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COVER ILLUSTRATION: MISS MILLA

What’s gone down, who said what and what you should know…

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IN THE VILLAGE WE TELL IT LIKE IT IS!

THE VILLAGE VOICE Welcome to Issue 2 – with content inspired and created by YOU! We’ve been blown away by your positive response to our first issue but more than that we’re so encouraged by the enormous shows of community and care shown on the Village every single day. It’s hard to imagine life before Covid-19 but thanks to you all, there is always support on the other side of the screen – and I am so buoyed up by this – no matter our differences we are carving a way forward. Thank you!

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Queen of the South Ozark Walking Dead Outlander Offspring Virgin River Schitt’s Creek Marcella Fauda Ann with an E

Don’t forget to let us know if you find a great new show!

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Our Queen of Hearts

Ah, this feelgood story really struck a chord with so many of you – and no wonder, not only did Alta’s story of how she and her Prince Charming rekindled their university romance 25 years after first falling in love but she decided to spread the love by gifting her gorgeous wedding dress to one lucky bride-to-be. Alta, you are an everyday hero to us!

More than 700 of you weighed in and helped share the love and happiness.

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THE VILLAGE CARES & SHARES Thank you for spreading the good news!

Our healthcare system needs you! Your donation of blood can help save a life. South African National Blood Service. Thank you Motley Crew for your generous gift to the Hillwood Primary School community. You are not alone… join The Circle One of our Villagers has set up a caring and supportive group for those of us who suffer from anxiety and/or depression. If you are looking for a safe space to chat, share and support please consider joining. https://www.facebook.com/ groups/575725193350543/

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“Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.”

The Village

TO YOUR DOOR

Thank you for sharing so many amazing homecooked food delivery services! Click on the links below to visit & order DISH FOOD & SOCIAL ANDI’S Butter Chicken is the stuff of legend – weekly menu whatsapped to you every Sunday

Inspire your family to learn new tricks with their affordable meals in a box

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Hout Bay’s best chefs under one umbrella – to your door

THE FABBEST FACE MASK! We’re so happy to see fellow villagers out in their masks. Each mask costs R45 and R10 goes to the Villagers in Need Fund. Order yours: loveSoJo@icloud.com. Your orders have kept scores of sewers in business over Covid too! We thank you, our big hearted Villagers.

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FROZEN 4 YOU So convenient and such tasty (and generous) flash frozen portions MY FOOD FAIRY We love their meatballs and chicken pie

We love the Mediterranenan offerings from this City Bowl legend LAZARI

Delicious cookedfor-you convenience for our Joburg members

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Barbara’s meals are such a win for kosher homes YUMMY FOODS Family style food from a family-run business FREEDOM FOODS Perfect for Southern Suburbs and South Peninsula – lovely big portions!

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Ollie is Home! When Villager Suna Hall’s husband Sam Crocker and their son Ollie were involved in an horrific accident, The Village gathered together to say prayers and send well wishes to the family. Ollie sustained traumatic head injury but – he survived and after 25 days at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, he is thriving at home. Ollie continues to amaze his family with his tenacity and commitment to his rehabilitation. Suna has shared her gratitude to each and every one of you who commented and sent love. You can help support the Red Cross Children’s Hospital by clicking here

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For Women By Women

THIS TAKES THE CAKE Here’s a diet we can get behind. Thank you Laura Folley for the recipe for this classic Victoria Sponge that just reminds us of simpler times.

For the cake:

225g salted but ter, softened (only real but ter will do!) 225g caster sugar 225g self-raising flour 4 medium eggs 1 tsp vanilla essence For the filling:

100g icing sugar 50g salted but ter, softened 4 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam ½ tsp vanilla essence Method: Line 2 x 20 cm shallow cake tins with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F. Beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs and about half the flour, then the other 2 eggs and the rest of the flour. Add the vanilla essence. Divide between the tins and bake for 25 minutes. Check with a skewer (it should come out clean) or press lightly with your

finger – it should spring back if it’s cooked. Leave to cool in the pans for around 5 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack. To make the buttercream: put softened butter into a bowl and sift the icing sugar over it and slowly mix it together. Add a little boiling water (about 1 tbsp) to help to bring it together and keep mixing until it has the consistency of cream cheese. When the sponges are cold, put the bottom layer on a plate and spread it with the jam. Then, if you’re brave, hold the top layer upside down in your hand and spread it with the butter cream and then place it on top of the bottom layer. (If your hands aren’t big enough, put the top layer upside down onto a plate, spread the buttercream and use the plate to flip it over onto the bottom layer). Finally, sprinkle some icing sugar through a sieve and scatter across the top. Eat with a freshly-brewed cup of tea! 04

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Thank you to our friends at 1st for Women who so generously stepped up to the plate with an incredible donation of R10 000 to our Villager Bridget van Niekerk. Bridget has been selflessly feeding her neighbours in Tafelsig every single day since lockdown kicked off – we salute you! To help Bridget, please consider supporting this Backabuddy campaign.

BEST GIFT EVER! We loved this idea from Nicole


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Money Talk

It’s been a tricky time for so many of us – thankfully The Village is a mine of really useful financial information 1 Have a plan. Being disorganised costs you money 2 Spend less than you earn. Simple, but not always easy! This is the basis of your financial security. 3 Focus on fulfilment. In your work and life. 4 Save whatever you can, whenever you can. You need 20 times your annual income for your retirement. 5 Invest for longterm growth. That means a globally well-diversified portfolio. 6 Don’t get distracted by what others say and do. Stick to your plan, while reviewing it regularly to stay on track. For more sound financial advice, click here.

You always have wise words for us, Ann!

Feeling jittery about your investments? Get sound advice from a financial advisor based on your needs and long term goals.

6 SAVVY MONEY TIPS

Finance whizz Andrew Bradley, CEO of Fiscal Private Client Services and bestselling author of How Much Is Enough?, shares his best advice (for free!)

Thank you Alison for your input!

You can never ask too many questions – remember it is your money!

Need we say more? PARENTING IS BUYING 4 BANANAS AND WATCHING THEM ALL GET EATEN IN ONE DAY. THEN BUYING 8 BANANAS AND WATCHING THEM ROT ON YOUR COUNTER BECAUSE ‘NO ONE LIKES BANANAS’. 05

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Thank you for the memories & your legacy When Jenna Lowe was just 17 she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare degenerative and life-threatening disease, which meant she urgently needed a lung transplant. Jenna inspired the nation when she launched her #GetMeTo21

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campaign, prompting more than 20,000 South Africans to sign up as organ donors. Sadly Jenna didn’t make her 21st birthday, but five years on from her passing her legacy lives on through the amazing work done by The Jenna Lowe Trust. Shine on, beautiful girl. Always loved, always missed. Click here to help the Trust in Jenna’s memory and here to visit the SA Organ Donor Foundation

We’ve started a new thread for the angels who can help us and our children. If you’re looking for assistance or have skills you can share, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. The service is free although donations are welcome.

TUTORS.

UTI-X is an essential for those leg crossing moments Did you know that UTI’s are one of the most common infections around? And while they’re uncomfortable and can cause pain, they can be effectively treated and prevented.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT A UTI

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• No, they’re not caused by sex or being ‘dirty’, but sexual (and sporting) activity and a good dose of dehydration can bring one on. • Urinating after sex is always a good idea – and changing out of active wear after exercise is advised too. • Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), that interfere with bacteria’s ability to adhere the bladder wall. Regular intake of UTI-X Maintenance can help to prevent UTI’s. • While it’s common in teens, peri-menopausal and menopausal women can also suffer from UTI’s. • A healthy urinary tract environment can help prevent further UTI’s – making UTI-X Advanced and UTI-X Maintenance part of your regular healthcare routine is a step towards great health.

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One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Brutal and raw. The inspiration, gratitude and utter love this book gave me will forever be my compass. AMAZON

“Get Me To 21” reveals the extraordinary journey that Gabi and her family embarked on to save the life of Jenna, a bright young girl diagnosed with a life-threatening rare disease. It is the untold true story of a mother’s courageous battle to get her daughter to 21, in the most difficult of circumstances. We are offering an exclusive R70 discount to Villagers. Order your copy of “Get Me To 21” for only R200 through the Jenna Lowe Trust website (https://jennalowe.org/product/get-me-to-21book/). Use the promo code “thevillage” when ordering online. Courier fees not included. Copies may be collected from Claremont.

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ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THESE 3?

Black Lives Matter

We love the banter between these three (wicked) Loebenberg sisters – Tertia, Melanie and Nina. Pure entertainment!

A letter from Vanessa

A word about some of the most painful, heartsore and important moments on The Village, this month.While it is hard to discuss the hurt, anger and distance which separates us, we all, I think, dream of making our communities better, safer places for ALL of our families. To achieve this dream I know we absolutely must have those difficult conversations. We have to find a way to understand each other and find a common path. Together, we all need to take brave, healthy steps towards a future, where all our children are treated equally and given equal opportunities. We can and must start, right here - in this community. Discussions that acknowledge, apologise for and lance the boils of racism and generational pain are crucial: We need to find a way to stop, for once, the hurt too many children and parents still experience. We need urgently to foster a culture of true respect to guarantee a space of safety for our POC Villagers so we can ALL flush out the unfairness and cruelty their families still experience. This is of crucial importance to this group. We have had many hard conversations in the past few weeks and commit to having more, I hope most sincerely with open hearts and open minds.

Tertia: “Don’t tell my siblings, but I am definitely my mother’s fave child. She told me so.”

Nina: “I’m Cinderella, you two are the evil step sisters!”

Melanie: “I am the WINNA!! …My revenge for years of abuse.”

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No matter how open-minded, socially conscious, anti-racist I think I am, I still have old, learned hidden biases that I need to examine. it is my responsibility to check myself daily for stereotypes, prejudice and, ultimately, discrimination. 07

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HOPE FOR HAIR LOSS

GROWING MEN

There’s been a lot of conversation about how we can teach our boys to be better men – thank you, Villagers for your words of wisdom and the sharing of resources. These books came recommended: Available as a Kindle read, click here Fellow Villager Megan de Beyer’s book How to Raise a Man is also getting great reviews. R199, Takealot

Resident beauty expert Sylvie Hurford has been there and can help – her advice for anyone suffering from Alopecia. • DON’T avoid washing your hair and drying it thoroughly – get the fallout over and done with, and it feels better • Cut it if possible into a shorter style, this always seemed to help • Go to your dermatologist and ask for the following things: - A course of oral cortisone (5-7 days) to stop the inflammation in its tracks - Intrascalpal steroid injections into the patches - A script for 5% minoxidil which you’ll apply topically • DON’T WAIT I have halted the process numerous times.

HELP IS AT HAND

When Vanessa needed motivation in kicking her ginger biscuit erm, habit, more than 360 of you had some sage advice…

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KIDS HELPING KIDS

We’re blown away by the altruism behind Notes Share, the genius service where scholars share their school notes with each other – for free! Students who haven’t been able to get back to school for a host of Covid-19 related reasons and who are eager to continue their home-based learning, can access notes written by students for students. This feels like the start of something big!


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Lockdown Artists on The Village Hats off to the Largier family for encouraging their daughter Elle to flex her creative (and commercial muscles) with the launch of her business Stroke of Genius. Elle started the business to fund her dance tour and it’s flying! Thanks to so many Villagers for supporting this small and local business that has already brought so many people such joy.

She Kicked A Codeine Addiction!

For many of us, lockdown has been an opportunity to access a strength we didn’t know we had! This villager shared her message of hope and her success story in kicking a secret addiction. Need help? Contact Narcotics Anonymous for free, discreet support.

Thanks Joy for sharing – what a brilliant resource this would be! Please continue to share useful videos you see on the web on your Village!

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one. 09

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