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30 June 2010
CAPTION KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize on his arrival at Greytown on Sunday afternoon seen with D.R.Aheer; I. Moola; past Greytown Mayor: Councillor Titus Ngubane; Councillor Ahmed Shaik and Mr Mhlasilwa Zulu.
KZN PREMIER SAYS TO GREYTONIANS "GIVE ME THE FACTS"
It's over to the residents of Greytown -KZN Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize, made
this very clear at his public meeting in Greytown on Sunday " If you unhappy
about various aspects in regard to service delivery etc, get together, put
the facts down in writing and submit to the Office of the Premier"
A number of ratepayers responded to the invitation at the beginning of this
interactive meeting to voice their complaints. First off the mark was the
Greytown Ratepayers Association representative, Mr W. Redinger who said despite
numerous attempts, letters and talks with the Municipality they had not been
able to get responses. Concern was expressed at the rate of spending on
social functions and that in several instance items, artists, decor,
catering etc had already been ordered prior to costs been ratified by EXCO and/or Council. (Editor's note:R813 625 was spent in April on 4 functions
including R50 000 on advertising in the Municipality paper: in May a further
R204 539 was spent on Awards function, sports day and beauty pageant plus a
further R37 000 on advertising in the Municipality's newspaper which was not
distributed in the town; in June R170 000 has been spent on a Mayoral
Project day to take place in Kranskop today! This is a total of One Million
plus in actual fact, R1 022 670
having being spent by Council in April , May and June on social functions!)
The representative submitted that there were far too many queries to raise
at this meeting and asked the Premier whether he would receive a document
listing problems and queries which could then be studied in detail, Dr
Mkhize agreed to this but requested that all residents with complaints,
problems or queries get together so that a co-ordinated document could be
submitted to his office for further investigation.
A passionate appeal was put by Mr Alan Mhlanzi who said that almost 30 years
ago a township, Extension 14 (Kranskop/Dundee roads) had been declared .When
the new Council had come into power , a steering committee had been formed,
a list of beneficiaries drawn up but in the last nine years nothing had happened.
Ms Thanda Jila of Ward 5 (Mispah) who runs a creche for disabled children
appealed for assistance to enable her to give them proper care and a home
that was not "dilapidated -she said "nobody cares to offer help even the
Miss Mkhize of Ward 3 submitted that although she and other locals tendered
for municipal functions caterers and decorators were brought in from outside
-from as far afield as Durban.She also said that rates, water and
electricity tariffs were far too high in Greytown.
Several speakers complained about the water situation stating that they were
often without water in their houses. Mr Bobby Moola handed in a document on
a water project which had been drawn up about 12 years ago in regard to a
dam on Oakford farm which would assist in solving the town's water problems.
Currently housing projects and industries were not being established as
there was a major water supply problem.
Also raised was the fact that Greytown had not had a permanent Municipal
Manager since October last year -EXCO had decided that the four heads of
Departments would each serve three months on a rotating basis as it had been
submitted by EXCO that in view of next year's Municipal election it was
pointless to appoint a Municipal Manager for just over a year. However as it
was pointed out to the Premier - none of the HODs were qualified as MMs and
also their Departments suffered when they were not in there full time.
In his reply, the Premier who had listed all the points made, responded
where he could to specific queries. He made the point very clearly that
Province, in terms of Municipal legislation could intervene in a number of
ways. However a detailed and factual document was needed before any action
could be decided upon.
An appeal is therefore made to all residents who will submit their problems
to phone 082 452 5437 or 082 390 0392 to indicate that they will attend a
public meeting at which the submissions to the Premier's office will be
JOIN IN AND DANCE TO MY BEAT!
How often do you hear Greytown youth complain "there is nothing to do"
Thanks to MC (Chris) Sithole there could be lots to do -like learning to
dance, record, produce BUT a venue is desperately needed. Because of not
being able to fin a hall, MC was actually teaching 20 enthusiasts how to
dance in King Edward Park! But would really prefer something permanent with
a more solid floor!
This enthusiastic talented young man, a Grade 11 student at Greytown
Secondary School, has been dancing since the age of 5, and teaches Hip
Hop, tap,ballet, ballroom across the board. Together with his friends they
also offer lessons on how to become a recording artist, a DJ and how to
produce. There is so much talent around and this is a wonderful opportunity
to have it recognised and channelled in the right direction.
If anyone can help with a hall or large venue -Chris told the Greytown
Gazette that he knows of up to 70 youngsters (and adults) who have shown
interest in one or other aspect of what is on offer. He has attempted to
obtain the UMR hall, which although it has been extensively vandalised he
and his friends would raise funds to restore it. However that would be a
long term solution - so please if you can offer or know of a venue contact
Chris on 079 022 2565 or the Greytown gazette
PEER PRESSURE PROBLEMS
Youth Day has come and gone and although it was overshadowed by the Soccer
Youth are the future of our society, and as such it is important that we
help by warning them about the health issues that they face or could face.
Peer pressure leads to a lot of problems between 12-18. years old.The
pressure to conform, to be part of the gang, to be in with the cool crowd.
How does a 12 year old drink their first beer? Smoke that first cigarette?
Feel compelled to steal some money to buy that Lacoste, loose their
The company you keep defines who you are and become.
With this in mind , let's have a look at some of the leading medical
problems that youth battle with - divided according to peer pressure and non pressure related.
Here is a list of non-(peer)pressure related medical problems: lung-Asthma,
Pulmonary TB, Pneumonia; upper airways problems -Sinusitis, Common cold. Skin problems -Acne, Eczema, Impetigo; bowel and intestines-Diarrhea and vomiting,
Inherited liver problems, worm infestation. Heart problems- eg leaking heart
valves, rheumatic heart disease, pericardial effusions Endocrine disorders-eg Diabetes Mellitus, Hyperthyroidism, Obesity, . Non specific inherited conditions- mental retardation, mutism, deafness, blindness.
Bone and joints-sport injuries, juvenile onset arthritis.
Here is the more sobering list of peer pressure related conditions: HIV and
AIDS and their guardians
drug addiction; Sexually transmitted diseases; trauma-eg car accidents,
Seeking medical help early is good as there is a range of medical treatment
available to assist young people and their guardians .
Ask your doctor about to advise these matters.
Dr M.C. Mkhize
Mpilenhle Medical Centre
ST CATHRYN'S NEWS
The Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug was played in wonderfully warm winter
weather, as the expected wind ahead of the cold front did not blow up.
Results as follows
1st: Merwin Rabe 69 nett
2nd: Paul Els 70 nett
3rd: Liekie Steyn 73 nett
Captains putter : Carina Rommelspacher
Nearest to pin 9/18: Merwin Rabe.
We are waiting to hear from Mandini about the fixture to be played against
them - for the Bill Howard Trophy,which is scheduled to be held on Sunday 11
July . We should be finished well before the soccer final! This is a
betterball competition and the scores of the team are added together to
A number of children from the local schools including Hermannsburg and Wembley College took part in a two week winter swimming programme offered by Theresa Hohls (Learn to Swim) at her heated pool in York street. The children not only improved their swimming skills over the 10 days but also made new friends in the process and had great fun. It was also an opportunity for parents to meet and relax and chat while eliminating any chance of holiday boredom!
Parents interested in enrolling their children in the ‘Learn to Swim’ programme can contact Theresa for more information. Lessons begin again in August.
Photo caption: Adam Kassier(HMB), Marten Stenzel (HMB) and Caitlyn Evans (Wembley) enjoying fun in the heated pool with swimming coach Theresa Hohls.
23 June 2010
KZN PREMIER HERE ON SUNDAY FOR PUBLIC MEETING
Premier of KwaZulu Natal, Dr Zweli Mkize will be in Greytown this Sunday to listen to problems being experienced by residents. He will be accompanied by the MEC for Local Government Nomusa Dube and MEC for Social Welfare Dr Mishak Hadebe .
Residents of Greytown, in particular, farmers, business persons and rate payers are invited to this very important public meeting on Sunday, 27 June at 2 p.m. in the Community Centre (York Street)
The interactive agenda will discuss issues pertaining to water, rates, service delivery and local economic development and other important matters relating to the growth of the town
The public will have an opportunity to ask questions.
For further information please phone : 082 803 7867
ARMED ROBBERS RAID DURBAN ST STORE
An armed gang of six who raided a Durban Street store late on Saturday afternoon were seen by a number of people as they ran down Bell Street and over the railway line. Barbara Hollenburg and Farouq Islam were in Sumsua Curtain and Linen and the cell phone shop when at about 3.45 six young men, two of them armed came into the store. Both Barbara and Farooq were assaulted as the attackers demanded money.They grabbed cash, electronics, cellphones etc and ran off. Farooq chased after them and jumped into someone's car to give chase but the robbers shot at the car -fortunately not hitting it.
Witnesses say that one of the robbers was in a black leather jacket;one had a black jeans and one was in a green and white jersey-they were all reportedly to be young and were seen to flee over the bridge in the direction of Lindelani.
Store owner, Colin Hollenburg said he would like to express his appreciation to Field Security for their prompt response and to all who had assisted.
HOME SAFETY AND SECURITY TIPS
Greytown Police Station would like to alert Greytown residents that there has been an increase in housebreakings and robberies and suggest the following safety tips and advice for homes:
· A high fence around the house with lockable gates is much safer than a high wall due to the advantage of the improved visibility .
· Ensure that gates are locked at all times and that the keys cannot be reached easily and are put away in a secure place.
· Security gates with sturdy locks in front of each outer doors as well as burglar proofing covering all windows, are recommended.
The following devices help prevent easy access:
· Window bars
· Security doors
· Razor wire
· Additional locking devices on doors; strengthening of doors; peepholes in the doors; and safety chains to doors
· Intercom systems between the home and gate, front door or garage.
If you go away inform family or neighbours .
Ensure that garden tools, bicycles etc are locked away, and not lying around in the yard.
It is important to have neighbors’ phone numbers, so they can be informed of any suspicious persons or incidents
Greytown Social Crime Prevention would like to invite people interested in forming neighborhood watch committees to please contact Constable Madonda of Greytown SAPS on 033-4139018/0711785974
DOUBLE LIFE SENTENCES FOR KILLERS
All three men who were found guilty of robbery and the murder of Greytonian Muhammed Sayed were sentenced to two life sentences plus 15 years each by Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Mohini Murugasen last Tuesday.
Judge Murugasen ruled that there were no compelling of substantial circumstances to justify less than the minimum sentences prescribed by the legislature for these crimes.
Two life sentences were imposed on 29 year old Mondli Zuma; 33 year old Sifiso Mazibuko and 37 year old Thokozani Mzila for the murder of Muhammad and one of their own gang, Mandla Majola, who had died in a gun fight after the Sayed had opened fire on the gang members.
All three were also sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances. In addition Mazibuko was convicted of two additional charges on the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to ten years and two years imprisonment respectively on these charges.
In her summing up Judge Murugasen stated that there was a “clear dearth of mitigating factors and numerous aggravating factors “ and agreed with the claim made by the State that each of the three accused had played a significant and crucial role in the committing of these crimes.
Furthermore the Judge found it was aggravating that the crimes were as a result of careful planning and that all three had been gainfully employed at the time but had been motivated by greed. Zuma was a self employed plumber; Mazibuko who was also self employed was co-owner of a construction and Mzila , a security guard who had been employed at the Sayed home where the crimes had been committed.
Angels from Alaska at Upper Umvoti School
In this high tech day and age miracles still happen. Just ask the Upper Umvoti School personnel and they will tell of a group of 35 Alaskans who converted their run down almost derelict school back into a pristine centre of education for the community.
Through family connections at Seven Oaks, the group were spending time at Bekezela, owned by the Hartwigs before going on to watch some World Cup matches. Anton Hartwig suggested to Upper Umvoti principal Mr D. Hlanguza that he draw up a list of requirements as to what was needed to refurbish the school. This was done and on 25th May the Alaskans, including electricians, interior designers, carpenters etc were given a traditional warm welcome at the school. Before their arrival the group had made one request that the pupils be involved so that they would learn various skills while the restoration work was going on.
The learners became eager assistants, scrubbing, sweeping, plastering, scraping off paint and just being there to help wherever possible. For the statistically minded, about 200 panes of glass were replaced; 400 litres of paint used; 20 lights installed; cubits of plaster replaced; roofs waterproofed ;water tank stablised and much more.
Back to the “angels”-they raised funds at home by washing dishes, babysitting, auctioning their helping hands etc and then, organiser Melani Wilson writes about the impact on the group “what will never be calculated, even though it is by far the greatest gain, was the wealth of dignity and value planted in the hearts of every person who participated”
Other local concerns helped the Alaskans -Aheers Builders’ Supply; Rietvlei Police; Greytown Kinderhuis; Paul, Gerard's’ Rosetta who supplied a truck; Karkloof Canopy tours; Anton and Hazel Hartwig , Lion Match, and most of “the children and teachers, particularly Mr Hlanguza, for their generous and gracious hospitality, allowing us into their lives nd hearts. They will remain in ours.”
BRUSH CUTTER PRESENTATION
Stihl (S,A) in conjunction with Umvoti Repairs recently donated a Stihl brushcutter to the Greytown Honorary Officers group.This will be used to maintain fence lines at the Lake Merthley flower reserve, as well as the area around the new bird hide at Umvoti Vlei construction of which is due to start shortly.
In areas where Honorary Officers groups do not have equipment the brush cutter will also be used, for instance to cut cycle tracks at Weenen Game Reserve.
William Cooper of Umvoti Repairs presents the Stihl brushcutter to chairman Greytown Honorary officers group, Selwin Redinger and secretary Nick Klapprott.
GNOMING IN THE GARDEN
One of nature’s most glorious gifts in winter are the bright and beautiful pansies and violas-these gorgeous small plants really take the bite out of winter.
Main difference between the two is flower size. Pansies generally have fewer blooms per plant, but make up for it with much larger flowers. Violas have small, dainty flowers, but are very florific. Both perform well in a sunny or partially shaded position, so planting under deciduous trees in autumn is ideal.
Set out your seedlings 20cm apart as soon as the weather cools and you’ll enjoy them for many months to come. Pansies and violas are suitable for the front of borders and beds, in small groups among other flowers, as well as in containers.
They can survive light freezes and in mild climates bloom throughout winter and spring, often blooming right up to Christmas. For the best performance water thoroughly about once a week and use a plant food every other week. Don’t forget to deadhead to extend the blooming period.
Information Supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association.
Greytown Country Club News
On Friday, 11 June Shelly March missed out on the attendance draw prize money.
Wednesday Golf winners were S Clarke, R Chiazarri and N Aheer on 91 points.
S Stamp lost out on Friday evening’s attendance draw (18 June). R700 will be up for grabs on Friday, 2 July.
Happy Hour will take place this Friday (25 June). A R20 ticket could win you R1 000 or a bottle of Chivas Regal. Please support this event. Bart’s Computers will be sponsoring the Happy Hour drinks.
Reminder that as of 1 July all non-members will pay a R35 temporary membership fee.
Dates to Diarise:
25 June - Happy Hour
3 Jul - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 Jul - Spot On Golf Day
17 Jul - Aheers Golf Development Day
31 Jul - Moth Golf Day
KZN POLOCROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
One of the more important tournaments of the season , the KZN Polocrosse championships was held at Noodsberg last weekend - it serves as a selection opportunity and the announcement of the provincial teams.
Patrick O’Sullivan is in the SKZN Men’s team A team with Jarryd Jacklin making his first appearance for the senior provincial side. Steve Gilson, who is now with Umvoti, is in the B side with Wesley Flower as reserve.
Caroline Minnaar captains the ladies’ A side and Vanessa Williams comes in at number three. Jane O’Sullivan makes a welcome return for the veterans with another Umvoti player, Waldo Bosse, captaining the side. Janine Meyer and Ulrich Bosse are in the U/19 side with Ulrich as captain and Dean Flower as reserve. Damien O’Sullivan captains the U/16 side with Thembi Madonsela as reserve. Jacquie Minnaar and Cavan O’Sullivan turn out for the U/14 side, making it a total of fourteen Mascor/Umvoti players representing Southern KZN province.
Mascor/Umvoti A team, with Caroline Minnaar, Steve Gilson, Dean Flower, Mathew During, Wesley Flower and Patrick O’Sullivan should have won the B division had they not lost the plot against Mooi River having accounted for Noodsberg and Richmond.
Janine Meyer and the other age group players all turned out for their respective age groups and used the weekend as preparation for the inter-nationals to be held in July.
It was asking too much of Damien O’Sullivan’s U/16s to expect them to cope with a very strong and experienced ex-Zimbabwean Ladies’ side.
Very noticeable over the weekend was the improvement in Jacquie Minnaar’s and Cavan O’Sullivan’s play and it came as no surprise that both are in the SKZN U/14 side..
Camryn Minnaar and Ruth O’Sullivan were part of a mini tournament organized for the younger children and both played very well with Ruth very proud of the eight goals she scored in one game.
The next official tournament will be the IPT at Noodsberg over the weekend of 3/4 July.
St Cathryn’s news
A reminder to all members and visitors that we will be playing the Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug on Saturday 26 June , from 10h00 onwards. Anyone wishing to play must please contact Piet on 033 4441945 or on 083 269 1661.
We are also reviving the Bill Howard Trophy that is played between ourselves and Mandini Golf Club. All available to play on Sunday 11 July please also let Piet know.
To book for meals please phone Paul 084 5966 292 or Tania 084 523 1144.
TRAIN HITS AND DRAGS TANKER!
It was a a miraculous escape for the driver of this Triple AAA tanker which was hit by a train at the Union Co-op sugar mill crossing last week. The tanker ,hit full side on ,was dragged by the train for about 100 metres just outside the mill. The driver was seriously injured but is reported to be recovering well.
16 June 2010
(this issue is published unedited as I am off to Botswana until Monday at short notice)
ART EXHIBITION IN AUGUST
About twenty talented local artists will display their works in August at an art exhibition to be held over the weekend of 7th, 8th August as well as on Monday the 9th.
Venue is the Senior Service Centre (old Scout hall) on the corner of York and Okes Streets. The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days . Tea, coffee, cold drinks,, cake and snacks will be on sale.
For further information or late entries please contact Gerald Clark between 8a.m. to 1 p.m. on 033 413 2801
IT WAS ROSES ALL THE WAY...
After a short and sweet annual general meeting Umvoti Horticultural Society members and guests got down to the real business of the day ...and it was roses all the way!
The June meeting was held in the very pleasant hall at Concordia, surrounded by gardens and green lawns.
After the Umvoti Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting that was held on Tuesday 8 June at Concordia, Linda Tarr of Tarr Roses presented a comprehensive rose pruning workshop, she and Jeff Tarr insisted that roses are very forgiving and one must not be scared to prune them down to knee height and remember that you do not want too many stems as each stem takes strength away from a potential bud.
Prune now, spray with lime sulphur and make sure there are no leaves on the plant .After a month, change the mulch and fertilise.
At the AGM, outgoing members, Pippa Harris and Hillary le Roux were thanked for their contribution throughout the year in preparing for meetings etc. Newly elected members Sheila Redfern, Jilly Hull and Karen Oellermann were welcomed.
Next meeting will be held on 10th August at the Senior Citizens Centre at Concordia and will be a powerpoint presentation by Justin McCammond on the Umvoti Aids Centre and the successful tunnel vegetable gardens in operation throughout Umvoti..
LITTER’S NOT LEKKER...IZIBI ZIMBI1
An encouraging campaign to make schoolgoers realise how important it is not to litter was launched by PANNAR Seed recently. To kick off the campaign Grade RR to Grade 12 learners were invited to take part in an anti-litter poster competition . The challenge was to produce an anti-litter poster to put the message over to all.
Greytown schools taking part were:: Buhlebuyeza Secondary, Greytown Primary, Greytown High, Greytown Junior, Greytown Secondary, Indlovana Primary, Kammaland, Little Angels, Little Elephant, St David’s, Tholinhlanhla Primary and Wembley College and Kinderhuis.
Last week the winning entry in each grade received a football ahead of the 2010 World Cup with the three best overall entries in each school being awarded an additional sponsored prize.
PANNAR seed Advertising Manager Peet van der Walt , in a statement to the Greytown Gazette said “thanks to each participating school for your overwhelming support of this campaign and to the teaching staff for effectively communicating the “Proudly Greytonian” message. Most of all, thank you to the learners for your enthusiastic participation and your beautiful designs. At PANNAR Seed we are proud of our roots in Greytown and are committed to supporting this community”.
SEVEN OAKS BEEF WINS HIGH STAKES AT SHOW!
Beef farmers from Seven Oaks did extremely well at the recent Royal Show. In the commercial cattle section Steve Church won Champion Ox on the Show, came 5th in the carcass competition, and in the 440kg and below 1st , 2nd and 4th places.. In the 400-450 kg he again achieved 1st, 2nd and 4th. positions
Garth Ellis was instrumental in organizing the National Championships of the Santa Gertrudis and his Winfield Santas won best 4 animals in the interbreed section.
Chris en Tony Dutton van “Came” het in die Hugenoot kampioenskape deel geneem en het die volgende gewen:7 – 9 maande Speenkalf: Groep van 4 diere ; vaderafstammelingsgroep: Groep van 3 diere (Manlik/Vroulik); moederafstammelingsgroep: Groep van 2 diere (Manlik/Vroulik), Verskalf Kampioenskap 9 – 12 maande, Senior Koei Kampioenskap “Came” Eloise 2. hulle het ook die Junior Bul Kampioen “Came” Boesman XI en Senior Bul Kampioen “Came” De Pre II.
This was the first time since 1992 that “Came” cattle have been entered in the Royal Show as well as the first time the Hugenoet Breed was represented at the Royal Show.
ST CATHRYN’S NEWS
Winter has arrived at last and we have had some frost. the greens have speeded up, but are still holding. The Rosebud society and Garden Club held a Mexican Evening on Friday 11th June, to celebrate the Soccer World Cup and Bafana Bafana. ( We missed the Book Club - who are in recess). The chilli con carne was fiery but delicious. Free tequilas were handed out when our boys scored, and the barman had a tense few moments wondering would stocks last.....
All golfers who play this coming week-end, with their Parent and / or siblings, will be able to play golf for half the price. This is valid for the Fathers Day week-end , 18th, 19th and 20th June.
The Fairway Restaurant will be having a Father’s Day Lunch, on Sunday 20th June.So bring the folks to sit in the sun on the deck and enjoy the view.
To book for golf please phone Piet on 083 269 1661 or 033 4441945 and to book for lunch Paul on 084 5966 292 and Tania 084 523 1144.
A great opportunity for the youth to become involved in productive and creative activity during these holidays is available in Greytown. Geoff Unwin is offering a skills development programme for youth.
These classes could be held in the morning or afternoon and will consist of an hour and a half - made up of an hour workout, breathing exercises, meditation and a creative programme.
Geoff also told the Greytown Gazette”I would like to spend some time chatting on life issues and serendipity exercises which contribute to overall growth and human development.”
To contact Geoff please phone 084 999 9236
THREE FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
Three men, all from Durban, were found guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court last Thursday of the murder and robbery, with aggravating circumstances of Greytonian Muhammad Sayed on 1st June last year. The accused, 27 year old Mondli Zuma, 32 year old Sifiso Mazibuko and 35 year old Thokozani Mzila will be sentenced this week , by Judge M. Murugasen who sat on the case with two assessors.
In addition, the men were also convicted of the murder of one of their gang, Mandla Majola, who was shot during a gun fight .
Mazibuko, was also found guilty of two additional charges of unlawful possession of a .32 revolver and ammunition. When the gun was recovered by the Police it was found to have Majola’s blood on it. The Court ruled that because they had armed themselves, the accused must have foreseen that any member of their gang might die if they encountered any resistance.
A fourth accused,Simphiwe Cebekhulu was acquitted due to insufficient evidence.
Zuma and Mazibuko were both self employed businessmen, whilst Mzila was a security guard who had been on duty at the Sayed residence and the Court found that he had helped the attackers, who had pretended to be policemen, to gain entry.
Inside the house the gang had demanded money and had robbed Muhammad and two employees at gunpoint. They had stolen some jewellery and three cellphones. Muhammad , who had been forced to accompany the robbers from room to room, managed to grab his firearm and opened fire on the attackers, who returned fire . Sayed was struck by bullets and died on the scene. Majola and another robber were wounded.
Majola was dropped off at Addington Hospital reportedly by a female and two males - he was still partly clothed in the police uniform he had been wearing. He died at the hospital
The other wounded robber was traced to another Durban Hospital but disappeared from there.
Judge Murugasen postponed sentencing, after finding the three guilty, to allow Mzila time to consider whether he wants to give evidence in mitigation of sentence.
Squash champion on her way up the ladder!
Squash followers should keep an eye on ex Greytonian Michele Kohne who is making her impressive way up the national squash ladder. Now based in Gauteng, she recently won the Eastern Gauteng closed squash tournament which makes her the reigning champion in that region. This tournament is the selection for the inter provincial captains cup which takes place in Durban in August.
Michele has just been ranked number 25 in South African ladies squash .
She grew up in greytown and matriculated from Hermannsburg High School - Michele is the daughter of Wally and Trish Kohne of Greytown
Three days of entertainment, fun and lots to do are being lined up by Greytown High School for its Nguni Festival to take place over the weekend of 29th October.
Highlight on Friday 29th will be the performance by the popular Blarney Brothers in the hall - a real show stopper!
On Saturday,m the Nguni Festival will open at 9 a,m, with lots of interest for all. There will be a snake show, petting zoo, fleamarket, lots of tasty food on sale and to take a break -refreshments in the tea garden.
Arena events include a bike show, motor bikes, demonstration by the Fire Department. On the music front entertainment will be provided by “Die Campbells”,Red Light Stereo and many more.
On the Sunday there will be the fun fair after church.
For more information or to book stalls etc. contact Greytown High School on 033 413 2146 or fax 033 413 1330
CHORAL CONCERT TO END OF CHOIR WEEK
Hermannsburg will be vibrating with choral singing next week as choirs meet for the annual choir week. The
South African Heinrich Schütz Association was founded in 1968 with the aim of promoting choral church music in South Africa. To achieve this, the Association, over the last 42 years has presented an annual choir week in various venues throughout South Africa. and this year
its Hermannsburg .
To ensure maintaining a high standard, choir masters are invited mainly from Germany - Markus Uhl from Heidelberg, Germany is the musical director for the coming week.The repertoire ranges from the early 16th century through to present day compositions.
On Saturday, 3 July at 7 p.m. these works will be publicly performed in the Church of the St. Peter’s Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation, 283 Voortrekker Street. The performance by the choir will be augmented by a selection of organ pieces, played by our guest from Germany and by brass band items. In total the programme should last for about an hour.
Entrance is free and there will be programmes available. A collection will be taken afterwards at the door, should you wish to support the work of the Association. Please come and enjoy some seldom heard church music, being performed right here in Greytown.
DOUBLE WIN FOR GREYTOWN COMPANY AT ROYAL SHOW
Greytown vermiculture company Wizzard Worms won two prestigious awards at the recent Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg . The family-owned company, which specialises in the design and sale of wormeries used in organic farming and gardening, scooped a Gold Medallion for their display at the show, along with a Gold Trophy from Telkom, recognising “the highest standards of customer care and service.”
At last year’s Royal Show Wizzard Worms also received a top award for their stand.
World Cup Public Viewing Areas attract thousands
Vuvuzelas echoed throughout non stop from the early hours of Friday morning. Flags flew high from vehicles and buildings (and even overhead thanks to the Municipality).Wherever one looked it was a sea of yellow and green. And everywhere a feeling of joy and togetherness as World Cup 2010 rolled out for Umvoti and the rest of the world!
Main focus for viewers, without television or who just wanted to be part and parcel of the excitement and vibes, were the public viewing areas in Greytown and Kranskop. Although the first reaction of most to the choice of the sportsfield in Enhlalakahle was somewhat negative Friday presented a very different picture to what is regarded as a derelict sportsfield. During the day youngsters enjoyed organised games of soccer and entertainment. Mr Velape Dlamini of the Department of Economic development and Tourism which was responsible for this area was backed up by slick technical assistance . With thousands of viewers taking advantage of the large screen and an equally large crowd watching from outside the perimeter fence the all round atmosphere was of awesome enjoyment.
In Kranskop about 2 500 viewers packed the public viewing area in the grounds of Kranskop Primary School with members of the public catching taxis, organised by the Municipality from many of the outlying rural areas. Interestingly, although no one could give a reason, about 30 kombis transported viewers from Greytown to Kranskop.
Police and security personnel were out in full force in both areas to keep all safe and secure Entrance to these areas is free. However it is important for all viewers to take note that no one is permitted to take into the viewing area: any alcohol;bottle or can; no firearms or any object which could regarded as dangerous; and no food.Any of these items prohibited items will be confiscated. Refreshments and food are on sale within the area at designated sites In addition no vendors are permitted within and on the perimeter of the pva. These restrictions have been imposed by FIFA and must be enforced.
Bafana Bafana's match today, Wednesday 16th, Youth Day will be screened in the public viewing areas. All in all 14 matches will be shown in Greytown on 8 public viewing days -16th: 22nd June; July 2nd;3rd;6th; 7th and 11th.
9 June 2010
UMVOTI READY FOR BLAST OFF
Umvoti, like the rest of South Africa is vibrating with the excitement and passion for the World Cup to start in just 2 days time. Throughout the area flags are flying from vehicles; even a few on lamp posts; businesses have got them flying and a lot are selling World Cup paraphernalia.
So as kick off time - 4 p.m. on Friday nears the question is where will the soccer fans in Umvoti be watching the 64 games being played in different centres.
So if you are not one of the lucky fans who will be attending any one or more of the matches where will you see it all?
For those living in Kranskop and surrounds a really smart technical fan park has been set up at Kranskop Primary School . This has been financed by Umzinyathi District Municipality and meets all the stringent requirements laid down by FIFA for such facilities.
Kranskop Police Chief, Lt Col Caroline Minnaar told the Greytown Gazette that the guidelines were very precise and had to be met. Strict security would be in force at every viewing to protect the fans and the hi tech expensive equipment.
Greytown has been selected by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism as one of 12 public viewing parks in the rural area. The Department have selected the sportsfield next to Tholinhlanhla Primary School as the venue for this viewing park despite opposition from Greytown Police in regard to the size of the venue and security.
However Department Economic Development manager 2010 Ms Nothando Simelane told the Greytown Gazette that the technical infrastructure would be set up in time for the opening on Friday. A private security firm has been appointed which would liaise with the Greytown Police personnel. The Department of Health would be present with facilities and an ambulance.
Boxer Supermarkets were involved at all the parks and the Greytown manager said that they would be present to distribute giveaways from suppliers.
On being asked how many fans were to be expected, Nothando said they were expecting from 5 000 to 15 000 obviously depending on which match was being screened. She said that liquor would be on sale in a special demarcated area and plastic cups only. Local vendors were being workshopped in regard to the provision and sale of food.
For those attending matches please remember there are some very specific "don'ts" imposed by Fifa - like no umbrellas; prams; bottles; cans of any sort; fireworks; large plastic hammers -no standing on seats or moving to any other seat or attempting to leave a stadium during a match. Spectators are not allowed to take along any padkos - you can eat what you like as long as you buy it in the stadium; flags have to be no larger that 2 by 1 and a half metres and your rucksack or handbag no larger that 25cm x 25 cm x 25 cm. Ticket holders agreed to the various Fifa requirements when they purchased their tickets.
SUPA QUICK TENNIS FINALS
As the French Open finals were played so were the Supa Quick champions and handicap finals completed, in similar sunny weather in Greytown over the weekend.
In the handicap finals on Saturday The men’s singles title Darryl Evans edged out Dieter Meyer 7-2 for the men’s title and the ladies title went to Corné Nefdt who beat the evergreen Sue Thomson 7-2. Darryl Evans took the men's doubles too when, with Guy Platt they beat Mike Barrow and Martin Platt 7-3. Sylvia Varty and Erika Gevers beat Ingrid Surendorff and Wendy Edkins 7-3 to take the ladies doubles title while mixed doubles handicap saw newcomer Pierre Steyn and partner Ruth Drew win 7-6 in a closely fought match against Ashley Cotterrell and Lynne English.
The mixed doubles championships were also played on Saturday between Clive Edkins and Erika Gevers and Darryl Evans and Corné Nefdt, with Clive and Erika taking it comfortably, 6-4, 6-0.
On Sunday the balance of the championship finals were played and some excellent tennis was seen from both the veterans and the youngsters!
In the ladies match Kelsey Edkins and Lynne English played superb varied tennis with Kelsey winning 6-3, 6-3.
Men’s final was a fast paced match between Kyle Edkins and Dieter Marx with Dieter taking the first set 6-4. They were game for game in the second set until Kyle broke Dieter’s serve to go 4-3 up and then won the set 6-3. The third went the same way with Kyle winning the set 6-3 to take the title.
Clever tennis was seen in the exciting final between mother and daughter combination, Pam Paul and Carol Adendorff who played Erika Gevers and Sylvia Varty. Pam and Carol took the first set 6-4 and were 5-0 up in the second when Erika and Sylvia had a turn-around and came back to take the set 7-5. They then went on to take the third set 6-1.
Last championship match of the day was the men’s doubles between titleholders Clive and Kyle Edkins and Ashley Cotterrell and Ian Hill.
In an exciting match that belied the score, Clive and Kyle took the title 6-1, 6-0.
After speeches by Chairman Keith Cowie and Kapil Chotu from sponsor Supa Quick, Kapil presented the winners with their trophies and prizes. The tennis club expressed its appreciation and thanks to Supa Quick for its support and sponsorship.
Results as follows-:
Men’s Singles winner:
Runner-up: Dieter Marx
Ladies singles winner: Kelsey Edkins
Runner-up: Lynne English
Men’s doubles winners: Clive and Kyle Edkins
Runners-up: Ashley Cotterrell and Ian Hill
Ladies doubles winners: Erika Gevers and Sylvia Varty
Runners-up: Pam Paul and Carol Adendorff
Mixed doubles winners: Clive Edkins and Erika Gevers
Runners-up: Darryl Evans and Corné Nefdt
Men’s singles winner: Darryl Evans
Runner-up: Dieter Meyer
Ladies singles winner: Corné Nefdt
Runner-up: Sue Thomson
Men’s doubles winners: Darryl Evans and Guy Platt
Runners-up: Mike Barrow and Martin Platt
Ladies doubles winners: Sylvia Varty and Erika Gevers
Runners-up: Ingrid Surendorff and Wendy Edkins
Mixed doubles: Pierre Steyn and Ruth Drew
Runners-up: Ashley Cotterrell and Lynne English
Most improved man: Darryl Evans
Most improved lady: Sue Thomson
Greytown Country Club
S Clarke and M Caldicott won Wednesday golf last week; the runners-up were J de Nysschen and R Aulfes. Week before last Wednesday golf was won by M Caldicott and J de Nysschen with S van der Merwe and S Clarke in second place.
Friday evening’s Happy Hour was a great, fun-filled success. Thank you Richard Cyrus for your sponsorship. The Ladies’ golf section won the prize money and Collin Broadfoot won the Chivas Regal. Wally Kohne and Lynda Hayter won the consolation prizes. Congratulations to all the winners; enjoy your prizes. Friday before last Guy Platt once again lost out on the attendance draw prize money, so R500 will be up for the winning on Friday, 11 June.
Sanlam Cancer Challenge took place on Saturday. Only 14 golfers entered the competition, but achieved some outstanding results.
A Division-1st: S Buthelezi on 38 points with count out to
2nd: M Steyn on 38
3rd: B Zuma on 36
B Division- 1st: S Khumalo on 28 points
2nd: M Khumalo on 27 points
C Division-1st: S van der Merwe on 40 points
2nd: C Schutte on 39 points
3rd: M Caldicott on 34 points
Nearest to the pin on the 3rd: M Khumalo
Nearest to the pin on 17th: J de Nysschen
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who entered this challenge.
Results of Ladies’ Invitation Day played on Sunday, 30 May:
1st - J Anderson, P Anderson, R Anderson and J du Preez on 70 points
2nd - M Mason, J de Nysschen, S Bondesio and D Mason on 69 points
3rd - D Mason, R Aulfes, L Lotter and G Ngubane on 66 points
4th - P Peckham, G Larkan, T Larkan and G Reed on 65 points
Nearest the Pin: Pete Anderson
Longest Drive (Ladies) - Jeannie Anderson
Longest Drive (Gents) - Rudolf Aulfes
Longest Day - Vanessa Mason
2 Clubs - R Aulfes, P Anderson, P Peckham, C Odendaal and T Larkan
A very big thank you to Mr Aulfes and the Build It family for a very generous sponsorship.
Dates to diarise:
12 Jun - Mascor Monthly Mug
3 Jul - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 Jul - Spot On Golf Day
17 Jul - Aheers Development Golf Day
31 Jul - MOTH Golf Day
FROM THE DITCH
The 2nd leg of the league began on Saturday with Greytown travelling to Pietermaritzburg and playing on neutral grounds against a team from Richmond. Greytown had mixed fortunes with 1 win and 1 loss however they came away the victors with a 3 point win for the day.
Gerhard Balzer, Tony Smith, Chris Fischer and Jacques Minnaar competed in the N.I.B.A. Men’s Singles competition on Sunday and there again some success and some not so fortunate. According to the players the standard of bowls was extremely high and very competitive. Tony Smith managed to get though to the 3rd round of his section, Gerhard Balzer got to the 2nd round with 2 very tight games, 1 game going to 30 ends and the other 21 ends before he unfortunately was knocked out after lying the shot in the last end when his opponent put the jack in the ditch to take the game. Jacques Minnaar had a gruelling 1st round game before loosing the match after 31 ends. Chris Fischer was also knocked out in the 1st round against strong opposition.
The league team will be at home this weekend and the players are reminded to bring a plate of eats.
Erika Fischer and Sannie Balzer will be competing in the Ladies N.I.B.A. Singles in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend - so good luck and good bowling!
There are still entries wanted for the Umvoti Tyres and Batteries “Trips” tournament which takes place on 16th June (Public holiday). Please check the notice board and enter a team!
SHRI VISHNU MANDIR TOPS AGAIN
Congratulations to Shri Vishnu Mandir which once again excelled in the final Hindi eisteddfod held in Durban last Sunday. The Greytown groups were first in children’s song and youth/adult Ramayan and dance despite the fa ct that many of the pupils could not particIpate as a result of writing exams the next day.
Midlands/Northern Natal came second in a close finish with overall winners, South Coast.
Leaving Greytown at 5 a.m. and returning at 9.30 p.m. was quite experience for the 65 children and adults who travelled by bus - the Mandir thanks all parents and well wishers for making the Eisteddfod such a success.
GREYTOWN MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL
On the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of May Greytown Mountainbike Club hosted its 14th consecutive Greytown Mtb Festival. The perfect weather over the weekend was the cherry on the top to a perfect mountain biking weekend.
A lot of planning and hard work setting and preparing about 150km of cycle tracks across the neighbouring farmlands culminated in a rewarding turn out for the event.1188 competitors from around the province including mountainbikers, fun riders and trail runners over the two days took part on the variety of courses offered.
Sunday rides were part of the Kzn Super Classic series and some of the top provincial riders were seen in action.
This event is undertaken by the Greytown Mountainbike Club with the intention of assisting our beneficiaries in raising much needed funds and to promote Greytown.
One of the beneficiaries , St David's, had 84 learners taking part who thoroughly enjoyed the fun rides and walks in such beautiful surrounds. The school, on behalf of all the beneficiaries(schools and 911 Call Centre) expressed their appreciation to the Greytown Mountain Bike Club for its support, dedication and wholehearted commitment.
On behalf of us all we would like to thank our sponsors and all the land owners who allowed us access to their properties for this event.
2 June 2010
ITS AN 8% RATES INCREASE FOR UMVOTI FOR 2010/11
To err is human...to forgive divine so quoted the visibly embarrassed Umvoti Municipal Speaker Councillor Hitla Maharaj at the start of the Its on -its off vitally important Council budget meeting. This is the meeting at which the budget and rates increase for 2010/11 is set - and there is a cut off date of 31st May for submitting the coming year budget, rates etc to Province.
Originally scheduled for Thursday 27th May -the meeting was postponed (no reason given) and an advertisement placed in The Witness on Friday 28th May to the effect that the public and stakeholders were invited to this very important meeting which would now take place at 10 a.m. on Monday. However when the Editor of the Greytown Gazette phoned the Municipality on Friday afternoon to query why the agenda had not been delivered she was told, and later received a confirming e-mail that the (Monday) meeting was postponed until further notice.
But then on Saturday a number of Councillors received the agenda for the budget meeting to take place at 10 a.m. on Monday - as had been advertised. On Monday it was postponed to 2 p.m. and eventually started at 2.25p.m.with apologies for the chopping and changing both from the Mayor, Councillor P. Ngubane and Speaker Maharaj. The Mayor urged those Councillors present to proceed with the discussions in view of the importance of the meeting and, together with the Speaker, gave the assurance that the procedures followed, which had obviously gone wrong, would be discussed after the budget meeting.
DA Councillor Paul Buss submitted a letter distancing the D.A. from the meeting in view of the above and also pointed out that on Saturday 29th May he had received at his home an incomplete agenda; an invitation to a staff workers function held on 19th May; an invitation to the Enseleni Hall opening on the 23rd May; invitation to the inter governmental sports day on 22nd May and notice that the meeting scheduled for 27th May would be held on the 31st at 10 a.m. He concluded by stating this whole procedure points to incompetence, is contrary to Council procedures and standing orders and cannot proceed.
On a point of privilege at the opening of the meeting ANC Councillor Ahmed Shaikh referred to the debacle and said that some Councillors had not received agendas and were unaware that Fridays cancellation had been rescinded. He also expressed his concern at the number of queries raised by the KZN Treasury on the draft budget submitted by Umvoti-these included :*incomplete draft budget tables which therefore reflected incorrect unrealistic figures.
*projected capital expenditure not funded as it exceeded capital revenue by R82 million
*Budgeted property rates reflected decrease by 20% (This was as a result overstated amount in last years budget)
*Could not establish a link between the IDP and draft budget as certain tables not completed
*Rates (9% proposed) and service charges are not in line with the CPIX target of 5.7% for the coming year and the Municipality should justify any increases above the inflation forecast.
Despite an appeal from the Mayor who referred to the Umzinyathi Budget Council meeting held that morning which had been completed within two hours as a result of the efficiency of the preliminary work undertaken by the EXCO, the Umvoti Council meeting lasted its usual many hours, eventually concluding after 7 p.m.
STOP PRESS: Rates increase for 2010/11 set at 8%. IFP Councillors wanted the proposed 9% increased to 12%. ANC proposed 6% rates increase. 8% increase was the final figure settled on.
NOT ALL ROSES ARE EQUAL!
Its almost that time of the year when gardeners need to start sharpening secateurs and loppers in anticipation of the pruning season. With hybrid teas, floribundas, standards, climbers and many others it is evident that not all roses are the same and so require different treatment when undergoing their annual snip.
Opinions vary as to the correct manner in which roses should be pruned and what post-pruning treatment is required. After the Umvoti Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 8 June at Concordia, Linda Tarr of Tarr Roses will be presenting a rose pruning workshop on how to approach this task when faced with different types of roses.
AGM formalities will start at 9.30a.m. Members are requested to note the change of venue to the Activities Centre at Concordia and not the bowling club as stated on the programme. Please note that annual annual subs are due at this meeting.
As the committee will soon be compiling the list of speakers and topics for 2010/2011 suggestions for either or both would be gratefully received. We really would like to provide members and guests with a variety of speakers and topics that are pertinent and of interest.
As always guests are very welcome and attendance at the AGM does not mean that members will be coerced into joining the committee!
KKNOW YOUR STATUS!
Greytown Hospital in recognition of the national HCT campaign initiated by the National Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, will be launching HCT Campaign in Umvoti. The campaign is aimed at increasing the number of people counselled and tested for HIV. through taking aiming this service to the people.
Health officials will also provide other health services such as: TB screening, checking of blood sugar levels, vital signs and other minor ailments.
Umvoti campaign is to take place on Tuesday 8th June at 9 a.m. in the Greytown Town Hall with the theme know your status
All members of the community are urged to attend this event
For more information please contact Mandisa Mchunu: 0334139430 (Greytown Hospital Public Relations Officer)
TRIBUTE TO GODFREY SIPHO DLAMINI
Godfrey Bra Sie Sipho Dlamini was a well-known citizen of Enhlalakahle - he was born on 21st September 1944 and died on 26th May .
He completed his Secondary School Education in Greytown and then went to Edendale Vocational College where he learnt carpentry. He worked for Caruso Construction for many years, then joined Bata Shoe factory as the maintenance manager and later worked for Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban as Senior Maintenance Manager. He left to form his own company which he built up to having a workforce of over 200 workers.
Sipho, in his youth, was known as a prolific soccer player appearing for Ocean Blues Football Club and Maritzburg City. His team Maritzburg City beat Orlando Pirates - that was the highlight of his career. He later formed his own club Enhlalakahle Golden Arrows and continued to impart his coaching skills to this club which in no time became a feared entity in local football circles. He was later elected President of the Football Association of Greytown and District and was instrumental in forming the Greytown Select Eleven that played the famous Kansas City Hotspurs and beat them 4-0 in an action packed game that is still remembered by so many people. He also formed the Aulfes League which produced so many talented youngsters of this Township.
He was a good tennis player and also a ballroom and Latin American dancer.
Sipho is survived by his wife Zandi and children.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday Golf was won by M Caldicott and J de Nysschen on 46 points with S van der Merwe and S Clarke in second place on 43 points. Congratulations gentleman.
On Friday evening Guy Platt once again lost out on the attendance draw prize money.R500 will be up for the winning on Friday, 11 June, but remember you have to be in attendance to win. Happy Hour takes place this Friday. Richard Cyrus is the sponsor for the evening. Buy a R20 ticket and you can win R1 000 or a bottle of Chivas Regal. This promises to be a great evening so come and start your weekend at the Club.
On Saturday, 5 June we are playing golf against cancer. It is an individual stableford and the entry fee is R135. The entry forms are up on the notice board at the Club, alternatively phone Elmarie on 033 417 2441 to enter. Please support this day as the proceeds will go to Sanlam for the Cancer Foundation.
Results of the Ladies Invitation Day played on Sunday, 30 May:
1st - J Anderson, P Anderson, R Anderson & J du Preez on 70 points
2nd - M Mason, J de Nysschen, S Bondesio & D Mason on 69 points
3rd - D Mason, R Aulfes, L Lotter & G Ngubane on 66 points
4th - P Peckham, G Larkan, T Larkan & G Reed on 65 points
Nearest the Pin: Pete Anderson
Longest Drive (Ladies) - Jeannie Anderson
Longest Drive (Gents) - Rudolf Aulfes
Longest Day - Vanessa Mason
2 Clubs - R Aulfes, P Anderson, P Peckham, C Odendaal & T Larkan
Well done to all the winners and thank you to all the players, it was a wonderful day. Last, but not least, a very big thank you to Mr Aulfes and the Build It family for a very generous sponsorship.
Dates to diarise:
4 June - Happy Hour
5 June - Sanlam Cancer challenge
12 June - Mascor Monthly Mug
Re: beer drinkers nightmare!
With regards to your photo of the Kranskop Police destroying illegal liquor:
Yes I fully agree with the fact that illegal anything should be destroyed, and dont get me wrong, there is surely a time and place for a good beer. But your article indicated that a number of people had in fact applied for liquor licenses.
I sincerely hope that this beer was not that of a would-be legal seller. If it was, would it not be more appropriate for the Chief to slap these people with a fine and hold the liquor in payable storage until the license became available. This way the police increase their coffers and the soon to be store owner, could in the end, have his stock and still sell it.
Things are still not easy in SA and to destroy a potential business is rather sad considering.
MASCOR POLOCROSSE TOURNAMENT
The Mascor /Umvoti Polocrosse tournament held at Merthley Lake last weekend can best be described as a delightful, pleasant, social event with some top-class polocrosse, especially among the higher divisions.
The A division was won by Umhlali, captained by ex Greytonian, Mark Scott. Umvoti Cruisers with Janine Meyer, Patrick OSullivan and Ulrich Bosse were runners-up. The Umvoti Cruisers were playing excellent polocrosse until Janines horse pulled up lame which upset their rhythm and allowed Umhlali to forge ahead. Janines horse, Precious received the Golden Pony award and Ulrich was chosen as the player of the tournament.
Mascor/Umvoti Corolla, with Mathew During, Colin Storey and Jarryd Jacklin, also had a good weekend. These three players showed a lot of class and will develop into very competent players.
Mascor/Umvoti John Deere had Cavan OSullivan, Thembi Madonsela and Tysen OSullivan. They were out of their depth playing against adults in the B Division and had an indifferent weekend. Tysen has excellent ball skills and only lacks experience which he will gain in time.
Mascor/Umvoti Corsa, Jacquie Minnaar, Courtney Odell and Mike Zietsman, had a mixed weekend and found themselves out-played on most occasions. Jacquie played well and showed why she has been chosen for the S.A. U/14 squad.
Stealing the lime-light over the weekend were the three eight-year-olds, Ruth OSullivan, Camryn Minnaar and Sam Gilson. They came off second best against the grown-ups but showed some deft touches which delighted spectators.
Meanwhile, in Pretoria, Caroline Minnaar, playing for the S.A. Ladies, helped outscore the Zimbabwean ladies in all three of their games. The Zimbabwean ladies have always fielded strong teams and it was quite an achievement getting the better of them.
Next major official tournament will be the KZN Champs to be held at Noodsberg over the weekend of 19/20 June. This will be followed by the IPT on the 3/4 July all leading up to the age group internationals at Mooi River from 16th to 18th of July.
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
St Cathryns News.
The Sanlam Cancer Challenge played on Saturday 29th May 2010, drew a small but very competitive field. Due to winter conditions and shorter days, the players teed of from ten o clock, with two players going off at half past two because of another engagements. Most notable of the day, were the very fast greens and an excellent Butternut and Greenpepper soup provided by Paul and Tanya, at half time.
Sanlam sponsors this event annually and the R55 per golfer collected and all donations from the day are used for Cancer research. Winners from the day go to the next round, to be played at Princes Grant for the men and Maritzburg Golf Club for the ladies. Winners at these tournaments go to play at Sun City. During previous years, some players from our club, namely, Mo Wulfsohn, Eddie Conradie and Liekie Steyn have reached the finals and in those years the finals were played at San Lameer.
Results A Div: Merwin Rabe 40 Points
Paul Els 37
Barry Oehme 36 Points
B Div: Steve Nel 44 Points
Mbongeni Khumalo 40
Klaus Kluver 36 Points
C Div: Piet Nel 38 Points
Gerald Harrison 36 oco
Rikus Kloppers .
Ladies Div : Liekie Steyn 38 Points.
Lucky Draw : Chris Harrison.
St Cathryns Golf Club would like to thank Jack Drew for organizing the day . A donation from the Harris Family from Inadi towards cancer research was also collected.
Next golf fixture will be the Farmers Agri-Care Monthly mug to be played on Saturday 26 June .
To book for golf please phone Piet on 083 269 1661 or 033 4441945 and for meals please phone Paul on 084 5966 292.
Well done to Umvoti Comrades finishers!
Well done to the following Umvoti Athletic Club runners who all completed the gruelling down run on Sunday to proudly say we ran and finished the 2010 Comrades Marathon.
Johannes Shangase :6.59.27-silver
Bhekani Zondi :7.08.50-his second silver
Ashley Cotterell and Pierre Steyn both clocked in at 8:36;31 -both were awarded the Bill Rowan and both now have 11 medals.
On the ladies front Esther van der Merwe also qualified for a Bill Rowan medal to make her total 12 -her time was 8.46.32 whilst Bridgette Trollip was there for a bronze -also her 12th medal -this time 9.36.16
Bronzes went to Chris Porter -9.44.45 -6th medal; Peter Allen 9.46.56 - 4 medals; Antony and Penny Jarvie clocked on 9.55.35 to give Antony 6 and Penny 5 on the medal front -Craig Behrens clocked the same time for his first bronze.
Dlamini Dumisani on 10.0317 for his seventh; Gillian Prentice on 10.55 41 for her second; Linda Drogemoller on the same time for her 1st and Erwin Green on a time of 10.59.20 for his first bronze.
Vic Clapham medal winners were:John Kerchoff:11.00.34 -his tenth; first medal winners Nick Floros and Nicky Irvine on 11.06.43; Marie du Toit for her third in a time of 11.10.11; Magda Lourens in 11.13.10 for her first; Bongani Zondi got his 7th in a time of 11.16.46. First time runners Heather Clegg and Lynda Platt did it in a time of 11.19.36; Phikelela Hlela clocked 11.35,01 for a first medal whilst Simosakhe Chamane obtained his 10th clocking 11.44.25 and with 15 minutes 16 seconds to spare Jenni Tedder won her first bronze in 11.44.44