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Thursday, May 26, 2011

FUNERAL for Arnaldo Gouveia

[] FUNERAL for Arnaldo Gouveia will take place on Friday 27th.  Service at 11am at Nazareth House followed by burial at Greendale Cemetery


If you have been up before dawn and looked east (where the Sun will rise) you will have already enjoyed a remarkable spectacle - FOUR planets lined up almost vertically and fairly close together. From the top they are: JUPITER, MARS (slightly to the left and quite small), VENUS (the brightest) and MERCURY (also small but quite easy to see). Mercury is dropping quite quickly so get up early, go outside between 5 and 6 am (before that Mercury is too low and after that the pre-dawn sky is getting too bright, and look towards the eastern horizon. Binoculars will help. And on 30 May this lovely grouping will be joined by a crescent Moon too! About a week ago they were even closer but clouds blocked the view. And tell your friends to have a look at a most unusual spectacle. [This is not a hoax - promise!]

Francis Podmore

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Newsletter No: 82 May 2011

P O Box HG 594 Highlands Harare Zimbabwe The Motor Sports Club House, 2 Annan Road, Eastlea, Harare.

The Chairman and Editorial Team:

CHAIRMAN: Tim Thorburn 498723 / 0772.645.518

EDITORS Mike & Pat GILL 494028 / 0712.400.243 / 0712.440.794

4x4 Club Website Face Book Site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

The 4x4 Club is affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation - ZMSF

Our Club is a member of the Mashonaland Motor Sport Association Club House, situated at: 2 Annan Rd. Eastlea. It is available for hire for weddings, conferences, kid's parties, 21st birthdays, etc.

News, comments and opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Club or the Committee

THE EDITOR’S DESK - Michael and Pat Gill

Two thoughts this time. Firstly, a lady stopped on the escarpment on her way back from Chirundu or Mana. She was in a Surf with the bonnet open. She tells of several 4x4s passing but no one stopped. Does the "4x4 brotherhood" exist at all? If you are in trouble then it would help if you put up a hand and asked for assistance. How do you know, they may have stopped for a comfort break.

Secondly, while camping recently, we discussed the idea of spending an "Old Timers" weekend using the "old fashioned" camping gear used by people 60 – 70 years ago. Not quite Voortrekker but no gas or neon lights etc. No see- through nylon tents or blow up mattresses. You get the picture? Some think it would be fun – others not. Then we have to find a suitable place. We could have a poitje cooking competition and choose a "Pioneer" winner. I think we will wait till winter is over.

hp lubes 4x4 JAMBOREE

Our major event of the year.

Donnybrook on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th May.

Be there


We welcome the following to our club family and hope we see you out at future events.

Cosy MARIMO: Cosy is the MD of Premier Auto (Land Rover) and has been involved in the Club for some time. They are one of the major sponsors to the Jamboree.

BEZUIDENHOUT, Wynand and Petra: They came out on the Cross Kopje drive with Gareth, decided they liked our Club and have since joined. I bet the Geach's will find them a good Range Rover,

Alan GRAHAM: Alan has been on the point of joining since last year and has only just got down to it. Another Patrol driver and a hard working member of the Mana Project.

Mike and Marge FOSTER: Mana Bush Babes, we are glad to have you with us. Mike is an experienced Land Rover driver. Regrettably the nasty flu bug caught them both and they could not join us on the Mana Project.

Owen and Barbara DURRANT: They tried out their Mazda D/C on the 3 Hills radical hill climb and have been out on a number of events.


Gareth and Ashleigh GEACH: Congratulations to Gareth and Ashleigh on the birth of their baby girl. Can’t wait to see her.

Flossie Greenway: Is home again and is a in a wheelchair until the end of June when she returns to South Africa again hopefully for her final and fourth hip replacement. If you are passing by she would love to see you.

Ray Walker's wife Joan: Ray and Joan were on holiday in South Africa when Joan took ill. She ended up in hospital for a rather nasty op. They are home again and we wish her a speedy recovery.

STEVE POPE: Lion Safari Guide extraordinaire died on Sunday 15th May after a long struggle with cancer. Now you can walk freely with your lions Steve.


Hooli (Short for Scandinavian Hooligan) Owned and driven by Peter Benzon. Another SWB Series 1 Landy that has had a long history of 4x4 competition, this is what I have dug up for you.

Several years ago an NGO Patrik Ecklof found a SWB S1. It had a highly modified chassis and was basically undrivable. I introduced Patrik to Peter Jenkin who replaced the chassis and did a rebuild on the rest, repainted it and that was that. Patrik soon needed a set of roll bars, power steering, disc brakes and after breaking a rear diff had a much stronger Salisbury diff fitted. When he left the country Mark Benzon realized this was worth having and it joined the Benzon stable.

Peter soon took over and as time went by he found the 4 cyl Diesel a bit too slow so dropped a Ford V6 in and that is how it is today.


We recently had occasion to test 4 Tyre Pressure Gauges. Three were what we would describe as better quality and one was below standard. The pressure on one 4x4 tyre ranged from 2 bar to 3.5 bar!!! Now just what do you do? You know the local garage can't help and if I have my tyres at 2 bar on my gauge they may be much softer or harder than your tyres. One thing to avoid is using two gauges on one car. Something I do is to walk round and feel all the tyres when we stop on a long run. This is a sure way of finding a slow leak, tyre running hot, if the general temperature is hand warm they are not too hard. Note that the sun side will be warmer than the shade side.

At an event like the Jamboree I drop my Landy tyres to 0.8 bar. I wonder what that is on your gauge!



Trevor says he has the competitor shields for drivers and navigators and they can collect from MR Cruiser.

When Trevor Butler staged the first Night Extreme last year it set the foundation for a good, interesting and unusual event. This event on April 2nd proved to be worth all the hard work put in by his team and Roger's marshals. The spectators, there was a good crowd, enjoyed and clapped when a test was completed to their satisfaction. Flood lights and a big moon made the night.

After the JCB had finished the previous week there was talk that parts were not drivable but we, well some of us, showed that no test sections were impossible, just very testing. We started with 5 Specials and 12 Standard cars and these were put into three groups. Trevor moved the goal posts by making the first test, still daylight and not too difficult, driven by the co-driver. There were many anxious moments I can tell you! Jim Perry won the Std. Mod in his Landy and Mass Kirk won the Special with his twin steering Cournil. We look forward to the next event. The tests are so very different in the dark; they also seem to take longer. There were two "fall overs" and a couple of broken cars but I suppose that is what the spectators came to see.

Results: Special

Mass Kirk / Mark Benzon Cournil 1

Mike Gill / Murray Upton LR S3 V8 2

Trevor Butler / Gary Buchanan Jeep / Toyota 3

Ralph Stead / Kelvin Weare Jeep V8 4

Sonny Rousseau / Dale Scott LR V8 4

Results: Standard Modified:

Jim Perry / Gerry Emmerick LR S1/2 1

Alex Hawkins / Kevin Wilson Jeep / Toyota 2

Martin Kirk / Broc Thomas Cournil 3

Rodney Beckley / Grant Chadwick Suzuki 4

Dale Kiggen / Geoff Clack LR V6 5

Peter Benzon / Dylan Weare LR V6 6

Shane Ellis / Simone Shelton Jeep / RR V8 7

Malcolm Attwell / Jason Beebe Jeep / Nissan 8

Grant Weare / Tim Thorburn LR S1 9

Aubrey Bennett / Thomas Dreyer LR Santana 10

Malcolm Thorneycroft / Osbert Peel Mitsu Rugger 11

Lloyd Clarke / John Cameron Jeep CJ2 11


The 4x4 Club was asked by the Zambezi Society, in collaboration with National Parks, to assist in clearing an undrivable road within the Mana Pools National Park area. Known as the Middle Jesse Road, from Mana Pools to Chikwenya, it had become undrivable, no more than an elephant track.

National Parks are very keen that this road is drivable again as it will facilitate their anti -poaching patrols and will reopen a much needed tourist route.

This was done over the weekend of the 15th to 18th April. We were expecting about 21 club members to participate but due to illness, etc. we ended with 14 and this was perfect. Most sincere thanks to all for their efforts in clearing the road. I think we did an admiral job and only hope Parks think so too.

To Allan Sheers - In your small SWB Landy thank you for being the Tote Master. Every time something had to be carried you were there to do it. From the bread rolls to the Rangers.

To Muzza, Alan G, Margie and your team - Your energy, your enthusiasm and the use of the chain saws will be long remembered.

To Dick and Sally Pitman - Thank you for all your organisation with Parks.

To Michael and Roger - for all the stumping, chain saw cutting and Mr Clip Clipping.

And Pat in the Chuck Wagon for providing food and keeping us fed along the way.

It was fun, we all worked hard, and we certainly enjoyed the weekend and the camaraderie within the teams. We cleared the road from the Airstrip to the Sapi River, about 25 kms in 40 C heat. There was a lot of very fresh ellidence (evidence of elephants) but the noise of chain saws, etc. kept them at bay. It was hard work and everyone worked like slaves. Chain saws and clippers were the order of the day. The river crossings were the hardest to repair, they were in a bad state, the banks had to be cut and filled in. We had two armed Park Rangers with us and they worked as hard as the rest of us. They were great.

It was such an accomplishment and sitting in the Sapi River bed eating our Sunday lunch made it all feel complete.

Joy of joys, we had a pack of 7 Wild Dogs within earshot of our camp and could hear them chattering away all night. They had taken up residence on the road and were not at all bothered by our cars. They have probably not seen any cars or people on that road in the last 5 years and were completely unafraid.

We only hope Parks appreciate all our hard work and encourage people to use the road. It is the only way to keep it open.

Ode to the Middle Jesse Road by Muzza Black

Roger & Dick set it up, after Parks they did ask

For the 4x4 Club, to do a good task

The Middle Jesse road, has been closed for a while

Can we as a club, come drive it our style

Pats email said – “Let’s do some good”

Strong hands required, to dig banks and chop wood

A date was set, and meeting held

Maps produced, and a keen team did meld

After loading food and booze, the tools were squeezed in – JUST

Fill up with diesel, and get all ready for dust

At camp Friday, on the bank of the Chiruwe

Among our ranks, one complete newie

She was a Dutchie, and from a small town

While here in Africa, determined to get brown

Chitungweza West suburb, to all it was quite clear

Question being was it Dandaro, or The Brooke? East over there…?

Landie cleared river exit first up, and enthusiasm kicks in

Eight k’s to next donga, where we earned our next tin

The Patrol proved it open, before we retired

Back to camp… Beers opened… Steaks fired…

In a matriarchal society, all are told what to do

Quickly it was obvious, who would organize our few

Five intrepid teams set out, in earnest the next day

Patrol with a chainsaw, leading the way

Landie, Pajero, and ‘cruiser, played centre of the pack

Patrol as a chuck wagon, securing our back

Each obstacle presented its own particular riddle

Brawn…? Brains…? Or somewhere in the middle…?

Decisions to take – detail or move along?

Leapfrog became the system, the draw of the Sapi so strong

Rewards were all there, before any success

Lion prides loud, in the nocturnal Jess

A nice pack of Wild dog - count up to seven

Had all in the party, in wildlife heaven

The Sapi was reached Sunday, and congrats all around

Beers and lunch delayed, until Chikwenya Road found

Back to the Sapi, in the shade of a old Albida tree

Pat prepared lunch – with Colcom for free!

Worthy to note, of punctures only one

Even better for all, was mechanicals none!

Torn clothing and skin, sunburn from forty degree heat

The second Wild dog sighting, was a hard one to beat

Our chainsaws are blunt but the roads a clear run

The body is aching, but man we had fun

The route has its pitfalls, like Dicks Demise and Patsons Pride

But there’s now no better track, to go for a ride

Our last night in camp, a special place to be

With a shower in mid river, under huge moonlit tree

We know what we’ve done is only a token

But for this season at least, the Middle Jesse Road is definitely – OPEN!

We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.


These are the marshy areas that store water and are the home for many species of birds and animals. Our member Ian Carruthers has been working hard with others to try and rehabilitate the Wetlands around the Capital City. We recently attended a meeting at Marimba Fishing Club at Lake Chivero where several speakers explained the need to preserve these places. Their motto "No wetlands, No water" was discusses and yet we see ever more of these natural sponges being cleared for agriculture or new housing estates.

Ian can be contacted on 04.741.071 / 0772.301.374


4x4 Club Diary - 2011

These dates will change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.

May 27-29 HARARE JAMBOREE Donnybrook

June 23-26 Expedition AWAY

July 17 Day Event DAY

August 5-9 Away Away

August TBA Blue Cross Sabi to Nyanga (for info)

Sept 3rd – 4th Bulawayo Jamboree Provisional

Sept 9th – 11th Mana Game Count Mana (For info)

Sept 16-18 Bush Pig AWAY

Sept 26-29 Sitatunga Challenge Botswana (for info)

October 8 - 9 Three Hills AWAY

November 18-20 Mutare Dungbeetle Mutare

December 4 Christmas Run DAY


To enter Donnybrook on a non-event day it will cost you $1 per car, providing you have you membership card. Non-members will be charged $10 per car. You must sign the book at the gate and put your name, your Club and membership number. Do not pay without signing the book.

Please note: If you wish to go to Donnybrook to play and there is another event on, then the organizing club can charge what they like for you to enter as they will have hired the entire complex for that day. Please don’t try and argue with the gate attendant as they will just be doing their job. Either pay-up or go away and come back on a free day.


Have you had a look at our Web Site? Grant Weare, Kelvin’s son has done a really good job of updating it. Go to:

We have a Face Book site and for those members, who are on Face Book, feel free to join the site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

Motor Sports Association Club House

MSA Membership: The Club House bar works on a Swipe Card basis and any member of an affiliated club can join. Pay your $20 Club House subscription and get your card. Bar prices are double for non-cardholders.

Hall for Hire - Hire our affordable Club facilities for parties, Wedding Receptions, meetings, seminars, courses and other functions. Assist us in this way to obtain funds for the Clubhouse.

Michael and Pat GILL

Major Gordon Howard MBE

We are saddened by the news that Major Gordon Howard MBE, Adminstrator of the Athol Evans Complex  and Consular Correspondent amongst many other things, died on Sunday 15 May. Gordon was extremely well regarded and much respected in the many walks of life he inhabited.  His passing leaves a huge gap in the lives of not only his family but of everyone who knew him and the community as a whole. A memorial service will be held at 9:30am on Monday 23rd May in the Athol Evans Complex Chapel, followed by tea in the gardens of the complex. The family have asked ofr donations to Athol Evans in lieu of flowers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


MEMORIAL SERVICE for ROSE PERKINS will take place on Thursday, 19th May 2011 @ Athol Evans Complex (Chapel), Chiremba Road, Cranborne. Time 3.00 p.m. (M.H.S.R.I.P.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Steve Pope

Blaize Thomas [] The Memorial Service for Steve Pope will take place on: Thursday 19th May at: Mc Cleary Avenue Assembly 93 Mc Cleary Avenue Eastlea At 12 Noon. The Memorial ride will meet at "On the Run", Golden Stairs / The Chase at 11:00am to depart at 11:30am promptly

Condolence Notices


Janette passed away in the morning hours on Sunday the 8th of May 2011

after battling a long illness.

She will be sorely missed by her loving family, Jimmy, Vicki, Ursula and Savanna.

The Memorial Service for Janette will be held on Friday the 20th of May 2011

Location: The Dutch Reform Church (cnr of 13th Avenue/ George Silundika)

Time: 10.00 a.m.

All who knew Janette and Family are welcome to attend.

Thanking you Kindly

Miss Ursula Capps


In loving memory of Hazel Barrett, wonderful wife for 62 years to John, loving mother and delightful grandmother and great- grandmother. She was a blessing to us all and we will miss her sorely. John, Jane, Mark and Jennifer. She lay to rest on Sunday 15th May.
The memorial service for Hazel Barrettwill be held at Whitestone Chapel
on Thursday 19th at 1.30 pm.
Please will friends bring a plate of eats.



Beryl passed away peacefully at home in Owlswood Cottage on Sunday 15th May, at 22.00 hrs.

She was an energetic, kind, caring, thoughtful, wonderful, loving wife of Stephen, mother to Colin, Janet/Jan, Andrew and Richard, grandmother to Bronwyn and Timothy, Nicholas and Christopher, Chelsea and Steph, Rotary Ann and special friend to many.

A memorial service for the late BERYL MILLAR will be held at the WHITESTONE CHAPEL on Friday 20th May 2011, at 3 pm. Our sincere thanks for all the text messages, phone calls, emails and visits. They're much appreciated.


DRUMMOND George: Friend for so many years, now with Pickie deepest sympathy to Joyce, Lyn and family.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Condolence notices from Bulawayo

A celebration service in thanks giving for the life of BERYL LAING

will take place at the Hillside Dams Restaurant, Bulawayo on
WEDNESDAY 18th MAY 2011 at 3pm
All those who knew Beryl and would like to join us in this service
are cordially invited. Refreshments will be served

Thomson - Myrle (nee James) ex Crouch Road Matsheumhlope, - Ove Arup/AA Mines
Beloved wife of Ronald, devoted Mum of Paula and Jo-Ann and darling Gogo of Chad, Chane and Ashlyn. Sister in law of Richard, Isabel and the late Frankie and auntie to Michelle, Clint and Amy. Such a lovely, gentle lady who will be greatly missed. Memorial service on Monday 15 May in Johannesburg. Rest peacefully more pain.
Emails can be sent to the family via or


George Houston Drummond.
Loved Dad of Joyce & Lynn, Grandpa of Joanne, Mark, Robyn and Russell. Great Grandfather of Jamie, Corey, Ashley and Grant. A true gentleman to the end. Gone to be with Mom. Passed away peacefully in his 101st year.

Kind Regards
Lou and Sheila


May passed away peacefully on Wednesday 11th May, at 08.00 hrs.A wonderfully warm and generous person and will be sadly missed and remembered by her family and friends.
Sheila and Lou, Ian and Cheryl,the grandchildren,Luke, Mark and Kim.


Reps Reporter – May 2011

With the year rushing ahead to its near mid-point, Reps continues to be active and busy, so here’s some updated information on what’s been happening and what’s coming up.

Exco planning for the future

Members of the Executive Committee have met for their first Strategic Planning Seminar in a few years, aimed at creating a working plan for Reps for the coming 24 months. They were joined at the all-day session on May 7 by staff and Repteens representatives. Discussions and planning were very useful and showed a clear focus on what needs to be done now and in coming months to take Reps to a new, higher level, building on its past success. Business continues this coming weekend and a draft Plan will be produced soon afterwards. Content of this will be communicated to members of the working committees and thereafter a members’ general interest meeting will be called so that it can be communicated to the members of The Repertory Players. The idea will be to ensure every member shares the same vision and agrees with what Exco is doing. Key to the success of this will be to find ways of ensuring financial strength and making sure all the operational aspects of Reps are working and working well.

Repteens elect new Chairman and committee

A report from the new committee of Repteens: Repteens held its Annual General Meeting in February, when the following were elected into office: chairperson, "Kuzy" (Kuzivakwashe) Muvezwa; vice-chairperson, "Fluffy" (Meredith) Render; committee members: Peter Blackburn, Fraser Flight and Tristan Charnley. Repteens are now involved in rehearsing, set construction and fundraising for their main stage production for 2011 - Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which runs from May 19 to 28. The script has been adapted from those of the original radio shows by Andrew Hyde (a retired Repteen), and is being directed by Kevin Hanssen (another retired Repteen). Repteens’ fundraising events include the now-regular Saturday afternoon car washes, which are steadily gaining momentum. Regular Saturday afternoon movie screenings are also taking place, usually at 3pm and 5.30pm. Watch out for details of what’s being screened.

Bar improvement programme under way

Visitors to the Members’ Bar will have seen changes taking place, resulting from funds raised last year and this and from support given by sponsors. Jenni Ferguson has been spearheading this and it is hoped to have the new Tada Terrace (named after one of the key sponsors) operational in its new style by the end of May. The refurbishment started on May 4 and should be completed by May 23. Costs for this project are entirely free of any expense on Reps’ part and consist of funds raised from the Reps Golf Day 2010 and donations/discounts from suppliers involved in the project. The value of the project is $9 000. Work being done includes high-pressure cleaning and repainting of interior and exterior patio walls, as well as the balcony under Theatre Upstairs from 'Exit' Main Theatre to stairway Theatre Upstairs. Tada Teak & Iron have donated six bar-height round tables, 24 stools and tie-on cushions. Several potted plants will be put into the 'drink boxes' in the patio walls, and pebbles and pot plants will surround the cactus. The Reps Comedy and Tragedy Masks will be sandblasted onto the bar sliding and swing doors, and new curtain rods and fully lined curtains will be erected over the sliding doors. On completion of the project, the patio will be named Tada Terrace and Tada will be erecting relief signage on the wall next to the wrought iron gate onto the pathway from the car park. The patio is closed to everyone and the sliding doors will remain shut for the duration of the exercise.

Jesus My Boy continues this week in Theatre Upstairs

For the first time The Repertory Players had a production in HIFA, thanks to Mike Southall and Sue Bolt entering a delightful John Dowie play called Jesus My Boy. It ran to full houses in the festival and has been given a post-HIFA run in Theatre Upstairs so that it can be seen y a wider audience. It is a one-hander featuring Mike Southall as St Joseph – with an interesting and often amusing take on many of the things we know about from the life of Jesus Christ. It has been widely acclaimed and is highly recommended. It completes its run this Saturday, May 14, so get your booking in as soon as you can.

Also coming up at Reps …

… on the Main Stage, Repteens The HitchHikers’s Guide To The Galaxy, based on the Douglas Adams novel and full of weird and wacky characters and plots. Runs May 19 to 28 (preview is May 18, when pensioners will be free). Directed by Kevin Hanssen.

… also from HIFA, an extension of Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon, another sold-out one-hander show with a fascinating look into the mind of one woman. Runs June 1 to 4 in Theatre Upstairs.

Bar attractions this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Jenni Ferguson is arranging snacks this Friday evening, as she kindly did last week. There will be the draw for her fundraising raffle and the bar draw this week is a whopping $230.

The FA Cup will be screened live on a big screen in the bar on Saturday afternoon (starts 4pm).

Christine Sandford has arranged a fun Sunday, with pub quiz at 11, followed by lunch and a beer and wine tasting, as well as entertainment from Steve Theron.

Did you know …

… that Innocent Museve is on leave for May and his place in The Spotlight is kindly being taken by Philippa Johnston and Jane Burne – thanks to them both for their support and hard work. The Spotlight is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, and between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday. As the box office, it is open an hour before curtain up for all Main Stage and Theatre Upstairs shows, when it is manned by volunteers. If you would like to be on the box office team please let Erin Cooper in the Reps office know.

Until next time, best wishes to you all …. From the Executive Committee

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Margaret Rattray

Margaret Rattray of Blue Kerry passed away on 6/5/2011. A memorial service will be held at 3pm on Thursday 12th May 2011. in the gardens of Blue Kerry, Steppes Road, Harare, followed by tea.
A Celebration Memorial Service for the late Keegan Frank Langley will

be held at Falcon College Chapel at 1430 hrs. on Friday 13th May,


All donations in lieu of flowers will be given to Sean Labuschagne.

Our thanks to everyone for their kindness, thoughts and wishes to
support us all at this difficult time.

Best wishes

The Langley Family.



Wendy sadly passed away on Monday 3 May at 03h30 from a massive stroke and died without pain or suffering, for which I am truly grateful. I know this is a great shock to you all as indeed it was to us, but Wendy would not approve of our mourning for too long. She will be laughing and dancing without pain in Glory!

There will be a private cremation on Friday, and we invite you to join us in celebratory service of her life on Saturday 7 May at 10h00 at the Hillside Church of Ascension (Bulawayo). She will undoubtedly be singing in heaven as we join together in song. We request that there be no flowers but should you wish to make a donation, please make it to The Way Clinic (at the Church of Ascension). Wendy's work there was a huge part of her selfless giving and to honour her this way would keep her memory alive for a long time to come. An alternative we be a donation to an Old Age Home of your choice as she had such an affinity for the Aged.

I would like to thank you all for the enormous outpouring of love and care, kindness and prayers - it has deeply strengthened us as a family.

All love and thanks

Hal, Anwen, Ged, Marc and family

The McCays


McKAY. -- Wendy. Our love and deepest condolences to Hal and family on the passing of Wendy. Yes, Hal, she'll surely be singing up there with the heavenly choir. Love from Peter and Denise Botwright (Scotland)


We will be holding a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Keegan
Langley on Friday 13th at 1430 in the Falcon College Chapel.

Please no flowers, but any donations made, should be given to Sean Labushcagne.

Thank you everyone for your support, kindness and good wishes at this

difficult time.


The Langley Family.


Condolences to the Truswell and Mendoza family on the sad loss of Carol. Sadly taken from us in a terrible Biking accident in SA on the 29/04/2011. Sincere condolences to Dave and Fran Truswell for the loss of their Daughter. Beverly and Wendy on the Loss of their Sister. To Dinah on the loss of her mother. She will be sadly missed by all. Rest in peace cuzzie. Love Hans, Vicki, Kim,Mark, Michael, Chantel, Uncle Norman, Aunty Mary and Aunty Molly.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ian Patrick Roland Chisholm

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ian Patrick Roland Chisholm passed away at home on 2nd May 2011. Darling husband of Christine, beloved Dad of Samuel and Ruth; loving brother and much loved uncle of Brian and Cath, Angus and Esther, Marylou and their families; mother-in-law Dulcie. The Funeral Service will be held in private for the immediate family only but the Celebration Service for the life of Ian Chisholm will be held on Monday 9 May 2011 at 4pm  at Greystone Park Christian Fellowship (Gaydon/Quinton Roads) Christine - ,

Anti Hijack

From: Anti Hijack MOTORISTS caught using cellular phones

while driving now face stiff penalties following the launch of an

aggressive police exercise to reduce road accidents. New regulations

also empower officers to check the cellular phone of a driver involved in

an accident to determine whether or not the mishap was not a result of

operating the communication device. National police spokesperson Inspector

Tinaye Chigome last week said officers have been deployed countrywide to

arrest errant drivers.

He said his department was taking serious steps to curtail the

practice, which is among the major causes of road traffic accidents. +We

have to implement the law, as the police force's traffic monitoring

department,- he said.

Those arrested will be fined. They will be taken to court, as stipulated

by the country's laws, if they fail to pay the fine. +The use of mobile

phones by motorists while on the wheel is common in urban areas.

Therefore, our officers will man designated points to arrest individuals

caught breaking the law.-

Insp Chigome said an increasing number of accidents were linked to

cellular phone use, which often distracts the driver. +When an accident

occurs, units attending the scene will look at the concerned persons' call

records to determine if they were using cellular phones (at the time of

the accident),- he said. +It is now a trend that both minor and serious

accidents are a result of individuals using cellular phones.-

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne

Bvudzijena warned motorists against committing the offence. +It has always

been an offence, if you are found on the wrong side of the law you will be

arrested on the spot. This is an offence all over the world,- he said.

The Government introduced regulations criminalising the use of cellular

phones by motorists following an upsurge in road traffic accidents.

Although the measures have been in place for years, police cited manpower

shortage as an impediment to implementing them. Similar legislation is

also in place in other parts of the world such as America and Europe where

law enforcement agents use street cameras to detect offenders.




NORMAN, LARRY  (3.10.45 - 3.05.11) beloved husband of Kathy and dad of Sarah and Laura passed away on 3rd May. A memorial service will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 7th May at Avondale Sports Club, cnr Brighton Road and 2nd Street Extn, followed by refreshments. All welcome.

Jean Thora Oakley Chittenden, nee Smith

Jean Thora Oakley Chittenden, nee Smith - born 5 September 1935, Zimbabwe; died 5 May 2011peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Deeply mourned by her sons Geoff and Kim, daughters-in-law, 6 grand children and 8 great grand children.

CAAZ Suspends Departure Tax

08/05/2011 14:21:00

HARARE, MAY 8, 2011 - The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) on
Saturday suspended the new airport departure tax, which will see domestic
travelers paying US$10 and international travelers coughing up an extra

CAAZ said the tax, which was introduced under the Aviation Infrastructure
Development Fund (AIDEF) and was supposed to come into effect on May had
been suspended because of “logistical” challenges.
“Passengers who have been charged the levy in May 2011 should approach the
relevant airline, travel agent or airport authority for a refund,” said
David Chawota CAAZ chief executive officer.
“Airlines and travel agents who have collected AIDEF levies should not remit
the funds to CAAZ but refund the passengers.”

The authority said AIDEF would be used to upgrade the country’s airports
since it was not receiving enough money from government. But tourism players
criticised the move saying it would affect the sector which is still trying
to recover from the decade long political and economic crisis in the

A few airlines still fly into Zimbabwe after many pulled out at the onset of
the political crisis.Passengers on transit, diplomats and children under the
age of two would be exempted from the tax when it is finally introduced.