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For the first time this year, Constantia’s Alphen Centre opened its doors to receiving Christmas gifts from Capetonians for deserving kids countrywide. This was on behalf of the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project, a non-profit organisation which started in 2006. The centre recently received a total of 5062shoeboxes filled with toys, stationery and sweets, surprises that are bringing smiles to children at charitable facilities as we speak. KATJA HAMILTON spoke to Irené Peters, national coordinator of the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project.

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step-by-step procedure to guide them through the process of registering online as a donor at Donors select the name of a recipient of their choice, and the most convenient drop-off point. They decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to specified guidelines, and deliver it to selected, predetermined drop-off points. Lazer Logistics, the project’s official courier, delivers the boxes to a central warehouse, where boxes are scanned and checked,


apetonians have been exceptionally generous this festive season, opening their hearts and their purses to a good cause aimed at making Christmas a little brighter for deserving children this festive season. Responding to the request from the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project for pledges, Constantia’s Alphen Centre received a total of 5062 shoeboxes from residents in the Southern Suburbs. The shoeboxes were filled with toys, stationery and sweets, among other surprises. They are currently being distributed to charitable facilities in and around Cape Town. These include Zerilda Pre Primary Retreat, Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone, Community Aids Network Centre in Heideveld and Masiphumelele Educare, among others The Santa Shoebox Project is a non-profit organisation, which started in 2006. It collects gifts at Christmas time for the socially underprivileged children throughout South Africa, by way of a social and community network of families, friends, schools and churches. To participate in this heartwarming project and to teach children and those around them the joy of giving, participants simply register online. There an easy

and deliver them to the respective organisations. The gifts are being delivered to small schools and crèches before they close for end-of-year holidays. In the case of children at children’s homes, they will open their gifts on Christmas Day. This year a record number of 70 233 Santa shoeboxes were delivered nationwide, up from 32 000 boxes delivered last year. As a result of the increase in shoeboxes, the organisation this year opened three drop-off centres in Cape Town, one in Cape Town central, one in Durbanville North and the third at the

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Alphen Centre in Constantia. “I have been blown away by how people have opened their hearts to make this happen,” said Irené Peters, national coordinator of the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project. “This has never been an easy process. We have had to work hard to reach the target. It’s easy for people to take a name from the website and to make up the boxes, but the next challenge is to get people to drop off the boxes, and people are not as good at dropping off as they are at pledging. “This year there were 70 233 children in need of a Santa shoebox, 70 233 boxes were pledged and 67 993 boxes were dropped off. Six to eight times out of 10 where we would have had a shortage of boxes, it’s been because of people who pledged a box providing extras that we’ve made up for the shortfall. This ensures every kid gets a shoebox on time for Christmas. “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this project the success it is. We had a huge number of volunteers working at the drop-offs – hundreds of people a day sorted through boxes and helped with packing them. A huge thank you goes not only to them but to our sponsors, Pep Stores and to Lazer Logistics for supporting us with couriering.” While entries for 2011 pledges have closed and the three day drop-offs have come and gone, donors are still eligible to take part in two Kidz2Kidz’ handovers of gifts at select organisations. There will be a trip to Khayelitsha on Thursday, November 24 and another to Lavender Hill on Thursday, December 6. Transport is provided. Donors who are interested in joining should email or contact their local Santa Shoe Box co-ordinator. In the meantime, look out for Laser Logistics trucks with Santa shoeboxes in transit! Visit



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In a month’s time it’ll be Christmas again, making me think how fast the time is going by and how it’s time to start thinking of Christmas gift shopping. Every year I promise myself I’ll get a headstart on the festive season by shopping early and the Christmas rush always seems to catch up on me. Maybe you may have better luck than me this year, which is why we’re giving you some great ideas for Christmas stocking fillers, whether it be a voucher for a treatment with a Slenderline therapist (P8), or a for a massage at the Light & Healing Centre in Plumstead (Page 10). Alternatively give the gift of your time by sharing a meal with a friend at Louis in Bergvliet (P8) or enjoying ‘That 80’s Show’ at Roxy’s Revue Bar in Grand West (P6). But if you thought the festive season had arrived way too early, many Capetonians have already gotten an even earlier headstart. Responding to the request from the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project for pledges, Constantia’s Alphen Centre received a total of 5062 shoeboxes filled with gifts from residents in the Southern Suburbs. The drop-off was at the Alphen Centre in Constantia at the end of October. This happened months ahead of Christmas

to accommodate children at schools and day crèches who are breaking up for end-of-year holidays. This year a record number of 70 233 Santa shoeboxes were delivered nationwide, up from 32 000 delivered last year – so Santa really has arrived early in the Southern Suburbs. What big hearts we have in our community. On this note, don’t forget to read the article on page 3 of a mother who initiated the construction of a play park for children in Constantia and catch up with Mr SA semi-finalist, Zane Mandiso Maquetuka of Rondebosch who supports The Chrysalis Foundation (P5). I’m also truly inspired by the wonderful work the team at the Light & Healing Centre in Plumstead are doing to empower the lives of those who are blind (P10). This is the spirit of giving in our community synonymous with the light and joy of Christmas just around the corner. Let’s prepare ourselves for a good one this year. Happy Reading! Katja

LETTER OF THE WEEK Our beloved pet Sokkies Shoeman of 15 and a half years was laid to rest on 15-10-2011. It was the most difficult decision of our lives. Sokkies was a very affectionate, courageous pet and will never be forgotten. She survived many heart seizures, near drownings, landing under a 4x4 and a cat fight. Sokkies was the last of a litter of seven mixed Boston Terrier puppies. Thanks to Mr Carlos De Gouveia for bringing such a blessing into our lives. I especially want to thank Duncan & Paulette and the staff of Plumstead Animal Hospital for their dedicated service and patience throughout the past nine years. They were always there when Sokkies needed them. Please support them in the wonderful work they do. There are always strays and unwanted pets up for adoption, as well as foster care. Lourens and Hilde Schoeman Plumstead

CALLING ALL HOUND-A-HOLICS I thoroughly enjoy reading your newspaper every week. I thought you may be interested in the following. I am a foster parent for African Tails, a nonprofit organisation that strives for ways to curb the over-population and suffering of dogs on the Cape township streets – particularly Du Noon and Joe Slovo townships. Their key focus areas are the sterilization, rescue, re-homing and feeding of dogs. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers. They are truly amazing and their passion and love for animals shines through every day. African Tails are not aware that I am writing to you, so this is a nomination for the organisation from me. Their Christmas wishlist includes: • Kennels (second hand or new) • Food: They are always in need of dog-food donations for the daily feeding of township dogs • Medical equipment • Leashes, collars and blankets • Fosters: While they are looking for permanent loving homes for the puppies and dogs, foster homes are essential. • Funds • Help with calendar sponsorship or sales Kind Regards - Mrs Michéle Kruger


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onstantia mother, Eleni Ratheb was the driving force of R50 000 has been allocated from her budget to kickstart behind creating a brand new play park on the corner the project. of Parish Road in Constantia. Half this money has been spent on a well-designed jungle Eleni explained that despite the fact most Constantia families gym and this was installed in the first week in November. It live on large properties, their children often longed for more was an instant hit with the children who arrived on foot, by car company and felt isolated behind the high walls and security. and on bike, to play. “Constantia families needed a place to interact, a place where “Word soon spread and on the first Saturday, there were kids could learn from each other,” she said. “So many children moms, dads and nannies with children at the park. People and feel cut off and lonely sitting at home playing within the kids were chatting and it was really rewarding,” said Eleni. “The confines of their high walls and end up spending too much place has been buzzing every day since. time playing games on computers and watching TV. They need to interact, so do the moms, dads and the nannies.“ Eleni has four children who are loving having this new space to play, run wild, ride bikes and meet other kids. “Constantia has changed – as the older folk move out, younger families have moved in. So there are now far more children in the area, and they and the mums and nannies need somewhere to meet. It is frustrating to stay at home all the time and not get out. ” Eleni wasn’t content to daydream, she was determined to create a vibey new playground on the green space on the corner of Parish Road and Southern Councillor Elizabeth Brunette with Eleni Ratheb and some of the local children on the new Cross Drive. jungle gym, positioned on the corner of Parish Road and Southern Cross Drive. The plan needed funding, so she contacted neighbours by email asking for help. She also needed permission to use part of the land for a play area. Luckily, the idea hit a sympathetic note with the then Councillor Neil Ross who assisted Eleni over the last three years to get the project on course. Councillor Liz Brunette, who took over this year, has been extremely helpful in the action planning phase. She is also committed to finding innovative ways to preserve the green spaces in Constantia and to put them to better use. The sum

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“There is also a very small play area in Pinehurst Road, but it’s a bit isolated, and the Parish Road spot is highly visible, so people feel safer. Once we fence the area it will be easier to monitor the kids, but they will still be able to run free,” she said. “We still need to fundraise about R5000 to enclose the area and later provide a bike track and a cricket pitch, where the fathers and sons can play.” Anyone who is interested in assisting the project financially can contact Ideally, Councillor Brunette would like people in the area to come forward to create a “Friends of Constantia Parks” and create more parks around Constantia if there’s a demand. Eleni is also pioneering a civil movement to move South Africa forwards and upwards: “If anyone has a jungle gym or play equipment which is still in good condition and is no longer in use, they could donate it to an underprivileged community which needs equipment for a play park,” she said. “Anyone who can help is requested to contact with details of the equipment donation and names of a possible recipient.” Eleni explained: “The UP WE GO SA movement has the single mission of making it easy for citizens to move South Africa forwards and upwards. The website should be launched soon, so watch out for it, if you want to extend goodwill from the comfort of your own home.”

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SC H O OL TIME KARL IS A CLASSY ENTERTAINER Karl de Kock (Grade 4) went the extra mile by dressing up and adding props to add more excitement to his oral for the Grade 4 Economic Management Science classes at Westcott Primary School. Pupils were asked to interview a working person and report their findings to the class. Karl’s interview with a nurse was very entertaining and provided the class with some valuable information. Many different types of people were interviewed to help pupils choose a career after school.

WHAT TO DO IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Meadowridge Library is holding a Magic Show on Monday, December 12 at 3pm. Cost is R20 for adults and R10 for children. Booking is essential. December 13: Christmas Craft Activity; December 14: Christmas Storytime. 021 712 9360

Sports day at Westcott Despite the rain, Westcott Primary School in Diep River held an annual sports day. Three houses competed with each other, and Mars beat Jupiter and then Venus. Seen here: Captain of Mars, the winning house: Caitlyn Davids, Marc Nicholson (sports’ co-ordinator) and Jarred du Plooy.



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In three days’ time the long wait will be over, as the finalists of Mr South Africa 2012 are announced in Sun City on Saturday, November 26. Our very own semi-finalist, Zane Mandiso Maquetuka of Rondebosch - model and filmmaker - speaks to KATJA HAMILTON about his dreams for the future, and his experience of being the top 28 of South Africa’s most desirable men.

What inspired you to join Mr SA 2012? When I grew up I always wanted to be a leader that could be of value to South Africans, so when I got the opportunity to apply to be elected Mr South Africa, I snatched it with both hands. I’ve realised that the dream of becoming that leader is actually coming true, and that it will give me an opportunity to give back to the community, and to fundraise for the less fortunate. To me, it’s such a blessing. What does leadership mean to you? A leader is someone who comes across as positive, who can make a difference in other people’s lives, who can inspire others without having to prove a point. It’s someone who can be a great motivational speaker and who can conduct themselves in a professional way in public. What have people’s reactions been since you were selected as a semi-finalist in the SA 2012 pageant? I used to be quiet. A lot of my friends are surprised about the quiet guy who has come out of his shell. People treat me differently. In Rondebosch, I used to be just the guy from next door, but now every time I go to Pick n Pay the tellers speak to me and want to know what’s happening in my life. When people see me at the gym or in a restaurant they tell me they voted for me. It’s great to get the attention. Could you give me some background to your career? I studied IT. I worked for two years as an IT developer doing network administration and engineering in Cape Town, but it was not for me. I then became an aspiring filmmaker

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producing short films. IThemba was aired on SABC. It is a short 10-minute story of a musician – formerly a drug addict who realises he has got the gift of music and steps away from a life of drugs towards something positive. I am trying to source funding for my upcoming movie Umlilo - a beautiful South African tale. I have just come back from New York, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry where I met the guys from Lions Gate, one of the biggest film-production houses. Judging from their feedback to trailer and the script, I’ve had a positive response. They like the script. To generate an income in the meantime, I started modeling in 2006. In the first year I became the face of Polka. I’m also the face of Samsung and Herbex. What was it like going to New York for the first time? It was exciting and the best memory I’ll ever have. In the world of fashion what are your favourite brands? There’s a new clothing brand Strato. Young designer Maloti has got a new shop opposite the Castle in town. I have been blown away by what she has designed in casual wear. What restaurants do you most enjoy? I like seafood from Ocean Basket and the Spur, but while I love food, I’m very strict about what I eat. Up for the Mr SA title, how do you remain down to earth? It comes back to where I come from. Graaff Reinett is a very respected town and growing up I had very little privileges. People had cars and houses, whereas we used paraffin to make hot water to wash before going to school. Life’s little things matter to me so even when I get to be what I envision for myself, that will always be a part of my character and persona, and it will keep me down to earth. What is the one message you’d like the youth to learn from your success? I’d like them to get an education. I tell them to apply for bursaries for varsity because education is the right type of investment. No one can take that away from you, and it’s an asset that grows. It never devalues. Also work hard and save money, that’s what I did. I went to study Business Science at Stellenbosch University out of my own pocket.

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An aspiring filmmaker Zane Mandiso Maquetuka is about to launch the Zane ke Bozza show, an eight-part series of threeminute short films available for download on the Bozza. mobi website - Bozza is a mobile neighbourhood where communities can tell their stories from the inside out. A reality show, the Zane ke Bozza show will show Zane meeting up with people in various career industries where he’ll be taught all the ins and outs of their profession.

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KING OF RETRO - rocks into the festive season


usician Mike McCullagh needs no introduction – his 70s, 80s, 90s retro shows have had audiences bopping in the aisles for years. He keeps the old favourites ever fresh and in 1992, the “60 Something” show was launched and ran for five years at the Waterfront’s Dock Road Cafe. The show ran concurrently with Mike’s “Station 70” which wowed audiences at the Baxter Theatre. Mike is busy with another re-run of ‘That 80’s Show’ at Roxy’s Revue Bar, Grand West. (The show takes place from November 25 to January 14). Off stage, Mike is ‘very happily married’ to actress Sue Mitchell. Sue has featured in many overseas’ productions and recently completed a movie directed by David Moore, called ‘Once Upon a Road Trip’. Mike and Sue live in Noordhoek. “I love living there as it has a great country lifestyle. Sue likes horse riding and I have been a surfing fanatic for 40 years. I also like fishing, skin diving and keeping up with the latest scientific developments in Marine Biology, in which I have a degree.” Mike has four boys. “The eldest James, lives in Venice Beach LA and is very successful in the music business. He is one of the world’s top sound engineers and has worked with Joss Stone, Inxs, Journey and Alanis Morrisette. Kerry is a yacht captain living in Majorca skippering yachts in the Mediterranean and Brynn is in his final year at Buckinghamshire University. He is completing a B.Sc Computer Games programming. The youngest, Conor, 8, is still at school.” It’s no surprise that Mike’s favourite musicians are legends like Paul McCartney,


Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury and groups like Kansas, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Country Communion (70s rock brought back to life). “I think Johnny Clegg is amazing and I have admired him ever since I first heard African Sky Blue in the late 70s.” Mike started his musical career in a garage while studying at UCT. After graduating he formed McCully Workshop which shot to fame in the late 70’s with top hits like Buccaneer and Chinese Junkman, both penned by Mike. Music runs in the family and having a brother with a recording studio in Cape Town is a huge asset. “We do all our recordings at “Space Out Sounds” his studio in Cape Town. In the 60s, we were the first SA group to write, produce and record our own material.” McCully Workshop released four original albums and at one time were considered to be one of South Africa’s top groups. After the group split, Mike directed musicals for Mike McCullagh’s usual place is behind a drum kit, but off stage, he the Nico Malan Theatre, most notably Kings of Rock, likes to relax with a glass of KWV Roodeberg or Nederburg Merlot at Tribute to Bob Dylan and Beatlemania. Bhandaris Indian Restaurant, or a Thai food restaurant. Then came Milestones to the Millennium, which opened to packed houses and at the 2000 highly successful with more than R100 000 raised over a sixGrahamstown Festival and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. week period. McCully Workshop is now busy continuing with In 2002, Mike re-invented the original 60 Something which their charity work inbetween Mike’s other shows. played to capacity houses at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the He also loves storytelling and produced Myths and Legends, a Bay and Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg over a 16blend of contemporary rock styles with ethnic African flavours week season. The group then toured in Berlin, Germany. to show music can unite all cultures. Using a 16-piece choir Mike also produced and directed the extremely successful from the Fezeka School in Gugulethu, Mike put together Rockin’ with Elvis and Friends which performed to capacity songs which told stories from all walks of life and gave them a houses at Carnival City in 2004 and Grand West Casino unique sound. in 2005. This opened at the Baxter in December 2005 and offered a That 80’s Show exceeded all expectations at the new Pavilion new dimension in musical theatre to packed-out houses until Theatre at the Waterfront. June 2006. Recently in 2005, the original McCully Workshop reformed, Mike lives for music and never intends to stop. specifically to raise money for the Reach for a Dream “In the future I would like to continue to perform live and Foundation and the Cape Times Bursary Fund. Efforts were produce shows together with talented young musicians and singers, and watch them blossom. Like Clint Eastwood “I will only stop when I die’.”




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A COSY LITTLE RESTAURANT IN THE HEART OF BERGVLIET There is something for everyone at ‘Louis’ in Bergvliet. This family restaurant run by Louis and his wife, Yvett Haarburger offers everything from great steaks to thin-crust pizzas. After only three years at this venue, there is a growing army of faithful customers; some even have their favourite seats. Yvett is the front-of-house manager, while Louis does his magic behind the grill, where he has been for over 25 years. The outside patio overlooks the play park, which is ideal for the summer evenings. ‘Louis’ can cater for functions of up to 60 people, with menus to suit your pocket. Bookings are advisable. For any enquiries please call Yvett on 021 715 6693.

Lakeside Vet has a wonderful selection of squeaky soft toys to amuse your precious pet this Christmas.

The resident therapists at Slenderline are Rayleen, Kelly and LJ.

Engrave a glass with your name at the craft market, which will be held at the Plumstead Methodist Church next week.

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Shoppers can enjoy a unique shopping experience at the Plumstead Methodist Church in Brenda Road, from Monday, November 28 to Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 8pm. A hundred crafters will showcase their handcrafted products on time for Christmas. Plus there is a glass-engraving artist on hand to personalise your gifts. The market offers a wide range of gifts and caters for all ages from young to old. Light snacks will be available in the cosy tearoom. A special raffle will be held and the proceeds will be donated to an old-age home. Entry to the market is free. Call Glenys on 083 6186366 or email for information.

Hairdresser Candice from Constantia has opened her second salon Cut Above and welcomes old and new clients to her salon which has recently opened up in the building next to Harry Goeman’s Centre in Bergvliet. Seen here, from left to right: Nicole (stylist), Olivia (apprentice), Sharni (nail technician) and Ronel at reception.


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“When invited to do the Christmas is a time for giving and what better way to give back training, one lady said she couldn’t do it. She later than to give a gift that helps to uplift and empower others? became one of the best At the Light and Healing Centre, at 77 Main Road in Plumstead, this is possible by buying a friend a gift voucher for therapists who graduated from the centre. She passed a massage or reflexology treatment. all her exams and has been Services offered at the centre include aromatherapy massage, lymph drainage and foot reflexology – treatments that provide the kind of person who has healed hundreds,” said Avril. employment for partially sighted and blind aromatherapy “She massaged our first therapists. There are five rooms at the Light and Healing client at the centre in 1999 Centre, and 10 therapists who work on site three days a week for a mere R25. Afterwards and every alternate Saturday and Sunday. she was very emotional. An initiative of the Western Cape Blind Association (WEBA), I was not sure how to the provision of such a service is a creative avenue for The trainers and team of therapists at The Light and Healing centre who offer treatments interpret this reaction. She employment of the blind, as well as a means of generating such as aromatherapy massages and reflexology. In the blue jersey is Avril Kingsley, said to me: ‘When you told income for the organisation. executive director of the organisation. me I could make a living “In the past these men and women were unemployed, and with my hands I didn’t because they were blind they’d stay at home. The community total, 19 students have been trained thus far and another six believe you. looked down on them, are currently in training. The next intake of students will take Yesterday I didn’t have this R25, today I have.’ but with the centre’s place in September next year and blind people looking to take That was a dream come true for her and that was programme I’ve been part in the training are welcome to apply. Training is free of amazing to see. She was so happy. inspired by the actual charge, while donations are welcome. “There was also one instance when one of the way in which the “Not everyone will want to be an aromatherapist, but it is therapists recently said it was so nice for him to students have applied certainly an area where blind people can become incredibly be thanked after he treated someone, instead themselves and how professional as touch for them is second nature,” said Avril. of him saying thank you. He couldn’t believe they have taken it so “The biggest success of all is that the therapists here have someone had thanked him; receiving that seriously. They want realised they can make money, and that it is up to them to compliment was big for him. Such compliments their community to decide how to do that.” are big in the lives of blind people because see they’re going to She invites the public to try the centre out for themselves, and they’ve been oppressed in life for so long. For work, and they feel to make the most of the Christmas special which is running them to be able to do what they are doing is The Light and Healing Centre is visible from the proud going to work,” from now until December 21. An hour and a half full-body Main Road in Plumstead. Look out for number 77. amazing,” said Avril. said Avril Kingsley, massage is only R170 and pensioners pay R150. Aromatherapy-massage training at the centre executive director of Also look out for the launch of a series of self-improvement began in August 1999 at the School of Holistic the Light and Healing Centre. and massage workshops facilitated by the blind therapists Aromatherapy. In March 2000, the first five WEBA members The students are trained in the theory and practise of next year. Look out for these on their website at aromatherapy massage on the premises. Students have shown graduated as therapists and are presently engaged in serving Call 021 761 9507. a client base of 300 people, of which 70 are regular clients. In exceptional personal growth.

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SA adventurers tackle Iceland


hey said we couldn’t do it, but we are here, we have to paddle back to our destination. We done it. These were the words of Dan Skinstad, brother of had to do an incredible job to get back. Bobby Skinstad. He and Riaan Manser became the first South It only hit me once I spoke to my dad Africans to circumnavigate Iceland in a kayak in -15 degree that evening that things could have Celsius weather. gone very badly. I’m indebted to Riaan After training in Cape Town for a short three months, the two for putting his life out on the line for set off towards the icy island. Their adventure began in the both of us not only then, but every time small town of Husavik in the north-east of Iceland - the whalewe went out on the boat. I have lots to watching capital of the world. thank him for. He’s a super star when it What they thought was going to be a three and a half month comes to coaching and as a survivalist trip landed up taking them six months through the worst he’s unparalleled.” winter Iceland has seen in 63 years. The duo travelled around the northThere were 12 stages to the trip. east point of Iceland - the edge of the Facing what Dan describes as “the most savage part of winter”, Arctic Circle - and then headed south they paddled for seven or eight hours to cover the 2500km down the east coast - a magical region mapped out for the expedition. The longest time out on the of glaciers, forests, bird cliffs, vast water was a 13-hour paddle. They sometimes camped at night deserts and narrow fjords, a region rich and faced sleep deprivation from Iceland’s extended daylight in natural wonders and cultural history. hours. They then headed down towards south-east Iceland passing “The honest truth is that I could never have prepared myself by small fishing villages and fertile river valleys, all set against adequately for what we were about to do,” said Dan. “I never the backdrop of the enormous Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest believed that we wouldn’t finish, but there were times when in Europe. I wondered what I was doing especially Rounding the south coast of Iceland, Dan and when the thought of being thousands of Riaan passed through the Westman islands, Seeing those kilometers away from home came to mind, Surtsey. After Reykjavik, Riaan and humpback whales including and when I was freezing cold. The locals Dan kayaked around the outstretched arm of right up close was the Snaefellsness Peninsula on the west coast, thought we were crazy.” Dan’s difficulty with balance in his hips and and passed under mountains and glaciers, and unbelievable. arms was the main challenge during the numerous islands and bird cliffs. The West Fjords trip. Dan has mild cerebral palsy. is a vast area of deeply indented fjords, glaciers “To balance properly I need very good reflexes and and mountains and breathtaking scenery, most of which is concentration, and I struggle with these aspects. I had to learn completely uninhabited. Towering angular cliffs rise sharply on the job.” from the deep blue seas. Latrabjarg, at the beginning of the But, said Dan, with time it got better. West Fjords, is home to the largest bird-cliff in Iceland with “In the beginning it was tough on Riaan. I battled to keep millions of nesting sea birds. up with him, but further into the trip we were insync and I The home stretch along the north coast of Iceland took the improved. My body adapted big time as did Riaan’s. He was team past fjords with beautiful underwater life, and mountains amazed that I could deal with the cold as well as I could.“ overhead flowing with rivers and waterfalls. At one stage of the trip, however, the duo found themselves Surrounded by such incredible beauty, Dan said: “There was a in stormy weather and Dan got thrown into the water.Facing a particular time when we went through a natural archway in a life-threatening situation, he was swept away by a current out rock; that was one of our best days.” of sight of Riaan. He describes too seeing whales up close: “Seeing those Describing the defining moment, when Dan found him 10 minutes later, Dan said: “It’s not one of those things you dwell on because when I got back on the boat, Riaan and I still had

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humpback whales right up close, five metres away was unbelievable - we saw all manner of sea life. It was something you could never tire of because it was so beautiful.” Such a feat has left an indelible mark on Dan. “People have said that I’ve gotten much calmer, that there’s a presence of inward self-satisfaction in me. I can’t nail it down to one thing but I definitely have a lot more self confidence. I’ve learnt to value what I have.” Back from his trip, Dan said he intends speaking at small corporate groups and at schools. His message is that people reach outside of their comfort zones and challenge what they think is impossible. “People should have a go at life even when they think they can’t. Whether it’s a CEO taking a business decision or a guy who’s 30 and hasn’t phoned his high-school sweetheart, or whatever the case may be – just have a go - because all these things you think you can’t do, you actually can do - you’ve just got to try.” This incredible journey was filmed by a team of expert filmmakers and photographers. The 13-part documentary will debut on SABC 3 on Sunday, December 4.

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