Tis the season to be beaching!

Time to pull out those surf boards, bikinis, sun hats, beach balls and all things Summer, for Umhlanga’s Summer Festival is around the corner. The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2014 is set to kick-off in the second week of December with […]


Four survive fiery crash

Four people are lucky to be alive, after the driver of their Volkswagen Golf, lost control and crashed head-on into a giant tree, bursting into flames on Saturday, 22 November. IPSS Medical Rescue spokesman, Paul Herbst, said that the four […]


Old Boys shine at soccer fest!

Toyota Old Boys participated in the Toyota Ekiden Soccer festival held at Kuswag High School recently. TOB went down 2-4 to the Japanese Invitation outfit in the first game but made amends in the second game, to record a convincing […]


Feel the summer fever!

Things will be heating up this summer when the annual Tropika Summer Fever beach festival hits Margate and Ballito in December. The festival will run at Margate Main Beach from 21 to 24 December and Ballito Main (Willard) Beach from […]


Toddler dies after alleged abuse

By Janice Pillay A two-year old child died after alleged abuse by family members on Thursday, 20 November in the Havenside area. Speaking to the Chatsworth Tabloid, a neighbour residing on Imperial Drive, Havenside, who wishes to remain anonymous, said […]


Kurtlee murder accused appear in court

The three men accused of the premeditated murder of Kurtlee Pillay, were remanded to Westville Prison, pending their next court appearance. Blaine Raman, Dinesh Nana and Bilal Tayob made a brief court appearance this morning. It was heard that Raman’s defence needed time to query the observations made by the District Surgeon. 
The three are facing charges of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and hijacking.

The man behind an online petition requesting for “harshest sentencing”, Domenic King, thanked the community for contributing towards the petition. Kurtlee

Wear white for Jamie

The community is urged to wear white to the funeral service of Jamie Faith Naidoo, which is to be held at the Havenside Community Hall at 11am tomorrow. Councillor Brandon Pillay said the wearing of white will serve as a mark of respect and also to promote 16 Days Against Gender Violence, which was launched on Tuesday. An official committee was set up to oversee the funeral and a memorial service, as well as court proceedings. 
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SA lass competes in World Championship

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag will go head to head with some of the world’s best female surfers at the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour in Hawaii. The competition has already commenced and runs through to Saturday, 6 December 2014.

The Target Maui Pro, held at the world-class wave of Honolua Bay, returns to the schedule this year for the first time since 2009 and will determine the 2014 ASP Women’s World Champion. This season has delivered the closest title race in the history of women’s surfing and only three surfers remain in contention to take the title in Maui: Australians Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright.

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Hip hip hooray!

The sailing community in Durban will be gathering at the water, to celebrate Aldino Gorlei’s 80th birthday with The Captains Challenge on Sunday, 30 November.

The challenge is to get 80 boats on the water for Gorlei’s milestone. The fun event hosted by Point Yacht Club invites boats of all shapes and sizes to be part of the celebrations, racing around a fun course and then enjoying cupcakes and champagne.

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Woman’s face slashed by bush knife

A woman was left almost irrecognisable when her boyfriend allegedly slashed her face with a bush knife at the Malacca Informal Settlement near Glenhills on Thursday evening, last week.

Greenwood Park SAPS’ Community Policing Forum Chairman, Robin Candy, said he was called to the settlement for assistance at 11pm.

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Police take down two suspects for hijacking, attempted murder

Durban North communications officer, Lieutenant Raymond Deokaran, has claimed that there is no link between last week’s arrest of two hijacking suspects in Queen Nandi Drive and the gunpoint robbery of a family who were shopping in Umhlanga.

Durban North News inquired about the possible link after we covered a story two weeks ago, about four armed men, dressed in blue overalls and balaclavas, holding a family at gunpoint at a shopping centre ATM. The suspects escaped with a red GTI Golf.

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Tis the season to be beaching!


Time to pull out those surf boards, bikinis, sun hats, beach balls and all things Summer, for Umhlanga’s Summer Festival is around the corner. The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2014 is set to kick-off in the second week of December with the Lizzard Hurricane Surf Pro which takes place on 13 and 14 December.

Pro Surfers from all around South Africa come to this very popular event which is hosted by Umhlanga’s Wave Wizards Surf Club in association with KZN Surfing Association. Young novices from 5-years old are welcome to surf with their fathers in the ‘Ballie’s Division’. There will be both, short and long boarders taking part.

The jam-packed Umhlanga’s Summer Festival programme will then begin, with beach lovers of all ages having the opportunity to be treated to a host of great free entertainment including volleyball, beach olympics, dancing, games, Miss/Mr Umhlanga, promenade walks, soccer, face painting, tug-of-war and and lots more. Gorgeous bikini-clad girls will be handing out chilled refreshing Just Juice to quench that hot summer thirst.

Sunday, 14 December will also see the Jockey Trail Run/Walk which will start and finish on the Millennium Stage at Umhlanga Main Beach. Trail enthusiasts will have the option of 5km, 12km or 18km to choose from. To register visit

Spar Umhlanga will also be hosting a couple of days of packed beach entertainment and the Ocean Heroes Surf Ironman Series will be present on many of the afternoons.
On Thursday, 18 December at 6:30pm, Umhlanga Village will be brought alight by the harmonious sounds of Shelly McClain and her choir, at the Carols by Candlelight. Visitors are encouraged to bring a gift for underprivileged children.

Chairman of Umhlanga Tourism, Peter Rose, said, “We are all very excited about this year’s Umhlanga Summer Festival. Our aim is to provide good entertainment for our visitors and ensure they have a fun relaxing time, the best holiday ever, on our magnificent, recently nominated Blue Flag Beach. We want them to have great memories of Umhlanga when they are back home, so that they return year after year to our wonderful tropical coastline.”

Umlazi Times 27.11.14

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Durban North News 26.11.14

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Young driver killed in car crash

A 21-year old man was killed in a collision on Umdloti Beach Road, Verulam over the weekend. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, died after his car rolled over and ejected him near uMdloti beach.

Prem Balram of Reaction Unit SA said, “At approximately 11:30pm last night, our control centre received a call from a motorist reporting the collision. Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival, found the driver of the vehicle to have sustained critical injuries, after he had been ejected from his vehicle, which overturned several times.”
The driver was transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital, were he later died due to the extent of his injuries.

Balram added, “Details surrounding the accident are unclear at this stage, however, it is alleged that the driver lost control of his vehicle as he rounded a bend, causing the vehicle to overturn several times.”
Verulam SAPS Communications Officer, Warrant Officer Mandla Khumalo, said there was no case opened as yet.

Four survive fiery crash


Four people are lucky to be alive, after the driver of their Volkswagen Golf, lost control and crashed head-on into a giant tree, bursting into flames on Saturday, 22 November.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesman, Paul Herbst, said that the four were travelling back home on the R102 near uMvoti Plaza, Tongaat, when the accident happened. “Luckily, the four passengers were quickly pulled out of the vehicle by bystanders, before the flames engulfed their Volkswagen Golf. Three of the four passengers are in critical condition,” he stated.

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uThukela kick-starts fitness programme!



Sport's-recreation-2uThukela District Mayor, Dudu Mazibuko and officials from uThukela Municipality kick-started their well-being fitness programme on Friday, 21 November 2014. The well-being programme started off with a health walk and officials made sure that they were well-prepared for the day’s sporting and fitness activities. “We are hoping to kick-start our fitness programme, to inspire all our workers and those members of the public, to participate in making sure that they strive for a healthier happier lifestyle,” said Mazibuko.

‘The Big Walk’ takes over Ladysmith

Sport's-recreation Sport's-recreation-1 Sport's-recreation-2‘The Big Walk’ was hosted by Ladysmith’s Department of Sport and Recreation at Settlers Park on Saturday, 22 November 2014. The well-being fun day was aimed at promoting well-being and fitness amongst everyone, both the young and old, and was the first annual event to take place. The department aims to induce an increasing number of people to take up the habit of walking and to begin to engage in walking as a deliberate part of their leisure activities. The afternoon was enjoyed by all who participated.

Tough on crime


Station Commander Brigadier Buthelezi with CPF chairperson Bheki Zikalala outside the police station

At a media briefing today, Newcastle Station Commander Brigadier Bhekani Buthelezi together with Community Policing Forum (CPF) Chairperson Mr. Bheki Zikalala outlined awarenesses which they hope will keep the streets of Newcastle safer over the holiday season.

This preventative strategy outlined some of the prevalent crimes currently being experienced within the CBD and looked at ways in which to minimise the crimes from taking place. Zikalala began by highlighting the crimes which included theft of motorbikes, withdrawing of large amounts of cash at the bank which is later stored in parked cars and later stolen-specifically by stokvel clubs and business people, chain and cellphone snatching as well as victims falling prey to the money on the floor scam.

the CPF chairperson urged visitors to the bank to be cautious when making large withdrawals as they are being watched. “Have someone accompany you and never leave the money in your car. Criminals will also never break into a vehicle if there are no visible valuables lying around so dont leave shopping bags, laptops or sunglasses out in plain sight,” He further cautioned shoppers against displaying large wads of cash when shopping or storing all their cash in one pocket or bag. “Split your money into different pockets so that if you are robbed criminals will not get their hands on all your cash,”

In terms of precautionary measures, Zikalala urged females not to wear expensive chains in town.
“Criminals target you when you are in the alleys-they snatch and run before you can even react. The same applies to the use of cell phones. Avoid talking on your phone or answering a call. Rather wait until you are in a safe or less public place,”

Adding to this Brigadier Buthelezi said that feedback received from the Business Against Crime (BAC) Forum, advised business owners to also take caution over the festive season. “Never lock up alone and try and alter your lock up times so that you are never timed on your routine,” The Brigadier also advised the business sector to remove their daily takings from the store prior to closing up for the day.

When asked about the recently launched ‘Safe CBD Project’, an initiative by local business that sees the CBD being patrolled by private security, Zikalala said that the project had made a difference in the area which had seen a reduction in crime.

“The presence of patrols acts as a deterrent to criminals,” he said and advised other businesses to get involved.

The overall message to the public was that each individual should take responsibility for their safety and that of their possessions and property.

“Simple changes such as removing valuables from your car or keeping your gates locked at home will minimise your chance of becoming a victim of crime,” said SAPS Cluster Head of Communications Captain Shooz Magudulela who added that repeat warnings to the public about crime were often overlooked due to a complacent.

Looking ahead to the holiday period, Brigadier Buthelezi said that the SAP had a series of roll out plans that included roadblocks, strategies and more visible policing but added that finer details could not be divulged to the public.

“Crime fluctuates all the time but fighting crime also requires participation from the public who assist police with information. Crime affects us all and we should be willing to fight it collectively,” concluded Brigadier Buthelezi

Northern Star 25.11.14


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Ladysmith Herald 25.11.14

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Newcastle Express 25.11.14

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Phoenix Tabloid 25.11.14

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