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27 October 2010
NGUNI FESTIVAL IS ALL GO!!
After months of planning the Nguni Festival is happening this weekend -from Friday to Sunday. Join in with the crowds taking part in a wide range of activities for all ages and all interests. Meet up with friends -take the family along for a special outing
Support the many stallholders from Greytown and surrounding areas ...and enjoy a tasty selection of foods and refreshments. There is also art on display in the tea tent.
Nguni Festival starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and will end on Sunday 31st at 2 p.m. -there is a church service on the school grounds at 9 a.m. on Sunday and all are invited to attend .
Among the many highlights -on Friday
3 p.m.: St Davids Fun run
and on Saturday:
9.a.m stalls open
12 noon: Helicopter drop
5p.m. Big screen Currie Cup finals
There will be arena events throughout the day.
SUPER SQUASH SEASON
Greytown Squash league players looking smart in their Mascor
IT'S RAINING, BUT NOT POURING
It happening but almost drop by drop. The long awaited Spring rains have finally arrived - although in moderation and over a month late.
To date for the month of October 67.6 mm has been recorded by the PANNAR Seed Research Department. This total is still way off October 2009 when 155 mm was recorded but the month still has 6 days to go so here’s hoping!
Lake Merthley is 66.16% full and 1.3m below the wall.
Greytown Gazette publishes a monthly Shadow Column listing events to take place throughout the year. Main objective is to notify the public of what is scheduled to take place, or about to, and to avoid,as far as possible, “double dating” -that is two events on the same day which could create problems not only for the organisers but also the public.
An appeal therefore to all schools, Churches, ngo’s, sports bodies, clubs etc. to sbmit dates and event details to the Greytown Gazette for publication.
Please note this a FREE service to the community.
6th:Monthly Mug Greytown
9th:SAGES golf Greytown
20th:Umvoti Tyres golf Greytown
26th:Wembley JP Graduation
27th:Wartburg Xmas market
4th:Monthly Mug Greytown
7th:Carol evening Wembley
15th:Christmas issue Greytown Gazette
13th: First issue Greytown Gazette
19th: Schools open for 1st term
RESTORING ROUND TABLE?
Round Tablers of Burg 167 recently collected groceries and toys and donated which they donated to Greytown Children’s Home. All in a day’s work for Round Table? “Not quite”...comments Burg 167 chairman George van Vuuren stating that with the positive hype created by the re-chartering of Douglas Round Table last year, Drakensberg Area Council has been talking about those tables in the area which have closed in recent years and the possibility of getting them started up again.
With that in mind, Burg 167 has informally and unofficially decided to start paving the way to stir some interest in the Greytown community by bringing the Round Table brand back into the public eye .
George said “ It is our hope that our activities in Greytown will spark a flame and maybe result in the resurrection of a once great Table! Watch this space... we may have something exciting to report in the near future.”
MURDER, FRAUD...AND ARRESTS
A gunman fired six shots at 29 year old Sibonelo Dumakude as he and a friend were waiting on the side of Mackwaca Road for a taxi on Tuesday 19th October early in the morning.
According to reports, the two were approached by two unknown men, one of whom produced a firearm and fired multiple shots at Dumakude who was hit in the head and hip. His friend managed to get away and alerted the Police.Police found six spent 9mm cartridges on the scene.
Motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective W/O Wanda on 033 413 9034 or 082 528 5412.
In a positive breakthrough Msinga Police arrested a suspect two days after yet another motiveless killing in which 70 year old Ncelaphi Mkhize was shot dead and her 80 year old sister Ntombizethu Mkhize seriously wounded. It was reported that an unknown gunman had shot them in their home in the Msinga area on the night of Wednesday 20th October. Apparently the two sisters were asleep when the door was kicked open and the attacker fired multiple shots at the two -then ran off. Acting on informaiton received the Police arrested a 21 year old man, Khumbulani Ngubane who appeared in Msinga Magistrate’s Court on Monday. An unlicensed R5 rifle was found in his possession.
Ntombizethu is reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.
A gang, impersonating Police, were literally “caught on the job” by an alert W/O Wanda when they tried to rob Moses Msomi of R6 000 cash two weeks ago. Msomi who had withdrawn the money from Standard Bank, was at the corner of Cathcart and Maitland Streets when he was approached by four people, one of whom claimed to be Police officer. The four, two males and two females, accused him of having stolen the money -pushed him into a white Golf, regisration NUZ 2315 and grabbed the cash.
Fortunately W/O Wanda who was in the area had seen what was happening and called for backup -the four were arrested after a 6 km chase. Ndumiso Magubane. Paulos Mahaye, Lindiwe Ngcobo and Busisiwe Mhlongo appeared in Greytown Magistrate’s Court on 18th October on charges of Common robbery and impersonating a Police officer - the case was remanded
Any members of the public who have experienced a similar incident are asked to contact W/O Wanda .
An anonymous caller reported to the Greytown Police that an individual, driving a white Golf with ND registration, was recruiting people for employment after they had paid over money and given a copy of their CV.
One person told the Police he had paid R400 to the suspect who had said he would get him a job.
A man was arrested, falsely identifying himself as Ayanda Dlamini -he appeared in Court on the 10th October under his real name of Jonathan Peterson on charges of fraud. The case was remanded to 26th October.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stop on the Toll Free number at 08600 10111.
Gas thieves blown!
Following on a report to Control 911 from a member of the public that he had seen two men running along the street with gas bottles, Field Reaction personnel were alerted. They caught the two-it was later revealed that the two, plus a third man, had been involved in a spate thefts from vehicles, taking batteries from trucks, gas bottles and radios etc.
Together with the the SAPS Reaction Unit the three suspects were taken into custody and will appear in the Greywon Magistrate’s Court this week.
An appeal to any members of the public who have items stolen from their vehicles or yards to report such thefts to the Police.
URGENT!!! RIVER RESCUE REQUIRED
Once upon a time the Greytown river flowed freely from Lake Merthley snaking its way down the edges of the town, Enhlalakahle, through farms before cascading into Umvoti River and eventually the ocean. It was clean and sparkling - children played safely and swam as did adults -there were even fish to be caught. But no longer.
But two community minded gentlemen, living in France, Emerald Myaka and Bhekani Khanyile dream of the return of the Greytown River. They’ve formed “France Down West” with the aim of bringing about community awareness of and education on the importance of the environment.They have drawn up an assessment of the entire stretch emphaisising that the cleanliness of “our rivers is in our hands.” They believe that the future development of the young is dependent on a healthy secure environment free of pollution; they believe that the community, and in particular the children must be educated to be aware of the vital importance of keeping the river clean and moving and not dumping rubbish or sewerage just anywhere.
Referring to the river as “Nyokane Y-sharp “ stream, they suggest a programme of community involvment .
In setting up a programme of rehabilitation and education the two and would like to encourage, in addition to the community and schools, any Government, local or civil organisations; churches; ngo’s etc to become involved in some way.
It is hoped that the Departments of Water;Environment; Agriculture will become involved by drawing up a master plan to rescue and restore the Greytown River.There are many such programmes in operation throughout the country and it is hoped that this one will be picked up and guidance given to implement this vital river rescue.
On a brief tour of the worst spots last week it was clear that urgent and immediate action needs to be taken :
* In Lindelani where an enormous above ground rubbish dump has grown on the banks of the river, which is blocked with trash. The stench of sewerage is overpowering.Zwelilhle Mkhize spokesman for the residents, said that there were no toilet facilities; they are not supplied with orange bags by the Municipality; rubbish pits have been dug but not used.
*Below the old cemetery the river is again blocked with trash and trees which have been felled and just left there to block the flow.
*At the pedestrian bridge between France and the township -animal carcasses and trash pollute the river. Vandals have also stolen the steel hand rails.
*Right at the end of France, a “swimming” pool is used by the youngsters who happily play in the seriously polluted river water unaware of the dangers.
*On just one of the farms just outside the town, the river bubbles and water scooped from it has weird flotations...and no life.
Whilst it is essential that members of the community be involved in all aspects it is equally essential and urgent for a master overall plan to be drawn up so that concerted positive action can be put into operation by the community.
Suggestions please to Emerald Myaka ( 078 729 3879 ) or Bhekani Khanyile (072 864 3632) or the Greytown Gazette.
Tribute to Jurgen Greve (Contributed)
Jűrgen Greve died on Sunday 17th October after a short but intense bout of cancer. His death, at the age of 67, came as a great shock to his family, all who knew and loved him. Jűrgen was a big, strong, gentle, compassionate and humble man. With his intense interest in the natural world and a passion for conservation, was known and admired by many. The Hermannsburg and Greytown communities will miss him .
Jűrgen was enrolled at Hermannsburg School in 1957 and matriculated in 1960, His schooling was followed by a B.Sc. Degree and a Teaching Diploma at Pretoria University. In 1968 after a short spell of teaching at Ladysmith, Jűrgen was appointed to the post of Biology teacher at Hermannsburg. Jűrgen viewed this appointment as his calling, and spent the rest of his professional career at HMB as teacher and Deputy Headmaster. During his 39 years of dedicated tutelage pupils achieved great success, not only academically in Biology and related subjects, but as part of the School Nature Club and its various conservation activities, including the popular WESSA Environmental Quiz. His love for our local flora got him involved in the propagation and planting of numerous indigenous trees and other plants on the school campus, around the estate, and around Umvoti. He identified the need for the protection of our beautiful wild flowers, leading to the proclamation of the Hermannsburg wild flower reserve and it’s registration as a Site of Conservation Significance.
While Jűrgen was teaching he served on the committee of the Umvoti branch of WESSA and always enjoyed meeting like-minded people. He took the school’s nature club on innumerable outings all over the province. Shortly before he retired club members he arranged trips to Botswana and Mozambique -these amazing field trips will always remain in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to participate.
“Gravel”, as he was known by generations of pupils, was without a doubt an inspirational educator!
Jűrgen retired from teaching at the end of 2007 and soon found himself in demand as an expert guide when overseas visitors came to our area. He qualified and registered formally as a tour guide with the relevant authorities and thoroughly enjoyed the tours he led down into the beautiful Tugela Valley, and to view the dramatic scenery at “The Kop” and uNtunjambili. His passion for our local biodiversity and his interest in geology and the topography of the area was infectious.
Jűrgen’s passing leaves a huge gap in the lives of very many people, as a family man, friend, teacher, mentor and member of the community. He was a man of principles, an inspiration and an anchor to so many.
Our sincere sympathy goes to Anita, Michelle and Sonja.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB
The winner of Wednesday Golf was Chris Odendaal on 39 points; J Crowe took second place on 38 points.
C Johnson lost out on the attendance draw prize money. Remember you have to be present to win. Happy Hour has been postponed until next week Friday (5 Nov) due to the Nguni Festival taking place this weekend.
The Wembley Golf Day is on Saturday 6 November. The format is a 4-Ball Alliance with two scores to count. Entry is R150 per player and it includes halftime tea and lunch\supper. There will be a morning and afternoon field. Please phone Elmarie on 033 417 2441 to enter. There will be lots of prizes up for grabs so please support this event.
December is fast approaching and the bookings are filling up, please remember to book the PANNAR Lounge for your year-end functions.
Dates to diarise:
Fri 5 Nov - Happy Hour
Sat 6 Nov - Wembley Golf Day
Sat 13 Nov - Mascor Monthly Mug
Sat 20 Nov - Umvoti Tyres Golf Day
For collectors of odd snippets of information to fill an akward pause in any conversation the following October events could be of interest:
October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford’s Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.
October 2, - Political and spiritual leader Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948) was born in Porbandar, India. He achieved worldwide fame for his devout lifestyle and nonviolent resistance which ended British rule over India. He was assassinated by a religious fanatic in the garden of his home in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.
October 3, 1990 - After 45 years of Cold War division, East and West Germany were reunited as the Federal Republic of Germany.
October 4, 1582 - The Gregorian Calendar took effect in Catholic countries as Pope Gregory XIII issued a decree stating the day following Thursday, October 4, 1582, would be Friday, October 15, 1582, correcting a 10-day error accumulated by the Julian Calendar. Britain and the American colonies adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752.
October 4, 1957 - The Space Age began as the Russians launched the first satellite into orbit. Sputnik I weighed just 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days. The remarkable accomplishment by Soviet Russia sent a shockwave through the American political leadership resulting in U.S. efforts to be the first on the moon.
October 6, 1927 - The first “talkie” opened in New York. The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson was the first full-length feature film using spoken dialogue.
October 8, 1871 - The Great Fire of Chicago erupted. According to legend, it started when Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. Over 300 persons were killed and 90,000 were left homeless as the fire leveled 3.5 square miles, destroying 17,450 buildings. Financial losses totaled over $200 million.
.October 8, 1993 - The U.N. General Assembly lifted economic sanctions against South Africa following the end of racial apartheid. The sanctions had been imposed since the 1960s.
October 12, 1492 - After a 33-day voyage, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in the Bahamas. He named the first land sighted as El Salvador, claiming it in the name of the Spanish Crown. Columbus was seeking a western sea route from Europe to Asia and believed he had found an island of the Indies. He thus called the first island natives he met, ‘Indians.’
October 13, 54 A.D. - Roman Emperor Claudius died after eating mushrooms poisoned by his wife, the Empress Agrippina.
October 16, 1793 - Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. She was the wife of King Louis XVI and had become the symbol of the people’s hatred for the old regime due to her extravagance and frivolity. According to legend, she responded, “Let them eat cake,” when told poor people had no bread.
October 24, 1945 - The United Nations was founded.
October 28, 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from the people of France commemorating the French-American alliance during the American Revolutionary War. Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the entire structure stands 300 feet (92.9 meters) tall. The pedestal contains the words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
October 28, 1919 - Prohibition began in the U.S. with the passage of the National Prohibition (Volstead) Act by Congress. Sales of drinks containing more than one half of one percent of alcohol became illegal. Called a “noble experiment” by Herbert Hoover, prohibition last nearly 14 years and became highly profitable for organized crime which manufactured and sold liquor in saloons called speakeasies.
October 29, 1929 - The stock market crashed as over 16 million shares were dumped amid tumbling prices. The Great Depression followed in America, lasting until the outbreak of World War II.
October 31, 1517 - Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s palace church, denouncing the selling of papal indulgences and questioning various ecclesiastical practices. This marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain concluded. Beginning on July 10, 1940, German bombers and fighters had attacked coastal targets, airfields, London and other cities, as a prelude to a Nazi invasion of England. British pilots in Spitfires and Hurricanes shot down over 1,700 German aircraft while losing 915 fighters. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” declared Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
October 31, 1941 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years of work. The memorial contains 60-foot-tall sculptures of the heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - representing America’s founding, political philosophy, preservation, and expansion and conservation.
WORLD DIABETES DAY - 14TH NOVEMBER
Diabetes affects an alarming two million South Africans and compounding this fact is that few prospective sufferers are aware that the lifestyle they lead places them at risk -they are the overweight; do little or no exercise and also those who have a family history of diabetes. Diabetes can both be avoided and if not, managed.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes stems from an absolute insulin deficiency occasioned by damage to the Islets of Langerhans, where insulin is produced. Insulin injections, together with a healthy balanced diet and exercise, are important components of treatment. In Type 2 diabetes the pancreas is still able to produce insulin, which, however, is sometimes not effectively secreted when required.
Typical symptoms include: Blurred eye vision; Frequent passing of urine, especially at night; Always tired / low energy level; a sudden weight loss, without specific reason, by an overweight individual;
- cuts and bruises taking a longer time than is customary to heal; and constant excessive thirst.
Nutrition and diabetes guidelines:Eat three balanced meals a day – a fist-size portion of low glycaemic index starch, a low fat protein portion and two servings of vegetables/salad; meals should be even-sized and consumed at about the same time of the day.-: include low GI foods like durum wheat pasta, baby potatoes, mealies, bran cereal, etc, but control the portions.
Avoid refined sugars such as sugar, honey, energy drinks etc and increase the use of fibre rich starch products.
Include lean proteins and poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats like olive oil in meals.
Include at least five servings of fresh vegetables, salad and/or fruit in your daily diet. Limit yourself to three fruits a day.
Make water your preferred drink and limit the use of fruit juices. Dilute fruit juices with water 1:1 if it is drunk with meals.
Use low fat cooking methods – steam, bake and grill rather than frying food.
Use salt sparingly. Rather experiment with fresh herbs to add flavour to foods.
Limit the use of alcohol. Discuss with your medical practitioner.
Source: Regiestered Dietician and consultant Compass Group: Mariana Davel
Diabetes sufferers are advised to consult a dietician or Association for Dietetics South Africa for an individual meal plan.
20 OCTOBER 2010
...bringing joy and delight to the children of Philani creche and Khayalmi, PANNAR’s Finance Department personnel spent last Friday painting, laying carpets, redecorating, making posters, hanging curtains ...you name it they did it! This fantastic”make a change” team effort was undertaken in lieu of attending a conference and apart from their time and contributions local businesses and individuals helped too.
CHRISTMAS MAIL DEADLINES
Believe it not it's just a short 67 days to Christmas which means deadlines for overseas Christmas mail are rapidly approaching. For those who do not send cyber greetings but the good old fashioned cards and letters the following apply for surface and sea mail:
1st November:Tristan da Cunha; Australia; South America; USA and Canada; Far East and Asia.
12th November: Seychelles; Comoros; Mauritius; England; Europe; Middle East and North America.
26th November: New Zealand; Ivory Coast; Ghana; Congo; Senegal; Cameroon; Nigeria; Gabon; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda; Burundi; Rwanda; Madagascar; Angola, Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Zambia and Zimbabwe.
10th December: Botswana; Lesotho and Swaziland.
Deadline for airmail to the above; 3rd December.
DAISIES...BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
The few stalwart Garden Club members who ventured to Lake Merthley for the October meeting were treated to a very informative interesting talk and spectacular slides of the severely endangered Hilton Daisy.
Isabel Johnson, who is preparing her doctoral thesis on the topic of this rare plant spends a great deal of her time in the mist-belt grasslands of Umvoti studying the isolated but reasonably healthy populations in the district. An important and vital fact which Isabel emphasized was that, if tempted to illegally dig one of these striking plants out of the veld - DON’T! Not only is it a criminal offence to do so, but Hilton Daisies simply do not survive in a garden situation without the soil pathogens, pollinators and other elements they require to grow. Garden or pot conditions are a death knell for plants taken from the wild.
After a tea and delicious eats provided by the ladies on tea duty members were treated to a “botanizing” ramble through the Wildflower Reserve during which numerous questions were answered, Hilton daisies much admired and a plethora of striking or dainty grassland plants identified.
Members are reminded that the November meeting on Tuesday 9 November is the Christmas meetingwhich will be held at the home of Ian and Louise Hill -this is the last meeting of the year.
This week we will continue with the discussion on Angina. There are two types of Angina. Stable and unstable angina. This clasiffication is based on the severity of the disease. Stable angina involves either retrosternal chest pain happening when someone exercises or is involved in some other form of strenous activity. It is said to be crushing in nature and is releaved by rest or by taking a TNT tablet. The pain is due to a spasm in the blood vessel of one of the arteries supplying the heart. When this happens , much like one gets pain say in the muscle when he has sat in one position for too long then also there is pain in the muscle then also there is such pain in the heart.
Unstable angina,which is the more severe type of disease occurs when an atheromatous plague ( more like a fat pad that grows in the artery over time ) in the artery and the resulting clot then causes there to be narrowing in the blood vessel leading to a compromise in the bloodflow to a specific part of the heart. When this happens that part of the muscle starts to get injured and there are chemicals n that are released into the blood stream leading to there being a rise in their concentration in the blood stream. Based on the extent of blockage of the blood vessel there is then a further classification , NSTEMI AND STEMI.What do these terms mean? NSTEMI means there is no ST segment elevation in the ECG. Whilst STEMI which is the more severe form of the condition, means that there is ST elevation on the ECG.
However there is also the STEMI type that involves the increase in the production of these chemicals that are released into the blood stream meaning that the injury has been siugnifacant and thus there is also ST elevation in the ECG. The management is antiplatelet drugs, anticoagulants, nitrates, β-blockers, and, for STEMI, emergency reperfusion via fibrinolytic drugs, percutaneous intervention, or, occasionally, coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
The take home note from this discussion is that when such chest pains start, call an ambulance quickly for it to get you to the hospital, remember accountants say time is money whilst cardiologists say that time is muscle-the sooner you get help the better.
Dr Madoda Mkhize
MISSING MAN FROM WARTBURG
A young man Ferdinand Carl Kieck has been missing since Wednesday 6th October when he left Wartburg to visit his mother in Pinetown. The 22 year old was driving his white Ford Bantam, registration NN 39429, -the name “Betty” is painted on the tailgate of the bakkie.
His mother, Ingrid, who lives in Pinetown said that her son had gone to his flat, which he shares with a cousin in Wartburg, loaded his washing basket in the bakkie and told his cousin that he was on his way to visit his mother but had not arrived.
It was reported that Ferdinand’s bank card was used to draw money and petrol in Mooi Street Johannesburg on the 6th and 7th October.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact W/O Mngadi at Wartburg SAPS on 033 503 1212 or W/O Pugh at Pinetown SAPS on 083 442d 9380
WATCH IT WHEN YOU PARK
An appeal has been issued by the Pietermarizburg Police for motorists to be careful about leaving goods in their vehicles. It is pointed out by the Police that a high percentage of recently reported cases of thefts from motor vehicles in the Pietermaritzburg CBD and surrounding areas were due to negligence and sheer carelessness by motorists. This type of theft is regarded as opportunistic crime and to avoid such the Police recommend the following be put into operation by motorists on leaving their vehicle:
*Make sure that all doors and windows are properly locked when you park your car.
*Do not leave your firearm in the cubbyhole or anywhere in the vehicle when you park the vehicle (this is against the law!).
*Valuable items, laptops and cameras, luggage etc should be put in the boot .
*Be aware of people coming to you and informing you that you have a flat tire, the intention can be to steal items that they see inside the car
*Try to keep your windows closed when driving in city centre. Do not open your windows for hawkers along the road or at the traffic lights.
*Keep the doors locked and windows closed at all times.
Do not use a cellular phone unless you have a hands-free kit.
*At night, park in well-lit areas.
*Practice the same prevention skills you apply in parking lots or garages at home.
*Do not leave your goods/valuable items visible in the car.
* .Do not leave your keys in the ignition.
*Remove detachable radios and radio face when getting out.
*Try to fit an alarm and/or anti-theft device in your car.
*Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach your car, especially if they are difficult to find in your handbag.
* Parking lots with a parking attendant or supervision/ someone patrolling are best, otherwise try to park in locations that are well lit; well populated and not crowded by bushes or buildings where criminals might hide.
MEC LISTENS TO BOTH SIDES OF CATTLE SAGA
Both sides of the ongoing cattle saga were presented to KZN MEC for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development Lydia Johnson, at a special meeting held in Kranskop on Saturday. Community members from iNadi/Ngebevu and farmers in the district both presented petitions to the MEC.
Because of the lack of rain and available food cattle owned by residents have been wandering, unattended, onto farms with grazing. This has created a major problem for farmers’ dairy herds as outside cattle could spread TB and Contagious Abortion which if picked up by the dairy herds, means that the farme is compelled to cull these animals and burn them. To avoid such a disastrous situation farmers have been impounding “outside” animals in pounds on their farms. The owners of such have 72 hours to collect and pay a fine. If not collected the cattle can then be impounded at the Government pound in Weenen where it will cost R1 500 to get it returned.
The MEC accepted both the petitions and undertook to look into the situation.
A spokesman for the Kranskop Police said that the Department of Safety Liaison was in the process of drawing up a programme for the branding of cattle in the district which to date had not been branded which was a legal requirement.
NGUNI FESTIVAL ROUNDUP
There is a great line up of many exciting events at the Nguni Festival at Greytown High School on 29th and 30th October .
Now available packages for the whole weekend, at the cost of R150, which will include tickets to the Blarney Bros and the Campbells and free entrance to the festival on both days. Members of the public who do not have the package will be charged R5 on the Friday and R10 on Saturday to enter the festival grounds.
Free parking is available and for R10 there will be secure VIP parking. The organisers have also ensured that there will be plenty of security on site with the Police and private secuity.
Greytown High School learners are selling raffle tickets at R10 each with the prizes including kudu and impala.
There is an impressive range of stall holders - at the time of going to press a total of 70 ...and this is on the increase. A number of local businesses will be selling their wares and also showing what they can produce.
There will be plenty in the clothing line for all ages, cosmetics, handbags, jewellery, candles, books, toys, cellphones, local art in the tea garden and just so much more.
Do not worry about food for the day and night - there is an incredible range to choose from. And lots of activities to keep the younger ones busy, including paintball and pony rides.
For further information please contact Greytown High School on 033 413 2146
KRANSKOP SAYS THANK YOU
There was a huge and immediate response from Kranskop Police and farming community of Kranksop, Greytown and Hermannsburg on Friday when 12 year old Gideon Fourie went missing for nearly 12 hours on the family farm “Broadlands” in the Kranskop area.
Captain Ventress of the Kranskop Police told the Greytown Gazette that the youngster had been missing from 10 a.m. in the morning until 8.30 that night when he had managed to make his way home. In Friday’s cold, wet and misty weather the search parties had combed the farm for hours .
Captain Ventress expressed thanks on behalf of the Police and the Fourie family to all involved and in particular to Geoff Newlands who had involved and co-ordinate the farmers and to Piet and Cathy Nel of St Cathryns who had supplied food and drinks to the searchers. A special mention was made of Jack Haskin of Search and Rescue Pietermaritzburg and his team who had taken part in the search.
All Gideon wanted when he got home was to go bed...according to Captain Ventress the young man must have covered a huge distance during his unplanned walkabout.
FOOD SECURITY...THANKS TO GREYTOWN ROTARY
In 2007 the Rotary Club of Greytown initiated a food security programme which was designed to bring together stake holders who could contribute and make a difference, to bring about a reliable source of nutrition, especially in disadvantaged areas. Basis of the programme was to establish tunnels and food gardens with wormeries (Wizzard) at selected schools in Umvoti.
Rotary convened the first meeting between the Departments of Agriculture and Education, as well as the Umvoti Aids Centre – which was to manage the project. .
The Rotary Club of Greytown approached Rotary partners in California, and with their support, received a Matching Grant from the Rotary Foundation with which to implement the programme.
Indlovana Primary School is one of eleven schools from Muden to Kranskop which have made use of this programme. Although the programme is nearing the end of the particular funding but the interest and support that has been received ensures the sustainability of the concept.
In recognition of this worthwhile and innovative programme last year Greytown Rotary club was awarded a Certificate by Rotary International for the best Co-operative project in 2009.
The food security programme is complementary to the ongoing “Water for Schools” project, through which Greytown Rotary has provided hundreds of pupils in ten schools and people in the surrounding rural communities with clean drinking water.
Greytown Country Club news
Winners of Wednesday golf were J Crowe and R Chiazzari and J de Nysschen on 49 points.
On Friday night Jack Mason won the attendance draw money which means we are back to R100 for the next draw that will take place on Friday 22 October at 6:30pm. Remember you have to be here to win.
The Greytown Classic was held on Saturday - this popular event is the biggest golf day of the year and 81 golfers from all around KZN came to play on and enjoy our wonderful course.
Thank you to all the sponsors who contributed towards making this day such a great success. Once again we would like to thank Chris Odendaal and his golf committee for all their hard work, time and effort they put into this day, as well as Freddie for looking after the field so well.
1st and winners of the Greytown Classic golf floating trophy - P de Winnaar and D Fourie on 45 points counted out to
2nd - G Schwarz and P Schwarz on 45 points
3rd - S Khumalo and D Khumalo on 44 counted out to
4th - F Bartels and R Renken on 44 points
5th - A Mason and S Clarke also on 44 points
Dates to diarize
Sat 6 Nov - Wembley College Golf day
Tues 9 Nov - SAGES
Sat 13 Nov - Mascor monthly Mug
Sat 20 Nov - Umvoti Tyres golf day
PROMOTION OF SERVICE IMBIZO
Greytown Police has invited all members of the community to attend a promotion of service delivery imbizo to be held in the Greytown Town Hall on Thursday 28th October at 10 a.m. The Imbizo is being hosted by the Provincial Police Commissioner’s office in KZN
A spokesman for the Police said that the invitation was for community leaders, traditional leaders, Councillors, members of the business community and the general public - the Police would like comment as to its service delivery as well as suggestions on improvement and requirements of the public.
WHAT A MESS!!!!
The Greytown Gazette was inundated with complaints on Sunday and Monday from many rmembers of the community who were appalled at the disgusting and unhealthy mess on the King Edward Park soccer field -the aftermath of inter ward soccer trials for the Kwanaloga Games on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of empty take away containers, beer cans and vodka bottles littered the field and surrounds. Only two port-a-loos were there and the same number of litter bins. Immediate action was taken on Monday morning when the Greytown Gazette reported the situation to Umvoti Municipal Speaker, Councillor Hitla Maharaj who immeidately organised Municipal staff to clean up the mess.
13 October 2010
GREYTOWN DID NOT SIGN NATIONAL PERFORMANCE DEAL...WHY NOT?
Last Friday the Mayors of all 61 KZN Municipalities were required to attend a function at which the newly established standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) would be inaugurated and to sign service delivery contracts with the Province. This is an initiative President Jacob Zuma through the National Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and KZN is the first province to implement these two national landmark developments.
A spokesman for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) told the Greytown Gazette that less than ten Mayors had not been present to sign - Greytown’s Mayor Councillor Petros Ngubane was one of the absent Mayors. COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube said after the performance agreements had been signed by those present that “all will face the axe if they fail to meet required service delivery targets set for them by the Provincial Department"
The launch of the Municipal Scopa is part of a turnaround stragety aimed at improving service delivery in all three spheres of Government - it was established nationally after the escalation of service delivery protests around the country.
MEC Dube said that her Department believed that sound financial management in Municipalities was necessary to ensure that communities had access to basic services such as water, electricity, refuse removal and sanitation - these depended on the efficient management of Municipal finances. She expressed the view that contributory factors to poor fiscal management and accountability in KZN municipalities was due to the fact “that senior administrators in Municipalities do not welcome the support and advice from our department.”
The new agreement was aimed at encouraging a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system. Root causes of problems plaguing local government had been idnetified as weaknesses in the accountability systems, capacity and skills constraints, weak inter-governmental support and oversight , the intergovernmental fiscal system, and political factors.
On Monday the Greytown Gazette requested comment from the Mayor, the Speaker, CFO, ANC and DA as follows: ’’In view of the considerable importance of the signing of the performance agreements by the 61 KZN Municipalities last Friday I contacted the Department Co-operative Governance for further information. The national Department’s spokesman informed me that Umvoti Mayor had not signed either of the agreements. Umvoti was one of less than ten KZN Municipalities which did not sign. I understand that the Speaker and CFO were present at the function at Sinodale but did not sign any documents as they were not delegated to do so. In the interests of Umvoti could you please let me have a statement by 4 p.m. this afternoon (Monday), in regard to the above.”
At the time of going to press only the DA and ANC had commented - Councillor Paul Buss stated “The D.A. regrets the absence of our First Citizen from this extremely important occasion. It shows scant regard for the levels of service delivery our community should expect.”
Councillor Ahmed Shaikh on behalf of the ANC stated:
”The ANC are disappointed that Mayor Ngubane did not sign the performance agreement with the the MEC for Local Government as this is part of President Jacob Zuma’s drive to make leaders and officials in all three spheres of Government accountable and ensure rapid service delivery.
Indeed this is a sad day for Umvoti as the Performance contracts, which are a statutory requirement have been signed between the Mayors and Heads of Departments.
Why is our Mayor unwilling to sign his contract as other Mayors countrywide have signed?”
Ratepayers and residents need to query and be informed as to why Umvoti did not participate in this very important National and Provincial requirement.
DEATH STALKS THIS SCHOOL
Last Saturday was a day of deep sadness of Busana High School learners and the Embangweni community as they gathered to say farewell and pay their last respects to 16 year old Zethu Kok who was brutally stabbed and beaten to death by her ex boyfriend.
The tragedy occured on Wednesday 29th September. Zethu and a girlfriend Lungile Mkhize were chatting together when Zethu’s ex-boyfriend came up to them and told Lungile to leave. As she walked away she heard Zethu crying and immediately ran to try to get help which unfortunately was a distance away..
Zethu tried to escape the vicious blows her killer pounded her with but as she ran he followed and continued to stab her.
Members of the community arrived to find Zethu unconscious lying in a pool of blood. She was taken by ambulance to Greytown Hospital and transferred to Pietermaritzburg where she died the following day.
Zethu was a popular teenager in Grade 10 at Busana High School. Her grandmother who looked after her for many years after the death of her mother, was deeply shocked and saddened stating that she had never ever seen such a brutal killing.
It is reported that the alleged killer handed himself over ot the Matimatolo Police.
A community spokesman told the Greytown Gazette that the tragic death of Zethu was the 15th reported at Busana High School since 2008.
UMVOTI AIDS CENTRE TO THE RESCUE
During the strike by the Greytown Hospital, little heed was taken to the plight of the sick people of Umvoti.
On the first day of the strike, the Umvoti Aids Centre had 2 anxious people come to us for help. They were on ARV treatment and it was time to get their next ARV pills. They knew that if they did not have their ARV treatment, there was every possibility that they would become very ill and could even die.
We managed to help these two. From the next day, the Umvoti Aids Centre was a life giving saviour for hundreds of Hiv/Aids sufferers.
The Health Department was very helpful, as they too know the dangers of defaulting on ARV treatment. We would give the Head Office in Dundee the particulars of the patients, and the Department would drive the medication to the Umvoti Aids Centre in an unmarked car.
In this way, the Umvoti Aids Centre was able to help more than 200 people in trouble, but how many more were too ill to access their medication?
TIME FOR REFLECTION
Over the past 5 or 6 years or so, I have often contemplated penning a letter to the Greytown Gazette to register my discontent with the management of our Municipality. Invariably I have had second thoughts and the main reason being that my comments would likely be construed as racist or perhaps counter productive in the light of the change in guard of our Municipality. Yes we are all aware that the defence mechanisms and attitudes of those in authority would automatically interpret my observations as unduly critical.
Sound leadership, effective control and good management are the pillars, for the success of any entity or for that matter, Local Government.
Unfortunately there is no evidence that the Umvoti Municipality is effectively managed. There is no control over spending, and leadership is just non-existent.
In fact, the rate payers of Greytown are likely to agree that we live in “fairy-land”
Expensive motor vehicles are purchased for the Mayor and as I recall a couple of years ago, a Toyota Quantum was procured to ferry councillors and staff to and from training workshops and breakaway sessions at expensive venues around Kwa-Zulu Natal. And the ratepayers are obliged to “pick up the tab.”
The Mayor (and side-kicks?) have on three occasions visited China at great cost. It would appear that Umvoti Municipality has become a “Gravy Train.”
I have on two occasions attended meetings called by the Municipality for ratepayers. Both meetings commenced 45 minutes after the advertised time -an example of poor management and ill discipline. Whilst those present waited for the proceedings to get under way, the public was treated to extremely loud “Disco” type music. At the last event, I and a number of people waited in the Street outside the Town Hall – so deafening was the “entertainment.”
I ,as a most concerned rate-payer; call upon the residents of Greytown to register their disgust and disapproval at the lack of service delivery by our Municipal Officials and the blatant abuse of Greytown’s finances.
Let us fill up a full page (or two) in the Greytown Gazette with letters objecting to our money being wasted.
Why should the mayor be permitted to purchase motor vehicles at the expense of the Rate Payers??? .
He is not even a full time employee of the Municipality. I seem to recall that he is a headmaster of a school in the District.
IMPROVEMENT OF POLICE SERVICE DELIVERY IN GREYTOWN
Dear Business Owners, Rate-payers, Government Departments, NGO’s and all Residents of Greytown,
1.Customer based: is the ability of a product or service to consistently meet or exceed customer’s expectations.
2.Total quality management is a management style based upon producing quality service as defined by the customer.
3.We are the service to our customers.
We are the organization in your eyes as our clients.
We are the brand of the organization in Greytown.
4.Client satisfaction: clients are usually pleased when treated to higher standards than expected and dissatisfied when services falls short of their expectations.
To enable us as the service employees it is important that we know and understand our clients and what they need, so that we can improve our Service.
Kindly send us your suggestions:
Postal Address:Private Bag X5565
Station Commander Greytown: Lieutenant Colonel SP Maphalala and members.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Congratulations to the winners of Wednesday’s golf, First was James de Nysschen on 41 points and second Stan Clarke on 39 points.
Mr. P Clausen lost out on the money from Friday night’s attendance draw as he was not present. Next draw is on Friday 15 October with R200 up for grabs. Remember you have to be present to win.
Many years ago, the late Bunny Rawlinson, who originally lived at Noodsberg and later at Greytown, donated a trophy to be played for annually between these two clubs. The trophy is unique in that Bunny’s golf ball once landed in the fork of a tree and could not be played. After a number of years the tree was cut down with the ball in the fork, and the trophy was made from the fork.
This annual match has been revived and was played last Saturday between 20 players from these two neighboring clubs. It was an extremely close contest with only 3 stableford points separating the two teams after five matches. Noodsberg, the current holders, won the match and retained the trophy. Congratulations to them.
The Better ball stabelford competition which was played was won by Rowan Wortman and Rudi Misselhorn on 47 points, second Chris Odendaal and Stan Clarke on 46 points, third Colin and Ian Lindsay on 43 points and forth James de Nysschen and Steve van der Merwe on 41 points.
Saturday 16 October is our Annual Golf Classic and we are very hopeful that this will be another very successful event. Thank you to Chris Odendaal and his team for organizing this big event. The entry fee is R180 and is a BB competition. Those golfers out there who have not yet entered must hurry up as there the only T-off times still open are in the morning field.
Dates to diarize:
Fri 15 Oct - Attendance draw at 6.30pm
Sat 16 Oct - Classic golf day
Sat 6 Nov - Wembley College golf day
Tues 9 Nov - SAGES
Sat 13 Nov - Mascor Monthly Mug
Sat 20 Nov - Umvoti Tyres Golf day
HOW HEARTACHE HAPPENS
How heartache happens
Hello Greytonians !
This week let us discuss Ischaemic Heart Disease. This is a broad term which encompasses stable angina, unstable angina and myocardial infarction. We will discuss an approach on how to identify this potentially lethal condition and what to do.
In simple English, the heart is an organ that is responsible for receiving oxygen poor blood from the body, pumping it to the lungs, receiving oxygen rich blood and pumping that blood into the rest of the body. Of note the heart also has its own blood supply and goes through the same process of draining its oxygen poor blood and then sending it into the lungs and receiving oxygen rich blood. What happens in ischaemic heart disease is that these blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked by the narrowing of the lumen of the vessels. The degree to which the narrowing is determines the extent to how severe the clinical presentation will be.
For example, with angina it is just a small narrowing and with a full blown heart attack is a complete blockage of the lumen. As such it now ideal to discuss the clinical presentation. A chest pain that is crushing in nature occuring whilsts one is doing some work or exercising is suggestive of angina it is rather important to note that other conditions that mimick this presentation such as heartburn, lung-related pain or a pulled muscle.
So it is advisable that one visits their doctor if such a pain occurs, particular if one smokes, doesn’t exercise, is overweight, has hypertension, diabetes or has a relative with such a condition or has a high cholesterol level.
Your doctor will take a detailed history and examine you, excluding other conditions and will usualy do an ECG, and or some bloods to pick up whether there has been any damage to the heart muscle.Then depending on the results he may treat you as an outpatient or refer you to an emergency centre for surgery or other medical interventions, next week we will look at Angina in more detail.
Dr M.C Mkhize
MPILENHLE MEDICAL CENTRES
NOBBY NEL MEMORIAL CANOE CHALLENGE
The 14th edition of this race took place last Sunday 10th October with 243 paddlers taking part.
The first batch started at 9 a.m below the Albert Falls Dam and the finish was 21 km later on the banks of the Umgeni on the farm Thornvale.
Of the 243 paddlers who entered 212 reached the finish in 157 canoes.
The river was at a low to medium level and the weather was rather warm.
Umvoti results :
Deon Bruss and Hilary Pitchford Pos. 2 Time 1h31,58.
Damon Stamp Pos. 17 Time 1h45,31.
Steve Stamp Pos. 19 Time 1h46,24.
Mark Duckham Pos. 46 Time 1h54,19.
Richard Morby-Smith Pos. 67 Time 2h00,05.
Craig Behrens Pos. 68 Time 2h00,06.
Colin Freese and Ralph Appelt Pos. 71 Time 2h00,26.
David and Warren LeRoux Pos. 84 Time 2h03,14.
Ryan Thompson and Etienne Nel Pos. 85 Time 2h03,17.
Andrew du Plessis Pos. 86 Time 2h03,30.
Antony and Erin Jarvie Pos. 89 Time 2h04,22.
Caroline Minnaar Pos. 103 Time 2h09,01.
Dougal Maclean sweep.
Adrian Chaning-Pearce and Mark Scott sweep.
The club’s Time Trials are held every Tuesday at 17h30 at Merthley Lake. Beginners are welcome.
Results of the Farmers Agri - Care Monthly Mug took longer than normal to verify as three of the “big St Cathryn’s guns” ended on a nett 66 on Saturday 9 October. Our count out holes, further calculations and subtractions decided the final winner. The hot conditions and the minor changes on the greens of holes three and five did not deter the winners and results were as follows.
1st : Paul Els Nett 66 o.c.o
2nd : Merwin Rabe nett 66 o.c.o
3rd : Rikus Kloppers nett 66. ( Afterwards commented in his own little way “I should have won being the oldest of us three”)
Nearest to pin 9 and 11th : Merwin Rabe
Captains Putter : Carina Beijers.
The final team selection to Inter Club has not been announced as was previously reported as Captain Paul Els said that the team selection would be done on Mug supports and results. Player availability would be the final criteria.
This Saturday our players are traveling to Greytown to play in the Classic and we are looking forward to meeting up with our neighbouring golfers on the other side of the Umvoti River.
To book for golf please phone Piet on 033 441945 or 083 269 1661 and to book for meals and Sunday lunch please phone Paul 084 5966 292.
aQuelle Hermannsburg MUDMAN update
With the announcement of the date of the aQuelle Hermannsburg Mudman to be held on 5th February 2011 its not too early to start training programmes. A spokesman for Mudman comments as follows:
”I am sure you all know that exercise does your body good. It affects your mood, reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes, improves your muscle tone and it can lead to a longer life and better health.
But if you have not done exercise for a long time, do not try to enter any event without having some training before. It can cause injuries, like damage to ligaments, muscles and tendons, including sprains and strains or it could even lead to a heart attack.
There are lots of training programmes available on the internet or go to www.hmbschool.co.za for more information and tips. “
6 October 2010
GREYTOWN/PMBG DETOUR UPDATE
Up to date progress report on the Greytown/Pietermaritzburg road upgrade is that large seams of rock / boulders have been encountered which have required extensive blasting. KZN Department of Transport spokesman told the Greytown Gazette that "within the vicinity of the rock we have uncovered numerous hollow cavities which were more than likely creating the movement. We are nearly at the base of the fill and once the rock is removed we will start to reinstate the fill. It seems the work will be completed in Dec / Jan 2011 "
COUNCILLORS CONCERN AT GREYTOWN FINANCES
Umvoti opposition councillors, the ANC and DA have expressed their concern at the deteriorating finances of Greytown, In press releases to the Greytown Gazette, Councillor A.Shaikh on behalf of the ANC Bhambatha region commented:
" Following last Thursday's Council meeting we are appalled at the fast deteriorating finances of the town.
The IFP led Council spent 14 million rand more this year, as compared to last year, on general expenses such as entertainment, trips to China etc.
This amount was funded through our reserves and accumulated surplus. At the rate it is is being spent Greytown will soon be bankrupt.
Despite this a new Mayoral vehicle, costing half a million rand has been budgeted for 2011 even though a new Land Rover was purchased for the Mayor in 2009 at the cost of R470 00.
Further matters of considerable concern to all the residents are that following on the KPMG forensic report into corruption in the Supply Chain Procurement department, fifteen resolutions proposed by the IFP at the previous Council meeting have not been implemented or acted upon.
The Mayor has yet to report to Council on the so-called investment and factories that the Chinese are bringing to Greytown after three trips to that country financed by ratepayers.
Finally Umvoti's water issues are far from being resolved and once again housing projects have been delayed.
It is more than time that the residents realised the negative impact of these actions on the town and district."
DA Councillor Paul Buss comments in a statement to the Greytown Gazette" At the Council meeting last week, we were informed, through a tabled item, that the Council is unable to fund capital projects to the tune of over R9 million rand. This is the first time that this Council has been in this situation since its inception.
This situation has arisen due to mismanagement, wasteful and unnecessary expenditure and a bloated inefficient staff complement.
However The Mayor must be given credit for immediately, at the meeting, slashing a tabled budget for the Kwanaloga games (transport, tee shirts, meals etc) of over R500 000 in half. The old saying "too little too late" comes to mind but it is never too late to manage our finances in a responsible manner ."
Also of considerable interest to all residents was the reports given to Council by Umzinyathi and DWAF consultants on Greytown's bulk water supply. Apparently Phase 1 consisted of the upgrading of the pipeline from Lake Merthley and the water works. Phase 2 will involve the use of the substanital groundwater from the farm Kinloch, boreholes and the never before used reservoir just outside Greytown on the Kranskop road -this was the not the longterm solution which would involve a dam at Umvotipoort. However enough water would be generated to provide the 492 long awaited houses in Enhlalakahle which the consultants claimed could be ready for occupation by February 2011 through the availability of water in Phase 2 which would involve the provision of new water sources.
It was emphaised that Phase 1 had not involved any new water sources but had insured the more effective of the existing water supply .
Some IFP Councillors expressed their dissatisfaciton with the plans outlined and already in the pipeline as their wards were not included. In fact deputy Mayor Silam Zondi said he was prepared, at his own expense, to drive to Johannesburg, to sort out the provision of potable water to his ward!
As a Greytown water consumer, accustomed over the last few years, to an erratic water supply, there has been a tremendous improvement this year . The supply problems in Enhlalakahle should be sorted out with the commissioning of the Kranskop road reservoir. And here's hoping that the rural residents who still do not have potable water will, before too long, also benefit from these water upgradings.
A rare treasure...the Hilton Daisy
Gerbera aurantiaca – the rare and critically endangered jewel of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, is the focal point of Umvoti Garden Club’s October meeting on Tuesday 12 October. Large-scale commercial afforestation, housing estate developments and mis-information have all resulted in the destruction of the habitat in which the Hilton Daisy occurs. Isabel Johnson, one of South Africa’s foremost experts on the elusive Hilton Daisy has spent many hours in the mistbelt-grasslands of Umvoti District studying colonies of these plants which are teetering on the brink of extinction.
This month’s meeting will be held in the Aqua Club clubhouse at Lake Merthley starting at 9h00 for 9h30. After tea there will be a guided walk through the Lake Merthley Wildflower Reserve, home to many spectacular grassland flowers. For anyone who is firmly of the opinion that “Indigenous is drab and boring”, a walk through the colourful mosaic of wildflowers in the reserve, may be a mind altering experience especially with the added bonus of Isabel’s comprehensive knowledge. Please remember to bring a chair and items for the recycling and rape survivor projects we support. As always guests are very welcome to attend our monthly meeting. And don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes!
FAREWELL TO THE KIRKPATRICKS
After 26 active and very involved years in Greytown, John and Trish Kirkpatrick are retiring to live in Howick. Both have contributed so much to the community in so many ways . Arriving in Greytown in 1984 they soon made an impact. John was with Old Mutual. Through Greytown Rotary, both of them were committed to community activities such as Window on Umvoti; Arcadia outings and monthly ”Tuesday” visits and many Rotary projects. With her musical talents Trish was organist at St James Church for many years and both are deeply committed Christians. Outside of the Greytown community, the couple have promoted the development of the Rencken Centre in Wartburg in many ways. On behalf of its readers, the Greytown Gazette wishes the Kirkpatricks a happy and healthy future in their retirement
Doctors after hours contacts
Greytown doctors have set up a call register to ensure that if anyone needs after hour assistance, and their own doctor is not available, they can then contact the doctor on call.
911 Ops Centre and Arcadia will have a list which also be printed in the Greytown Gazette each month.
Please cut out the following and keep it accessible in case of an emergency.
Cell numbers and call dates:
Dr Ally:083 786 7138
Dr Mkhize:079 645 5964
Dr Ntombela:082 751 7024
Dr Owen: 082 859 9307
Dr Roodt: 084 679 6300
Call dates for October
Dr Ally: 11th;15th;16th;17th;20th;26th;
Dr Roodt:14th;21st;29th;30th 31st
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Congratulations to Richard Chiazzari who won the Wednesday Golf on 40 points.
The annual Ladies’ Open Golf Day was held on Thursday. Ladies from far and wide made an effort to play our lovely course. Thank you to Freddie for looking after the course, we have received a lot of very good compliments about its condition. Well done Freddie. We are very happy to report that the winners of this competition are all local ladies. Thank you to Di Mason for organising a very successful day. Your efforts are much appreciated.
1st - P Paul, P Schwarz & T Pearce on 68 points
2nd - P Peckham, D Swanson & L Reed on 64 points
3rd - L Steyn, A Steyn & P Truter on 63 points
Nearest to Pin on 8th: L Reed
Nearest to Pin on 17th: E Millican
Longest drive on 18th: M Todd
Longest drive on 11th: J Lowe
Longest day: Eve, Ingrid & D Smythe
Ed Hayter took the attendance draw prize money on Friday evening, making the long wait worthwhile. The next draw will be on Friday (8 Oct) at 6.30pm. There is R100 up for grabs. Remember you have to be at the Club to win.
The Mascor Monthly Mug was played on Saturday. Thank you to Mascor for faithfully sponsoring this event. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy your prizes.
1st - S van der Merwe on 69 points
2nd - M Caldicott on 70 points
3rd - M Zakwe on 71 points
Best stableford: P Anderson on 35 points
Dates to diarise:
16 Oct - Greytown Classic
29 Oct - Happy Hour
ST CATHRYN’S NEWS
Its Farmers Agri-Care monthly mug this coming Saturday, 9th October -all wanting to play please contact iet.
Members are reminded to support the Greytown Classic to be played on Saturday 16th October - please contact Greytown Club to enter.
Members must attend Monthly Mug this weekend to hear the final team selection for Inter-club to be played over the weekend of 29th, 30th and 31st Octopber.
Two of our members have had an exciting time -a hole in one!!!
Paul Els achieved this on the second hole at St Cathryns on Wednesday 29th September and Ross Robertson on a Johannesburg golf course. Evidently the ball Ross hit bounced on the lip, hit the flag and popped in! Being an accountant he is still budgeting for the bar bill at St Cathryns. Congratulations to Ross on being awarded his Masters -all that hard work and effort has been rewarded.
To book for golf please phone Piet 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661 and for meals Paul on 084 596 6292.
Lake Merthley level
In the past two weeks the level of Lake Merthley has dropped by 3 per cent and now stands at 68.86%. and is 1.70 metres below the wall. A series of water saving tips is published on page 7 of this week’s issue of the Greytown Gazette.
NGUNI FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN
Its countdown now for the Nguni Festival to be held at the end of this month at Greytown High School over two days, 29th and 30th October.
There has been a tremendous response from stall holders who, if they were not there last year, have heard of the Nguni Festival’s success and signed up for the bigger, brighter and better festival of 2010. There are a limited number of stalls still available - please phone Greytown High School on 033 413 2146 for more information.
Good news for those who were unable to obtain tickets for Blarney Brothers and the Campbells - extra tables have been put inrto the hall so some tickets are available - be quick though as they will sell out fast! Tickets are R150 inclusive per person for both the shows.
GREAT START TO CANOEING SEASON
The largest contingent of Umvoti canoeists in years, traveled to Cradock in the Eastern Cape to take part in the annual Fish River Canoe Marathon. This two day event over 80 kilometers took place on a full river on Friday and Saturday 1st and 2nd October. A record number of 1720 paddlers entered the race, which is slightly more than entries in this year’s Dusi.
The Fish was promoted as a Doubles (K2) event. However, 73 K3’s (the most ever) and 83 Singles (K1’s) also participated. 1511 paddlers finished the race in 797 canoes.
Umvoti Results (not all club members) :
Derek Stutterheim, Cameron Gordon and Sven Bruss : 85th: 5h43,46.
Kate, Miles and Nick March : 89th:5h44,09.
Yann Leclezio, Owen Hemingway and Deon Bruss:125 th: 5h52,23.
Ryan Thompson and Struan Gilson: 231st:6h10,38.
Steve and Damon Stamp :303rd: 6h23,21.
Nick and Fuzz Goble: 353rd: 6h30,51.
Pete Goble and Andy Lund :457th: 6h45,00.
Nikky Irvine and Alice Rawlinson 491st: 6h51,25.
Brian and Allen Clark 520th: 6h57,26.
David LeRoux and Geoff Baxter : 582nd: 7h10,18.
Grant Truter and Sarah Baxter: 622nd : 7h19,31.
Alexandra Jenson and Davis Bowles D.n.f.
Next Sunday 10th October Umvoti Canoe Club is hosting the 2010 Nobby Nel Memorial Canoe Challenge on the Upper Umgeni staring at 9h00 just below Albert Falls Dam Wall. The usual controversial starting procedure (Nobby style) will be great entertainment for all spectators.
Nobby was a founder member of the Club in 1988. He passed away on 1st September 1996. It is seldom that family members are involved in events that honor the person in whose memory the event is held. Over the years Nobby’s family have supported and partly sponsored the event. This year the club received a generous full sponsorship for the race. It is hoped that Anton and Etienne will take to the water this year and Olivia will hand out the prizes at the finish.
This season’s Time Trials have started. They are held every Tuesday at 17h30 at Merthley Lake. Beginners are welcome.
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DON’T BE A DRIP...SAVE WATER!
With the lake level at 70% and dropping, and with no rain in sight, Uthukela Service Centre Manager for Greytown, Trevor Rajnairan the following water saving tips which consumers could put into operation to reduce their water consumption.
In the home:
*Do not pour water down a drain when there may be another use for it like watering indoor plants or the garden
*. Make sure your home is leak free – repair dripping taps and toilets
*. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other small waste in the trash rather than in the toilet
* Take shorter showers – replace your shower head with an ultra-low-flow version. Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water to water plants. In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn water on to rinse off
* Operate dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded
* When hand washing dishes, save water by filling two containers – one with soapy water, one with rinse water containing a small amount of Jik
*. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
* Do not waste water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses.
*Consider installing an instant hot water heater for your kitchen sink
* Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving
Saving Water Outdoors:
* Stop using a hosepipe to wash cars and water gardens. Use a bucket instead.
*Wash cars on a grassed area
* Ensure that your rain harvesting systems are maintained and ready.
* Raise the lawn mower blade to give a higher cut which encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture.Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. Applying fertilizer increases the need for water.
* Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil
*Plant indigenous and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need water as frequently and usually will survive a dry period without watering.
* Use a broom or blower instead of a hose to clean leaves and other debris from your driveway or sidewalk
*Do not instal ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless they use recycled water
Report water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, leaking taps and toilets) to the property owner, local authority, or Uthukela Water, as soon as possible. And start to spread the word that we live in a water scarce region. Encourage your friends, neighbours and co-workers to be “water smart.” Conserve water because it’s the right thing to do, even when someone else is footing the bill, such as when you are staying at a hotel.
Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water…EVERY DROP COUNTS!
(Reference: Google: Water saving tips)
Beautiful bountiful Begonias
If it’s long lasting, bold colour you are after this summer then look no further than Begonia semperflorens or bedding Begonias. Just the thing to brighten up those dull areas in the garden Begonias are renowned for their easy-growing and free-flowering habits. To top it all they are available in the hottest colours - red, pink, white and cream, set off against bright green or deep bronze foliage. Begonias are an excellent alternative to impatiens for masses of summer colour. They thrive in both sun and shade. These obliging plants are also tolerant of both acid and alkaline soils. The white and light pink varieties are particularly well suited for the shade because the lighter colours show up well, while if the reds are planted in sun their colours are a shade or two deeper. Quick 123 1.The uniformity of their size and shape, combined with their bold foliage and striking blooms makes them ideal for mass plantings. 2.While they are particularly well adapted to shady areas, they also put on a magnificent show in sunnier spots. 3.They do well in containers and pots . Information Supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za