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CONTRIBUTORS Silver Lakes HOA Silver Lakes Trustees Jan de Wet Eugene Kruger Kathy O’Connor Danie Van Niekerk Sid Pretorius Theo O’Neil Corlia Mathews Seline van der Wat Runa Prinsloo Dr Koos Marais Michelle van Zyl Elize Malan



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HOME OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION Chief Executive Officer From the Estate Manager From the Liaison Manager From Environment, Social & Ethics Trustee The Garden Group

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Business Listing 46 Important Contact Numbers 6 Smalls 49 Golf Mature Golfers News from Mature Golfers Group Competition Results Feature articles Living in A Winter’s Tale Winter and Its Wonders

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Food Everyday recipes 32 Proudly South African Food Fitness Fun Fitness Facts 36

Fitness Motivations

beauty Make-up Tips Wear bold make-up in Winter HOME Winter Tips

Keep Warm This Winter 16

Gardening 18 Growing vegetables in Winter The Cook on the Corner Cannelloni with sweet potato puree and ground beef

golf Winter Golf 26 Make Winter Golf Enjoyable





DIY Something to make at home 43

Big 5 Rock Animals

The History of

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba (his Xhosa clan name) was the first black president of South Africa. He was born in a small village on 18 July 1918 called Qunu. Mandela was the only member of his family who attended school. His name came from when he was under the British educational system in which his teacher gave him his first name, Nelson. During his incarceration on Robben Island, Mandela and the other prisoners would communicate by leaving notes in discarded matchboxes, under piles of dirty dishes, and taped in toilet tanks. Using these methods, Mandela and the other prisoners organized a hunger strike and succeeded in their effort to improve their living conditions.

In 1985, South African President P.W. Botha offered Mandela his freedom to get out of prison if he would agree to renounce armed struggle. Nelson declined on principle, saying, “What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.”

He appeared in a Spike Lee film in 1992. Mandela had a cameo role as Malcolm X as a teacher reciting one of the civil rights activist’s speeches. But he refused to deliver a certain line of Lee’s script. Mandela declined to say the closing words, “by any means necessary,” so Spike Lee cut back to footage of Malcolm X saying it.


He probably won more awards than anyone in history did. In addition to the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela has received more than 250 awards, including honorary degrees from more than 50 universities worldwide. In 2001, he became the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen, and he was the last person to receive the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union.

In 2009, the United Nations declared that Nelson Mandela International Day would be celebrated every year on 18 July. The purpose of the day is to honour Mandela’s legacy and promote community service.

Mandela’s favourite dish was tripe. Yes, the stomach lining of farm animals. Mandela studied law at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and opened the nation’s first black law firm in the city in 1952.

Mandela wasn’t removed from the U.S. terror watch list until 2008 at age 89. He and other members of the African National Congress were placed on it because of their militant fight against apartheid.




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SECURITY Security Control Room 24 hours 012 809 0424/5 G4S Security Shift Manager From 18h00 to 06h00, weekdays. 24 hours Sat, Sun and public holidays 072 615 5862

CLUBHOUSE Clubhouse 012 809 0281

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS 012 809 0424/5 Boschkop Police 012 802 1087/4 Netcare 911 082 911 Willows Hospital 012 807 8100 Life Medical Centre (near Hans Strijdom Entrance) 012 809 1004 Intercare Medical and Dental Centre (Hazeldean Centre) 012 809 6000 Fire Brigade 10111 Power Failure 012 339 9111 City of Tshwane Call Centre 012 358 9999 Smart Meter Call Centre 012 943 9950

Winter certainly started late this year, but if the beginning of June was anything to go by, it’s going to be a cold one! Fortunately our African winters are only a few months long. The clubhouse improvement project is now well underway and we are looking forward to the completion of the project at the beginning of November and barring any unforeseen event, well in time for the AGM. Work on the Lynnwood Road gate will be commencing within the next few weeks but there will unfortunately be some disruptions experienced whilst the new roof structure is erected. But, once the rains start our residents and visitors entering and exiting the Estate as well as the security staff should be far more comfortable than before.

We are also continuing with the widening and improvement of the cart paths as well as the construction of additional toilet facilities on the course in the existing rain shelters located adjacent to the 3rd and 13th holes. We are often told that we cannot communicate enough on these projects but will continue to do so through social media, notice boards in the clubhouse and of course on our website and regular email notifications. During June, I had the privilege of meeting Jimmy Mhlanga, a gardener to several of our residents that achieved what many just dream of – he completed the Comrades Marathon on the 31st May at the age of 57 for the first time. Please read his story in this edition of the Intra Muros. I would lastly encourage residents to communicate with me should there be any issues you would like to bring to our attention. Please feel free to make an appointment via my assistant Michele on (012) 809-0142 or secretary@

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BUILDING PROJECTS CLUBHOUSE & FACILITIES UPGRADE As you are aware, the construction site has been handed over to the main contractor. Site demarcations, screening and site establishment are in place. Demolition work, excavation and cleaning up of the building rubble have commenced. The project entails: • Upgrading of golf men’s changing facilities • Upgrading of golf ladies changing facilities • Upgrading of restaurant (includes the extension of seating area downstairs and patio upstairs) • Upgrading the old Pro Shop to accommodate convenience/deli facilities • Upgrading the outside seating area at restaurant and developing a kids play area • Build new starter box and build new ramps adjacent to stairs • Build new terraces at swimming pool • Improved parking facilities for golf carts Then there are alterations and additions to the new Entrance Gate at Silver Lakes Drive. A roof will be erected on the in and out lanes, during the same building period.

8. Install solar powered security and garden lights. 9. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed at all times – a power outage of four hours should not cause food spoilage and a freezer should keep food frozen and safe for at least a day. 10. Keep frozen bottled water in your freezer to help keep food cold during a power outage. 11. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and know how to operate it. Access, security and safety always remain a top priority. 12. Also keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home in case the garage door will not open. 13. Most medication that needs refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling. It is essential that you check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure about your type of medication. 14. Back up your data. Make it a priority to save your data offsite, in case of a hard drive crash or unforeseen electrical faults. Online “cloud-based” backups are very convenient and are mostly automated, which means that you have one less thing to worry about. 15. Load shedding may result in alarm system not operating properly, therefore check with your insurer if you are covered should you have a break in while the alarm is not powered. 16. Make use of surge protection. Electrical surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise damage. Have a surge protector device fitted to your electrical distribution board.

What can you do to reduce your electricity usage: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Switch off lights that are not used. Turn geyser thermostat down to 60 degrees Celsius. Turn basin mixer to cold position. Keep your fridge and freezer as full as possible. Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle. Defrost frozen foods overnight in the fridge as opposed to using the microwave. Match pot size with plate size on stove. Keep oven door closed during meal preparation and switch off 10-15 minutes before the cooking time lapses. Use the microwave instead of the oven or stove where possible. Use a toaster instead of toasting bread in the oven. Reduce shower time to 7 minutes. Reduce the number of stove plates used during meal preparation by choosing to cook one pot meals – especially in winter. Cook extra during meal times and freeze extra portions for use later in the week or month. Try cold meals during summer months. It’s not only healthy, but it’s also energy efficient.

Low cost interventions: 1. 2. 3.

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Insulate geyser and hot water pipes. Ceiling/roof insulation. Lighting to change to CFL or LED and installing sensor lighting outside, or placing them on timers. Energy efficient shower heads to reduce hot water usage Install geyser timer and pool pump timer. Invest in energy efficient small appliances like kettle, toaster, iron, electric pressure cooker, induction plate, microwave. Invest in a gas heater. Plant trees in front of windows and North facing and West facing wall facades – as this will block a lot of sun, ensuring a cooler interior. Use window and door seals to reduce ventilation in winter.



Are you prepared for loadshedding? Prepare yourself by doing the following helpful hints: 1. Keep your cell phone fully charged when the power is on. If your cell phone battery is low, remember that you can use your car charger in your car. 2. Prepare meals beforehand in case of power outages. Slow cookers work wonders and food is ready when you arrive home after a long day at the office. 3. Keep boiled water in thermos flasks for hot drinks during a power outage. 4. Invest in a small LP gas heating-ring for essential cooking and to boil water for hot drinks; make sure you have an extra bottle of gas. 5. Remember to switch off your oven if it was on when power outage started. 6. Invest in a small LP gas lamp for good quality lighting over a large area. 7. Keep a small torch on your bedside table at all times; ensure that you have an extra set of fresh batteries. Charge rechargeable torches and ensure that your children have a torch next to their bedside at all times.

Invest to save: 1. 2.

Solar water heater or heat pump. Energy efficient white appliances like fridges, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, etc. 3. Invest in a gas stove. 4. Consider installing ceiling fans or some form of ventilation cooling option instead of air-conditioning. 5. Use a shower instead of a bath. 6. Use double glazed windows. 7. Alternative energy sources such as solar panels. 8. Install a wood burning fireplace. 9. Consider internal wall insulation. 10. Try other flooring options such as wood, wood laminate and carpets. They keep heat better than tiles or stone type flooring. For more helpful information, visit





Did you know? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The recycling rate of all packaging in South Africa is 51%. 7 Recycled PET bottles make 1 T-Shirt. Every ton of glass recycled saves 1.2 tons of raw material Paper can be recycled at least 7 times. The steel can was invented in 1810. Steel & aluminium cans are 100% recyclable.

Why recycle? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.


Diverts waste away from landfills. Creates sustainable jobs and grows the economy. Reduces litter and pollution. Conserves natural resources. Helps mitigate greenhouse emissions that contribute to global warming. Saves energy. Recycled materials generally cost less so products made from these are less expensive. Conserve natural resources by re-using the waste for the manufacture of new items instead of using natural resources all the time.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS & DRIVING SAFELY With the school holiday season upon us again, we would like to remind you of driving safely during this holiday season. Herewith a couple of safe driving tips and reminders. Fatigue and driving are a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but do not realise that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgement and increases your risk of crashing. Driver fatigue is believed to contribute to more than 30% of road crashes.


Rainfall 2015

120 100 80

Phase 1


Phase 2 Phase 3

40 20 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Month Quantity in mm Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 January 110 132 131 February 27 39 19 March 57 70 53 April 40 12 42 May 0 0 0 Total for 2015 234 253 245 STAND STATISTICS 2015

PHASE 1 January February March April May

1 9 3 6 945 1 9 3 6 945 1 8 4 8 943 2 8 4 11 939 2 8 3 7 944


PHASE 2 January February March April May



1 1 1 1 1

25 9 25 9 24 9 24 8 24 8

PHASE 3 January February March April May




0 0 0 0 0

21 21 19 19 19

15 15 17 17 15

2015 SUMMARY A E 2 55 Jan Feb 2 55 Mar 2 51 Apr 3 51 May 3 51






27 27 30 29 26

9 9 11 13 9

1 1 3 2 2

2 2 0 0 0

C 1550 1550 1549 1547 1554

Legend A Abandoned E Empty Stand U/C N Under Construction New U/C A Under Construction Additions C Completed



480 480 479 481 481

125 125 127 127 129

TOTAL 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643


By Corlia Mathews

NEW MONTHLY EVENTS We are planning new events for all our residents, keep a look out for fliers and emails with more information in this regard. Every Tuesday of the month: Over 60s’ Breakfast at R30 per person including coffee Sunday buffet lunch in Executive Bar Silver Lakes Events will be approximately on the dates below : Since we are negotiating with a new service provider and as you will see in the Environmental article there are big changes and building activities planned for about 5-6 months, starting in May 2015. We will have to work around what is happening at the Club around our normal yearly dates – so PLEASE keep reading notices to know exactly what is happening around those dates, where and when.



Dear All I recently returned from leave and after thinking a long while about what I should write about for this month’s article, I came across this amazing quote from Steve Jobs.

YEARLY 2015 JULY Winter school holidays

JULY - SEPTEMBER “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone

Charity Month

else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living


with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the

Women’s day - Sunday 9 August

noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.


And most important, have the courage to follow your

Spring Day - Saturday 12 September Heritage Day - possibly make this day Silver Lakes International day in the future?

heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

OCTOBER Rose Garden Competition Halloween Trick-or-Treat - Saturday 31 October

You will agree, very wise words from an inspiring human being. I can rattle off about obeying the Rules of the Estate, about

NOVEMBER Christmas lights drive and dinner - Saturday 31 November

keeping to the Estate speed limit and on and on but I am sure you are all so tired of hearing the same things again and again. The bottom line for me is respect. Respect yourself and others, nothing more and nothing less. We can all do more to help build a community and to better ourselves and the Estate. Work with us and let’s take this place we call home to the next level. Enjoy and let’s chat soon. Regards Kathy




ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL & ETHICS TRUSTEE Environmental From last month’s Intra Muros and visiting the club, you would have gathered that the construction on our new renovated Club House is on the way. The green shade netting is there to stay on the patios for the next 6 months. If you or your company have any solution (printed canvas photographs of Silver Lakes seemed like a good idea, until we priced it) to ‘beautify’ the netting on the patios, please contact me on 083 448 9441. Plants in pots might also be an idea. Yes, it is winter, but we have great development plans for the winter so that when spring comes we will have the gardens in tip-top condition. We are renovating the Club House gardens, all the Boulevards and entrances. Even the golf course is having a ‘face-lift’. Trees are pruned, reeds are removed, the dams’ sides are stabilised. As you will notice, wintertime is our time when we spend a lot of time and effort tiding up for spring. Since nothing really grows during winter, it is ultimately a season of maintenance; a time to re-look at what one has and for what one has to plan. As you would have gathered from previous articles in the past year and a half, we are simplifying the gardens and the look-and-feel of the estate to what it is supposed to be, which is colonial style main buildings in a bush veldt environment. We therefore have a bit of colonial architecture, with palm trees nestled in between thorn-, white stinkwood- and karee trees. To this end, we have simplified the rose bushes as the main feature at the Club House and are simplifying the other estate gardens to a list of a few plants such as the hedges of Tulbagia, Gura and Ophiopogon in the boulevards. The palm trees and hedges of the boulevards will remain, but they will be complemented by mass plantings of the mentioned list of plants. The same will be done at the entrances and on the corners. We are also introducing decorative grasses in certain areas such as very narrow flowerbeds where the grasses will have a colourful and immediate effect.

Our trees on the estate



You will see the introduction of decorative grasses as part of the ‘flowover’ gardens between the golf course and estate street gardens. We Hedges form an integral part of the Colonial style garden and we will will also repeat these grasses in other specific areas where necessary to modernise this look, but keep the hedges as part of our 22-year heritage. enhance and unify the estate gardens.

Our roses and other colourful flowering plants are equally part of the heritage and remains as an integral part of the gardens, especially at the Club House.

It is here where we liaise with the golf course so that we all use the same plants throughout the estate. On the golf course the indigenous trees of the area, decorative grasses, together with veldt grasses are the main plants used outside of the beautiful undulating lawns of the course. The indigenous tree list that we use now are the Karee, thorn and white stinkwood trees of the natural veldt areas and the ‘Vaderlandswilg’, Combretum. So if you would like to match the estate gardens, use these trees on your sidewalks and in your gardens.



We are also in the process of redesigning and tiding up the estate signage and the 8 or so feature corners we promised in previous articles. More about the designs in the next Intra Muros, but just to keep you informed we are using the existing colonial look and feel and the logo as inspiration but that can also change. So keep an eye on this space.

If you have any ideas or want to submit your opinion, please email me at or phone me on 083 448 9441. Have a fantastic month in front of the home fires, with soup and hot chocolate in hand. And as the cold is rolling in as I write this article, keep warm and stay healthy. Corlia Mathews Environmental Director



Lavender lavendula species This fragrant favourite of all times is a perennial and prefers rather dry, well-drained soil. Propagation can be done from seed or cuttings and have to be protected against cold weather.

THE GARDEN GROUP Elize Malan - Horticulturist

Herbs In last month’s article I discussed the basics of growing herbs and four popular, easy to grow varieties used in food. This month I would like to discuss four herbs that will look pretty in any flower garden, but have medicinal and /or culinary value as well. Sourfig Carpobrotus edulis Well known to most of you. This groundcover is planted in abundance on the Estate. Sour fig is a perennial plant, which is indigenous to South Africa, drought resistant and thrives on poor soil. It is easy to propagate by sticking a piece into the ground and keeping it moist until roots start to form. The plant can get invasive, but is easy to trim and has beautiful flowers throughout the year. The ripe fruits are edible and can be made into a jam. The astringent juice contains an antiseptic and can be used to sooth sunburn and even eczema. Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus The orange, yellow and red flowers, surrounded by round bright green leaves are a true joy in the garden. Although Nasturtium prefers sandy soil, it will survive in any soil type.

Harvest leaves and flowers as needed and cut back bushes to get rid of dry branches and to encourage new growth. Lavender has the habit of suddenly dying off for no apparent reason. Remove the dead plant and replace the soil before planting a new Lavender plant in the same spot. Lavender repels moths but encourages butterflies to the garden. Use Lavender stalks in your winter fire and a lovely scent will pervade the house. It has been used for its sedative and antiseptic properties, as well as for its insect repelling qualities for ages. The flowers can be broken up and sprinkled over a fruit salad. Marinades for game often use Lavender as an ingredient. Source: A-Z of Herbs Margaret Roberts Remember Do not use insecticide on plant material intended for culinary purposes. Rinse all flowers and leaves in lightly salted water to remove insects or small snails hiding away, before putting it in your salad. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact The Garden Group on 012 804 1807 / 804 1581

This annual is propagated from seed, sown in spring. Once the mature plants have seeded themselves, Nasturtium will be a permanent addition to your garden, especially in warm areas. Organic gardeners plant Nasturtium as aphid catchers. These plants are extremely attractive as a food supply to aphids, thus sparing the rest of the garden. Flowers, leaves as well as the seeds are used in food. Leaves and flowers are used in salads or in sandwich fillings, while the seeds taste like capers when pickled. The leaves contain Vitamin C and a natural antibiotic and can be effective in treating sore throats, aid digestion and help chronic coughs. Violet Viola odorata Usually planted as a border in slightly shaded areas, this perennial will tolerate sun when planted in rich moist soil. Violets are propagated by division, easy to grow, and flowers and leaves can be harvested all year round. The flowers have a beautiful colour and syrup of violets can be added to puddings, custards and ice-cream. Violets are commercially cultivated for its perfume and will be a welcome addition to your garden to attract butterflies. The flowers and leaves can be chewed to relieve a headache.



Living in A Winter’s Tale Koos Marais The sun has moved far away on its northward journey around the earth, inviting the cool air to take a firm hold on the people and the animals of the south. The residents of Silver Lakes have now stockpiled massive quantities of wood and gas, readying themselves for those bitterly cold evenings and frosty early mornings. Our wild animals and birds have to adapt or die during these long, or not so long, at least for us spoilt South Africans north of the Vaal River, winters. In reality, we only have two to three months of extreme cold with a few cold snaps in August, September and maybe early October, while our brothers and sisters in the Cape and Free State have to endure seven full months of biting and freezing wind, sleet, frost and snow. Our streets and the game reserve are noticeably emptier during the winter months, with the joggers and cyclists preferring to stay indoors, and the families avoiding the harsh cold around the dams. Yet, it is prime game viewing time. The animals do not have the luxury of staying indoors, and if one is prepared to brave the temperate climate, one might be rewarded with sightings of the scarcer and relatively shy species.

In winter the common reedbuck, a real misnomer for these fluffy little antelope are not so common, may easily be seen bedding down in the reed beds surrounding the dams in the game reserve. We have a healthy population of common reedbuck, and a recent sighting seemed to indicate that they are breeding. The one female is by all accounts heavily pregnant. The common reedbuck, Redunca arundinum, is dependent upon the kind of habitat that we have in a few selected areas in our game reserve. They simply cannot survive without clear grass veld, without too much bush and trees. They also require reed beds and plenty of water, such as we have, in relatively limited supply. It is therefore imperative that we guard and protect these areas. The reedbuck’s elongated, thin tracks can be seen, without fail, on the muddy banks of the receding dams, where they come to drink, every day. They will even drink twice a day in summer, preferring not to get their hooves wet, unlike the waterbuck.



Listen out for their sharp whistles, when approaching the waterside. They produce these whistles by forcing air through the nose, with the head perched up and the ears forward. It is a warning call, to warn other family members, but it can also be seen as a way of eliciting a response from a potential predator. Males use it to show their dominance in the area. When alarmed, the reedbuck will run away in rocking horse fashion, kicking their hind legs way up in the air and showing their white, fluffy and bushy tails as they do so. Simultaneously they will produce a peculiar popping sound as they inflate and compress their groin bags. The white tail is nature’s way of showing the young lambs where their fleeing parents are. The common reedbuck’s close cousin is the mountain reedbuck, Redunca fulvorufula, of which I have only one confirmed sighting, of a male, in Silver Lakes. They look like a miniature replica of the common reedbuck but the one distinguishing feature is the absence of the black or rather dark brown line alongside the front of the front legs. Mountain reedbuck also utters the same shrill alarm call when disturbed. Their preferred habitat is the grassy slopes of mountains and koppies of which we have a few precious examples. They are also totally dependent upon the presence of water. In many years’ visits to the Kruger National Park, I have never seen either a mountain or common reedbuck in that magnificent park, yet, if one would take the time to drive or walk very slowly through our game reserve, one is bound to see both species. We are indeed fortunate to have what we have.

One will also find at the water’s edge, especially in the cold winter months, the Ethiopian or African Snipe, Gallinago nigripennis, with its funny, much elongated bill, foraging in the mud for crustaceans and molluscs. They breed in our waters during winter. These birds are very wily and easily scared. When disturbed they will call and fly away in jerky motions. They differ from the Great Snipe, Gallinago media, in that the latter fly away slowly for only a short distance. The Great Snipe’s numbers have dwindled dramatically, to the extent that they are only rarely seen in South Africa, so there is no chance of a mistaken identity of our snipes, especially since the other relatively common snipe, the Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis, is very conspicuous in its splendidly coloured plumage. In a previous age, snipes were hunted in extremely large numbers, but those days are over now. When the first cold front hits us, usually in the first or second week in June, instead of sleeping it out, it is fun to put on some warm gear and head out to the game reserve to observe some of our less common wildlife, while the other residents are still, or already, snuggled up in bed. One may be surprised by the variety and abundance of our feathered and furred friends who, out of nature have to stick it out in the grassveld, koppies, vleis, reed beds and savannah of our beautiful game reserve. The animals are a little more docile and calm when it is cold and dark and one can approach them more closely, but please do not overdo it. Remember that each interaction with humans is somewhat stressful to wild animals, and may even inhibit their breeding patterns. Resist the temptation to visit the same place a few days consecutively. Once you have discovered an animal or group of animals’ favourite abode, feel free to visit them occasionally, but do so in a way that will not cause them to flee away in fright.



Vegetables to grow over winter Growing vegetables in the middle of winter can be a difficult task, but with the right precautions, it is possible to keep several hearty vegetables warm enough to survive the cold temperatures. Regardless of the methods you use, you should aim to keep your winter vegetables growing for as long as possible. Cool temperatures, especially at night, allow these vegetables to develop more sugar since they need the sugar to survive the low temperatures. These natural sugars improve the flavour of the vegetables. Popular winter vegetables include arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, endive, favas, kale, garlic, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, parsnip, radicchio, perpetual spinach, broad beans, peas and asparagus.

Where to start

1. Pick the right crops. You should always choose hardy, cold-resistant vegetables to use for winter gardening, but even amongst these vegetables, some hold up better in severe freezes than others. You should thoroughly research the minimum temperature and growth requirements for a winter vegetable before committing to growing it. Onions Onions are amongst the most resilient vegetables, with most types surviving temperatures of -180C. The Walla Walla sweet onion is possibly the most resilient, and can withstand freezes as low as -24 0C. They have a long growing season and they will only be ready for harvesting in the next summer. Plan carefully as they will still be in the ground in spring.

Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts are also resistant, and are able to last through temperatures as low as -16 0C. Similarly, radicchio and endive, both survive in temperatures as low as -15 0C.

Garlic Growing garlic couldn’t be easier and there are lots of varieties from which to choose. Like onions, they have a long growing season and won’t be ready to harvest until next summer. Ensure that your seed garlic is cooled 40 days at or below 40C before planting. It can withstand winter lows of -34 0C. Plant garlic two inches deep into the ground.

Spinach Spinach makes an excellent ‘cut and come again’ crop that will produce huge yields of tasty leaves. Early autumn sowings will keep you supplied with tender young leaves throughout winter. Although it prefers full sun, spinach will still produce a respectable harvest in partial shade. Space them 12 inches apart. Spinach prefers temperatures between 2 and 240C. Remove the flowers to prevent it forming seeds.

Broad Beans Autumn sown broad beans can be harvested in spring up to a month earlier than spring-sown plants. Aquadulce Claudia is best for autumn sowings, being particularly quick to establish. The ideal soil temperature for growing broad bean seeds is about 120C but anywhere between 7–150C will give good results. Once the plants are well grown you can even use the plant tips - they are delicious with a little butter.



Peas Enjoy an early crop of peas next spring. Kelvedon Wonder and Meteor are particularly hardy and will give you a head start next season. Start harvesting peas 3 or 4 weeks earlier than other growers would. Peas are able to do just fine in temperatures as low as -20C. Between -2 and -60C, peas can survive the cold, but will suffer some damage.

Asparagus If you have plenty of space, plant a permanent asparagus bed. Although asparagus beds take several years to establish, each asparagus crown can produce up to 25 spears per year and will continue cropping for 25 years. You will need to be patient with this crop as it will be two years before you can harvest them properly. Fern asparagus grows well both outdoors and indoors, but wherever it grows this plant needs warm temperatures of at least 100C to thrive. Asparagus fern growing outdoors can withstand some light frost, but freezing temperatures, below 00C, often kill the plant to the ground.

Carrots For an exceptionally early crop of carrots in spring, try growing Adelaide. This fast-maturing variety can be sown as early as November in the greenhouse and as late as July outdoors. Root growth is fastest at a temperature between 150C and 180C, while optimum temperatures for shoot growth are somewhat higher. At temperatures below 5 0C, they will struggle to grow.

2. Rotate the vegetables.

Regardless of where you plant your winter vegetables, you should rotate the vegetables you plant from year to year. Planting the same crop in the same location will cause the soil to lose nutrients. Pests that are attracted to that type of vegetable will also be more likely to gravitate toward that location, causing damage. If you do not rotate the winter vegetables you plant in a plot, you should at least plant a different vegetable during another season, like spring and summer, to improve the quality of the soil. 3. Make use of walls. The outer walls of houses, sheds and garages provide plenty of natural protection against harsh winter winds. If you live in a region that experiences mild to moderate winters, you might be able to get away using no further protection than a south-facing wall. South-facing walls allow the plants to receive maximum sunlight while protecting them from the majority of cold winds.

6 ways of planting your vegetables 1. Use cloches.

Cloches are portable green houses. They can be made from a variety of clear materials so that the wind is blocked from the plant while the sunlight is allowed to pass through. There are several designs that you can try. Hammer stiff metal spikes into the ground and prop glass panes over them in a triangular style. Cut the bottom from a clear 4 litre plastic container and place the container over a smaller crop.

2. Build a polytunnel,

also known as a PVC hoophouse or high tunnel. These are the same thing as a cloche, except on a larger scale. You will need to insert several large, half-hoops of PVC piping or electrical conduit into the ground over the length of the plant bed. These half-hoops should be large enough to allow a person to walk beneath them, about 1.5 m across, 1.5 m tall, and spaced 1.5 m apart. It may be best to nail the hoop frames down to heavy wood boards to provide them with extra support. Hook clear plastic sheets or sheer poly fabric over the frames. You can nail the sheets in place, or you can weigh them down with heavy rocks or sandbags.

3. Construct a cold frame.

A cold frame is a more permanent structure that can be used from year to year. While you can build one from wood and fiberglass, buy one pre-built online or from a garden supply store. A cold frame is about 46 cm in the back and 30 cm in the front, with a clear, slanted roof that gathers the sun’s warmth from an angle.

4. Grow your vegetables in raised beds.

Raised beds use stones, bricks or wood to create frames around the vegetable plot. These frames are then filled with nutrient-rich soil.



By keeping your winter vegetables elevated, you can keep the soil warmer than ground soil by a difference of 11 to 13 degrees Celsius.

5. Cover your crops.

Ground coverings insulate the soil, keeping it warmer overall than it would be if exposed directly to the brisk winds of winter. Use soil to keep your root vegetables covered. Pile the soil around the shoulders of your root vegetables such as carrots, but do not cover the leaves that sprout above ground. The leaves need to absorb sunlight, but keeping the root vegetable itself covered is often a sufficient way to protect these crops against frost. To warm it up, a coating of mulch should be applied to the crops just before the ground freezes. In extremely cold regions, the layer may need to be as deep as 30.5 cm, but it can be a bit lighter in warmer regions with less severe temperatures.. For best results, use light mulch, like stray, pine needles, shredded leaves or grass clippings. You can even get as heavy as light bark mulch, especially in colder regions. Make sure that you do not pile the mulch over the sprouting leaves, which may kill the crops by depriving them of sunlight.

6. Plant vegetables indoors.

You can grow many vegetables during the winter in your home, provided you have enough space and the proper resources. Most vegetables have deep root systems and need to be planted in containers with considerable depth. Frequent watering is often necessary, depending on the specific vegetable that you choose to grow. You may need to supplement natural light with artificial grow lights if the grey winter skies do not let much light in through your windows.

SILVER LAKES MATURE GOLFERS NEWS FROM THE MATURE GOLFERS PLAYING AT SILVER LAKES The Mature Golfers ranks continue to grow and it is great to see many new faces joining the group. We remind all interested senior male golf players that all are very welcome to us on Thursday mornings for an enjoyable and challenging game of golf followed by a relaxing beer and prize giving. Do not forget that from the month of May we do the draw a half hour later at 07h15 and tee off from 07h30. This helps the old boys to loosen and warm up those stiff joints during the winter months. Phone the golf pro shop on 012 809 0430 to reserve your place for a Thursday morning at a very reasonable green fee. The May month scores for those in the prizes is shown below and once again we must thank all our sponsors for their generous support. Planning is already underway for the Mature Golfers annual golf day which will be held on 19 November at Silver Lakes. Please keep this date diarised to play in this rewarding experience with lots of fun and prizes. The winner also receives the magnificent floating trophy which is displayed at the clubhouse entrance. Theo O’Neil Captain of the Mature Golfers

MATURE GOLFERS 07 MAY 2015 Vincent Mascini/Adrian Wehmeyer (40) 1st Frank Hlalethoa/Sakkie Kirsten (38 c/o) 2nd Eddie Orsmond NTP Des Shiel NTP Vincent Mascini NTP Rolf Hauter NTP Joe Botha NTP

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2-CLUB Des Shiel Eddie Orsmond Joe Botha 14 MAY 2015 Tienie Wessels (37 c/o) 1st Jannie van de Watt (37 c/o) 2nd Andre Meij (36) 3rd Fernando Vieira NTP Kobus Gouws NTP Eugene Visagie NTP Des Shiel NTP Nobody NTP

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28 MAY 2015 Herman Prost (37 c/o) 1st Kobus Gouws (37 c/o) 2nd Danie Joubert (34) 3rd Amie van Wyk NTP Peet de Beer NTP Hennie Coetzee NTP Johan Els NTP Eugene Visagie NTP

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2-CLUB No 2-Clubs

COMPETITION results 1 MAY FRIDAY 4 BALL ALLIANCE POINTS Francois Cronje 88 Stephanie Cronje 88 Sandra Weber 88 Steve Senekal 88 Mac Mc Callaghan 86 Nico Janse Van Rensburg 86 Jannie Ackerman 86 Jason Ackerman 86 Frances Jacobs 85 Elizabeth Swart 85 Diane Boote 85 Ernie Visser 85 2 MAY SATURDAY MEDAL POINTS Overall Gross Christoff Els 71 Mens A Div Nett Dirk Koekemoer 69 Mens B Div Nett Hugo Kleynhans 68 Mens C Div I.P.S Bert von Wielligh 38 Ladies A Div Nett Nicky Heuer 73 Ladies B Div Nett Joan Norris 80 Ladies C Div IPS Susan Venter 24 Visitor I.P.S Neil Botha 43

2-CLUB No 2-Clubs

21 MAY 2015 Doep du Plessis (36) 1st Paul Laesecke (35) 2nd Tienie Wessels (33c/o) 3rd Paul Laesecke NTP Klaas Heysteck NTP Theo Hendriks NTP Jan Potgieter NTP Kobus Gouws NTP

3 MAY SATURDAY I.P.S POINTS Chase Manna 38 Derek le Roux 37 # # # # #

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2-CLUB Christo Ungerer Jas Wasserman

6 MAY WEDNESDAY BETTERBALL STABLEFORD POINTS Marco Rica 50 Aldo Rica 50 Werner Riedinger 46 Johann Grobbelaar 46 Jaco Roestoff 44 Raoul Dippenaar 44



9 MAY SATURDAY BETTERBALL STABLEFORD POINTS R. Keller 47 D.v Greunen 47 J. Jacobs 45 F. Jacobs 45 Henry Roodt 44 Eddie Serton 44 10 MAY SUNDAY I.P.S POINTS Ray Gibbison 41 Andre Vermeulen 32

J.P kerneck 45 Greg Maurer 45 Andre Meij 44 Snorre van der Merwe 44 Jaco Hamman 43 Jaco Botha 43 Chase Manna 43 Mike De Jongh 43


13 MAY WEDNESDAY BETTERBALL MEDAL POINTS Gerry Phillipson 64 Snorre Van Der Merwe 64 Werner Riedinger 64 Pieter Van Wyk 64 Christo Bekker 64 Hein Bekker 64

1 MAY FRIDAY RANDS Jason Ackerman 208 Eugene Lewis 208 John Henry Burger 208 Louis Jonker 208 Leonard Kloppers 208 Lazo Karapanagiotidis 208 Marlie Le Roux 208

16 MAY SATURDAY 4 BALL ALLIANCE POINTS Susan Venter 94 Fanie Venter 94 Alwyn Badenhorst 94 Andries Malan 94 Brandon De Ponte 91 Ricardo Gonsalves 91 Michael Arauic 91 Marco Ricci 91 Kris Engelen 90 Nic Hollander 90 Dietmar Kacnik 90 Andre Vermeulen 90

2 MAY SATURDAY RANDS Reyn Marais 185 Wynand Snyman 185 Isaac Zowa 185 Andre Spies 185 Eugene Lewis 185 Brandon Walls 185 Jarred Botha 185 Christoff Els 185

17 MAY SUNDAY IPS POINTS Michael Brielmaier 47 Chase Manna 37 20 MAY WEDNESDAY BETTERBALL STABLEFORD POINTS Louis Coetzee 48 O.J Rossouw 48 Johnny Lubbe 45 Michiel De Villiers 45 Jose Gonsalves 45 Jack de Silva 45 23 MAY SATURDAY BETTERBALL STABLEFORD POINTS Echard Olivier 49 Erasmus Meyer 49 Tony Godycki 46 Niel De Wet 46 Jakes Jacobs 46 Diane Boote 46 Wehann Olivier 45 Arno Vermaak 45 24 MAY SUNDAY IPS POINTS Kris Engelen 38 Pierre Spies 37 27 MAY WEDNESDAY BETTERBALL STABLEFORD POINTS Mac Mc Callaghan 48 Shaun Norris 48 Niel De Wet 46 Gerrie Botha 46

3 MAY SUNDAY RANDS Chase Manna 280 I.J Lee 280 6 MAY WEDNESDAY RANDS Werner Riedinger 135 Jaco Roestoff 135 Christo Bekker 135 Tom Roodt 135 Willie Van Der Merwe 135 Ettienne Bedeloer 135 Jannie Rossouw 135 Hennie Oosthuizen 135 9 MAY SATURDAY RANDS Nicky Rahn 91 Jon Clark 91 Derek v. Greunen 91 Jaco Roestoff 91 Gail Godrich 91 Chase Manna 91 Dean Armitage 91 Henry Roodt 91 Ducan Gibbison 91 Pieter Swanepoel 91 Nick Hollander 91 Errol Todd 91 Murray Louw 91 Gideon van Wyk 91 Jannie Botha 91 Jerry Olivier 91 Shane Mclachlan 273 Gustav Oosthuizen 182 Lameez Boughan 91 10 MAY SUNDAY RANDS Ray Gibbison 126 Andre Vermeulen 252 13 MAY WEDNESDAY RANDS Errol Todd 295 Alain Norris 295 Andries Malan 295 Christoff Els 295



16 MAY SATURDAY RANDS Andries Malan 117 Kris Engelen 117 S.W Visser 117 Daniel Swart 117 Wehann Olivier 117 Pieter V.Wyk 117 Erni Visser 117 Jannie Rossouw 117 Marie Louise Grobler 117 Nico Du Preez 117 Jan V.Dyk 117 Joe Cabeleira 117 Andre Spies 117 Bets Swart 117 Paul Laesecke 117 Zander Lombard 117 Derek Le Roux 117 Adel Schreiber 117

17 MAY SUNDAY RANDS Chase Manna x2 220 Michael Pawson 110 Gideon Pienaar 110 20 MAY WEDNESDAY RANDS O.J Rossouw 112 Andries Coetzee 112 Danie Viljoen 112 Jakes Jacobs 112 Dawid Kriel 112 Dawie Lubbe x2 224 Martyn Wissing 112

23 MAY SATURDAY RANDS Tony Godycki 107 Niel De Wet x2 214 Grant Supra 107 Wehann Olivier 107 Darren Reeksting 107 Johan Snyman 107 Gary Pettit 107 Christian Lewis 107 Hennie Oosthuizen 107 Zander Lombard 107 Giel Bekker 107 Barry van der Vyver jnr x2 214 Barry van der Vyver snr x2 214 Mike Brown 107 24 MAY SUNDAY RANDS Dino Capazario 240 27 MAY WEDNESDAY RANDS Gerrie Botha 66 Niel De Wet x2 132 Greg Maurer 66 Chase Manna x2 132 Marlie Le Roux 66 Jose Gonsalves 66 Willem Coetzee Jnr 66 Yolande Ehlers 66 Johnny Lubbe 66 Jannie Ackerman 66 John Palm 66 Gary Pettit 66 Mike Louw x2 132






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Make Winter Golf Enjoyable Did you know that the first player of modern snow golf was the English author Rudyard Kipling? Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in 1894 and was youngest winner of Nobel Literature Prize in 1907. As an enthusiastic golfer, he apparently relaxed by playing snow golf during the winters of the early 1890s while writing The Jungle Book in Vermont. Kipling painted his golf balls red and placed red cups in the snow to make it a little simpler to see his targets. Where did it all begin? Snow Golf and classical golf have a common ancestor in the Dutch game of Kolf played in Holland since the Middle Ages. Evidence of Kolf being an extremely popular game, can be seen in various 17th century paintings by renowned artists such as Aert van der Neer and Hendrick Avercamp.

Gear up

It doesn’t mean that when it’s cold, that you should put your clubs away for the winter. Winter golf is a different game than in the summer. The summer infestation of mosquitoes is gone, the lake you have trouble with in the summer is frozen and there are no lines. Also, slow play doesn’t exist when there is no one on the course but you. So, it’s not exactly the same game, and neither are the expectations as for summer rounds. You just have to be like a boy scout and be prepared. If you prepare correctly, it can be just as fun and exhilarating.

Body heat You lose most of your body heat through your hands and head. To stay warm you need to keep them covered. A cosy, comfortable ski cap and a good pair of mittens or golf gloves are a must. A pack of hand warmers in your mittens to keep your hands warm between shots is a good idea as well. To keep your body warm, you can layer yourself with warm jackets or sweaters, but not too thick, so that it distracts your swing. The new high-tech gear is designed to keep heat in and allow moisture out for maximum comfort.

The golf ball The best advice is to get coloured balls, preferably neon-colours that stand out from the background. It will make it easier to see in the air and find afterwards.

Your clubs Due to the ball being cold and your many layers of clothes it is impossible to hit the ball as far as you do in the summer so you will have to take more clubs. Due to these elements, you will realize getting the same score as you do in the summer is likely not to happen. So the goal for a day like this will be to have fun.

Dehydration Stay hydrated even if the temperature dips below 5 degrees. Your body still needs water. So please put liquid back into your body and stay away from coffee and alcohol, as these are major dehydrators. Hot cocoa and water will be better alternatives.

Best winter golf courses Matanuska Valley - Alaska This game appears to be a mix of golf and the French game of “Petanque”. The game is played on frozen lakes, in particular in the Matanuska Valley and there is no pre-determined number of players or an official golf course. How it works is that the first golfer hits the ball in any direction and his ball then becomes the target. Each player tries to get as close as possible to the target but if nobody gets close enough, then the ball furthest away becomes the new target.

Nuuk – Greenland One of the most famous golf courses in Greenland is Nuuk, which is a 9-hole course. The World Ice Golf Championships are held at Uummanaq each March. Here temperatures can dip below -30oC in the north where the sun quite literally disappears and in the south a modest -150C.

Cabot Links, Inverness - Canada This golf course is open to the public and is Canada’s first true links course. It is located in the town of Inverness on the northwest coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Cabot Links is Canada’s first and only true links golf course. It was recently awarded the Number 1 spot on Canadian Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses in Canada”. This rugged landscape has a dramatic seaside, undulating terrain and sandy soil, and features 18 holes of challenging links.

Patagonia - Argentina This is the southernmost golf course and the perfect combination of challenge and contemplation. You will experience short holes, narrow fairways and little greens that follow the waters of the Pipo River. Just as the western wind does everything to make the game difficult, the course has some of the most beautiful views with slopes and river crossings.

Samedan - Switzerland This 18-hole golf course was opened in 1891, making it the oldest in Switzerland. With its open parkland layout and gently undulating terrain it is no effort to walk. With all its tradition and history, Samedan is well worth a visit, which should provide an enjoyable and testing round.



THE COOK ON THE CORNER Surviving the winter chill I must admit, I’m not a winter fan. Not at all! I sort of start hibernating in winter, doing everything that I can to avoid leaving my home, or my very comfortable couch where I sit huddled under a fleece blanket. Winter usually drives people to eat for comfort and warmth, above all else. Just think of all the adverts that start appearing at Spring time, to ‘help us all shed the extra winter weight’ to prepare our beach bodies for the December holidays? I genuinely just laugh at these adverts and our human tendencies – I find it adorable that as humans, we look for comfort in food. And as a chef, I find it fascinating that food can provide that comfort! I remember that while growing up, my mom totally changed our winter menus to include soups, stews and baked dishes. My mother used to make the most delicious soups, using lentils and beef shin – to this day these flavors reminds me of winters in Mafikeng. Casserole cooking is also very popular during winter months. What I love about making soups, stews and casseroles and eating this way, is that the liquid that you have cooked the vegetables or meat in, remains in the dish at serving (as opposed to tossing it out during draining), ensuring that we get in the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals, which is vital to keeping our immune systems healthy during the winter chill. In a practical way, it’s important to change your preferences and menus during the winter months, so that you can eat seasonally. When you eat seasonally, you are not only benefitting in a health sense (because the foods have higher volumes of vitamins and minerals as they are occurring naturally within their production schedules), but you’re also helping nature and farmers by not contributing to a large demand of produce that needs to be flown in from across the world, reducing carbon emissions and increasing a higher demand for local produce. If you plan your menus right, you can reduce the amount of time, effort, dishes and money that it takes to create hearty and warm dishes for your family this winter – making sure that you get to spend more time on that couch, under a warm fleece blanket with a glass of excellent red wine in your hands.

We have no special MasterChef activities planned for this month, but we have a great Family Cook Off planned for September. Come bring your whole family along for some fun on Spring Day where we’ll be doing a series of Mystery Box Challenge cook offs – family against family! Enter early to avoid disappointment. To get more information contact Corlia Mathews ( or 083 448 9441) or your nearest representative at the Home Owners Association.



Cannelloni with sweet potato

puree and ground beef This is an easy-to-make family dinner recipe, which can be prepared in parts the day before the time. Simply cook the puree and the mince the day before and then bake the cannelloni on the day you wish to serve it! This recipe is also a great mechanism to get the kids’ vegetables in – you can make the puree out of anything, or add a selection of vegetables to the ground beef.


Serves 4 700g Orange sweet potatoes (or normal sweet potatoes) 80g butter 250g Cannelloni Pasta tubes 15ml olive oil 500g ground beef mince 1 large onion 1 garlic clove, crushed 15ml dried thyme 15ml dried oregano 2 carrots cut into little cubes 2 cups of baby spinach 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese 2 handfuls of fresh parsley to serve Black salt and pepper, to taste

For the white sauce: 60ml butter 50ml flour 500ml milk 15ml Mustard


1. Firstly make the orange sweet potato puree by peeling the potatoes and cutting into pieces. Boil in salted water until soft. Drain and mash the potatoes until smooth. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper, followed by the butter. Place in a piping bag until you’re ready to assemble the dish. 2. Cook the mince by frying the onion, herbs and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the mince, baby spinach and carrot cubes and cook on a high heat for 5 minutes until browned. Remove from the heat – it will cook further in the oven. 3. Make the white sauce by melting the butter and flour in a pot and adding a good pinch of salt and pepper for seasoning. Using a whisk, combine the butter and flour for 2 minutes, before you start adding the milk, little by little, while whisking (to avoid lumps). Once all of the milk is added, stir over a medium heat for 10 minutes. 4. Pour half the white sauce into the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Place the cannelloni on top and pipe them half full with sweet potato puree. Fill up with the ground beef and then smother in the remaining white sauce. Top with the cheese and bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes until the cannelloni is cooked through. 5. Top with the chopped fresh parsley and serve

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Proudly South African Food In honour of Madiba, this month’s food article includes proudly South African dishes. From stuffed crab to bobotie, these delightful and homey meals will have anyone celebrating the rich diversity of South Africa.

Remove the bread from the milk and add it to the crab mixture. Once everything is well combined, add the grated cheese and remove the mixture from the heat. Take the mixture from the pan and let it cool. When it is cool, add the egg white and the chopped parsley.

Stuffed Crab

3. Place the crab mixture into the reserved crab shells and brush with the egg yolk. Place the stuffed crabs in the oven for 15 minutes and serve hot.

Nelson Mandela had the same chef for twenty years. This recipe, which was one of his favourites, was created in Maputo by Xoliswa Ndoyiya. This recipe, provided by Nelson Mandela, was first published in Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela by Anna Trapido, Jacana Media.

Ingredients 2 kg small crabs, cleaned and steamed 4 slices white bread 1–2 tablespoons of milk (or enough to soak the bread) 2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 large red chillies (melegueta), finely chopped 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg, separated 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Chicken Curry

This recipe is taken from Hunger for Freedom, The Story of Food on the Life of Nelson Mandela, by Anna Trapido

Ingredients 3 tablespoons sunflower oil 3 cardamom pods 1 stick cinnamon 4 cloves 1 tablespoon butter 2 onions sliced thin 2 teaspoons garlic crushed 2 big tomatoes, grated 1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 large whole chicken, skinned 2cm chunk of grated fresh root ginger 3 teaspoons coriander powder 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons chilli powder ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 1½ cups (about 375ml) chicken stock
6-8 small potatoes, peeled

Method To start with this delicious dish heat the oil and fry the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves in the oil until they release their aroma. Add butter and onions, fry these ingredients until translucent then add the garlic and stir. Add the grated tomato and tomato paste once the garlic releases its aromas, and cook over a low heat to form a thick sauce. When you see the oil coming to the top of the sauce, add the chicken pieces, ginger, coriander, cumin, chilli and turmeric. Simmer the chicken curry with 1½ cups boiling water or chicken stock until the chicken is almost cooked through for approximately 20 minutes.

Method 1. Preheat your oven to 140°C. Gently remove the crabmeat from inside the shells and dice. Carefully maintain the crab shells as they were, because they will be used to stuff with the crabmeat. Once you have done this, soak the bread in the milk. 2. Sauté the onions with olive oil over a low heat in a pan until soft. Add garlic, bay leaf and chillies to add flavour. Increase the heat, add the crabmeat and lemon juice and mix well.



Cut the potatoes in half, add and cook them with the chicken for another 20 minutes until they are very soft. To make this dish extra tasty, serve with roti breads.


Ingredients 1½ lbs ground beef (750 g minced meat) or 1½ lbs lamb (750 g minced meat) Oil (for frying) 2 slices white bread, normal thickness ½ cup milk (125 ml) 1 large onion or 2 smaller onions 4 teaspoons curry powder, very mild (Cape Malay is the best) 1 tablespoon breyani spices, generous, crushed* (see note below) ½ teaspoon turmeric 1 tomatoes, ripe, peeled and chopped ½ teaspoon sugar 1 apple, peeled and coarsely grated 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind ¼ - ½ cup seedless raisin (this is for you to decide) 2 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons apricot jam 1 egg ¾ cup milk (200 ml) 12 -16 almonds, whole, blanched (or use split almonds) 1 egg, plus ½ cup milk, and 1/3 teaspoon turmeric

Method To make your very own breyani mix of spices, combine the following: fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, pimento berries, cardamom, black pepper, star anise, bay leaves and cassia or cinnamon sticks. Set oven at 180 degrees. In a small bowl, tear up the slices of bread roughly, and pour over the ½ cup milk. Set aside. Peel and chop the onion. Heat about three tablespoons of oil in a large pot. Fry the onion over medium heat until translucent. Add the curry powder, coarsely crushed breyani spices and turmeric. Stir, and let the spices fry for a few minutes. Add more oil if they stick: usually quite a bit of oil is needed. Add the chopped, peeled tomato, sugar, grated apple and lemon rind and stir through. Fry for a minute, then add the meat. Break up the meat so that the ground meat is loose. Add the salt. Stir often, and mix through with the spice mixture. Now add the apricot jam, and stir so it melts into the meat mixture. When the meat is almost done, remove the pot from the heat. Stir through and let cool a little. Take the bread, which has been soaking in the milk, and break it up

into wet crumbs. The bread will have absorbed all the milk. Add the milky crumbs to the meat mixture, and mix through. Break the egg in a bowl, whisk, and add the milk. Add the milkegg mixture to the meat. Turn into a greased oven dish, and stud with almonds on top. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Whisk the last egg with the milk and enough turmeric to turn the mixture a nice yellow colour. Take the meat out of the oven, pour over the custard, and bake about 15 minutes longer, or until the egg custard has set. Serve with Yellow Rice (Begrafnisrys).

Just before serving, add the cream, mussels and the remaining parsley and heat through for about 5 minutes. Serve with white rice and a green salad.

Spicy Seafood Potjie


15 ml brown sugar
 15 ml sweet soy sauce 30 ml fresh basil, roughly chopped 30 ml fresh parsley, roughly chopped 1 kg fresh white fish, filleted or frozen hake steaks 500 g fresh or frozen prawns, shelled and cleaned 1 kg frozen marinara mix 2 lemons (juice only) 250 ml thick cream 10 mussels in their shells
 20 ml olive oil 30 ml butter 2 large onions 10 ml garlic, crushed 10 ml ginger, freshly, grated 20 ml seafood spices 250 g fresh black mushrooms, sliced 410 g Mexican tomatoes 375 ml fish stock 125 ml sherry

Method In a large potjie, heat together the oil and butter. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and seafood spices and fry for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, fish stock, sherry, sugar and soy sauce and simmer gently for 1520 minutes. Add the basil and half the parsley, then remove three quarters of this mixture from the pot and layer it, alternating with the seafood. Start with the white fish, then the prawns, then the marinara mix. Add the lemon juice, secure the lid and allow it to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes without stirring.



The Water We Drink HHH Water and Health presents to you the water that makes

all the difference, delivered to your doorstep. This could become an overnight, affordable reality should you buy into the concept. But first a few notes, some of which might interest you. It took several years for people to realise the seriousness of the problem with tap water in South Africa. It negatively affects our health, despite the Blue Drop Certification. As you know, pollutants and toxins sometimes enter our water catchment areas when sewage treatment plants are not properly maintained. Apart from bacteria and viruses, abattoir, medical and agricultural wastes contain pollutants that are not removed by municipal water treatment plants, which could include un-metabolized anti-retroviral drugs, antibiotics, anti-depressants, contraceptive medication etc. Options such as bottled and filtered water came as a solution to the challenges we face using tap water. All of us thought it is fine to either buy bottled water or install a filter of some kind in our kitchens – not knowing of the health risks still present. Sadly, bottled water is not regulated in our country, and some are not of acceptable quality. Bottled water is mostly reverse osmosis (RO) water, or demineralised water, which is ‘dead’ or unstable water, regardless of what the label says in many cases. The RO process is the most effective way of filtering water but it removes not only the ‘bad stuff’’, but also the ‘good stuff’ (84 minerals and trace elements), leaving dead water behind with no electrolytes. Electrolytes are required by brain and body cells to transmit tiny electrical impulses (in excess of 20 watts in your brain alone). Limited space prevents elaborating on reasons why the World Health Organisation prescribes that demineralised or RO water, which depletes our bodies of essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium, should not substitute mineral alkaline water, inclusive of water we cook with. RO water is acidic and mineral water is alkaline - the pH value can be confirmed on the bottle etiquette, see for yourself. Alkalinity boosts your immune system, keeping you healthy. Blood testsresults are also available which indicate the positive effects that mineral water has on our blood properties. Cancer causing radioactive isotopes caused by acid mine drainage pollution in some areas are not removed by conventional water treatment plants or the RO process. In fact the Blue Drop Certification does not even require the testing of uranium levels in the water. These levels are estimated at double the cancer forming threshold in some areas.

HHH Water and Health brings you the ultimate solution:

Over and above filtration processes, there are three distinguishing characteristics present in this water, pertaining to health. 1. It is structured water containing natural minerals. 2. It is alkaline (pH of 7.6) 3. The possible presence of cancer forming radioactive isotopes are removed. The Agua é Vida mineral concentrate is produced during a micro-structuring process taking place within a water vortex. This enables natural minerals (Himalayan crystals) to be infused into the water on molecular level. The addition of this solution revitalizes the RO purified water with all the essential minerals and trace elements required for optimal brain and bodily functions, as nature has intended.

Some benefits of alkaline mineralized water are:

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Silver Lakes Gardener succeeds in Comrades written by Jeanne Todd

Jimmy Mhlanga, a gardener to several residents at Silver Lakes, achieved what many just dream of – he completed the Comrades Marathon on the 31st May at the age of 57 for the first time. He had a dream to run this marathon but it did not come easy. He decided 18 months ago to try and turn his life around and started running. It was extremely difficult in the beginning as he was not affiliated to any club but then he met up with Liesl and Piet van Rensburg and this was the turning point for him.

Again Liesl and Piet came to the rescue, they entered him, arranged his accommodation and transport to Durban, and his dream to run had become a reality. He boarded the bus on Friday and he was off to Durban. He completed the 87.7 km in 10:38:37, which for a man of 57 who has no time to train properly as he works 6 days a week this a wonderful achievement and we are all extremely proud of him. It just goes to prove that where there is a will in life, there is always a way.

Liesl signed him up with Pretoria Marathon Club and he then had PROUD OF YOU JIM – now for the a licence to run officially. He ran down run in 2016. in as many races as he could on a Saturday and Sunday and qualified for the Comrades in March with a time of 3hrs 10 for 42 km.

Please be Considerate Mike Westman

Everyone would like to live in a family-friendly estate, where children and pets can be safe while going for a stroll, driving in a golf cart or just enjoying the estate but there comes a time when we have to remind homeowners that there are rules and regulations that we sometimes have to adhere to. When driving or parking a golf cart please allow enough space so that others can pass. We request that dogs be kept on leashes and at a controllable length where the lead can be shortened if someone needs to pass and where a dog can be stopped before running in front of a golf cart, bicycle or person. When walking, jogging or cycling please keep to the sides of the paths, walkways and roads so that people and traffic can pass safely. Always use the existing walkways. We do understand that there are areas that do not have walkways but in that case just remember to apply common sense and traffic rules.

Small Buck There have been complaints of small buck grazing in the gardens of homeowners and devouring precious plant and seedling. Most buck are selective feeders, but during hardship are able to adapt their feeding habits for the sake of survival and if the veldt is very dry they do tend to venture into gardens and eat seedlings and fresh young vegetation. These animals are territorial and they stick to the places they know. Please do not hurt or frighten our animals because if they spook they could end up injuring themselves or running across the road in front of a moving vehicle which could be devastating to driver, passengers and animals alike. Let’s remain courteous and stay safe in Silver Lakes!

When you happen to see a long lost friend, and you stop to chat, please step off the walkway so that others can pass. Please stick to speed limits – so important in an estate. There are animals and children that can unexpectedly run in front of vehicles with tragic consequences. Our traffic circles must please be used properly; look out for other cars and yield to the right or to the car that is already moving into the road.



Fitness Fun Fitness Facts – Fitness motivations To be physically active offers benefits that are far beyond the obvious. Have you ever heard of a healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul? Well, here are 10 facts that may help inspire you to get off the couch.

1. Exercise Boosts Brainpower

Not only does exercise improve your psychical body, it helps your mental function as well. Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity. With a clear mind, you can be more productive at work and at home. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it also makes for a more productive company. Companies that have less wasted work hours and sick time have lower health care costs.

2. Movement Melts Away Stress

As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every part of your life. Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction, it also helps elevate your mood and keep depression away. Exercise will not only bring more happiness and less stress in your life but also in the lives of the people around you.



When you are less stressed, you are less irritable with less mood swings, which could improve relationships with your partner, children, family and co-workers.

3. Exercise Gives You Energy

Even if it is only 30 minutes in the morning, exercise can change your whole day. When endorphins are released into your bloodstream during exercise, you feel much more energized the rest of the day. As your strength and stamina improve, it becomes easier to accomplish everyday tasks such carrying groceries and climbing stairs and will help you feel more energetic over the course of the day. Most people will say that they are too tired to exercise. While exercise may make you feel more tired at first, especially in the short term, it won’t last long. Exercise will give you more energy over a longer period and will leave you feeling more vitalized and rejuvenated. The physical tiredness you feel after working out isn’t the same as everyday fatigue.

Once your body adjusts to exercise, you’ll have more energy than ever.

4. Find Time for Fitness

In the busy rushed world of today, it is sometimes difficult to make time for exercise. Thus, think about killing two birds with one stone. Exercise while spending time with your kids. Take your kids to the park and play cricket or ride bike together. You can even play games in your back yard if there are no parks around. This way you are getting physical activity while enjoying family time. Also, forget the idea that you have to go to the gym and spend an hour or more doing a formal workout. Instead, you can work short spurts of physical activity into your day such as 10 minute rope jumping. Indeed, fitting in a few 20-minute routines of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once. To lose weight and keep the weight off, you should accumulate at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.

5. Exercise Helps Ward off Disease

Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. It also helps ease some aspects of the aging process. Because exercise strengthens the muscles and joints, it is going to reduce your odds of having some of those aches and pains and problems most adults have. Exercise can even boost immune function and will help prevent your body getting a cold or flu. There isn’t a major health problem where exercise cannot have a positive effect. However, it is never a good idea to exercise if you are already ill. When you are ill, your heart works harder to pump blood and oxygen to your veins, and tries to improve your immune system to get you healthy again. Your white blood cells are working extra hard and your brain is focusing more on the rest than exercising your muscles. If you exercise when you are ill, you are more likely to faint, dehydrate or even get a heart attack.

6. Fitness Pumps Up Your Heart

Not only does exercise help fight disease but it also creates a stronger heart - the most important muscle in the body. A strong heart helps make exercise and daily activities feel easier. Your heart and cardiovascular system will function more effectively and will build up less plaque. When the heart becomes stronger, it pumps more blood per beat, so when you rest the heart rate is lower. Thus, your heart will beat slower and expend the same amount of effort. Within only a couple days after you start exercising, the body readily adapts to the stimulus it’s getting and it becomes easier. It will not take as much effort to breathe, you will feel less fatigue and you should have less pain or soreness.

7. Exercise Lets You Eat More

You burn calories and fat while you are exercising. Cardiovascular exercises are especially good for burning fat. But in fact, muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat. Yes, the sore muscles you experience the next day after a good workout session, is your muscles that are burning calories. So the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate is and the more regularly you need to take food in to feed your muscles and prevent them from burning away your muscle tissues.

8. Exercise Boosts Performance and Confidence

After a few weeks of consistent exercise, you may feel your clothes fitting differently and see that your muscle tone has improved. You may also notice that your newly pumped-up muscles are faster and stronger. Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility and improve your overall performance. Your muscles will work more efficiently and you’ll gain a greater sense of endurance. Your reaction time and balance will also improve. With an improved physique, you will feel more confident about yourself and more comfortable in your own skin. Your strength will be better, so you will be able to help around more around the house and help your friends with difficult tasks. If you are confident with your physique, you will present yourself better to people and open up more to others around you.

This means that occasionally eating a cookie isn’t going to take you 10 steps back. Can you eat anything? No! But you can afford to enjoy some of the things you really like when you exercise regularly. You can get away better with those things in moderation, than you can when you’re not working out. It is all about eating healthy all the time and once a week have only one cookie or one piece of chocolate. Not the whole chocolate and not the entire day of unhealthy eating. Instead of eating a milk chocolate, eat a 70% dark chocolate. Instead of eating a two layer chocolate cake with frosting, rather eat a smaller slice of carrot cake.



9. Weight Loss Is Not the Most Important Goal

Weight loss is the reason many people exercise in the first place. But it must certainly not be the sole benefit of an exercise program. The long-term goal of weight loss is advertised too heavily to people starting fitness programs, and that can be discouraging. People have trouble sticking with something if they don’t see results quickly. You should think about what positive effects exercising could have to your level of functioning in daily activities. That should serve as the motivation to keep you coming back for more. So whatever weight loss goal you have when starting a fitness program, don’t make it your only goal. Strive to feel better, to have more energy, to be less stressed. Exercise should become part of your life, a goal of losing weight, building up strength and enhancing health.

HOW TO... By Michelle van Zyl from Make-up by Michelle

Wear bold make-up in winter in order to make a statement. With winter officially here, everything around us is looking dull and colourless. So why not brighten yourself up during this super pale season with a warm and hearty colour like Marsala.



Marsala is the official fashion colour of 2015. Its tones are rich, earthy and warm - which symbolises sophistication and elegance. It is distinguished by its red-brown, wine red or more commonly, by the colour of fortified wine. Here are some ideas and tips on how to incorporate this beautiful colour into your make-up routine: On your lips This is the safest and best way to wear Marsala, as there is such a variety of Marsala tones which will suit any skin tone. On your cheeks You probably already have a tone of Marsala in your blusher collection, so don’t be afraid to blush those cheeks. Not too much though, you don’t want to look like a clown! On your Eyes For the eyes you definitely have to be brave as not everyone is able to pull off a reddish tone on their eye lids without looking like a Halloween creature wanting to scare kids. Play around and ask your most honest friends for their opinion before you appear in public. If you want your lighter Marsala tones to appear even lighter and brighter, create a white base. This base can be created by using a very light foundation or concealer on the eye lid only, or using a white eye liner pencil. Colour in the entire eye lid and smudge it with the tip of your finger. If you want to deepen your darker Marsala tones, create a black base. This base can be created by using a black eye liner pencil and colouring in the entire eye lid. Then smudge it with the tip of your finger. A more subtle appearance can be achieved by applying your eye makeup as usual (brown tones) and adding any one, or a combination of the following: Eye liner Do not attempt a red eye liner - you will look as if your eyes are on fire and bleeding. A very creepy look and not what we are aiming for. Black eye liner is the ideal and can be applied on either the top or bottom lid or on both top and bottom lid. Only apply your eye liner from the outside corner of the eye to the centre of the eye lid, then taking you brush (ideally the brush you used to apply your brown eye shadow) to soften and extend the eye liner from the centre to the inner corner of the eye lid. Eye shadow Apply a pea-size spot of eye shadow to the centre of the upper eye lid Apply a tiny bit of eye shadow to the inner third of the upper eye lid Apply a tiny bit of eye shadow to the outer third of the upper eye lid Ensure to blend your Marsala eye shadow very well with your brown eye shadow.

For a more dramatic or evening look, you can add some black eye liner and eye shadow and also wear a rich tone of Marsala on your lips. And voila! A warm and hearty winter look.

Michelle van Zyl • Tel: 082 302 0287 Email: Web:



Tips on keeping warm this Winter Winter is a wonderful time of the year to snuggle up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate with your family. You can achieve this in many ways, by layering your wooden floors with rugs, or letting the light shine in to rooms to add warmth to a space. It can be very pleasant if you have a warm house, but if your home needs a bit of warming up this winter try applying some of these tips to get the most out of the chilly months ahead.

Bundle up

Dress your home up in warmer clothes

Piling on a few layers is a great way to stay warm, keeping your core warm is the most important when temperatures dip. Wear a beany: Your mom may have said that you lose 80 percent of your body heat through your head, but that’s not actually true. If you’re otherwise clothed, you’ll still lose heat from any surface that’s exposed. So put on your hat, even if you’re inside.

If you’re not wearing a tank top or going sleeveless, your windows shouldn’t either. Replace thin curtains with heavier wool or fleece drapes in the winter. But open them on sunny days for some free heat. Also, remember to keep these curtains closed at night to prevent the heat from leaving through the windows.

Indulge in foods that help keep you warm

Layering your bed covers with the thinnest, densest ones on top can also help a great deal. It’s intuitive, but fluffy blankets should be closer to your skin. Thin, dense blankets should be on top to prevent convective heat loss. Bonus tip: Don’t put your bed directly against an exterior wall. You’ll be warmer if you leave a little space.

You already know that eating well in the winter could help you stay healthy, but did you know it might help keep you warm, too? Eating healthy fats during the winter can help keep up your metabolism, which in turn, heat up the body. These five foods can help the body stay warm and helps boost your immune system to fight off any flu symptoms. • Ginger can be used in soups and baked goods. You can even drink it with hot water to help boost your immune system. •

Coconut oil helps keep the body warm through metabolising as well. It can be used as a moisturiser to prevent heat from leaving the body through dry skin.

Cinnamon and other spices help your body generate heat. Although you don’t want to eat things that are too spicy, because this can cause you to sweat and lose heat.

Eaten hot, whole grains such as oats or brown rice give immediate warmth to the body as well as provide vitamin B and magnesium, which help regulate the body’s temperature through the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Hot soups seem the most obvious for winter, but a stew or soup such as a chickpea tomato soup can help the body keep warm through the night if eaten in the evening and can provide the body with protein and fibre.

When it comes to sunlight, every chance you have, make sure to have curtains open to let the warmth in during the day. When sunlight enters a room, it is mostly ultraviolet radiation, which passes through glass. Once this hits an object, the sunlight becomes radiant heat, which in return warms up your room.

Another tasty way of keeping warm is baking. Baking and using the oven not only heats up the kitchen, but surrounding rooms as well. You’ll feel even cosier if you invite friends over to eat some freshly baked cookies! And what better excuse than to try that delicious recipe you’ve seen.




Watch out for your furry friends

You might be jealous of your dog or cat’s fur coat when temperatures drop, but they need to be kept warm too. Always remember to bring pets inside when temperatures begin to drop. If they can’t come inside, provide enough bedding and insulated shelter for them to keep warm. Remember the 1-Meter Rule Heaters are a great way to add extra heat to colder rooms, but always remember to keep anything flammable at least one metre away from the heater at all times. Flammable items include clothing, rugs, bedding and curtains. Also, remember to place the heater on a hard, nonflammable, stable surface and to turn it off completely before leaving the house. Set a reminder on your phone if you’re afraid you’ll forget. Monitor fires It’s easy to snooze in front of a roaring fire, but always ensure that fireplace embers are completely out before going to bed for the night. Wood fireplaces should always have a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.




- Just Nuisance -

After a few hangovers, Just Nuisance has learned his lesson of just how many drinks was his capacity and would after a few quarts head up the stairs to the balcony of the hotel overlooking Adderley Street. He would stand with his front paws on the balcony railings, watch the traffic and passers-by from above and give the occasional bark when another dog passes below. Story shortened and compiled from the Book: Just Nuisance – His full story by Terrence Sisson

You all will remember that Just Nuisance gave attention to the female gender for the first time in his life while dancing with his paws on Girlie Baker’s shoulders. Obviously, this was the talk of all at HMS Afrikander 1 ship’s company the next morning: Just Nuisance’s ability as a ballroom dancer. The ratings wanted a repeat of the performance, but as you would have gathered by now, our dog only did what he wants to do, when he wants. So as the seaman persisted, Just Nuisance stuck out his tail stiffly, crinkled up his upper lip in frustration and let out a low rumble. Leading Seaman Brown was shouting across the mess hall to leave Just Nuisance alone since ’that dog is about to rip your silly face’ All relaxed and went to their bunks while Just Nuisance was awaiting his next meal. As you would have gathered from our stories about Just Nuisance, the dog had exceptional intelligence, which could have been part of this acclaim and why people liked him so much: he had personality. As 1941 rolled on stories spread of Just Nuisance’s exceptional intelligence, and as I am sure just as for you, Just Nuisance’s favourite times were weekends. Saturday and Sundays the ratings not on duty were granted what the navy called ‘seven-bell-leave’. As you would also remember from a previous story, even when the navy ratings were at shore, it was as if they were on their ship and therefore all their places of command had a ships bell usually near the guardroom. This bell was rung to mark the passing hours. Midnight was eight bells, half an hour later one dong, at one o’clock in the morning two dongs and so on until it was eight dongs again at 4 o’clock in the morning, and so the day would progress with its sets of eight bells. The whole process was repeated except between 4 and 8 in the morning when the usual 4-hour watch was shortened to two hours each, which was called first dogwatch and second dogwatch. This way when ratings are allowed ashore leave from midday on Saturdays and Sundays till 7.30 p.m. which were seven bells, thus the term ‘seven-bell-leave’. Apparently, every time a bell went Just Nuisance’s ears perked up as if he listened, possibly telling the time, one never knows. One of the doctors at Afrikander 1 believed that because Just Nuisance was so embroiled into the life of the seamen, he was picking up on their intelligence and manners. However, I believe he had his own intelligence to be as clever as the stories made him to be. Perhaps he was the Einstein of the dogs. What do you think? Obviously, on the weekends, having four legs, Just Nuisance would be one of the first to arrive on the platform of Simons Town station jumping on the first train to Cape Town with his special railway pass. Arriving in Cape Town, he would head off to a hotel just out of the station in Adderley Street called The Standard. It was also called The Texas bar by many of the seamen because it had saloon swing-doors that were so famous in old cowboy movies. Maybe this is why Just Nuisance liked the hotel, since he could effortlessly nudge the door open. The manager and staff regarded Just Nuisance as one of their best customers, even though he never paid his bill and had his quart of Lion Lager on the house. They would know when the ratings heard that Just Nuisance was at the hotel, they started pouring into the bar to meet his famous canine. So, by the time Just Nuisance has finished his first quarter of beer there were enough sailors to buy him his next round.





WHAT YOU NEED: 5 Rocks from the garden for the body of the animals 5 Smaller rocks for the heads of the animals Acrylic paint in assorted colours Paintbrushes Glue Black and white paper Scissors


Rock Animals

This DIY will get the kids running outside in the garden. They will need to find their favourite rock to paint the Big Five on, as this month’s issue is focusing on what makes South Africa the beautiful country it is. And what better way than to celebrate our Big Five with this easy DIY.

STEPS: 1. Before you get started, make sure the kids are in clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. Now get them to paint the rocks a solid colour, making sure to paint a small rock and a large rock the same colour. Once dried we will be combining the two to create the body of the animal.



2. To help inspire you, here are a few ideas for the colours: The lion can have a golden yellow undertone, the elephant a grey, buffalo a darker charcoal grey, the leopard a golden yellow, and the rhinoceros a light grey. Of course, if you find that your little one has an imagination of what they think the colour should be, then let them paint it whatever they like. At the end of the day, this activity is meant to be fun. 3. Let the paint dry and then glue the smaller rock on top of the larger rock to create the start of your rock animal. Now paint on skin patterns, colour, spots and eyes.


4. To create ears, cut a pair of ovals or circles out of the black paper, making sure to add a tab or stem when cutting so that you can stick the ear to the head. For the leopard and lion, you can paint the ears directly onto the rock. 5. Once you are done with your rock animals, place them out in the wild where they can roam free.




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