Councillor’s Corner

Dear Residents

As we head to the end of another year, I must say it has been a very busy few months since the Local Government Elections. We have had the unfortunate incident with the City-wide mowing tender that finally was managed to be attended to; we had the transfer of the Bothasig Clinic to that of a Community Day Care facility offering full curative care and much more under the Western Province Health Department; the new electricity complex has started construction in Steenhoven Street in Bothasig and I have had numerous meetings with traffic officials with regard to the constant transgressions of traffic laws as well as the horrific congestion in early morning traffic on exiting the area.

This is indeed a challenge and the fact of the matter is that there will never be enough roads for the amount of cars but still, a solution needs to be looked at.  I am motivating for an upgrade to the intersection, for pointsmen to be in attendance in the mornings to assist with the flow of traffic and for more traffic presence in the morning as well as during the day in the area to attend to the constant transgressions. Read more

Mitsubish Pajero review for her

The Mitsubishi Pajero Legend is indeed the legend of off-road.  True to expectations, the Pajero Legend is big, bold, macho and strong.  High off the ground, with large wheel arches, a big body and a muscular squar-ish look.

Inside it has leather seats, leather and woodgrain multifunction steering wheel, a central display screen with a smaller display above that which displays compass, range, info and more.  Auto windows and side mirrors, manual aircon, auxiliary and USB inputs – in the cubbyhole.  It certainly took me long enough to find it.

Space abounds with extra seating at the back.  The boot is large and with the rear extra seats folded down there is more than enough space.

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The automatic drives like a big boy, no doubt in that.  The Legend is built for tough terrain, not suburban streets, even though it is very able in suburbia too.  The Legend is very nice to drive, with clear vision on the road from the high-seated driver position.  While the Legend is fairly agile, mall parking is not the best due to the large turning circle.

The Legend is by all means the macho off-roader it is known for and if one uses this just for city driving, the true value, character and “built for terrain” authenticity will be lost.  Consecutive Dakar Rally winner is not a title merely ignored or given away.

Let me say that the Legend offers a very comfortable ride for all passengers on city roads, but I could definitely picture this one climbing mountains.

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Driving the long and short-based Pajero one after the other, gives one the opportunity of really seeing the difference, the short-base being far more spritely and light.

Having said that, this is the Pajero – the tough one, and is a Dakar Rally winner, but it felt more comfortable on city roads.

Short it certainly is, with only 2 doors.  Large wheel arches, a well-rounded bonnet and a large windscreen with a step up into the vehicle.

The dash is neat and compact with the info cluster in the centre, also displaying compass, trip and other info, just like the big daddy Pajero.

The interior is the same as the Legend.  The difference is in the size.  Here you have the option of a light city ride Monday to Friday and the option to take to the dirt roads and mountains on the weekend.

I found myself really enjoying the ease of this one – the higher ride for clear visibility as well as the light feel to the ride.

Space is slightly limited but rear-seated passengers sit comfortably – after climbing in.

The automatic transmission is silent and changes effortlessly.

The two Pajero’s are indeed legends – one the big daddy and the other a teenager.

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HONDA LAUNCHES NEW BR-V

Honda has extended their SUV stable adding to the CR-V and the HR-V, the new BR-V.

While instantly recognisable as a member of the Honda family, the new BR-V features bold, distinctive styling and a sporty, agile appearance, linked to the raised stance and rugged appeal expected of a SUV.Inside, the cabin’s roomy dimensions allow the introduction of a third seating row, boosting the BR-V’s occupant seating capacity to seven. Access to all seating positions is easy and convenient, thanks to split seat rows that can be tumbled forward at the pull of a lever.

All derivatives of the new Honda BR-V are powered by the same, efficient 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine. The SOHC unit uses Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve technology to produce 88 kW of maximum power at 6 600 r/min, together with a torque peak of 145 Nm at 4 600 r/min.

BR-V buyers get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and Honda’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). In the case of the latter, paddle shifts are provided for manual shifting between the CVT’s virtual ratios.

The new BR-V is available in four colours: White Orchid, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver and Carnelian Red.

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NEW RENAULT KWID SET TO BE ENTRY-LEVEL CONTENDER

nov16-17Renault has just launched another new vehicle which is hot on the heels of a number of Renault’s launched this year.

Joining the line-up is the all-new Renault KWID – an entry hatch with a SUV inspired design.  The KWID sits in the market position of an entry hatch in a segment that has seen substantial growth.

Meticulously designed, the new KWID hatchback is sure to meet the needs of anyone looking to buy an entry-level car.  Setting it aside from its competitors is its design and spec level.

Although classed as an entry hatch, it has a definite SUV style including a 180mm ground clearance and wheel arch cladding which add to the SUV look and characteristics.  Boot space of 300 litres puts the new Renault KWID on par with an upper segment vehicle.

The Renault KWID is available in two derivatives, namely the Expression and the Dynamique.  Both KWID derivatives are powered by a new 999cc Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  With its distinctive SUV-like design and high ground clearance KWID offers a high driving position and greater visibility making it ideal for zipping around in urban traffic or cruising down the open highway.

Entry-level KWID is modern, smart and stylish inside and out. It combines the comfort and functional user-friendliness of a city car with a spacious interior and a raft of stowage solutions.

Pricing for the Renault KWID starts at R119 900 for the Expression with the Dynamique being priced from R129 900.

Renault is offering a 5 year 150,000km warranty with 24 hours roadside assistance, plus 1 year comprehensive insurance.

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SMOKED FISH PATE

This is perfect for summer entertaining, best served with wine.

Ingredients

  • About 300g smoked angelfish / snoek
  • OR 2 cans smoked mussels
  • 125ml sour cream
  • 125ml creamed cottage cheese
  • 50ml horseradish sauce (optional)
  • 50ml mayonnaise
  • Juice and rind of 1 small lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Remove the skin and bones from the fish and flake (if using mussels, mash). Add all the other ingredients and mix well together.  If using electric blender, be careful not to over process. Spoon into a dish and refrigerate. Just before serving, garnish with lemon twists and parsley.
Serve with homemade bread or crackers.

Lions Octoberfest in Edgemead

Above: Ward Councillor Helen Carstens with Lion President Patrick Pillay and Lion Alan Donaldson at the De Grendel Lions Club Octoberfest in Edgemead.

The de Grendel Lions Club hosted an Octoberfest at the Edgemead Community Hall at the end of October.  This was a fundraising activity that the Club undertook.  The Lions are a humanitarian world-wide group who assist, help and contribute to the communities they serve.

The Octoberfest saw residents come out and enjoy some social time with friends and neighbours and it was agreed that a good time was had by all.

Bosmansdam High Matric Council for 2017

Bosmansdam High School’s new Matric Council (prefects) for 2017 were officially sworn in at their recent Prestige Prizegiving evening.

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Above: Seated in the foreground are the new head prefects. They are (from left to right): Marona Hopane (Deputy Chairperson), Candice Wallace (Secretary) and Jamie Mannel (Chairperson). Also attending the event and in the picture are: James Vos (Bosmansdam Old-Boy & Member of Parliament – front right), Helen Carstens (Ward Councillor – middle row, right of centre) and Danie Human (Headmaster – right rear).

FINAL ROUND OF WPMC REGIONAL KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP AT KILLARNEY

The 8th and final round of the WPMC Karting Regionals took place at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 29 October.

Above: Joey Oelz (63) fighting off relentless opposition from Troy Dolinschek (17) and Kai Van Zyl (34) in the Maxterino class.  Joey took part in 2 classes during the final 8th round of the WPMC Regional Karting Championship. The young Constantia resident took overall honours for the day in the Maxterino class while, after winning the first 2 heats in the Mini-Max class, was unlucky to finish far down the field after a racing incident.

nov16-18-1Left: Young Joshua Smit (83) showed that he is a maturing driver by winning all 3 heats of the Cadet class on Saturday.  Joshua had extreme pressure from the rest of the field including Reese Koorzen (55), Reza Levy (45), Joaquin De Oliveira (32) and Paul Malcolm (not in shot). Joshua is only just completing his second season of racing but level of driving he displayed on Saturday shows that he has the skills to achieve his goal of winning the 2017 Western Province championship.

ALL FOR LOVE – PRAYING THE ROSARY FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Saturday, 15 October saw over 400 groups of Catholics across the country gathered at midday for an hour to pray the Rosary.   This is the iniative of the organisation of South Africa Needs Our Lady (www.SANeedsOurLady.co.za).

There were a number of intentions of the prayer hour, including to pray for peace, stop waves of sacrilege, blasphemy and anti-religious hatred within society and that our national leaders will seek to honour God’s law and pray for the knowledge necessary to solve South Africa’s complex problems.

As part of this national effort to reach out for divine intervention, approximately 40 parishioners from the Bothasig Good Shepherd Parish gathered at the De Grendel Park in Bothasig to pray with fellow Catholics across the country.

Alice in Wonderland provides a Magical Night for Bosmansdam High Matrics

The matrics of Bosmansdam High School recently celebrated their Matric Farewell at the Eensgezind Function Venue outside Durbanville.  The theme for the magical evening was “Alice in Wonderland.”

nov16-07-2Above: This stunning picture captures the magic of the evening as Brianne Horack (left), one of Bosmansdam’s head prefects for 2016 with her partner, Shaun Van Nelson, also in Matric this year, gaze lovingly into each others eyes while enjoying the beauty and majesty of the evening together.

Right: Ozrin Petersen and Nedine Van Der Phol, a former Ms. Bosmansdam, who looked stunning in white.

Far right: Alyson Van Zyl, one of Bosmansdam’s star Netball and Softball players, is pictured here with Wiehann Grobbelaar who represented the school’s 1st XV Rugby team.