Sunday, November 25, 2007

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November 23, 2007

Zululand
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Caravan shocker for Jopie

Jopie de Kock displays the after effects of an encounter with a live caravan

Dave Savides

IN a timely reminder to caravan owners as the holiday season approaches, an Empangeni businessman narrowly escaped death by electrocution last Week.
Jopie de Kock is left with a shattered shoulder and extensive bruising all over his body and will undergo an operation today (Thursday).
'We use a caravan on our construction site but took it into the Empangeni workshop where we connected it via an extension cord,' said de Kock.
'I was trying to pull a tent peg out the ground and rested my left hand against the caravan to balance myself - only to find out with a literal shock that I had completed the circuit by earthing the caravan.'
A violent 220 volts shot through de Kock's body.
The earth leakage failed to trip and his left shoulder bone was torn out of its socket, the ball shattering.
'I remained conscious and on my feet, aware of what was happening.
'Doctors told me I was extremely lucky to survive and I will be having a steel plate and pins put into my shoulder.'
De Kock says that because the rubber wheels of the caravan were always in contact with the ground, it was not known that the caravan was live.
'I suggest all caravan owners have them tested to avoid a nasty experience like mine,' he said.

 

 

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November 23, 2007

Zululand
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Powerboats ready to rev

Dave Savides

THE excitement of Formula powerboat racing returns to Richards Bay this weekend with a full programme in the Small Craft Harbour off Naval Island.
Hosted by the City of uMhlathuze and Remax-Marine, the event is presented by Race Promotions and promises to be a feast of spectator thrills and spills.
Transnet National Ports Authority has supplied the venue and the good news is that there is no admission fee.
'Richards Bay is rated by the F1 pilots as a real driver's course, with its unique layout making it both dangerous and exciting, with spectators enjoying close-up views of the action,' said F1 pilot Christo de Jager, who heads the organisation of events nationally.
He said successful running of the event could also lead to an international race in the Bay next year.
Official F1 practice starts on Saturday morning with the main racing taking place on Sunday.
There are plenty of excellent spectator vantage points so bring your braais and enjoy the occasion.
Programme
• Saturday 24 November
8.30 - 9am: F1 and Junior Pilots briefing
9am - 9.45am: Scrutineering
9.45am - 10.45am: F1 official practice
10.45am - 11.30am: All Junior classes official practice
11.30am - 11.50am: Mercury Development Class Heat 1 (5 laps)
11.50am - 12.20am: Junior Powerboat Classes A and B Heat 1 (8 laps)
12.20am - 12.50pm: F30 Time Trials
12.50pm - 01.10pm: Mercury Development Class Heat 2 (5 laps)
01.10pm - 2pm: F1 official practice
2pm - 2.30pm: F30 Heat 1 (9 laps)
2.30pm - 3.30pm: F1 Powerboats Time Trials

• Sunday 25 November
8.30am - 9am: F1 and Junior Pilots briefing
9am - 9.30am: F1 warm-up
9.30am - 9.55am: Junior Powerboat Classes A and B Heat 2 (8 laps)
9.55am - 10.20am: F30 Heat 2 (9 laps)
10.20am - 10.30am: Official Opening
10.30am - 11.20am: F1 Grand Prix Heat 1 (15 laps)
11.20am - 11.40am: Mercury Development Class Heat 3 (5 laps)
11am - 12noon: Skydivers/Air display
12noon - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 1.pm: F1 Drivers' Parade
1.10pm - 2pm: F1 Grand Prix Heat 2 (15 laps)
2pm - 2.30pm: Junior Powercoat Class A and B Heat 3 (8 laps)
2.20pm - 3pm: F30 Heat 3 (9 laps)
3pm - 3.50pm: F1 Grand Prix Heat 3 (15 laps)
3.50pm - 4pm: Lap of Honour F1 Grand Prix winner
5pm: Prize-giving

 

 

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Fishing Update 21 November 2007

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21 November 2007
Issue 5 Year 1

 

Editor: Petrus Viviers
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December 2007 - Tide Table

Date

Day

High am

Low am

High pm

Low pm

1

Sat

08 41

- - -

20 55

14 55

2

Sun

10 06

03 00

22 32

16 31

3

Mon

11 32

04 35

23 56

18 00

4

Tues

- - - -

06 00

12 34

18 55

5

Wed

00 59

06 55

13 21

19 41

6

Thur

01 46

07 45

13 57

20 15

7

Fri

02 23

08 17

14 31

20 47

8

Sat

02 57

08 55

15 01

21 20

9

Sun

03 27

09 25

15 33

21 52

10

Mon

03 56

09 57

16 00

22 18

11

Tues

04 28

10 28

16 35

22 50

12

Wed

05 00

10 59

17 08

23 19

13

Thur

05 30

11 34

17 45

23 56

14

Fri

06 15

- - -

18 20

12 15

15

Sat

06 55

00 35

19 05

13 00

16

Sun

07 45

01 16

19 58

13 55

17

Mon

08 52

02 10

21 08

15 05

18

Tues

10 15

03 17

22 30

16 35

19

Wed

11 35

04 45

- - -

17 59

20

Thur

- - -

06 10

12 37

19 05

21

Fri

01 13

07 17

13 40

20 00

22

Sat

02 12

08 15

14 31

20 49

23

Sun

03 00

09 00

15 20

21 33

24

Mon

03 47

09 52

16 03

22 17

25

Tues

04 31

10 33

16 48

23 00

26

Wed

05 13

11 13

17 27

23 36

27

Thur

05 53

11 52

18 05

- - -

28

Fri

06 30

00 08

18 41

12 35

29

Sat

07 10

00 48

19 20

13 13

30

Sun

07 50

01 24

19 55

13 56

31

Mon

08 40

02 05

20 45

14 52

Whale Watching 20 November 2007

The clients that went out on the whale watching this morning had a BALL of good sightings ! Tail slaps , breaches , 8 Humpback Whales !!!!!!!!!!!!!1

So it's still wonderful out there , we're taking it day by day with the weather , DON'T NOT book because of possible bad weather , as sometimes people are disappointed IF the ''bad'' day DID turn out to be a GOOD day indeed ….

We'll rather then cancel and refund if need be , but rather make the bookings not to be disappointed .

GROETE vir eers !
Warm Regards
Riƫtte Bennett
St.Lucia Tours & Charters
WebSite: www.advantagetours.co.za
e-mail : advantage@zululink.co.za
+27 (0)35 – 5901259 (Tel)
+27 (0)35 – 5901053 (Fax)
Cell: 083 487 2762

Weather Conditions

21 November 2007

 

Currently over cast and threatening to rain.
 

 

 

 

 

Best Drinking Days
St. Lucia Ski Boat Club

Beer Festival
1 December 2007

Best fishing Days

Tidal changes, moon phases and barometric pressure changes, all influence fishing conditions
This Phenomenon
where first experienced by monitoring aquarium fishes and their feeding habits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Lucia Ski Boat Club
Bill Fish Competition
15, 16, 17 December 2007

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

District Mayor ousted

 

November 19, 2007

Zululand
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District Mayor ousted

Taking on the challenges of the region, the new uThungulu District Mayor - Stan Larkan (middle) is congratulated by the Mayor of Mabonambi - ME Mthethwa and the Mayor of uMhlathuze City - Zakhele Mnqayi

Tanya Waterworth

DESPITE High Court action still in progress, a new Mayor was elected for the uThungulu District Municipality at a Special Council Meeting held in chambers on Friday.
IFP Councillor Stan Larkan, the current Mayor of uMlalazi was voted in, his nomination not contested by the ANC.
Larkan succeeds Cllr BV Mthethwa, who has lost favour with the IFP hierarchy.
The re-election of the Mayoral position, as well as that of Deputy Mayor, Speaker, Representation on the Executive Committee and Portfolio Committees took place as part of the reconstitution of Council.
This follows the floor crossing period which ended in September.
Ivan Naidoo was re-elected as Deputy Mayor, while Dr Nkonzoyakhe Donda was re-elected as Speaker.

Heated discussion
When the meeting started concern was expressed, particularly by ANC members, that re-elections would take place despite the fact that former Mayor BV Mthethwa and the IFP are locked in High Court action, following the expulsion and subsequent reinstatement of Mthethwa as a party and council member.
The IFP appealed the previous court ruling which found in favour of Mthethwa, and the case is currently sub-judice in the High Court.
Fears were raised that the situation could result in two members holding the mayoral position, while the impact of related legal costs came under heated discussion.
Both the ANC and IFP caucused, following which it was decided to proceed with the reconstitution of Council and re-elections as a separate matter.

Service delivery
The meeting ended with the new mayor being warmly congratulated by City of uMhlathuze Mayor - Zakhele Mnqayi and Mayor of Mbonambi - ME Mthethwa.
It was agreed by all that service delivery to the Zululand community remained the top priority of all political parties, who will work closely to achieve such goals.
'I know there are huge challenges ahead.
'I am blessed in being fluent in isiZulu and together with the councillors and municipal management team, we are committed to promoting good relationships between all our communities, especially between our rural communities and the Amakhosi,' said Larkan.
A profile on the new District Mayor will appear in our next edition.



 

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Capturing crocs not crooks

 

November 16, 2007

Zululand
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Capturing crocs not crooks

EKZN Wildlife Officer-in-Charge - Frans Mthembu gets ready to capture the small crocodile with the help of EKZNW officers Mandla Mbonambi and Philele Gcamu and Manager: Bhejane Security - Visvanathan Moodley

Tanya Waterworth

WHILE chasing down the bad guys, officers from Bhejane Security ended up capturing a crocodile.
The drama started on Monday evening when Manager - Visvanathan Moodley was called out when one of his patrol officers spotted four men near large machinery in the Park Rubble Site, deep into Alton.
'The suspects had stolen diesel from one of the graders and we were on our way to the site, when we parked our bakkies and proceeded on foot,' said Moodley.
Suddenly there was a loud rustling on the roadside and a small, injured crocodile appeared.
'We got such a shock as one of my men could easily have been bitten on the leg.
'Fortunately we have strong torches and I think the crocodile may have been injured as he was quite aggressive,' said Moodley.
The officers picked up the reptile and after searching for the fleeing suspects, they returned to their Richards Bay offices.
The following morning, EKZN Wildlife were called and collected the crocodile, which was later released into Mzingazi Lake.


 

 

Friday, November 16, 2007

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StLuciaOrgZa iSimangalisoCoZa  ElephantCoast

Camping Accommodation fully booked over the Christmas Period. Some Self Catering Accommodation available in St. Lucia Town.

ADVANTAGE CRUISER boat on the Estuary -
We'll be changing departure times slightly to accommodate more people and more ''laatslapers '' - from experience we know that no one wants to be on the boat at 08h00 (( although it's the most beautiful time of the day )) , so I've changed departures as from 20 December till about the 4th of January (( we''ll see how long the demand is there for )) to depart at ::
09h00
11h00
13h00
15h00
17h00
That gives the people who want to sleep late but still want to have breakfast at guesthouses the time to do so , and then be at the jetty by 09h00 …. Book Here ..

November Fishing Report
Some really nice Kingfish and Garrick where caught.  The weather where miserable most of the time, but this only meant the wetlands and lake system had ample rain.
All things considered we might have a good shad run over the first two weeks of December. Weather are pushing up from the Cape and this weekend will be wet and windy.
Fishing from the Ski Boats where good and are expected to stay an option until well after the December School Holidays.

Hippos

The hippo's moved back to the Ski boat club after a brief two week absence. Sandy, our orphan, rejoined the heard.

Crocodile Alert!
Please do not feed the Crocodiles. They do loose their natural fear for humans and this could lead to disaster when the unwary tourist wonder's to close to the waters edge.