PE Commercial Crime Unit arrested three suspects in possession of card skimming devices

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Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Unit clamped down on three suspects late last night, Tuesday 04 November 2014, who were in possession of various electronic devices used for card skimming at ATM’s.

The Commercial Crime Unit responded to information received regarding three suspects that were travelling from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  The suspects are aged between 34 and 42 and two of the suspects are of Serbians Nationality and the other suspect is from the UK.  Through intensive investigation by the officers attached to the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Unit, a vehicle that were used by the suspects were identified which subsequently led the members to a local hotel in Port Elizabeth.

The three suspects were arrested in the hotel room they were occupying and various electronic devices were found inside the room, such as ATM card slots, various card skimming devices, keypad devices and cameras.

The suspects will appear in court on Friday, 11 November 2014 in the New Law Courts, Port Elizabeth, on charges of fraud.

The Commercial Crime Unit would like to use this opportunity to warn the community against card skimming and further appeal to community members to be alert when using their bank and credit cards at ATM’s. Citizens should also practise safety and be vigilant when using their bank card to pay for any transaction.  Bank cards should not leave your sight at any stage.

Fully subscribed Fairview Attakwas offers limited charity entries

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Germany's Karl Platt, four time winner of the ABSA Cape Epic, opts to push his bike up a loose climb as he leads the front group at the 2014 Fairview Attakwas Extreme Challenge. The 2015 event is full, but the organisers made 70 charity entries available on Wednesday 5 November. Photo by Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

You don’t just enter and ride the Fairview Attakwas mountain bike race and zip home with another finisher’s medal. Such is the event’s prestige and difficulty that you have to specifically train for it, plan it into your life (it’s not close to any large cities), start at one point, ride your heart out for hours and hours to finish at a different point and then only do you get a finisher’s medal. And then can you make your way back home. Proudly.

Sounds like a real challenge, right? Well it is. And that’s why the full name is the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge. And that’s why the 2015 edition on 17 January sold out its capacity of 800 entries in record time. Again. And that’s why it’s worth setting your sights on one of the 70 charity entries that will be launched today (Wednesday 5 November 2014). Only riders registered on the waiting list will qualify for charity entry package access. To register, visit www.atta.co.za.

Starting at Chandelier Game Lodge and finishing at Pine Creek Resort, both in the Oudtshoorn region of the Western Cape, the race is held over a distance of 121km with total vertical ascent of 2900 metres. Those numbers match any ABSA Cape Epic Queen Stage, but it’s the severity of the terrain and potentially extreme weather that make it an impressive feat to finish Fairview Attakwas within the 11-hour cut-off.

Some years the sun is baking hot, delivering temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius; other years it’s cool and cloudy with the possibility of rain. One thing that’s virtually certain though is that there will be wind. And it’s usually a relentless wind that blows off the Indian Ocean and which is a headwind in the final quarter of the gruelling race…

Then there’s the Attakwas. Essentially this is a 300-year-old pass over the Outeniqua Mountains that is steep with a loose surface that ranges from stony to rocky. Even the seasoned international professionals that take on the race each year lament the difficultly of finding any kind of pedalling rhythm through here. There’s good reason the word ‘Extreme’ is used in the event’s name.

Since the Robinson Pass was completed in 1869 the Attakwas Kloof region was largely unused and is now a protected area that falls under Cape Nature, boasting flourishing indigenous vegetation including proteas, waboom, ericas and other fynbos. There are also imposing natural rock formations and old historical buildings and ruins, which lead to the Attakwas being declared a National Monument in 1995.

The 70 charity entry packages coast R1400 each and comprise entry to the full race, a pre-race Klein Karoo International ostrich steak dinner with a bottle of Fairview wine and a 2014 event t-shirt. A portion of each charity entry fee will go to the Fairview Dryland Traverse Academy, which helps develop and support underprivileged local residents in both trail running and mountain biking.

While the long-distance race is full, the 52km Spur Attakwas Mini, held on the same day, is still open for entries. It’s the ideal event for those wanting to tackle the main event in future, but aren’t quite ready for it, or those who enjoy mountain biking but not at the extreme end… With a total of 1100 metres of ascent, it’s no cruise either. To enter before the rider limit is reached, visit www.atta.co.za

For more information on the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Challenge and the Spur Attakwas Mini, visit www.atta.co.za

Also view:

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Endurance Sports, Driver Fatigue and Road Safety

 

Breast cancer still tops the list of cancers impacting South African women

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Almost one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some stage of their lives, making it the most common cancer to impact women in South Africa.

According to Pogiso Tlholoe, radiation therapy and oncology unit manager at Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton, “Breast cancer makes up about 12% of all cancers and the incidence is higher in women between the ages of 40 and 70 years, although it can occur in younger women as well as in men.”

Despite the high prevalence of breast cancer, the causes of the disease are still unknown. However, research has brought several risk factors to the fore, which may increase an individual’s chances of getting the disease.

Risk factors for breast cancer

  • Being over the age of 50 years
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Personal or family history of cancer, including breast cancer
  • Early menstruation or late menopause
  • Lifestyle factors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, being overweight and a lack of physical exercise

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

Tlholoe suggests that the warning signs for breast cancer may differ from person to person. “Some individuals do not have any signs or symptoms at all, which is why it is imperative that you make an appointment for a routine mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, and one of the best methods to detect breast cancer early on when it is easier to treat and the success rate is higher.

Sometimes an ultrasound or sonar scan of the breast is also needed, particularly in younger women whose breasts are more dense than older women whose breasts are more fatty. A sonar scan uses sound waves to create a picture of the tissues inside the breast.  This scan is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram. However, the first indication of breast cancer is usually a lump in the breast or under the armpit,” she adds.

The following are other signs and symptoms:

  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast or armpit
  • Puckering (wrinkling) of the skin of the breast
  • The sudden development of a retracted nipple
  • A change in the skin around the nipple, such as redness, flaking or irritation
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast, including the nipple
  • An enlargement of the glands under the armpit
  • One breast being lower than the other

“Bear in mind that some of these warning signs are also symptoms of other conditions and may not necessarily mean that you have breast cancer. It is, however, advisable to make an appointment for a mammogram if you are concerned that you may have the disease,” cautions Tlholoe.

Treating breast cancer

The first step in the management of a breast lump is a biopsy, which is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells to be examined by a pathologist to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease. “If breast cancer is diagnosed, treatment is then tailored to the type of cancer and the patient’s wishes. Treatment can involve a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and, in some cases, hormone or biological therapies. The type of surgery needed depends on the type of breast cancer you have,” explains Dr Sylvia Rodrigues, oncologist at Netcare Clinton Hospital.

Surgery is usually followed by chemotherapy, which involves the use of toxic drugs to kill cancer cells. This type of treatment is systemic, meaning it impacts the entire body and even damages healthy cells, which fortunately have the ability to repair. This is why there are often many side-effects such as hair loss, nail discolouration, skin irritation and nausea associated with this type of treatment.

Radiotherapy is another treatment option that uses powerful X-rays to destroy cancer cells specifically in the area that is impacted. “In some cases, hormone or biological treatments are also required. Again, the treatment you need depends on the type of breast cancer you have. Your doctor will discuss the best treatment plan with you,” says Dr Rodrigues.

Esme Abrahams, general manager of Netcare Clinton Hospital, adds that the facility has a fully integrated oncology centre offering chemotherapy and radiation therapy facilities. The centre is dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with all types of cancer and uses internationally accepted protocols and advanced technology. “A multidisciplinary breast cancer meeting is also held on a monthly basis at Netcare Union Hospital, where cases of individual patients are discussed (while maintaining patient confidentiality) in order to offer each patient the best possible treatment and outcome,” she says.

“The radiotherapy department at the hospital specialises in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which focuses on the targeted area while avoiding or minimising radiation to the healthy surrounding tissue and organs. The department also specialises in image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) which is a type of therapy that improves tumour and also reduces adverse side-effects,” notes Abrahams.

Prevention of breast cancer

“Our primary goal is to meet the physical and emotional needs of each patient with clinical competency, courtesy and empathy,” Tlholoe asserts. “However, we also focus on encouraging women to make certain lifestyle changes to decrease their risk of getting breast cancer. We promote quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. New mothers should choose to breastfeed if possible, as research suggests that breastfeeding decreases the risk of getting breast cancer. Speak to your doctor about limiting your dose and duration of hormone therapy and avoid exposure to environmental pollution. And lastly, we want to encourage women to go for routine mammograms because it really is one of the best ways to detect the disease early on when it is easier to treat,” concludes Tlholoe.

 

Trevor Abrahams wins 2014 Toyota New Harvest of the Year Award

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Passion, innovative marketing strategies and community involvement earned Trevor Abrahams the 2014 Toyota New Harvest of the Year award. Toyota awarded Abrahams with a Toyota Hilux 2.5D-4D Single Cab at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg.

Abrahams was recognised as the most promising young farmer from a previously disadvantaged background in the 2014 Toyota New Harvest of the Year competition which was run by Toyota SA Motors concurrently to the Agri SA Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year competition.

"Farming is very challenging. Not only do farmers have to be multi-skilled managers but they also have to work through various challenges they often can't control such as weather and other environmental threats. It is not an easy task to run a farm and it shouldn't be underestimated. We salute farmers like Trevor who persevere and overcome daily challenges in order to succeed," says Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing of Toyota South Africa Motors.

An educator by profession, Abrahams holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of the Western Cape. He farms with deciduous fruit, vegetables and livestock in the Ceres area of the Western Cape. He received his first land in 1999 through the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. The land was further supplemented in 2005 and 2010.

Abrahams nominator, Mr. Kevin Maart of the Decidous Fruit Development Chamber of South Africa, said the following "Trevor's farms have made quantum leaps in a management and capital intensive industry in a short space of time to competently compete with the best commercial farmers in our industry in terms of production, pack-out figures, export quality and he is penetrating niche markets with his club cultivars."

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He further added "Trevor is held in high esteem by his fellow farmers in the Witzenberg area. He is considered to be a leader farmer and an activist pushing the envelope for sustainable black farmer development. Trevor has proven that with sound management practices, dedication and hard work it is possible to make your farming business a success despite the myriad of challenges out there."

Abrahams is very involved in the community and serves as a board member on the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency, the local Business Forum and the regional Hortgro's Study Group. He has not lost his love for education and allows students from various universities to use his farms for research.

Prof Carlu van der Westhuizen, Convenor of the competition added "His dual marketing policy and -strategy, namely local supermarkets (using his next-door neighbour's pack house) and export (using the Delecta export company) adds to his achievements."

"We congratulate all the finalists who were nominated. That in itself is a huge achievement. We wish Trevor all the best for this future and wish him many happy journeys in his Hilux," concludes Crompton

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The other finalists in the Toyota SA New Harvest Competition and their nominators were:

  • Rydal Jeftha farms with wine grapes and produces wine in the Stellenbosch region. He was nominated by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.
  • Daniël Nortje farms with maize, lucerne, butternuts, cabbage, oats, dairy, bulls, sheep and chillies in the Zeerust area. He was nominated by Agristart.
  • Samuel Kgotsho Kgonono, an outfitter, farms with game in the Pongola area. He was nominated by Mark Dedekind Safaris.
  • Khumbulani Mthethwa farms with sugarcane in the Darnall area. He was nominated by the South African Cane Growers Association.

New Harvest finalists

Sakkie van Zyl awarded the coveted 2014 Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year Award

Sakkie Van Zyl

Sakkie van Zyl was awarded the coveted 2014 Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year award. Van Zyl was handed the keys to a Toyota Hilux 2.5D-4D at an awards ceremony held in Johannesburg on 31 October 2014.

Van Zyl was chosen as the derived winner through a gruelling process of regional competitions, where he was chosen as the North West regional finalist. Further to that all regional finalists compete against each other in the national competition which included finalists from all provinces.

“We would like to congratulate Mr van Zyl on his achievement and for winning this coveted award. We are proud of you and all the finalists for their contribution to South Africa. Toyota aims to award young farmers for their business acumen, marketing strategies and above all their tenacity and passion for this industry. Toyota South Africa’s roots are firmly placed in the Agriculture industry and this award is our way of saying thank you for the continued support,” said Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing, Toyota South Africa Motors.

In winning the award, van Zyl successfully competed against finalists from all other provinces in South Africa. Finalists were nominated based on their performance in their respective region, and were subject to the rule that they are between 18 and 35 and must have been a member of Agri SA’s provincial organisations for at least two years. All finalists were nominated by their respective Agri SA provincial councils and were tested on a multitude of aspects, including their financial and business skills, farming skill and proficiency in management focusing specifically on their own contribution, independence and decision making authority.

Sakkie van Zyl farms in the Wolmaranstad region with maize, sunflower, groundnuts and commercial beef cattle and sheep. Van Zyl holds a BSc Agriculture degree in Animal Science and an MSc Agriculture degree in Agricultural Economics, both Cum Laude, from the University of Pretoria. Van Zyl started his career working for Grain SA and Syngenta before farming fulltime.

Young farmer of the year vehicle handover

Van Zyl is very active in his community and the industry. He is actively participates in organisations such as the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), the Syngenta Grain Academy at the UFS School of Business, his local agricultural farmer union/association and study group, commodity organisations and with the local farm security and fire committees. Van Zyl’s business strategies are creative and effective and are set to overcome the limitations and challenges of the industry.

“The calibre of farmers for this competition rises every year. We understand the challenges that the Agriculture industry faces and applaud your perseverance and resilience. These qualities make all farmers very important not only to Toyota but South Africa as well. We are proud to be associated with this competition and look forward to continue our support,” added Crompton.

The evaluations were done by a panel of well-known agricultural specialists. They are Prof. Carlu van der Westhuizen, Agricultural Production Economist, Department of Agriculture and Central University of Technology; Prof John Annandale, Agronomist, Department of Plant Production and Soil Science and University of Pretoria; Prof Louw Hoffman, Distinguished Professor in Meat Science, Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch.

Van Zyl was awarded a Toyota Hilux 2.5D-4D Single Cab as his prize. The vehicle is worth over R300 000 and will be fitted with accessories to the value of R18 000.

“Sakkie van Zyl is a positive and energetic person, with a passion for what he is doing and for the people around him.  His responsibilities within the farming business are clear, and his involvement in the community is extensive.  Notwithstanding the fact that Sakkie is still implementing and adapting his business philosophy, he is regarded as an outstanding young farmer of whom the South African farming community can be very proud,” concludes Prof van der Westhuizen

Young farmer of the year

The other finalists in the Young Farmer of the Year competition nominations were:

Northern Cape: Kolver Mulke is the 2014 Northern Cape Young Farmer candidate and farms with maize, groundnuts, potatoes, onions, seed onions and wheat under irrigation in the Plooysburg area.

Gauteng: Paul du Plessis farms with maize, cattle, sugar beans and soy beans in the Heidelberg area.

Mpumalanga: Charles Hodsdon farms with stud & commercial cattle, maize, wheat and soy beans in the Volksrust area.

Limpopo: Zander Ernst farms with bananas and avocados in the Tzaneen area.

Free State: Boeboe Louw farms with irrigation & dryland maize, wheat, lucerne, sunflower, sheep and cattle in the Wesselsbron area.

Eastern Cape: Boertjie Nel farms with citrus in the Kirkwood area.

Western Cape: Jaco du Toit farms with table grapes in the Hex River Valley.

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Three arrested defrauding bank clients of their cash in Durban

THREE ALLEGED POINT FRAUDSTERS

On Wednesday, 29 October 2014 members from the Provincial Crime Intelligence and Durban Organized Crime Unit arrested three female suspects aged between 25 and 30 for fraud in the Point area. Members from the Crime Intelligence Unit had been following information of suspects who have been defrauding bank clients of their cash.

The three suspects who were operating from a flat in Point would allegedly call bank clients and inform them that there is a company which is planning to debit the clients account via an unauthorized debit. The suspects would then offer the clients blocking service at a fee. Once the client agrees they will be requested to provide their bank details and personal details. Once all the information has been provided the suspects would take the information provided by the client and perform a sim swap and register for cell phone banking.

They will then transfer the clients’ funds into their accounts which they open under different names. Crime Intelligence members finally located the flat where the females were operating from and on entering the flat the members found the three suspects with over ten (10) bank cards and lists with people’s names and identity numbers. The suspects allege that they obtained the information from a call centre where they were previously employed. The suspects were arrested and will appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 31 October 2014 facing charges of fraud.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police for the arrests and investigation. "It is arrests like these that contributed to our good performance in the previous financial year. We hope that these arrests send a clear message to fraudsters that their days are numbered," she said.

Mercedes Benz four-door CLS 63 AMG Coupé now even sportier and more attractive.

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The four-door CLS 63 AMG Coupé is now even sportier and more attractive. Visually the AMG high-performance model looks more dominant and athletic than before. The equipment for the CLS 63 AMG S, produces up to 430 kW, and is now more exclusive and boasts higher quality thanks to the facelift. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now responds even faster.

The new design brings to life the extraordinary technology in the CLS 63 AMG S, consummately tailored to discerning customers that appreciate unmatched performance.

From zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds

Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, the CLS 63 AMG S-Model leaves all the competitors behind. Performance on a par with a sports car and superlative emotive appeal are combined with hallmark Mercedes-Benz everyday practicality.

Florian Seidler, Executive Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa: "The CLS 63 AMG S in its Coupé guise is now even more dynamic, and the new design makes it more striking. With a power output of up to 430 kW, the CLS 63 AMG S takes pole position in the driving dynamics stakes."

S-Models with even more striking design

The powerful S-Models feature an even more striking design: features include exclusive 10-spoke alloy wheels, painted in matt titanium grey with high-sheen rim flange. Other hallmark S-Model distinguishing features include the A-Wing in high-gloss black, side sill panel inserts in silver chrome, red-painted brake callipers and the AMG logo on the boot lid with contrasting black "S".

Twin blade and A‑Wing as hallmark AMG design features

Twin blade and A‑Wing are the names of the striking, hallmark AMG design features on the front section, which now also make the CLS 63 AMG S instantly recognisable. The "Twin blade" radiator grille in silver chrome comes with characteristic AMG lettering between the louvres. This three-dimensional "A-Wing" air-ducting element spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles.

The "A-Wing" painted in the body colour with silver chrome trim strip provides the framework for the three large intake air apertures – rekindling memories of motorsport. Black flics on the side air intakes optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules.

In combination with the new, futuristic, standard-fit MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the front section of the CLS 63 AMG S symbolises pure dynamism and performance. The powerful AMG V8 flagship model is now more visually differentiated from the other CLS models. Viewed from the side, the distinctive, flared wings catch the eye; V8 BITURBO lettering bears testimony to the superior engine output.

The rear section also leaves its lasting mark: side, visual air outlets and the black diffuser insert with pronounced fins lend the CLS 63 AMG S a powerful racetrack touch.

The AMG Sport exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipe trims provides an acoustic and visual highlight. AMG triple-spoke alloy wheels fill the wheel arches to perfection. Size 255/35 R 19 tyres on 9.0 x 19 wheels are fitted to the front, while the rear comes with 285/30 R 19 tyres on 10 x 19 wheels.

Even more individuality ex-factory

Three new packages are now available for the CLS 63 AMG. Customers therefore have even more choice when it comes to fulfilling their personal preferences:

  • AMG Night package (A-Wing on the front apron with trim strip, side sill panel inserts, exterior mirror housings and window frames in high-gloss black, from 12/2014: privacy glazing)
  • AMG Carbon-Fibre package I (A-wing on the front apron, side sill panel inserts and diffuser insert on the rear apron in carbon fibre)
  • AMG Carbon-Fibre package II (exterior mirror housings and AMG spoiler lip on Coupé in carbon fibre)

New lightweight, forged AMG alloy wheels are also available as an option. The wheels in the attractive cross-spoke design and central-locking look are available in titanium grey/high-sheen or matt black with high-sheen rim flange.

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Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine

Delivering 430 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world's most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS 63 AMG S-Model with 430 kW comes in at 9.9 litres per 100 km (231 grams CO2/km).

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission responds even faster

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is the ideal partner for the powerful V8 biturbo engine. Equipped with the four drive modes "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the ECO start/stop function and RACE START, the power transmission offers the ultimate in variability and tailor-made dynamism.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now offers even faster response times: a manual up- or downshift – initiated by the driver on the steering-wheel gearshift paddle – is completed even more immediately than ever before. Particularly in the "S+" and "M" shift modes the power transmission now responds much faster. The tangible driving dynamics are thus enhanced further. This increased immediacy was made possible by optimising the transmission hardware and software. The aluminium shift paddles on the new AMG performance steering wheel can transfer the driver's manual gearshift instructions even faster than before.

Suspension and braking system for high agility and dynamism

All CLS 63 AMG S-model comes with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system, steel suspension at the front and air spring system at the rear. Hallmark AMG features including more negative camber on both axles and track widened by 24 millimetres at the front provide more stability at high cornering speeds and better road feel. The S-Model is fitted with an optimised 3-link front suspension including axle components made of aluminium. The driver benefits from more grip and agility as well as decidedly neutral handling characteristics on fast bends. The markedly more performance-oriented elastokinematics are exclusive to the S-Model, and offer the driver even better feedback and grip at the critical limits.

The AMG high-performance braking system is perfectly matched to the high power output. The CLS 63 AMG S-model comes with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs with their generous 360-millimetre dimensions front and rear. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an optional feature – recognisable by the even larger 402-millimetre brake discs at the front and the AMG Carbon Ceramic logo on callipers sporting a special paint finish.

Interior: quality taken to new heights

In the interior the facelifted CLS 63 AMG S-model boasts a new AMG performance steering wheel including shift paddles and lower metal insert in silver chrome with AMG lettering. It visibly underscores the interior's high quality. Equally new is the free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8"), which helps define the dashboard's contemporary looks. The large screen is part of the all-new multimedia generation.

The CLS 63 AMG S-Model has grey contrasting topstitching on the AMG sports seats, the door centre panels, the armrests on the doors and the centre console if black interior appointments are specified. Silver seat belts are also fitted in conjunction with a black interior. The AMG performance steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section comes with grip areas in Alcantara® and grey contrasting topstitching. Exclusive, embossed AMG emblems adorn the front head restraints on the AMG sports seats. The AMG instrument cluster features an "S AMG" logo in the 320-km/h speedometer and red highlights. White illuminated AMG door sill panels and AMG floor mats round off the exclusive appointments.

The models for the German market at a glance:

CLS 63 AMG S-Model

Coupé

Displacement

5461 cc

Output

430 kW
at 5500 r/min

Max. torque

800 Nm

at 1750–5000 r/min

Fuel consumption

NEDC combined

9.9/100 km

CO2 emissions

231 g/km

Acceleration

0-100 km/h

4.1 sec

Top speed

250 km/h*

* Electronically limited

The facelifted CLS 63 AMG S-model goes on sale from November 2014 and is introduced at:

CLS 63 AMG S         R1 600 000 including VAT excl. CO2 emissions 231 g/km

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Create the perfect garden for summer and be covered to avoid further expenses

89cf3ab3d9de7b9a6b59361dae7081abWe’re well into spring, which is a good time to work on creating that stunning garden that you’ve always wanted. Garden maintenance should be all year round but if you have neglected your garden over the winter months, it’s time to get cracking before the warm weather and the first rains activate new growth in your garden.

Now is also a perfect time to check your insurance and make sure that outdoor items like swimming pool borehole pumps, gate motors and irrigation systems are appropriately covered, and at the same time investing a little time in preventative maintenance to avoid having to make claims.

Soil preparation

Priority should be placed on soil conditioning and feeding. Make sure that you prepare your flower beds properly using a generous amount of compost and organic fertilisers to improve the quality and structure of the soil. This will stimulate both new and existing plants to grow and flower.

If you have a borehole or irrigation system, make sure these items are covered by your household insurance policy; in some instances, it is necessary to specify them.

Pruning

Pruning of shrubs is also important – remove old, weak, sick and dead wood from trees and shrubs. This will encourage healthy, strong new growth. If you have not done so already, prune your rose bushes now (this should ideally have been done in July).

You can also collect the last fallen winter leaves, put them into black bags and leave them to form compost, or put them under shrubs to mulch. Mulch prevents weeds and water evaporation, and it moderates temperature changes in the soil while there are still some chilly nights.

Check and clean out gutters and drains - as blocked ones can cause water damage to the house, and make sure there are no large tree branches which might threaten fences or buildings.

Lawns and Pools

There’s nothing better than soft, green grass tickling your feet. Start by cutting your lawn back or by scarifying it and cover with a rich lawn dressing and fertiliser. Remember to water well.

A sparkling blue swimming pool is the perfect complement to the vibrant green of the lawn. Check that your insurance policy covers the pump; if it does give up the ghost, it’s far less costly to claim than it is to personally pay for a repair.

While you’re at it, check that your gate motor is covered, too, and consider an anti-theft bracket as these can be the target of miscreants.

7883f936ac613cd03b277970f9cff992Adding colour and texture

Decide on a colour theme for your summer annuals. A great idea is to go for bright colours such as pinks, oranges and reds in sunny spots, and blue, white, purple and pink in the cooler, shadier areas. Prepare your beds with compost, and remove or transplant plants that are not happy. Plants should be grouped by the same water and climate needs.

Pest alert

Be on the lookout for snails at this time of the year, especially after it gets dark, and control their populating by removing them by hand or spraying organic pesticide in the garden.

While the season may be a time for hard work in the garden, your efforts will ensure success later on. Remember that a garden is a dynamic, living system and should be treated as such.

Take a similar approach to your insurance; as you grow, your needs change much like the needs of the garden through the seasons. Use this time as a checkpoint to make sure the cover you have is right for your position in life. Although home insurance doesn’t cover gardens specifically, it does cover a number of the items in and around them such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, etc.

You can protect the beauty of your outdoor landscapes by developing a maintenance cycle that runs for twelve months that is tailor-made for you and your garden’s needs, while also making sure that garden implements, accessories and infrastructure are covered.

For more information on home and content insurance, visit www.miway.co.za

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Discovery Health clarifies legal position on motor vehicle accidents in claims against the Road Accident Fund

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Discovery Health statement relating to Ronald Bobroff & Partners

Discovery - Oct 26, 2014 09:02 GMT
  1. Cover for motor vehicle accidents in claims against the Road Accident Fund

Discovery’s position on Road Accident Fund (“RAF”) claims is in accordance with the attached press release from the Council of Medical Schemes (Annexure A) and is summarised below:

  • Discovery Health Medical Scheme (“the Scheme”) does not differentiate between medical claims resulting from a motor vehicle accident and claims resulting from any other accident or illness.
  • The Scheme always pays for the treatment of any member or dependant injured in a motor vehicle accident in accordance with the member’s specific plan type, no questions asked.
  • If a member or dependant subsequently becomes entitled to any benefit from the RAF, the member or dependant may submit a claim to the RAF for compensation and reimbursement of related medical expenses.  The Scheme does not force members to claim from the RAF.
  • If a member or dependant receives compensation from the RAF for medical expenses, the member must then refund those amounts previously paid by the Scheme for the member’s medical expenses.  This is to avoid the member being unjustly enriched at the expense of the Scheme by receiving double compensation for the same health event.
  • If the member does not receive any compensation from the Road Accident Fund, the Scheme will remain liable for the costs of the treatment subject to the chosen plan type of the member, and will never require that the member repay these funds to the Scheme.
  • Members can be assured that they will always have access to the necessary treatment in the event of a motor vehicle accident and that the Scheme’s treatment of RAF claims is consistent with the provisions of the Medical Schemes Act.
  1. Overreaching and other charges against Mr Bobroff

Recently, numerous court orders including some by the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court, have been made against Ronald Bobroff and Partners in respect of its excessive and unlawful fees charged to its clients.  The impact of these unlawful fees has created severe repercussions for clients who have typically suffered significant injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to these court orders, Ronald Bobroff and Partners has also been charged with approximately 20 counts of unprofessional conduct and breaches of ethical duties by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (Annexure B).  Flowing from these charges, the Supreme Court of Appeal last week ordered an inspection of Ronald Bobroff and Partners business and trust accounts to determine the extent of its unlawful overcharging of clients.

Discovery Health has supported these cases against Ronald Bobroff and Partners because we believe that we have an obligation to assist and protect our members, particularly those that find themselves in a vulnerable position.  We also believe that we have a duty to defend the integrity of the broader structures of our society, in this case the Road Accident Fund.

  1. Unfounded claims from Mr Ronald Bobroff

In order to deflect attention from the numerous charges and court orders against him, Ronald Bobroff has made a number of unfounded claims including that:

  • The Scheme does not adequately inform members of the Scheme rules and, as a result, has no right to be refunded RAF claims in respect of medical costs incurred by the Scheme on behalf of the member.

The Council for Medical Schemes has ruled unequivocally on this issue in favour of the Scheme, concluding: the Scheme is entitled to claim reimbursement of medical expenses paid in respect of RAF matters in terms of its rules and in terms of common law principles. The Council also confirmed that Discovery adequately informs its members of these rules and obligations in terms of the Medical Schemes Act (Annexure C).

  • Discovery Health members and their families are approached while in hospital and forced to sign undertakings to refund the Scheme in respect of RAF reimbursements.

No Discovery Health employee has ever approached a member in hospital in this regard. All Discovery Health members are guaranteed coverage in respect of their medical costs incurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident (as with all other benefits) in line with their plan choice and in terms of the Prescribed Minimum Benefits which all medical schemes cover. The Scheme has never failed to pay claims for medical expenses after a motor vehicle accident.

Annexure A

Enrichment

Enrichment 2 Annexure B

Annexure B

Annexure B2

Annexure C

Annexure c

Nissan to provide vehicles for support against Ebola in Liberia

CaptureYOKOHAMA (October 27, 2014) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is donating vehicles to be used as ambulances in Liberia to help ongoing efforts to fight the Ebola virus.

Liberia is one of the countries worst affected in West Africa by the epidemic. The ambulances, based on the Nissan Patrol SUV, will be provided to the President’s office of Liberia which will organize their deployment. Specially adapted and equipped with stretchers and first aid kits the ambulances will be used for urgent rescue efforts.

The Patrol is perfectly suited to conditions in Africa and with its rugged build will help medical personnel to reach even the most remote areas. Some units will be donated outright with more provided at a discount. Discussions are ongoing between Nissan and the authorities in Liberia who are assessing their needs.

The pledge is a gesture of the heartfelt sympathy of employees of Nissan around the world to those who are affected by the disaster, and their wish for the earliest possible recovery.