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Kontak ons / Contact us

May your heart sing "we are family" this year.

ur new year’s wish for all our readers is that your heart will sing “we are family” throughout this year. The words from the Sledge Sisters’ (aka Sister Sledge) song bring poignant thoughts to mind and are worth listening to again. The song starts with:

Lizelle Green Tel: 012 661 1177 E-mail: lizelleg@midrand-estates.co.za E-mail: editor@midrand-estates.co.za www.midrand-estates.co.za Facebook: Midrand Estates

“We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family Get up everybody and sing” The closing portion of the song is our wish for our readers for 2013: “Living life is fun and we’ve just begun To get our share of the world’s delights High hopes we have for the future And our goal’s in sight No we don’t get depressed Here’s what we call our golden rule Have faith in you and the things you do You won’t go wrong, oh no This is our family jewel. Yeah.” May some of the words of this song ring in your mind for a while and be exemplified through your actions greet a fellow road user at one of the (many) traffic circles, smile and share in the joy of living. And be sure the newsletter team will be around to capture the moment to share with the rest of the family. May it be a great year! Come on, get up everybody and sing!

Medewerkers / Produced by Frik Louw Willem Wynand Fred

Michael Dirk Twani Anita Christa

Maureen Jen Liesl Jan Lizelle

Voorspoed en Verrassings

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et al die herinneringe van die luilekker vakansie en ‘n oordaad feeskos reeds in die gatsak gebêre, is daar ‘n voelbare opgewondenheid oor die nuwe jaar wat voorlê. Kleingoed sien uit na die Groot Skool, verlede jaar se Matrieks kyk die grootmenswêreld vierkantig in die oë en ‘n propvol jaarprogram wink uitnodigend vir ons inwoners. Die nuusspan het ook weer die gebruiklike fiksheidsartikel geplaas vir diégene wat ‘n gesonder leefstyl op hul lysie van Nuwejaarsvoorneme neergepen het. Lowergroen grasperke, sprokiestuine en kleurvolle speelapparate lok oud en jonk na die nuwe parke - elkeen met ‘n fassinerende storie agter die artistieke skepping daarvan. Verlustig jouself in hierdie uitgawe van die nuusbrief en deel in ons opgewondenheid oor ‘n klompie aangename verrassings wat hierdie jaar uit Midrand Estates se towerhoed te voorskyn gaan kom.

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Hierdie Uitgawe / This Edition

We are ten years old! Die dorp en die jong manne is “gebore” in 2003 Photo’s by: Tyrone Zerf

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Notable STATISTICS FOR 2012 W

ith a growth of 16% in the number of houses in Midrand Estates where construction was completed, the year 2012 was once again one of exceptional growth. The number of completed and occupied houses now stands at 3,260 with the number of completed houses in the various estates as follows:

Number of houses under construction Midstream

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Midfield

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Midlands

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Retire

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Number of completed houses per estate Midstream

1 540

Midfield

372

Midlands

1 104

Retire

244

During 2012 a total of 450 housing units (houses and retirement village units) were completed – on average close to two units per working day. Currently the construction of a further 309 houses is underway which indicates that 2013 will be another bumper year. The table to the left indicates the number of houses under construction within the various estates.

The continued development of houses has led to a dwindling number of vacant stands with the following numbers reported by the estates: Number of vacant stands per estate Midstream

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Midfield

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Retire

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The most important statistic Whilst no one will disagree that it all seems to be a numbers game, the statistic that the estates are particularly proud of is the number of serious crime incidents reported for 2012. The number reported from all the estates stands at zero! The Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

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Midrand Estates scores a for sustained development

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hortly after the final approval to commence with the Midrand Estates development was obtained on 22 February 2003, construction machinery moved into the area and gradually turned a Centurion hinterland into a thriving suburb. The first line indicating that a new community was on its way was drawn in the sand on the 31st of May 2003 when Brakfontein Road was tarred from the (then) access to the Checkers office park, to the traffic circle leading to the Old Kent Gate in Midstream. Proclamation of the first development area of Midstream took place in July 2003 with construction of the first houses commencing soon thereafter and the first family moving in during the December of 2003 – very lone residents, but not for long!

Brakfontein ”dirt road” - August 2002

Whereas some of the first stands were sold for a mere R89 000 in 2002, property values and numbers have shown steady growth over the years. More than 3500 stands have been sold during the past decade and the number of completed houses has surpassed 350 per year for nine years running. The prime position close to the centre of South Africa’s economical powerhouse, variety of facilities and the number of residential clusters created - each with its own unique characteristics - have ensured that Midrand Estates still scores a perfect “10” for sustained development.

2013 is the 10th anniversary year of the commencement date of the development of the greater Midrand Estates, with many milestones being attained during this period. The time line below provides an indication as to the sustained growth that has taken place over the past 10 years with many pupils in the Primary School knowing no other residence than their local home from where they can cycle to school, enjoy fly fishing or visit their local friends.

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ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidstreamÊ 16(OldÊ JulKent)Ê 2003

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÿ Ê MidstreamÊ 7 May 2004 (Hutton)Ê

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidstreamÊ 30 May 2004 (Windsor)Ê

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÿ Ê MidfieldÊ

15 Nov 2005

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidlandsÊ 16 Oct 2006

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê 27 Aug 2009 Retire@MidstreamÊ

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidstreamÊ (OldÊ Kent)Ê

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÿ Ê MidstreamÊ (Hutton)Ê

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidstreamÊ (Windsor)Ê

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÿ Ê MidfieldÊ

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê MidlandsÊ

ProclamationÊ ofÊ firstÊ Ê standsÊ ÿ Ê Retire@MidstreamÊ

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Ê FamilyÊ noÊ 100Ê takesÊ residenceÊ

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MidstreamÊ CollegeÊ Pre-PrimaryÊ opensÊ

MidstreamÊ CollegeÊ PrimaryÊ opensÊ

MidstreamÊ CollegeÊ Pre-PrimaryÊ opensÊ

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Ê FamilyÊ noÊ 1000Ê takesÊ Mar 2007 residenceÊ

Ê FamilyÊ noÊ 2000Ê takesÊ Oct 2009 residenceÊ

Ê FamilyÊ noÊ 1000Ê takesÊ residenceÊ

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MidstreamÊ CollegeÊ Jan 2008 HighÊ SchoolÊ opensÊ MidstreamÊ CollegeÊ HighÊ SchoolÊ opensÊ

May 2008

Square@MidstreamÊ shoppingÊ centreÊ May 2008 opensÊ Ê

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DvirAslaNngK-vIaEng! C

arina van Midfield het vir ons die volgende gestuur: “Ek wil graag my dankbaarheid uitspreek teenoor MES en spesifiek Nici, wat gister ‘n groot rinkhals van ons erf in Midfield verwyder het. Ons het die slang vroeg die oggend ontdek en dadelik vir Nici gebel. Hy was binne minute daar en het ‘n kwaai en ontstelde kobra vinnig gevang en verwyder. Na ‘n vorige besoek om bye te verwyder het sy vinnige en professionele optrede my gister weereens baie beïndruk. Aan die direkteure van MES wil ek baie dankie sê dat hierdie diens aan ons verskaf word. Buiten ‘n mens se gewone vrees vir slange, het ek ook ‘n nuuskierige drie-jarige wat

graag op die erf rondspeel en dit is vir my as ma ‘n riem onder die hart dat daar altyd iemand beskikbaar is, wat gevaarlike goed soos slange en bye kan kom verwyder. Dit dra beslis by tot ons gerustheid en geluk hier in Midstream en ek het weer gister besef dat dit werklik ‘n besonderse landgoed is.“ Die diens tot verwydering van slange word gratis deur MES verskaf as ‘n aanvullende diens aan die inwoners. Skakel vir Nici by 071 640 5543 in geval van nood! ‘n Klein fooi word verhaal vir die verwydering van bye. All residents to take note that Midstream Electrical Supplies (MES) provides a service to remove unwanted snakes at no charge. Phone Nicci, an employee of MES at 071 640 5543 to remove the unwanted and scaly visitor. Nici can also remove bees at a minimal charge.

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ichelle from Midlands wrote the following:

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“I would like to compliment two very special security guards for their friendliness and politeness – they are Thulani “Strong Man” Mahlanu (Mt Cliff Gate) and Douglas (Mt Peak Gate). These guys are fantastic. They make you smile in the morning when you leave for work and do the same when you arrive home in the evening.” Again, from the newsletter team, a special word of thanks to the security team for caring and adding a little sunshine to each day and for making residents and visitors feel right at home. And thanks also to the residents that do take notice and make the effort to send in a word of recognition.

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he RWFL running club in Midstream has seen the light and recently had their first LSD (long slow distance) run through the estate. The branded RWFL vehicle has become a familiar sight in the streets of the estate. As a mobile water point it accompanies the group of runners to serve refreshments. Three of our club members (in the photo left): Marie Loock, Liezl and Emil Schoeman participated in the George Claassen 10km on Saturday, 26 January. The training sessions at 04h45 in the mornings leave from the Purple Cow Restaurant. Interested runners can contact Irene at 083 297 9649 or Dawie at 082 442 8394.

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What are those beautiful

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ost probably many have seen the landscape alongside the Gauteng freeways transform into a beautiful pink sight for the eye over December. What is the plant called and is it a friend or a foe? The plant is the Pompom weed and is an ornamental South American herb belonging to the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is rapidly becoming the most serious threat to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa. Infestations become conspicuous when the plants are in flower between December and March, transforming the veld from green to pink. The plant initially establishes itself in disturbed sites such as roadsides, but then invades natural grasslands, open savanna and wetlands. This weed displaces native species, reducing both the biological diversity and carrying capacity of wetlands and veld.

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n the CrossFit community, we fondly acknowledge the familiar joke: “How do you know if someone does CrossFit? - It’s all they talk about”.

And no wonder, CrossFit is self-explanatory in its jingle – Forging Elite Fitness. Elite as in specialized, extraordinary, supernatural. It doesn’t mean Barbie on the treadmill, whose long, blonde hair never breaks a sweat, nor does it include the earphoned iPad that demands more attention than any of the gym equipment. And it certainly excludes the mirror lovers at the bicep-curl station. Any other gym fails in comparison. Since I joined CrossFit WOW in Midstream almost three years ago, I’ve learned all about self preservation and discipline which influences other arThe Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

The personnel of the HOA has begun taking steps to eradicate the weed. Research by the ARC has shown that physical methods of control, such as uprooting or hoeing, are ineffectual and make the problem worse through disturbance. The most appropriate action seems to be through chemical control which must be maintained over a number of years – visit the ARC website at www. arc.agric.za for more information. Sadly, it is necessary to remove the beautiful pink weed in order to sustain our natural grassland landscape – and some serious work will be required if we wish to have success.

eas of my daily life. With Niel at the helm and the close-knit family of competitive support, CrossFit WOW is now a necessity at five o’clock every morning. And anything that’s a necessity at five in the morning, surely has value. At CrossFit Wow, I see athletes of many sizes, housewives, businessmen, teenagers and even four year-olds. However, we all have one thing in common – a fitness program that uses constantly varied, functional movements applied at high intensity. In short, we train to be prepared for the unprepared. Call Niel Geyser at 072 186 1492 or visit www. crossfitwow.com for more information

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LOCAL IS LEKKER...

A cut above the rest

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enry E. Wakefield is the owner of the Henry E HAIR BOUTIQUE which is cosily situated in the Retire@Midstream Main Building on the estate. Henry has won national and international awards as a hair stylist, and has been beautifying and grooming the women and men of Midstream since 2008. The salon specialises in hair design, creative colouring techniques and styling. Only the best speciality products such as Wella are used. To keep abreast with the latest worldwide trends, Henry attends regular conferences abroad – bringing only the best to his discerning clientele. The artist is very humble about his awards and accomplishments, but they certainly deserve some mention. Among others, Henry E has the following accolades behind his name: Judge at the Miss Atlantis pageant, stylist at the Miss India pageant, stylist of MNet’s Hollywood Ball and styling for fashion shoots for various international magazines. He has also done work for fashion shows hosted by international fashion designers Roberto Cavalli and Lydia O’Riley. Our local celeb is also the only South African hair stylist trained in Las Vegas by the late Vidal Sassoon himself. Working side by side with local celebrities Brumilda van Rensburg, Penny Ray Coolen, Amy Kleynhans, Anneline Kriel, Lorna Potgieter, as well as international stars Sir Cliff Richard, Jimmy Choo, Wonderbra’s Adriana Karembeu, Henry E. has definitely earned his position as one of the best in the industry! Joining forces with Sasha Mosafeer, they own and manage a training academy for creative hairstyling in Mauritius. Henry has a great passion for charity fund raising and is involved in two annual drives – the most recent being in association with the South African Bachelor and Bachelorette of the Year competition (in conjunction with Jacques Momberg, Copperstone Productions) in aid of CANSA.

For a hair styling appointment or possible make-over contact at Henry E HAIR BOUTIQUE at 012 687 5059 or 082 345 2794 and share in their boutique club loyalty card.

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From the Desk of Jen Botha

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pray that the year ahead for you be a year ďŹ lled ĂŠ with blessings from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; that 2013 be more than you have ever dreamed of or expected; that you and your family experience a new and fresh touch from the Lord!

I face today, so that I can walk through them to the other side, holding Your Hand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

I am Jen Botha, the new minister at Midstream Methodist Church, and am so thrilled to be able to share some thoughts with you through the medium of this magazine, and I trust that as the year progresses, we will build lasting relationships through the printed media!

With my love Jen

God bless you all!

When Joshua had to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land (Joshua 3 and 4), they encountered a huge obstacle – a river in ood! Many of the people could not swim, they had to get across to the land of milk and honey, and in front of them the river was in ood. They were disappointed and discouraged! To have come all this way, and now they could not enter into what they had hoped for and dreamt about for so long‌.. I guess that many of us have the same problem. We work hard to get things, and then right when we sense that there is a breakthrough, things go wrong and we are disappointed, dejected and frustrated! Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. When what we have hoped for does not materialise, we ďŹ nd it difďŹ cult to cope.





 



 



 



















 

  





            

       

  





 

 









 

 





 



   



 





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Can I challenge you to try this, to put God ďŹ rst. God wants us to worship Him. He wants to bless us, and guide us through all the days of 2013! We are so inclined to make our own plans, to make more than one plan, but God does not have a plan B – He holds us in the palm of His hand, and all that He asks is that we put Him ďŹ rst in our lives – allow Him to walk in front of us and not tag along behind.

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Theunis & R enate Griesel - Midstream College’s Headboy & Headgirl for 2013

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wins Theunis and Renate Griesel have been elected by their peers as the high school’s leaders for 2013. We asked them how they felt about their new roles as head boy and head girl of the prestigious Midstream College. How do you feel about taking on the role of Head Girl this year? Renate: It is indeed a privilege to have been granted the opportunity to serve as Head Girl of Midstream College. I believe it will be an unforgettable experience and look forward to the year. What were your personal highlights in 2012?

Theunis: Playing rugby for the 1st team for the first time, competing in the highest show jumping level (1.3m) and making the Gauteng Team. Also being part of the revue team that performed at the State Theatre and of course ….. being elected as Head Boy. Renate: Being elected as Head Girl definitely stands out. Participating in the Athletics InterHigh, playing for the 1st hockey team and the tour to Cape Town; and then getting Gauteng colours The Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

in equestrian sport. I enjoyed the various social events we arranged such as handing out the Matric farewell invitations and the Christmas Social. What are your strongest academic subjects, cultural items and favourite sports? Theunis: My strongest subject is Engineering Graphics. Culturally I enjoy the revue and my favourite sport is rugby. Renate: Life Science (Biology). I love playing the piano and baking. My favourite sport is a tie between hurdles, equestrian and hockey. What are you looking forward to this year? Theunis: To all the events that we as a prefect group have planned. I also look forward to the rugby season as it will be the first time Midstream will be competing in the Beeld Trophy Series. Renate: To be a head leader of the school and Matric in general. We have planned a fun Grade 8 orientation programme and many other social events. I eagerly await the sporting events and hockey tour. 16


What are your favourite sayings / quotes? Theunis: “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who’s face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Renate: The quote by Jimmy Hendrix: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”. And the lyrics of “The

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Rose” sung by Bette Midler: “It is the soul afraid of dying that will never learn to live”. What makes Midstream College one of the greatest schools? Theunis: The fact that we are a close knit family and each student is cared for individually. We are privileged to have excellent teachers, facilities and beautiful school grounds. Renate: I agree fully with what Theunis has said. Midstream College offers opportunities to each and every one of us – no matter what our talents or dreams are.

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www.midrand-estates.co.za BACK TO BASICS – Take control of your own information

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facility where residents can view and/ or update some of their own information on the estate data base is available through the Midrand Estates website. (Note: The basic information on the stand and stand owner can only be changed by the estate office.) The step-by-step tutorial below will guide residents on how to use the “Resident Login” function on the Midrand Estates website. A password entry protects personal information. By accessing the “Resident Login” portal, residents can view the following:•

stand details: street and postal address, current stand owner as it appears in the deeds office. Please check and contact the estate office or MES in the event of there being any discrepancy;

edit the following information: telephone numbers to be used to contact residents - specifically to announce visitors; Other personal information

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Step 1 to enter the “Resident Login” portal Open the www.midrand-estates.co.za website through your web browser and click on “Resident Login”

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Step 2 to enter the “Resident Login” portal Enter your Login Name and Password Send an e-mail to the web site administrator if you’ve forgotten your password or are experiencing errors. Contact the website administrator via email at database@midrand-estates.co.za for further information or if you have forgotten your login details.

Security Officer of the month Step 3 to enter the “Resident Login” portal

Congratulations

You will now be able to view the details pertaining to each stand owned by yourself. You will also have limited access to make changes to your Personal Details and Contact Details.

Kennet from Midlands

Step 3 to enter the "Resident Login" portal

You will now be able to view the details pertaining to each stand owned by yourself. Yo have limited access to make changes to your Personal Details and Contact Details.

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It’s the 10th Shavathon this year – come and celebrate the Shavathon of the decade with us – bring 10 family members, friends or colleagues along to shave or spray in solidarity with Cancer survivors. This year we are adding exciting colour hair gels to the mix.

How much?

Adults can shave or spray their head for a donation of R50 (or more) and children, under 12 years old, for R25.

Want to help?

We need volunteers to assist with spraying, shaving, or registrations. Please contact Bernice Bothma at 084 400 6105 or send an e-mail with your contact details to Bernice Bothma, e-mail: bernice.bothma@aurecongroup.com

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esidents who habitually drive in the estate with children either not using a seat belt/ baby seat or even, on occasion, with a head sticking out of the roof window, or at worst, sitting on a parent’s lap - has raised the ire of many readers. Herewith an extract from a document by Arrive Alive on “Child Restraints and Road Safety”. Traditionally the seat-belt is the single most effective feature in a vehicle which can reduce the severity of injury resulting to vehicle occupants from road traffic crashes. In modern cars safety is further improved through the use of air-bags, but the seat belt remains the pivotal safety measure. Statistics on the effectiveness of seat-belts indicate that their use reduces the probability of death by 40–50% for drivers and front seat passengers and by 25% for passengers in rear seats. Ejection from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen in a crash, with 75%

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of all vehicle occupants ejected from a vehicle in a crash dying as a result. Seat-belts are effective in preventing ejections with statistics indicating that the probability of being ejected from a vehicle during a crash drops from 44% for unrestrained occupants to less than 5% for restrained occupants. Conclusion We will be failing our children by not teaching them well and more so by not providing them with proper restraints in the car. Buckling up is the simplest way to save the lives of passengers - let us teach our young ones to wear child restraints and seat-belts at all times.

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Speel-Speel stimulering by Midstream Babahuis werpe of musiek, sal stimulasie nie plaasvind nie! Sy omgewing moet ook veilig en vriendelik wees, sodat hy die vrymoedigheid sal hê om aan die leerproses deel te neem. Sy omgewing moet AL sy sintuie prikkel, bv: Sig – Kleur, vorms, beweging en dimensies

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ie Midstream Babahuis wat omsien na babas, van 6 maande tot 3 jaar, is geleë op die perseel van Midstream College en is vanaf 1 April onder nuwe bestuur. Die nuwe babahuis eienaar, Rhona Erasmus, het met ons haar gedagtes omtrent die stimulering van peuters, gedeel. WAT IS STIMULASIE? Stimulasie is wanneer nuwe vaardighede aangeleer word en jou baba iets leer uit die hantering van verskeie voorwerpe, apparate en/of speletjies. HOE VIND STIMULASIE PLAAS? Jy as ouer kan stap-vir-stap vir jou baba ‘n vaardigheid aanleer, bv. hoe om ‘n bal te vang. Wanneer voorwerpe neergesit word vir ‘n baba om vryelik mee te speel, kan hy ook vaardighede verbeter deur self te eksperimenteer. Maar met leiding gebeur die proses vinniger en meer doeltreffend. Babas word ook gestimuleer deur ander dop te hou, hul voorbeeld te volg en hul na te boots. HOE LYK ‘N STIMULERENDE OMGEWING?

Die omgewing moet aan jou baba die geleentheid bied om te leer. As hy heeldag op ‘n kombersie lê of in ‘n waentjie sit sonder enige speelgoed, voor-

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Gehoor – Stilte is nie stimulerend nie. Babas wil rympies, liedjies, stories, ritme, geluide, stemme en taal hoor. Tas – Stel jou baba aan growwe, gladde, harde, sagte, taai, nat, koue en warm teksture bekend. Laat hy dit ook met sy mond ontdek. En onthou, jy kan jou kind nie genoeg aanraak, streel, kielie, vashou of vertroetel nie. Smaak – Bitter, suur, soet en sout smake van kos en voorwerpe. Reuk – Leer jou baba hoe gras, grond, modder, ‘n hond, laventel, skeerroom, koffie, kruie, vanilla, ens. Ruik. ‘n Lekker uitstappie in die tuin is altyd ‘n goeie idee. Motories – Beweging, swaai, hang, rol, klim en klouter moet alles ingeoefen word. Loop op ‘n plank om jou balans te hou. Doen kruiwa-stoot met jou baba. Geniet die stimulering van jou kleinding. Doen dit met jou volle aandag en oorvloedige liefde! Die nuwe Bestuur- en Personeelspan by Midstream Babahuis nooi jou uit na die OPEDAG op Saterdag, 6 April 2013. Kontak ons gerus vir enige navrae by: msbabahuis@gmail.com, 082 718 2399.

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e all enjoyed our little guilty pleasures over the festive period, and tion list. Get back on track (no pun intended) with a healthy diet other facilities either on or close to the estate that can accommodate a

Tennis@Midstream Tel: 082 411 9271

R@M Bowling Club Tom Higgins – 082 794 8484

Squash Tel: 012 940 9052

Charlene Klopper Tennis Tel: 083 375 3084

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Lady XStream Tel:083 201 1385 World of Wellness Tel: 012 661 1258 Run Walk for Life Tel: 083 297 9649

Handicap Scuba Association Tel: 083 260 7245 Arabesque Ballet Academy Tel: 083 703 8883

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d most of us have included a healthier lifestyle in our New Years’s resolut and regular exercise. Midrand Estates has a great variety of sport and all your health and fitness needs.

Centurion Swimming and Aqua Centre Tel: 082 463 6525

Gauteng Dance Studios Tel: 012 661 2436

No Boundaries Cricket Tel: 083 469 3381 Patrick O’Brien Golf Academy Tel: 082 992 1314 Web: www.pobgolf.co.za Midstream Driving Range Tel: 082 992 1314 Midstream Wrestling Tel: 082 822 7408

PMA Judo Tel: 082 907 1341

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Our future neighbours

Midstream Ridge - The new development to the east of Midfield

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ondev, the developer of Midrand Estates, announced early in 2012 that plans were afoot to develop the land portion that lies to the east of Midfield. The first step in preparing development plans is through the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that must be compiled and processed in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). The process inter alia calls for a certain measure of public participation which is managed by an independent environmental assessment practitioner. For the proposed development Bondev appointed Environomics to manage the pre-requisite EIA process. The following report on the status quo was received from Environomics. The EIA study has been submitted to the provincial authority, GDARD (Gauteng Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development), which has been tasked with managing the EIA process. The EIA for the planned Midstream Ridge development is now in the final stages of consideration, and subject to approval, the development is set to commence later this year with the development of the educational facilities, followed by the residential component early in 2014.

A traffic impact study and road development programme forms part of the proposed development schedule. Subject to the approval of the EIA application a new link road to the Irene/ Olifantsfontein road should be in place by early 2014. The attached schematic map provides further information on the road planning that forms part of the final EIA report. The development will be completed in a style similar to that which has already been done very successfully in the rest of Midrand Estates. It should be regarded as an extension of a successful development concept which is relevant to the needs of a significant sector of the Gauteng community. It is especially well located in the overall development context of Gauteng and will optimise available bulk municipal services (water, electricity and sewer), as well as bringing about a further school and providing good value housing to future residents. The EIA study describes the development as covering an area of 293.21ha and will consist of the following components:

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Midstream Ridge development (100,09ha), a residential estate of between 1200 and 1400 stands; Mixed uses development areas (34,64ha); A dual medium primary school and pre-school (10.27ha); A transport terminus (1,69ha); Open space (82.83ha), including 40ha of natural open space within the Midstream Ridge residential estate; Conservation of important cultural historical features, including the Imperial Military Railways bridge (anno 1901) as also features relating to the old lime quarry and kilns.

Many residents from Midrand Estates participated in the environmental impact assessment and planning processes of Midstream Ridge. Their

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collective contributions and insights helped to refine the product and also strengthened the sense of community across the estates. We extend our sincere gratitude to all participants. For more information contact Debbie Claassen at 012 661 5649

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Die hele groep was genooi (Administratiewe personeel, Onderwyseresse, Assistente, Kombuispersoneel, Skoonmakers en tuinwerkers) om die dag van son en pret te geniet. Die personeel is met ‘n bus vervoer na Sun City. Daar aangekom is ons bederf met heerlike eet- en drinkgoed. Daarna kon die personeel die ‘Valley of Waves’ betree en die dag geniet. Wat ‘n welverdiende ruskans was dit nie. Baie dankie aan die bestuur vir die heerlike bederf.

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Young golfers competing at Patrick O’Brien’s golf school

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On a wet and cold day in December 2012, 35 eager golfers aged between 7 and 13 entered the yearend competition with brothers, sisters and parents acting as caddies and supporters.

The under 13’s was the main event for the day and the main trophy went to our grade 5 superstar in the making, Stephan Alberts. He scored an excellent 35 on the 9 holes. The impressive part was the fact that he needed to make par on the last hole to secure the trophy and executed his plan to play safe and then chip and putt for the par to win to perfection.

In the u9’s category Wayne le Roux won in a playoff against Justin Hatting after both finished the Midfield course on an excellent score of 41 over the 9 holes. Watch out for these two future stars as they are only 8 years old, love their golf, and shoot excellent scores with lots of pars and even a few birdies popping out.

A special word of congratulations to Nel Potgieter for crowning a great golf year by being awarded Junior North Gauteng School Colours in golf in his final year at Midstream Primary School. At golf, one learns many lessons of life, with one of them being – you must be able to compete in a proper way. Join Patrick O’Brien for an introduction to golf.

golfer must be able to compete in a proper way. That is the message the young golfers under Patrick O’Brien golf tutelage understands well.

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@ Midstream Medical Center

The Wellness Consultancy together with Vitality Health Professionals is hosting Vitality Days for Vitality Members on the 2nd of March at Midstream Medical Center to upgrade or maintain their status. For Appointments Contact:

Charlene at 072 611 4959. www.vitalitydays.co.za.

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Die Kroonkiewiet Kiewiet reeks

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n die reeks oor die verskillende soorte kiewiete (Engels = “Plovers”) wat in en rondom Midrand Estates voorkom, het die Desember uitgawe oor die minder bekende Lelkiewiet gegaan. In hierdie uitgawe word u aan die alombekende Kroonkiewiet voorgestel. Die Kroonkiewiet is ‘n algemene standvoël en baie maklik herkenbaar aan die wit ring om die swart kroon, asook die rooi bene en snawel. ‘n Volwasse voël staan tussen 29 en 31 sentimeter hoog, weeg tussen 150 en 220 gram met ‘n vlerkspan van ongeveer 78cm. Onvolwasse voëls is effe bruiner as die volwasse voëls. Hulle wei graag op oop en kort grasvelde waar hulle insekte, veral miere en termiete, oppik. Hulle grawe nie graag vir kos nie. Somtyds pik hulle ook rond in groter diere se mis op soek na insekte. Dit gebeur ook soms dat hulle met hul voete op die grond stamp om wurms na die oppervlak te lok. Die wurms verwar die geluid van die voetstampery met die geluid van reën. The Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

Die kroonkiewiet woon in swerms buite die broeiseisoen en toon geen tekens van terretoriale gedrag nie. Hulle is geweldig bewus van moontlike gevare, en reageer baie verskillend afhangende van die seisoen. Gedurende die broeiseisoen, is die kiewiet altyd baie stil en onopvallend op die nes om nie aandag op die nes te vestig nie. Wanneer ‘n indringer wel te naby die nes kom, sal die kiewiet optree asof hy gewond is (bv ‘n gebreekte vlerk) en op so ‘n manier ly hy die indringer weg van die nes af. Net na die broeiseisoen is dit ‘n ander storie. As ‘n indringer dit nou te naby waag, sal die kiewiete baie aggressief met ‘n harde lawaai op die indringer afduik en hom op so ‘n manier verjaag van hul kleintjies wat intussen onder ‘n bossie skuiling soek. Algemene kenmerke: Wit ring op swart kroon Rooi bek Rooi bene Wit maag

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MIDRAND ESTATES NEWS - HOAs

FEES & FINES

FEESÊ &Ê FINESÊ

Below is a list of fees and fines that may be issued for violations within the confines of Midrand elow is a list of fees and fines that may be issued for violations within the confines of Midrand Estates. Estates. These rules have been implemented with residents, their children, families and visitors These rules have been implemented with residents, their children, families and visitors safety in mind. safety in mind. other rules applicableand to residents and their workers/visitors can be These and other These rules and applicable to residents their workers/visitors can be found onfound the Midrand Estates on the under Midrand Estates websiteHOA’s under each individual HOA’s tab under “Rules”. website each individual tab under “Rules”.

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Violation Parking Minor (grass or sidewalks) Illegal (loading zones etc.) Driving against a circle or causing illegal road blockage Speeding 30-39 km/h 40-50 km/h 50-60 km/h 60-70 km/h Above 70 km/h Reckless Driving Driving of Unlicensed Vehicle Unlicensed Driver Disregard of Traffic Control Officer Disregard of Traffic Sign Driving Motorbikes without Helmets Violation of Aesthetical Rules Discharge of Fireworks

Fine / Boete R100 R500 R500 Warning / Waarskuwing R250 R500 R1,000 R2,500 R2,500 (Discretion / Diskresie) R500 R500 R500 R500 R500 R500 Per month / per maand R1000 Per incident / per geval

Oortreding Parkering Minder ernstig (gras, sypaadjie) Onwettig (laaisones, ens.) Blokkades en sirkels Spoed 30-39 km/h 40-50 km/h 50-60 km/h 60-70 km/h Above 70 km/h Roekelose Bestuur Ongelisensieerde Voertuig Ongelisensieerde Bestuurder Verontagsaming van Verkeersbeampte Verontagsaming van Verkeerstekens Ry van Motorfietse sonder Valhelms Oortreding van Estetiese Reëls Vuurwerke

(Miskien ‘n gesamentlike foto van ons verkeersbeamptes?)

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elcome back and welcome home to all our residents who spent their holidays in sunny South Africa or perhaps somewhere abroad. It is always refreshing to leave the well known environment of the Estate to travel elsewhere and experience other cultures or even other areas of South Africa, but is the grass actually greener on the other side of the Midrand-Estates economic boundaries. The Economic stability and growth of property values in the greater Midrand-Estates seems to outperform not only the local South African market but also in many instances the global market. The dynamics of the property market in an area or country is always a talking point between friends and strangers alike around the dinner table. It is then that it really hits home that the home owners of property in our estate are in a very fortunate economic environment. That’s without even mentioning the spacious, secure and relaxed lifestyle that comes with the secure property investment. There are many new projects and areas of development such as the New Primary School, Construction of the Medi Clinic Hospital, the launch of x51 in Midstream Hill, and the further development of Retire@Midstream units that are about to get underway. All of which enhance the economic activity and add value to the estate as a whole.

all areas of their lives. Here’s the good news! The vibrant economic market of Midrand-Estates has proven that right here on your own doorstep you are in the right place to achieve all of these goals!! It is really up to you to identify the opportunities that are around you and to use the facilities in this unique development to aid you in reaching them. Yes, financial health is one aspect, but family life and physical fitness is just as important. All around you the estate offers endless opportunities to take part in these important activities. Enjoy yourself, your family and your financial stability in 2013, by just staying at home, using your facilities and watching your financial investment grow!! The Resident Bondev Sales Team.

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ALLE SKAPIES IN DIE KRAAL

Midstream College se leerders en personeel is al huppelend weer terug in die kraal. Van die oorblyfsels van ’n vakansie is daar geen teken nie. Die skoolgronde is weereens oortrek met melkwit dye en stoppelbene wat soos afkop-hoenders rondskarrel. Die jaar het met ’n slág afgeskop met atletiekuitdunne vir die jaarlikse interhuis. Hutton, Old Kent en Windsor sal elkeen ’n kans gegun word om húl weergawe van die wilde gansdans uit te voer tydens die interhuis wat op 23 Januarie gehou is. ’n Trofee vir atletiekprestasies sowel as geesdrif is aan die wenspan toegeken. Kom ondersteun gerus die atletiek vir 2013, die kwaliteit is van die hoogste gehalte en die talent is vars. Ons kinders is immers nie onder kalkoene uitgebroei nie.

BOWLERS OR TEACHERS?

As Fred Flintstone and his bowling ball as inspiration, the staff of Midstream College Primary School set out on a staff function on 15 January 2013 in preparation for the year to follow. The result? A few hungry, rather dangerous set of power seeking athletes! A score of 140 on the bowling rink calls for a change in occupation. But then again, Midstream would be short of an excellent mathematics and P.E. teacher. The 2013 kickoff took off with a bang, ensuring that staff and learners start the year with a smile, or a frown, depending on the score. However, the talent uncovered at the rink was astounding. Perhaps even worthy of our very own bowling team. Our secret? Seeing as we’re exceptional teachers and bowlers? What happens in the bowling rink, stays at the bowling rink.

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LAAT MY NIE BEWE

“Toemaar Mamma, ek kom vanmiddag weer huis toe.” Só het die meerderheid van die graad 1-groep van 2013 by Midstream College Primêre Skool aangesluit. Met die aanbreek van die nuwe skooljaar het emosies hoog geloop, maar dit het die geesdriftige sewejariges nie gepootjie nie. Al tien graad 1-klassies is vroegtydig ingerig en voorberei vir D-dag; ’n dag waarna vele ouers opgesien het. Gelukkig was dié lot nie vir Midstream College beskore nie; die graad 1- en graad 4-groep het die prosedures sommer vinnig kafgedraf en is vandag rustig en gelukkig in hulle nuwe tuistes. Baie sterkte vir die nuwe jaar wat voorlê, mag die gras altyd groener wees aan die Midstream-kant.

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Hugo & Kie spog met skitteruitslae

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Die graad 12’s van 2012 het Midstream College se naam weereens hoog gehou met ‘n 100% slaagsyfer. Die groep van ‘n 116 leerders behaal altesaam 160 onderskeidings en 83% slaag met universiteitsvrystelling. Kobie van Schalkwyk en Anna-Marie Verhoef (Afrikaans EAT), asook Naledi Seabi (Wiskundige Geletterdheid) en Hugo Greyvenstein (Wiskunde en Wiskunde Vraestel 3) eindig in die top 1% van alle IEB-kandidate in hulle onderskeie vakke. Hugo behaal ook 100% in Wiskunde Vraestel 3. 8 A’s

Elize LoxleyFord

Rek, Afr EAT, Eng HL, Geo, LO, LWT, Wisk, Wisk Vr3.

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George Barnard

Afr EAT, Eng HL, IGO, LO, LWT, Wisk, Wisk Vr3

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Kobus le Roux Afr HT, Eng FAL, IT, LO, Wisk, Wisk Vr3

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Lize Graupner Afr HT, LO, Wisk Vr3

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Afr FAL, Eng HL, LO, Wisk, Wisk Vr3, Alpha Wisk

Masego Modibane

IGO, LO, Wisk, Alpha Wisk

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Giverny Henry Afr FAL, IGO, LO, Wisk, Visuele Kuns

Afr HT, LO, Wisk

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Afr EAT, Eng HL, IGO, LO, LWT, Wisk, Wisk Vr3

SP van der Merwe

Rek, Afr HT, LO, Wisk Vr3

Amy Bezuidenhout Geo, LO, LWT, Wisk

LO, Wisk Gelet, Visuele Kuns

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Sylvester Cruz

Eng HL, LO, LWT, Wisk

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Hannah du Toit

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Anna-Marie Verhoef

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David Meadon

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Hugo Greyvenstein

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Michael Relling

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Choir of angels

Jean-Louis Brand (grade 8) and Paul Roos (grade 9) accompanied the Jacaranda Children’s Choir to the 3rd Krakow Advent & Christmas Choir Festival which took place in Poland from 4 to 17 December 2012. They performed in Krakow, Warsaw, Zakopane, Budapest and Ljubljana. The Jacaranda Children’s Choir took first prize at the Krakow International Choir Competition on 8 December, with 91% and were crowned category winners. They received the Golden Angel Statue as well as a Golden Diploma.

Rakette sorg vir prestasies in vakansietyd Brendan Swart

Verskeie tennisspelers van Midstream College het gedurende die Desember-vakansie aan toernooie deelgeneem. Carlo en Brendan Swart het in die SentraalGauteng kampioenCarlo Swart

skappe hulle staal gewys. Carlo (o /16) en sy dubbelspelmaat sluit die toernooi as wenners af en Carlo haal ook die kwarteindronde. Brendan (o/14) dring saam met sy dubbelspelmaat deur na die semi-finaal en hy haal ook die semi-finaal in die enkelspel in hierdie kampioenskappe.

Van links na regs voor: Marike Eloff (Afrikaans Huistaal), Cindy Hawley (Toerisme), Shenagh Lee Swanepoel (Engels), Sue-Ann Vorster (Wiskunde), Juan-Mari Moraal (Wiskunde) Van links na regs agter: Coréna Kruger (Geografie), Heilie-Marie Kruger (Afrikaans), Rudolph de Lange (Wiskunde), Konrad Munnik (Wetenskap) Matthew Rossouw

Kyle Gerber presteer in die Oos-Gauteng kampioenskappe deur tweede in die enkelspel te eindig en die dubbelspel te wen. In die Sentraal-Gauteng kampioenskappe wen hy die enkelspel asook die dubbelspel in die o/18-kategorie. Matthew Rossouw, ‘n nuwe toevoeging tot die Midstream College-familie, is tans Suid-Afrika se no 10 speler. Kyle Gerber The Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

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Zani & Lee Barnard saam Thomas Hogstedt - Maria Sharapova se afrigter

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Midstream’s “wannabe” grade 8s were so eager to start school that they gathered on 15 January 2013 and commenced their orientation a day early. They had their first taste of high school when they met Dr Kriek, their registration teachers, Grade Heads and their Royal Highnesses - the Grade 12 Council Members! They had the opportunity to participate in fun and games, ice breakers and to meet new classmates. The grade 8s are now well equipped to survive life at Midstream College.

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AGM FEEDBACK The Annual General Meetings of each of the HOA’s which were held during the latter part of last year, provided a notable insight into the residents’ compliments and concerns. Highlighted are a couple of the matters discussed at these meetings.

Midstream AGM

Aesthetics Infringements Unfortunately a number of home owners still do not comply with the Estate Rules. The following are typical examples of the most common infringements experienced: • • • •

Air conditioners, solar geysers and antenna installations which transgress the HOA rules Wendy houses and similar structures which are not permitted Trailers and caravans left in driveways Pets that are still left to roam free in public areas

Security Crime Incidents within the Estate No serious crime was reported The following minor incidents took place within the estate during the past year: • Theft of garden ornaments (one reported case) • Theft of an angle grinder (recovered – one arrest made). • Theft of bicycles – four cases (three bicycles recovered) • Use of vehicle without the owner’s consent (one case) • Several incidents of vandalism took place (seven children were identified and apprehended, repair costs paid by parents, children placed on rehabilitation program with the assistance of their parents)

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New Structures The board approved a new Security Department organisational structure that will provide a single point of command and improved supervision. The board also approved a centralised security control room for Midstream. This facility will be used as the command centre for our security operations from where all activities will be monitored and synchronised. CCTV Installation The board approved the installation of a new CCTV system, which will cover the entire perimeter fence. It will consist of a total of 98 cameras, which will be supported by LED motion detection spot lights to enhance camera efficiency at night. Owl Preserve The HOA, with consultants ECO Assessments, completed a review of earlier studies on the owl preserve. Emphasis will be placed on improving the situation by the establishment of an Owl Preserve Committee consisting of two of our directors as well as other professionals, who will advise and guide in this regard. Traffic Traffic remains a concern and there are still many residents not complying with the basic traffic rules. This year alone, 86 traffic fines and numerous verbal warnings were issued. Two traffic officers were appointed in Midstream to address the traffic concerns.

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he Parks & Recreation team in general were congratulated on the good condition of the Hedgehog Park and the Cricket Oval. An alternative water supply has now been obtained which will lead to a cutback on municipal water supply. Suggestions received by residents for the development of the Oval area, included the inclusion of more play apparatus for children, planting of more trees, additional benches and a trim park. These suggestions will be investigated and addressed. A further suggestion was made that the HOA must look at an aesthetic landscape development plan e.g. the planting of trees when new houses are built. The Board is exploring options such as the HOA buying a tree for every tree sponsored by a resident.

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he biometric access system has recently been upgraded. Residents can now use all three boom gates on the entry and exit sides. Contractors however can only use the designated lane. The Mt Cliff gate usage was still far below that of Mount Peak, but a major implementation programme was underway with contractors, delivery and transport providers, to ensure greater use of the new gate. Additional statistics showed 94 guards on the payroll controlled through 263 clocking points. These were followed up daily. Midlands has 2,390 owners and 369 tenants registered on the biometric access control system. Many domestic employees were not registered and although it was recognised that the process of registration might be time consuming, the nonregistration of employees represented a major security problem. Incidents reported included damage to the Mount

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Security It was mentioned that the security officers serve all the residents with a friendly smile. Nothing was too much effort and residents were accordingly requested to show their appreciation towards the guards. The Security Officers receive a high level of training, which also includes basic fire fighting and paramedic training. Over the past few years the Midfield security staff had been involved in two cases where fires at residences were doused long before the fire brigade arrived on site. Levies A discussion took place around the comparison between Midfield levies and parks and those of Midstream Estate. It was confirmed that every attempt was made to keep the HOA levy at the same rate even though the smaller number of units in Midfield placed the budget under severe pressure. Although Midfield was the smaller of the estates, it has a unique character with lots of green areas, which is expensive to keep up and maintain. Attention would be given to the continuous improvement of the gardens through the gradual introduction of more trees and recreational areas. In the mean time the residents of Midfield shared in the open areas of the golf course and fish ponds without contributing to the maintenance cost thereof.

Cliff gate, missing cement, cable theft and missing contractors’ ladders. The most important security event of the year was the assistance rendered to the SA Police and associates when suspects in a crime syndicate were arrested and rhino horns were confiscated. Unfortunately, two security officers were arrested for bribery after allowing construction workers through the gate without proper identification documents. In order to resolve such matters as quickly and efficiently as possible residents were encouraged to contact the office and provide written statements should they be aware of such incidents. Aesthetics The development has increased from 148 completed houses in 2008 to 1102; 1406 registered properties and 1395 approved plans. Parks & Recreation The HOA now employs 43 gardeners in-house. The Little Pickles Park was recently completed and additional funds were expended by the developer, Bondev, in providing the “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Park with playground equipment. The Rush Hour Park is near completion and the Herb Garden is also complete. 44


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The recently renovated facility is now in top condition. Extended hours were being looked into.

The tennis courts were also recently renovated, the practice wall is playable and the nets have been replaced. Indoor Swimming Pool The indoor swimming pool was upgraded during 2012.

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he telecommunication network and the comparative benefits of fibre optics as opposed to copper cabling was explained. Speed, bandwidth and durability were among the major benefits. Answering a question as to why Telkom services were not available, it was stated that Telkom (in terms of the Telecommunications Act) could not be denied access, but decisions on the provision of services had been on cost feasibility. The low bandwidth cost (9c/ MB) and low overseas call rate of just more than 40c/ minutes coupled to data throughput speeds up to 4Mbps were mentioned as some of the benefits of the Smart Village telecommunication service. Security No incidents were reported for 2012. Restaurant

capacity to accommodate 150 members. Willie and Rita Kruger offer coaching free of charge. Coaching sessions can be booked with Mariëtte at the admin office.

Creative Ageing Programme Retire@Midstream follows a creative ageing programme where the social, physical, spiritual and cognitive requirements of residents are met. Activities include Pilates, line dancing, fun walks, diabetics mornings and Bible Study. On the social front, wine tasting events, games nights, film evenings, pancake baking and a formal ladies tea were all hosted in 2012. Matron Elaine at the clinic can provide further information on the range of services available. Frail Care – currently attending to ten residents.

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Approval of the MOI Residents were introduced the principles of the Memorandum-of-Incorporation (MOI) and the reason for amendments. All residents were handed a voting slip. The votes were handed in after the meeting and with the votes having been audited by the HOA’s auditors the amendment of the MOI was accepted. 45


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Your deal, your way

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Shop 21, Square@Midstream, Brakfontein Road, Midrand Estates Chatz.Midstream@vodacom.co.za

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Easy Clip Press and hold the S Pen button, instantly cut and paste any content on to the screen.

Add more creativity to your life Press and hold the S Pen button, hover it over S Note and the various templates appear. Now you can scribble your notes and it will be converted to typed text automatically. Copy & Paste pictures into S Note from anywhere. Express and present your ideas in more innovative ways. Samsung Galaxy Note II (N7100) LTE

Vodacom m-pesa Send money to anyone, anywhere with your cellphone With m-pesa sending money to family and friends is fast, safe and easy. No matter where you are, now you can send and receive money and buy airtime easily from your cellphone. Go to vodacom.co.za or call 082 1082 toll free.

Terms and conditions apply. Brought to you by Nedbank Mobile Money, an authorised financial services provider. 136511VPSA MPESA 4X16.indd 1

The Midrand Estates Newsletter - February 2013

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Midrand Estates News feb 2013  

The official newsletter for Midrand Estates.

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