My mom failed my children and me

first_imgIt sounds harsh, but she did. I know we are not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but she really did fail both me and my children.She smothered me with love and did everything for me. She would make my lunch for school before I had even woken up as a young child.I remember her smile and her absolute belief in me.How she would hold me and scold me. How she made me feel better even when I was sick. She was the perfect mother while she lived.Then she got sick, diabetes took its toll, robbing her of her sight and her will to live. Her final years were a tragic waste – I was only 14 years old at the time of her passing. I suppose her death was a blessing; her last few years had been trips into and out of hospital. But she never stopped having time for a quick hug or a smiling “I love you”.So, as you read this, you are wondering how she failed…Well, to be honest, she did not fail in an earthly sense, but my children missed out. They never got a chance to meet the most wonderful person in my world. My dad was okay, but my mom was the healer of wounds, the educator of life, the first woman I truly loved… We would sit watching TV – her being blind made my job very important. I was the designated “explainer” of what was happening on the screen, and I would regale her with descriptions of what I could see so that she knew what was happening.Even some 36 years after her death, I sometimes still suddenly blurt out, “He has a big knife and is opening the door” or some other inane description of what I can see while the family are watching the telly… Much to the amusement of my children, who shout out “We know, dad, we can see!”I smile, as it is her lasting legacy to me and I am so happy I have that little quirk  connecting us over time, a never-ending reminder of someone I loved with all my heart as only a child can love and who unconditionally loved me.She failed me because I needed her to live. I did not get a chance to see her get old and fragile – she was in the prime of her life one minute and dying the next. The dying part took several years and we were closer than ever. But more importantly, my children never got to meet their gran and she never got to see me marry my beautiful wife. She was not there when I held my daughters for the first time and realised I was a parent…So, to all those who read this, cherish your time with your mother! No matter how long or how short, enjoy each day, each hour and every minute!I miss you, mom…Diabetes prevention WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Why do we celebrate Freedom Day

first_imgFreedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994.Peace, unity, the preservation and restoration of human dignity hallmarks Freedom Day celebrations on the 27th of April of each year.It is an occasion for the country to remember and celebrate struggle icons and honour those who continue to be committed to transformation and to building a better life for all of us. February 2, 1990, saw the unbanning of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Pan African Congress (PAC) and other organisations. A non-racial constitution was eventually agreed upon and adopted in 1993. On April 27, 1994, the nation finally cast its vote in the first democratic election in the country. The African National Congress (ANC) was voted into power, and Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the president of South Africa on May 10.Freedom Day therefore serves as a reminder to us that the guarantee of our freedom requires us to remain permanently vigilant against corruption and to build an active citizenry that will work towards wiping out the legacy of racism and inequality, and promote the rights embodied in our constitution. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Municipality lights up rural areas

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality, in its many promises on service delivery, has yet again delivered.On Tuesday last week, two contractors were introduced to two different wards (Ward 15 Peacetown) and (Ward 16 Watersmeet), where the contractors will be installing streetlights. In Ward 15, the community of Peacetown gathered at the community hall, where RT TshabalalaElectrical and the consultant, PSMT Consulting Engineers, were introduced to the community. They will be doing the installation.A total of 90 streetlights will be erected at a cost of R1,500,000. This project is expected to be complete by June 30. In Ward 16 Watersmeet, people gathered at the Ezimbuzini community hall, together with the contractor, Nkuluzavu Trading CC, and the consultant, PSMT Consulting Engineers. There, as well, a total of 90 streetlights will be erected at a cost of R1,500,000, with the completion date also set for the end of June. As Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality continues to deliver on its promise to erect streetlights in rural areas,Deputy Mayor Sindi Mfusi was in Burford on Wednesday last week. There, she officially switched on 87 streetlights which were erected byEdison Power at a cost of R1,197,017.41. Ward councillor Mthethwa was also present at the street-lighting ceremony, happy that the municipality is shedding light on the Burford area.last_img read more

No power in Observation Hill

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Power is out in Observation Hill and the surrounding areas.The reason for the power outage is a cable fault.Technicians are busy fixing the cable.It is not known at this stage when the power will be back on again.last_img

A lady with a passion for the roadA lady with a passion

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We’ve all seen them around town in their brown uniforms, but just what is a Public Safety officer really? Well, in the old days, we called them traffic cops. The Gazette recently spoke to one of our own, Officer Leandra Christina Fourie.As a female officer in brown, she started at Public Safety (then known as Protection Services) in 2009. In December that year, she went to Pretoria for six months to study for her Traffic Diploma. Officer Fourie says it was a difficult six months, as she had to leave her family behind. But, being the determined person she is, she achieved her goal and was rewarded as the ‘Best Student’ among 108 officers at the end of the course. She also achieved Cum Laude and a trophy for her performance. On returning to Ladysmith, she enjoyed working on the road and gaining more experience. She explains that a Public Safety officer’s primary responsibility is to protect and serve the citizens in the jurisdiction where he or she is working. Primary duties are to enforce the NRTA (National Road Traffic Act) and CPA (Criminal Procedure Act), and ensure that road users who fail to comply will be prosecuted or even arrested if necessary.Officers sometimes have a hard time with difficult motorists, but all they ever want is for the community to show them respect.“I always wanted to be a traffic officer,” says Leandra. In 2011, she started studying for her National Road Traffic Management and Municipal Policing Course, and in 2013 she achieved her diploma. Last year, she was proud to announce that she had achieved her degree.“I am very proud of my achievements, because I really worked hard. My passion is my job,” she enthuses.“I take my job very seriously and I expect motorists to be equally serious about respecting the rules of the road,” says an adamant Leandra.She also imparts road safety tips to pupils at various schools in town, teaching the children about the rules of the road and allowing them to ask questions.last_img read more

Stranded sperm whale dies along Puerto Rico coast

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The sperm whale was first spotted early Saturday just off the coast near the town of Luquillo. She died about five hours later.Sperm whales inhabit the deep ocean near Puerto Rico from January through about August.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system LUQUILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) – A marine mammal expert in Puerto Rico says rescuers were unable to save a sperm whale about the size of a city bus that was stranded just off the island’s north coast.Marine biologist Antonio Mignucci of the Manatee Conservation Center at Puerto Rico’s Interamerican University says a necropsy is planned to determine what caused the death of the adult female. Mignucci says the whale weighs about 15,000 pounds and is 35 feet (10 meters) long. He estimates her age at between 20 and 40 years. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Ethiopia dissident blogger sentenced to 18 years

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Ethiopia’s federal court has sentenced a prominent dissident blogger to 18 years in prison.The court on Friday also handed the deputy leader of the Unity for Democracy and Justice opposition party Andualem Arage a life sentence on terror charges.The journalist Eskinder Nega, who was known for his critical stance on Ethiopia’s government, received a prestigious press freedom award from PEN America in May. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The two were among 24 people found guilty on terror charges last month, though critics of the prosecution said the government was improperly labeling dissent as terrorism.Mohamed Keita of the Committee to Protect Journalists said the sentences make clear that Ethiopia’s growth and stability are dependent on an iron fist from leadership intolerant of critical reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories center_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

British PM in Gulf seeking to boost military ties

Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Cameron visited a trade fair in Dubai on Monday before heading for talks in Abu Dhabi. He plans meetings in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.It is Cameron’s second visit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia as prime minister.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to expand military and trade links despite strained relations over probes into human rights issues.A main goal of Cameron’s trip to the two Gulf states is to push through deals for British Typhoon fighter jets.But both Gulf countries have complained about British and European Parliament statements on possible rights abuses, including the UAE’s crackdowns on an Islamist faction and the Saudi role in aiding Bahrain’s fight against an anti-government uprising. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   read more

64 including Saudi Arabian woman scale Everest

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Mountaineering officials say 64 climbers, including a Saudi Arabian woman, have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side of the mountain.Tilak Padney of Nepal’s Mountaineering Department says 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col. Sponsored Stories All were reported to be safe.Among them was Raha Moharrak, who became the first Saudi Arabian woman to scale the world’s highest peak.Everest can be climbed from either Nepal or Tibet.May is the most popular month for Everest climbs because of more favorable weather.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

In Yemen a womans life entangled with alQaida

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility For most of her young life, al-Hassani has been entangled with al-Qaida through family bonds she has tried to shake off. Three of her brothers became fighters for the group, and all three are now dead, two of them killed by U.S drone strikes on consecutive days in January 2013.Her story provides a rare look into one of the most dangerous branches of the terror network, which has withstood successive blows and yet continues to thrive. It has moved to fueling conflict elsewhere in the region, sending fighters and expertise to Syria and to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.Her ex-husband, Omar al-Hebishi, backed up his recruiting with cash. During their four-year marriage, she says, he received large bank transfers or cash delivered overland from Saudi Arabia _ money, he told her, that was to support the families of “martyrs.” She and al-Hebishi divorced in 2010.A month ago, he left for Syria to fight alongside al-Qaida-inspired extremists _ but not before trying to recruit the older of their two sons, 8-year-old Aws, to come with him by showing the boy videos of al-Qaida fighters jogging and swimming.“Mom, I want to go because they have a swimming pool,” Aws told her, al-Hassani said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement She was there for two days, and most of it she spent arguing with her brother. Abdullah tried to recruit her, offering her fellow fighters to marry so she could become a “mujaheda,” meaning she would cook and clean for the fighters. She argued back that al-Qaida defames Islam, that its fighters cut off the hands of thieves and execute people without really knowing if they are guilty.Abdullah tried to convince her of the beauty of jihad. He told her fighters smile when they die, knowing they are entering paradise _ militant videos and photos often show the corpses of martyrs with blissful smiles on their face.“I just get depressed when I see their videos,” Abeer said.It was their first meeting in three years _ but it was a cold one. Abdullah scolded her for not wearing gloves and for not covering her eyes with a mesh.“Every time I tried to give him a big hug, he would move away,” she said. “It was like he disapproved of me and what I stood for.”Less than a week after they returned to Sanaa, Abdullah was killed in fighting with security forces.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Al-Saggaf said al-Qaida is on the ropes, in large part due to the drone strikes. He said sympathy for the group has fallen, particularly after the December attack, during which fighters broke into a hospital inside the Defense Ministry complex and killed patients, doctors and nurses. Hadi ordered security camera footage of the bloodshed released to the public, a move al-Saggaf said “dealt the image of al-Qaida a serious blow.”But al-Hassani’s tale illustrates the pull that al-Qaida has in a society where poverty is rife, the population is deeply conservative and many resent a corrupt government and abuses by security forces.“I can guarantee you that my two sons, Aws and Hamza, will follow in the footsteps of their father if we stay in Yemen,” al-Hassani said. “We need to get out of Yemen.”Diminutive and soft-spoken, wearing an enveloping black niqab veil and robes that leave only her large dark eyes visible, al-Hassani has lived under the full weight of Yemen’s patriarchal society. She was first married off at the age of 15, but she kept running away from her husband, so they divorced after only a month.Soon after, her older brother Bandar brought home a new husband for her _ al-Hebishi, a man 20 years her senior. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Al-Hebishi, known by his nom de guerre Abu Osayed al-Madani, is renowned in extremist circles as a “munshid,” or singer of Islamic hymns and anthems. His voice is often heard singing in al-Qaida propaganda videos showing footage from their attacks and of martyrs. The Yemeni security officials confirmed to AP that he works in the media branch of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.A veteran jihadi who fought in Bosnia in the 1990s, he was a secretive man who didn’t like having his picture taken, al-Hassani said. She showed one of the few photos she has of him _ their wedding picture, where he stands grim-faced. “He was unhappy my mother was photographing him,” she said.“He was so courteous and convincing when he spoke to teenagers he wanted to recruit,” said al-Hassani. In one case, she said, he used the money he received to buy a car and house for a Yemeni who lost both his legs while fighting alongside miltiants in Iraq, she said.At home, she said, he was abusive, striking her and the children. After their divorce, her brothers forced her at one point to hand custody of their sons to al-Hebishi. During the time they were with him, al-Hebishi told her he burned matches on their younger son, Hamza, as part of his toilet training, al-Hassani said, showing photos of her son with the burns. She said she received word two weeks ago that her ex-husband was now in Syria.In recent weeks, militant supporters have proclaimed in messages on Twitter and on militant websites that “the munshid Abu Osayed al-Madani” has come to Syria and joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, one of the most hardline groups fighting in that country’s civil war. Al-Qaida’s central command broke off ties with the Islamic State in February, blaming it for increasing infighting with other militants.A Twitter account in the name of Abu Osayed al-Madani, apparently belonging to her ex-husband, is full of tweets from Syria about the conflict. Among them are appeals for reconciliation between al-Qaida and the Islamic State.During and after her marriage, al-Hassani watched helplessly as her three brothers, Bandar, Abdullah and Abdel-Meguid, were drawn one by one into al-Qaida.Bandar, seven years older than al-Hassani, was detained by the Political Security Agency for two years. When he emerged in 2006 he had become more religious _ indoctrinated by militants he was jailed with, al-Hassani says. For the next years, he associated with al-Qaida members, while security agents harassed him, trying to turn him into an informant. Top Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In 2009, Abdel-Meguid, who was 16 at the time, was also arrested. He was held for three years, often in a cell with hardened militant fighters.At about the same time, Abdullah _ who was two years younger than al-Hassani, disappeared from home to join al-Qaida.When the popular uprising against Saleh began in 2011, Bandar left home for the mountainous central province of Marib to join al-Qaida fighters, she said.The following year, Abdel-Meguid was released from prison. The younger brother who loved dancing as a teen was now bitter.“He only spoke about how much he wanted to blow himself up in the middle of Yemeni soldiers,” al-Hassani said.She pleaded with him to stay at home, but after three days, Abdel-Meguid left to Marib to join his brother. From there, he went to the nearby province of al-Jawf for training in al-Qaida camps, al-Hassani said.Bandar was killed by a drone strike in Marib on Jan. 20, 2013. The next day, a strike in al-Jawf killed Abdel-Meguid. Security officials confirmed the circumstances of their deaths to the AP.Al-Hassani saw her brother Abdullah once before his death, in 2012.She and her mother drove 19 hours to visit him in a village near al-Jaar, one of the southern cities that al-Qaida took over. Abdullah was there helping treat wounded fighters. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen branch is known, has been hit hard in the past few years. A U.S.-backed government offensive in 2012 drove it out of southern cities that it seized a year earlier. Relentless U.S. drone strikes have killed several senior figures and dozens of lower-level fighters, keeping the group on the run.Still, several Yemeni security officials said al-Qaida has spread to operate in every province of the country of more than 25 million. Al-Qaida’s branch demonstrated its capabilities with a sophisticated and brutal attack in December on the Defense Ministry in the capital, Sanaa, that killed more than 50 people.The group benefits from Yemen’s political instability since the ouster of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh. While his replacement Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is battling the group, Saleh’s loyalists still infusing security and intelligence agencies have quietly backed al-Qaida fighters to keep the government unstable, the officials told the AP. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the press.“The former regime forged a close relationship with al-Qaida,” said Fares al-Saggaf, an adviser to Hadi. In the southern province of Abyan “entire army camps have been handed over to al-Qaida.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Abeer al-Hassani’s ex-husband was famed for his beautiful voice. He used it, she says, singing poetic hymns to martyrdom and jihad to try to draw youth from their neighborhood of the Yemeni capital into joining al-Qaida. He sang at weddings of fellow members of the terror group, and held discussions with young men at local mosques.“One woman complained to me that her son wanted to go fight in Iraq after speaking with him,” the 25-year-old al-Hassani recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Report Satellite photos may show missing Malaysian Air flight

first_img Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober According to CNN, the images were captured Sunday but were not released until Wednesday.China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were “three suspected floating objects and their sizes.”The flight has been missing since Saturday, when it disappeared from radar after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. PHOENIX — A satellite may have found a missing Malaysian Air flight.The photo first emerged on Twitter about 1:40 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday. It purportedly shows the plane in the South China Sea.#MH370 Chinese satellite images released pic.twitter.com/zlvMui5n5u— Badladsplace (@badladsplace) March 12, 2014 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Authorities had earlier said the plane, which took off at 12:20 a.m. and was headed to Beijing, may have attempted to turn back to Kuala Lumpur, but they expressed surprise that it would do so without informing ground control.The search for the plane was initially focused on waters between the eastern coast of Malaysia and Vietnam, the position where aviation authorities last tracked it. No trace of the plane, which was carrying 239 people, has been found by than 40 planes and ships from at least 10 nations searching the area.Earlier Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that search and rescue teams had expanded their scope to the Malacca Strait. An earlier statement said the western coast of Malaysia was “now the focus,” but the airline subsequently said that phrase was an oversight. It didn’t elaborate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search remained “on both sides” of the country. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Pandora opens up podcast submissions to all creators

first_imgThe battle for podcasters among music streaming services continues. A day after Spotify announced the launch of its podcast analytics dashboard, Pandora is today expanding its own podcasting efforts with the arrival of a self-service online hub for creators. The new Pandora for Podcasters will allow creators to submit their shows for inclusion on the streaming service, where they can be discovered through Pandora’s show and episode-level recommendation system.Pandora’s entry into the podcast market began late last year, when it brought its “Genome” technology to podcast recommendations. Similar to how Pandora’s Music Genome is capable of classifying songs across hundreds of different attributes, the new Podcast Genome Project does the same for audio programs.The system uses more than 1,500 attributes — like MPAA ratings, production style, content type, host profile and more, as well as listener signals, like thumbs, skips, replays and more — combined with machine learning algorithms, natural language processing and collaborative filtering methods to help determine user preferences.An additional layer of human curation is also involved in making the final recommendations.The result is a system that is able to suggest not just shows a listener may like, but also individual episodes, based on their likes, dislikes and other insights gained from their listening history.When podcasts launched on Pandora in December 2018, the service offered hundreds of shows and more than 100,000 episodes. There are now thousands of shows and over 500,000 episodes, the company claims.Pandora parent SiriusXM has also played a role in expanding the streamer’s podcast offerings by bringing dozens of SiriusXM talk shows to Pandora as podcasts, and leveraging SiriusXM’s guests to narrate for Pandora’s music-and-audio product called Pandora Stories.Now, podcast creators both large and small will be able to submit their own shows for inclusion in Pandora’s catalog. To do so, they’ll submit their show’s RSS feed URL to Pandora directly and answer a few questions about the podcast.Based on a test from TechCrunch editor (and podcaster) Brian Heater, Pandora asked for download numbers, social media links, and provided a time frame of 4-6 weeks for processing.If approved, the show will be available to Pandora’s 65 million monthly active listeners and their future episodes will be added automatically.This self-serve hub’s launch follows a similar move by Spotify nearly a year ago, when it opened up podcast submissions to all creators. Today, Spotify’s pitch to podcasters is to submit their shows in exchange for robust listener data. The company says it now has more than 450,000 shows on its platform, with around 100,000 signing up for inclusion through its own self-submission process.Interested podcast creators can now submit their shows to Pandora here after first registering for a Pandora account.last_img read more

Extra green fingers for local farmer

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Hisler is well-known in the community for his large brinjals. He says that, “I plant the seeds, give them lots of water, always fertilize the soil, and they grow!” He says that his brinjals grow within three to four days. They also farm butternut, tomatoes, mealies and green beans, to name just a few. Now 63 years old, Hisler has been a farmer ever since he was a young boy. He explains that his mother and father were farmers in Mpumalanga at Bush Park Ridge, and so farming is in his blood. “I won’t ever stop!” Hisler, Mshiyeni and Shorty are subsistence farmers, but they dream of becoming commercial farmers one day. They just need the support to help them along the way. They sell their produce at low prices on the streets and also to businesses. Hisler Mogane is a local farmer who is doing wonders with what little he has. Together with partners Mshiyeni Khumalo and Yandiswa ‘Shorty’ Marimbela, he has been farming at Matthew’s Farm from 2005 up until present day. There, they have turned a cattle sales yard into lovely vegetable gardens. They are truly adept at cultivating the biggest, juiciest vegetables around. When people ask what their secret is, the usual answer is that, “We have extra green fingers!” Just look at the brinjals (eggplant) they pull out of the ground and you’ll know what a treat you’re in for! Battling a lack of funds and water irrigation woes, the latter being their main problem, they soldier on admirably with seeds, fertilizer and ploughing equipment they get from the municipality. last_img read more

Endless sewer problems faced by Colenso resident

first_imgRaw effluent flows out his kitchen door, bathroom and toilet. The toilet can’t be flushed, as sewage flows out of it, and the bath has to be plugged with a stopper and a stone so that sewer water doesn’t rise up into the bathtub. Some days he and his family can’t bath, instead using a bucket filled with water. The smell is so bad that they can’t even use the kitchen to cook, and the flies are at their worst now. Fanile has sores on his arms due to mosquito bites, as these insects breed in the sewage. Over the December period, Fanile was scared to tell relatives to come over and visit him, as the stench is so bad. His sister’s children couldn’t even play outside, as the situation poses a health hazard. He claims that the family members who did visit didn’t stay long because they couldn’t stand the smell. Fanile has to empty the drain pipes that are full of sewer water every morning and afternoon, using his bare hands and a bucket. He doesn’t have protective equipment, and feels this constitutes a very real health risk. Fanile needs this problem to be fixed pronto and asks how much longer he must wait, as “I am paying my rates!” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Fanile Mkhize of 3 Hughes Road in Colenso has been living with endless sewer problems since October last year due to sewerage pumps that have not been fixed. Fanile says he has made numerous calls to the uThukela call centre and offices since the time the problem started, right up until now, with no joy. When he gets through to someone at uThukela, they say they are sending workers out to fix the problem, but this hasn’t happened. Fanile’s house is at the corner of the road, which means that when the blockage is at its worst, all the sewage in the area goes into his house. last_img read more

Storm causes power outages

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents in and around Ladysmith are up-in-arms because they don’t have electricity today (December 9), and it’s not because of load-shedding. Last night’s heavy rain and flash flooding caused damage to electricity transformers around town, and technicians are out and about today in an attempt to locate and fix all the problems. For this reason, people will find that their power might go off as electricians work on these problems.Some areas in Acaciavale were left without electricity last night after the load-shedding. The power did eventually come back on, as technicians managed to fix the problem.Affected areas included Acaciavale, Circle Road and Steadville.Municipal technicians are currently in the process of fixing the power supply in these areas.Be aware that certain areas will have no power due to these repairs.last_img read more

Kidnap attempt foiled by alert mall security

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Fearing the worst, the women ran towards the Murchison Mall and much to their relief, they spotted a security guard bringing the little girl towards them.He had realised something was wrong, as the little girl was screaming at the top of her lungs for help. The security guard heard the screams and went to the girl’s rescue. The African woman let the kid go and made a run for it, disappearing into the crowd. The security guard saw that the girl had been abandoned at the pedestrian crossing robots leading across to the Murchison Mall.The family and the little girl are traumatised by the incident.The name of the girl and the family are known to the Ladysmith Gazette.Social media sites are abuzz with warning messages. A woman attempted to kidnap a child in broad daylight at a Ladysmith shopping mall yesterday afternoon (Monday, November 17).A Muslim mother and her 4-year-old daughter were shopping in the Oval, accompanied by a close friend of the mother. They were looking at clothing… and in what they describe as a blink of an eye, the 4-year-old girl was gone.Thinking the child was playing hide and seek, they searched the shop. However, when they realised that the little girl was not in the shop, they both ran out of the shop, screaming the little girl’s name.Other shoppers told them they had seen an African woman running towards the Murchison Mall with a screaming Indian child.last_img read more

Vehicle plunges down embankment

first_imgA vehicle crashed down an embankment in Roosboom this evening (Saturday, November 15) after the driver allegedly lost control.Emergency personnel are still on scene. No injuries were sustained. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img