on 13 August. Please contact the Club on 033 417 2441 to enter. 4BBB format.
Wembley College Golf Day is on 3 September. The R160 entry includes halftime refreshments and supper. Format: 4 Ball Alliance with two scores to count. Contact Julie Cotterell on 082 416 9166 or the Club on 033 417 2441 to enter.
The course will be closed from 4 to 16 September for our annual spring treatment.
Dates to diarise
Sat 6 Aug – Mascor Monthly Mug
Sat 13 Aug – FNB Golf Day
Fri 26 Aug – Happy Hour
Thurs 1 Sept – Ladies Open Day
Sat 3 Sept – Wembley College Golf Day
Sun 4 Sept – Fri 16 Sept: Spring treatment
TOUR DE KRANTZ SUPER CLASSIC
aQuelle is back as the title sponsor of the popular Tour de Krantz super classic to take place on Saturday 20th August in Harburg. aQuelle has been involved in some way or other since the very first Tour de Krantz, in 2000.
There will be 45km, 25km and 10km rides with spectacular routes through pine and sugar plantations, awesome views across two gorges, a magnificent waterfall and the krantz that heralds the start of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The course designers are making some changes to the routes this year to add to the enjoyment and excitement on the day. Participants will still be able to enjoy the fast winding downhills, great single-track and a few heart-rate chasing uphills that have become known as part of this old favourite on the KZN mountain biking calendar.
First 750 entries will receive a warm polar fleece beanie at registration.
For non-cyclists there is plenty of entertainment at the popular Harburg German Fest - craft market, tea garden serving traditional cakes, delicious breakfasts and lunches ,beer garden, processed meats and cakes to buy and lots of entertainment for the littlies.
Make a note to be at Harburg on Saturday 20th August to take in this scenic area, admire the racing guys and gals in their lycra and, partake in some good old fashioned German fun.
For further information log on to www.tourdekrantz.co.za or call Marie on 076 655 7080.
A very big thank you
I wish to acknowledgement, with sincere thanks, the assistance of the following persons in the recovery of my cell phone which went missing on Saturday 23rd July:- Optometrist Abhilasha Ramurath of Insight Optics, Mrs Pieterse of Greytown Drugstore, the lady or gentleman who found and handed my phone in at the Drugstore and the Drugstore employee who received and held it in safekeeping until it’s return to me on Monday 25th July.
From the courts
On Saturday we had perfect tennis weather for another Spoon Tournament that was played this year. Four courts were played on and the new format used worked well. Players are normally asked to start play at 14h00 but the new format also allowed players who arrived later to slot in . Well done to Clive Edkins and Kobus Uys who came out as winners . Players are reminded to play the Super Quick handicaps and championships matches by 3 September as the finals of the various sections will take place over the weekend of 10 September.
A couple of handicap matches were played this past weekend. Mark Thomas just lost to Darryl Evans 4-7 in the singles Handicap and then Mark Thomas & Herman van Rooyen managed to beat Mike Barrow & Guy Platt 7-5 in the Doubles Handicap.
Can the following matches please be played this coming weekend. The couples mentioned first to phone their opponents to make sure that they will be available.
Ian Redfern vs Herman van Rooyen (H);Lynne English & Corne Nefdt vs Jenny Tedder & Erika Gevers (C);
Martin Platt & Lynne English vs Peter & Maggie Hardy (H); Winner: Ian Redfern/Herman v Rooyen vs Darryl Evans (H)
The popular 4-A-side- family Tournament sponsored by Daddy’s Garage will take place on 21 August. Make sure to get your teams together not to miss this fun event.
See you all at tennis on Saturday!