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iving the good life

May/June 2012

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Did you see that? The first half of the year just whizzed passed! Jislaaik! (or as my gran would have said “my magistraat!”) Life is speeding up and passing us by so much so that there aren’t enough hours in the day anymore. For instance, have you compiled your bucket list yet? Mine is a work in progress but I have it in my head: to see the aurora borealis, go skydiving, ice-skating in Central Park etcetera. It’s almost a personal dare to see how many items you can tick off as you go about living your life…I have a way to go yet! What part do you play at an Annual General Meeting? We explore how the AGM operates as well as outline the importance of the Directors of the Board and what their roles and responsibilities are. By now, you should have received your AGM Packs which would have come to you electronically. We look forward to seeing you there on 7th August 2013. Arbour week takes place from 1-7 September so if you can’t plant a tree, think about possibly donating one. Let’s do our bit to save our precious planet one tree at a time. You would have heard by now that the Sunshine Tour is bringing the Nelson Mandela Championship to Mount Edgecombe. How very exciting! From the 8th to the 15th December, Mount Edgecombe Estate is going to be humming! We fill you in on this event further along. We chat to André Schoeman whose house is featured on the cover of this issue as he divulges a little bit about his life on Estate Two. What a magnificent home! With National Women’s Day coming up on the 9th August, I hope that all the ladies out there enjoy a spa treatment or a champagne brekkie with your girlfriends or whatever it is that takes your fancy ~ it’s a long weekend so enjoy spoiling yourselves! Well, let me not keep you. I trust you are dressed warmly and have treated yourself to a cup of delicious homemade soup. Now it’s time to ease into your favourite sunny spot and enjoy reading your Estate Two magazine!

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Heart Strings


Your House, Your Home




Medically Speaking


From the Estate Manager


Natures Chatter


Message from the Chairman




Estate News


For Our Kids Sake

11 Body Talk


Ahead Of Time

10 Tribute to Ivan Maehler


Taste Buds

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Meccema Contacts Editor Yvette Farinha Estate Office Tel: 031 502 5360 Fax: 031 502 5363 Website Email Meccema Board of Directors Chairman Tim McClure Director of Finance Darryn Coyle-Dowling Vice Chairman David Buxton Dave Birkett Manette Strauss Michelle Morey Khisore Ramkissoon

Message from the

By Terry Keller

Estate Manager Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep. ~Chinese Proverb I don’t know about a bucket list, but I do have a Preservation of the Estate List that is becoming longer and longer! I am however, very happy to report that your management team is making great progress: Biometrics has been installed and we are taking your fingerprints; The Pani Dam Clubhouse proposal has gone out to a vote to gauge your opinion on what should become of this facility; The RAL fence was moved and all is secure…and my list continues. It’s hard to believe that we have passed the halfway mark of 2013! The Durban winter is a treat compared to the cold and wet of the Cape winters which I’m more familiar with. As we move into summer and the latter part of 2013 there are some exciting developments to look forward to. The Nelson Mandela Championship,

a European co-sanctioned tour will take place from 12-15 December and Mount Edgecombe will receive worldwide exposure. As the planning and preparations kick off, homeowners are encouraged to support the event with passion. The prime focus of the event is to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund in order to build a second children’s hospital in SA. At the time of writing this, our much beloved Madiba lies in a hospital bed, critically ill. What a fine mark of respect and thanks it would be to the great man hosting such a magnificent tournament right here in Mount Edgecombe. Homeowners are encouraged to contact the office with any questions or queries you may have regarding MECCEMA Two matters. So often, a problem could so easily have been avoided by simply making that call. Our management team is right here and will be only too happy to assist you. Go well and take are until the next issue.

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Message from the

Chairman By Tim McClure



his is the last magazine and hence the last Chairman’s comment before the AGM.

This year seems to have flown (perhaps a sign of age!) however your committee has done a sterling job this year. It is no easy task keeping all residents happy as one will always have varying views. By and large I think your directors have applied themselves well through a difficult year. We are happy to report that Terry, your new Estate Manager/CEO has settled in well and gone about his duties with great success and diligence. Details of the AGM and nominations will be circulated to all timeously before the AGM. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the course of the year and these difficult times.



eet the home of André and Belinda Schoeman! I contacted André and he very kindly submitted how he and his wife came to live on Estate Two. Thank you for sharing this with us, Schoeman family! With our home overlooking Pani Dam and the magnificent Pani Forest, we had no choice but to call our home Lakewood. We have been in our home for over 9 years, and still can’t believe how lucky we are to be living in Mount Edgecombe. We marvel at how peaceful and quiet it is sitting on our veranda overlooking Pani Dam and the 9th and 14th fairways not to mention our view which is utterly breathtaking. Watching the canoeists and fishermen and people walking their dogs, adds to our enjoyment. Belinda and I originally built our home thinking our sons would be living away from Durban,

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but we are so fortunate that they too fell in love with Mount Edgecombe and have acquired their own homes on the Estate. Having all four grandchildren right on our doorstep, is a huge blessing. Over the last 9 years our garden, which is 95% indigenous, has grown up magnificently with so many large trees. We have a large pond system and the Cormorant and Kingfishers have a great time feeding off our tilapia. We are regular diners at the Club, which offers good value and the great attraction of not having to leave the Estate for a meal. With both of us keen golfers, having two great golf courses available to play, just seems to complete our enjoyment of living at Mount Edgecombe. We love our lifestyle here and are indeed very blessed.

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Board of Directors


he AGM is upon us. I hand over to Jonathan Dreyer who explains how important this meeting is to you as a Member of the Association of this prestigious estate.

It’s that time of the year again and with our AGM taking place on the 7th of August 2013 we thought it prudent to do an article on the rights of members in relation to a general meeting and the election of directors to the Board. Member’s rights: Firstly all members have the right to receive notices of, attend and speak at all general meetings of the Company. Notices: The notice of this year’s AGM will be sent out on or before the 17th of July, at least 15 working days before the actual meeting. Conduct of meeting: Before the AGM can commence we need a quorum which in this

Company’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) is 50 members personally present. Should a quorum not be attained the chairman shall after half an hour adjourn the meeting to a date between 7 and 21 days from the date of the AGM. Voting: All members whose levy accounts are not in any arrears are entitled to 1 vote per resolution. This vote will be by show of hands unless a poll is demanded by any 5 members. Proxy: Members also have the right to be represented by proxy. The prescribed completed proxy form must be delivered to the Meccema Two offices not less than 48 hours before the holding of the meeting. The cut off this year will be 18:00 on Monday the 5th August 2013. Resolutions occur in two forms; either Ordinary which requires more than 50% support or Special which require more than 75% support.

Directors: The Board is composed of members elected to serve as Directors of the Company. At least 4 and not more than 7 Directors are elected by an Ordinary resolution. Any nomination for a Director must be submitted to the Estate Manager at the Meccema Two office, together with the nominee’s curriculum vitae not less than 15 days prior to the date of notification of the AGM. This year the cut off date was the 26th June 2013. All but three of our present seven directors will retire from office; those retiring by rotation shall be those who have been longest in office since their last election. Should Directors be elected on the same day then those retiring shall be drawn by lot unless agreed otherwise amongst themselves. Role of the Directors It is the role of a Board to set the policies, standards, procedures, programs and budgets for the HOA (Home Owners Association).

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A Board may implement its own decisions – or delegate implementation to a manager, committees, or an independent contractor. A Board has a fiduciary relationship to the HOA. Its fiduciary duty requires Directors to act in the best interests and for the benefit of the Association, thus the community as a whole. This fiduciary duty has two components. The members are required to avoid conflicts of interest and acting out of self-interest. They are also required to act as reasonable people in managing the Association’s affairs. Although they may delegate some of their responsibilities to others, they cannot delegate their legal obligation to protect the asset that is the total Association. It is the Board that is ultimately responsible for the management of the Association. The Board can direct or empower the Manager to take certain actions on behalf of the Association. However, the Board is still responsible to the owners. Through judicial decision, a substantial body of law has developed concerning the standards to which Directors must conform while conducting an Association’s affairs. Many courts apply the business judgement rule to a Board’s actions.

That is, if a Board has exercised reasonable business judgement in making a decision, the court will generally not consider the Board negligent in its fiduciary duty. Nor will the court substitute its judgement for that of the Board. However, the Board must demonstrate how it has taken care in reaching a decision. It is up to the court to decide if the Board has exercised reasonable business judgement. Responsibilities Legal sources typically assign a Board of Directors the responsibility to maintain, protect, preserve and enhance the common areas and the unit values of the total community. Areas of Responsibilities include: • Care, maintenance and enhancement of the physical property, common areas and facilities. • Management of community finances and developing reserve funds • Risk management, including obtaining insurance. • Establishment, enforcement and interpretation of rules and regulations. • Human resources management of employees and volunteers.

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• Preservation and promotion of community harmony. The Board of Directors is also responsible for establishing and revising, wherever necessary, the Association’s Mission Statement, short-range plans and long range plans. This helps to provide consistency between the passage of Boards and bonds the Association in a common goal. Board members have the right to: • Expect owners and non-owner residents to meet their financial obligations to the Association. • Expect residents to know and comply with the rules of the Association and to stay informed by reading materials provided by the Association. • Respectful and honest treatment from residents. • Conduct meetings in a positive and constructive atmosphere. • Receive support and constructive input from owners and non-owner residents. • Personal privacy at home and during leisure time in the community.





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adly we say goodbye to an esteemed resident and ex Board Member of Mount Edgecombe Estate Two. To the Maehler family, we hope that time will ease the pain and heartbreak you feel and may memories of Ivan keep you smiling. I asked Ivan’s wife, Cheryl to say a few words…

We moved to Bellerive Village in 2000 and truly enjoyed every moment living this very privileged life. Ivan and I were married for 43 years until he passed recently of Metastatic Melanoma cancer. Together, we have 4 Children; Jonathan, David, Sarah and Naomi and 8 Grandchildren! Thankfully, they all stay north of the Umgeni, close to Mt Edgecombe. What a treat to be so blessed!

Ivan was a wonderful family man; he always wanted his children and grandchildren to be together as often as possible so our home always overflowed. He was hugely compassionate and very generous in many respects. He was friendly and loving to all he met and was respected by his peers in business around the world. He had a good sense of justice and many family members sought out his wise counsel. He was strong willed and steadfast and wouldn’t be moved once his mind was made up. He enjoyed the challenge of being on the Mount Edgecombe Board for a number of years. He worked hard and played hard. Ivan understood the need for a good balance – he loved a good party and really

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enjoyed the company of his friends. Once upon a time he was a “drummer boy”; he loved music and our home often rang with the Golden Oldies as well as great classical music. During the weekends, you’d find Ivan playing golf with his buddies at Mt Edgecombe; or visiting the Shongweni Market with all the grandchildren; sometimes we’d even stroll along Umdloti beach together and my favourite, hiking in the Drakensberg mountains with the whole family! Ivan lived a truly Godly life and always put All Mighty God first in all things. We will miss him but one day, we will all be together again ~ I look forward to that day!

By Joanne Goss

Body Talk


oanne completed her Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. She has worked at Clinics and Government and Private Hospitals. Joanne currently works with the students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and runs a private practice at Mount Edgecombe specializing in mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. Joanne’s services include play therapy, scholastic assessments, career guidance, individual therapy for all ages, and couples therapy. Some of Joanne’s interests include behavioural and attention difficulties, bullying, under or over eating, self-harming behaviour, addiction, sleep difficulties,

depression and anxiety. She also engages with those who struggle with bereavement/ grief, divorce/separation, LGBT issues, and relationship/interpersonal difficulties. In this issue, Joanne discusses addiction.

be Lance Armstrong and involved in the mess that surrounded him, it may still be important to consider what fuels our daily actions, be it on the sports field, in the workplace, or our general interaction with others.

Addiction – it’s not just for the alcoholic… For many, the word “addiction” immediately brings up thoughts of a relative who has been labelled “an alcoholic”, a friend with a gambling problem, or someone else’s teenager who is involved in drugs. Surprisingly however, addiction comes in many forms and is often much “closer to home” than we may expect. The Lance Armstrong doping saga raised the issue of addiction to winning. Although we may not

It’s too sore to feel From a psychological perspective, addiction can be described as a mechanism of escape or avoidance. Most often, the escape is from difficult emotions that are too painful to experience; some we aren’t even aware of. The lady who keeps checking her ex’s profile on Facebook to avoid the pain of being fully disconnected with him; the child who wants to win every race at school for the fear of

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disappointment; the wife who keeps asking her husband if he loves her for the shame of feeling unloved; the “people pleasers” who continually want to make others feel better, to alleviate feelings of guilt or “not being good enough”. Shame, guilt, disappointment, anger, sadness and isolation are common, however sometimes we try to avoid these emotions without even being aware of doing so. The unmet need The results from this escape are even more chilling as that thing we escape to becomes the agent which feeds our unmet desires or needs. Self object psychodynamic theory illustrates how our relationship with people/things creates and defines how we feel about ourselves. For example, Lance Armstrong was only able to have a sense of self when he received the achievement of winning. Without this achievement, he could not experience himself as a person of any worth. The art of winning may have fulfilled Armstrong’s need for recognition. A need which perhaps was never fulfilled by his father whom various sources report abandoned him at birth. So because Armstrong never received a sense of acknowledgement from early in his life, this became what is often referred to as an “unmet need”. During the rest of his life, Armstrong has found a way to fulfil this

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unmet need. He found it through winning. Addictions become ways to fulfil unmet needs however a “substitute” fulfilment of a need can never replace the void of the unmet need. And so Armstrong has, and will continue to always seek fulfilment of this unmet need. We all have unmet needs however, they vary in intensity and amount. Addictions become the mechanisms to avoid facing the emotions associated with these unmet needs, and they become the substitutes used in the fulfilment of these needs. It is important to take a step back and consider what fuels the way we do various activities or behaviours in our life. Is it because we wish to feel more loved, to be more recognised, more accepted or more worthy? Do we truly feel that if we stopped trying to prove ourselves and to please people that we would still feel a sense of worth? Do we need to control things in order to prove that we are capable? Do we need results and praise to show that we are worthy? You and your emotions are worthy just as you are. For more information on anything I have written in this article, please do not hesitate to contact me or you can visit my website: or contact me on 082 530 9623 Email

Nature Chatter




eptember is Arbour month so how can we contribute to the beautifying of our world? Well, from the 1st to 7th September is Arbour week, so go ahead and plant a tree! Or donate a tree even. Planting trees is one of the most cost-effective ways of offsetting our carbon emissions. Trees play a vital role in rural and urban populations. They are needed to enrich and anchor soil, to maximise water supplies, to beautify and humanise townships and urban areas and to provide shade and shelter. They are also crucial for biodiversity conservation. Products and services from trees include food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy. 1 hectare of trees can absorb 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year! Tree planting is the most popular Earth Day event and one of the most common activities people associate with helping the Earth. Planting is an act of putting down roots and contributing to the future. The simple act of planting a tree helps the environment in so many ways. Why it is important to plant trees The importance of trees should never be underestimated - not only are they regarded as the earth's lungs, but they are directly

involved in rainfall production. Global deforestation is one of the most serious threats to our environment.

Without trees, there would be no life on this planet! The tree of the year for 2013 is the Keurboom or Virgilia oroboides but it’s unfortunately not indigenous to the Natal South Coast. It’s native to the Southeastern coast of South Africa from the Cape Peninsula to George. Other trees for 2013 include:

Trees provide us with the following: 1. Building materials 2. Fuel 3. Sap 4. Food (fruit and nuts) 5. Rubber 6. Alcohol 7. Coal from decayed remains 8. Pulp for paper Trees are important because they... • filter pollution from the air • protect the world's climate by absorbing carbon dioxide • help recycle water • reduces the effects of flooding • prevent soil loss • create shade • give shelter from wind and rain • provide nutrients and shelter for a variety of organisms • provide homes for animals and humans • make food for humans and wildlife • provide an interesting, soothing, learning environment for children and your community

Grewia ocidentalis - Cross-berry or the Kruisbessie This tree may be planted in either full sun or shade. The root system is not aggressive and can therefore be planted near buildings and paving. It is a “must-have” species in the garden to attract butterflies and birds. It reaches up to 3m in height and flowers from October to January. This tree also bears fruit from January to May. Barringtonia Racemosa – Powderpuff tree This beautiful mangrove tree is easily recognized by its large leaves, delicate white flowers and guava-like fruit that hang in long racemes. It is mainly a coastal species that thrives under very humid, moist conditions.

SANBI – South African Na tional Biodiver sity Institute, South Africa. Talking nature, it’s become necessary to air the monkey topic due to their popularity on the Estate. Monkeys are up to their usual antics again by wreaking havoc in people’s homes. Unfortunately, because it’s winter and food is scarce, they forage closer to our homes and if they see delicacies left out on kitchen counters or outside tables, be sure that they will make every effort to get to those delicious little morsels. If you are able to stick to these simple tips, you and the monkeys may find life a little easier ~ after all, it is we who are meant to be wiser: • Protect your windows with insect shutters or screens. Our Planning and Aesthetics Department will guide you through this; • Vervets are habitual so note what days and times they visit and ensure your windows and doors are closed; and especially keep windows and doors closed if you aren’t at home; • Keep food out of sight; • Keep your bins tightly closed; • Don’t leave your pet food outside; • Plant indigenous fruiting trees far back in your garden so as not to attract them closer to the interior of your house. We have a list of these trees in our offices should you require it.

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always enjoy reporting on love stories; they make me feel all warm and mooshy inside. This one is no exception. Being a hopeless romantic myself, I had to fight off the goosebumps. I’d like to thank the Buxton family and the newly wedded Oliver family for sharing a touch of their life with us. Darryl and Donna-Lee met over 6 years ago and then in 2007 at Splashy, their relationship changed from more than just greeting each other. Donna-Lee says that over the years, they have been through quite a bit together which has made their union that much stronger. They were married at Collisheen Estate on 11th May this year and are planning to honeymoon somewhere in Indonesia or possibly even Asia within the next year. They are however, planning a weekend away in the Berg. “Very soon,” Donna-Lee adds excitedly. They live in Bramble Hill in Quail Valley, close to Donna-Lee’s parents, David and Dawn. I asked Donna-Lee to divulge a little bit more about how they spend their time together.

“Darryl and I enjoy going to concerts, watching movies and series, we even gym together! Darryl loves to take me for nice dinners and has taught me quite a bit about wines which I knew nothing about. We also enjoy playing paintball and going to the beach. We especially love meeting our friends for drinks, or dinner, but generally we are home bodies and love to spend time chilling at home with our family and friends watching rugby or movies. I could go on, but in the end, we pretty much do anything we can together. We are best friends. Darryl loves to cook and we always joke that he's my Masterchef but since his work schedule has been quite hectic this past year, I've done most of the cooking. We share the duties as much as possible and often cook together; I love cooking his favourite foods. So, yeah, we work well in the kitchen together. Darryl knows me so well. He'll often bring home a little treat for me like a chocolate or when it's my birthday, Christmas or anniversary, he indulges my love of shoes. He is just a sweet and romantic man so he

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spoils me by just being himself. I always bring him home treats and surprises if I've seen something during my daily rounds. We both love being pampered so a good massage every now and then is also lovely. We are both very family oriented and would love to have our own family when we are able to but for now we are enjoying each other and supporting one another in getting our careers off the ground. We would love to travel but we are happy living and working in good old Durban South Africa. We both love living on Estate Two because if Darryl ever goes away on a business trip, he has peace of mind knowing I'm safe. The lifestyle is wonderful and one day when we have a family our children will also be safe, free to explore and wander. Where else can you be so close to the beach and at the same time hear fish eagles in the morning or drive along and see the buck on the golf course! It’s truly wonderful this lifestyle we lead and we are very blessed to be a part of that.”


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tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes on high, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the microwave. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Keep your sink glistening To clean a stainless-steel sink, put the stopper in the sink and half fill with water. Throw in two denture-cleaning tablets (available from pharmacies) and leave overnight. Empty out the next day and admire your sparkling sink.

Eliminate fingerprints To remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away. Remove marker ink This one’s for all the moms! To remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray the surface with hairspray (any brand will do) and wipe it off. The ink should wipe away.

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he dams around the Estate are quiet at this time of the year, unlike in spring when the guttural toads are breeding. At such times people living on or near to water can experience the deafening roar of large choruses of these toads whose calls resemble a deep, vibrant snore. These choruses can last up to several weeks. Males call from inside breeding habitats and females are attracted to the calls. Males call while floating in bodies of water and although males do call throughout the year, they are especially loud after the first rains in October to November. The noise stops immediately when an intruder moves into the area. Guttural toads also forage away from water and have adapted well to manmade ponds and gardens and this is one of the most commonly seen frogs in urban areas. Individual specimens are frequently found on verandas of houses at night where they hang around well lit areas in order to catch and feed on insects. On nights when termites fly this frog can be found gorging itself.

whole whereas an egret does not have the gullet to enable it to do this. The egret shown in the picture flew off with its catch – no doubt to a safe spot where it could dissect the toad at leisure and eat it piecemeal. Picture number 3 shows a banded mongoose making a meal of a toad which it discovered in the EPA in front of our house. The legs of the toad are visible to the side of the face of the mongoose. If toads are bitten by a dog or a cat, the chemicals in their skin can cause great discomfort. Female toads are able to produce around 20,000 eggs each year and the eggs develop into young frogs in just a few weeks. Very few of these young ones actually make it to adulthood. The guttural toad has successfully invaded Mauritius and Reunion.

Picture number 1 was taken of a guttural toad which had taken refuge in one of my garden shoes which I had left on our veranda overnight. Fortunately I discovered the toad in the front portion of my shoe before putting my feet into the shoes! The guttural toad plays an essential role on the Estate as a food source. It is eaten by a variety of birds, mammals and snakes – not least of all by the night adder. Over the years my wife and I have seen birds such as black headed herons, woolly necked storks, sacred ibis’s, hamerkops and many other feathered varieties forage for and catch toads in and around the dam in front of our house.

In February 2009 the city of Cape Town mapped the occurrence of guttural toads and found that they are now present throughout Constantia which is of some concern as they were never previously found in the Western Cape. Scientists believe that the toad may have been introduced from Durban. Not that the toads pose any danger – in fact quite the contrary as toads are indicators of a healthy urban eco-system and, as mentioned previously, eat large numbers of insects. Frogs and toads are amphibians, animals who begin their lives in the water (breathing with gills) and then during maturity live on land (breathing with lungs). The word amphibian means “double life”. Frogs and toads do not drink, they absorb water through their skin and that is why pollution in the water threatens the life of frogs. The average frog or toad lives for 7 – 14 years while some live to be 40!

We have also observed unexpected toad catchers such as the cattle egret shown with its catch in picture number 2. Most varieties of birds that catch toads are able to immediately swallow them

Picture number 4 was taken of a red toad in our garden. This toad is easily distinguishable by its reddish brown colour and the two dark spots in the middle of the back. The males call while floating

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and have a long, deep, booming call. They usually call after rains by day and night. As with the guttural toad, the red toad is also a source of food for birds, mammals and snakes on the Estate. It is a friend to gardeners as it consumes rose beetles and other garden pests. I took picture number 5 recently in our garden. This tree frog was sheltering in the leaves of an orchid hanging from the branch of one of our trees. The vertical pupils clearly distinguish it as a tree frog. It was gone by the next morning. It too is a much sought after food source for birds, snakes and mammals so perhaps our very pretty tree frog suffered a fate similar to that of many of the toads on our Estate!? Scientifically there is no difference between frogs and toads. For a long time it was thought that toads and frogs were two different kinds of animals. All toads were placed in the family of toads, Bufonidae. This split was based on the following characteristics: • toads have warty skin, frogs have smooth skin • toads have shorter hind legs, frogs have longer hind legs • toads cannot jump or swim as well as frogs However, since the 1980’s it has been established that these characteristics are spread through all the frogs and toads. There are frogs with warty skin that cannot jump so well because of their shorter hind legs. There are also toads with smooth skin and longer hind legs! The distinction between toads and frogs is therefore not always visually obvious. On a lighter note – neither toads nor frogs will give you warts! This is just a myth. But then we all knew that.

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et's face it – selling your home is seldom a walk in the park. There are often unforeseen costs involved, and frequently your imagined timeline becomes a point of mirthless laughter. But there are two things you can do to help pave the way for a speedy, smooth and successful transition.

feel towards your perfect spot on earth and instead look at it like a potential buyer. The buyer is interested in bricks and mortar, in the number of bedrooms and other rooms, the kitchen and bathrooms etc. and in value for money – so try to evaluate your home in light of these things.

The first is to notify the bank holding your bond that you are planning to sell. Most banks require a notice period of 90 days of an intention to terminate a bond earlier than the stipulated bond period. Usually your attorney will give the bank notice of cancellation, and so sellers seldom have to bother themselves with this. However, if neither you nor your attorney takes this step, it could cost you thousands of rands.

Since the buyer has no emotional ties to your property, he or she will inevitably see all the little faults to which you have grown accustomed and perhaps have even ceased to notice. Pre-empt such a situation by drawing up a 'snag list' – perhaps there's mould in the bathroom, a crack in the wall, scuffed skirting, and some faded paint – and then dealing with those items. For buyers these little problems mean additional work and cost, and so can become a real disincentive towards making an offer.

If you consider that the average life of a bond is seven years, then failing to give 90 days' notice could land you a hefty interest bill. In fact, it could, depending on how long you have had your bond, cost you the equivalent of three months' instalments. Now that's a mistake you do not want to make! It is therefore important for you to ensure that the relevant bank is notified – in writing – of your intention to sell as soon as your property is put on the market. Lastly, note that if your property remains on the market for an extended period of time – for whatever reason – you will need to keep renewing you notice of intention to terminate your bond every three months. So the first thing to remember is: Write to your bank.

What you want is for a buyer to walk into your home, imagine themselves living there and fall in love with it. Creating this emotional bond with your home is crucial to clinching a sale. In the interior go for a clean line look. Get rid of excess furniture, tidy up the clutter, the kids' toys and piles of books. Put out the family photographs, lovely collectables or a vase of flowers. The garden also needs to be at its very best. So while achieving the sale of your house is the role of the estate agent, you can help significantly by making sure your home is as appealing and as 'ready to go' as possible.

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Medically Speaking

increases with advancing age. Most cases of colorectal cancer occur in people aged 50 or older. Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer. You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you: • Are older than 50 • Eat a diet high in red or processed meats • Have cancer elsewhere in the body • Have colorectal polyps • Have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) • Have a family history of colon cancer • Have a personal history of breast cancer • Smoke cigarettes and consume alcohol What you eat may play a role in your risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer may be associated with a high-fat, low-fibre diet and red meat. However, some studies have found that the risk does not drop if you switch to a high-fibre diet, so this link is not yet clear.


Colorectal Cancer


ancer is spreading amongst South Africans at an alarming rate and I really do hope that you have been following this series. My aim is to reach and educate as many people as possible on this frightening disease. I can’t stress enough that you listen to your body because it’s the only place you have to live in, so take care of it. It’s your temple.

Colon cancer is the fourth in our series of cancer types which affect South Africans. Colon or colorectal cancer starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). Causes, incidence, and risk factors National and international data indicate that the risk of developing colorectal cancer

Symptoms • Many cases of colon cancer have no symptoms. The following, however, may indicate colon cancer: • Abdominal pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen • Blood in the stool • Diarrhoea, constipation, or other change in bowel habits • Narrow stools • Weight loss with no known reason Signs and tests With proper screening, colon cancer can be detected before symptoms develop, when it is most curable. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and press on your belly area. The physical exam rarely shows any problems, although the doctor may feel a lump (mass) in the abdomen. A rectal exam may reveal a mass in patients with rectal cancer, but not colon cancer.

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A Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) may detect small amounts of blood in the stool, which could suggest colon cancer. However, this test is often negative in patients with colon cancer. For this reason, an FOBT must be done along with colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. It is also important to note that a positive FOBT doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer. Imaging tests to screen for and potentially diagnose colorectal cancer include: • Colonoscopy • Sigmoidoscopy Note: Only colonoscopy can see the entire colon, and this is the best screening test for colon cancer. Blood tests that may be done include: • Complete blood count (CBC) to check for

anaemia • Liver function tests

• Stage IV: Cancer has spread to other organs

If your doctor learns that you do have colorectal cancer, more tests will be done to see if the cancer has spread. This is called staging. CT or MRI scans of the abdomen, pelvic area, chest, or brain may be used to stage the cancer.

Treatment Treatment depends on many things, including the stage of the cancer. In general, treatments may include: • Surgery (most often a colectomy) to remove cancer cells • Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells • Radiation therapy to destroy cancerous tissue

Stages of colon cancer are: • Stage 0: Very early cancer on the innermost layer of the intestine • Stage I: Cancer is in the inner layers of the colon • Stage II: Cancer has spread through the muscle wall of the colon • Stage III: Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes

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Surgery Stage 0 colon cancer may be treated by removing the cancer cells, often during a colonoscopy. For stages I, II, and III cancer, more extensive surgery is needed to remove the part of the colon that is cancerous.

• Burning the cancer (ablation) • Delivering chemotherapy or radiation directly into the liver • Freezing the cancer (cryotherapy) • Surgery

Chemotherapy Almost all patients with stage III colon cancer should receive chemotherapy after surgery for approximately 6 - 8 months. The chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil has been shown to increase the chance of a cure in certain patients. Chemotherapy is also used to improve symptoms and prolong survival in patients with stage IV colon cancer. Radiation Although radiation therapy is occasionally used in patients with colon cancer, it is usually used in combination with chemotherapy for patients with stage III rectal cancer. For patients with stage IV disease that has spread to the liver, various treatments directed specifically at the liver can be used. This may include:

Expectations (prognosis) Colon cancer is, in many cases, a treatable disease if detected early which can often lead to a complete cure. In general, when treated at an early stage, many patients survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. If the colon cancer does not recur within 5 years, it is considered cured. Stage I, II, and III cancers are considered potentially curable. In most cases, stage IV cancer is not considered curable, although there are exceptions. Complications • Blockage of the colon • Cancer returning in the colon • Cancer spreading to other organs or tissues • Development of a second primary colorectal cancer Call your health care provider if you have: • Black, tar-like stools • Blood during a bowel movement

• Change in bowel habits • Unexplained weight loss Prevention The death rate for colon cancer has dropped in the last 15 years. This may be due to increased awareness and screening by colonoscopy. Colon cancer can almost always be caught by colonoscopy in its earliest and most curable stages. Almost all men and women age 50 and older should have a colon cancer screening. Patients at risk may need earlier screening. Colon cancer screening can often find polyps before they become cancerous. Removing these polyps may prevent colon cancer. Changing your diet and lifestyle is important. Some evidence suggests that low-fat and high-fibre diets may reduce your risk of colon cancer. Some studies have reported that NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. However, these medicines can increase your risk for bleeding and heart problems. Most expert organizations do not recommend that people take these medicines to prevent colon cancer. Next Issue: Lung cancer

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he Mount Edgecombe Country Club very proudly announced that their Board was successful with negotiations held with the Sunshine Tour to host a European cosanctioned tour event in December 2013. The One Million Euro Nelson Mandela Championship will be played on Mount Edgecombe One from the 12 to 15 December 2013. Historically World Leaders such as Former President of the United States Bill Clinton, Former Heavy Weight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield to name but a few have been associated with this event. We can look forward to show casing our facility’s to some great names in the Global World we live in. A Worldwide TV audience of some 500 million viewers will have the pleasure of watching some great names in world golf play on your home course. Some early salient facts • Task Team – A Steerco will be set up to work with the Board, the Tour and Club Management through to the end of the event – volunteers will be required! • Course One will be for the exclusive use of the Tour from the 8th to the 15th of December. • Course Two will be available for our members during the week of the Tournament.

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• Certain Club House facilities will be limited but importantly - the Eagles Terrace (Members Bar) will be available for you, our member’s exclusive use for the duration of the Tournament. • The Boarshead will be open for dining as usual each evening. • The Driving Range will be open for the public to watch the Pro’s practice but we will not be able to practice ourselves. We are looking to hopefully host a members only (subject to demand) Tournament on Course One on Sunday the 8th as well as a great Tournament ‘Play it like the final day’ on Monday the 16th of December which is a public holiday – golfers pencil in your diaries. Ton, Peter & Terry will be working closely with the Steerco to ensure Estate security is not compromised during the course of the event. Whilst we celebrate this milestone in Mount Edgecombe history let us not forget to keep former President Mandela and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he struggles with his health. At the time of going to press Mr Mandela was spending his third week in hospital. We all wish him a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and his loved ones at this time.

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Marijuana & Ecstasy


n the last issue, I chatted about nicotine and alcohol. Now I’ll tell you about Marijuana and MDMA or Ecstasy. First though, I need to give you a little bit of info on what serotonin is and how it affects your body. Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter which is a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. About 10% of serotonin is produced in the brain. Most of our brain cells are influenced by serotonin; like our mood, sexual desires, bodily functions, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behaviour. The other 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract where it controls our intestinal movements. It is believed that a drop in our serotonin levels may cause depression and mood swings. MDMA or

Ecstasy plays a role in our serotonin levels. I’ll explain more later, now let’s talk grass! Marijuana Most of us adults have done this drug at one time or another. Marijuana is a hallucinogen. It’s the most widely used illegal drug and resembles green, brown, or gray dried “parsley” with stems or seeds. A stronger form of marijuana called hashish (hash) looks like brown or black cakes or balls. 1 Joint can take up to 30 days to leave your system. Statistically, most drug abusers begin with dagga hence the reason it’s called the gateway drug. Both pleasant and unpleasant feelings are often intensified when you take dagga which can be a problem if you aren’t feeling that great. If you are going to use this drug, make sure you are in a safe place and have reliable friends to look after you.

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How it's used Marijuana is usually smoked — rolled in papers like a cigarette (joints), or in hollowedout cigars (blunts), pipes (bowls), or water pipes (bongs). Some people mix it into foods or brew it as a tea. Effects & Dangers Users may experience mood swings that range from stimulated or happy to drowsy or depressed. Grass also affects your coordination. Marijuana elevates heart rate and blood pressure. Some people get red eyes and feel very sleepy or get the munchies. This drug can also make some people paranoid or cause them to hallucinate. Marijuana is tough on the lungs and steady smokers suffer from frequent sinusitis and bronchitis. Grass may cause infertility in men and women.

Addictiveness Teens who use marijuana can become psychologically dependent upon it to feel good, deal with life, or handle stress. In addition, their bodies may demand more and more marijuana to achieve the same kind of high experienced in the beginning. The heaven You feel euphoric and relaxed. The hell Used regularly for a long time or in large doses it can change you into an extremely depressed and paranoid person prone to panic attacks, hallucinations, flashbacks and memory loss. Heavy use can produce negative effects on intellectual performance. MDMA (Ecstasy) This is a designer drug created by underground chemists. It comes in powder, tablet, or capsule form. Ecstasy generally refers to MDMA in tablet form which is taken orally. It was originally used as a brainwashing agent in the US Military in the 1950’s. From there the chemists found use for it as an aid for psychotherapy. Today, Ecstasy is a popular club drug among teens because it is widely available at raves, dance clubs, and concerts. The effectiveness of E is related to your body mass, so if you are small framed, be careful and if you are a first time user, it’s advised to only take half a pill. Believe me, it works! MDMA is also a hallucinogen and the effects usually begin about half an hour after dropping, depending on how full your stomach is. General E intensifies your emotions, whether they are positive or negative. MDMA can make you feel profoundly relaxed as well as energetic, happy, calm, exhilarated, warm and loving and sensitive to other people’s vibes. It also makes you feel tingly and increases your heart rate. Ecstasy can also cause dry mouth, cramps, blurred vision, chills, sweating, and nausea. Sometimes users clench their jaws while using so they’ll chew on something to relieve this symptom. Many users also experience depression, paranoia, anxiety, and confusion. The high lasts for about 2 to 4 hours followed by a coming down feeling which lasts several hours. The after effects include tiredness or feeling spaced out. Be sure to chill afterwards.

Effects on the body Even in small doses Ecstasy can be dangerous to people with epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Large doses can lead to overheating of the body and brain, dehydration, water retention, stroke and heart attack. Users must sip water every so often and avoid drinking alcohol because this causes further dehydration. Drinking too much water can be fatal because if you drink more than you are able to get rid of by sweating or urinating, it can get into your blood and may cause your brain to swell. You could go into a coma. Effects on the brain Remember I mentioned serotonin earlier, this is why. Ecstasy affects your brain by increasing the release and activity of at least three neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine), and when it depletes these stores, especially the serotonin stores, it can lead to chronic depression. Psychiatrists say they are experiencing an increase in psychotic episodes and permanent brain damage among Ecstasy users. There is reason to believe that MDMA damages the system that produces serotonin. If you don’t give your body time to recover, the lack of serotonin may make you feel lethargic, depressed and moody. Your body will produce more to replace the serotonin used, but it takes time to get it back to normal levels.

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Danger Because MDMA is illegal, there is no quality control, so you can’t be sure of what you’re taking. Tablets may include harmful products such as other drugs. Many knocked-together street drugs are sold as heroin or cocaine substitutes to naive or desperate users under the misleading name of designer drugs. Chances of an overdose are high because you don’t know what you’re buying. Addictiveness Although the physical addictiveness of Ecstasy is unknown, teens who use it can become psychologically dependent upon it to feel good, deal with life, or handle stress. I know, that was a lot to absorb, but as I mentioned in the previous issue, drug use won’t be going away anytime soon, so rather than saying don’t do it, this series is arming you with accurate information so that you make informed choices. I hope this is helping. Next issue: Cocaine and Heroine


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Rugby Championship 17 August 24 August 7 September 14 September 28 September 5 October

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Not only is Eskom warning us of possible load shedding, but the Municipality is talking about water shortages in Durban which means that water restrictions could also be on the cards. With these dire warnings hanging over us, I thought it best to equip ourselves with ways in which to cut down our energy supply. There are so many things we can do to prevent exorbitant electricity and water bills every month. Besides, not only are we saving on energy consumption, but by cutting down we are also helping our beautiful earth. Here are a few tips for you to try: • Don’t leave taps running unnecessarily (like when brushing your teeth or shaving) • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time. • Check outdoor taps, sprinklers and hoses for leaks. • When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient. • Use a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install and saves water. • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. • Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water. • Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time. • Water only when necessary; More plants die from overwatering than from under-watering. • Fill the dishwasher or washing machine before operating. • Don’t put hot food into the fridge ~ allow it to cool first • Choose a refrigerator of a size based on the needs of your family ~ a refrigerator operates at peak efficiency when filled. • Defrost food in the fridge not the microwave. • Repair or replace faulty appliances as they waste energy. • Fluorescent lighting is more economical than incandescent bulbs ~ & more energy saving. • Switch off electronics, plug points & lights if not in use • Remember to close doors & windows when using a heater ~ oil heaters are safer. • Set your geyser to 55°C. • Showering instead of bathing saves water . • Reduce pool pump operating times ~ a timer works best. • Ensure all outside lights are off during the daytime. • Remember to regularly clean the aircon filters to reduce the load on the motor. • When going on holiday, remember to switch off your geyser.

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• Olive or avocado oil (use a spritzer) • 250 g cherry tomatoes • 500 g butternut cubes, cut into bite size pieces • 6 large baby marrows cut on the slant • 250 g mushrooms, chopped roughly • Ground black pepper • 125 ml low-sodium vegetable stock • 750 ml low-fat Bulgarian yoghurt • 300 g ricotta cheese • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped • Handful each of oregano, parsley and thyme leaves, chopped • Grated zest of 2 lemons • 250 g lasagne sheets • 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves • Handful basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Spritz the base of a deep baking tray with oil and add the tomatoes, butternut, mushrooms and baby marrows. Season to taste and bake for 15 minutes until cooked. Add a little stock if the vegetables start to dry out. Mix the yoghurt, ricotta, garlic, herbs and lemon zest together. Season to taste. Spoon some of the sauce into a deep 2L baking dish and place a single layer of lasagne sheets on top. Add some of the vegetables and spinach. Repeat the layers (keeping halve of the ricotta sauce out to top with). End with a layer of lasagne sheets and spoon the rest of the ricotta sauce over. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and the pasta is cooked. Serve with basil leaves and extra oregano scattered over.

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