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Onooglik, gevaarlik en ’n “monument” van dienslewering wat nie gebeur nie. So het inwoners vandeesweek die oorblyfsels van ‘n halfklaar watertoevoer-projek in Moreletapark beskryf.

Die watertoevoer-projek het ’n paar jaar gelede al tot stilstand gekom nadat die kontrakteur nie die mas kon opkom nie en sy kontrak ten einde laaste deur die munisipaliteit getermineer is. “Die projek het ’n waarde van miljoene rande gehad,” sê Francois Bekker, raadslid vir area. “Na die kontrak beëindig is, is die geld na ander projekte geskuif.”

Die groot waterpype en ander werke in Rubensteinstraat is egter net so wees gelaat.

Benewens die gevaar wat ‘n enorme oop sementgat vol water inhou waarin voetgangers maklik kan val, is erosie weens water wat opdam, ook besig om sy tol op die stuk pad te eis. “En na elke reënseisoen is dit erger,” sê Bekker. “Ek sal nie verbaas wees as hier nog ’n motorongeluk gebeur nie.”

Benewens hierdie gevaar loop die Moreletakloof Natuurreservaat ook deur, sê Jeannie du Plessis, ’n lid van die Vriendegroep van Moreletakloof. Die reservaat grens aan Rubensteinstraat waar die kolosale waterpype al jare lank net so lê. “Daar is haweloses wat in die pype slaap – uiteraard is daar geen ablusie- en ander geriewe nie.

Die heinings van die reservaat word ook gereeld stukkend gemaak. Vermoedelik om iets te ete in die reservaat te soek,” sê Du Plessis.

“Ek sukkel al sedert 2011 om ’n antwoord en reaksie uit die raad te kry,” sê Bekker wat so onlangs as twee maande gelede weer die raad se aandag op die probleem probeer vestig het.

“Hierdie toedrag van sake is totaal en al onaanvaarbaar en vir die Tshwane-metroraad tot groot skande,” het Bekker by navraag gesê.

Teen druktyd het die munisipaliteit bevestig dat Eastern Times se navraag ontvang is en dat die Water en Sanitasie afdeling van Streek 6 die saak ondersoek.

 

Die oop waterwerke op die hoek van Rubenstein- en Blouhaakstraat in Moreletapark is ’n groot bron van kommer vir inwoners van die woonbuurt. Rommel hoop ook daar op en afsperrings wat deur die munisipaliteit daar geplaas is dien basies geen doel nie.

Die oop waterwerke op die hoek van Rubenstein- en Blouhaakstraat in Moreletapark is ’n groot bron van kommer vir inwoners van die woonbuurt. Rommel hoop ook daar op en afsperrings wat deur die munisipaliteit daar geplaas is dien basies geen doel nie.

 

 

 

 

Gerhard van der Merwe

The manual 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer is here and Eastern Times had the opportunity to drive it. The previous model (an automatic) was also tested not too long ago. Here is what we found.

Major changes

Body changes are cosmetic and the major change is the black side strip on the doors that has been removed on the 2014 model.chev1

The two-tone interior trimming of black and shale is replaced by a new dark ash grey interior. This may be a better choice as the lighter shale colour will tend to show marks easier than the darker grey colour.

MyLink Infotainment System with a 7” touch screen display now brings the Trailblazer on par with the latest in connectivity and on-screen technology.

n A rear view camera is now standard on the LTZ models and V6. This is a great safety add-on as the Trailblazer is big and bulky.

The biggest differences are in the engine compartment.

The 2.5D LT model is now up from 110 kW to 120 kW (9%) and from 350 Nm to 380 Nm (8,5%), while the 2.8D LTZ models, available in either 4×2 or 4×4, now produce 144 kW (up 9% from 132 kW). The automatic 2.8D LTZ models received further enhancement in the form of a torque increase of 30 Nm to 500 Nm. The test vehicle, though up to 144 kW, has no torque increase and is still on 440 Nm ‑ no changes to the V6 model.

Fuel efficiency has also improved. The 2.5D LT derivative now returns an average fuel consumption figure of 8,0-litres/100 km, and the 2.8D LTZ models return consumption as low as 8,5-litres/100 km.

The five speed manual transmission is now replaced by a six speed.

On the safety side, a side airbag is now also fitted additionally to the existing driver, passenger and curtain airbags.

Driving

I was truly impressed with the previous model and the 2014 model was no different. The additional kW on tap, especially with the six speed manual, will be more of an academic exercise compared to the automatic of the previous test vehicle, as both vehicles had ample of power and highway cruising was excellent.chev2

Both vehicles were mainly used for commuting in and out of the city centre and after a few days I was really starting to wish that I had the automatic instead of the six speed manual. Changing gears in a manual six speed, large 4×4 in the Pretoria peak traffic is tiresome, believe me.

Though the Trailblazer is a big vehicle, it handled exceptionally well in traffic as one sits high and the other vehicles do acknowledge your presence, but my choice would be to opt for an automatic, especially if your wife will be driving it as well!

Off-roading

I was very impressed with the off road capabilities of the previous model and had to take the 2014 Trailblazer through its paces as well. I arranged with LA Sport Gezina to use their 4×4 facility.chev3

The Trailblazer seemed to get stuck very easily on the side step running boards and I had to choose lines very carefully. This was not the case with the previous model, and I assumed that the previous test vehicle had a different set of side step running boards, which increase ground clearance.

I also compared the ground clearance of the previous model, which was 231 mm, compared to the 218 mm of the 2014 manual model, a difference of 13 mm, which may also contributed to the limited ground clearance. The rest of the 4×4 course was done in style, but again the six speed manual did not give the same control and flexibility the automatic did.

Summary

The 2014 Trailblazer is good and compares excellently with its closest rivals. Eastern Times’ choice is still the automatic.

 

2014 Models 

2.5D LT 4X2 MT – R 398 100.00

2.8D LTZ 4X2 AT – R 470 100.00

2.8D LTZ 4X4 MT – R 504 500.00

2.8D LTZ 4X4 AT – R 521 600.00

3.6 LTZ 4X4 AT – R 532 300.00

All Trailblazer models come standard with a 5-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance package, a 5-year/90 000 km service plan and 15 000 km service intervals.

 

Special thanks to GMSA for the test vehicle and LA Sport for the 4×4 track.

 

Photo’s: Gerhard van der Merwe

Ford Motor Company revealed power outputs and performance details for the all-new Ford Mustang at its Go Further event in Sandton last week.

The all-new Ford Mustang equipped with the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine will offer 228kW and 440Nm of torque, while the Mustang equipped with a muscular 5.0-litre V8 engine will generate 320kW with 536Nm of torque.

Both engine options will be made available to customers in South Africa when the all-new Mustang goes on sale late next year. Ford also announced at Go Further that order books for the new Mustang officially open in January 2015.

In addition to the two engine offerings the all-new Mustang will also offer fully independent front and rear suspension, and an advanced lightweight body structure with extensive high-strength steel and aluminium components for excellent ride and handling.

Ford South Africa will announce at a later date final specification and details for all-new Mustang models for South Africa.

A global motoring icon with nine million sold since first launched in 1964, Mustang is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook with more than 7 million fans and has made more than 3,200 appearances in film and on TV.

Advanced engine technology

The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine was designed specifically for the all-new Mustang, to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency.

“This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed,” said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. “It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great drivability under any conditions.”

The newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, the 2.3-litre continues to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies including direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging.

With a compact engine generating nearly 100kW per litre and more than 188Nm of torque per litre ensuring engine durability was critical. The Mustang EcoBoost engine will withstand the added stresses with:

All-new 2015 Ford Mustang will offer 228kW equipped with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, 320kW with the 5.0-litre V8 engine. All-new Mustang will go on sale in South Africa in 2015, with fully independent front and rear suspension, platform optimised for ride and handling

All-new 2015 Ford Mustang will offer 228kW equipped with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, 320kW with the 5.0-litre V8 engine.
All-new Mustang will go on sale in South Africa in 2015, with fully independent front and rear suspension, platform optimised for ride and handling

 

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‘Kruger and The Lost Boys attempted to create a truthful, unpretentious atmosphere on this EP, and they have succeeded.’ – Perdeby

 

Lucy Kruger

Lucy Kruger

It has been close to two years since the release of Lucy’s debut album and her emergence on the South African music scene. The growth in these two years, due to relentless touring and collaborations with various artists, has resulted in a new avenue for the 25 year old – one of colourful soundscapes, dreamy melodies and primal rhythms, while still staying true to her roots of acoustic folk and her honest way with words.

The makings of her band, The Lost Boys, started when Lucas Swart & Andre Leo joined on guitar for stripped down performances at the 2013 National Arts Festival, where they were awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award. They returned this year to do a run of shows on the arena program. Soon after, they were joined by Werner Von Waltsleben on drums and Calvin Siderfin on bass, allowing for a fuller and more vibrant sound. The musicians have given Lucy the space to further explore what music can sound and feel like. It brings a greater subtlety and a greater violence to the songs.

Says Lucy about how The Lost Boys came about:

This is really the first time I have worked with a permanent band that has had time to get to know each other musically and personally. I have found the whole process extremely liberating and exciting. It has freed up my writing process quite drastically. My ideas no longer have to be limited to what I can do on the guitar. I can come up with a skeleton of an idea and have it fleshed out by the different players and instruments.’

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys’ was recorded live over three days in a house in Onrus. The EP was mixed and mastered by Gerdus Oosthuizen. The idea was to keep the sound as honest and authentic as possible – a group of friends coming together to create something special.

Odendaal Esterhuyse was there to capture the process and created the music video for ‘Beast (stay hungry)’ – the opening track off the EP:

 

Upcoming gigs:

Sunday 27 July – Park Acoustics, Pretoria (Facebook event)

Saturday 9 August – Oppikoppi

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Twelve orphans from Ditebogo in Hammanskraal surprised tenants and customers at Kolonnade Retail Park on Mandela Day, Friday 18 July.
Olivia Odendaal, a 2014 Miss Jacaranda Show finalist volunteered at the Santa Shoebox Project launch at the centre and took a quick break to pose with the orphans.
Virgin Active, West Pack Lifestyle and London Pie sponsored treats for the children before they returned to Hammanskraal.
Onica and her team is looking after 90 orphans without any government support, and their biggest need is food. Organisations who would like to make a difference can contact Onica on 073 180 8371

Miss Jacaranda Show Finalist -  Olivia Odendaal – registered as a volunteer and worked at the launch on Mandela Day

Miss Jacaranda Show Finalist – Olivia Odendaal – registered as a volunteer and worked at the launch on Mandela Day

Free study opportunities to obtain a globally sought after qualification in the manufacturing sector are now available to qualifying students in Tshwane. Prospective applicants will be selected in the capital city over the next two months for tool, die and mould making training as part of the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative’s (NTI’s) TDM Powered Foundation Programme.

The Programme will be presented at the Faranani Skills Centre, Hammanskraal in 2015. The Foundation Programme is registered as a skills programme: Toolroom Assistant with merSETA, the Education and Training Authorities’ SETA established to promote skills development in Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.

Dirk van Dyk, a director of Intsimbi NTI, says the training of sufficient skilled people for the tooling industry is of critical importance as manufacturing is one of the cornerstones of the South African economy. “The TDM Powered Skills Development Programme, a partnership between the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is a strategic growth stimulator for manufacturing and technical skills development and aims to create a significant number of job opportunities for South Africa’s youth”.

TDM Powered Foundation Programme is a one-year programme and provides students with the basic skills in the tool, die and mould making disciplines to enable them to qualify as Toolroom Assistants. Once qualified, students can pursue careers in cross cutting sectors such as the aerospace, automotive, chemical, electronics, leisure, marine, medical, mining and packaging industries.

The learning content of the Foundation Programme is structured to include fundamental and applied theory, trade theory, workshop practical training and on-the-job training, providing students with extensive industry exposure and experience. Students receive a small stipend during Phase 3, the workplace on-the-job training phase, to support them with transport costs to the companies where they receive their on-the-job exposure and training.

Tshwane matriculants, industry incumbents and out of school youth are invited to attend a “Career Day” to obtain first-hand knowledge about the TDM Powered Foundation Programme at:

Hammanskraal, Faranani Skills Centre, 40 Old Warmbaths Road on 31 July from 09:00 to 15:00

More information and application forms are available from Ms Leigh-Anne La’Fember on 061 425 7046 or email: tdmhammanskraal@gmail.com

For general enquiries, please contact the TDM Powered Office on 071 675 3551, visit the website www.tdmpowered.co.za or e-mail: info@tdmpowered.co.za.


Die You Tube-sensasie en komediant, Jonathan van Radio Raps-faam, het sy eerste (lewendige) vertoning in Gauteng op 3 Julie by die Atterbury-teater in Pretoria gehou. Jonathan het tydens die uurlange optrede tong-in-die-kies raad gegee en basiese lewenslesse, of soos wat hy dit noem “Life 101″, met die gaste gedeel. Om meer oor Jonathan uit te vind, besoek www.radioraps.com Let wel: sensitiewe lesers moet liefs wegstuur van dié webtuiste.
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Wilna Adriaanse

Die bekroonde Afrikaanse skrywer, Wilna Adriaanse, het onlangs met Boek-en-koekers gesels oor haar spannings-/polisieverhaal getiteld Dubbelspel. Sy het onder meer oor die belangrikheid van karakters, karaktername en die kies van ‘n geskikte titel vir ‘n boek gepraat. Wilna het ook tydens die geleentheid verklap dat ‘n opvolg vir Dubbelspel alreeds in die pyplyn is …

 

The CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) has initiated a conference material donation drive to benefit underprivileged schools in its community. The Centre has placed a donation box in its foyer where conference delegates and organisers can deposit surplus pens, notepads and conference bags which are then donated to children in need of these items for schools in the city of Tshwane.

“During our outreach project at Nelmaphius Primary School in Mamelodi, where we implemented a recycling project, we noticed many of the children have only plastic shopping bags to carry their school books. Needless to say, we decided to do something about this to aid the children with what we deem as school essentials – bags, pens and notepads. We encourage all our clients to please donate their surplus conference materials to this worthy cause,” explains Refilwe Nchebisang, Marketing Coordinator for the CSIR ICC.

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