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30 March 2011
VOTE FOR EXTENSION 14 HOUSING
This reads like a 21st century fairy tale. Once upon a time in the 1980’s the wise men of Greytown, which included Councillors and representatives of the Indian Local Affairs Committee decided that the major housing shortage in the town could be solved by declaring a new housing development. The area was just outside Greytown on the apex of the Dundee and Kranskop roads. Many residents were very happy at this far reaching and considerate decision and began to dream of a day when they too could own their very own house.
Some years later in 1989 the area was surveyed and approved - pegs indicating the numbered plots; roads ;leisure areas etc.
Next big move was in 1993 when the House of Delegates provided R7 million rand for the servicing of Extension 14. It has also been reported that the non-operative reservoir on the Kranskop road was built there to supply water to Extension 14
Fast forward to January 2011 -a meeting of Umvoti Council at which a developer put forward a presentation that a retail shopping centre be developed on Extension 14. A letter of intent was signed by Mayor Ngubane but no resolution was put to Council that instead of residential, lets go commercial.
Fast forward again to 24th March and lo and behold in Ilanga, a Zulu newspaper with a limited circulation in Greytown, an Umvoti Municipality advertisement stating that if NO objections were received within 21 days, the Municipality would lease out 100 000 square metres of Extension 14 at R12 000 per month to Incamanzi (Pty) Ltd.
This raises queries;
- Why use a newspaper which the majority of Greytonians do not read.
- If residents do not submit letters to the Municipality objecting the shopping development instead of the housing development will go ahead...within 21 days.
- Where is the Council resolution on this and how was the way below market rental of R12 000 per month arrived at and by whom?
- Does the Greytown IDP cover this development Furthermore in terms of the KZN Planning and Development Act.
- The Municipality must have a public participation process to decide if a lease will be granted -same would apply to a subdivision and lease.
- Time frames and procedures have to be followed in terms of this act -developers and officials who do not are committed criminal offences.
- An Environmental Impact Assessment has to be undertaken by the developer
There are many other aspects including the bias in the Municipality’s advertisement in which it states its intentions before receiving an application.
Every single resident would like to see economic development in Greytown - to provide much needed employment and growth but only if this is promoted in a straight forward and legal fashion and not at the expense of the basic requirement of much needed housing.
ALL ABOUT HERBS
Local talent and skills were to the forefront at the March meeting of Umvoti Garden Club. Well known horticulturalist, Taru Thomas shared her expertise on the growing and caring of ten of the most popular herbs in the somewhat weird weather which has become a feature of Greytown.
After each herb was introduced, Trish Barrow, Greytown food guru, presented some imaginative and delicious dishes using these herbs as well as recommendations on how they can be used for medicinal purposes. Guests had a culinary field day in addition to the demonstration foods, the tea ladies continued the herb theme with some really tasty and different eats. After the talk, Taru and Pippa Harris sold a selection of herbs. This well attended meeting was held at Cath and Steven Cope’s Greytown home and in the colourful well tended garden .
Next Garden Club meeting takes place on Tuesday 10th May and is once again an out of town get together at the Hilton nursery of well known landscaper, Sue Tarr. Sue will be give a talk and demonstration on water features.
Please phone Lee Odendaal on 0825793877 / 033 417 2619, to confirm if you will be attending. The last out of town meeting at Rosehurst was very popular and once again transport is being arranged for whoever requires it -please tell Lee if you would like to book for transport. New members and visitors are always welcome.
STOCK THEFT UNIT TOPS IN KZN
Congratulations to Greytown Stock Theft unit, which under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Shezi has been awarded the title of the best specialised stock theft unit in KZN.
The presentation took place at the ICC in Durban on 22nd March when MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison awarded this trophy for Police excellence to the Greytown team.
Greytown's stock theft unit is managed by Lt Col Shezi, Captain Bhengu and Captain Dunge with serving members W/O Pistor and W/O Germishuyzen who were joined at the beginning of March by Constable Mkhize and Constable Shezi. Lt Col Shezi said that the excellent working relationship with Greytown Cluster commander, Colonel Dennis Khumalo and all station commanders contributed to the Unit’s successes.
Cluster Community Police Forum, Mr Gcabashe, farmers, amakhosi, Indunas and other stakeholders are all ongoing contributing factors to the successful operation of this unit.
For further information Lieutenant Shezi can be contacted on 033 413 9062 or 079 5000 0805.
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PLEASE...WEAR YOUR SEATBELT
I would like to thank all the people who helped at the scene of my car accident on Friday at 16h30 on the R 74 near the Inadi turnoff between Hermannsburg and St Cathryns. I especially want to thank the three men in the silver bakkie and three women in the navy Mercedes who stayed with me until friends came, comforted me and gave me the use of a cellphone ( I’m sorry I never asked your names!).
We were all driving through the pouring rain and flash floods flowing over the roads, when suddenly the water on that corner deepened and my Chevrolet aqua-planed out of control. I was swirled around and the momentum of my car took me over the edge down the embankment, rolling until I ended squashed upside-down in the scrub near the railway track. Thankfully I was driving alone. By God’s grace I came off with scratches and bruises only.
Immediately people were there helping. Cars just pulled over and people leapt out to help leaving engines running and lights on. I just felt the concern and kindness of the community and local people. At no time did I feel unsafe or scared. Thank you, everyone.
On Saturday morning I went for a physical check up in Greytown. We also went to check the damage to the car where it was sitting at Diedericks and the front was flattened down to the level of the steering wheel, the doors were buckled, the back axle broken.
After that while my friend shopped, I sat outside Aheers watching people exit the shopping area. I realised NO ONE was driving out wearing a seatbelt. If I hadn’t worn my seatbelt the day before I would not have been there at all on Saturday.
Please people, wear your seatbelts!
Once again a big thank you to all who helped and stopped to ask if I was ok, if they could do anything etc.
Pollution in the park
I unreservedly apologise to the Greytown Gazette for using the paper as a medium for venting my frustrations at the events in the King Edward Park precincts of the past few weeks. Often this seems to be the only way of bringing an intolerable situation to the attention of the “powers that be” in the hope that some action will be taken.
Once again residents within at least a 1km radius of the park have had to bear stunned and mute witness to the abuse of facilities and total disregard for the concerns of others. No reasonable person would object to the fair use of the soccer fields, albeit every day of the weekend every weekend. However, the level of noise and litter pollution we have had to endure over these past few weeks, especially on Human Rights Day have pushed many of us over the brink. The biggest culprit is undoubtedly the massive sound system favoured by the organisers. I suppose a bit of background music and occasional announcements help to oil the wheels of these events, but must it be so LOUD? The noise is unremitting to the point of inducing headaches to those subjected to it! It truly beggars belief that this abuse should be allowed to carry on without restraint and this in the midst of a densely populated residential area.
As far as I am aware it is still a national law that drinking in public is prohibited. The rivers of alcohol flowing in park, underage drinking and the inefficacy and lack of will of our overstretched police force to do anything about it are a sad sight indeed. What needs to be done to urge SAPS to perform what is really a very basic function?
I wish to implore our Umvoti Mayor Mr Ngubane and the Umzinyathi District Municipality Mayor Mr Yengwa to please ensure that the organisers of these events make an effort to scale down the wattage on their amplifiers. In addition I beg you to also ensure adequate toilet facilities are installed; the number of portable toilets per capita is clearly inadequate. I then urge you to install many more litter bins in the park. I have a photograph taken early this last Sunday morning which tells the sorry tale. I also beseech you both to try and implement some kind of a controlled parking system for the hundreds of cars and taxis that stream into the area.
Finally and on behalf of many ratepayers I ask the question; After the considerable expense and effort involved, what has happened to the much-vaunted sports facility at Lakhi's Field?
I entreat and encourage our local SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Maphalala to ensure that his men carry out their duties without fear or favour. Why must residents continually have to phone 911 or the charge office first before patrols are sent out? There should be visible policing at these events and justice must be seen to be done.
In closing, let it be known that a copy of this correspondence has been sent to the Provincial Head of Visible Policing, Maj Gen L.W. Gibson; to Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Priority Crime Investigation Maj Gen J.W.Booysen: and Maj Gen B.A. Ntanja , Uniformed Services Division.
Three million rand to those who help others
In September last year at the gala dinner hosted by President Jacob Zuma in Greytown local organisations helping those in need appealed for assistance.
These organisations are involved in diverse humanitarian acts; from Child assessment and therapy of abused and abandoned children to a fully operational AIDS centre in the region, all of whom have varying needs.
They take care of young and old, infected or affected with HIV/AIDS; vulnerable people and children at creches whose parents are unemployed and play a vital role in uplifting communities and protecting children who are adversely affected by circumstances beyond their control.
On hearing these appeals, the President indicated that grants of R300 000 would be made. He assigned MEC for Social Development , Dr Meshack Radebe and Department personnel to work with the groups in regard to financial management , business plans, registration of creches as a place of care etc.This was done and last Tuesday, Dr Radebe presented cheques to 11 ngos and creches altogether at a special function held at Umvoti AIDS Centre. Greytown organisations benefited from R2.4 million whilst Kranskop creches received R1.2 million. Some of the creches will also have new basic structures built for them and will receive child subsidies of R13 per day per child.
All those who received the cheques, Umvoti AIDS Centre, KwaNcolosi Child and Family Care, Khayalami Children's Village, uMvoti Child Assessment and Therapy Centre, LETCEE, Busy Bees, Philani creche, Sinqobile creche, Siyazama creche, Khulanbi creche and Dumabensola creche expressed their appreciation and there was much ululation for the MEC.
Speaking during the handover, Dr Radebe emphasised the importance of adequate financial management stating “organisations must not use government donations for personal gains while vulnerable people are suffering.”
Also present at the handover were Umvoti Mayor Petros Ngubane, ANC Regional chairman Councillor P.G.Mavundla and Inkosi Bhengu.
STOP PRESS: Councillor Ahmed Shaikh is recovering in a Pietermaritzburg hospital from serious injuries in a car accident last week. His condition is stable and he is wished a speedy recovery by all.
IMPORTANT FIREARM NOTICE
All firearm owners are asked to note that from 1st April no persons from outside the Greytown Police station area will be able to carry out any action relating to their firearms at the Greytown station. They must go to their nearest Police station: Muden; Kranskop; Rietvlei: Matimatolo; for assistance regarding firearm licences, competency certificates and any other firearm related matter.
Greytown office will from now on only assist people living within Greytown and surrounding areas.
For further information please contact W/O Mzila on 033 413 9003.
Kusukela mhlaka 1st April akekho umemntu oyokwamukelwa kuleli ihovisi esuka ngaphandle kwendawo ephethwe amaphoyisa aseGreytown.
Umphakathi ucelwa ukuba uye epolice station(Muden,Kranskop,Rietvlei, Matimatolo) yangakubo lapho uhlala khona uyothola khona usizo mayelana nezicele zamalayisense ezibhamu kanye nakho konke oku hambisana nalokho.
Leli hovisi lizosiza abantu abahlala endaweni ephethwe amaphoyisa ase Greytown kuphela.
Greytown Country Club news
On Friday, 18 March B Zuma lost out on the attendance draw prize money as he was not present. R500 will be up for the taking on Friday, 1 April - be at the Club at 18:30 and you could be a winner.
Reporting back on the function we held on the 18th - thank you to everybody involved in organising and all the sponsors. There are too many of you to mention personally, but a special thank you to Duane, Joha, Paul, Gert, Clive and Warrick - the night was a resounding success thanks to you.
The Spot-On golf day was played on Saturday, 19 March. Thank you to Louis and Johan van Rooyen for sponsoring the day. There were some great prizes up for the winning and everybody enjoyed a good day of golf.
1st – J van Rooyen and J Breytenbach on 49 points
2nd - C Odendaal and R Aulfes on 48 points
3rd – P Khumalo and S Khumalo on 46 points
4th – B Oehme and B Zuma on 45 points
5th – G Schwarz and M Mason on 44
6th – D Mason and G Ngubane on 43
Longest drive - B Zuma
Nearest to Pin on 8th - J de Nysschen
Nearest to Pin on 12th - S Dlamini
Congratulations to all the winners and once again a big thank you to Spot-On.
The winners of the golf competition on Wednesday, 23 March were J Crowe on 42 and S Clarke and R Chiazzari in second place - both on 34 points.
The Happy Hour on Friday, 25 March was a great success,, the lucky winner of the prize money was Lee Odendaal, Herman van Rooyen won the Chivas Regal. Kim Cooper and JD Smith walked away with the consolation prizes. Thank you to Umvoti Repairs for their generous sponsorship of the food.
As a mark of respect to our committee member James de Nysschen, who sadly lost his wife Roelien the FNB Club Champs have been postponed to the 4th & 5th of June
Dates to diarise
Sat 2 Apr - Mascor Monthly Mug
Sat 16 Apr – Pannar Golf Day
Fri 29 Apr – Happy Hour
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 submit dates and event details to the Greytown Gazette for publication asap.
Please note this a FREE service to the community.
1st:Schools close for Easter holiday
16th: Senior Service Centre Easter art and craft market
16th:Rencken Centre Easter craft market
16th:Pannar golf day
7/8th: Starke Ayres Greytown MTB classic
8th: Farmers vs Town tennis challenge
10th: Umvoti Garden Club meeting
10th: Regional Wessa / Mondi enviro quiz
14th: Greytown tennis champs start
15/16th: Choral festival:Hermannsburg
20th:Musical variety concert Hermannsburg
28th:TWK golf day
14th: Umvoti garden club meeting and agm
16th: Youth Day
17th: School holiday
24th: Schools close for June holidays
16th:Aheers Development golf day
18th: Schools re-open
17th: Four-a-side tennis challenge
30th: MOTHS Golf day
8th: School holiday
9th: National Womens Day
13th: FNB Golf day
26/27th: Strawberry Festival
30th: Eid al-Fitr
2nd: NGK Bazaar
3rd: Wembley golf day
17th: Hermannsburg sponsored golf day St Cathryns
24th: Heritage Day
30th: Schools close for Michaelmas holidays
10th: Schools re-open
22nd: Greytown golf classic
19th: Umvoti Tyres golf day
9th: Schools close for Christmas holidays
16th: Day of Reconciliation
ST CATHRYN’S NEWS
The Tuta Carriers Club Championships was played over the weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2011 at St Cathryn's.
All divisions played medal competition. The Saturday field played in perfect weather, while the Sunday field played in intermittant showers which cleared up later.
The golf course was well prepared with tough rough on certain holes and three easy, three medium and three difficult pin positions on the greens. Results are (All scores gross):
1st: Paul Els 141
2nd: Merwin Rabe 161
3rd: Barry Oehme 167
1st: Klaus Kluver 159
2nd: Mbongeni Khumalo 171 o.c.o.
3rd: Carl Groenewald
1st: Peter Rommelspacher 184
2nd: Piet Nel 187
3rd: Rob Martin 192
1st: Steve Nel 183
2nd: Justin Harrison 202
3rd: Sbonelo Khumalo 206
1st: Liekie Steyn 186
Longest drive on the 10th : Men : Steve Nel
: Ladies : Liekie Steyn
Nearest to the pin 2nd/11th :
St Cathryn's Homeowners Champion :
and Best Nett of 133 : All these were won by Klaus Kluver.
Nearest to pin 9th/18th: Gerald Harrison.
Tee2pin Best score by member : Greg Eayrs 174 Gross.
All the golf was played in good spirit and despite getting wet on Sunday it was a good week-end of golf. Some of the members stayed over Saturday night . Delicious meals were provided by the Fairway Restaurant on Saturday night, Sunday lunch as well as the half-times.
Thank you to all who helped make the week-end so successful.
Next Farmers Agri-Care Monthly Mug Saturday 23 April 2011.
St Cathryns Classic ; Saturday 28 May 2011 4BBBS
March gnoming in the garden
Busy days in the garden now commence!
Compost everywhere you can and top up with mulch. I also added first, a handful of 8.1.5. and my garden took off like the Beanstalk !
I love gardening very early … like 6a.m. Once the sun comes up I am indoors, a bit like a mole going to ground. Talking of these little pests I see them all over the place. I have never had a remedy to rid the garden of them other than very radical gassing which I do not agree with. If any one has a genuine method of eradicating them please let me know. I think if you have, you will become an overnight millionaire!
Dead heading and cutting right back all the spent perennials is now the task ahead.
Michaelmas daisies have been beautiful but alas are now needing to be cut to the ground. I will start to split them up next month, before I do this I must carefully mark the different types and colours. I often think I know but end up muddling. Give any left overs to friends.
Take a hard look at your garden and plan for not only spring but for the next year.
Group your colours and textures for optimum affect.
Prepare large square holes for any trees or shrubs you want to plant. When the holes are dug, fill them with water, once this has thoroughly soaked in, put compost and a cup of 2.3.2. into the hole, place top soil onto this mixture and mix . Pour more water in the hole and then plant. If it’s a tree you are planting, stake firmly. There will not be too much growth now but come spring the tree/ shrub will be so well settled the growth will be wonderful.
Do the same for indigenous. I have been told you can plant an indigenous tree and then forget about it… I still think if they are given lots of loving care they are far more rewarding.I think this opinion is due to my age… they have to grow at speed from now on!!!!
Vegetables and herbs . Get the beds ready the usual way and start planting winter vegs. Broad beans are my favourite. Cabbage, peas, lettuce - all these can be planted now.
Five parties contesting Umvoti wards
Five parties had submitted their candidates to contest the Local Government elections to Greytown IEC at cut off time of 5 p.m. last Friday ANC; DA; IFP; MF and NFP are fielding candidates in all 11 wards and have registered PR candidate lists on their party lists as follows :
ANC:12; DA:5; 1FP:19; MF:3; and NFP 16.
A spokesman for the IEC told the Greytown Gazette that before the names of the candidates are announced all information and facts submitted by the candidates and political parties have to be checked out .
By 12th April the IEC will have compiled lists of candidates contesting each ward which will then be made public.
The various candidates however are already actively canvassing in their wards as are the political parties.
As always in an election rumours are being generated daily; candidates are promisng voters houses “if they vote for them”; candidates are telling voters they ”will loose their house/pension/grant” if they do NOT vote for them; etc.
With the election just over six weeks away -canvassing, the battle of the posters, political promises etc will be hotting up.
23 March 2011
FIREARM COMPETENCY CERTIFICATES EXPIRE THIS YEAR
Firearm owners are asked to note that their competency certificates are due to expire this year and MUST be renewed 90 days prior to due date.The following is required.
Penalties are imposed if not renewed.
To renew your certificate please do so through W/O Mzila at Greytown Police Station and take along all the following documents:
Certificate of training and Poslec Seta
testimonial from the spouse;
.testimonial from a friend;
original competency certificate;
letter of motivation;
proof of residence;
and R70.00 cash..
Mr G. Moodley occupational health and safety manager at PANNAR told the Greytown Gazette that in terms of the new Firearms Act,certificates of competency were valid for five year only and then had to be renewed 90 days prior to due date.
Greytown Country Club news page 8
Winners of Wednesday golf were J Crowe and G de Nysschen and second were M Caldicott and R Chiazzari
Friday night we are having our monthly Happy Hour. A R20 ticket can win you R1000 or a bottle of Chivas Regal. There are also consolation prizes so come and join us at the Club and you could be the lucky winner SAB beer will be sold at half price thanks to Greytown Beer Distributors. The Happy Hour meal is sponsored by Umvoti Repairs. Thank you to William and Kim Cooper for the generous sponsorship.
Club Championships will be played on 26 and 27 March - entry forms are up on the board and its R180 for 36 holes. Please enter.
Dates to diarize
Fri 25 March - Happy Hour
Sat 26 March - Club Champs
Sun 27 March - Club Champs
Sat 2 April - Mascor Monthly mug
Sat 16 April - Pannar Golf Day
READERS WRITE DAVID’S MIDAS PARKING PROBLEM
We apologise to our customers for the parking problem currently experienced at our premises in Mitchell Street (between Durban and Voortrekker). Unfortunately, our
appeals to the teachers who are the cause of the problem have fallen on educated but deaf ears. Nevertheless, we give an unequivocal assurance that the matter will
be resolved within a short space of time.
In this regard may we take the opportunity of thanking the acting Municipal Manager and Messrs K E Simelane and Dave Muir of the Municipality’s traffic department for their understanding and swift response to
what is becoming a crisis for our business.
OLDER FOLK HAVE A SAY
A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyse myself.
One yellow pill I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it won’t stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won’t shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I’m happy when I’m not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze.
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won’t fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure all kind of ills.
But what I’d really like to know...
Is what tells each one where to go!
Although I’m confused there is always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.For example I am sitting here right now thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.
”One unknown old author”
GREYTOWN DOG UNIT...YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
Greytown Police Dog Unit operated very successfully in the town and district for many years until the decision was made by the powers-that-be to close and relocate the local unit due to various circumstances. This decision was met with much concern by the communities and a move is now afoot to bring a Dog Unit back.
An urgent appeal is made to all - businesses, Government Department, ngos, religious bodies, farmers and town and rural residents in the whole of Umvoti to submit emails, letters requesting the return of the Dog Unit, to the Greytown Gazette to be forwarded to the Provincial Police Commissioner. Some such letters of request have already been received and forwarded but more are required.
One of the causes for the closing of the dog unit in Greytown was the lack of suitable premises as offices for t Police members and housing for the dogs. Anyone who can assist in this regard,which is a very important aspect - please notify the Greytown Gazette which in turn will pass on the information to the relevant authorities.
The re-establishment of a Dog Unit in the area will play an essential and vital role in the prevention of crime. All members of the community are asked to support this project by submitting a brief letter, note, email requesting that the Dog Unit be brought back to Greytown.
QUICK CAPTURE OF ARMED ROBBERS
There was no time to enjoy their spoils as two out of a gang of three armed robbers were caught within hours and stolen cash and airtime vouchers recovered. Round about 5 p.m. last Tuesday as Fairways personnel were preparing to close for the day three armed men entered the Sergeant Street store. Held at gunpoint by one of the robbers, a staff member in the cellphone section told the Greytown Gazette that the robber demanded to know”where’s the money”.
A second robber, threatened the 15 or so customers with a firearm and forced them to lie on the floor . A third member of the gang , who had been pretending to be a customer, then loaded about R30 000 cash and R20 000 airtime vouchers into a bag and all three ran out.
On their way out of the shop two shots were fired by the attackers- one high up on a wall and one in the door frame -fortunately no-one was injured.
As the robbers ran out into Sergeant Street, Greytown Police and Field Security were alerted. Staff members chased the robbers down the street and then up Bell Street as one made his way into a Durban Street supermarket. He was identified by Fairways staff and arrested by the police who together with Field Security members had picked up the alert and were waiting at the supermarket. An unlicensed 9mm Norinco pistol and seven 9mm rounds were found in his possession.
Just under three hours later Greytown Police made another breakthrough arresting a second suspect who was found hiding in a plantation in the Mphofini area ,Greytown. The black refuse bag in which the cash and vouchers had been put was in his possession.
The two arrested suspects, aged 19 and 20 , appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on charges of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. An intensive search is on for the third suspect.
Staff of Fairways were loud in their praise of the prompt and efficient response from Greytown and Pietermaritzburg Police members and Field Security.
Although there were many people around, several “customers’ actually came into the shop saw what was happening and strolled out again. Incredibly some even came back for a second look. Unfortunately not one of them or anyone in and around the shop outside thought to dial 911 Ops (033 417 2911).
GREYTONIAN MAKES MEDICAL HISTORY
Greytown resident, Mariet Diedericks has made medical history having successfully undergone an operation using permacol (pig skin) instead of the usual mesh graft. Mariet developed an incisional hernia after three surgical incisions into her abdominal wall to examine abdominal organs which left her muscle tissue weak and the mesh graft used to seal the opening could not hold. Such hernias occur when a weakness in the muscle is caused by the incision made in prior abdominal surgery.
Experiencing considerable pain, Mariet said that she had major problems with the incisional hernia culminating in January with “a deformity of about 35 cm on my right side and I thought that was it for me”.
She consulted Dr Pieter de Bruyn of Medi-Clinic Pietermaritzburg who explained that incisional hernias occur when a weakness in the muscle of the abdomen allows the tissues to protrude through the operation line.The hernia appears as bulge under the skin and can be painful and tender to touch
Dr de Bruyn and Dr Ian Daniels from England operated on Mariet using Permacol to tighten the abdominal muscles. He said that “this is the only procedure to correct incisional hernia . Permacol will strengthen the weakened muscle tissue around the previous operation area.” Dr de Bruyn said that three previous attempts at a similar operation in KZN had failed and this was the first successful one.The surgery is expensive but is covered by some medical aids.
Mariet is recovering well at home in Greytown.
EASTER CRAFT MARKET
Live ducks to tasty locally made cheese are some of the different and interesting items on sale at the Easter market to take place on Saturday 16th April. There will be jams, jewellery, cakes, needlework and lots more.In addition head massaging by a personal trainer from Pietermaritzburg!
Organised by Greytown Senior Centre at the Centre (old Scout Hall) York Street on Saturday 16th April from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to date 25 stall holders have booked.
There just a few stands now available at R50 -please phone Gerald on 033 413 2801 ,(8 a.m. and 1 p.m.) to book. Stallholders will need to bring their own tables, chairs and gazebo if required.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale.
ABSOLUTE WELLNESS UNIQUE DE-STRESS CENTRE
In today’s fast paced world stress has become a way of life and it is estimated that more than ninety percent of disease is stress related. But there are ways to de-stress - Rajin and Mala Naidoo have recently opened the Absolute Wellness De-stress Centre just outside Dalton on the Harburg road.
The cultural evolution of today’s society has essentially overwhelmed the capabilities of the brain, body and mind. However, by simply relaxing, slowing ourselves down and learning how to better deal with the common stressors of every day life, we can literally help ourselves. At Absolute Wellness time stands still – the pace is slowed down. One learns how to breath and just let go….
Absolute Wellness centre offers: massage, resonance repatterning and corporate stress management workshops. .
Resonance Repatterning is a scientific treatment focusing on practical, simple ways to bring powerful positive changes to your emotional wellbeing. This scientific treatment assists in overcoming depression, burnout, stress, addictions, insomnia, ADD and ADDH.
If you are used to a high amount of pressure in your life, you’re probably not even aware of the damage stress is doing to your body and mind. Do not take stress lightly - it can cause many problems, including: headaches, muscle aches and pains, vision problems, reduced ability to concentrate, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, reduced immune system, nervous disorders, emotional problems, insomnia and digestive problems. Left untreated, stress can even cause stomach ulcers and serious health problems.
A day at Absolute wellness centre provides an opportunity to relax your mind;restore your sense of inner calm; improve your circulation;encourage your body’s natural detoxification process and much more.
A corporate stress management workshop is also offered designed to inspire and ignite the spark in the workplace. The stress management training course is for the manager who desires his team’s creative, communication and collaborative abilities to be firing on all cylinders. Using the links between quantum mechanics, the brain, and the body, this package combines the potent power of the mind with the luxury of massage to provide an exclusive Wellness package.
Owner Mala Naidoo completed her Masters Degree, cum laude, in Chemical Pathology at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. She spent a few years exploring DNA technology and thereafter branched off into Quantum Mechanics and Mind Power.As CEO of Absolute Wellness Mala is fulfilling her passion to empower people who are hungry for positive change .
. For more information contact Mala Naidoo on
033 5011163 or 079 894 4784
TRIBUTE TO CHUMMY LANG contributed
Andrew Francois Lang, known to all as Chum or Chummy, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 81 years on the morning of Saturday, 12 March . He is survived by his wife Pat, four children, Andrew, Michele, Simon and Nicky, their respective spouses and nine grandchildren.
Chum was a well known and much loved character of Greytown, having moved to the town with his young family in 1963. He initially worked as the local health inspector in the Greytown Municipality during which time he became a solid member and great supporter of the broader Greytown community. He became variously, local businessman, sometime farmer, town councilor,and again a municipal employee in the licensing office before eventually retiring.
A man of great community spirit and cheeky sense of humour, he was always ready to share wise counsel and a joke. Chum was a stalwart member of the local golf club , and when his health deteriorated he became a bowls player and friend of all at the local bowls club.
A great sport aficionado with a passion for soccer and rugby who was always a source of comment or advice on the strategies, tactics and skills of players and coaches alike.
Chum’s life was celebrated and commemorated by his family and many friends at his funeral held on Friday, 18 March , in St Theodore’s, where he was a long time parishioner.
Millions of rand on water supply for thousands
As the start of a major water distribution project to supply water to some 4 000 households in Umvoti East/Matimatolo,MEC Nomusa Dube presented a cheque for R22 million to Traditional Leaders and Umzinyathi representative (the Umvoti water service authority)two weeks ago. The water augmentation scheme involves extracting water from boreholes in Mondi forests and storing and reticulating into this area.
This water augmentation scheme of R118 million is being funded through the Department of Water Affairs and MIG. Design work is in progress for the scheme which will upgrade existing treatment works; and supply water to Greytown and Umvoti wards 5,6,7,8 and 9.
The project also involves the bulk line from Greytown to Kranskop which is approved and funded by Water Affairs.
COSTLY CELLPHONE CATERING CON!
Cellphones are now being used , in addition to e-mail , by con operators attempting to obtain money from people desperately in need particularly in these tough economic times. So a local caterer was delighted when he was given an SMS contract to cater for a lunch for thirty people in Greytown through a Greytonian who,in good faith, had given the details to the con man
This saga started with an SMS from a man in Pretoria requesting a quotation for an event to take place in Greytown on Monday 7th. Mr X (the Greytonian victim who does not wish to be identified) sent a suggested menu and costing of R1 500 which was accepted .He was informed that the R1500 had been deposited in his bank account - so he started to buy the goods needed. But the following day received another SMS saying that the client had made a serious mistake and had deposited R9 000 into the account instead of the R1500. This would followed by
the usual typical con trick would Mr X draw the over payment of R7 500 from his account and deposit it in the client’s account...terribly sorry and all that.
Mr X said he checked the bank and the money was not there - he phoned the Pretoria number to say he was waiting for the bank to inform him when the money was deposited as he did not have enough money in his account to withdraw such an amount.
And the next day the bank did just that - but to say the R9 000 cheque had been deposited but could not be cleared through lack of funds ! And sup rise ...the Pretoria cellphone number is no longer operative!
Mr X lost out on the R1000 he had spent on the food - but could have been a lot worse off. Please be aware
there are more and more cellphone cons on the go -lottery wins of millions is a regular one. Before you find out the hard and costly way -just delete.
16 March 2011
FREE , FAIR AND PEACEFUL ELECTION PLEDGE
With just two months to go to the Local Government elections on 18th May, KZN political parties last week signed an electoral code of conduct to promote peace and tolerance of all views.This pledge was made at a summit in Durban to promote free and fair elections with no violence. KZN Provincial Government and the IEC hosted the summit at which a resolution was adopted committing the parties to discouraging their members from using inflammatory language, hate speech, name calling , incitement or intimidation.
Umvoti is regarded as a hotspot but it is hoped by all concerned that the commitment made by the political party leaders will be enforced by all and that this will be an election of peace in the district.
An appeal was made by Premier Zweli Mkhize to allow the democratic processes to unfold and that the people of KZN be given the opportunity to freely choose parties and leaders.
Parties that signed were: ANC; Inkatha Freedom Party; Independent Democrats, National Freedom Party; Freedom Front; Cope; African Christian Democratic Party; Minority Front and Democratic Alliance.
Key election dates and activities prescribed by the Municipal Electoral Act and the election timetable are :
By 5 p.m. next Friday, 25th March, political parties and independent candidates have to notify the IEC of their intention to participate.This deadline also applies to the payment of deposits by the candidates. Candidates have to be registered voters in Umvoti to contest the election,
Considerable interest is been generated in Umvoti as the various Political parties have started electioneering and the names of possible candidates are being circulated. At this stage it appears that Umvoti wards will be contested by candidates from ANC; Cope: DA; IFP; Minority Front and National Freedom party.
On May 18th voters will cast their vote at the polling station at which they are registered. They will receive three ballot papers -one for the ward candidate; one for political party of choice; and a third for political party of choice in the Umzinyathi District Council. All votes cast are totally confidential .
The Greytown Gazette will publish details of all candidates of all parties standing in Umvoti once these have been processed by the IEC as required .
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
On Friday evening Carol Owen lost out on the attendance draw prize money. There will be R400 up for grabs on Friday, 18 March. Remember you have to be at the Club to win. Apart from the attendance draw, on Friday evening the band Mary-Sue and Juandre will be performing at the Club. Tickets are only R50 per couple and R35 single. A light meal is included. Make sure you don’t miss out. Tickets available at the Club.
The Spot-On Golf Day will be played on Saturday. The format is a 4BBBS and R120 entry includes halftime tea, sandwiches and snacks. There will be great prizes up for grabs so enter the competition and support your Club. Entry form is up on the notice board, alternatively phone Elmarie on 033 417 2441 to enter. Please try to enter with a partner.
Monday, 21 March is a public holiday and the Club will be open for you to come and enjoy a round of golf or just relax around the bar.
Club Champs take place on Saturday, 26 March and Sunday, 27 March. R180 for 36 holes and tee-off on Sat from 11:30am and on Sunday from 7:30am. Entry form is up on the notice board. Please put your name up to enter or phone Elmarie on 0334172441.
Dates to diarise
Fri 18 March - Mary-Sue & Juandre
Sat 19 March – Spot-On Golf Day
Fri 25 March - Happy Hour
Sat 26 March - Club Champs
Sun 27 March - Club Champs
We would like to know why women are being discriminated against in this country’s justice system through having to wait, sometimes for months, for legal maintenance for our children to be processed.
Some of us go to Greytown Court weekly to collect maintenance for our children - but in vain.
Apparently if you are a man and do not pay maintenance, as imposed by a Court order, no action is taken by officials - no warrant of arrest is issued. In the meantime the mothers and children are struggling - going without food and necessities or, if they are fortunate enough, dependent on family and friends for handouts.
Why are these men being allowed to escape from their commitments and responsibilities?
Why should mothers and children be subjected to this humiliation and disregard?
Surely the Police and Court officials should be taking positive action to protect these most vulnerable members of the community by showing care and compassion and be prepared to take action against those who are ignoring their legal commitments.
Through your paper, we appeal to those in charge to look at methods of ensuring that these vital payments are processed regularly.
Greytown mothers and children
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!
March and April are punctuated with public holidays which play havoc with the usual advertising and copy deadlines of the Greytown Gazette,
First of the many is next Monday, 21st March, Human Rights Day. The Greytown Gazette office will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for news, sport etc. reports. Please anyone who can, submit reports by Friday.
Deadline for all advertising, display and classified is
1 p.m. Friday18th March.
In advance, thanks for your co-operation!
RENCKEN CENTRE EASTER MARKET
Rencken Centre is to hold its popular Easter craft market and open day on Saturday 16th April from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. The Centre is a home for mentally disadvantaged adults and is regarded as a ”home for life” establishment for the 20 residents. Since the its opening in the 1990’s the Centre has built up an excellent reputation.
The annual Easter craft market presents an interesting and varied range of stalls. Tasty cakes for sale and also to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Beautifully crafted and painted Easter eggs and novelties, made by Wartburg Lutheran congregation ladies are always a popular attraction.
Visitors will also have the opportunity on this Open Day to view the very comprehensive facilities of the Centre.
PLEASE HELP WHEELS AND RUNNERS
A group of fifty members of the Greytown Disability Sports Association are requesting assistance so that they can take part in the Wheels and Runners race in Hermanus in May. Forty disabled athletes from Greytown and ten carer/helpers will travel to the event on 7th May.
Transport is arranged by the Department of Sports but assistance is required for accommodation and food. The Umvoti group have been allocated Amama Camp at R120 per athlete -so R6 000 is needed.
Recently two Greytown wheelchair athletes won bronze medals at the challenge in George in February. They were assisted to take part by Umvoti Municipality and local donors. They are hoping to receive such assistance again.
The development of disability sports is being promoted by Umzinyathi District and its four municipalities.
Anyone who is able to assist this very worthwhile cause is requested to phone Sbongiseni Jaca on 076 898 87612 for more information.
FROM THE DITCH
It is with sincere sadness that we record the death last Saturday morning of a fellow bowler and friend Chummy Lang. Chummy was an active member of the Greytown Bowling Club, playing bowls and enjoying the social times with his fellow bowlers right to the end.
We wish to convey our deepest sympathy to his wife Pat and family members. Chummy’s tab will always be in!
Members are reminded that the Club Championship entry forms are now on the notice board. Please enter your names as soon as possible
9 March 2011
R3 MILLION DAMAGE TO HOTEL
A passerby noticed smoke billowing from the first floor of Propaganda Hotel at lunchtime last Wednesday and alerted 911 Ops which contacted Rural Metro. Greytown Fire Chief Mr F. Aboobaker told the Greytown Gazette that the fire team responded promptly and were at the scene within five minutes.
Cause of the fire, which it is alleged caused R3 million worth of damage, is suspected to be a switched on iron left unattended for a few minutes. The photograph shows the remains of the bedroom in which the fire started - it was literally burnt to ash. The ashed outline of the two beds and the ironing board can be seen in this photograph which was taken by a Greytown Gazette photographer about an hour after the fire had been put out.
Mr Aboobaker said that just the one room had been destroyed by the fierce flames - other rooms and passages on the first floor were damaged by the smoke, heat and water as the Rural Metro team contained the fire from spreading to the ground floor which could have easily doubled the amount of damage. The fire team also had to break open the doors of some of the bedrooms on the first floor to check that there were no occupants who might have been overcome by the smoke.
For the time being no accommodation is available at the Propaganda Hotel
LAKE MERTHLEY LEVEL
Lake Merthley is an unbelievable 98.50% full and just 0.500m below the wall. Unbelievable in that the much awaited Spring rains have been recorded in most areas of KZN and the Midlands...but not Greytown and district. PANNAR Research recorded 29mls for the month of February- in 2010 77ml was recorded and the 37 year average for February is 100 ml.
7 544 new voters register in Umvoti
With the announcement that Local Government elections will take place in South Africa on Wednesday 18th May over 3 000 eligible Umvoti residents registered or checked their registrations last weekend with over 4 000 the previous registration weekend.
All 68 polling stations were open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. last Saturday and Sunday to register new voters and those registered to check their details.
Busiest polling station was Enhlalakahle Community Hall, one of the four polling stations in Ward 7 - a total of 228 new voters registered and the same number checked registrations. Also in Ward 7 Smalhoek School polling station had a grand total of one new voter registration over the two days and ten inspections.
Greytown Town Hall was also fairly busy -more so on Sunday. This is the one and only polling station for the newly designated Ward 9 which according to unconfirmed reports could be one of the most hotly contested wards in Umvoti with candidates from ANC; DA; IFP; Minority Front and NFP reportedly contesting the Ward. There is also an even more”not able to be confirmed” report that a COPE candidate will be also standing in this ward. A total of 228 new voters were registered and 187 inspections in ward 9.
Greytown IEC manager, Mr Chris Naidoo said that there had been no problems reported in Umvoti. According to the IEC records, 3386 new voters had registered over the weekend at the 68 polling stations and a total of 4158 had checked their registrations.
As all political parties now go into top gear to promote their candidates, the IEC has appealed to all involved in the electoral process to act with dignity and restraint and “to always put the interest of our country first. “ All political parties are asked to ensure that these elections take place in a climate conducive to free and fair elections with the emphasis on tolerance for differing points of view and non-violence.
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, is planning to publish the date of May 18, 2011 as the official date for Local Government elections in the Government Gazette by Thursday 10th March.
The proclamation signals the closing of the voter’s roll for the elections. In essence, this gives all eligible voters only today to either register to vote or confirm their correct details on the Voters Roll at their Municipal offices.
The Security Cluster has also reported its readiness in all provinces to ensure that there is proper security before, during and after the elections. Special focus will be in areas identified as “Hotspots” - Umvoti being one.
Place of Safety at Umvoti Aids Centre opened
There was much joy as the Nkosinathi lace of safety at Umvoti Aids Centre was opened on 15 February . This is another facet in the many areas of support the Centre provides for those in need and the vulnerable.
This Place of Safety will be a temporary place to care for abused children - mostly when Umvoti Aids Centre carers come across an abused child, that child has to be removed immediately from the source of abuse. The child will be cared for and looked after at the centre until the Department of Social Welfare has completed its investigation. It is a sad comment on our times that the UAC handles an average of 10 abused children a month.
At the opening Philani Madi said “We have many people who have helped us to make the Place of Safety a dream come true and our deepest thanks are extended to:
- Idube Trade Port (which built King Shaka Airport ) gave the money to renovate the building in the UAC complex
- Rotary Club of Adelaide, Australia, through the wonderful work of Judith Lawrencet containers of the most beautiful knitted and crocheted blankets over a six year programme as well as linen and kitchen ware
- Rotary Club of Greytown for kitting out the kitchen and lounge and Padinham Rotary Club, England for the gift of blankets and cash
- A caring group of young Greytonians, headed by Louise Yeadon who have given of their time to sort out and set up the beautiful Place of Safety. Their hard work, sorting and decorating has made it into such a haven of care and hope
Through the good medium of your paper the ANC in Umvoti would like to point out that it never supported the IFP in the rezoning of Extension 14 for commercial purposes.
When a developer presented Council with a plan for a shopping centre at the intersection of Durban Street and the Dundee road we stated that in principle new business development in Greytown would be welcome.
As for D.A. Councillor Buss it is once again the silly season when he quotes from Council minutes yet to be adopted. As for the so called resolution calling for rezoning of Extension 14 this is the product of Mayor P.M.S. Ngubane’s fertile imagination.
We have written to the Speaker requesting the details of the resolution, the proposer and seconder. Maybe Councillor Buss could assist if he was at the this meeting.
Hands off Extension 14...houses will be built there.
CL AHMED SHAIKH
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
With some 15 million people unemployed, of course they will want to seize lucrative jobs like that of a Councillor. There are 283 Municipalities with thousands of Councillor`s jobs up for grabs. Looking at the average pay of R20,000 per month for five years with perks, flexible hours etc., no wonder party members will be jostling for a Councillor`s job.
Wait, what about the millions of Independents who see it as a golden opportunity and could be prepared to queue kilometers for a Councillor`s job. The demarcation board created more Councillors jobs than ever before. People will be asking themselves, what knowledge, experience etc is required for a Councillor`s job? A political party membership card? Let`s go for it.
We have successfully used sports stars as our models because they achieve their goals through hard work and discipline. Yes they do have talent but it still requires determination and commitment to ensure they achieve greatness (and make money from their sport). If our Councillors want to be paid so much money they too need to consistently demonstrate a similar degree of commitment and hard work to their constituents.
We need dedicated, skilled Councillors.
Frank du Toit,
4 Panorama Ridge,
Ballito 4420 032 5511181
HUNT ON FOR ‘LOST’ WILDFLOWER
It was last found in this area over fifty years ago and the hunt is now on for the only white Nerine ever recorded.
Nerine Pancrationides can be seen at various herberia throughout the world.
It has unusual and attractive large white flowers borne in loose umbels on slender stems -in full flower this is regarded as the most spectacular Nerine there is.
Information is that this rare plant was found “near streams at Weenen waterfall; a damp valley in Greytown; above Greytown; Dalton at roadside; Greytown”. It grows on stream banks, in moist grassy depressions and seepage areas -however it flowers badly in very dry seasons. The bulb is about 1.5cm in diameter.
From these recordings it is obvious that the white Nerine was once quite common in the area. This has motivated Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) to select it as one of its target species for rediscovery.
An urgent appeal is made to farmers, foresters and the general public to be on on the look out for the species and to report any sightings to Vic Schutte on 033 413 1825. Nerine pancratioides flowers in March/April usually in damp places.
Photographs are also rare - this was the only one to be found on the Internet!
GREYTOWN COUNTRY CLUB NEWS
Wednesday Golf was won by M Crowe and G de Nysschen on 47 points and second place was J Crowe and R Aulfes on 42 points.
Karen Taylor lost out on the attendance draw prize money. R300 rolls to Friday, 11 March at 6.30pm. Be at the Club or you could lose out.
The Mascor Monthly Mug was played on Saturday. Thank you to the regular few who support this event.
1st - S Khumalo on 68 counted out to
2nd - R Cyrus on 68
3rd - N Sykes on 70
Best Stableford was B Zuma on 36
Live band coming to the Club. Mary-Sue & Juandre will be playing at the Club on Friday, 18 March. Tickets available at the Club for R50 p\couple or R35 single. Limited number of tickets left so hurry or you will miss out on this event. Light meal will be supplied. For info contact 033 417 2441.
Dates to diarise
Fri 11 Mar - Attendance Draw at 6.30pm
Fri 18 Mar - Live Band
Sat 19 Mar – Spot-On Golf Day
Sat 26 Mar - Club Champs
Sun 27 Mar - Club Champs
POLOCROSSE SEASON STARTS
The Umvoti Mascor Polocrosse Club will be holding its first official practice this weekend at Dunboy. The first tournament will be held on the 26 – 27th March at Lake Merthley. The aim of this early tournament being held, is so that the players will also be able to make use of the Lake’s facilities, so they have been encouraged to bring along their boats, jet-skis etc. Usually Umvoti holds their tournaments in the middle of winter which doesn’t inspire too many water sports.
Please feel free to come and support the Umvoti Mascor Polocrosse Club over the 26-27th March at the Lake, there will be catering by Barcelos, a jumping castle and a cash bar.
PLEASE HELP DIRK TO SEE!
For the past 29 years Dirk Scheuer of New Hanover has been blind but has never given up hope that one day he might regain his sight. Despite medical comment to the contrary, Dirk recovered from a 2 week coma when he went blind at the age of 9. Being determined and positive he completed his matric at the school for the blind in Worcester and is an absolute computer whizz with his own computer business.
Last year he heard about developments in stem cell treatment of the optic nerve being carried out at the Stem Cell centre in Dusseldorf Germany. Tests were undertaken and submitted to the Centre which confirmed that treatment was possible for him.
This has generated much excitement and enthusiasm - lots of the latter is needed to raise funds to allow Dirk to travel to Germany for this treatment. Last weekend a duck race fundraiser was held at the refurbished New Hanover hotel -it was a great success with 214 plastic ducks floating down the river below the hotel at R100 a duck!
An appeal is made to all readers of the Greytown Gazette to assist in raising funds to enable Dirk to see once again. For details please phone Esther van der Merwe on 082 461 8567 to donate or organise a fund raiser.
A ROARING SUCCESS!
Greytown’s first Speed and Sound festival held last Saturday was an outstanding success. Hosted and launched by the Enhlalakahle community over 4 000 attended the event held at the township sportsfield. The programme was kickstarted by motorbikes which paraded through the streets of Enhlalakahle and then drove to the sportsfield where they were welcomed by a very enthusiastic crowd. Then, writes one of the spectators, Oscar Zondi “it was the turn for cars to do spins and “ukushaya isidudla”. An old Ford Cortina took to the arena with such aplomb that it had to change rear tyres six times after having been blown “a bomb” to the delight of the onlookers. Cries for “Miya, Miya, Miya”, a local driving celebrity could be heard throughout the day and one of the organisers ,“Three O “ Dlamini did not disappoint when he took his Jetta and performed some antics that thrilled the young and old alike. He co-compered the event with Ngwegwe Majola.
There were jumping castles for the hundreds of young children, umbrellas courtesy of Pannar and new cars displayed by Mascor added to the festive atmosphere. The grandstands from Greytown High school were so helpful in seating so many people. The Emergency Rescue Services, Metro. SAPF and Traffic Control were there to ensure that the event went safely and peacefully.
Organisers Skumbuso Dlamini and Dumi Mdluli stated
“ We would like to thank the Greytown community at large for their support. As organisers, we are very proud and impressed with the positive and enthusiastic feedback we are receiving from the community at large and most significantly we were delighted to see all races united in the name of sport and entertainment.”
The organisers expressed their sincere gratitude to all the sponsors for their contributions to making the event such a success and expressed the hope that all the stakeholders would join together to make the second such event bigger and better.
FIREARMS RECOVERED IN KRANSKOP
Seven firearms, 69 live rounds of ammunition were recovered and four suspects arrested in an special operation in Kranskop undertaken by a KZN Provincial Taxi Task Team and Umhlali Dog Unit on Wednesday 1st March.
Starting early in the morning a number of homesteads were searched in the Kranskop area three shotguns, a 303 rifle, one pistol and a R1 rifle with a total were recovered and 69 live rounds. Four suspects aged between 45 and 70 years old were arrested during the operation and they were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They appeared in the Kranskop Magistrates’ Court last week and the case was remanded.
At midnight, following up a tip off, a man wanted for hi-jacking, stock theft, murder, attempted murder and robbery was arrested in Nklandla. An unlicensed R5 rifle and ammunition were recovered.
A Police spokesman stated that “We will continue with operations of this nature targeting illegal firearms in circulation as it is in line with our strategies to reduce serious and violent crimes in this Province.”
ANGLO AMERICAN ASSISTS Greytown Children’s Home
Anglo American Chairman’s Fund allocated a once-off grant of R75 000-00 to the Greytown Children’s Home to repair, treat, seal and paint all concrete roofs on the premises. As the roofs were in a bad shape and several leaks occurred during the rainy season, this was a most welcome and well utilised grant. The contractor, Suburban Roofing of Durban, rendered an excellent and professional service to the Home.
Thanks to the Anglo American’s Chairman’s Fund, all concrete roofs now boast a shiny coat of silver paint, with a 10 year guarantee on materials and workmanship and the Home now enjoys leak free concrete roofs.
2 March 2011
DON'T PAY EXCESS WATER ACCOUNTS!
Further to the advertisement in last week's Greytown Gazette in which Uthukela Water made known its intention to implement credit control measures, the following are my contentions as an Executive Council member (the highest Executive body) of Umzinyathi District Municipality which is part owner of Uthukela Water.
- Please ignore the Uthukela Water notice;
- Uthukela Water will be disbanded as per Section 78 report commissioned by Ms Nomsa Dube, MEC for Local Government. This has already been accepted through an Umzinyathi Council resolution.
- All water debts , exceeding 3 years, are prescribed;that is you are not liable in terms of the Prescription Act of 1969.
- Correctly so in terms of the Constitution and Local Government procedures, CTS community participation is critical before Credit Control measures like these are implemented.
- As President Zuma stated in his State of Nation address communities cannot be expected to pay arduously high Utility bills.
- Some 3500 residents are connected to Greytown's water reticulation but only 2 500 have accounts rendered to them.
Water consumers are urged to put any overcharging billing complaints they have in writing and deliver them to Umzinyathi Exco Councillor at Young Ideas, 117 Pine Street.
TRIBUTE TO RON HICKMAN
Internationally famous Ron Hickman, inventor of the Black and Decker work mate and designer of the famous Lotus Elam died on February 17th.
Born in 1932 in Greytown he attended Greytown High School - an accomplished pianist by the age of 17 he had become an Associate of the Trinity College of Music in London. In 1954 he went to England where he worked for a music publisher. Then the Ford Motor company as a stylist before becoming a director of Lotus Engineering in the 1960’s when he designed the original two-seater Lotus Elan sports car.
He came up with the foldable Workmate bench concept when he damaged a chair he was using to steady a piece of wood that he was sawing. Several companies rejected the product, stating there was not a large market for it. Ron then marketed it himself until 1973 when Black and Decker realised its potential and set up a royalties and copyright deal with Ron. By 1981 10 million workmates had been sold worldwide and at the time of his death the total exceeded 100 million..
In 1994 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to industrial innovation.
Ron is survived by his wife Helen and two sons, and his brother Ed who is resident at Arcadia in Greytown.
ARCADIA REACHES FOR THE STARS
Arcadia have organised a fundraiser with a difference on Friday 18th March when wellknown astrophysicist, Dr Hilton Ratcliffe, will challenge many widely held beliefs of the universe. This will be followed by another of those traditionally tasty feasts, this time pizzas, concocted and cooked by culinary stars , the Friends of Arcadia.
Anyone interested in astronomy and the cosmos should not miss the views and slide show to be presented by this “controversial rocket scientist” and author of two challenging books. Tickets are R50 each, obtainable from Arcadia or Greytown Gazette and this includes the tasty snacks and punch. The event starts at 6 p.m on Friday 18th March.
Herbs to flavour
10 POPULAR HERBS AND THEIR USES
Following the entertaining meeting members enjoyed in February meeting at Rosehurst in Pietermaritzburg, the March meeting of Umvoti Garden Club returns to base on Tuesday 8th March with the emphasis on local talent.
Well known horticulturalist, Taru Thomas will be sharing her expertise on the growing
of the 10 most popular herbs suited to Greytown conditions. With Winter looming and the heat of a very dry Summer still with us, “locally grown is lekker” is worthwhile advice to heed. Taru will be demonstrate how to plant and grow herbs which cope best with the extremes of Umvoti climate.
Then a tasty twist with a difference as local culinary artist Trish Barrow demonstrates how to use these different herbs in a selection of creative dishes. Members will be able to sample these and to take home the recipes. After the meeting there will be a selection of herbs to purchase in punnets, pots and containers.
The meeting is to be held at 6 Payne Street, home of Steve and Cathy Cope.
Visitors are most welcome to attend -Garden Club members who are unable to be there are asked to tender their apologies.
Please will everyone remember to bring chairs as the meeting is in a private garden.
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TIME TO PLAY HOCKEY
All hockey players - male and female - there will be social hockey games every Tuesday at 5.15 p.m. on the Greytown High School fields.
Even if you haven’t played hockey since school days - come along and join in the fun, Anyone who has spare hockey sticks or balls please could you bring these along for players who do not have.
For further information please phone 082 469 8457
STATEMENT BY PHILANI GODFREY MAVUNDLA
IN RESPONSE TO THE IFP PRESIDENT’S PARLIAMENTARY ADDRESS ON 15 FEBRUARY 2011 IN THE STATE OF THE NATION DEBATE
I am disappointed that the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party (“IFP”), Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, in recent public statements has blamed the troubles within his political party on the members of the African National Congress , including President Zuma, Premier Mkhize and myself
Everyone has witnessed the power struggle within the IFP that has resulted in the formation of the National Freedom Party. It played out in the media, the courts and other public forums.
. The power struggle within the IFP should not be used as an excuse for resuscitating KwaZulu-Natal’s troubled past. It is concerning that in the midst of this turmoil, Dr Buthelezi has sought to accuse members of the ANC for orchestrating these events. In the past I have had to obtain a court interdict against Mayor Ngubane for making false and inflammatory remarks about me in the middle of political violence in Umvoti. It worries me that, once more, Mayor Ngubane is seeking to falsely connect me to matters, which do not concern or involve me and are untrue.
The thrust of Mayor Ngubane’s allegations is that I offered him money and diplomatic posts in China or India so that he could defect to the NFP. Both these allegations are untrue and laughable. Firstly, as a loyal member of the ANC, I would not offer Mayor Ngubane money to join a rival political party to the ANC. Secondly, I am only a local councillor in KwaZulu-Natal. I could not have the power to offer diplomatic posts to anyone let alone members of rival political parties to join other parties.
I believe that there should be no excuse for political violence. As political leaders, we should all condemn the violence that has ensued since the split between the IFP and the NFP. We should instead encourage our people to make their statements through the ballot in the coming elections. Pointing fingers will only worsen the situation and take us back to the dark days of turmoil, violence and plunge this peaceful and exemplary nation to the dungeons of hopelessness. The leaders of all parties involved in this must come together to discuss these problems in a proper forum and avoid issuing inflammatory statements about each other in the media to avoid a situation which will threaten peace in this province and the goal of having free and fair elections later this year. “
Philani Godfrey Mavundla a councillor of uMvoti municipality and Chairperson ANC in the Bhambatha Region, has makes this statement in his personal capacity.
WHY A CFO?
Is there still a need for a Chief Financial Officer in Umvoti Municipality? This question comes for the following reasons:
1. The Chief Finance Officer has put the Umvoti Council into disrepute by overpaying the Councillors now as we speak each and every Councillor is owing the Council not less than R30 000. By the full Council meeting on 25th February all the Umvoti Councillors and the staff were not paid even though it was Pay day.
Who, we would all like to know will be responsible for the bank charges and the failure of debits in the banks.
I think it is very important that the public is aware of this disgraceful situation and that the Minister of Local Government should be made aware of this .
UMVOTI MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR.
WHY NO ANSWERS?
I have repeatedly requested answers to pertinent questions put to our Municipality without success.
May I, through your medium attempt to elicit answers the DA and Umvoti residents need with regards to the following:
1.How can a Municipal vehicle, auctioned last year to a certain individual , still be fuelled on the Municipal account and tyres to the value of R5 000 be fitted this year?
2.Why no rent has been collected, for a Municipal house rented by our mayor since 2005, despite a lease agreement having been signed?
The DA must also point out to residents that despite a critical shortage of housing in Greytown, the IFP, supported by the ANC, changed a Council resolution and are zoning a housing tract of land in favour of a shopping mall.
We are horrified by this decision which is clearly not in the interest of our community.
Councillor P.R. Buss
LOVER’S QUARREL ENDS IN TWO DEATHS
Two men were shot dead in Msinga on Sunday 20th February - one a murder and the second suicide. Msinga Police who were called to the scene believe that the shootings were as a result of a lover’s quarrel.
It is reported that 23 year old Velagelakhe Malinga and his 22 year old girlfriend, Kwandile Makhunga were arguing when Malinga produced a firearm and fired several shots at her. She allegedly ran to Sboniso Zondi’s room nearby to seek assistance. Zondi approached Malinga with the intention of trying to calm the situation. However Malinga fired a shot hitting Zondi in the right shoulder and ran off.
Minutes later a shot was heard and Malinga was found lying dead with a firearm next to him -the unlicensed .38 special revolver with the serial number removed and several cartridges still loaded.
Zondi, who was seriously injured was taken to hospital where he died. He was a student constable stationed at SAPS Msinga but was off duty at the time of the incident. Kwandile was not injured.
Police investigations are continuing.
GREYTOWN SPEED & SOUND FESTIVAL
All Greytonians are invited to this Saturday’s festival of speed and sound at the Enhlalakahle sportsgrounds from 11.30 a.m.!
Organisers state come along to see or take part in the various speed events, Biggy, Sdoklo, motor bikes, jumping castles and lots more.
No bottles, casks, etc are allowed but bring along your picnic and braai equipment. Entry is free.
For more information :
“3O” at 073 511 6268;
Dumisani Mdluli 082 562 3433: or
Zweli Zakwe 082 951 4637
Why the water was “unclear”
Following on complaints received ten days ago of dirty water in certain parts of the reticulation network in Greytown,Uthukela embarked on a programme to clean the three storage reservoirs.
Trevor Rajnarain of Uthukela, told the Greytown Gazette that the first reaction was to check the plant but as Class 1 water has been produced over several weeks it was not felt that it could be the plant. After monitoring the situation, the next day a cleaning programme was set up to clean the 3 reservoirs which had not been done previously due the critically low reservoir levels and the amount of technical work being carried out over the past two years made it too risky to decommision any reservoir at that time. Trevor states :
”We isolated reservoir no. 1 on Tuesday morning and diverted all water into reservoirs 2and 3. During the course of Tuesday/Wednesday there were complaints of unclear water in certain parts of town. This was attributed to the higher flow rates through reservoirs no.2 and 3, which must have agitated sediment lying at floor level. By mid morning on Wednesday, the reservoirs had settled down again, and the water from the exit manifold was clear with an NTU reading below 1….. However there was some unclear water that had already passed the exit manifold, and was now in the reticulation system. This water had to pass, and to aid this process we scoured some of the problematic zones.
After three days of intensive cleaning, reservoir no.1 was commissioned at 15h30 on Thursday afternoon.
Cleaning of reservoir no.2 will begin on Tuesday 1st March , and should be completed by Thursday and the following Tuesday 8th , reservoir no.3 will be cleaned, and should be completed by that Thursday. The impact of the cleaning exercise will be kept to an absolute minimum, so as to avoid any unclear water and/or water interruptions in the reticulation network.
WARTBURG MOUTAIN BIKE CLASSIC
The Cycle Lab Wartburg MTB Classic was held on 26 February and a record entry of 1432 cyclists took part in one or more of the races on offer. First off were the trail runners, who were started two hours before the first cycle race. This was to allow those cyclists with a running problem to complete the 11.5km run with enough time to change into their cleats and line up for the Cycle Lab Classic. A few of the thirty odd runners got lost in the woods, but most returned smiling even after touring down-town Wartburg by mistake.
The racing in the Cycle Lab Classic (45km) was a fast and fiercely contested matter, with the eventual win going to Rourke Croeser in an almost unbelievable time of 1hr51min. First lady home was Julia Colvin in 2hr19 and 55th position overall. The Spur 25km ride was won by Joshua Nelson (men) and Cath de Souza (ladies). The Supa Quick 10 km ride had almost as many winners as entrants. The Durban Green Corridor had sponsored prizes and made sure that every age group under twelve years had winners.
There are many thanks that need to be made . A race of this magnitude requires the input of many people, and literally hundreds of parents, pupils and staff of Wartburg Kirchdorf School volunteered their help on the day. Thanks also to the residents who tolerated the sometimes not-so-orderly parking on their verges and open plots. The local municipality had given the entire village the ‘short-back and sides’ in anticipation of the hordes of visitors.
Farmers who allowed the race to meander through their meticulously groomed farms include SAPPI, the Wittig, Hillermann, Schultz and Meyer families. Cycle Lab in Pietermaritzburg, the new title sponsor, was very supportive and great to work with. Secondary and product sponsors included Spur, Supa Quick Dalton, BP Wartburg, Pannar, Aquelle, Wartburg Buildit, Farmer’s Agricare, GAP chemicals, Stihl, Bmax, Thule and Milestone Kitchens.
Report; Antony Jarvie; Race Committee
96 YEARS OLD AND GOING STRONG!
Olive Maud Wilson, who was born on 22nd February 1915 in Durban, celebrated her 96TH birthday last week. She grew up in Durban North and worked as a saleswoman for many years at Payne Bros in Durban - she commented that she enjoyed going into work everyday just to meet and talk with the people that came across her path. The Wilson had two children, Marshall and Deline (Gifford). On being asked how many grandchildren and great grandchildren she has Olive replied: “you know, I’ve lost count, but I do love them all very dearly”. Olive joined Arcadia Home for the Aged in October 2006 and is a great friend and a blessing to the many who are in contact with her. Congratulations Olive and long may it continue! photo:Antoinette Britner