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FROM THE GYM MANAGER A habit is a behaviour that has been repeated enough TURNtoYOUR GARDEN INTOAAmental BIRD shortcut learned times become automatic. from experience, if you will. As behavioural scientist OASIS Jason Hreha shares, “Habits are, simply, reliable solutions to recurring problems in our environment.”


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“To do two things at once is to do neither.” -NEWS Publilius SyrusCARLITAS RESTAURANT FROM We tend to think that we can increase our productivity by doing several things at once. Yet research shows that LOST PETS multitasking damages our output and efficiency. Trying to do more than one thing at once not only slows us down, but causes us to make more mistakes. We feel busier, but we are actually doing less, and doing it less well.

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Goodbye 2019; Hello 2020

This year went by pretty fast and despite the many challenges the country is facing, we ended the year on a high note with the “Bokke” bringing home the RWC 2019 Cup. I hardly ever watch rugby, but would’ve missed the World Cup game for anything! It was an incredibly proud moment, something I believe has brought a lot of hope and joy to our Country. It was amazing to see how everyone supported the Boks and it just shows that when it matters most, we can stand together as a nation. Thanks to the great rain we’ve had so far, we can see how nature turned into a green canvas and we are so grateful for it, we can only have faith and trust that the rest of our country, especially our farmers will also be blessed with rainfall. As we count down the last few days of 2019, we also look forward to what 2020 will have in store for us. I would love to take this opportunity to thank The Hills Estate’s board of directors, Estate management and everyone I had the privilege to work with over the past year for their continued support. Together we provide a quality magazine and I look forward to doing the same next year.

I would also like to thank our loyal advertisers for their support over the past 6 editions and encourage all residents and homeowners to support our advertisers. I am a firm believer of supporting businesses in the local or adjacent neighbourhoods, as they not only provide an excellent competitive service but also help invest in the local economy. Last but not least, I would like to congratulate our October/ November competition winner Ayanda Mzulwini. Thank you for reading and entering our competition – enjoy the full day spa for two at Ingaadi Spa. For those of you who are travelling this festive season, we wish you well on your journeys. May all residents, homeowners and staff experience the sweet magic of Christmas, may the Holiday season bring happiness and prosperity in the coming year! Be blessed Tobia von Zwietring Editor THE HI LLS E STATE | 2 0 1 9 | I SSUE 6 | 7


Estate Management

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Dear Residents, Several new houses were completed recently and their respective families moved in. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all our new residents. We hope you will be very happy in The Hills. As the year draws to an end we have to highlight some of our most common challenges. December is known to be a high crime season and we therefore urge residents to be extra vigilant at all times, especially over Christmas and the New Year. Please read our Security section for some helpful safety tips in preparation.

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traffic on our Estate roads and more children play in the streets and on grass verges. Exceeding the 30km/h speed limit within the Estate puts the lives of our residents, children, pets and wild animals at risk. Please also read the letter on page 18 we received from a resident who was directly affected by a speeding incident in the Estate. The year is also coming to an end for construction purposes. All building sites must be left in a neat, clean and safe order over the festive season. Construction Closure is Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 17h00 - NO EXCEPTIONS!


All construction sites are to be cleaned and secured by Friday 13 December 2019 12h00. We request all owners who are currently building to address the compliance and neatness with all your contractors. Contractors’ access will resume on Monday 6 January 2020 from 07h00. In preparation for your well-deserved holiday, please keep in mind that there are certain aspects that need to be arranged before you leave. If you have someone looking after your garden, pets or house, please ensure that those individuals are properly registered for access. Pets should form part of your holiday arrangements and be taken care of properly so as not to be a nuisance to the neighbours. The Eco area currently boasts the following species: • Springbuck – 28 adults and 8 babies • Blesbok - 17 • Impala - 26 • Blue Wildebeest - 5 • Nyala - 6 • Kudu - 3 • Waterbuck - 7 • Zebra – 10 adults and 2 babies • Steenbok • Duiker • Bushpig - 11 • Jackal • Serval cats – Two families • And approximately 29 different resident bird species. Please be advised of Johan’s resignation. We wish him well on his new tenor. On behalf of the Directors and HOA we want to wish you all a blessed and joyful festive season and a very happy New Year. Travel safe! THE HI LLS E STATE | 2 0 1 9 | I SSUE 6 | 9


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SECURITY UPDATE keeping you and your family safe

Students completed their end-of-year exams and well-established syndicates will buy these vehicles Christmas decorations are visible in stores which from the hijacker. means the holidays cannot be far. It is obvious that vehicle hijackers are motivated by Unfortunately, criminals are also more active this time greed and an insatiable need for more and more of the year and the Estate security teams will also comfort, rather than need. Most hijackings take have to be extra vigilant. place in the driveways of residential areas as well as per recent reports of hijackings taking place in the We have already received reports from our driveways leading into residential estates, whilst the neighbouring estates regarding the “tailgating vehicle is stationed or slowing down. hijacking� trend that has returned and we need to be ready. Very important Several cases of hijackings and robberies in front of residential security estates were reported in Gauteng recently. Criminals have targeted residents leaving from or returning to estates and hijacked them a few meters from the gates, if not right in front of the gates. The reality is that people relax and become less and less alert the closer they get to home. Do not think that just because there is a security guard at the gate that you can become complacent. Hijacking Tips It has become increasingly difficult to steal motor vehicles, with all the anti-theft devices, such as immobilizers, gear-locks, etc. These steps have resulted in a dramatic increase in vehicle hijackings. The hijacker has the element of surprise and this is a concern. This is easy earned money and the already 12 | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E

Be extra alert – especially 2km from your house / estate. Switch off the car radio and concentrate on your surroundings. Check the driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises /estate.

Be aware of vehicles parked close by with occupants inside. It might be perpetrators observing the area. If approached by a stranger while in your vehicle, drive off if possible or use your hooter to attract attention.Lock your doors, close your windows and refrain from having bags or briefcases visible inside the vehicle. Use the boot for this. Cell phones should also not be visible.

Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking 4. Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave characters/ vehicles. Do not hesitate to report such everything in the vehicle. to security at the estate entrance and or to the SAPS. 5. Try to remain calm at all times and do not show Always be on the alert for potential danger, be on the signs of aggression. Be compliant to all demands lookout for possible escape routes and safe refuge set by the perpetrator. along the way. 6. Do not make eye contact with the hijacker. He may perceive this behaviour as a threat and Make sure you are not followed. If you suspect you retaliate aggressively. are being followed, drive to the nearest police station 7. Keep your hands still and visible to the hijacker, or any busy public area. to give him assurance of your passive content. 8. Do not speak too fast (if you are able to talk) If confronted and do not make sudden movements. 9. Gather as much information as possible without 1. Do not lose your temper, threaten or challenge posing a threat. How many people? How many hijackers firearms and description thereof? What were 2. DO EXACTLY AS TOLD BY THE HIJACKERS! the perpetrators wearing (clothing)? To which 3. Do not resist, especially if the hijacker has a direction did they drive off? Take note of the weapon. Surrender your vehicle and move away language they use (the accent). Try to put as much distance between yourself 10. Activate the vehicle-tracking device, if the vehicle and the hijacker(s) as speedily as possible. is fitted with one. Fires During the month, we had veld fires on and next to the Estate.

Senior Inspector James Mothiba while fighting a fire in the Eco Estate. He still had time to smile at the camera.

Gate Commander Cedric Mamanyaga is our officer of the month.

Security and I Lawn personnel fought these fires and we are very happy to report that all fires were stopped before serious damages occurred.

Officer Mamanyaga was present on two occasions where contract workers became violent with each other and managed to resolve the issues. Officer Mamanyaga was also present in three of the four veld fires. He is fearless in his approach to danger. He will do anything to protect the residents’ property and the Estate. Congratulations for being our Officer of the Month. Thank you for the hard work you do.

Always remember that the security is here to help. Contact number for security: Security control room: 0828263761 | Land line: 012 996 1610 | Security manager: 0768217567

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Written by: Francois van Wyk

PrArch 24751027 | MProf(Arch)(Cum Laude) UP

Dear The Hills Resident,

As we approach the end of another year, it is our privilege to share some valuable insights on the Aesthetics and Architectural guidelines of the Estate and today, especially, the role of the Aesthetics Committee. The Aesthetics Committee of the HOA is a professional architectural firm that has been appointed to ensure that all houses conform to the prescribed Architectural Guidelines of the Estate. We assist in reviewing the guidelines from time to time and work closely with the Estate management to protect the value of your investment in The Hills The Evaluation Phase: Every new design has to go through an extensive, twophase, evaluation process. The first stage involves the submission of a concept plan. This is submitted as an A3 booklet to Studious Architect’s office before a Monday at 12:00 PM. It is important to understand that this phase of evaluation is an extensive process of detailed scrutiny. We always encourage homeowners and architects to make use of Form B (Checklist for building plan approval) to ensure that all the relevant information has been provided. THE HI LLS E STATE | 2 0 1 9 | I SSUE 6 | 15


Please see the link below for your convenience:

construction may continue.

These inspections must be requested at the Estate Office one week in advance and the inspection will be done The second stage of approval is called the working by a representative of the Aesthetics Committee who drawing phase. This is submitted in A1 format at will issue Compliance Certification applicable thereto. Studious Architect’s office before a Monday at 12:00 PM. Associated certification will be filed on HOA records for future reference. The Architects need to submit one set of working drawings to the Aesthetics Committee for review. The Final Inspection: Aesthetics Committee ensures that all conditions from When the house is completed, the final duty of the the first round of evaluation have been addressed and Aesthetics Committee is to perform a final inspection on that all services: pool pumps, solar panels, heat pumps, the house and issue a Final Completion Certificate. etc. have been indicated. Guidelines-Checklist-The-Hills.pdf

After the working drawings have been approved by the Aesthetics Committee they must be submitted to the local authority for approval. Your architect brings additional sets to our office between 08:00 and 09:00 any day of the week to receive final approval stamps.

At this stage, the construction of the new house has been completed and an Occupation Certificate from the local authority was obtained. Now you are ready to request a Final Inspection from Studious Aesthetics to release the building deposit and obtain a Final Completion Certificate.

Please Complete Form G ( Building Phase: content/uploads/2018/The-Hills/Form-G-Application-for-Final-Inspection.pdf) From 2020 the following mandatory inspections take and email it to effect: Compulsory Plinth inspection: Once the foundation walls have been constructed and prior to the pouring of the concrete ground floor surface bed, an inspection must be requested by the contractor, from the Estate office. The inspector will ensure that the top of the foundation walls/plinth does not exceed 1500mm in height at any level measured from the natural ground level. If the plinth level is according to the regulation, a certificate of compliance will be issued, and construction may continue.

An inspection will be scheduled for the following week. If you have any other queries about the submission process or the role of the Aesthetics Committee, please visit our website: For enquiries on architectural services, Please visit: Kindly note that Studious Aesthetics will be closed during the holiday season: 11 Dec 2019 - 12 Jan 2020 • Last submission of plans: 22 November 2019 • Last inspection requests: 22 November 2019 • Last stamping of plans: 6 December 2019

Compulsory Wallplate height inspection: A secondary inspection should be requested by the contractor when construction reaches the wall plate Have a blessed festive season! level at which time a certificate of compliance will be issued if the construction is as per approved plans, and Francois van Wyk

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Speeding in the Estate is an issue that

never makes it off the agenda because, unfortunately, despite a lot of attempts from the HOA there are still residents and guests who ignore the rules of our roads. A heartbroken resident recently wrote a letter to the HOA explaining how speeding affected her family. We hope that by sharing it with you, it will shine the light on why speeding in the Estate is absolutely unacceptable. To Residents of The Hills Estate SPEEDING IN ROYAL ALBATROSS ROAD Today I write to you with a deep sadness in my heart. My family and I moved into our brand new home in Royal Albatross Road in July this year. We had been looking forward to living in The Hills Estate for almost 2 years. Our decision to build in The Hills was based on our love for nature & wildlife. We believed an estate environment would be the perfect place to raise our family and give our pets a wonderful, safe environment to live in. Today I find myself feeling heartbroken and disillusioned because we believed that all residents of The Hills Estate would love animals and children the way we do, but those speeding in the Estate are causing many of us trauma. During August, our neighbour two doors down, experienced the most terrible heartache of losing her beloved dog. A speeding driver killed him right in front of her home. Yes, accidents happen. This was no accident. This driver was speeding, killed her dog and sped off. She had to pick up the pieces of her heart off the tar road. A week later, my family and I returned from a restaurant one evening and were driving home in the Estate when we saw two “Steenbok” in the road. We slowed down to admire them when the driver of a “Sports car” sped up behind us. My husband put his hand out the window to show the driver that there were animals in the road. The driver suddenly became aggressive and started chasing us. He tried to push us off the road several times. We eventually reached a stop sign and hoped that he would turn away and leave us, but he relentlessly pursued us, swerving in our direction. Our young daughter was terrified. Not only did this 18 | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E

driver traumatise and endanger my family, he also endangered the lives of the animals we were trying to protect. And on Sunday 27th October, our beloved cat, Bob, was killed by a speeding “sports car”. My daughter and I could hear the car chasing down the road. Later that evening, we checked on our cat and found him on the pavement in front of our home. His GPS Collar showed that he had been killed the exact time the car raced past. This heartless person didn’t even stop but rather left Bob to die. To the driver who killed Bob – you know who you are – you will never fully understand how deeply you hurt our family. You took something from us that can never be replaced. Our hearts are shattered. How do I explain all of this to my 7 year old child? Her experience of some drivers in the Estate has been horrific to say the least. My concern is that if we allow the speeding to continue (without any significant consequences), the day will come when we stand next to the grave of one of our children. Will it take the death of a child for drivers in this Estate to realise the speed limit of 30km/h is there to give them enough time to react should an animal or a child run in front of their car? These speed limits have not been put in place to irritate residents, but to protect them. Should we not all stand together as a community to stop the speeders and protect the beautiful children and animals who live here? What will have to happen for us to STOP the selfish, entitled way we are driving in the Estate? Or should residents like me just accept that if my gate accidentally opens at the wrong time, one of my pets or my child are at risk of being killed because some residents/visitors can’t adhere to basic road rules? I appeal to all residents. It starts with us – WE HAVE TO BE THE SOLUTION and start considering the impact our reckless driving has and will have on others.


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SETTING THE TONE FOR A Merry Christmas As we head closer to the most anticipated holiday of the year, it’s time to think about the year’s most important meal, and naturally,setting a memorable festive table to complement it. Traditional Christmas decorations and table settings always make a festive impact. However, if you are looking to bring something new to the Christmas table, try some of these trends. Decor • Patterns: Dots (polka dots) and lines (herringbone) are clear Christmas favourites this year. Choose dotty runners, baubles with interesting embossed lines or napkins that combine the two. • Figurines: The sparkly deer will be featuring on Christmas tables across the world. Invite it to your table to bring a bit of that American “white Christmas” charm to sunny SA. Lights: Christmas isn’t complete without lights (i.e. fairy lights). Add even more lights this year in a warm golden glow. Lighting overhead or near the Christmas table will add extra warmth.

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Metallics, whites, reds and greens are still very much the Christmas go-to colours, but we are excited about the addition of blue and black. Use as a complementary colour or opt to make one of these your centre-stage colour. • Blue - From midnight blues to aquamarine, blue is invited to this year’s feast either subtly (in crockery or crackers) or in all its glory as the base colour to your summer Christmas table. • Black - We love how black is making a statement this year. As a gun-metal to add some depth to a silvery-white palette or as the star of the show. Black tables and chairs, black underplates, plates and candle holders. It feels as if this colour should have been here all along. Trending style: Cool Natural The hottest style trend this year is a “natural” Christmas. Irrespective of where you are your local surrounds offer multiple items that can be foraged into an inspired look. Shells, pebbles and driftwood from the beach, bark, feathers and grass from the surrounding veld or acorns, leaves and seeds from the forest. Wherever you are, walk around and bring nature to the table. This is a look that can be complemented by modern and Scandinavian decor and enhanced further by other natural elements such as wooden platters, grass underplates, wreaths etc. Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas




vintage blue glasses

navy napkins

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white napkins

white pinecones

amber glassware

white candle holder

Merry Christmas


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DOMESTIC HELPERS Pricilla is looking for work for 3 days. She is a trustworthy good worker. Has been working for our family. She is 26 years old and speaks English. She can be contacted directly on 079 554 9678. SELLING Selling Buttermilk & Bran Rusks, 500g for R55 contact Tobia on 082 962 8255 PETSITTING My name is Mokgadi Macheka and I am a prefect for 2020 at Reddford House The Hills. I have broad experience with animals and have worked with dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and more. I am aspiring to study Veterinary Science (BVSc), my main motive to start pet sitting. For Petsitting and Boarding Contact: 0834158235, --Looking for a petsitter contact Ilke Lambrechts on 082 711 2620.

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habits By

“Few things can have a more powerful impact on your life than improving your daily habits.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits A habit is a behaviour that has been repeated enough times to become automatic. A mental shortcut learned from experience, if you will. As behavioural scientist Jason Hreha shares, “Habits are, simply, reliable solutions to recurring problems in our environment.” The ultimate purpose of habits is to solve the problems of life with as little energy and effort as possible. Contrary to popular belief, positive daily habits don’t restrict freedom – they create it. It’s important to remember that small changes can appear to make no difference… until you cross a critical threshold. The most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed, and it pays to be patient. We’ve round up some tried-and-tested positive habits for improving the quality of your day and life…

DO ONE THING AT A TIME “To do two things at once is to do neither.” - Publilius Syrus We tend to think that we can increase our productivity by doing several things at once. Yet research shows that multitasking damages our output and efficiency. Trying to do more than one thing at once not only slows us down, but causes us to make more mistakes. We feel busier, but we are actually doing less, and doing it less well. Studies at the Human Information Processing Laboratory at Vanderbilt University have shown that people doing two tasks simultaneously took up to 30 % longer and made twice as many errors as those who completed the same tasks in sequence. These findings have been replicated time and again by other scientists. MASTER THE ART OF SINGLETASKING Webb suggests that you can work fewer hours, and less hard during those hours, by batching your tasks 26more | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1Practise 9 | T H grouping E H I L L S Etogether STAT E similar effectively.

tasks so you spend less time and energy switching between different types of activities. For example, you could batch together in-depth thinking or creative work; responding to messages and e-mails; meetings; personal projects and administrative tasks. Once you’ve batched your tasks, identify uninterrupted blocks of time for each. Turn off alerts to remove distractions, and take brief breaks to refresh your mind between the different task zones.

VISUALISE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME “Visualisation is daydreaming with a purpose.” - Bo Bennett Research shows that everyone from surgeons and business executives to musicians and athletes can successfully use visualisation to focus and improve their performance. Scientists believe that we may experience real-world and imaginary actions in similar ways. Whether we hike up a mountain or only picture it, we activate many of the same neural networks paths of interconnected nerve cells that link what your body does to the brain impulses that control it. Take a moment to visualise the most important part of your day going exactly as you hope. How will it look and feel? How will you look and feel?

MEDITATE “When you know that everything that is happening is only appearing on the screen of consciousness, and that you yourself are the screen on which it all appears, nothing can touch you, harm you or make you afraid.” – Annamalai Swami In addition to injecting spontaneous moments of mindfulness into your daily life, try a formal meditation practice to help foster a more direct experience of your own mind. Meditation can be seen as a form of mental springcleaning. It rests and relaxes the mind, develops powers


of concentration and awareness, helps us deal with daily challenges with greater equanimity, and helps us to move through life more effectively and efficiently. Meditation is fundamentally about attention. The meditator identifies what to watch, then observes it steadily throughout the meditation session. Anything can be the object of this watching. The sights, sounds and smells of the environment, the body, the breath and thoughts themselves are all popular ‘anchors of attention’. There are countless different forms of meditation. Have fun exploring which resonates most with you. MEDITATION TO BECOME CONSCIOUS OF THE MIND 1. Sit comfortably with your back upright, close your eyes and turn your attention to your thoughts. Don’t try to think of anything in particular. Just watch what arises. 2. Don’t attach to any of these thoughts – whether pleasant or unpleasant. Don’t interfere with or judge them. Simply watch them come and go, as you would a river flowing under a bridge. 3. Continue the meditation for five minutes, or longer if you wish.

BREATHE “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” – Thich Nhat Hanh As highlighted by popular breathwork teacher Dan Brulé, breathing is the only system in the body that is both automatic and also under our control. It is “an invitation, an opportunity to take part in our own nature and evolution.” There are details in the way you breathe that you have probably never observed and explored, and these can act as doorways that lead you to new and profound abilities. “Mastering the breath is a major skill if you want to become a high performing individual and enhance every aspect of your life,” shares Brulé. According to medical doctor and Breathe (Jacana, 2018) author Dr. Ela Manga, OPTIMUM BREATHING is: OPEN AND FLOWING If you watch a sleeping baby, you will see how her breaths occur in a smooth and gentle rhythm, and are accompanied by a rise and fall of her belly. ADAPTABLE Ideally, the breath adapts to our emotional state and environment in a way that supports our energy instead of depleting it. In times of high demand such as exercise, the breath deepens and the rate intensifies to meet the metabolic demands of the experience. Once the situation has been dealt with, the body should return to its resting state and the breathing should respond by softening and opening up to a natural gentle flow. Then the body’s selfregulating mechanisms remain intact and untainted by poor posture, stress, emotional baggage and negative thinking.

RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE The nose has the perfect architecture to facilitate the delivery of prepared air to the delicate tissue of the lungs. Its aerodynamic design spirals and slows down the inhaled air so that it has enough time to be filtered, warmed and humidified by the mucous membrane in the respiratory tract. Habitual and unconscious mouth breathing at rest is a dysfunctional pattern as this whole mechanism of nasal breathing is bypassed and one becomes susceptible to respiratory infections. LOW AND SLOW A maximum healthy respiratory rate is between 10 and 14 breaths per minute at rest. Work on a breathing technique where you are consciously slowing your breath, imagining that you are breathing from and sending the breaths deep into the pelvis. Consciously training low and slow breathing will reset your breathing to a naturally slow rhythm. CONSCIOUS BREATHING EXERCISE þ Sit comfortably, close your eyes and gently place your hands on your belly. þ Breathe in for a count of five seconds, and out for a count of five seconds. Spend some time settling into this rhythm, making it as smooth and steady as possible. Inhale, 2, 3, 4, 5 Exhale, 2, 3, 4, 5 Inhale, 2, 3, 4, 5 Exhale, 2, 3, 4, 5 þ Repeat for five minutes, and observe how your body and mind feel when you gently open your eyes.

MOVE “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” – Wilhelm Von Humboldt We were made to move. Many researches believe that humans, for most of our history, walked almost 25 km a day – hunting, gathering and escaping predators. What happens when you take humans designed for almost constant movement and sit them in a chair in front of a computer for nine hours each day? Chronic pain, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Even moderate exercise - 30 minutes three times weekly - has tremendous health benefit. Research at Bristol University has shown exercise to boost people’s mood and motivation by 41 % and their ability to deal with stress by 27 %. It increases blood flow to the brain, and stimulates the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin, which serve to boost our interest, alertness and enjoyment. AEROBIC EXERCISE This is movement that increases your heart rate and breathing. The word ‘aerobic’ means ‘with oxygen’, and during sustained aerobic exercise your body is able to increase its oxygen consumption to supply oxygen to THE HI LLS E STATE | 2 0 1 9 | I SSUE 6 | 27 the muscle cells.


Try some aerobic exercise: • Aerobics classes • Cycling • Cardio machines • Dancing • Jogging • Rowing • Swimming • Hiking Enjoy the benefits: • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, vascular disease and cancer • Elevated mood • Enhanced libido and sexual ability • Better sleep • More effective weight loss • Improvement in respiratory conditions STRENGTH TRAINING Strength building happens when you use your muscles to do a task that increases your strength over time. It’s particularly important as we age, as we progressively lose muscle mass and strength as the years tick on. Try some strength training: • Squats • Sit-ups • Push-ups • Rope climbing • Weights • Super circuit Enjoy the benefits: • Increased metabolic rate • Enhanced sports performance • Development of core musculature • Improved bone density FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE TRAINING This type of movement is vital to being and staying youthful, as both flexibility and balance tend to deteriorate with age. Try some flexibility and strength training: • Yoga • Tai chi • Qigong • Dance Enjoy the benefits: • Improved performance in other athletic endeavours • Prevention of injury • Alleviation of chronic pain An ideal exercise plan includes some activity from each category, for example cycling, weight lifting and yoga.

EAT CLEAN The nutritional field is varied and vast, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We explore a few of the many different ways to clean up your diet elsewhere in this edition. For the purposes of our daily habits overview, here are a few foundational principles that 28can | ISSUE 2 0well… 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E serve 6us|all

BASIC CLEAN EATING GUIDELINES EAT þ Foods grown or raised without pesticides, hormones or antibiotics wherever possible. þ Nonorganic dairy and meat. þ Organic produce whenever possible, avoiding the nonorganic produce with the highest pesticide content. þ Five to ten servings of fruit and veg daily, with an emphasis on green, red and orange vegetables. Go crazy with the leafy greens! þ Protein with every meal. AVOID ý Fast food restaurants, deep-fried foods, sweets and soft drinks ý Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (often found in margarine, crackers, crisps, packaged baked goods and bagged and boxed snacks) ý High-fructose corn syrup (present in most soft drinks and packaged desserts) ý Sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and sucralose ý Cane sugar ý White flour ý Processed foods, including commercially prepared and packaged foods with artificial flavours, colouring, preservatives, and salt and sugar

SA’s leading health retailer, Wellness Warehouse offers everything you need to live life well under one roof. Visit one of their 28 stores nationwide or shop online to stock up on quality health supplements, organic and natural beauty products, real foods, eco home products and natural baby care, all offered with personal service and a 360° approach to health.


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Gym Manager Aaah, the Festive Season, my favourite time of year! Family, friends, feasts and simply slowing down. It just takes a little mindfulness to stay healthy and keep the results you’ve worked for all year whilst still enjoying the Silly Season. The key is to go into the holidays with a plan. Here are five ways to stay healthy over the holidays. Tip #1: Shop Well for Yourself It is more important than ever to stock your kitchen with healthy foods. Have healthy snacks handy. The more convenient they are, the more likely you are to eat them. Instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, promise to eat your 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day. Tips #2: Schedule Your Exercise Your schedule will be very hectic this holiday season. Schedule your workouts just as you would any other appointment. It’s ok if you can’t make it to class, but make sure that you get some activity in at least three days per week.

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Tip #3: Just Say No You probably aren’t aware how much extra food you consume just from people offering it to you. A sample at the market here, an extra cookie at an office party there and it all adds up. Just think twice before you accept and decide if you really want it. Tip #4: Skip the Baking Do you make baked goods for giving? Chances are you eat much of what you bake. Who wouldn’t? Instead make non-food gifts or prepare ingredients for baked goods and put them in pretty jars - let your gift recipient bake it. That way, they can eat it when they want it and you don’t have to be tempted in the kitchen. Tip #5: Hydrate Always keep your water bottle with you. You should be drinking eight glasses of water each day. One handy trick is to buy a 2-litre water jug. Fill it up in the morning and be mindful that you need to finish it by the end of the day. FESTIVE SEASON OPEN HOURS 16 December 2019 07:00 – 16:00 24 December 2019 07:00 – 16:00

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into a bird oasis

The Hills is an absolute bird-watcher’s paradise. The variety of birds spotted in our greenbelts, near our streams, dam and between the reeds are magnificent. Roughly 850 different bird species have been spotted across SA, and the great news is that we can attract a variety of these to our Estate and our gardens by giving them what they want: food, shelter and nesting sites. Plant appetising shrubs and trees To encourage visits by diverse species, plant plants, shrubs and trees that offer natural food to diverse pallets like nectar-drinking, seed- and fruiteating birds. Nectar: aloes, watsonias, lion’s ear, red-hot pokers, wachendorfia etc. 32 | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E

Seed: grasses, daisies etc. Fruit: tree fuchsia, dune crow-berry Plant shrubs and trees for shelter and nesting Established indeginous trees like the acacia is a favourite among many birds seeking shelter or a place to nest. While nesting boxes are a great attraction, it is far more rewarding to provide birds with natural nesting material to build their own. Planting various types of grasses and shrubs in your garden not only make great nesting material but also offer additional shelter from the sun or cold. Add a few bird feeders Bird feeders make your garden extra alluring. Please do not put out old bread and cheap multiseed feed our birds need quality food. Make sure the bird feeders are positioned near cover and remember to sterilise bird feeders regularly to prevent any diseases being spread.


Install a bird bath A bird bath is the final piece to the puzzle. Install one in quiet area in your garden. Seed-eating birds need access to clean, fresh water and most birds enjoy a daily or weekly bath. To prevent a bird bath from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you have to replace water every few days and wash the bird bath every week.

Birds are nature’s own little “landscapers”. They pollinate plants, control bugs and reduce weeds by eating the seeds before they sprout. They are a must for every garden. Make yours more inviting to them with the above tips and enjoy the show!

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Welcome to Bali 2020’s hottest destination Every year, more South Africans fall in love with the sights, scents and flavours of Bali. The Island of the Gods offers luxury beachfront villas that won’t break the bank, incredible beaches and world-class surfing, but also ancient temples, artistic retreats and a spiritual sense of place. Set foot on its shores and you will feel immediately at harmony with your surrounds. Bali is a perfect destination for self-reflection and tranquillity. When you’re done with getting your om on during a beachfront yoga practice, learn how to surf, go on a hike or simply relax at your resort pool or spa. Whether you’re exploring the temples of Ubud and its surrounding rice fields or simply lazing on the beaches of exclusive Nusa Dua, laid-back Kuta or trendy Seminyak, there’s a slice of Bali for everyone. Great for: • • • •

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Shop From inexpensive trinkets at Kuta Art Market to highend clothes and jewellery in Seminyak, Bali offers a great range of shopping options. Monkey Forest Road in Ubud boasts everything from boutique handicraft stalls to upmarket fashion outlets. Hire a car to visit the craftsmen villages in nearby Tegalalang and Batubulan. If you need a shipping container to get all your shopping home, this service is offered at many places in Bali! Bali bucket list: Watch a traditional Balinese dance show Practise yoga on the beach Learn to surf Take a picture on a swing Seek inner peace at a temple Get pampered at a Balinese spa Climb up Mount Batur See the Tegalalang Rice Terraces at sunset Tuck into some street eats


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Bali contains a diverse range of places to stay. Visit for a wide range of From cheap ‘losmen’ bungalows and guesthouses to packages and experiences. luxurious 5-star resorts, Bali accommodation offers something for absolutely everyone. If you’re backpacking your way around the island, then Kuta is an obvious first port of call, while nearby beach towns such as Seminyak and Nusa Dua offer more exclusivity. If you’re after a more culturally enlightening experience, head for the highlands around Ubud. Eat Bali is a very multicultural dining destination, which means there’s plenty of dining options. Try seafood in Jimbaran, enjoy the beachside bars at Seminyak, or live lightly on health foods in Ubud. Street food in Bali is common and often includes the popular satay dish ‘Sate Lilit’ – a grilled dish of minced seafood served on a lemongrass stick. It’s also a great place to eat pork dishes such as ‘Babi Guling’ – a ceremonial dish of roast suckling pig served with rice.

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Staying home during the holidays isn’t the drag it might have been several years ago. These days there is even a trending name for it, and it is benefiting families across the country by allowing for: • More quality family time - During the week it’s busy at work and at school, and over weekends various social activities often tend to rob us of quality family time too. A holiday away often adds insult to injury. A Staycation is a great occasion to spend quality time with each other. • Other kinds of spoils - Any way you look at it, a holiday is expensive. The money saved can be used on something that can benefit the family in the year ahead like that kitchen revamp, new car or a swimming pool. You also have extra money to splurge on Staycation luxuries. • Pets to join - A Staycation let’s the furry family members that usually have to stay behind join in on the fun. • Added comfort - While there are some comforts we can live without during a breakaway, others, like the ensuite bathroom and complete kitchen are probably the ones you will miss the most. With a Staycation you can get the best of both worlds. • A boost in the local economy - A Staycation is a great investment into the local grocers, restaurants and retail outlets. Something every business in the country needs at the moment. • Creative planning- A Staycation can be as wild as you want it to be. Get the kids involved and make a list of exciting activities to do at home or while out and about.

Ideas for a spectacular Staycation: Be a tourist in your own town When was the last time you visited the Voortrekker Monument or the National Zoo? Be a tourist in your own town and enjoy Pretoria’s rich history and iconic places like:

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Melrose House Moreleta Kloof & Rietvlei Nature Reserves Pretoria Botanical Gardens The Union Buildings

Fun activities Fun activities and outings to pass the day can be found at your nearest mall, a short drive to Johannesburg and Krugersdorp or simply in your own home. Here are some ideas: • Acrobranch • Happy Island Waterpark • Gold Reef City • BOUNCE Inc. Trampoline Park • Movies • Ice Skating • A Spa Day • Reading • Puzzles You can even make a big thing for dinner every other night by playing Come Dine With Me with other fellow Staycationers. Make a day of it In the mood for something a little further afield, here are some ideas: • Take the train to Cullinan • Take a game drive in Dinokeng • Brunch in Parys or Hartbeespoort Dam • Visit the Cradle of Humankind We live in one of the most beautiful estates in the country. Make the most of what the Estate has to offer! THE HI LLS E STATE | 2 0 1 9 | I SSUE 6 | 39



DIARY Thursday 5 December The Irene Good Mood 14 December 2019, The Goldfish Outdoor Christmas Market Experience Montecasino will play host to the 6th The Irene Good Mood Christmas Market is HAPPENING and will take place on Thursday, 05 December from 17:00 - 22:00! Join us for our 10th night market, the Christmas edition, & indulge in delectable food and thirst-quenching drinks, arts and crafts, niche gift stalls, a gift wrapping station AND enjoy live entertainment. The Good Mood Christmas Market offers a place for you to spend quality time with family and friends whilst enjoying a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere, that will get you in the Festive spirit!

Goldfish Outdoor Experience that’s happened in Johannesburg and we cannot wait to feel the electrifying energy. A new venue means a new fresh look and feel with out of this world stage design, beautiful décor and pyro to wow the crowds. You can expect a full day out with food from over 20 of Joburgs best street food vendors, a full bar and a kiddies area where you can drop your little ones off. A massive lineup that includes South Africas best bands and DJs includes December Streets, Easy Freak, Kyle Cassim, Ricardo Da Costa, MS Cosmo, Roger Goode and a whole lot more.

1 - 31 December, Jakaranda Children’s Home , Liggiefees. In an effort to become more sustainable we

host successful fundraising events. Our biggest annual event is our Liggiefees (Light Festival). From 1 to 31 December 2019, for the 10th consecutive year, visitors will be able to experience a magical display of the most Sunday 01- 31 December 2019 Festival of beautiful Christmas lights Lights Joburg Zoo in association with the City of Johannesburg entities; Joburg Theatre, City Parks and City Power are excited to announce the annual Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights featuring an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters featuring classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft market for visitors to the Joburg Zoo Open from 7 – 10pm daily in the evenings except on Mondays, patrons can enjoy a tranquil walk in the Zoo on a designated lit route away from the animals under trees decorated in enchanting lights. Tickets are available at R60 for kids 3 – 12 and R120 for kids 12+ and adults, Kids under 3 free entrance. 40 | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E


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What’s new?

Rainwater Harvester

An innovative water storage solution: The Rainwater Harvester

has been drained from it, it can simply be folded up and stowed away for a rainy day (literally).

The rain season has officially kickedoff in Gauteng and we’ve been blessed with a number of great showers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that we should stop using water sparingly. All the usual water-saving tips and tactics apply.

The Rainwater Harvester comes with all the attachments and fittings needed and its outflow nozzle connects easily to a hose or pump. The pillow can also be used to store borehole and grey water.

We would like to give one of our readers Catching rainwater is still one of the most a chance to win one Rainwater effective and eco-friendly ways to water Harvester 1 x 2m in size, 500 litre. gardens and fill up swimming pools. While there are multiple water storage How to Enter: Find the answer in the tanks available on the market, most of e-magazine and email your answer to these are rather large, permanent and not that easy on the eyes. Until now... Subject: The Hills Estate Festive Competition The Rainwater Harvester from Power Plastics is a revolutionary water storage Question: harvester capable of capturing between Where can you buy the Rainwater 500 and 4000 litres. The Rainwater Harvester and with what material is it Harvester is made from a 600gsm PVC made of? material that has been UV treated to allow for a lifespan of at least 5 years Terms & Conditions Apply! with no degradation of the material.From There can only be one (1) winner, we will 1m x 2m in size, this pillow takes up little draw a winner on 18 January 2020 space when filled, and once the water 42 | ISSUE 6 | 2 0 1 9 | T H E H I L L S E STAT E

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CARLITA’S RESTAURANT Dear Residents, it’s finally summer and what a way to start it! The Boks made us al proud and what an unforgettable experience we had at Carlita’s.

season that is coming! We will be open the majority of December and will only be closed on 24 December , 25 December, 31 December and 1 January The rest of December will be business as usual!

We would like to thank you all for your support! We cannot make a success of your restaurant Regards The Carlita’s Team without your support!!

Please note the following dates for the holiday Please visit us on Facebook or our web page for more info and weekly specials.

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There are several steps you can take to keep your pets safe and reduce the likelihood that they’ll become lost or stolen. Your pet should wear a collar and ID tag at all times. Include an up-to-date phone number where you can be reached. ID tags are available at Pet shops & veterinary clinics. Have your pet microchipped. Microchips are an implanted form of identification equipped to access your contact information when scanned at a veterinary clinic or shelter. Spay/neuter your pet. Studies have shown that sterilized animals are less likely to roam.


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Keep them safe when you’re out and about. Animals love the outdoors but it is our responsibility to protect them. Always leash your animals when outside. Keep them close to home and away from traffic, unfamiliar animals and those who may not concern themselves with your pet’s best interests. Leave them comfortable at home. Never leave your dog leashed outside a store or unattended in the car, even if it’s locked or the windows are rolled down.

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