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Clive’s Message, New Years Resolutions New Years Resolutions continued JHB Ladies day Finding support for your health

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Dear Colleagues, It’s amazing how quickly January has come upon us, symbolising the start of a new year, and bringing with it, the opportunity to create new goals, enjoy new beginnings, and of course make New Year’s resolutions. Whilst easily made, the difficulty comes in staying true to these promises. For me personally, this New Year is all about implementing strategy – not just talking about it. This may mean that in the year ahead you see some changes in the way we do things – in a competitive market such as the one we operate in, we need to work smarter, not harder to keep ahead of our competitors, and I for one am certainly focused on ensuring we do just that. In this edition of Code Red we offer you some inspiration and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle, this means focusing not only on a healthy diet and exercise, but also on increasing your overall happiness. Changing your lifestyle can be as simple as committing to changing just one small thing about your diet, your exercise routine, or your mental health.

Commit to your health in 2014 United Nations Development Prog. Safety in the workplace Faurecia - first vehicle delivery

10. Faurecia - first vehicle delivery cont Ghana Awards Evening 11. Maintenance team building 12. AFS Lesotho – Lifesaving Association The roof of Africa 13. The roof of Africa continued 14. Dreamworks year end function 15. Healthy corner 16. Healthy corner 17. Coffee Break

Whatever your resolution may be, work hard towards achieving it and remember to never give up! Together let us make 2014 an amazing year!

Stay True to your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions Good intentions are what New Years’ resolutions are all about. There’s the usual kind: Lose weight; quit smoking; learn a new language; spend more time with the kids.


The Marketing Department is already working hard to bring you the next edition of Code Red. Contact Sally or Candice about any exciting events happening in your department, office or region.

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Code Red • Issue 17 • 2014 As we make our way into 2014, some of us will already be struggling with those New Year resolutions made in a moment of need after a few too many canapés, mince pies and glasses of champagne. Starting back in ancient times, New Years’ resolutions have long been made. Babylonians began that custom. Vows to the god Janus were common in Roman times (vows were made in January, a month named after that god), and making a peacock vow concluded Medieval knights' days of Christmas. And today, making resolutions is very common. Forty one percent of individuals make resolutions, and fifty six percent of those who make such resolutions are so confident they will be successful that they initiate changes within one month. Tragically, only forty six percent actually do succeed in keeping their resolutions at 6 months, and only nineteen percent at one year. We have come up with a few tips in order to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions in 2014. • • • •

Build up to the resolution Wait for the right moment Go all in Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and work in partnership with others to meet your goals.

Elroy Maddatt (Maintenance controller)

Yolande Smit (Customer Support Services)

“Another year gone, I am not a person for new year’s resolutions but looking forward as usual I plan on giving my all to AFS. On the lighter site I will be running the 2014 Comrades Marathon.”

“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice” T.S Eliot “Therefore we must focus on what each new day brings as that is at the end all that we really have…now, today… Make the best of every opportunity!”

Josephine Malakoane (Key Accounts Executive)

Clinton Sagathevan (Costing Supervisor)

“My New Year’s resolution is to get fit!”

“My resolution for 2014 was not to have a resolution .. as I tend to break them the first week after I made them…”

Rii Doxey (New Business Executive Western Cape) “This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder & unstoppable. This year I will be fierce!”

Good luck to everyone on achieving your goals that you have set for yourself! Remember anything is possible if you put your mind to it!


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Finding support for your health and fitness goals When a tap leaks, we call the plumber. When we’re sick, we pay a visit to the doctor. But who do we turn to if we want to improve our overall wellness? Here’s a guide to some of the experts who can help you enjoy a better quality of life The biokineticist A biokineticist is a health professional who can help you prevent and treat orthopaedic conditions and chronic diseases. They also do exercise testing for athletes and develop programmes for weight loss, general fitness, and muscle strengthening, toning and definition. To find a biokineticist, enquire at your club’s reception or visit the Biokinetics Association of South Africa. The dietitian Dietitians give you the tools, guidelines and knowledge to make better food choices. They find out what your eating habits are and what you want to change, then work out the best possible eating plan for you. Find a dietitian in your area by visiting the Association for Dietetics in South Africa.

The personal trainer A personal trainer is an exercise professional who is there to help you through your exercise journey by setting individual goals and being with you every step of the way. They’ll make sure your exercise technique is correct, and offer guidance, advice and motivation. To find a personal trainer in your area, simply ask at your club’s reception. They’ll be glad to assist. The physiotherapist If you’ve suffered an injury, been in an accident, just come out of surgery or suffer with general aches and pains, a physiotherapist will help you get back up and moving again. They also support patients with permanent disabilities to prevent further damage and increase functionality using methods like massage, manipulation, exercises, stretching, Pilates and strapping. To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit the South African Society of Physiotherapy. It’s important to remember that if you suffer from any medical conditions or injuries, you should always check with your medical practitioner – nothing replaces their expertise. –

We’re all going on a Summer Holiday…. “No more working for a week or two. Fun and laughter on our summer holiday, no more worries for me or you, for a week or two.” We asked some of our staff what they got up to during their December holidays and this is what we were told…

Geraldine Venter (Costing Clerk) told us she had a fantastic holiday season, spending time with family and friends and the best of all is that she got engaged!!


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Evylin Moodley (Cash Book Administrator) and her family took a trip to Dubai and India, where they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and their experience in new countries!

Bennie Blignaut (Regional Sales Manager – Western Cape) “To wrap up a challenging yet equally rewarding 2013, a group of 8 of us travelled to Walt Disney World in Florida – the happiest place in the world. After we had been exposed to Disney Magic for 8 days, we moved on to explore some of the other attractions in and around Orlando. The day trip out to the Kennedy Space Centre was really educational, with the highlight of being so close to a launching platform.” 4

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Dawie Grobler (Debtors Supervisor – Finance) had a fantastic family holiday, their end destination was Suurbraak but they made a road trip of it. Starting off in Kimberley, visiting the Big hole as well as the Mining museum and the Battle of Magersfontein site where the Boers and Brits were involved in one of the famous battles of the Anglo-Boer war. Making their way to Frasersburg and then Suurbraak via Meiringspoort, where they enjoyed horse riding in the mountains and some river rafting. On their way back, they spent the first night at Stormsriver Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park and then drove to East London on Christmas Eve. “Christmas day was spent on the road to Tiffendell Resort close to the border of Lesotho. Our Christmas lunch was Steers burgers at a Shell Ultra City on the way there. The drive to Tiffendell was beautiful with spectacular mountain scenery all around. The drive there was quite enjoyable as it included quite a few mountain passes and gravel roads of differing condition. The resort is the highest resort in South Africa at about 2720m above sea level. The wind was ice cold and we had to put on warm clothing for the first time during our holiday. The next day we left for home in what turned out to be the longest day on the road for the entire holiday. After a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday I had to start work again the next day to finish off COJ’s billings!” British Mindlovu (Maintenance) – Is now “Masuluke” as she tied the knot over the December holidays! The wedding took place on the 28/12/2013. British left as a young lady and has returned as a radiant women!

Thank you to all of those who shared their special family memories with us. We hope that all our staff had a wonderful and restful festive period full of family and fun.


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Stress is a normal part of life and one that is hard to avoid in our ever-busy lives. It’s impossible to completely avoid stress but you can learn to recognise stress triggers, evaluate your reactions to stress, and learn to better manage it. Responses to stress include overeating, crying, anger, pessimism (worst-case-scenario thinking),depression, anxiety, insomnia, smoking, and often unexplained pain – this from unconsciously tensing the muscles in the shoulders and neck which can lead to headaches, spasms, migraines, back pain, and lack of sleep. Often people are not aware that these responses are due to stress as this can be an everyday part of life.

Managing stress is about changing the stressful situation if you can, changing your reaction if you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. There are many simple things you can do to help alleviate the impact of stress. •

Build your defences. Living a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce background stress levels which will make you more resilient, and means that you can cope with major stressors more effectively. So make sure you eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.

Change your environment. Work out what causes you to feel stressed and if possible, avoid those situations, or at least limit the amount of exposure to those situations.

Change your attitude. Ask yourself: “Will this matter in 2 weeks, 1 month, 1 year?” Remind yourself: “I am in charge. I’m not going to let this get to me.” Focus on your strengths and the things you feel confident about.

Socialise. Isolation has been linked to not coping adequately with stress, heightened vulnerability to illness, and even premature death. So, get social.

Get rid of anger. It is the single most damaging stress-related personality trait that precedes a heart attack. Seek help if necessary.

Set your priorities. Allocate time to your loved ones and to your job. Be realistic about how much you can achieve in a day. And plan your time at the end of the day so you can start the next day on a good footing.

Be decisive. Indecision prevents you from taking action, causing a loss of sense of control and thus intensifying stress.

Get some sleep. Lack of adequate sleep can make you moody, angry, and more vulnerable to illness and the daily stressors that stalk you.

Encourage yourself. Those who accept mishaps as normal parts of life have higher self-esteem and much lower stress levels.

Reward yourself. Doing something you enjoy boosts your immune system for days.

Information care of ICAS


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Commit to your health in 2014 There are just three important factors to living a healthier lifestyle and making small changes to each can have an important impact on your health and happiness. Diet A healthy diet is one that not only provides you with enough energy to get you through the day, but also protects you from disease and infection, can increase your productivity, and can help you live longer and healthier. However, improving your diet often doesn’t require huge changes. Try one of these small changes to improve your diet: • • • • • •

     Drink one less unit of alcohol every day. Eat one extra fruit every day. Eat breakfast every day. Fill half your plate with vegetables every meal.  

Exercise Doing regular exercise improves fitness, strength, and flexibility but it also helps you sleep better. It is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, fight fatigue, and is protective against various diseases and infections. Getting more exercise is good for you and there are easy ways to do it: • • • • • • •

Exercise for 150 minutes or 2.5 hours per week. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Walk an extra 100 steps every day. Do 3 days of resistance training per week. Use your lunch break to take a walk every day. Do cardio exercise at least twice a week. Maintain good posture all day.

Happiness Research shows that happiness is a choice and choosing to be happy can make a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Choose happiness by doing one of the following: • • • • • • • •

Practise deep breathing. Write down your thoughts in a journal. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Talk to a loved one every day. Laugh and inspire laughter in others every day. Surround yourself with people who are a positive influence in your life. Learn to say ‘no’ when it’s appropriate. Stop checking your email/smartphone/work when at home.

Making small lifestyle changes like these can have an enormously positive effect on your life. Try just one of these for one month and see how it changes, and improves, your life. –


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United Nations Development Programme After a long dry spell, it finally began to rain in the beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho. One was beginning to wonder whether it would ever rain again, seeing the meandering rivers filled with water, whilst the beautiful mountain range is lush with greenery, a passerby for a minute would think, ‘wow, this must be heaven’. October saw us celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month- encouraging all women to go to their nearest clinics and hospitals to not only get tested but also to educate themselves on the importance of getting a regular check-up. The United Nations was also celebrating United Nations week from the 21st – 25th October . As part of their celebrations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) decided to host the first ever Youth Expo at the Maseru club grounds on Friday 25th October, 2013. The aim of this expo was to discuss the rising rate of unemployment especially amongst the youth in Lesotho, together with the private and government sectors. The very nature of this expo was informal, so that it made it easier for the youth to approach any organisation of their choice and get information. The aim of the expo was for different companies to be there to impart knowledge to the youth not restricted to the United Nations and the United Nations Volunteers Corps were present to take written CV’s, as well as to receive different business ideas from the youth. Finally, Friday rolled around and much to our surprise the youth came out in hordes. The day started at 08h30 with registration and the youth had the chance to submit their names to different organisations that might be offering school sponsorships and other services one might be interested in. It was a fun filled day and AFS Lesotho staff were in full force showcasing our product and service offerings to eager listeners. –Thabiso Marit


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Safety in the work place – Evacuation Procedures All businesses in Avis Fleet Services have been involved in evacuation drills over the past year. These drills are conducted to ensure your safety in the unlikely event that we need to evacuate the premises if there was a fire or similar safety hazard.

When evacuating please remember the following important points: 1. 2.



Take your laptop, car keys and personal belongings with you (if you are near your desk when the alarm signal goes). If you are in a meeting in another room you will not be able to return to your desk before evacuating. Evacuate quickly and calmly through the demarcated emergency exits. Do not run but move at a brisk pace. If you have to negotiate any stairs be careful and hold the hand rail if necessary. This is not the time for chatting to friends, texting on your phone or general dawdling. The safety of you and your colleagues may depend on how fast you are able to leave the building, so please treat every drill as if it were the real thing. Assemble promptly at the demarcated assembly points. Again the safety of you and your colleagues may depend on how quickly we can identify if someone is missing, so please assist this process by keeping as quiet as possible and staying in your demarcated areas. This will help the roll callers to quickly identify any missing people. Remain in your demarcated assembly area until you are given the next instruction. Again keep noise levels to a minimum as this will assist with everyone being able to hear the next instruction.

Other points: 1. Please regularly update your My Site next of kin contact information. In the event that you are injured or have to be taken to hospital in the event of an emergency we want to be able to get hold of your next of kin as quickly as possible. 2. Remember that only MANCO members may speak to the press in the event of a real emergency. If you have any comments or questions please contact Michelle Erasmus

First vehicle delivery to Faurecia Arval is one of Faurecia’s preferred international suppliers with an international partnership that dates back to 2005. Arval currently manages 793 vehicles in 10 countries. To this end, Faurecia South Africa made the decision to align its procurement policies to its global agreements and processes. Negotiations commenced in September 2013 and after the submission of countless quotations, their first Avis Fleet Services vehicle was delivered on the 19th December to the Country Manager, Mr Florent Spriet. We are looking forward to replacing their existing fleet in the next few months and establishing a long-lasting relationship.”-Rii Doxey


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Mr Florent Spriet, Country Manager

Ghana Awards Evening

The AFS Ghana awards evening was held on the afternoon of the 5th December 2013 at Hillburi Resort, Aburi in Accra. The first recipient of an award in Ghana was Salathiel Dorh, Financial Officer, in the category: Early Promise Award. Congratulations Salathiel! Pic 1 – Front L-R: Nana Ferguson; Laud Acheampong; Korkor Amoyaw; Salathiel Dorh. Back L - R: Robert Dempers; Francois Viljoen; Clive Else; Albert Tetteh; Giel du Toit. Pic 2- Salathiel Dorh with his Early Promise Award Pic 3- L-R: Clive Else, Salathiel Dorh, Francois Viljoen, Giel du Toit


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Maintenance Team Building Day “On Saturday, 7th December 2013, the Maintenance, Customer Care and VAP Departments joined together as one team for a team building day and thoroughly enjoyed a day out together in Parys. The group was split into four amazing teams who competed against each other in a “survivor” challenge. The competition and revelry was amazing and due to the Black team “cutting corners“ they won!!!” A special thanks to Shevani and Quinten for all the arrangements. A day which we will still talk about for many months to come”- Lee-Ann Prior


The Red Team – “Warriors”

The White Team-“ Amabhebwezi”

The Orange Team – ‘Crucifiers”

The Black Team – “Black Leopards”

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AFS - Lesotho Support The Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association

The Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association was formed in 2004 by Mr Stephen Mabula, Director of Lesotho Durham Link, which is situated beside Maqalika Lake, and is a Youth Activities Centre belonging to the Anglican Church. Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association was founded as a separate institution with its own Constitution. The Patron is H.M.King Letsie III. Studies have shown that drowning is the fourth largest cause of premature death, and that 90% of drownings occur in Africa and Asia. Children are especially vulnerable, with an African child being 20 times more likely to die by drowning than a child in Europe or America. It is unfortunate that swimming is not part of the culture, thus the Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association strives to teach people especially children, not only how to swim but to also know how to save those in distress. Avis Fleet Services felt this initiative was an important one, and one worthy of lending a helping hand to. Avis Fleet Services provided the lifesaving association with a Toyota Quantum to transport both children and trainers to the different designated areas where training workshops took place. In addition to this we also provide them with AFS promotional material.- Thabiso Marit

The Roof Of Africa


Code Red • Issue 17 • 2014 From the 13th-16th November 2013, the annual Roof of Africa rally came to the city of Maseru. People of all ages came in droves to watch the biggest and longest (47 years) running motorcycle race in Africa. As in previous years Avis Fleet Services - Lesotho was one of the major sponsors for the event. In the buildup to the event Avis Rentals sponsored a vehicle for three months as well as two extra vehicles on the day of the event. Avis Fleet Services also joined in and sponsored an additional two vehicles on the day. His Majesty King Letsie III attended the event together with the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, Honourable Thesele ‘Maseribane. His Majesty the King opened the first race while the second race was opened by the Honourable Minister, Thesele ‘Maseribane. To lighten up the mood, there were also truckloads of entertainment for supporters who had come out to watch this spectacular event. OVERALL WINNERS: POSITION 1 2 3 4


PARTICIPANT Graham Jarvis Chris Birch Scott Bouverie Blake Gutzeit

BIKE Husqvarna KTM KTM Sherco

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Dreamworks Year End Function


On the 7th, December 2013, Dreamworks Durban, had their annual year end staff function at the ‘Footloose” restaurant. The theme for the evening was the eighties and our AFS staff were invited to join them. Some dressed up for the occasion and a lot of fun was had by all. This was also an opportune time for the AFS KZN team who attended to better network and connect with the Dreamworks team on a more social basis.


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Healthy Corner Hit the ground running in 2014… Here are some fun walks and runs that are taking place in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria in the next 2 months. We would like to know if you take part in any fun runs or road races, please send your picture through to the Marketing Department. •

Striders fun run/road run Starts: 2 February 2014 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Springs Rugby Club,1st Avenue, Geduld, Springs Distance: 1-4km, 15km, 22-41km, Other

Spar Lantern road run/walk Location: Agricultural Research Council, Olifantsfontein Road, Irene Starts: 12 February 2014 @ 6:30 pm Distance: 10km

Tuks Half Marathon road run/walk Location: Sports Campus, University of Pretoria Starts: 15 February 2014 @ 5:45 am Distance: 5km, 10km, 21.1km

Hospice Wits Spar fun walk Location: Zoo Lake, Johannesburg Starts: 2 March 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Distance: 1-4km, 6-9km, Other

The Sarens Edenvale road run/walk Location: Edenvale High School, Linksfield Road, Edenvale Starts: 9 March 2014 @ 6:00 am Distance: 5km, 21.1km, 42.2km

Over the next few editions of Code Red we will be bringing you new and healthy recipes that you might like to try at home. If you have a recipe that you would like to share please submit it to the Marketing Department.

Sweet potato cakes and smoked salmon Ingredients 600 g sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks 1 Tbs olive oil 1-2 spring onions 1 x 400 g can chickpeas, rinsed and well drained 1 cup (10g) coriander sprigs 2 Tbs grated parmesan 3 Tbs flour ½ tsp sea salt and pepper ½ tub (125ml) low-fat smooth cream cheese


Code Red • Issue 17 • 2014 Directions Pre-heat oven to 180ºC. Toss potato in oil and place on a baking sheet. Season and roast for 25 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Set aside to cool. Place spring onion and chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to roughly chop. Add the sweet potato and pulse again to just combine. Add the coriander, Parmesan, flour and seasoning, and blend together to a rough paste. Shape into 10 patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Spray cakes with olive oil spray and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly to firm up before handling. Serve patties at room temperature topped with a dollop of cream cheese and a fold of smoked salmon. Garnish with a few sprigs of coriander. Makes 10 cakes.

Gluten-free strawberry and white chocolate muffins

Ingredients 60 g butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup (115g) castor sugar 2 XL free-range eggs 250 ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups (330g) gluten-free self-raising flour, sifted 250 g strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered Chocolate bits Directions Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the flour until just combined. Gently stir in the strawberries and white choc bits. Try not to overdo it with the mixing! Spoon the batter into muffin cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden. – 16

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Soduku Puzzle

AFS Supports Tractionel Enterprises In Their Christmas Project “Avis Fleet Services were requested to see if we could provide some assistance and join one of our most loyal customers, Tractionel Enterprises in their support of the Coronation Informal Settlement Christmas Project. We collected old toys, stationery, an old computer and stand from our sales team members and sent it through in conjunction with Juan Swart from Tractionel Enterprises. They paid a surprise visit to the 74 children and handed out sweet & snack packs and a gift box, containing a toy and some basics to each child. The old PC is being installed in their learning centre for basic learning assistance. Avis Fleet Services were very proud to be able to partner with Tractionel Enterprises.” Liz Venner

Disclaimer Code Red is an employee publication for Avis Fleet Services. It is for internal use only. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Group or its service providers. The publication does not imply any endorsement in respect of the goods or services described. Although reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the content, Avis Fleet Services cannot accept any responsibility for damages or inconvenience that may arise as a result of the content. 17

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