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30 September 2009
UMVOTI'S JET-SETTING MAYOR
Back from China, Umvoti Mayor, just had time to unpack his bags, attend to the affairs of Umvoti Municipality before he was jetting out of the country again ...this time to Thailand!
This is his second visit to Thailand in three years. In 2006 the Mayor was part of a KZN Municipal delegation which with Rural Metro visited Thailand to study the devastating impact of the Tsunami.
In regard to this trip Rural Metro Director Chris Gilbert in inviting Umzinyathi municipalities claimed that after the tsunami, Thailand proved to have one of the best disaster approaches. During the previous trip they had seen the total devastation of areas and he believed that the time was now opportune to visit some of the organisations responsible for the clean up of such areas and to view the early warning systems installed.
Mr Roberts said " an education and fact finding visit such as this will be exceedingly beneficial to officials and portfolio concillors responsible for disaster management" Unfortunately however, the five day trip from 21st to 25 September, had to be funded by the respective Municipalities but Rural Metro would attend to "all the necessary logistics to travel and excursions".
Umzinyathi Mayor was part of the delegation but Endumeni Council rejected the invitation, according to the Northern Natal Courier, because of the cost to the Municipality!
Approval of the Mayor's trip was minuted at the Umvoti Exco meeting held on on Friday 18th September - attended by two of the three Exco members -the Mayor and deputy Mayor.
Interestingly at the same meeting, the Mayor's trip to China was also approved, even though the China trip had taken place over two weeks previously from 31st August to 5th September .
This again was the Mayor's second trip to China -the first in 2002 did not generate any investors . The Mayor however said that the more recent trip did generate interest and he was hopeful that some Chinese investors would be visiting Greytown shortly.
On this recent trip the Mayor was accompanied by Chief Financial Officer, Mr S. Ndabandaba, who according to the minutes of the Exco meeting on the 18th was compiling a complete report regarding the visit to China.The conference in China was held in Changchun City in Jilin Province with the theme of "promoting the establishment of a new international economic order and pattern."
Referring to this trip the cartoon in last week's Greytown Gazette attracted much positive attention -even internationally as ex-Greytonians viewed it on the website.
As many politicians are aware in South Africa, and elsewhere, such is the price of fame!
Ratepayers and residents who understandably might be querying the costsof these
trips should however appreciate that the outcome could be jobs for the many unemployed from Chinese investors; an improvement in the quality of life for the many struggling to put food on the table even just once a day; and that if there ever is a tsunami in the district there will be an early warning system in place!
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday golf was won by Mike Caldicott. Friday night’s attendance draw rolls over to 9 October as Mrs. N Phillips lost out by not being present - R200 will be up for grabs but the lucky draw winner must be present.
On Wednesday the Club restaurant is offering a combo-special -a tasty meal and really good value for money. is to acompany the good food.Remember on
Thursdays there is a special for pensioners tea and cake for just R10
Friday 2 October is going to be the Mascor launch of the new “CRUZE” car and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the food and company as well as test drive of the new car. Together with the launch on Friday night the Club will also be having its Happy hour at the same time . Beer sponsored by Greytown Beer Distributors will be half price Purchase a R20 ticket and you could win R1000 or a bottle of Chivas Regal whiskey.
Dates to Diarize:
Mascor Monthly Mug on Saturday 3 October - come rain or shine the game is on
Justine’s Spring Open days on 7 and 8 October - there will be lots of goodies up for sale and all is welcome.
Saturday 10 October is Moth’s Golf day
Sat 24 Oct - Wembley College golf day
Sat 14 Nov - Greytown Classic
Sat 5 Dec - First National bank Golf Day
REHAB CENTRE AT NEW HANOVER HOSTS OPEN DAY
Shekinah Care Centre, a non-profit Christian alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre, will be hosting its first open day on Thursday 8 October .. The centre, which is situated in New Hanover , is the only registered rehabilitation centre in the Midlands .
The centre is hosting an open day,from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist in educating the public, as many individuals do not have a true perception of what takes place at a rehabilitation centre.
On the 8th October visitors will be given a tour of the centre, where they will be introduced to the day to day program followed. Important topics to be addressed include the importance of receiving outside treatment and possible symptoms which indicate addiction or abuse. Visitors will also have a chance to ask questions have over a cup of tea afterwardsto assist in a better understanding of why intervention is not only necessary but also life saving in many cases of drug and alcohol addiction.
Many people battling with such addictions are under the misconception that they are strong enough to stop substance abuse on their own. In truth, few individuals are able to stop dependency without some form of outside assistance. If you know of anyone who is affected by the ravages of alcohol or drug addiction or you yourself are battling with substance abuse, take the first step towards recovery by admitting there is a problem and take action by attending Shekinah’s open day.
There is no fee for the open day however anyone interested in attending is required to RSVP. Please contact Lydia at Shekinah Care Centre on 033 502 0024 to book or for further information.
st cathryns news
The Farmers Agri- Care Monthy Mug was played with great enthusiasm because of the interest in the Grand Prix standings and also the unofficial test that was played against a touring group called, The Firkens , who started their tour in Greytown and enjoyed the rest of the weekend at St Cathryn’s. The trophy played for was, an old toilet seat named the
“ Pimple Cup”
1st : Wheels Keeting:nett 65
2nd : Greg Bye: nett 66
3rd : Klaus Kluver: nett 67
4th : Aldon Lerau: nett 68
5th : Chris Harriso: nett 71
Captains Putter : Peter Rommelspacher
Nearets to pin Pin 9/18th : Aldon Cone
Longest Drive 10th : Barry Keet
Results of the “Pimple Cup” Firkens : 330 and St Cathryn’s : 296. Some said it had to do with their Handicaps and some said we got a hiding.
Grand Prix Standings:
1st. Paul Els 94 Points
2nd. Klaus Kluver 84 Points
3rd. Liekie Steyn 67 Points
4th. Merw Rabe 65 Points
5th. Rikus Kloppers 56 Points.
With “two races” to go the race is hotting up and only a faulty club or lost ball could see that we could have a lady Grand Prix winner this year.
The official Inter Club side for KZNGU Interclub has been announced and the team is as follows to be played at Scottburgh, Umdoni and the final at Selbourne on the weekend of 30 and 31 October.
Non Playing Captain and Reserve : Piet Nel
Practice will be in your own time and more information will be forwarded to you and on behalf of the club we wish you all the best.
NGUNI FESTIVAL UPDATE
Sponsors of Nguni Festival have been announced by hosts, Geytown High School -they are Link Seed; PANNAR;Supa Quick and Umvoti Tyres.
Aim of the festival is to unite the community, young and old, of Umvoti to join in and have a funfilled day with many activities.
Date is Saturday 24th October and the venue, Greytown high School.
A fun mini-olympics will be held including events such as wood-carrying relays, three -legged races, sack
races, egg and spoon relay races for kids and adults.
Jason Hartman, Idols winner 2009 will perform in the evening and limited tickets
are on sale at Greytown High School.
MIGHTY MEN CONFERENCE 2010
Dates for the final Mighty Men Conference at Shalom have been announced. It will be held next year over the weekend of 16th,17th and 18th April.
In a press release issued recently Shalom has suggested that men wishing to attend should book as soon as possible in view of the huge numbers expected to attend next year’s conference.
To book go into the website www.mmx2010.com of for further information email email@example.com
A spokesman for Shalom told the Greytown GAzette that bookings were already being made.
Beware Fishing with a PH FactoR
Obviously there must be suckers out there who succumb to these phishing outings which have become a far too regular feature on the Internet. Most recent is one proclaiming to be from ABSA Security Management to “valued customers” and through its committment to make sure online is safe and secure multiple levels of security and state of the art technology is operative to “ensure that access to your accounts is private and secure!”
Then the cherry on the top “in view of recent media reports of fraudulent e-mails being sent to customers of major banks please familiarize yourself with the latest online security measure.”!!!!!!!!!
Then there is a website in which you are required to give all confidential banking and personal information which will then be used by the scammers for devious purposes such as cleaning out your bank accoutntds. Rather hit delete immediately.
Being a natual born cynic on receipt of one of these emails for the umpteenth time, this Greytown Gazette reporter consulted ABSA itself and the advice given by a spokesman foi rthe bank is very clear:
“The most important advice is never click on a link provided on the email to launch the site; banks will NEVER do that. Rather launch the site from Explorer.”
If you do receive any of these phishing scams please forward to the bank concerned as follows:
Nedbank: firstname.lastname@example.org za
419 scams (when you won millions being held in a bank in Nigeria!) email@example.com
23 September 2009
NGUNI FESTIVAL NEWS
There has been a tremendous response to the announcement by Greytown High School of its Nguni festival to take place on Saturday 24th October. Thirty eight stallholders have already booked ranging from a tea garden to a water slide.
Among the local businesses already involved are Edge Tackle, Tarr Roses, China’s Engineering; Country Nursery; Shalom Books and others. For the male visitors -GM and John Deere and of interest to all the ,Ezimvelo, RTI and Bloodbank will also have stalls.
Food at a fair is always a winner - to date boerewors rolls; candy floss; toffee apples; hamburgers; pancakes and chicken wings on a stick will be there to tempt together with Heidi’s Fruit and Nuts.
Idols winner, Jason Hartmann will give a live performance -his father Sam will also be there at his ”Men of the Trees” stand.
There will be a number of bands and a range of live performances.
PERFECT DAY FOR PANNAR TENNIS
Pannar mixed doubles tournament was held on Sunday in perfect weather and this very popular tournament with great prizes, lovely food, and excellent tennis was thoroughly enjoyed by all. There were 20 entries and the Club thanks Pannar for its very generous and ongoing sponsorship!
Of the 20 couples 11 were local with visitors came Wartburg, Pietermaritzburg, Mooi River, Howick and Himeville.
There were three sections with 7 couples in the A and B and 6 in the C section.
Winners: Ryk Joubert and Sue MacKay
Runners Up: Clive Edkins and Erika Gevers
Handicap: Ashley Cotterrell and Carol Adendorff
Most deserving: Anita Turvey and Sean Pretorius
Winners: Sharon van Deventer and Dave Rowley
Runners Up: Darryl Evans and Ardri Cross
Handicap: Paul Varty and Trish Kohne
Most deserving: Bobby Pearson and Corne Nefdt
Winners: Lynne and Warwick English
Runners Up: Bill and Debbie Comins
Handicap: Keith Cowie and Wendy Edkins
Most deserving: Louis van Rooyen and Nadia Nel
Overall winners of the trophy were Paul Varty and Trish Kohne.
Next event on the calendar is Farmers vs Town tournament, sponsored by Wimpy, to be held on Sunday, 18th October,
Handicap matches still outstanding which must be played as soon as possible please are:
Maggie Hardy vs Lynne English
Paul Varty and Guy Platt vs Dieter Meyer and Richard Cyrus
Peter and Maggie Hardy vs Dieter Meyer and Trish Kohne.
PROMPT POLICE ACTION LEADS TO ARRESTS
Prompt reaction by a Kranskop Police patrol, backed by Field Security personnel, led to the arrest of 3 men actually caught in the act of robbing a liquor store in Kranskop. One of the thieves ran off -at some stage two shots were fired.
Last Thursday evening, the store owner, Mrs P.Potgieter was alerted by the security firm that there was a break in at the shop. She drove along the road with lights flashing and on seeing a Police patrol van travelling towards Kranskop, flashed a torch on and off. Realising there was a problem the driver turned the van round and followed Mrs Potgieter to the store.
On entering the Police saw that there were men in the ceiling. A large amount of alcohol and cigarettes had been collected obviously ready for removal. Three of the gang were arrested by the security and Police personnel including POP members still in the area.They have appeared in the Kranskop Magistrate’s Court on charges of housebreaking and theft -the case was remanded.
Kranskop Police chief Superintendent Caroline Minnaar told the Greytown Gazette that on investigation it had been found that the arrested men could be linked to other housebreakings and an armed robbery in Kranskop. The gang came from Eshane.
She said that the Police had been on the alert on Thursday night as the weather was cold and misty which the criminals favoured.
A collection of goods were recovered - chain saws, generator etc - anyone robbed in the Kranskop area recently is asked to contact the Kranskop Police Station.
Greytown Police have also recorded a number of successes as result of prompt responses. Three men were arrested following the discovery of a body outside the Plough Hotel on the 12th September.The man had been stabbed to death.
A man was also arrested following the rape of a six year old girl in the vicinity of Greytown cemetery on the morning of 13th September.
Greytown Police have also recovered a number of items including 3 chain saws , a welding machine and a compressor -these were found in the Enseleni area near Ahrens. Three men have been arrested in this case.
North West Police shot dead man wanted for the killing of Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi in January in Umlazi. A police spokesman said that Sifiso Ndimande had been wanted for a number of taxi related murders as well.
Inkosi Zondi’s murder shocked the residents of this area. he had been one of the outstanding traditional leaders and was actively involved in promoting and development his people in Msinga.
A vehicle, which had been stolen from outside KFC on 6th September was recovered in the Tulwana area in Nkandla by Greytown Police personnel Sergeant B.V. Shezi and Inspector K.J. Shezi.
A reminder to all that if any emergency services are required -police, medical, fire etc. to contact the 911 Centre on 033 417 2911 where the operators will contact which ever service is needed.
Some fair catches over the weekend, the bass are definitely on the move. Reports of a badly hooked fish that had to be removed being full of eggs, points to a spawn as soon as water temps warm up.
Baits working at the moment are top water baits like the “Zara Spook; Zara puppy; Heddons Dying Flutter and Spitting Image -all being good examples and so too the poppers.
Early morning as shallow water warms up, flip out a top water bait along the bank especially under overhanging foliage. Wait for the ripples to die down before retrieving slowly with irregular movements. Midday could need a trick stick fished a bit deeper, a fluke or longtailed worm, good colours would be watermelon, green pumpkin or junebug. Again fish slowly, most takes come on a stationary lure, between retrievals.
Sorry to harp on it, but please fish responsibly, return the bigger fish to the water, especially now during spawn. Remember most fish over 2.5kg are females and will be with egg.
So till next time keep it in the water.
CALLING ALL PAST MEMBERS RIETVLEI CLUB
For nearly sixty years the Rietvlei Club has been the focal meeting point for all members of this widespread farming community. Sadly however the Club has now been sold bringing to an an era for the local residents.
Set up just after the war members and visitors enjoyed polo, gymkhanas, tennis, squash, Sunday school, dances, farmers’ meetings, library, Woman’s Institute, swimming, exercise classes, voting station, funeral and wedding services and many memorable events.
Its going to close in style - a farewell luncheon is to take place at the Club on Sunday 4th October from 11 a.m. and all past and present members and families are invited. Past members are asked to pass this invitation on to others.
It is hoped as many old friends as possible will be able to be there to join in the final celebration.
Please RSVP before the 25th September - contact Pam McLaren on 033 417 0586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday’s golf was won by C Odendaal with R Chiazzari in second place.
A very well organised Ladies’ Open Day took place on Thursday. Well done Eve Drury and team for an enormous effort. Forty four lady golfers participated in spite of the unfavourable weather. Visitors from Howick, Mooi River and Escourt played superb golf, and it was a great pleasure to see them support our event. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Winners were: 1st - Flick Blakeway & Gwen Griffiths (48)
2nd - Sue Marques & Sue Dean (43)
3rd - Wendy Gibhard & Pauline Truter (42)
There were a number local sponsors involved and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to this great golfing day.
Friday’s attendance draw was won by Mike Caldicott. Congratulations Mike. Enjoy your winnings
The Umvoti Tyres Golf Day took place on Saturday. Thank you to Kinan and his team for the excellent food and prizes. Thirty men took to the course and some great golf was played.
Winners were: 1st - B Zuma, D Khumalo & S Dlamini (87)
2nd - J Crowe, M Crowe & S v\d Merwe (77)
3rd - L Lotter, R Chiazzari & T Marcovich (76)
Elmarie would like to extend a very big thank you to all the active members who play on a regular basis and consistently support the Club by entering the sponsored golf days.
The Greytown Country Club will be open on the public holiday on Thursday 24 September if you would like to enjoy your day off on the golf course.
It is Happy Hour again this Friday. Half price special on SAB beer and, if you buy a R20 ticket, you stand a chance of winning R1000 or a bottle of Chivas Regal. Begin the weekend at the Country Club. Bring the family and enjoy good food and good company.
Remember the Wednesday restaurant specials and Pensioners’ Day on Thursdays.
Dates to diarise:2 Oct – Mascor Launch of the new Cruze
3 Oct - Mascor Monthly Mug
10 Oct - Moths Golf Day
24 Oct - Wembley Golf day
14 Nov - Greytown Classic
December is around the corner! Please remember to book the Pannar lounge for your year end function or Christmas Party.
DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH GREYTOWN COMMEMORATES 150TH BIRTHDAY
It was a festive and joyous occasion on Sunday 13 September when the Greytown Congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church commemorated its 150th year of existence. Many former members and guests attended the service of praise and worship and participated in communion. This was followed by a tree planting ceremony where after everybody enjoyed a special breakfast in the church gardens until late afternoon.
Both Greytown and Weenen congregations were formed in 1859 when they seceded from Pietermaritzburg. Greytown was the 4th congregation in KZN with only Pietermaritzburg, Utrecht and Ladysmith already established.
The first church building was consecrated on 16 December 1866 but was destroyed during a violent storm in 1879. A second church was then built and consecrated on 7 April 1883. Several years later it was decided to enlarge the church building, but this was delayed due to the outbreak of the First World War It was subsequently decided to rebuild completely...the third and current church building. This...was consecrated on 17 August 1929.
Twenty one ministers have served the congregation over this 150 year period with Ds. Willie van Zyl being the present incumbent.
The mission statement of the Dutch Reformed Church is
*”To bear the image of Jesus Christ that makes God known through worshipping Him,
*Caring for one another and others
* Providing aid in our community
*Bring peace and hope”
In support of this the congregation is involved in several charitable projects in and around Umvoti.
IS THIS OUR HERITAGE?
For well over one hundred years the UMR Hall was the focal point
for theUmvoti Mounted Rifles - a unit intricately involved in the history
and heritage of the area. One the headquarters were moved to Durban the hall
was used by different groups -sadly no effort was made whatsoever to
preserve this essential part of the heritage of this area.
Can it be hoped that as Heritage Day is tomorrow, 24th September, that
somewhere along the line action will soon be taking to restore , refurbish
and preserve this part of Umvoti's history.
CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN PROGRAMME
Last week Hermannsburg’s Grade 7s entertained a group of visiting children, who came to spend some time at Hermannsburg. The children were all from the Umvoti Aids Centre. This is the Children helping Children programme -and 30 children from the Umvoti Aids Centre had a wonderfully happy time.
The Grade 7s had gone to a lot of trouble to organise a fun sports day for the visiting children. Each visitor was assigned to a Hermannsburg pupil, who acted as their host and partner for the morning.
The children were divided into groups and off they went onto the sports field, where they were taught games, which the Grade 7s had devised for them.
At the end of a fun-filled morning, each visitor was given a book bag that had been decorated for the visitors. A packed lunch was sent along for them to enjoy when they got back home.
.A spokesman for Umvoti Aids Centre said it was a wonderful experience for both the UAC vulnerable children and those at Hermannsburg. The UAC and Hermannsburg children have formed a close and special relationship all learning something of benefit from each other as they play and chat together.
GNOMING IN SEPTEMBER
Spring has officially sprung - so we say once September 1st has been and gone! It will be truly here once we have another soaking rain.
Already the lawns have started to green up and will require their lawn treatment .
A hard raking over and aerating with a strong garden fork does wonders. Backbreaking work but well worth it. To scarify the coarse rysomes of the Kikuyu grass that prevents new finer growth coming through is very important.
Wonderful results will be achieved if you could obtain a load of compost and spread it evenly all over the lawn. It will look a little bleak but in no time the grass will push through and you will have a wonderful velvety lawn.
I always say , that the lawn is the Persian carpet of the garden. If that looks good the rest of the garden will look marvelous… weeds and all!
Have you noticed that once you have mowed and trimmed the lawn the flower beds looks so much better?
Containers at this time of the year need your undivided attention. Those poor neglected “pots” that have become so over grown and root bound... be brave ,toss the contents out, split up the plants and once you have cleaned and washed the pot , replace the soil with a really good potting medium and you are now ready to replant If you are tired of what you have in those old pots, visit your local nursery and go to “town” replacing with lovely new plant material
.There is a wide selection of containers on the market, if you feel your old ones are not up to standard , invest in new ones. The container you use will either make or break the overall effect. Better to have a few really lovely containers , than many inferior ones.
I am an incessant picker for the vase , so I try to plant things in containers that I can pick. A few ideas are - Nadine Domestica Pygmaea as the centre piece surrounded by lovely small leafed variegated ivy. I regularly snip at both these plants when requiring filler for a flower arrangement.
A large wine barrel filled with herbs is a wonderful sight to see outside the kitchen door. Parsley ,purple leafed sage, oregano,thyme, Basil, with a centre piece of Rosemary. Looks divine and so useful.
Containers can be filled with lovely annuals such as petunias,lobelia, nasturtiums. Plant Pelargoniums with the creeping verbena - most striking.
Containers can be used as a softening affect near paths, walls or steps. They can also define areas like the edge of a path way or a lawn.
To care for containers is pretty simple .Never let them dry out but remember over watering is nearly as detrimental. A really good soak once a week and a light top up when the surface looks dry will do the trick. Feeding once a month with worm wee or a suitable fertilizer will keep your container plants looking great.
A very busy time of the year but so worthwhile. So between watching the Springboks and the Proteas on TV, the lounge lizard can turn into a busy bee!
16 September 2009
ANOTHER TWO FOR TOP GREYTOWN AUTHOR
Greytown author Brenda Munitich is a favourite with thousands of young children in South Africa through the wide range of stories she has written and published over the years.
Down to earth and matter of fact about her incredible writing skills Brenda is constantly finding new interests which at some stage will trigger off a new book or otherwise just be added to her many different ways of filling a 24 hour day!
Way back in the 1980's when Brenda was breeding and training sheepdogs, her first book "Chummy , the story of a champion" hit the headlines to be followed by "Ben's Buddy, the story of a handicapped youngster and his sheepdog -this has been rated by a well known literary critic as in the best top ten children's stories.
Many more have followed - with a comprehensive and detailed coverage of animals which feature as part of the story line - like wild dolphins, and that delightful little pig "Plum Duff" .
Taking into account the hype around cricket and 2010 World Cup her two latest books set in Greytown, which are now available are: "Laduma -our own world cup"-a very topical tale of a group of teenagers who cannot afford tickets to the real World Cup so set about organising their own in a Greytown field bringing in children with roots in other countries;
the second "Howzat "is about an under 14 cricket team and the hero who has to accept that girls can play cricket too -even in Greytown!
This is very apt in that in her younger days Brenda represented Natal in the ladies cricket team! and to this day, is still her favourite sport!
With her knowledge of sheepdogs she also wrote an authorative book on their training and sheepdog trials. Brenda also has a fully trained guide dog (for the blind) and has visited many schools throughout the country demonstrating to the children with the guidedog, sheepdogs and sheep just how dogs work. Her theme at the schools is "The Working Dog" and this also includes some police dog demonstrations when the children see how a dog is trained to find lost children and do agility work.
These demonstrations serve as a preliminary to the main thrust of Brenda's motivation to encourage and motivate children to read-she talks to them about the importance of reading and the techniques of creative writing.
The younger ones are also included -there is a picture book on farm life and animals; her latest "The Rhino that caught a Poacher" - a bedtime story; and a set of 6 books for beginner readers geared towards those who do not have English as a first language.
A couple of years ago, Brenda was approached by a Pietermaritzburg publisher and this joint venture resulted in a set of six books with a philosphical theme; and recently a set of three maths books for foundation phase mathematics.
The list goes on and on - well over twenty have been published. Brenda's books are well written and many of them carry an underlying message -for instance Laduma the characters overcome and triumph over peer pressure, bullying, xenophobia and other obstacles -they work effectively as indioviduals and as a team and reflect the true meaning of the Rainbow Nation.
When writing Brenda starts the day at about 4.30 a.m. at her computer. It obviously won't be long before this highly talented writer sits down to start the next book. In the meantime keeping her busy is her latest passion - breeding show bantams and pigeons!
Planting Hope Umvoti AIDS Centre
Arbor Day 2009 was celebrated in style this year at the old Visick Timbers property now the new Umvoti AIDS Centre.
On Friday, 4th September Greytown community, young and old , local business folk, government officials, school children, fellow NGOs, indigenous tree fundis and many more came out to spend the sunfilled morning planting a seed of hope into the new grounds. This was a great start to what will be an ongoing continually expanding project of beautifying and tree planting.
Thus far, over 70 trees have been donated. 54 trees were planted on the day: 31 Celtis Africana (white stinkwood), 18 Olea Africana (wild olive), and 5 Combretum Erythrophyllum (river bushwillow). Bark-mulch growing medium, milled maize cobs, fertilizer, hand tools, watering buckets, and tree stakes were also donated for the day.
Many chose not to just donate trees and materials, but happily extended a helpful hand in planting the trees as well. A good portion of the trees now carry a gold tag stating who donated or planted that tree .
From its origins in Nebraska in the U.S.A. in 1872, Arbor Day’s humble tradition of planting a tree still remains just as relevant as it did then. Ultimately though, the day was not just a celebration of Arbor Day ...it was more than that.. The day resounded with hope and optimism. For just a fraction of time all gathered under the sun, took coats off, tightened up boot laces and planted a tree ...nothing more, nothing less. The act was simple, but the impact will be seen, felt and enjoyed for countless years to come.
Umvoti AIDS Centre would like to thank all of those who donated to this year’s Arbor Day event and ensured that the day would be a complete success. A huge impact" Project Manager Justin McAmmond says "We would like to extend a timeless invitation to you to come back and visit your tree, whether to water it or just to wave and say hello. You’ve not just planted a tree, you’ve planted a seed of hope, and to that we are indebted. Thank you."
To those that were unable to make a donation in time for the Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony but would still like to, please contact Project Manager Justin McAmmond
BRUSH UP ON STROKE SYMPTOMS
In South Africa it is estimated that 60 people die every day as a result of a stroke -but a stroke does not have to be a death sentence. This is national stroke week and the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA is urging all South Africans to be aware of the symptoms of a stroke.
Knowing the signs of a stroke and seeking immediate medical help can improve the outcome of the stroke. The symptoms of stroke appear suddenly and often there is more than one symptom at the same time -these include as follows:
Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
Loss of speech, or trouble speaking or understanding speech
Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Loss of balance or trouble with walking
Severe or unusual headache
When one or more of these symptoms is experienced, get immediate medical attention – medical help is most important in the first few hours. If the person becomes unconscious, call an ambulance immediately.
For further information consult www.heartfoundation.co.za or call the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222.
LANDFILL SITES IN UMVOTI
Umzinyathi District Municipality is currently looking for two sub-regional landfill sites to serve the northern and southern regions of the District.
A public meeting was held on on 27 August at the Greytown Town Hall to introduce the project and explain the Environmental Impact Assessment process. The meeting discussed the steps that will be involved and the selection of potential candidate sites.
The project team has thus far identified 10 potential candidate sites for the southern regional landfill site which will be investigated further and then ranked in terms of suitability.
At present refuse from the greater Greytown area is collected and transported to the New England Roadl landfill site in Pietermaritzburg where it is disposed of.
A sub-regional landfill is needed in order to properly manage the waste generated in the area and this would reduce the costs associated with transporting waste to another district.
If you would like to learn more about the project or register as an Interested and Affected Party please contact the Environmental Consultants - Lombard & Associates. Telephone: 0317633760; Fax: 0317633041; Email: email@example.com”
CASE AGAINST GPS PRINCIPAL AND DEPUTY DISCHARGED BY COURT
”Case discharged” was the straight and unequivocal verdict handed down by Regional Magistate Mr de Beer on the charges of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, laid against Greytown Primary School principal Mr E.M. Anthony and deputy principal Mr A.K. Ramsamoojh.
It was obvious, the Magistrate said, from the claims by the eight year old girl that she had not been assaulted by the two and that the child was not aware of the difference between truth and lies, right and wrong.
The Magistrate was equally scathing about the report submitted by a local Department of Social Development social worker, for the State, stating it was “disgraceful” with no factual basis -he pointed out that the social worker was supposed to be there to help the Court.
The alleged incident was said to have occurred early on the morning of 11th February at the school. The School Board of Governors, educators, learners and the Greytown community maintained that there was no truth in the claims made and supported Mr Anthony and Mr Ramsamoojh in these very traumatic eight months. During this time they made six appearances in Court until the discharge on Friday.
To ensure that there is no chance of any attempts to slur or sully the reputations of these two well respected and highly regarded men in the future, this report details various aspects of the evidence led by the Prosecution and Defence Advocate Sydney Albert
According to medical evidence there was a welt(weal) on the child’s leg and a small bruise -she maintained however that she had been hit twice on her bottom with a stick edged with iron - but the Magistrate pointed there were no marks whatsoever on her bottom - the medical evidence confirmed this. A claim that she had been “grabbed by her left ear” was also untrue and not seen by any witnesses as well as there being no medical evidence .
At no stage had any staff heard the child crying or screaming and she had in fact gone on to her class with her teacher after the alleged incident, stayed in the class and only when she returned home “revealed” the incident to her mother (the mother’s name is not published to prevent the identification of the child). The evidence given by the complainant was not corroborated in all material aspects by any of the other witnesses -even the mother did not support her evidence on material issues.
The State had vehemently protested on the acceptance by the Court of the complainant’s statement made to the Police, the day after, claiming that it could not be reconciled, However the mother had in fact been present, had vetted it and corrected it to reflect what the child had actually said to the Police.
In regard to the implications made by the Prosecutor that because two of the State’s witnesses had worked with the accused and were friends they had supported what they had said had happened, the Magistrate said that at no stage had the Prosecution claimed that these witnesses were hostile and that they had told the truth about the incident.
Presenting the case for the defence, Advocate Albert said that 6 different versions of the State’s case had been presented in evidence led. These versions differed in content and were contradictory - he submitted there was no credibility in the State’s evidence and case.
In his conclusion Magistrate de Beer made it very clear that there was absolutely no case proven at all of any assault by the two .
The Greytown Primary School Board of Governors has asked the Greytown Gazette, on behalf of all stakeholders, to express their grateful thanks and appreciation to all for their continuing support and unwavering belief in the intergrity of Mr Anthony and Mr Ramsamoojh.
SARS SCAM..... BEWARE
Another scam variation -this tme involving the Receiver of Revenue. This is what happened:
A man got message on his cell that R82 000 had been deposited in his bank account -he could not work out from whom. Following day a phone call from a so called “SARS” official to state that a VAT return of R82 000 had been erroneously deposited in this account and he had to reverse the payment. An official looking letter was faxed through to him with all their banking details etc.
This man then went into the computer to do the transfer but when he saw that the R82 000 was still “uncleared” decided rather to check with his bank in the morning.
However the bank could not identify from where the deposit had come. After investigation, he was told that this was a scam -the bank account to which he was supposed to transfer the R82 000 was a personal account which had no funds in it. Definitely nothing to do with the SARS!
In addition the bank said that the R82 000 cheque deposited would have been a stolen cheque which would bounce and the bank would have to have reversed it in a few days. So the man would have been R82 000 down the tubes...and unable to recover a cent !
This scam is also been used by people claiming to be from Telkom, Municipalities etc - the bottom line -check with your bank first if someone contacts you with such a story no matter how official it sounds!
LOTS OF FLAVOUR AT GARDEN CLUB
Lots more veggies have been planted in Umvoti gardens over the past two weeks inspired by Toni Badcock-Walters’ dynamic talk at the Garden club meeting on 8th September at Mike and Louise Yeadon’s home.
Toni spoke from the heart sharing her passion for organically grown vegetables and how to grow these and plants in productive and environmentally friendly gardens with the minimum of time and effort. Toni emphasised the most important aspect was to grow veggies etc that you enjoyed eating and to eat what you grow.
Her latest book, “Cultivating Flavour” was enthusiastically bought by a number of those present. For those who missed the meeting check website www.lizardleappress.com. for details.
Next meeting is on Tuesday 13th October at “Proudacres”, home of Iain and Cheryl McGhie when Gordon Stuart will talk on landscaping in progress. Non members welcome -please wear comfortable shoes and take a chair with you.
A reminder that the beautiful Benvie gardens in Karkloof are open from 20th September. Please phone John Robinson on 033 502 9090 or 082 443 3805 to arrange a visit.
9 September 2009
END OF AN ERA
Tribute to Jose Nel
An era has come to an end with the death last Thursday of Jose Nel at the age of 101 years. A Greytonian through and through from her birth in Umvoti she formed an integral link in the history of the district She grew up in a happy environment, riding horseback to school, going on long leisurely trips by ox wagon, and surrounded by loving family members. Her ten decades jumped from a gentle paced childhood; the first World War; the great depression; the second world war to the fast moving hi tech electronic developments which became so much part of her life through her family members living all over the world.
Whilst studying at Girl’s High School in Pietermaritzburg Jose, a highly talented musician completed her teachers diploma in piano but in complete contrast also won the Lord Roberts of Kandahar medal for shooting, achieving the highest score in the Commonwealth!
To her family and the many many friends Jose stood out as someone who always held fast to her beliefs and was never afraid to stand up for them. She had a deep love of her family, the community and South Africa.Over the years she took in and took care of many nephews, nieces and children from the community.
In toasting Jose at her hundredth birthday party last year, her daughter Jeanne said
”She had her fun side and I suspect that she was one hell of a flapper in her time.”! . An independent individual she “never used the footsteps made by others, preferring to make her own”.
At a time when domesticity was expected of women by society , Jose moved way beyond that stereotype -she played the piano beautifully, bred horses, collected antiques, made beautiful gardens and talked passionately about current affairs and politics.
Her funeral was held in the Greytown NGK on Tuesday and was attended by many members of the Nel family and friends.
”KNOWING ONE'S PAST IS GOOD FOR THE FUTURE ”
It was a vibrant family reunion with a difference!
President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma was in Greytown with his family for the weekend to honour the great grandfather of the Zuma people, Inkosi Matomela, who led the Zuma or Nxamalala people in the 1800’s.
As Chairman of the Zuma Royal Council President Zuma presented the Inkosi Matomela memorial lecture on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Greytown Town Hall which was attended by 250 people.
In his address Zuma said that the Nxamalala people had inhabited Greytown before it had been occupied by settlers. In fact if the Nxamalala submitted a claim for Greytown, they could also claim a large part of Pietermaritzburg and Howick - permission had been sought from the clan to build the town of Howick.
”If we put the claim”, he said, ”we can take back the whole of Greytown. However, our coming together tonight is not aimed at causing problems. The gathering was to remember their roots and unite the people of his clan.
Zuma said “Knowing one’s past is good for the future and nation building. He emphasised this saying that “young people are being influenced by Western culture and end up being second best because they are not proud of who they are and where they come from.”
Inkosi Matomela had played a vital role in uniting the Zulu people. He had a very good relationship with King Shaka, founder of the Zulu nation and Zuma said that they had met up and Matomela had pledged his support to Shaka. It was after Shaka’s death that the Nxamalala's had been forced to move.
Inkosi Matomela is said to be buried under the Greytown Town Hall.
It was fitting therefore on Sunday when the Zuma family members, led by President Jacob Zuma, Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma of Mpendle and Inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma planted a tree alongside the statue of King Dinizulu alongside the Greytown Town Hall. As no photograph or sketches of Inkosi Matomela could be found it was decided to honour his memory with the tree and a plaque which states:
”This tree was planted on the 5th day of September 2009 by Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma
Inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma and His Excellency Dr J. G. Zuma,the Chairman of the Zuma Royal Council and the State President of South Africa, in memory of Inkosi Matomela Zuma.”
A Halleria Lucida (tree fuchsia) which is one of the Arbor Day trees of the year was planted.
Tharien Malan stands proudly next to a Telkom Foundation banner, just after she was awarded a runner-up award in the national educator of the year competition. The awards ceremony was held at a gala evening in Johannesburg recently. Tharien matriculated at Hermannsburg and is presently teaching at St. Michael's (Bloemfontein). Tharien received her award in the Secondary Schools' Mathematics category nationally. Her parents are Duncan and Koekoe Olivier of Greytown - well done, Tharien!
Jose Nel the magnificent grande dame of Umvoti who died at the age of 101 last Thursday.
IDOLS WINNER AT GHS NGUNI FESTIVAL
An exciting action packed community fair is being organised by Greytown High School for Saturday 24th October. To be called the Nguni Festival it will feature many of unusual items with the emphasised on community participation.
One of the highlights on the entertainment side is the concert by 2009 Idols winner, Jason Hartman! There will also be other live performances.
Details of the various stalls will be published over the next two months. But for now how about this fun and different event -for R10 buy a marked out “plot” and if this is targeted by projectiles dropped from a helicopter the plot owner stands in line to win an ox or sheep or pig (all slaughtered) or one of many other prizes.
A dance will be held in the evening.
Individuals, businesses, craftspeople, churches, welfare organisations etc etc. who would like to book a stall please contact ct Greytown High School on 033 413 2146 for further information and to book.
MAYORAL TRIP CHECKING OUT CHINA
Response from cash strapped ratepayers in Greytown to the Mayor’s latest trip to China has been one of anger alongside, in many instances, much derision at the repeat of yet another useless and waste of money excursion.
As reported in last week’s Greytown Gazette, the Mayor, Petros Ngubane, accompanied by the Chief Financial officer, Sipho Ndabandaba , and a Durban businessman departed secretly on Saturday 29th August for China to return to Greytown on September 10th.
According to the Mayor’s PA, Dudu Mabaso, who issued a press statement that the trip is a follow up on the Mayor’s previous trip to China in 2002, to lure investors to Greytown. It will be recalled that that trip seven years ago, at the cost of R86 000 plus to the ratepayers, produced absolutely nothing in the way of investment.
Is it possible that the cynics will be proved wrong this time and the Mayor will proudly announce on his return that Chinese factories are to be established in Umvoti. If this does happen the Greytown Gazette will be first in line to congratulate the Mayor and welcome the new investors!
Comment was received on the hush hush trip from the PA in the Office of the Mayor and Umvoti DA Councillor Paul Buss as follows:
“The Democratic Alliance is appalled by recent discovery of a trip made to China by the Umvoti Mayor and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This trip was funded by council without the support of a legitimate council resolution.
In 2002 a similar trip to China was undertaken at a cost of R86 418, 75 to council to bring investments and job opportunities to Umvoti, the benefits or results of which never occurred. Mvoti Municipal Manager, Mr Ntshangase in answering questions posed by me indicated that he did not know much about the trip and assured me that council had not funded it as no resolution had been passed. Upon querying who would take over as acting CFO in the absence of the incumbent I was informed he indicated that he did not know who was acting as CFO.
This morning in questioning the speaker Mr. Maharaj for clarity on these matters, I was directed to an official in the finance department who informed me that the council had indeed paid for the trip to China (cost unknown) and that he had been serving as acting CFO.
“It is disgraceful that such expense can be incurred without any form of transparency or indication of what potential benefits would result. The Democratic Alliance will be approaching the MEC of local government to immediately investigate the alleged unauthorised expenditure and to take whatever action needed to rectify the situation. It is particularly disturbing that this unauthorised expenditure has been kept from public scrutiny.”
The Democratic Alliance has recently published, through its wasteful expenditure watch, that the ANC National government have been involved in excess of R 100 000 000 of wasteful expenditure. It is alarming that the IFP in Umvoti are implicated in the financial mismanagement of council funds.
In light of the difficult economic climate and the pressure placed upon the rate payers of Umvoti municipality this wasteful and unjustified expenditure cannot be justified.”
The following press statement has been issued by the PA in the office of the Mayor, Mrs Dudu Shangase .
“Petros Mthandeni S. Ngubane, Mayor of Umvoti Municipality together with Mr. Sipho Ndabandaba, Head of Finance Department are on a mission to make a follow up on the Mayor’s previous Business Trip to China and to try and get some investors.
The plans to seek investment in Umvoti were discussed sometimes back. The Mayor approached the China, India, German and British Ambassadors in this regard. The Economy downturn in Europe and elsewhere does not suggest Investment opportunities must not be explored. People wish to move from their areas to do business in other areas. They want to expand, relocate and consider doing business where the environment accepts and allows them to practice optimally and with less hassles.
It is this need that the Umvoti Municipality is trying to tap on. This can help address unemployment in the area.
The cost of the previous trip and this will be made available to people of Umvoti. However getting the right information to the right people can only reduce exaggeration and disinformation.
The Office of the Mayor contact person is Mrs. Dudu Shangase, contact details are:-
Tell:(033) 413 9198”
ST CATHRYN'S NEWS
Hermannsburg School held its Annual Golf Day here over the weekend with three fields playing for the trophy. Visitors from Durban, Howick, the South Coast, Noodsberg and some good support from Greytown played in the 4BBBS competition.
Looking at the scores- you can see the course must have been in a very good condition. It was good to see some senior golfers from the Sages taking part as well and these golfers walking in the heat just shows how tough these old fellows are. Mention must be made of the the past champions that came back to defend their title Vic and Ross Droegemoller.
A few golfers withdrew from playing due to the flu bug and the code orange fire conditions kept two four-balls on their farms.
1st : Merwin Rabe and Steve Nel 50 points.
2nd: Liekie Steyn and Steve Nel 48 points
3rd: Lieb van Rensburg and Johan Viljoen 46 points o.c.o
4th : Tubby Larkan and Piet Coetzee 46 points
5th : Vic Droegemoller and Ross Droegemoller 45 points o.c.o
6th : Hagar Engela and Grant Storie 45 points o.c.o
7th : Barry Oehme and Steven van der Merwe 45 points
Nearest to pin 2/ 11th : Ross Droegemoller
Nearest to pin 9/18th : Willie Kusel
Longest Drive Ladies 10th : Liekie Steyn
Longest drive Men 10th : Vic Droegemoller
Nearest to pin for 2 on the 8th : Tony Kennedy
2 Clubs : Merwin Rabe, Kerry Whiting and Vic Droegemoller.
A special thank you to all the St Cathryn's members, Hermannsburg School family and other friends who helped, worked, braaied and supported as well as to all the sponsors - We had a great day and it was thanks to all of you.
Next Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug will be played on Saturday 26 September - to book for golf please phone Piet 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Mike Caldicott and Steve van der Merwe won Wednesday Golf on 42 points.
Friday night’s attendance draw rolls over to this Friday (11 September) as Steve van der Merwe was not in attendance and lost out on R2 000. The jackpot at the next draw is R2 100. Remember you have to be present to win.
No golf was played over the weekend due to the Hermannsburg School Golf Day at St Cathryn’s.
Our spring treatment is done and dusted and the course is looking magnificent. Dust off your golf clubs and try out our refreshed course. The Club would like to publicly thank Chris Odendaal for all his hard work during the spring treatment. Your efforts on the golf course and assistance to the greenkeeper do not go unnoticed.
The Mascor Monthly Mug will be played on Saturday. Tee off at around 12:00. Please support and enjoy a round of golf with some lovely prizes as an added bonus.
Once again a special request to all dog walkers: you are most welcome to walk your dog on the golf course, but please pick up your dog’s waste and try to keep it out of the bunkers.
Dates to diarise:17 September - Ladies Open
19 September - Umvoti Tyres Golf day
HOW DOES AN INVENTOR INVENT?
Ever wondered how inventors invent? Amazing how a solution develops out of an every day situation.
Ask Roy Thomson of Greytown. His incredible pool cleaner which is a finalist in the ESKOM 2009 eta competition evolved as a result of Roy observing insects and small leaves lingered on the surface of a swimming pool whilst stones etc dropped to the bottom.”Why” , he asked wait for the dirt to sink to the bottom then use expensive pumps to get rid of it.
So he came up with this solar powered pool skimmer which does a host of other activities too!
Called “Top Gun” this invention, which floats, is based around a pill carrier with a 25 cm float on the top.
Solar operated the sun powers the submersible pump above the pill carrier.The pump sucks surface water through the first sieves which are shaped in an offset pattern to draw dirty water in.
By rotating, it can be seen that the filter is unclogged, when it stops rotating its time to clean the filter. The capacity of the filter is about half a litre, and this should be about a week of scum. The filter is easily cleaned by backwashing with a hose pipe. In addition through using the pool skimmer it would eliminate use of the sand filter, and expensive waste of water through backwashing.
Pool lighting at night will be done by L E D lights which will come on at night.
This multi -purpose energy saving can also have an alarm system which will sound a warning if water is disturbed -that is if a child fell into the pool the alarm would sound.
Background to the eta awards - this is an annual event sponsored by Eskom and endorsed by the Department of Energy to reward innovation in and efficient use of energy resulting in cost savings. Winners will receive R30 000 each.
Roy is being flown to Johannesburg next week for the judging, by a special panel, of the ten semi-finalists.
Good luck to a winner!
FROM THE DITCH
As the year winds down into the last two months, so the pairs becomes all the more urgent. Teams are urged to arrange their matches.
Bryan Paul and Chris Fischer continued their progress after last week’s narrow win to beat Peter Mason and Mac McIntyre on Saturday.
Joy Hickman teamed up with Jack Ferreira to succumb to Jacques Minnaar and Judy Ellmann in a game that showed Joy has not lost her skills!
Well done to Sannie Balzer who came second in her NIBA Preliminary master singles played last weekend. She won three of the five matches played ...and lost out a place in the Master singles by just 6 points.
A very social crowd enjoyed the club lounge afterwards and the question is being asked -when are we going to start playing at night, most of the spotlights are in place. So watch this space
Also coming up is the AGM on Wednesday 14th October when hopefully all the championships will have been played. Members are reminded to consider nominations and to be mindful of the need to fulfil duties.
OPEN GARDENS IN GREYTOWN
Three of Greytown’s most interesting and attractive gardens will be open for public viewing next month on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Diarise these details now to make sure you view these gardens.
Visitors are requested to make a donation on entry -tea and eats will be on sale at R10 pr person - proceeds will be donated to various local charities.
Two town gardens will be open as follows:
*Nick and Sally March :” High Acre” 242 Pine Street (033 - 4171405 )
* Walter and Verona Redinger : 230 Pine Street ( 033 - 4172151)
Out of town large farm garden:Walter and Colleen Slatter at Silverley :directions: From Greytown, take R74 towards Muden - 6km out of town G114 on right - this leads straight to residence.
3 September 2009
Aunt Jose Nel, the grand old lady of Greytown, passed away peacefully on 3 September 2009 at the age of 101. We extend our condolences to her family. Click here to e-mail us messages to pass on to the family.
2 September 2009
MAYOR AND CFO ON SECRET VISIT TO CHINA
It's shrouded in the mystery of the exotic East!
Umvoti Mayor Petros Ngubane and his Chief Financial officer Sipho Ndabandaba have flown off to China, accompanied by a Durban businessman, on a trip which has been kept hush hush from all but a select few!
A Greytown Gazette reporter asked Umvoti Municipal Manager Hamilton Shangase at last Thursday's Exco whether the question of the Mayor's rumoured trip to China was to be discussed at the meeting. Mr Shangase denied all knowledge of such a trip. However when it was confirmed from several reliable sources on Monday that the Mayor and CFO had in fact flown on Saturday, the reporter again contacted the Municipal Manager and requested that the truth be told this time.
The following statement was then issued by the Municipal Manager late on Monday afternoon:
"In response to the numerous queries regarding the Mayor being abroad; yes he has left for China on the 29th August 2009 with a senior official the Chief Financial Officer who had to attend due to his financial background. However due to security reasons the reason for the visit or any other flight details could not be disclosed and still cannot be disclosed at this stage however a full statement will be given once the Mayor and Chief Financial Officer return".
Does this mean that they have flown out of the country undercover?In disguise? Forget about the commitment to transparency and the legal requirements laid down for such an exercise.
Many residents of Greytown and district might recall that in January 2002 the Mayor, with four other Mayors from the Umzinyathi district went on a trip to China, which cost to Greytown ratepayers R86 418.75. The Mayor claimed that it was "worth it from the point of view of future development by Chinese investors" and on his return proudly announced that 20 companies had signed Letters of Intent to invest in Umvoti.
But surprise, surprise, the cynical ratepayers were correct these 20 Chinese businesses did not materialise. Perhaps the Mayor having given them all 7 years to think about their investments here is now going back to China to hold them to their Letters of Intent!
There are a number of pertinent questions that, in the interests of the ratepayers and residents of Umvoti should be answered by the Municipality openly and publicly - such as:
*Who is financing this trip to China? If Council is why was no resolution taken at a meeting as is legally required and no item tabled at the Executive meeting last Thursday. If it is being privately funded - the "why" becomes even more important to be answered.
*Why is the whole trip being handled so secretively by the Mayor, the CFO, the Municipal Manager and other senior personnel.
+Were the Mayor's IFP Councillors informed of the visit -certainly the DA and ANC Councillors were not.
Ratepayers and residents are urged to be patient until the 10th September when these madly security conscious jet setters return to Greytown and the promised statement on the visit is published in the Greytown Gazette the following week.
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Not much news this week as Golf course was closed due to spring treatment. The golf course will be open again from Wednesday 2 Sept and we hope to see all of you back in action and ready to take on the refreshed course.
The happy hour that was held on Friday 28 Aug was very enjoyable. Food was delicious. Thank you to KMH Hydraulics for sponsoring the food and to Greytown Beer Distributors for sponsoring the SAB beer.
Conrad Fourie won the R1000 and once again it was the Ladies Golf section which won the Chivas Regal. Paul du Preez and Keith Cowie won the consolation prizes.
Mooi River Valley Conservancy will be sponsoring a function to be held at the Club on Wednesday 9th September at 5pm, when a bench and plaque will be dedicated to the late Horace Rall. This will be followed by a short social function. Anyone who knew Horace Rall or the family are welcome to attend.
Every Wednesday we will be offering a special from the restaurant from 6pm - 8.30pm.
Thursday is our Pensioners day and all Pensioners are welcome to come and enjoy a cup of tea and cake for only R10p\p r from 10am - 2pm.
Special request to all members as well as non members to support our spring dinner and dance on Friday 4 Sept. Tickets are R60p\p and R35 per child. A tasty 3 course meal will be supplied and music to enjoy an evening out with some dancing. Booking essential -please phone the Club 033 417 2441
Attendance draw is worth R2000 on Friday at around 6.30pm. Please be there or you will loose out on a very nice bonus.
Mascor Monthly Mug is postponed to 12 Sept due to the Hermannsburg School Golf day being held at St Cathryn’s this weekend.
An urgent appeal to dog owners walking their dogs on the golf course - please do take packets with you to pick up your dog’s poo. Also an appeal to householders whose properties abut the golf course - at least 5-6 dogs from these houses get through the holes in the outer fencing and roam the course in the early mornings.
Dates to diarize: 12 Sept: Mascor monthly mug
17 Sept: Ladies open day
19 Sept: Umvoti Tyres Golf day
Gardening with a flavour
September’s garden club meeting on Tuesday 8th, is a fascinating combination of gardening and food! Guest speaker is well known Toni B Walters whose latest book is “CF” (Cultivating Flavour) -the first complete guide to kitchen gardening in Southern Africa.
Well known as a horticulturist and author, Toni is well steeped in these being a tenth generation farmer in this country! A former president of the S.A. Herb Society, she has also lectured in soil science.
Her talk to the Garden Club is one that must not be missed -she will focus on planting a garden for your kitchen.
Venue is Leigh Farm, home of Louise and Michael Yeadon . Please take along a chair and visitors are very welcome.
For further information contact Louise on 083 308 1732.
Greytown Shri Vishnu Mandir celebrates 100 years!
This year Greytown Shri Vishnu Mandir celebrates its centenary .This year also marks the arrival of the first indentured Indians in South Africa from India 150 years ago. The Temple Sabha decided to observe both these milestones with various activities and the publishing of a commemorative brochure.
The site on which the temple stands was donated by a Greytonian Sri Baboo Dakka Singh in about 1910 to establish a religious centre for the local Hindu community. From the original wood and iron building improvements and developments were made over the years and the magnificent Temple building seen in the photograph was opened in 1993. An adjoining utility hall, Brindhaven, plus fully fitted kitchen etc was then built.
To commemorate the history and to celebrate these achievements, a brochure is being prepared and it is hoped that all members of the community will contribute to this very special happening and celebrate this glorious heritage.
For further information please contact Mr B.D. Roopai on 033 417 1931; Vee Maharaj -083 630 6456; D.R.Aheer - 082 778 0282
KILLERS CAUGHT ON CCTV
Nearly two years ago Greytown SAPS dog unit member Ageet Mewa was gunned down and his colleague Navin Maharaj injured as armed robbers fled the scene of their raid on Aheer's Supermarket.
On Friday 21st August, four of the robbers appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, before Acting Judge Kobus Booyens, on charges of robbery, two murders, attempted murders and aggravated robberies. They are charged with possession of five AK46 fully automatic rifles, 3 semi-automatic handguns and 160 live rounds.
CCTV footage was shown to the Court of four of the gang nonchalantly strolling in the supermarket making no effort to conceal their weapons as they walked amongst the shoppers. One of the accused, 27 year old Wiseman Zuke of Johannesburg was allegedly seen carrying an AK47, whilst the other three, Tholanhlanhla Zuke of Maphumumulo; Bhekuthula Zuma of Ngome and Siyabonga Cebekhulu of Ladysmith are reported to be seen holding firearms and pointing them at the ceiling.
Ageet Mewa and Navin Maharaj, who were both off duty, were driving past in a Police vehicle, in Voortrekker Street when they were seen by some of the robbers fleeing the supermarket. Gang members opened fire, killing Mewa and wounding Maharaj. They stole a gun from a security guard on the scene, and hi-jacked, at gunpoint three vehicles in which they drove off.
Greytown Police combed the area and a gang member was killed in a shoot out. The four appearing in Court have been charged with his murder on the basis of common purpose and that they knew that they could meet with resistance, but still pressed on with the robbery, as well as the murder of Mewa.
Three of the gang who had taken part in the raid were gunned down, with eight others, in a shoot out with Police in Pretoria.
The trial was adjourned to 11th November to the Scottburgh Circuit Court.
PRESIDENT ZUMA TO HONOUR INKOSI MATOMELA AT GALA EVENT IN GREYTOWN
Greytown is to host an historical event on Saturday, when President Zuma, in his capacity as Chairman of the Zuma Royal Council will present the inaugural Inkosi Matomela memorial lecture at a gala dinner to be held in the Greytown Town Hall.
The event, to celebrate the life and times of Inkosi Matomela, will be hosted by Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma of Mpendle and inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma of Nkandla who are descendants of Inkosi Matomela.
They believe that for any Nation to move forward and build for the future, it is imperative for it to understand its past and learn from it.
This commemorative event will take place over two days and is expected to draw representatives from academia, business, industry, politics, government and the wider community.
It is a widely held belief that Inkosi Matomela , who lived in the 1800’s was buried in Greytown -possibly under the current Town Hall (which was completed in 1904). The Inkosi was a contemporary of His Majesty , King Shaka Ka Senzangakhona, the founder of the Zulu nation. He was known for his bravery and for a particularly cordial relationship with King Shaka.
Inkosi Matomela is the great grandfather of the Zuma people, who are an integral part of the Zulu nation. In fact, reigning Zulu King, King Goodwill Zwelithini Ka Bhekuzulu has good relations with the President of South Africa, President Zuma, who is a great grandson of Inkosi Matomela.
There is a concentration of Zuma people in Mpendle, Nkandla and Msinga and as a result of migration, all over South Africa.
Inkosi uMsholozi, the first born of Inkosi Matomela’s first wife, uMa Mkhize held the reins of the Zuma clan, while his younger brother, Lugaju from Matomela’s wife from the Mthembu Royal family was still young.
Due to social migration the concentration Inkosi Msholozi’s generation is found at Nkandla.
For information on the Memorial lecture and gala dinner please contact Nokuthula Ngubane on 071 970 3652 or 031 309 5525
ST CATHRYNS NEWS
There is a great deal of work going on at St Cathryns as we get ready for one of our highlights of the year - Hermannsburg Golf Day -- there are limited places left and should anyone wish to play please phone Piet on 033 4441945 or 083 269 1661 to enter. Tee- off times 07h30 and 12h30 Both Shotgun starts, format 4BBBS.
This is always a fun day whatever the weather and we are hoping for a fine day - with little wind and no mist.
There will also be food on sale and supper tickets are available from the school .
Please speak to Corolla on 033 4450 601 ext 11 to book
GREYTOWN TENNIS NEWS
The Pannar mixed doubles tournament is to be played on 20th September... always a fun tournament so please all the regular, and not so regular tennis players note the date ,and enter with a partner to Sylvia Varty:
0846576326 or Keith Cowie: 0827725436.
A number of matches in the Handicap section of the Linkseed championships still have to be played as
Mixed Doubles: Maggie and Peter Hardy vs. Guy Platt and Lynne English.
Men’s Doubles: Ian Hill and Ron Drogemoller vs. Clive Edkins and Bill Comin; Paul Varty and
Guy Platt vs. Dieter Meyer and Richard Cyrus.
Ladies Singles: Erika Gevers vs. Lynne English.
Please arrange for these matches to be played on Saturday if possible,or during the week.
There was some brilliant squash played last Friday when Jester’s team players met a Greytown Invitation side in Greytown. Particular mention must be made of Dolf van Rooyen and Conrad Fourie, two of Greytown’s exciting prospects -they both excelled themselves when they were blooded against two very good and experienced players .
The squash club thanks all who participated as well as K.C.L and the Club.
After a late start the Greytown spring league got off to a good start last Thursday. Six teams are competing - a fixture list and teams has been sent to players. Games will be played over the next 5 weeks and players are asked to please play on the scheduled days!