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Change Cares. Hello ChangeNOW Supporters Thank you Tenacious Michelle Michael and the Dlamini Michael Firm for embracing us on our July Cover, we wish you good health, lasting prosperity and continued growth. August is the celebration of Women's month and we have featured quite a few leading ladies in Durban, who are contributing to our communities through education or empowering women through their entrepreneurship. We have featured editorials on Debra Maddock, a Champion in Real Estate, taking real estate to new heights, as well as a feature on the “Champion of Women Empowerment” Margaret Hirsch, who shares her success habits. I am delighted to hear about all the women empowerment activities in the month of August, in the form of breakfast talks, workshops and gala dinners, which are platforms to celebrate Women! We should also be grateful to be part of a Democracy in South Africa, where women have rights and be mindful of those that are in constant battle for their individuality as women. Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list. Michelle Obama

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” - Mother Teresa “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” - Oprah Winfrey I would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt wish to all women: YOU should be proud of who You are. YOU have unique strengths – as workers, and mothers, You alone are capable of dealing with everything with a smile. And, with the wish that you all enjoy this special month, I would like to express my gratitude to the great women of the past who have contributed unselfishly in assisting our families, communities, neighbourhoods, and this beautiful country to grow.

Be Safe & Believe in YOU! Publisher - Raj Maree

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Debra Maddocks

Debra Maddocks

Tyson Properties Real Estate Professional Debra Maddocks, a qualified Real Estate professional in the greater Westville area, is a leader not a follower. She proudly states that she does not want to follow trends, she wants to set them. Driven by passion, energy and a strong desire to provide for her family she is not afraid of a challenge, to the contrary it motivates her. While her background is in fashion and visual merchandising for national clothing outlets, Debra was first attracted to Real Estate by the earning potential and how it would help her provide for her sons. But she says in the few months in, she realised that the job satisfaction the industry gave her, far outweighed the monetary benefit. “I absolutely love what I do, it is not a job to me,” says Maddocks. After more than 8 years in real estate Debra has far exceeded her dreams and expectations. Last month she received Tyson Properties’ Top Achiever award for the second year running. One of her duties is to mentor intern agents in their first year of joining Tyson's Westville, until they've qualified.

“Tyson Properties exclusively affiliated to Christie’s International Real Estate, stand out head and shoulders above the rest and I believe that to be successful you must be surrounded by successful people.” Tyson Properties was established in August 2005 by experienced estate agent Chris Tyson & Gavin Cunningham to provide a specialist real estate agency that is fine-tuned to the distinctive needs of KwaZulu-Natal. They created a sophisticated real estate environment that offers exceptional service to clients and a platform for top agents in the industry to excel. A happy and professional working environment, training and resources, strong ethics, a strong corporate identity, excellent operational systems and skilled back-up staff plus marketing support have translated into measurable success with group exceeding R1.5 billion in sales during 2013. The company started out with a single real estate office based in Morningside, Durban. The original office of 6 people

has grown to a staff complement of over 270 in 19 offices throughout Kwa Zulu-Natal. The company now includes Residential, Commercial & Rental Properties in its portfolio. Tyson Properties has always kept in tune with the many cultures and diverse range of properties that KwaZuluNatal has to offer. "With our unique combination of sector knowledge and entrepreneurial flair, Tyson Properties has been a leading brand in the KwaZulu Natal residential property sector since 2005. They are known for setting the standards in the sale, purchase and letting of homes and properties across the spectrum and we are advertising leaders in the province. The company offers a wide range of media advertising at no cost to the Seller. Tyson Properties’ success is credited to a talent for matching buyers and sellers, networking skills and a passion for property." Tyson Properties are recognized in the "Best Real Estate Agency" Category consecutively since 2009. The only company in South Africa to receive two awards in this Category and the only KwaZulu-Natal based company recognised in this manner. In a very short space of time Tyson Properties has dominated the market in most of the areas it operates in and currently has over 3,800 properties listed with the company. Tyson Properties offers clients a strong brand, an award winning website and back-end operation system, best support and back -up staff, extensive marketing and focus on the upper end of the market. In short, Tyson Properties is a Full Service Company. [Interview with Debra Maddocks - Exclusive to ChangeNOW Magazine] What a great achievement to win Tyson Properties’ Top Achiever award for the past 2 years. You really seem to have a passion and drive for the Real Estate market.

What are the contributing factors that drive you?

I care about my clients, my company, my image and my reputation. I strive at all times to be the very best that I can be in all that I do. I am competitive yet compassionate, am always willing to learn and always willing to acknowledge when I am wrong. Lastly, but by no ways least, my family.

Tyson Properties Top Achiever two years in a row! Tyson Properties Westville sponsors Crèche in Chesterville. We have a veggie patch that we have planted and which we have maintained over the past two years. I'm also a Westville Rotarian that gets Tyson's active in quite a few of our projects, the Sondelani crèche being one of them. Last year I won the Rotary Spirit Award.

What has attributed to the growth of the brand?

Tyson Properties has expanded over the past few years as a result of the foresight, planning, passion and dedication of management to make the company the number one name in real estate in KZN. They are advertising leaders in the province and are focused on creating exceptional awareness of our world-class brand. They are forward-thinkers and are always on the lookout for modern ideas and new ways of doing business.

What sets Tyson Properties apart from other leading real estate companies in KZN?

I feel that Tyson Properties displays a top class marketing image that is always in the eye of the public. The single minded focus of management on providing exceptional service to the public filters down to all members of the Tyson team. The company is also in tune with their market and the many cultures and diverse properties that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. The company provides an amazing platform for their agents to excel and are very supportive and caring of all their agents and employees.

What does Tyson’s portfolio include?

Tyson Properties is proud to be an exclusive affiliate of Christies International Real Estate, an appointment that is achieved by invitation only. They have nineteen offices in KwaZulu-Natal focusing on residential sales and rentals. They also have a Commercial division and a newly-launched Property Management Division.

What is your advice to the young “Change Generation” entrepreneurs that would like to engage themselves in the world of Real Estate?

It is important that young entrepreneurs realise from the onset that a career in real estate is not as easy as many believe. It demands time, effort, loads of dedication and broad shoulders to shrug off the disappointments. Technology is important but will never completely replace the personal contact one needs to be able to conduct business successfully and to build an ongoing relationship. Branding oneself within the company is also critically important to differentiate one from other competing agents.

What is the vision for the Tyson Properties brand?

Tyson Properties aims to continue redefining the industry and being leaders in innovation by embracing change and responding to the needs of the market and its clients. Their focus has always been on quality service and working together to achieve a winning solution. In the changing Durban Real Estate market and the re-development of residential & industrial areas ...

What are the challenges you face as a Real Estate Agent?

Westville does not have any industrial areas but as far as residential is concerned the two major challenges facing agents in this area is firstly, satisfying the demand for homes in this sought-after suburb. Secondly, the provision of finance.

Debra Maddocks Tyson Properties Westville Office

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More than half of all children aged between three and eight said story time was their favourite pastime with their parents. "The results of our research confirm the traditional activity of storytelling continues to be a powerful learning and emotional resource in children's lives," said child psychologist Richard Woolfson, who led the study commissioned by Disney/Pixar World of Cars.

When mom and dad are not at hand, celebrities will do: over 30 percent of children said they would like to hear a bedtime story from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, with teen idols Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson trailing close behind. "It can be very difficult for parents to find the time to read with their children, but these moments can help build strong bonds and play a vital part in their child's development," said Woolfson.

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Margaret Hirsch, chief operational executive for home appliance retailer Hirsch’s, is living proof that you can start with nothing and work your way to the top of the ladder. But it takes application, hard work, and constantly striving for better.



Some think it’s rude to admit I’m motivated by success and money. I don’t. I came from a background with very little and I’ve worked to get where I am today. It’s why I teach wealth generation to others. Success doesn’t come by itself. Here, Hirsch talks about some habits that you can apply to your own daily work to help climb the success ladder. Daily brain cleanse I get up at 4am every morning and meditate. It clears my mind and gets me ready for the day. If you meditate, you clear your mind of and allow space for new thoughts to come in. If I have a problem, I think about it before going to bed and let my subconscious work on it while I’m asleep. When I wake up and meditate I often find the answer. After-hours talk time I meet with my suppliers after-hours. I’ll typically finish my day at 6pm and meet with suppliers from 8pm to 10pm Meeting in-store during trading hours can be distracting for myself, my supplier and my staff. Suppliers can make or break you, so you need to maintain an excellent relationship with them. After-hours I’m able to give them my undivided attention and we’re able to talk shop. Keeping on top of emails The best advice I can give an executive is to invest in a digital voice recorder. I get over 1 000 emails a day so when I check email at 10pm in the evening, I record voice replies which then get uploaded to my PAs who type them up. It saves me hours of time. Same goes for meetings. Why worry if the minutes are being taken correctly by an attendee when you can have 100% accurately recorded files? Keeping old ideas going for new reasons Hirsch’s has been around since 1979. When the microwave came along and we started stocking it, no one knew how to use it, which affected sales. I learnt how to cook with a microwave and then started microwave cookery classes to promote the business. I believe it’s what took us from nobody to a major player. In 1995 I closed the five cookery schools in Durban, but took to empowering entrepreneurs and women. I’ve found that husband-wife businesses where, I’ve taught women the books, are now strong businesses. From young girls we’re taught to be sweet, nice and kind, but sometimes you’ve got to be tough and stand up for yourself or people will take advantage of you. By empowering women, they can overcome challenges because they know and believe they’re good at what they do. Contributor - Tracey Lee


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New Beginnings International Children’s Day Celebrations held on June 1, 2014, Chatsworth Youth Centre

Patsy Pillay

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Local Early Childhood Development (ECD) activist draws inspiration from our Icon, Nelson Mandela; and encourages others to do the same. Patsy Pillay, Director of New Beginnings Training & Development Organisation, and current South Africa National Representative on the World Forum for Early Care and Education (ECE), joined 841 ECD leaders and practitioners at the 10th ECE Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The focus of the event was the delivery of quality services to young children globally and to develop action plans for achieving this in diverse settings. “For children of the world to have promising futures,” said Patsy, “ECD programmes must meet their needs for optimal growth and development. By attending the World Forum, I had the unique opportunity to network with ECD leaders from six continents, and share ideas about what quality in ECD really means. I had the privilege of presenting to an international audience on ‘Curriculum for young children in South Africa’; and leading a workshop on ‘Lessons we can learn from Nelson Mandela’. “These topics are close to my heart,” said Patsy, “because every child, regardless of their physical or intellectual challenges, deserve all the help they need to meet their full potential.” According to Patsy, “Delegates were expansive in their praise of Mandela; and many international ECD sites have included his contributions as life lessons to teach their young children.

I also had a life dream come true during this trip: I had the incredible opportunity to visit Cuba, where I met with the SA Ambassador to the country, and representatives of the Cuban Ministry of Education. The Ministry places children very high on its agenda. From the time a woman falls pregnant until delivery, her progress is tracked and monitored. Pillay began her career as a Social Worker at the Chatsworth Child Welfare in 1980. After 18 months in practice, she joined the Chatsworth Early Learning Centre (CELC) as a Parent Programme Organiser. Due to a lack of funding, the CELC staff was retrenched in 1995. However, with her passion for helping children and parents, and through community support, Pillay co- founded New Beginnings. The Organisation offers a number of ECD registered qualifications and short courses in ECD. To date, the Organisation has assisted hundreds of practitioners, mostly previously disadvantaged women to advance their career path, thereby impacting on improving ECD provisioning. Patsy continued her studies ,in 2005, she obtained a Master of Education (MEd) from UKZN. Some of Pillay’s achievements include being elected the Chairperson of the first Standards Generating Body for ECD; selected to study HIV and AIDS at Columbia University (New York); and being featured in the Mail&Guardian Book of Women 2011. She encourages parents to constantly show love towards their children. “Parents are the first teachers for their children. It is always important to nurture young children’s curiosity, instill positive values in them, and give praise where it is due. The first five years of a child’s life are the most significant in developing sound values and attitudes.” When she is not working, Pillay enjoys spending time with her two children, Keshin and Levina ,and family, reading and experimenting with food.

Bianca Warren

Durban’s Talented Young Entrepreneur. Owner of Bianca Warren Signature Store.

Durban’s Talented Young Entrepreneur Bianca Warren Sets the Stage for Success. Bianca Warren set up her brand two years ago. She is proudly South African and does all her own designs patterns and samples and have a small CMT factorydoing her production line. Warren supplies a few SA boutiques and has an agent in JHB that does markets and open days to get her name out in JHB, as she would like to one day open up a store there. “My line is simple effortless and commercial I use a variety of fabrics and love to get my inspiration from traveling. I focus on woman’s wear targeting all race and ages” says Warren. Warren strives at paying attention to detail and works hard to ensure she has a definite brand from packaging to marketing, and would like people to distinguish her from other competitors. The Bianca Warren brand is proudly SA and strives to grow weekly.“ I have dreams of where I want to be and I am working hard to achieve those dreams. I believe there is a gap in the market for well made proud SA women’s wear that is on trend and affordable.” Says Warren. Warren strives to bring out new designs on a weekly basis to keep the niche market she has captured happy. “My product is of the best quality and is reasonably priced. I don’t do more than 50 units of a certain style and if it’s a good seller I ill change the colour or fabric. Customers love “one off” pieces,” says Warren.


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Exclusive to ChangeNow Magazine The Bianca Warren label has gained respect as a brand in the fashion industry in Durban. What has attributed to your success? Thank you, it is all thanks to my Mom. She comes from a financial background and was very strict with me when I first started out a few years ago. She taught me perseverance and showed me there is no such thing as failure, it's hard work, many sacrifices and a winning spirit.

a voice and it is a basic human right,” says Parumaul.

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What sets Bianca Warren Garments apart? I am personally hands on with my clients and extremely involved in all aspect from fabric shopping, design, production, you can always find me at the square at my signature store. We specialize in evening wear, bridal wear and commercial wear. We pride ourselves on quality.

Dynamic Pree Parumaul, Changes Lives and Makes a Difference by Giving Voice to the Voiceless.

What is Bianca Warren’s speciality? Timeless effortless elegant pieces that you can dress up or down. We Courrier country wide over night for free. And our garments are made to fit so when shopping at a Bianca Warren store if there any alterations these are done on the same day free of charge by my friendly staff and myself.

Parumaul attained a BA in Communications, Higher Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Remedial Education focusing on Inclusion and Barriers to Learning. Her profound concern was for children and adults, who have little or no functional speech as a result of a variety of disabilities led her to complete a Honours degree in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and this has landed her with a two-fold profession of an Augmentative and Alternative Communications Therapist and a Special Needs Teacher.

What do your clients enjoy most about your brand? Our range is always changing we have new styles and colours in store weekly. We keep our units low and production turn around time fast and efficient. Our clients feel they have a unique timeless garment at an affordable price made to perfection locally. Being present everyday to design and dress my clients make it that much more personal when visiting the store. Every fashionista loves to wear a designer label, but as we know it is for a niche market. Do you have a strategy for your brand to be more accessible to a larger audience? More people are starting to appreciate local talent and by Bianca Warren providing both commercial and cocktail wear we target a greater market. Bianca Warren's Signature Store. Tel: 031 827 4955

Preedibashny Parumaul’s inner drive and passion led her to become involved in providing special needs and protection to the mentally challenged children and adults, who are non-verbal.

“A difficult childhood, the tragic loss of my husband and raising my two daughters single handedly were all the adversities and challenges that inspired and spurned me to make a difference in the lives of other people,” says Parumaul. A burning question and desire on how Augmentative and Alternative Communication can assist in the protection of vulnerable groups of people has engaged Parumaul in a post graduate study, researching Assistive Devices as a solution and survival kit for mentally challenged women and children that are non-verbal. “They are a vulnerable group that are often denied access to the justice system. Everyone deserves

She facilitates a Communication Circle for young adults with speech problems once a month. This is a support group that creates a sense of “you never alone”. The members share, network and support each other. Parumaul also serves as a Parent Advisor with Hi Hopes – Early Intervention Partner supporting babies and infants with hearing loss. This program is facilitated by the Department of Deaf Studies (University of Witwatersrand) and based on the Ski Hi Model of the University of Utah in the United States. Presently, Parumaul works as a consultant with Interface KZN on an ad hoc basis conducting assessments, providing therapy, facilitating workshops and presenting at conferences and seminars, whilst still working as a special needs teacher at a local school and carrying a caseload with Hi Hopes. Parumaul also worked at special needs centres abroad and have extensive international exerience in special needs. In 2006 she volunteered at the Toronto Disability Centre in Canada. As a nation we need to create more awareness, host more campaigns, provide training and empower the masses that requires our care. When Parumaul is not jetsetting around the world to gain more knowledge on special needs communication or empowering others on how to care for those that are non-verbal, she loves to spend her time reading and cooking. “I believe in Service to Mankind is Service to God and I value relationships more than my ego. We all have a place in the sun. It just takes honesty, humility, compassion, determination and perseverance” – Pree Parumaul.



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Chicken Curry

The cornish hen is best, when fresh. The subtle nuances were only in the tenderness of the cornish hen and the way it absorbs all the flavours. Ingredients: (serves 6)

• 1 Cornish hen, cleaned and skin removed- washed • 2 table spoons lemon juice • 3 - 4 tablespoon red chilli powder/paprika or cayenne • 2 tablespoon plain yogurt • 1 tablespoon ground or grated fresh ginger with 2 pounded hot green chilli peppers (skip the peppers if you do not want spicy) • 1 tablespoon freshly ground garlic paste • 1 heaped tea spoon coriander powder • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder • 6 tablespoon oil • 1.5 cup packed thinly sliced onion (pref. red onion) • 4 green cardamom • 4 stick cinnamon • 3 cloves • 1 large vine ripe tomato (grated) • 4 medium potatoes (optional), peeled and quartered • salt to taste • 1 teaspoon garam masala • fresh cilantro for garnish

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Method: Clean the hen and remove the skin. Cut cornish hen into medium sized pieces. Make deep slits on the breast and the thighs. Rub in some salt, red chilli powder/paprika or cayenne and a tablespoon of lemon juice all over and allow it to sit for about 1 hour. Rub in the 2 tablespoon of yogurt and the ginger chilli paste, garlic paste, turmeric powder, and coriander powder and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Overnight will be better. Just make sure that you bring the chicken to room temperature when ready to cook. If you are using potatoes, add a little bit of oil in a heavy bottomed pan with a tight fitting lid, and shallow fry the potatoes until they start to brown. Remove and set aside. Add the rest of the oil and add the spices (cinnamon, cardamom and clove). and then add the sliced onions. Fry the onions slowly until they start to soften. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place in the pan and slowly brown it on all sides turning it occasionally very carefully. Once it is golden brown, combine the grated tomato. Cook in low to medium heat, while stirring a few times, until the mix is cooked. The raw taste/aroma should be gone and you will see the oil leaving the sides of the pan. Add the potatoes and about 1.5 – 2 cups of warm water. Give it a good stir. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through. If there is too much sauce and you want less, uncover and cook for a while to reduce the sauce. When done, stir in the garam masala. Finish off with fresh cilantro. Serve with Roti or rice if you want with a kachumber salad on the side.

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Indulgent Foodies Day Out The Show- Stopper dishes! Durban’s top Restaurants fashioned special menus of starter-sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by chefs to specially reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients. Beluga chefs strive to constantly improve and refresh their offerings, and a major part of this process is trying out cutting edge techniques and new and interesting flavours. Beluga Restaurant served freshly made tantalizing sushi rolls and sandwiches. Salmon rose, fashion sandwich & rainbow roll was outstanding. Havana Grill is a world class grill room and an ultimate destination for the meat and seafood lover. The well-known Havana Grill who are noted for preparing their steaks to perfection, served one of the biggest hits at the Taste of Durban which was Asian Wagu Angus burger with Mirin pickled ginger and

kimchi. The Angus steak minced with fusion of the Asian flavours and slithers of pickled ginger was gastronomic! Vigour & Verve which has gained much recognition among the foodies in Durban served a great vegetarian dish Moroccanstyle creamy chickpea, butternut, mushroom & spinach basmati rice, popadam and sambals which was delectable and a great combination of flavours. One of the show stoppers was also the Seared Beef Wrap, a beef fillet wrapped with mustard may, caramelised onions, sundried tomato pesto and rocket. The world-class garden cafe/ restaurant, The Market served a grilled chop with a sweet potato wedge and rocket, prepared to perfection. Also featured this year was the Durban eKASI Experience, the authentic South African cuisine which included wors, pap, and chakalaka. With world-class restaurants, chefs and produce, Taste of Durban was a sumptuous, indulgent foodies day out.

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Books That Will Change Your Life Recommendations to Help You Read More. If you want your life to be different… READ! Words are thoughts that when shared are accepted as good ideas or bad ideas. Every single word you hear or read consciously or subconsciously shapes your beliefs and therefore they shape your life. Books have changed our life. We should be grateful to each author whose words have shaped our soul.

• Biography

Who do you admire? Imagine what you can learn from reading the biographies of some of the best and worst men and women in history. • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing • Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Major (Ret.) Dick Winters & Cole C. Kingseed • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose • D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches by Stephen Ambrose • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

• John Adams by David McCullough • Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris • Abraham Lincoln (Pocket Biographies) by H. G. Pitt • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

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Neuroplasticity: the brain is plastic or changeable. Do not miss this section! Yes, some of these books read like text books. The brain science of neuroplasticity has fascinated me since the moment I first read about how you can re-wire your brain to increase your attention span and sharpen your concentration and ability to focus. • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

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You can be different tomorrow than you are today. Reading books is one of the best ways to learn from the wisdom of others.

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Happiness, sadness, creativity, logical thinking, planning, dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, courage, motivation, new challenges. This set of books will inspire and educate you.

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We all believe something. These are

books that have inspired hundreds of thousands. Slow down and enjoy a book to reconnect with your soul.

Three Recommendations to Help You Read More

As a time management strategist I offer three recommendations to help you find the time to read more books. 1. Read 10 Pages a Day Books are not usually intended to be read in a single setting. Create a daily reading strategy, set a time where you will read ten pages of a book every day. If you want to learn more about leadership, read ten pages of a biography of a great leader. If you want to be inspired, read ten pages of an inspirational book. 2. Listen to Books Some people have difficulty sitting and reading. Therefore, my second recommendation is for you to download books to your smart phone or to your computer and list to books as you exercise or clean house or while you are waiting in a doctor’s office. Many libraries now allow you to download books electronically for a couple of weeks at no charge. And, there are several other great ways to download books like 3. Read Books Aloud This is one of my favourite recommendations to help you read more books. I have strong memories of my primary school teachers reading books aloud to our class and when reading time was over we would collectively beg for her not to stop reading.

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But perhaps she is out there, in the community, serving others as a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, or in a shop. Again she will extend herself, smiling and helping. As a teacher, there are large classes of children who take her as their role model, as she assists each one of them in their dream of a good education. More rarely but not uncommon, a woman may be a leader, a community icon, out there, standing up for the needs and rights of others. The suffragette movement was started by a woman in England, Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline was jailed many times for her fight for the rights of women. To her, women today owe their right to vote. They have a voice,

Perhaps we can never truly appreciate the role that women have played in deep rural areas, making things happen on very little in come, walking for miles, carrying wood and water, doing the best they can to send their children to school. Strength is what we think of when we think of women. As well as courage, love, compassion, and nurturing. So in women’s month, we honour women. We thank them for their commitment to their family, to their jobs, to the community, to our country and in general, we thank them for making a better life for us all.

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Jhene’ Aiko

This singer-songwriter has been around for a while but she made her first major debut with Sailing Souls. Jhene’ Aiko was born March 16 1988 in Los Angeles. She comes from a family of musically inspired people and gave birth to her daughter in 2008. Hard working and determined, Jhene’ puts family first and says that the birth of her child is what keeps her motivated. Her single 3:16am climbed up the charts, which was inspired by her obsession with horror movies. Now she is teaming up with some of the biggest names in R&B from Drake to Kendrick Lamar. Jhene’ Aiko is a woman sailing high.

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Change_ Setters. We look at society and often we are the very first people to judge and criticise but really what is it that you are doing differently. In fashion we have the trendsetters those who push the boundaries but, what are we doing that instills change for a better human society. Maybe you’ve started your own business or you help out at the local shelter whether it is big or small it doesn’t matter. A great man once said, “Be the Change you want to see in the world.” So my fellow readers I challenge you to be a Change_Setter. Send me your story on why you are a Change_Setter with a photo of you as well as your twitter handle (if you have one) and I will feature you in our next month’s magazine. E. T. @ChangeNOW_teenz

The Giver

The Giver is the story of Jonas who lives in a community without war or pain, a world that asks of every human to conform. Jonas soon starts to spend more time with the community’s Giver a man who holds all the secrets and memories of the community’s past. Jonas then falls into a world of dark, haunting secrets and knows that he and the others he love must leave their world to protect everyone. Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, enter a world that will have you in shock. This movie has a fantastic cast with, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. To be released on August 15 at cinemas.

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August is the month of women, so why not spoil yourselves or loved ones with the trendy mid rings. Simple metal rings that sit just below the nail or the middle of the finger. Whether they are plain or with intricate designs, Mid rings can really grab some attention and add some edge to a look. For a simple and sweet gift, these can do perfectly

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Believe in the LOVE of the Arts by Tasha Lee Maree

The National School Arts Festival was held for the 49th year and was a fantastic educational experience for learners. Grahamstown was a buzz with grade 12's from all over South Africa, from the 14th-17th of July, all for the love of the arts. School buses drove down to the famous and prestigious University of Rhodes, where students stayed at the residence, getting a taste of the campus life. Each day was fun-filled with a variety of shows and workshops. Students had the wonderful opportunity of mingling, socializing and inter-acting with creative artits from all corners of the country. Students were priveledged to watch 10 shows that their school selected and 4 workshops that each individual chose themselves. Workshops covered a variety of different arts from theatre to TV presenting but unfortunately the festival did lack some workshops on Visual Arts. Meals were provided daily and the freedom and comfort of Rhodes was exhilarating. The university was filled with aspiring students who had a flare for the arts, laughter was a melodic tune that never seemed to end. The shows allowed students to think critically and analyse language as well as movement. Late nights spent socializing with early morning spent getting creatively involved in workshops or shows. The Grahamstown National School Festival was a phenomenal experience that expressed the love and passion for the arts.

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Sweeney Todd - Durban

Venue: Playhouse Date: 28-31st August 2014 Pearl, a young widow, bitterly resents her late husband for dying & leaving her with the prospect of a lonely old age & her mother for being unable to provide her with the affection she craved as a child. She fiercely prepares for a special night out, one that could change her fortunes forever ...

Venue: Playhouse Date: 2-10th August 2014 The pas de deux-Sleeping Beauty / The grand pas-Paquita For more than hundred & fifty years, music of Tchaikovsky P.I. has generated great interest amongst all generations and people all over the world and continues to mesmerise to this day.


Venue: Suncoast Casino Date: 27-29th August 2014 This sumptuous event has wine lovers from across the province thirsty for an illustrious array of Cape grapes. Hundreds of wines will be exhibited under one roof for East Coast wine lovers and learners.

Venue: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre Date: 8-23rd August 2014 This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim features one of the greatest music theatre scores ever written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair ...

Expo: MamaMagic Baby Expo Durban Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre Date: 29 -31 August 2014 MamaMagic knows that love and magic is in the little things, which is why the expo takes care of that endless search for all your parenting, pregnancy and baby essentials, and puts all you could need and want from 0-6 years old under one roof.

Title: Hercules Opens: 8th August 2014 Hercules was the powerful son of the god-king Zeus. For this, Hercules received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous years of labour and the loss of his family, the dark and world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in combat.

Expo: Student Expo Durban Venue: Hillcrest Corner Date: 29 -30 August 2014 Following an exhilarating 2013, the Student Expo is the only exhibition aimed at students, school-leavers as well as graduates and even parents. The Expo is designed to guide, direct and open up a broad range of possibilities that students could consider.

Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Opens: 8th August 2014 A new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelinstarred eatery, is almost cause for an all-out war between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognises her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

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Change Now Magazine - August 2014  
Change Now Magazine - August 2014