KZN’s future Actuary Sakhile Njoko and Siyanda Secondary School RCL Secretary bags 7 distinctions. Sakhile has proved it is possible to beat the odds. Having lost both parents at a very early stage, 17-year-old Sakhile has stood on the shoulders of his 4 siblings and people who kept reminding him that he can achieve whatever to put his mind and soul to. Speaking to Sakhile, he mentioned that he was very anxious when the final exams were approaching, He knew he had all in control since he started preparing for Grade 12 while busy with his Grade 11. “I did not start starting only when I got to Grade 12. I started when I was in Grade 11. I would attend Grade 12 sessions whenever there were extra classes. I was introduced to organizing my time when I attended the Columba Leadership Academy when I was in Grade 10. Since my participation in the Columba Leadership Programme, I have been able to set my own goals and work very hard towards achieving them, I am goal driven and focused on my studies.” Said Sakhile Columba Leadership is a peer-driven leadership programme that works with principals, teachers, local community members and corporate partners to engage young people in a programme of leadership development that elicits and unleashes their potential to be agents of positive social change. The relationship between Columba and Siyanda Secondary School started in June 2010 and the school has embraced the programme since then. Sakhile was one of the leaners that went to the Columba Leadership Academy which is a six-day residential which is the ‘activation’ phase of the programme whereby learners and educators are introduced to the values based leadership programme. The residential provides educators with a different perspective of their learners and provides them with alternative methods of engaging youth. Youth are exposed to a different way of approaching their future to motivate them and allow them to start a journey of personal . . .
Regus, the multinational workplace provider, opened their most recent business centre in the Kwa-Zulu Natal capital, Pietermaritzburg on 1 December 2017. This adds to their 3000 locations worldwide and over 55 locally. The new Pietermaritzburg centre which offers fully furnished office spaces, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms, follows a strategic focus to provide world-class workspaces and infrastructure in oft-forgotten areas. Since its expansion into South Africa, Regus has provided co-working and meeting spaces to meet the increasing demand for flexible, technologically advanced, professional work areas. The latest centre will support corporates, small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, freelancers and business tourists with a professional place to work and network. As a hub to the aluminium, agricultural, manufacturing and tourism sectors, and with its proximity to Durban, one of the busiest ports in Africa, Pietermaritzburg is also an ideal platform for expansion into the rest of the province. The location is home to the thriving and active Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, supporting local businesses in the area. The new business centre is also ideally situated in the busy Bird Sanctuary area, with access to banks, local businesses, restaurants and food outlets. Joanne Bushell, Country Manager of Regus in South Africa said of the expansion, “The most recent Regus locations were strategically chosen to support areas in our country integral to the agricultural, manufacturing and services growth, but which often don’t have commensurate support of much-needed technological infrastructure and services. We have seen our business centres boost economic growth in all the locations where we put down our footprint.” With more centres set to open in South Africa in 2018, Regus’ business support footprint is steadily growing to include centres nationwide. For further information on Regus business centres, to find a global working . . .
Nal’ibali, the national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced 14-year-old Sabelo Khomo from Hammarsdale, as the KwaZulu-Natal provincial winner of its annual storytelling contest, Story Bosso. Chosen from over 6 000 entries collected from across the country and over 1 000 entries in KwaZulu-Natal, Khomo’s winning entry, Ugogo nengane, is a folktale told to him by his grandmother. Each year Nal’ibali hosts its month-long Story Bosso drive in September (Literacy Month), to encourage members of the public, young and old, to get storytelling in their home languages. A simple yet effective method to lay the literacy foundations that children will need to learn to read and write; storytelling is something that anybody can do: anytime, anywhere. The sharing of stories is also part of the collective culture and heritage of all South Africans. This year the talent search attracted a record number of entries and included a provincial road-show with celebrated storytellers, including Gcina Mhlope and Sindiwe Magona, giving special demonstrations of their craft to adults and children in different parts of the country. Driving the initiative at local level, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors held over 100 audition and entry events in seven provinces to source stories directly from communities and from Nal’ibali’s network of over 1 000 reading clubs. Sanelisiwe Ntuli, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor says Khomo is a natural storyteller with a strong sense of creativity – he enjoys telling stories and making up new ones from folktales his grandmother shares with him. “Sabelo’s story is my favourite because it has not one, but two elements of storytelling in it: song and education. Him, or the story having music in it, works for him,” commented Mpumy Ndlovu, a Story Bosso judge, actress and storyteller. Khomo is joined by seven additional provincial winners: Java Hoy in the Eastern Cape; Lethuxolo November in Gauteng; Dimakatso Letsoele in Mpumalanga; Annah Gumbi in North . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre promises fantastic holiday fun for the thousands of visitors expected to flock to KwaZulu-Natal’s popular South Coast. “We are gearing up for a bumper festive season. With fantastic summer weather, beautiful beaches and Crocworld’s wide variety of birds, reptiles of holiday activities, visitors will undoubtedly have a marvelous holiday,” said Centre Manager Martin Rodrigues. “Crocworld has something for everyone; young and old, nature enthusiasts, gardeners and thrill-seekers,” he added. Apart from the usual daily crocodile feedings at 11h00 and 15h00, there will also be a daily forest walk at midday and as a special holiday treat, vulture feedings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sunday at 14:00PM Crocworld Conservation Centre’s daily holiday programme, which will run between the 7th of December 2017 and 16th of January 2018, promises to be fun edutainment for the whole family. The programme will include a daily snake demonstration at 10h15 where visitors will get an opportunity to interact with the Centre’s highly knowledgeable staff and enjoy the centre’s vast grounds. Join the bumper birthday celebrations on December 16, when Crocworld’s oldest resident, Henry the Nile crocodile will be celebrating his 117th birthday. The much-loved reptile’s birthday party, presented by Sign-it @ Syms, will provide visitors the opportunity to observe this 500kg, 5-metre long, majestic creature. Henry is the oldest known Nile Crocodile in captivity. He arrived at Crocworld in 1985 as an adult, with records that stated he was 85-years old. He lives in his enclosure with six females, and has fathered over 10 000 offspring in the last 32 years. His party will take place at 11h00, with a special birthday feeding and talk, as well as cupcakes for guests, while stocks last. “Everyone is welcome to join Henry’s birthday celebrations in Crocworld style. He is extremely popular with our visitors, and we would love for everyone to . . .
Renowned for its gorgeous coastal towns, warm community and laidback lifestyle, the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast is a prime holiday destination. And this year, Sapphire Coast Tourism is looking forward to a bumper season with plenty fun in the sun in store for residents and holidaymakers…it’s going to be a Sapphire Sizzling Summer 2017! “December is always a really busy month for the jewel of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Romy Wenzel, chairman of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “Our incredible beaches, world-class dive sites, cultural spots, nature reserves and quality food and drink venues keep the tourists coming year after year. And, in preparation for the busy holiday season, Sapphire Coast Tourism has been turning the Sapphire Coast blue by cleaning and painting bridges. We want all visitors to really enjoy their stay which is why Sapphire Coast Tourism also supports a really well-planned holiday programme with a host of fun, family-friendly activities throughout December.” Amanzimtoti Park Run One of the community initiatives supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism is the weekly 5km Amanzimtoti Park Run which sets off every Saturday at 8am from Beach Road, Amanzimtoti. This run is unique in that it incorporates the beach, testing runners’ endurance in a beautiful setting. Amanzimtoti River Clean-up To improve the environmental conditions of the area, there will be an Amanzimtoti River Clean-up on Saturday, 9 December setting off from the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre. CPR Lessons Partake in some potentially lifesaving lessons at Toti Main Beach on 18, 20 and 22 December. All lessons are arranged by PDA Health Pty Ltd. Nature Walks There will be two nature walks taking place at Burchells Coucal Eco Trail, 1 Deeptank Road, Illovo. On Wednesday, 20 December there will be the Kiddies Nature Walk with Blessing Majoka from 8am to 10am at a cost of R30 per child which includes a snack pack from Cafe Familia. On Saturday 23 December there will be Birding and Nature Walk . . .
Two KwaZulu-Natal cyclists, Lindani Shusha and Hayley Smith, took the honours in the feature races of the Bestmed Wild Coast Sun MTB Classic near Port Edward today. The 21-year-old Shusha, from Port Shepstone, picked up the men's 40km title for the first time and Smith, who lives in Durban North, won the women's event in her maiden appearance. Crossing the finishing line at the Wild Coast Sun hotel in 1:48:00, Shusha came home just more than five minutes ahead of Wayne Tarr (1:53:11), with Nduduzo Ndlovu third (1:59:21). Shusha said afterwards he had competed in the race before, finishing fourth last year, and was delighted to claim top spot on the podium. Although there were some tough climbs along the route, Shusha, who led from the start, said he had felt comfortable throughout. "I managed to build a small lead and was able stay in front throughout the race. I felt I was able to handle the uphills and I still felt quite strong at the end. "I'm very happy that I was able to win this time after last year's result." The 23-year-old Smith, who grew up in Margate on the South Coast and is sponsored by Bell Equipment, said she had achieved her objective by taking the women's 40km title. She finished in 2:04:26, ahead of Debrah Thomas (2:10:29) and Jill Lynch (2:31:14). "Although it was my first Wild Coast race, I knew what it entailed so I came here with the goal to win. I'm delighted that it turned out that way." Smith also got away early on and initially rode with the leading men's bunch. "After about 5km they left me behind and I rode with another guy for quite a while before dropping him at around the halfway mark. From then I was on my own so it was quite comfortable in the end." She had plenty of praise for the organisers, saying it had been "an awesome experience". "You can see the route guys really put in a lot of work. That made it a special event. "There were a few nasty hills, but that was mixed with some great . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
One of the biggest events on the KwaZulu-Natal calendar, the annual South Coast Bike Fest™, is set to attract record crowds to the Margate Beachfront Boulevard on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast as engines get revving from 27 to 30 April 2018. Positioning itself as Africa’s premier motorbike and music festival event, the second edition of the South Coast Bike Fest™ was established on the entrenched tradition of biking festivals in Margate. The 2017 festival attracted almost 60 000 visitors – locally and further afield - who enjoyed an incredible showcase of bike displays, non-stop entertainment, fabulous food and quality musical acts that cut across every genre from reggae to rock. And the 2018 edition is set to build on this success with an even more action-packed line-up of entertainment, tasty cuisine, coastal bars and brilliant biking displays. Some of the highlights include: · Stunt shows and Powasol Enduro X in the Energy Zone Arena. · Top musical acts at the Jack Daniels Village Pier Rock Stage and Main Beach Stage. · Quality fashion shows and Miss South Coast Bike Fest™. · A range of food options in the pop-up food villages. · A selection of seaside bars. · Various parades and outrides including the mass ride. The event, which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ugu District and Ray Nkonyeni Municipalities, is also a major boost for local tourism. There are a number of accommodation venues available throughout the area, ranging from campsites to high-end hotels, and there are already a number of early bookings being made for 2018. All bikers and pillions are urged to pre-register online for free access to the entire event precinct including the main stage featuring all the headline artist performances. The non-biking community will be charged a nominal fee of R60 per day which provides access to the event precinct including the three main beach festival stages, beachfront boulevard themed bars, street . . .
A 14km stretch of district road leading to the top of a plateau could be the tipping point when cyclists tackle the Bestmed Wild Coast Sun MTB Classic near Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal next weekend. This is the opinion of the route director, Ian Wilson, who said their overall objective was to ensure that riders of all levels enjoy a memorable mountain-biking outing on December 9. Starting at the Wild Coast Sun hotel, the 40km and 20km routes cover spectacular areas of coastal wilderness, providing delightful views and trails that border the region's huge gorges. Durban-based Wilson, who has been building trails in the province for more than a decade, said the 14km district-road section could be the critical stretch in deciding the winners. "This section takes the riders to the top of the plateau (Mzamba Gorge) and that is where the race can be won. Those who climb well and can hold on for a long burn will do well." Wilson said their main objective in setting up the 40km and 20km routes was "no foot down". "I try to build routes that everyone can ride. I like to think of the back riders and make it enjoyable for them. "If they can ride it and enjoy it, the front pack can race it hard and everyone is a winner." He said they had built trails going up to and along Mzamba Gorge, which provided spectacular views. "The route also includes fast-flowing single-track, and the participants will ride through rural villages where they will come across extremely friendly people." Referring to the 870m elevation on the 40km route, Wilson agreed there was some stiff climbing to challenge the riders. "But there is also plenty of recovery time," he added. "The climbs are followed by flowing downhill sections so it is not a constant grind." He felt the race was something really special because of its surroundings. "There are not many places so close to a town where you can ride in such unspoilt scenery." He added that they had removed the 3km . . .
The relaunch of Umlazi Mega City marks an important milestone for the growth of local township economies at a time when both the retail sector and the economy as whole are under pressure. Carmen Collison, the Retail Asset Manager of majority shareholder, SA Corporate Real Estate, said that the R370 million investment in extending the mall was testament to its success and an indicator that investors remained confident that so-called township economies would continue to grow. Since it was developed in 2006, Umlazi Mega City has been a pioneer of the township shopping experience and has played a crucial role in changing perceptions in the retail property sector and particularly those of major retail chains. The Umlazi Mega City upgrade is set to offer the community a revitalised, relevant tenant mix and quality facilities. We believe that the ongoing success of Mega City will set the standard for retail facilities in this area and act as a catalyst for further economic growth in this important region”. The relaunched Umlazi Mega City boasts an additional 19,000m² of retail space, almost doubling the total lettable area to 52 000m². The revamp saw the creation of upgraded ablution facilities and the addition of a new and larger taxi rank that offers ablutions for taxi commuters. 370 parking bays have been added and traffic flow within the mall has been significantly improved. Umlazi Mega City currently has 160 stores that fall within the fashion, food, supermarket, cellular, health and beauty, home and lifestyle, hardware, sport, footwear and medical categories. Anchors include the likes of Mega Super Spar, Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths. All major banks are represented. As part of the redevelopment, existing tenants including Spar, Woolworths, Clicks, Mr Price and Truworths were expanded. The revitalized tenant mix now also includes the likes of McDonald’s, Fashion Express, Le’Coq Sportif, Pep Home, Garment Division, City Girl and Asmalls. An average . . .