Hundreds of tributes and messages of condolence continue to pour in from all over the world following the sad loss of Vinodrai Harie, a man who touched everyone who met him. The messages have one theme: the extraordinary love, kindness and generosity that was an intrinsic part of his personality and nature. His close family, his friends, his business associates, his customers, his community members all echo this theme. Vinoo, as he was affectionately known, was a man with a golden heart.
Vinoo was born and bred in Durban, brought up in Beatrice Street, the eldest brother of five siblings, namely Tara, Kishore (Rocky), Vijay (Carlos) and Suresh (Tom). He attended school at Gandhi Desai and by the late 1960’s had joined his father in his shoe business. In 1976, he married Chandrika Haribhai, and it was not long before he started working with his father-in-law at K. Haribhai & Son’s, who had pioneered the importing of grains and pulses. From this, the concept of the immensely popular Spice Emporium in Pine Street took shape, and locals and tourists flocked to the beautifully laid out store. Spice Emporium catered to specific cultural needs, whilst attracting visitors for the excellence and range of their products. Here could be found dried goods, frozen foods, snacks, condiments, kitchen ware and, of course, an astonishingly wide range of spices.
Vinoo had a passion for good food; for food that was authentic and unusual. He travelled extensively, attending food fairs worldwide and seeking out the best products. But it was the warm welcoming atmosphere and the personal touch that built the business, with branches in Gateway and Reservoir Hills and branded spice stations in supermarkets in Johannesburg. Vinoo, and his gracious wife Chandrika, would greet their customers, encourage them to try new products, exchange community news and offer culinary advice so creating firm friendships. Within his circle of family and friends, Vinoo was known for his love of entertaining, with a wonderful spread of well-prepared dishes, a glowing atmosphere of generosity and well-being, a word for everyone, a hug, a smile and encouragement to ‘come in and enjoy!’ At his 70th birthday celebration, held in the family home, with live music, beautiful décor and an abundance of rare and excellent food, his daughter Mira spoke of her father’s important influence in her life, saying that he always ‘put faith first’.
Vinoo followed the Radha Soami Path and it was the core to his and his family’s life. Travelling frequently to attend satsang, to spend time at the feet of his Guru, he embraced the attitude of love for all and service to the community under the guidance of his spiritual teacher. Brother Kishore, who gave the Eulogy at the Cremation Ceremony, said that after their dad has passed some years ago, ‘Vinoobhai so gracefully assumed and took the mantle as the elder in family, and he did so with such grace and ease, caring for us and nurturing us. His leaving us has created a huge void in our lives: in our Harie family, in the Kuntawala family, in the Gopal family as well as the extended families. In Vinoobhai we’ve had the privilege of being with a beautiful soul – a husband, a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend; he will forever be in our thoughts and in our hearts.’
Close friend, Wendy Nell, who also spoke at his Cremation Ceremony, summarised his virtues in her eulogy: Vinoo was kind, he was inclusive, he was generous, he was hard working and huge hearted and he loved life. Dr Jayraj Naidoo wrote ‘Nothing was too much for him. We will forever treasure the happy moments that we had with him.’ Likewise, his niece Shraddha Haribhai wrote that she would ‘cherish the memories that she has of Bapu, his hugs, his laughs, his jokes and his wisdom. He had a big, beautiful presence that is hard to replace,’ she added. Asheen Soni remembered Bapu with great affection and respect, saying that his mere presence for a moment with anyone was filled with an infectious warmth, love and an unmistakable touch that you knew only he could put on it. Close friend Dayalan Naicker said, ‘In his inimitable manner Vinoo lived his life adding tangible meaning to the words ‘legacy of love’. He was proof that the more love one gives, the more it grows. He will always be remembered for his boundless generosity and spirit of serving.’
Other friends remembered times where he had encouraged them, inspired them, supported them, helped them. Nimi Govender described him as ‘a gem of unequalled magnitude who shone and beamed with love and a natural enthusiasm to serve all those around him.’ Longtime family friend Merilyn Harwood wrote ‘his loyalty, his love and compassion and his utter devotion to his family, his friends and his Guru were an inspiration.’ Vinoo has left a legacy of love. His warm, golden affection for one and all made life sweeter for those who came into contact with him. As the family’s eldest sibling, he will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to his wife Chandrika, his children Rajesh, Punam, Mitesh and Mira and his beloved grandchildren Seth and Soha and to all of those who will miss their soul brother with a golden heart.
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Uthe ngobufakazi obuzwiwe enkantolo, uKhumalo wayehlele kahle indlela yokubulala ngaphambi kokuthi ayikhiphe. “Ngemuva kokubulala uKhumalo wahamba wayogeza imoto ukuze asuse noma yibuphi ubufakazi wabuya nayo. Sikhathazekile ngezinga eliphezulu lodlame olubhekiswe kubantu besifazane kodwa besingakaze sicabange ukuthi abezomthetho yibona abazobulala abantu besifazane, kunokuba babavikele. Inkantolo kumele yenze isibonelo futhi ikhiphe isigwebo esinzima esizothumela umyalezo oqinile nakwabanye abenzi bokubi laphaya,” kusho umholi we-IFP. Isisulu esabulala noKhumalo babehlala ndawonye ePinetown kodwa isidumbu sakhe esasesonakele satholwa silahlwe esiqiwini sakwaNdaya ngaseMbumbulu, ngosuku lokuhlukanisa unyaka ngemuva kokubikwa ukuthi ulahlekile. Abantu abagcine ukumbona esaphila batshele amaphoyisa ukuthi kubonakale imoto emhlophe ebimlanda eNew Germany. Okhulumela iNational Prosecuting Authority esifundazweni uNatasha Kara ukuqinisekisile ukuthi uKhumalo utholwe enecala ngoLwesibili kanti isigwebo sizoqala ngoLwesine (esho uLwesine olwedlule).
UKUZAMA ukukhuthaza ukufundwa kwezincwadi isitolo esidayisa amathoyizi abantwana iToys R Us South Africa ngokubambisana nenhlangano engenzinzuzo yalapha eThekwini, banikele ngezincwadi ukuze kwenziwe kabusha umtapowolwazi esikoleni samabanga aphansi iMthubi Primary school eseMaphephetheni eNanda.
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Uqhube wathi ayikho into emjabulise njengokubona abantwana bejabulele ukufunda izincwadi. UJacoby uthi le phrojekthi ihlose ukwenza umehluko emphakathini, iphucule imfundo ukuze abantwana babe nekusasa eliqhakazile. UJacoby ubonge ithimba akade esebenzisana nalo, elisize ngokuthi izincwadi zifakwe oplastiki ukuze zingasheshi ukuguga, laphinde lasiza ekutheni kulungiswe kabusha igumbi elizosebenza njengomtapowolwazi. UThishanhloko wakulesikole uNks Malungi Ndaba uthe ubonga kakhulu ngalo mnikela kanti unethemba lokuthi uzoligqugquzela isiko lokufunda kubantwana. “Siyisikole sokuqala lapha endaweni ukuba nomtapowolwazi, lokhu kusinika ithemba elingcono ngekusasa,” esho ephetha.
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A fire that burned its way through the valley between the Monument and Rhodes University’s newer hill-top residences on Monday 21 June is completely extinguished, Makana Fire Services Manager William Welkom confirmed on Thursday. On the west side of the valley, the disused quarry behind Rhodes University’s Chris Hani House and the Continuing Education Centre in Makhanda was still smouldering a little, however. There was no damage to any property or infrastructure and no injuries were reported.
The Makana Fire Service has been on high alert in this week’s warm, dry and windy conditions.
Teams from Makana and Sarah Baartman Fire Services, Rhodes University and the Monument, local security companies and several citizen volunteers battled a blaze that started in the valley between the Monument and the newer hill-top residences around 3pm on Monday 21 June. The fire, fanned by windy conditions, spread up the hill towards the Monument, as well as southwards towards the University’s Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village.
A team remained at the Postgrad Village late into the night, monitoring burning that continued at the southern end of the valley, close to the complex. Earlier, students at the complex were alerted to be prepared to evacuate should it become necessary. Students and university officials rushed to the Village to monitor the situation and prepare for action.
Water tankers from Rhodes University and Makana Municipality were on hand and Monument staff, with Basil Mills, dampened down surrounding vegetation in case the fire threatened the building. The Monument is supplied by a borehole.
Meanwhile, the Tsitsikamma fires that forced authorities to close the N2 on Monday were by Thursday under control after destroying more than 2 400 ha of forestry plantation. The fires that kept hundreds of fire fighters busy for four days and three nights started on 21 June 2021 at Coldstream and Koomansbos in the Tsitsikamma.
Five Working on Fire teams (WOF), SanParks and MOT fire fighters together with seven tankers were doing mopping up and patrolling at Coldstream Thursday morning and two WOF teams based in Koomansbos were also mopping up and monitoring, said WOF spokesperson Nthabiseng Mokone.
“Weather conditions have improved and light drizzle assisted a lot in the fire suppression operations. All efforts will focus to get the fire contained completely under these favourable conditions.”
Around 150 Working on Fire fire fighters partnered with MTO Forestry, SANParks, Kou Kamma Fire Department, Sarah Baartman Fire Services, EC Umbrella FPA, Sarah Baartman District Municipality Disaster Management Unit , Sarah Baartman West Fire Protection Association and the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association in an effort to combat the fire.
“To date no fatalities, serious injuries or loss of infrastructure has been reported,” said Mokone.