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Celebrating life with those around us.

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s part of our 10 year celebration series of the newsletters this year, this edition carries stories shared by a number of the early pioneers of Midstream. Contributions from some of the guards who have been with Midstream for 10 years are included as well as the home building pictures of a few of the early home builders. Similar to a plane taking off to soar high above in the sky, Midstream has followed an upwards trajectory over the past 10 years in order to become a village between cities where a multitude of facilities are enjoyed. This newsletter provides current news and also reflects on what happened during the Midstream start-up period – enjoy!

Kontak ons / Contact us

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

Medewerkers / Produced by Frik Louw Willem Wynand Fred

Michael Dirk Twani Anita Christa

Maureen Jen Liesl Jan Lizelle

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anneer ‘n huis gebou word, word die slote vir die fondamente heel eerste gegrawe. Maar waar begin jy met jou nes as jy ‘n voël is? Hoe anker geveerdes hul neste aan die takke van bome, teen kranse of die mure van geboue? En

hoe weet ‘n voël sonder enige ingenieurservaring om sulke sterk strukture te bou wat so volmaak hul doel dien? ‘n Nes se hoofdoel is om eiers en kleintjies teen roofdiere en gure weer te beskerm. Net so, het die inwoners van Midstream Estates besluit om ‘n nessie te bou, waar hulle en hul kleingoed veilig en beskut sal wees. Die dorp het met geesdrif en ywer gegroei tot ‘n gemeenskap waar vlerke gesprei kan word, waar wonderwerke beleef kan word, maar waar daar steeds die vertroue is dat hul veilig geanker is op ‘n plek waar groei, vooruitgang en omgee seëvier. Benewens die nuutste nuus van ons dorp, deel ons in hierdie uitgawe verhale van etlike pioniers van Midstream wat jare gelede hul “nes” hier geskrop het.

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The Meyer family was the second family to reside in Midstream(see also pictures on page 20) Photo’s by: Tyrone Zerf

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adat goedkeuring vroeg in 2003 ontvang is dat daar met konstruksie van die eerste fases van Midstream voortgegaan kon word, is ‘n kontrakteur aangestel vir die konstruksie van Brakfonteinweg. Op dĂ­e stadium het Brakfonteinweg slegs tot die Checkers kantoorpark se ingang gelei en deel van die ontwikkelingsvoorwaardes was dat Bondev die pad sou verleng oor die 2 km lengte om toegang tot Midstream te verleen. 31 Mei 2003 is die dag waarop die teeroppervlak op die pad geplaas is – ongeveer 10 jaar gelede.

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“The Hills are alive with….. movement”

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he sound of movement in Midstream Hill is music to the ears of all the excited owners about to see their homes take shape and with that change the horizon of Midrand Estates once again.

gates. Take a drive up Midstream Boulevard and get to use the Mt Cliff Gate for quick and easy access while taking in the ever changing view of Midstream Hill. You will be pleasantly surprised every time!!

With the recent activity hype in Midstream Hill, the Security Gate and HOA buildings have been completed. The Himalaya’s course is taking shape and before we know it will be filled with people enjoying the outdoors and all the facilities offered in Midstream Hill. Foundations and brickworks are popping up as far as the eye can see and driving through the area fills you with a feeling of anticipation at what is still to come. Midstream Hill still offers a unique opportunity to own a stand of 2000sqm, which overlooks the equestrian estate, Randjesfontein. With neighbours developing houses to the extent of 1000 sqm on these large stands your investment is safe and your view serene!! Parents can also look forward to the convenience of transfers to school and back with the bus service that will be available to the residents of Midstream Hill with children in our schools. The saying “watch this space” is very applicable to Midstream Hill, so “watch this space”. It’s going to be worth your while.

Retire@Midstream while still in it’s development phase is long past it’s baby shoes! The community has had time to develop into a vibrant and active group of not just neighbours but good caring friends. Bondev has recently released another phase of 1 and 2 bedroom units for sale. Take advantage of this unique chance to own a home in an upmarket fully equipped Retirement Village. The ground allocated for these units is quickly filling up. Use the chance to buy directly from the developer. Visit our Sales office in the Main Building of Retire@Midstream for more information on the available units and stands for sale. Be part of the small percentage of the population who prepared for their retirement in good time and enjoy the benefits thereof when they need it most.

With all the excitement around Midstream Hill we almost tend to forget that although Midlands Estate is literally sold out there is still much development happening in the area with sales vibrant and the occupancy numbers growing day by day! For your convenience Midlands Estate offers two access

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Winter is upon us! Put on a warm jacket and get out there and live life to it’s fullest!! Start by changing your normal route home and take the scenic route through the whole of Midrand Estates. Guaranteed you are going to see development that you did not know was happening on your doorstep. For comments email mvzyl@me.com The Bondev Sales Team.

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ie begeesterde groep stappers van Retire@Midstream het hul stapskoene aangetrek en op Woensdag, 24 April die koel weer trotseer. Daar was 21 stappers wat die paadjie om die gholfbaan aangedurf het, sommige een en ander sommer vier rondtes! Run Walk for Life Midstream het watertafels gehad met lekker koeldrank en sjokolade.

Na afloop van die aktiwiteit het almal vir koffie en tramezzini’s by die Purple Cow Restaurant bymekaargekom waar pryse uitgedeel is en gelukstrekkings gehou is. “Sjoe, maar so ‘n klompie pensioenarisse kan darem lekker stap... en kuier!”

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kebe Kanyane from Midlands Estate wrote the following note of gratitude: “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the security team in Midlands Estate. Last week Wednesday, on the 27th of March, I had the most terrifying experience. My 11 year old son went ‘missing’ for over 7 hours. I went to the Midlands security gate for assistance. The man in charge that afternoon was a gentleman by the name of Laurie Oosthuizen. Mr Oosthuizen was extremely helpful. He attended to the situation with the greatest professionalism. He was quick and proactive. My son was found safe and sound. I have been a resident of Midlands for three years now. It is really great to know that the estate has a good, caring and hardworking team”.

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nton, ‘n inwoner van Midstream, vertel van die onvergeetlike geleenA theid wat hy by sy huis vir sy vriende gereël het waar wynkenner Martin van die plaaslike Tops@ Midstream ‘n ‘Wynproe’ aangebied het. Anton vertel : “My vrou, Wiana, het met die gedagte vorendag gekom om Martin te vra om ons meer van ‘n aantal spesiale wyne te kom vertel en daarna te proe. Die wyne het gewissel in prys en versnitte. Na ‘n kort inleiding is ons gedaag om self die verskillende wyne te beoordeel. Martin is ‘n wynkenner van formaat en kleur die agtergrond van elke wyn met smaak in. Die top wyn van die aand was ‘n Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc – uitstekend! Ek kan Martin werklik aanbeveel vir ‘n groep vriende wat ‘n genotvolle aand rondom ‘n glasie wyn (of twee) wil geniet en terselfdertyd so ‘n bietjie meer wil leer van ons wonderlike wyne in Suid-Afrika.” Met die winter wat nader kruip is dit dalk juis die tyd om meer van ons rooi wyne te leer. Kontak gerus vir Martin by Tops@Spar by 0722669501 of martin@midstreamspar.co.za

RUN WALK FOR LIFE un Walk for Life Midstream is makR ing enormous progress – with novice members already taking part in

5km, 10km and 21km races. Some of the members recently participated in the Om die Dam-, Sunrise Monster-, and Two Oceans marathons. Join in the fun! For your health, fitness and your life. Contact Irene on 083 297 9649 or Dawie on 082 442 8394.

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GRANDPARENTS’ DAY A HUGE SUCCESS

After hosting yet another successful and fun-filled Grandparents’ Day at Midstream College Pre-Primary, two of the visitors felt compelled to express their gratitude. We received the following from Peter and Di Haarhoff from Port Elizabeth: “We would like to thank one and all at MCPP for the fantastic Grandparents’ Day you gave us in March. Like many other grandparents, we came from far away (Port Elizabeth) and it was worth every mile and every minute. What an amazing time we had. You made us feel so welcome, there was such a festive mood with a tremendous vibe and we couldn’t believe how much trouble you had taken over it all. The decorations, the pink car, the music, juke box, the concerts, the teas and eats, the gifts and pictures done by the children, the activities we could enjoy with our beloved little ones - it was just perfect. Well done and our grateful thanks for a day we shall never forget and ever treasure. Our two little grandchildren also loved every moment; you gave us all such happiness. Thank you, thank you”

Tennis Championships

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he Tennis@Midstream club championships was held during February and the beginning of March 2013 . It was a knock-out championship with a back draw in the singles, doubles and mixed events. Congratulations to the FLTR: Albertus Bester, Roelf van der Laan

FLTR: Charlene Klopper, John Harding

worthy winners: Albertus Bester (mens singles), Zani Barnard (ladies singles), Lee Barnard (ladies singles runner-up) Albertus Bester & Roelf van der Laan (men’s doubles), Charlene Klopper & Mariesa and der Laan (ladies doubles) Roelf van der Laan & Charlene Klopper (mixed doubles).

FLTR: Albertus Bester, Zani Barnard, Mariesa van der Laan, Lee Barnard, Roelf van der Laan

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The Mixed Doubles league is about to start. Midstream Tennis entered 3 mixed doubles teams: The first team will play in the Reserve A league, the second team in the Reserve B league and the third team will play in the A6 league.

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Yet, the pioneers believed that the future would be bright!

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t was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” These words by Charles Dickens, written in 1859, describe life in London and France just before and during the French Revolution. They are from Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities which ranks amongst the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

With the pioneers firmly settled and trusting that matters would improve the development era followed. During this stage Midstream College and the Square@Midstream shopping centre changed life as it had been known by the pioneers and the thousands of new residents that followed. Midstream College developed year-by-year with MCPP (Midstream College Pre-Primary) opening their doors in 2003, the Primary School in 2004 and the High School in 2005. The shopping centre opened in 2005 and life in Midstream became much more convenient. The community celebrated life around the newly established churches, the parks, the golf course and even fishing at the ponds which sprang up in their midst. The first pupils matriculated in 2007 and in 2012 the first Grade 1 class started High School, having successfully completed seven years at Midstream College Primary School. Read on as to what those who endured – and survived – the pioneering years have to say.

A lot of what was said by Dickens could be applied to the early settlers of Midstream, as at the early stages many must have believed their purchase of a stand in Midstream was an act of wisdom – or was it just foolishness to buy where so little was available? In the past ten years the development of Midstream has taken place in two time frames. At first the landscape of veldt grass and corn field was changed to tarred roads. The Old Kent entrance gate and a few houses sprang up in quick time, but facilities were limited to the swimming pool close to the Old Kent entrance. During the pioneering era stands sold for R90 000 and those were the days (so we are told) when the daytime hours were bustling with construction activity but the evenings were dead quiet. Careful planning was required when returning home. To pick up amenities involved at least an hour’s round trip. To buy bread and milk was a mission on its own as the closest shop was the Sasol garage on Old Jhb road. Because the early morning traffic had to be faced the same applied to dropping kids off at school.

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an Khosana is one of the guards who have been part of the development of Midstream. This is how he remembers it:

“I started working here at Midstream on 22 October 2001. We were only six guards at the time. We were working in the bush with no water supply, no roads and no electricity. Brakfontein Road was still a dirt road. We washed our clothes in a water stream running through the land. Drinking water was brought by a vehicle and if we needed something from the shops, we had to go to Wierdapark Shopping Centre. Of the original six guards, four are still working at Midrand Estates. They are myself, Peter Seabi, David Matlou and security coordinator Vanita. We have all been part of this miracle that evolved in front of our eyes: houses and schools were built, a shopping centre, medical centre and a retirement estate all progressed. And still progressing…”

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e are all challenged daily to consider the way in which we touch the lives of those around us. Every resident passes the guards of the estate daily and supports the families of the guards through the regular payment of the estate levies. But few would have guessed the wonderful way in which the job opportunity at Midstream has touched the lives of the families of some of the guards. The newsletter team met up with Peter Seabi that assists with regulating the traffic and Harry Manyathela, a guard at the Square@ Midstream shopping centre. They are both proud parents of sons that graduated early this year after successfully completing their studies at university.

Harry Manyathela is the proud father of Clement Manyathela, his firstborn, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Pretoria. During his tertiary studies, this rising start was awarded best overall student in French. In October 2012 Clement joined the eNews Channel Africa as an intern for a couple of weeks and then joined Digital News (SABC’s news website) as a volunteer news producer and had contributed a number of articles for the digital and printed press, amongst others for the Pretoria News, The Star, IOL and SABC digital news. After a short stint of hosting the radio show “The Ultimate Thrill” on 2oceansvibefm Clement will Powerfm (a new Jo’burg based talk radio station) in May as a jounalist. “I have great dreams, and I believe my dreams are going to be realised. I will be a very proficient TV and radio presenter. That’s my passion and I am slowly but surely getting to that chapter of my life. I a very talented and I can’t wait to show the world what I am capable of.”

Peter Seabi, one of the traffic officers on the estate, has been part of the Midrand Estates family since its early days. His 22-year old son, Tshepiso, graduated early this year and wrote why he makes his father proud: “I worked hard throughout my high school career – with help from both my parents, Agnes and Peter Seabi - and completed Matric in 2008 with very good marks. All the hard work paid off and I was able to enrol with any university. I registered for a National Diploma in Information Technology Software Engineering at the Tshwane University of Technology. I developed a passion for programming and spend most of my free time programming all kinds of applications in Visual Studio, C++ and Java. It took me three years to complete my theory subjects and I was left with practical in-service learning to graduate in software engineering. A well-known IT company in Johannesburg recognised my ambition and dedication and gave me an opportunity to do my practical learning with them for six months, after which they employed me on a permanent basis as a Junior Java Specialist.” A gratified Peter mentioned that it was due to his employment on the estate that he was able to send his son to obtain a tertiary qualification. May these young men continue to strive towards being the best. The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

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Henk was as ingenieur van die eerste dag betrokke by die ontwikkeling van Midstream. Hy vertel soos volg oor sy waarnemings: “Ek onthou nog ‘n gesprek met my ouers in die jare sestigs op reis tussen Pretoria en Johannesburg in ‘n linkerhand-stuur Chev bakkie. Die pad was enkel en op die lang reis was daar nog halfpad ‘n gehuggie wat Halfweghuis geheet het. In die gesprek het almal gegis of Pretoria en Johannesburg nog in die leeftyd tot teen mekaar sou groei. Min het ek toe geweet dat dit nog in my leeftyd sou gebeur – en dat ek self deel van die span sal wees wat die ineenskakeling help bewerkstellig. So het die ontwikkelingspan met groot waagmoed en deursettingsvermoë die afgelope 10 jaar die voorspelling bewaarheid. ‘n Man moet sing by die werk en dit is inderdaad die geval hier by Midstream. Dit was net ‘n plesier om die afgelope klompie jare as deel van ‘n professionele span en as siviele ingenieur in detail betrokke te wees by meeste van die ondergrondse dienste, paaie, reservoirs, sportvelde, damme en geboue wat Bondev hier tot stand gebring het. Om die sneeubal effek van dorpstigting dop te hou waar ‘n kaal stuk grond getakel word, enkele maande later met paaie bedek word en dan ‘n jaar of twee later staan daar huise en ry die jongspan op hul fiets skool toe – dit is mos lekker! “

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aureen is an estate agent who was involved in the sales of the first stands in Midstream. We asked her about her experiences over the past 10 years.

“Being the 12th family moving into Midstream Estate in 2004 was an unreal experience. The daytime hustle and bustle occasioned by construction machinery and house builders, followed by the almost eerie silence at night. There was no way that we, or the 11 families before us, could ever have known that we were witnessing growth and development that would unfold into what is now a huge success story in estate living. In those days, driving down Brakfontein Road into the estate left much to the imagination as the tarred road stopped just after the first roundabout – that is, at the road leading to the Old Kent Gate. Gazing past the roundabout was literally similar to gazing into a vast area of nothing! No Hutton Gate, no College and definitely no shopping centre! We remember forgetting to fill up our vehicles and the stressful moments driving up Brakfontein Road hoping to make the nearest filling station!! Taking our children to school could not be left to the last 5 minutes as it can today, but required planning a good hour in advance so as to take possible traffic issues into consideration. And forgetting to buy milk was a disaster as the closest shop was kilometers away. How things have changed over a period of less than 10 years! As facilities were added, life in Midstream changed from a security estate to a truly convenient, safe, enjoyable and much-to-do village. It is only when one sits down to pen the thoughts of yesteryear that one realises how spoilt for choice we are. The development has far exceeded expectations and we are pleased to call Midstream “home”.”

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esidents of the various estates are spoilt in that being close to nature, numbers of Steenbuck and Duiker are seen at regular intervals. At Midstream College some of the grounds have been named the Steenbuck Fields in recognition of the two Steenbuck rams that have been part of the grounds for the past seven years. As development encroached the animals moved into the open area of the College and have remained ever since. The gardens of the retirement village include a rose garden that has todate contributed to the healthy diet of the Duiker that roams in the wooded areas. It seems as though after ten years the buck is as much at peace with the human residents, as the community which has adopted the animals as part of their own, is with them..

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FERDI EN ABELIEN MEYER

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erdi en Abelien Meyer deel hulle storie met ons:

“Nadat ons in 2001 ‘n erf op die landgoed gekoop het, was ons die tweede gesin op Midrand Estates en het op 31 Oktober 2003 begin bou. Ons seun Etienne was destyds elf en ons

tweeling dogters Karen en Liezel 8 jaar oud. Die foto hierby is van die kinders waar hulle op die grond waar elkeen se kamer met wit sementpoeier op die grond uiteengesit is, voordat daar met die uitgrawings begin is. In die begin was dit vreeslik lekker met slegs veld, kosmos en wilde diere nog om ons. Bokkies, hasies en tarentale het vrylik rondgeloop op ons erf. Ons is dankbaar dat ons vir ons kinders ‘n tuiste kon bied waar hulle nog kind kon wees, waar hulle weer fiets kon ry en ons kommerloos laataand buite kon stap. Die dorp het ‘n besige bedryf geword met die hele aantal huise, maar ons het dit nooit as steurend ervaar nie. Die verkeer was by tye sleg, maar kort voor lank was ‘n oplossing daar - ons glo dit is as gevolg van goeie beplanning van Bondev se kant, dat dinge so vlot verloop het en steeds vlot gaan.”

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e moved to Midstream in September 2004. The day of the move was probably the windiest day of the year and the dust storms didn’t make it any easier. Our loyal gardener, who had been working with us for years, gave one look and resigned. Upon his return home from the airport one Friday evening, André was surprised to see about 20 people “camping” outside the gate – standing in the queue to buy a stand the next day. Regardless of the distance from close-by shopping centres, from the outset, the estate was very popular. At one stage, building processes were in full swing and trucks left the estate at 22:00 at night. Sure, there were some challenges in the beginning but it has been more than worth the while. Cellphone reception hardly existed and electricity was precarious. (What a blessing it was when the estate had much less load shedding time than the rest of the country in 2008)! Our three Jack Russells – Fiela, Nika and Cheeky – thought they’d moved to dog heaven. Midfield and the golf course used to be an old cornfield. It was an ugly, dry piece of veld with many holes that served as an obstacle course for the dogs and as a well used walking area for me – until a security guard asked me if I had seen the huge snake in that area. That was the end of the dogs’ exploratory visits to that part of the estate! I can also recall there being a great number of hedgehogs in our area. On a day Cheeky came running to me, tail-wagging and very proud to show off the “ prickly ball” she’d picked up. During our Sunday afternoon strolls, André and I used to talk about how phenomenal the development was and that it wasn’t just another estate, but a small town and a community in a league of its own. Our daughter Chantalle, son in law David, and our beautiful grandchildren JD and Talia also live on the estate. Today we have an extended circle of friends, support system, business opportunities, exercise group, sport facilities, medical center, hospital, and restaurants on our estate. This is the lifestyle we love and appreciate.

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Die Gewone Dikkop Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis)

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ie Dikkop is ‘n algemene standvoël wat dikwels snags in die dorp se parke en oop areas opgemerk word. Bedags sit hulle doodstil en word dan moeiliker raakgesien. Die Dikkop is groter as ‘n kiewiet en verkies oop habitatte met kort gras of kaal kolle, selfs in voorstedelike gebiede. Hulle is hoofsaaklik snags aktief is maak graag jag op insekte, bye, miere en torre.

Die Dikkop weeg sowat 360 tot 600 gram en staan ongeveer 43 sentimeter hoog. Hulle vlerkspan is sowat 80 sentimeter en vlieg met sterk, maar onreëlmatige vlerkslae.

Hulle word gereeld snags op grondpaaie gesien en hul harde, piepende fluitgeluid word dikwels ook snags, of na reënbuie gehoor. Die fluitgeluid groei in toonhoogte en volume en sterf dan saggies weg. Broeiende voëls bly in pare, terwyl nie-broeiende voëls in swerms versamel. Die nes word in ‘n vlak holte op die grond gemaak en uitgevoer met takkies en grassies. Die voëls kan tot drie keer in een seisoen broei wanneer hulle tot drie eiers lê. Die eiers neem 24 tot 30 dae om uit te broei en die kuikens verlaat die nes binne 24 uur. Wanneer die kuikens bedreig word staan hulle bewegingloos terwyl die ouers maak asof hulle ‘n gebreekte vlerk of rug het. Sodoende lei die ouers die bedreiging weg van die kuikens af. Wanneer die ouers wel ‘n tweede keer broei, is die vorige kuikens ten volle onafhanklik, sowat 10 dae nadat die tweede broeisel uitgebroei het.

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How to choose a camera

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hen you want to buy a camera, you are confronted with an extremely wide range of choices. Since sales representatives do not always provide accurate information, principles to help you with your decision are given here.

Camera types:

DSLR cameras

CSC cameras

Point and shoot cameras

DSLR and CSC cameras have interchangeable lenses, whilst point and shoot cameras have fixed lenses. There are two types of point and shoot cameras. The best known is the small, or compact, flat camera. The other is the bridge camera, bridging the gap between the flat compact and DSLR cameras. However, nowadays the CSC camera is a true bridge between the two (see later).

Basic considerations

Generally, the cost of a camera determines its quality. However, the most important factor determining image quality is sensor size. The larger the sensor the better the image quality, but unfortunately, the more expensive the camera. Image quality is determined by the definition of the image and the absence of noise (a grainy appearance on the image). Definition is also dependent on the quality of the lens. Noise is very much the result of pushing a camera too far, eg. too many pixels in the sensor without the necessary software to control noise. Another example is too much lens zoom in point and shoot cameras. In-camera programs may however control it to some extent. DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras, particularly those with full-frame sensors, are considered the golden standard. However, they are expensive, bulky and heavy. Entry-level DSLR’s are not as large and heavy but add lenses to the DSLR cameras and you have a fair quantity of heavy equipment to carry. CSC’s (compact system cameras) are a compromy between DSLR and point and shoot cameras. They are small and flat like point and shoot cameras but have interchangeable lenses. Their sensors are generally smaller than those of the DSLR’s but some of them are larger than those in point and shoot cameras. Therefore their image quality does The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

not quite match those of their bigger brothers.

Cost Amount of zoom in point and shoot cameras Image quality Camera size and weight Image quality is the most important consideration.

Point and shoot cameras are convenient due to their reasonable price, small size and simplicity, e.g. very suitable for overseas travelling and hiking. However, beware of too many pixels and too much zoom. The advantage of bridge cameras over the more compact ones is the larger amount of lens zoom. Mobile phones on the other hand are rapidly becoming a threat to the small compact cameras because the quality of the camera in these phones is improving all the time. The amount of pixels does not necessarily mean a better camera. More pixels provide more dots making up a picture, but our eyes are limited in their ability to distinguish between an image with adequate versus one with more than adequate dots or pixels. More pixels make the images larger requiring better and more expensive computers to handle them. If a camera does not have adequate in-camera programs to control noise more pixels lead to more noise. It is interesting to note that the top models of both Canon and Nikon have fewer than 20 million pixels, whilst in both brands the models below them have more than 20 million. 26


Buying an expensive camera will not result in better pictures unless you are trained in using the camera to its full potential. In addition to your camera skills, the following will contribute significantly to a good quality picture: Camera and lens, visual design (composition) and photo editing (where Photoshop is the golden standard). Finally, the enthusiastic amateur and semiprofessional (or professional) photographer should buy a DSLR camera. A camera with a full frame sized sensor will be the best choice if affordable. A less demanding buyer will find a point and shoot camera sufficient, particularly one with a zoom of about 10-12X for a small compact camera, and with about 10-14 million pixels. Bridge cameras are more difficult to recommend due to a recent push in

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zoom ability that is almost unbelievable. The place of CSC’s is even more difficult to determine because they share Fotografiese kursusse the characteristics of word in Midstream both point and shoot aangebied. Die koste cameras and DSLR is R200. Bespreek by cameras, and with hscronje@gmail.com prices similar to the less expensive DSLR cameras. The internet will provide adequate reviews on most cameras which may also be very helpful before actually buying a camera.

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Midstream babahuis se opedag Baie dankie vir almal wat ’n draai kom maak het by die Midstream Babahuis Opedag op 6 April. Die kleingoed het hulself gate uit geniet. Die babahuis is vanaf 1 April onder nuwe eienaarskap en het ‘n “gedaanteverwisseling” ondergaan. Kom kuier gerus vir ons! Vir meer inligting kontak ons gerus op: 012 661 5565, mcbh@midrand-estates.co.za, www.midstreamcbh.com

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On technical issues

A stable fiber-optic network for data and internet usage A fiber optic cable network has been installed throughout Midrand Estates providing connectivity for data and internet at (quite literally) lightning fast speeds. Fiber optic has the added benefit that it is not negatively influenced by lighting (as it is made of glass and not copper) and that the speed of data transmission is not affected by the distance the data signal travels – as is the case with copper telephone cables. Recent improvements and upgrades to the network have changed it from being seen as a less than reliable service to a service proven to have a stability rate above 99%. With Midstream Electrical Supplies (MES) also using the extensive fiber optic cable network to relay the electrical consumption figures to the MES offices on a daily basis, a very reliable data network is of the utmost importance. MES introduced a software program that was used to monitor continuous connectivity to the 72 mini-transformers that are spread evenly through the estate. As the overall stability measured in the low 90% early in 2013, Smart Village

- the network owner - was requested to introduce measures to improve the stability levels to above the agreed service level of 95%. The weekly measurements provided by MES gave direction to areas in the estate where problems were experienced. Smart Village was then able to focus their attention towards improving the stability levels in those areas which gradually led to an improvement until the 99% mark was hit early in May. The spin-off for Smart Village customers is that the same data network is used by Smart Village clients for connectivity at lightning speeds to the world-wide-web. In the words of Chris van der Walt, Smart Village MD: “To compete in the world of data transmission where a number of wireless transmission products abound, we understand that a consistent, high level of service is a must – we will do our utmost to maintain the high level of stability recently reached” For more information on the services available, visit www.smartvillage.co.za

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From the Desk of Jen Botha This month I would like to share some thoughts Ê with you about Getting a grip on Fatigue! We all tend to live our lives at too fast a pace. We are a performance driven culture. A culture that has made gods out of productivity, long hours and full calendars. We have to have the good churned out in double quick time, we have to be at the office from early till late, the work has to be done and what we don’t do at office, we take home and do there. Work work work. Most of us are constantly in motion. Constantly running. Always hurrying from place to place. In our society we value motion and hold up busyness as a sign of special significance! There is so little time to stop and do the mundane things. So little time to just be. To spend time with people without looking at the clock. Excessive, unchecked busyness can lead to fatigue of body, mind and soul. Fatigue affects us physically, Fatigue affects us mentally and Fatigue also affects us emotionally and spiritually GET A GRIP ON FATIGUE - The million dollar question is how? Remember that God worked for six days and on the seventh He rested. We need to build rest time into our lives. We need to rest physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Feed you inner life. We all grab something to eat every now and then, me more now than then!! We all know and study the latest information on nutrition and good food. How much more should we be feeding our inner life! Read your bible on a daily basis. Read material that will feed your soul Find a place where you can have silence and solitude. This is maybe the essence of what I am speaking about today. This is perhaps the essence of coping

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with fatigue. J e s u s continually made time to be alone. To spend time in the presence of God in prayer and medi t ati on. God seems to speak to us in the quiet, still voice, not in the rush and bustle of life.

Service Times: Sunrise: 7:30 - 8:30 Family: 9:15 - 10:30 Evening: 18:00 Youth Childrens Church: 9:15 Youth Gatherings: Friday 18:30 - 20:30 Tel: 076 019 8078 Cell: 082 589 3304

Practice the Website: www.midstreammethodist.org.za discipline of slowing down! Make a conscious decision to drive slower. Walk slower, Take a walk to somewhere. Seek ways to actively slow your life down. Drink your coffee slowly. Play with your dog. Get a camera and photograph that bird …. you will have to wait! Sit down when you eat. Block out time in your diary to be quiet and some stage. Your busyness is not to be equated with your self worth, or success! Being permanently busy does not mean that you are good at what you are doing, or that you are successful. Busy does not mean excellent! Enjoy life, for life is way too precious to rush through it! Stop and smell the roses! Sit when you eat, drive slowly and enjoy your family and friends; enjoy your walk with the Lord! It will last into eternity! God bless and keep you all! With my love, Jen

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MCPP nooi ander om saam uit te reik na ander........... en so ‘n verskil te maak! Die bestuur en personeel van die plaaslike preprimêre skole het besluit om werk vir hul hande te gaan soek by gemeenskappe “daar buite” wat nie die voorregte het wat ons hier in Midstream geniet nie. Dit sou ook dien as voorbeeld vir die plaaslike kleuters sodat hulle van ‘n jong ouderdom bewus gemaak word dat hulle bydraes ‘n verskil kan maak. Mariaan vertel self verder. “Verskillende opsies is ondersoek met die mikpunt wat soos volg verwoord is: “Ons wou spesifiek betrokke raak by die opheffing van die voorskoolse kinders omdat ons oortuig is dat ‘n kind wat voorskoolse insette kry, beter vaar op skool en so is ‘n beter toekoms vir die kind moonlik. Die ondersoek het gelei na die Christelike Maatskaplike Raad se perseel in Derdepoort wat ‘n klein kleuterskooltjie bedryf het. Die skooltjie het 13 jaar gelede ontstaan toe Mariana van Rensburg met twee kleuters begin het wat gegroei het na 5 kleuters wat sy in ‘n motorhuis opgepas het. Drie jaar later het “Die Lotto” vir hulle R32 000 gestuur waarmee hulle ‘n opslaangeboutjie kon oprig, waar 16 kleuters akkommodeer kon word. Die skooltjie maak voorsiening vir kinders wat uit ‘n geintegreerde gemeenskap kom waar fisiese sowel as sosiale gebreke voorkom. By ‘n gebrek aan

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fondse, kon die skooltjie nie uitbrei nie, alhoewel die aanvraag baie groot was. Die lot van die kleuters van East Lynne het die ouers van ons twee skole aan die hart gegryp en daar is besluit om ‘n ou pastorie op die Derdepoort N.G. gemeente se gronde te huur. Daar is verbreek en gebou en so het die Derdepoort Voorskoolse Ontwikkelingssentrum tot stand gekom. Daar is tans 3 klaskamers, store, ‘n kantoor, siekekamer, kombuis en terapiekamer. Die terrein is nog besig om ontwikkel te word en die hele area sal beveilig moet word met ‘n veiligheidsheining. Baie, baie dankie aan al ons ouers, Bondev en mense uit die gemeenskap wat ons tot hier gebring het. Die opgewondenheid toe die kleuters die heel eerste keer die klein toilette sien, die vreugde oor ‘n terrein waar hulle na hartelus kan speel en ‘n seuntjie se aanmerking dat hy darem baie bly is oor hierdie skool, want by sy ander skool het hy pak gekry - maak alles die moeite werd. Ons staan egter nou voor die uitdaging om elke maand die bedryfsuitgawes van die skooltjie te dek asook om die terrein en heining te voltooi. Indien u meer inligting sou verlang of betrokke sou wil raak, skakel asb. vir Mariaan Bester, tel nr. 079 872 8886 E-pos: mariaan.bester@absamail.co.za”

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kerksondermure midstream Besoek ook ons webtuiste www.kerksondermure.org en volg al die nuutste gebeure van die kerksondermure familie Die volgende kursusse word gratis aangebied, wat aansluit by die 3 dae konferensie:

In ‘n Coffee shop, wat nou? Voetspore bediening bied aan: Coram Deo Konferensie 20 - 22 Junie 2013 kerksondermure Midstream Die Denkwyse wat Loop en Loof; wat Luister en Leef. Fasiliteerder: Hein van Wyk - Internasionale spreker, transformeerder & motiveerder

Hoe antwoord ek ander se vrae oor Christenskap? Dinsdagaande: 16, 23 & 30 Julie;

19:00 – 21:00

Wat glo ander? Dinsdagaande: 6, 13, 20 & 27 Augustus;

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6 Augustus - Moslems & Jode 13 Augustus - Hindoes & Boediste 20 Augustus - Katolieke & Afrikagelowe 27 Augustus - Ateïste en ander

R100 pp (al drie dae ingesluit) R80 vir registrasies voor 10 Junie 2013 Vir meer inligting kontak: Anne-Marie by annemarie@ksm.co.za / 012 663 2003

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MIDSTREAM’S STILL ON COURSE

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he IEB (the Independent Examinations Board) is an assessment body, which by means of International Benchmarking Tests (IBT’s), is responsible for school assessments quality assurance. The IBT’s ensure that learners who receive a South African education remain globally competitive. These tests are therefore designed to meet the needs of any future prospective employers worldwide. The IBT’s offer a global program of tests in the area of English, Mathematics and Science. Midstream College Primary School has risen to the challenge and todate 93 Midstream learners have received a total of 124 certificates of high distinction. Three certificates of honour were also awarded to Ashton Malan (gr. 4) for Science, Kain Williams (gr. 4) for English and Robyn Ferguson (gr. 7) for English. That’s not all… We are extremely pleased to announce that Justin van Rooyen (gr. 4), Danica Meiring (gr. 7), Mignon Jooste (gr. 7) and Bradley Hodgson (gr. 7) excelled in all three learning areas i.e. English, Mathematics and Science. Mom, Dad and future employers can sleep tight tonight – our Midstream learners are on their way to a bright future!

DIEP ASEM VIR MIDSTREAM COLLEGE SWEMSPAN

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idstream College Primêre Skool se A-swemspan het hierdie seisoen aan die A-liga deelgeneem en hulself bewys as swemmers van die eerste water. Hulle het nie net ’n algehele derde plek behaal nie, maar het slegs ses punte nodig gehad om die tweede plek te behaal. Die seunsspan het ’n algehele tweede plek behaal. Rikard du Plessis (gr. 7) en Matthew Randle (gr. 4) het onderskeidelik 20 punte vir die swemspan ingevorder. Die dogtersspan was kort op hul hakke met ’n algehele vierde plek. Onder meer het Midstream die volgende individuele prestasies behaal: sewe goue medaljes, ses silwer medaljes en ses brons medaljes. Baie geluk aan al die swemmers wat so getrou geoefen het en selfs die koue wintermaande aangedurf het met hul warm asempies. Ons hou asem op vir 2014 se uitslae en weet dat dit nog net die begin vir Midstream College Primêre Skool se swemspan is.

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STORIE-AAND SUKSES

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ie opgewondenheid wat gepaard gaan saam met die paar daggies voor die jaarlikse Storie-aand is altyd geloofwaardig. Histeriese inhandiging van briewe om plekke te bespreek, spekulasies van die groepindelings oorheers die klaskamers en ‘Wie is hierdie jaar se storievertellers?’ is op almal se lippe. Selfs oud-Midstream College Primêre Skool-leerlinge, wat die skool weer besoek en hoor van die Storie-aand, verlang terug. Dit word gesien as een van die hoogtepunte van die laerskoollewe. Op 24 April 2013 is die Storieaand gelei deur welbekende én nuwe gesigte. Televisie- en radiopersoonlikhede Cindy Swanepoel, Petrus Harmse, Christelle van Graan, Daniël Wolmarans, David Brink, Debré Rossouw, Jean Bezuidenhout, Johny Klein, Laré Birk, Morné du Toit, Vorster Venter en Eduard Janse van Rensburg het die leeshoekies trotseer, met die hoogtepunt natuurlik weereens Petrus Harmse van Karate Kallie. Om te sorg dat almal ’n draai by hóm kon maak, is hy die geleentheid gegun om almal in die saal te vermaak as ’n encore tot die legendariese aand. Die kinders het in dié ontspanne atmosfeer gelê, gesit, geluister en saam deelgeneem aan die aktiwiteite wat deel gevorm het van die aand se verrigtinge. Selfs die versnaperinge tydens pouse kon die storiegangers nie uit die klasse hou nie. Dié honger vir stories word nie sommer gestil nie. Selfs nie na ’n hele Storie-aand nie. Ons sal moet vasbyt tot volgende jaar! 36


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n an attempt to cut back on expenses, the annual Soapbox Derby at Midstream College Primary School took place without the proverbial ‘soap’.

However, the focus shifted from costumes and carefully prepared dance moves to what the Soapbox Derby is really about – teamwork and fun! The Soapbox Derby was hosted on the last day of school, and the many sweets and treats, the numerous games and jumping obstacles, the face painting, music and excitement which all go with it, produced exhausted, quiet and happy kids at the start of the well-deserved holiday – just what Mom ordered.

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oin the writer as he walks down the garden path of Midstream College Primary School and considers two of the wonderful teachers who can be found under the ‘teaching rainbow’ - the one about to retire and the other just starting out. Although we are a parallel medium Christian school, we welcome a variety of races, culture and religions. Age is also recognized with respect at our school - ask the prestigious grandmother of Midstream College, Mrs. Leona Haveman, or the baby blue-eyed young blonde, Ms. Wendy Woods. Forty-five years of her sixty-six years have been spent teaching. Now, Leona believes the time has come to gracefully retire. Her life has been enhanced by the love and support of all the colleagues she’s taught with as well as by the many generations of children that have stepped over her threshold. She adds: “They have made me see the ‘small beauties’ of life that adults so often overlook.” In teaching one has to have an iron support system. Leona leaves the playground to return to her three children, four granddaughters and her James Bond stunt-double husband. Leona has never seen the downside of a smile and whenever one is looking for her, one expects one of two things: Leona with her back turned because she is busy giving a hug, or an outstretched foot, because she is

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showing off brand new shoes. Twenty-two year old Wendy is presently in her first year of teaching. One can only survive the start of a Midstream College academic year with the aid of supportive staff members. Wendy doesn’t take credit for herself and acknowledges the help of fellow teachers and also,most importantly, her students. Her grade two learners enjoy routine and because they are brutally honest, easily remind if anything has been forgotten! Wendy is not married and enjoys visiting friends, the occasional outing, or just potato-ing on the couch. It seems that nothing is too difficult for Wendy. Perhaps it is because she envisions the perfect student and teaches accordingly. “I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of the children in my class and those I interact with. . I believe that teaching is my calling.” Should you find yourself looking for Wendy one day, search either for the white, wide brimmed hat (to protect my fair skin, my child) or look for the person who moves with the utmost grace over the roughest terrain. With the array of colour lining the Midstream College Primary School hall, one can only expect a treasure at the end of this rainbow. We have a golden yet fresh example to adhere to, and a golden yet mature set of footsteps to follow in. Who could go wrong?

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The Living Will INTRODUCTION An Advanced Directive or Living Will is a statement or instruction given by a competent adult in anticipation of when a patient may lack the capacity to make health care decisions. Therefore a Living Will was devised to stand as a declaration of one’s nonconsent to artificial life-support in the event of one being unable to communicate when for example one is seriously injured or loss of life is imminent. THE REQUIREMENTS From an ethical perspective, for a Living Will to be recognised, four requirements must be met: The patient making the Living Will must be a major (18 years or older and or declared to be a major by a competent court). The patient must have the necessary mental capacity to make their own medical decisions at the time of creating the Living Will; The patient may only refuse consent to treatment if they have been fully informed about their condition and proposed treatment; One must be satisfied that the patient did not change his / her mind after making the Living Will. It is imperative to share this decision with anyone such as your medical doctor, family members and/ or close friends. One should also share the location of the document. LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY A Living Will may also take the form of a lasting

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Power of Attorney, which is also referred to as a “proxy directive”. This document allows the patient to appoint someone else as a healthcare proxy. This would be either, a trusted friend or relative, which could act as Power of Attorney to make healthcare decisions on the patient’s behalf. INFORMED CONSENT Informed consent by a patient is required for any treatment a doctor considers advisable, either for the purposes of diagnosis or treatment, except in exceptional circumstances, such as unconscious accident cases. Patients whom have executed Living Wills can give definite instructions regarding the type of treatment to which they will not consent to when loss of life is imminent. THE LEGAL POSITION Living Wills, although ethically acceptable, are currently not recognized as legally enforceable in terms of South African law. A patient’s immediate decision to refuse medical treatment is valid in South African law and should the patient therefore be of sound mind and have the capacity at the time of the treatment, he or she is legally entitled to choose to refuse medical treatment. It is however, generally accepted as permissible to comply with a Living Will where the patient is in a permanent vegetative state. In all other circumstances, a doctor who is uncertain whether or not to comply with an Advanced Directive may approach a court for guidance in this regard.

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RUGBY Die o 14A- en o 15A-spanne het ‘n oefenkamp te Zwartkloof Natuurreservaat gehou. Die o 16A-span het ‘n rugbykliniek by PUKKE bygewoon en die eerstespan het Uplands (Witrivier) se rugbyweek bygewoon .

NETBAL ’n Groep netbalspelers van o/14 tot o/17 het by Sportisimo ‘n netbalkursus by Konka naby Rustenburg bygewoon. Midstream College se eerste span het vanaf 31 Maart tot 4 April na die Universiteit Stellenbosch getoer.

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SEUNSHOKKIE Die eerste seunshokkiespan en die o 16’s het die afgelope vakansie ʼn kursus in matieland bygewoon.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY The u14 A and u15A hockey girls attended a coaching clinic in Groblersdal, whilst the u 16 A and First team girls attended a hockey course in Cape Town.

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Tennis prestasies Kyle Gerber was chosen for the SA u 19 team that will be touring to Scotland and England in June. They will also be visiting Wimbledon during this tour. Zani and Lee Barnard competed in the African Junior Cup in Kenya from 11-23 March. They were the winning team and country for the Girls 14 & under section. They will both be playing in the qualifying round in Tunisia to qualify for the World Junior Finals.

Individuele prestasies deur leerders By die SA Skole kampioenskappe (OosLonden: 21 – 23 Maart) het Diwan Kamoetie `n tweede plek in die 400m behaal. Diwan was deel van Gauteng se 4x400m aflosspan wat `n eerste plek behaal. By die SA Junior Kampioenskappe ( 4-6 April) het Reynard Grobler ‘n tweede plek in hoogspring, Crystal Liebenberg `n vyfde plek in die 400m, Andries Duvenhage`n negende plek in verspring en Diwan Kamoetie `n vyfde plek behaal. Diwan was deel van Noord-Gauteng se 4x400m aflosspan wat weer eerste oor die wenstreep gehardloop het.

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MIDSTREAM TRAFFIC OFFICERS At the Midstream AGM a request was made by residents for the exercising of more stringent control over users of the HOA roads. Two employees have now been specifically tasked with monitoring traffic in Midstream. Most of the road users will have already noticed them performing their duties in the vicinity of the schools, the traffic circles and in streets in general. In addition, to assist them in their task, a speed camera has been purchased and they have received the required operational training. As is required for the accurate metering of speed this camera also gets calibrated regularly. For a while a moratorium was placed on the issuing of fines as the Midstream Board of Directors realised that many of the residents were not aware of the board’s intention to exercise increased control. As an interim arrangement the issuing of fines was suspended, with only warnings being issued to transgressors. This arrangement expired on the 30th of April 2013, meaning that as from 1st May 2013 fines were issued to those exceeding the specified maximum speed limit of 30 kph. Members are requested to familiarize themselves with the street rules. These are available at the MHOA office and/or on the Midstream website. The Rules were also published on page 44 of the April “Midrand Estates News”. Members are also reminded that an Appeal Committee consisting of a Director, The Estate Manager and the Finance Manager is in place to consider any appeals received with regard to fines. This Committee will meet every second week to consider appeals received. If a person is not completely satisfied with the outcome of their decision, there will still be the option to refer the matter to the Board of Directors whose decision will be final.

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WELL DESIGNED HOMES MAKE FOR

WELL DESIGNED LIVES

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o why is it that we pay more for floor tiles than for the services of an architect? (There are Architects who design from R 95-00/m²) Its true that a well laid floor will finish off a house in a manner that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, but if we think of it tiles are but one component of all which truly makes for the synergizing whole that we call home. (And when your home is renovated, the floor coverings is usually the first to be replaced!). With regard to the components that make a home, the correct perception of cost is regularly lost to a home builder in that it is often seen as “one building - one price”. But it is important that it be seen as part of the series of components which carry weight in both their pricing as well as in their importance to the construction of the house.

have experience. Thus the time has come that as very intellectual people, we realize that we should leave the implementation of architecture to the architects just as we leave the application of medicine to the medical practitioners - trusting that the work they do and its importance to the life span of the home and its residents is more important than just one aspect of the whole picture which has been painted by the hand of that same architect. ~Yvonne Perregil

The Job of an architect is to combine years of study and practice into designing a house that not only conforms to the standards of an ever changing rule book, but makes it a functioning unit for each specific family’s needs. Not an easy task considering we laymen have no knowledge of that rule book. (Did you know that legislation changed recently, prohibiting a patio across all of your northern living areas?). Yet, over and over we disregard this important task, relagating it to the back of our minds, because as intellectual individuals we assume we are better able to design than those who’ve been trained and

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The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

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The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

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The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

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The Midrand Estates Newsletter - June 2013

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Midrand Estates News - June 2013  

Midrand Estates News - June 2013

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