Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hunter murder strike two?

 

July 18, 2008

Zululand
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Hunter murder strike two?

Dalena van Jaarsveld

WERE the culprits responsible for a beach robbery that took place at Alkantstrand three days before the tragic murder of Clive Hunter also the ones responsible for the popular angler's death?
This is the question on everyone's lips after Johannesburg visitor Avril Pedro and Richards Bay's Gert van der Merwe came forward with their story of being robbed in the parking lot at Alkantstrand the Saturday before Hunter's death.
According to Pedro and Van der Merwe, they were approached by four men, one armed with a gun.
He attempted to shoot Van der Merwe but then, after the weapon apparently jammed, beat him in the face with the gun and took two wallets and a cell phone.
Pedro and Van der Merwe also claim that the four men who attacked them were picked up by CRG Security shortly after, but were released without being taken to the police.
CRG later showed them surveillance camera footage of four men running away close to the scene where the robbery took place.
'I believe that if the thugs were arrested on Saturday, the shooting that took place on Tuesday would not have happened and Clive Hunter would still be alive,' said Pedro in an email sent to the Zululand Observer last week. However, according to spokesperson for CRG Security, Barry Walters, the four men picked up on the day were released due to inconsistencies in Pedro and Van der Merwe's story.
'The couple who reported the incident were unclear about the amount of money stolen - first it was R40 and then R5 000, and no-one on the beach reported hearing any gunshots fired.'
He further said that the description given by Pedro and Van der Merwe of the assailants' clothing, matched that of the four men spotted running away on a surveillance camera at nearby Imvubu Lodge - and did not match the four pointed out and described by the victims.
'The response unit found four juveniles playing soccer and asked them to accompany the unit to the CRG office at the beach, which they willingly did,' said Walters.
'But their manager confirmed that these youngsters - aged between 12 and 16 - had been under his care all day, practicing for an upcoming tournament.
'If CRG had the slightest suspicion that the four youths were involved they would have been taken to the police, but the evidence was not sufficient.'
It has not been confirmed whether the four men seen on the surveillance footage were the same who attacked and killed Clive Hunter the following Tuesday.

 

 

 

What about beach driving

 

July 18, 2008

Zululand
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ANGLING NETS BIG BUCKS

At the handover of the scientific study are Marius Vermaak -President of SSDAA, Hymie Steyn - PRO SADSAA, Dr Colin van Zyl - Environmental & Tourism Specialist and Project Leader Prof Marius Leibold, PhD - Professor in International Business Management

Dave Savides

IN a surprise result for sports-mad South Africans, researchers have determined that angling has a bigger economic impact than rugby and cricket combined.
This unexpected outcome could have a substantial bearing on new momentum urging Government to reconsider the 4X4 beach ban and other coastal legislation.
At the initiative of the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA), an in-depth study of the contribution of recreational angling to the economy of South Africa was conducted by a team of experts of the University of Stellenbosch under the leadership of Prof Marius Leibold, PhD.

Handover
The final document was handed to SADSAA President, Marius Vermaak by Prof Leibold this week at the Stellenbosch Business School in Cape Town.
It revealed that in 2007 approximately 2,5 million anglers spent R18.8-billion on their sport.
More than 2.48 million informal (non club-orientated) anglers contributed R15-billion direct to the economy.
'As a result of increasing pressures on recreational anglers from various sources in South Africa, notably Marine & Coastal Management,) SADSAA decided to facilitate this project at a cost of R508 000 in the interests of its members,' said SADSAA PRO, Hymie Steyn.
'It became essential that a scientific study of this nature be undertaken in order not only to assist the various Government agencies in the law-making process on various levels, but also to underline the value of organised angling to the country - to date either completely ignored, not understood and never thoroughly researched by Government.
'This is the first ever scientific, in-depth research undertaken into recreational angling in South Africa and SADSAA and its members should be complimented,' said Steyn.
'Research has shown that a fish landed by the recreational angler generates up to 70 times more in income than that same fish if caught commercially.
'Most SADSAA tournaments are tag and release.
'In commercial fishing the source is irrevocably destroyed.'

Local reaction
The study results were welcomed by local expert Ivan Hartley, who was President of the Zululand Deep Sea Angling Association at the time the study was commissioned.
'With this scientific information we are armed with data that will enable us to renegotiate with Government from a position of strength.
'And given the steady erosion of our coastline each year - damage is being done that anglers on 4X4s could not do in decades - surely legislation must be adapted taking into account these realities.'
One of the main motivational factors behind the SADSAA research is to make Marine & Coastal Management aware of the value of recreational angling and to ensure a practical decision-making process.

• Sport & Recreational angling is at least 80% bigger than commercial fishing and at least 15 times larger than professional hunting
• Annually, 31 860 anglers participate in Deep Sea angling, being one of the major facets of Sport & Recreation Angling in South Africa, resulting in R6.8-billion in total economic impact in SA in 2007
• The total economic impact of Deep Sea Angling consists of a total of three major parts:
R5.3-billion direct economic impact (direct expenditure effects) on South Africa's economy,
R1,33-billion indirect economic impact (multiplier economic effects) and,
R 556-million induced effects (subsequent income and job effects) on the economy
• Of the 31 860 participants in Deep Sea Angling as a sport and recreational activity, 9 844 are formal participants, while the informal (non-club) sector totals 22 372
• The economic effects of inflows - foreign tourism expenditures on Deep Sea Angling and wider leisure tourism - total R2.5 million per annum
• Economic outflows - payment for imported goods and services for Deep Sea Angling - total R415-million annually
• It is reliably estimated that Deep Sea Angling is at least five times bigger than cricket and rugby combined in SA - including economic inflows from international competitions
• An estimated 18 000 boats participate in Deep Sea Angling in South Africa, with a total value of R3,7-billion
• In/outboard engines totalling 37 000 have a value of R1,88-billion. The total investment including tow vehicles, trailers, etc is R10,2-billion
• Fuel costs account for 29% of the total variable expenditures per annum
• The total economic impact of Sport & Recreational Angling, including Deep Sea angling, is at least 40% larger than that of commercial fishing in South Africa.

 



 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

ANGLER'S LAST CAST

 

July 14, 2008

Zululand
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ANGLER'S LAST CAST

Deon Hunter (centre, holding wreath), supported by fellow members of the Zululand Shore Angling Association, observes a moment of silence before swimming out to sea with the wreath in memory of his brother, Clive

Tanya Waterworth

THE heartbroken family of Zululand angler Clive Hunter paid tribute to his memory in a moving service at Alkantstrand Beach on Sunday.
Family and friends, as well as many of the fishing community, turned out in force to say farewell to the popular fisherman following his tragic murder on Alkant-strand Beach last Tuesday evening.
Hunter was fishing on the main Richards Bay beach with his wife Zelda, when they were approached by four men, who brazenly attempted to rob the couple, despite the fact that many other anglers were also on the beach.
Sensing trouble, Hunter had told his wife to run into the sea and as she was doing so, Hunter was shot by one of the men, who fled with his fishing bag.
He died at the scene as fishermen rushed to assist the couple.

'Be angry and sin not'
And with a sense of anger running high in the community over the senseless killing, minister conducting the memorial service, Dave Savides urged against vigilantism and retribution.
'You have a right to be angry over this attack on a defenceless person, this attack on his family and this attack on our right to safety so we can enjoy life with our loved ones.
'But channel that anger in the right direction and do good among our community in response.
'One lawless act does not nullify another; react in positive, constructive and legitimate ways,' he urged.
'Four men descended on this beach with evil in their hearts, but they will face a justice that is far beyond human justice.'

Another murder
Savides also highlighted anger among the eSikhaleni community over the equally repulsive killing of innocent bus commuter, Bernard Khambule, who was gunned down on the same day as Clive Hunter.
As baby doves were released on the beach following the service, Hunter's brother Deon, along with members of the Zululand Shore Angling Association, took a wreath out into the sea, while Zelda and close family said their final goodbye with pink roses strewn among the waves.

 



 

Thursday, July 10, 2008

 

July 11, 2008

Zululand
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A first for essential oils

uThungulu Mayor Stan Larkan turns the sod with uMlalazi Municipality Mayor MET Magwaza at the Essential Oils project, along with uMlalazi Deputy Municipal Manager Simon Mashabane, Cllr EM Ngema and Chief Whip Mrs QT Xulu

STRONG market demand for essential oils has led to an innovative project being launched at Zikotshi, spearheaded by the uThungulu District Municipality.
With the sod being turned on Saturday at the official opening, uThungulu District Mayor Stan Larkan confirmed that R100 000 had been ploughed into the project, which is the first of its kind in the community.
Larkan added that the initiative indicated the district's drive to improve the quality for life for the Zikotshi community, just outside uMlalazi Municipality.
The focus of the project is to boost economic development in the poverty-stricken region.
The start-up farmers involved in the new initiative will also be taken on a study tour of a similar project being run in Nkandla and the District's SMME and Tourism LED Facilitator, Gugu Sibisi confirmed that the new farmers would be trained as Co-operatives to help them manage their business.
Urging them to work as a team, Sibisi also explained to the community that while essential oils did not need a lot of water, the eradication of weeds should be regularly carried out to ensure that the plants grew well.



 

Leopard jeopardy

 

July 11, 2008

Zululand
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Leopard jeopardy

Ronelle Ramsamy

RESIDENTS of the Mvutshini area near Hluhluwe have been warned to remain cautious and refrain from hunting down a prowling leopard that reportedly killed livestock over the weekend.
While no human fatalities have been reported, several people allegedly spotted the leopard attacking a herd of grazing goats on Friday.
Owner of the livestock, Mr Shoyiza, told the Zululand Observer that leopard attacks on their livestock in Mvutshini were now becoming a common occurrence.
'My sister saw the leopard crawling slowly and saw the high grass move. She then ran into the room to call us. By the time, we got out, the leopard had attacked the goats, killing four and injuring several others.
'Leopards often attack our livestock, but we cannot do anything because we are afraid to chase the animal. We have no other place for the animals to graze,' said Shoyiza.
It is unknown whether the animal escaped from the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park as leopards breed inside and out of the park's jurisdiction.

Capture
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Maureen Zimu confirmed that section rangers had already combed the area and had set traps with bait in an attempt to capture the animal.
'We never introduced leopards to the area because they live within and on the outskirts of the park's parameters. Leopards are often sighted in the Mvutshini area and many awareness campaigns have been done to educate residents and Inkosi on how to react when spotting the animal.
'Traps have been permanently set up from previous incidents in the area, so this is not a new occurance,' Zimu said.
She warned residents, however, to avoid hunting the predator.
'Leopards are shy animals and wait for their victims. But if a group of people confront the animal with knobkieries and spears, the leopard is likely to become more aggressive and attack humans.
'So, we urge residents to leave it to the experts who are trying to capture the leopard responsible for these attacks. In 2006 a woman was attacked by the river in the same vicinity.'
Owners of livestock have also been cautioned to let their livestock graze on vacant plots of land, where they are clearly visible.



 

HORROR BEACH SLAYING

 

July 11, 2008

Zululand
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HORROR BEACH SLAYING

Clive Hunter

Following the Alkantstrand beach tragedy, Clive Hunter's brother Deon with Clinton Woodley, Chairman of the Zululand Shore Angling Association, want more safety for Zululanders on our beaches

Tanya Waterworth

THE brutal and senseless murder of one of Zululand's top anglers, Clive Hunter (35) on Alkantstrand Beach in Richards Bay on Tuesday afternoon has sent shock waves throughout the Zululand community.
It was a perfect winter's afternoon and with the shad running, Clive and his wife Zelda joined a number of fishermen on the main beach and were fishing towards the left bank near the dredger pipe.
According to the victim's brother Deon, four black males approached the couple.
'Zelda said the group asked them what the fishing was like and if they had caught anything.
'The next thing, Clive told her to run into the sea, as we believe he spotted a knife being held by one of the attackers.
'As Zelda escaped into the water, a scuffle ensued between Clive and the four men and he was shot in the side.
'As the killers fled with Clive's fishing bag, one of the children on the beach ran up to him and held Clive's hand as he died,' said Deon.
One of the witnesses said Zelda ran up the beach shouting for help as the gun was fired and horrified fishermen nearby immediately ran to assist.
'It was not even dark and we were all enjoying the evening with our families on the beach. There were children running around.
'This is shocking beyond words that gunmen can just walk onto our main beach and shoot someone dead,' said the witness.
The SAPS Flying Squad immediately responded to the scene and a search was launched for the fleeing killers.

Beach safety
While the Zululand Observer received dozens of calls on Wednesday morning from an outraged public, Deon Hunter told the Zululand Observer that the tragedy on Tuesday evening highlighted the desperate need to get crime under control in Zululand.
'As Zululanders, we should not have to live in fear and let these wanton criminals run around just shooting whoever they please.
'The men who shot my brother are callous killers and I would like to ask our mayor what the city is going to do about this incident.
'Can families no longer go to our city's main beach without being at risk of being murdered?'.
Chairman of the Zululand Shore Angling Association, Clinton Woodley paid tribute to Clive's outstanding reputation, among not only the fishing community, but also the business community.
'Clive was one of the most easy-going and friendly guys I have ever known.
'He was dedicated to his family and his work and his passing is a great loss to this community,' said Woodley, who also backed Deon Hunter's call for more safety measures on the beaches.
'This incident has already gone to the international media and it is time to take back our beaches,' he said.
SAPS Richards Bay confirmed that a murder investigation has been opened, but that no suspects have yet been arrested.
Hunter is survived by his wife Zelda and children, Brandon (12) and Megan (6).
A memorial service will be held on Sunday 13 July at 11.30am at Alkanstrand Beach.



 

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Garrick on the Run



This morning Mario, local resident from St. Lucia, caught this beauty.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Accommodation in Mozambique

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Channel between Benguerra and Bazaruto
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Local hero wins award

 

July 04, 2008

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Local hero wins award

Man of the hour
Patrick Mthethwa with his bravery award

HLUHLUWE firefighter Patrick Mthethwa is the winner of the annual debis Emergency Hero of the Year award.
Mthethwa claimed the title during a prestigious awards lunch held at the Mercedes-Benz offices on Monday.
Mthethwa, from the Big 5 municipality fire station in Hluhluwe, won the award after courageously assisting the police in capturing six suspects who were involved in an armed robbery and the shooting of a police officer.
The firefighter was selected as the winner from nine other finalists and has won an advanced emergency training course of his choice and a token cash award.
The award, which was founded and sponsored by debis Fleet Management, a Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Group Company, is aimed at honouring the unsung heroes from the emergency services sector and recognising the role emergency services play in South African life.
'We are very proud to have Patrick Mthethwa as our winner for this year's award.
'One of the very important criteria in selecting a winner is assessing whether a finalist went beyond the call of duty when the incident happened,' said Aluwani Ramabulana, CEO of debis Fleet Management.
'Patrick acted above and beyond his normal duties as a firefighter and this makes him a true hero.
'His brave act of selflessness and courage reflects his passion to serve his community.
'People like Patrick make South Africa a better place to live in,' said Ramabulana.

Incident
Mthethwa was on his way back from controlling a truck fire when he noticed some suspicious activities taking place on the Hluhluwe municipality grounds.
Without a second thought, Mthethwa drove into the property to assess the situation further. Once inside, he spotted a suspect running away and bravely gave chase even though the suspect threatened him with his firearm.
Realising that he needed assistance, Mthethwa alerted the security guards whom he found had been bound and gagged by the gang. Reacting quickly to the situation, he called the police and together they followed the criminals and confronted them at a petrol station.
One of the suspects opened fire on them, killing an SAPS member.
Mthethwa wrestled another suspect to the ground and managed to confiscate his gun which allowed the police to bring the situation under control.
As the police were making the necessary arrests, Mthethwa overheard one of the suspects arranging a meeting on his cell phone at a nearby location.
After noting the details, Mthethwa alerted the police who arrested the six suspects at the location supplied by Mthethwa.
All the suspects were later arrested thanks to the brave contribution and commitment of the firefighter.

Modest
'I feel very honoured to have won this award,' said Mthethwa.
'Thinking back to that day, it was quite scary having a firearm pointed at me and also handling a firearm for the very first time.
'I am very grateful for the way things turned out.
'I was just in the right place at the right time and was able to help my colleagues.
'I really don't think of myself as a hero. I was just doing what I could to help.'