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Jaco Boyens a Visionary Jaco Boyens

Dealer Principal Audi Centre Umhlanga

Our Customers are the “Heartbeat and Sunshine of Our Business. ” The core brand Audi increased its total number of units delivered by 8.3 percent, a new all-time record for the Company. This brand is unmistakenly increasing its market share in the premium brand sector not only in South Africa but internationally. The Audi brand with the four rings is especially noted for its unmistakable design, innovative technologies and high quality standards. This is expressed by the brand essence “Vorsprung durch Technik,” which comprises the brand values sportiness, progressiveness and sophistication. "In keeping with the vision for the brand, we at Audi Centre Umhlanga strive to offer our customers the very best and latest in Audi products, world-class customer service and a truly satisfying ownership experience," says Boyens. Audi Umhlanga Centre treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. They are aware of their customer’s high expectations, and as a car dealer they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. "Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We encourage you to visit us and browse our inventory, schedule a test drive and investigate financing options," says Boyens. [Exclusive to ChangeNOW Magazine]

What sets Audi Centre Umhlanga apart from other Audi dealerships in Durban?

Being authentic is what sets Audi Centre Umhlanga apart from other Audi dealerships in the local market. Since every Audi dealership offers the same product offering, we would like to think that our internal culture and complete dedication to our customers to be some of the core ingredients that sets us apart. Lastly, I think it is important to listen carefully to our customers, understand their changing needs and requirements. I like to run a business that is light and agile, in

order to embrace and welcome change, and then successfully incorporate the changing needs of our customers into our daily business. After all, our CUSTOMERS are the SUNSHINE of our business! Without our CUSTOMERS, we have no business. Since I have joined Audi Centre Umhlanga at the end of September 2013, we have made a number of important decisions regarding our Dealership Management team. The evidence is proof in our new young, highly motivated and passionate Management team. In order to change the culture of the dealership and dealership staff, we had to ensure that we have a strong Management structure in place that will see us well into the future.

How do you and your sales team ensure sales satisfaction in the New vehicle and Pre-owned vehicle departments at Audi Centre Umhlanga?

Sales Satisfaction, or Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) as it more commonly known in the motor industry today, is of utmost importance in our dealership. It is a topic that the entire team at Audi Centre Umhlanga understands extremely well. Since customer expectations develop and change with time, it is our responsibility to ensure that we stay well informed of these changes and developments, and incorporate those into our internal systems or processes in order to serve our customers better. Our customer satisfaction is measured by an independent research agency that contacts all Audi customers nationally to determine their satisfaction with the product, brand and sales experience at the dealership. We are extremely proud to say that for the last three months our New Vehicle Sales Department under the guidance of our New Sales Manager, Wayne Maybery, Audi Centre Umhlanga, was rated number one countrywide when it came to customer delight. So we certainly know how to look after our customers. Our Pre-owned Department, under the guidance of our Pre-owned Manager Sibusiso Chiliza, scores are not far behind that of the New vehicle departments. Both of our sales departments understand that in order to completely delight our customers, we have to do the

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basics right the first time around. With the sale of a New or Pre-Owned Audi, the responsibility remains with us to ensure that we give our customers the best Audi experience possible.

How do you stay focussed and keep your team positive-minded in a time that is quite challenging due to the international economic instability?

The International economic instability certainly has a spinoff on our local South African market; however I believe that it is not healthy to completely fixate on the negative impacts on our business. Ultimately the international business factors at play are something we have little or no control over. To remain focussed and to keep our staff as motivated as possible, we concentrate on the factors that we have control over in our business. We have complete control over the interaction we have with every customer, let’s focus on making THAT a memorable experience that will assist us in retaining customers. We have control over the effort that we put into our Marketing activities; we have control over the sales activities we generate through our Marketing activities; so again let’s control these where the result will directly have an influence over our daily business. The key here is to become self-motivated from within, and to motivate others. EVERY SINGLE DAY. As dealer management we are responsible for switching the attitude and staff morale “on” when we get to work, and to invest in our internal business relationships on a daily basis. My thoughts are that we have to almost become obsessed with positive thinking. A great and inspirational motivator, Robin Sharma says: “Until your mission is an obsession, nothing will change in your life”.

Audi has a very attractive product range and aims to delight customers of all ages and social brackets with their sporty, high quality and innovative vehicles. The New Audi S and RS models have landed in South Africa as well as the Audi S3 Sportback and Audi SQ5 TDI. What is unique about these S and RS models?

Audi South Africa has certainly worked extremely hard to provide us with this amazing line-up of vehicles we enjoy in our showrooms today, particularly the sporty S & RS range of vehicles. These spoty models bring together what can only be described as the epitome of what an Audi vehicle could be.

We have been extremely blessed to see vehicles such as the S3, RSQ3, RS4 Avant, SQ5, RS5 Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the most recent performance topping 412KW RS7. There are a few more performance models being lined up for the year ahead, so keep an eye on the showroom of Audi Centre Umhlanga as we will ensure that we have these exhilarating vehicles on display.

Jaco, you are well-known in the motor vehicle industry, what is your vision and new strategy for 2014 for Audi Centre Umhlanga?

Until I joined Audi Centre Umhlanga recently, the dealership did not have a complete management team. Now that we have a stable and solid team of highly motivated people in place, we have started to set some renewed goals. Our long term vision is to eventually become the Audi dealership of choice in the greater Durban area. However, in order to start building towards this dream we had to revisit the drawing board to establish where our strengths are and where our areas of opportunity lie within our dealership. People are key in any organisation, and it is certainly no different in ours. Our aim is to invest in the growth of our existing employees, and to ensure that we nurture and grow them to realise their true potential.

What drives Jaco Boyens as a Dealer Principal of Audi Centre Umhlanga with a staff compliment of 67?

I am driven by achievement, whether it be a tiny or a great achievement, both personally and in business. Achievement means progress, and where there is progress in place means that we are busy evolving and changing into something or someone greater then what we were the day before.

Where do you see the Audi brand in South in the next five years?

Audi as a brand is evolving into something far greater than ever before. Audi is focussing on growth in every aspect of their market, and is currently the fastest growing premium vehicle brand in South Africa. So in my opinion watch Audi very closely, as it is a Brand that is becoming more desirable by the day… Please email Jaco Boyens at for personal service. Audi Centre Umhlanga, 18 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319 031 584 9600 •

Stress Management by Mayo Clinic Staff

Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress. Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided. Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this ageold question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you're optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health. Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and wellbeing. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair — you can learn positive thinking skills. Understanding positive thinking and self-talk Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other selftalk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information. If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you're likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking. The health benefits of positive thinking Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include: • Increased life span • Greater resistance to the common cold • Lower levels of distress • Lower rates of depression • Better psychological and physical well-being • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.


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We read for various reasons. A basic ability allows one to read road signs and to fill in forms after reading the requirements. Next comes the need to read for study purposes. To pass those exams and gain knowledge that will lead to employment. The more one reads and studies, the better the position and the pay! One may also read to extend one’s knowledge – there is so much happening in the world these days. Things are changing at an enormous speed. Here-say is best backed up with researched knowledge. Even then, one has to make up one’s mind as to the truth of what one reads. So reading helps a person to develop a critical mind. To weigh up the pros and cons. It is also of vital importance when voting and choosing who one would like to lead the country. In the early days, that was why newspapers developed. To give the common man the facts so that he or she could make an educated decision. Of course, today, newspapers each have their own particular slant of how they want to tip decisions that people make. Headlines of newspapers give an indication of the team behind those headlines. Whether it is sensation that the management are creating to make sales, or whether they are as genuine in giving the facts as they seem to be. Strangely, the same scene viewed by several different people will all have very different stories which each one swears is the truth! Readers then have to be careful not to be swayed by popular media to believe something that may not be true. All this comes into the need to be able to read, and then to see the truth in whatever is written. Another reason for reading is for the pure fantasy that appears on the pages. A story that takes one’s mind to sunshiny places of peace and joy may help a harassed business man after a particularly hard day. I have read too, that after many years of deep study of heavy disciplines that the best thing a person could do is to make a study of Shakespeare. People then also read for the pure delight of words that create beautiful pictures In our minds. Take the poem by William Allingham that reads : Up the airy mountain Down the rushy glen I daren’t go a hunting For fear of little men These few lines become everlasting. “Airy mountain” has a connotation of a million more words than those two words. What about the “rushy glen?” Do you know what a rushy glen is? I don’t but that doesn’t detract from the pure delight one feels as one reads those few words. Other stories, like the Hobbit, Winnie the Pooh, Vampires, and The Little Prince on a far away planet absorb and entertain us. They also get us thinking beyond the triteness of everyday life. Is there really life on the moon? Are there other galaxies that are civilised, maybe more civilised than we are? Are people really going to leave for Mars and never come back? Are there ways to solve the problems of mankind? Words are also our wands. Words can uplift people and make them want to work harder, try to do better, be more compassionate, more helpful, to create a better world. To make a positive Change.


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Apple’s Driving Force Apple Launches “the Best iPhone Experience on four Wheels” Apple has taken a significant step forward in its plan to become a regular presence in cars, rebranding its initiative for iPhone-powered dashboards as CarPlay. Originally launched as iOS in the Car at the 2013 developers’ conference, CarPlay will allow users to browse music, navigate maps and make calls using an iOS 7-like user interface. Apple is calling it “the best iPhone experience on four wheels” and has announced that their first manufacturers to build it into their vehicles will be Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. CarPlay (a name that puts the technology in line with AirPlay – Apple’s media streaming software) will primarily use Siri’s voice command functionality to make the software an “eye free experience”. Users will be able to dictate text messages or navigate their contacts using their voice, and Apple say that the software is also predictive, looking at your calendar and email to anticipate upcoming meetings and suggest directions. Third-party apps form the likes of Spotify and IHeartRadio will also be available, although the software requires a lightning connector – meaning that only the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C are compatible. Smartphones will also provide the processing power, with the display itself simply a touch-screen. Apple says that they have 13 more manufacturers lined up to integrate CarPlay into their vehicles, with the names covering a broad range of the market, including BMW, Ford, Kia, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Jaguar. The news means that Apple vs Google fight is going to spill over from smartphones and tablets onto the automotive industry. In January this year the search giant launched its own initiative, the Open Automotive Alliance, which aims to put the Android operating system in cars around the world. Google launched the alliance with General Motors, Audi, Honda, Hyundai and chip-makers Nvidia, planning to release the first cars by the end of 2014. - The Independent

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We’ve all been through this decision – going on holiday to an area with a low-medium risk of malaria. Should we or shouldn’t we take prophylaxis? The preventative medication alone does have its own barrage of side effects and the duration!!! – 1 week before, during the journey and up to 2 weeks after. The choice seems simple… However, the statistics are scary. In 2010, 219 million cases of malaria were reported with 660 000 deaths - 91% in Africa. Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite that infects the Anopheles mosquito which feeds on humans. The commonest cause for the serious to fatal outcomes is the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. Pregnant women, children under 5 and immunosuppressed indivduals are most at risk. Symptoms can appear after an incubation period of 7-20 days after being bitten. These symptoms can initially be flu-like with fever, chills, headaches, sweats, body aches, nausea and vomiting. The high swinging temperature that occurs every 2-3 days is often a diagnostic tool. Complicated cases of malaria may present with multi-organ failure or, in the case of cerebral malaria, CNS symptoms of epilepsy, confusion, coma. The diagnosis of malaria is only made after microscopically visualising the parasite in the blood stream. Treatment depends on the severity of the infection and uses a number of drugs either individually or in combination – depending on the resistance profile of the parasite. These drugs include chloroquine, quinine, mefloquine, artemisinin combination therapy, to name a few. Prevention … prevention ... prevention… is the key. This would include being well informed about the area to which you are travelling – trying at best to avoid high risk areas. Covering exposed skin, using mosquito repellants and nets to prevent being bitten. Using drug prophylaxis, if required. Please see ur doctor should you develop flu-like symptoms after travelling to a possible malaria zone.

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Natalie Rungan Launches her New CD

Heart Aflame, which is an 11-track album, has been written, arranged and produced by Natalie Rungan. At the start of 2013 the singer songwriter spent a lot of time thinking about the direction she wanted her music to take. Having previously done two albums, “Love Is” and “This is Me”, Natalie decided to go out on her own as an independent recording artist. The songstress felt the need to be more transparent both in her writing as well as her performances. This took much thought and careful consideration not to stray too far from the profile already established. A year later she penned this new album, which is an expression of her journey over the past two years. Rungan came up with the idea of Up Close and Personal (UCP)© which is concept that is all about how the audience feels while they are taken through this musical journey. She wrote new compositions for the concert, which were different in style and lyrical content and based on its

HEART AFLAME success decided that she wanted to share them with fans both nationally and those abroad. It was Natalie’s desire that “Heart Aflame” would capture the energy and synergy that she had on stage with her band each time they performed.

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studio and recorded these eleven songs live. The process of making an album like this is both exhilarating and a little daunting, as songs have to be performed perfectly from start to finish. There are no overdubs and tweaks like one could have in a programmed album. As the listener hears it, is exactly how it happened in studio. It took hours of planning and practicing before going in to track the album but a year later the final product is one that Natalie is very proud of. Joining the trio on “Africa” and “Come Dance” is Ian Alexander Reid; an acclaimed bass player, and dear friend of Natalie’s, who is based in London. Brent Quinton, owner of Hit Record Studios who engineered the album, also features on guitar on “Love began when you smiled”. For the very first time Natalie has been able to credit someone other than herself for lyrical content on one of her songs. Media and radio personality Alan Khan co wrote the lyrics to “I still remember” which is inspired by a prose written to his wife.

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Rosemary Rosemary is a hearty, woody Mediterranean herb that has needlelike leaves and is a good source of antioxidants. Because of its origin, rosemary is commonly used in Mediterranean cooking and you’ll often see it included as a primary ingredient in Italian seasonings. You can use it to add flavor to soups, tomato-based sauces, bread, and high-protein foods like poultry, beef, and lamb. Rosemary may help with detoxification; taste changes; indigestion, flatulence, and other digestive problems; and loss of appetite. Try drinking up to 3 cups of rosemary leaf tea daily for help with these problems.

Turmeric Turmeric is an herb in the ginger family; it's one of the ingredients that make many curries yellow and gives it its distinctive flavor.

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven so the lamb will sit in the middle of the oven. Peel 6 of the cloves of garlic and place them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the coriander, mint, salt, pepper, cumin and Olive oil. Process until the garlic, coriander and mint are finely minced. Thoroughly spread the mixture onto the flat deboned lamb. Roll the lamb using butcher's twine to tie it together and place it on the prepared roasting pan. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Toss the potatoes and remaining unpeeled garlic in a bowl with

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Heat the butter in a pan. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the hot milk and cook for 3 minutes. Add the cream and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

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The vast mass of knowledge in the world can only be gained by reading, and if you want your children to be smart, they have to acquire a love for reading. The love of reading has so many benefits. You can develop this reading habit in your children in as early as their first few months by reading to them. Many studies have demonstrated that reading to children has many positive effects. For example, a study was made in Rhode Island Hospital to compare two groups of eight months old – one group was read to often as babies, while the other was not. It was shown that those who were read to have their “receptive” vocabularies (number of words they understand) increased 40 per cent since babyhood, while the non-reading group increased by only 16 per cent. Indeed, reading to your children is one of the most effective way of building the “language” neural connections in their growing brains. When you read with your child, he derives these benefits: • Reading to your kid makes you bond with him, and this gives your child a sense of intimacy and well-being. This feeling of intimacy will not only make your child feel close to you, the feeling of being loved and getting attention also

helps him to grow smart. • The intimacy of reading to your kid is such a pleasurable experience to him that he will have a positive attitude towards reading as he grows up. • It calms your child, especially when he is fretful and restless. • It promotes increased communication between you and your child. • Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to him and in conversation tend to do well in school. • Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool. • Your baby learns early the basics of reading a book, that words represent sounds and concepts, words are read from left to write, and stories continue when you flip the page. • It promotes longer attention span, which is an important skill for your kid to be able to concentrate. • It builds listening skills and creative imagination. • Your young child learns about colours, shapes, numbers, and letters, while your older child discovers an expanding chain of knowledge. His interest in cars, for example, will expand to his interest in trucks, and other transportation like planes and rockets, and soon he will be reading about outer space, science and technology, and so forth.

• A study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in January 2013 concluded that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.” • Books teach your child thinking skills early. When you read to your child, he learns to understand cause and effect, he learns to exercise logic, as well as think in abstract terms. He learns the consequences of actions, and the basics of what is right and wrong. • Books teach your child about relationships, situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world he lives in. Fantasy books provide material for his imagination and free play. Fairy tales fascinate your kid, and help him distinguish between what is real and what is not. • When your child reaches a new stage in his growth, or experiences a new and unfamiliar situation, reading to your child about a story relevant to his new experience can relieve his anxiety and help him cope. For example, if your child is stressed about his first day in school, or about moving to a new location, you can read a book to him that shows that these should not be painful experiences. • Your child learns early that reading is fun and not a chore. When your child grows up, you will not be stressed about getting him to read, as reading has become, for him, a pleasurable habit.


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5 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code for becoming a chief executive or a business owner. We’re all born with a clean slate, more or less. What happens next – your childhood, your upbringing, your education, your experience, your behaviour, the choices you make – determines what you become. And what you make of yourself. It might surprise you to know that growing up with nothing does not diminish your chances of accomplishing great things in your life. On the contrary, growing up with adversity, in a competitive environment, can have a positive impact on your career. It all depends on how you use that experience. So how about we throw out all the conventional wisdom and popular myths about where leaders and entrepreneurs come from and focus on what really matters: the things you have control over today that can really make a difference in what you achieve going forward. While there is no common blueprint for success, there are common themes I see again and again in those who do exceptionally well. Here are seven things that, in my experience, every great entrepreneur knows. Most importantly, they’re all within your reach. There is no four-hour – or 40hour – work week. You get out of life what you put in. There are no shortcuts to success.

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He is the ultimate soldier and one of our favourite avengers. Captain America is back in the sequel “ Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ After the events that took place in New York with the Avengers, Steve Rogers (Captain America) is trying to live in the modern world but soon a S.H.I.E.L.D colleague comes under attack. Captain America teams up with Black Widow who soon finds themselves up against an unexpected enemy, “ The Winter Soldier.” This action packed film stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

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I admit that the Samsung S5 is definitely a great smartphone with some good features. The Samsung S5 has seemed to taken a new aesthetic appeal with a perforated pattern that is rather unique. They also have a heart rate sensor and they are the first smartphone to have this built in which is fantastic; promoting a healthier lifestyle. Then there’s my favourite, the finger scanner. It’s such an innovative smart idea if Samsung had thought of it first, because I’m pretty sure that was the main feature on the iPhone 5. The Samsung S5 is a smartphone that appeals to the need of the Change Generation.

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School Holiday FUN-t Every year it’s the same old story: how do you keep the children busy during the school holidays? One of the upsides of Autumn in Durban is that it’s got none of Cape Town’s wet and windy weather, which means that mercifully your kids don’t need to be cooped-up in the house this holiday. Here are some ideas for cool activities in Durban for the whole family this holiday.

Great FUN Activities at Moses Mabhida Stadium The iconic Moses Mabhida is the ultimate destination for a fun day out with family and friends. The stadium holiday activities that are guaranteed to satisfy everyone from the kiddies to the adrenalin junkies! You can enjoy the SkyCar, take a ride up to the sky and view the breath-taking Durban in 360 degrees. If you are able to handle an extreme adrenalin rush, the Big Rush Big Swing is a must for you. Try the Segway Gliding Tours, don’t be fooled, this really is the coolest way to get around! Cruise around the stadium and on to the Beach Front promenade to relive some of your greatest moments, and make some new ones! Get your blood pumping and to head to the top of the stadium on an Adventure Walk. Slightly more strenuous than taking the SkyCar but once you get to the top you’ll be beaming with pride!

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Splash around at uShaka Marine World A visit to uShaka Marine World is one of Durban’s highlights and should be a must on any self-respecting Durbanite’s (or tourist’s) to-do list. It’s quite simply one of those places that will leave the entire family entertained. Swing by the Sea World aquarium and marvel at the incredible sea creatures or take things a step further and work a dolphin, penguin or seal show into your visit. The Animal Encounters, which allow you to get closer to the sea creatures, is also a great option for a family day-out. If you feel like getting the kiddies out of your hair, uShaka Kids World has an awesome play area and offers several fun activities and adventures for children. Contact Tel 031-328-8000 031-328-8090

Confront Crocodiles and Snakes at PheZulu Safari Park Nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills just over half-hour’s drive from Durban, PheZulu Safari Park is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Apart from the breath-taking beauty of the area, the Park’s highlight is definitely the its menagerie of crocodile and snakes. If you and the children feel like facing up to all sorts of creepy creatures, a visit to the PheZulu Crocodile and Snake park will be a treat. Keep a look out for Junior, the 102-yearold Nile crocodile, or the 3.2m long Burmese python Cleo. End your trip off with a bite to eat at the Boma restaurant or a Zulu cultural experience. Contact 031-777-1000 031-777-1464

Go Biking at Giba Gorge Why not take advantage of Durban’s fantastic winter weather and get outdoors? The Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park in Hillcrest is an awesome place for you and the kids to shake off extra adrenaline that’s been building up during the school term. Giba Gorge sports an excellent BMX track and a 40km mountain-biking trail that slither through the wooded farmlands that overlook the Umtamvuma River Gorge. Giba Gorge also has

Take a trip on Umgeni Steam Railway Grab the kids and hop onto one of the vintage steam trains on the Umgeni railway – one of the country’s oldest railway lines – that creeps through the Valley of 1000 Hills. The train journey is from Kloof Station to Inchanga



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Go Zorbing Zorbing? Well, that’s when you get inside a giant, transparent ball and roll downhill. Simple, and great fun. And KwaZulu Natal, as it happens, has one of the best zorbing parks in the country. GroovyBalls Adventure Park in Cliffdale is the place for you and the kids to try your hand at this crazy sport. The Park offers different courses such as the “Kamikaze Run” – a 120-metre downhill roll – and the 60-metre ride for kids. If you want to combine you zorbing with some other activities, the Park also offers go-karting, target-shooting, and paintball. Contact Tel 084-330-3112 031-783-7162

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Take a Hike in Umhlanga Another great (and affordable) idea for a family-day-trip is to head to the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and to stroll through the coastal dune forest and across the Ohlange River towards the Umhlanga Lagoon. The day-walk is only half an hour long and the route is wellmarked so it shouldn’t be too strenuous for little hikers. The Reserve is brimming with wellover 60 species. Keep your eyes open for vervet monkeys and blue and red duiker. Contact Tel 031-561-4257,

Get Drumming If your kid’s the musical-type (or if you just need some musical therapy) you can do worse than taking part in a djembe drumming circle. This is one of those activities that’s not too much of a hassle to organise – the Drumshack in Morningside has interactive shows every Sunday evening – and it’s superfun for both young and old. If you haven’t taken part in a drumming session, you have no idea what you’re missing. It’s extremely energising and a great way for the family to bond over a cool activity. Contact Tel 083-704-4879

Take the family to Funworld Durban Funworld may seem like an obvious addition to this list but, hey, there’s no doubt it will be a huge hit with the kids. Plus, it’s actually quite affordable. And during the school holidays, Funworld will be open until late every day. Be sure to take a family ride on the aerial cableway overlooking the city, the tilt-a-whirl or the swing boat. Or why not have a family bumper-car-battle at the Dodgems Arcade? Contact Tel 031-332-9776



Train Your Dog to Be Good with Kids

Learn how to ensure your pet peacefully coexists with the people you love. Never leave children and dogs unattended. People often forget that their family dog is an animal and animals do not have a moral compass. Kids should never touch a sleeping, sick, eating, strange or mommy dog. Parents often expect dogs to simply deal with kids pulling their ears and tails or taunting them. Children should be taught to respect the dog and give it space. Create kid-free zones: Family dogs should have a kid-free zone to go to if they want space. Crates provide a separate area for the dog to be alone. Don't view it as punishment. The crate is a safe refuge, especially when the house is filled with relatives and strange noises. Establish house rules: The family should never allow rough play with the dog. Burckhalter also suggests distributing food and treats away from the child. Do not allow the dog to eat from the child's plate or play with the child's toys. Kids also should not play with pet toys; they lack the same safety standards. Train and socialize the dog: Burckhalter shared a terrible tragedy that occurred in her neighborhood. A child was mauled by a dog that had spent its life tied up outside. Children screaming and running past had caused years of pent-up frustration in a

dog that already lacked proper social skills. When the chain finally broke, Burckhalter said, frustration turned into attack. The dog was euthanized and the child spent months in the hospital. All dogs should be trained to handle various distractions such as children, small animals and bicycles. During the weekly pit bull training sessions, Burckhalter uses an air horn, funny hats and other distractions to test dogs’ concentration. Enroll your dog in obedience training and make it a family affair. The Kennel Club also offers a Canine Good Citizen certification program for well-behaved dogs. It can be a valuable asset for dogs and owners, who qualify for lower homeowners’ insurance rates. Also, involve children in positive training methods as much as possible. Make sure the breed fits your lifestyle: Research the type of dog you have and respect those instincts, she said. Understanding the traits of a breed will help you become a better pet owner. Without long daily walks to help burn all that extra energy, dogs becomes bored and destructive. Be honest with yourself about the dog's needs and whether you can meet them. Get your dog spayed or neutered: Most dog attacks come from unaltered males, Burckhalter said. Get your dog spayed as soon

as possible. The SPCA offers a database of free or low-cost spay/ neuter options around the country. Teach kids to ignore stray dogs: Remind kids that every dog is not friendly. If a dog approaches while they are walking to school, kids should not make eye contact or try to run. Instead, they should stand still (like a tree) until the dog loses interest and walks away. If kids are on the ground when a stray approaches, they should curl up into a ball and cover their head until the dog passes. New parents, help dogs prepare for the baby: • Make any lifestyle changes before the baby arrives. If your dog requires long walks, start doggie daycare as an outlet for exercise. Establish a no-furniture rule and enforce it. Install baby gates well before duty calls and you have to stumble out of bed at 2 a.m. for a diaper change. • Get the dog acclimated to baby sounds and scents. Let your dog smell the baby’s blanket and other gear. Set up the pack 'n' play and car seat weeks early. • Make the baby’s room a dog-free zone. • Start obedience training. Be honest about whether your dog is good with children. If your dog does not like children, Burckhalter said, you should find her a new home.


A Handful of Keys - 20th Anniversary Tour Date: 2 - 27 April 2014 Venue: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre One of the most successful shows in the history of South African showbiz: A Handful of Keys with Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn, returns to Durban for a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus to celebrate 20 remarkable years. The journey of A Handful of Keys is remarkable: it has played to more than 400 000 people on five continents, in 1250 shows, with five different cast combinations, and has garnered nine national awards after seasons across South Africa and beyond. Booking is through Computicket. For block bookings contact Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690. Shows are Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Easter Sunday Concert at The Playhouse: Handel's Messiah The Playhouse Company proudly presents Handel’s Messiah for the annual Easter Sunday concert on 20 April at 3pm. With the story line covering the Nativity, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, the glorious history and enduring spirit of this Baroque-era oratorio continues to hold music lovers in awe – more than 250 years after the famous composer’s death. Featuring the talents of soloists Aubrey Lodewyk, Khumbuzile Dhlamini and Violina Anguelov, who will be accompanied by the Playhouse Company Chorale, the Durban Symphonic Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Naum Rousine. For further information please call 031 369 9456.


Title: Forgotten Kingdom (10–12PG) Date: 11 April 2014 It is always the past that remembers. Atang Mokoeyna is an unemployed, aimless young man who spends his days idling in the slums of Johannesburg. When his father dies, Atang must give up his selfish ways and fulfil his father's humble last wishes: to be buried in the rural, mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho ...

Title: Son of God Date: 17 April 2014 Their empire. His kingdom. Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment. Told with the scope and scale of an epic, the film spans the period from Jesus’ humble birth, through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Title: One Chance (7–9PG) Date: 17 April 2014 As a kid, he was an outcast. As a young man, his future looked bleak. Until he got the chance of a lifetime. The remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, and winning the hearts of millions.

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ Date: 24 April 2014 His most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But now, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. Only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.

Change Now Magazine - April 2014  
Change Now Magazine - April 2014