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31 March 2010
MIGHTY MEN 2010 ...ON TARGET FOR 400 000!
MMC 2010...ON TARGET FOR 400 000 !
With less than a month to the seventh and last Mighty men Conference at Shalom there is a tangible build up of activities on all fronts. At a media briefing last week, Andy Buchan of Shalom said all indications were that at least 300 000 and more than likely the target of 400 000 would be at this year’s MMC on the 16th,17th and 18th April.Men are flying in from all the Britain, Europe, Australia, Africa and of course South Africa to attend the last of the Mighty Men Conferences.
As so many in Greytown and surrounds have expressed interest in viewing the site Shalom has organised an information session and guided drive around the MMC campsites and venue on Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th April from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Anyone interested in attending the briefing, on either day, is asked to contact Clive Tedder on 082 875 9791. The 600 metre stage, the height of an eight storied building has been moved from its last year’s site to make more of an amphitheater and thousands of hay bales are being prepared to be used as seating
This year Shalom will not be providing food, only snacks such as chips and cool drinks - the thousands of campers have been asked to take along their own food supplies but obviously there will be a huge demand on food outlets and food takeaways in Greytown .
At the briefing the Greytown Gazette was asked to advise residents of Umvoti to stock up on basics early in that week and to make sure their vehicles are filled with petrol by the Wednesday. With this huge number of visitors in Greytown (more than ten times the normal population) obviously the demand on all resources is going to be enormous. At last year’s MMC there was a continuous call from visitors for assistance to vehicles, electric appliances etc. The MMC organising committee would like to draw up a register of local service providers who are prepared to be on 24 hour emergency call out during the conference - anyone available is asked to phone Trevor Hampson on 082 929 5238 with details
The scale of preparation is even more comprehensive this year - RTI Province will be assisting plus two helicopters to monitor traffic;ten doctors in the four campsites;special handicapped facilities;Air Traffic Control will be present to monitor planes flying into Laurence Hill’s airstrip - PANNAR airstrip will be closed;there is a helipad at Shalom; a Shalom radio station; and much much more. Over the next few weeks the Greytown Gazette will be providing more detailed information on this epic event for all involved.
Greytown Country Club News
Shelley March lost out on the prize money at the Attendance Draw on Friday, 19 March.The next draw will take place on Friday, 9 April, there is R400 for the taking if you are in attendance.
Wednesday Golf was won by S Clarke, C Odendaal and B Zuma on 74 points. Runners-up were J de Nysschen, R Chiazzari and J Crowe on 72 points. B Zuma had a two club.
On Friday, 26 March the monthly Happy Hour was very well supported Thank you to Umvoti Fuel & Oil (Hayden Chiazzari & Family) who sponsored the food and Greytown Beer Distributors sponsored the SAB beer There were a lot of happy children playing and enjoying themselves, lovely to see them coming along with Mom and Dad to enjoy an evening at the Club. Winners of the draw were Duane Corbishley who took the first prize of R1 000 and Wally Kohne who received the bottle of Chivas Regal. Lee Odendaal and Derek Clegg won the consolation prizes. Thank you to those loyal members who never fail to support the events at the Club.
Happy Easter to all our members. Enjoy the holiday and have a safe return. The Club will be closed on Good Friday (2 April), but we hope to see all the golfers back to play in the Mascor Monthly Mug on Saturday, 3 April. .
Dates to diarise:
3 April - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 & 11 April - Club Championships
1 May - Pannar Golf Day
STOP PRESS;Twenty passengers in one taxi injured when vehicle lost a back wheel and overturned on Nadi/Ngubevu road at 7a.m on Tuesday. The driver ran away from the scene.911 alerted all emergency services.
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
The Tuta Carriers Club Championships were played on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March
At the halfway stage on Saturday night, at the pig -on -the- spit dinner provided and prepared by “UP ONE FARMING,” the players were re-ranked for the Sunday morning tee off, not knowing that the mist would have an affect on the style and playing conditions.
Hole number eight had two pin positions and tee box markers were moved forward or back to make club selection a key factor in playing good golf. The weather man also did his bit, by bringing in the wind from different directions over the two days at different strengths.
A Div : 1st Paul Els Gross 150
2nd Erik Kloppers 153
3rd Merwin Rabe 169
B Div : 1st Klaus Kluver 158
2nd Steve Nel 162
3rd Mbongeni Khumalo 163
C Div : 1st Greg Eayrs 180
2nd Piet Nel 185 (golf cart assisted)
3rd Rikus Kloppers 185 ( golf cart unassisted )
4th Sbonelo Khumalo 188.
Ladies Div : 1st Liekie Steyn 177
2nd Tanya de Bruin 217
3rd Carina Rommelspacher 243
Junior Club Champ : 1st Steve Nel 162
2nd Sbonelo Khumalo 188
St Cathryn’s Home owners Club Champ: Klaus Kluver
Best Nett: Klaus Kluver 136
Piet Coetzee 137
Steve Nel 138
Longest Drive on the MEN 10th : Greg Eayrs
Ladies : Liekie Steyn
Nearest to pin 9/18th: Mike Harrison .
TUTA Carriers St Cathryn's’s Club Champion 2010 : Paul Els 150 Gross .
The organizing committee thank the sponsors : Tuta Carriers , OK Grocer, Spot on Liquors,Freight Liner Fuso, Fairway Restaurant , The Pro Shop, Duggie and Sandra Rheeder and Rikus Kloppers. As always the families enjoyed the week-end with the members and it was wonderful to spend time with folk we don’t always see.
Piet and Cathy would also like to thank all the members who came to play and enjoy the week-end with us. It was great fun and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
Next golf Competition will be the Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug, on Saturday 10 April . All those who would like to play please contact Piet on 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661. Paul and Tanya can be contacted on 084 5966 292.
MDR TB high cure rate in KZN
Today, 31st March , Greytown Specialized MDR TB Hospital will celebrate the first 18 patients who have completed the treatment for multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in their care.
Greytown hospital and clinic opened their doors in February 2008 with a mission to treat patients with MDR TB from throughout Umzinyathi.. The treatment for MDR TB is two years , with daily injections for the first six months. Prior to the opening of the clinic, patients from this district were treated in Durban, starting with a six months hospitalization which was both costly and difficult on patients and their families.
The growing number of MDR TB patients in the province and long waiting list at the TB referral hospital made an alternative approach necessary. Partnership between South African and American researchers and KZN Department of Health created an innovative decentralized community based treatment strategy, rather than being hospitalized for the first six months of therapy. They are hospitalized until they are clinically well and then treated at home, even in remote rural settings by injection teams on a daily basis. The completion of the first 18 patients is a demonstration of the success of this treatment approach. There are currently 194 patients being followed in the MDR TB clinic in Greytown.
While the focus of the celebration on March 31st is the group of patients who have completed treatment, recognition also goes to the many people on whom the treatment program relies. The Injection team nurses and home-based carers who care for patients in their homes, as well as the staff of the Greytown Specialized MDR TB Hospital and Clinic and the TB DOTS offices around the district. The current collaborative program has been developed, implemented and monitored by a multinational research group, TF CARES (Tugela Ferry Care and Research Collaboration) and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.
For more information. Please contact Sister Ena Taljaard on (033)-413 8540
FROM THE DITCH
The B. A. Dowson Bowls “Fours” Tournament was held over the last weekend - and what a fantastic tournament it was!! The more serious bowlers started arriving on Friday to test the greens and hone their skills. On Saturday morning it was all systems go! and eighteen teams took to the greens. It was “Hot, muggy and dry with the greens being very fast and true”, was the general comment from t players after the first day of play.
Day two was somewhat different. After a late Saturday night light shower, it was a different ball game on Sunday. Light rain at the start of play, followed by a misty morning made the greens heavy and it was the skills and experience of the more seasoned players that pushed them ahead. The final round on Sunday afternoon saw the sun shine through the clouds bringing and end to a great tournament.
Greytown was honoured to have Doug Robinson, president Natal Inland Bowls Association and his team at the tournament. Doug presented the prizes to old Greytonian, Ken Hooper and his team from Lynnwood in Pietermaritzburg who were the eventual winners and each player received a sheep as their prize. Second place went to Chris Pozyn and team each received half a sheep and in third position was Mike Freeman and team who also received a half sheep each. Various Session prize winners were Philip Scholtz and team (PMB), Ian Weller and team (Durban), Cherry Wulfsohn and team (Gtn) and Mike Parsonson and team (Swaziland).
Without our sponsors a tournament with such magnificent prizes just would not happen and it is a VERY BIG “THANK YOU” to: Lowlands Butchery (five sheep); SPAR; Umvoti Repairs; Link Seeds; Greytown Office Machines; First National Bank; Pannar; Barts Computers; Umvoti Fuel and Oil; Mascor Toyota; Pineways; Mascor GM; Old Mutual; Kwa CBJ Liquors; Umvoti Tyres and Batteries; Sanlam; Daddy’s Service Station; Brokersure; Spot-On Liquors; RTS; Greytown Beer Distributors and Village Signs.
A special word of thanks must also go to the “behind the scene” people such as Judy Ellmann and her ladies for the outstanding catering, Gerhard Balzer (match organiser and general handyman) and all the families who accommodated the players in their homes for the weekend. Our Saturday night entertainer was Greytonian Roy Thomson and as usual he did not disappoint with his story telling and his “Andre Rieu” tunes from his mouth organ.
Do you know...?
I am looking for someone called Sasby Mason and think his parents farmed in Greytown. Hopefully someone in the area might have known the family. He married Heather Norris-Jones and would be over 60 years of age now.
I would really appreciate if anyone could sent me information, including a phone number or email address.
My details are:
P.O. Box 1094, Woodstock, Cape Province, 7925
PO Box 1094
Woodstock | 7915
The Boulevard, 2nd floor, Block F
Searle Street, Woodstock, 7925
GNOMING IN THE MARCH GARDEN
Mr. Weather Man is certainly not playing the game at the moment and many gardens do not respond well to the scorching hot days !
With all the warnings of water shortages I really feel guilty whenever I turn on the hose to water. So the importance of mulching has become even more imperative in order to keep the moisture in and the soil cool.
Autumn is fast approaching and it is a wonderful time of the year to plant not only the winter/spring annuals but perennials , shrubs including roses and trees. The warmth in this season is enough for them to settle in and establish a root system . Come Spring they are up and away.
When you to the local nursery look out for any perennials you may not have . One I love is the Perennial Phlox. Another is Canterbury Bells. Both very showy and perfect for the vase.
For those of you who have relatively frost free gardens, with dappled shade, the plectanthrus is well worth planting. At this time of the year they are so lovely in all their different colours. After flowering they need to be cut back hard to keep them under control.
For those of us who hope to grow sweet peas they must be planted now, in fact it is getting a little late, so be hard at it this week with that task.
I thought I would be clever and plant Primulas last week. Alas , the heat with no shade whatsoever here has really knocked them, so restraint must be the order of the day, till it cools down.
The roses will be still flowering profusely but need attention all the time to continue that way.
Regular spraying and a light dressing of 515 and /or a cup of Bounce will keep them going really well. I have cut back on the chemical fertilizers for various reasons, one being cost and do find the “natural” way is working perfectly.
Prepare the beds for winter Vegetables. Lots of compost, manure and deep digging. A light dressing of lime is also beneficial.
Herbs can be planted now. I love to plant thyme as a border of the flower bed. I discovered a gorgeous Oregano that is bright yellow and has made a lovely ground cover which is also edible.
Lets hope the weather cools and the heavens open so that our garden can bloom again!
Happy Gardening from a Jaded Gnome.
OLD SCHOLARS DAY GHS
Greytown High School Old Scholars committee is in full swing organising the very special 127th anniversary of the school .This event will take place on Saturday 29th May and a record number is expected .Last year 800 enjoyed the day’s activities .
Preliminary programme is rugby, netball and hockey matches from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Greytown High teams and teams from Howick, Alex and Treverton.
At 3 p.m. rugby fans can watch the match on the big screen.
The evening features a spit braai dinner, game auction (wildebeest;blesbuck and Impala) ; a lucky draw for Impala female for hunting and from 8.30 p.m. a live band for all present to dance the night away.
Limited tickets, at R75 per person, for the evening function are available from the school -phone 033 413 2146 or Leonore Pretorius on 082 829 5904.
Greytown High School and the Old Scholars thank Peter Channing for sponsoring the Old Scholars function.
BE ALERT...DO NOT PANIC! Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of coverage and warnings in the media about strangers taking photographs of children at malls, schools, etc leading onto the increasing risk of abduction and exploitation of children, particularly in terms of the influx of World Cup visitors. Last week in Greytown two men were seen taking photographs on their cellphones ,through the school fence of pre-primary children. The vehicle , belonging to the two, was identified and the Greytown registration number recorded by adult witnesses. This information has been passed on to the Greytown Police . Parents are urged, particularly during this holiday period, to be vigilant. When in a mall or any public place do not let young children out of your sight. Make sure when your go anywhere that the children have memorised their full names, addresses and phone number;that if they should get lost that they know to go to a shop assistant,security guard or police for assistance; teach, on a play phone if necessary, how to dial 1011.Make sure you child understands the concept of a “stranger” and not to talk to them no matter what enticement is offered and how nice the stranger appears to be. Children should be made aware of the dangers that do exist in the big wide world so they are alert .
DEATH ROAD CLAIMS YET TWO MORE LIVES
When are the powers that be going to take positive action to improve the notorious 71 kms between Greytown and Pietermaritzburg ...this highly dangerous road claimed yet another two lives last week through irresponsible and reckless driving which is an everyday occurrence on this unpoliced road.
Wellknown Greytonians Sonna and Savi Mahabeer were returning home from Pietermaritzburg ,when on the New Hanover hill, a truck driver disobeying all the rules of the road overtook the truck in front of him on a double barrier line and blind rise. Tragically the Mahabeers, as can be seen from the photo of their vehicle, did not stand a chance.
In November and December last year , after reporting accidents in which lives had been lost, many people who use the road regularly complained to the Greytown Gazette on the hazards of driving on the road including speeding;passing on barrier lines;no lights in mist or rain;talking on cellphones;cattle on the road etc. The Greytown/Pietermaritzburg road is known as the “death” road , not only because of the number of accidents which have occurred but also because of the appalling standard of driving and total lack of policing(except of course for speed trapping, on the outskirts of Greytown and in the non existent Seven Oaks village).
How many more lives have to be lost or individuals seriously injured before the authorities concerned do something positive?
TRIBUTE TO SONNA AND SAVI MAHABEER
The high esteem in which Sonna and Savi were held throughout Umvoti and further afield was seen by the huge turnout of mourners who gathered to pay tribute to the couple at the funeral service, conducted by Pastor Celvan Pakkari on Sunday at the Elijah Christian Ministry . The couple were married in 1967 and having a divine encounter with God, entered into full time ministry. They travelled to many countries preaching the gospel and inspired many through their example. In Greytown they served the community in both business and spiritual matters, having a consistent ministry to local schools, hospitals and prison.
Three of their four children spoke at the service. Pravesh acknowledged the invaluable deposits their parents had made into their lives; in her moving tribute Rachel spoke on how passionate her parents were about life; and Naresh emphasised that the funeral was not only to mourn their loss, but an opportunity to celebrate the lives of two such wonderful and special people.
On behalf of the local Ministers Fraternal Angus Buchan highlighted the strength of faith of the Mahabeers and their ongoing commitment in serving the church community.
Their sudden and tragic deaths on the 23rd March have left a void in the lives of many.
24 March 2010
THREE ARMFULS OF JOY FOR GREYTOWN FAMILY
Bongiwe Maphumulo with an armfull of happiness Thabile, Busile and Sukoluhle who are now 4 months old
Armfuls of triple joy for Greytown family
With a family of twins and a teenager, Bongiwe and Mthembeni Maphumulo doubled their family in one go on 8th December last year when the triplets made their appearance. Proud and delighted , Bongiwe gave birth to the three all within three minutes at a Pietermarizburg hospital weighing in from a healthy 2.5 kg to 2.8 kg.
Multiple births are nothing new for the Maphumulo family - they have eight year old twins and Bongiwe's two sisters and one brother also have twins in their families.
Two of the three are identical...the parents decided they would like to name them not in the typical "sound alike" names usually given to triplets and twins and so have called them Sukoluhle;Thabile and Busile.
They are remarkably good and smile and gurgle when being cuddled by family members and friends and love to play with each other.
In an interview with the Greytown Gazette Mrs Maphumulo said that her 13 year old daughter Thobeka , who is at Greytown Primary School and the eight year old twins, Lindani and Senamile, who are at Greytown Junior School were wonderful with the triplets in helping to care for them. Her sister, Phumula Hlongwa, who also has 11 year old twins, is also a tower of strength in helping to look after the three.
Both parents are teachers ...Bongiwe is on maternity leave and will return to school in Ntunjambili at the end of April. A committed educator she has FET for Grade 7 and up but is currently teaching Grade 3. She said it would be wonderful if she could obtain a teaching position closer to home to be able to be with the triplets earlier than 4.30 in the afternoon.
The whole family is thrilled at having being blessed with three such special babies.
UPDATE ON WATER IN GREYTOWN
Following continuous reports from dissatisfied residents on the quality, discolouration, smell etc of Greytown water the Greytown Gazette requested an explanation for the many unhappy users as to what the problems are and what action is being taken to solve them. The following statement was issued by the Umvoti Water Consumer Committee last Friday:
"The Umvoti Water Consumer Committee wishes to communicate to the water consumers of Greytown the reason for the upgrading of the water works, the reasons behind the ongoing water quality, ongoing pipe bursts and leaking valves.
The main pipe line from Lake Merthly that feeds raw water to the water works is approximately 40 years old. It has become fragile and susceptible to cracking due to ground movement and material fatigue. This pipe line is in the process of being replaced.
The water plant is also in the process of being modernized and upgraded to offer a more stable and cleaner supply of water to the residents of Greytown.
We wish to make it clear at this point that the work being carried out is to deliver a cleaner and more secure water supply to Greytown, and NOT to increase the quantity of water. We cannot increase our daily water draw off from the Lake, as the Lake cannot replenish itself beyond the current rate of what is being used in Greytown. We are already supplementing our water needs from bore holes in the Greytown commonage.
Unfortunately due to the work being carried out at the plant, there are obviously disruptions to the system, and therefore at times poor quality water gets into the reticulation system around town. This, we can assure you, under very trying circumstances, is kept to a minimum.
At the same time that the above contracts are being carried out, we are in the process of assessing and planning ways to upgrade the pipe and valve system in the streets of Greytown. This is due to aging infrastructure in the ground which has exceeded its useful design life and has to be replaced soon. The pipe network suffers from, leaks, and bursts, breakages and air locks. Currently a team is involved in exposing areas to be able to ascertain the condition of said system. One of the unfortunate results of these interventions, is that there are areas around town where there are going to be numerous bursts and consequent disruptions. The most affected streets at the moment are Sargeant and Cooper. Similar situations have been experienced in Erskine, Voortrekker, Durban, Khomba and others in the past. The leaking valves that are seen mostly at road crossings are as a result of their age and lack of maintenance because they are underground. The Department of Water Affairs has recently approved a business plan to investigate alternate water sources for Greytown and surrounding areas of Umvoti and will also fund the project. In the interim we appeal to the people of Greytown to use water wisely, cautiously, and to report burst pipes and leaks timeously, and to please bear with us in our endeavors to make Greytown a better place for us all. Uthukela 24 hour call centre 0860 144 144 :'911' 24 hour call centre 033 4172911. "
Kranskop residents have also being experiencing major water supply problems with the breakdown of a borehole pump...making this disasterous situation even worse uThukela Water sent its water tanker round the village filled with dirty water which was totally of no use to anyone at all!
2006 Murder goes on trial
Greytonian Rinesh Maharaj was murdered on 30 June 2006 .The three accused were arrested in March 2007 and brought to trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court where they pleaded not guilty when the case opened on Thursday of last week.
Judge Gregory Kruger is sitting with assessors to hear the case
Accused, 28 year old Mondli Nxumalo; 39 year old Jabulani Chonco and Bongani Sibisi aged 27 all pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and unlawful possession of a fully automatic firearm and ammunition. In Decemebr 2006 the Police offered a R25 000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
In February 2007, Greytown Police made a breakthrough in arresting five - two who were later released. A Police spokesman said that mystery had surrounded the killing of Maharaj, who had been a popular and wellknown resident of the town.
30 year old Ranesh, who was employed by Greytown Office Machines, was reported missing by his wife after he failed to return home on the night in question. He had left his office driving a Toyota Rav 4, owned by his employers. It is alleged that after meeting the accused, he was hi-jacked being forced at gunpoint into the back of his vehicle . Some of the gang drove off with him and the others followed in a Nissan.
The gang robbed him of his card and withdrew R1 000 from his account at an ATM. They then drove to the Muden area where he was shot and killed .
The vehicle Mr Maharaj had been driving was found on the Sunday in the Tugela Ferry area.
The case is continuing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court
ST CATHRYN'S NEWS
This past Saturday 20 March, our Associate Golf Club ( from the University Golf Club), played their Sanlam Cancer Challenge. The weather conditions were perfect and the field of 28 players enjoyed the competition, although some first timers found the course a little difficult. There was a good deal of money raised for Cancer and the golfers enjoyed their visit in the country and the delicious lunch served from the Fairway Restaurant. Date for the Sanlam Cancer Challenge for St Cathryn's members is Saturday 29 May
This coming Saturday and Sunday Tuta Carriers Club Champs will be held. All members who would like to play and have not entered, please contact Piet. The competition is medal both days, and is contested in the Mens A Div 0-9, B Div 10-15, C Div 16 - 24 max, Ladies and Juniors.
To assist with catering please let us know if you will be attending the Saturday night pig on the spit and Sunday lunch. The accommodation is being kept for use by members and it promises to be a fun golfing week-end.
To book for golf please phone Piet 083 269 1661 or the Restaurant on 0845966292.
COMRADES MARATHON ROUTE CHANGE
The CMA has completed capturing and processing all entries for the 2010 race, and are pleased to announce that the final entry number is 23 565 entrants.
Final countdown for this year's Comrades is a grand total of 23 565 entrants - of which 20 000 are expected to line up at the start line on 30th May
"Cut off date for runners to submit their qualifying details is 26 April and failure to do this will result in the runner's entry being rejected, and no correspondence will be entered into." said Johan Van Staaden, Race Director.
Due to the increase in numbers running in this year's event, it has been decided to effect a change to the exit route from PMB. -this should allow for an easier flow for and quicker exit from the City Centre.
The new route from the start will proceed down Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial Road), turn right into Alexandra Road, and then proceed to the Ritchie Road / Alexandra Road Intersection. The runners will then turn left into Ritchie Road and proceed to Washington Road where it will join the regular Comrades route.
Runners are cautioned to the fact that there are 3 traffic control "speed bumps" in Alexandra Road, but this should not cause any problems as this part of the road is very well lit.
The CMA Route Committee, is in the process of measuring the new exit from PMB, but in all likelihood, will not change the final distance by any substantial manner. The CMA. will announce the official distance soon.
ONE HOME...ONE GARDEN PROGRAMME
Its an exciting, innovative and nutritious programme sponsored and put together by the Department of Agriculture throughout KZN. The campaign "one home, one garden" is based on giving scoops of seven different vegetable seeds to all residents interested in benefitting from growing...and selling their own vegetables.
Greytown Department of Agriculture Extension Officer Melusi Kunene told the Greytown Gazette that the distribution was on a ward basis - 1005 scoops per ward. He had recently distributed scoops of spinach, beetroot, cabbage, pumpkin, maize, beans and carrots in Ward 1 and on Wednesday and Thursday this week, the 24th and 25th March, residents of Wards 2 and 3 could collect their seed scoops from the Department of Agriculture offices in Voortrekker Street . Ward 2 and 3 residents should take along their Identity Documents.
This programme was started by the Department last year to motivate members of the public to feed themselves by growing their own vegetables and also being able to acquire some income by selling the surplus.
Manager of Greytown Department of Agriculture is Mrs T.T. Mnguni and there are 5 extension officers and 3 assistants. Mr Kunene said that the Greytown office was geared to assist and educate growers and farmers on queries or problems in regard to soil and other agricultural matters.
Contact telephone number is 033 413 2155.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Winners of Wednesday Golf were J de Nysschen with R Aulfes second.
The MOTH Golf Day scheduled for Saturday, 20 March was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience. All members will be notified of the new date by SMS.
Dates to diarise:
3 Apr - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 & 11 Apr - Club Championships
1 May - PANNAR Golf Day
SHRI VISHNU MANDIR TO HOST GOPIO INTERNATIONAL
Shri Vishnu Mandir Greytown is pleased to announce that as part of its centenary celebrations it will be hosting delegates from the internationally renowned GOPIO - the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin. This association was initially establish to fight against human rights violations of people of Indian origin living all over the world.
Now GOPIO has set its priorities in pooling resources, both financial and professional, to benefit the individuals and their families; the country in which they live; and India. GOPIO is a non-partisan, secular global organisation engaged in promoting the well being of people of Indian origin as well as enhancing co-operation and communication between Indians living in different countres.
In celebration of its centenary as well as commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa, Shri Vishnu Mandir Greytown will be hosting GOPIO delegates from Mauritius, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh at a function on Saturday 3rd April at 6 p.m. in the Brindhaven Hall, Cathcart Street.
Admission is free and the guests will be well entertained to an evening of professional dance and musical theatre. Supper will be served.
For further information please contact Mr P. Manobath on 072 735 221
Greytonians should listen to Lotus F.M on Sunday 28th March from 4 p.m. when there will be a live broadcast of the popular programme Bhakthi Sangeet from Shri Vishnu Mandir Greytown.
To be part of this historical event or for more information please contact Mrs Aheer on 082 415 7530
17 March 2010
Not guilty plea by Wartburger Hof killers
In November 2007 the entire district was horrified and angered at the senseless killing of wellknown Wartburger Hof couple, Siggi and Ingrid Schadle ... three men were arrested soon after in Umlazi .
In the Pietermaritzburg High Court last Monday, two men (the third died) pleaded not guilty to the murders of the couple during an attempted robbery with aggravated circumstances, and the attempted murder of the hotel chef, Max Haller.
Funokwakhe Nxwane and Muntukayise Ngubane both pleaded not guilty. Ngubane had been employed by the hotel in August 2006 but was dismissed in January 2007 as it was suspected he had stolen meat. Ngubane admitted that he had taken part in the plan to rob the couple but claimed that he had “specifically” told the rest of the gang not to shoot them.
Ngubane said that he, Nxwane and four others, two of whom were still on the run, one of whom had died, and one had turned State witness, had decided to rob the couple of their money. It is alleged that they had cased the hotel two days before the attack .
On the night of the 7th November, they had driven in two separate vehicles to the hotel to commit the robbery as planned. Two had remained outside to keep watch whilst Nxwane, Ngubane and two others had entered the premises.
Ngubane, who was familiar with the layout, went straight to the safe which he tried to open. The other three accosted Ingrid who was behind the front counter in the hotel foyer. She screamed, which alerted her husband Siggi who was in another room. He ran to assist her and as he did was shot in the head by one of the attackers. When Ingrid tried to press a security panic button at the desk she was shot in the chest.
Former hotel chef Max Haller, told the Court how he had heard his employer Ingrid screaming “no” just before a gunshot went off. Shots were fired at him but he escaped injury.
In his evidence Ngubane said “I heard gunshots and returned to the front counter,” where he claimed he saw one of his accomplices, Msizeni Biyela shoot both Siggi and then Ingrid.
Ngubane said that when he asked Biyela why he had shot the couple when he (Ngubane) had specifically told his accomplices not to shoot them -Biyela said that when Mrs Schadle had tried to press the panic button he had shot her. Ngubane confirmed that he had planned the robbery but said “we do not have to kill these people because they are old. The firearm will only be used to threaten them.”
After the shooting the four members of the gang then abandoned their robbery attempt and fled to the waiting vehicles outside.
Last week when accused Ngubane, who is believed to be a diabetic was not present due to ill health. Judge Kate Pillay, warned that she would not tolerate delays caused by deliberate misconduct and would if necessary, have Ngubane brought to Court on a stretcher if he did not take his medication. A note had been presented to the Judge stating that Ngubane was ill as he had not been taking his medication.
The case is continuing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court -Judge Kate Pillay is the presiding judge.
FUN FANCY DRESS RIDES AT NOODSBERG
Noodsberg Polocrosse Club held a very successful Valentine’s fancy dress fun ride at Windy Ridge Farm in Cramond on Saturday 13th February,
Over forty riders, both novice and experienced, took part in this amazing ride. Spectators and riders dressed up for the occasion, some outfits were outrageous, others simple and fun.
Prizes were plentiful much to the delight of the recipients and thanks must go to the generous sponsors ...aQuelle, Butchers Block Midlands Mall, Crafty Duck Village and Spa, Dalton Spar, Elegant Timeless Creations, Karkloof Canopy Tours, Northway Spar, Parklane Spar, Valley Homemade, Vuma Feeds, Windrush Stud amongst others.
A big thank too to Neil and Angie Raw and the grooms for giving up their time to plot the route and take care of the horses. Neil and Angie also kindly opened up their home to host the most enjoyable braai and prize giving.
For more information regarding sponsoring or participating in next years Fun Ride - which will be held last week of February 2011 contact Winonah on 033 569 1729 or 084 715 0975.
Bruce and Deline say goodbye
After 30 years of living in Seven Oaks and Greytown we are truly sad to be leaving this caring community where we have been so happy and have wonderful memories.
These include Bruce’s involvement with the Greytown cricket and golf clubs, as well as the Sages; his years as a Town Councillor; starting and running the successful Pakman business and farming ;and service with Rotary and Probus clubs; and Deline’s involvement with St James Church - for the past four years as a lay minister and with a Bible study group which has been such a blessing; as a member of Garden club; book club and Speakers’ Corner and with Rotary and Probus Clubs. So our lives have been active and fulfilling and it has been great fun.
We are now moving into retirement at Amber Valley and our new address is (from 19th March): 536 Amber Valley, 5 Red Chested Lane, Private Bag X30 Howick 3290. Telephone:033 239 5536.
We would love you to visit us, and you’ll always be welcome, so please keep in touch. We’ll be returning regularly to visit my mother, Mrs Olive Wilson, who is happily settled in Arcadia.
So au Revoir dear friends. We’’ll miss you.
With our love
Bruce and Deline Gifford.
GREYTOWN WATER SUPPLY
Water and the supply thereof, is possibly one of the most frequently discussed subjects by Greytonians. Umvoti Water Consumer committee is of the opinion that if water consumers knew more about the sources, supply, maintenance etc of this priceless commodity, they would understand the whys and wherefores of the problems of the past few years. So they have launched an education campaign -through the Greytown Gazette and all the schools .
Catchments are the basic source of water -for Greytown for Lake Merthley the main catchment is the area surrounding it. All activities within the watershed have an impact on its natural resources now and for the future.
Apart from 4 springs, rainwater runoff ends up in these watersheds, then works its way through the natural vegetation which acts as a natural water filter which feeds the Lake. The surrounding grasslands collect rain water;reduce immediate runoff and subsequent erosion; hold the water as ground water or in wetlands and slowly release it throughout the year through seepage zones etc.
Obviously polluted run off and inappropriate land use within the catchments impact directly on bulk water supply quality e.g. pollution from farms; industry; humans; animals; uncontrolled fires etc. Water pollution (i.e. unfit for consumption) is caused primarily by the seepage of contaminants into surface or groundwater.
The Lake is also surrounded by pine plantations, the land, owned by the Municipality and managed by Mondi.
Uthukela Water Greytown manager, Trevor Rajnarain summarizes activities over past two weeks as :
”Due to an aged reticulation network, Greytown loses a large percentage of its treated water to underground leaks. The aged pipes also cannot withstand the high pressures that they did in the past and so burst from time to time. UTW has therefore undertaken to actively monitor and manage the different pressure zones in the town. Zone pressures have been gradually reduced in order to reduce losses due to underground leaks and to avoid burst pipes. Pressure readings and flow rates are being monitored in order to understand and manage the system better. Valve intersections are being exposed in order to update reticulation maps and to manage flow better. Modifications are being made where necessary.”
It just looks so easy...
It looked so effortless and easy as floral artist talked and exhibited her way through elegant and excellent arrangements at the March meeting of Greytown Garden Club in the Senior Citizen’s hall.
Guest speaker was Lynn Clarke, a floral artist with an impressive curriculum vita. She has been president of various floral committees, takes part in numerous competitions, and a committee member of the Highway Garden Club.
Although it looked, one, two, three, a lot of planning and preparation needs to take place. Such as the designing and then sourcing the flowers, preparing them, listing what needs to be taken to a demonstration.
All in all a very interesting and enjoyable demonstration.
St Cathryn’s news
The Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug was played on Saturday 13 March in warm conditions. The golf results were hot
1st: JP Ackerman nett 63 o.c.o
2nd: P. Rommelspacher
3rd: Piet Coetzee nett 66
Nearest to the pin 9 / 18 : Paul Els
Captains putter : Marc Rommelspacher
Two clubs : Paul Els, Klaus Kluver, Liekie Steyn and JP Ackerman.
A visiting group of golfers from Riverside Club enjoyed a week-end at St Cathryn's, but played their own competition.
1st: Allan Leaver 39 points
2nd: Basie Coetzee 38 points
3rd: Chris du Plessis 37 points
Nearest to pin : on the 4th : Kay Holmes
on the 11th : Steve Hannox
Nearest to pin for 2 on the 8th : Trevor Hogg.
We thank them for their visit and look forward to their return later on in the year.
This Saturday our Associate Club, the University Golf Club will be hosting their Sanlam Cancer Challenge at St Cathryn's from 08h30 onwards.
On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March , TUTA Carriers Club Champs will take place. Please will all members wanting to play contact Piet. This will be a social week-end and all accommodation has been reserved for the members to use. To book for golf please contact Piet 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661, and to book for meals Paul 084 5966 292 or Tania 084 523 1144.
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!!!!
There is just no way round them ...public holidays that is. March and April have an overwhelming number of these which is great for anyone who can take off on long weekends. Unfortunately as far as the Greytown Gazette is concerned public holidays do not do away with deadlines ...they just seem to reduce drastically the time between deadlines and also become just another working day.
Early alerts for the up and coming public holidays are:
Monday 22nd March ( Human Rights Day falls on Sunday): This means deadlines for all advertisements, display and classified, 1 p.m. Friday. Deadline for copy, sports, school general reports etc is 10.30 a.m. on Monday 22nd -the Greytown Gazette office will be open till 1p.m.
Next set of public holidays is April and the Easter weekend. Here the advertising deadlines get even more decreased as the cut off time for the issue of Wednesday 7th April is Thursday 1st April at 1 p.m...and this is no April Fool’s day story either!
The Greytown Gazette will be open on Monday 5th April so sports, church, school, general reports and photographs can be dropped off or emailed for that issue with a cut off time of 12 noon.
Then April 27th is a Tuesday and its Freedom Day ...deadline details closer to the time...this is just an early alert!
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Winners of Wednesday Golf were S Clarke and R Aulfes on 37 points. Well done.
On Friday evening G Basel lost out on the attendance draw prize money. The next draw takes place on Friday, 19 March at 6.30pm; remember you have to be in attendance to win.
The winners of the golf event on Saturday were N Aheer on 64 points and J Crowe on 67 points. They played an individual Stableford format.
The MOTH Golf Day will take place on Saturday (20 March). The event is a 4BBB. Tee off from 11am.The R125 entry fee includes halftime refreshments and supper. Anyone interested in entering to contact the Club on 033 417 2441. The entry list is also up on the notice board. Please try to enter a four ball. We call on all golfers young and old to enter in support of this worthy cause. Hope to see a full field.
We are still looking for some second-hand children’s wooden tables and chairs, couches and beanbags. If you have anything that you would like to get rid of, we would gladly take it off your hands. The new floor in the “kiddies’ room” looks great - thank you Garry Schwartz.
Dates to diarise:
20 Mar - MOTH Golf Day
26 Mar - Happy Hour
3 Apr - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 & 11 Apr - Club Champs
ARMED ROBBBERS ASSAULT COUPLE
Four armed men assaulted, attacked and robbed Marti and Steve Wheeler at Imbabala Lodge in the Muden area last Thursday afternoon. Steve, who had major surgery a month ago was watching television at his home at 5.20 when the four, aged between 19 and 25 burst in. All four were armed and demanded money.
They forced him at gunpoint to the office where Marti was working. She was severely beaten in the face with a rock and kicked and punched.
On taking the cash and firearms, the attackers forced the couple outside into the bush, at gunpoint, threatening to kill them. Mrs Wheeler pleaded with the attackers not to kill them. They finally agreed, telling the couple to run...as they did the gunmen fired shots but fortunately all missed.
When the Wheelers managed to make their way back to the office they contacted a neighbouring farmer who came to their assistance. Mrs Wheeler is reported to be in a very serious condition as a result of the beatings.
Caption: This dramatic photograph was taken by Dr R. Kloppers outside Ladysmith round about 8 p.m. on the night of 10th March, as he was driving back to Greytown back from Mpumalanga. Dr Kloppers told the Greytown Gazette "as I got to Ladysmith the taxi coming from the opposite side burst into flames and exploded with one headlamp still on! I stopped, all the passengers got out safely, although some did try to grab their belongings from the burning vehicle. On downloading the pictures he had taken -he discovered that it was in fact a Greytown taxi... NUM12211.
10 March 2010
UMVOTI MAYOR ATTACKS GAZETTE EDITOR
The prime purpose of any community newspaper is to keep its readers informed - factually, honestly and comprehensively - about activities taking place in its community which could impact, both positively or negatively, on their lives. The Greytown Gazette is very proud of its reputation in this regard.
In the issue of 3 March, the front page article covered a special statutory meeting called by the Umvoti Municipality to discuss the “Umvoti Solar Energy project”. Representatives of a Chinese solar energy company, Tian Bao-PV, whom the Mayor, Councillor P. Ngubane, had met at the Energy Convention in Sandton last week, had flown down from Johannesburg to make a presentation. Councillors, amakhosi and government departments were invited to listen and to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding. However, Tian Bao wanted the Umvoti Municipality to import, market and promote its products for three years, at the end of which, if successful, it would consider setting up a factory in South Africa.
To put this in perspective, in 2002, and again in 2009, the current Mayor visited China, at Umvoti ratepayers’ expense, to convince Chinese investors to set up manufacturing companies in Umvoti, which has an exceptionally high rate of unemployment. Unfortunately, not one of the would-be investors, among the 20 who signed letters of intent in 2002, has materialised.
The press report questioned how signing up with Tian Bao would benefit Umvoti Municipality as the municipality would merely be an agent selling products and there would be no manufacturing generated to provide much-needed employment.
On Wednesday, having read the article, the Mayor phoned the Editor of Greytown Gazette, and aggressively abused and threatened her and the newspaper, twice telling her to “go to hell” before he slammed down the phone.
Obviously the Editor has taken strong exception to be sworn at and threatened in such a way.
Whether or not the Mayor is using this issue in an attempt to exonerate himself after his very costly trips to China, it is very regrettable that a man in his position, as the elected representative of the people, should resort to the level of threats and abuse that Councillor P. Ngubane did.
The Editor is obviously extremely upset at this unwarranted attack, which is why she is making it public.
When asked to comment on this attack, IFP Secretary General the Reverend Musa Zondi responded as follows:
”It was with shock and utter consternation that I read about the manner in which you were allegedly ill-treated by His Worship, the Mayor of Umvoti, Councillor P. Ngubane recently.I have not been able to raise the Mayor telephonically to discuss your complaint to me owing to commitments on his part. In such circumstances it is prudent and fair to observe the principle of audi alteram patem (let the other side be heard) before one is able to deal with the matter to its logical conclusion.
However, I wish to unreservedly apologise to you and to your readers on behalf of Inkatha Freedom Party for whatever embarrassment you suffered as a result of an altercation with Mayor Ngubane who, for all intents and purposes, is the face of the IFP in Umvoti.
Let me further assure you that it is not the policy and practice of the IFP to harass members of the public, let alone a highly placed member of a respected publication such as the Greytown Gazette.
My office will do everything in its power to investigate the matter and broker a meeting which will hopefully lead to an amicable solution as soon as possible.
Rev. Musa Zondi MP
IFP SECRETARY-GENERAL “
The Mayor was asked by the Greytown Gazette if he would like to comment on the above. However at the time of going to press no comment had been received from him.
MUDEN FARMERS TO MANAGE WATER THEMSELVES
Five years ago, Department of Water Affairs (DWA) together with a task team of raw water users in the Muden area, started working on a programme to transform the Muden Irrigation Board into the Muden Water User Association (WUA). A new consitution was drawn up and a proposal document requesting this change submitted to the Minister of Water Affairs Irrigation Board into what was gazetted on 15 September 2008 as the Muden Water Association. The establishment of the WUA was gazetted on 15th September 2008 ...it is a statutory body established under the National Water Act of 1998 and encourages raw water users, especially farmers to manage their own water. In brief the primary functions of the WUA are to operate at a restricted localized area, to undertake water related activities for the mutual benefit of water users and to exercise water management powers and duties as prescribed by its constitution and those delegated to it by the Minister of Water Affairs.
This institution directly affects raw water users abstracting from below Craigieburn Dam using the Umnyamvubu River to the junction with the Mooi River and continuing to the point entering the V20H catchment on the farm Hart 4917 through Muden to the Msinga boundary ending at the farm Impala 1853, extending to the east including the farm Hazerswoude 13110, to the south including the farm Scheepersdal 1798 and to the west ending on the farm Scheepershoek 2116 which is the total area of operation of the Muden WUA.
Muden WUA will be holding a general meeting on 16th March at 11 a.m. in the Zimbambeleni Hall for all raw water users who fall under the area described above. The WUA management committee will be present and the following issues discussed:
•Background transformation Muden Irrigation Board into Muden Water Users Association (WUA) and recap of its constitution: functions, membership, charges etc.
•Benefits and legal implications to water users.
Water users are urged to attend this very important meeting whether they are legal water users or not. This institution encourages pooling of resources for the benefit of all users through effective management of our scarce water resource.
Emerging farmers are also encouraged to attend the meeting as they will be given guidance on membership issues and funding that might be available to them.
For further enquiries please contact:
Ms Nqobile Makhathini
082 326 3350
Or Mr. Sibusiso Sikhosana
082 888 7079
FIREARM AMENSTY EXTENDED TO 11TH APRIL 2010
Amaphoyisa ase Greytown acela bonke abanikazi bezibhamu ukuba banikezele ngezi bhamu zabo abangasazidingi noma abanga sazisebenzisi ngaphambi komhlaka 11 April 2010.
A request is made by Greytown SAPS to all firearm owners to submit/hand in their unwanted or illegal firearms before 11th April 2010.
Plenty plants needed!
An amazing amount of work has been carried out at the new Umvoti Aids Centre situated on the old Visick Mill property and personnel are now moving into the refurbished offices...and next is a step down clinic and a children’s playground .
Greytown Garden Club has reponded positively to the request to assist in establishing the gardens at the new Centre and it is hoped, that even the not so knowledgeable gardeners come along to help .
I would like the garden to be indigenous and so am asking all who have plants or bulbs could be divided to bring them to our Centre.(or contact Greytown Garden Club president Lynda Drogemoller or Jen Cowie).
Plant examples are:
Aloes; Arums;Clivia ;Agapanthus ; Plectranthus; Gazania ;Wild Iris; Lobelia ;Salvias
Pelargonium; Stretitzia ;Felicia etc.
These are but a few of our wonderful indigenous plants that grow in this area..have not touched on the grasses, reeds or echeverias.
I do hope that many, many of you will avail yourselves and that we can all have a great time making our Aids Centre a beautiful place with beautiful gardens. Please come along and help us
UMVOTI AIDS CENTRE
MORE WATER PROBLEMS FOR GREYTOWN?
Greytown has been beset by water supply problems, mainly technical, for the past four years. Just when major work is being carried out another major problem is looming. Greytown’s bulk water supply is Lake Merthley supplemented, when required by boreholes and the “duckpond”. The Lake is dependent on the catchment area of 270 has. which consists of Midlands mistbelt grasslands and a not very big stream.
Way back in the 1980’s the then Greytown Municipality gave permission to several families to live there. This number has multiplied and there are now twenty households housing between them about 200 people. With the increase in “residents” the number of livestock has increased considerably. A recent (conservative) survey shows that there are 117 head of cattle; 236 goats and 40 sheep there.
Obviously this number of cattle in what used to be pristine mistbelt grassland, but is no longer because of overgrazing and out of season burning, will have an adverse and negative impact on the water supply. Overgrazing leads to the denuding of the grassland, which in turns results in rapid run-offs into the lake with lots of silt; little penetration into the water table and gradual release in times of drought.
But perhaps the most negative aspect of these animals is that they have access to the lake to drink and defecate in the water. In terms of legislation, no domestic livestock is allowed to drink from water sources intended fro human consumption.
In addition the catchement is home to at least five threatened plant species which are viewed on a regular basis by tourists and scientists. It is world famous as having the largest population of the rare Hilton daisies in KZN.
It is obviously vital, in view of the ongoing water problems that action be taken to prevent the Lake’s catchment area from being further damaged and diminished.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Office bearers for 2010 were appointed at the AGM on Wednesday, 3 March. We welcome A Norris, N Phillips, PG Mavundla and W Edkins to our management team. K Bartels is Chair. We are looking forward to a very successful year. B Pride, J Mason and C Edkins will remain on the committee for another year to ensure the smooth running of the Club. Richard, we are sorry to see you leave and thank you for all that you have done for the Club during your two year term as Chair. K du Plessis also left the team and we wish you all the best for the future.
Friday evening’s attendance draw prize money rolls over to next Friday, 12 March at 6.30pm. R200 is yours for the taking, but remember you have to be in attendance to win. Guy Platt lost out on the money at Friday’s draw.
Eleven golfers participated in our Mascor Monthly Mug golf competition on Saturday. Thank you for your support.
RESULTS: 1st - G Ngubane on 39 points (count out)
2nd - S Buthelezi on 39 points3rd - B Zuma on 38 points
Thank you to Mascor our loyal Monthly Mug sponsor. .
On Wednesday, 10 March Joanne will be offering another “Wednesday Special” a grilled calamari and hake combo served with savoury rice for only R40 per person. Specials served from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and all members are encouraged to bring a friend (non member) to come along and enjoy - bookings essential to avoid disappointment.
We are currently revamping our “Kiddies Room” and we need your help with some furniture ..if you have any wooden\plastic children’s tables and chairs or an old couch or bean bag we will gladly take it off your hands. Please phone Elmarie 033 417 2441 if you can help.
Dates to diarise:
10 March - Joanne’s Wednesday Special;20 March - MOTHS Golf Day.
FROM THE DITCH
A good crowd on Wednesday , and a good turnout for the Umvoti Agricultural Society on Friday augered well for bowls, and an even larger crowd enjoyed Saturday’s lovely weather to play social bowls. All present enjoyed the surprise visit of Alex and Baby Gevers -good to see both are doing so much better.
With the break in league matches for the time being lots of opportunities for home bowls...lots of spare bowls - just come along wearing flat shoes (and white clothing) and find out just how much fun it is to play this game!
Its quite a record for the 26th year running the classic B.A.Dowson invitation tournament will be held on 27th and 28th March with bowlers from all over the country. Twenty two teams have already entered -another two and its full house. Anyone who can offer accomodation for out of town bowlers please contact Bryan Paul on 033 413 2157.
There are the odd Boer war skirmisheds taking place on Fridays from 4 p.m. onwards - this is a great time for new bowlers to join in -always someone to welcome you there.
Best wishes to Sannie Balzer and Omo Dinkelman in the inter-provincial championship in Port Elizabeth.
Entry lists for the club championships are on the board mens and ladies singles over the weekends of 17/18 and semis and finals on 24/25 April.
MAYOR APPOINTED CHAIRMAN FOR S.A.
In a statement issued last Friday by the Umvoti Mayor’s office to the Greytown Gazette Umvoti Mayor, Councillor P.Ngubane announced that the Asia-Pacific CEO Association Worldwide through its Executive Chairman Zheng Xiongwei had appointed His Worship the Mayor,Cllr.Ald.PM Ngubane to be the Chairperson of South Africa Branch,Asia-PAcific CEO Association Worldwide.
The Mayor states:”we view this as a historic occasion and His Worship the Mayor is excited on his role that will help create much exposure and allow the investment opportunities to flourish in Umvoti and surrounding areas.”
The Association is an international one with branches in many countries. Further information can downloaded from the Association’s website:www.apceo.us
3 March 2010
WILL THIS CREATE MUCH NEEDED JOBS IN UMVOTI?
There was an atmosphere of excited expectation ...a special statutory meeting called last Friday afternoon by the acting Municipal Manager with one agenda item only “Umvoti Solar Energy project.”
The meeting was to consider signing a Memorandum of Understanding to take the project to the next level. So Councillors, Inkosi, representatives of Department of Health, Agriculture, Social Development, SASSA, and others were all invited. Focal point were Ms Emma Du, president and Mr Sunny Wu, executive VP of the firm Tian Bao whom the Mayor, Councillor Petros Ngubane, acting Municipal Manager CFO Mr S.Ndabandaba and Manager engineering services Mr S. Malinga, had met earlier in the week at the Energy Indaba in Sandton. To put this meeting in perspective ...in August last year, the Mayor, accompanied by the CFO flew to China, at the expense of ratepayers, to sell Umvoti to investors there. Ratepayers will probably recall that in 2002 the Mayor also went to China at their expense. He claimed then that it was worth it from the point of view of future development by Chinese investors; that twenty companies were interested in Umvoti having signed letters of intent. Unfortunately its now eight years later and those investors have still not materialised in Umvoti in form whatsoever.
Now six months after China trip number two, Umvoti residents were still awaiting a full report and eagerly waiting details of the anticipated investors..that is until Friday. But at Friday’s meeting with Tian Bao the Mayor said actually the Umvoti delegation had unfortunately not met up with this firm in China but in Sandton. But as Mr Wu had read about Umvoti he was very keen to visit Greytown and so the meeting had been arranged with Ms Du and Mr Wu flying to Durban where they were fetched and brought to Greytown.
One of the major problems in Umvoti is the very serious lack of employment opportunities. If the expectation generated by the Mayor and his officials in regard to this firm could materialize they would be met with much joy and enthusiasm. Mr Wu, who was the spokesman as Ms Du only spoke Chinese, said that the company manufactured, marketed and developed solar PV and solar thermal products on a large scale. With the cost of electricity soaring acting MM, Mr Ndabandaba said that Umvoti would be on the map as the first municipality in the country to bring solar power to thousands in the rural areas who were not on the electricity grid and, if they were, would not be able to afford the high costs...Tian Bao and its solar energy products could solve this.
A big stumbling block however - Mr Wu submitted that he would want Umvoti Municipality to promote and market the solar energy products for three years. If this was successful, the company would consider setting up a factory... but not necessarily in Umvoti. From a business point of view - the Municipality would just be an agent selling products ...no manufacturing involved. But and unfortunately it is a large but. A quick search on the internet showed up a number of queries in regard to Tian Bao which need to be answered. Mr Wu was asked as to why the vital SGS certification, which had expired in 2007, has not been renewed; why the ISO registration had not been updated ; why the products are not registered with the SABS etc. However the Mayor pointed out that it was not a statutory meeting of Council but a presentation -the ANC representative present refused to sign the memorandum of understanding as it was apparent that what was on the table was a trading not manufacturing opportunity.
Perhaps the most important facet overall - is how many jobs would be created in Umvoti if the Council did link up with this firm.
However the evening did conclude on a festive note for all the invited guests as Umvoti Council hosted food and entertainment for those there.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Throughout the world on Friday 5th March women will gather in different churches to observe this day for the eightieth year . In Greytown the interdenominational service will take place in St James Anglican Church at 5 p.m. with the international theme “Let everything that has breath praise God.”
Women’s World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action,faithful held on the first Friday in March each year
Cameroon is the “host” country this year.The service is written by a different country each year and that country then becomes the focus of the world’s prayers on the day itself, which begins as dawn breaks over the islands of Tonga in the Pacific and continues across each continent until the last services are held back in the Pacific, on the islands of Samoa, circling the world in prayer for 36 hours.
As this is an interdenominational service, it is hoped that women from all churches in Umvoti will be at the special world day of prayer service on Friday.
NGUNI FESTIVAL 2010
Following on the great success of the first Nguni Festival organised by Greytown High School last year it has has been decided to make it a two day event this year. GHS principal Mr J. Scholtz announced that it will take place on Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th October.
Considerable interest is already being shown and a number of stallholders, who were there last year, and new ones have already booked their stands.
Organiser Dederick Swart told the Greytown Gazette that this year would be bigger and better with more arena events. Features being lined up include a merry go round fair;petting zoo;potjiekos competition and two wellknown entertainment groups to perform on the Friday and Saturday nights.
This a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy as well as giving welfare,clubs, churches, schools, craftspeople etc a wonderful chance to fund raise .
For further information please phone Greytown High School on 033 413 2146
CASUAL DAY UPDATE
Casual Day exceeded all expectations by raising over R17.7 million for persons with disabilities in the 2009 campaign.
This amount was the result of every R10 donation made by South Africans country wide that wore a Casual Day sticker on 4 September last year.
The amount was made public and celebrated at the Casual Day Show and Tell functions hosted across South Africa.
The funds will be distributed to the following 6 national beneficiaries:
•The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA
•SA Federation for Mental Health
•Deaf Federation of SA (Deafsa)
•SA National Council for the Blind
“All proceeds will be distributed during the month of February. These funds will be used to provide additional resources, assist with daily operations and ongoing maintenance of more than 400 local NGO’s affiliated to the 6 National Beneficiaries of the project. Thank you to all South Africans for your generosity and support. Your contributions have managed to ease the challenges faced by individuals living with disabilities,”
This year Casual Day encourages people to “dress for laughs”. Wear something funny, ravishing or utterly ridiculous. As long as you wear you Casual Day sticker to show your support for persons with disabilities.
Do the right thing and make sure that YOU wear your Casual Day sticker on Friday, 3 September.
PET KILLERS COULD BE MURDERERS
PET KILLERS COULD BE MURDERERS!
A lethal poison is being illegally distributed and used by irresponsible people to poison domestic pets-to date 7 cases have been reported to the Greytown Gazette in the past week. Apart from the trauma suffered by these pets and their owners, there is the ever present danger that a toddler could pick up the poisoned item and would die. Every parent knows that no matter what -it goes into the mouth .
Two kittens, who were owned by a couple in York Street went missing late last year at different times. Despite an intense search the first was not found until last week. The body of the second kitten was found 24 hours after he went missing and the distraught owner took it to a local vet for a post mortem and lab analysis.
In the analysis from the Veterinary Pathology Services it is stated that the test was positive for the carbamate pesticide “Aidcarb” -known as Temik or “Two-step and more poisonous than arsenic. One teaspoon is enough to kill a grown rhino!
Temik is widely used as a pesticide on crops and falls into the super-toxin class .The Department of Agriculture controls the qualification of operators and strict registration.
This product can only be purchased by a qualified pesticide operator. It is regarded as an extremely effective product sold in the agricultural market but obviously somewhere in this market in Umvoti, people are obtaining the product and making use of it illegally. It is obviously essential that any qualified operator ensures that his stock is under lock and key,controlled and monitored at all times.
There is a widespread illegal distribution and use of these products because legal users are not conforming to the strict requirements but also the sale of Temik as a “domestic rat poison” at bus and taxi depots. Adicarb poisoning results in”twisting of guts, while dying in agony.”
Over the weekend, Greytown SPCA were informed of the death of two Alsatians by poisoning. In both cases of the kittens and the dogs, Police cases have been opened in order to track down where the poison originated and how such an illegal substance came into the hands of unauthorised people.
JUNIOR BASS FISHERMEN TO THE FORE
Older bass fishermen will be looking to their laurels at the 7th New Hanover farm dams bass competition to be held on Saturday 13th March.Open to juniors and seniors, a special junior bass fishing clinic has been arranged for Saturday 6th March at 1.45 p.m..- meet at the New Hanover Prep School swimming pool.
Enthusiastic young anglers will be taught about equipment, how to look after tackle, rod etc; how to tie fishing knots ; most important of all how to catch that big bass and have lots of fun. Juniors, between 9 and 13 years old need to take along a fishing rod, reel with line and pay R50 for the clinic
This is a wonderful opportunity for young boys and girls to become proficient enough in these skills to land the winner at the competition!
For the clinic email name, age and school to email@example.com or fax 086 519 7161.
For the competition on the 13th entry is R90 for seniors and R60, juniors. Registration will take place from 5.30 a.m. at Torwoodlea farm dam.
To pre-register check the website:www.newhanover.co.za or phone:Jurgen:082 785 8166 or Cliff on 082880 7088.
readers write BETTER LATE THAN NEVER????
On Friday morning 26 February I received a call from a lady who informed me that she was phoning from Uthukela Water. She wished to learn whether the water leak that I had reported had been repaired. Initially I was taken aback! Bemused, may have been the best way to describe it! I had no immediate recollection of a recent water leak! The lady to her credit repeated the question, having noted caution in my voice. “Has the water leak in Scott Street been repaired?” she asked again, “do you live in Scott Street?” was the follow up.
I consider myself to be a conservationist and am especially quick off the mark in reporting water leaks. After all, if Greytown were to run out of water I’d have to drink my tipple neat! Over the years I must have made 50 or so calls to the Greytown 911 Control Room to report water leaks.
Back to my telephone conversation! It suddenly dawned on me to ask the question, “when was the leak reported?” – to which the caller replied – “the 6th February!”
The idea of a follow-up to ensure that the leak had been repaired is a good one but I am afraid that it is FAR TOO LATE! Heaven knows, Lake Merthley could have run dry by that time! The call to me was made 20 days after the event!
Captured ...after two years
Wanted on charges of murder,Sanele Khuzwayo who had escaped from the Dalton Police cells in October 2008 was re-arrested by Dalton SAPS on 26th February in a panel beating shop in the Tongaat area. Khuzwayo will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court this week. He will also face charges of escaping from lawful custody and theft as well as arson and malicious damage to property.
On the 11th October 2008, Police on duty opened the cell doors to allow the prisoners into the courtyard. Khuzwayo and another prisoner, punched Constable Mchunu in the face while other prisoners held her down and Khuzwayo grabbed the cellkeys.
With another prisoner Ngcobo, they opened the second cell to allow the prisoners to run out. Another Constable heard the commotion and fired warning shots while telling the prisoners to lie down. However Khuzwayo and Ngcobo managed to escape in the ensuing chaos. The body of one of the prisoners, 18 year old Mfana Kwamanda was discovered in one of the cells.It was later established that the two escapees had had an argument with the dead men, overpowered and assaulted him and planned their escape when they realised he was dead.
Ngcobo and Khuzwayo were awaiting trial prisoners on several counts of arson, theft, malicious damage and housebreaking.
JES FOORD HAS AMAZING IMPACT
Current statistics reveal that one in three women in South Africa could become victims of rape; that every 26 seconds someone in this country is raped; that over 90% of rapes are not reported;that even if more were, the follow up and prosecution rate is appallingly low.
Jes Foord, rape survivor and motivational speaker, who spoke in Greytown last Friday, shook a lot of people, but also inspired even more. Down to earth about her ordeal her message is be positive, move forward. The choice is always up to the individual ...either remain a victim or be a survivor.
Jes Foord was brought to Greytown by St Theodore’s Catholic Church as a very innovative fund raiser. Thanks to PANNAR sponsorship over 600 schoolchildren heard her message on Friday afternoon. Jes said she was amazed at the huge turn out and pointed out that a number of school children had come to her afterwards and told of how they had been raped.
At the meeting in the evening at the Greytown Country Club, also sponsored by PANNAR, Jes referred to the work being down in this regard by Umvoti AIDS Centre and urged those present to become involved.
HELP ZODWA TO A POSITIVE FUTURE
Laughter, talk, play and lots of love were all part of her life up to the age of two...but then her whole life changed and all that Zodwa Buthelezi has had for the past eight years is lots and lots of love and care.
Meningitis struck when she was two and left her both deaf and dumb. In 2006 her mother and since then she has been lovingly cared for by her sister, Thuli,who is a Grade 11 learner at Buhlebuyeza High School. Thuli is the prime carer.She also receives lots of support from the Umvoti Aids Centre social workers.
Zodwa has been under the care of Lee Tacon, the audiologist at Greytown Hospital who told the Greytown Gazette that the young girl has been accepted by Kwathinda Deaf School in Durban but needs to have hearing aids fitted first.
In order to have this done, Zodwa first of all needs to be assessed as to the exact status of her hearing. This can be done at the UKZN Westville campus and an appointment has been made for the 8th March.
But there are some costs involved - the test is R100 and the cost of transport, which will be provided by Umvoti AIDS Centre is about R400. The Greytown Gazette is appealing to members of the public to help with donations and thus enable Zodwa to be educated and trained to play a positive role in her community.
Donations can be handed in at the Greytown Gazette office for processing