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Day 2 Guests enjoy breakfast on the train. The Blue Train arrives at Sun City Halt at 10:00. Guests are transferred to Ivory Tree Game Lodge for an unforgettable twoday stay. Guests enjoy lunch, dinner, game drives as well as other optional activities offered by Ivory Tree Game Lodge. Day 3 Guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and 2 X game drives and dinner at the Lodge. Day 4 Guests enjoy breakfast at the Lodge and prepare for checkout at 10:00. Guests are transferred to board The Blue Train at Sun City Halt. Guests enjoy lunch on the train. The train arrives at Pretoria station at 17:00.


THE BLUE TRAIN ZIMBALI GOLFERS BREAKAWAY 2010 The package includes: * Two nights’ return journey on The Blue Train (inclusive of all meals and drinks; alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and a gift. Excluding French champagne, caviar, purchases from the Boutique Shop and external telephone calls. Please note that there are no parking facilities available at Pretoria Station. Kindly make transfer arrangements. * Two nights’ accommodation at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge including bed and breakfast and meal vouchers of R510-00 per person to use at the Fairmont Zimbali Restaurants. Transfers from the station to the lodge (and vice versa). * Two rounds of golf at Zimbali Golf Estate (including green fees and cart hire) or R700-00 voucher to use at Camelot Spa at Zimbali (for non-golfers). Package dates: 09 – 13 September 2010 18 – 22 November 2010

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CONTENTS

lifestyle, arts & culture:

photography 98

Neil Weidemann

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Adriaan Boshoff

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Conrad Theys

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Hein Welman

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Ricardo Kakรก

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Carlos Carvalho

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Liezel Strauss

Santjie Viljoen

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Julius Magan

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Angus Buchan

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Glass Making

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Hennie & Yolindi

Dale Morris

motoring: 132 138

BMW X3 Renault DeZir

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36 Inspirational: 72 77 80

Seven Foundation Stones Part 2 The Family Gary Kieswetter

Fashion & Beauty: 86 94 2

The In-Between Season Mrs. Modern Women


culinary delights 24

Home cooked Meals

health: 61 62 65 69

Women & Men Osteoporosis Defining Fibromyalgia God’s Pharmacy Part 4

gardening 18

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Designing for Harmony

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travel: 08 11

Romantic Getaways Mauritius

décor & design: 144 146

Wings & Water Wishes & Dreams

sport: 124

Hannspree World Superbikes

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Grassroot Soccer

regulars: 4 148 150 152

Editor’s Letter The Day of Grace Subscriptions Stockists List

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from the Editor’s Pen Image below: Michael Maherry

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he World Cup is over, and everything is back to normal again. What a wonderful time it was! South Africa welcomed the world with hospitality and joy. It was a testing time for all of us. Character can only develop over time as we overcome or ‘proof’ ourselves in the face of many obstacles along our paths. Let’s hope that this will also open many doors in the future and that people will feel more secure to come and visit our beautiful country. There were so many worrying vibes about the World Cup beforehand. But worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. There were people that invested so much to make it a huge success, and we are proud of them. And then you get people that stand still and watch the world go by, and it will. In the last couple of weeks we saw the advert on television; “one goal”. I think it is time for all of us in South Africa to look at one another with different eyes, take hands and work towards the goal to make it a better place for our future generations. We have such an abundance of wonderful people in our country. We can make it one of the outstanding nations of the world. I agree with Charles Swindoll: “Our heart is the inner person. Down deep where hope is born, where decisions are made, where commitment is strengthened, where truth is stored, and mainly where character (the stuff that gives us strength and makes us wise) is formed’. Let’s get better ‘hearts’ towards one another. We are now entering into the month of August - the windy season. Not many people enjoy the wind, but there is indeed a lot of good things that spring forth from the windy period. We know In South Africa, that if the wind start blowing in August, Spring is on its way. It blows away all the cobwebs and dry things of Winter in order for a new season to come forth again. Since early recorded history, people have been harnessing the energy of the wind. Wind energy propelled boats along the rivers and windmills were pumping water. Maybe we can also allow the refreshing wind of God to blow through our lives, all the old stuff of the past, and start afresh! Enjoy the reading of this Ray issue.

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Text: Rina Smit: Image Above: Romantic Getaways

Travel

The will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you. No man ever got lost on a straight road. One who lacks courage to start has already finished.

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Planning your romantic getaway

ou might be planning a romantic getaway for you and that special person in your life albeit for a honeymoon experience to establish new love or to rekindle the old flame or just to have some romantic fun. Where do you start looking? How can you be sure that the place you select will not disappoint? Spending big money on a romantic getaway and feeling let down can turn your best laid plans into a romantic disaster.

holiday. Our website is our brochure and provides up to date information of over 60 hotels and resorts, nicely categorised and set out so that the information is just a mouse click away.

There are lots of ways to go about finding that special holiday. Do it yourself and roam the internet. If you type in the words “romantic getaways� you only get about 1.5 million hits from which to choose from and once you select one in many cases the particular website leaves you more confused than before you started. Next option probably would be to take some time off and go and see your local travel agent. If you have the time this could work, but bear in mind that few travel agencies specialise in romantic getaways but rather focus on packaged tours through existing tour operators and the best they can offer you is a recommendation and one or two pictures out of a travel brochure. Our website Romantic Getaways (www.romanticgetaways.co.za) was established to provide you with relevant information to assist you in making the right decision when planning your special romantic

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We have over 1 500 high quality pictures on our site of the various featured hotels and standard menu option for each hotel to facilitate ease of finding the particular information you may be looking for. The hotel information includes details about the rooms, bars and restaurants, entertainment, facilities, how to get there, nearby attractions and full photo gallery of quality pictures.


Through our experience in Leisure Travel, we have intimate knowledge of all the top resorts and have done all the hard work by selecting only the finest and showcasing these on our website for you to choose from.  The listed hotels on our website are our featured hotels but we can book any hotel or resort that a client may be interested in.  When going on a romantic vacation you want peace of mind that your money will be well spent and that the quality of the accommodation will only be matched by the service you receive from your travel agent. So put us to the test by selecting your destination from our website and send us an enquiry.

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An Island Paradise..

Text : Elmarie van Zyl Images: Romantic Getaways o those visiting the island, the beaches are the embodiment of relaxation, soak up the sun and experience the true Mauritian culture.

This sought-after island destination is only a short 4 hour flight from Johannesburg, with no visa or health requirements for South African passport holders, making it the ideal getaway. Mauritius at a glance... Mauritius was discovered in the 9th century by Arab sailors & merchants, but it was only in 1598 that the Dutch, who first colonised Mauritius, named it after their ruler, Prince Maurice Van Nassau. Overexploitation destroyed the Ebony forests, which led to the extinction of the iconic Dodo, which only lived on Mauritius and lost the power of flight due to abundant food and absent predators. It was only after discovering that man can induce the extinction of animal and plants that the Dodo became the symbol of endangered animal species and conservation worldwide. After the Dutch left, the French took possession of the Island and it became the port of call for sea journeys from Europe to the Far East. In 1835 the British, who took ownership of the island in 1814, abolished slavery. Issue 7 / 2010

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The newly freed slaves refused to work the plantation, labourers from India were then brought in. Muslim and Chinese traders were also attracted to the Island due to its ideal location on the trade route. This led to the multi-cultural population and blended religions of the island, its inhabitants known as Mauritians. Mauritians celebrate their freedom with their national dance, called the Sega dance, which is widely practised on the beaches, shops and hotels by locals. It originated from the slaves brought in from Africa, but developed into a colourful celebration, which is unique to the island and offers tourists a glimpse of the Mauritian heritage. The local cuisine is as diverse as the population, Creole, Indian, Chinese and European flavours and spices are combined in menus to offer an exceptional dining experience. A local favourite to try is ‘dholl purri’, wheat pancakes that are stuffed with yellow peas served together with a tomato and curry sauce, gateaux piments (chilly bites) and faratas. One of the best kept secrets in Mauritius is Domain Anna, it offers fine dining with a difference, set in the middle of a sugar plantation, you would never realise there is a gem hidden there. Local bands provide a relaxing ambience during dinner, later in the evening the dance floor opens till late in the evening, which makes it ideal for a Friday night outing. No trip in Mauritius would be complete without a visit! When to visit... With its subtropical weather, Mauritius is an ‘all year round’ destination, making it ideal for honeymoons. Winter stretches from May to October, with average temperatures of 24 degrees, in the evening a light sweater is recommended. Summer runs from November to April. This is also the high and most popular season for tourists with average temperatures of 30 degrees.

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with the traders for the best prices. Never buy from the first shop or at your resort, without comparing the prices or you will end up paying more than triple for the same item. Mauritius, with its crystal clear water, is ideal for snorkelling. The best way to view the spectacular coral beds, bright coloured fish and moray eels, is to take a glass bottom boat trip to the coral reefs which surround most of the Island, and protects the magnificent beaches. A famous tourist attraction is the beautiful patterns and rainbow

Highlights... Mauritius has legendary Catamaran cruises; the cruises normally depart on the eastern side of the island. When arriving the morning you are met by your friendly crew, the music starts and the Mauritian rum flows. The catamaran anchors off the Grande Riviere Sud-Est Waterfall first, where the crew prepare delicious marlin steaks for lunch (absolutely tantalizing). After lunch you depart to the world famous Ile aux Cerfs (part of the popular Le Touessrok resort) for a bit of sightseeing and souvenir shopping. On the way back you get the opportunity to parasail from a wooden floating platform in the middle of the Indian Ocean with the most spectacular views from above.

colours formed on the exposed hills of Chamarel, called the Seven Coloured Earth, which is believed to be formed by the weathering of volcanic rock over the years. Visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens north of the capital of Port Louis to see the famous giant water lilies. Mauritius is rich in flora, decorating the island. More than 700 species of indigenous plants with more than 60 different orchid species are found here. Trademarks to the botanical wealth of this Island are the red exotic Anthurium plants, vanilla pods and the National Flower Trochetia Boutoniana.

Visit the sugar factory; L’Aventure de Sucre, which was converted into a modern exhibition area that features the evolution of the sugar cane industry, being one of the most paramount industries in Mauritius. Here you can also buy authentic & original souvenirs. The best way to explore Mauritius is by scooter, visit all the little shops in Grand Baie, the Waterfront and in Pamplemousses where you will find handcrafts, local fashion (where you can buy a Mauritian T-Shirt – definitely a must-have item), ship and plane models, paintings, Mauritian rum, silk and jewellery. Travel tip - remember when visiting the local markets you need to bargain Issue 7 / 2010

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Mauritius offers exceptional golf courses, after the UK and India, Mauritius was the third country where golf was played in the world. Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club is also the fourth oldest golf course in the world. Things to consider when choosing your ideal resort... Resorts in Mauritius truly offer something special for couples and families alike. It is important to keep in mind your needs when deciding on the ideal resort.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a resort is the amount you ideally want to spend on your vacation. This is a critical aspect to consider before choosing a resort as it narrows down your search, so you can focus on the resorts that fall into your price category and not get confused with all the different options available. Make sure the resort you choose offers a variety of dining options, from enormous buffet feasts, Mauritian BBQ themed evenings on

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the beach, to intimate dining experiences. Most resorts have a specific ambiance, the type of holiday you are looking for is very important when deciding on a resort, for example an intimate, relaxing resort will be completely different from a fun, adventurous family resort. What airline to use is an important decision for your trip as it affects the time you spend in Mauritius. Choosing a location on Mauritius is as vital as the ambience of a resort, if you

prefer spending your time near shops and enjoy evening entertainment, Grand Baie and the north western part of the Island is the most ideal. For a more secluded, relaxed environment a south eastern resort will be more idyllic. Facilities & activities available are also an important factor; a honeymoon couple would prefer a luxury spa & candle lit dinners, where families will benefit more from family orientated resorts. This tranquil island, known for its warm turquoise water, long


stretches of white sandy beaches and green sugar cane fields cascading down extinct volcano’s offers something for everyone... For our latest irresistible offers and Mauritius packages, please visit our website on www.romanticgetaways.co.za To receive a free Romantic Getaway to Mauritius for 2, buy a Toyota Fortuner 4l V6 4X2 from Barloworld Toyota Pretoria East For more information, please contact Romantic Getaways. (Terms and Conditions apply) Our contact details Telephone:

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Text: Rina Smit Image: Eco Landscapes

Gardening Ask most people what they want from their gardens and it will be versatile outdoor space – an extension of their homes well designed and well equipped to allow activities to flow seamlessly from inside to outside. For most people a garden is a space associated with the better things in life, where the emphasis is on relaxation and recreation. Flowers are proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Issue 7 / 2010

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Designing for Harmony

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Text: RenĂŠe Wright Images: Eco Landscapes

very successful garden will, upon closer examination, yield a hidden framework, a carefully considered design which facilitates harmony, balance and beauty with just enough excitement to suit the temperament of the individuals or the ethos of the corporation who use it.

The more successful the garden, the less obvious this forethought will be. It is only really when something is not quite right that one becomes aware of the lack of adherence to sound design principles. I believe that a garden should assist us all in finding inner balance, be restorative and healing in its effect, and yet provide lively interest, a bold statement and even perhaps a little intrigue. This delicate balancing act also has to remain entirely functional and suited to the lifestyle or practical needs of the owners. This is the wonderful and unique challenge of a garden designer to find the solution that is custom fit for each individual site with its own particular restrictions and challenges, the taste of the client and their own unique wish list for the usage they wish to enjoy. Here are some key aspects to approaching the design of garden, and particularly for the smaller garden spaces that is becoming increasingly common.

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The cardinal rule: The smaller the garden, the more important a good design becomes. A larger garden can mask a multitude of errors…. in a small garden the difference between a good and bad design is immediately obvious. KEY DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS: •

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Keep it simple and stick to the specific garden style or theme if you choose to have one. For a particular theme to succeed, it needs to be carried through in every design detail choice. A fusion of different garden styles can be beautiful and exciting; however design decisions need to be made deliberately and carefully. Be clear on what you want to do in the garden and what you want the garden elements to do for you. A strong ground pattern or garden shape is essential and will compensate for a multitude of planting errors. Design in a restricted or very visible space is more demanding and a great deal more defining, as almost everything is experienced at close quarters or is in view from multiple angles. Choosing appropriate plants is crucial in ensuring a garden design works well. Adult dimensions and growth conditions need to be taken into account religiously. Resist the temptation to over plant. An overcrowded garden obliterates any sense of tranquility and beauty otherwise possible. Be mindful of ergonomics – one need to be able to move through the garden comfortably, and be able to execute maintenance with ease. There is always space for a water element, even in the smallest space. The sight and sound of moving water is simply unparalleled in its ability to confer peace and tranquility – don’t be without it! Do not overlook the finer subtleties of foliage colour, texture and shape variation of plant material – this provides a rich tapestry of interest in the garden. Flowers are a bonus on top of all this! Make the garden your own – add those little touches that are meaningful to you, but avoid over embellishment! Corporate colours or emblem can easily be echoed in its green spaces. Create a design and stick to it – this is the only way to avoid a patchwork quilt of sudden inspirations and impulse purchases!!

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The signature restaurant ‘Pure’ is a culinary highlight for those wishing to indulge in an evening of gourmet delights and its exquisite service that epitomises fine culture. Its philosophy – ‘a fusion of purity’ is reflected in the ever evolving menu and highlighted in its unique Tasting Menu, which gives guests an opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine with magnificent wines from the cellar. Pure is a testimony to style and grace, seating 58 guests amid a tranquil palette of creams, whites and marble. A refined experience.

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Culinary Delights Question: What did the grape say when he was sat on? Answer: Nothing, he just let out a little whine.

Text & Image: Rina Smit

Question: What do you call a stolen yam? Answer: A hot potato. Question: What can you make from baked beans and onions? Answer: Tear gas. Question: An old Arab riddle goes like this: Our servant is green. Her children are born white and then grow black. Who is she? Answer: An olive tree. Question: What is green and goes to a summer camp? Answer: A Brussels’ scout Waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup? Um, looks to me to be backstroke, sir. Waiter, There’s a fly in my soup! Keep it down sir, or they’ll all be wanting one. Waiter, I can’t seem to find any oysters in this oyster soup. Would you expect to find angels in angel cake? Issue 5 7 / 2010

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STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS or this recipe, select squat round peppers that will stand upright. They are quite filling, and one per person is sufficient for a light lunch or supper. 2 green peppers (for 2 persons) 1/2 cup cooked rice

1 onion 6 chicken livers salt and black pepper chopped parsley 1 egg 1 teaspoon curry 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese Cut the top off of each pepper and remove the stem and seeds. Place the peppers in a basin and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then drain thoroughly and set the peppers aside. For the stuffing, first cook the rice in boiling salted water. Fry the onion in olive oil. Chop the chicken livers into tiny pieces and add salt, black pepper and curry.

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Stir into the cooked rice with tomato sauce and parsley. Lightly beat the egg and use it to bind the rice and liver mixture. Put the peppers in a buttered fireproof dish. Spoon the mixture into the peppers and sprinkle them with half of the grated cheese. Put in the a 150 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle with rest of cheese.


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BEETROOT WITH ORANGE n this recipe cooked beetroot is combined with orange marmalade. The two flavours blend surprisingly well and suit any meat dish.

Ingredients for 4 persons: 3 big beetroots cooked and cut into smaller pieces. 2 tablespoons of orange marmalade. juice of half an orange Remove the skin and cut the cooked beetroot into pieces. Put beetroot into a saucepan with a little piece of butter, marmalade and orange juice. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated and the beetroot is evenly glazed.

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CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE AND CASHEWS 8 chicken pieces (for 4 persons) salt and black pepper a little pinch of garlic flakes olive oil 1 packet of cashews 2 tablespoons of chutney 1 big can of pineapple pieces Heat up the olive oil in a saucepan. Fry the chicken pieces in olive oil until golden brown on all sides. Put garlic flakes, salt and pepper, chutney and cashews in and fry for another 5 minutes. Put it in a buttered, fireproof dish. Cover with the pineapple pieces and syrup Bake in a 180 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

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CURRY EGGS DISH This dish can replace a meat dish. 12 eggs 2 onions 4 tomatoes 3 teaspoons curry Pinch of salt and pepper Boil the eggs for 3 minutes Put in cold water for a while Remove the shell and cut in half Put in a dish Fry onions until brown Put tomatoes in with curry, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes Pour the sauce gently over the eggs. Ready to serve

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Lifestyle Arts & Culture

Text & Image: Rina Smit

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. (Thomas More) If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it. (Earl Wilson) When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn’t doing the same thing. The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. (Harriet Beecher Stowe) And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

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Adriaan Text & Images: Jacques Durandt

Boshoff

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driaan Boshoff is known as one of South Africa’s greatest impressionist artists. He managed to capture an impression with eye and soul and recreates it into dabs of colour on canvas. He was an expert on colour, being able to create more then two hundred different colours from three basic colours and developed a perceptive eye to notice colours, which most others fail to see. He portrays everyday scenes in his own unmistakable impressionistic style. His subject matters are landscapes, figures (of which the bar scenes are best known), still lifes and seascapes, mostly in oils. Many of his figurative studies portray a romantic-impressionism with a Victorian atmosphere. He was born in 1935 in Pretoria where he grew up and qualified as an electrician. His urge to paint surfaced during childhood and was inspired by South African artist, Frans Oerder and the French impressionists of the 19th century. He decided to enroll for studies at an art school, but was told that there was nothing they

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could teach him and in his early twenties he decided to become a fulltime artist. In his early twenties he travelled by motorcycle to the Congo and repaired electrical generators for a living on isolated farms. Later in his live there were times that he and his family travelled ceaselessly through South Africa and from town to town. He painted scenes from Messina, Namaqualand, the Drakensberg and the coastline, as to name a few places. He painted Baobab trees and wild flowers, mountain ranges depicting the veld with cattle grazing; seascapes with people busy with everyday life activities. Adriaan Boshoff carefully planned his paintings making several sketches in order to harmonize the composition. He was dedicated to perfection and placed a high value on quality. He destroyed paintings if they did not meet his own high standards. His works have long reached collectors and investment status and can be found with well-known art collectors locally and abroad as well as at several listed South African companies. In the painting First Approach the artist skillfully manage to portray the budding emotions of the courting couple. There is


delightful contrast between the innocence of the lady portrayed through the whitish dress clasping a white flower and the slightly arrogant and confident attitude of the suitor. His artwork’s performance as a store off value and his auction records are beyond reproach. In April 2008 a large work of the artist sold for R1 045 000- at auction in Johannesburg. On the same auction a small work of 30x20cm depicting a mother and child hanging up the washing sold for R88 000-. Taking into consideration similar work sold for less than a third of this price before his death in 2007, this put him among the old masters of South African art at auction.

As conclusion I quote Adriaan Boshoff when he said the following about his art:” I love my country, its people- especially its children, and its natural beauty. In my work I endeavour to portray things in a way which people are able to understand. I enjoy capturing scenes and images I see and experience around me, as I perceive it-, as it impresses itself on me. For this reason, I often revisit painted scenes to ascertain whether my interpretation was correct. I have found a certain measure of realism in my life and that is what I seek to share with others. Every work I do must be better than the previous one. I have not produced my best work yet. Perhaps it will be the next one- or maybe the one after that.” For the last few years of his life Boshoff worked in a studio built for him at his daughter Louise’s rural home near Hartebeespoort Dam. He passed away at the age of 72 as a man who has embraced Christianity. His faith seemed to have helped him discover the inner peace that had so eluded him in his early years. It is this

peace that the art lover sees in the maturity, the grace and in the serenity of his work. Dedication to perfection, rare talent and creative ability definitely catapulted Boshoff into the forefront of the South African Impressionist artists. CONTACT If anyone is interested in collecting from this artist or for sound expert advice Jacques Durandt can be contacted on: Tel: +27 82 454 2001 or Email: sabanker@mweb.co.za


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Text : Jacques du Randt Images: Conrad Theys

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ot far from the narrow streets of the Bo-Kaap and the informal settlements of the Cape Flats, almost on the road that leads you over the mountains into the Breede River Valley, you‘ll find Conrad Theys, a very talented artist‌ a jewel from Namaqualand. His talent and art captured the South African market and his art is very sought after by collectors. On the 8th of September, later this year Prof Alexander Duffey of the University of Pretoria will launch a book on his life and work at a prestigious event at the Sasol Arts Museum in Stellenbosch to celebrate his seventieth birthday. Dr Conrad Nagel Doman Theys was born in the small town of

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Montagu in the Cape Province in 1940 and started drawing from the early age of three. His surroundings inspired him, its form, colour and the beautiful creation of nature. During 1969 and 1970 he studied art under the well-known artist Gregoire Boonzaaier and he was Gregoire’s only student. Theys is one of the original Cape Impressionist artists and a painter of landscapes, portraits, still life and genre. He works in oil, watercolour, ink-wax, pencil, charcoal and pastel. He has a strong connection and love for the Namaqualand and is best known for his Namaqualand landscapes featuring Quiver trees and received a special recognition from his hometown Loeriesfontein in 1991. Conrad is one of South Africa’s top artists and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2004 by UNISA for his contribution to the

art world in the country. He is a familiar face on television and featured several times on Kyknet, Pasella and also as the main judge for the Prestigious ABSA art competition. He was also the president of the SA National Association for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Arts and Science bestowed him with an honorary recognition. His artworks auction record is impressive. In March 2009 a small oil of 35x40cm depicting Geraniums on a table painted in 1990 sold for R127 000 (inclusive of buyers commission) in Pretoria. He is also a philosopher and storyteller who intrigue his listeners with his knowledge, experiences and subtle sense of humour. He believes in strong Christian values and after a few years as a widower married Elizabeth Thomas in December 2009.


With brush and paint, he manages to capture his surroundings in a palette of rich colours in a way that you suddenly discover and see the real beauty of the landscape for the first time and when the road takes you past the slopes of Table Mountain you can now also recall part of the history of District Six and the Bo-Kaap through the eyes of a master, Conrad Theys. CONTACT If anyone is interested in collecting from this artist or for sound expert advice Jacques Durandt can be contacted on: Tel: +27 82 454 2001 or Email: sabanker@mweb.co.za


Ricardo

Text: Sondra Sottile Images: Sondra & Naomi Sottile

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“Everything that breath has a Rhythm, it’s what defines and inspires us to make a difference on this planet.”

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love to find turning point moments in people’s lifes. Everyone from the most famous to the vendor on the streets has something to pass on to others. It is in the Elements that bring forth responsibility, passion and the will to exist one more day that’s making a difference in this world.

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My latest work as a Director and Producer, “The Rhythm of My Game’, The Ricardo Kaka’ Story, defines my craft to a tee. When Kaka asked me to do his story it wasn’t for a tool to become just a little more famous. No it was simply the desire that he wanted to tell his story, what is the heartbeat of his life. His Faith, His Family and His Game. But the key was being able to be the


facilitator of his story and not the participant. So many Bio’s and Documentaries tell the story from the Director’s perspective and not the person directly. I give the person the keys and opportunity to be the author of their own story. Which is a problem for professional athletes, actors, politicians etc. They need to know that someone is guiding them as they tell their story or better yet “a piece of their inner heart”. My journey with this project began well over two years ago, when I assisted in the production of an interview of Kaka for BGEA. A special friendship with Carol his wife blossomed, and I slowly began to understand just how wonderful this young couple was. You understand the person when you see who surrounds them and love them so deeply. Each day an encounter with the family of Kaka was like discovering the reasons for his success. They are grounded in their walk with Jesus and their responsibility to share His love. So when Ricardo asked me, “could you do my story?’ I knew it was far more than a documentary on the life of a worldclass soccer player. This was a road map of how God uses a man when he is willing to make a difference. The DVD is very much Ricardo’s heart, no new scoop on his inner life just a testimony of his life through his sport, family and where he finds his direction and strength in life. You begin with a theme… The most important process when I do documentary on someone’s life is to find a theme that best expresses the person. One of the main characteristics of Ricardo Kaka is that he is constant in everything he does. He takes his priorities very serious and gives

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a 100% to what he does. Whether it be his family or quality time he dedicates to his preparation as a soccer player. So for me I felt the word “Rhythm” was a pure description of how he is. It’s like a heartbeat that defines his life, constant and strong. So I started the treatment of the Documentary “The Rhythm of my Game, My life, My Game and My Soul” the Ricardo Kaka Story. The intro to the Documentary is very special as you see in motion graphics the figure of a single player making his way to the field. It symbolizes the deepest thoughts and most important moments that take place in the heart of Kaka as he prepares for the game, that lone walk from the locker room to the field, with only his most important feelings. For me it symbolizes that everything we do comes down to our individual walk with God. Our thoughts, ambitions and desires, its between us and our Maker. What happens to all of us we lay our dreams and goals in the hands of a greater purpose that effect the world around us. As for me I saw that Ricardo was already in the game before he was on the field and it started with that individual walk to the field. The body of the Documentary is divided into three parts that reveal the most important parts of his being, life-game-soul. But each one has the constant rhythm and theme of his faith with Jesus Christ. It’s the constant inner beat that drives his whole life and thoughts. The Magic Questions… As with any world-class athlete or personality they want the opportunity with peace to tell their story. Everyday high profile

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personalities battle with responding to other’s demand and questions, and more than likely it is not reflective of how they really think and feel. I spent quality time with Ricardo and his family getting to know and understand what really is important to them. I assembled about 60 questions that would give a base for Ricardo to share his heart and life. He answers in first person and all at once its Kaka sharing his life with the listener and not the interviewer. The project was birthed in Ricardo’s heart and meant to be just his testimony as a gift. A Free Gift! To his fans all over the world, nothing more, nothing less. A Very simple and heart warming reflection of just who he is in person. The Courage of One can change and affect the world around him‌ This was an idea of Ricardo and he wanted to do this in all simplicity. So there was no Hollywood budget that underlined the project. In fact my crew sacrificed a lot as they gave 110% percent of their talent for this documentary. It was not the means, but the message that was important. We were a three- person crew! One camera, lights and audio, that sounds crazy I know! So many times we get so caught up in the package and we forget the content. So the challenge was to provide an environment that Ricardo could just open his heart and share. We travelled from Milan to Madrid and onto Sao Paolo, capturing the pieces of his life and career. Even the music score was composed in Los

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Angeles just for the project so that all the pieces of Ricardo’s story would be special and well presented. All this was done in record time, too short for me. I called the project 441, 4 months-4 continents and 1 message. The bottom line is that anytime one person, whether they maybe famous or just the guy down the street opens his life and shares with others, it’s a work of art. A rare opportunity to learn and view life from someone else’s perspective. I hope this documentary will change your life as it has mine. Please share it with others so that the story becomes a gift that keeps going. What’s next? I am working on another soccer player’s story, Edison Cavani who also played in the World Cup. My dream would be to come back to South Africa and do a documentary on Rugby. South Africa has some quality players both inside and out and I feel it could be an inspiration worldwide to hear their story, from the heart! CONTACT Sondra Sottile can be contacted on: Email: sondra.sottile@gmail. com or Website: www.drittoalcuore.tv Films website: www.oritmodomeujogo.com

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Golden Starlit Text: Germa Oeschger Images: Michael Maherry

arefully weaved with the finest golden thread out of God’s tender hand a golden starlit is born. Liezel Strauss started her singing career since the moment she started talking.

She began her normal singing training at the hands of Ivette Yves at the tender age of eight years old where her extraordinary talent and starlit looks touched hearts wherever she went. Throughout her primary school career she participated in numerous singing and cultural events where she won several awards.

Due to her exceptional talent she won a senior singing scholarship at Swartkop High School in grade 8, after that High School Eldoraigne noticed this talented girl and financed her studies through Vivace Singing School with the likes of Rudi Claasens, Cindy Claasens and Jeanette van Staden on their portfolio. During her High School Career she played the casting role in a musical from Antjie Somers. The standard of Vivace is measured against the likes of the State Theatre and The Performer Theatre in Centurion, where she performed at several events and well-known

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restaurants. This enticing beauty is also a well-trained model and keeps fit doing gymnastics. Life is a song to Golden Starlit Liezel Strauss as she is living a dedicated life founded on her passion for singing. CONTACT For bookings of this Artist contact Francois Strauss at cell no: +27 82 451 3679

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Julius Magan

Music is a Calling

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ulius was born into a very musical family, he decided from a young age to be the exception and refused any formal music training. After having completed his schooling in Port Shepstone, Julius went farming for a short period before embarking on his compulsory ( as it was for all young men at that time in South Africa) term of military service in the South African Defence Force. It was during the latter part of his military service, in 1981, that Julius was invited to attend a Rheinhardt Bonnke  church service. Julius’ life was radically transformed and it was from that very night that he knew he was called for the ministry, he knew it would just be a matter of time before he’d stand in full time ministry. The following  year Julius attended Bible College in Durban, for a short period, before being directly involved with evangelizing to the lost.  It was here that he discovered his evangelistic heart, while working with and ministering to the street people on Point

Text: Julius Magan Ministries & Adéle Minnaar Images: Maranatha Road, Addington and various other places in the Durban area.  It was here too, that he discovered the power of worship / music as a means to touch and reach the hearts of the hurting and unsaved. It was during this time in Durban that he met, Theresa, who was to become his wife at the end of 1984. Julius and Theresa have now been married for over 24 years and have 3 children. After they married in 1984, Julius and Theresa settled in Rayton, a small country town outside Pretoria. For the next few years Julius was involved in the property business, running a few estate agencies of his own.  While living in Rayton, Julius’ church approached him about getting involved in and leading the Praise and Worship for them, this proved to be instrumental in paving the way to full time ministry.  A short time later Julius obediently bid the business world farewell and followed the call of his heart into ministry. This proved to be one of the most difficult  periods as he learnt to trust and rely completely upon the Lord for his family’s most basic needs, but

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as Julius learnt early on in his walk with the Lord, God is always faithful.  Today, many years of groundbreaking work later, he has many heart- rendering testimonies of God’s faithfulness and power in their lifes. Julius and his family now live in Kroonstad, after having relocated from Pretoria almost 7 years ago as a result of the Lord showing them that Kroonstad, and not Atlanta, USA, was where He wanted them. Julius had been asked to take a position in Atlanta, Georgia and it was during this time of seeking the Lord for direction concerning this offer of immigrating to the USA, that both he and Theresa knew that, that was not where the Lord wanted them at the time. Now , almost 7 years later, Julius is reaping and experiencing the rewards of trusting the Lord’s guidance in that situation. Today all of Julius’ children passionately serve the Lord, for which he and Theresa are extremely grateful to the Lord, since there are so many distractions and influences upon our young people today. Theresa, Julius’ wife, is also an important part of the ministry, as she handles the administrative part of the ministry. Shane, their eldest son, travelled with and played guitar for Julius for a year after having completed his schooling in 2004. Shane has also featured with Julius on his last four CD’s, Beautiful, Dream Maker, Daardie Deur and the latest, The Worship Sessions Volume One and Volume Two. Matthew, will also be spending a year travelling with Julius before embarking on his studies. He will be more involved on the technical side of the ministry. Megan, 13, who has also featured with Julius on his last two CD’s, has slowly started ministering in song , when possible, with her dad. She, like Shane, shares Julius’ gift and passion for music and worship. Julius spends a great deal of time travelling and ministering in churches of all denominations across South Africa  and  our neighbouring countries, including abroad when time allows. Julius has a heart first and foremost for the people of Southern Africa. Ray Magazine asked him a few questions in studio at Maranatha Record Company… What is a major part of the message you bring through your ministry? “I think the major part of this season in my life is most probably the presence, God’s longing to be with us, and that God is God, nothing can change that.” Define the word worship?

What are your plans for the rest of the year? “Travelling. The Worship Session Volume 3 (CD and DVD), which will be available End of September. Our mission as a family is to find that place where God wants us to be. To encourage one another and to be real…“

“Worship is to be totally devoted, to be totally committed, to totally submit to the One that you desire and long to be like and follow. Worship to me is not only music, but also it is a lifestyle. To be led by the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Lord wants us to experience freedom. We often structure God in such a way that not even God can interfere with our structure. We need to actually simplify things again and the focus needs to be on Him. Not that structure is wrong, but when structure becomes the focus, we are losing sight.”

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Tell us more about the upcoming tour to Israel.

Contact Maranatha Record Company Tel: +27 12 348 1891 or visit the website: www.maranatha.co.za

“The tour is focused on a worship experience. It is hard to explain, in Israel everything is so much more significant. There

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is a covenant and it is wonderful to experience the places. The purpose of our pilgrimage through the Holy Land is to walk in the footprints of Jesus, to become silent at His feet, worship, become part of His life and experience the Promised Land. We can never be the same once we have experienced the Promised Land. For more details on the tour, please see our website.”

Julius Magan Ministries Contact person: Theresa Magan Email: theresa@juliusmagan.co.za Website: www.juliusmagan.co.za Tel: +27 56 213 1839 Cell: +27 83 728 5318


Angus Buchan Angus Buchan – “Come of Age, The Road to Spiritual Maturity”

Text: Hans Hartmann, Paramedic, and Believer, Adéle Minnaar Images: Maranatha Record Company & Michael Maherry

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here has been a lot of speculation why Angus Buchan has written the book, Come of Age. One of the main reasons is to testify what the Lord has done in his life since Faith Like Potatoes. Angus Buchan always knew that life is but a vapour, like the grass of the field, here today but gone tomorrow. But at the 2009 Mighty Men Conference on his farm Shalom he came to the full realization of the brevity of life.. Come of age is the story of Angus Buchan’s inspiring life and ministry, continuing from where Faith Like Potatoes left off. With his testimony he makes you rethink your own life. He inspires in you an unwavering faith in the power of God. In the book, Hans Hartmann, one of the paramedics attending to Angus Buchan, after he collapsed at the Mighty Men’s Conference in 2009, gave his testimony, which we would like to share with you here: IMPRESSIONS OF A MEDIC MMC 09 – 28 April 2009 Friday night Angus does an altar call and sees literally thousands give their lives to the Lord. Awesome! Out of the corner of my eye I catch one of my medics holding his hand up high. Wow, and I wanted only Christian medics here! The night offers little sleep. Some patients need hospitalisation. There are some broken bones from falls on the motorcycles, some medical cases, all stable, none life threatening. When things do quieten down, I am amazed to see medics sitting in small groups, Bibles in hand. Words are falling on fertile land everywhere. Another piece of the Lord’s way falls into place. God has a plan with everything. His way, not ours. Why is this repeated over and over again – and again I am still surprised by it? Saturday morning breaks cool and clear. Soon the heat takes over, but all runs well. The medics are doing their job, the doctor is amazing. The service is electrifying. Men are called to honour God, to put Him first, to honour their family. Angus talks of the war that the devil is waging against all believers. We need to be fit to fight the war. He does push-ups, runs on the stage, tells us that God loves us and wants a personal relationship with us, and tells us that God talks to us. He tells us to read the Bible, and makes us promise that we will. “Good people don’t go to heaven, BELIEVERS go to heaven!” He tells us how he has had a restless night, with no sleep. He has had a fever, but after his wife prayed for him, the fever has left him. He tells us that he is tired but must fight the war. After two hours he is visibly exhausted, and after praise and worship we make our way back, slowly, between 200 000 men. No sooner do we reach our tent when a marshal rushes over with the news that we are needed urgently at the main stage for a patient who has collapsed. We make our way back through the endless crowds, eventually reaching the stage, only to find one of our ambulances already there. I find it strange that the patient is under the stage, but push through anyway. Maybe they needed the shade for the patient. Near the entrance I find an elderly gentleman lying on the floor. He is covered in sweat, already has a drip up, and has an oxygen mask on. I kneel down next to him to assess him, and discover it is Angus.

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Even lying there, he keeps telling us that this is a war; the devil will attack everywhere. He explains that he is exhausted! Whilst still lying on the floor, he makes plans for the night service. He will take it easy tonight – maybe even sit on a chair whilst preaching. We all know that this will be impossible for him. Even so, we remove the drip and help him to his feet. Outside the stage area, men are praying and singing and shout and clap when Angus appears. He is taken to his house by car, still weak. Thirty minutes after we arrive back at the tent, another usher appears. We need a stretcher urgently at Angus’ house. No other information. Could be someone who has come for prayer, or could be Angus himself… We fly through the crowds. Security men let us through, and we grab the stretcher and jump-bags before rushing into his modest house. The walls are thick, with small windows, and little light. We are spotted and chased out. Once we get out into the light, we are recognised and sent around the house to the front lawn. There we find Angus, on his side, unresponsive – our Zulu Dr. and another Dr. at his side. The heart monitor is already attached,


a new drip running full speed. I ask the doctor for an update. He informs me that Angus collapsed, and glances at the monitor. One look and my worst fears are realized. The rhythm is very abnormal, with an inverted T wave, typically found with a heart attack. I look at the blood pressure monitor. More bad news, it reads 80/40. The oxygen mask is already on, with all holes masked up to try and increases the concentration of oxygen delivered to Angus. I have seen this many times before. I know what happens next. These are the precious few seconds we are given to prepare for the inevitable. CPR is just seconds away. Angus has already received his Disprin and TNT Spray to dilate blood vessels around the heart, and assist with the breaking down of blood clots. He is deeply unconscious. I know the drill, so I pull out my drug bag and break open the resuscitation drugs we will need shortly; adrenaline in one syringe, atropine in another, calcium gluconate in a third. To counteract acidosis that occurs during CPR, I set up the sodium bicarbonate drip, but don’t attach it yet. Angus is still going, barely, which gives me a chance to select the tube that will shortly go down his throat to assist in his breathing. I check the equipment to do this with. He is still going, barely. I pull out the paddles from the heart machine, and place the gel next to it. This will be needed to deliver the shocks to his chest to attempt the restarting of his heart. At this stage Angus’ blood pressure remains

low, despite the drip running full out. I select another, smaller, drip and add four ampoules of adrenaline to it. Sometimes this helps to increase the blood pressure. It seems to be working. His blood pressure climbs slowly to 100/60, still dangerously low, but better. Now we need to decide on how to move him to a specialist as quickly as possible. A helicopter has already landed, but a quick inspection shows that we cannot lie Angus down anywhere inside the cramped aircraft, and his condition is too critical to take a chance. A medical helicopter is required, and is summonsed. How lucky that I know the manager personally, and can dispense with

all formalities of protocols and guarantees of payments. Is this luck? The helicopter leaves immediately. In the distance, I hear the call over the massive speakers for the men to get together and pray. Tens of thousands heed the call and move in that direction. Thousands more collect around Angus’ house. Loud prayers are heard everywhere. I am acutely aware of the chill in the air, the clouds that are suddenly building up. “THIS IS WAR” keeps going through my mind. If this is a war, I am living in the middle of it. This servant of GOD is being struck down. Angus slowly regains consciousness. His family is by his side. There is no panic, no fear. I have never experienced this before. They are just by his side, holding his hand. Such peace. There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Angus is about to meet the Lord. The helicopter lands and another paramedic jumps out. Caleb, one of the best paramedics I know – and trust. After a quick handover, Angus is loaded into the helicopter and takes off. I can still see his face, straining to look out, waving with both hands. I feel exhausted, and spend a long time picking up the medical waste. With a heavy heart, I go back to the tent. I am dismayed at the number of people packing up their tents and leaving. At the same time, I have no doubt that Angus will not be

back soon, if at all. However, I know that I am not here to meet Angus. I am here to meet Jesus. That night, rumours spread that Angus has been discharged. However, I know better. I was there, I had seen the cardiac rhythm, had seen the low blood pressure, and had personally infused the adrenaline. Either way, I attend the night meeting, and find peace and joy in knowing God. The next morning I am summonsed to set up a station under the stage. Angus will preach! How can that be? Obviously he has forced himself out of hospital, and barely clinging to life, will now attempt a sermon in spite of his condition! How wrong I am. He arrives with his family and friends, is full of life, kneels and

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prays before going up to the stage to present his sermon. He talks of his day lying helpless on his lawn, and asks if we are ready to meet the Lord? He was close to meeting Him yesterday, but he was healed. The cardiologist ran stress tests; they ran blood tests, and every other conceivable test. Final diagnosis: NOTHING. NO ABNORMALITIES DETECTED. No abnormal chemical levels, no traces of heart damage, NOTHING. He is discharged three hours after arriving. I have no idea what I am doing, or accept that God is capable of great miracles. Personally, I believe the latter. Angus preaches, and many more give their lives to the Lord. It is a war, and those that left before Sunday, are the casualties of this war. Those that stayed saw the greatness of our God. Those that came to meet Angus were disappointed. Those that came to meet God met Him. Sunday afternoon comes, and we pack up. We are exhausted, but feel alive. My body tells me it’s been through hell. Every joint aches; every muscle complains. It feels like it’s been at war. My soul is alive and on fire. God is mighty. He is good. I pay my medics. Total cost? EXACTLY the amount quoted three months before the event!!! Travelling costs, meals and disposables will be recovered from the few ambulance transfers done by the ambulance. “…His provision will ALREADY be in place” just does not want to get out of my mind. At the debriefing we hear testimonies of men whose businesses back home improved dramatically whilst they were serving at Mighty Men. We hear of SMSes of impending danger that were received before Angus’ collapse, people phoning from around the world with prayers and words of encouragement. What an awesome GOD we serve! We are warned of the devil’s attack in the week to come, where he will try and destroy all the good that has been done. Already there is talk of Angus having been flown to hospital with a stroke; that this is done only for money, etc. The devil is at work, and THIS IS WAR. OUR GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME!!! In total we treated close to two hundred patients. Dr. Ntuli was awesome. The experience was great. It allowed me to serve with the gift that God has given me. It allowed me to grow in my faith. Would I do it again? ANYDAY! Should we do it again? The devil will have won the battle in the end if we don’t. Ray Magazine was present at the press conference, held at Maranatha Record Company in Pretoria, regarding his new book: “Come of Age, The Road to Spiritual Maturity” We asked Angus Buchan a few questions… When did you start writing “Come of Age”? After my collapse at the Mighty Men Conference and then my miraculous recovery, they sent me away to rest for three weeks. It was during that time that the idea and message for my book ”Come of Age was born”. What happened at that conference made me realise that we are not here forever, and that while we are here we need to make a difference. The one moment I was standing on the platform, preaching my heart out to the biggest crowd of men that’s ever gathered for a conference in South Africa. The next moment I was lying on the grass, helpless, possibly due to a heart attack. I firmly belief that in the fifteen minutes it took them to fly me from the farm to the hospital, the Lord Jesus Christ healed me miraculously, because of the effective, fervent prayers of righteous people all over the world. That weekend not only brought me to my knees, but also to

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relationship between Him and us and also our relationships with our fellow brothers and sisters. “There is not a single moment in life that we can afford to lose,” said Edward M Goulburn. We have to stop our nonsense and move across the racial barriers, start valuing time, the urgency of the hour (John 4:35). We cannot say that we will sort out the problem in our family tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come. We have to take responsibility in our own homes and grow up (Come of Age). What are your main priorities in life? Jesus! What can women do in South Africa to support their husbands? We have to pray for each other. Our hope lies in a revival here in our country. There’s no such thing as a naturally blessed marriage. Every marriage has to be worked at in order to succeed. The only way you can ensure that, that relationship, or any friendship for that matter, succeeds, is through the relationship that you have with Jesus Christ. READER OFFER 10 Ray readers can win Angus Buchan’s new book “Come of Age.” To stand a chance to win, simply send an email with all your contact details to: marketing@ray-magazine.com Subject: Come of Age. Winners will be notified in person.

maturity. I have come of age. What do you think is the core message God wants to send out to the world through your new book? God wants us to use our time wisely, because life is but a vapour, here today and gone tomorrow. He wants us to sort out our

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Marileen

Text: The Glass Forming Academy & Wikipedia Images: Michael Maherry

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Origins of glass making

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aturally occurring glass, especially the volcanic glass obsidian, has been used by many Stone Age societies across the globe for the production of sharp cutting tools and, due to its limited source areas, was extensively traded. But in general, archaeological evidence suggests that the first true glass was made in coastal north Syria, Mesopotamia or Old Kingdom Egypt. Because of Egypt’s favourable environment for preservation, the majority of well-studied early glass is found there, although some of this is likely to have been imported. The earliest known glass objects, of the mid third millennium BCE, were beads. During the Late Bronze Age in Egypt there was a rapid growth in glass-making technology. Archaeological finds from this period include coloured glass ingots, vessels and the ubiquitous beads. The earliest vessels were ‘core-wound’, produced by winding a ductile rope of glass round a shaped core of sand and clay over a metal rod, then fusing it with repeated re-heatings. Threads of thin glass of different colours made with admixtures of oxides were subsequently wound around these to create patterns, which could be drawn into festoons by using metal raking tools.

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The vessel would then be rolled flat (‘marvered’) on a slab in order to press the decorative threads into its body. Handles and feet were applied separately. The rod was subsequently allowed to cool as the glass slowly annealed and was eventually removed from the center of the vessel, after which the core material was scraped out. Glass shapes for inlays were also often created in moulds. Much early glass production, however, relied on grinding techniques borrowed from stone working. This meant that the glass was ground and carved in a cold state. By the 15th century BCE extensive glass production was occurring in Western Asia, Crete and Egypt and the Mycenaean Greek term ku-wa-no-wo-ko meaning “worker of lapis lazuli and glass.” It is thought the techniques and recipes required for the initial fusing of glass from raw materials was a closely guarded technological secret reserved for the large palace industries of powerful states. Glass workers in other areas therefore relied on imports of pre-formed glass, often in the form of cast ingots such as those found on the Ulu Burun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey. Glass remained a luxury material, and the disasters that overtook Late Bronze Age civilizations seem to have brought glassmaking to a halt. It picked up again in its former sites, in Syria and Cyprus, in the ninth century BCE, when the techniques for


making colourless glass were discovered. It was also during this period that colourless or decoloured glass began to be prized and methods for achieving this effect were investigated more fully. It is an art form that is still practiced all over the world to this day. Ray visited the Glass Forming Academy, and contemporary glass training facility in Pretoria, South Africa to find out more about this fascinating art form. Marileen van Wyk showed us the tools of this fascinating trade. She hosts a wealth of information and are not shy to share her knowledge… This facility provides training in bead making, kiln forming, and glass blowing techniques. GFA aims to promote the beauty and versatility of glass through qualified instructors presenting workshops in a relaxed environment. Courses range from day activities to extended workshops with various entry levels. GFA will host local and international glassmakers showcasing contemporary glass art. Frequently asked questions Do I need any prior experience to do any of the courses at the Glass Forming Academy? No Can children do these courses? Yes, but they must be 10 years and older, and for glass blowing, they must be 16 years and older. Can I rent studio space? Yes, you may rent space at the bead making facility as well as kiln space for fusing, slumping and casting.  After completing the glass blowing workshops, studio space may be rented at GFA’s discretion.  Do I need strong lungs to be able to blow glass? No, but YOU need to be strong, and if not the GFA staff will gladly assist.

Do I need to bring anything with when attending a workshop? Yes, although we supply all equipment, it would be advisable to bring sunglasses and  old cotton socks when you attend the glass blowing workshop. You will also need to dress in a comfortable cotton t-shirt and wear closed shoes for safety reasons. Do I need any artistic talent to attend any of the workshops? No, but you do need full use of hands, good eyesight, and patience. Products

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Bead Shop They sell a variety of flame worked products in their online shop. These products range from sugar spoons, salad servers, knives and key rings. These products are small, light weight and make for great original one of a kind gift. They can also produce these gifts according to your request. Hot Shop In the Hot Shop you will find innovative and classic gifts such as vases, and their wobbly wine glass collection. These products are one of a kind, hand made by GFA staff and other artists at the Glass Forming Studio in Pretoria, South Africa. Kiln Shop In the Kiln Shop you will find glass plates, “paintings”, bowls and vases made through skilled cut and arranged Bullseye glass. The glass has been fused, slumped and polished for the perfect finish. These objects offer a fantastic array of colour through a variety of designs and carefully planned South African images. The Glass Forming Academy also presents the following workshops on Bead Making, Hot Glass Casting and KILN FORMING (fusing and slumping). Do yourself a favour and make a turn at the Glass Forming Academy. To experience this centuries old fine art form up close and personal is a must for all art lovers… Contact Person: Marileen van Wyk Address: c/o 13 Street and Thomas Edison Menlo Park, Pretoria, South Africa Tel no.: +27 832 910 917 Cell no.: + 27 835 302 800 Website: www.glassformingacademy.co.za Email: gfacademy@iburst.co.za

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Hennie & Yolindi A new Beginning Text & Images: Michael Maherry

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oer soek ‘n vrou Hennie van Deventer and Yolindi du Preez, they are engaged. Last time we spoke we visited you on the game reserve, a lot has happened since?

Hennie: As the international financial crisis deepened and the numbers of international tourists slowly declined I realised that it was time to get creative. High end upmarket lodges started offering packages that we simply could not compete with. We considered various options as it was clear that nobody knew when the recession would end. We had a number of options but at the end the decision was logical. Yolindi’s father had indicated some time before that he wished to retire. After some 20 odd years in the Firearm and related retail industry he was more than ready at the age of 72. New challenges are as good as a holiday, besides I thrive on challenges! My daughters live in Witbank, a mere 30 kilometres from Middelburg, and I have felt for some time that I had this longing to be closer to them. Aniska (18) and Natasha (13) are both academically gifted. Aniska attained her Mpumalanga colours this year in both athletics as well as hockey. Natasha, on the other hand, is more artistically inclined. Her drawings and acting has surprised me on several occasions. I wanted to play a greater role in their lives. The choice seemed logical and we both decided that the best decision would be the move to Middelburg. By November 2009 we were settled in. Yoilindi: Hennie and I manage the day to day management of

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the family business. Hennie has since secured a number of larger corporate orders and have brought in a few interesting new items. The business is expanding rapidly and we are planning on enlarging the shop premises soon. The corporate business is becoming a very important aspect of the family business and we foresee a very promising future in this sector of the business. Moving away from the reserve and into a busy town must have been challenging at times? Hennie: Yes, it was more difficult at first than what I anticipated! The city noises at night, street lights, etcetera still make it impossible to sleep some nights. I have lived in the remote Lowveld region for the past 15 years. The tourism industry is by now means a laidback affair, in fact the hours are long, but living in the wilderness had its own rewards. Being back in the city ratrace means that I have to be proactive. Luckily the early morning hours are a good time to plan ahead and work on my retail strategy. I am very appreciative of Yolindi. She has been very supportive and understanding as I honestly found it very difficult to adapt at times. She put up with my grumpy behaviour and I am very grateful for that. Yolindi: We both had to adapt as our lives changed for the better. We have settled in and are making the most of it. Our lives are pretty much taken up managing the business and weekend visits with Hennie’s daughters, either that be supporting sport events or dining out and going to the movies. What are your plans for the future? Hennie: I have finished my book, “Barefoot amongst Africa’s wildlife”, and plan to release it within the next few months. I have


been writing on and off on the book the for past three years and its almost ready for publication. I have a family history of literature and writing and hopefully with this book I will be able to contribute my effort. I am still active in wildlife tourism and have recently launched a new website www.africanwildlifesafaris.co.za. The main focus of my tourism venture has changed somewhat in that I focus on specialist groups such as Survival Training, Trails / Walking Safari’s as well as Informal Ranger Training. The programmes are aimed at the wildlife enthusiast who seeks an adventure oriented experience away from the typical touristy styled operations. I have renewed my contract to conduct Walking Safaris for the Honorary Rangers who have a tented camp from where they conduct trails. The funds that are generated by the Honorary Rangers, with all their wonderful initiatives, are ploughed back into our National Parks conservation programmes. I spend a considerable time in the bush and the new balance I have found in my live is refreshing. I will be spending considerable time in the bush in the coming weeks and the pace is going to pick up a few notches. I will continue assisting Yolindi in the growth of her family business as I enjoy the technical aspects to the business. The challenge of landing another successful corporate tender is very satisfying! Yolindi: We share a passion for wild animals and we are determined to establish our own private game reserve and make a difference in a way that we find meaningful. Wild and domestic animals are far too often neglected and that is a concern to me. There are by far not enough awareness of the positive role that a wilderness experience can play in our everyday lives. We intend to change that. Rhino poaching is out of control and we are concerned that, if drastic measures are not taken by the authorities, we will end up with so many other African countries where the wildlife has all but been exterminated and wilderness areas reduced to cattle grazing. We intend to donate a portion of the proceeds of the book, Barefoot amongst Africa’s wildlife, towards rhino conservation and anti-poaching initiatives. We compliment each other with our personalities and we are having great fun building a new brighter than ever future. It is clear that this couple have their minds made up to make a difference, no doubt there will be more interesting things happening in their lifes that we will be able to write about.

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Health

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Exercise daily. Walk with God Great minds discuss ideas; normal minds discuss events; small minds discuss people Every time you turn green with envy, you are ripe for trouble Laughter is life’s shock absorber When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart As a man grows older and wiser, he talks less and says more “My son, attend to My Words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh”. Proverbs 4:20-22 We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. (Plato)

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OSTEOPOROSIS OLD MYTHS AND NEW TRENDS

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hat we have known and advocated as prophesy about Osteoporosis and the treatment thereof up till now has changed. The results of recent trials (Like the Women’s Health Initiative [WHI]) forced us to have a new look at the management and New Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis. Doctors and particularly GP’s and gynecologists as well as patients, should be aware of this, and adapt their treatments and advice to patients accordingly. OLD MYTHS TO DISCARD:

• Osteoporosis is a disease of women in the menopause, due to declining estrogen levels. • Thus, men do not get osteoporosis, as there are no declining estrogen levels to blame. • As the menopause is often considered as a curse for women, causing a disease like osteoporosis, we must prevent it by upping her estrogen levels from an early age and she needs to take estrogen for the rest of her life. (“Mrs. X you must continue your HRT for ever, lest your bones will break”) • Many doctors still treat osteoporosis with hormones. WHY THIS ARGUMENT? When BMD (Bone Mineral Density) machines became available, we started to test menopausal women’s bone Calcium content and found the bones tend to break easily when her BMD is lower than 2.5 deviations f r o m the norm. (T= -2.5) This is the norm for the diagnosis of Osteoporosis. This set of statistics was derived from many normal Caucasian (white) American women between 20 and 40 years who were tested. There is thus a flaw and inaccuracy in that it is not applicable to men and women of other races. Our Western Medical Science only assumes this to be the norm and we do not know whether it is correct to also apply this to smaller built races like Chinese and Japanese women. It might be that they have much lower BMD for their lightweight bodies, which might be perfectly normal, and without risk for fracture. We only recently started to measure BMD in younger women and men and to our astonishment; we found many young women and men with low BMD. So our dogmas are falling apart. THERE ARE MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, BEFORE THE MENOPAUSE, WITH OSTEOPOROSIS! OOPS. It couldn’t be. A low estrogen level causes osteoporosis. Or could we be wrong for decades? CORRECT REASONING AND EMERGING TRENDS. You see the human body is a creation of utmost Wisdom. It can adapt automatically to human needs when asked to. The bony skeleton is created to supply rigidity to the soft flesh and muscle for a structure to be upright and to do tasks with strength and stability. The muscles need the bony structure to attach and supply direction to the vectors of movement and action. Importantly, the bones need to carry the weight of the body. When asked to be able to carry weight, or run, the bones will react by packing more calcium and other minerals into the structure for strength and durability. When required to only sit (like in the sedentary modern lifestyle) the wisdom of the body, finds no need for the bones to be so strong and heavy with calcium load and will shed the minerals (i.e. loose BMD.) Thus we often see a dramatic increase in BMD when the person picks up body weight or starts exercising. It is also not only the mineral content of bone (this is what we measure with BMD) that is important, but the honeycomb collagen matrix of bone, which is the strongest type of construction we can find in nature. We humans now even copy this design in aircraft building for strength. However, we cannot measure this with our BMD machines. This is a weak point in our diagnosis of osteoporosis and the risk of fracture. Further, it is wrong reasoning to blame a normal non-disease state like the menopause, for a disease like osteoporosis. It is as if we say that a woman is punished with a disease, because she stops menstruating. When she reaches her menopause at 52years, The Creator forgot that she would get osteoporosis due to her declining estrogen levels!! That is absurd reasoning and does not make sense. There are many other, more important reasons for becoming osteoporotic, more in women than in men: • The maximum BMD and bone strength is built in approx. the first 25 yrs of life. Probably due to a more physically active

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lifestyle in men, and perhaps genetic factors, and better nutrition (boys eat anything and girls are always watching their diet) men develop a higher BMD than women by the age of 25yrs. • When BMD declines in later life (less active lifestyle and cellular ageing), women’s BMD levels more readily reach osteoporotic levels than men’s. This is explained by the graph below.

Africans consume) is not good for calcium absorption, and should be low in your diet. • Certain drugs taken chronically, are particularly toxic to the bone: diuretics “for my swelling hands and feet”, cortisone “for my hay fever” are commonly misused today. However this does not include “essential for life drugs” like chemotherapy, and

• Men, being breadwinners (traditional), stay more physically active in midlife than women. This could be the other way around in modern city life though! We also do not have BMD statistics in traditional African communities where women are active into late life. (Tending to grandchildren and collecting food, wood, etc.) • We could also be surprised to see high BMD values in older Chinese women, who stay much more active until a late age. • If you become a potato-coach-video-laptop-computergames-addict, you could expect to become osteoporotic. Regular exercise, like mowing your lawn, is essential, concentrating on impact type (weight-bearing) activities like hiking, jogging, tennis etc. • If your meals consist of snacks and fast food with a lack of raw fruit and vegetables and sunshine (low Vitamin D), do not blame the menopause. • The best absorbable calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other essential vitamins necessary for building bone, come from vegetables and fruit and not from pills. • Remember that Vitamin K is very important for calcium distribution to the skeletal bone and this must be taken into consideration when choosing a supplement. Vitamin K is found in the dark green leafy vegetables, especially the cruciferous family. • Animal protein (especially the amounts that we South

heparin that we know cause osteoporosis. We do look out for that by doing regular BMD measurements. • Chronic disease like Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis and bedridden patients will develop O.P. as a side effect, because of restricted movement and toxic drug treatments. • Lack of sunshine (Vitamin D) and outdoors activities in old age institutions, is a troubling cause of O.P. in old people. NEW TRENDS IN TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: Needless to say, eliminating the above and regular impact type exercise, is the mainstay of management. Prevention starts in the first 25 years of your life. Children and young people must be encouraged to partake in sport. Parents should lay a foundation of a predominantly raw food and vegetable diet and forbid the fast food and high sugar type diet of today. It is remarkable how the BMD increases when a patient starts with regular impact type activity and exercise without pills. Then we have those patients who cannot exercise and in those cases we have to intervene with drugs. These drugs do reduce fracture risk within 6 months, but are not without side effects.

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They suppress the osteoclastic (breaking down of old bone to make space for new bone deposition) process and thus increase bone density albeit temporarily. They have some nasty side effects though. The most common is gastric and esophageal erosion which could be serious, especially in older people whom also suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux. (Hiatus hernia). Long-term (more than 2-3 years) use with these drugs (bisphosphonates) could cause more side effects. Another type of drug is strontium, which is a heavy metal formulation. It comes in the form of sachets with granules to be taken every day. These drugs should be taken on an empty stomach, otherwise they are poorly or not absorbed at all. The absorption is in any case already poor, and the generic substitutions of these drugs, although cheaper, are even worse. Patients opting for the cheaper substitutions should be aware that the BMD response of these might be very disappointing. Again as a last word of warning: Estrogen supplementation is not indicated anymore for the prevention of osteoporosis. Why? The results of the WHI study revealed a particularly negative benefit/side effect ratio of estrogen with long-term use. We cannot try to prevent osteoporotic fractures in women whose fractures occur in later life (70’s +), while exposing her to 3

decades (from 50 to 85yrs) of side effects of estrogen supplementation. The side effects of long-term estrogen supplementation, are significant, especially the tendency for blood clotting (stroke, heart attack and venous embolism). Add to these the increasing risk of Breast Cancer. We do not want to trade a manageable disease like O.P. for a deadly alternative. Read the extract from New Trends in the Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis, which I have quoted below.

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What were the conclusions of the WHI study regarding osteoporosis prevention and hormone replacement? I quote here Dr.Rossouw who was the chief Safety Officer of the WHI study. Dr. Rossouw: “For osteoporosis prevention [with] estrogen and estrogen plus progestin, the FDA advises that the need for treatment must be clearly established, and that other treatments must first be carefully considered. In other words, hormones are no longer a first-line treatment for the prevention of osteoporosis. By the way, the name Estrogen Replacement Therapy is a misnomer. How do you replace something that was not intended to be present in high levels after the menopause? The medical profession’s attempt (for 70 yrs now), to improve on the women’s Creational physiology, by manipulating her hormones, has failed dismally. Thousands of women died in this experiment. In spite of trial results, many doctors still persist with outdated dogmas they were taught in Medical School.” In conclusion, women should not be afraid that they would develop osteoporosis due to not taking HRT. This is a threat by Pharmaceutical Companies and often echoed by doctors, which is unsubstantiated. Getting Osteoporosis because they stop menstruating does not punish women. There are other, more important factors involved. REFERENCES EMERGING TRENDS IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF OSTEOPOROSIS: MEDICOGRAPHIA, VOL 28, No. 1, 2006 23. The need for long-term treatments in order to achieve clinically meaningful benefits 2 decades lat¬er, when the risk of fracture becomes high, con¬trasts with two recent observations. The duration of hormone therapy in clinical practice is much shorter: it has been estimated that only about 10% of American women continue treatment for more than 1 year. In addition, the results of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study indicate a benefitside effect ratio that is particularly negative the longer the duration and the older the age of the pa¬tients! As a consequence of these obvious contra¬dictions, the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) decided to modify the label of hormone replacement therapy, deleting the indication of prevention and treatment of os¬teoporosis. These various considerations have sug¬gested that interventions might be more optimally targeted in later life, perhaps with the use of non- hormonal treatment modalities. The risk of osteo¬porosis might still be considered when deciding on the appropriateness of initiating hormonal therapy at the menopause, but only as an additional reason to the main aim of relieving menopausal symptoms. Gynecologists should become aware of this new philosophy and redesign their approach to osteo¬porosis prevention. Dr Alwyn Carstens is a physician with special interest in Women’s Health and specifically Breast Health. He practices as a diagnostic Radiologist at The Eastleigh Breast Care Centre in Pretoria. Together with a specialist team, his mission is to provide First World breast cancer treatment and to empower women to take part in decision- making. He has now spent 35 years of his life in the art of Medicine.

Many of these topics are discussed in more detail on his website at www.breastcare.co.za


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he medical terminology “fibromyalgia” is considered a syndrome, rather than a disease. Fibromyalgia has become recognised as the second, or the third, most rheumatic complaint seen by physicians! It affects literally millions of people from all walks of life. Its former name was fibrositis, which meant inflammation of the muscles and soft tissue. However, recent studies ultimately found no inflammation, or nerve injury.

A syndrome is a collection of symptoms, or characteristics, that constitute a disorder. The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia that differentiates from similar conditions is the evidence of certain “tender points”. There are 18 tender points which seem to cluster around the neck, shoulders, chest, elbows, knees, and hips. Other major symptoms are muscle aches, chest pain, stiffness, fatigue, PMT in women, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, sleep disturbances, dryness of eyes and mouth, intolerance to extremes in temperature, tension, anxiety, depression, dermatographia and adrenal exhaustion. Mal-absorption problems with Candida are also common in people with this syndrome. The Role of Stress An insight that has come to be keenly appreciated in recent years and that has particular relevance to the fibromyalgia syndrome, is that the body-mind environment are truly inseparably companions. The way we handle stress and view our circumstances has a direct influence on our physical bodies.

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Severe emotional stress can cause the number of free radicals to rise significantly, creating oxidative stress. This is one of the reasons why people often get sick when they have experienced

muscle strain, fatigue, worries, injury, etc. A natural, holistic approach will be beneficial in addressing the root of the problem. Emphasis needs to be put on treating the “whole” person. The acronym RETRAIN (implying to retrain both body and mind) can be used to address fibromyalgia. These suggestions, together with regular vacations, or get aways, and a positive, happy outlook on life will go a long way towards Improving your quality of life. R E T

chronic, prolonged stress. There are functional links between our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and these are all influenced by major life stresses. Often the target organs in a stressful situation are the muscles and resulting symptoms are muscle tension and pain. Sleep Patterns Dysfunction of the Hypothalamus can affect sleep. Sleep deprivation can result in immune suppression, contributing to infection (including yeast overgrowth in the gut). Dr. Harvey Moldofsky, a Canadian researcher noted that the quality of sleep in people with fibromyalgia was poor. Sleep can be divided into 4 different stages. Dr. Bennet from the University of Oregon found that this can also result in a growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormones are responsible for many of the repair processes that go on in our muscles and the rest of our body. This repair function normally occurs during deep sleep. Adapting your lifestyle Each person will have an individual case history; all will be paved with obstacles to good health. There are many diverse factors that play a role in the syndrome – adverse external and internal stress,

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Rest and relaxation Gentle exercise and stretching Therapeutic muscle training (includes massage, application of heat or cold, physiotherapy) Response to stress Antioxidants Involvement Nutrition

DIETARY GUIDELINES Cellular Nutrition Cellular nutrition is simply providing all nutrients to the cell at optimal levels. Allergy and Food Sensitivities The human intestinal tract is a very complex mechanism, designed to extract from ingested foods those nutrients which will best serve the welfare of our body, however good digestion is crucial. Many food sensitivities resolve when one treats underlying yeast overgrowth, parasitic infections, and under active adrenal glands. Every case of digestive tract disturbance and yeast infections may benefit by eliminating gluten containing foods from the diet. Toxins from putrefying foods from yeasts can be systematically absorbed into the blood circulation and produce adverse


symptoms in other parts of the body. Some of the more common foods contributing to allergies and food intolerances are: Gluten, dairy, peanuts, yeast, cocoa, citrus fruits, shellfish, and some food additives. Supplementation A recent report written to the US Senate stated: “Most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies, which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance.” For this very reason supplementation is necessary. Since World War 2 more than 60 000 new chemicals have been introduced to our environment each year. Herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides are used daily in our foods. When you provide all the nutrients at optimal levels, your body receives all the health benefits nutritional supplementation provides. In so doing you enhance your immune and antioxidant defense system and help decrease the risk of developing serious diseases. Antioxidants Free radicals are the enemy and the allies are the antioxidants.

Glucochrom (contains chromium which is critical to the metabolism of glucose and the action of insulin. Studies have shown that 90% of the American population has a chromium deficiency.) Herbal Fiberblend (fibre helps to stabilise blood sugar levels). Increased Energy Barley Life Bee Pollen Endocrine Function Barley Life for growth hormone stimulation Barley Life (kelp) for thyroid function Adrenal Function: Renewed Balance, Herbal Fiberblend (liquorice) Circulatory Disorders Cellsparc 360 (contains Co-enzyme Q10 which is a nutrient used as an energy source by the muscles), Ginkgosense (Gingko has been shown to lessen tissue damage, decrease mental fatigue and elevate mood in people prone to depression). Depression / Anxiety Renewed Balance Composure Ginkgosense Digestion Prepzymes Flora Food (for Candida) Joint Pain / Inflammation Frame Essentials (contains glucosamine. In 1999 a randomised clinical trial was reported at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. This study showed that glucosamine not only reduced the pain and inflammation of arthritis, but actually stopped the deterioration of the cartilage.)

They are found in vegetables and fruit and are substances that have the ability to give up an electron to a free radical and balance out the unpaired electron, thereby neutralizing it. Free radicals are caused by excessive stress, pollution (air, water and food), ultraviolet light, cigarette smoke, excessive exercise and drugs. Everyone will benefit by supplementing with antioxidants and if your health is compromised it is even more important. •

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Proancynol 2000 (contains Grape seed extract, N-Acetylcystein, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Lycopene, Selenium, and Green Tea) Barley Life (contains Superoxide Dismutase) Ginkosense Cellsparc 360 (contains Co-Enzyme Q10) Just Carrots (contains Beta Carotene).

For Stress Herbal Fiberblend Composure Renewed Balance Glocochrom Barley Life (Barley Life helps clear out excess lactic acid which can cause muscles to ache).

Fatigue Liquorice, found in Herbal Fiberblend Barley Life Cellsparc 360 Bee Pollen Sleep Disorders Melatonin Renewed Balance Barley Life Composure Redibeets Essential Fatty Acids Cellsparc 360 Aimega Approximately 40% of our calories in the typical western diet come from fat, and most of this is the bad saturated fat. The essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9) are crucial to our health and help combat inflammation. Omega 3 is the most important and is only found in flaxseed and fish oil. Our bodies turn Omega-3 fatty acids into prostaglandins that are primarily antiinflammatory. If you have an underactive thyroid, dry skin, eyes or hair, these symptoms may suggest AFA deficiency.

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References: Fibromyalgia and Muscle Pain, Leon Chaitow PhD Rheumatism, Geoffrey Littlejohn MD Chronic Muscle Pain Syndrome, Paul Davidson MD Adrenal Fatigue, James L Wilson PhD Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help? Lloyd Rosenveld MD From Fatigue to Fantastic, James Teitelbaum MD What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You, Ray D Strand MD Contact: Joan van Rensburg is a nutritional and lifestyle coach with a practice at the Eastleigh Medical Centre in Pretoria. Drawing from a wealth of experience she has assisted numerous individuals and families on the road to better health. She may be contacted at: joan.partner@gmail.com or Tel: +27 12 9980025 (w) or +27 72267 8160 (cell)

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God’s Pharmacy O

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OLIVES (Olea europea)

Olive trees date as far back as 3500 B.C. and have been used for food and medicinal purposes for ages. Olive oil is a very powerful remedy for high cholesterol. Olives contain high amounts of vitamin E, which promotes female fertility. It keeps muscles supple and healthy, and lubricates the joints. For dandruff and an itching scalp, even for skin cancer, rub olive oil into the scalp. Leave overnight. If olive oil is used regularly, it fights aging, and lowers the possibility of heart ailments e.g. heart attacks, anginas etc. Olive oil is used for fish-and mushroom poisoning.

CASTOR OIL PLANT

Apply castor oil to the scalp and massage it in before you shampoo. This prevents hair loss, and promotes hair growth. It also fights ringworms and scabies. Take 2 parts castor oil and 1 part vinegar, mix and warm. Apply this lukewarm, morning and night. Castor oil also works on swollen, sore glands and also for a stiff neck. Add 10 drops of lavender oil, and two squirts of rosemary oil to a cup of castor oil. Soak a cloth in the oil, wring, and place in a hot oven, in a shallow dish. Press it to the throat as warm as you can stand it. Keep it pressed to the throat with a light stretch bandage overnight. Castor oil is a fantastic remedy for sore feet. Heat a few castor oil leaves in hot water, bind them around the feet with a hot towel, and climb into bed. Finely crushed, warm leaves work miracles on warts. Apply to moles and skin blemishes, every day, and they’ll disappear.

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CHICORY Chicory tea is rich in vitamins and minerals, and treats jaundice, anaemia, poor eyesight, infertility, and any liver ailment. Boil the leaves and flowers until soft, and drink the tincture. You’ll have an excellent remedy against inflammation, boils and septic wounds. CITRON GRASS This is a fantastic herb, with wonderful properties. Break off a leaf or two and chew. It has a definite calming effect, and works well on the entire digestive tract. It relieves tension. Brew the leaves the way you would with normal tea, and drink, hot or cold, with a touch of honey. Its lemon scent is delicious and refreshing. COMFREY Comfrey is a dynamic herb for the treatment of leg fractures. Fresh leaves can be bound to the fracture to accelerate cell regeneration in the bone. Symphytum is a comfrey concentrate that can be taken daily to promote bone density, and repair soft bone tissue and jawbones. Comfrey treats tuberculosis, lung infections, burn wounds, bruises and gout. Finely chop the roots and brew in boiling water for 20 minutes. Don’t drink more than 2 glasses per day and discontinue after 5 days. CORIANDER Drink a coriander tincture, it stimulates the metabolism and relieves rheumatism. Chew the seed to assist digestion. Coriander oil can be added to rheumatism balm. Wrap up the affected area over overnight. It also relieves cramps caused by other medication. DANDELION Dandelion tincture serves as a wonderful liver tonic and also a liver and blood cleanser. It also strengthens tooth enamel. Apply the milky juice of the dandelion on warts and blisters, to remove them. Dilute well with water, and apply around red and swollen eyes. EVENING PRIMROSE This plant is an excellent remedy for heart ailments. It treats: Psoriasis; stomach irritations; high cholesterol; sclerosis; high blood pressure; chest ailments. It’s also an excellent anti-cancer oil. Rev. Herman Uys grew up in a small town, Bethlehem, in the Free State, South Africa. He graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1984 with a BA and BD degree, and a diploma in theology. His interest in the field of natural healing took him on a road of intense study in this subject. His book: ‘God’s Pharmacy’ was birthed in 2003, as a spontaneous overflow, and as a result of public demand.

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Inspirational

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“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties” (Harry Truman) “Optimism is the foundation of courage” (Nicholas Murray Butler) “A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them” (Leonard Louis Levinson) “An optimist is the human personification of spring” (Susan J Bissonette) I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. (Helen Keller) A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility. (D.L. Moody) How do we know if we have a servant’s heart? By how we act when we are treated like one! What’s the point of having great knowledge and keeping it to yourself? (Donald J. Trump) I have learned that what is essential can sometimes be invisible to the eye. That’s where discernment comes in (Donald J. Trump)

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Seven Foundation Stones

of Blessings Part 2

Text: Nevil Norden & Images: Morquefille.com & Michael Maherry

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ur next foundation stone is Trust or Confidence

The world we live in is a world where the confident reign and the fearful are slaves. Confidence demands a great degree of authority, but when you are unsure of yourself, you will find that people step on you or just push you out of the way. Confidence has two great enemies: rejection and an inferiority complex. In a broken world, many people experience rejection, because of broken homes, the wrong skin colour or gender. But in Christ Jesus you have received a “spirit of adoption” and the power to live as “a new creation”, knowing that the old things have passed away. The “spirit of adoption” and the power to live as “a new creation” must be accepted by faith, because to know God is to have confidence. Proverbs 28:1 says that the “righteous are bold as a lion”. Righteousness is a gift we receive by faith. It was faith in a great God that gave David the confidence to fight a giant the size of Goliath and conquer him. What giants are you faced with? Confidence is the key. Hebrews 10:35: “Therefore, do not cast away your fearless confidence, for with it comes a great and glorious compensation of reward.” Confidence is the force behind every breakthrough.

1 Corinthians 1:30: “But of him [God] you are in Christ Jesus, who became from us wisdom from God.”

Humility or Meekness as a foundation stone for blessing.

Wisdom is to apply the knowledge you have, correctly.

Matthew 5:5 says: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. God has so much joy in the humble that He reserves the earth for them. Humility is lowliness of heart.

Help is the next foundation stone.

Pride will cause God to resist you, because Pride says: “I am my own god; my wisdom, my riches, my achievements, they sustain me”. Jeremiah 17:5: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.” Humility is to acknowledge your inability and to allow God to give you His ability. Wisdom as a foundation stone.

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Every person is born with natural wisdom, the type that operates on sensual things like touch, taste and sight. Then there is supernatural wisdom that comes from God and this is not found in every person. This type of wisdom starts with the fear of the Lord, for “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). This fear is not the terror of a tyrant, but the kind of respect that will lead to obedience to Him who is the wisest of all.

To give to God is to acknowledge Him as your source. When you follow and honour this principle, you will establish a strong foundation stone for blessing in your life. Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” God expects you to receive a harvest from your giving. He wants you to receive a miracle in return. We call this principle “seed faith”. Jesus opened up a whole new way of giving. He gave


himself totally to and for the needs of the people. We can no longer pay or sacrifice our way into God’s mercy, because Jesus Christ has paid our debt before God, and His cross is a completed work in our eternal interest. Your giving is then not a debt you owe, but a seed you sow. The last foundation stone for blessing is Diligence. The world mostly gets blessed by diligent people. You need to ask yourself this question: “Am I a spectator or a participator?” Be honest when answering yourself. What do people call you, diligent or lazy? The truth will set you free! The foundation of your life will remain standing in life’s storms if you take note of and give heed to these seven foundation stones: • Faith, • Zeal, • Trust / Confidence, • Humility / Meekness, • Wisdom, • Help, • Diligence. Enjoy living on God’s tried and tested foundation stones. You only live once on this earth. Nevil Norden

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A Vessel Fit For The

Master’s Use

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to be on God and what He can do through us, and not in our own strengths and abilities. We need to meet with God, to be touched by the power of God and to be burdened by the holiness of God. To know that God has looked into our lifes and in His love has spared us, that is true brokenness. Brokenness like that is not weakness, but is the very source of our strength in the spirit. There is nothing stronger than a person who has been touched by God. He has nothing left to prove and nothing more to fear. Sometimes we need a check-up (self-awareness). “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23,24). Many problems associated with our growth, stem from the fact that we have not come to terms with ourselves. We do not know who we are and, therefore, over the years we create or build up a whole shell of unreality around our lifes. This has the effect of masking who we really are and causing us to live in unreality.

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God wants us to know how we ‘tick’, so that we can modify our behaviour and live a life that glorifies Him. We need to see ourselves as God sees us, because this is who we really are. We may be able to mask things from ourselves, but nothing can be hidden from Him. od wants people that is an expression of Himself on earth. He want a fully equipped and very effective group of people through whom He can express His power and love to the world.

God wants us to make available to Him all that we know, have been trained in, all our skill and experience. We should never get discouraged about what we have to offer, but give everything we have and allow God to do what He wants with us. It is amazing how much He can multiply even the smallest thing we give to Him.(Luke 6:38 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-11). God multiplies whatever is sincerely and wholeheartedly given to Him. God wants to receive all the glory from the work that we do for Him.

Even if what we see is not good. If we trust God, He will not leave it this way. He wants to take us all to a place of security in Him. He wants us to grow in our relationship with Him and to mature. The starting point for such growth is discovering who we are and then yielding to what needs to be handed over to God. If we never see the problems and weaknesses, because we are covering them up all the time, we will never grow in God. Not many people achieve anything close to their full potential. Most of us never get anywhere near as far intellectually, spiritually, physically, personally, relationally, socially, or motivationally as we should.

To learn in a deep way that we are nothing in ourselves, and that God wants us to be nothing before He can do something with us, could seem to be an awfully negative thing.

There are too many of us who would prefer to take a back-seat and let others do the work. We do not want the discipline of life that is called for in order to achieve what God wants us to achieve for Him.

The truth is that in Christ we have an amazing inheritance, but we have to live in the good of it. Our focus or dependence needs

If you look at a car battery from the top with the lid off, you will see, not just one vacant space, but lots of little cells which hold all

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the acid fluid. If one of these cells gets damaged, the battery will be weakened, but if a few of them are damaged, the battery will be useless.

position or anything else. We need to be confident in ourselves and in what God can do through us, in order to be really fruitful and effective for Him.

The whole power output of the battery depends on each cell inter-relating functionally. Our lifes are similar. We can think of our lifes as having small compartments like finance, home life, relationships, spirituality, gift, and job, etc. Our lifes need to be gathered together in all these areas in order for them to function effectively. If there are bits of our life that do not function in the way they should and do not relate as they should, then its effectiveness will be wiped out. Some bits may be good, but the bad bits will spoil the lot.

If we work purely with human confidence, our actions will be confined within its boundaries. We need to work from a confidence based on our position in God and in the knowledge that God can produce divine results through us, if we make ourselves available to Him. Confidence based on these things will not cause us to fall into pride, arrogance or fear, but enable us to step out in faith and give the glory and credit to God for any work He does through us.

‘Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny’ (Charles Swindoll). Character is defined as a ‘description or report of a person’s qualities’ or as the ‘sum of distinguishing features of an individual, i.e. their mental, emotional and moral qualities’. Character may also be defined as habit long continued, or as who we are now as a person. Character is all the negative and positive qualities in a person’s life, i.e. our thoughts, values, attitudes, feelings, motives, morals and what comes out when we are under pressure. The world around us is becoming increasingly competitive and less predictable with each day that passes. The human race has entered the atomic age, the space age, and the computer age in the last 50 years. It has been calculated that people entering the workforce, on average, will have to aquire 20 times as much information as they would just one generation ago. The major key to become a successful person and to be a vessel fit for the Master’s hand, is our relationship with God. Not our boss, salary,

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“By wisdom a house is build, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4) “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught”. (J.C. Watts). We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are Spiritual Beings on a human journey! Rina Smit


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The Family, and how it

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THE FAMILY, AND HOW IT INFLUENCE OUR LIFES

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More and more the family is being seen as it really is, the primary influence in our life that not only builds us and shapes us, but also sets in motion the disorders that limit and frustrate us as adults.

t is important to understand that the bonds of covenant love, and the effects of their being broken, can extend across generations. Each individual family, each parent-child bond, is but one link in a chain that extends both backwards and forwards in time.

The child who was physically or emotionally abused, for example, usually becomes an adult who will also tend to abuse his or her own children, or else will marry someone who does. All too many people find themselves behaving like their parents in ways that they vowed they would never repeat, even though they don’t have to follow that pattern. As children, we tend to mould our personalities to adapt to our environment. If our environment is supportive, nurturing, and flexible, we are free to express our own individuality. If our environment is demanding and conditional, however, we are forced to shape our behaviour to fit the needs of others. We then substitute our true self for a false self that is more acceptable to our parents, whose love and approval we need desperately. In essence we then compromise who we really are, and become what our parents need us to be. Marriage is the most intimate of all human relationships. When this relationship is good and growing, it provides one of life’s greatest satisfactions. When it is poor or even static and routine, it can be a source of great frustrations and misery. God surely wants marriages to be good, a model of the beautiful relationship between Christ and His church. Parents have a responsibility to be mature models for their children and to provide a loving environment in which the child can learn to trust. The family is meant to be an intersection of two covenants: a “horizontal” covenant between husband and wife, and a “vertical”

The kind of family we come from can have a profound effect on a number of important dynamics in our personal lifes, even as adults. To the degree that our family was healthy, it is good news. To the degree that our family was dysfunctional, it is bad news. A family is more than a group of individuals who happen to share the same address and the same last name. Many of the riddles of ‘why you are the way you are” can be unlocked by looking at the family as a system of relationships and interpersonal dynamics. It is an organism, in which the attitudes, values, and actions of each member interact with those of all the other members. Each one shapes, and is shaped by, the others. Each one is the way he is in part, because of the way he fits into the overall scheme of things, the system. Many of our behaviour patterns, both healthy and the unhealthy ones, flow from the role we occupy in our particular family system. Understanding the family system, and the role we play in it, can unlock emotions and behaviours that would otherwise seem impossible to explain. Everything occurring in a family, regardless of how carefully it may be hidden, have an impact on the children. Everything. Deep down inside each of us is a longing for a satisfying and lasting family relationship. There is a father hunger in our society today. Much of the anger, depression, and confusion that people

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struggle with are rooted in a hunger for a father connection. This father hunger results from receiving too little quantity and quality of fathering as a child, too little intimacy between father and child. At the root of sin is the absence of real fathers in our world. The sin problem is a fatherhood problem, because sin is the result of a man, Adam in the Bible, who declared independence from God, his Source and Father. Adam believed he didn’t need a father and that he could be a father without the Father. That is when the human race fell into rebellion against God. One of the root meanings of the word sin in the New Testament, ‘hamartia’ is ‘separation’.

Brothers, our nations could be healed right now if every man became a responsible father. God has called men to be fathers like Him in order to turn the hearts of the children back to their Father God. Men and woman alike are looking for a father. Without God the Father, a husband does not know how to be a father to his wife and children. Without a father in the home, woman end up babysitting their husbands. They take care of the man who is supposed to be a ‘father’.

Adam separated himself from his Father and fell into a state of separation and sin. In other words, man could be called a ‘fatherless child’ because of his own choice. Imagine that.

As with everything in life, effective parenting begins with God. Who is better to turn to for the foundational principles of parenting than the Author of life and the founder of marriage and

Orphaned by choice. Homeless by choice! Separated from his Father by choice! How tragic was the choice of Adam to reject his Father. How can true fatherhood be restored? Salvation is the result of a man, Jesus, the second Adam, providing the orphaned children of humanity with the way to return to their Father and their original identity in Him. Remember, Adam voluntarily left his Father. The mission of Jesus was to return orphaned humanity back to God, and to restore earthly family relationships to the way He intended them to be. Malachi prophecy that. (Malachi 4:6).

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Jesus came to fix man’s problem of fatherlessness. Many fathers are estranged from their children. Many homes are without fathers. The problem of fatherlessness that started with Adam still affects us to this day.

the family? From the dawn of the human race, God’s design has been for us to raise offspring to populate this planet. Producing and parenting children are a big part of the original mandate humanity received from our Creator. Fathers have the unique opportunity to make an eternal investment in the lifes of their children. Becoming a good father is not always automatic, it takes sometimes time and effort, especially if you as a father did not have the role model from a good father. When you become a father, you do not just have your physically job, but also receive another fulltime job. Being a father is the


most fulfilling job a man can have. As a father you should present the fundamental qualities of leadership, responsibility and accountability, as well as the capabilities of planning, disciplining, and loving. A good father is priceless; as are the children they lead and invest in, but he must have a willingness to invest in ‘this job’. In the Bible the prophet Malachi spoke of the work and purpose of the coming Messiah by declaring, “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” Malachi 4:6. The implication is that the divine assessment of man’s fundamental problem can be fatherlessness. Being a father is rooted in God’s image because God is Father. Parenting is powerful because it shapes the minds, attitudes, and actions of our children for either good or bad. An ancient

proverb says: “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11) Children learn their behaviours by watching and imitating the people they see the most, usually parents, especially during the child’s formative years. How can we then set the right kind of example for our children? By referring to the Bible, the instruction manual provided by God, the original Parent. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:1-2: “By imitators of God, therefore, as clearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”. How do we imitate God? By living a life of love. Remember, love is the antidote to fear. And how do we know how to model love? By looking to Christ as our example. Jesus modelled the nature, character and behaviour of His Father, and if we imitate Him in word and deed, we will provide our children with a reliable model on which to pattern their own lifes. Parents who know the way show the way so that their children will grow into fruitful, productive, fulfilled adults who reflect in their lives the likeness of Christ. His nature, character and behaviour.

helps our children discover that meaning and purpose in life are found in living consciously and deliberately as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. The negative statistics of fatherlessness can be reversed by the power of fathers restored to their place in the family and their true calling as men. We can reverse these downward trends and strengthen lifes, families, communities and nations by discovering and living out the priority, position and role of the male in the family. Because fathers are the source, they must sustain, nourish and protect all that comes out of them. What is a father? One who produces something and then sustains it. A nation can be sustained, nurtured and protected only when men are fathers like the Heavenly Father. Many people will find themselves mourning over lost childhoods, realizing that they were cheated out of some of the normal stages of growth and development. We can never change what has happened to us in the past. But we can change the way we respond to it in the here and now. THE NUMBER OF TIMES SOMEONE HAS HURT US IS NOT THE ISSUE. WHETHER THE OTHER PERSON DESERVES FORGIVENESS IS NOT THE ISSUE. HOW WE RESPOND TO GOD’S GRACE IS THE ISSUE! If we suffered from a lack of fatherhood here on earth, it is not an excuse for us to struggle the rest of our lifes. God has provided a way for us to be born anew into His family with Him as our Father. To except Jesus Christ into our lifes, so that He can show us the way to our real Father, God the Creator. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. (James Baldwin) The key to remembering is acceptance. We need to accept the reality of what happened to us, so that we can deal with it. The power lies in the fact that we forgive even as we remember. Forgiveness begins with remembering and accepting what has happened in the past. Acceptance is an act of integration. It is a movement towards wholeness. It is how we incorporate the past into the present, and build the future. Rina Smit

There is no greater gift and no more powerful legacy parents can pass on to their children than to train them in the way of the Lord and teach them to love Him with all their hearts. Such a legacy

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the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “ Truly you are the son of God.” When I read this scripture, the thought crossed my mind: do not get stuck on track. I also realize that Jesus led his disciples intentionally into the storm. The storm that hit them was not because of disbelief or sin. There are two types of storms in the Bible: the first type of storm is there to discipline and teach obedience. The second type of storm exists to test and perfect ones’ faith. The storm hit Jonah, because he disobeyed God and try to run away from Him. The Lord therefore send a storm to reprimand and teach Jonah. The storm that hit the disciples was sent to strengthen their faith. The Bible says that Jesus did not asked his disciples to climb into the boat, but he had forced them to climb in. Sometimes God will allow certain situations to strengthen and perfect our faith.

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Gary Kieswetter Do not get strangled in the storm

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id it ever feel like you are in the middle of a storm and you thinking that you don’t deserve it? You know for a fact the storm did not hit you, because you sinned or were rebellious.

Let's take a look at an example in the Bible of such a type of storm. Matthews 14:22 – Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because

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When you find yourself in a storm, you need to be able to discern, whether you are in that situation because you were disobedient, or because you indeed obeyed the Lord. What to do when you find yourself in the midst of a storm? It is important not to fight against the storm, but rather trust God and allow the situation to strengthen your faith in Him. Gary Kieswetter was born in Cape Town and grew up with a resistance to everything that’s Afrikaans. During his matric year he became a Christian and received his calling to full-time ministry soon after. He completed his theological training at the Kalkbay Theological Institute whereafter he did further studies under dr. James le Roux. This also led to his marriage with Dr Le Roux’s daughter, Rhona. Through his work he became more involved in the Afrikaans community and he started to conduct Bible studies after hours and on weekends. As result of his often-incorrect Afrikaans and the fact that he could always see the humour in any given situation, he was able to touch the heart of the Afrikaans-speaking community in a unique way. To be continued…


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rs Modern Woman is a national pageant event since 2006. The competition is for married woman with Christian values that act as a role model with a passion to encourage other women to reach their God given potential and also knows the importance of maintaining a balance between religion, family and work life. Our vision is to add value towards the personal growth of women and empower South African women on all levels of society, to act as leaders and to establish the platform to get involved in charity and fund raising events within their communities. Many entries were received from all over the country and 16 worthy finalists were selected. These 16 finalists will be introduced during the “Celebration Evening” which will take place in August 2010. The winner will be crowned in November 2010 at the glamorous Gala-evening. She will walk away with the prestigious title of Mrs Modern Woman 2010. During the Gala-evening, funds raised by the finalists will be donated to the “Reach for a Dream” foundation. Finalists for Mrs Modern Woman 2010 are: Adri van Zyl, Alet Kruger; Celest Kruger; Dalene Minnaar; Elmarie Erasmus; Geraldine Botha; Hermien du Toit; Julienne Vorster; Karin Els; Lana Spies; Lynn van Vuuren; Marga Gillard; Margaux Dacomb; Michele Britz; Shannon Oosthuysen; Sulette Wood. Ray Magazine wishes all the best to the above-mentioned finalists and we will feature the rest of the major events of this competition

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A Specialised industrial photographer in Gauteng Pretoria –

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ou are a successful photographer. Did you attend any photographic courses to learn photography? I bought secondhand photographic magazines by the kilogram and studied them every waking moment… does that count?

Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start initially as a way to express yourself creatively? My goal was to make enough money through photography to pay for studies and eventually get a real job. You will notice from my work that I gravitate towards the “Big Rigs” and can quite comfortably conclude from that occurrence that I should have been an Engineer or something along those lines. I would have been a good Engineer, but not a happy one as photography has seeped into my being. When did you know you finally "made it" as a professional? You will probably never “make it” in the full sense of the word and as far as I am concerned, that day will be the end of your personal growth. It is quite important to mention that a healthy dose of insecurity will drive you to new grounds and help you discover awesome gems about light and it’s deep secrets. Do you remember your first photography sale? My first sale was a photographic service rather than a photographic product, this was long ago and therefore not a lot of creativity to be found in the actual images, but I comfort myself in the fact that

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I had to employ large amounts of creativity in order to get strangers to buy photographs that they did not need. I can still remember that first wedding, with a borrowed camera and nervous as hell, I just had to follow my dream. I am sure that first couple will forgive me eventually…but for that price…! Many photographic magazines have applauded you for your versatility in many genres. Tell us more about these photographic genres you excel in… Heavy industrial photography will always challenge me and a challenge I except with eagerness as the contrasts of size, risk and dimensions seem to energize me on a subatomic level which is the only way to describe it. Negotiating through the red tape, dangers, safety parameters and human ability, whilst shooting tons of moving earth and equipment, leaves one deeply content and satisfied when these efforts turn up great images You have received numerous awards, commendations and honorable mentions over the years. Could you tell us more of your achievements? I absolutely avoid public participation, but have been recognized by my clients when they settle their invoices, but seriously, you might find some of my latest (very public) awards in the June/July 2010 issue of Pix magazine as I recently won 10 awards, 1 bronze, 5 silver and 4 gold at the 2009 Profoto Awards (but don’t tell anyone). What do you like MOST about your professional life? There is nothing as satisfying as handing images over to someone who appreciates the technical barriers one had to scale in order to render a product on time and delivering on all of their expectations. It will be wrong however, to ignore the intellectual stimulation there is to be found in the immensely diverse encounters and conversations from every sector of the food chain, this is what I love about my professional life…people!

What do you like the LEAST about running your professional life? There is an anomaly that seems faint in comparison to the “real” problems in life, but I crave routine, just for a couple of months. I would deeply enjoy a strong routine where it is possible to plan recurring activities like going to gym after work, walks with the family, following a TV series, etc. We all know I will give it up in just three months, but for now, that is what I still have to experience in life.

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One of the questions we sometimes hear is this: Is it really possible to learn Photoshop in an Online course? Can you share your thoughts? The sum total of my Photoshop knowledge I acquired from reading, experimenting and applying these new found techniques. I guess what I am implying is that it is possible to master Photoshop within realistic parameters if you apply yourself diligently. What quick advice do you have for someone who simply wants to improve his or her photography skills? Use your camera on its manual setting, it will wake up your brain and force you to “focus”. Teach yourself small lessons and repetition should then become your friend. Your camera should never leave your side; take it to bed if you must! At Ray Magazine, we often get questions from people who want to become "Professional Photographers" What advice do you have for someone who says they want to pursue a career in photography? Before you take any steps towards becoming a Pro, you need to work out your own hourly rate. This will be a very sobering experience if you do it right and you will subsequently help the Pro’s by not undercharging out of ignorance. Once you have worked out what equipment, photographic education, mobility (vehicles), presentability, future training, equipment replenishment, depreciation, insurance and above all this, what life will cost you per month, then you divide that cost through the sellable hours per month that you would not spend in postproduction, you get yourself an hourly rate that no client wants to pay. Therefore, the business’ side will require more creativity than the photographic side if you want to be sustainable as a businessperson. Your photographic equipment consists of? Any brands that you irrevocable belief in? Nikon and on and on and on…! Give me a good lens on any old camera and I’ll be happy. Most of the magic happens in your head, doesn’t it? Are there any other professional photographers in your immediate family? No Who in this industry’s work do you admire the most? We all still have a lot to learn and you will not find any big names in my list of icons as I am always searching for that unique space in my mind and cannot afford to be influenced by someone else’s idea of the perfect image. Where can the public purchase your work? Not for sale if you don’t have really big things to be photographed! Do you have any dreams that you still like to pursue? Any destinations or objects that you still like to photograph? I’ve been 3km’s underground, I have taken my camera high up in the sky and under water, I have met leaders and masters that have inspired me, I’ve done photography on 3 continents, I’ve taken photos in 7 countries but still there is so much I have to learn as a person and singling out any one thing would be irresponsible as my dreams are entwined with personal and professional goal posts

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that shift all the time. What would you do if you could take a year’s break from society? Routine, routine, routine Neil is one of our most inspiring photographers. If you want to hire Neil to do assignment shoots for you, you can be sure that he will deliver. Ray highly recommend Neil and Objektiv Photography for all your industrial photography.

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You can contact Neil for assignment shoots 1230 Cunningham Ave, Waverley, Pretoria, 0186 Cell: +27 (0) 83 307 6753 Email: neil@obj.co.za Web: www.obj.co.za Neil - Photography & Videography

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A Specialised Photographer in Southern Africa –

Welman Visions of Nature

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apturing images of nature’s beauty and awesome power is Hein’s ultimate goal. “Mother Nature is not always easy to put on film, but I love a challenge! When light, composition and time of day all come together, I become fully engaged, and the magic of the moment consumes me. Sometimes for an image it is being in the right place at the right time and at other times, that image takes careful planning and you return time and time again to the scene” Please tell us about yourself, your background. I was born in Benoni (and no, I do not know Charlize Theron), and grew up in Centurion, Pretoria. I had thoughts of becoming a marine biologist but got inspired by Photography in the meanwhile. After school I went to study for a 4-year photography diploma. But unfortunately gave up after 6 months for a reason I call immaturity stupidity illness. I left for the United Kingdom and worked abroad for about 2 years and returned to study Architectural Draughting. Currently I’m working in an architectural department for an international engineering company. Mainly involved in BIMS (building information management system) and 3D Modeling. When did you decide to become a photographer? I got inspired on my very first trip to Koakoveld in Namibia by Wayne Matthews, a well-known ecologist and photographer. Only started taking photographs the next year on a trip to Savuti, Botswana. I stopped taking photographs for the time I went overseas and gladly resumed photography 5 years ago, but in a total different way. Digital. What does photography mean to you? At first it was a way to enforce my memories from my trips in Southern Africa. But lately became more than that. As a nature lover it became a very emotional thing to me. Linked to what’s busy happening to our world and our influence towards it. One is also getting to know yourself better by observing the resulting image and realized the situation you were in while taking the photo.

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Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW? Yes, it was a shot of a Black-Backed Jackal at a watering hole in the Kalahari Transfrontier Park? It cost a lot of patience and time. But sure it’s always worth it. How technical is your photography? I think personally above standard. I believe the saying “Know your tools” really does pay off. I guess knowledge is power but useless without practice. Where is your favourite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why? Well as I am not a fulltime photographer, yet. And I believe I will be fortunate enough to be one in the near future. I think my first choice will be the Kalahari Desert. Warm summer days with dark blue thundering clouds on the horizon. It gives me thrills down my spine. Define the word "beauty"! Beauty isn’t just vibrant sunset colours and perfect proportions. I believe it is the emotional connection a photograph, object or person that gives you that slight uncontrollable smile of satisfaction. What is your most favourite and least favourite word in photography or life? How do they make you feel? Least: Key wording or the sound of my alarm during weekdays. Most: Not really a word, but the sound of the Ultra Sonic Motor inside my Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS Lens. How does your personality change when you look through the camera? I get silent and peaceful; resulting in getting totally lost in the scene and it’s like my senses opening up in a calm way. Making me appreciate the environment even more. I guess I am at peace then. Who / what are your influences? The above-mentioned Ecologist and Photographer, Wayne Matthews and his endless knowledge of the natural world. What is your favourite image, either your own or someone else's


or both? Describe its creation or meaning to you? A Photograph of Frans Lanting called “Elephants in mist”. It takes my mind back to the book covered in school “Kringe in die bos” by South African writer Dalene Matthee.

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What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis? To be on time for work during the cold winter season. Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story from a photo shoot! Was on my very first photography Trip to Botswana. We were on our way back to camp on the Chobe river shores where we spotted a pride of 7 lions stalking up towards a herd of nearly 500 buffalo. Stopped the car on a bend about 10 meters from the water and waited. Eventually the lions started a chase and the herd of buffalo ended up stampeding through this 10-meter gap between our car and the water. Excited by the event and scenes of young lions getting thrown by agro buffalo’s, I eventually got on the passenger seats window sill to get a better view for my camera over the car’s roof. Every time a buffalo made a stand and reversed the chase, the lions used our car as an obstacle against the furious buffalo. When the scene passed I realized how close one lion got to me while I was totally exposed outside the car. Made me realize getting lost in a scene can have deadly consequences. What types of assignments are you attracted to mostly? Travel Photography mainly. People and wildlife in a total natural environment. Dislike people posing for a photo. To be honest, I am really bad in photographing people on a set up scene. Example: weddings Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist? Yes I do. I believe it’s a way of communicating to people and by expressing the way you see and experience objects around you with the help of light.

That connection and satisfaction that I also call beauty is called art. What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs? The most surprising was when I played around with a shot of a lagoon in Mozambique in Photoshop. Just for fun. I totally pulled out false colours. Desaturating the photo and only saturating the lagoon to a dark blue. And WOW. The result blew me away and every one loves it. Even when I confess it’s a total false representation. Tell a little secret about you that no one knows... What you see is what you get. And those things you can’t see are meant to be a secret. Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven't already? Ring-tailed Lemurs! I am fortunate enough to do just that the end of this year on a trip to Madagascar. How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it? Up to an extent where everything in the photograph stays real. I normally use post editing to enhance light. Working mostly with the highlights, mid tones and contrast that push up the clarity. I will use vibrancy and sometime saturation. Depending on how I experienced

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the scene at the given time and how I want to express it in the end result. Tell us about the photographic equipment you use? Canon, Canon and Canon. Who in this industry’s work do you admire and why? Frans Lanting. He’s passion and knowledge towards nature alone is an inspiration to me. His photographs resemble the perfect way to remember these animals to eternity when they might disappear of this planet for good. Where can the public obtain your photographs or get in touch with bookings / assignments etc? Through my website: www.visionsofnature.co.za contact page by using the quick connect function. Alternatively one can drop me email: hein@visionsofnature.co.za or Tel: +27 82 6996 522. Any comments or positive critics about my work or website are more than welcome. Will soon fit in a guestbook on my site. My work is sold on Photographers Direct and under the World Photography Collection. Numerous other fair trade sites also host some of my photographs. All the links will be available on my website.

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arlos Carvalho received a National Diploma in Photography from the Port Elizabeth Technikon. After graduating in 1992 he started working his way up the camera department in the South African film industry reaching full time DOP (Director of Photography) in 2003.

His knowledge extends from stills and stop-frame animation to filming lions. Adding to his versatility are his EU and SA Passports and his impressive list of accolades‌ LIST OF INTERNATIONAL AND SOUTH AFRICAN AWARDS **1999 Avanti Lighting Award **2003 Silver Lion at Cannes **2003 Vuka Best Animation **2003 Vuka Best Overall **2003 Best Music Video, SA Music Awards **2004 Gold Visible Spectrum Award

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Please tell us about yourself, your background? I am fortunate to be able to do both motion picture and still photography. Having originally studied photography I assisted stills for a while and commenced as a runner in the film industry, working my way to director of photography.

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When did you decide to become a photographer? During Matric after a hippy art student introduced me to her photographic gadgets – I was gripped!


What does photography mean to you? Photography is a time-distance capsule – there are places we have never been to, yet we know what the people and the place look like. The name Tibet conjures up certain images in your mind immediately. You can look at photographs of past advertising and you can see the aspirations of that time. Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW? It was whilst in Portugal, using an instamatic camera, I took a photo of a castle wherein all the elements came together and it captured the essence of the subject well. How technical is your photography? Photography in itself is technical. The camera is a technical tool. Composition can be achieved mathematically with shapes; using the exposure scale to technically achieve your mood, and knowing the correct lights to use, which enable you to mould your subject. However I like to spend time post-processing to grade the photos to get the right look for the photo.

Where is your favourite place to live and work as a photographer in the world and why? In a national park in the midst of beauty and natural splendour, where one mentally takes a photograph every breath of the day.

Define the word "beauty"! Beauty is what inspires your soul to glow from within with happiness. In a word: ‘Nature’. What is your most favourite and least favourite word in photography or life? How do they make you feel? My least favourite word is greed, not for the word, but for what it does to people, cultures and civilization as a whole.

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My most favourite word is tolerance; there is not enough of it. We tend to place each other in convenient boxes and not allow freedom of life. How does your personality change when you look through the camera? You see the world through a ground glass and you stop at nothing to achieve the image, so I become single-minded. Who / what are your influences? Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Andre Kartesz, Elliott Erwitt, Obey Oberholzer, Renoir, Rembrandt, the Flemish and Dutch painters, Picasso’s blue period. My greatest influence would be nature and people who are part of nature. What is your favourite image, either your own or someone else's or both? Describe its creation or meaning to you? A photo of my children happily in the garden, and Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams. One has to see his photograph in a gallery not just in a book to understand its power. They are emotionally stirring. Describe a day in your personal or professional life. Yes, no, to the left… to the right… a little bit more up… look to the light… close your eyes… open your eyes… pan the light left… no, no, too much pan right again... What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis? My beautiful wife. What are your favourite subjects to photograph? If it catches your eye it is worth photographing, as for favourite subjects: People in their own environment and magnificent locations on our planet. Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story from a photo shoot! We were filming a roaming lion from within a cage, when the lion saw his own reflection in the filters in front of the lens. Unknown to us he sneaked around the back of our cage, and with my eye still to the eye-piece, he struck out with his paw hitting the mat box, wherein the filters lay, trying to knock his adversary out. The only thing he managed to do is knock my heart out. What types of assignments are you attracted to mostly? I am attracted to assignments that have a long-term sustainability benefiting both mankind and the planet. Describe what black and white photography means to you? Black & white is the original medium of photography and it maintains to be the art version of photography

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Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?

How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?

Artist is an overused word with a watered-down meaning. I think quantum physicists are artistic with creative solutions. To be artistic one has to be creative. To be creative one has to look at things from an individual point of view.

We are in the digital age and we have always manipulated, whether in the darkroom or in front of the lens. I avoid compositing images, but I do like grading to achieve the right colours and the right look.

How do you describe your photographic style?

What other thoughts would you like to share?

I would say witty. What would you say?

Really SEE what you are photographing.

What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?

Tell us about the photographic equipment you use? Nikon D 300; Nikon F3 and FM2; Toyo View 4x5 Monorail with 6x9 back.

‘Did you take this photo?’ Tell a little secret about you that no one knows... I carry my homemade sandwiches wherever I go… Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven't already? Where should I start? West Norwegian Fjords in Norway; Yosemite National Park in USA; Pudacuo National Park in China; Town of Ouro Preto Brazil; Old Havana Cuba and Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve of Madagascar. The list goes on…

Who in this industry’s work do you admire and why? It would have to be Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. It is not only their photographs, but also their attitude to life that I admire. Weston did not even drive a car, yet he took the most beautiful photographs. Where can the public obtain your photographs or get in touch with bookings / assignments etc?

What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others? To enjoy every photograph and every project.

For motion picture work, documentaries, commercials, portraiture and landscapes Email me: mail@carlosdop.com or Call: +27 847413114. For prints of my work view my website: www.carlosdop.com and let me know. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile. php?id=100000961413729

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Santjie Viljoen Art is not a thing; it’s a way Text & Images: Santjie Viljoen

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“rt is not a thing; it is a way. ~Elbert Hubbard”

Santjie Viljoen was given her first camera at the age of seven, by her dad. It is a little Olympus 35mm film camera, which she still sometimes carries around with her today. She grew up on a 29ft Astove Sailing Yacht called Impala, with her family traveling the world. She loves the ocean and nature, traveling is in her blood, and her eyes are her best way of communicating with the world. In this interview Santjie shares her passion for photography with our readers… What does photography mean to you? To me it is a way of expressing myself as I’m an introvert. Photography gives me a way of communicating with the world. Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW? I am not easily impressed with my own work. I am always looking for mistakes to be able to better myself. I have yet to take a photo that will make me go WOW. Do you have any formal training regarding photography? Yes, I did a short course in photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town; thereafter I did the three-year diploma course at the University of Technology, also in Cape Town. How technical is your photography? I have always thought that my photography wasn’t very technical, but most of my photographer friends tell me that I am very technically orientated. I don’t think I realize that I am thinking technically when I am shooting, technical info just seem to stick to my brain though, a bit like a magnet for technical stuff that interests me. Where is your favourite place to live and work as a photographer in the world and why? Anywhere really, I love variety and traveling. I get bored very quickly so I try to go all over the world, when I can afford it☺, I

do love Cape Town though, the ocean is close, so that keeps me happy. Define the word “beauty”! Beauty is something that stimulates a particular human’s senses in such a way that an overwhelming feeling is created. It could be a feeling of joy or sadness that can make you smile or cry. Like the Afghan girl by Steve Mcurry, that is a beautiful photograph, but some days she makes me want to cry. What is your most favourite and least favourite word in photography or life? How do they make you feel? Favourite word is probably wind! South East sounds pretty good too, because that means I can go kiting! I don’t think I have a word that really irritates me. How does your personality change when you look through the camera? Well, I am a pretty easy going, relaxed, laid back fun loving sort of person, but when I pick up a camera I am focused, no pun intended, and diligent. I don’t care how much work it takes to make it perfect. It has to be as perfect as I can get it and this does not neccessarily apply to the rest of my life. Who / what are your influences? Quite a few artists, the old masters, Turner, van Gogh, Da Vinci,

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Vermeer, Klimt. Photographers would be; Bill Brandt, William Albert Allard, Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams… The list goes on but you get the idea and I have to add that the ocean has played a huge part in influencing me; I can sit and stare at it forever. What is your favourite image, either your own or someone else’s or both? Describe its creation or meaning to you? Without a doubt the Afghan girl by Steve McCurry. It is a great photograph that means something, this photo has made a difference to you when you have looked at it. She exhibits all of man’s fear, hope, vulnerability, angst, pain, pride and strength and makes you think not of yourself, but of the world’s people who go through these feelings everyday. Describe a day in your personal or professional life. I have a pretty good life I must say; I have a small studio in Woodstock. In Summer I will get up at about five o’clock and go see if there is any potential for landscapes. If there is, I will take my camera and tripod and go driving. I get back at about nine o’clock, go to my

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What are your favourite subjects to photograph? I adore landscapes, anything to do with nature.

from a photo shoot! Last year I had to do some photographs for engineering company’s yearbook and one of my assigned projects was an electrical substation. The engineering company had forgotten to organize for anyone to let me into the premises so I had to climb over with all my gear. I got stuck at the top, after about 15 minutes struggle with my camera bag’s strap I got over only to be met on the other side with alarm triggers and huge high voltage signs.

Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story

I managed to scoot around without tripping the alarm or getting

studio and do a shoot in studio or on location depending. Process and Photoshop takes the rest of the day! Peaceful!! What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis? Having to market myself.

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fried. I can imagine that it must have looked pretty funny seeing a small blond climbing walls with all that gear. What types of assignments are you attracted to mostly? I like variety. Anything outdoors I love, but I find in studio work challenging, I have to think and plan. The fact that I am in total control of the lighting in studio is very intriguing and a little bit daunting to me. I like to challenge myself, always something new to learn! Describe what black and white photography means to you? Well my first love was black and white photography. In my final year I specialized in B&W art photography and darkroom

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techniques. My happiest memories are in the darkroom. B&W photos can convey the soul and essence of a subject like no other medium, a bit like chalk sketches it eliminates the unnecessary and focuses the eye on the message that you want conveyed. Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist? Yes I suppose I do. I have found that during the unhappiest times of my life it has always been art that has pulled me through and heeled me. I have learned that I cannot function if I am not allowed to draw, paint and photograph. “Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~Elbert Hubbard� How do you describe your photographic style?


Well, that is something that I am still working on, still figuring it out. I have a wide variety of photographs sporting a variety of styles, always trying something new, but I have yet to be able to define my style. What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photos? I am always surprised if people like my photographs. I tend to always criticize and see where I can better my technique, but every once in a while I get a person who seems to be truly blown away by my work and this is always a surprise to me. Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already? Portraits, I want to do a series of portraits of the homeless. I would like to bring them to my studio and do a real Yousuf Karsh portrait with a homeless subject. Show them the pride and beauty that is within them, but has been neglected or forgotten. What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others? Don’t stand back and say I can’t, someone else can do it better. I used to be really shy, but with age I have learnt that if I put

enough focus into my work and I work hard enough I don’t have to stand back for anyone. I can do it just as well, maybe differently but just as well. If you want to make a success you have to trust yourself and your instincts. How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it? Digital works different from film in that you have a lot less leniency for error, a bit more like slide film. So you have to find ways to get around this, sort of like in B&W film when you expose for the shadows and print for the highlights. Manipulation has its merits. I try to refrain as far as possible from using any manipulation that will change the essence of the shot. I used to

do a lot of darkroom manipulation so I am not opposed to it. I do however believe that all newspaper photographs should have a rule against being manipulated, sure do a bit of brightness and contrast, but to change a whole scene for dramatic effect, there is no truth in that.

Tell us about the photographic equipment you use? At the moment I have a Canon 50D and a variety of lenses. My dream is to get a Hasselblad with an interchangeable digital back though!! All in good time!! Where can the public obtain your photographs or get in touch with bookings / assignments etc. I have a website www.santjiephotography.co.za where anyone can order prints or book a shoot by contacting me on my email address: santjie@santjiephotography.co.za. Or alternatively go to Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Santjie‐Photography


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Visions from a marvelous world

Text & Images: Dale Morris

ale Morris, a UK escapee, is a dedicated naturalist, and as such is most happy when lurking around in the bush shoving his lens in the faces of insects, snakes and elephants.

In search of biological diversity and improved weather conditions, Dale left the cloudy confines of England and has since traveled to some of the world’s wildest and most fascinating places. His love for nature has led him to work with Thailand’s Gibbons, Costa Rica’s Monkeys, Nigeria’s Chimpanzees and Ecuador’s Marine Turtles to name but a few. These days though, he spends his time tracking down interesting people and projects for magazines such as CNN traveler, BBC Wildlife, and National Geographic. His mission in life is to highlight the wonderment of nature and to support through writing and images the sterling work being undertaken by the world’s conservationists. Dale now lives in Wilderness in the Western Cape with his wife, two kids and one Border collie.

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Sports In sport there is no such thing as luck, just a lot of practice. One who lacks courage to start has already finished. Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. 123


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The weekend kicked off with the press conference on Thursday at the new Soccer City stadium in Soweto. They thought it good to introduce the impressive new stadium, built specifically for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, to the international riders, most of whom are also eager soccer enthusiasts. Most of the superbike teams had one of their riders present at the conference. Also present was South African wild card entry Sheridan Morais, which got offered a Factory ride on one of the Aprillia RSV’s. It started out with a brief interview session with all the riders present. Shaun Bartlett, retired SA football striker was also present, and motivated the guys a bit before the weekends racing. After the interviews, Shaun took the riders for a tour of the Stadium. The South African FIFA World Cup 2010 mascot Zakumi also made his appearance on the pitch and posed with Shaun and the riders for the media. The guys were issued with a few official soccer balls, and they had a 10 minute free play session. The awesome new stadium holds 90,000 fans and is referred to as the Calabash as it resembles the local form of water carrier of the same name. We took to Kyalami early on Friday morning. We started off with a stroll through the pits, having our first look of the new 2010

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machines. Some of the better known riders had no less than 4 race bikes, all of which are carbon copies of the other. All the teams were working frantically on the bikes, doing last setup adjustments etc. We took the opportunity to get some of last year’s photos signed before we dispersed to different corners to catch the best superbike riders in the world in action. The weather worked out well for the remainder of the weekend, and the light was good for sport photography throughout. It was 3 long days, but the images were worth the effort. Race One Michel Fabrizio took an early lead in the first race of the day at Kyalami and the factory Ducati Xerox rider did not put a wheel wrong as he dominated throughout the race. Second was Carlos Checa, on an Ducati privateer machine, while third went to a patient Haslam, who extended his championship lead over fourth place rider Biaggi. Jonathan Rea, from HANNspree Ten Kate Honda, made an amazing charge towards the end of the race, taking fifth place for his efforts.

Race Two Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) wrapped up the race two win as five riders were covered by 1.479 seconds at the flag and any one of three were in with a real chance of winning even in the final lap. Second was long-time leader Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) and Max Biaggi went third for the Aprilia Alitalia team. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) and Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) completed the top five, all with different manufacturers.

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Grassroot Soccer Using the power of soccer in the fight Against HIV / AIDS

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“rassroot Soccer’s work is a refreshing and highly promising effort that can help turn the tide against HIV. Soccer is like a universal language…Grassroot Soccer thus reaches large numbers of young people with HIV education, and bases its programs on the best available evidence.” Helen Epstein, author, The Invisible Cure

Founded by former professional soccer players in 2002, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and life skills curriculum to youth. Translating research into action and leveraging the excitement around the 2010 World Cup, GRS attracts and engages young people through schools, community outreach, and social multimedia (e.g. magazines and TV). GRS has educated more

than 270,000 kids via its ‘Skillz’ curriculum, and is a leader in the sport for development movement. Mission: Using the power of soccer in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) provides African youth with the knowledge, life-skills and support to live HIV-free. Vision: To achieve our mission, we continuously improve our innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, share our program and concept effectively, and utilize the popularity of soccer to increase our impact. OUR ‘SKILLZ’ CURRICULUM Grassroot Soccer’s ‘Skillz’ curriculum focuses on building basic life skills that help boys and girls adopt healthy behaviors and live risk-free. Through a series of interactive activities and discussions

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students gain a tangible understanding of HIV and AIDS and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behaviour change. Key curricular topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, addressing gender issues, and assessing values.

connections that it creates between people. Using footballers as role models, and using the popularity of soccer to engage hard to reach young people, GRS has combined social theory, public health methodologies, rigorous evaluation and a huge dose of passion. Our curriculum is based on the Social Learning Theory. The program combines three powerful principles of education:

WHY SOCCER?

Kids learn best from people they respect. Role models have a unique power to influence young minds. Young people listen to and emulate their heroes. Grassroot Soccer uses professional players and other role models as HIV educators and spokespeople.

Soccer is an integral part of local cultures across the world. It is something so positive that it brings smiles to children’s faces even in the worst of circumstances. In most places simply arriving at a field with a soccer ball will win you instant friendships and immediate access into a local community. Soccer teams and leagues are ubiquitous structures in even the most impoverished areas. And professional soccer players are heroes to the kids who watch them play- imagine Michael Jordan, if basketball was all anybody watched! By working within this existing structure and by training role models – pro players, coaches and youth players themselves – to get the message out about healthy behaviour and the risks of HIV, we have shown that we can break stigmas, dramatically increase awareness, change behaviors, and turn the tide against HIV / AIDS. THEORETICAL APPROACH GRS realized that the true power of soccer has always been

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Learning is not a spectator sport. Adolescents retain knowledge best when they are active participants in the learning process, teaching others what they themselves have learned. Grassroot Soccer graduates are trained to become peer educators and advocates in their communities. It takes a village. Role models can change what young people think about, but lifelong learning requires lifelong community support. Grassroot Soccer fosters community involvement through youth outreach, long-term partnerships and special events like graduation ceremonies for graduates. Initially developed in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education, medical professional, and educational and public health experts, the GRS curriculum uses activities and games to provide youth with comprehensive HIV prevention and life


skills education. As GRS has grown, several well-respected HIV prevention experts have served in an advisory capacity including Albert Bandura, Martha Brady, Douglas Kirby, Thomas Coates, and Helen Epstein. The GRS curriculum fits WHO criteria on which school-based interventions should be brought to scale (see WHO Technical Series 938: Preventing HIV/AIDS in Young People), has been approved by a large network of stakeholders, and has been implemented on a wide scale through projects funded by (among others) USAID, AED, UNHCR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K Kellogg Foundation, CARE International, and the Abbott Fund in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Namibia (among other countries). Implementing Partners of all sizes (including FHI, JHUCCP, IOM, and Mercy Corps) use GRS methodologies in their own programs across Africa. Thank you for your interest in Grassroot Soccer. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved with GRS. Together we can make a world of difference and educate our next generation. “My vision for Grassroot Soccer has grown from the initial concept of using professional African soccer players as HIV educators into mobilizing the global soccer community to fight the spread of HIV in a broad range of ways through an array of partnerships and programs. For me, GRS has been the culmination of my life’s experiences: part of a professional soccer family and a player myself, my experiences in Zimbabwe both before and after the devastation of HIV, and as a pediatrician dedicated to improving the health of children around the globe.” Tommy Clark, M.D.
Founder and CEO CONTACT Please address all general inquiries to info@GrassrootSoccer.org and your email will be directed to the appropriate person. SOUTH AFRICA OFFICE 38 Hout St.
5th Floor
Cape Town, South Africa 8000
 Tel: +27 21 426 5154
Fax: +27 21 426 5175 Website: www.GrassrootSoccer.org

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he new BMW X3 is the successor to a top seller and will add a new dimension to the pleasure of driving a Sports Activity Vehicle of this class when it goes on sale in South Africa late 2010. More significantly than ever, it establishes benchmarks in agility and efficiency, whilst at the same time features noticeably increased driving comfort. The design of the new BMW X3 combines the typical BMW

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X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette. Thanks to a generous amount of space and a high degree of variability in the interior, it is possible to adapt travel comfort as well as transportation capacities to suit each personal requirement. BMW xDrive four wheel drive technology not only optimises traction, but has also been specifically harmonised to ensure enhanced driving dynamics. The new BMW X3 offers state-ofthe-art qualities with uncompromising diversity, combining both driving pleasure and efficiency with comfort and functionality, durability and elegance.


The BMW X-specific black bordering on the lower edge of the car body of the new BMW X3 has an exceptionally discreet design. At the front end of the new BMW X3, the forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron and the bonnet boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet at the kidney grill, signals breathtaking presence. Together with the round headlights, the fog lamps, which are positioned far towards the outside, form the triangular light source arrangement that is characteristic of BMW X models. The upper edge of the headlight assembly features an accentuating chrome trim, creating the focussed look so typical of BMW vehicles. In conjunction with the optional Xenon headlights, the vehicle features daytime running lights that function by means of bright white LED light rings. The new BMW X3 offers a choice of two ultra-modern power units at the launch. The four cylinder xDrive20d develops a maximum power output of 135 kW, exceeding that of its predecessor by 5 kW. At the same time, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle has dropped by 14 percent to 5.6 litres/100 km. The new BMW X3 xDrive35i is powered by a 225 kW straight six-cylinder petrol engine. The design: Urban elegance, dynamically flowing lines and the characteristic features of a BMW X model. The body design of the new BMW X3 conveys urban elegance, durability and agility. The combination of a flat front end and a high rear end produces, when viewed from the side, a dynamically formed wedge shape, indicating the vehicle’s sporting characteristics. Convex and concave surfaces are accentuated with distinctively structured lines, giving the car body the appearance of a meticulously modelled sculpture.

The side view of the new BMW X3 is also characterised by a unique interpretation of typical BMW X design features. Powerfully flared wheel arches and the short distance between the front axle and the instrument panel are an indication of four-wheel drive technology and emphasise the robust character of the Sports Activity Vehicle. The dynamic appearance of the silhouette is additionally accentuated by three characteristic lines. The new BMW X3’s brand-typical contour line at door handle level rises steeply at first within the front wheel arch area, then to flow gently to the rear end. Two less pronounced lines follow the course of the line above the wheel arches. The rear end is characterised by horizontal lines, underlining the new BMW X3’s robust character. Accurately applied lines and expressively modelled surfaces create attractive light and shadow effects. The taillights, which are located far to the outside, have a distinctive T shape that is characteristic of the BMW X3. Combined with optional Xenon light, LED light banks reflect a typical BMW night-time design. Interior: Premium ambience, intelligent functionality. A generous and variable spatial concept, high-grade materials and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design provide the interior of the new BMW X3 with a modern, premium ambience and intelligent functionality. The horizontal orientation of the instrument panel accentuates the width of the interior. Brand-typical driver orientation is emphasised by the asymmetrically designed centre console.

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T R AV E L The raised seating position facilitates convenient entry, whilst optimising the overview of the traffic situation. The control display of the optional operating system BMW iDrive is harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel. The 8.8-inch high resolution screen of the navigation system Professional featured in the new BMW X3 is the largest on-board monitor in its segment. Both up front and at the rear the new BMW X3 has a large number of large storage compartments, trays and cup holders. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for travelling long distances and significantly more leg and elbow room compared to the predecessor model. With a volume of between 550 and 1,600 litres, the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is the best in its segment. At the same time, the variability with which available space can be adapted to suit each personal requirement, is also unrivalled. The rear seat backrests can be split at a ratio of 40 : 20 : 40 and the three segments can be folded down either individually or together. In this way it is possible to adapt the luggage compartment step by step according to requirement. Engine range: Four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder petrol engine of the latest generation. The new BMW X3 xDrive20d now offers better performance and higher efficiency than any of its comparable rivals. It is powered by a 2-litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and Common Rail direct injection, delivering a maximum power output of 135 kW at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The engine develops sufficient power to allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, reaching top speed at 210 km/h. With an average fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100 km and a CO2 emission level of 149 grams per kilometre, the BMW X3 xDrive20d establishes a new benchmark for efficiency in this vehicle segment. The new BMW X3 xDrive20d with automatic transmission achieves identical acceleration, top speed and fuel consumption, with a CO2 emission level of 147 grams per kilometre.

Spontaneous response, high-revving characteristics, excellent running smoothness and efficient fuel economy characterise the power unit featured in the BMW X3 xDrive35i. Consequently, it possesses the qualities typical of a straight six-cylinder BMW engine, combing them, thanks to an innovative technological concept, at an exceptionally high level. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, High Precision Injection and variable valve control VALVETRONIC have been combined with each other for the first time. As a result, the 3-litre power unit delivers a peak output of 225 kW at 5,800 rpm, with maximum torque of 400 Nm being available at 1,300 rpm. This engine enables the X3 xDrive35i to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Top speed is 245 km/h. The BMW X3 xDrive35i offers not only the most dynamic driving characteristics, but also by far the most favourable fuel consumption

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and emission levels within the competitive environment of its engine class. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km and the CO2 emission level is 204 grams per kilometre. BMW Efficient Dynamics in the new BMW X3: South African Premiere for Auto Start Stop function in conjunction with automatic transmission. The new BMW X3 xDrive35i is equipped as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This option, also unique within the competitive environment, is available for the BMW X3 xDrive20d as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox. The automatic transmission will be combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function. When stopping at road junctions or in a traffic jam, the engine is automatically switched off. As soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal, the engine restarts. If the Auto Hold function is activated, brief pressure on the accelerator pedal is sufficient. Furthermore, the equipment featured in all model variants, which include brake energy regeneration, EPS Electric Power Steering, demand controlled ancillary components, intelligent lightweight construction and tyres with reduced rolling resistance contribute towards lowering fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. Newly developed suspension, optimised xDrive and unique options for made-to-measure dynamics and comfort. The new BMW X3 comes with permanent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive as standard. This electronically controlled system ensures variable distribution of drive torque to the front and rear axles. The control unit, which is interlinked with the DSC Dynamic Stability Control, counteracts at an early stage any tendency to over steer or under steer through fast and precise response. By means of innovative tuning designed to enhance driving dynamics, the intelligent four-wheel drive technology optimises not only traction, but, above all, handling in bends. Even during steady cornering, a higher proportion percentage of drive torque is transferred to the rear wheels. Optional Performance Control enhances the BMW X3’s agile handling even further. Targeted braking of the rear wheel nearest the inside of the bend together with a simultaneous increase in drive power ensures the vehicle’s exceptionally agile steering behaviour. This results in enhanced dynamics in bends and best possible traction.

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The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The combination of a double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a multi-link rear axle offers the ideal prerequisites for optimising agility and driving comfort to an equal degree. EPS Electric Power Steering including the Servotronic function for speed-dependent power steering is incorporated in a BMW X3 model for the first time and contributes significantly to precise handling. The newly conceived variable sports steering available as an option reduces the degree of steering movement necessary to turn the front wheels. As a result, less steering effort is required for parking, cornering and swerving manoeuvres. Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available for the new BMW X3. The electronically controlled dampers adapt to road surface conditions and the driver’s style of driving. The driver is able to influence the characteristic map of the damper control by means of the Dynamic Control system. This function, which is available for a BMW X model for the first time, enables the driver to choose between the “NORMAL”, “SPORT” and “SPORT+” modes using a button on the centre console. Therefore, in addition to damping behaviour, accelerator progression, engine response, the characteristic curve of the power steering, DSC response thresholds and – depending on desired options – the shifting dynamics of the automatic transmission are influenced. All factors are combined into a well-balanced overall set-up. Like all BMW X models, the new BMW X3 is also provided with an extremely torsion-resistant body, precisely defined support structures and large deformation zones. The safety equipment package comprises front and pelvic thorax airbags, side curtain head airbags, three-point automatic seatbelts on all seats, belt force limiters, belt latch tensioners and crash-active front headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear compartment. Innovative options and an extensive range of BMW Connected Drive functions. The choice of optional features ranges from automatic climate control with 2-zone control, a panorama sunroof, high-end audio equipment and the navigation system Professional with hard-disk storage, to automatic rear lid operation and a tow coupling with electronically pivoting ball head. The choice of driver assistance systems offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is unique in the segment.

The new BMW X3 can be equipped, amongst others, with Head-up Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant, Cruise Control with braking function (standard on the BMW X3 xDrive35i) and reversing camera including Top View. Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant. Agility and comfort, sportiness and efficiency, durability and elegance, variability and a premium ambience – the new BMW X3 fulfils in an exceptionally convincing way the varying demands made on a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. With its multifaceted qualities it sets new standards in the segment established by its predecessor. The new BMW X3 is produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant in accordance with stringent BMW Group quality standards.

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With the production of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models, the location, which is based in the US Federal State of Carolina, has become


the competence centre for BMW X models within the BMW Group’s worldwide production network. Thanks to comprehensive extension measures, the preconditions for integrating the new BMW X3 into the production process have also been established. Through its sporting and elegant looks, typical BMW driving dynamics, outstanding efficiency and innovative comfort and safety features, the sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan convincingly reflects the supreme standard of the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars.


Renault

From Dezir to Reality

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enault has provided a preview glimpse of its new concept car, DeZir, ahead of this year’s Paris Motor Show. DeZir stands out as an illustration of the brand’s commitment to more emotional styling.

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DeZir’s sensuous lines and bright red finish express passion. Powered by an electric motor, DeZir is proof that environmental concern and a love for cars are by no means incompatible. The DeZir project is the first to have been led by Laurens van den Acker and marks the start of a sequence of concept cars that will provide an insight into Renault Design’s new vision for the future.


It also lays the foundations for the styling cues of Renault’s forthcoming vehicles.

each new concept car and for the ensuing production model it previews.

The public will get its first opportunity to see DeZir at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

FALLING IN LOVE

DEZIR: THE FIRST EVIDENCE OF RENAULT DESIGN’S NEW VISION FOR THE FUTURE Under the leadership of Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Design Department has taken its inspiration from the brand’s new signature ‘Drive the Change!’ and explores Renault’s styling roots to express the company’s powerful human dimension via a new strategy founded on the notion of the ‘life cycle’.

This vision also builds on the bonds that are gradually forged between the brand and its customers at watershed moments of their lives, such as when they fall in love, start to explore the world, found a family, begin to work, take time to play and attain wisdom. This approach coincides with the introduction of a new Renault design language that takes its inspiration from the three keywords which communicate the brand’s vision, namely ‘simple’, ‘sensuous’ and ‘warm’. In keeping with this strategy, Renault’s concept cars will progressively express this vision, paving the way for a product plan based on a coherent and clear offer. To implement this, Renault Design has revised its methodology, and a single team of designers will now be responsible for

DeZir is the first project to be led by Laurens van den Acker and exemplifies the brand’s new philosophy with regard to design. It also marks the implementation of the strategy based on the notion of ‘life cycle’. The first step involves falling in love, an experience that is perfectly illustrated by DeZir’s powerful, sensuous styling and bright red finish; red being the colour associated with passion. “DeZir is a statement of our new formal design language which

conveys notions such as movement, sensuality and emotion through ideal proportions, in much the same way as an object whose forms have been honed by nature. The result is a warm, stimulating design that says ‘Renault’,” explains Axel Breun, Renault’s Director of Concept Car and Show Car Design. Fluidity was an overriding theme from the initial preliminary sketches, and was expressed by a blend of simple forms and generous volumes. “My early source of inspiration stemmed from the liquid sensation, wave-like movement and contrasts in light associated with certain rippled surfaces,” observes Yann Jarsalle, who was in charge of DeZir’s exterior styling. “By directly laying out volumes and not just joining together a number of surfaces by lines, I felt more in tune with the world of sculpture than with that of architecture.” The result is a two-seater coupé which is both sculptural in spirit yet perfectly harmonious. DeZir’s shape features prominent wheel arches that accommodate

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21-inch wheels, the design of which took its inspiration from the notion of movement. Meanwhile, the sides feature a combination of flush and recessed forms that play on contrasting light patterns. Behind the beauty, an electric car The ‘Z’ in the name DeZir is a direct reference to Renault’s Z.E. signature, and several features of its design are suggestive of two qualities readily associated with electric mobility, namely advanced technology and light weight. Indeed, the recessed, linear styling of the front air intake and the entire rear-end convey an impression of lightness in addition to efficiently channelling battery-cooling air from the front to the rear. To provide rhythm and balance to the overall package, this smooth, fluid skin contrasts with the ripple effect seen on the aluminium side panels, roof and headlight ‘eyelids’. The design of these features alludes to the ripples which can form when a breeze blows over water, while the geometric pattern adds an

unmistakable high-tech feel. The prevailing bright red colour of the body interacts with the graphical forms of the cross-drilled aluminium side panels which equally exude a sense of light weight and technology. The geometric forms of the glazed areas also contribute to DeZir’s easy-to-read overall design and are reminiscent of a fighter-plane cockpit or certain endurance racing prototypes. The absence of a rear window is overcome by the fitment of two rearfacing cameras which provide the driver with a panoramic view of what is happening behind the car. The creative thinking behind the design of the front end was aimed at recalling Renault’s styling heritage, while at the same time paving the way for the design trends of the brand’s

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forthcoming models. DeZir’s front end features a full-width air-intake which strikes out either side of a large, vertically-positioned Renault logo that proudly displays the car’s brand pedigree. Meanwhile, the chrome finish of the lozenge contrasts with the dark aspect of the grille to express the statement still further. The air scoops situated at the outer extremities of the front air intake are a legacy of Renault’s formal styling language and form an integral part of the air intake’s design, as do the headlights which sit above these scoops. The front-end design previews the new front-end identity that is poised to become a feature of all Renault models in the future. The headlights take the form of backlit prisms, which make them a highly graphic feature. The perforated ‘eyelids’ add to this hightech feel and contribute to DeZir’s specific lighting signature. Rear lighting is provided by an illuminated, seemingly floating

strip that extends across the full width of the car. The Renault logo is highlighted by backlighting through the fins of the grille and consequently appears to hover in the middle of this space. The gull-wing doors are another feature that embody automotive passion and reveal a refined interior, while the fact that the leftand right-hand doors open in opposite directions symbolizes a yin and yang-style amorous harmony. The interior design also suggests lightness. “Love is a sentiment that lifts you; gives you wings,” says Stéphane Maïore, who was in charge of DeZir’s interior styling. “Inside DeZir, you feel like you’re floating on a cloud,” adds Stéphanie Petit, Colours and Materials Designer. The forms are soft and light, while the predominant colour is


white, although there are also echoes of the same passion red used for the exterior. The materials employed for the interior, like the senses they awaken, are precious, with white leather upholstery and trimming for the seats, dashboard and floor, along with a red lacquered finish for the console and accessories. The one-piece, two-seater front benchseat provides cocoonlike comfort. To emphasise the sensation of a shared passion and lightness, it comprises a number of interlocking elements trimmed in white leather, with a quilted pattern on the passenger’s side, and a contrasting uniform finish on the driver’s side, as if to suggest an inexorable attraction between the two. The embroidered pattern on the leather is based on a graphical representation of the Renault logo and is an example of refined of couture a la française. This technique also provides an indication of the coming trend for future production models. The interior styling takes its inspiration from the idea of an amorous encounter and is based on a coming together of opposites: - the cockpit-style driver’s environment contrasts with the ethereal lightness of the dashboard and the feel of the white leather bench seat, - the driver’s door features a bright red lacquered finish, while the

panel of the passenger-side door is trimmed in white leather, - the dashboard, too, features contrasting finishes, with one part trimmed in white leather and another which exudes a more hightech feel, with a grained effect that recalls the finish of certain exterior components, - the white benchseat seems to float on a red-hued bed of light which, once again, symbolises passion. This lighting gently pulses to a rhythm that suggests a beating heart. But couples also seek to protect one another, and the forms of the interior are suggestive of this notion of protection: - the centre console seems to present the transmissionmode selection lever to the driver, ensuring that it is within easy reach, - the housing of the transmission-mode selection lever reveals luminous petals which indicate the selected mode, - the steering column is shrouded in a red housing that extends up to the steering wheel hub itself. AN ELECTRIC BEAUTY

position to optimize weight distribution over the front and rear wheels. The vertically-mounted 24kW/h lithium-ion battery is located behind the benchseat and provides the car with a range of 160km. Battery cooling is ensured not only by the air channelled from the front to the back of the car, but also – and above all – by the flow of air that enters through the lateral scoops concealed behind the aluminium panels on either side of the body. The basic motor is the same as the unit used for Renault’s production electric cars, although an evolution has enabled its power and torque to be uprated to 110kW (150ch) and 226Nm respectively. Three battery-charging methods can be employed: * a standard charge using a conventional household plug (fully charges the battery in eight hours). * a fast charge using a 400V three-phase current (charges the battery to 80 per cent of its capacity in 20 minutes). * a fast battery exchange thanks to Renault’s Quick Drop technology. In order to optimise range and dynamic performance, Renault Design’s technical teams have kept DeZir’s weight to a minimum: its body is made from Kevlar, while its tubular steel frame is

similar to that employed for Mégane Trophy race car. DeZir’s suspension also shares certain features with that of Mégane Trophy – including a double wishbone arrangement – to deliver a particularly high standard of handling precision. DeZir’s aerodynamics have been carefully honed, too, thanks to full underbody fairing and a rear diffuser. The result of this work is a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.25, as well as outstanding acceleration, with DeZir capable of accelerating from rest to 100kph in five seconds, and from standstill to 50kph in just two seconds. DeZir’s energy efficiency package also includes the recovery of deceleration energy. The technology it employs is based on the same principles as the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) seen in Formula 1. When the car decelerates, kinetic energy is recovered and stored in the battery. In the case of DeZir, this energy can then be employed by the driver to provide a temporary power boost at the moment he or she chooses, using a button located on the steering wheel.

DeZir is powered by an electric motor mounted in a mid-rear

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Driving pleasure is further enhanced by the design of the driver interface. The dashboard visually mirrors the sensations felt at the wheel by means of a graphic display of data received from the accelerometer and speed sensors. The central touchscreen display incorporates a smart navigation system that synchronises journey information with the driver’s diary in order to optimise task management and itineraries. Software incorporated in the dashboard provides drivers with a real-time indication of their energy management ability via a fun interface that uses video-game style graphics. A DeZir for music Within the framework of the creation of an audio signature for the brand’s upcoming electric vehicles, Renault has been working closely with the highly-regarded IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, founded by Pierre Boulez in 1969) to define the sound that best reflects DeZir’s personality.

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WingsGuest & Water Villa S

ilver lakes Golf Estate, Pretoria Set against the opulent backdrop of Silver Lakes Golf Estate, this Tuscan Guest Villa stands with rustic sophistication. Drawing inspiration from Tuscan vernacular architecture the design exudes a sense of symmetry and form.

Impressive triple volume towers, wide passages and open atriums as well as detailed wall-scapes add to the architectural grandeur, while subtle Tuscan nuances and detailing creates a distinctly Mediterranean appeal. Built around the concepts of space, light and an affinity with the exterior elements, this guesthouse combines architecture and nature superbly. The villa was designed with two levels and steps down the slope ending in an elongated patio, positioned to be north facing. Overlooking the north-facing slope the architectural design optimizes the natural views from all windows, once again emphasising the relationship between exterior and interior spaces. To create an iridescent feeling of light and space, double volume windows flood the entrance to the patio with natural light. The

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living areas of the home occupy the lower level, following on from one another in easy sequence, resulting in a relaxed flowing form. These areas have been treated in a rich and elegantly textured palette. Finishes weave a tactile tapestry with sheer wooden floors juxtaposed by tiled bathrooms and ragged paint techniqued walls. Wrought iron detail is expressed in the form of elaborate chandeliers and exquisite balustrading, while star lights are positioned to illuminate classical touches at night. The sound of the water from the fountains flows effortlessly through the spaces of the home, lending a tranquil mood to the interiors. The living areas on the lower level all flow out onto an open patio area overlooking the pool and a delightful garden. Upstairs bedrooms and luxurious en-suited bathrooms create a homely atmosphere, while views over the pool and garden are abundant framed by velvet curtains with sumptuous tiebacks. Overall the effect is one of carefully maintained sophistication, rather allowing the superb architecture and peaceful atmosphere to set the tone, resulting in a outstanding guest house where guests will return to for years to come‌


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Wishes & Dreams

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Guest Manor

ilver Lakes Golf Estate, Pretoria This exquisite home away from home echoes the true spirit of Africa, affording spectacular views of the indigenous bushveld.

Created to fulfill a lifelong vision, this guest manor is a unique and distinctive reflection of its owner. Filled with exquisite furniture and artwork collected throughout Africa, the home blends a distinctly African theme with the architecture of old Europe. Built facing north, this manor is filled with sunshine, which creates an open and airy feel that is ideal in our temperate climate. The interior of the home consists of a combination of classic and contemporary design aspects, which create a warm atmosphere equated with rustic charm. A combination of tiles, carpets and individually selected rugs from across the continent forms the base from which the interior rises. The living spaces have been decorated to accommodate the practicalities of everyday life, evident in the elegant dĂŠcor style of interior, where the dark furniture and wooden fittings provide a

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striking contrast to the earthy tones used on the walls and flooring. The strategically located fireplaces adds the finishing touches and greatly contributes to the cosy and relaxed atmosphere. The bedroom décor follows that of the rest of the house demonstrating the epitome of stylish simplicity, which is enriched through the elegant use of rich accessories and opulent window dressings. From outside the façade is glorious in its symmetry. The expansive outdoor patio and African garden provide ample space for outdoor entertaining and the shimmering aqua pool with cascading waterfalls is absolutely enticing. Landscaping has been kept simple and natural and at night boma fires are lit around the pool, creating an “In the Bushveld” atmosphere. Built on the wishes and dreams of its owner this guest manor is magnificent not only in its physical beauty but also in its wealth of character.


The Day of Grace

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rs Lawson put the phone back on the receiver and looked for the nearest chair. She had to sit down. Her head was spinning and she felt the warm wetness of tears on her face. She didn’t even bother to wipe them.

For what seemed like forever she just sat there – silently crying – no sound from her lips but the tears was a steady stream. How could this be? – things like this happened only in the movies and certainly not to abandoned children.

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A Children’s Story written by Engela Herbst

After a very long time she picked up the phone again – would she be able to speak? She dialled Graces mother’s number. She and Lydia was becoming almost as close as Grace and Nina. Never before did she have a friend who she knew understood the way she thought and felt as well as Lydia did, she needed prayer. Lydia answered her cell phone on the second ring. “Hi Suzan, how are you doing? Grace and I were just talking about you and Nina a couple of minutes ago.” Suzan Lawson swallowed on the other side and hoped her voice wouldn’t let her down. “Lydia, can you come over for a few minutes? I really need to talk to you?”


Lydia’s heart skipped a beat – was something wrong with one of the children she wondered, but didn’t say anything about her thoughts “I’ll be right there, I’m bringing Grace too”. The line was dead before Suzan could get to explain. This is friendship she thought to herself.

work together for the good of those who love Him. Things were beginning to turn to the good side for Nina and she didn’t even know how good it would still get…

In less than ten minutes Lydia’s car stopped in front of the House of Safety. She and Grace popped out of the car as fast as they could. By the time they got to the front door Suzan had already opened the door. Her face still streaked from tears and make-up slightly smudged. This made Lydia cringe inside but outside she looked as calm as the midday breeze. She was a councillor after all, God gave her special grace when she had to help other people work through things ... she would get undone later in the arms of her Father – not here were her friend needed strength. “Are you ok? The kids ...?” I am fine just a little shook up and the kids are wonderful. I wanted to explain but you hang up before I could. Come on in.” Suzan replied. A soft sigh escaped from Lydia’s lips – only Grace picked up on it and gave her mom’s hand a slight squeeze. Suzan lead them to the lounge and Grace disappeared to go look for Nina. The ladies each took a seat and Suzan immediately began to tell Lydia about the call she got from Mr Grossen. She told her about the auditions he wanted Nina to come for, and also explained about his fame as choir director and musician. During the run of the conversation she started crying again and it took a while for her to finish telling the story. Her voice trailed off quite a few times and she had to compose herself again before continuing. Lydia, on the other hand, just sat quietly patting Suzan’s shoulder, nodding her head here and there, compassion and excitement fighting for first place in her eyes. When Suzan had at last finished her story, Lydia took a deep breath. “I think we had better get a box of tissues,because I have something to add to the story.” “Do you believe that God speaks to us through our dreams, Suzan?” she asked and all Suzan could do was nod her head in agreement. “Remember when you called I said we had just been talking about you?” – another nod. “Well – Nina told Grace a funny thing about three weeks ago – before she auditioned for the school choir. Nina said that she had the same dream at least once a week, since she was about five years old. In her dream she is part of a big choir. In the choir there are many children and she always had a huge angel standing right behind her and he sings when she opens her mouth. When she sings people in the audience start crying and lifting up their hands, some even start kneeling down and then she wakes up.” The two friends were now both crying. They knew that this little girl was part of a very big plan and that was probably the reason so many bad things had happened in her life. Darkness always tried to stop light from breaking through. – But darkness has just lost this round. The friends started praying to their Father in heaven – thanking Him for His big plan and for the roles they could play in teaching this little broken girl about His love for her. Preparing for the big way in which He would use her angelic voice to soften even the hardest of hearts. He makes all things

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