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VENUE: The Knoll Historic Guest Farm
9pm: Qadasi and Maqhinga
Hailing from Empangeni in the heart of Zululand, David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe are a South African Music Award winning duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right, over the last ten years the duo have taken their fusion of traditional Zulu and western folk music to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia and throughout South Africa. (Photo credit: Brett van Dort)
From the misty mountains of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo, Jahworx is coming your way with a fresh sound of acoustic and percussion based reggae fused with world genres. Taking well known covers to next level creativeness and originals that will blow your socks off. On guitar and vocals we have Juanne Steenkamp with his carpenter fingers and voice with more dynamic than your average Danville Datsun. On bass we have Derius Erasmus with an ear just as good as his photographer’s eye, and on percussion we have Alicia Boshoff with her rhythmic, leather working hands.
7pm: Koos Du Plessis Tribute – Charles Webster
Tragically killed in a motorcar accident close to Krugersdorp during the early morning hours of 15 January 1984, Koos du Plessis is one of Afrikaans music's best-loved poets and troubadours. He never made it to forty, and so we'll never know what might have been, but some would consider him an Afrikaans Leornard Cohen or Bob Dylan. In this set Charles Webster, better known for English solo covers and his work with Tanya Nicolson as part of Blackbird, lives out the Afrikaner half of his background and pays tribute to a great who died far too young.
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.
The following few points have been established as the critical priorities in my view, that need to be addressed by the Msunduzi Electricity Unit (EU) to ensure the stability of the networks supplying electricity to the greater Hilton area. The red text are the statements provided by the Msunduzi EU as answers to my questions;
1. Remaining 33kV Supply Cable Upgrade
Under the Capital Budget allocation for the 2021/22 financial year, the SDBIP (Service Delivery Budget Implementation Plan) indicates an amount of ±R28 million set aside for completion of the upgrades to the remaining and final section of the two existing underground 33kV cables (Feeders A & B) installed between Retief S/S, along Victoria Rd to Quarry Rd, where they connect onto two single circuit overhead lines, which were upgraded in 2013.
The questions arising are; when is the scheduled implementation/completion date of this project, bearing in mind that the financial year expires on the 30th June 2022? The last response I received from the Msunduzi EU in October 2021 was that the 33kV cables had been procured but the contract award was still outstanding. Is this still the case, as time is running out?
ANSWER:- The installation of 2 x 630mm2 1-core 33kV aluminium cable circuits between the Retief Substation along Victoria Road to Quarry Rd is in progress, with the expected completion date of 30 June 2022 as previously planned.
On completion, the 33kV network supplying Crossways S/S should comprise a balanced network transfer capability (compatible cable & line ratings) and provide the required redundancy to ensure an uninterruptible primary supply is provided to Crossways S/S should either of the two 33kV feeders (A & B) fail for whatever reason, i.e. obviates the load reduction/rotation scenario we’ve become accustomed to. However, I’m still awaiting feedback from the Msunduzi EU as to what design philosophy was adopted w.r.t. the layup and installation of the 33kV 1-core cables and the mitigation measures taken to alleviate the high cable sheath voltages that can occur within long runs of 1-core cable as these could also pose a serious risk to the overall performance of the primary supply network.
2. Crossways Primary 33/11kV S/S Upgrade
A further Capital Budget allocation included in the current SDBIP indicates an amount of ±R27.6 million set aside for the upgrade of Crossways Primary S/S in the 2022/23 financial year. As this substation is a 50 year old vintage and way past its serviceable life, with continual performance related outages affecting the Hilton consumers almost on a weekly basis due to the age of the plant, many of which highlighted by the numerous faults in the greater Hilton area but particularly in the Winterskloof residential area, being experienced of late. Added to this aging plant aspect, is the antiquated and poor performing protection, continued insulation degradation of plant, etc.
The questions arising are; what is the budget allocation intended to achieve, as the amount indicated appears inadequate for the complete upgrade of this long overdue facility?
Furthermore, if the budget allocation is only for a specific portion of the substation plant, which I believe it is, can the respective budget be influenced further this year to ensure adequate funds are made available for the complete upgrade of this facility in the 2022/23 financial year? I do note that work has been completed at Crossways S/S to replace the indoor 11kV switchboard with a temporary outdoor equivalent, similar to what was done at Retief S/S. Where is this work identified in the current SDBIP, or have funds been made available via a transfer from another capital project?
ANSWER:- The construction of the 11kV outdoor pole arrangement (busbar & feeders) was completed at the end of February 2022 in preparation to replace the obsolete 11kV indoor switchboard with a new equivalent purchased a few years back as part of the Crossways S/S Upgrade. This should go a long way in stabilizing the 11kV feeder source at the substation and forms part of the current 2021/22 Financial Year budget. This current budget also includes the upgrade of the main Crossways to Berry Hill/Dennis Shepstone Drive 11kV feeder right through to Valley Rd and the SI77 switching point in Dennis Shepstone Drive near Sweetwaters. This upgrade includes the replacement of old underrated cables and transformers complete with RMU’s (Ring Main Units) to facilitate easier switching operations/options and greater network flexibility.
The budget process for the 2022/23 FY is still in progress and has not yet been finalized. However, prioritization of projects will include the replacement of various substation plant at Crossways S/S, including the two main 33/11kV 15-MVA power transformers, which are currently operating unfirm, i.e. without the necessary redundancy, but the budget will also include additional upgrades to some of the prioritized 11kV networks.
It needs to be noted that for the past 3-4 financial years, the Municipality has been making funds available to improve the infrastructure of the Hilton area as a sign of acknowledgement and appreciation of the poor state of the infrastructure and will continue to do so, as and when funds become available.
The following final critical and untenable point is one identified through the numerous and almost weekly supply interruptions being experienced by residents in the greater Winterskloof area, and one that I’m still awaiting an answer to from the Msunduzi EU.
3. Vegetation Encroachment and General Reticulation Maintenance
I believe it is critically essential that the necessary maintenance regimen is adopted on a routine basis, again highlighting the Winterskloof area, but should be the approach for all municipal electrical infrastructure. This is imperative to ensure all such electrical plant is clear of encroaching vegetation, irrespective of whether that vegetation is on private property or not. All electrical plant must be visually inspected to ensure satisfactory insulation integrity is maintained, dielectric tests undertaken on oil samples removed from all reticulation transformers, mini-subs, switchgear, etc., earth tests conducted at all transformer points, ensure surge arresters are connected correctly and in working order,
MV and LV fuses installed correctly within their relevant holders and all enclosures securely locked and weatherproofed. The 11kV protection discrimination/grading at Crossways S/S also needs to be investigated as there is a likelihood that this too is not operating optimally either.
I’m convinced that if this approach is observed routinely, a major reduction in the number of outages will result and the performance of the networks improve dramatically. With no disrespect, I believe currently it’s a case of applying “band aids to boils” in trying to keep the lights on with the limited resources available.
By way of a concluding remark, I am of the view that a special Electrical Task Team needs to be established under the auspices of the uMngeni Municipality, reporting direct to the Mayor, to ensure these critical issues and other related matters affecting the supply to Hilton are kept front and centre, in an endeavour to hold the Msunduzi EU accountable by applying the necessary political pressure when needed, such that an acceptable quality of supply is ultimately provided, which the paying consumers in Hilton so rightfully deserve and is long overdue.
Compiled By: Rob Maitland-Stuart
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Highlights in our newsletter for Hilton in the KZN Midlands today include; local insights to art, music, golf, wild open gardens, the delicious 2022 Belgian Chocolate Easter collection by Chocolate Sensations Hilton and more art!
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- 7 Multi-Colored Spheres - Rich jewel toned liquid filled spheres, hanging gold metal tag highlights make for a wonderful interior accent, this thermometer is an eye-catching and intriguing ornament for your home or office
- Display in Fahrenheit and Celsius - Shown in a range from 64ºF to 80ºF, and there have celcius(16ºC to 28ºC) on the opposite side Spheres in 4ºF/2ºC increments. The thermometer is probably the most aesthetically pleasing way to measure the ambient temperature
- To read the ambient temperature on a Galileo thermometer is very easy - What you have to do is simply look at the lowest ball that is floating while ignoring those tags that had sunk to the bottom of the container.
This, however is not an time to get complacent and stop our vigilance.
A few incidents to report
02 March 11h20
A report of robbery by two suspects masquerading as Police members. A suspect vehicle image was shared to the response group. Unfortunately vehicle was lost in Merrivale. Suspect vehicle was loaded to snipr. This is where our sharing of information plays a big part. Security company and SAPS in Stanger stopped the vehicle, the next day, and found multiple stolen properties with fraudulent SAPS identification. Suspects detained.
A stolen vehicle activated cameras in Hilton area. Off duty member of Knight Security found vehicle in Quarry spar parking. With back-up from other KSS members and Magma security. Vehicle, driver and passenger detained and taken to Hilton SAPS for processing.
A HINO truck reported as stolen activated a camera in Merrivale area. Knight Security member found and stopped the truck in Howick. Investigation turn up that the truck had been recovered and was still to be removed from the SAPS system.
Another truck reported as stolen activated a Camera in Howick. Knight security member stopped the truck and upon investigation found that vehicle had been recovered but owner had not sent information to Impound for processing.
A reported vehicle activated cameras in Hilton area. Magma member found vehicle in centre parking area. The vehicle and driver were taken to Hilton SAPS for processing.
A truck reported as stolen activated Camera in Mpophomeni area. Knight Security member with assistance for Sompisi and Mpophomeni SAPS stopped the truck. Truck was confirmed recovered, by Honeydew SAPS and allowed to continue journey.
Magma members requested a search on a possible suspect vehicle involved in a house robbery in Karkloof area. Vehicle was found and loaded to Snipr. Movement has been tracked but no further suspicious behavior to date.
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.
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The product can be ordered in nine different fragrances: Vanilla Coconut (160 ml), Sugared Grapefruit (160 ml), Exotic Rose (160 ml), Forest Fern (160 ml), Jasmin (160 ml), Wild Citrus (160 ml), Green Fig (160 ml), Spicy Bushwillow (120 ml) and African Lemongrass (120 ml).
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Here and Now is a rich audio-visual commentary on the present, and an exploration of contemporary issues, merging an expansive character-filled mural, with narrated stories.
This exhibition hopes to reveal that by using art and storytelling as a lens, we can open up channels of discourse, and show that there’s so much more to stories and images than meets the eye. Here and Now is about thinking, listening, and observing– with lashings of colour, quirkiness, and imagination.
We believe that art isn’t “private collections” and it shouldn’t need a manual or a secret decoder ring to interpret. It’s about sharing stories, conversations, and snapshots of society, about navigating tensions, juxtapositions, and ambiguities. It’s about being immersed in the here and now.
Tickets for the 30 minute experience are R80. As this is an audio-visual experience, please bring your cellphone and headphones. (There are headphones for sale.)
Artists on display include Kristin Yang, Luke Falconer, Muzi Ndlela, Siyabonga Sikosana and Werner Goss-Ross.
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This writer was about to have dinner when she turned on a lamp only to notice an attractive coil on the lounge carpet. Wondering for a split second if it was a scarf, a cap or beanie she should tidy up, she quickly acknowledged that it was not one she had ever seen before.
‘’There is a snake in our house, get out!” she advised her husband.
While contacting the efficient and enthusiastic snake catching group in the KZN Midlands with a racing heart and one eye on this very relaxed and unmoving coil, the suggestion from the group was that it looked exotic. Again, could it be an item of clothing or accessory? It still had not budged, even though we had walked within striking distance at least two or three times each while the room had been unlit.
The first snake catcher to respond calmly reminded us to stay away, be still, but keep a handle on the position of the snake while he shared the location information with the group. This ‘attractive designer print coil’ continued to snooze in comfort, going nowhere soon, or so he thought.
Our hero of the day, Matt Myhill from Curry’s Post confirmed he was enroute. He promptly identified our guest as a 700mm healthy male Puff Adder who had just shed and was therefore particularly bright and beautiful. Also, a rare house guest, usually only rescued from sheds and outbuildings in suburban areas.
Matt advised that at this time of year snakes are on the move, Pietermaritzburg has just had a remarkably busy week of relocations.
As South Africa has a shortage of the antivenom used to treat patients bitten by dangerous snakes such as cobras, mambas, and puff adders, at present, this is not a suitable time to take any chances with snakes.
Until temperatures settle at a lower range, keep your doors closed in the KZN Midlands and if by chance you do find a snake in your home, please reach out to this incredibly knowledgeable group of snake catchers.
Matt Myhill will put you in touch, call him on 082 777 9208.
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The nursery is looking great, we hope to see you there!
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