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  • VILLAGE TALK, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01 2013 PAGE 3

    BUILDERS work-ing on the Gateway Tourism Centre comprising an information offi ce and tourism complex in Mpophomeni expect it to open in December after the three-year project received addition-al funding to complete it.

    Boasting an information offi ce, administration centre and boardroom at the town-ship entrance opposite a petrol station, the complex will also offer two craft shops, a fresh produce outlet and a stage for shows and gatherings. To complete the picture, there will be a restaurant, traditional healer and herbalist on site.

    Situated on the R617 between Merrivale and the Southern Berg, it will be the only refreshment stop for tour-ists and travellers between the two points.

    A childrens playground is also envisaged if equipment can be donated. Later, walk-ing and cycle paths will be

    established to link up with the museum, Montrose House and the Nokulunga Gumede Memorial Wall.

    However, a lot of clear-ing up still has to be done, a garden established, signs erected and a tenant found for the restaurant.

    The completed complex will form one of the areas tourism points with the Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Expe-rience (ZMTE), the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and the information offi ce at Howick Falls to attract more tourists to the area.

    It is the dream of Frank Mchunu, Director of the ZMTE, to uplift the communi-ty of Mpophomeni by complet-ing the complex and creating employment and it may soon come true after many years of planning and sourcing funds.

    Anyone willing to help should contact Frank at 082 228 2044.

    New tourism centre nears completion

    Frank Mchunu.

    THE latest spat e of attempted robberies in Howick businesses occurred on Tuesday night (22nd October) at the White House Centre, when three shops were broken into.

    Shop owners told Village Talk they suspect the thieves were looking for money, as no goods were taken. The perpetrators broke the windows at Total Woman Beauty & Body Clinic to gain access and broke the window at Hair Elegance, but were unable to get in. The security gate at Alpha Flooring was destroyed and the front door smashed again nothing was taken and it appears money was the reason for the break-in.

    Since then Village Talk has received unconfi rmed reports of break-ins at other Howick businesses in the CBD.

    Spate of business break-ins

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    LICKEN, the much loved mascot of Dulcet Centre in Main Road, Howick, has been taken in broad daylight! Witnesses to the heinous deed watched in dismay as Licken was scooped up, put in a car and driven off.

    Licken, A male Cochin, has been part of the centre for the last three years and is known to all, far

    and wide. He can be seen strut-ting around the centre and getting in between everyones legs at the auction house, pecking at crumbs from wors rolls and chips.

    The arrival of Licken at Dulcet Centre has quite a story attached. Rob Wilson, the founder of Midlands Auctions, was outside one day and watched as Licken crossed the busy Main Road.

    Unlike some chickens that browse and feed, Licken walked purpose-fully towards the gate and straight to Mr. Wilson. From that day Lick-en has been part of the centre, with many folk popping in just to visit him!

    Lickens whereabouts has been traced but the centre still awaits his return. Please, if you have Licken, bring him back!

    Beloved Dulcet Centre mascot takenChicken Licken abducted

    A Licken look-alike.

  • PAGE 4 VILLAGE TALK, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2013

    AT a meeting with the Umgun-gundlovu District Management and uMngeni Councillors, Pam Passmoor and Moira Grueneberg, the Municipal Manager suggested that they put in a proposal of new tariffs. This was done and their submission has been accepted and ratifi ed by the UMDM council. Domestic water consumers will be afforded a substantial degree of relief. Usage of 20kl per month will now cost R213.30 as opposed to the initial 2013/14 tariffs which charged R258.60 for 20kl. With this reduction UMDM is still able to balance their budget but domestic consumers will pay heavily for usage over 25kl and are encouraged to conserve water as this resource is scarce in South Africa. The average household, even with some watering of the garden or veggie patch uses less than 25kl [25,000 litres] per month.

    uMngeni 1st Quarter Financial Report

    The uMngeni Mayor, Mbali Myeni was upbeat when the 1st quarter fi nan-cial report was presented to the Execu-tive Committee. She pointed out that all the conditional grants are cash backed, the overdraft is not being used, the credi-tors have been paid and R4 million has been invested. She thanked the Deputy Mayor and Councillors Scelo Majozi and Pam Passmoor for all their hard work as members of the Interim Finance Committee.

    Report back on water tariffs

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    A fundraising event was held at Howick Community Church in aid of Gods Little Lambs Pre-school. The theme was A

    Sentimental Journey. All the old familiar songs with a travel theme were sung, including Slow Boat to China, Fly me to the Moon and Im leaving on a Jet Plane bringing back nostalgic memories. The staff from the school sang the Click Song and Singabahamba yo thina kulomhlaba loosely translated to mean we are journeying on this earth with the destination as

    heaven.

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