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24 February 2010
UMVOTI ANNUAL REPORT -YOUR COMMENTS REQUIRED
Members of the public are invited to comment on the Umvoti Municipality’s annual report for the year ending 30th June 2009. Copies of the report can be viewed at Greytown and Kranskop libraries during working hours. Deadline for the submission of any comment is 5th March.
The annual report is a legal requirement in order for the municipality to produce a record of activities during the financial year as well as a performance report reflecting the performance comparing targets set for and performance in the previous financial year and measures taken to improve performance.
Acting Municipal Manager Mr S.Ndabandaba has issued the following statement on the annual report:
”The year ending 30th June 2009 was indeed a challenging year for the municipality. The unfortunate assassinations of councillors and community members which were contrary to our vision of “Town of Peace and Prosperity”, worldwide economic downturn and General election in April which change the face of Government, these amongst the others were challenges to the administration of the Municipality.
Preparations to implement the new Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act (Act No. 6 of 2004), delays in the Housing projects delivery and staff shortages were one cause of concern. At 30th June 2009 the municipality held investments in the amount of R50,1 million and its assets amounted to R96 million. However its outstanding debtors of R12 million are causes of concern, as a result the municipality appointed a company of debt collectors to assist the municipality in collection of this amount and encourage the culture of payment to ratepayers.
Community participation in the IDP and Budget process is encouraging, however, due to a vacancy in the IDP Managers Position this has not been achieved to the extent desired although Council continues to encourage interested organizations and persons to participate in the process so as to ensure the attitude of belonging is natured.
Most of the critical positions were filled during the year, amongst the positions filled were that of a qualified Fleet Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Human Resource Manager to attend to the duties that were lacking for a number of years. The newly appointed personnel together with the existing key personnel strived to achieve its objective and goals in terms of the needs of the community expressed in the IDP and Budget Engagements.
We are proud to be one of the Municipalities in the KwaZulu-Natal Province that have received an unqualified Audit report from the Auditor General for the year 30 June 2009. This was the result of hard work from the Budget and Treasury department that ensured our reporting complies with the new accounting standards as well as other departments that assisted in doing the right things at the right time. Various queries regarding compliance issues (mostly) were raised by the Auditor General that has to be addressed during 2008/2009 financial year. This has been achieved over and above the above challenges. The statement published in the Greytown gazette on the 3rd of February 2010 which was also insinuating that certain municipal staff is corrupt is contrary to the above, I will advice that in future your paper should make proper research and get both sides of the story before publishing such information.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE:In a report on the Council meeting of 29th January when ANC and DA Councillors walked out the report stated ”the ANC queried as to how CFO Sipho Ndabandaba could serve as acting MM in view of the investigation into R50 000 relating to his trip to China”-no mention was made in this factual statement of corruption)
In his statement, the acting Municipal Manager continues pointing out that “The Municipality is still faced with challenges in terms of basic infrastructure and rural development due to lack of funds, staff shortages and to topography. Local Economic Development and special programs to address the needy, poor and unemployed communities still needs to be addressed. The municipality is also looking at urban development in order to retain local economy in Umvoti, this includes amongst other things medium to up-market Housing and shopping malls, private hospital, community centers to say the list. The investors both local and national are welcome to take this opportunity.
I would also like to encourage our local newspapers especially the Greytown Gazette to put first the interest in economic development of Umvoti area, being a local newspaper the stories covered should always be well thought off and marketing our area.
To our stakeholders especially the Umvoti Ratepayers Association, strategic partners within the community, our service providers, the District Municipality, National and Provincial Government for their assistance and the role they have played during the year in the continued growth of Umvoti, your support and guidance is much appreciated.
To the entire Umvoti Community who walked with us in community developmental challenges to achieve the best with limited resources, thank you for your patience and look forward to serving you and improving our delivery to you.
I wish to place on record my sincere thanks and appreciation to His Worship the Mayor and Council for the support they have given to the entire municipal team.”
CALLING ALL FARMERS
An early warning to farmers, their wives or partners, to be prepared for an evening of fun on Friday 5th March at Greytown Bowls Club. Last year the Umvoti Agriculture Society held a very successful evening at the club and the intention is to do it again this year - all members and would be members are invited to be there.
For early arrivals the Bowls Club is arranging a fun bowls session from 4 to 6 p.m. The club has sent out a directive to its members that there will be a cease fire that night between the Boers and the Brits to allow the outlanders to show their skills! Whether you have played bowls previously or not...its lots of fun.
From 6 p.m. onwards there will be an information and update session delivered by members of the UAS committee who will also be more than willing to answer any queries. This session will be followed by a finger supper provided by the UAS and a cash bar will be available.
This is a greeat opportunity for the farming community to get together, have lots of fun and catch up on all the news of the district.
Please diarise the date and make a special effort ot be there.
For further information please phone Dusty Shaw on 082 837 9200
Greytown Gazette publishes a monthly Shadow Column listing events to take place throughout the year. Main objective is to notify the public of what is scheduled to take place, or about to, and to also as far as possible avoid “double dating” -i.e. two events on the same day which could create problems not only for the organisers but also the public.
An appeal therefore to all schools, Churches, ngo’s, municipalities, sports bodies, clubs etc. etc. to submit dates and event details to the Greytown Gazette for publication.
Please note this is a FREE service to the community.
26th: 12 noon:Jes Foord talk New Hall Enhlalakahle
6.30p.m.: Jes Foord talk at Greytown CountryClub
6-7th Greytown Sports Foundation clinic GHS
9th: Umvoti Garden Club meeting
5-10th: Sport Olympiade Hermannsburg
19th:Grandparents Day Wembley
21st:Human Rights Day
21st: Duck Race Ivala Lodge(Wembley)
22nd: Public holiday
27th:Easter craft market :Rencken Centre
2nd: Good Friday
16th-18th: Mighty Men Conference
23rd:Wembley Matric dance
24th:Friends Wembley dance
26th:Wembley matric fashion show
27th :Freedom Day
1st: Workers Day
1st: Hermannsburg Schulfest
1st May:Fiddler on the Roof: Hermanssburg School
11th: Greytown Garden Club meeting
13/14th:Wembley H/S play
29th:GHS Old Scholars day
8th:Greytown Garden Club annual general meeting
16th; Youth day
14th:Interhouse athletics GHS
17-18th:Greytown sports foundation GHS
24th:GHS Matric farewell
26th: GHS fashion show
4/5:Wembley SP play
10th:Greytown Garden Club
20th:Speech and drama evening Wembley
25th;Quadrangular schools athletics
2nd:Wembley Golden awards evening
17-18th: Hermannsburg sponsored golf St Cathryns
23rd: GHS Market Day
30th: Nguni Festival
26th:Wembley JP graduation
7th Carol evening at Wembley
GNOMING IN THE HEAT.
When the going gets tough the old gnome gets tougher! What heat we have had as well as torrential rain in the Valley which has created a few problems . I have invested in a rain gauge to stop me or anyone else exaggerating over the amount of rainfall we had ... or might not have had!
My little patch is now taking shape and even in my twilight years am learning all the time... have planted the small trees and now I need some pretty indigenous ground covers. With regards to the trees, I have planted three Natal Lavenders quite close together, which have pruned taking off all the lower branches. I hope I shall then create a top high shade area to break the heat of the afternoon sun.If nothing else my patch will be a proverbial rain forest!
Have my lovely roses planted within the perimeters I am allowed with a pretty little garden fence protecting them from the marauding wild life.. the buck! This week we put up the most beautiful arch, the idea there will be to plant a couple of climbing roses PLUS clematis. The Clematis will flower in spring before the roses then the follow up will be the lovely roses.
In a very small area I need to get my monies worth! To enjoy sweet peas time to dig that trench for the seeds and then plant. There is nothing more beautiful than a bowl of wonderfully scented sweet peas in the house.
The vegetable garden should be getting priority now. Prepare the ground for planting of winter vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, broad beans,carrots etc. A heavy application of well rotted manure and compost will be highly beneficial at this time of the year. Keep up the spraying of the roses when necessary. Perennials need to be divided when the weather cools down. Any surplus do not throw away but offer to friends.
Weeding the lawn is a well worth the hard work and then a light top dressing of 232 . Lift your mower a notch because to keep shaving the lawn off now especially in the heat will really set it back.
UMVOTI POLOCROSSE CLUB NEWS
Umvoti Polocrosse Club got the new season under way with the AGM held at Dunboy last Sunday. The first practice was held immediately after the meeting.
Patrick O’Sullivan will remain the Chairman but many of the positions of responsibility are now lying on the shoulders of the young who have been nurtured up through the last few years. Jarryd Jacklin, who has just matriculated from Maritzburg College, is the Vice Chairman and Chief Umpire. Alice Gilmore, who has recently completed her studies, will be the Club Captain.
It will be good to see the return of Juli Royden-Turner after her stint with the Stonefield Polo Estate in Plettenberg Bay. Juli started her polocrosse at Umvoti and she was a very promising young player. With her comes Ross Santini, a polo player who wants to try his hand at polocrosse.
The return of Sean O’Sullivan is most welcome. Sean was South Africa’s top number three for a number of years and he captained South Africa in tests against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. He returns to Umvoti to support his two boys, Tysen and James, who are keen to play polocrosse. While James is just a beginner, Tysen has had some experience and is displaying all the attributes to develop into a top player.
Also very welcome are Debbie and Emma Dick who return to Umvoti after a year at Bishopstowe. Debbie is an aggressive player who will be of great value to the club. Emma will slot in very well with the U14 players.
Two additions to the club are Wesley Flowers and Colin Storey. It is hoped that they both enjoy their season with Umvoti.
This will be the year for Umvoti’s young players to prove their value to the club. Jarryd Jacklin, Janine Meyer, Dean Flowers, Damien O’Sullivan and Alice Gilmore have worked their way through the ranks and are now ready to challenge for a place in the A team. All five are outstanding riders with excellent ball-skills and should feature in the ranks of this season’s age group national squads. The selection of the Umvoti A team will be most interesting with some of the old established players possibly making way for the younger, up and coming players.
Thembi Madonsela, Cavan O’Sullivan, Ryan Gibbs and Jacquie Minnaar are four young players who should impress this season. To date they have had to play in senior divisions where they come up against strong opposition. While this provided good experience they found themselves out-played with no opportunity to show their real ability. They need exposure among their own age groups where they develop confidence and play without fear of intimidation.
The tournaments to look forward to this year are the Junior Tests against Australia at Mooi River and the official PASA tournaments all of which will be held at Noodsberg. Noodsberg, with outstanding facilities, has become South Africa’s most popular polocrosse venue. Hosting five major tournaments means a tremendous workload for the club, but there will be assistance from the provinces who will assume responsibility for the various tournaments.
The Northern Natal Coaching Clinic at Mooi River will be the first outing for the Umvoti members which will be held on the 13th and 14th of March.
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY!
Having been raised in a family where the importance of honesty was drummed into us as one of the cornerstones of our moral values, I frequently despair at the deceit and dishonesty so rife across all echelons of society. Daily media reports of chicanery in one form or another are enough to make one question the moral fiber (or absence thereof) of our society.
However, last Friday, I had the privilege to encounter a young man who restored my faith in humanity through his act of exemplary honesty. While crossing over Pine Street opposite First National Bank I obliviously dropped a fair number of coins from my purse. When returning to my car, having done my errands, I was politely approached by a young man who held out a collection of coins that he had retreived. Having thanked the young man for his honesty I, struck up conversation, as is custom in respectable Zulu culture, enquiring where he lives and who his parents are because I wished to compliment them on their son’s exemplary honesty. I was deeply saddened when he told me that both of his parents are dead and that he lives in the care of Doctors for Life.
Phakamseni Duze, I have been humbled and honoured to have met you. Thank you for restoring my belief that there are honest people out there. You are a credit to your deceased parents, your clan and all who have guided you. My hope is that throughout your life you have the strength to remain true to your values and are blessed with success.
HOW TO REVAMP YOUR GARDEN!
How to revamp your garden!
One of the joys of gardening in Umvoti is the generosity of other gardeners in giving slips and plants to others. But then what can , and often does happen over time, is that the gardens become a mish mash of different textures and colours . This is definitely not the case with the beautiful country garden at Fairfield home of Pauline and James Crowe where the February garden club meeting was held.
Lindsay Gray, was an entertaining and fluent guest speaker, who despite the sizzling heat of the day, remained cool and calm as she spoke on how to refresh a “tired’ garden. Lindsay said planning was vital and to establish focal points to perk up the garden . She suggested that by picking flowers from other areas of the garden (or other gardens) and placing them in the areas to be changed allowed the gardener to visualise the impact of colour and texture.
Speaker for the March garden club meeting on Tuesday 9th at the Senior Citizen’s Crentre is Lynne Clark who will give a floral demonstration. The meeting is 9 for 9.30 and non-members are welcome.
From the ditch
In an exciting league game played at home over the weekend, Greytown walked away with the bonus point after beating Umgeni Waterfall Bowling Club from Howick by the narrowest of margins.
Tony Smith and his team won their game 29 - 8 and Cherry Wulfsohn and his team lost their match 10 - 27. Greytown ended up getting 3 points thereby winning the much needed bonus point!
This weekend Greytown Men’s will travel to Howick in another league game and the Ladies travel to Wartburg also to play against a team from Howick.
A trips and pairs game was the order of play on the social scene on Saturday afternoon. With our Howick guests and the local players, it was nice to see so many bowlers on the village green!
FUN FOUR-A-SIDE TENNIS
A very successful fun 4-a-side tournament was held on Sunday 21st in very warm conditions. Sixteen teams entered and we had a host of clever names and fun outfits. Thanks to Build It, CPS Seedlings, Daddy’s Service Station, Kombat and Platt Plant Hire for the sponsorship.
It was good to see some old and some new faces on the courts. Good to see the Comins, Patterson and Pearson family teams, and English, Dean, Nefdt, Gevers and McGhie near family teams. Welcome back June, Jenny Julie, Shirley and Derek! Also some potential talent in Trevor, Nereen, Matthew, Karien, Sven, Donlee, Lee, Tarryn, Hilary and Kim. Thanks to all the ladies for the delicious tea eats and to Trish Barrow and Jen Cowie for the tasty salads.
After prize giving we enjoyed a very social bring and braai.
The results are -:
Winners: ‘The Mooi Team’ (Bruce, Michelle, Amy and Don-Don Patterson)
R’s up: ‘On The Green’ (Clive Edkins, Hilary Le Roux and Jack and Ruth Drew)
Best name: ‘Four Hands’ (Ingrid and Anja Meyer, Bronwyn Bartels and Darryl Evans)
Best dressed: ‘Zuma’s Baby Showa’ (Martin and Jenny Platt, Mike Barrow and Grant Gifford)
Most deserving: ‘Game Capture’ (Sven Bruss, Donlee Channing, Lee and Tarryn)
Next item on the tennis calendar is the annual championships and handicaps which will be starting on the 17th April. Start scouting for partners now.
17 February 2010
John Odendaal, marketing manager PANNAR, James Williams, PANNAR
sales rep and Piggly Wiggly owner, Rudi Kassier, at the official opening of the
a-maizing maze last month.
From the air the maze is the PANNAR logo.
Its exciting , different and the very first in KwaZulu-Natal! It's the PANNAR a-maizing maze at Piggly Wiggly and since its official opening in January, is set to become, for the next few months, a major agri-tourism attraction on the Midlands Meander.
At the end of November last year, 65 000 maize seedlings were planted by PANNAR on a one hectare site near Piggly Wiggly (at Tweedie on R103) with eventually 20 000 ankle height plants being removed to form the pathways to wander along. All this having been first meticulously plotted out on graph paper! Sticks and stones were used to map out the rows and the 20 000 were carefully taken out by hand.
PANNAR marketing manager, John Odendaal said “this is something new and innovative and is a way of introducing the urban public to agriculture in a fun way.” It is also one of the largest in the country and a first for this Province.
Piggly Wiggly owner, Rudi Kassier was delighted when approached last year by PANNAR sales rep James Williams who came up with the idea of a maize maze as Rudi believes it will enhance the popularity of his venue as well as the Midlands Meander as a whole.
Not only though is the maze there to attract tourists but also as an educational tool. to educate the public on agriculture, farming and the importance of maize as a staple food with boards along the route with information and facts on maize, soy beans and forage sorghum.
As the maize will be harvested at the end of June -try the maze challenge before then. But PANNAR hopes that this will serve as a pilot project for more mazes in other areas.
SCAMMERS ‘MOCK’ FIFA!
FIFA has laid down stringent rules of who is permitted to do what, how and where for the lead up and duration of the World Cup.. But those ubiquituous cyberspace scammers are not concerned and have jumped onto the bandwagon with the following:
“To create international AWARENESS of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA organised the first ever world cup online awareness (email) draw by contacting Microsoft directly to provide the email contacts of the leading internet using countries that are members of FIFA. Among the email addresses that were provided, your email address came out as one of the four lucky winning email addresses of FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.
Chairman, 2010 LOC
phone:+27 730 528 782”
LIVER TRANSPLANT LITTLE GIRL NEEDS YOUR HELP
Since her birth in December 2008 Silungile has spent most of her short life in and out of hospitals. The daughter of Zwakushiwo (Nicholas) and Zandile (Gloria) Ndlovu she was diagnosed with jaundice soon after birth and as her liver was severely damaged the doctors told her devastated parents that she would need a liver transplant.
A preliminary visit to the Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town took place last December so that various tests, matchings etc could be carried out so that everything would be in place for the little one when a liver became available for transplant.
But then it was discovered that Silungile had contracted TB and would have to have the six months treatment for this before a transplant could be activated. She started the treatment as prescribed by the doctors. Last week however the parents were absolutely shattered and devastated by the medical report that their little one year old had contracted MDR TB. This is treatable but means she will have to stay in hospital over a period of 18 months with daily injections and medications.
As she still need dialysis regularly Silungile was admitted to King Edward Hospital in Durban So for the next 18 months her mother, Zandile, will be with her -she has had to give up her job but both she and Nicholas are prepared to sacrifice whatever needed in order to restore their little one to good health and a future.
The Greytown Gazette is appealing on behalf of the family for financial assistance to cover costs such as accomodation, transport, food etc whilst Silungile is away from home in hospital. A trust fund , the P.G. Mavundla in Trust for Silungile Ndlovu has been opened at FNB in Greytown (ac no. 622 4772 2665) for details. Please donate whatever amount you can afford to help the Ndlovu family in this stressful time and to help little Silungile become healthy and lead a normal life like any young child
P.G.MAVUNDLA...WE SALUTE YOU!
On behalf of Umvoti AIDS Centre I would like to acknowledge and salute you as a true benefactor of our youth in Greytown.
In 2009 five of our child Headed family children passed matric. This is no mean feat as 4 live in rural Umvoti without even electricity. Add to this that these young children had to take on the role of parents to their siblings as their parents had passed on and there were no adults left to take care of the family. Even under such adversity they managed to pass matric.
Great!,,,but where to from there?
This is where Mr P.G. Mavundla came to the rescue to give these children a chance in life. They were given full bursaries by him. All five are now studying Auxilliary Nursing with full board and tuition.
For these 5 young people, it is an opportunity none could have aspired to had Mr Mavundla not helped them and I know that they will do you proud, Sir, and qualify and come back to to Greytown as useful members of Umvoti. Thanks to your generosity.
This year another of our child headed family girls passed matric. She wanted to study Social work at University but could not raise the deposit. Once again Mr Mavundla came to the rescue.
Only someone with a great commitment to the youth of Umvoti, would be so generous and I know there is a reward waiting for you that is far greater that material things.You have given hope to children who have little in their lives to celebrate and I know that they will reward you with their achievements in life.
With sincere thanks
Joan Dutton and Philani Madi
Umvoti AIDS Centre.
ST CATHRYN’S NEWS
The Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug was played on Saturday 13 February in extremely hot conditions, with temperatures in the 30’s. This did not seem to put off some of the golfers who played some even hotter golf !
1st : Peter Rommelspacher 64 nett
2nd : Piet Coetzee 65 nett
3rd: Klaus Kluver 67 nett
Best Stableford points: Peter Rommelspacher 44 points
Nearest to pin 9/18 : Klaus Kluver
Captains putter : Carina Rommelspacher
Two Clubs : Paul Els x2, Klaus Kluver x2, Mbongenis Khumalo and Sbonelo Khumalo.
The golf course is coping with all this heat and according to Piet, the greens are getting over their “ sickness “ and are looking and playing better.
St Cathryns members were saddened to hear of the death, in a car accident, of our former member, Kobus Jacobs - our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Fixtures for March :
Sat 13 March : Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug
Sat 20 March : Sanlam Cancer Challenge for the University Golf Club
Sat 27th and Sun 28th March :Tuta Carriers Club Championships.
Paul and Tanya from the Fairway Restaurant serve a wonderful Sunday lunch - so why don’t you come and play golf and then invite your family and friends to join you for lunch afterwards. To book for golf please phone Piet 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661 and to book meals please phone Paul and Tanya 084 5966 292.
WATER SUPPLY AGAIN HITS PROBLEMS
Greytown water consumers have had another ten days or so have an erratic water supply ranging from no water at all to running muddy and discoloured supply of this most vital commodity . Whilst most residents have been remarkably resilient in coping with the ongoing water supply problems, tempers were somewhat frayed as February temperatures have soared together with the humidity leval.
In response to a request from the Greytown Gazette for an explanation of the current situation, uThukela Water area manager, Trevor Rajnarian and Umvoti Water Conservation committee member Brian Walker have issued the following statement:
”Over the last ten days Greytown has once again been in the throes of a water crisis due to the limited supply of raw water. Even though the water plant is being operated beyond its design capacity, and all raw water resources are stretched to their maximum, we simply cannot keep up with the demand. As a result, the higher lying areas of town and Enhlalakhahle have had an intermittent water supply over the last week. We were forced to isolate the town on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 10 pm to 4 am in order to boost reservoir levels. We had planned to isolate on Thursday night as well, but at the last minute decided not to, due to certain circumstances. It goes without saying that Greytonians need to save water in order to reduce demand.
The clarity of the water being produced at the moment is not as good as it used to be, but is still safe for human consumption. The reason for the clarity problem is due to the fact that the water plant is being operated at 21% over its design capacity. These rapid flow rates through the plant means that there is not enough contact time for proper settlement to occur. If we were to slow down the flow rates, then we will not have enough water to meet the already high demand. However, this clarity problem will be addressed as part of the present plant upgrade.
Engineers are presently working on the pipe network in town to solve a few inherent problems and to increase understanding and management of the system. Utw staff are responding to burst pipes and leaks as soon as they occur in order to minimize losses. Unfortunately, Utw staff have had their lives threatened in the township and as a result will not attend to problems there until a sense of normality, and acceptance of the ongoing water crisis is reached.
We appeal to the residents of Greytown to conserve water and to report pipe leaks immediately to the 911 Call Center on 033 4172911 or the Utw call center on 0860 144 144. “
“BUSY BEES' WANT TO BE BUSY AGAIN
They still went to “school” although all there was was a broken jungle gym to play on. They were 36 little ones who used to attend the Busy Bee creche in Muden -but when their teacher moved away sometime ago all that was left was the jungle gym
But now Ansie Driemeyer of Muden is getting it going again. She told the Greytown Gazette that Pastor Petrus Zulu of Messaija Ministries had been given permission to use the Farmer's Hall as a church in turn for looking after the premises. Mr Zulu decided it was vitally important for the community to get the creche going again and approached Ansie who agreed to help. However there are no funds available so Ansie is appealing for donations: toys; crayons; paper; blocks; story books; baking and kitchen utensils; cups; face cloths; pillows (for the littlies to sleep on); magazines and so much more.
Ansie has spoken to Kammaland and LETCEE who have indicated they will lend a helping hand wherever possible.
If you are able to assist with any donations please leave items at Kammaland; Greytown Gazette;Daddy’s Garage; or contact Ansie on 082 454 1243.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Winners of Wednesday Golf were M Caldicott and J Crowe on 39 points.
On Friday evening JL Rawstorne lost out on the attendance draw prize money, which means that R800 could be yours if you join us at the Club on Friday (19 February) at 6.30pm. It is as easy as that.
The Hackers’ Golf Day will take place on Saturday. A R50 green fee is payable by the hackers – at such a good price you can afford to enter a partner as well. The entry list is on the notice board. Alternatively phone 033 417 2441 to enter.
All golfers please remember the Golf AGM on Tuesday 23 February at 5.30pm. Please attend this meeting to state your opinion in support of the Golf section.
Dates to diarise:
20 Feb- Hackers’ Golf Day
23 Feb- Golf AGM
26 Feb- Happy Hour (Sponsored by the DA)
6 Mar- Mascor Monthly Mug
14 Mar - PMB College Golf
20 Mar - MOTH Golf Day
10 February 2010
SIGNLESS ROADWORKS CAUSE ACCIDENT
“A traumatized road user” wrote to the Greytown Gazette last Friday to report an accident the previous day on the Mispah road as a result of “signless’’ roadworks being undertaken by the Roads Department.
Considerable damage was done to a car when it rolled on loose gravel which had been spread on the road...with no warning sign. The driver and passenger were both bruised, sore and shocked but were lucky to escape with no major injuries.
On Friday afternoon, at more or less the same time, a Pietermaritzburg registered car, travelling in the other direction flipped and was badly damaged when the driver hit the loose gravel...on the signless road.
Apparently there is a sign at the Welgegund intersection on the Kranskop road...and that's it.
Regular users of the Mispah road (between the Greytown/Pietermaritzburg and Greytown/Kranskop roads) state that it is in a shocking state - one driver described it like driving on marbles!
It is reported that four accidents took place within 24 hours last week.
Some of the many potholes have been filled; made into humps; half filled; or even filled round a pothole! Its bad at the best of times but lethal when repair work is carried out without warning signs to indicate loose gravel etc.
On behalf of all the drivers using this road (and others in the district in a similar state) here’s hoping positive action is taken immediately.
PROTECT WOMEN AGAINST RAPE
Considerable interest is being shown in the motivational talk to be given by rape survivor Jes Foord on Friday 26th February at the Greytown Country Club at 6.30. Jes has become known as an outstanding motivational speaker having turned her negative experience into a positive outreach and to empower individuals to cope with traumas.
As a result of the adverse way in which she was treated, Jes’s aim is to set up POWAR centres for rape and abuse survivors for immediate and positive assistance. The Jes Foord foundation has been established to achieve this and other positive activities. Funds for the establishment of the Foundation’s work are raised through Jes’s talks to communities and schools. At the meeting on the 26th various POWAR promotional items including tee shirts will be on sale. All proceeds got to the Foundation for the establishment of POWAR centres which will bring love, hope and support to those who have been affected by horrendous crime.
Tickets are R50 per person. Jes is available to talk to schools at the Friday she is here .Please contact Julie Cotterrell on 082 4169 166 for further information
RIETVLEI POLI CE CONTACT
As the Rietvlei Police Station landline has been out of order for the past three weeks and despite repeated requests to Telkom has not been fixed, Acting Station Commander, Inspector F.A. Jonck has instituted a 24 hour cell phone number to assist the public.
Anyone requiring the Rietvlei Police is asked to make a note of this number;
079 5000 200.
The station is open 24 hours and this number will be active continuously 24 hours .
EIGHT IN COURT ON POACHING CHARGE
Eight men appeared in Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning on charges of poaching ...all were released on bail . The case has been remanded.
According to reports a bakkie was stopped on the Rietvlei road on Sunday morning by a Police reservist on his way home from church. He noticed the leg of a buck sticking out the back of the vehicle which he then followed. The vehicle then turned onto a farm road and stopped . When the reservist opened the back he found a dead kudu which had apparently been shot. As the vehicle occupants were not able to produce a permit for the shooting of the animal, they were arrested on charges of poaching
Appearing in Court on Monday were: Andrew Sarel Bam; Shannon Brett Fourie; Muzokhanyayo Shangase; Ngedi Johannes Nzama.; Bongani Wiseman Buthelezi; Khaya Shangase;. Mthokozisi Patrick Khanyile; Mandla Elliot Mzila.
All eight were released on bail and the case was remanded to 3rd March for further investigation.
Barry Kruger Jnr appeared for all the accused.
BRIEF LOOK AT UMVOTI’S AG REPORT
For the ninth successive year, Umvoti Municipality received an unqualified audit from the Auditor General for the 2008/09 financial year. In his comments on this Umvoti Mayor Petros Ngubane said that “this makes us proud as one of the 61 municipalities in KZN.”
As is customary with the AG’s report a number of items referred to as “emphasis of matter” were raised for attention and action by the municipality. These included:
*over expenditure of R1 932 063. Management responded that this was due to increased contribution to doubtful debts; indigent support; arrears write-offs; Eskom increases and depreciation.
*Audit committee had only met once during the year - this committee is there to exercise oversight responsibility over financial reporting and internal control. Management responded that political instability had affected this but the matter had been corrected .
*Accounting officer has to manage the financial administration and ensure that at all times effective and transparent systems of financial, risk management and internal control are enforced. AG stated however that no risk assessment had been performed; no fraud prevention plan was in operation; there are no approved policies to guide staff on financial reporting process.
Management responded that risk management policy being developed. AG to evaluate again stating that no proof of risk assessment had been received.
*AG found no evidence of disclosure by Councillors of business and private interest. -this was non compliance with the Municipal Systems Act.
Management response -Speaker to be reminded that this be done at the beginning of the financial year.
There are further matters of emphasis raised by the AG - in response to all the Management has pointed out that steps have already been taken to rectify or that action has been proposed which will be put into operation as soon as finalised and approved.
ST CATHRYN’S NEWS
The Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug will be played this coming weekend on Saturday 13th February from 10h30 onwards. All those wanting to enter please contact Piet.
The Bill Howard competition that is on the fixture list for Sunday 14th February has been postponed to a later date. This is to be a fun competition to be played between our 2 clubs, in a team format and should be great fun and will be followed then by lunch. We will keep members informed about when this fixture will take place.
To book for golf please phone Piet 033 4441945 or on 083 269 1661 and to book for meals and / or Sunday Lunch please phone Paul and Tanya 084 5966 292.
On the 31st December 2008 the Govender family contacted the Municipality as the lights in their home were tripping. Electricity Department personnel said that the problem was the switch on the main pole. As it was so close to holiday shut down a cable was run from the house next door to provide electricity over the holidays. The Govenders were told that the matter would be attended to in the New Year but in the meantime no electricity would be charged out to them as they were pulling the power from next door. Mrs Govender’s father-in-law, Mr C. Govender lives next door.
But 2009 came and went and for the 12 months the cable running across the ground from switch box to switch box provided the 2 houses with power. Mr and Mrs Govender contacted the Municipality several times during the year but to no avail . And no accounts were received.
Then on Thursday 29th January 2010 two Municipal workers arrived stating that had come to sort the cable out
Mrs Govender told a Greytown Gazette reporter that they had no papers at all but they had proceeded to cut the cable thus disconnecting the two households. Subsequently Mrs Govender was told she owed R6 000 for electricity used in 2009! And her father-in-law R4000.
The Govenders are not disputing that the outstanding amount should be paid. However when they went to speak to Municipal personnel about paying off a sum each month they were told ”no” the total had to be paid off immediately.
It does seem very strange that the Municipality which ignored the problem for 12 months is now taking this attitude.
The Govenders, will pay off the outstanding amounts and current amounts...all they want is the power re-installed to let them get on with their daily lives and not have to boil water and cook on an outside fire.
Coincidentally on Monday of this week, Umvoti Municipal Electricity department were on the job installing new cables!
A spokesman for the department said that the main reason for the tremendous delay had been that the tender for the cables had closed in May 2009 but had only been adjudicated by the Municipality in January this year
FROM THE COURTS
It was a version of Noel Coward’s “Only Mad dogs and Englishmen appear in the midday sun” on the Greytown tennis courts last Saturday in a scorching searing summer 32 degree afternoon. Working up a really good sweat the players managed to continue to play after a refreshing go of ice cold or piping hot liquid refreshments.
About 8 teams have already entered for the popular four –a –side tournament which is taking place on Sunday, 21 February. Hurry and get a team together and join in this fun event. Entry fee is R100 per team . Lunch is a bring and braai, but salads and rolls will be provided. Original team gear and names can win your team a super prize. Remember to phone your entries through to Wendy Edkins( 03341-71808).
VALENTINE LORE AND LEGEND
Valentine’s Day is thought to have evolved from a spring holiday celebrated in ancient Rome. The feast of Lupercalia was actually celebrated on February 15 and honored the god Lupercus, who protected the people and their herds from wolves. On this day, dances were held for single young men and women. A man would draw his partner’s name from a piece of papyrus placed in a bowl. The man not only danced with his partner but was also obligated to protect her throughout the new year, which began in March. In many cases, the partners became sweethearts and were soon married.
When the tradition of these dances was later revived in the Middle Ages, a man would wear his sweetheart’s name on his sleeve. Even today we refer to someone quick to show feeling as “wearing his heart on his sleeve.”
Valentine’s Day most likely received its name and date from Valentinus, a Roman priest who was beheaded on February 14 in the third century A.D. At that time, Emperor Claudius II banned all weddings and engagements, believing that newly married men made poor Roman soldiers. Valentinus defied the emperor by performing secret marriages and has since been regarded as the patron saint of all lovers. . When he was imprisoned for refusing to worship pagan gods, children made bouquets, tied on love notes and tossed them through the prison bars. Valentine then prayed for a miracle, hoping that God would restore the sight of the jailer’s blind daughter
. The Emperor Claudius became enraged when the miracle occurred and both the jailer and his daughter converted to Christianity. Condemned to die, the priest sent the young girl a farewell message signed simply, “from your Valentine.” Over time, love notes sent to sweethearts on February 14 became known as valentines--as did those who sent them. Paper valentines differed from those of today in that most were printed without messages, leaving the eighteenth-century lover to pen his own sentiment.
Paper valentines became popular in the eighteenth century. Before commercial printers created the colorful heirlooms we now have from Victorian times, people created their own valentines from paper scraps. In the nineteenth-century a lady would trace the outline of her hand, than add a paper heart in the center as a symbol of her affection for the recipient. Many girls of that same period made watch papers for their sweethearts. Cut from pretty paper, silk or satin, these small circles replaced the ordinary papers that kept the dust out of pocket watches. The circles were painted or embroidered with hearts, the lovers’ initials, or a special motto and became popular Valentine’s Day gifts.
To see a future husband or love - try these out on Valentine’s Day:
Through the years, it has been said that a girl could dream of her future husband on St. Valentine’s Eve by sleeping with four bay leaves pinned to the corners of her pillow.
Sleeping with any of the following under your pillow could bring dreams of one’s true love:
*A silver spoon
*A love knot fashioned from wood shavings
*A small ladder made of sticks
*A bit of wedding cake which has been passed through a gold ring three times
*Three pebbles gathered from a place newly visited
A woman should count the first nine stars she sees on each of nine consecutive nights. The first eligible man she saw the next day would supposedly become her husband--if she so desired .
Legend holds that a young girl could see the face of her future husband by peering at the moon on St. Valentine’s Eve. For a time many believed this face was “the man in the moon.”
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday Golf was won by R Aulfes, J de Nysschen and R Chiazzari. R Chiazzari made a two clubs.
On Friday evening Bobby Pearson lost out on the attendance draw prize money, which means that R700 is for the taking on Friday 12 February at 6.30pm. Remember you have to attend to win.
On Saturday the Mascor Monthly Mug was held with 13 enthusiastic golfers taking on the heat. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Results: 1st - M Zakwe (36 points on count out)
2nd - S van der Merwe (36 points)
3rd - S Buthelezi (35 points)
Best Stableford: M Steyn
The Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance is on Saturday 13 February. We would like to stress the importance of booking for this event. Please phone Joanne on 0723303140 or Elmarie on 033 4172441 for information about the menu. The R10 cover charge will go towards entertainment costs.
Dates to diarise:
13 Feb - Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance
20 Feb – Hackers’ Golf Day (R50 green fees for the hackers)
23 Feb - Golf AGM at 5.30pm
26 Feb - Happy Hour (DA is sponsoring the food)
3 Mar - AGM at 6.30pm
We would like to express our condolences to the Duranty family. Mark will be missed
3 February 2010
MUDMAN BUSINESS CHALLENGE...LAST CALL
If the Comrades, Argus or Midmar Mile is on your “Bucket List” , but you’ve been too busy running your business to enter them and they also sound a little too daunting start with something lighter like the Hermannsburg Mudman this Saturday. Get your team together and challenge other businesses in this year’s MUDMAN, which consists of a
20km bike ride and
5km trail run
If that still seems too much like hard work to you - enter the half race - a
10km bike ride and
The race can be completed individually (for the fitter and braver entrants) or as a team, with each leg of the race being completed by a team member.
Apart from our regular contestants, we also invite businesses to join us for the Business Challenge. Teams, who enter the business challenge must enter the half race - what a relief! These teams can wear company tee shirts, display the company’s banner exposure and you will receive coverage in the Greytown Gazette. During the day your company can have a slogan or jingle broadcast on the PA system at the event.
The Mudman Business Challenge has a separate prize category, so even if your team focused more on carbo-loading than on training, you still stand a chance of receiving a prize and it’s loads of fun and great for team-building. The cost per team is R500.
For more information, contact Brigitte du Preez (0824150496) or firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on Saturday!
POLICE AND COMMUNITY RESTORE THORNTREE'S POWER
Thanks to a combined effort by Muden Police and the community 420 children at Thorntree (Cebolesiwe) School in Muden can once again drink clean water.!
Some mean minded and irresponsible thieves last week broke into the school and stole the generator, which had been bought for the school by overseas Rotary funding. Principal Hlengiwe Sithole told the Greytown Gazette that this was a catastrophe as the school could not pump water for cooking, drinking or cleaning, could not use computers etc. She said the children were really suffering.
But thanks to the co-operation of the community and the stirling support of the Muden Police under Captain Mncube all was not lost. Someone reported to one of the Thorntree employees that he had been told the generator was hidden in an unused hut , the owner of which had died years ago. But the hut was regularly cleaned by family members who had found the generator hidden under some of the dead man’s belongings.The thieves obviously got wind of this and then removed the generator, dropping into a deep ditch and covering it with weeds.
However, chairman of the Board of Governors of Thorntree, Mr S.Mchunu had already informed Muden Police that the generator had been sighted and it did not take them long to recover the missing energy supplier and arrest one of the thieves. The other has disappeared for the time being.
The principal, Ms Sithole said she was so grateful to the Police and the community for their incredible support which had resulted in the return of the much needed generator
WORLD CANCER DAY...4TH FEBRUARY
Apart from heart disease, cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in Western countries. 4 cancers which are responsible for more than 50% of cancer deaths are lung , colorectal, breast and prostate cancer.
An astonishing 60 - 70% of cancer cases have been directly linked to our daily dietary and lifestyle habits. Smoking contributes to the development of 30% of all cancers and dietary factors to 35%. Certain dietary factors are protective against cancer, while others can contribute to the development thereof making a majority of human cancers preventable.
Guidelines for cancer prevention: ·
Maintain ideal body weight - avoid being underweight or overweight and limit weight gain during adulthood to less than 5 kg. ·
Avoid fatty foods. · Eat less red meat and processed meat, and more white meat (chicken and fish). ·
Avoid highly salted, smoked, cured and mouldy foods. ·
Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day (fresh rather than preserved) including a variety thereof such as green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and tomato products, cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, Brussel sprouts) and dark orange vegetables. ·
Eat more than 7 servings a day of a variety of cereal foods, mainly in an unprocessed form such as whole wheat bread and breakfast cereals as well as whole grain pasta and rice. ·
Avoid high dose vitamin supplements (more than 150% of the RDA). ·
Drink alcohol in moderation. A maximum of 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men. One drink equals one beer (340ml), 120ml wine, 25ml spirits (such as brandy and whiskey) or 60ml sherry or martini. ·
Do not smoke. ·
A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition reviewed all studies on the role of sugar in cancer. The review was unable to find credible evidence linking sugar to the cause of cancer. Sugar can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet. Issued by S.A. Sugar Association
St Cathry'ns News.
The first Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug for 2010 was played on Saturday 30 January in good conditions. The course is looking very green due to all the wonderful rain we have received. Our two newest lady members played their first Monthly Mug and were on the tee box bright and early. Some of our regular players were busy with other committments and our scholars busy with school sports -- results as follows -
1st: New member Barry Oehme 64 nett
2nd: Merwin Rabe 65 nett o.c.o
3rd: Peter Rommelspacher.
Nearest to pin 9/18: Conrad Buchner
Captains Putter: Carina Rommelspacher.
2 clubs : Tanya de Bruin and Conrad Buchner.
Next Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug will take place on Saturday 13 February and on Sunday 14 February we will be hosting Mandini Golf Club and be playing for the Bill Howard trophy.
The Natal Knockout Putting Competition to be held at Lynton Hall Golf Academy has been postponed to Saturday 20/2/2010 and Sunday 21/2/2010. Please will those wishing to enter let Piet know on 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661.
This coming week-end is the Mudman at Hermannsburg School, there will be no golf competition but the course will be open for golf.
To book for meals please phone Paul and Tanya 084 5966 292.
ONE STEP AHEAD FOR WORLD CUP SURPRISES?
After reading and listening to the goings on of the Government , one can only wonder what they will think up for our Soccer World Cup? They sure have been spending money like water to ensure it is a grand success.
How do you get people living in RDP houses, shacks to attend the soccer? Look at the inequality of their homes to the extravagant stadiums. Already, the talk in my Municipality is that they are going to spend R1million on things like a huge TV screen on the sportsfield for the poorer. All sections of the community have daily access to TV - if not their own, then a neighbours. . . There are other service delivery priorities that would please them better for R1million. !
For the affluent people, tickets after the opening games will cost from R490 and the final from R1050 to R6300. No wonder sales for the South African people are slow. My fear is that the Government will surprise us and give their employees, parastals like Eskom, free tickets with the Municipalities supporting them. The government is anxious to fill the expensive stadiums and it is like them to hand out freebies with other people`s money. Is their motto “Do as I say and not as I do?”
We will be watching our TV screens for more than the soccer!
Frank du Toit,
SO MANY SCAMS...
South Africa has always been regarded as a conman’s dream and judging for the continuous stream of multi billion dollar, pounds, euro lottery wins , inheritances, etc that are downloaded daily this must still be the land of suckers.
Cellphones are also the target. Last Thursday I received a congratulatory sms stating had won R200 000 in the Nokia yearly promotion. Please phone 078 7489 040. Did so and was told to phone back in five minutes so that my winning ref number could be checked.
Did so and was then again congratulated and given a spiel about my winnings etc. Then the crunch. “The R200 000 will be paid to you as soon as details re bank, account number etc are received” When I said I was not prepared to supply-couldn’t even finish the sentence as the verbose man on the other side cut the call!
Since the Greytown Gazette opened this year on the 7th January, thanks to the international scope of email, and the number of chancers in the world, the editor could have become a billionaire!
A new development is the use of household names - Microsoft, Chevron, Yahoo Western Union etc and the self righteous approach adopted by these con artists in regard to nasty crooks out there who try to con you.
From an attorney in London -a client, who just happened to have the same surname as mine (neither mentioned of course) died of a heart attack - I inherit seventeen million dollars. Just contact with full personal details.
Chevron/Texaco company will send me a donation cheque of 8 million dollars once I send 300 dollars for mailing and insurance-the constitutional assembly!”
Then the Economic and Finanical Crime Commission, linked to United Nation is so worried about people like myself who have been victims of spam and fraud that on receipt of all the personal information will send me within 144 hours over a million dollars. Just send details.
Microsoft and AOL together are offering four million dollars on your randomly drawn email address and to try to con the recipient even further insist that ten percent of your winnings must go to a charity. Just send all personal details!
During the week a local lady came into the office to send a fax to London -fortunately there was a query on the number - the lady was innocently responding to one of the multiple lottery scam wins which just about every computer owner receives. She had fallen for it and was happily sending off her personal details!
Over the past 2 weeks have received many “notifications” proclaiming to be from Absa -detecting irregular activity in an internet bank account (which I do not have); secure online account (do not have); bonus for internet banking with a balance of over R1 000; just click on the website and send details. There was a report on the radio last week of someone who had fallen for this scam -sent all details as requested and subsequently had had all her accounts cleaned out. Contact your bank direct.
Please remember the adage...if it sounds too good to be true -it is.
YET ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT KILLING IN PINE STREET
Pine Street appears to have become a killing zone on Saturday nights with yet another murder last Saturday. About thirty minutes before midnight the Greytown Police were informed of a body lying on the pavement in Pine Street outside Russels Store. On investigation a “dagger” knife was found next to the body and a red cap which was alleged to have belonged to the killer.
Eye witnesses gave the Police details of the stabbing stating that there an argument had taken place between the two men prior to the stabbing.
The dead man has been identified as Mzameni Shelembe.
A man, Deepchand Mahabir, appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 2nd February on charges of murder.
UMVOTI ENDURANCE RIDING CLUB
Umvoti Endurance Club is going back to its roots this season by holding a fun ride at the very same venue as where it held it’s first fun ride. Thanks to C. Robertson for agreeing to help out and also to the Anderson’s for allowing us to “take over” their farm - Amanzi.”
“Amanzi” is situated just 12km from Greytown on the road between Greytown and
Mooi River, making this a perfect opportunity for all horse owners of Umvoti to get together for a fun outride, on Sunday the 14 February 2010 starting at 10am, followed with a bring and braai for lunch.
The course itself and and the venue are great, and we have always enjoyed the bring and braai’s that were held there after previous fun rides. A limited number of refreshments will be on sale after the ride. Please bring your horse or horses, and enjoy the day with us.
Contact 0829298097 for more details.
Umvoti will be hosting an endurance challenge at Noodsberg on 27th March.
SAPS TO FOLLOW UP ‘READERS WRITE’ COMPLAINTS
The National Commissioner has noted, with concern, the number of letter writers complaining about poor service delivery in the South African Police Service and has recommended the establishment of a committee of communication officials, to respond to the letter writers complaining about service delivery in the SAPS, with a view to addressing those complaints.
To enable us to do that, we may need to get in touch with the letter writers to obtain some information about the nature of their complaints, specific details of the police officials against whom they are complaining. The idea is not to harass or to victimize them, but to assist them in expediting the resolution of problems regarding poor service delivery etc.
This move is intended to demonstrate that the national commissioner and his top management are serious about improving service delivery and enhancing the image of the organization.
While we appreciate that some letter-writers may wish to remain anonymous, it is however imperative that, those who do not mind giving out their contact details, so that we can make proper follow-ups on their complaints and see to it that necessary action is taken against those police officials who fail to carry out their duties as expected of them.
We guarantee that this exercise will not result in a witch-hunt of any sort, but we want to ensure thatpolice officials behave professionally, ethically and treat the public with respect. We will use your letters space to communicate progress being made on the complaints.
This isn’t a public relations exercise, but an attempt to deal swiftly and decisively with those members who do not subscribe to the ethos of to “serve and to protect”, whose conduct brings shame to the organization.
Director Selby Bokaba
SAPS National Spokesperson
Merthley ”k” results
Sunday’s searing sunshine was a much appreciated contrast to Lake Merthley’s somewhat cool water . The annual marathon was enjoyed by all -results from organiser Gerrie Germishuizen as follows:
First lady: Kerry Hunter, who also won the girls 12 -1 4 in 16.26.
First man: Tony Bath who also won the men 28 -39 in a time of 18.19
Girls U11:Agnes Gosnell;boys u11:Renier van Rooyen who was also the youngest boy.
Boys 12 -14: Gareth Poulis;boys 15 -17:Daniel van Heerden;
Ladies:18 -27:Tanya Volker:28-39: Louise Yeadon;40-49 Marone Lotter; Masters: Annie Waterhouse;oldest: Maria Collins (61).youngest:Savahanna van Heerden;
Men : 40-49:Debe Kozma; masters :Steve Collins;oldest: Buth Arbuthnot (77).
First Greytown male swimmer to cross the line: Michael Yeadon and first female Francis Upton.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday Golf was won by Richard Chiazzari and James Crowe.
Friday evening's Happy Hour went off very well. Thank you to the sponsors E Rottcher for the food and Greytown Beer Distributors for the SAB beer. The winners of the draw were W. Edkins and D. van der Westhuizen who won the R1000 and Chivas Regal respectively. G. le Roux and T. Barrow won the consolation prizes. Congratulations to all the winners; enjoy your prizes and thank you for your consistent support.
On Saturday 31 PUGS (Professional Up-and-coming Golfers Society) played golf and enjoyed a lovely day out on our course. Fortunately the weather turned for the better.
Reminder to all golfers about the Golf Annual General Meeting that will be held on 23 February at 5.30pm. Special request to all our golfers to please attend this meeting.
The Club AGM will be held on 3 March at 6.30pm. Nomination list is up on the notice board if you would like to nominate a person to serve on the Management Committee for 2010.
Dates to diarise:
Chicken Run - 5 Feb
Mascor Monthly Mug - 6 Feb
Valentine's Dinner & Dance - 13 Feb
Hackers’ Day - 20 Feb