Durban Community News

Ryan Nair leaves 5FM – in his own words

Ryan Nair

Ryan Nair, 5FM DJ and multiple DJ champion has left 5fm, and released this statement on his facebook page: Peace Out… For now! ✌ After many years of being part of the 5fm family, transitioning from a mix show DJ to radio host, the time has come for me to say Goodbye. What started as a dream manifested its way into reality. 2009 was where the journey began, having my first shot as a resident mix DJ on The Late Night Fix with DJ Fix and a few years later becoming the Ultimix Battle Champ with DJ Fresh. I have held that residency from 2012 till this day! The Ultimix was the most iconic mix show on South African radio and it’s been a pleasure rocking it throughout the years! Fast forward to 2018/19 and that was the birth of …

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Struggle veteran Charm Govender is laid to rest

Charm Govender

The life of Charm Govender was celebrated today as his funeral was held in Kharwastan Civic Hall, Chatsworth. Pathasarvasvaran Samotharan Govender (Charm) 09/04/61 – 22/03/21 Charm was born in Durban, the eldest son of Dhanam and Dory Govender. He schooled at the Welbedacht Primary School and Crestview Primary School as well as at the Risecliffe Secondary School in Chatsworth where he completed STd 9 (Grade 11). He completed his A levels in the UK where he was exposed to the work and members of the African National Congress and the SACP. He returned to South Africa in 1978 and thereafter registered at the University of Durban-Westville (now UKZN). He became active in student, community, political and grassroots struggles in Chatsworth, as well as the Greater Durban and KZN area. At the Chatsworth level he worked with highly respected NIC leaders …

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Conclusion to the Revival Ministeries/Rev Joseph ‘Kavady’ case

Simeon Bradley Chetty and Reverend Llewellyn Joseph

Mediation was set up by the Equality Court (Chatsworth District) between Reverend Llewelyn Joseph of Revival Ministries and the South African Dharma Sabha and brought it to a satisfactory reconciliation. The Dharma Sabha put forward this case in 2020, supported by Indian Spice reporting and its own complaint, when statements made by Rev Joseph alleged that Kavady was a time when ‘that curse or those spirits are working in and through your home’. Both parties submitted to the Court that their religion support the nature of this mediation and peaceful settlement. Hinduism asserts that all religions are to be respected, intolerance not tolerated, forgiveness must be earned and apologies sincere; in turn, Christ exemplifies peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. Rev Joseph apologised unreservedly for his remarks, albeit taken out of context and professed great respect for the Hindu community as well …

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Teddy Mafia’s killing: what happened next?

Shallcross, Chatsworth

The death of drug czar Teddy Mafia stunned the Chatsworth community in January, 2021. The violent shooting and the subsequent justice handed out to his assassins was shocking to all. This was followed up by politicians talking pointlessly and a lavish funeral. After all the hullabaloo, what was the progress made on the investigation? No leads The Rising Sun reports that Chatsworth Community Policing Forum chairman, Jakes Singh stated that the investigation is still at a sensitive stage and is continuing. “Police need to follow a long trail of investigation. Members of the community need to let the investigation take its cause. We hope that something will be done speedily and are following all leads supplied. Anyone, with information on the murders, should call the Chatsworth police station,” said Singh. According to Pillay’s family, they have an attorney, who is …

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Durban group places in International Film & Music Festival awards

This music video was submitted to the International Film & Music Festival, hosted in India, in 2020. On the 28th of February 2021 (Sunday), results were announced via YouTube and Facebook and a South African production, titled “Krishna Leela” was placed 9th in its category of Best Music Video. 21-year old Yovani Naidoo, a musician and vocalist from Durban, learned that her group’s entry placed in the top 10 of the category. The group is made up as follows: Record & Mastered- Shawn Kiston Lyrics- Segai Kiston Vocals- Yovani Naidoo Filmed & Edited- Raymond Chetty The judges were well impressed, and recorded their verdict here:

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Kenny Maistry pays tribute to Kevin Rebellious

Kevin Rebellious

The Durban-based DJ Kevin Rebellious passed away February 19. Local DJs and people on the music and clubbing scene paid tribute including radio and DJ legend Kenny Maistry: Kevin and his team of Champion DJs played and presented open Format DJ style across the most popular genres of Dance and Popular music. the 70s, 80s, 90s and Contemporary Hits. Kevin Rebellious legacy In 2019, Kevin Rebellious received the Panache Men of Valour Award. His accolades and ability to rise and succeed through adversity was astounding as was his caring and compassionate nature for many who knew him. The award-winning disk jockey who was also known as Curvyn Naido started his career as a DJ in 1990 at Club creations. he knew Kenny Maistry from these early days. As a disk jockey, Rebellious won numerous awards. In 1991 he won the …

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eThekwini Seniors receive food-vouchers

ethekwini municipality

Cllr Previn Vedan made the distribution to senior citizens of Shallcross, Crossmoor, Moorton and Bottlebrush in February, the ruling being that eThekwini Seniors are to receive food vouchers. Quoted in Rising Sun “The vouchers had come at the right time. Since the beginning of the lockdown, we have been trying to assist our community as best as we can. We have been engaging with various sectors to provide as much relief as possible. The current voucher assistance and hampers that we had been allocated have now been distributed and I can confirm that the distribution was fair and that I can account for each ticket that was distributed. We will try to get more as well. We have to provide hope to the people of ward 71. We need to ensure that the ward is a positive place in which …

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A cowboy send-off for Teddy Mafia

Yaganathan Pillay, aka Teddy Mafia

Teddy Mafia, full name Yaganathan Pillay, died while en route to hospital on Monday after being shot at close range in his Chatsworth home. Alleged drug lord Yaganathan ‘Teddy Mafia’ Pillay has been laid to rest during an elaborate ceremony at his home in Shallcross, Durban. Pillay, who was seen by many as a benevolent figure in the Chatsworth community for good deeds while at the same time causing damage with drugs, was buried in a Stetson hat and sunglasses in a gold, diamond-encrusted coffin. Earlier estimates put the cost of the funeral at R300 000. More articles related to Teddy Mafia funeral: Teddy Mafia Son Gunned Down In Shallcross Drive-By Shooting Alleged drug kingpin Teddy Mafia in court

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