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We Tried It: Physiclo Weighted Workout Pants

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What It Is: Physiclo Compression Tights with Built-In Resistance

Who Tried It: Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,  PEOPLE Bodies writer

Level of Difficulty: 5/10

I was skeptical when I first heard about Physiclo compression tights and the company’s promise of amping up a workout just by wearing special gear. But it sort of made sense, the idea of built-in resistance making a workout harder and more efficient. And since I’m always trying to squeeze the best workout in the fewest minutes possible (who isn’t?), I ordered a pair and decided to take them for a trial run. Literally.

The first thing I noticed was how difficult they were to get on. I mean, these babies were tight! And at $110 for capris and $125 for full-length tights, I was a little annoyed at feeling like I was being stuffed into a sausage casing. Once they were on, though, things felt better — and each time I wore them they were easier to pull on.

The site says Physiclo’s technology uses elastic bands and panels stretching over different muscle groups to generate resistance. My legs definitely felt heavier wearing them.

To test the company’s claim of an increased heart rate and caloric burn, I did the same routine wearing the Physiclo tights one day and my regular workout pants another day, comparing my Fitbit stats both days.

I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes at a pace of 6.0 and a barely noticeable 1.0 incline. Even with the added weight, the tights didn’t restrict my movement at all, although I imagined it might be hard to do my usual speed work.

Wearing the Physiclo tights I had an average heart rate of 158 (max 170), and I burned 158 calories. In regular pants my heart rate was 154 (max 164) and I burned 133 calories.

So according to my completely unscientific experiment, wearing the Physiclo pants produced not only a higher heart rate but more of a calorie burn! I was sold.

Over the next few weeks I wore them for some other activities. I jumped rope in them one day.  I wore them to the playground to do body weight exercises while my kids ran around. I tried the leg-day workout on the Physiclo site designed by Olympian Stephen Lambdin.

By this time I was starting to dig them and feel a lot more comfortable. I was able to run 5 miles on the treadmill with no problem achieving my usual speed. (Not sure if my legs were getting stronger or what, but I felt great!)

When I most felt the effects was while doing exercises like squats or the Stair Master. I did 15 minutes at level 10 and really felt it in my thighs and butt.  I felt as sore as if I had done a full hour of barre! I wondered if I would grow an awesome peach booty if I wore these consistently.

After a few weeks of wearing Physiclo sporadically, I noticed that my legs felt stronger, tighter and more toned. Not sure if that was the pants or because I was working out a lot more in general.

The one thing I didn’t love was how they looked. Yes, I am a little vain about what I wear to the gym — I find it motivating to look good. And even though I am in shape, these pants squeezed me in ways I felt were slightly unflattering. That’s not to say everyone would have this problem — it’s possible that other body types would be fine. I dealt with the issue by wearing longer-than-usual tops. But this was really my only complaint, and it was not enough to keep me from wearing the pants.

Verdict: At $110, these pants are not cheap, but they run the same amount as some other luxe  brands. If you work out a lot and are looking to add something new or take your routine to the next level,  you should give these a shot! Just don’t size down when you order.

Italian Speaking Customer Service Consultant (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Market related 
Location: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Reference: #AR
Company: AKA Recruitment International

Our client, a well-known company in the outsource industry has current vacancies for Italian speaking customer services and sales representatives within their contact centre. The right candidate is working in a vibrant office environment with growth opportunities, will service passengers abroad and will be responsible for their airline reservations and associated duties. If you want to be part of the customer’s journeys to their dream destinations than this is the right position for you!

Key performance areas:

  • Servicing passengers abroad and being responsible for their airline reservations and associated duties
  • Responding to incoming inquiries and questions of customers regarding their flights, etc.
  • Handling complaints via the integrated telephone or computer system
  • Communicating information effectively in a friendly and supportive manner
  • Providing relevant information as an independent team member
  • Identify customers’ needs and offer personalised service
  • Maintain high standard of knowledge on all products

Qualifications and experiences:

  • Matric qualification
  • Previous customer service and sales experience required

Competencies required:

  • Native level fluency in Italian
  • Excellent language skills in English
  • Computer literate (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Problem-solving ability and attention to detail
  • Positive attitude
  • Open to shift work; hours dependant on department
  • Ability to work independently, yet also be a team player
  • Stress tolerance – calm and methodical
  • Understands and values the commercial impact of decisions
  • Clear credit and criminal record
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport required

The company offers a competitive remuneration package and assistance with work permits for foreigners.

If you meet the above requirements and if you are interested in the position, please send your CV to


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Marketing Graduate (Johannesburg)

Remuneration: Basic salary 
Location: Johannesburg, Craighall
Education level: Degree
Job level: Student
Job policy: Employment Equity position
Type: Contract
Reference: #Marketing graduate
Company: Caxton

Job description

We’re looking for an intern to join our marketing team in Johannesburg Northern Suburbs. You’ll work closely with our writers and website content managers to help us promote the work we do.

You’ll be helping with managing and selecting campaigns for our websites, social media and newspapers, and your primary role will be to help us launch a host of new products. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on our various client campaigns and take part in our ongoing internal sales & marketing training sessions.


Experience with Adobe Creative Suite 

Please attach the following documents CV, Motivational Letter, ID, Grade 12 and full Academic record/ Transcripts or Qualification. 

Must reside in Joburg North Area 

Must have drivers licence and own reliable car


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Degree in marketing or equivalent qualification completed 2017
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Enthusiastic about digital and print marketing and keen to gain some experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Reliable, efficient, self-reliant and flexible
  • Own reliable vehicle and drivers licence is an advantage

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MS SQL DBA – Database Administrator (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Basic salary 
Location: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Company: EOH Recruitment Solutions

A new opportunity exists within a large listed company. This role will present the successful candidate with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and career growth rapidly as the role may move the DBA to new technical environments as their skills grow. The DBA will be responsible for providing technical support for the database environment including overseeing the implementation and organisation of the databases, as well as assessment and implementation of new technologies.


  • Responsible for the deployment and maintenance of the MS SQL environment
  • Responsible for ensuring availability and performance of the Database that support the system
  • Responsible for the implementation and release of Database changes according to agreed timescales
  • Responsible for improvement and maintenance of the database to include rollout and upgrades
  • Work to ensure that the necessary resources are allocated to the servers, clusters and databases to ensure high resilience and performance tuning
  • To proactively monitor the database systems to ensure secure services within minimum downtime
  • Responsible for providing trend analysis to management team to enable them to make informed decisions regarding resource management
  • Responsible for working with application owners, such as SharePoint, CRM and Lync to tune databases to best practices and optimise performance
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and assisting Software Development perform solving of MS SQL development related issues
  • Responsible for the documentation of the processes and procedures
  • Work as part of a team and provide support where required


  • Relevant Tertiary
  • Minimum five years’ experience in IT
  • Minimum two years of DBA related experience
  • Should have a comprehensive level of technical skills on multiple IT systems and platforms
  • Experience3 in performance testing, Tuning, Query Optimatization, using Performance Monitor, SQL Profiler and other related monitoring and troubleshooting tools
  • Experience in troubleshooting and resolving database integrity issues, performance issues, blocking and deadlocking issues, replication issues, log shipping issues, connectivity issues, security issues etc.
  • Strong Knowledge of backups, restores, recovery models, database shrink operations, DBCC commands, clustering, database mirroring, replication
  • Solid acquaintance with windows server, security delegation, SPNs, storage components
  • Ability to problem solve using deductive Reasoning in a timely manner.



Posted on 24 Nov 11:18

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Finance Operations Manager (Johannesburg)

Remuneration: R40000 per month negotiable Basic salary 
Location: Johannesburg
Type: Permanent
Company: EOH Recruitment Solutions

An exciting opportunity for a Finance Operations Manager exists with one of the leading global law firms for an individual who is enthusiastic about their career and development therein.

The Finance Operations Manager will be responsible for working with the Senior Finance Operations Manager in London in expanding and developing an operational Finance team in Johannesburg. Initially they will manage a team responsible for the delivery of billing, e-billing and first stage credit control support. They will be responsible for motivating and developing the operational Finance team in the GBSC to provide a high quality service to the business. They will monitor the associated metrics to assess how effectively the processes support the needs of the business through developing a culture of continuous improvement. It is anticipated that in the next 18 months other Finance processes will move to GBSC and the Finance Operations Manager will play a key part in the recruitment, training and development of the staff required to carry out these additional processes.

Key Responsibilities:

Management of the Finance Operations Team

  • Manage the team ‘hands-on’ support
  • Report on and analyse data
  • Support the Senior Finance Operations Manager
  • Establish development and training plans for each member of the team
  • Responsibility for the on-boarding of additional Finance processes

Client Service

  • To be an advocate for customer service excellence
  • To build and maintain relationships with internal and external customers
  • To strive for service excellence, working with the Finance management team and other key stakeholders to identify and implement service improvements across the whole of Finance.
  • Establish regular meetings with the Senior Finance Operations Manager and other London Finance managers
  • To provide information and recommendations to develop and implement new services, policies and procedures for Finance Operations.

Finance Policy and Correspondence

  • Develop a good working knowledge of UK VAT regulations and SRA Accounts Rules
  • Develop a good understanding of the firm’s Finance policies and procedures

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Finance management experience with at least three years in a shared services environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Goal oriented
  • Commerciality
  • Excellent all round computer skills (MS Office suite excel)

Educational Requirements:

Please click the “apply” button and you will be redirected to EOH Recruitment Solutions

For further information you can contact Charmain on 010 590 4000

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IT Internal Sales Representative (Port Elizabeth)

Remuneration: negotiable Basic plus commission 
Benefits: Medical Aid
Location: Port Elizabeth
Education level: Matric
Job level: Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Occasional
Type: Permanent
Reference: #ITinteral-MGFX
Company: Micrographics

Job description and duties

  • Maintain and develop existing and new IT customers
  • Sales and Telesales for HP Plotters / Consumables; PCs; Networking hardware
  • Account Management
  • Sending out of quotations
  • Manage sales process
  • Secure customer orders
  • Follow up sales enquiries by email and telephone
  • Monitor and report on activity and submit feedback to management

Minimum requirements:

  • Matric
  • At least two years’ relevant IT sales experience
  • Strong interest in IT and Technology
  • Knowledge of computer hardware components
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • A charming and persuasive personality
  • An ambitious self-starter with an eye for detail
  • A high level of computer literacy

This position is highly rewarding for a real ‘go-getter’ personality. Good Basic salary, Commission structure, Medical Aid, etc.

No ceiling on earning potential!

Please do not respond unless you meet the mminimum requirements.

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Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pickled Cucumber

Salmon filets topped with fresh lemon wedges or marinated in a lemon juice-based mixture are classic ways to serve the hearty fish. But this recipe for maple-glazed salmon transforms the cooked salmon into a meal chock full of fall flavors.

Packed with omega-3s, the protein, fat, and nutrients in salmon can help lower blood pressure, boost good cholesterol, and prevent the formation of blood clots—while serving as a healthier alternative to saturated fat–filled red meats. Paired with pickled cucumber and onion for a bit of tang, this dish is equal parts sweet and sour.

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To make maple-glazed salmon, combine maple syrup, mustard, cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic to make the maple glaze you’ll use to coat each salmon fillet. After arranging your salmon on a olive oil–coated baking sheet, coat each piece of fish with the maple glaze and stick in the broiler for six minutes, or until the fish is cooked through. This recipe makes four servings, so you’ll have enough for your family or for a tasty leftover lunch.

To make the pickled vegetables, combine sugar and vinegar in a saucepan, simmering until the sugar completely dissolves. Add chopped veggies and let the mixture cool to room temperature, stirring often. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper after removing them from the vinegar mixture.

Recipe Is:

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine vinegar and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add cucumber and onion. Cool to room temperature, stirring, 25 minutes.

Step 2

Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon; place in a bowl. Add fennel and olive oil, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Preheat broiler. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; coat lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Arrange the salmon in a single layer on the pan. Combine the maple syrup and remaining ingredients; spread onto salmon. Broil salmon for 6 minutes or until just cooked through. Portion into 4 servings. Divide the salad among 4 plates; top with salmon.

You May Like | Claims are a malicious attack on my integrity – De Lille

Cape Town – Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says scathing allegations against her, which became public after a confidential special council meeting on Tuesday, are a malicious attempt to attack her as a whistleblower.

On Tuesday, it emerged that Craig Kesson, the executive director in her office, had made various allegations against De Lille, including that she planned to publicly discredit a senior City staffer, who questioned alleged tender irregularities, and asked that a report into a possible R43m loss regarding another tender be made to “go away”.

These allegations are contained in a 42-page affidavit by Kesson.

It is among a set of documents, relating to the special council meeting, which the City has made public in the interest of transparency.

READ: ‘Bullying’ De Lille wanted alleged tender irregularity report to ‘go away’ – executive director

On Thursday, De Lille issued a statement saying several stories had appeared in the media based on the documents made public.

Malice and sensation

“As it pertains to the affidavit, this is a malicious attempt to attack my integrity and track record as a whistleblower and corruption fighter in South Africa,” she said.

“This is sensation.”

On Tuesday, the council held a special confidential meeting and unanimously resolved that the City’s audit and performance audit committee be instructed to appoint an independent investigator to probe allegations against Kesson, City manager Achmat Ebrahim and Melissa Whitehead,  the commissioner of the transport and urban development authority. 

Documents relating to this meeting were uploaded to the City’s website later on Tuesday.

Kesson’s affidavit was among these and it contains allegations mainly against De Lille.

De Lille said her lawyers were compiling a comprehensive response to the allegations against he, which would be made public once complete.

‘Bring proof of corruption’

“I challenge those who seek to attack my track record to bring any proof that I benefited personally from any corruption or tenders,” she said.

De Lille said she wanted to remind South Africans that, under her leadership, the City of Cape Town had received four consecutive clean audits. She added that the City was the only municipality in the country to have done so.

“In the meantime, I stand resolute in my commitment to serve the people of Cape Town and I will not be distracted by these attempts to discredit my reputation as a corruption fighter,” De Lille said.

Divisions in City of Cape Town

Her reaction on Thursday to the allegations against her has again highlighted deep-rooted mistrust and infighting among some of the City’s most senior officials.

READ: More info leaks and unauthorised investigation claims rock City of Cape Town

In September, tensions surfaced between De Lille and mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith.

It emerged that De Lille had ordered the shutting down of the City of Cape Town’s special investigations unit (SIU).

Smith oversees the unit, which now has a new mandate.

Claims relating to the unit and against De Lille had been contained in a submission, dated August 20, which Smith made.

READ: EXCLUSIVE: Murder, irregularity claims surface after De Lille ‘shuts down’ City of Cape Town investigative unit

In it, Smith did not directly make accusations against De Lille, but said claims and rumours from others had been heard – the claims included that some City councillors may have been involved in a murder and that building done at her home may not have been legal.

In October, the DA placed both De Lille and Smith on special leave from party activities in the Cape metropole because of the spat.

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ADMINISTRATOR CUSTOMER SERVICE REQUIRED IN CAPE TOWN Requirements: Grade 12/ Matric 1 – 2 years’ Experience in a customer Service Position Well Organized Ability to work under pressure Computer Literate Excellent Written and Verbal Communication skills Valid Driver’s License and Own transport Applicants must reside in CAPE TOWN or surrounding area. Please take note: if you have not been contacted within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful. Interested? Please visit our website to submit your CV or for more information.

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Junior Tomatoe Farm Manager

An exciting opportunity for an agricultural graduate to join this farming operation. If you are passionate and knowledgeable about growing plants with sound management skills this position could be for you. This position is an entry level position MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Reference Job 227 Agricultural/Botony/Plant Science – Diploma/Degree English with Xhosa advantageous Valid driver’s license Computer literate Previous hydroponics/greenhouse experience advantageous Previous tomatoe crop experience advantageous Ability to motivate, manage and work with staff essential Only candidates that are short listed will be contacted Please upload your cv in WORD FORMAT via our website reference 227 | Bok side: Some sense … more ‘nonsense’?

Cape Town – Besieged Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, selection policy still a major bone of contention in his teetering tenure, has come up with at least some redeemable qualities in his latest match-day 23.

But he also won’t scramble entirely out of the woods from his many critics as a certain paralysis continues to grip him, it seems, over certain positions – most notably in regularly sub-standard ones among the backs.

It is little short of bewildering, really, that the back division for the Test against limited Italy in Padova was wholly retained in the team announcement on Thursday, despite looking so glaringly like the weak link in the ugly victory over France last Saturday.

In another broad Bok selection which suggests only that Coetzee is crouching in a personal laager — at the expense of much-needed experimentation with longer-term goals in mind — the only two alterations to the starting line-up against the 13th-ranked Italians are two enforced ones in the pack.

Nevertheless, one bit of laudable wisdom is the decision not to risk first-choice hooker Malcolm Marx — despite the suggestion (by interpretation of Coetzee’s words in the official release) that he might have bitten the bullet had the Boks been playing stronger foes.

The rugged No 2 has been nursing a shoulder problem and clearly the hope will be that skipping Italy means he will be rested and recharged for the trickier tour finale against Wales.

Although not by design, it appears, the development leads to the constructive facilitation of a maiden start for Bongi Mbonambi, the smaller but spirited Stormers man who ends a sequence of a dozen caps as a substitute to be able to show his worth from the outset.

Mbonambi was in excellent form in the knockout phase of Western Province’s surge to the Currie Cup title a few weeks ago, and there is no special reason to fear he will under-deliver here, even if Marx’s rare gifts in physicality and sometimes Superman-like abilities over the ball at rucks will be missed.

With Siya Kolisi having returned home temporarily for paternity reasons, there is also no reason to quibble over the now concussion-free Pieter-Steph du Toit slotting back in at blindside flank – another policy by the head coach that has yielded some more than satisfactory fruit recently.

With a sturdy, no-nonsense loose trio featuring Francois Louw, Du Toit and Duane Vermeulen, it will be a surprise if the Bok forwards as a collective are somehow bashed around by the Italian eight; it should be comfortably the other way around.

That said, purists might mutter that there is no real speed merchant among them, and the absence of Kolisi’s linking skills, deft offloads and willingness to maraud in wide channels will also have to be compensated for in other ways.

By far the more vexing issue, however, is the fact that this Springbok backline division continues to look alarmingly like the least exciting or incisive of the post-isolation era – it is defensively anything but watertight, either — and Coetzee steadfastly doesn’t appear to see all that.

Francois Venter was competent – and we’ll bank competent, frankly — at inside centre in his return to the Test fray against France, but almost every other berth behind the scrum is under very tenuous command indeed.

The coach’s insistence, especially, in keeping lingering faith with Andries Coetzee (fullback), Courtnall Skosan (left wing) and technically-challenged outside centre Jesse Kriel will only enrage many of his detractors.

Why he will not at least explore other options in those flat-lining berths is quite mystifying, and hardly helping his shaky levels of security at his taxing post.

OK, there is just a hint of acknowledgement that things may – I’d prefer to say do! – need shaking up among the back three, through the welcome summoning of slippery Bulls attacker Warrick Gelant to a spot among the reserves this weekend.

The former Junior Bok star could introduce thrust either from the last line of defence or one of the wing positions, but don’t get your hopes of generous exposure in Padova too high; that may only happen if the tourists have opened up significant daylight on the scoreboard already.

Or, heaven forbid, if they have some embarrassing rear-guard action to do in the last quarter?

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing | ‘There’s more to him than what’s in the media’ – Panayiotou’s sister

Port Elizabeth – The sister of murder accused Christopher Panayiotou asked the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Thursday not to sentence him to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife.

Addressing the court on behalf of the Panayiotou family, Kalleope Panayiotou said there was more to the accused than what had been revealed in the media.

Her brother was found guilty of murder, after arranging to have his wife Jayde killed.

His co-accused, Sinethemba Nenembe, was also found guilty of murder and robbery, while Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.

Giving a bit of the accused’s background, Kalleope said that he had played first team hockey and was a prefect at his school in Uitenhage.

He was described as a hard and dedicated worker, with a keen business sense.

She recounted how, on a school trip, her brother had helped carry the gear of a friend who was not feeling well. This, she said, showed that he was a loving, compassionate and caring person.

Kalleope said the family loved Jayde and missed her dearly.

 “We would like this court to know that we all loved Jayde dearly. She was an integral part of both our family and extended family. We feel the void that her death has left every day,” she said.

Family received death threats

However, she added that the family had been subjected to ongoing public onslaught and vile criticism, and even received death threats.

“Social media continues to crucify us. Despite receiving death threats, letters to our work places and homes, and being confronted in public spaces, we still keep quiet and to ourselves,” she said.

Ask for a lesser sentence

Kalleope added that her brother had co-operated with the police.

“He has always had impeccable manners and been a polite gentleman.”

“Although we respect the judgment of the court, as a loving family who chooses to support their son and brother and not desert him in his hour of need, we humbly ask for mercy in giving a lesser sentence than life,” she said.

Addressing her brother directly, Kalleope said his family supported him.

“We love you and will stand by your side. Have faith. We do not harbour any hate and hope that everyone eventually finds peace in some way.”

Panayiotou a psychopath

In his closing argument, state prosecutor Marius Stander submitted that, while Panayiotou may have been a kind man, he also had a very dark side.

“To stand up at a funeral and praise her and say that she was everything in his life, and then to watch the video. He falls closer to being a psychopath than a kind person,” he said.

Panayiotou’s defence advocate Terry Price objected to this, saying there was no evidence before the court that his client was a psychopath.

Stander said evidence showed Panayiotou had hired a vehicle for hitman Sizwe Vumazonke on April 8, 2015, which meant that, for 13 days he slept in the same bed as Jayde, knowing that she was marked for death. He still never backed out.

“I grow cold thinking what must have gone through her mind in the moments leading up to her death. This was a cold-blooded, execution murder,” he said.

Judge Dayalin Chetty is expected to impose a sentence at 9:30 on Friday.

Read Kalleope’s full statement below

Good morning my lord

My Lord, I’d like to kindly request that no photographs or recordings are taken

This address is not from me personally, but from all of us in the family.

I just wanted to thank this honourable court for allowing us to address this court on behalf of the Panayiotou family. A meaningful quote, whose source is unknown, reads as follows: “Family… where life begins and where love never ends.” This epitomises the close bond that holds our family together. We would like this court to know that we all loved Jayde dearly. She was an integral part of both our family and extended family. Christopher and Jayde’s relationship spanned a period of 10 years. Jayde and our family shared endless happy times together over these years. We feel the void that her death has left every day. We miss her dearly.

As a family, we, and we have no doubt the Inggs family [Jayde’s family] in particular, suffer the loss of Jayde constantly. We have respectfully not reacted to the ongoing public onslaught and often vile criticisms against our family. As if Jayde’s death and Christopher being found guilty are not enough for us to bare, social media continues to crucify us. Despite receiving death threats, letters to our work places and homes and being confronted in public spaces we still keep quiet and to ourselves. Our turmoil of emotions, also continue.

There is a lot more to Christopher as a person than how he is portrayed in the media. We were brought up in Uitenhage and are a close tight-knit family. This is evident in the support we have had from all our family members – grandparents, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. We were brought up with a lot of respect and love. Christopher attended school in Uitenhage, where he was elected as a prefect in his final year and he represented the school as a first team hockey player.

We will never forget when Christopher was at school and he went on a school camp which all the senior learners attend. One of his group members was not feeling well and could no longer hike up the mountain (an approximately 24km hike), Christopher carried his gear and assisted him all the way to the top and continuously made sure he was by his side. This shows that Christopher is a loving, compassionate and a caring person. This is also evident from quotes from his teachers in an article written and titled “Gentle Giant”.

After school, he attended college and completed his Business Management Diploma. He then worked as an estate agent temporarily and a medical rep thereafter. He was hard-working and always reached his goals. Furthermore he worked as a manager in one of the retail supermarkets and was dedicated. He always wanted the best for his workplace. During this time he was elected as the Greek youth committee president for two consecutive years, where his main drive in organising events to fundraise towards the local community as well as contributing towards bursary funds for underprivileged youth.

Christopher, together with our father and uncle then decided to buy the OK Grocer in Algoa Park. Christopher always had good business sense and the day to day running of the business was left to him. He managed to quadruple the turnover and changed the business completely. We have worked with him in the family business and we can truly say that we have learnt a lot from him as he was committed and took pride in everything he did.

Christopher has taken everything that has come his way and cooperated with the police as testified by police officers in this case. He has always had impeccable manners and been a polite gentleman.

Although we respect the judgement of the court, as a loving family who chooses to support their son and brother and not desert him in his hour of need, we humbly ask for mercy in giving a lesser sentence than life.

To our brother and son, know that your family is supporting you. We love you and will stand by your side. Have faith. We do not harbour any hate and hope that everyone eventually finds peace in some way.

That is all, my lord.

eNCA | Severe storms possible in Gauteng and surrounds

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Weather Service has issued a watch for severe storms in Gauteng and surrounding provinces on Friday.

Affected areas include the northern half of KwaZulu-Natal, western and southern parts of Limpopo, eastern and central parts of the North West, Gauteng, north eastern parts of the Free State and the Mpumalanga Highveld as well as Escarpment.

According to eNCA meteorologist Candice McKechnie, large hail and damaging winds are possible in the areas mentioned above.


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