St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, founded in 1877, and the prestigious Yale University Ivy League research university in Connecticut, founded in 1701, might be oceans apart, and yet there’s an exciting link between them.
Two grade 11 pupils from St Anne’s have been accepted, from thousands of applications around the world, into two Yale Young Scholars Programmes.
Sisanda Bhengu will be taking part in the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) academic enrichment programme designed for outstanding high school students worldwide who want to make a meaningful impact as young leaders. The YYAS received thousands of applications from 36 countries across Africa.
And fellow student Mikhyla Mokoetla has been accepted for the Yale Young Global Scholar programme, also an academic enrichment programme for outstanding high school students worldwide. Each summer, students from more than 150 countries participate in one interdisciplinary, two-week session online or at Yale's historic campus for the course.
Sisanda’s seven-day online version of the YYAS programme takes place on various digital platforms. A typical YYAS participant has an excellent academic records, demonstrated leadership potential, strong written and verbal communication skills, a desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers, and has demonstrated maturity and interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa, among other requirements.
Only 300 to 400 students are accepted per admission, and top history student Sisanda is thrilled to be one of the few.
“My goals after matric are to do an undergraduate degree in the States, to study either human rights law or chemical engineering.”
She was stunned when she got accepted. “The preparation was quite arduous.”
“We had to write three essays … I’m a huge Marvel Comics fan, and because I’m also fascinated by engineering, one of the topics I chose to write about was Iron Man.”
This, among other motivations, ensured her immediate acceptance into the collaborative programme, running from 20-26 July.
“The appeal, for me is that the alumni from this programme have gone on to do incredible work…. and that applicants are paired with a mentor, which is an ongoing, sustainable relationship.”
Fellow grade 11 pupil Mikhyla, a keen saxophonist, tennis player and hip-hop dancer, is delighted to have been accepted into the Young Global Student programme, which runs from 5-17 July, “fortunately during the school holidays”.
“I plan to apply to UCT or Wits for my postgrad studies, and my ambition is to study neurosurgery.”
Mikhyla, who takes economics as one of her elective subjects, said the Yale programme attracted her because it will focus on politics and law, as well as global issues, advances in technology and economics.
She said her past four years at St Anne’s had been invaluable. “Here, you get to learn a lot about who you are and what you want from life. I believe the Yale experience will help us gain so much, and I am hugely grateful to have been accepted. I am really looking forward to it – not nervous at all, just excited. We both are.”
Neither has any idea of what to expect once the programmes start but both are unanimous that their futures will be immeasurably enhanced by their selection by Yale.
“It’s a massive honour to have been accepted from the thousands of applications they receive, and yes, St Anne’s is very proud of us!”
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When Vinnie gets some downtime he enjoys painting landscapes.
Hilton’s Ward 6 Councillor, Kate Janse Van Rensburg, was present to express support of community involvement in making Hilton beautiful.
Mike Tarr (HRA Chairman) and Luke Volans are working on a cost-based proposal for the continued provision of regular maintenance for Hilton’s verges, this document will be negotiated with uMngeni Municipality and the provincial authority to authorise the work being done.
'While normally this function falls upon the authorities, the reality is that there are gaps between what is achievable right now and the tidy and safe Hilton we all want. We appreciate this big effort from ServWorx.' said Mike Tarr (Chairman of the Hilton Ratepayers Association).
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Celebrating its third year, the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge 2022 will return to the annual road-running calendar serving as a symbol of the country’s rise out of the ashes of the pandemic.
The 2022 SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge will build on the runaway success of last year’s race when entries were open nationwide, taking the most beautiful race to all corners of the country (and abroad). As a virtual event, there are no geographic boundaries to the race, participants get to decide on their route, be it in the Berg, Bush or along the Beach. Participants can set their own pace, and choose whether to do it alone, with friends, family or as a community.
This year’s theme, captured through the hashtag, #IRise, is a celebration of how South African women conquer their challenges. The 2022 SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge encourages all participants to harness their power, adopt the #IRise philosophy and become part of a collaborative community that collectively rises above their challenges.
The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge was launched in 2020 as a homage to South African women’s resilience and strength amid the uncertainty and strife brought on by the CoViD-19 pandemic. Although the government has lifted the state of disaster, the pandemic remains in our midst, which prompted SPAR once again to take the beautiful road race into the virtual space.
“For the safety of our participants, based on the fluctuating CoViD-19 regulations and the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, we have gone virtual again this year,” said Charlene Subbarayan, SPAR Group Sponsorship & Events Manager. “However, that does not mean we have compromised on the fun. Get your friends together, work out a route in your local community and share all the fun by tagging us in your pictures #IRise #YourRaceYourPace.”
Online entries are now open for the 2022 SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge. SPAR invites women in KwaZulu Natal, across the country and beyond to join in on Saturday 3 September, anytime between 06h00 and 18h00 (subject to government lockdown regulations). Participants can run, jog, or walk their virtual challenge at their own pace anywhere in South Africa.
The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge is more than a race, it is a celebration of female camaraderie and is a social compact aimed at improving the lives of our fellow humans. Each year the Virtual Challenge adopts a charitable cause that addresses a broader societal issue.
By entering this year’s SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge, participants will make a meaningful contribution to the lives of young girls. For every entry, a pack of sanitary pads will be donated to help keep a girl in school through the SPAR Petals Project. The Project advocates for a shame-free education for all young women, and through their contributions, participants will help these girls rise above their challenges.
“The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge has grown beyond the boundaries of racecourses or geographical areas. It is a movement that celebrates the resilience of women across the breadth and width of the country,” said Mike Prentice, SPAR Group Marketing Executive. “The sight of women from different walks of life taking to the streets and trails around South Africa has filled us with immense pride. SPAR looks forward to the thousands of posts to light up social media platforms.”
The Virtual Challenge also boasts a dedicated group of brand ambassadors who help spread the #IRise message and promote the causes that we support. The list includes familiar fan favourites and some new ambassadors eager to get SA excited about the challenge.
Entry to the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge is R120, and as part of the entry fee, every participant will receive a virtual challenge pack. The pack includes an official virtual challenge t-shirt, access to the My Virtual Challenge digital magazine, a face buff and a medal.
This year there are even more ways to join in the fun online. Participants can visit the official race website, www.sparvirtualchallenge.co.za to generate their race number and finish line certificate – perfect for pre and post-race selfies! Use #IRise and #SPARVirtualChallenge when posting to join the challenge community online!
For more information and to find out how to enter, visit www.sparvirtualchallenge.co.za. Entries are limited to 60 000 participants – enter now to avoid disappointment.
The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge and Theme:
Difficulty calls us to rise, and in that rising, we learn what we are capable of. The theme the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge 2022 is built on the concept of rising despite difficulty, like a phoenix from the ashes, which the Virtual Challenge itself has done amidst a global pandemic. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, and there is a plethora of opportunity for creativity amidst the current challenges that we face.
This year we anticipate rising again as the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge 2022, in celebration of a South African stalwart, accompanied by a powerful digital strategy and virtual challenge, to become the most inclusive challenge South Africa has seen.
Over the years, the challenge has brought women from all walks of life together, to make a difference in our communities and once again, this year will be no different, as we rise to the challenge as a nation, leaving no woman (or man) behind. While the challenge is still fully focused on women, we encourage women to bring their families, friends and animals, and welcome everyone, irrespective of gender, for this inclusive challenge.
EVENT DIARY DETAILS:
Date: 3 September 2022
Time: 06h00 – 18h00 (subject to current lockdown restrictions)
Location: Virtual Event (participants can select own route and distance)
Pictured here: Lebo Mashile performing during the SPAR Women's Challenge launch at Infinity Studios on May 10, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images
Red, orange and lemon all about as Autumn charms us with it's natural beauty... your newsy Tuesday for Hilton in the KZN Midlands is out. Read it online here.
The highlights this week include; ART in the Country, a reminder thet John Meyer Optometrist offer free drivers license vision screenings, snippets of creativity for your home, office or school from Chantelle at The Design Den AND news about an evening delivery service offered to Hilton residents by Sanctuary Pharmacy.
As always we encourage you to; Love Local First! Love Local Real Hard!
I have no formal training but come from a creative family and I love to paint, draw and experiment with any creative techniques. I particularly enjoy using coloured pencils and pan pastels which allow me to explore colour and put the detail, which I adore, into my work which is mostly realistic in style.
I have drawn a variety of subjects but am passionate about horses so tend to use them as my subject matter most if the time. I adore the personalities and expressions of horses that I try to capture, as well as the grace, power and form that they provide. Living in the KZN Midlands means I am never short of inspiration.'
Swimming South Africa announced the team that will compete at the event in Budapest, Hungary from 18 June to 3 July 2022 with Le Clos leading the charge along with several young guns who will be competing at their first world championships.
Sarah is a local Hilton artist who sells through galleries and online. Her mosaics have won awards, and found homes around the world in private homes, businesses and luxury game lodges.
In Term 1, 2022, 15 students from Grace College took the opportunity to do First Aid Training. They all received their Level 1 First Aid Certificate and formed the College's first 'First Aid Team'. These pupils will be on the field to assist with First Aid requirements during sporting events and practices on Campus.
Head of Sport, Mrs Debbie De Beer, says that "Our new 'First Aid Team' is a huge asset to our growing Sports Programme here at Grace College and an asset to the General Health and Safety around the Campus. We are very excited about the future of this programme and can't wait to see how it progresses."
The Grace College First Aid Team will continue training and complete their Level 2 Certificates in the near future.
Caption: Grace College pupil and Member of the Pupil First Aid Team, Kaylim Humphrey, keeps an eye on hockey fixtures on the Grace Campus.
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INFO: 082 331 7271
ENTRANCE: R50.00 - Cash or Zapper at the Door
VENUE: The Knoll Historic Guest Farm
9pm: Nibs van der Spuy
Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Raised in the fertile province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles, and learning first-hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years, and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.
His third solo release, ‘Beautiful Feet’ received highly acclaimed accolades around the world where it was album of the month in four German publications, and Radio France FIP pick of the week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Piers Faccini, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips. He recorded the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.
Nibs will release his first solo album in seven years, ‘Maiden of the river’ in May 2022. The new material was written along the Lisbon coast during the global lockdowns.
8pm: Pretty & The Music
Pretty is witty, mischievous, unwavering, and a free-spirited soul. She is a social entrepreneur, brand manager, poet, and vocalist. Raised in iMbali, Pietermaritzburg, by a force of strong women in the forefront, she has always been an explorer.
Combining her love for music, and her first love, poetry, she goes by the name Pretty & The Music. She is accompanied by Undivided Roots, with Wadada Cele on lead guitar, Judgement Cele on bass, Spear Nene on drums and Kingdom Cele on keyboard. Their eclectic sound zig-zags across a number of genres including African rhythm, soul, jazz, ancestral sounds, reggae, and rhythm and blues, all with an undertone of poetry. They have performed all over Kwa-Zulu Natal at cultural gatherings, corporate events, jam sessions, festivals, initiatives, and tourism and community development events. Pretty and The Music has performed in many venues in South Africa, including Credo Mutwa Village in Soweto, MiTH, Tatham Art Gallery, Punoza Boutique Hotel, The Playhouse, Cool Runnings, La Casa, Bob Marley Festival, and a Peter Tosh event, to name but a few.
In 2015, she founded an arts initiative called Kwasuka Sukela (which means “once-upon-a-time”) which delivers tales through their varied art forms. They continuously use art as a weapon in uplifting local talent, fighting social injustices, and empowering the community.
7pm: Jes Bedingfield is a creative in many things. One of her things is 4-stringed instruments... like Bass guitar and Ukulele.
Having played in more than 10 bands over her 15 years as a musician, she is now branching out as a solo artist, with her instrument of choice, the ukulele.
Jes's husky voice compliments the sound of the uke, and she will be playing an eclectic collection of covers. From bizarre songs you may have never heard before, to songs that make you want to sing along, and songs that make you go "Ahh! Remember the good times we had!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MiTH takes place every second Wednesday at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6pm and the music will kick off at 7pm. Entrance is R50 at the door. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.
DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.
This year will once again be a virtual challenge which means wherever you are in the country, we would love for you to take part in what promises to be South Africa’s most beautiful virtual challenge.
Join us on Saturday 3 September 2022 anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM.
You can run, jog, or walk your own virtual challenge, at your own pace, from any location you choose.
Entries are officially open!
Enter online now at https://bit.ly/SWVC2022
Available this week:
🍊 Medium-sized Oranges at R4 each (plenty available)
🍊 Pack of 6 Medium Oranges at R20 (plenty available)
🍋 Knobbly Lemons at R3 each (limited quantity)
April certainly made up for the quiet March month. The cameras were kept busy with history searches. Not too many suspect vehicles came into uMngeni but we had lots of action chasing vehicles out of uMngeni.
Most camera activations were for Poaching suspect vehicles. All were monitored but not actioned as they were not seen to be entering rural areas.
SAPS Alert activated a UCSI camera in Hilton: A vehicle was reported as stolen on 11/04/2022 at PLESSISLAER. It was loaded to the Response group and after a vehicle check was done, the vehicle was found, stopped and taken to Hilton SAPS for processing. Thanks to AET, Red Alert, MI7 and SAPS.
Then we had lots of action on camera for live on line searches:
These consisted of local issues and out of area vehicle problems. UCSI is not just about the cameras; It is the network we have grown to share information as far as possible to make sure we get early warnings and to assist others to catch our problems when they leave our area.
• 8 April; N3 Notties to Cato ridge. The UCSI/SAPS response WhatsApp group was used to replay information to various law enforcement so they could follow vehicle where it was eventually stopped in Cato Ridge area. Driver apprehended with stolen property and illegal firearm.
• 10-Apr; Curries Post. House armed robbery: Cameras were checked, and suspect vehicle found. Unfortunately not in time to be stopped by response group.
• 15-Apr; Howick, Greendale. Suspects entered a shop in Greendale centre where they stole a staff members mobile phone. I did a search on the cameras for suspect vehicle which I found and was confirmed identity by victim. Info sent to Hilton group in case vehicle tries same thing in Hilton. Unfortunately, the vehicle never seen again.
• 19 April; Bulwer to Thornville. A hijacked bakkie was reported as taken in Bulwer. Information was coordinated by UCSI response group about movement of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled from Bulwer through Richmond into the Thornville area where it was eventually apprehended by law enforcement.
• 21 April; Cramond; Another hijacked vehicle in Cramond area. The UCSI response group again used for information and co-ordination. The vehicle was recovered by SSS and SAPS with use of Tracker unit. Great use of resources even outside our area.
• 26 April; Howick; Robbery at Post Office. I did a manual search on cameras out of Howick. Possible suspect vehicle found through cameras and circulated to response groups. Unfortunately, the vehicle was not found in uMngeni area. However, 3.5hrs later I received a call from IPSS security on North Coast. They found our suspect vehicle, which was taken in to SAPS. Great communications from snipr system and our friends in the security industry.
Be safe and vigilant at all times. If something feels "off" report it to your local CPF, Security or SAPs member, no matter how small.
You could be saving a life that you will never know about.
Are you an affiliated member of UCSI?
Do you know you have access to the operations desk for information about suspicious vehicles in your area?
Please contact Deon (details below) if you have not heard from the ops desk recently. I may have old information that needs to be updated.
How can you get involved?
The UCSI is also able to issue Section 18A certificates for CAPEX and OPEX donations of any amount.
Stay safe – we got this!
Deon Tegg Operations Manager
082 496 9208
The UCSI Board of Directors
Themba Ndulini (Chairperson), Krish Ramkuber and Terence James
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