What are you hoping to do better?

2015-01-02 00:00

Pietermaritzburg double ­amputee biker Bushy McKelvey, who raced into the Guinness World Records last year, covering 3 257,5km on a motorcycle in 24 hours, has wasted no time formulating new hair-raising challenges.

McKelvey said yesterday his wife Dalene asked him on New Year’s Eve what his New Year’s resolution would be.

“I replied that I want to do more for charity.”

He also wants to do the Midmar Mile for charity this year without prosthetics.

“In June, I plan to do the five countries race, which is 8 000 km on a bike to raise money for cystic fibrosis. The trip starts in Cape Town, then heads to Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and then ends in Mozambique.”

But perhaps his most astounding challenge is to ride a motorbike up Kilimanjaro in October.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business chief executive officer Melanie Veness said the biggest challenge to business this year will likely be to mitigate the high risk to business of load shedding.

She plans to help by acting as broker between businesses, the municipality and Eskom in reaching some kind of solution — the cost to business of substantial load shedding is much more than the cost of working some electricity savings into the operational planning of businesses, she said.

KZN Democratic Alliance leaders and Pietermaritzburg resident Sizwe Mchunu said, that after a challenging year that included elections and the burning down of the party’s legislative office, his wish is that “people prosper this year” and that ordinary people started doing more to hold the government accountable for its actions.

Howick and Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Mano Naidoo said his wish is to succeed in helping to bring a R2 billion investment to the town that will, over time, ­create over 500 permanent jobs. He said he was not yet in a position to disclose the name of this potential investor.

Terry Strachan, chief executive officer of the Royal Showgrounds said he hopes something will be done to curb littering, as this is something that is “a daily bugbear for me”, and he would be happy to immerse himself in a crusade against littering.

Hexagon Theatre director ­Peter Mitchell, from Pietermaritzburg said: “My New Year’s resolution is never to make resolutions! They always fall by the wayside and I have to eat my words.”

Violinist and conductor of the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra, David Plank, who also works as an anaesthetist at Edendale Hospital, said: “I have a few, but the most important one is to find a boyfriend that ticks all the right boxes and is prepared to commit to a long-term relationship. ­Interested parties can feel free to apply.”

Concert pianist Christopher Duigan has followed through on his resolution from last year to “pursue a more active lifestyle, including regular gym visits”.

“I have been attending regularly. In the last weeks I also started running in an early morning group three times a week. It’s opened a whole new exciting world to me which I hope to explore more and possibly even complete a half marathon or the like — something I never thought possible for me!”

On the career front, Duigan, who lives in PMB, said he planned to record and publish some of his original music.

Durban playwright and director, Ashwin Singh, who staged the acclaimed Beyond The Big Bangs at the Playhouse last year, said: “My New Year’s resolutions are to eat less, drink more and spend more focused energy in empowering children, especially in the arts sphere.”

Durban Living Legend Caroline Smart said her resolution was to “continue nagging, wheedling, persuading — even bullying if need be — those in power to take a serious look at what the arts can contribute towards the making of a stronger society at all levels.” — Witness Reporters.

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